- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Jameis Winston was asked about the absence of Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on Sunday and said he hated that his team didn't get a chance to face a defender considered one of the best in college football.
"Well, I know a lot about Oregon's defense, period," Winston said. "I hate we don't get a chance to play against him. He's a great corner, but we played against [teammates] P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey, Tyler Hunter, on a daily basis. We see them every day, and I believe those guys are as good as he is, so we weren't really worried."
And then he upped the ante a little bit. If Ekpre-Olomu, who is out with a knee injury, was going to be in the Rose Bowl, Winston said Florida State wasn't going to avoid him.From Fox Sports:
"I don't mean to come off as arrogant, but we don't discriminate. Even if he was on the field, we were going to be looking forward to playing him.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
East Carolina will be without two defensive starters in the Birmingham Bowl against Florida.
The program announced Sunday that nose tackle Terry Williams and safety Domonique Lennon have been declared ineligible and won’t be able to play against the Gators on Jan. 3.
“While we are disappointed for Terry and Domonique, we expect everyone to succeed with the support system we have in place for our program,” head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “We talk about being responsible on and off the field as one of our core values, and when certain expectations are not met, no individual is above being held accountable.”
This is an unfortunate way to end the career or Williams, a 6-foot-1, 353-pound fifth-year senior. Williams returned from a knee injury to start eight games and appear in 10 games overall for the Pirates this season. He registered 34 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss this season and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors.
Lennon, a junior, started all 12 games this season at free safety and was third on the team with 65 total tackles.
The 8-4 Pirates will face the 6-5 Gators at noon on Jan. 3.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
North Carolina State WR Bo Hines announced Saturday that he'd be transferring.
Thank you Wolf Pack nation. pic.twitter.com/MWqyNeMw3K
Hines, a freshman, was N.C. State's leading receiver in 2014. He had 45 catches for 616 yards and was set to be an integral part of the Wolfpack offense in 2015.
He had three catches for 79 yards in the St. Petersburg Bowl win over UCF on Friday night.
Per the Charlotte Observer, Hines is expected to transfer to Yale.
“I truly enjoyed being Bo’s coach and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said in a statement.
Hines was a three-star recruitfrom Charlotte, N.C., out of Charlotte Christian High School.
Sophomore TE David Grinnage and sophomore WR Bra'Lon Cherry become the Wolfpack's leading returning receivers. Each had 27 catches in 2014 and Grinnage had 358 yards while Cherry had 354.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Miami running back Duke Johnson won't stick around for his senior season.
A day after the Hurricanes lost to South Carolina in the Independence Bowl, Johnson announced that he'd be heading to the NFL draft. "I will be going to the NFL next year," Johnson said via CaneSport.com. "I think at this stage in my life, I'm at the stage in the NFL where backs don't get too much value. I think it's best and get a jump while I can. It's what is best for me and my family."
He also said the decision was for his grandmother, a woman who has been an integral part of Johnson's life.
"At the end of the day everything I do is for her and my grandmother who has sacrificed so much," Johnson said. "This decision is made for them, too, just to help them out and put them in the best situation."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Texas Bowl Arkansas (6-6) vs. Texas (6-6) Houston Dec 29, 2014
If you have to pit two 6-6 teams against each other, you might as well do it with a historical rivalry in mind.
Texas and Arkansas are two former Southwest Conference rivals that used to engage in some epic games, but the two teams haven’t played since 2008. However, this game has the potential to get Arkansas on the right side of this rivalry after losing the last two in the series.
And Arkansas has to be feeling pretty confident after winning two of its final three — both wins against to 25 teams — become bowl eligible.
It’s fair to say Arkansas was the best 6-6 team in the country and it certainly played the toughest schedule with eight of those opponents ranked in the Top 25. However, the Arkansas offense, especially its running game, always seemed to be step-for-step with its competition. That’s due in part to Arkansas gigantic offensive line, which allowed the running game to average 220.3 yards per game, which ranked 28th in the country.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Russell Athletic Bowl Oklahoma (8-4) vs. Clemson (9-3) Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29, 2014
It's dejå vu all over again for Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight.
Last year, Knight became the darling of the 2013 bowl season with his performance against Alabama. As the Sooners upset the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, Knight was 32-44 passing for 348 yards, four touchdowns and a lone interception.
It was Knight's best performance of his young career and came as he was wrangling the starting quarterback job away from Blake Bell, who moved to tight end in 2014. Oh, and it also set up some unrealistic expectations for Knight's 2014 season.
And they were expectations that he unsurprisingly didn't fill. Before he suffered an incredibly frightening neck injury against Baylor, Knight was in the midst of a productive yet not spectacular campaign. While his stats didn't look horrible -- his one really bad game came against TCU -- there seemed to be frequent moments of longing from Oklahoma fans. Knight was playing well, but he could also play better.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Texas A&M (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5) Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 29, 2014
Do you like offense? If you do, you are obligated to watch this game if you're off work or record it if you're going to be away from a television. If there was ever a bowl game this season that promises points, the Liberty Bowl is it.
Of course, that paragraph means we could very likely see a 14-13 finish, but we're betting against it. Each team has scored 20 or fewer points just twice this season. For Texas A&M, it was the embarrassing shutout at Alabama and a 23-17 loss to LSU in the last game of the regular season. West Virginia's two worst offensive efforts came at Texas and against Kansas State.
The Mountaineers enter at No. 9 in the country in passing yards. Texas A&M is No. 12. The respective defenses are basically the same, at least in the yardage category. Texas A&M is ranked No. 62 in passing defense, a half-yard better (225.5) than No. 63 West Virginia.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will reportedly be the next coach of the Michigan Wolverines.
According to CSN Bay Area, Harbaugh has agreed to be Michigan's coach.
Confirmed: Harbaugh to Michigan! Press Conference Tues in Ann Arbor
When asked about Michigan following the 49ers' game against Arizona on Sunday, Harbaugh didn't deny anything. The team announcedHarbaugh had mutually agreed to part ways with the franchise.
Harbaugh asked if he'll be the next coach at Michigan: "There will be announcements made."
Harbaugh's move to Michigan was first tweeted by John U. Bacon on Saturday night. Bacon, a professor at Michigan, is the author of "Fourth and Long," a book about college football.
I just got off the phone with more sources tonight. It's done. Jim Harbaugh is coming to Michigan - and his friends are flying in Monday.
How do I know this? From his friends who are flying in.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A Holiday Bowl game that saw over 1,000 yards of total offense came down to a clutch defensive play by USC safety Leon McQuay.
After trailing 45-27 late in the third quarter, Nebraska battled back and cut USC’s lead to 45-42 and had the ball at the Trojans’ 31-yard line with under three minutes to go. Instead of attempting a game-tying field goal, Nebraska dialed up a sweep play on 4th-and-3 to speedy wideout De’Mornay Pierson-El.
McQuay sniffed the play out, following Pierson-El as he motioned from right to left and received a pitch, and then delivered a big hit to force a turnover on downs and ultimately seal a 45-42 USC win.
Before McQuay’s big play, there wasn’t much defense on either side. The teams combined for 1,040 yards of offense (525 for Nebraska, 515 for USC) and 50 first downs.
It was a back-and-forth affair early on. USC freshman Adoree’ Jackson returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score early in the first, but the Huskers led 17-10 after one via two Tommy Armstrong touchdown passes – one to Kenny Bell (7 catches, 71 yards) and one to Pierson-El (8 catches, 102 yards) – and a Drew Brown 34-yard field goal.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Part of the lead up to any bowl game is a slew of press conferences and photo opportunities with the head coaches from the two teams.
With the Texas Bowl between Arkansas and Texas coming on Monday, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Texas’ Charlie Strong appeared to pose for your everyday, run of the mill handshake photo. However, Bielema decided to make this one interesting.
See that? With his left hand, Bielema went with the Texas “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign, but he did it upside down. The “Horns Down” is considered disrespectful, so Bielema’s little gesture predictably caused a bit of an uproar.
Bielema told an Arkansas sports talk host that he did not do the “horns down,” leading some to believe that the picture was altered.