Dr. Saturday

  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Belk Bowl.

    BELK BOWL
    Arkansas (7-5) vs. Virginia Tech (9-4)
    Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    — Virginia Tech’s bowl streak — now at 24 straight seasons — carries on even without Frank Beamer. And with a win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl, the program can reach double-digit wins for the first time since 2011. Year one of the Justin Fuente went about as well as anybody in Blacksburg could have hoped. Fuente, the former Memphis head coach, brought in junior college quarterback Jerod Evans and the Hokies pulled out nine wins and an ACC Coastal title. Evans, who threw for 3,309 yards and 27 touchdowns and ran for a team-leading 759 yards and 10 scores, played a big role in the team’s success. Receivers Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips both topped the 70-catch mark for the Hokies.

    Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans has 37 total TDs this year. (Getty)
    Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans has 37 total TDs this year. (Getty)

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Birmingham Bowl.

    BIRMINGHAM BOWL
    South Florida (10-2) vs. South Carolina (6-6)
    Dec. 29, 2 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    — South Florida has two of the best players in the country you may not know too much about in quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack. Flowers is the headliner here. The junior put up insane numbers on the ground and through the air. As a passer, Flowers had 2,551 yards and 22 touchdowns with only six interceptions. On the ground, Flowers racked up 1,425 yards and 15 scores. The only quarterback with more rushing yards is some guy named Lamar Jackson. You may have heard of him.

    South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers combined for 37 touchdowns this season. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
    South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers combined for 37 touchdowns this season. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

    Mack has topped the 1,000-yard mark rushing in all three of his seasons with the program. This year he went for 1,137 yards on 7.1 yards per

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.

    ADVOCARE V100 TEXAS BOWL
    Kansas State (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (8-4)
    Dec. 28, 9 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Hey, it’s an old Big 12 matchup. The two teams met 10 times as members of the Big 12 from 1996-2011. The Big 12 series was a 5-5 split; all of Texas A&M’s wins came from 1998-2005. Overall, the teams have played 15 times and Texas A&M has an 8-7 series lead.

    The last time the Aggies and Wildcats met was on Nov. 12, 2011, when Kansas State won 53-50 in four overtimes. The quarterbacks that game were Ryan Tannehill and Collin Klein. Remember them?

    Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz has run for more TDs than he's thrown. (Getty)
    Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz has run for more TDs than he’s thrown. (Getty)

    – Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz can go over 1,000 yards rushing with 55 rushing yards Wednesday night. Ertz has scored 10 rushing touchdowns and averages nearly six yards a carry.

    But Ertz doesn’t lead the

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  • Boise State’s success in Arizona bowl games came to a screeching halt on Tuesday when it was manhandled by a Baylor team that limped into the Cactus Bowl.

    The Bears used its fast-paced offense to defeat the Broncos 31-12 and win their first game since Oct. 15. The Bears started the 2016 campaign 6-0 and then rattled off six straight losses to end the regular season. Boise State, which nearly earned the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six Bowl berth, hadn’t lost a bowl game since 2013 and has now lost only two since 2008.

    Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon made an acrobatic catch for one of his two touchdowns in the Cactus Bowl. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon made an acrobatic catch for one of his two touchdowns in the Cactus Bowl. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The game started off promising for the Broncos as they halted the Bears’ first drive with an interception in the red zone. But things went downhill from there. Quarterback Brett Rypien had trouble with accuracy and with turnovers. He threw two interceptions in the end zone and lost a fumble. The Bears turned those miscues into 21

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  • Minnesota came into Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl missing 10 players, including several on defense, but still managed to put forth its best defensive performance of the season.

    The Golden Gophers held Washington State, one of the nation’s top offenses, to a season-low in total offense to secure a 17-12 win and claim their first nine-win season since winning 10 in 2003.

    The Cougars were limited to 303 total yards of offense and the 12 points was far below their season average of 40.3 points per game.

    Coming into the contest there were questions about whether Minnesota would be mentally ready. Just 10 days ago, the Golden Gophers ended a two-day boycott of team activities while they pushed for fair treatment of 10 players suspended for their roles in an alleged sexual assault.

    Minnesota's defense stifled Washington State's offense, something no other team has been able to do this season. (Getty)
    Minnesota’s defense stifled Washington State’s offense, something no other team has been able to do this season. (Getty)

    But from the opening kick, the Golden Gophers played inspired. They flustered a normally fluid

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  • Wake Forest's 7-6 record is the school's first winning season since 2008. (Getty)
    Wake Forest’s 7-6 record is the school’s first winning season since 2008. (Getty)

    Temple had a chance to complete a monstrous Military Bowl comeback, but a couple of bad decisions late in the fourth quarter ruined all hopes of an 11th win as Wake Forest held on for a 34-26 victory.

    Temple trailed 31-10 at halftime and closed to within 31-23 with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter with a first and goal at Wake Forest’s 6. But Temple quarterback Phillip Walker took a 22-yard sack on second down, forcing the team into a third and goal at the 28.

    After an eight-yard gain on third down, a field goal made more sense than going for the touchdown, and the Owls cut the deficit to five points.

    Wake Forest returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards inside the Temple 20, but the Owls’ defense was able to hold Wake to a field goal and provide the offense an opportunity to get a game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion in the final two minutes.

    Here’s where the next bad decisions

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Foster Farms Bowl.

    FOSTER FARMS BOWL
    Indiana (6-6) vs. Utah (8-4)
    Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. ET
    FOX

    Richard Lagow has thrown 18 touchdowns. (Getty)
    Richard Lagow has thrown 18 touchdowns. (Getty)

    – Expect to hear a lot about Indiana coach Kevin Wilson’s resignation. The school parted ways with Wilson despite a second-straight bowl appearance because of what athletic director Fred Glass said were “philosophical differences.” Numerous former Indiana players talked about how they felt they were mistreated when injured or recovering from injuries.

    The school appointed defensive coordinator Tom Allen to be Wilson’s permanent replacement. Allen’s quarterback, Richard Lagow, wears No. 21, one of the few quarterbacks to wear a number above 19. Lagow, a junior-college transfer, has thrown for 3,174 yards this year with 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

    Utah RB Joe Williams averages over 6 yards a carry. (Getty)
    Utah RB Joe Williams averages over 6 yards a
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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Russell Athletic Bowl.

    RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL
    West Virginia (10-2) vs. Miami (8-4)
    Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    This could Brad Kaaya's last game for Miami as NFL rumors persist.
    Still undecided on his NFL future, Brad Kaaya could be playing his last game as a Cane.

    – Passing yards should be abundant in this game. Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya leads Miami’s 27th-ranked pass offense against a vulnerable West Virginia pass defense ranked 101st.  Projected as a potential top five NFL draft pick before the season, Kaaya’s season has been characterized by many as a disappointment. Looking closer at the numbers, “disappointment” seems a bit of a stretch. Kaaya has thrown seven more touchdowns in 2016 than 2015 while maintaining almost the same completion percentage (61 percent), passing yards (3,250), and yards-per-attempt (8.4).

    West Virginia should have success through the air as well. Its pass offense is No. 30

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  • Northwestern finished the season 6-6. (Getty)
    Northwestern finished the season 6-6. (Getty)

    Northwestern will honor Craig Sager during Wednesday’s Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pitt.

    Sager died Dec. 15 at the age of 65 due to acute myeloid leukemia. The longtime NBA announcer went to Northwestern and the team will have his name on a helmet decal during the game at Yankee Stadium.

    Sager once tried out for Northwestern’s football team and even served as the school’s Willie the Wildcat mascot in his time there. In Northwestern’s first basketball game after Sager’s death, the mascot dressed in a loud-print shirt in honor of Sager’s flashy and eccentric wardrobe.

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  • Mason Rudolph has thrown for over 3,700 yards in two-straight seasons. (Getty)
    Mason Rudolph has thrown for over 3,700 yards in two-straight seasons. (Getty)

    Oklahoma State’s keeping its two best offensive players for the 2017 season.

    Quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington announced Tuesday after practice for the Alamo Bowl that they would come back for their senior seasons.

    Rudolph is 262-416 passing for 3,777 yards, 25 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2016. He’s also run for six scores. It’s his second-straight season throwing for over 3,700 yards and he’s already thrown four more touchdowns than he did a year ago.

    Washington was one of the best receivers in college football again in 2016. He has 62 catches for 1,209 yards and nine scores and is averaging nearly 20 yards a reception. He had 53 catches for 1,087 yards and 10 scores in 2015.

    With the return of both Rudolph and Washington, the OSU offense has the potential to be even more

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  • Army's Tyler Campbell had a 70-yard touchdown run. (Getty)
    Army’s Tyler Campbell had a 70-yard touchdown run. (Getty)

    Army converted a fourth-and-goal for a touchdown in overtime and held North Texas on its OT possession to win Tuesday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl 38-31.

    After getting stuffed on third down near the goal line to start overtime, Army had to decide to take the lead with a short field goal or go for the TD. The contemplation had to be brief, as Army couldn’t call timeout after using its one OT timeout previously.

    Coach Jeff Monken kept the offense on the field and the call was a toss to the right for running back Jordan Asberry, who cut inside for the touchdown.

    North Texas had a chance to tie (or go for the win with a two-point conversion), but it didn’t go so well. After losing yardage on second down, North Texas threw incomplete passes on third and fourth downs.

    The win gives Army (8-5) its first eight-win season since 1996, when the team went 10-2 under coach Bob Sutton, now the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

    NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL
    Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. Northwestern (6-6)
    Dec. 28, 2 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    — Pitt’s season was a whirlwind filled with ups and downs, but those ups were pretty triumphant. Nobody would have guessed when it happened, but the Panthers’ 42-39 win over Penn State in Week 2 likely kept the eventual fifth-ranked Nittany Lions out of the College Football Playoff. Pitt lost three of its four games against ACC Coastal foes North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami, but the Panthers pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the year — a 43-42 road decision over No. 2 Clemson. A win would give Pitt its first nine-win season since 2009. Pitt has lost seven of its last 10 bowl games. The most-recent win was in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl over Bowling Green in 2013.

    On the other side, Northwestern had to win two of

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  • If you think Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is the best quarterback Clemson will face, you’d be wrong according to Clemson safety Jadar Johnson.

    Johnson said Tuesday that the team has faced better quarterbacks than Barrett.

    “He’s pretty good,” Johnson said via the AP. “We’ve definitely faced better quarterbacks than him. I feel like if we can limit him on the ground, with his running, we’ll be pretty good. I don’t think he’s a very accurate passer. I’m not taking anything away from him. I think he’s a real good player but I feel like his strong point is just on his legs.”

    While it’s easy to immediately think Johnson is throwing shade at Barrett and Ohio State in the days leading up to the team’s College Football Playoff semifinal matchup in the Fiesta Bowl, consider the quarterbacks on Clemson’s schedule this season.

    The Tigers beat Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson on Oct. 1. Yes, the same Lamar Jackson who won the Heisman Trophy (over Barrett and everyone else) earlier

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

    MOTEL 6 CACTUS BOWL
    Boise State Broncos (10-2) vs. Baylor Bears (6-6)
    Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Baylor is in danger of its first losing season since 2009 after posting a 6-6 record heading into Tuesday’s game. The Bears’ season started off well with six consecutive wins, but then the bottom fell out and the Bears have lost six straight. The Baylor defense has allowed an average of 43.6 points per game during the losing streak and scored more than 24 points just twice. During the first six games, the Bears did not score fewer than 35 points in any game.

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    Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols has declared for the NFL draft. (Getty)
    Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols has declared for the NFL draft. (Getty)

    – Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols will be playing in his final game as a Bronco after announcing Monday

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

    NATIONAL FUNDING HOLIDAY BOWL
    Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4) vs. Washington State Cougars (8-4)
    Dec. 27, 7 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Minnesota’s bowl preparation was derailed by a team boycott that was the product of 10 players getting suspended for their roles in an alleged sexual assault. The boycott lasted two days and ended on Dec. 17, but it was major distraction as the players fought to make sure their teammates earned a fair hearing for their case. Minnesota is on the cusp of winning nine games for the first time since 2003.

    Similarly, Washington State is trying to reach its own milestone by winning nine games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2002-03 seasons. The second nine-win season during that span ended with a win in the Holiday Bowl.

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  • Samuels had six catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns. (Getty)
    Samuels had six catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns. (Getty)

    North Carolina State wide receiver Jaylen Samuels is now the answer to an Independence Bowl trivia question.

    Samuels set an Independence Bowl record with three touchdown catches in NC State’s 41-17 win over Vanderbilt. He finished with six catches for 104 yards and two of his touchdown catches came on screen passes, including a 55-yard catch and run that put the Wolfpack up 14-3.

    Vanderbilt got within 28-17 in the fourth quarter, but the two-score deficit was erased within seconds as Nyheim Hines returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and gave NC State a 35-17 lead with 10:21 left.

    The Vanderbilt offense was woeful in the first half and couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw three picks and averaged less than four yards a pass attempt as the Commodores were 6-18 on third down. Shurmur’s last interception came on the final play of the game and, fittingly, was returned for a

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  • The Boston College defense sacked Perry Hills eight times, tying the BC record for single-game sacks.
    The Boston College defense sacked Perry Hills eight times, tying the BC record for single-game sacks.

    The Quick Lane Bowl was a surprising offensive showcase as Boston College defeated Maryland 36-30 on Monday in a game that had four touchdowns of 49 yards or more.

    And while the big plays were fun, a series of offensive impotence was the game’s true highlight.

    After Boston College quarterback Patrick Towles threw an interception with just over 9 minutes remaining and the Eagles leading 36-27, Maryland took over at the Boston College 17. From there, the Terrapins began a seemingly impossible 5+ minute, 12-play drive which resulted in three penalties, zero points, and an eventual fumble at the 2-yard line to kill any hopes of a comeback.

    Let’s take a look at the play-by-play of Maryland’s epic drive.

    1. (1st and 10 at BC 17) Running back Ty Johnson rushes for one yard to the 16.

    2. (2nd and 9 at BC 16) Quarterback Perry Hills completes a 14-yard pass to Wes Brown to the 2. Terps are about

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Military Bowl.

    MILITARY BOWL
    Temple (10-3) vs. Wake Forest (6-6)
    Dec. 27, 3 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    Temple has won seven-straight games. (Getty)
    Temple has won seven-straight games. (Getty)

    – Temple enters the Military Bowl on a seven-game win streak. After dropping a 34-27 game to Memphis on Oct. 6, Temple was 3-3 and staring at the possibility of a .500 season. In the seven games since, the Owls beat South Florida to get the tiebreaker edge in the American Athletic Conference’s East Division and beat Navy 34-10 in the AAC title game.

    The Owls will be playing Tuesday with an interim coach, however. As Matt Rhule is off to Baylor, Ed Foley will serve as Temple’s boss for the game before Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins takes over.

    Wake Forest has lost three-straight games. (Getty)
    Wake Forest has lost three-straight games. (Getty)

    – Has Wake Forest recovered from WakeyLeaks? More than likely now that the school has figured out that

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

    ZAXBY’s HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
    Army (7-5) vs. North Texas (5-7)
    Dec. 27, Noon ET
    ESPN

    Army guaranteed a finish above .500 with a win over Navy. (Getty)
    Army guaranteed a finish above .500 with a win over Navy. (Getty)

    – The Heart of Dallas Bowl is the only rematch of bowl season. The two teams played each other Oc. 22 and North Texas won 35-18 thanks to seven Army turnovers. Yes, seven.

    Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw threw four interceptions while the Black Knights lost three fumbles. We say “lost,” because Army fumbled seven times in total. It was a bad, bad day.

    The game dropped Army to 4-3 and moved North Texas to 4-3, meaning Army has finished the season 3-2 while North Texas went 1-4 to end the season. Though it’s worth noting that all five of UNT’s games came against teams who went to bowl games.

    – Passing offense isn’t going to be a big thing in Tuesday’s game. Army runs the

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  • (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)
    (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)

    All season long, we’ve asked you to vote for the best catches in college. And with another round of voting in the books, we’re down to the final four: Ohio State’s Noah Brown, Memphis’ Anthony Miller, Texas A&M’s Jeremy Tabuyo and Appalachian State’s Shaedon Meadors.

    Here’s how the field was narrowed from eight to four:

    No. 1 seed Noah Brown, Ohio State (80 percent) vs. No. 8 seed Zach Pascal, Old Dominion (20 percent)

    No. 2 seed Anthony Miller, Memphis (55 percent) vs. No. 7 seed Dante Pettis, Washington (45 percent)

    No. 3 seed Moroni Laulu-Pututau, BYU (45 percent) vs. No. 11 seed Shaedon Meadors, App State (55 percent)

    No. 5 seed Jeremy Tabuyo, Texas A&M (64 percent) vs. No. 13 seed Mike Gesicki, Penn State (36 percent)

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    That voting brings us to our final two matchups:

    No. 1 seed Noah Brown (Ohio State) vs. No. 5 seed Jeremy Tabuyo (Texas A&M)

    Noah Brown, Ohio State — Week 3 vs. Oklahoma

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