- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday40 mins ago
Less than three weeks after being fired as head coach of the University of Wyoming, Dave Christensen has been hired by Utah to be its next offensive coordinator. Christensen, who will also coach the tight ends at Utah, compiled a 27-35 record in five seasons at Wyoming. Before that, he had an eight-year run as the offensive coordinator at Missouri from 2001-2008.
“As one of the pioneers of the spread offense, Dave Christensen is an innovative coach and was the architect of one of the top offenses in the country during his time at Missouri,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a release. “We feel fortunate he was available and interested in joining our program, and he will be a great fit with our staff.”
Christensen was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2011 at Wyoming and is credited as being one of the originators of the no-huddle, spread offense.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Alabama will be without two reserves in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma as coach Nick Saban announced after practice Thursday that linebacker Xzavier Dickson and Alvin Kamara are both suspended for unspecified reasons.
According to Al.com, Saban did not say whether the players will practice with the team in the next two weeks leading up to the game.
Dickson saw substantial playing time for the Crimson Tide, playing in all 12 games as a reserve for starter Denzel Devall. Dickson, a junior, started six games for the Tide last year. This year, he had 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
Kamara, a freshman from Norcross, Ga., was mainly a scout team player this year for the Tide. He never saw the field and was not on the sidelines for the LSU game due to “behavioral reasons.”
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
This is something no Alabama fan's kitchen is complete without. How is this not available at Wal-Marts all across the south?
A Jell-o mold of Nick Saban's face was auctioned off at the Tuscaloosa Get Up Festival for three charities last night. The mold was made earlier this year by Spilly at SBNation, and the one-of-a-kind piece of kitchenware reportedly sold for $120 to this lucky buyer.
There was also a Saban signed box of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies available. That's the breakfast of championsthat Saban indulges on every morning after he watches The Weather Channel.
Hopefully the man who purchased the Jell-O mold uses orange Jell-O the first time he utilizes it. And then takes it to an Alabama Sugar Bowl party. That'd be pretty fun, don't you think?
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi is being investigated for allegedly paying for a recruit’s tutoring and online classes. Now it appears that former Washington coach and new USC coach Steve Sarkisian could face penalties, including suspension, stemming from the investigation.
The recruit, Andrew Basham, signed a letter of intent to play for the Huskies in February but did not qualify academically to enroll at UW. Lupoi, who has denied violating any NCAA rules, allegedly provided $3,000 to cover Basham’s private tutoring.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. San Diego State Boise Dec. 21, 2013
Can this game serve as a litmus test between the Mountain West and the MAC?
Both Buffalo and San Diego State finished 6-2 in conference play and each were fourth (or tied for third if we want to nitpick San Diego State.) Each conference -- Northern Illinois in the MAC and Fresno State in the MWC -- had a team that was in contention for a BCS berth until a late-season loss. And each conference had three cellar dwellers.
But this is a bowl game. And the conditions in Boise will be in Buffalo's favor. Who knows, maybe some of their blue-and-white clad players will blend into the Boise State blue turf.
Plus, both of these teams are in the same vicinity offensively. San Diego State averages 21 more yards per game and passes for more yards while Buffalo rushes for more yards and scores two more points per game. Which defense is going to get a stop or a turnover? The answer to that question is likely Buffalo, who is +16 in turnover margin.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State vs. USC Las Vegas Dec. 21, 2013
It’s rare to have such a good game so early in the bowl season, but this could be a really fun contest. Fresno State started the season as a BCS buster and would have been playing in one of the coveted BCS bowls had it not been for a late-season loss to San Jose State. One might think that dropping from the BCS to Las Vegas might be a downer, but the opponent is what will get the Bulldogs fired up for this one.
There’s probably a good portion of the Fresno State team that grew up watching USC, wishing they were playing for USC and then never got a sniff during recruiting.
That was part of the motivation the last time these two teams met – a nonconference game in 2005 – when USC edged out a 50-42 victory.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
As Michigan State reeled off win after win en route to a 12-1 record and a Big Ten Championship game win over Ohio State, the Spartans adopted “Type of Way,” a song by Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan, as the team's anthem. Coach Mark Dantonio even gave Quan a shoutout on television after the Big Ten Championship win, and now a plan is in place for the rapper to join the Spartans in Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl.
“I want to be out there in a green jersey and feel a part of Michigan State,” Quan told MLive.com. “I want to be at the game, I want to be out there with them. I feel a part of Michigan State now, and you don’t even know what it means to me.”
Quan told MLive that he was watching the Big Ten championship game and saw Dantonio give him a shoutout in the post-game interview.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State vs. Colorado State Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 21, 2013
The bowl season kicks off with two teams that haven’t played in the postseason in quite some time. Washington State is making its first appearance in a bowl since 2003 and Colorado State is making its first appearance since 2006.
This game has the potential to be high scoring, especially since Washington State, which is known for its high-octane passing offense, has one of the worst defenses in the country, and Colorado State’s offense really came on late in the year.
CSU running back Kapri Bibbs led the Mountain West in rushing with 254 carries for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns. And Bibbs has done a really good job of exploiting terrible rushing defenses. He had 312 yards against Nevada, which ranks 122nd nationally in rushing defense, 201 against Wyoming (107th), 147 against UTEP (117th), 137 against Hawaii (104th), and 291 yards against New Mexico (120th).
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
You didn't think that Oregon wasn't going to have special uniforms for its bowl game, did you?
The Ducks released the 'Mach Speed'jerseys that it will wear against Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Oregon showed off both white and black duds, but since Texas was the away team and wore white in last year's Alamo Bowl appearance, Oregon will be donning white this year.
Nike says the uniforms are "the most innovative" yet, and we're a fan of the look of the white ones. They've got the distinctive Oregon flash but they're not incredibly outlandish. The Ducks have done well this year with its uniforms,including the pink helmets for breast cancer awareness.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
UPDATE: It's official. The game will be played on November 21, 2015 as a part of The Shamrock Series.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 20, 2013
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Neutral site games can really be hit or miss. It all depends on the location. A football game at Fenway Park? That would fall under the “hit” category for sure.