- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday17 mins ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.
With the 2015 season just days away, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams should be concerned? We ranked all 128 quarterbacks – with a few stipulations. This is not a list of career achievements or NFL Draft stock. Both of those elements were considered, but we also weighed value to the team, scheme, projection for 2015, recruiting background, talent and production so far. Anything you can think of to evaluate quarterbacks was used in this ranking.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 mins ago
Dr. Saturday is getting in the daily fantasy game.
With the increase in daily fantasy popularity, we decided to use our college football knowledge to help you have a more fun — and profitable — college football season.
Unfortunately, Yahoo Sports does not offer a college football daily fantasy game, so we took our talents to FanDuel to compile the best lineups. Usually, this feature will post on Friday for Saturday games, but since Thursday is the opening day, we thought we’d add this weekday exception.
Thomas Sirk, Duke ($5,100) I debated about whether to spend big money on the quarterback position by grabbing Trevone Boykin or Brandon Doughty, but Sirk might be the best value pick on the board.
He’s a dual threat, which is always a nice find in daily fantasy. Last season, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored eight rushing touchdowns. His passing stats aren’t nearly as prolific, but he did complete 10-of-14 passes for 67 yards and three touchdowns. Remember, these numbers are all as a backup. He’s now the unquestioned leader of the offense and coach David Cutcliffe has a lot of confidence in his new signal caller.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday45 mins ago
The college football season is finally here (golf claps), but while we’re all excited about the beginning of everyone’s favorite five-month journey, we also have to temper our early expectations.
The first weekend of college football always boasts some ridiculous performance that has us anointing the next Heisman winner and the next national championship… Sorry Kenny Hill. So as long as we all remember the college football season is a marathon not a sprint, this should be the best college football season ever (just like every season).
Every week, Dr. Saturday will highlight the top games that you should be watching so you can be the most informed fan you can be.
So, without any further ado, here’s what to watch in Week 1:
Game of the week: No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech, Mon., 8 p.m. ET Ohio State has dominated offseason talk as everyone wants to know what the defending national champions will do for an encore performance. Remember, Virginia Tech was Ohio State’s only loss a year ago. The Hokies went into Columbus and frustrated then-new quarterback J.T. Barrett. It’s a game that Barrett has talked about a lot in terms of his maturation and one he’d like to have back.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The hits keep coming for Rutgers football.
As an investigation into head coach Kyle Flood for allegedly emailing a faculty member about defensive back Nadir Barnwell’s grade continues, five current Scarlet Knights were arrested Thursday for assault.
According to NJ.com, the five players arrested were Barnwell, defensive backs Andre Boggs, Ruhann Peele and Delon Stephenson and fullback Rahzonn Gross. Also involved was former defensive tackle Daryl Stephenson, Delon’s brother, who left the team in February. Daryl Stephenson, who is still a Rutgers student, remains at large.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Another Minnesota athletics official is under investigation.
According to the Star Tribune, Mike Ellis, an associate athletic director under former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague, has “voluntarily” agreed to a leave as the sexual harassment and discrimination investigation into Teague continues. Teague resigned in August after university employees filed complaints of sexual harassment.
According to the Star-Tribune, five anonymous complaints against Ellis have been received since Teague’s Aug. 7 resignation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
2014 was bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.
2015 is a new year, so we're going to make money this year. Promise. If you fade our picks this week, we understand. But don't be doing it when week 6 rolls around. Let's get to it.
Western Kentucky (-2) at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. ET THURSDAY: Is Derek Mason's lost list the key to a winning season for Vanderbilt? Western Kentucky has one of the best offenses in the country and while Vanderbilt's defense should be decent in 2015, we don't think the Commodores have the firepower to hang with the Hilltoppers. Vanderbilt lost at home to open the season against Temple in 2014 and will do so again in 2015.
Ohio (-7) at Idaho, 9 p.m. ET THURSDAY: Yeah, we're going way off the board here. Finding a team that's only a touchdown favorite against a team that's won two games in two years seems like finding buried treasure. The Bobcats are one of the best teams in the MAC East and have a solid defense. We like this to be a comfortable win.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Welcome back to the Dr. Saturday Podcast!
Once again, Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg are talking weekly about whatever's happening in college football. Join us for our second edition of the 2015 season, where we discuss:
• Make picks for every conference in 2015 • Talk beer and tattoos and choking • Buy or sell Ohio State, Illinois and Jacob Coker • Make some bold predictions.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones was taken to the hospital Wednesday night because of a headache.
The headache did not seem to ultimately be that serious based off what his mother told the Toledo Blade. Jones' uncle had posted a status to Facebook asking for prayersand the hospital trip had been confirmed by his high school coach Ted Ginn Sr. to multiple outlets.
Cardale Jones' mother tells me it is "just a headache." Still in ER getting checked out. Should be fine.
Cardale Jones' mother, Florence: "He's good."
Ohio State said Thursday morning that Jones had been released from the hospital and was "doing fine."
Cardale Jones was examined last night at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. He was released from the center following the examination and he is doing fine today.
Jones started Ohio State's final three games of the 2014 regular season after J.T. Barrett was injured and out for the season. The two are competing for the right to be Ohio State's starting quarterback against Virginia Tech on Monday night after quarterback Braxton Miller transitioned to H-Back.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Alaska Airlines will have its name involved with Husky Stadium.
The airline and Washington have reached a 10-year naming rights agreement that is worth $41 million. According to the Seattle Times,it's the largest naming rights agreement in college athletics. The facility will now be known as Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.
“This agreement formally brings together two iconic local organizations for the next decade,” Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said in a statement. “Alaska is proud to be the official airline of the University of Washington, a pillar in the Seattle community with a rich tradition of academics and athletics.”
Yes, Alaska Airlines is not based in Alaska. The company is based in Seattle and also has the naming rights to Washington's basketball arena.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will start Florida’s season opener against New Mexico State, coach John McElwain announced following Wednesday’s practice.
However, McElwain said redshirt freshman Will Grier also will play.
Harris started six games last season and threw for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 338 yards and three scores.
Harris and Grier have been in a tight battle for the starting role and even last week, McElwain said that he was going to play two quarterbacks. Grier is more of a pocket passer while Harris is a dual threat.
For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.
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