- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
According to two outlets, LSU coach Les Miles reportedly told boosters he's departing as the head coach of the Tigers following Saturday's game against Texas A&M.
Per Tiger Ragand NOLA.com, Miles told people at the Gridiron Club meeting that he would not be LSU's coach after Saturday night. While he didn't directly say he was leaving, it was reportedly pretty clear. From NOLA.com:
"He said , 'We're a second family to him and he's going to miss us, he appreciates his real friends, and then he told us good bye,'" the source said. "It was very emotional but in control."
Another source said Miles told the group he "wouldn't be seeing them at the bowl game, he would "always be a Tiger" and "thanks for a great 11 years."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
No. 24 Toledo cost itself a shot to win the MAC and play in a New Year’s Six bowl in a brutal home loss to Western Michigan on Friday.
Ohio’s upset victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night opened the door for the Rockets to win the MAC’s West division with a win over WMU, but the Broncos played the role of spoiler in a 35-30 decision.
Things were back-and-forth to start, but late in the second quarter – on Zach Terrell’s second touchdown pass to Corey Davis of the quarter – the Broncos took a lead they would never relinquish.
WMU led 25-21 at halftime and opened up a two-score lead when freshman Jamauri Bogan punched it in on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, extending the lead to 32-21 midway through the third.
Toledo then put together a long drive, but stalled deep in WMU territory, settling for a Jameson Vest 19-yard field goal to cut the lead to eight, 32-24.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
In just its second season as a member of Conference USA, Western Kentucky will play for the league title.
Behind a huge performance from senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, the Hilltoppers’ offense trounced through the Marshall defense in a 49-28 win that clinched the C-USA’s East division.
Doughty made easy work of the Thundering Herd secondary, throwing for 370 yards and five touchdowns on the afternoon. Additionally, Doughty became the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
Junior running back Anthony Wales also had a big game for WKU, totaling 131 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. In all, the WKU offense racked up 546 yards, while Marshall could only muster 273 yards against a tough Hilltoppers defense.
The Hilltoppers set the tone early by scoring on just their third play from scrimmage – a 35-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Nicholas Norris – but the second quarter was when WKU really turned it up.
Wales opened the quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run and before the half came to a close, Doughty had thrown for three more scores – two to tight end Tyler Higbee and another to Taywan Taylor.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
We won't have to wait six extra days for the final set of College Football Playoff rankings.
The Houston Cougars clinched a berth in the AAC Championship Game with a 52-31 win over Navy Friday afternoon. The game was a de facto West Division title game and the Cougars' offense was unstoppable.
The defense wasn't too bad either. While Navy did have four touchdowns, the Cougars forced Navy to use the passing game much more than the Midshipmen planned. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds' 312 passing yards were a season high. His previous season high? 134 yards against Tulane.
The Cougars had a 24-14 lead at halftime and took a 38-17 lead early in the second half thanks to this great Demarcus Ayers touchdown catch.
Holy Ayers! What a 62-yard TD catch. pic.twitter.com/aRiQy3uJGC
Ayers then made the game 45-24 with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Linell Bonner. The wide receiver pass capped off a 96-yard drive that asserted Houston's dominance. Navy had chances to get back into the game in the second half if the defense could prevent the Cougars from moving the ball. The prevention never happened.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Ohio is now requesting its residents not wear pants.
Given the craziness that is the state of Ohio, you're probably not entirely surprised. We regret to inform you the request does not cover all pants, but rather pleated khakis. Because, you know, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wears pleated khakis.
Here's the resolution, which is in effect on Saturday, the day Ohio State plays Michigan. It's from Ohio governor John Kasich (R), who is also running for president.
You'll also notice that the letter "m" is crossed out in the resolution. Hating the letter in the week of the game is nothing new for Ohio.
We'd be more impressed with the ban if it was for style and common sense purposes rather than Michigan ones. It shouldn't take a football game to realize you shouldn't be wearing pleated khakis.
Michigan and Ohio State kick off at noon Saturday.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Terrel Hunt isn't able to return to the Syracuse football team in 2016.
Syracuse announced Friday that his appeal for a sixth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA.
“Obviously, it’s very disappointing but I want to thank my teammates, coaches and all the Syracuse fans who have supported me through this process and during my time here,” Hunt said in a team statement. “Even though my career didn’t turn how I thought it would, I still have a lot of great memories that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.
“Right now I’m focused on my rehab and on finishing graduate school. I’m getting better every day and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to continue my career at the professional level.”
Hunt, a senior in 2015, tore an Achilles' tendon in the Orange's first game of 2015 against Rhode Island. The injury put him on the bench for the rest of the year. He missed the final seven games of 2014 after he suffered a broken tibia. He'll be recognized during senior day activities against Boston College on Saturday.
Hunt finishes his career with over 2,600 passing yards and 24 total touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
A 6-4 week takes us to 60-54-6. Could be worse.
Missouri at Arkansas (Over 44.5), 2:30 p.m. ET FRIDAY: Taking the Tigers and an over pick seems crazy. But we're going to go with it. Arkansas' defense has given up a lot of points recently (Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State) and its offense has been piling up the points too. The Hogs are favored by two touchdowns and that line seems right. We just have a feeling it could end 30-20 or something.
Iowa at Nebraska (+2.5), 3:30 p.m. ET FRIDAY: Upset alert. After calling for the upset for the past six weeks, we have to stick with our guns here. It's nothing against Iowa at all. The Hawkeyes are a very good football team and worthy of consideration for the College Football Playoff with an undefeated season. But Nebraska is the master of playing teams close. Just ask Michigan State.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
When you really want to beat Texas, you pull out all the stops.
That’s what Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury did Thursday night when he called a fake victory formation with nearly three minutes remaining. The Red Raiders, who were up 41-38 at the point, pretended to kneel down while receiver Jakeem Grant, one of the team’s smallest players, emerged from the pile with the ball. He ran to the left side and down the sideline 40 yards untouched for the touchdown.
Texas Tech's victory formation trick play is something for which we can all be thankful. https://t.co/1YPyrRvgoq
What was most baffling about the play was Texas falling for it in the first place, especially with two timeouts remaining.
The score actually ended up being the game-winning points for Texas Tech, which allowed Texas to score on the next possession. The Red Raiders recovered an onside kick and then did a real kneel down to end the game.
The Red Raiders won the game 48-45 and finish the regular season with seven wins. Texas falls to 4-7 and still has a season finale against Baylor next week.
For more Texas news, visit Orangebloods.com.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
We’re going to do a little different format this week simply because there are too many great games this weekend to pinpoint just three.
It is, as you all know, the weekend that decides several conference championship games and could decide whether teams are in or out of the college football playoff.
With that said, here’s what to watch in Week 13 (games are Saturday unless otherwise noted):
No. 15 Navy at Houston, noon ET, Friday: This game won’t only decide the West Division of the American Athletic Conference and home-field advantage in the conference title game, it likely will determine the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six Bowl. Navy has dominated the AAC in its first year in the league and one more victory would set the school record for wins and give the program its first 10-1 start since 1905. If it does so — and caps an undefeated regular season conference campaign — it also might earn quarterback Keenan Reynolds a trip to the Heisman ceremony in New York.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A Florida State official said in a deposition that 20 rape claims had been made against Seminole football players in the last nine years, according to the Associated Press.
Melissa Ashton, the director of FSU's victim advocate program, made the statement last summer during a deposition in the ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. Kinsman said the university failed to respond to her allegations that former quarterback Jameis Winston raped her.
The deposition was released as part of an open records request by the Associated Press.
Ashton also asserted that she thought football players received special treatment at the school and that most of the alleged victims declined to press charges for fear of retaliation.
A Florida State spokesperson told the Associated Press that the school could not confirm the number of allegations because communications with victims in confidential through the victim advocate program.