- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns as Oregon beat Cal 59-41 at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.
Cal's defense entered the game 120th in scoring defense and simply couldn't stop Oregon, even as it forced Mariota into his first interception of the year.
The interception happened with Oregon driving for a touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter and a 31-28 lead. The ball was deflected before it got to Mariota's intended receiver and Stefan McClure came down with it in the end zone.
On its previous possession, Cal had pulled to within a field goal of the Ducks. Best case, Cal could take the lead before halftime after the interception. Or it could tie with a field goal. The Bears did neither.
Cal went three-and-out and gave the ball back to Mariota and the Oregon offense. Oregon scored three plays later as Mariota threw a 24-yard touchdown to Dwayne Stanford with 48 seconds left in the half. Any thoughts of an upset were quickly extinguished.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Maryland's Board of Regents voted Friday to tie performance bonuses of coaches at the school to its teams Academic Progress Rate, or APR.
APR is the annual NCAA measurement of academics. While the NCAA uses both single-year and multi-year APR scores -- and can penalize teams for failing to meet certain thresholds -- only the one-year scores are expected to count towards bonuses,per the Baltimore Sun.
Under the new policy, if Maryland teams don't have sufficient APR scores, the coaches can be denied their bonuses.
"I think this is another step for Maryland to be in the vanguard on issues of intercollegiate athletics," Board of Regents member and former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen told the Sun."They were a leader on guaranteed scholarships and now they are a leader in academic accountability."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Oklahoma State has dismissed freshman CB Juwan Offray after he an a teammate were found asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru Sunday morning.
The news of Offray's dismissal was first reported by OColly.com. The site cited a source that said the Whataburger incident was not the first time Offray had been in trouble with the team.OStateIllustrated.com confirmed the report of Offray's dismissal.
Offray and WR Jhajuan Seales were arrested after they were approached by police at about 4 a.m. Both players, according to a police report, “seemed very lethargic and confused” and “their eyes were red and watery with a glassy appearance." Police said they smelled an odor of alcohol when the doors to the vehicle were opened.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Former Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York was sent to jail Friday to serve a seven-day term after being convicted on two misdemeanor assault convictions.
In an incident that took place July 18 outside an Ann Arbor bar, York knocked a man unconscious with a punch and broke his jaw. York pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery on Sept. 22.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the victim did not request jail time for York, but Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines sentenced York to a week of incarceration.
"I feel very strongly that some jail term is appropriate to hold you accountable so you can reflect on your actions and see that your behavior will not be tolerated," Hines said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Minnesota's specialists have a great sense of humor. And yes, a Twitter account too.
Its long snappers, kickers and punters created the @MinnSpecialists account earlier in October. Thursday, they showed a picture of the day's practice "schedule."
Today's specialist practice schedule: pic.twitter.com/nD6RwEA13Q
It's great. We also appreciate the devotion to curls. Curls in the weight room serve many purposes. Not only are curls for the girls, but big biceps can help dispel any weak kicker stereotypes. You don't mess with a kicker with guns.
The account is two weeks old and it's already fantastic. Last week, K Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal that ended up being the winning points in a 39-38 win over Purdue. It probably helped with his recognition for fan autographs.
When you're trying to hug bae, but she's not feeling it... pic.twitter.com/t2kK25Qcgh
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Well, no getting above .500 last week. But we got to it. A 5-5 week runs our record to 31-48-1. The goal now is to make a comeback and get to .500 for the rest of the year. Let's do this.
Oregon (-17) at Cal, 10 p.m. ET (FRIDAY): While this game is listed at Cal, it's actually being played at Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Cal is 120th in the country in scoring defense. While the Cal offense puts up points (10th in the country), it's not going to be enough to keep up with Oregon. The Ducks will cruise. (It's also worth noting this game has the highest over/under of the weekend at 79)
Minnesota (-5.5) at Illinois, Noon ET: If the Gophers are legitimate contenders for the Big Ten West, this is a game that they can't lose. Minnesota's offense is incredibly one-dimensional. However, Illinois can't defend that dimension. The Illini give up 5.26 yards per carry while Minnesota is 27th in the country with over 222 rushing yards a game. The Gophers control the ball and the game.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
A day after a report surfaced connecting former Texas head coach Mack Brown to the opening at SMU, Rick Hart, the Mustangs’ athletic director, took to Twitter to put an end to the speculation.
(1/3) While it is not our policy to comment during a search process, the attention a recent report has attracted dictates it be addressed.
(2/2) While we have a great deal of respect for Mack Brown, no one associated with our search has contacted him or his representatives.
(3/3) To that end, there has been no offer or discussion of compensation with any potential candidates.
The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that SMU had already engaged in “preliminary discussions” with the 63-year-old Brown that included a salary of “$4 million annually over eight years.”
Brown, who now works as an analyst at ESPN, coached at Texas from 1998 through the end of the 2013 season and compiled a 158-48 overall record and won the 2005 BCS National Championship.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley noticed something about Colorado’s offensive line when studying the Buffs’ game tape.
“Colorado and their offensive line, I feel like if we get off with speed, we can beat them,” McKinley said per the Los Angeles Times. “They’re dirty, but if you use your hands, use your speed, rip and dip, we can beat them with speed.”
Dirty? What did he mean when he said Colorado’s line plays dirty?
"They try to chop block you,” McKinley said. “They try to tear your ACL. To me, that's dirty. But to them, it's their job. To me, it's pretty dirty."
McKinley is just a redshirt freshman who has never played against Colorado during his time at UCLA, though he was on the sideline for the Bruins’ home win over the Buffs last November. That game became pretty chippy when UCLA was flagged numerous times for roughing Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau while up big in the fourth quarter.
Liufau said the animosity from last year’s game could carry over to Saturday’s game at Folsom Field in Boulder.
“Maybe it’ll be chippy again,” Liufau said. “I have no idea.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
In every season there’s a weekend that looks like a dud and ends up being fantastic.
This could be that weekend.
While there aren’t a lot of games between ranked opponents, there are several possibilities for home upsets by unranked foes.
Here’s what to watch in Week 9:
Game of the week: No. 20 USC at No. 19 Utah, 10 p.m. ET If you’re looking for a typical high-scoring Pac-12 game, this probably won’t be it. USC’s running game, which has four consecutive 200-yard games, will face a stout Utah defense, which is second best in the conference against the run. The Utes have only allowed three rushing touchdowns all season and just 2.8 yards per carry. So a lot of the Trojans’ offensive pressure will be on quarterback Cody Kessler, who broke a school record with seven passing touchdowns last week, but will face a much tougher test this week. The Utes also lead the country with 33 sacks and have seven interceptions in the past four games. On the flip side, Utah’s offense has become a bit one-dimensional with the stellar play of running back Devontae Booker, but it will need either Kendall Thompson or Travis Wilson to play well at quarterback.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered his condolences to a high school in Tuscumbia, Ala., whose football coach tragically died last week.
In a letter dated Oct. 22 and addressed to Deshler High School athletic director Patrick Smith, Saban expressed his sadness for the death of Jake Linville, the 42-year-old coach who was in his first year as Deshler’s head coach.
“I have no doubt that Coach Linville was a great leader and not only well respected on the field and in the classroom, but in the community as well,” Saban wrote.
According to Al.com, Linville died last Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his childhood home near Colinwood, Tenn. Friends of Linville, who had been a coach at Deshler since 2010, say the shooting was accidental and not suicide.