- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 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. Saturday6 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. Saturday6 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.
For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 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."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams may not have seen South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore twice in the end zone Thursday night. But you can be sure he'll be seeing him a lot in his mind for the rest of the season.
Williams threw two costly interceptions to Moore – one in the first quarter and one when North Carolina was clinging to hope in the fourth quarter – and his Tar Heels fell 17-13 to the Gamecocks in Charlotte.
The plays were very similar too. Both times Williams was looking for a receiver near the back of the end zone and both times he made the throw while on the run. And both times Moore was sitting in underneath coverage at the front of the end zone. If Williams saw him, each throw was incredibly poor. It's more likely that he didn't. They were like missiles locked in on Moore's hands.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Tommy Myers gave us our first circus catch touchdown of 2015.
The UConn tight end juggled the ball for a second before he was able to bring it in in the first half against Villanova on Thursday night.
He also gets points for effort after the catch. He didn't simply have to catch the ball for the touchdown. Myers had to break a couple tackles and dive for the end zone. Take a look.
The point after was blocked so the touchdown gave UConn a 6-0 lead. The Huskies held on to win 20-15. It was the second-straight year Villanova played a team from the northeast close in the first game of the year. The Wildcats lost a close game to Syracuse to start 2014.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
With the season set to begin in a few short hours we've got the final list of preseason odds for the Heisman Trophy and College Football Playoff from Bovada.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is the favorite for the Heisman at 5-1. He was behind TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin in July, but is now just ahead of the QB, who stays at 6-1.
OSU QB J.T. Barrett is in third after leaping from 25-1 in July. He's now at 8-1. Oddsmakers clearly think he'll be the starter. Or the betting trends do. Cardale Jones is listed at 16-1.
When it comes to the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes are still the top team with odds of 5-2. The theoretical final four based off the odds would be filled out with Alabama (7-1), TCU (7-1) and Baylor (12-1), who is tied with Notre Dame. Yeah, lots of people like to bet on Alabama and Notre Dame.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
With the college football season upon us, we thought it was a great time to provide an animated history lesson of all the national champions in college football history.
That’s right, in one GIF, we give you every national champion beginning with the 1869 season (and what a crazy two-game season that was, amiright?) all the way to the reigning champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
Some cool notes about this:
- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat.
With the 2015 season just days away, who has the best quarterback situations in college football? And which teams should be concerned? We ranked all 128 quarterbacks – with a few stipulations. This is not a list of career achievements or NFL Draft stock. Both of those elements were considered, but we also weighed value to the team, scheme, projection for 2015, recruiting background, talent and production so far. Anything you can think of to evaluate quarterbacks was used in this ranking.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Dr. Saturday is getting in the daily fantasy game.
With the increase in daily fantasy popularity, we decided to use our college football knowledge to help you have a more fun — and profitable — college football season.
Unfortunately, Yahoo Sports does not offer a college football daily fantasy game, so we took our talents to FanDuel to compile the best lineups. Usually, this feature will post on Friday for Saturday games, but since Thursday is the opening day, we thought we’d add this weekday exception.
Thomas Sirk, Duke ($5,100) I debated about whether to spend big money on the quarterback position by grabbing Trevone Boykin or Brandon Doughty, but Sirk might be the best value pick on the board.
He’s a dual threat, which is always a nice find in daily fantasy. Last season, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored eight rushing touchdowns. His passing stats aren’t nearly as prolific, but he did complete 10-of-14 passes for 67 yards and three touchdowns. Remember, these numbers are all as a backup. He’s now the unquestioned leader of the offense and coach David Cutcliffe has a lot of confidence in his new signal caller.