Connect with us

NCAA Football

College Football Week 11: Winners and Losers

Avatar

Published

on

Chaotic, mayhem, craziness, wackiness, these are just a few words that you can use to describe week 11 as we saw a lot of upsets. Here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. USC Trojans: Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. The defense had three sacks and caught two interceptions as the Trojans defeated the Washington Huskies 26-13. Thanks to consistency and efficiency, the Trojans still have a shot in the Pac 12 South. I wonder how all of the folks that wanted head coach Clay Helton fired feel now, he and the coaching staff have done an amazing job.
  2. Pittsburgh Panthers: The Panthers stayed toe to toe with the Clemson Tigers. After missing an extra point and a field goal earlier, kicker Chris Blewitt nailed a 48-yard field goal with six seconds left as the Panthers stunned the Tigers 43-42. What a win for head coach Pat Narduzzi!
  3. Iowa Hawkeyes: It was your typical, gritty Big Ten game as the Hawkeyes held the Michigan Wolverines to just 201 total yards. Kicker Keith Duncan’s 44-yard field goal as time expired, helping the Hawkeyes upset the Wolverines 14-13.
  4. UCF Knights: Quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for a touchdown. While the defense caught two interceptions as the Knights defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 24-3. After going winless last season, the Knights are 6-4 and are now bowl eligible. A great job by first-year head coach Scott Frost.
  5. Old Dominion Monarchs: I know some of you probably didn’t know the Monarchs had a football team, well they do. After being in 1AA/FCS for years, this is their third year in FBS. They defeated the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 51-35. They go to 7-3 and will be going bowling for the first time.
  6. John Carroll Blue Streaks: Yes, we don’t talk about D-III here, but this is worth mentioning. The Blue Streaks scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to defeat state-rival Mount Union Raiders 31-28. What’s the significance, well for starters it broke the Raiders’ 112 (yes, you read that right) win streak, which is an NCAA record. Also with the win, the Blue Streaks clinch the Ohio Athletic Conference title for the first time since 1994. Both teams are 9-1, so both will make the 32-team playoff field in D-III.

Losers:

  1. Washington Huskies: Quarterback Jake Browning’s two interceptions, being held to only 6 for 17 on their downs and just 276 total yards were the Huskies’ undoing in their loss to USC. They’re not out of the playoff chase, but they can’t afford another loss.
  2. Clemson Tigers: The Tigers had been walking a thin line all season so it shouldn’t be too shocking that it caught up to them in a loss to Pittsburgh. With the strength of schedule on their side, the Tigers shouldn’t fall too far in the playoff standings.
  3. Michigan Wolverines: Questionable play-calling, turnovers, and being held to just 201 total yards doomed the Wolverines in their loss to Iowa, failing their first true road test of the season. They still control their destiny in both the Big Ten East and the college football playoff but they can’t suffer another loss.
  4. Arkansas Razorbacks: The defense gave up 390 rushing yards and five touchdowns in their loss to the LSU Tigers 38-10. The Hogs are very hard to figure out.
  5. Baylor Bears: Turnovers and losing quarterback Seth Russell to an ankle injury led to the Bears’ loss to the Oklahoma Sooners 45-24.
  6. North Carolina Tar Heels and Virginia Tech Hokies: Apparently neither team wants to win the ACC Coastal division, first UNC kicker Nick Weiler missed a go-ahead 37-yard field goal resulting in the Heels’ loss to rival Duke Blue Devils 28-27, it’s the Blue Devils’ first conference win of the year. Meanwhile the Hokies were upset by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 30-20 in Blacksburg. The scenario remains the same, North Carolina must win against North Carolina State and hope Va Tech loses to Virginia to clinch the ACC Coastal.

Storylines Going Into Week 12:

Even though this game doesn’t have the pizzazz as it did earlier in the year, Louisville and Houston should still be a good one.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma State goes to TCU. While Oklahoma is suddenly back in the playoff chase as they go to Morgantown and face West Virginia.

In the Big Ten, can Michigan State derail Ohio State’s playoff chances? With an outside shot at the Big Ten West, Minnesota must beat Northwestern to keep pace.

In the Pac 12, Colorado hosts Washington State. City rivals clash as USC faces UCLA in their annual meeting.

In the SEC, Florida faces LSU.

In an intriguing Mountain West matchup as San Diego State travels to Wyoming.

NCAA Football

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

Anthony DiMoro

Published

on

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.”

 

Continue Reading

MLB

Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

Anthony DiMoro

Published

on

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

Continue Reading

NCAA Football

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

Anthony DiMoro

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Trending