- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Florida State seems to be at its best when its back is against the wall.
Trailing by as many as 21, the Seminoles put together a nearly flawless second half to escape Louisville with a 42-31 victory.
But the final score didn’t paint an accurate picture of how the game played out.
In the first half, the Seminoles were on upset alert.
Louisville jumped out a 21-0 lead and Florida State looked shell-shocked. Winston threw two interceptions in the first half — and would add a career-high third in the second half — and Louisville defense was playing about as well as it has all season.
But in the second half, that all changed.
Winston threw his third pick on his first pass of the second half but then managed to force a fumble and get the Seminoles the ball back.
That played seemed to spark something in Florida State as it proceeded to dominate Louisville in the second half. The Seminoles outgained Louisville 380-170 in the second half and was 5-of-8 on third down. Louisville never converted a third down.
Florida State wore down the Louisville defense and with the help of some strange and lucky bounces was able to take the lead and eventually pull away.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs 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 College Football Playoff rankings that will be totally different by next week. It's a pointless exercise, but someone has to do it. We'll also discuss:
• Marcus Mariota and Oregon finally getting over the Stanford hump.
• The curious case of Notre Dame and the CFP committee.
• Pick the top matchups of the weekend, including Bad/Good Bo against Auburn, Utah and Sparky, and the potentially high-scoring affair between TCU and West Virginia.
• Also, we'll discuss whether any Florida State player will be suspended for the rest of the season. Hey, there's still time (save the nasty emails until after you listen).
• Nick laments about his Royals and Graham seeks out tips for her new homebrewing hobby.
Yes, there's a lot of random conversation going on this week, but that's exactly how we like it.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Notre Dame and Navy have played annually since 1927, and most of the time (74 times to be exact), the Fighting Irish come out on top.
Despite the Irish’s current three-game winning streak in the series, some students from the Naval Academy dished out some serious trash talk via a rap video before Saturday’s matchup at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Though I don’t think there’s much of a chance for the 4-4 Midshipmen to knock off the tenth-ranked Irish (6-1), I am impressed with this video in all aspects – from production quality to this girl’s immaculate Nicki Minaj impression.
Even though the original song (“Anaconda”) is impossibly bad, this parody is pretty entertaining. Well done.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Though Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has had a lot of success during his time in Stillwater, to some, he’s still best known for a post-game press conference rant from 2007.
Gundy sounded off on a local reporter who criticized quarterback Bobby Reid, who had recently been demoted to second string. Since then, the recognizable line of “Come after me! I’m a man! I’m 40!” has been replayed countless times, and in an interview with Campus Insiders, Gundy admitted that he actually tried to trademark that phrase, but someone else did it before he could.
Additionally, Gundy said people don’t say the phrase to him as much as they once did, but he has signed autographs for a fans' 40th birthdays and even caught his 12-year-old son imitating it.
On top of that, Gundy said the rant has helped the Cowboys’ program with recruiting. He even went so far as to call it a “turning point” in his career and for the OSU program.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon reached a plea agreement Thursday and will avoid trial for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a July 25 incident.
According to SoonerScoop.com, Mixon, a five-star freshman, entered an “Alford Plea,” where he will receive “a one-year deferred sentence” and complete “100 hours of community service” while undergoing “cognitive behavior counseling.”
In an Alford Plea, the defendant maintains innocence, but “concedes the prosecution has enough evidence” to reach a guilty verdict.
Kevin Finlay, Mixon’s attorney, said in a statement that entering the Alford Plea was “the best course of action.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Mark Stoops doesn’t want to make Saturday’s game bigger than it is, but trust that it’s a very big game for the Kentucky football program.
When the Wildcats roll into Columbia, Mo., to face the Tigers it won’t just be another SEC win on the line — the third in Stoops tenure — it will be the all important sixth win, the one that earns bowl eligibility.
“ I look at it because we're sitting on five. So six is big because it's the next one,” Stoops said. “That's always my message, let's get this next victory, it just happens to be six. Yeah, sure, it would be nice, I'm not going to deny that, but it's important, it's our next game — what's important is our next game and that's how we think about it.”
Kentucky hasn’t been to a bowl game since losing to Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in 2010. Since then, the Wildcats have gone 5-7, 2-10, and 2-10. This year has already been a year of firsts for the Wildcats, including the first SEC win in Stoops’ tenure, a bowl game would just continue to solidify that the program is moving in the right direction.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Mack Brown isn’t sure if he will return to coaching.
The former Texas head coach has been linked to the opening at SMU, but on Wednesday Brown maintained that he is quite content with his current profession – working as an analyst with ESPN and ABC.
“I’ve made it very clear that I’m happy with ESPN/ABC, and I’m really enjoying my job,” Brown said when asked about the SMU job, per the Dallas Morning-News. “And I haven’t talked to anybody about coaching football at this point.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
J.T. Barrett isn't anticipating missing Saturday's game against Illinois despite a sprained MCL in his left knee. While the knee is swollen, Barrett said Wednesday that he'll need a major setback before the game to not take the field.
"It would have to be something drastic to happen between now and Saturday," Barrett said after practice via BuckeyeGrove.com. "I plan on playing on Saturday."
Barrett said his knee was sore and there was some swelling, but wore a brace on it at practice. The injury happened before halftime of the Buckeyes' double-overtime win at Penn State.
Barrett tore the ACL in his right knee in high school, so this injury doesn't have any relation to the previous one. And while Ohio State fans may be wondering why Braxton Miller missed two games last year with a sprained MCL, it's worth remembering that sprains have differing severeties and that people respond different to injuries.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
There could be another high-profile Title IX investigation involving a Florida State football player.
According to the Associated Press, RB Karlos Williams is subject to a Title IX investigation after allegations of domestic battery were brought against him.
Earlier in the week, Williams' former girlfriend, the woman who accused him of the offenses, saidshe wanted the charges dropped. However, the Tallahassee Police Department is still looking into the accusations.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Is Arkansas' Sebastian Tretola a Heisman contender?
Spoiler: the answer is no, but this video from Arkansas is a fantastic faux-Heisman campaign ad for the Razorbacks' guard.
The video chronicles Tretola's touchdown pass against UAB on Saturday, where he threw the ball on fourth-and-goal to long snapper Alan D'Appollonio for the touchdown. If you hadn't seen it, here's the play.
The fake beef between kicker Adam McSwain and D'Appollonio is great, but the video is worth it only for the bottom quote by Tretola. We really hope it's actually true.
"I wake up every morning, and you know, I brush my teeth with greatness, I comb my hair with greatness and I strike a Heisman pose with greatness," Tretola said.
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