- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Noah Spence’s Ohio State career is officially over.
The Big Ten declared the junior defensive end permanently ineligible on Tuesday in response to an appeal of Spence’s second failed drug test for ecstasy. According to a statement from Ohio State, the school assisted Spence, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013, with the appeal process.
“Ohio State junior student-athlete Noah Spence has been declared permanently ineligible from all intercollegiate athletics competition by the Big Ten Conference,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in the statement released Tuesday night. “The Ohio State University Department of Athletics had assisted Noah and his family leading up to an appeals process that took place today.”
- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
First off, let us offer congratulations to the following teams that clinched bowl eligibility since last week's projections: Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Washington, Houston, Middle Tennessee, San Diego State, Western Kentucky, Ohio and Texas State. There might not be spots for all of them when the music stops, but at least they gave themselves a chance.
The biggest shift from last weekend comes from Ole Miss’ defeat at the hands of Arkansas. A few of the ramifications:
· As mentioned above, Arkansas is now bowl eligible. What a ridiculous pair of games for the Hogs.
· Ole Miss is eliminated from SEC West contention.
· Michigan State is almost certainly guaranteed a spot in the New Years Six with a win versus Penn State this weekend.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
For the first time since the College Football Playoff rankings first surfaced five weeks ago, the top of the rankings are unchanged.
After a lackluster weekend where some teams didn’t play, and others played and blew out weaker competition, the committee dug its heels in with its top seven and will let rivalry week and championship week sort out the top 4.
Alabama, which beat Western Carolina last weekend, held on to the top spot, while Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi State, TCU, Ohio State and Baylor all followed. UCLA moved up to the No. 8 spot with its win against USC. The Bruins are the highest ranked two-loss team and could make a case for getting into the playoff if they win out. However, that would include a win against the Ducks and might have to jump several one-loss teams ahead of it.
The most interesting thing about this week’s rankings weren't at the top, but rather the bottom where two teams from outside the Power Five conferences emerged for the first time since the first week of these rankings . Boise State appeared at No. 23 and undefeated Marshall showed up at No. 24.
Until now, East Carolina had been the only non-Power Five team to appear in the rankings.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was the talk of college football when he broke the single-game FBS record by rushing for 408 yards in a win over Nebraska on Nov. 15. Before Gordon broke it, the record stood for 15 years. This time? Seven days.
Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine surpassed Gordon’s mark with 427 yards in a win over Kansas over the weekend. After initially expressing a bit of disappointment in losing the record, Gordon made sure to send Perine a message of congratulations on Twitter.
“He sent me a direct message, saying congratulations,” Perine said per ESPN.com. “We then joked around a little bit back and forth.”
Gordon made sure to give Perine some advice as well.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Ten years ago, former Florida coach Ron Zook was carried off the field on his player’s shoulders following an upset of a ranked Florida State team.
It was Zook’s final game as Florida’s coach and his unranked Gators did something no one thought was possible.
Could history repeat itself a decade later?
Saturday’s rivalry game against the Seminoles will be Will Muschamp’s final game as the Gators’ coach. An upset of the No. 3 Seminoles would be the fitting ending to what has been a tumultuous four seasons in Gainesville.
During Muschamp’s tenure, he’s taken the Gators to the Sugar Bowl and he’s also notched the first losing season since 1979. He’s had wins against Ohio State, LSU and Florida State, but he’s also lost to then-FCS team Georgia Southern.
Muschamp knows this game means little more than bragging rights and perhaps a slightly better bowl game. The Gators earned their bowl eligibility with a win against Eastern Kentucky last week, but Muschamp won’t coach in that game.
So, like Zook, the Florida State game will be Muschamp’s last chance to end on a high note.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Notre Dame will be without three starters on defense for its regular season finale at USC on Saturday afternoon.
Head coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that defensive lineman Jarron Jones and safety Drue Tranquill suffered season-ending injuries in the Fighting Irish’s loss to Louisville. Jones, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior, suffered a Lisfranc injury in his foot that requires a 4-6 month recovery process.
Jones has started all 11 games for Notre Dame this season, registering 40 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. He is also tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with 7.5.
In addition to Jones, Kelly said that Tranquill, a true freshman, tore an ACL. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Tranquill has played in all 11 games for the Fighting Irish, but recently entered the starting lineup for three of the last four games. In all, Tranquill has 33 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and a half sack on the season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Arizona State expects top wide receiver Jaelen Strong to return for Saturday’s rivalry game against Arizona. On the other hand, the Wildcats are not as cut and dry concerning the status of starting quarterback Anu Solomon.
In Strong’s case, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said Monday that Strong has recovered from the concussion that held him out of last Saturday’s game against Washington State. Head coach Todd Graham expressed the same sentiment about the 6-foot-3, 212-pound junior, saying his presence is a huge boost to the Sun Devils’ offense.
“It makes us a lot better,” Graham said per Fox Sports Arizona. “He and D.J. (Foster) are two catalysts in what we do, so it’s going to be great to have him back. That’s going to help us tremendously.”
Strong, a Biletnikoff Award finalist who has registered 71 catches for 982 yards and nine touchdowns this season, suffered the concussion against Oregon State on Nov. 15. He warmed up with the team prior to the WSU game, but the training staff opted to hold him out.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
The Mid-American Athletic Conference has suspended 11 players from Norfolk State and 10 from South Carolina State after a sidelines-clearing brawl during the fourth quarter of last week’s game.
Since that was the final game of both seasons, the players, who were not named, will be suspended for their respective 2015 season openers. Any seniors involved faced no punishment.
The altercation began with 12:35 left in the final quarter after Jalen Simmons’ 4-yard touchdown run gave South Carolina State 29-17. No one is sure exactly what started the melee, but after the touchdown, pushing and shoving ensued and punches were thrown.
No players were ejected, but South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough told media after the game he voluntarily removed two of his players.
"I don't know what I saw," Pough said. "The only thing I saw is that kids were just out roughhousing, fighting, that sort of stuff. It was a mess, I can tell you that. It was ugly."
It took more than 15 minutes to clear the field and restart the game.
South Carolina State won 30-20.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast!
Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we break down the out of conference bodybag games and whether there needs to be a rule about playing those games so late in the season.
We'll also hit on:
• Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and Melvin Gordon and whether records really are meant to be broken.
• Missouri's improbable run to potential back-to-back SEC East titles.
• Whether Will Muschamp or Brady Hoke can end their regular season's on a high note (yeah, go ahead and start laughing now).
• Of course, we'll pick all of the big games this weekend, including the Thanksgiving matchup between TCU and Texas and the always entertaining Iron Bowl.
• And Graham will throw down what Gary Patterson, Jerry Kill and Dennis Frachione have in common with Nick's tickets to the D-II championship game.
We know it's hard to see the regular season of college football end, but we're here for you.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley had one of his best games of the season in the Bruins’ resounding victory over rival USC on Saturday night. Now it looks like that will be the last time Hundley faces the Trojans.
The redshirt junior appeared on The Jim Rome Show on Monday and admitted that this is likely his last year in college when asked if Saturday night would be his last game against USC.
“I think the chances are really high,” Hundley said. “The conversation keeps coming up. I’ve got my degree. I’ve done everything I wanted to do here. I’ve left something that’s really, truly great and I feel good. That was probably my last one against USC.”
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He almost left after last season but decided to return to school to work on certain aspects of his game.