Faced with the decision to kick an extra point to tie or go for two and the lead late in games last weekend, two college football coaches did not hesitate to basically put it all one play instead of trying to get to overtime. Aggressive? Sure. Calculated? Absolutely. Risky? No way. Long before a coach makes that critical call he has assessed everything from his players to his playbook. There is nothing spur of the moment about the decision. In fact, it could have been made in a meeting room days before. So while it might have looked as if Utah and Eastern Michigan gambled and lost when their 2-point plays failed, the coaches who made those calls say the percentages were on their side. "It would
Avonta Crim has been waiting a long time to visit Notre Dame. Crim, a three-star safety from Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard, was scheduled to visit South Bend for the Georgia game Sept. 9, but had to reschedule due to Hurricane Irma. The Sunshine State talent will make the trip north this weekend to see the Irish take on USC, and couldn’t be more excited. “It’s pretty big,” Crim said. “I’ve been waiting for so long, it's good to finally be able to come up and see how everything is going.” Official visits anywhere are important, but Crim’s trip to South Bend is especially big because he believes he’ll be leaving town with an offer from the Irish. “I’m trying to get this offer from Notre Dame and they told
Quarterback: B+ Despite the loss, Terps quarterback Max Bortenschlager played one of the best games of his young college career. The sophomore went 17-for-38 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He continues to take care of the ball and not turn it over, while also displaying a strong, accurate arm when given proper protection. Bortenschlager wasn’t under as much duress against Northwestern as he was against Ohio State, and was able to operate the offense rather efficiently at times. He even had a few throws that make you wonder how he was ever buried on Maryland’s depth chart to start the year. Bortenschlager and the rest of the Terps offense’s biggest problem against the Wildcats was
Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit had season-ending hip surgery, the latest setback for coach Jim McElwain's team. Sherit injured his hip in the second half of a home loss to Texas A&M last Saturday and was eventually carted off the field. The Gators (3-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) also expect to be without safety Nick Washington (shoulder) and defensive back Quincy Lenton (knee) when they play third-ranked Georgia (7-0, 4-0) in nearby Jacksonville next week.
Statistically speaking, the Ohio State offense is among the elite in college football through the first half of the 2017. Sure, Ohio State's strength of schedule in the first half of the season is not setting any sort of records but most fo the teams in the top-10 nationally are in that same board (according to Jeff Sagarin's strength of schedule rankings). Since losing to Oklahoma, the Ohio State offense has been on a mission, scoring 50-plus points for four straight games and coming off of a 41 first down performance against Nebraska in Lincoln (Neb.) just last week. In fact, Ohio State ranks at No. 2 in total offense, No. 11 in passing offense, No. 18 in rushing offense and No. 3 in scoring
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 —