- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday24 mins ago
Don't let the final score of Ole Miss' 35-13 win over Boise State fool you. It was not a convincing win, at least for the first three quarters.
Hell, those first three quarters – the first half, especially – were the perfect example of why college football should have a preseason. Mind you, we're not advocating for a preseason in college football. But anyone who is in favor of it and doesn't use the first two quarters of Thursday night's game isn't making the best argument possible.
In the first 30 minutes, Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace and Boise State QB Grant Hedrick combined for six interceptions. The teams combined for 13 penalties, including seven Ole Miss false start penalties. It was brutal.
Through three quarters, Ole Miss led 7-6. But finally in the fourth, the Rebels looked like the team that could be a sleeper in the SEC West as Wallace threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns in the span of three drives and three passes to pull away.
The third TD was a simple short pass to Cody Core that Boise's defenders just utterly whiffed on.
College Station furniture store owes customers more than $1 million after A&M's upset of South CarolinaGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday59 mins ago
It’s a good thing the Ashley Furniture located in College Station, Texas, because they’re going to owe Texas A&M fans more than $1 million.
The store put out a promotion earlier this month saying it would cover the costs of furniture purchased between Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 if Texas A&M defeated South Carolina by at least 10 points.
The Aggies were a 10-point underdog, but ended up winning 52-28 (24 points for the math challenged).
Store owner Mark Wilks told ESPN that 600 people purchased furniture during the promotional period which totaled more than $1 million. One fan bought $20,000 worth of furniture — now that’s confidence.
The store did take out insurance for the promotion, so all of its debts are covered, the store will just have to pay the insurance 15 percent of what it will reimburse.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
When you play for Eastern Illinois, unless you make some sort of amazing highlight play, you’re probably not going to get a whole lot of publicity – especially when your team is getting trounced on the road at Minnesota.
This is an exception.
Facing a big second half deficit, EIU junior linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill was apparently not too thrilled with the play of Minnesota senior guard Zac Epping, so he gave him a little nudge in a place where no man wants to be hit.
Grugier-Hill was promptly ejected by the officials, and rightly so. Usually that kind of cheap shot comes with some sort of subtlety, but not in this instance.
Even though a starting lineman had a sore groin, Minnesota went on to win the game, 42-14.
For more Minnesota news, GopherIllustrated.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Maybe it’s not the player; maybe it’s the system.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his offensive staff might not have gotten enough credit for their t utelage while Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was leading the Aggies, but after watching Kenny Hill, a first-year starter, pick apart South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium, there has to be something to Sumlin’s method.
Hill, who played poised and confident, set a school record by throwing for 511 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Aggies to an improbable 52-28 upset.
It was a little like the performance Manziel gave during his first start against Florida — but better. In fact, Hill shattered Manziel’s passing yardage record and had a season opener that rivaled the performance Jameis Winston gave against Pittsburgh during his first start.
Of course it wasn’t just Hill alone. He got major help from what might be the best offensive line in the SEC and Malcome Kennedy slid into the role of go-to receiver with 14 catches for 137 yards. Three different receivers — Josh Reynolds, Edward Pope and Ricky Seals-Jones — had touchdown catches while three different running backs handled the load on the ground.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum predicted before Texas A&M's win over South Carolina that A&M QB Kenny Hill would have a hard time adjusting in his first SEC game.
Hill did not, setting A&M's single-game passing record in the Aggies 52-28 blowout win. Perhaps Finebaum took out the frustration of his missed prediction on the SEC Network's halftime set.
(GIF via MockSession.com)
After Finebaum's mishap, it was clear that the tabletop of the SEC Network set is in four pieces for easy setup, removal and transport. And we'll call the unsecure section a product of a new network. There are bound to be some things go wrong in the first actual game broadcast, and if that was the only thing that went wrong at Williams-Brice (outside of South Carolina's performance), it's a good telecast.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Now that Tim Tebow is working as an analyst for the SEC Network, we’ll get to see a lot of the former Florida quarterback in our lives.
So far, he’s been a natural on camera, and in the pregame coverage of Thursday night’s game between Texas A&M and South Carolina, Tebow blessed his loyal viewing audience with an impression of Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier.
Tebow’s impression was prompted by a candid pregame chat between Spurrier and A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on the field while the teams warmed up. Tebow was recruited by Spurrier, so he is certainly familiar with his small talk.
We’ll be waiting anxiously for Spurrier’s response – a response that hopefully includes his own impression of the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Former Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer played in 26 games in two seasons for Brady Hoke after Hoke was hired away from San Diego State in 2011. Mealer was a backup for Hoke in 2011, but was inserted into the starting lineup at center for his fifth-year senior season under Hoke, so it’s safe to say he knows his former head coach pretty well.
I think this video that Mealer posted onto his Instagram account gives further evidence of that,
That is an extremely accurate impression. For reference, here’s a clip from a recent Hoke press conference.
Pretty well-executed, right? I think so.
Mealer, who currently plays for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League, had a brief stint with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He was also featured in an episode of ESPN’s E:60, which chronicled a tragic car accident that resulted in the death of his father and girlfriend and the paralysis of his brother.
It’s worth your time.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Ole Miss LB Serderius Bryant was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Rebels' game against Ole Miss Thursday night.
It was not a borderline hit, either. While Bryant protested the call, he lowered the crown of his helmet into Boise State QB Grant Hedrick's helmet.
The call was upheld after review. Had it been overturned, not only would Bryant have been able to stay in the game, but the 15-yard penalty for the foul would have been removed as well. Last year, the first season of the targeting rule, if a foul was overturned, the ejection went away but the yardage was still applied to the foul.
Bryant's post-foul absence is a costly one as well. He led Ole Miss with 78 tackles last season and Denzel Nkemdiche is suspended for the game. It wasn't ultimately costly on the drive, however. Hedrick threw an interception shortly after it.
After he went to the locker room, Bryant took to Twitter.
That's the game of football
Bryant's ejection is not the first this year in college football. Georgia State's Tarris Batiste was ejected for targeting in the third quarter of the Panthers' game against Abilene Christian Wednesday night.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Line judge Allen Andrick left the game between Louisiana-Monroe and Wake Forest after ULM safety Justin Backus plowed into him while trying to avoid tripping over a Wake Forest receiver.
Andrick was on the ground motionless for a few seconds before finally sitting up. Members of the Wake Forest training staff attended to him immediately and were checking the back of his head. Andrick walked off the field under his own power, but did not return.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
For more Louisiana Monroe news, visit WarhawkReport.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Louisiana Monroe asked all its fans to wear camo for its "Camo Out" night promotion against Wake Forest. And since the team expected fans to wear camo, it had to follow suit too.
The Warhawks are wearing camoflauge uniforms against the Demon Deacons, and yes, they're as hideous as you think.
We can confirm that the camo did not make the ULM players blend in with the field, however. On its first possession of the game, the Warhawks had a punt blocked that went into the end zone for a Wake Forest touchdown.
In case you missed it before or want to see it again, here's the ridiculous commercial promoting the game.
Willie Robertson was in attendance. Duck Dynasty is filmed in Monroe, La.
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