- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Ohio played the role of spoiler on Tuesday night.
Northern Illinois had the chance to clinch its sixth straight MAC West division title, but fell at home to the Bobcats, 26-21.
Both team started the game playing with their backup quarterback and ended the game playing with their third-string quarterback. Despite this, Ohio controlled things most of the way. Once the Bobcats took the lead early in the second quarter, they would never give it back.
JD Sprague started the game at QB for the Bobcats and threw a first quarter touchdown to Jordan Reid to take an early lead. Northern Illinois responded before the quarter ended with a Jordan Huff touchdown run, but the rest of the half was all Ohio.
Sprague left the game in the second quarter with a neck injury, but junior Greg Windham filled in admirably, helping the Bobcats jump out to a 20-7 halftime lead.
Northern Illinois was able to fight back in the second half. Ryan Graham, filling in for an injured Drew Hare, found Kenny Golladay for a 27-yard score to cut the lead to 20-14, but Graham left the game later in the third with a leg injury.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
The College Football Playoff committee unveiled the fourth installment of its rankings on Tuesday night.
Here are five takeaways from the latest offering:
1. Notre Dame needs help
Notre Dame had an extremely underwhelming performance in a 19-16 win over Boston College at Fenway Park over the weekend, and the committee rightly dropped the Irish out of the Top 4. The game wasn’t as close as the final score may indicate, but it wasn’t enough to merit keeping the Irish above the likes of Iowa, Oklahoma and Michigan State.
Now at No. 6, Notre Dame will need help to creep back into the Top 4, but first it needs to go on the road and knock off No. 9 Stanford – the highest-ranked two-loss team in Tuesday night’s rankings. On top of that, Stanford could be Notre Dame’s signature win, because right now, the Irish don’t have one (Navy? Temple?).
But a win over Stanford alone won’t be enough. Notre Dame needs someone ahead of it to slip up.
2. Win the Big Ten and you’re in, right?
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
After a weekend where three undefeated teams suffered their first loss, the College Football Playoff rankings saw a bit of a shake up.
Clemson and Alabama remained in the top two spots, but previously unbeaten teams Ohio State (No. 3 last week) and Oklahoma State (No. 6 last week) dropped from to No. 8 and No. 11 respectively.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Iowa made the leaps into the vaunted Top 4. The Sooners jumped up four spots to No. 3 after knocking off TCU to improve to 10-1 while the Hawkeyes (11-0) moved up one spot to No. 4 by staying undefeated with a win over Purdue.
Coming off its upset over Ohio State, Michigan State (10-1) moved up four spots from No. 9 to No. 5 while Notre Dame (10-1) dropped out of the Top 4 and to No. 6 after an underwhelming performance in a win over Boston College.
The rest of the Top 10 was rounded out by Baylor (9-1) at No. 7, Stanford (9-2) at No. 9 and Michigan (9-2) at No. 10.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper is going to the NFL draft.
His father told The Statethat Cooper would be playing his final game for the Gamecocks on Saturday against Clemson.
“He definitely appreciates the opportunity to play for South Carolina, and we as parents appreciate the opportunity they gave him,” Glen Cooper told the paper. He also said Pharoh didn't want to risk an injury and hurt his draft stock in 2016.
Cooper has 62 catches for 887 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. His per-catch averages are down from 2014, but that's likely because he's been the focal point for defenses on an inconsistent South Carolina offense. He had 69 catches for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.
South Carolina finished 2014 7-6 and beat Miami in the Independence Bowl. This season, the Gamecocks are 3-8 and will finish last in the SEC East.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that linebacker Ed Davis is one of three players who will apply for a sixth year of eligibility to play in 2016.
Davis was a preseason All-Big Ten selection and has been out for the season because of a torn ACL he suffered in fall camp.
Ed intends to come back for his sixth year,” Dantonio said at his press conference via iSportsWeb. “I think he qualifies for that. Brandon Clemons intends to come back for his sixth year and he qualifies for that. I believe Damon Knox intends to come back for his sixth year and I think he qualifies for that.”
Clemons is an offensive lineman and Knox is a defensive lineman. Clemons played in all 13 games for Michigan State in 2014 and Knox had three tackles in eight games in 2014. Dantonio said Davis and Knox would be recognized during senior day festivities on Saturday against Penn State.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
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Join Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg and Graham Watson for a Thanksgiving edition of the podcast. We wonder why teams like Iowa State and Syracuse are making coaching moves when the coaching carousel is already crowded and discuss with amazement the situation surrounding Les Miles at LSU. We also make some bold predictions for the weekend, which is the last full weekend of college football. How crazy is that?
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- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
The end of the college football season is never a welcomed sight for fans of all 128 programs. However, the end of November brings arguably one of – if not No. 1 – parts of the college football regular season in rivalry week.
Rivalries are a huge part of college football and matter for bragging rights among the teams and on the recruiting trail. Rivalries are often built on geography, tradition and history. However, rivalries can morph based upon the coaches involved, current success of teams or realignment in leagues.
With several huge rivalry matchups this week, Athlon Sports ranks the best 25 rivalries in college football. Army-Navy (played on Dec. 12 this year) ranks No. 1, but two matchups – Ohio State-Michigan and Auburn-Alabama – take place this week.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
A Wisconsin fan ejected from Saturday's game sent Wisconsin campus police a thank-you gift.
OK, it was sarcastic. But it was still a gift.
The fan sent the police department 20 dozen coconut donuts. His reasoning? Because no one likes coconut donuts.
Why a guy sent us 20 doz. coconut donuts...and how we all learned a lesson from it that we're now laughing about >> https://t.co/JZg1P3k0Fe
A friend was ejected from a Badger game at Camp Randall. Seats are not assigned, however stadium section is assigned at entry. 12 in his group was assigned 1 section, and he was assigned a different one. He tried to stick with the group he entered with and was promptly ejected from the stadium. He was upset about the situation, so he sent the department 20 dozen coconut donuts as a harmless sign of disapproval. Nobody likes coconut donuts.
The police department was able to track down the fan's email address and inquired as to why he sent the donuts. Here's his response from the police's Imgur page:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Hey Syracuse, if you're looking for a recognizable name to fill your coaching vacancy, you could do worse than Ed Orgeron.
The former Ole Miss and USC coach told Syracuse.com he would be interested in becoming the head coach at Syracuse. The school fired Scott Shafer on Monday. Orgeron is a former assistant with the Orange.
"First of all, my days at Syracuse were fantastic," Orgeron said during a telephone conversation. "I learned a lot under Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni. I know Coach (Dick) MacPherson and a lot of ex-players and a lot of players who are there now.
"I have a lot of respect for Syracuse. Great private school, great education, great tradition. So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I'd be highly interested in getting that job. I think it would be a wonderful opportunity to go back there."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Chad Carr, the grandson of longtime Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, died Monday after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. He was five years old.
“Exactly 15 months since his DIPG diagnosis, Chad gained his angel wings,” she wrote. “He left the earth peacefully and is now running and jumping in heaven. It is well with his soul.”
Chad was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable form of pediatric brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in September 2014. Doctors predicted he had somewhere around nine to 12 months to live.
Tammi announced on Nov. 11 that the family brought Chad home for hospice care because the treatments he was undergoing were no longer improving his condition.