- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 mins ago
Well, no getting above .500 last week. But we got to it. A 5-5 week runs our record to 31-48-1. The goal now is to make a comeback and get to .500 for the rest of the year. Let's do this.
Oregon (-17) at Cal, 10 p.m. ET (FRIDAY): While this game is listed at Cal, it's actually being played at Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Cal is 120th in the country in scoring defense. While the Cal offense puts up points (10th in the country), it's not going to be enough to keep up with Oregon. The Ducks will cruise. (It's also worth noting this game has the highest over/under of the weekend at 79)
Minnesota (-5.5) at Illinois, Noon ET: If the Gophers are legitimate contenders for the Big Ten West, this is a game that they can't lose. Minnesota's offense is incredibly one-dimensional. However, Illinois can't defend that dimension. The Illini give up 5.26 yards per carry while Minnesota is 27th in the country with over 222 rushing yards a game. The Gophers control the ball and the game.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 mins ago
A day after a report surfaced connecting former Texas head coach Mack Brown to the opening at SMU, Rick Hart, the Mustangs’ athletic director, took to Twitter to put an end to the speculation.
(1/3) While it is not our policy to comment during a search process, the attention a recent report has attracted dictates it be addressed.
(2/2) While we have a great deal of respect for Mack Brown, no one associated with our search has contacted him or his representatives.
(3/3) To that end, there has been no offer or discussion of compensation with any potential candidates.
The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that SMU had already engaged in “preliminary discussions” with the 63-year-old Brown that included a salary of “$4 million annually over eight years.”
Brown, who now works as an analyst at ESPN, coached at Texas from 1998 through the end of the 2013 season and compiled a 158-48 overall record and won the 2005 BCS National Championship.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley noticed something about Colorado’s offensive line when studying the Buffs’ game tape.
“Colorado and their offensive line, I feel like if we get off with speed, we can beat them,” McKinley said per the Los Angeles Times. “They’re dirty, but if you use your hands, use your speed, rip and dip, we can beat them with speed.”
Dirty? What did he mean when he said Colorado’s line plays dirty?
"They try to chop block you,” McKinley said. “They try to tear your ACL. To me, that's dirty. But to them, it's their job. To me, it's pretty dirty."
McKinley is just a redshirt freshman who has never played against Colorado during his time at UCLA, though he was on the sideline for the Bruins’ home win over the Buffs last November. That game became pretty chippy when UCLA was flagged numerous times for roughing Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau while up big in the fourth quarter.
Liufau said the animosity from last year’s game could carry over to Saturday’s game at Folsom Field in Boulder.
“Maybe it’ll be chippy again,” Liufau said. “I have no idea.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
In every season there’s a weekend that looks like a dud and ends up being fantastic.
This could be that weekend.
While there aren’t a lot of games between ranked opponents, there are several possibilities for home upsets by unranked foes.
Here’s what to watch in Week 9:
Game of the week: No. 20 USC at No. 19 Utah, 10 p.m. ET If you’re looking for a typical high-scoring Pac-12 game, this probably won’t be it. USC’s running game, which has four consecutive 200-yard games, will face a stout Utah defense, which is second best in the conference against the run. The Utes have only allowed three rushing touchdowns all season and just 2.8 yards per carry. So a lot of the Trojans’ offensive pressure will be on quarterback Cody Kessler, who broke a school record with seven passing touchdowns last week, but will face a much tougher test this week. The Utes also lead the country with 33 sacks and have seven interceptions in the past four games. On the flip side, Utah’s offense has become a bit one-dimensional with the stellar play of running back Devontae Booker, but it will need either Kendall Thompson or Travis Wilson to play well at quarterback.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered his condolences to a high school in Tuscumbia, Ala., whose football coach tragically died last week.
In a letter dated Oct. 22 and addressed to Deshler High School athletic director Patrick Smith, Saban expressed his sadness for the death of Jake Linville, the 42-year-old coach who was in his first year as Deshler’s head coach.
“I have no doubt that Coach Linville was a great leader and not only well respected on the field and in the classroom, but in the community as well,” Saban wrote.
According to Al.com, Linville died last Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his childhood home near Colinwood, Tenn. Friends of Linville, who had been a coach at Deshler since 2010, say the shooting was accidental and not suicide.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
While the Syracuse basketball program appears to be the main focus of an ongoing NCAA investigation, the Orange football program is reportedly also a part of the probe.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the football team is “facing allegations involving extra benefits,” but only from a “two-or-three-year stretch around 2004 or 2005.” By comparison, the allegations surrounding the basketball program are said to go back “about 10 years and are as current as the 2013 season.”
If the allegations against the football program do stem from 2004 and 2005, that time frame would mark the end of Paul Pasqualoni’s tenure as head coach (1991-2004), and the beginning of Greg Robinson’s stint with the program (2005-2008). Additionally, McMurphy is reporting that “none of the allegations” occurred since 2009, when Doug Marrone took over. Scott Shafer replaced Marrone, now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, in 2013.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding will preside over the upcoming student code of conduct hearing for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, according to reports.
Winston faces as many as four conduct violations stemming from an alleged sexual assault of former student in December 2012. The state attorney's office in Tallahassee declined to press charges against Winston following an investigation last fall. The alleged victim filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, which prompted a Title IX investigation.
There is no set date for when Winston's student conduct code hearing will take place.
Harding, 79, was a state Supreme Court justice from 1991 to 2000. Harding is currently a practicing attorney with the law firm Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee, but has no ties to Florida State University. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Wake Forest and Virginia's law school. He was selected over two other retired Florida Supreme Court justices, Joseph Hatchett and Charles T. Wells.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Bryan Allen, the man who claimed he paid Georgia running back Todd Gurley $400 for his autograph, said he wants to see Gurley back on the field.
Allen’s attorney, Ed Garland, told WSB-TV Atlanta that he wanted to see Gurley reinstated and that he regretted prompting investigations by Georgia and the NCAA.
“He thinks he ought to be playing football this Saturday and thinks that he should not be punished,” Garland said. “He greatly regrets that he made the one payment to him — $400 — he wishes he never had.”
Allen allegedly sent SB Nation an email earlier this month stating that he had exchanged “thousands of dollars” with Gurley for signed memorabilia. It was later determined that Gurley had only received $400 from Allen, a payment Allen’s lawyer said was a one-time deal.
Georgia, this week, petitioned the NCAA to reinstate Gurley and make him available for the Bulldogs’ game against Florida on Nov. 1.
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For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
With less than a week before the unveiling of the first College Football Playoff rankings, Conference USA hired a public relations firm to help assist Marshall, one of four undefeated FBS football teams in the country, with its effort to earn a spot in the playoff.
On behalf of Marshall and Conference USA, Brener Zwikel & Associates, a Los Angeles area firm, sent out a release detailing the Thundering Herd’s accomplishments thus far this season.
The release offers a bevy of statistics about Marshall’s scoring offense and senior quarterback Rakeem Cato, and even a brief history of the program.
Ranked 23rd in the country, Marshall leads all FBS programs with a 30.8 points per game margin of victory and has a pretty strong chance of going undefeated this season.
Even if Marshall does go undefeated, we all know it has no shot to reach the College Football Playoff. Just look at its schedule. The combined record of the seven teams the Thundering Herd has played this season is just 20-33 and only one team left on its schedule – 4-3 UAB – has a winning record.
We appreciate the effort, Marshall, but it’s probably not going to happen.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Jameis Winston and Florida State will be visiting Louisville next Thursday to take on the Cardinals at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. To commemorate the occasion and troll the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jeff Ruby, a restaurant owner in Louisville tweeted that crab legs will not be available the night of the game.
Notice to our Louisville diners: Due to FSU & Jameis Winston being in town Thursday Oct,30, crab legs will NOT be available on our raw bar
Ruby, the owner of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, is of course referencing the April incident in which Winston stole crab legs from a Publix Super Market in Tallahassee, Fla.
It has been nearly six months since the incident, which resulted in a brief suspension from the FSU baseball team for Winston. We think the crab legs joke may have reached its expiration date at this point.
The game between the 6-2 Cardinals and the Seminoles, now 7-0 and ranked No. 2, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.
For more Louisville news, visit CardinalSports.com.
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