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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."

For more North Carolina news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.

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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."

For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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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.

For more Oklahoma State news, visit OStateIllustrated.com.

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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."

For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
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.

For more Arkansas State news, visit RedwolfReport.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
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.

For more Colorado news, visit BuffStampede.com.

For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
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.

For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
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.

For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 6:16 am

Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher embraced on the field following Florida State's 31-27 win against Notre Dame. As the two were together, microphones picked up the advice that Fisher gave his star quarterback.

ESPN had thrown the coverage down to the field to Tom Rinaldi for an interview with Fisher. The embrace between Winston and coach happened before the interview could begin, as Winston shouted "Let's enjoy this one right here, let's enjoy this one right here, baby. Let's go."

"Now here's what you've got to do," Fisher said into Winston's ear. "Calm down, don't give them ...  act very passive right here and get people back on your side. Do you understand what I'm telling you? Humble, humble pie. You got me?"

Winston responded "I got you," to which Fisher replied "Don't get cranked up" before fireworks drowned out the end of their conversation.

Rinaldi asked Fisher what he said to Winston.

"To understand what he did and just how special he is," Fisher said. "And the relationship he and I have, the relationship he has with the team and what he represents and to carry himself with class and dignity."

Winston has come under scrutiny again amidst the reported discovery of over 2,000 signed items on a memorabilia authentication website. Florida State said it is looking into the signatures and has no proof that WInston took any money for his autographs, an NCAA violation. Winston was also suspended for a game earlier this season for shouting an obscene phrase in the student union and suspended from the baseball team this spring after receiving a citation for shoplifting seafood at a grocery store.

Last Friday, Winston was notified of a university disciplinary hearing and possible code of conduct charges relating to allegations of sexual assault against him in December 2012. While Winston was not charged with a crime due to lack of evidence in the case, by rule, the school is required to investigate all reports of sexual assault.

Plus, reports emerged Friday that Florida State officials received police reports from the alleged sexual assault before a Florida State attorney did and that Tallahassee police have a history of being lenient to Florida State football players. Fisher used the platform after beating No. 5 Notre Dame to defend his program once again, saying it was run with class and dignity.

"The heart and discipline in that room. There's character, there's heart, there's a team full of great kids. It's a high character program that's ran the right way on class, on dignity, in the classroom, on the field and off the field and this team shows it.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 4:30 am

Florida State might finally be able to enjoy a week of peace.

In its biggest game of the season, the Seminoles rallied from five different deficits to take a 31-27 lead midway through the fourth quarter and escaped with a win.

Notre Dame didn’t go down without a fight, though.

During the Irish's final possession, they got down to the Florida State 2-yard line and appeared to have the game-winning touchdown when Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson found Corey Robinson in the end zone with 13 seconds left. But a debatable pass-interference call negated the score and backed the Irish up to the 18. On the final play, Golson, who had been stellar all game, threw up a desperation pass that landed in the hands of a Florida State defender outside the back of the end zone.

The victory pushes the Seminoles' winning streak to 23 games and quarterback Jameis Winston continues his undefeated streak as the Seminoles' starter.

The game actually ended up being better than advertised.

Notre Dame came in as a double-digit underdog — an almost unheard-of line in contests involving top-5 teams — but it was the aggressor throughout. The Irish started the scoring and continued to hold a lead into the fourth quarter. However, Florida State wouldn’t let the game get too far away.

Every time Notre Dame scored, Florida State had an almost immediate answer. It was not until there was 7:39 remaining in the fourth quarter that Florida State took the lead for good on a 1-yard run by Karlos Williams.

Winston, who has been much maligned this season mostly because of his off-field issues, was brilliant in the second half. He threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and displayed nearly perfect passing in the second half. It was his play and composure, especially in the face of Notre Dame’s blitzing defense, that helped the Seminoles get the win.

Florida State needed this win more than Notre Dame because its schedule doesn’t get any harder. This was by far the most difficult game on the Seminoles' docket and it will likely keep them in the hunt for the College Football Playoff as they head into a bye week. It also could move Florida State back into first place in the national polls after being supplanted by Mississippi State last week. The Bulldogs were idle this week.

Notre Dame isn’t out of the playoff mix. Its schedule is strong enough to weather one loss, but it would have to win out to be considered.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 4:24 am

Here's what we learned about the Big 12 on Saturday: Oklahoma needs some help in the conference title race and Kansas State may be the conference's frontrunner for a possible College Football Playoff spot.

Didn't see that one coming, did you?

Thanks to losses by Baylor and Oklahoma State and a win over Oklahoma, the Wildcats are the lone undefeated team in the Big 12. But due to a loss to Auburn in Week 4, the Wildcats aren't undefeated overall.

If Auburn ends the season with just its loss to Mississippi State or two losses, and Kansas State makes it through the nine-game Big 12 schedule unblemished, the Wildcats will have an argument for the playoff. But if the Tigers don't make it with just a loss or two, it'd be hard to justify adding Kansas State to the four-team field.

The Bears were the Big 12's best chance, as Baylor was undefeated overall entering Saturday. But West Virginia, who beat Baylor 41-27, is unranked, and as strength of schedule has become a strong talking point when it comes to playoff consideration, Baylor wouldn't stack up well among one-loss teams.

A nine-game conference schedule plays into Baylor's favor, but its out-of-conference opponents don't. The Bears' strongest non-Big 12 opponent is Buffalo, a team that lost at Eastern Michigan last week.

With only three possible undefeated Power Five conference teams remaining, we're now virtually guaranteed to see a team with one loss in the playoff (Marshall being the outlier). However, the Big 12's best shot was with an undefeated team. Now, thanks to the loss by the Bears and a second loss by Oklahoma, the chances of a one-loss team — be it Baylor, Kansas State or TCU — stacking up well enough to get in the playoff over other one-loss Power Five teams aren't good.

The Big 12's weekend of cannibalism came in Week 8. It now needs the Pac-12 and SEC to do it to themselves.

WINNERS
Devontae Booker: The Utah running back ran roughshod over the Beavers, and in Corvallis, Ore., no less. In a performance that was good enough for the fifth-best rushing total in Utes history, Booker ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-23 victory over Oregon State. Booker entered the week 18th in FBS rushing yards this season, but Thursday night’s effort will give him a big lift on that list. As if the yards weren’t enough to impress you, the 19-yard touchdown run to win the game in its second overtime was pretty sweet.

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— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) October 17, 2014

Minnesota: Raise your hand if you had the Golden Gophers as the leader in the Big Ten West near the conference midway point. Jerry Kill’s crew edged out Purdue 39-38, and found themselves unbeaten in conference play after three games. Minnesota has only lost to TCU. And the rest of the slate? Well, it’s the Big Ten. Illinois, Iowa at home, Ohio State at home, then on the road to Nebraska and Wisconsin – anything can happen. You probably don’t think Minnesota is going to survive that, and you would probably be right. But guessing the Gophers would be bowl eligible after seven games goes against what anyone short of Kill could have expected to this point. You never know.



J.T. Barrett: After losing quarterback Braxton Miller and subsequently tanking against Virginia Tech early in the season, Ohio State sort of disappeared from the national conversation. Part of that came down to the lackluster performance of Barrett in Miller’s place, but there have been signs each week that the freshman is putting it together. The Buckeyes’ 56-17 thumping of Rutgers was highlighted by Barrett’s play. He threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 107 yards (on just seven carries) and two touchdowns. Now the Buckeyes' biggest obstacles in their final six games are road showdowns against Penn State and Michigan State. It’s a good time for Barrett to round into form.

Josh Doctson: Doctson! Doctson! We got Doctson over here! TCU smoked Oklahoma State 42-9 in Ft. Worth, and the 6-foot-4 receiver put on a show, hauling in seven passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. His two biggest came on back-to-back drives in the first quarter. The first was a 77-yard connection from Trevone Boykin that found Doctson in stride as he flew up the seam without any defensive support over the top. The second was a leaping grab over an Oklahoma State defensive back committing to break up the pass, only to miss the ball and watch Doctson fly down the field for an 84-yard score. To put his 225-yard performance in perspective, Doctson had 272 receiving yards on the year entering the game.

Rakeem Cato and Cody Kessler: Two veteran quarterbacks set records Saturday. Cato, Marshall's senior signal caller, set an FBS record by throwing a touchdown pass for the 39th consecutive game. The record-setting touchdown came on a one-yard toss to Ryan Yurachek late in the first quarter. It was his first of four TD passes on the afternoon as No. 25 Marshall kept its undefeated season alive in a 45-13 win over Florida International. Cato threw for 214 yards for the 7-0 Thundering Herd. Meanwhile, out on the West Coast, USC senior Cody Kessler set a school single-game record by tossing a whopping seven touchdown passes against Colorado. His career day broke a record set by Matt Barkley and three of Kessler's touchdown passes went to Nelson Agholor. In all, Kessler threw for 319 yards in a 56-28 win for the No. 22 Trojans.

LOSERS

Texas A&M: The Aggies have been called a lot of things under Kevin Sumlin’s tenure, but “punchline” is a new one. Searching for a silver lining from the 59-0 beatdown in Tuscaloosa is an exercise in futility, much like everything Texas A&M attempted against the Tide. The numbers were absolutely staggering. Alabama collected 602 total yards to A&M’s 168. The Tide held the Aggies to just 27 rushing yards. Alabama committed zero penalties, and had 30 first downs to Texas A&M’s 8. It was a whipping, and the first time a Sumlin team has ever been shut out. And to his credit, the Aggies could have kicked a field goal late to avoid that shutout, but went for it on fourth-and-12 and failed. After the season’s opening week, the Aggies looked like a force to be reckoned with. Now, they look like a team that would be fortunate to finish better than .500 overall and in the SEC.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets had a chance to keep pace with Duke in the race for the Coastal Division title but couldn’t manage to defeat a North Carolina team that seemingly everyone has beaten this season. The Tar Heels scored with 11 seconds remaining to secure a 48-43 win. The score came less than three minutes after Georgia Tech took a 43-42 lead. The loss means that the Yellow Jackets are now two games behind Duke after the Blue Devils defeated them last week. GT has now lost two straight after starting the season 5-0.

Tulsa: The disaster season for the Golden Hurricane continues. Tulsa looked to be well on its way to its second win of the season at home against South Florida on Saturday and was up 27-7 at halftime. The final score was 38-30, in favor of South Florida. Yes, Tulsa gave up 31 second-half points, including 24 unanswered to end the game. It wasn't turnovers – Tulsa only had one the entire game – it was simply bad offense and defense. The Hurricane only got into USF territory once after scoring its final points of the game and that drive stalled out at the USF 49.

Kentucky: Heading into Saturday's SEC matchup with LSU, Kentucky had a chance to play its way into the top 25 and remain firmly in the mix in the SEC East with a win. Instead, the Wildcats laid an egg and were blown out by the Tigers, 41-3. The Wildcats were underdogs coming into the game, but with a 5-1 record (2-1 SEC), Mark Stoops' team could have set up what could have been the biggest game in Lexington in years with top-ranked Mississippi State coming to town next Saturday. But alas, it was not to be. Kentucky dropped the game and fell to 5-2 as the Tigers racked up 308 rushing yards in an easy win.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 3:30 am

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong made one of the most athletic plays you’ll ever see out of a quarterback.

With the Huskers leading Northwestern 28-17 in the fourth quarter, Armstrong and standout running back Ameer Abdullah led Nebraska into the red zone. On a second down play, Armstrong took a shotgun snap, faked a handoff on a read option, and took off running.

With a defender closing, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound sophomore showed his athleticism by effortlessly hurdling a Northwestern defender at the 7-yard line. While still in the air, Armstrong met another defender and flew through the air a la Michael Jordan in Space Jam.

Here’s a better look:

With Armstrong’s arm outstretched, it looked like the ball just crossed the plane of the goal line and the play was initially ruled a touchdown. After a video review, it was determined that Armstrong was down just short of the goal line.

The Huskers were able to punch it in on the next play, so Armstrong’s incredible effort did not go to waste.

The score put the No. 19 Huskers up 35-17 and Armstrong ended up throwing for 221 yards and running for 55 more yards in a 38-17 win.

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 3:17 am

If you're a Florida fan and have asked yourself if things could get worse for the Gator football team on the field, Saturday proved that yes, they can.

Against Missouri, Florida lost 42-13 at home after committing six turnovers and giving up four return touchdowns. It's the Gators' worst loss since losing to LSU 36-7 in 2002.

After a loss to Georgia Southern last year and an injury-plagued 4-8 season. Will Muschamp's status as Florida coach was in doubt. Athletic director Jeremy Foley gave him another season, and the questions about Muschamp's job have ignited once again. But instead of wondering if Muschamp will have another year, it's fair to wonder if Muschamp will even make it to the end of the season. Heck, Florida fans were openly doing that after the game. Though Muschamp said he didn't hear them.

"Fire Muschamp" chants gaining traction

— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) October 19, 2014

Muschamp on his job security: "I'm not worried about that, I'm worried about this team."

— Daniel Morales (@DanielM_ITG) October 19, 2014

Muschamp did not hear the “fire Muschamp” chants, he says.

— Richard Johnson (@RagjUF) October 19, 2014

Yes, Foley has said that he'll evaluate the team after the season. But it's hard not to take a long look at what happened at the Swamp Saturday night. On the bright side, Florida held Missouri to 119 yards of total offense and just 20 yards of passing. But there were a lot of downsides.

• Missouri's Marcus Murphy opened the game with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He wasn't touched.

• After Treon Harris fumbled -- Florida's second turnover of the night -- Murphy scored from five yards out on a running play four plays later.

• In the second quarter, Jeff Driskel threw a wobbly pass that had no clear intended target. Mizzou S Braylon Webb caught it and returned the ball to the Florida 5, though the defense held the Tigers to a field goal.

• The wheels really fell off in the third quarter. The Gators punted on the opening possession of the third and Murphy returned the punt 82 yards for his third touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

• Following another punt, Florida's next possession ended with Markus Golden returning a Driskel fumble for a touchdown and a 35-0 lead.

• And on the very next possession, Driskel threw an interception to Darvin Ruise, who jumped the route and took the ball 46 yards for a touchdown, Missouri's fourth different return TD of the night. The score was 42-0 before Florida finally got on the board.

After Ruise's pick, Driskel was benched for the rest of the game. He finished 7-19 passing for 50 yards and two interceptions. Harris, who played the rest of the game, 8-12 for 98 yards and an interception and a touchdown along with 26 rushing yards and a score on the ground.

Entering Saturday, Muschamp said he wanted to use a two-quarterback system, and while neither played well, Harris has the edge on starting against Georgia in two weeks based off his performance Saturday night. However, will Muschamp be the one making the decision?

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Posted: October 19, 2014, 3:07 am

UCLA beat Cal 36-34 after an interception by Marcus Rios was upheld via replay review.

Two plays prior, Cal converted a fourth down and got to the UCLA 39-yard-line with over a minute left. After a running play on first down that gained three yards, Cal QB Jared Goff went deep on second down and Rios was right there.

This is how close it was.

It was called an interception on the field and upheld via replay review. While Rios' toes aren't visible, you can see that his right foot was parallel to the sideline just briefly before he lost traction on the turf and his foot went out-of-bounds.

With 3:40 to go in the fourth quarter, UCLA took the lead on a 26-yard field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn, almost three minutes after Cal went ahead for the first time since the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown from Goff to Kenny Lawler.

In the fourth quarter, WR Trevor Davis was taken off on a stretcher after taking a knee to the head on a kick return. Davis was down for an extended period of time and gave a thumbs up as he was being taken off the field. On the aforementioned fourth-down play on Cal's final drive, WR Chris Harper stayed down after he was hit in the head on a tackle. Harper walked off the field.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 11:43 pm

This one was ugly.

On a day when everything went right for No. 7 Alabama, everything went wrong for No. 21 Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide overwhelmed the Aggies from the start and poured 45 first-half points on the porous A&M defense in an eventual 59-0 home win.

A week after Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced his frustration with a fan base that was disappointed after the Tide beat Arkansas by just one point, Saban’s squad put all of the chatter to rest.

The star of the game was Alabama’s offensive line as a whole. From the start, Bama absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage. When all was said and done, the Tide put up a whopping 298 yards on the ground on 45 attempts – a 6.6 yards-per-rush average.

The balanced attack of T.J. Yeldon (13 rushes, 114 yards, 2 TDs) and Derrick Henry (10 rushes, 70 yards, 1 TD) set up an efficient play-action passing game from Blake Sims. Sims, who also had a highlight-reel 43-yard touchdown on the ground, completed 16-of-27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Standout junior Amari Cooper hauled in eight of those passes for 140 yards and two scores.

It could have been a lot worse, too. The Tide largely took its foot off the gas in the second half, scoring only 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide defense swarmed the young Aggies all day long. A&M came into the ballgame third in the country by averaging 396 passing yards per game. The Aggies managed just 141 yards through the air and 172 yards total Saturday as Kenny Hill was kept in check.

The loss marked the first time in Kevin Sumlin’s seven-year head coaching career that one of his teams failed to register a single point. It’s also the first three-game losing streak for the Aggies during Sumlin’s tenure. What was supposed to be an improved A&M defense has now given up 142 points in its last three games. Yikes.

For all the talk that Alabama was regressing after the Ole Miss loss, this game looks to be an emphatic statement from Saban’s squad.

The Ole Miss loss certainly hurts, but with games against Auburn and undefeated Mississippi State (both at home) still on the schedule, the Crimson Tide, now 6-1, cannot be counted out. That goes for the SEC and on a national level – especially after Baylor suffered its first lost of the season earlier in the day.

Next on the schedule for the Tide is a road contest with Tennessee. A&M has a bye before it should be able to get back on track at home against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 1.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: October 18, 2014, 11:25 pm

TCU’s dream of being a Big 12 champion and representing the conference in the College Football Playoff took a major step forward on Saturday after a 42-9 dismantling of Oklahoma State.TCU running back B.J. Catalon (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Oklahoma State. (AP)

The Cowboys were one of two Big 12 teams remaining that hadn’t lost a conference game. With the loss, Kansas State is the only team unbeaten in Big 12 play.

TCU was able to shake off a heartbreaking loss to Baylor last week in which the Horned Frogs blew a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes of the game to lose on a last-second field goal.

But if the Horned Frogs were still hurting from that loss, they didn’t show it.

The offense, led by quarterback Trevone Boykin, who injured his non-throwing wrist last week, was as potent as it’s been all season long. The Horned Frogs rolled up 675 yards of total offense and the defense limited the Cowboys offense, which came into the game averaging 37.2 points per game, to just three field goals.

Even after the collapse against Baylor, no one doubted that TCU was one of the top teams in the Big 12. With Baylor losing to West Virginia and TCU still to play Kansas State, all of the goals are still out there for the Horned Frogs.

It’s hard not to argue that the teams wearing purple uniforms are the best in the Big 12 right now.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: October 18, 2014, 11:25 pm

Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett will not coach against Notre Dame on Saturday night because of health reasons.

"Florida State assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett will not be at the game tonight because of a personal health issue, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced on Saturday," Florida State said in a statement. "Trickett has coached Florida State’s offensive line since 2007."

"Per NCAA rules, David Spurlock will assume the offensive line coaching duties."

Warchant.com said Trickett "was checked out for a heart issue" Friday night and his long-term health is not in jeopardy. Spurlock is a graduate assistant for Florida State. He played on the Seminoles offensive line and was a senior in 2011.

Trickett is the father of West Virginia QB Clint Trickett. Clint Trickett led the Mountaineers to an upset of No. 4 Baylor on Saturday. Clint Trickett transferred from Florida State following the 2012 season. Before coaching at Florida State, Rick Trickett coached at Auburn, LSU and West Virginia.

No. 2 Florida State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame at 8 p.m. ET.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 10:47 pm

Ohio State had absolutely no trouble handling Rutgers at home Saturday afternoon, and a highlight reel touchdown catch made by senior Evan Spencer put the cap on what was a 56-17 blowout win.

Already up 49-10 late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes were in the red zone again. On a second-down play from the 11-yard line, quarterback J.T. Barrett took a shotgun snap and faked a handoff. He then saw Spencer open on a seam route. Barrett led Spencer a bit too much, but the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Spencer leaped and hauled in the pass with one hand.

Take a look:

The touchdown was the fifth of the day for Barrett (three throwing, two rushing) and the second touchdown of the season for Spencer.

The victory improves Ohio State’s record to 5-1 and 2-0 in Big Ten play heading into next Saturday’s road matchup at Penn State.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 10:33 pm

At 4-2, Cal is a much-improved team in 2014, but it faced its toughest test of the year at home Saturday against UCLA. Chris Harper, a junior wide receiver for the Bears, did all he could to help Cal against the Bruins, an in-state Pac-12 rival.

Midway through the second quarter, the Bears had great field position at the Bruins 20-yard line after a muffed punt. Two plays later, on a second-and-goal from the 7-yard line, Cal QB Luke Rubenzer looked toward Harper in the end zone.

Harper fought through a pass interference call and hauled in the pass with one hand for a touchdown, putting Cal ahead 14-10.

At just 5-foot-11, Harper showed impressive leaping ability and great concentration for his fourth touchdown grab of the year.

After Harper’s touchdown, UCLA responded by closing out the half with two touchdowns to take a 24-14 halftime lead. Cal didn't go down quietly, though.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, but UCLA managed to come out on top with a 36-34 win ater a late interception by the Bruins' Marcus Rios was upheld following a review.

UCLA improved to 5-2 with the win while Cal dropped to 4-3.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 9:40 pm

Down 13-3 to UCF late in the first half, Tulane regained possession with 2:18 to go in the first half and was hoping to close the gap before halftime. What senior quarterback Nick Montana did was probably not in the Green Wave’s plans.

After a handful of runs and a few completions, Montana led the Green Wave down to the UCF 36-yard line, but the team burned its final timeout with 17 seconds to go before a third-and-six play. On the ensuing third down play, Montana, the son of San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana, found wideout Teddy Veal for five yards, but Veal could not get out of bounds.

It was now fourth-and-one and the clock was quickly ticking down. Montana apparently had no idea what down it was, because he did this:

Yep. He spiked the ball on fourth down, resulting in a turnover on downs.

You can’t do that, Nick!

Instead of possibly hustling the field goal unit out onto the field, Tulane ended the half with no points and ended up losing 20-13 to drop to 2-5 on the season.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 8:41 pm

Baylor set a Big 12 record on Saturday at West Virginia. No, it wasn't for points or yards. Well, OK, it was for yards. Penalty yards.

The Bears committed an astounding 18 penalties for 215 yards (for perspective, the single-game NCAA record for penalty yards is 238 by Arizona State in 1961) in a 41-27 upset loss at West Virginia. While Baylor was the most-penalized team in the country last season and near the top of the penalty chart again this season, the barrage was absolutely wild. DB Xavien Howard committed five personal foul penalties and a face mask penalty on West Virginia WR Kevin White, the leading WR in the country.

White entered the game with 888 receiving yards and was unstoppable. He had eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns despite enduring all of the hacking from Baylor's defense. The second touchdown came with the score tied at 27-27 in the fourth quarter. And, fittingly, there was a pass interference penalty by Howard too. White broke the tie and gave West Virginia the lead for good with a nifty one-handed touchdown catch.West Virginia's Kevin White (11) catches a pass for a touchdown against Baylor. (AP)

Perhaps all the penalties affected Baylor coach Art Briles' thinking. Usually one of the most aggressive coaches in college football, Baylor was facing a fourth-and-8 from its own 45-yard line with over 5:30 to go in the fourth quarter and trailing 41-27. Instead of going for the conversion, Briles elected to punt and attempt to pin West Virginia deep.

While Baylor did get the ball back with 4:30 left, it didn't score on the drive. Given the context of the game, and Baylor's propensity for penalties, you have to wonder if the odds of converting the fourth down and scoring to pull the deficit to seven were better than punting and playing for two touchdowns, even with all three timeouts.

Undefeated and with games against Oklahoma State and Kansas State at home, Baylor was the favorite for the Big 12 title and the conference's best shot to make it to the College Football Playoff entering Saturday. While the presence of those games doesn't remove Baylor from favorite status in the Big 12, its playoff chances, and the playoff chances of the Big 12 itself, are now teetering.

And as the playoff hopes took a hit, so did QB Bryce Petty's Heisman chances. Baylor's QB was outplayed by WVU Clint Trickett, who rebounded from an early interception to finish 23-of-35 passing for 322 yards and three touchdowns. Petty was 16-of-36 for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 8:38 pm

Prior to the season, Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt shared a photo of his team iPad, which had just one instruction — kick the ball through the uprights.

Apparently Hunnicutt, who is considered one of the best kickers in the nation, misplaced that playbook prior to Saturday’s game against Kansas State because he missed two field goals, including a chip shot he pushed left, and had an extra point blocked to help Kansas State to a 31-30 win.

The victory keeps the Wildcats undefeated in conference play while it puts the Sooners on the outside looking in with two conference losses.

Kansas State is now in the hunt for a Big 12 title and possibly a spot in the College Fotball Playoff, which seems a little surreal considering the Wildcats were not being talked about as contenders before the game. Most of the Big 12 talk centered on Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma, while the Wildcats lurked in the shadows, discounted because of their non-conference loss to Auburn.

But this is a good Kansas State team that has a strong offense, led by quarterback Jake Waters, who had 276 total yards and three scores in the win, and a defense that did enough to quiet an Oklahoma offense that has struggled with consistency in the past few weeks.Kansas State Wildcats players celebrate the victory against Oklahoma. (USAT)

But what has been consistent for the Sooners has been its kicking game. Hunnicutt even tied the record for most field goals in Big 12 history after making his first kick. But it was all downhill from there. And on the last missed field goal, a kick that would have given the Sooners the lead late, Hunnicutt’s mechanics looked amiss, which could be a sign of bigger issues for the Sooners' kicking game down the road.

Right now, Oklahoma has gone from a team many saw competing in the playoff to an also-ran in a tough conference.

As for Kansas State, it still has its toughest conference football ahead of it. It hosts a feisty Texas defense next week, and still has to face Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia and Baylor. So, its place at the top of the Big 12 standings might be short-lived.

Still, if the Wildcats play like they have so far in Big 12 play, they could be the conference’s unexpected representation in the playoff when everything shakes out.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 8:07 pm

Saturday's first targeting ejection came from an offensive player.

Oklahoma FB Aaron Ripkowski was called for targeting against Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller when he delivered a block to Mueller's head by lowering the crown of his helmet.

Targeting is not limited to defensive players. The rule states that "no player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul." There was no disputing the call on Ripkowski. Thankfully, Mueller got up immediately from the hit.

OU QB Trevor Knight was injured on the play as well. As Knight dove to the ground, he was hit just after he was down and his left arm got pinched between himself and the ground. After briefly going to the locker room, Knight returned to the field and then to the game on Oklahoma's next offensive possession. He was replaced after the injury by Cody Thomas. OU finished the drive that Knight was hurt on with a touchdown.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 5:08 pm

Boise State reached into its bag of tricks to pull out a home win over Fresno State on Friday night.

Boise led most of the way, but a fumble on a kickoff allowed the Bulldogs to tie the score at 27 with 1:57 to go in the third quarter. On Boise’s next possession, senior quarterback Grant Hedrick led a methodical 17-play, 75-yard yard drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock and culminated in the eventual game-winning score.

On a first-and-goal play from the Fresno 9-yard line, Hedrick took a shotgun snap and handed the ball off Jeremy McNichols, who was in motion pre-snap. McNichols then gave the ball to wideout Thomas Sperbeck on a double reverse. Sperbeck saw a Fresno defender closing and fired off a pass to Hedrick who had ventured out from the backfield toward the end zone.

Hedrick was wide open and hauled the pass in with ease for the go-ahead touchdown.

Now with a 34-27 lead, the Broncos defense stiffened when Fresno regained possession, forcing two punts and a late interception. Boise added a short field goal and was able to run out the clock with a 37-27 win.

The win improved Boise State’s record to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West, while the loss dropped Fresno to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

The Broncos will host BYU at home next Friday night, and Fresno will host Wyoming next Saturday.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 3:56 am

On its methodical first drive of the night against Temple, Houston drove down inside the Owls’ 10-yard line. On a third-and-goal, the Cougars’ 14th play of the drive, quarterback Greg Ward Jr. saw no one open and looked to run.

Ward Jr. a sophomore, sprinted left toward the goal line and was met with a hard hit from Temple’s Avery Williams just short of the goal line.

Ward Jr.’s helmet went flying at least five yards. Here’s another look.

Ward Jr. was fine after the hit, but Williams was shaken up and hobbled off the field.

Williams’ hit forced the Cougars to settle for a short field goal to go up 3-0.

Though Temple turned the ball over twice, a touchdown with under a minute to go in the first half allowed the Owls to cut Houston’s lead to 17-10 at halftime.

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Posted: October 18, 2014, 2:53 am

Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the investigation into autographs allegedly signed by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston.

The statement, in its entirety, reads:

Our Athletics Department compliance staff is reviewing issues raised by the media related to autographed items attributed to Jameis Winston. At this time we have no information indicating that he accepted payment for items reported to bear his signature, thereby compromising his athletics eligibility. The fact that items appear on an Internet site bearing the signature of a student-athlete does not singularly determine a violation of NCAA rules. We have kept both the conference office and the NCAA apprised of our efforts on this matter. The University takes very seriously any and all allegations of potential rules violations and processes them in accordance with ACC and NCAA policies and procedures.

The statement comes on the heels of multiple ESPN reports that said more than 2,000 Winston autographs had been authenticated by the James Spence Authentication website. Though the website will not reveal the identity of customers who submitted the items for authentication, Spence did tell ESPN.com that the company believes the purported Winston signatures are real.

Spence also said no one at his company knows whether or not Winston was ever compensated for signing any of the authenticated items.

Florida State said earlier in the week it was investigating if Winston ever accepted money for signing memorabilia. FSU’s investigation comes after Georgia running back Todd Gurley was indefinitely suspended for allegedly being compensated for his signature.

Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher maintains that Winston, who also is a pitcher for FSU’s baseball team, was not paid for signing any items.

“Never taken a dime,” Fisher said, via Warchant.com. “He’s signed thousands of things. The guy sits for an hour-and-a-half before a baseball game and signs, an hour-and-a-half after a baseball game. I mean, there are thousands of things out there with his name on there. He is very accommodating.”

No. 2 Florida State (6-0) will host No. 5 Notre Dame (6-0) at home Saturday night. Winston is expected to play.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 8:55 pm

Another week, another week under .500. Should we put the fade alert back on? After going 4-6 last week , Spread Options is a healthy 26-43-1. Ugh. Let's see what's in store for Week 8.

Western Kentucky (-4.5) at Florida Atlantic, Noon ET: It's been a weird season for WKU. The Hilltoppers beat Bowling Green (the team that beat Indiana, the team that beat Missouri) by 28 in the first week of the season. But since then the only other win is against Navy, a team that's also pretty good. And of the three losses, one was to Illinois (where a pick-six turned the game) and another was in three OTs against Middle Tennessee. We'll take the Hilltoppers as they're the better team.

Baylor (-7.5) at West Virginia, Noon, ET: Should we expect a repeat of the 2012 game in Morgantown, W.V., where West Virginia won 70-63? And last year, Baylor won 73-42 in Waco, Tex. So there's a reason the over/under is set at 80. We're going to go out on a limb and say that the winner of this game does not hit 70 and that Baylor wins it by 10. TCU's offense is a tick above West Virginia's, and it's defense is better too.

Iowa at Maryland (-5), Noon, ET: Will we have another offensive explosion from Iowa? The Hawkeyes scored 45 against Indiana last week after a previous season-high of 31 against Northern Iowa. We're going to chalk that up to Indiana's defense. But even if Iowa continues its high-scoring ways, Maryland QB C.J. Brown is healthy after a bye and the Terps have a great chance of winning.

UCLA (-6.5) at Cal, 3:30 p.m. ET: Another road favorite? It looks dicey, but we like the Bruins by more than a touchdown. Cal was throttled by Washington at home last week and while a bowl game may be in the offing this year for the Bears, win No. 5 isn't happening on Saturday.

Clemson at Boston College (OVER 45), 3:30 p.m. ET: Cole Stoudt is making his first start for Clemson since he was replaced by Deshaun Watson against Florida State. Will he take advantage of his second crack at the starting gig? Boston College has scored 30 or more points in four of its six games. This is a low number, and while the Clemson offense without Watson isn't as potent, Stoudt plays well as a counter to BC QB Tyler Murphy.

Georgia at Arkansas (+3.5), 4 p.m. ET: Here's the upset special for the week. Not only are we taking Arkansas and the points, the Razorbacks will beat the Bulldogs straight up. And who will run the ball more? Will Georgia give RB Nick Chubb over 40 total carries? We're going with no. Arkansas will jump out to a lead and force QB Hutson Mason to throw downfield, something he hasn't been good at this year.

Oklahoma State at TCU (-10), 4 p.m. ET: Oklahoma State has teetered a little bit in its last two conference games, both of which were against the two worst teams in the conference. The home game against Iowa State was close before the Cyclones started making mistakes and the Cowboys simply didn't put Kansas away last week. Cast or not on his left wrist, Trevone Boykin is a superior QB to Daxx Garman and TCU wins by two touchdowns.

Missouri (+5.5) at Florida, 7 p.m. ET: Florida coach Will Muschamp says his team is going with a two-QB system Saturday night. It's hard to feel optimistic about it. And while it's hard to feel optimistic about Missouri QB Maty Mauk after a five-turnover game against Georgia, Mauk won't play that poorly two weeks in a row. Couple Missouri possibly being a better team straight up and Swamp that's not as intimidating as it used to be and we'll take the points.

Notre Dame (+12) at Florida State, 8 p.m. ET: There are questions about Notre Dame's defense after the Irish gave up 43 to North Carolina last week. But this isn't the same caliber of Florida State defense that the Seminoles had last year, either. There's no over/under for the game posted, but we expect a pretty high-scoring affair. Even if Everett Golson turns the ball over once or twice, Notre Dame should be able to hang with the Seminoles.

Stanford at Arizona State (+3.5), 10:30 p.m. ET: Could Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly play? He's been making progress from a foot injury he suffered in September against Colorado, but it looks like Mike Bercovici will get the start again. Arizona State's defense hasn't played well, but can Stanford take advantage of it? With or without Kelly, we like ASU to spring the upset at home.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 6:34 pm

One of the five Notre Dame players investigated for academic fraud could return to the field for the Fighting Irish this season.

Head coach Brian Kelly said Thursday that Eilar Hardy, a reserve safety, may be able to return to the practice field when the team returns from the bye week that follows this weekend’s matchup with No. 2 Florida State. Whether he returns is dependent on whether he gets his academics in order.

“I met with Eilar, we have some work to do in terms of some of his academic work he’s working on right now in terms of trying to get that organized,” Kelly said. “But if we’re able to get some of those things organized, we’re going to bring him back to practice after we get back from the bye.”

Unlike the four other players – cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore – Kelly received word that Hardy is eligible to return to the roster this season. Russell and Williams plan to return to the team for the 2015 season, while Daniels and Moore won’t return.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly said Hardy is the “olny one that I have talked to that would be back on the roster.”

“We have some things to work on, he’s working on right now. Some of his classes and things of that nature. But I’ve invited him back on the roster to practice and then we’ll take it from there,” Kelly said.

Hardy, who appeared in 10 games in 2013 and registered 26 total tackles, became the fifth player to be held out of practice back in August when the investigation into academic dishonesty began.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 6:21 pm

The man who serves as the chaplain for the University of Oklahoma football team was arrested Wednesday, according to the Oklahoman.

Kent Bowles, a regional representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), was arrested on “complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, larceny, concealment of stolen property and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check or false pretenses.” The charges stemmed from an incident in which the 45-year-old Bowles “allegedly lured a man from his house by offering a bogus vehicle test drive.” When the man was gone, Bowles then allegedly stole prescription medications from the man’s home.

Police were called to the home Wednesday evening where they found the man and Bowles. When asked if he had anything concealed on him, Bowles “admitted that he had taken pills from the home.” An officer found Oxycodone and Hydrocodone in Bowles’ pockets.

Bowles told police he was in the man’s home as “part of a fundraising event” for the FCA.

Per the Oklahoman:

Bowles, who identified himself to police as an FCA representative, explained that he was at the home because the owner had agreed to test drive a GMC vehicle as part of a fund-raising event for the organization. Bowles claimed that for every 100 test drives, the Ferguson GMC dealership would make a donation to the FCA.

When contacted, a representative from the GMC dealership told police that the dealership “made a vehicle available to the FCA, but that no test-drive fundraiser existed.”

Before the man took the test drive, he told his wife that he was leaving Bowles alone in their home. She was able to monitor Bowles “using a security live stream on her phone.” When she saw Bowles “wandering through the house,” she contacted her husband and he returned home.

Bowles is not an employee of OU, but has worked in Norman for the last nine years and for the FCA for 21 years total. When reached for comment by The Oklahoman Friday, the FCA said Bowles is still an employee of the organization.

Bowles posted $5,000 bond and was released Wednesday after being booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 5:50 pm

After getting off to a fast start in 2013, USC running back Tre Madden has been plagued by injuries and now the junior won’t see the field again until 2015.

With a painful turf toe injury lingering, Madden, his parents and USC head coach Steve Sarkisian met Thursday and decided to hold him out for the rest of the 2014 season and focus on his health for 2015.

“We’re moving forward,” Tre’s father, Curtis Madden, said to the OC Register. “It’s disappointing that he’s not going to be able to contribute this season. But there’s next year and the year after that.”

Last year, after running for 583 yards and six touchdowns in the Trojans’ first five games, Madden hurt his hamstring and wasn’t able to produce at the same level for the rest of the season. This time around, Madden suffered a turf toe injury in preseason camp and hasn’t played a down for the Trojans this season.

Additionally, Madden missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury after making the transition from linebacker to running back. He took a redshirt that season, so he has one more season of eligibility. He also fits the criteria needed to apply for a medical hardship waiver, which would give him a sixth season.

At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Madden showed an impressive combination of power and speed while running for more than 100 yards in four of his first five games. After hurting his hamstring against Arizona in Week 6, Madden gained just 92 yards in five games the rest of the season.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 4:49 pm

After two crazy weeks where ranked teams were losing left and right, we finally come down to Earth a little bit this week with an exciting, but less pressure-packed slate of games. Here’s what to watch in Week 8:

Game of the week:
No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State, 8 p.m. ET
The anticipation for this game has been marred somewhat by all of the off-field issues surrounding Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, still, this is a game that could decide whether the Seminoles are part of the inaugural playoff. FSU needs this win more than Notre Dame because the rest of its schedule isn’t nearly as strong as some of the other teams in the playoff mix. The Seminoles defense, which has been mediocre compared to last year, will have to be on the top of its game against Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who will try to make this contest his signature Heisman moment.

Game to watch:
No. 14 Kansas State at No. 11 Oklahoma, 12 p.m. ET

Kansas State has faded into the shadows since its loss to Auburn, but that game has nothing to do with the Wildcats prospects in the Big 12. KSU is still one of the undefeated teams remaining in the conference and a win against Oklahoma could knock the Sooners out of championship contention. Oklahoma has struggled the past couple weeks. Quarterback Trevor Knight, who had such a hot start to the season, has cooled as he’s faced better defenses. Moreover, Kansas State’s defense has had an extra week to prepare for Oklahoma’s high-powered offense. These two teams got into a shootout last season and it will probably be much of the same this year. One note: Kansas State’s win in Norman two years ago is the only home loss against a ranked opponent for the Sooners during Bob Stoops’ tenure.

Also check out…
No. 4 Baylor at West Virginia, 12 p.m. ET

Two years ago, West Virginia defeated Baylor 70-63 in Morgantown, the highest-scoring game in Big 12 history. Expect more of the same in this contest, especially since both teams are riding high after come-from-behind victories that ended with game-winning field goals. While West Virginia is in the hunt for a bowl game, Baylor is trying to hold on to the top spot in the Big 12 and one of the top spots in the national rankings. Quarterback Bryce Petty had what many believe was his Heisman moment last week when he led the Bears back from 21 points down against TCU with just 11 minutes remaining. But he’ll need to continue to put up gaudy numbers if he wants to stay in the Heisman hunt and keep his team in the playoff hunt.

Don't waste your time with:
No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 7 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET

OK, OK, OK. Before everyone tells me I’m dumb for saying we shouldn’t waste our time with a game between ranked teams, hear me out. Have you watched either of these teams in the past two weeks? It’s been excruciating. Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill has been a turnover machine and Alabama has made more mistakes on special teams than I think I’ve seen them make in the past three seasons combined. These are not good football teams right now. Still, this game might be worth a watch if you want to see one teams reach its breaking point. Texas A&M has never lost three consecutive games under coach Kevin Sumlin and Alabama hasn’t had two losses by mid-October since 2007. Alabama’s defense is still one of the strongest in the country and it will have its hands full against an A&M offense that still ranks in the top 10. As for Alabama’s offense, well, if it can’t wake up against a pretty bad A&M defense, there are going to be a lot of questions in Tuscaloosa.

Keep an eye on:
Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame

Against Stanford two weeks ago, Golson converted a fourth-and-11 from the 23 for a touchdown to give his Irish a 17-14 win. As of right now, that’s his signature moment. But a win against Florida State this weekend might be his Heisman moment. Florida State is certainly not the best defensive team the Irish have faced this season, but it’s considered the best overall team. Golson, who missed all of last season after violating Notre Dame’s academic rules, has come back with a vengeance and has emerged as a legit Heisman contender. He will be the best quarterback the Seminoles have faced this season and tough challenge. Golson, who is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,683 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, has already lived up to expectations. A win against Florida State would surpass them.

Upset alert:
No. 10 Georgia at Arkansas, 4 p.m. ET

There weren’t many games that had upset potential this weekend and even this one is a little iffy. The only reason it’s out here is because Georgia had such an emotional win against Missouri last week following the suspension of running back Todd Gurley that might be a difficult act to follow. Arkansas was a blocked extra point away from tying and possibly beating Alabama. The Razorbacks are right on the cusp of getting their first SEC win under coach Bret Bielema and snapping 15 consecutive SEC game losing streak, the longest streak in the conference. Beating Georgia will not be an easy feat, especially since the Bulldogs are good at stopping the run and Arkansas is a run-first offense, but the game is at home and the Razorbacks could win on emotion alone.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 3:49 pm

Baylor will be without a starting offensive lineman for the rest of the season.

The school confirmed Thursday night that guard Desmine Hilliard will undergo surgery on his wrist. Hilliard hurt the wrist late in the Bears’ 61-58 win over TCU last weekend.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Hilliard, a redshirt junior, started all 13 games at right guard for the Bears in 2013 for the Big 12 championship squad. With his season ending prematurely, junior Jarell Broxton is expected to fill in.

Broxton, a junior college transfer from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., actually started and split time at right guard with Hilliard against TCU. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Broxton has seen action in every game for the Bears this season, so it should be a relatively smooth transition into the starting lineup.

Now 6-0 and ranked fourth in the nation, Baylor faces West Virginia at noon in Morgantown.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 3:47 pm

Georgia willl be playing its second-straight game without RB Todd Gurley Saturday.

Gurley did not board the team bus to travel to Arkansas, where the Bulldogs will play Saturday. The RB is currently suspended as Georgia investigates reports that he received money for signing autographs.

The news of Gurley's Arkansas absence is not unexpected. Earlier in the week coach Mark Richt said he didn't anticipate Gurley being able to play. The NCAA said Thursday evening it had not received Georgia's request for reinstatment for Gurley, and according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia officials continue to decline comment on Gurley's situation.

From the AJC:

UGA officials on Friday continued to decline comment about the ongoing eligibility issue facing their star tailback. However, the NCAA reinstatement process and Georgia’s current place in it makes it evident that Gurley could not be cleared in time to play against Arkansas on Saturday even if it wanted.

Gurley reportedly accepted $400 for signing 80 items.

No Gurley means that freshman RB Nick Chubb will be the bellcow back for Georgia. RB Keith Marshall is also injured and against Missouri in a 34-0 win, Chubb had 38 carries and 42 total touches for 174 total yards.

Georgia plays Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark., at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Gurley has 93 carries for 774 yards and eight touchdowns in five games this season.

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 3:37 pm

Add Bobby Bowden to the list of notable people who believe Jameis Winston needs to grow up.

The former Florida State coach said Winston does things kids younger than him would do and that he needs to draw a line for himself to not do immature things any longer.

"He's got to grow up. He's got to grow up," Bowden told ESPN. "He does things that kids in grammar school would do, or kids in junior high would do, you know it. And I think once he draws the line and says I'm not going to step below this another time – and I think he can do that – but if he don't he's going to make it mighty tough on himself. I think his draft status has already dropped way down, but you know what's amazing to me about him? I don't care what goes on off the field, once he gets under the center he blocks everything else out."

Bobby Bowden, left, with his wife, Ann, on Oct. 4, 2014. (AP)Almost impossibly, scrutiny on Winston has increased over the past month. He was suspended for Florida State's game against Clemson for saying an obscene phrase in the student union, the school has looked into reportedly over 2,000 of his autographs on an authentication website, and Florida State has proceeded with a disciplinary hearing against Winston regarding sexual assault allegations last year. Winston's lawyer, David Cornwell, told ESPN that he's cooperated with the school and has already contacted FSU's Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Last Friday, Winston was notified of an informational hearing to precede a code of conduct hearing where he might be charged with violations of Florida State's code of conduct. He had five school days to respond and schedule the informational hearing.

A former Florida Supreme Court justice will hear Winston's case, and both Winston and the accuser had the right to strike one of the three possible candidates from consideration before the hearing is held and a judge is selected.

Winston is expected to play for Florida State against Notre Dame on Saturday. Earlier in the week, former Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, who grew up in the same hometown as Winston, said that he gave the 2013 Heisman winner advice before he was cited for shoplifting crab legs and crawfish. He hasn't talked to Winston since.

Bowden is officially recognized as the winningest coach in FBS football history with 377 wins.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: October 17, 2014, 2:43 pm

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