- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 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 preview the upcoming season. We chat about:
• The worth of preseason polls
• The College Football Playoff
• Auburn and Nick Marshall
• Boise State
• Graham's devil's advocate Oklahoma possibility
• Colorado (It's the most anyone has talked about Colorado in five years. Kidding.)
• If we are all warrior enough to play for Troy Calhoun at Air Force
Listen to the podcast in the player below ordownload the podcast here.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
A day after the tragic death of starting center Jason Bitsko, the Kent State players have already come up with a way to honor their fallen teammate.
Head coach Paul Haynes said Thursday that Bitsko’s teammates will wear his number, No. 54, on the side of their helmets through the season.
“Jason Bitsko was not just a Golden Flash, he was a son, he was a brother, he was a mentor, he was a friend,” Haynes said.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
When Texas A&M arrives at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium for next Thursday night’s season opener, the Aggies will be greeted by Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier.
No, the Ol’ Ball Coach will not be personally waiting outside the stadium when A&M’s team bus arrives. Instead, an enormous Spurrier banner will be hung up on the side of Williams-Brice.
This thing is massive. Take a look.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
This is an idea that sounds really good when you don't consider the possible drawbacks.
Iman Marshall,a five-star DB recruit according to Rivals, wants to take six official visits. However, NCAA regulations only permit five. Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU and Michigan are set and the fifth visit is between Oklahoma and Texas. So Marshall decided to enlist the help of fans on Twitter to decide his fifth visit.
We know how vicious fans can be on social media, so while Marshall may have good intentions, he's in a spot where he's opening himself up for a lot of trash talk, both towards himself and Texas and Oklahoma from the rival fanbases.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier voiced some concern Wednesday about the status of star running back Mike Davis for the Gamecocks’ season opener against Texas A&M next Thursday.
“Mike Davis has been hurt, he hasn’t practiced all week,” Spurrier said, . “I don’t know if he’d even be able to start or not. But we got Brandon Wilds, he’s ready to go. Shon Carson, Dave Williams, so we’re in good shape there.”
Running backs coach Everette Sands told The State he didn’t believe Davis’ injury, which occurred Saturday, was serious, but Spurrier made it sound like Davis may be limited for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks.
“He hasn’t practiced much, so we’ll see how much he’s ready to play for the game,” Spurrier said.
If Davis is limited or can’t go, the guys Spurrier mentioned – Wilds, Carson and Williams – should be able to fill the void. Carson and Wilds, both juniors, have seen significant touches in reserve roles for the Gamecocks throughout their careers. Williams, a well-regarded redshirt freshman from Philadelphia, is also ready to see his first game action.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
No one wants the jersey of an injured player.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State jersey retailers expect to take a significant hit this season because they have too many No. 5 jerseys and not enough people who want to buy them.
Ohio State announced earlier this week that quarterback Braxton Miller would miss the season after suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder. Even though Miller said he’d be back next season, no one wants to pony up the money in case that doesn’t work out.
“People want the numbers that are on the field, typically,” Kelly Dawes, owner of College Traditions near Ohio Stadium told the paper. “We felt it. Everybody who came in yesterday, they were all taking about” Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games just days away, coaches and players are still tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
Will Muschamp was spotted working at a Mellow Mushroom in Tallahassee on Wednesday night — well at least it was someone who looked like Muschamp.
Brendan Sonnone, who writes about Florida State for the Orlando Sentinel, tweeted out this gem of Muschamp’s doppelganger serving up some tasty pizza.
That’s not a bad likeness. The guy even has the right colored shirt on.
Of course this wasn’t really Muschamp, but go ahead and start the “Jobs Will Muschamp will have after he’s fired” jokes anyway.
SportsCenter anchor shows frustration with brief coverage of death of Kent State's Jason Bitsko (Video)Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
As a sports fan, I tend to instinctively flip to ESPN’s SportsCenter most times when I turn on my TV, but there are some days where I just can’t stand the show’s bombarding coverage of one or two main topics.
It used to be Tim Tebow, but that transferred over to nonstop segments about Johnny Manziel and, in the last week or so, injured Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.
“Guys like Bitsko don’t get headlines. Those go to Manziel not starting in Cleveland and Miller unable to play in Columbus,” Everett said.
Then, seeming a bit exasperated and definitely angry, Everett turned it over to a reporter with another update on Miller and the Buckeyes.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
The ubiquity of the Ice Bucket Challenge means that humans now have to do something original and spectacular to get noticed. But dogs doing the Ice Bucket Challenge? We'll definitely watch.
UConn's Jonathan XIV did the challenge to benefit the ALS Association this week and challenged Georgia's Uga IX. There shouldn't be much consideration for Uga IX to accept. On hot days at Sanford Stadium, Uga is given a bag of ice to lay on. This is going to be easy for him.
Jonathan was challenged by Northern Illinois' Mission, who did the challenge and also challenged Dubs at the University of Washington. It was still adorable even though Mission just sat in a kiddie pool of ice.
We anxiously await Uga's response. Maybe he'll challenge Bevo. Or Mike the Tiger.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Harvey Updyke is back in the public eye and this time it's for something good.
The man who poisoned the oaks at Auburn's Toomer's Corner is going to do a dunk tank for charity in September. The event will be September 27 in Mobile, Ala., and Updyke will be available not only for the dunk tank but for people to throw pies at his face as well.
"He thought about it and thought about it," his wife Elva Updyke told ESPN.com. "His daughter said he needed to do it because it will show that he's not as big of a nut as some people believe. He told them they can do whatever they want to him if it will raise money for kids."
The event is run by T.J. Hodges, who is raising money for the family of John Oliver, a terminally ill child in Mobile. Oliver had cancer and died in July. According to Hodges, former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and his mother Dee Dee Bonner are also helping organize the event.