The Southeastern Conference is not the behemoth it was when the league dominated college football for almost a decade, but for the first time in a few years, it has a team other than Alabama that could threaten to win a national championship. Georgia crept up to No. 3 in the AP college football poll on Sunday, and a case can be made the Bulldogs are still being undersold. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are now a unanimous No. 1 for the first time this season and, after four ranked teams lost last weekend, Penn State is No. 2. The Nittany Lions have not been ranked this high since 1999. As for the SEC, overall depth is lacking, but Georgia is providing strength at the top that has been missing. From
Houston Nutt wanted money and an apology from Ole Miss. He’ll have to settle for the second of the two — and a largely different future for the program he used to lead. It was Nutt’s lawsuit, remember, which exposed the documents that led to a Mississippi State fan finding Hugh Freeze‘s call to a Tampa escort service, which led to Freeze’s resignation, which led to… we have no idea what it will lead to, but, whatever that future is, it will be wildly different than if Freeze was still the Rebels’ coach. Nutt amended his lawsuit in August to seek simply an apology from Ole Miss, and that apology finally came on Monday. Each side released their own bitter, short statements. Nutt will go on, with
Miller is fresh off a trip to Ann Arbor. It was his second visit to Michigan and he got a little wet this time. The rain that came late in the game Saturday did not put any type of damper on his visit though. The Wolverines have a lot that Miller likes. "I had a poncho and I still had a great time at Michigan," said Miller. "It is just a great school with great fans and I got wet, but I had a great time up there. "What they offer academically is great and they are usually a top 30 school there. The coaching staff reminds me a lot of what it is like for me at Buford. There is a lot of history there and a lot of tradition. People talk about so many legacies and historical players and stuff there.
I can’t breathe. It’s unclear whether I’m actually alive right now. South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9, in Knoxville, on the banks of the Tennessee River. With the Vol offense on the 2-yard line and threatening to win the football game as time expired. You know what? I can’t do this. I’m too strung out, too stressed out, too whatever’d-out to write a column about this. In the words of Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, “I’m too old for this (bleep).” And I am. I really, really am. We won, I’m not exactly sure how it happened, we’re inexplicably 5-2 after losing most of the two-deep to injuries the last few weeks, so let’s just toss out Game Balls, get out of here without angering the Football Gods, keep
Everyone knows that Michigan’s offense has struggled mightily this season — including John O’Korn. The fifth-year senior quarterback was not afraid to admit he needs to be better when asked how he’d assess his own play so far this season. “I need to pick it up,” he said. “It’s as simple as that, and there’s no way around it. I’m definitely not up to my own goals and aspirations. I need to hit guys when they’re open — there were a few plays on Saturday where we had guys open, and I just need to find them. “It’s as simple as repping the plays, and executing each play the way it’s called. The one on the first drive to [freshman receiver] Donovan [Peoples-Jones] sticks out when he was wide open —
If you have been staying up late on the weekends to watch some Pac-12 football, then you are well aware of the impact running back Bryce Love is having for the Cardinal. You also have been watching him skyrocket up the Heisman board the past few weeks. Now, according to Bovada’s latest Heisman odds, Love has pulled even on the board with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. Barkley and Love each have 7/5 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, with Love seemingly gaining the momentum in the race according to Bovada the past few weeks. Love continues to pile up the rushing yards, while Barkley is accumulating all-purpose yardage in a variety of ways. Barkley was off this past week, which may have played a slight
Notre Dame (5-1) kicks off the second half of its schedule on Saturday when the #11 ranked Southern Cal Trojans (6-1) come to town. The Irish ground game has fueled the offense through six games, averaging 308 yards per game. Part of building the offense and improving the offense is diving into the numbers and finding out what areas are strong and where improvements can be made. NOTE: The overall numbers won’t match the official statistics. Any run that isn’t impacted by an offensive penalty (like holding) is counted when evaluating a plays success. Plays where the offense takes a knee at the end of a half or game are not included. Let’s begin with the overall breakdown of the ground game: A
Central Michigan stumbled on homecoming Saturday to Toledo, 30-10, at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in what was a gloomy filled outing. Losing four of their last five games, the Chippewas (3-4, 1-2 MAC) have now fell to UT (5-1, 2-0) eight straight times in the yearly series. "There’s nothing I’m glad about right now," said head coach John Bonamego said. "I think it’s a missed opportunity." Here are the five things we learned: 1. Running backs need to rise out of the current slump. Bonamego after the game said not running the ball effectively against Toledo was the catalyst in the 20-point loss. That's not to say Central Michigan ignored the group, consisted of Jonathan Ward and Kumehnnu Gwilly, but the
As a senior and team leader, Roberts is taking it upon himself to keep the team together as they prepare for a second-straight conference road game at Arkansas this Saturday. “Like I said, it's really tough losing a game like that. Great team that we played. But, as a leader, you have to be the one that can keep everybody together and nobody's falling apart and playing the blaming game. That's one thing we worked on as leadership this summer that improved a whole lot,” Robert said. The coaches gave the players a day off of practice Sunday but the team did hold meetings and reviewed video of the LSU loss. “It’s a sad feeling. You hurt after a loss like that,” linebacker Darrell Williams said.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin eliminated any brewing quarterback controversy on Monday night. During his radio show, Sumlin said redshirt freshman Nick Starkel will be the back-up quarterback behind freshman Kellen Mond. After missing five games because of a lower leg injury, Starkel was dressed out for last Saturday's game against Florida and participated in pre-game warm-ups. But that doesn't mean Starkel, who started the season opener against UCLA, will be moving back to the top of the depth chart. "He comes back right now as our back-up guy," Sumlin said Monday night. "As he continues to get healthy, that's going to be important for him to be engaged with this football team because just like
Batavia (Ill.) junior inside linebacker prospect Luke Weerts (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) was able to make his first recruiting visit to Western Michigan on Saturday. Weerts, who has been a key part of the state ranked Bulldogs (8-0) defense this season recaps his latest recruiting news and more here. "I went to Western Michigan on Saturday for a visit," Weerts said. "They ended up not playing the game because of the bad weather on Saturday but I still had a very good visit to Western Michigan." Weerts recapped his first impressions from his Saturday trip[ to Western Michigan. "It was an awesome visit and experience. I was able to see a lot of the school and I loved the campus along with the facilities
Original: August 2017 I’m back from my vacation and ready to resume sending the Crootletter. There is a new No. 2 recruiting class in the country on the 247Sports Composite: the Texas Longhorns. Tom Herman is not playing around. Texas has 17 verbal commitments, and 13 of those are rated four- or five-stars. That’s an absurd ratio. The Longhorns have the top four committed prospects in Texas (Nos. 2-5), and six of the top eight. That is some serious in-state dominance. Seventy-five percent of Texas’ high school commits are from the state. The most recent additions are defensive tackle Keondre Coburn and tight end Malcolm Epps. At 6’0 and 329 pounds, Coburn is built like a fire hydrant and plays
LSU coach Ed Orgeron resorted to coachspeak at his weekly newsconference Monday when asked about facing his former team, Ole Miss, on Saturday in Oxford as the Tigers' leader. "This game is not about me," Orgeron told reporters Monday. "Again, I will say this to you: I had a tremendous opportunity at Ole Miss. I didn't get it done, but the past is the past. This is way behind us. Me and my family have moved forward. I'm so happy to be an LSU Tiger. This is another an SEC game. It's LSU/Ole Miss. It means a lot, and it has nothing to do with me. This is about the team." In a one-on-one interview with ESPN's Chris Low, Orgeron took a bit of swipe at the Rebels. The Ole Miss game is just another
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Big Ten Joined ESPN.com in 2014 Graduate of the University of Notre Dame Follow on Twitter J.T. Barrett ties his own school record with seven total touchdowns in No. 9 Ohio State's 56-14 blowout victory of Nebraska. A crazy week in college football at large did more to confirm our suspicions in the Big Ten than cause any major shakeups. Four teams in the AP's Top 10 fell over the weekend, but all five of the league’s ranked teams were victorious and will likely slide up the polls because of it. A couple -- looking at you, Mitten State -- made things interesting in the fourth quarter. Others, such as Ohio State and Wisconsin, played to their strengths
Virginia is a victory from bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011 and receiving votes in the Top 25. It's all very impressive considering the Cavaliers are one year removed from finishing 2- 10. The Cavaliers' trio of captains are at the center of the turnaround.