- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Virginia Tech won't be the only team wearing decals to honor the two victims of the WDBJ-7 shooting Monday night.
Ohio State, its opponent, has asked to wear the decals as well.
“Ohio State expressed a desire to show its solidarity with Virginia Tech in remembering the vibrant lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. “Coach [Frank] Beamer and I both agreed it was a wonderful gesture on the part of [OSU athletic director] Gene Smith, [OSU coach] Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. We hope fans of both teams join us in hopefully providing some solace to the friends, families and co-workers who continue to miss Alison and Adam."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Thursday’s daily fantasy lineup didn’t do as well as I would have liked, though I did hear some people did finish in the money. I finished about a point out. I got some great performances out of my quarterback and receivers, but I definitely didn’t get enough production from my running backs and the lack of touchdowns doomed me in the end.
But it was only the first day and there’s a whole Saturday full of games to rectify my poor Thursday. So let’s find some winners.
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee ($10,000) On Thursday I went for a bargain quarterback and it paid off. This time, I’m picking the best guy off the board.
Dobbs is a legitimate dual-threat quarterback (you’ll learn that I favor these guys), so there’s a lot upside with the high price point. Dobbs played in six games a year ago, had eight rushing touchdowns and nine passing. He’s going to be a lot more comfortable now that he’s had some time in Butch Jones’ system and he’s more familiar with his playmakers. And going against Bowling Green defense that lost seven starters from a group that allowed 33.5 points per game a year ago is definitely a plus. Dobbs is worth the high price.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Christian Taylor, the Angelo State defensive back who was killed in an alleged burglary in Fort Worth, Texas, in August, had a synthic drug that can cause hallucinations in his system at the time of his death.
Taylor, 19, was shot by an officer in training who was responding to the burglary call at a car dealership on August 7. Taylor was unarmed.
The autopsy characterized the illegal psychedelic found in Taylor’s blood, NBOMe, as a drug that’s known to “cause distorted perceptions, agitation and hallucinations” and one that has been “associated with random and bizarre behavior in users.” The autopsy report likened some of the drug’s effects to those of LSD. Taylor’s autopsy also indicated recent use of marijuana.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Western Kentucky helped seal its victory against Vanderbilt with a stop on a two-point conversion with just over 30 second remaining in the fourth quarter Thursday night.
The Commodores had just scored a touchdown to cut WKU's lead to 14-12. A two-point conversion would have likely sent the game into overtime. But Western Kentucky read the play beautifully and stuffed Vanderbilt at the one-yard-line. According to WKU linebacker Nick Holt, the team had an idea of what Vanderbilt was going to run to get the game tied.
LB Nick Holt on Vandy's two-point try: "They ran the exact play that offensive coordinator has ran for years for two-point conversions."
The offensive coordinator Holt references is former Wisconsin assistant Andy Ludwig, who was hired as Vanderbilt's offensive coordinator in January. He was previously Wisconsin's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
You can't blame Colorado for having a beef with the officials in the final seconds of the Buffaloes' loss to Hawaii on Friday morning.
Trailing 28-20, Colorado was desperately driving down the field to score a late touchdown. After a completed pass didn't net a first down, the clock kept running. So the Buffs had to hurry to the line and snap the ball before time expired to get one more shot at the end zone. One problem. The ball never got spotted. This is why:
Let's be blunt; Colorado was likely not going to beat the Warriors anyway. The Buffaloes needed to not only score on the final play but also convert the ensuing two-point conversion – and then win the game in overtime.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
The game between Toledo and Stony Brook was called at halftime Thursday night with the Rockets leading 16-7.
The game was delayed for over three hours because of lightning delays because of thunderstorms in the area. The second half of the game will not be played as Stony Brook went ahead and kept its travel arrangements to get back to New York.
According to the Toledo Blade, the Rockets can petition the MAC and the NCAA for the game to count as a victory, though any official decision about the game had not been made when it was canceled. Petitioning for the win may not be a bad idea. Can you imagine if Toledo finishes the season 5-6 without it and misses out on going to a bowl game?
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Thursday’s season opener between TCU and Minnesota probably told viewers more about the Golden Gophers than the Horned Frogs.
TCU escaped with a 23-17 victory and it left a lot of people questioning whether the Horned Frogs were really the No. 2 team in the country.
Minnesota struggled mightily on offense until late in the game, but showed tremendous poise on defense against one of the nation’s premier scoring offenses and quarterback Trevone Boykin, a Heisman Trophy candidate.
While TCU did manage 449 total yards against the Gophers, the play in the red zone was lacking. The Horned Frogs settled for three field goals and missed one. Boykin completed 26-of-42 passes for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also added a rushing touchdown.
The Gophers held TCU to just 5.9 yards per pass and 4.6 yards per carry. It allowed a 36.8 percent third-down conversion rate. These are not typical TCU numbers, which should give Minnesota a measure of pride considering the Horned Frogs averaged 46.5 points per game last year and averaged 533 yards per game.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Utah made sure Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan head-coaching debut did not go as the faithful in Ann Arbor hoped.
Behind a stellar effort from senior quarterback Travis Wilson and a gritty defensive performance, the Utes held off the Wolverines 24-17 in front of a packed crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Utah used a balanced offensive attack to carve up the Michigan defense while the Utes’ D intercepted Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock three times – including a game-sealing pick six by Justin Thomas in the fourth quarter.
Harbaugh kept his starting quarterback decision tight-lipped all week, but he opted for Rudock, the graduate transfer from Iowa, over junior Shane Morris. And after Utah hit a field goal on its first possession, Rudock’s first drive as a Wolverine ended with an interception deep in Michigan territory – his first of two in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Wilson and star running back Devontae Booker were able to eat up chunks of yardage to help the Utes jump out to a 10-3 halftime lead.
Michigan opened the second half with a missed 44-yard field goal, and Utah responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a Wilson 14-yard touchdown run.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Baylor star defensive end Shawn Oakman has been suspended for the Bears’ Friday season opener against SMU, according to Bleacher Report.
Fox Sports reported that safety Orion Stewart also was suspended.
The reason for the suspension was not disclosed.
Oakman, a fifth-year senior, was an All-American last season after setting a Baylor single-season record 11 sacks. He finished the year with 51 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered.
Stewart was an All-Big 12 safety last season with 82 tackles and four interceptions.
Both outlets reported that neither player made the trip to Dallas.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Scooby Wright, Arizona’s All-American middle linebacker, left in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ season opener against UTSA with an apparent knee injury.
According to the Associated Press, Wright went to the sideline to have his knee worked on by a trainer in the first quarter. The junior attempted to return to the game, but “came off again” and “remained on the bench with his knee wrapped in ice."