- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday52 mins ago
When the season began, much of the talk about the Pac-12 revolved around an impressive crop of starting quarterbacks. However, just three weeks into the season, depth at that position has become more important than ever.
Last weekend, both Arizona State’s Taylor Kelly and UCLA’s Brett Hundley — two of the premier quarterbacks in the league — suffered injuries that could keep them out for an extended amount of time. I say “could” because neither coach Todd Graham nor coach Jim Mora has been too keen on announcing exactly what is wrong with either quarterback or how long either will be out.
But in their absences, we watched Kelly’s backup Mike Bercovici and Hundley’s backup Jerry Neuheisel take the reins of their respective teams with mixed results. Neuheisel, who came into last week’s game against Texas in the first quarter, threw the game-winning touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Bruins a 20-17.
By the time Bercovici came in in the third quarter against Colorado, the Sun Devils were leading 38-17. He threw four passes, completed two of them for eight yards and helped Arizona State secure a 38-24 win.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
It didn’t take long for Jameis Winston’s obscene outburst in the Florida State student union on Tuesday to become a teaching moment for other programs.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told The Tim Brando Show on Wednesday that he thinks coaches need to do a better job of educating players about who and what they represent as it pertains to themselves and the universities for which they play.
“I believe wholeheartedly that it is my job and our staff’s job to help these young men navigate life long after football,” Freeze said. “I suspended a kid this year for the first game because of a public scene he had in the summer in a public place. It was not the type of language or behavior that I think a young man should want to be, particularly when representing our university and our football team.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is not a fan of Oklahoma's recruitment of Dorial Green-Beckham.
In a column for USA Todaypublished Wednesday, McCaskill criticizes the Sooners for their pursuit of the former top recruit in the country. After playing for two seasons at Missouri, Green-Beckham was kicked off the team in April.
He was involved in an incident in which he forced his way into an apartment and pushed a woman down some stairs. The woman, a friend of his girlfriend, declined to press charges in the matter citing the attention and possible backlash.
McCaskill, a Missouri fan and alum, references a recent poll asking what coach college football coaches would want to have their son play for. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops tied Georgia's Mark Richt as the most popular coach.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has no plans to turn pro after this football season. In fact, he has his sights set on returning to the FBS.
Fields is currently playing at Trinity Valley Community College and his coach Brad Smiley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Fields plans to go through the recruiting process from junior college and get back to the FBS for 2015.
"Everything he has said to me and everything his family has said to me is the plan is for him to get his (Associate's Degree) and to play Division I again," Smiley told the paper Tuesday. "He is excited about going through that process and playing Division I again. He has not said anything about coming out to play in the NFL."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Jameis Winston apologized Wednesday afternoon for yelling an obscene phrase on the Florida State campus on Tuesday. He met with the media not long after the school announced he had been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson.
The phrase, which we cannot repeat here, is a vulgar meme that has been shouted by videobombers during live newscasts before.
"First of all I want to apologize to the university, to my coaches and to my teammates," Winston said. I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation it was a selfish act and that's not how you do things around here. I really want to apologize to my teammates, because I've now made a selfish act for them.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
During last weekend’s upset win against USC, Boston College wore red bandana-inspired helmets, gloves, socks and cleats to honor Former Boston College lacrosse player Welles Crowther.
The additions were supposed to be a one-time deal, but Boston College has decided to keep the inspirational adornment s around for the rest of the season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Florida State has suspended starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday's game against No. 22 Clemson a day after Winston shouted a sexually explicit phrase in the middle of the student union on Tuesday.
Winston issued a statement prior to his regularly scheduled media meet saying he was sorry for his "selfish act."
Coach Jimbo Fisher, who was asked about the incident on the ACC teleconference, said he spoke to Winston, and was still mulling punishment.
"We're deciding. We're talking and things (are) going on right now," Fisher said of Winston's status before the punishment was announced. "It's not something that we want or are indicative of. And it's not a good decision. It was something that had to be addressed."
This is the first football-related suspension of any kind for Winston (though he was suspended during the baseball season for the crab legs incident and did serve community service).
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
And then there were two.
After just three weeks of the 2014 college football season, only two of 14 Big Ten teams remain unbeaten – Nebraska and Penn State.
The conference’s general ineptitude has been a big story his year. Big Ten teams have gone an awful 1-10 against Power Five schools so far, but Nebraska’s Saturday night home matchup against Miami has the potential to turn the tides a bit for the downtrodden Big Ten.
The Huskers are coming off a dominant 55-19 road win over a bad Fresno State team. It was a good way to bounce back from a near disaster against FCS McNeese State. If not for a heroic effort from standout running back Ameer Abdullah on the game-winning late fourth quarter score against McNeese, the overall scope of the Huskers’ season thus far would look drastically different.
Nonetheless, Bo Pelini knows his team needs to kick it up a notch with Fresno State in the rearview mirror and the Hurricanes coming to Lincoln.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins said Tuesday that the university's academic investigation into some football players involves a student who was employed by the athletic department.
Jenkins spoke to Notre Dame faculty on Tuesday and said the athletic department became aware of “a potentially problematic situation involving a current student athlete as well as a student who served for a brief time as a paid student employee of the athletic department, although that position had no role in academic tutoring or advising of student athletes.”
Jenkins said he didn’t think there had been any improprieties by members of Notre Dame’s fulltime staff, but that because this student was earning money for his work, the NCAA could consider his or her involvement an “extra benefit,” which would be an NCAA violation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Texas A&M WR Speedy Noil will probably miss Saturday's game against SMU after he suffered a knee injury against Rice.
Kevin Sumlin announced Tuesday that Noil, a freshman, would likely not play.
Sumlin says Speedy Noil is probably out this week, and some reports on his injury are "completely false."
Noil has been reported to suffer a sprained MCL and could miss 3-5 weeks with the injury. Sumlin said Noil's injury would be evaluated after the SMU game.
Texas A&M laid down new sod on the field as part of renovations to Kyle Field. The new turf coupled with heavy rains in the days before the game meant the field was comung up in chunks against Rice. According to Texas A&M's athletic director, doctors said any injuries sustained in the game had nothing to do with the field conditions.