Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns as Oregon beat Cal 59-41 at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.

Cal's defense entered the game 120th in scoring defense and simply couldn't stop Oregon, even as it forced Mariota into his first interception of the year.

The interception happened with Oregon driving for a touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter and a 31-28 lead. The ball was deflected before it got to Mariota's intended receiver and Stefan McClure came down with it in the end zone.

On its previous possession, Cal had pulled to within a field goal of the Ducks. Best case, Cal could take the lead before halftime after the interception. Or it could tie with a field goal. The Bears did neither.

Cal went three-and-out and gave the ball back to Mariota and the Oregon offense. Oregon scored three plays later as Mariota threw a 24-yard touchdown to Dwayne Stanford with 48 seconds left in the half. Any thoughts of an upset were quickly extinguished.

Thanks to Oregon's inability to completely hold down Cal's potent offense, there was another small glimmer of hope for Cal in the fourth quarter as the Bears forced Oregon to punt with nine minutes to go while trailing 52-35. However, Bryce Treggs fumbled the punt and Oregon recovered.

A play later, Mariota had his fifth touchdown of the night, hitting TE Pharoah Brown for a 21-yard TD over the top of the Cal defense.

Mariota now has 24 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns this season through Oregon's first eight games. It's his second five-touchdown game of the season. And you know who else has two five-TD games? Mariota's main competitor for the Heisman Trophy, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott.

Prescott has 22 total touchdowns through six games and his team plays at Kentucky on Saturday. If both his and Mariota's team keep winning, one of the deciding factors in the fight for the Heisman could be the number of trips to the end zone. 

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Posted: October 25, 2014, 6:19 am

Maryland's Board of Regents voted Friday to tie performance bonuses of coaches at the school to its teams Academic Progress Rate, or APR.

APR is the annual NCAA measurement of academics. While the NCAA uses both single-year and multi-year APR scores -- and can penalize teams for failing to meet certain thresholds -- only the one-year scores are expected to count towards bonuses, per the Baltimore Sun.

Under the new policy, if Maryland teams don't have sufficient APR scores, the coaches can be denied their bonuses.

"I think this is another step for Maryland to be in the vanguard on issues of intercollegiate athletics," Board of Regents member and former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen told the Sun. "They were a leader on guaranteed scholarships and now they are a leader in academic accountability."

While the policy is set to take effect immediately, it won't apply to coaches like football coach Randy Edsall or men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon. It's only for new coaches. The policy is for all of the state schools in the Maryland system, though Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese said before the vote that she thought the policy was asking a lot.

In August, Maryland announced it would provide lifetime scholarships for athletes. The Big Ten followed suit earlier in October and said the conference had approved multi-year scholarships for all of its member schools.

Will this Maryland move mean other conference teams will follow suit?

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Posted: October 25, 2014, 4:40 am

Oklahoma State has dismissed freshman CB Juwan Offray after he an a teammate were found asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru Sunday morning.

The news of Offray's dismissal was first reported by OColly.com. The site cited a source that said the Whataburger incident was not the first time Offray had been in trouble with the team. OStateIllustrated.com confirmed the report of Offray's dismissal.

Offray and WR Jhajuan Seales were arrested after they were approached by police at about 4 a.m. Both players, according to a police report, “seemed very lethargic and confused” and “their eyes were red and watery with a glassy appearance." Police said they smelled an odor of alcohol when the doors to the vehicle were opened.

Both players received complaints for public intoxication and Offray received a complaint for hampering as police said he initially lied about his identity.

Offray was a three-star cornerback in the class of 2014 according to Rivals. He was the No. 31 recruit in the state of Louisiana. He had three tackles in seven games this season for the Cowboys, who play West Virginia on Saturday.

For more Oklahoma State news visit OStateIllustrated.com.

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Posted: October 25, 2014, 1:12 am

Former Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York was sent to jail Friday to serve a seven-day term after being convicted on two misdemeanor assault convictions.

In an incident that took place July 18 outside an Ann Arbor bar, York knocked a man unconscious with a punch and broke his jaw. York pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault and battery on Sept. 22. 

According to the Detroit Free-Press, the victim did not request jail time for York, but Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines sentenced York to a week of incarceration.

"I feel very strongly that some jail term is appropriate to hold you accountable so you can reflect on your actions and see that your behavior will not be tolerated," Hines said.

York’s seven-day sentence will be split into two stints. His first four days will occur immediately, then he will return on Oct. 31 for the final three days. In addition to his sentence, York will have to complete 24 months of probation, $540 in fines, and $2,134.70 for the victim’s medical expenses.

York was suspended by the Michigan program in early August before ultimately being dismissed August 18. In his one season with the program, York played in one game.

York is currently enrolled at the University of Toledo.

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Posted: October 24, 2014, 9:33 pm

Minnesota's specialists have a great sense of humor. And yes, a Twitter account too.

Its long snappers, kickers and punters created the @MinnSpecialists account earlier in October. Thursday, they showed a picture of the day's practice "schedule."

Today's specialist practice schedule: pic.twitter.com/nD6RwEA13Q

— Gopher Specialists (@MinnSpecialists) October 23, 2014

It's great. We also appreciate the devotion to curls. Curls in the weight room serve many purposes. Not only are curls for the girls, but big biceps can help dispel any weak kicker stereotypes. You don't mess with a kicker with guns.

The account is two weeks old and it's already fantastic. Last week, K Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal that ended up being the winning points in a 39-38 win over Purdue. It probably helped with his recognition for fan autographs.

When you're trying to hug bae, but she's not feeling it... pic.twitter.com/t2kK25Qcgh

— Gopher Specialists (@MinnSpecialists) October 19, 2014

A couple of Gopher Specialists holding an autograph session at Mall of America. Line hasn't picked up yet... pic.twitter.com/QGvi4edRIU

— Gopher Specialists (@MinnSpecialists) October 17, 2014

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Posted: October 24, 2014, 8:33 pm

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.

UCLA at Colorado (+14), 2 p.m. ET: Colorado is due to play someone tough at home and UCLA has performed horribly against the spread this season. The Bruins are 1-6 against the number, the only win coming in a 62-27 demolition of Arizona State, a win that looks really weird right now. And last week, the Bruins almost lost to Cal, a team that beat Colorado in three overtimes. Colorado's losing streak goes to four on Saturday, but not before giving UCLA a bit of a scare.

West Virginia (PK) at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. ET: I'm flip-flopping from the Dr. Saturday podcast. The more I look at this game, the more West Virginia looks enticing. Oklahoma State's offense is in a funk and West Virginia's isn't. The Mountaineers are sixth in the country in yards per game while Oklahoma State is 77th. And the Cowboys aren't going to be able to cover West Virginia WR Kevin White, either. Consider this game Dana Holgorsen's revenge and White tops 100 yards receiving once again.

Michigan at Michigan State (-17), 3:30 p.m. ET: If this game was in Ann Arbor, Mich., then the rivalry game unknowns apply and Michigan has a chance. With it in East Lansing, Mich., Devin Gardner and company has no shot. Michigan's offense won't be able to get anything going against State's defense, and Connor Cook throws for three touchdowns in an easy win. Michigan's misery continues.

Florida Atlantic at Marshall (-28), 3:30 p.m. ET: With the news that Marshall has hired a PR firm to help it campaign for the College Football Playoff, the Thundering Herd can do a lot of campaigning on the football field. And that's by winning big whenever possible. Marshall not only needs to go undefeated to even have the slightest hope of a playoff berth, but it needs to demolish opponents. Marshall is 10th in the country in rushing yards and FAU can't stop the run. Bad recipe.

Vanderbilt at Missouri (OVER 42.5), 4 p.m. ET: Missouri's offense has been absolutely brutal the last two weeks. Much of the blame has been pinned on the play of QB Maty Mauk. And while it's easy to say Mauk has regressed from his substitute stints in 2013, it's worth heavily noting that Missouri's top three WRs didn't return in 2014. Vanderbilt is a good opportunity for Mauk to gain some confidence and Missouri to re-establish the quick tempo it's been unable to sustain against Georgia and Florida. The Tigers could go over the number themselves.

Ole Miss (-3.5) at LSU, 7:15 p.m. ET: While "bad Bo Wallace" hasn't showed up in conference play for Ole Miss, even if he does in Death Valley, the Rebels' defense should be able to counter. While LSU is third in the country in yards per completion, neither Brandon Harris or Anthony Jennings have really seized the starting job. Jennings is scheduled to make his third straight start on Saturday, but he's not going to find much success against Ole Miss' defense. Will we see Harris at all?

USC at Utah (PK), 10 p.m. ET: A game with national importance at home for Utah? it's going to be rocking. The Utes can take control of the Pac-12 South with a win Saturday night and will do just that. Devontae Booker won't repeat his 226-yard performance from against Oregon State, but Utah's rushing offense will be the difference.

Arizona State (-3) at Washington, 10:45 p.m. ET: This is our Pac-12 after dark pick too. This game could continue the trend of nutty late games on the west coast. It's also a game of iffy quarterbacks, and we like Arizona State more because of it. ASU QB Taylor Kelly could play for the first time since suffering a foot injury at Colorado. If he doesn't, his replacement, Mike Bercovici, has played very well. Washington QB Cyler Miles may not be cleared to play after suffering a concussion. If he doesn't play, it's a very uphill task for the Huskies.

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Posted: October 24, 2014, 6:43 pm

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.

— Rick Hart (@AD_RickHart) October 24, 2014

(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.

— Rick Hart (@AD_RickHart) October 24, 2014

(3/3) To that end, there has been no offer or discussion of compensation with any potential candidates.

— Rick Hart (@AD_RickHart) October 24, 2014

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.

SMU is looking to replace June Jones, who resigned in September after the Mustangs started 0-2. Since then, defensive coordinator Tom Mason has been leading the program which is now 0-6 on the season heading into Saturday’s home game against Memphis.

Joe Jamail, Brown’s agent, told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman that Brown will decide in December if he wants to return to coaching. Jamail said that SMU was one of schools that reached out to Brown.

“He was approached, I was approached, but he’s not interested in coaching anywhere right now,” Jamail said.

With Brown’s obvious ties to the state of Texas, his candidacy at SMU makes sense. It’s clear that the school’s search to replace Jones is still in its infancy, so it remains to be seen if Brown’s name will continue to be linked to the opening.

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Posted: October 24, 2014, 6:39 pm

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.”

When asked about McKinley’s comments, CU offensive line coach Gary Bernardi told the Denver Post that his players are taught to play with “aggressiveness within the rules.”

“We would never teach them to ‘high-low’ a defender. Generally speaking, that’s what injuries result from. We don’t teach it, and we haven’t been called for a penalty for it all year,” Bernardi said.

It remains to be seen whether McKinley’s comments will add a bit of extra juice to this game. The 2-5 Buffaloes are 0-4 in Pac-12 so far this year, while UCLA (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) rebounded from back-to-back losses last week in a win over Cal.

The game will kick off at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Posted: October 24, 2014, 5:18 pm

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.

Game to watch:
No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. ET

Kentucky kind of spoiled this game by tanking against LSU last week, but there’s still a little intrigue because it’s a nationally-televised game and because Mississippi State is playing as the No. 1 team for the first time ever. The Bulldogs have done a stellar job of playing well against teams ranked in the top-10, but how will they fare against a team with significantly less fanfare? No one expects Mississippi to lose this game, but that’s exactly why it’s worth tuning in just in case.

Also check out…
No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 24 LSU, 7:15 p.m. ET

Playing the Ole Miss defense is not a good prospect for a team that has some uncertainty at quarterback. The Rebels are allowing just 10.6 points per game, which leads the FBS, and have almost as many defensive touchdowns (4) as they’ve allowed (6). Last week, it allowed Tennessee zero rushing yards. There’s no doubt LSU is playing better, but beating Florida and Kentucky aren’t even close to trying to beat the No. 3 team in the country. Because this game is at LSU at night there’s a little bit of upset alert, but Ole Miss should handle the Tigers fairly easily.

Don't waste your time with:
Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. ET

Remember when Michigan used to dominate this series? Yeah, hasn’t been like that in awhile as Michigan State has won five of the past six meetings. The Spartans have been dominant this season, especially in Big Ten play, while Michigan has struggled in every facet of the game all year. Michigan State has come out fast against a lot of teams this year, dominated in the first half and it should be more of the same in this one. Michigan doesn’t have the horses to keep up with the Spartans.

Keep an eye on:
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

White is quickly becoming a household name after piling up 100-yard games and abusing defenses. He has more than 100 yards receiving in every game this season, which is a school record. Oklahoma State’s pass defense is one of the worst in the country and White should be able to abuse it, further making his case for a spot in New York for the Heisman ceremony.

Upset alert:
No. 4 Alabama (-17) at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m. ET

For the second consecutive week, there aren’t many options for upset alerts and this one probably won’t be an upset either. However, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Tennessee cover this line, especially at home. The crowd is going to be motivated because of the return of former coach Lane Kiffin and that should spur on the Vols even if they are at a pretty severe competitive disadvantage.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 24, 2014, 4:17 pm

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.

★ Nick Saban is a class act.Deshler's football coach dies and Saban sends the school this letter.@TheAlabamaLogo... pic.twitter.com/5WgOBsiRin

— Roll Tide #15™ (@jerrysandersRTR) October 24, 2014

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.

That is certainly a classy gesture from Saban as he and his coaching staff prepare for Saturday’s road contest at Tennessee.

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Posted: October 24, 2014, 3:57 pm

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.

Syracuse.com reported Thursday that the football team could be “potentially exposed to penalties.” When reached by Syracuse.com, Marrone said he was not invited to the upcoming hearing in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis (reported to take place on Oct. 30-31).

“There’s nothing that I know about that we did that wasn’t either punished or put forth,” Marrone said. “One thing I did, if we made a mistake, an incidental contact or something, I just always reported it. It’s not worth it. This way I can sleep at night.”

It was first reported in March 2013 that the Syracuse basketball program was under NCAA investigation for academic issues and alleged extra benefits. Since then, the athletic department restructured its academic services department.

The infractions hearing will reportedly mark the end of the investigation and could result in NCAA punishment.

For more Syracuse news, visit CuseConfidential.com.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: October 24, 2014, 2:56 pm

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.

For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 24, 2014, 3:59 am

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.

Thanks to Saturday Down South

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 23, 2014, 11:45 pm

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.

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Posted: October 23, 2014, 11:33 pm

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

— Jeff Ruby (@TheRealJeffRuby) October 23, 2014

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.

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Posted: October 23, 2014, 9:23 pm

Northwestern cornerback Dwight White started six games as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and was expected to make an impact for the Wildcats defense in 2014 until one trip to the doctor changed everything.

According to the Chicago Tribune, White learned in June that he had only one kidney. Thursday, four months after the discovery, White officially decided to retire from football.

“Being a member of the football program at Northwestern University has been a huge blessing,” White said in a statement. “This football family is part of who I am, and that won't change with this decision I've had to make for my long-term health. It hurts knowing I will no longer wear my family name across my back and Northwestern across the front of my jersey on a national level, but I will always support my friends and my second family on and off the field.

“As I get older, I will be able to look back on this decision and feel good about the time I have had here as a student-athlete. I'm so grateful to be here at Northwestern where I'm able to continue my education at this prestigious University. I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, teammates and especially the Northwestern Sports Medicine staff for all of their support."

After the discovery, which affects an estimated one in 750 children, White and his parents met with many medical professionals and decided he could continue to play. That decision eventually changed when White “took a blow from a teammate during practice” and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors discovered that White had blood in his urine stemming from a kidney contusion.

Though the decision was difficult, after further consulting with his parents, coaches and medical professionals, White decided to retire. Tory Lindley, Northwestern’s head athletic trainer, said the kidney bruise “left doubt in White’s mind.”

“In our world,” Lindley said, “a doubt means no.”

When White saw the fear his mother had at the idea of him returning to the field, it was a “wakeup call” that helped him make his decision.

“We were trying to think of a way to keep me on the field. But when I saw it was hurting other people, that was a wakeup call,” White said. “I saw my mom break down a little bit.”

White is on schedule to graduate in June 2016 with a degree in Communications and will remain on full scholarship. He’s now helping the football program with its recruiting and marketing teams by designing digital posters.

"We love Dwight and we're proud to have him as a part of the Wildcats football family,” head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “It's disappointing to lose a great teammate from the field but I'm excited he's able to remain involved in the program, and I'm looking forward to his continuing development as a student, a leader and a professional at Northwestern."

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Posted: October 23, 2014, 8:23 pm

Less than two weeks after a sexual battery complaint against Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris was dropped, the university released nearly 200 pages of police documents pertaining to the case Wednesday. The documents include the incident report and a detective’s extensive interview with Harris hours after his accuser alerted authorities.

Throughout the interview, Harris expresses disbelief that the woman would accuse him of rape. He insisted that the two had consensual sex after the two hung out earlier in the day and saw each other that night at a club in Gainesville – the same day Harris helped the Gators beat Tennessee on Oct. 4.

Harris, confused as to why the woman would accuse him of rape, asked the detective if he would be able to speak with the woman, but the detective tells him several times that it would not be a good idea. The detective also questioned Harris about a text message he sent the woman the day after the alleged incident which said “Don’t tell nobody bout nothing.” Harris explained the detective that he sent that to her because he didn’t want another woman to find out the two had sex.

Additionally, during the interview, Harris seemed concerned that news of the allegations would come out and create headlines. He asked the detective on several occasions if the news will be “on ESPN.”

Det. J. Faroni: It's all like right here. Okay. Well, that's not bad. So here's what's going to happen, okay? Like the Lieutenant explained to you is right now your room is being sealed off. What we're going to do is apply for a search warrant to go take anything that's potentially evidence in this case for the allegation. Okay? So until that's done you're not going to be able to access your room.

Treon Harris: So is this going to be on ESPN and stuff?

Det. J. Faroni: I have no idea what's going to happen with any of that stuff. What we're doing is a criminal investigation. If someone comes forward to us with an allegation, we investigate it. Okay? What I can tell you is we're really good at our job...

Treon Harris: Yeah.

Det. J. Faroni: ...and I promise you that this will be resolved the way it's supposed to be resolved.

Treon Harris: Yes, sir.

Det. J. Faroni: Okay?

Treon Harris: Okay.

37 Det. J. Faroni: So what that means is whatever happened is going to come out and it's going to be done.

Treon Harris: Uh-huh.

Det. J. Faroni: Okay? So, it's much better to just deal with this right now, right...

Treon Harris: So it's going to get on ESPN.

Det. J. Faroni: ...then put it off, put it off, put it off. What's that?

Treon Harris: So you're saying it's going to get on ESPN?

Det. J. Faroni: I'm not even talking about ESPN anymore.

Treon Harris: Oh.

ESPN was brought up again later in the conversation – Jameis Winston, too – this time by the detective.

Det. J. Faroni: I know you were asking about ESPN and all that stuff. I have no idea. I can't tell you if they're going to do anything or not. I can tell you we're going to investigate it is the best I can give you. What the media does is 100 percent out of my hands. Okay? And I think that kind of settled in a little bit for you right there, didn't it?

Treon Harris: Yes. Because I got no (inaudible).

Det. J. Faroni: No, no, I know. That's a big deal. The last someone wants is to go — I mean what was his name at FSU?

Treon Harris: Jameis.

Det. J. Faroni: Don't want to go down that road, right?

Treon Harris: (Inaudible) though I can't believe If that would've happened, she would've came in yesterday. You know what I'm saying?

Part of Harris’ confusion was why the accuser didn’t come forward the day after the incident was said to have occurred, which is what he references in the last line above. Instead, she waited an entire day.

The accuser eventually dropped her complaint on Oct. 10 and Harris was reinstated to the football team on the same day. After being held out of the LSU game on Oct. 11, Harris played last weekend against Mizzou and is expected to start the Gators’ next game against Georgia on Nov. 1.

Treon Harris interview and report by Deadspin

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: October 23, 2014, 7:31 pm

Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we are stunned that we're entering Week 9 of the college football season. We discuss:

• Bo Pelini's comments regarding ESPN and the SEC Network and partnerships and platforms

• North Carolina's academic investigation findings

• Pick USC/Utah, Mississippi State/Kentucky and more

• Buy or Sell a non-Power Five team making the Playoff, Utah winning the Pac-12 and a wide receiver's chance of being in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 23, 2014, 7:26 pm

Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Justin Brent found a good way to shake off the Irish’s loss to Florida State during the bye week.

Brent, a true freshman, was spotted sitting courtside at a New York Knicks preseason game at Madison Square Garden with adult film actress Lisa Ann. As pointed out by TMZ, Lisa Ann is 42 years old while as a true freshman, Brent is probably no more than 18 or 19.

Though he hasn’t registered a statistic for the Fighting Irish this season, that’s quite the catch for Brent off the field.

According to TMZ, the two met “earlier this year while Lisa was traveling” and she “made the first move and gave Brent her number.”

Notre Dame doesn’t play against until its November 1 contest with Navy at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., so we are going to assume that he had off from practice on Wednesday.

Brent, a four-star recruit in the 2014 class out of Indianapolis, has appeared in three games this season.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: October 23, 2014, 4:58 pm

Les Miles may want Katy Perry to take a smell test.

Miles' LSU Tigers host Ole Miss on Saturday and three weeks ago, when ESPN's College GameDay was at Ole Miss, Perry served as the show's celebrity guest picker. (Her manager is an Ole Miss alum)

During her segment, Perry broke out corn dogs, a gag in reference to a joke popularly utilized by Ole Miss fans that says LSU's Tiger Stadium smells like corn dogs.

GameDay is at LSU on Saturday and so Perry came up during Miles' Wednesday press conference. He was unaware of what Perry had done.

"No, what happened?" Miles asked when the topic was brought up. "She likes corn dogs?"

He was then told about the gag. "Did she? Oh no she didn't," Miles said.

(You can view video of Miles' comments at approximately the 6-minute mark here at TigerBait.com)

After further explanation of the joke, Miles laughed and disagreed.

“I guess there’s things to talk about that are important and things that are not, right?" Miles said. "I’d have to say that people who make observations about how other people smell based on the fact that their nose doesn’t work well. I guess if that’s the issue — I want you to know one thing and I’ll say it very honestly. I have gone to Tiger Stadium and never smelled corn dogs."

If you're at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, please capture the air and send us a smell sample. We need to settle this immediately.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 23, 2014, 3:37 pm

Georgia coach Mark Richt is being positive when it comes to the chances of suspended RB Todd Gurley being reinstated by the NCAA.

"I'm optimistic," Richt said Wednesday via UGASports.com. "I think that we as an institution and Todd as an athlete did everything within the protocol of the governing body, the NCAA. So, hopefully all will end well and hopefully sooner rather than later."

Gurley was suspended on October 9 for allegedly taking money for signing autographs. Georgia applied for Gurley's reinstatement this week in anticipation that he'll be ready for the Bulldogs' next game against Florida. He's missed games against Missouri and Arkansas.

For Gurley to be available for the Florida game, the NCAA doesn't have to make a decision this week. Georgia is off on Saturday.

"The first week, the Thursday prior to the Missouri game is when the news came out," Richt said about the suspension. "I gave Todd the choice whether he would be at practice or not. At first he wanted to be at practice, wanted to be with his teammates, but after he thought it through he thought he might possibly be a distraction to the team," Richt said. "He didn't want to be that, and he wanted the coaches, at least for one practice to do whatever we needed to do to get the guys ready to go, so to speak. He ended up not going to practice on that week, but the next week he was there."

Freshman RB Nick Chubb has filled in admirably as Gurley's replacement. Chubb has been called into duty not only because of Gurley's absence but also an injury to RB Keith Marshall. While Richt is optimistic about Gurley returning, he isn't about Marshall being on the field against Florida. Marshall returned to practice this week but isn't apparently close to playing after a leg injury.

"I'm not really optimistic right now from what I've seen," Richt said. "I'm not saying that he couldn't play, but right now I wouldn't say Keith is lighting it up right now. He's still kind of feeling his way."
Richt also said he hopes RB Sony Michel will practice next week after a shoulder injury and that J.J. Green has moved back to safety in anticipating of Gurley's return. Green had been taking reps at running back, a position he played in 2013.
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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 23, 2014, 2:37 pm

Division II North Greenville QB Nelson Hughes joined an exclusive club of quarterbacks with a touchdown pass and reception in the same game on Saturday against Mars Hill. And to make his feat even more rare, his touchdown pass was from himself.

Hughes' pass at Mars Hill's 47-yard-line was deflected and batted back to him. He caught it and then the fun began.

Neslon took off to the right, but had nowhere to go. He made a sharp cut back to the left, causing two defenders to miss a tackle. From there, he had blocking lined up along the left side and sprinted into the end zone. It's a run that's highlight worthy on its own even without the batted pass.

However, North Greenville lost the game 30-27.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 23, 2014, 1:46 pm

Oklahoma State and Texas offensive coordinator are suing each other.

The school filed a lawsuit against Wickline last week for breach of contract. This week, Wickline fought back with a countersuit.

Wickline left Oklahoma State when coach Charlie Strong was hired at Texas. In his contract with Oklahoma State, he owed the balance of the contract ($593,478) if he left for another position and was not his new team's play-caller. The school wants that money. Wickline doesn't want to pay it.

He says he's calling plays for Texas. Oklahoma State says he isn't. When Wickline was hired along with offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson in January, Strong said Wickline would call plays. In March, Strong said the two would share playcalling duties and Watson would have the final say.

And here's where it gets even trickier. Texas quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson has been referred to recently by media as the team's playcaller, something that the Austin American-Statesman says Texas has not moved to correct. 

For what it's worth, Watson referred to himself in the singular first person Wednesday when asked about scripting plays during the Iowa State game on Saturday. On Monday, Strong credited Wickline with adding quarterback runs for QB Tyrone Swoopes into the playbook.

Per the American-Statesman, Oklahoma State says in its lawsuit that “Wickline is neither the offensive coordinator, nor does he have play calling duties" and he is nothing more than an assistant who made a lateral move.

Wickline's lawsuit says that the Oklahoma State “lawsuit is baseless and its sole purpose is to interfere with coach Wickline’s ongoing employment relationship with UT and the UT contract.”

Oklahoma State first sent a letter to Wickline in March, dated shortly after Strong's comments about sharing the playcalling duties. Via ESPN:

"It has now come to our attention that you do not have 'play-calling duties,'" OSU athletic director Mike Holder wrote in his March 24 letter to Wickline. "Instead, it appears that your head coach has confirmed that Shawn Watson, not you, will be calling the plays. Thus, in reality it appears you unilaterally and voluntarily terminated the contract to make a lateral move and as such a waiver of the liquidated damages clause of the contract is not triggered."

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 23, 2014, 1:13 pm

Jockeying for position in the race for the Heisman Trophy is a fluid process.

While sometimes a player emerges early and captures the bronze statue (Jameis Winston), others need a Heisman moment late in the season to seal the deal (Johnny Manziel).Mississippi State's Dak Prescott remains at the forefront of the Heisman conversation. (AP)

This year, players have floated on and off our list, but only one has been a constant. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who didn't have a game last week, remains our favorite, but the chase pack, which is full of talented players, isn't far behind.

Here's a look at Dr. Saturday's Heisman Watch:

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Prescott has had a week to breathe following three consecutive wins against top-10 teams. The challenge this week will be staying at a high level against an opponent without a ranking in front of its name. Kentucky is coming off a lopsided loss against LSU last week, so it might be easy to overlook the Wildcats. But if Prescott wants to win this thing, he needs to play at the same level he played in the past three games.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: Gordon added 175 yards and four touchdowns to his totals on Oct. 11 against Illinois (off last week) and should be able to continue to pad those stats this week against a Maryland team that is allowing nearly 200 rushing yards per game. Gordon has rushed for at least 140 yards in all but one game this season.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Mariota is steady, that's probably the best compliment for him. With the exception of the Arizona loss, Mariota has been stellar all season. Against Washington, he threw for a season-high 336 yards and two scores and kept his streak of no interceptions alive. He should be able to have similar success this weekend against a Cal secondary that allows nearly 400 passing yards and 38.4 points per game.

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: White has at least 100 yards in each of West Virginia's seven games this season, which is a school record. He had an eight-catch, 132-yard performance in the upset of Baylor and hasn't found a secondary that can contain him. It's tough for receivers to win this award, but White could make a case if he continues to put up gaudy stats. That shouldn't be a problem this week against Oklahoma State, a team that allows nearly 300 yards in the air.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana: Coleman might be the best running back no one is talking about simply because of the team for which he plays. Coleman has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season and has had two 200-yard games. One of those 100-yard games came against Michigan State last week (15 carries for 132 yards). Coleman is the workhorse for the Hoosiers and he'll probably manage 100 yards in every game this season. Unfortunately, since his team is 0-3 in the Big Ten, he's not going to get a lot of love from voters. Still, he deserves an early Heisman mention.

BY THE NUMBERS
  Comp. % Pass Yds. Pass TDs INTs Rush Yds. Rush TDs
Dak Prescott
61.5
1,478
14
4
576
8
Marcus Mariota
70.2
1,957
19
0
289
5
 
Yds./carry
Yds./game
Rush yards
Rush TDs
Rec. Yds.
Rec TDs
Melvin Gordon
7.9
174.3
1,046
13
27
1
Tevin Coleman
8.8
170.3
1,192
11
140
0
 
Catches
Rec. yards
Yds./catch
Rec. TDs
Kevin White
69
1,020
14.8
7

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 23, 2014, 4:00 am

Fed up with your coach? Perhaps it’s time to put their job on Craigslist.

That’s what one Florida fan decided to do this week by posting a Wanted Ad for a new Florida football coach to replace Will Muschamp, who hasn’t actually been fired (yet).

The state of Florida's flagship university is seeking a Qualified Candidate to develop and implement an exemplary football program while providing leadership on and off the field. This position should be available no later than Midnight Saturday, November 29th, but as soon as early morning Sunday, November 2nd.

Obviously, that Nov. 2 date coincides with the day after the Gators next game against Georgia. Florida is on a bye this week.

Muschamp started the season on the hot seat and has done nothing this year to get off it. The Gators are 3-3 this season and coming off an embarrassing 42-13 loss to Missouri.

The ad does have some humorous parts if you’re so inclined to read the entire thing (it is a little long). Here are a few of the better requirements:

- Ability to win games against glorified high schools and junior colleges, aka "cupcakes", especially when the contest is held on the university's own campus.
- Your offense must be able to score more points than the opposing team's defense. Your offense must be able to score more points than the opposing team's special teams as well. There can never be any confusion whether it's the actual players in uniform instead of drunk cheerleaders/Albert/Alberta.
- Must not be a graduate of the University of Georgia.
- Must not have the last name of Zook. We tried you out once. Didn't work out. Sorry.

The ad also endorses Spurrier as the next coach, something I think we all want to see happen.

While, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley hasn’t been ready to address Muschamp’s future just yet, we have no doubt that some of the criteria listed in this ad is probably on his wishlist.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 22, 2014, 9:44 pm

Robin Kiffin, the mother of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, is not looking forward to his return to Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday.

Alabama visits Tennessee, and it's Kiffin's first game back in Knoxville since he left after one year to become USC's coach before the 2010 season.

"I'm scared to death for his safety," his mother, Robin Kiffin, told CBS Sports. "Some people were visiting us last weekend from Tennessee and they said they better not let him on the sideline, they should put him in the press box. I want him to be in the press box."

Kiffin's three kids will not be going to the game.

Kiffin has been coaching this season at Alabama from the sideline and will be there on Saturday. When asked about Kiffin being on the sideline during Wednesday's SEC teleconference, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he wasn't worried about it, though he did seem exasperated about the questions.

"Yeah," Saban said. "I mean, why not? We're going to play our game and do what we feel like we need to do to give our players the best chance to be successful. That's the decision that we made early in the season, before the season started, actually, that would help our offensive team and our quarterback. I don't understand why it would be any different in this game."

Before that comment, Saban asked a reporter why he used the word "really" in asking if Kiffin was really apprehensive about returning to Knoxville.

"Why would you say 'really'? I haven't really heard much about it," Saban said. "I think the most important thing for us is we need to focus on the game. The game is not about that. The game is about the players and regardless of what fans think or what fans do, I think our coaches and our players need to focus on what we're going to do in the game and how we're going to help ours play their best."

Kiffin signed a six-year contract at the school but left following a 7-6 season. Pete Carroll had left USC to coach the Seattle Seahawks, and Kiffin decided to go back to the school where he was co-offensive coordinator. Few Tennessee fans have forgiven him for leaving so quickly.

"I know that Tennessee fans have some really hard feelings," former Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton told CBS. "Tennessee is a storied program, so to have someone sort of walk out on them, even given it was for his dream job and the way that whole year went down, there's not going to be any love shared. But I also believe Tennessee fans are smart enough that they don't want any kind of scar on who they are by going overboard in the reaction to it. And I say that not even knowing what overboard means."

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 22, 2014, 9:35 pm

The University of North Carolina Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes was found culpable of creating easy, non-show classes that catered to student-athletes in an effort to give them better grades.

Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011).

The academic impropriety in Wainstein's report is far greater than previously reported by the school or to the NCAA.

Wainstein said many academic and athletic officials knew about the scheme, which began with Deborah Crowder, a longtime manager for the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and gave student-athletes inflated grades for what Wainstein termed “paper classes.”(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Paper classes were essentially classes that were independent study, had no professor and just required a paper at the end of the term. According to Wainstein, Crowder never gave students a grade unless they actually submitted a paper, but she awarded “artificially high” grades to the papers submitted regardless of their content.

In the end, the disparity was clear. Students enrolled in an Afro-American Studies paper class would finish with a 3.62 GPA versus a 3.28 GPA for students in a regular Afro-American Studies course.

For 81 students, the GPA boost from those paper classes gave them a 2.0 GPA that allowed them to graduate from UNC.

In all, athletes made up about 47 percent of the enrollments in the 188 lecture-classified paper classes. Of that group, 51 percent were football players.

Chancellor Carol Folt said during the news conference that she was shocked to learn that the academic improprieties were well known around campus and that no one did anything to stop them. Instead, the culture was allowed to fester simply to keep football players and other student-athletes eligible and counselors were not only knowingly enrolling student-athletes in these bogus classes, they were steering them in that direction.

“Like everyone who read it, I feel shocked and very disappointed,” Folt said. “I think it’s a case where you have bad actions of a few and inaction of many more. And had actions or processes been in place, we could’ve caught it and stopped it a lot sooner.”

Wainstein did note that he found no evidence that coaches or other athletic officials began this scheme and there was no financial incentive involved. Butch Davis, the UNC football coach at the time, said he did know the classes were easier, but had no idea an administrator and not a professor graded them.

However, Crowder said she felt pressure to create the paper class, which was later continued by Crowder’s boss, longtime department chairman Julius Nyang’oro, after Crowder retired.

Wainstein’s report was conducted over eight months and included 126 interviews. He said he did not find involvement at the highest levels of the institution, but did criticize the school for not noticing the red flags.

The NCAA and UNC released a joint statement Wednesday saying the investigation was ongoing, but did not mention whether sanctions would be coming.

"The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the NCAA enforcement staff continue to engage in an independent and cooperative effort to review information of possible NCAA rules violations as announced earlier this year. The university provided the enforcement staff with a copy of the Wainstein Report for its consideration. The information included in the Wainstein Report will be reviewed by the university and the enforcement staff under the same standards that are applied in all NCAA infractions cases. Due to rules put in place by the NCAA membership, neither the university nor the enforcement staff will comment on the substance of the report as it relates to possible NCAA rules violations."

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 22, 2014, 6:12 pm

True freshman quarterback Treon Harris is now Florida’s starter.

Coach Will Muschamp announced the move Wednesday stating that Harris, who replaces fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, has performed better during his opportunities.

"You saw what he did late in the game," Muschamp said. "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us.”

Harris was suspended the week after leading Florida to a come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Tennessee after police began investigating an alleged sexual assault. Harris was reinstated five days later after the accuser withdrew her complaint.

Florida’s offense has been abysmal this season. It’s scoring offense ranks 12th in the SEC and its total offense is 11th. Driskel has had 12 turnovers in 14 quarters this year. The latest offensive debacle came in a 42-13 loss to Missouri last weekend. Missouri scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. It only managed seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, but took advantage of Florida’s multitude of mistakes. In the third quarter — of the homecoming game no less — fans started to boo Driskel and chant for Muschamp’s firing.

With a bye this week, Muschamp is hoping Harris can inject some energy into his offense as it prepares to face No. 9 Georgia on Nov. 1.

While Muschamp said Harris is the starter, he did note that Driskel would have some role in the game, though he didn’t specify what that would be.

"(Harris) got a much better understanding as we continue to move forward. We've got an open week now where he's getting a bunch of reps. Jeff's still going to have a role on our football team as a quarterback. Right now we feel like that was the best move moving forward."

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:57 pm

OSU and NMSU versions of Pistol PeteOklahoma State has issued a cease and desist letter to New Mexico State asking it to stop using its Pistol Pete mascot.

The two schools use a similar likeness of Pistol Pete, a character based on a real cowboy named Frank Eaton. Oklahoma refers to the likeness as Pistol Pete while New Mexico State refers to it as the Classic Aggie. However, New Mexico State doesn't use that particular logo anymore.

We have just learned that OSU has filed a lawsuit claiming it has exclusive rights to the character some call Pistol Pete and which we here at NMSU call Classic Aggie. The basic character has served as mascots for both schools — OSU and NMSU — for many decades. We were surprised that OSU took this step, but are in communication with its legal and academic representatives and are confident that good sense will prevail and that this court action will lead to an agreement that will allow both schools to carry on their respective uses of characters that are part of their academic and athletic traditions.

Oklahoma State said it was the first to have the mascot in the 1920s and then New Mexico State adopted a similar mascot in the 1960s. NMSU said it initially paid Oklahoma State royalties when it adopted the mascot.

Still, Oklahoma State would like the Sun Belt school to stop using it now 50 years later.

Oklahoma State University owns incontestable federal trademark registrations for its Pistol Pete marks. Based on Stillwater-area, real-life lawman Frank Eaton, the Pistol Pete mascot originated from Oklahoma State University in the 1920s and is well-known nationally. For more than 80 years, Oklahoma State has continuously used marks depicting Pistol Pete. The university is strongly opposed to any effort to infringe upon its trademarks and will take the necessary steps to protect its rights to the Pistol Pete marks.

According to legend, Eaton earned his nickname by showing off his shooting skills in Oklahoma and winning a legendary gunfight in Albuquerque.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:28 pm

A West Virginia player was one of the people cited by Morgantown, W.V. police after celebratory riots broke out following the Mountaineers' win over Baylor Saturday.

Elijah Wellman, listed as a fullback/tight end on West Virginia's site, received one of 24 citations handed out in the aftermath of the game. He was charged with disorderly conduct.

Wellman redshirted in 2013 and, according to West Virginia's site, is a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. In seven games this season he has two carries and three catches.

According to WBOY.com, 32 street fires and seven dumpster fires (no, not a euphemism for Florida's offense), were reported after the game.

The Morgantown Fire Marshal's Office reported there were 32 street fires and seven dumpster fires that required response by the Morgantown Fire Department. The Monongalia County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency reported 114 emergency 911 calls as well as 135 non-emergency calls and 126 incidents requiring Public Safety Responses. 

Additionally, three Morgantown Police Department Cruisers, two Morgantown Fire Marshal vehicles  and one fire engine, along with three West Virginia University patrol cars, one Monongalia County Patrol Car and one Westover Police Department Patrol Car were damaged by rocks, beer bottles and construction debris during the riot, according to Morgantown Police.

On Monday, West Virginia president Gordon Gee wrote a letter asking to "take our university back" after the events following the game.

Let me be clear: This is criminal behavior and individuals involved in setting fires, overturning trash bins or throwing objects at first responders WILL be held accountable. There is zero tolerance for this type of criminal and unruly behavior. Our Student Code of Conduct is clear on these matters and so is the law. We currently are reviewing the arrest records, as well as the videos and social media posts, to identify students involved. For those identified as participating in criminal activities, we will take swift and immediate disciplinary action – and for many, that will result in expulsion from this institution.
For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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Posted: October 22, 2014, 2:59 pm

Well, this is an effective way to make sure Michigan knows that Saturday's opponent is Michigan State.

Someone painted the block M on Michigan's campus green on Tuesday night and added an "SU" in white next to it. We don't need to explain what the three letters mean.

The block ‘M’ on Michigan’s campus has been painted green. pic.twitter.com/lGFvnXeVbv

— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) October 22, 2014

The block M was donated to the then-university president by the class of 1953. According to Michigan legend, if you step on the M, you'll fail your first blue book exam. No word what the punishment is for painting the letter.

The Spartans are 17-point favorites for the game in East Lansing, Mich., at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. And it's not the only rivalry game this weekend that has a recent history of vandalism. Last year, someone posted an Alabama message on Tennessee's "The Rock."

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Posted: October 22, 2014, 2:16 pm

Could Todd Gurley be returning for Georgia's next game? The Bulldogs are wanting it to happen.

Georgia announced it will officially apply to the NCAA for Gurley's reinstatement Wednesday. The star running back has been suspended since Oct. 9 amid reports that he was monetarily compensated for his autograph. In a statement, the school said it hoped Gurley would be reinstated for the Nov. 1 game against Florida and Gurley said he took "full responsibility for the mistakes I made."

Here's the statement in full:

Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter.   

Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd's request.  The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.

"I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support," Gurley said.  "I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can't thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process.  I'm looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates." 

Gurley's attorney, William King, said, "Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates.  The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd.  I would especially like to thank President Morehead, Greg McGarity, and Coach Richt for standing by Todd."

The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game.

Gurley reportedly took $400 for 80 autographs and was suspended after an autograph dealer confirmed to Georgia that he had paid the running back. Signed items by Gurley are on an authentication website along with thousands of signed items by Florida State QB Jameis Winston. FSU said last week that it hadn't found any evidence that Winston was compensated for his autograph.

While reports emerged after Gurley's suspension that he could miss the entire season, other reports at the time of the suspension said Gurley could miss 2-3 games because of the investigation. If Gurley is reinstated by the NCAA before the Florida game, he will have missed games against Missouri and Arkansas.

In five games this season, Gurley has 94 carries for 773 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:24 pm

Could Texas A&M be making some changes to its depth chart and starting lineup before the Aggies' next game?

Coach Kevin Sumlin didn't rule anything out on Tuesday when asked about potential changes to his team in the wake of a 59-0 loss to Alabama and a three-game losing streak.

"To answer your question I don’t think there’s anything that’s off the table, any position, in evaluating where we are right now," Sumlin said. "Something like what happened Saturday is an eye opener, and should be an eye opener, not just to coaches and fans but to players too. We’re evaluating that situation. We’ve got coaches out recruiting today. They’ll be back in the office tomorrow and we’ll be practicing Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’ll have more info probably next week at the press conference.”

Sumlin and his coaching staff can afford to wait to annoince any changes publicly because the Aggies are off on Saturday. And then Texas A&M's next game is against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 1. If there was ever a time to introduce some midseason changes to a team, a bye week and a game against a non-conference non-Power Five team is the time to do it.

Sumlin was asked if the upcoming practices would determine if freshman Kyle Allen would start over Kenny Hill at quarterback. Hill, a sophomore, has started every game for Texas A&M this season but hasn't played exceptionally as of late. In the last three games, Hill has thrown for six touchdowns and six interceptions. Against Alabama, Hill only threw for 138 yards.

“You know, I don’t know," Sumlin said. "There’s a lot of things that happen in practices, and we have a bunch of practices. We have a week of preparation. We have three (practices) this week, with meeting time. We’ve got plenty of time and plenty of reps that will determine not just … there’s a lot of evaluation going on, to be honest with you. To get back to those three things I talked about, the message yesterday was basically hey, there are a lot of things open. You can get beat 59-0 with anybody on the field. So the guys who are going to play to the standard that we set and have been, particularly early in the season and the last couple of years, I think we’ve gotten away from that. And it’s our job is to get back to that. And if that’s good enough to win or lose, you can live with that. But you can’t live with not having those three principles. And we’re not going to live with that.”

The Aggies' offensive line has struggled as well, and Sumlin said his team hasn't adapted quickly to the stunts and schemes defensive lines have utilized to disrupt the offense.

"I don’t know, I think we’re seeing some new schemes," Sumlin said. "I’m seeing some things we hadn’t seen before, coming off really a similar game plan from earlier in the year. When you put something on tape, I say it a bunch of times, you’re either sending an invitation or sending a message. I think we invited some similar schemes that we had some problems with, with line stunts and movement and blocking movement and twists. That has been kind of the M.O. right now. We started to get on the perimeter, and we couldn’t get on the perimeter quite frankly because we weren’t as physical as we were at the beginning of year and have been since we’ve been here."

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Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:04 pm

Tuesday night Sun Belt games always provide high entertainment and the contest between Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State didn’t disappoint.

While there we’re several trick plays and acrobatic efforts throughout the game, it was one effort that dealt with basic fundamentals that stood out.

Arkansas State running back Michael Gordon took a handoff in the second quarter and appeared to get tackled after a six or seven-yard gain. However, Gordon alertly got up and continued running 70 yards to the end zone.

Upon further review, Gordon never touched the ground. He was tackled on top of a defender, knew it and got up for the score.

The touchdown was pivotal at the time because it put the Red Wolves back into what was turning out to be a blowout. However, play-calling mistakes in the second half cost the Red Wolves and they lost 55-40.

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Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:09 am

Colorado, UCLA, San Jose State and Navy will all honor Houston Texans rookie offensive lineman David Quessenberry during their games this weekend.

Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma this past summer, and Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, who coached Quessenberry at San Jose State thought this weekend would be a serendipitous time for all four teams to honor Quessenberry.

Why?

In addition to Quessenberry’s ties with the Colorado staff, many of whom were at San Jose State where Quessenberry started as a walk-on tight end and turned into a fourth-round draft pick, Quessenberry’s younger brother, Scott, is a starting offensive lineman for UCLA, the Buffs opponent this weekend.

Quessenberry’s other younger brother, Paul, is a starting defensive end at Navy, which plays San Jose State.

“All of them wanted to do something,” MacIntyre said. “All of them are into it. All of them believe in it and understand the battle ahead for him, but not just for DQ but just to kind of get the word out there about this. It hits home for us, especially our coaching staff and our players understand what it means to us, too. They’re fully behind it.”

Colorado players will wear a ‘DQ’ decal on their helmets.

Quessenberry, who is in the midst of his seventh round of chemotherapy, started a fund to help aid in cancer research. DQStrong 10 is a campaign that asks supporters to do 10 pushups for those fighting the disease and donate $10 to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 8:32 pm

Speculation about Florida’s next coach has been rampant as the countdown to Will Muschamp’s eventual firing begins.

CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd decided to do a little troll job on Florida fans last week by suggesting that perhaps Steve Spurrier might be the best person for the gig.

Let the speculation begin regarding Muschamp's replacement and let it begin with Steve Spurrier. How cool would it be if Spur Dog ends his career as sort of a "bridge" to the next guy at Florida? Who knows, the way he's going Spurrier might last another 10 years. He's 69, looks 49 and all he wants to do is win.

Spurrier was Florida’s coach from 1990-2001 and led the Gators to five SEC titles and the team’s first-ever national championship in 1996. He left Florida for the NFL before eventually landing at South Carolina where he’s been since 2005.

Of course, Spurrier was asked Tuesday about rumors that he might be returning to the Swamp and Spurrier skirted around the question.

“I tell everybody my next move is going to be to Crescent Beach, Fla.,” Spurrier said. “That’s my next move whenever that is.”

Spurrier and his family have a home in Crescent Beach, Fla., which is just south of Jacksonville.

Even though Spurrier denied the link between him and Florida, it might be an interesting prospect. As Dodd noted, Spurrier could be a bridge to the team’s ultimate dream coach. He could put the program back on a winning track and then make the transition to the next guy — probably a much younger guy — that much easier.

And it might be a nice way for Spurrier to end his collegiate coaching career.

For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 8:03 pm

Georgia running back Todd Gurley has missed the last two games while the university and NCAA investigate whether he accepted money for signing memorabilia.

And while he waits for his future as a Bulldog to be determined, he’s making a fashion statement.

Oh nothing, just Todd Gurley wearing a #FreeGurley t-shirt. pic.twitter.com/yWPHRMwIsc

— Parrish Walton (@ParrishWalton) October 20, 2014

The #FreeGurley movement has swept the Georgia campus and while Gurley can’t make money off his name, some enterprising students are.

Peyton Bennett, a student at Georgia, printed up several T-shirts with the phrase “#FreeGurl3y” and is selling them for $15 each. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he sold 100 in the first three days and that business has been booming as Gurley’s eligibility issues continue.

(courtesy of the AJC)

Obviously, Bennett’s shirts are different from the one Gurley is wearing, but that just shows there are many people making a profit off of Gurley’s name while he can’t.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 7:40 pm

One sports book thinks the favorite for the Heisman Trophy isn't Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott.

Bovada has Oregon QB Marcus Mariota listed this week as the favorite for the trophy at 3/2. Mariota's Ducks are No. 6 in the country. Prescott isn't too far behind. As his team is undefeated and No. 1, his odds are at 9/4. Last week, Mariota was listed as 3/1. Prescott's odds are unchanged.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is listed as the third-favorite at 6/1. Alabama WR Amari Cooper and Notre Dame QB Everett Golson are tied for fourth at 18/1 with last year's winner, Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Alabama has also moved to the favorite to win the College Football Playoff after its 59-0 drubbing of Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide are now 6/1 favorites for the title, ahead of Mississippi State at 13/2, Florida State at 7/1 and Ole Miss at 15/2. Last week, Alabama was the fourth-favorite behind those three teams.

The player who took the biggest hit to his Heisman standing in Week 8 was Baylor QB Bryce Petty. After Baylor lost to West Virginia, Petty's odds for the Heisman went from 11/2 to 33/1. Petty fell from tied for third-favorite to the No. 12 player on the board. He was leapfrogged by West Virginia WR Kevin White, the leading receiver in the country, who had 132 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Baylor. White is now listed at 25/1.

The Bears also fell from 14/1 odds to win the College Football Playoff to 33/1. Baylor was jumped by TCU, who went from 50/1 to 20/1 after drubbing Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 5:13 pm

The NCAA and Oklahoma State released a joint statement Tuesday regarding a September 2013 report of misconduct within the OSU football program. In it, the two parties say the allegations detailed in the report were "fundamentally unfounded."

Sports Illustrated ran a multi-part series on what it said were pay-for-performance systems, cheating, a "weed circle" at the school and the role hostesses played in recruiting of athletes. After the report, NCAA enforcement staff and an outside consultant conducted a review of the program. The statement said that while the allegations of misconduct were unfounded, the NCAA would issue a notice detailing three possible Level II violations.

After a thorough review by the NCAA Enforcement Staff and an outside consultant hired by Oklahoma State University, allegations of misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program as reported by the media in September 2013 were fundamentally unfounded.

Although a few individuals outside the university refused to cooperate, investigators reviewed approximately 50,000 emails and interviewed nearly 100 individuals involved with Oklahoma State’s football program, including current and former coaches, administrators, student-athletes, students and prospects.

Oklahoma State fully cooperated with the NCAA Enforcement Staff and participated in the interviews. As a result of the information collected during these joint interviews, the NCAA will issue a notice of allegations detailing three possible Level II violations.

According to the school, the three violations surround recruiting and drug testing. Level II violations are a "significant breach of conduct" and are lesser than Level I violations.

Level II are "violations that provide or are intended to provide more than a minimal but less than a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage; includes more than a minimal but less than a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit; or involves conduct that may compromise the integrity of the NCAA collegiate model as set forth in the Constitution and bylaws."

In short, there likely won't be any major sanctions against the program as the result of the investigation.

“During the extensive inquiry, a few situations were identified which led to three allegations in a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA where it appears we may have misapplied our drug testing policy and on-campus recruiting practices. While we question whether these matters warrant a Level II designation, as indicated by the Enforcement Staff in the Notice of Allegations, we have modified our policies and practices in these specific matters to ensure compliance. The institution will prepare a response to the allegations and appear before the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions in the near future. The Committee on Infractions will review the positions of the Enforcement Staff and the University on the nature of each allegation. We look forward to our appearance before the Committee on Infractions to present our positions.

As the report came out at the beginning of last year, it dominated the early part of Oklahoma State's season. But the Cowboys' play on the field shifted the focus away as the team kept winning and went to the Cotton Bowl. In November 2013, coach Mike Gundy even wondered if the series boosted his team's recruiting.

Shortly after the statement from the NCAA and Oklahoma State was released, Sports Illustrated issued a statement standing by its story.

“Sports Illustrated firmly stands behind its comprehensive series on the Oklahoma State program. The investigation by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by Oklahoma State was limited in scope but nonetheless revealed multiple NCAA violations including a “failure to monitor.”  Nowhere does the report say our work is fundamentally unfounded and in fact it points to its own limitations in its ability to corroborate SI’s findings.” 

You can read the entire joint statement by the NCAA and Oklahoma State here.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 4:18 pm

Missouri blew Florida out 42-13 at home over the weekend and former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow was not thrilled with the team’s effort.

Speaking on his weekly radio spot on 1010 XL Radio in Jacksonville, Tebow, now an analyst with the SEC Network, said the game was “tough to watch” and that this current Florida team did not “play with the heart that (he’s) used to” seeing out of Florida teams.

In the loss, Florida committed six turnovers and gave up four return touchdowns. The Gators are now 3-3 on the season and head coach Will Muschamp is firmly on the hot seat. The offense has struggled mightily throughout the year and Tebow thinks it lacks identity and leadership.

“One of the biggest problems on the offense is leadership,” Tebow said. “I don’t think that offense has an identity right now, and I don’t think that they know what they want their identity to be.”

The Gators are on a bye this week before playing No. 9 Georgia on Nov. 1 in Jacksonville. Tebow is hoping for a better effort out of the Gators when they face the Bulldogs.

“They need to get hyped and play with a chip on their shoulder when they come to Jacksonville,” Tebow said.

Tebow also thinks his alma mater still has a shot in a crowded SEC East.

“You need to have something to motivate you, something to give you an edge. They’re not out of the SEC East.”

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 3:41 pm

Another starter on the Baylor offensive line is lost for the season.

Senior tackle Troy Baker suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter of Saturday afternoon’s road loss to West Virginia.

“Troy has been a great leader, so that’s going to be a void,” head coach Art Briles said Monday per the Dallas Morning News.

Though it was assumed to be an ACL tear, the severity of his injury was not known for much of Monday as the team waited for test results as Baylor finally confirmed the prognosis Monday night.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Baker, a fifth-year senior, registered 22 starts over the course of his career. He started all seven games at right tackle this season and previously started all 13 games for the Bears in 2012 as a sophomore. Baker suffered a similar knee injury in spring practice prior to the 2013 season, but was able to rehab and make several appearances down the stretch of the Bears' Big 12 championship run.

Briles said that junior Pat Colbert is the likely option to replace Baker in the starting lineup.

Baker is the second starting lineman to go down with a season-ending injury in recent weeks. Starting guard Desmine Hilliard underwent surgery on his wrist after getting injured in the Bears’ 61-58 win over TCU on Oct. 11.

After losing to West Virginia over the weekend, the 6-1 Bears dropped from No. 4 to No. 12 in the rankings. The team has a bye this week before facing Kansas at home on Nov. 1.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 2:52 pm

Two Oklahoma State players were arrested Sunday morning after they were found asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru.

CB Juwan Offray and WR Jhajuan Seales were in a car in line when they fell asleep. Per the Tulsa World, police said they were "oblivious" and "lethargic and confused" when they were discovered at approximately 4 a.m.

The two were arrested for public intoxication and Offray was also given a complaint of hampering an officer.

From the World:

“Both males were totally asleep and oblivious to anything going on around them,” one of the officers stated in the report.

The police report indicates that the officers awakened Seales and Offray by knocking on the car windows. Seales and Offray “seemed very lethargic and confused” and “their eyes were red and watery with a glassy appearance,” the report states.

Apparently, Seales, who was driving the car, couldn't even turn it off himself.

“I observed Seales trying to turn the vehicle off and he seemed very confused and unable to possess even the manual dexterity to simply turn the key to the off position," the report said. "In fact, (Offray) had to physically help Seales turn the vehicle off.”

Both players admitted to drinking in the report. Offray received the hampering complaint because he initially lied about who he was. The complaints are misdemeanors, and per the paper, the two are expected to pay fines for them.

Seales has 13 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. Offray has three tackles through seven games.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 1:27 pm

Bo Pelini is not a fan of the SEC's arrangement with ESPN.

ESPN runs the SEC Network and with four of the top five teams in the AP poll from the SEC, the conference has been getting a lot of attention. And given that ESPN is the biggest television rights-holder in college football, it's natural that the relationship and conference excellence has led to amplification.

“I don’t think that kind of relationship is good for college football," Pelini said. "That’s just my opinion. Anytime you have a relationship with somebody, you have a partnership, you are supposed to be neutral. It’s pretty hard to stay neutral in that situation.”

However, those comments must mean Pelini isn't a fan of the Big Ten Network either. Or if he is, he has a double standard.

The SEC Network is owned by ESPN and the profits are split evenly with the conference. The Big Ten Network is owned jointly by Fox and the Big Ten. The television network, which has a contract to broadcast the Big Ten Championship, owns 51 percent of the Big Ten Network. It's unreasonable to expect Fox to stay neutral in a situation like that if you feel ESPN can't.

ESPN hsa the rights to the College Football Playoff's three games as well. However, it also has first-tier rights to Big Ten games.

We understand the perception among other conferences that the SEC has gotten more than a "fair" share of attention in 2014. However, given that the arrangement with the SEC Network is based off what the Big Ten Network established when it was launched in 2007, any gripes about it without a direct acknowledgement of the standard set seven years ago seem less like legitimate complaints and more like whining.

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 1:03 pm

Being compared to Lane Kiffin in the realm of Tennessee politics is not a good thing.

A PAC in Tennessee released an ad comparing Tennessee state Rep. Gloria Johnson (D) to the former Tennessee coach and now-Alabama offensive coordinator.

How much does #Tennessee dislike Lane Kiffin? Enough that he is used in a political hit piece. [photo] #Election2014 pic.twitter.com/36h2fumDLY

— Jarryd Gonzales (@jarrydgonzales) October 20, 2014

While Kiffin has gotten some scrutiny this year, he's had some good moments as well, including Alabama's 59-0 win over Texas A&M last week and the Crimson Tide's 42-21 win over Florida. But as Kiffin was the Volunteers' coach for one season, there's no positivity in the ad.

The ad says Johnson, like Kiffin, is all talk and is an ineffective leader. Kiffin's 2009 Tennessee team went 7-6 in his first year of a six-year deal. However, after Pete Carroll left USC for the Seattle Seahawks, Kiffin was an assistant coach under Carroll at USC before he was coach of the Oakland Raiders.

The ad likely has some not-so-coincidental timing too. Alabama travels to Tennessee on Saturday, the first time Kiffin has coached in Neyland Stadium since he left the Volunteers.

Per Knoxville.com, the ad was paid for by the Tennessee Federation for Children.

(Tweet H/T SB Nation)

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 12:24 pm

The laceration that Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant suffered in a shooting incident at a party early Sunday morning is on his chin and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury expects him to play Saturday against TCU.

"I would expect him to play," Kingsbury said. "That's not 100 percent but it looks that way."

Grant was at a "krunkness" party Saturday night at a Lubbock, Tex.-area dance hall when gunshots came from multiple vehicles. He went to the hospital after suffering the laceration.

"As far as I know, he did receive stitches and it appeared to be from what I saw under his chin area," Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury also said he didn't know if any other players were at the party with Grant, who is Texas Tech's leading receiver.

"I have no clue," Kingsbury said. "Like I said, I just heard about Jakeem's situation, found out he was fine and that's where we're at."

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, approximately two dozen officers responded to the incident. Two suspects have been identified and more than 20 shell casings have been recovered. It's still unknown how Grant suffered the laceration.

The paper said that the party was billed as "Krunkness 2014 and “the biggest college night to hit Lubbock, Texas.”

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Posted: October 21, 2014, 12:02 pm

It doesn’t look like there will be a quarterback controversy brewing at Arizona State.

With starter Taylor Kelly out with a foot injury since Sept. 13, backup Mike Bercovici has performed admirably filling in for Kelly, but now it appears that Kelly will regain his starting role Saturday against Washington.

Kelly returned to practice Oct. 9 and Graham initially thought the senior would be able to return for the Sun Devils’ game against Stanford over the weekend, but during pregame warm-ups the decision was made to hold Kelly out.

“Hopefully we’ll have him ready where he can go this week,” ASU head coach Todd Graham said per the Arizona Republic. “He wanted to go last week, but we also have an obligation to make sure I don’t put the kids in jeopardy. If I was making the decision with my heart, I would’ve let him play, but he wasn’t ready. We’ll see how it progresses this week.”

Bercovici made his third consecutive start, throwing for 245 yards and a score against Stanford – a 26-10 Sun Devils win. Previously, the redshirt junior threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns in a win over USC and threw for 488 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to UCLA. Those are some eye-popping numbers from Bercovici, so the decision to go with Kelly had to be somewhat difficult for the coaching staff.

Kelly, an all-Pac 12 selection last year, started 30 consecutive games for the Sun Devils before the injury. Graham said Kelly has been heavily involved in team activities the past few weeks while he continued his recovery.

"He's the most selfless player that I've ever been around,'' Graham said. "He's a winner. I just hated that he worked so hard and he's never going to get an opportunity to play in those last three games again."

Now ranked No. 14 in the country, the Sun Devils (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) are in a great position in a crowded Pac-12 South division. Though ASU is technically behind USC in the standings, its win over the Trojans earlier in the month means ASU holds a tiebreaker between the two schools.

The Sun Devils will face 5-2 Washington on the road Saturday night.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 10:43 pm

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher cut an interview session short on Monday after reporters starting asking about the off-field issues surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston.

Fisher, whose team is on a bye week, was speaking at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club near Winston’s hometown. He was asked whether there was any news regarding the student code of conduct hearing and replied: "We're moving on with Louisville and talking about the other things. Everything should be great."

However, the questions didn’t stop there.

Another reporter noted that Fisher’s reputation had taken a hit and Fisher asked him to stop asking the question.

“I’m done,” Fisher said. “I’m done.”

Fisher then asked the reporter if he was going to put the interview on air and the reporter said he wasn’t, which caused Fisher to give one final answer.

"Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?" Fisher said. "I don't want to get into this. The questions weren't supposed to be asked today. I'm done. I'm done."

According to Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com, the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club told Fisher that there would be no questions about Winston’s off-field issues. Media members were never given those instructions.

To this point, Fisher has answered almost every Winston question that has come his way and he’s been a staunch defender of his Heisman-winning quarterback. But if he was told he was finally going to get a respite from those questions, it’s understandable that he’d be angry.

However, as long as Winston is on the Florida State roster, Fisher has to know those questions aren’t going to disappear.

For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 20, 2014, 9:53 pm

Two days after Florida’s embarrassing 42-13 loss to Missouri at home, Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley is sticking with Will Muschamp as head coach.

For now.

Foley said Monday that he plans to will continue to evaluate the team’s performance and progress throughout the season before he makes a decision about Muschamp.

“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,” Foley said, per GatorZone.com. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

Florida committed six turnovers and gave up four return touchdowns in the loss, which dropped Muschamp’s overall record midway through his fourth season to 25-19 overall and 15-14 in the SEC.

The Gators, now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play, are off this week. Muschamp’s job will not get any easier as the Gators prepare to play No. 9 Georgia in Jacksonville on Nov. 1. He said Sunday that he is “really worried about his football team” and “not concerned about things” he can’t control.

Fans have been clamoring for Muschamp’s removal since last year’s dismal 4-8 season, leading Foley to address his job status publicly on a number of occasions. Less than a year ago, Foley said he was “1,000 percent convinced” that Muschamp was the right man for the job, while in September Foley said they will evaluate things when “we get to the end of the season.”

It remains to be seen how this one will play out.

For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 8:23 pm

Florida State and Louisville don’t meet until Oct. 30, but Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino had no qualms about putting out his prediction early.

Rick Pitino: "I truly believe we will beat Florida State (in football) ... I haven't been this excited for a football game in a long time."

— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) October 20, 2014

Florida State is undefeated this season and Louisville’s two losses have come in ACC play against Clemson and Virginia.

If the game were being played this week, there might be a greater chance for an upset after Florida State’s emotional win against Notre Dame.

However, both teams have a bye this weekend as they prepare for the Thursday night pre-Halloween matchup.

Louisville’s defense has played well this season, but facing FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, who played lights out in the second half against Notre Dame, is a tough, tough test.

Still, you have to appreciate Pitino’s moxie and his support of the football program. Perhaps we’ll learn that Pitino really can predict the future.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 20, 2014, 6:12 pm

More than eight months after the University of North Carolina retained former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein to conduct an independent investigation into academic fraud, the school announced Monday that the Wainstein’s report would be released Wednesday.

According to the News & Observer, Wainstein will meet with the university’s board of trustees and board of governors at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A notice of the meeting appeared on the school’s website Monday.

“Some portions of the meeting will take place in closed session, pursuant to North Carolina Open Meetings Law,” the notice said. “Following the special meeting, Mr. Wainstein will publicly present his findings during a press conference.”

Wainstein and a group of attorneys conducted interviews and reviewed records since February looking into a handful of classes offered over a period of years that often never met. Instead, students were told to write a paper and turn it in at the end of a semester. Past investigations revealed that “athlete enrollments in the classes were disproportionally high” and students enrolled in the classes often received high grades.

Wainstein told the UNC Board of Governors in June that his probe, which will not be shared with the school until it is completed, included reviewing academic records as far back as the 1980s.

UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt will discuss the report with students, staff and faculty at a town hall meeting Wednesday evening.

“The last few years have been difficult for our community,” Folt said in the town hall meeting announcement. “I believe the report will allow us to have a complete picture of what happened at Carolina and build on the numerous reforms we have already put in place.”

Additionally, as of June, the NCAA reopened its own investigation into academic fraud at the school – an investigation that previously ended in 2011.

“The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement dated June 30, 2014. “Since 2011, the University had conducted and commissioned numerous reviews of this matter and provided the NCAA with updates.”

The NCAA’s previous investigation did not result in any violations.

For more North Carolina news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 5:58 pm

One Tennessee coach might be in a bit of trouble this week after video surfaced of him attempting to trip Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson following an interception in the third quarter.

Golson picked off the pass from quarterback Justin Worley and then ran out of bounds on the Tennessee sideline. As Golson tried to come back in bounds to celebrate with teammates, the unidentified coach clearly stuck out his leg in an attempt to trip him.

Luckily, the coach missed and Golson wasn’t injured, but this is some terrible sportsmanship right here. Ole Miss won the game 34-3 and Tennessee had four turnovers, including three interceptions.

Neither the SEC nor the schools involved have commented on this matter.

Thanks to Saturday Down South

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 20, 2014, 5:39 pm

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will leave school after this season.

According to a report by CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, Winston was originally torn about whether to stay another year, but due to several off-field issues in the past few weeks, he has decided it’s best to move on.

Now, however, in the face of the multiple investigations into him, and what has become an adversarial relationship with school officials (excluding coach Jimbo Fisher and key members of the athletic department) it is virtually certain Winston is declaring no matter what happens in the second half of the season.

La Canfora said there have been several rumors that Winston would drop out of school because of his pending student code of conduct hearing and allegations he was paid for signing memorabilia, but La Canfora said that’s not likely to happen.

Some have suggested that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston might drop out of school as a way to avoid the institution's investigation into prior sexual assault charges brought against him, as well as an inquiry into whether he violated NCAA rules for being compensated for autographs, but several sources close to him said that is in no way a consideration.
Winston intends to fight vigilantly to maintain his innocence in both instances.

While La Canfora cites “sources” on his story, this decision has to be a no-brainer for Winston. There are too many off-field things going on around him to stay at Florida State another year. There would be no athletic benefit for him. In fact, staying might even decrease his draft stock.

And right now, Winston is probably in the best athletic place — at least in terms of public perception — that he’s been all season following a come-from-behind win against Notre Dame last weekend. That was the biggest win for the Seminoles this year and they now have nothing but smooth waters toward another undefeated campaign and a place in the College Football Playoff.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 4:26 pm

A day after a fourth-down offensive pass-interference penalty took away what would have been a game-winning touchdown to Corey Robinson for Notre Dame against Florida State, Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly was still fuming about the call.

Kelly said after the game that he did not agree with the interference call and got no explanation from the officials, and Sunday he completely ripped the ACC officiating crew.

“Actually, I have less clarity,” Kelly said Sunday per IrishIllustrated.com. “I guess it was actually called on Will Fuller, not C.J. (Prosise). Just adds more uncertainty as to the final play. Again, the play itself in terms of what we ask our kids to do, it was pretty clear what happened on the play. Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it. So it’s unfortunate.”

The replay showed that that both Prosise and Fuller made contact with FSU defenders, but Kelly insisted that neither obstructed the FSU players.

“I think (Fuller) is working back inside,” Kelly said. “He did not go out of his way to impede the defender. (Prosise) was immediately grabbed at the line of scrimmage. He’s trying to get depth into the line of scrimmage, into the end zone, so Corey [Robinson] can clear a path.

“As that contact was being made, it was seen – I guess, I don’t know who saw it as interference – but you’ve got two guys that are trying to fight for space. He’s supposed to find space, sit down and be a target. The ball was thrown quickly. C.J. didn’t even have a chance to turn around.”

On a segment for ACC Now, Doug Rhoads, the ACC head of officials, didn’t explicitly say whether or not he agreed with the call, but he did offer a thorough explanation for the offensive pass interference rule.

Offensive players, on passing plays, are restricted from going downfield and blocking anytime from the snap. If the ball is first touched behind the line of scrimmage, then that would be legal, and it's OK, but if the ball is touched beyond the line, then it's offensive pass interference.

Rhoads made sure to point out that it’s a judgment call for the official.

Officials always have to exercise great judgment in calling a foul, and offensive pass interference, or pick plays, as they're sometimes referred to, are no different than other difficult judgments. The key element is that the official must assess on the play if there is sufficient restriction for it to be a foul, and he has to differentiate between incidental contact and significant contact, or significant restriction, before he calls that foul.

After the penalty was called, Notre Dame still had a chance to win on a fourth-and-goal from the 18-yard line, but Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson felt pressure and his pass was intercepted by an FSU defender out of bounds, sealing a Florida State 31-27 win.

For more Notre Dame news, visit IrishIllustrated.com.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 3:56 pm

LSU has had trouble with quarterback consistency this season.

Coach Les Miles has been shuffling between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, and while both have had their moments, neither has been able to totally seize the job.

So, predictably, Miles was asked following the Tigers' 41-3 win against Kentucky whether he was already thinking about who would start at QB in 2015.

And Miles gave the most Miles-esque answer ever.

(WARNING: Obscene language is used.)

While most coaches would have yelled, give that annoyed look or simply ignored the question, Miles did what Miles does best and made his answer into yet another quip for the Les Miles library.

Well played, Les. Well played.

For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 20, 2014, 3:49 pm

Clemson will be without its leading rusher for the rest of the season.

Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said in his Sunday teleconference that freshman running back Adam Choice tore his ACL Saturday afternoon against Boston College. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Choice went down on the team’s second offensive possession of the game when running a play out of the wildcat formation.

“I just hate it for Adam,” Swinney said, per TigerIllustrated.com. “He was just starting to hit his stride. He’ll bounce back. It’s a big loss for us.”

The Tigers have largely used a running back by committee approach this season, but Choice emerged lately as the team’s main ball carrier. Overall, Choice, a four-star recruit in 2014 class, gained 218 yards on 50 carries while scoring one touchdown.

While losing Choice is bad news, the Tigers received some good news about injured redshirt freshman Tyshon Dye. Dye has been rehabbing an Achilles injury and Swinney said Sunday that he could receive his first carries Saturday.

“It’s fortunate for us that Tyshon is working his way back,” Swinney said. “He looked good in practice last week. We limited him last week. This week we’re going to cut him loose. He’s in good shape.”

Now ranked No. 21 in the country after beating Boston College 17-13, the 5-2 Tigers face Syracuse at home Saturday.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 2:37 pm

Archie Manning will take a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff executive committee due to health issues.

Bill Hancock, the College Football Playoff’s executive director, announced Monday that Manning’s leave of absence would span the rest of the 2014 season, but Manning will return for the 2015 season.

“We will miss Archie,” Hancock said. “He has such a great knowledge of college football and history with the game, but we all understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all the best and look forward to his return in 2015.”

Manning, the former Ole Miss quarterback, will undergo surgery next month to “help relieve discomfort he is experiencing walking and moving around,” according to a release from the CFP. Because of the surgery, Manning would be unable to travel and attend meetings.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead. My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible,” Manning said.

In Manning’s absence, the committee will drop from 13 to 12 members for the rest of the season. The committee has been meeting since Nov. 2013 and will unveil its first rankings on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Additionally, the committee will unveil top-25 rankings five more times before the final four teams are revealed on December 7.

The committee is chaired by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and also includes Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Oliver Luck, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 2:09 pm

Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant was taken to a hospital early Sunday morning after an incident at a party off campus.

A Texas Tech spokesperson sent the following in a text message to RedRaiderSports.com.

"We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are gathering facts. Jakeem is no longer in the hospital and is doing well."

Per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Grant was involved in an incident at a venue in Lubbock.

“Tech has confirmed that it was one of their football players, but his involvement, I don’t know,” Lt. Bryan Taylor, a spokesperson for the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department said. “I don’t know if he was involved in the altercation or if he just caught part of the assault. It’s my understanding that he had a laceration, so it may have been a knife wound. ... Anytime you have that many shots fired, people are going to scatter. I don’t know what caused his laceration.”

Per the A-J, more than 20 rounds were fired from multiple vehicles around 1:30 a.m. Taylor told the paper that a second person was injured, but the injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. An incident report is expected to be released Monday.

Grant is Texas Tech's leading receiver. He has 50 catches for 629 yards and five touchdowns.

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Posted: October 20, 2014, 1:27 am

Utah's players are pretty pumped to wear the team's new black helmet.

The players learned after beating Oregon State about the new helmet they'll wear against USC on Saturday. It's the same matte black helmet that Utah has previously worn, but with a different and bigger logo.

#Blackout. Thanks @UtesEquipment for all your hard work on these bad boys! #uniswag #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/uOgZbeMVpK

— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) October 18, 2014

It looks really sharp, though as we've said before, we're suckers for matte black. Utah's matchup against USC is potentially the game of the week on Saturday. While neither team is in the top 15, it's the weekend's only matchup of top 25 teams. Plus, it's for potential Pac-12 South superiority.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 19, 2014, 5:53 pm

Former USC RB LenDale White said that he was ejected from USC's game against Colorado at the Los Angeles Coliseum Saturday by USC athletic director Pat Haden.

The school says that Haden did not have White ejected. But White was indeed escorted from the stadium, as seen in this video here. (The video has no audio)

White voiced his frustration on Twitter after the game and even called Haden a coward. He reportedly got into a heated conversation with Haden during USC's win over Colorado.

@ADHadenUSC u are a coward and USC should fire your punk ass

— LenDale White (@THEREAL_LENDALE) October 19, 2014

I can't believe @ADHadenUSC kicked me out of #thecoli shook my hand then had me escorted out. I'm still at a loss for words!!!

— LenDale White (@THEREAL_LENDALE) October 19, 2014

I can't believe this 💩💩 for the 1st time in my life I'm truly embarrassed to b a #TROJAN I've done Wayy to much to b treated like that 😏😏

— LenDale White (@THEREAL_LENDALE) October 19, 2014

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, White was escorted from the game after he tried to get into USC coach Steve Sarkisian's press conference following USC's victory over Colorado. Sarkisian was an assistant coach while White was at USC under Pete Carroll.

The post-game LenDale White began when White tried to enter Steve Sarkisian's press conference after the game adjacent to locker room #USC

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 19, 2014

Game security would not allow him into Sarkisian press conference and that was when he got escorted out of Coliseum #USC

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 19, 2014

Per ESPN, USC sports information director Tim Tessalone said White was in a "very loud and heated disrespectful conversation with Pat. Pat was trying to calm him down and make sense of what he was saying" but that Haden did not have White ejected from the stadium. Haden said he didn't see White after the game.

#USC A.D. Pat Haden said he did not see LenDale White after the game or have him kicked out of Coliseum

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 19, 2014

White watched Saturday's game against Colorado from the sidelines, a week after he was critical of USC's and coaching on Twitter during the team's win against Arizona.

White was a second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 NFL draft. While at USC, he was the "thunder" to Reggie Bush's "lightning" as the Trojans went to the BCS Championship Game following the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In his three years at the school he had a school-record 52 TD runs.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 2:52 pm

No. 17 Arizona State gave No. 23 Stanford a taste of its own medicine.

The Cardinal is usually known for its stout defense and grinding out wins in the second half. On Saturday night it was the Sun Devils defense that stymied a struggling Stanford offense while doing plenty offensively to pull out a 26-10 home win.

Mike Bercovici, still filling in at quarterback for an injured Taylor Kelly, played another extremely efficient game, throwing for 245 yards and a score. D.J. Foster and Jalen Strong led ASU with seven catches for 92 yards and eight catches for 75 yards, respectively. Foster, a junior running back, also ran for 59 yards and a score on the ground.

Additonally, Zane Gonzalez kicked four crucial second-half field goals to help the Sun Devils pull out a win.

For the Cardinal offense, it was too little too late. Stanford did not even reach the red zone, or the end zone (a 1-yard Patrick Skov TD run) for that matter, until the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 212 yards, many of which came in the final quarter. In all, the Cardinal managed to put up just 287 total yards against a defense that had given up an average of 452.6 yards and 31.2 points per game so far this season.

It was a defensive struggle early. Neither team managed to register a single point until ASU broke through with touchdowns on back-to-back drives late in the second quarter. From then on, the Sun Devils ate up time of possession with long second half drives – four of which ended in Gonzalez field goals.

The win improved Arizona State’s record to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Not only did it provide a bit of revenge for last year’s Pac-12 Championship game loss to Stanford, but it also moved the Sun Devils into great position in a crowded Pac 12 south division. The Sun Devils are technically behind USC in the south division standings right now, but ASU’s Hail Mary win over the Trojans from earlier this month means ASU owns the tiebreaker between the two squads. A road matchup with Washington is next on ASU’s schedule.

Now 4-3 (2-2 Pac 12), Stanford remarkably still controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 north with only Oregon ahead of it in the divisional standings. The Cardinal will visit the Ducks on Nov. 1, but a home game with Oregon State comes first next Saturday.

For more Arizona State news, visit ASUDevils.com.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 6:16 am

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