- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday27 mins ago
#Pac12AfterDark hurt us last week. We finished 4-6 to drop to 16-22-2 on the season. Time to get closer to .500.
Stanford (+3) at Washington, 9 p.m. ET FRIDAY: We picked Stanford to win in our weekly video series picks so we might as well stay consistent, right? It’s not an easy choice. These two teams are very similar and survived close games last week. The Cardinal gets the edge because it kept composed and executed a fantastic 2-minute drive vs. UCLA while Washington played Arizona.
Miami (-7.5) at Georgia Tech, Noon ET: Georgia Tech is not good, which means the Yellow Jackets’ option offense will probably run all over Miami. The Hurricanes passed their first big road test of the season with flying colors and Appalachian State may be better than Georgia Tech.
Rutgers (+39) at Ohio State, Noon ET: This is going to be a blowout Ohio State win. But after mentioning this game on the podcast it needs to be mentioned here too. Rutgers covers the absurdly large number because Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn’t want to blow out his former assistant Chris Ash too much. The loss of Janarion Grant will be huge moving forward for the Scarlet Knights.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Houston didn’t want to call Thursday night’s game against Connecticut a revenge game, but the joy of the 42-14 win was palpable.
The Huskies were the only team to defeat Houston during coach Tom Herman’s two seasons on campus and the No. 6 Cougars, who are eyeing a spot in the College Football Playoff, weren’t going to let it happen again.
Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. put on a show in the win, completing 84.2 percent of his passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 65 yards and two scores in just three quarters of work.
And actually, most of those stats came in the second and third quarters.
The first quarter was a bit of a dud for the Cougars as they came out flat and struggled to get the offense going against what seems like an inspired UConn defensive front. Part of the issue was the fact that the Cougars traditional running backs were missing thanks to injury. Duke Catalon was recovering from a concussion and Mulbah Car was out after suffering a knee injury during last week’s game against Texas State.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed Thursday evening that quarterback Blake Barnett has left the program. Barnett started the season opener for the Crimson Tide, but was replaced by Jalen Hurts. He hasn’t started since.
“We received word this afternoon that Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from school and is no longer with our program,” Saban’s statement read. “The quarterback position is a very unique position where only one player can play. We are very disappointed any time a player leaves the program who feels he can compete for a starting position elsewhere, rather than here at Alabama. We wish Blake the very best of luck in the future.”
While some will quibble with the timing for Barnett’s decision, an article in 247Sports details why it might be ingenious. Barnett could take advantage of bylaw 14.5.6 in the NCAA transfer guide, which states that if Barnett were to transfer to a two-year institution and graduate with a GPA over 2.5 and at least 12 credit hours a semester, he could be eligible to play the following year at another FBS school.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Police Protective League issued a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Commissioner Matthew Johnson saying the police who take care of security for USC home football games “will be compelled to take further action” if they are not paid for their services.
According to the letter, on-duty police officers have been steered away from their normal duties to help police USC home football games without additional compensation.
“It is our understanding the USC does not have an agreement with the City of Los Angeles regarding the payment for these police services. This ‘gift of public funds’ must end,” the letter read.
“The lack of payment for police services, which has spanned several years, violates both city code and state law. The Board of Police Commission has failed to stop the misuse of police resources that has diverted officers from their regular assignments to provide free security to a university with a $4 billion-dollar endowment, and to a football program whose conference, the PAC 12, has a $250 million a year television contract with ESPN.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
If I told you before the season began that Penn State would start its season 2-2, you probably would not have been surprised.
On paper, games against Kent State and Temple looked like wins, a game at Pittsburgh seemed like a toss-up and a game at Michigan seemed like a loss. Penn State beat Kent State and Temple, and lost to Pitt and Michigan.
So why, after four games of James Franklin’s third season at Penn State, is PSU athletic director Sandy Barbour answering questions about Franklin’s job status?
“James is not on any hot seat. He’s not on the hot seat, and he’s not going to be on the hot seat in December,” Barbour told The Altoona (Pa.) Mirror. “James is going to be our football coach. I believe in where this football program is going under James Franklin, and I think he’s going to be our football coach, period.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The Battle at Bristol seemed to go pretty well, so why not hold another college football game at a NASCAR track?
Eddie Gossage, the president of Texas Motor Speedway, was in attendance Sept. 10 when more than 150,000 fans crammed into Bristol Motor Speedway to see Tennessee face Virginia Tech. Now, he told SEC Country, he’s thinking about what it would be like to have 200,000+ for a game at his race track in Fort Worth.
Gossage said the idea of Texas and Oklahoma playing at Texas Motor Speedway came up back in 2002, but the Longhorns were not interested. Gossage knows the history of OU and UT playing at the Cotton Bowl, so he has other matchups in mind, including one longtime rivalry.
From SEC Country:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Wisconsin will be without kicker Rafael Gaglianone for the rest of the season.
The program announced Thursday that Gaglianone, a junior from Brazil, bad surgery for a back injury on Thursday. The injury kept him out of last Saturday’s big win over Michigan State. In a release, the school said his “condition appeared to improve Sunday but worsened in the days that followed.” At that point, surgery was considered the best option.
Gaglianone, who missed spring practice in 2015 with a similar back issue, had converted on 7-of-8 field goals in the first three games of the season, including a 47-yarder late in the fourth quarter to beat LSU in the opener.
“You’re disappointed for Rafael because of all the work he’s put in and how well he was playing,” Badgers head coach Paul Chryst said. “From a football perspective, I’ve appreciated the way the other guys in that unit have responded this week.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
A Purdue offensive lineman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a former teammate.
According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Martesse Patterson is facing a felony battery charge stemming from an alleged incident with former teammate Alex Hilger earlier this month. Hilger told police that Patterson punched him in the face on Sept. 7, resulting in a broken jaw.
Hilger, who left the team in May, filed a complaint with police on Sept. 11. Hilger played in 12 games on special teams in 2015 as a walk-on.
From the Journal & Courier:
Hilger alleged that on Sept. 7, Patterson entered Hilger’s room at their residence in the 800 block of Hayes Street in West Lafayette “to borrow some property.” Hilger told Patterson he was not allowed to borrow the property, but Patterson took it anyway and returned to his room.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was issued a traffic citation Wednesday.
Police said Schiano ran a red light around 6:30 a.m. and struck the bicyclist, a 26-year-old man. The man was subsequently treated at a local hospital and released.
Per the Dispatch, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said Schiano was “devastated” by the incident. Schiano, who is in his first season at Ohio State, has not spoken publicly since the incident.
“I don’t want to get too much into it. Greg… that broke his heart,” Meyer said. “I don’t want to say much more than our prayers are with the young person (who was hit).”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Throughout his tenure at LSU, Les Miles was often tied to another job whenever it opened: the University of Michigan.
Miles, who was fired by LSU on Sunday, played for the Wolverines and legendary coach Bo Schembechler in the ’70s and later returned to UM as an assistant, first as a graduate assistant and then as the offensive line coach from 1987-1994. The Michigan job opened twice during Miles’ time at LSU, once in 2007 and again in 2011.
Skip Bertman, the former athletic director at LSU, told ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge Wednesday that Miles turned down an offer to be Michigan’s head coach in 2011. Bertman coached LSU’s baseball team from 1984 to 2001 before assuming the role as athletic director, a position he held until 2008, when he stepped down. He hired Miles in 2004 after Nick Saban left for the NFL.