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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday. Graham had a brief collegiate soccer career, but traded that in for the life of a journalist and hasn't looked back. Graham has worked for the Dallas Morning News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as ESPN.com and AOL. She is forever striving to be the cool mom to two boys.

  • Florida QB Luke Del Rio out after shoulder injury

    Quarterback Luke Del Rio will not play in Saturday’s game against South Carolina after suffering a shoulder injury during last week’s loss to Arkansas, coach Jim McElwain said Monday.

    McElwain said the injury occurred during the second quarter when Del Rio was slammed to the ground on a hit. He threw an interception to Josh Liddell on the next pass.

    “I should have made a change at halftime,” McElwain said.

    However, Del Rio stayed in the game and Gators either punted or turned the ball over on downs in four of their five second-half plays. The other series resulted in a 50-yard field goal. It was the only offensive drive for the Gators the entire game that resulted in points.

    Quarterback Luke Del Rio was injured during Saturday 31-10 loss against Arkansas. (Getty)
    Quarterback Luke Del Rio was injured during Saturday 31-10 loss against Arkansas. (Getty)

    McElwain said Austin Appleby, whose play had mixed results while Del Rio was injured earlier in the season, would take the first snap at practice, but that freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask also would get work.

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  • Jalen Hurd opens up about decision that led to transfer from Tennessee

    When Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced running back Jalen Hurd was leaving the program, he was vague about the reasons that led to the decision. However, Hurd took to Twitter on Sunday evening to give some insight into his decision and clear up rumors that he and the coaching staff weren’t getting along.

    In a lengthy Twitter statement, Hurd noted two things that led to his departure — injuries and the Vols’ offense. Hurd said Tennessee’s read-option scheme wasn’t the best for his skills, but he was hoping there would be opportunity to showcase both his running and pass-catching abilities. Those opportunities did not materialize the way Hurd wanted.

    In Hurd’s three seasons with the program, his production in the passing game has diminished. In 2014, Hurd had 35 receptions for 221 yards, he had 22 receptions for 190 yards in 2015, and just 10 catches for 81 yards this season.

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  • Report: Phil Knight would pay upward of $10 million a year for new Oregon coach

    Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is on the hot seat after another blowout loss.
    Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is on the hot seat after another blowout loss. (Getty Images)

    Oregon coach Mark Helfrich wasn’t on the hot seat to start the season, but as the team has endured blowout loss after blowout loss, the unrest is palpable in Eugene.

    And ESPN’s business reporter Darren Rovell decided to throw some gasoline on that smoldering fire with a tweet suggesting super booster Phil Knight, who is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, would be more than happy to shell out the money to find the Ducks a new head coach.

    Oregon is 3-6 this season after losing 45-20 to USC on Saturday. The Ducks have allowed teams at least 35 points in losses this season and rank 125th (out of 128 schools) in scoring defense allowing 42.6 points per game. The only teams that are worse are New Mexico

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  • Bobby Petrino doesn't want to blow out opponents to impress CFP committee

    Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said he doesn’t like the idea that his team must blow out its final three opponents in order to make an impression on the College Football Playoff committee.

    The Cardinals, who defeated Boston College 52-7, were ranked No. 7 in the first College Football Playoff rankings and the path to one of the coveted top four spots is not an easy one. But Petrino, who left starting quarterback Lamar Jackson in the blowout longer than he probably should have, concedes that running up the score could be a way to stay on the committee’s radar.

    “I guess we do,” Petrino said of running up the score. “It’s sad because there’s something called sportsmanship, but maybe I made a mistake. Maybe looking back at it, in Florida State [a 63-20 win Sept. 17], we should have kept all the starters in and scored 80 points and did that. But I don’t understand why it’s like that. I really don’t. And then you look at Clemson and the schedule they beat, the guys in the top 10 that they

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  • Alabama outlasts LSU 10-0 to remain undefeated

    Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts scored the game's only touchdown in a 10-0 win against LSU. (Getty)
    Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts scored the game’s only touchdown in a 10-0 win against LSU. (Getty)

    It wasn’t all pretty, but Alabama survived.

    After a tense defensive struggle for three quarters, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts broke free and untouched for a 21-yard keeper up the middle in the fourth quarter to give the Tide their first and only touchdown of the game as they defeated rival LSU 10-0.

    It was the first time LSU had been shutout since a 17-0 decision against Arkansas in 2014.

    The LSU defense did all it could to keep an Alabama offense that came into the game ranked eighth nationally with 43.9 points per game at bay, but it could only do so much without the help of the offense.

    LSU quarterback Danny Etling had the worst game of his LSU career completing 45.8 percent of his passes for 92 yards and an interception. Etling, who had thrown for more than 200 yards in every game since interim coach Ed Orgeron took over, struggled against Alabama’s stout defense. He was content to

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  • Florida's grip on SEC East loosens after 31-10 loss to Arkansas

    Rawleigh Williams rushed for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's win against No. 10 Florida. (Getty)
    Rawleigh Williams rushed for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday’s win against No. 10 Florida. (Getty)

    Florida’s hold on the SEC East became a little shaky Saturday after Arkansas upset the No. 10 Gators 31-10.

    It was the Razorbacks first-ever SEC win against Florida, which had won the nine previous conference meetings. The last time Arkansas had beaten Florida was in the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl.

    Arkansas got the scoring going early with a 24-yard pick-six by Santos Ramirez off Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio less than three minutes into the game. The Razorbacks added another touchdown later in the first quarter when running back Rawleigh Williams pushed the ball in from six yards for the first of his two touchdown runs on the day.

    Florida got on the board late in that quarter when Duke Dawson picked off Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen and ran the ball back 37 yards for a touchdown. But that was the Gators’ best offense. Florida only had one offensive drive end in points and

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  • Missouri QB Drew Lock became the ire of South Carolina fans during a touchdown in the first half. (Getty)
    Missouri QB Drew Lock became the ire of South Carolina fans during a touchdown in the first half. (Getty)

    Missouri starting quarterback Drew Lock should know better than to accept random liquids from drunk college students.

    Following Missouri’s second touchdown, Lock was running off the field when a fan hurled a water bottle in his direction.

    But the announcers made a great point that while the object was a water bottle that didn’t necessarily mean water was in it.

    I mean, really Drew, that could have been anything. Water, vodka, spittle, clear urine, Everclear, liquid crack. The possibilities really are endless and the thought

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  • What to Watch: Big challenges in the Big Ten

    What to Watch

    The Big Ten has two of the most hotly contested division races in the country and this week might provide some clarity on the pecking order. This is a big month for both divisions and the big games start this weekend.

    Here’s what to watch for Week 10:

    Game of the week:
    No. 1 Alabama at No. 15 LSU, 8 p.m. ET

    All eyes will be on LSU running back Leonard Fournette as he attempts to help the Tigers defeat Alabama for the first time since 2011.

    Fournette, who is an aspiring Heisman contender, is as healthy as he’s been all year. After spending much of the season nursing an ankle injury he suffered during fall camp, Fournette rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns against Ole Miss two weeks ago — and he didn’t even play the fourth quarter. He’s hoping for a similar effort against the Tide, but that won’t be easy, especially since Alabama is the nation’s best rushing defense allowing just 70 yards per game. In fact, only two teams have rushed for more than 100 yards on the Tide. Last year,

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  • Baylor QB Seth Russell cleared for Saturday's game after concussion symptoms

    Baylor QB Seth Russell underwent concussion protocol following last week's loss to Texas. (Getty)
    Baylor QB Seth Russell underwent concussion protocol following last week’s loss to Texas. (Getty)

    Baylor quarterback Seth Russell has been cleared for Saturday’s game against TCU after passing concussion protocol.

    Russell had experienced some concussion-related symptoms, including nausea and headaches, following last Saturday’s 35-34 loss to Texas.

    Russell told reporters Monday that he took several helmet-to-helmet hits during the contest, but he couldn’t pinpoint one that left him injured. However, Russell said he started to feel sick hours after the game while having dinner in Austin. He reported the symptoms to the training staff and he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Russell said his CT scan came back negative.

    Coach Jim Grobe dismissed the notion that his starting quarterback could have suffered a concussion.

    “My guess is he didn’t have a concussion,” Grobe told reporters Wednesday. “He was maybe dehydrated. The game lasted like 12 hours.”

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  • Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez promises changes in Camp Randall's policies following racially charged incident.
    Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez promises changes in Camp Randall’s policies following racially charged incident.

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the school would change its stadium policies following last Saturday’s incident where a fan wore an Obama mask with a noose around its neck.

    “I am deeply troubled by the incident from last Saturday’s game, and I am sorry for the harm it caused,” Alvarez said Wednesday in a statement. “I am determined that nothing like this will happen again.”

    The changes to stadium policies will go into effect before the Badgers return home for a Nov. 12 contest against Illinois.

    Under current Camp Randall Stadium policies, fans are not allowed to wear masks upon entering the stadium, but are allowed to wear them once inside. The entire costume included one person dressed as Donald Trump holding the hangman’s noose, which was placed around the neck of the person wearing the Obama mask.

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