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College Football Week Three: Winners and Losers

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Week three was eventful to say the least, we had breakouts, comebacks and some craziness. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Louisville Cardinals: Quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw for 216 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Jaire Alexander had a punt return for a touchdown as the Cardinals steamrolled the Florida State Seminoles 63-20. Some did pick the Cardinals but I don’t think anyone expected the game to turned out like that.
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide: Quarterback Jalen Hurts and the backfield combined for 334 yards and three touchdowns. Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen had a pick six. Defensive back Eddie Jackson had a punt return for a touchdown as the Tide came back to defeat the Ole Miss Rebels 48-43 in a thriller. They were down 24-3 in the middle of the second quarter, but you should know by now to never count out the Tide.
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes: The kickoff was delayed about an hour to wait for a storm to pass but if you’re a Buckeyes fan, it was worth the wait. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for four touchdowns, all four to wide receiver Noah Brown, who had the catch of the year so far. Linebacker Jerome Baker had a pick six as the Buckeyes defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 45-24.
  4. Michigan State Spartans: Quarterback Tyler O’Connor threw for two touchdowns. Running back Gerald Holmes rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 36-28.
  5. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Key defensive stops late helped the Huskers defeat the Oregon Ducks 35-32 in barnburner. Great win for head coach Mike Riley and the Huskers.
  6. UCLA Bruins: Despite having only 50 yards rushing, quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins held off the BYU Cougars 17-14.
  7. North Dakota State Bison: Kicker Cam Pederson’s 37-yard field goal as time expired helped the Bison upset the Iowa Hawkeyes 23-21 in Iowa City. Considering the Bison have won the last five FCS titles and are now 6-0 against FBS opponents, maybe we should’ve seen this coming.

Losers:

  1. Florida State Seminoles: The Noles had no answer for Lamar Jackson in their loss to Louisville. Suffice to say that this is one of their worst losses and also the most points they’ve given up in school history.
  2. Oklahoma Sooners: Turnovers and the fact that they couldn’t stop the Barrett/Brown combo were the Sooners’ undoing in their loss to Ohio State. At 1-2, looks like OU’s out of the playoff hunt.
  3. Ole Miss Rebels: The defense gave up 334 rushing yards and they just couldn’t extend drives in their loss to Alabama.
  4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: They only had 57 rushing yards. While the defense gave up 501 yards in their loss to Michigan State.
  5. Texas Longhorns: The defense gave up way too many big plays in their loss to the California Golden Bears 50-43.
  6. Illinois Fighting Illini: They only had three (yes, three) rushing yards in their loss to the Western Michigan Broncos 34-10. On the flip side, the Broncos are 3-0.
  7. Oregon Ducks: Despite 336 rushing yards, quarterback Dakota Prukop’s arm let the Ducks down late in their loss to Nebraska.

Storylines Going Into Week Four:

Clemson goes to Georgia Tech. Florida State plays a sneaky South Florida.

In the Big Ten, Wisconsin battles Michigan State. Penn State goes to Michigan.

In the SEC, Ole Miss will try to bounce back at home against Georgia. Florida goes to Knoxville and face Tennessee. LSU plays Auburn. Arkansas meets Texas A&M.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma State faces Baylor.

And in the Pac 12, USC meets Utah. Stanford travels to UCLA. Colorado faces Oregon.

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million

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Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

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Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:

NFL

Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30

MLB

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance

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Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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