- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
It’s nothing a new for a kicker to have to deal with some rough weather conditions when attempting a field goal. Wind, rain and snow are not uncommon for games played in December, but what about an Earthquake?
As Oklahoma State’s Ben Grogan lined up to attempt a 41-yard field goal there was apparently a 4.5 magnitude earthquake northwest of Jones, OK, which is about 52 miles southeast of Stillwater.
Oklahoma St. just made a FG during an earthquake. #OUvsOKST
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 7, 2013
Thanks for all the earthquake reports. USGS is reporting a 4.5 Mag earthquake SW of Jones Oklahoma at 12:10 p.m.
— tulsaworld (@tulsaworld) December 7, 2013
ESPN's David Pollack brings up Alabama's kicking game on Twitter and Cade Foster and AJ McCarron respondDr. Saturday15 hrs ago
During Friday night's MAC Championship game between Bowling Green and Northern Illinois, David Pollack, an analyst for ESPN, tweeted praise upon Mathew Sims, the kicker for Northern Illinois.
Sims had just drilled a 51-yard field goal and Pollack couldn't help mentioning the Iron Bowl in the process.
There is def one part of NIU's game that Bama wished they had, a FG kicker. This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+.
That's in obvious reference to Alabama's kicking issues against Auburn. Cade Foster missed three field goals and Adam Griffith came up short on that fateful 58-yarder that Auburn returned for the 34-28 win.
Foster was o-2 when Nick Saban decided to go for it on fourth-and-one with just over five minutes left instead of kicking a 30-yard field goal. Alabama came up short.
Foster saw Pollack's tweet and offered a response. So did his quarterback AJ McCarron, who defended his teammate in the days following the loss on Twitter too.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Maybe this is a precursor to Saturday BCS chaos?
Northern Illinois was removed from BCS bowl contention and Jordan Lynch's chances at the Heisman were dashed, after the Huskies were handled by Bowling Green 47-27 in the MAC Championship Friday night at Ford Field.
The previous two years in the title game, Northern Illinois had faced early deficits, only to come back from both and win each game. When it got behind early this Friday, there was no coming back.
Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the first half to Alex Bayer with 13 seconds left in the second quarter to put the Falcons up 31-13 heading into the break.
The Huskies and quarterback Lynch drove down the field for a touchdown to start the third quarter but a missed field goal on their next possession kept the deficit at 11. And With Bowling Green up 34-20 in the fourth, Johnson found running back Travis Greene for a 6-yard touchdown and a 40-20 lead. There was not nearly enough time for an NIU comeback.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Though he has only coached the Tigers for 12 games, Auburn believes Gus Malzahn is the man for the job long-term.
A day before the Tigers take on Missouri in the SEC title game, Auburn announced Friday that it has given Malzahn a six-year contract extension that gives Malzahn with a base salary of $3.85 million next year. The contract includes a $250,000 raise for each subsequent year until the final year in 2019.
"As I've said before, we want Coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time,” athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a release. "The new contract includes a raise and extension and is our statement that Auburn is committed to Coach Malzahn for the long haul."
Malzahn has led the Tigers to an 11-1 regular season and SEC title game just a year after Auburn went 3-9 in 2012.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
You don't need a ticket to get in to SMU's game against Central Florida on Saturday in Dallas.
But just be safe getting there. An ice storm has made traveling in the Metroplex dicey and has even led to the cancellation of Sunday's Dallas Marathon. So in hopes of getting as many fans as possible to the game, SMU is opening the game to the public.
Season ticket holders have first right of refusal to their seats, per the SMU website, and the rest of the seating is first-come, first-serve. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. local time for the game that kicks off at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
Central Florida clinched a BCS berth on Thursday night when Louisville beat Cincinnati. The cheapest ticket for the Sugar Bowl, the likely destination for the Knights,is $174.35 on Ticketmaster.
If SMU wins, the Mustangs are bowl eligible at 6-6.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Earlier this season we showed you the Missouri offensive line's Thursday tradition of dancing to Christmas music. And on the Thursday before the SEC Championship, they took it to another level.
Christmas Thursday! Viewer Discretion Advised https://t.co/KKOzSjhP2m
— Evan Boehm 7⃣7⃣ (@BIGboehmTHEORY) December 6, 2013
Yes, that's twerking. To Christmas music.
The Mizzou offensive line has been one of the strongest points of the team and has paved the way for 237 rushing yards per game. That's a stark contrast from a year ago when Missouri's line was hampered by injuries and the offense struggled as a result.
Will the Christmas Thursday magic continue on Saturday?
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
When Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall was ejected from last Saturday’s Michigan game after an on-field skirmish, he reacted by angrily throwing his helmet to the ground and then saluted the crowd with a classy two-finger salute.
For his actions, Hall received a reprimand from the Big Ten, and Friday at a media conference for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer announced that Hall will not be starting against Michigan State.
Marcus Hall will NOT start the game. #Buckeyes Will see where it goes from there.
— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) December 6, 2013
Meyer on not starting Marcus Hall. "I'm just very, very disappointed with his actions." — Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) December 6, 2013
Championship Week: Will Fresno State shake off the loss of an undefeated season to win the Mountain West over Utah State?Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Mountain West Conference Championship Utah State at No. 23 Fresno State Dec. 7, 10 p.m. ET, Bulldog Stadium
HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE: Utah State: In its first season in the Mountain West, the Aggies finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak to finish the MWC conference slate with a 7-1 record. USU lost early season contests with Utah and USC by a combined seven points, preparing the Aggies for its Mountain West schedule. A convincing 35-7 win over Wyoming gave USU the Mountain Division championship and its berth in the first ever Mountain West Championship Game.
Fresno State: Fresno appeared ready to pull off an undefeated season before being upset by San Jose State in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs had won their first 10 games of the year while averaging 47.3 points per game and leading the country with 410.3 passing yards per game. Had Fresno State remained unbeaten, a shot at an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game was certainly possible.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
What's there to do on a Friday in college when there's snow on the ground?
That's an easy question. Oregon's players went sledding Friday, complete with a ramp and shovel to maintain it. And Marcus Mariota, who announced that he was returning to Oregon earlier in the week, went with shorts and no coat. That's either gutsy or crazy. Maybe both.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
It looks like Missouri senator Claire McCaskill isn’t getting much work done on this Friday afternoon. Who can blame her? Her alma mater, the University of Missouri, is playing for an SEC title on Saturday, so she may be a bit distracted.
Just take a look at her couch:
Ok,haters out there pls ignore me for 48 hours.My Mizzou has big ass game on Sat & I'm obsessed.My couch: pic.twitter.com/OWF4We11Ux
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2013
Well said, Claire. The SEC title game against Auburn certainly is a “big ass game,” certainly big enough to warrant the purchase of an enormous stuffed Tiger to keep in your home.
That will definitely comfort visitors.
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H/T SB Nation