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College Football Week 13: Winners and Losers

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For most teams, this was their last chance to make an impression on the college football committee before their respective bowl games. Some did their thing, while others didn’t. Here are my winners & losers:

Winners:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes overcame a 17-7 deficit, after a questionable spot on 4th down from quarterback J.T. Barrett, running back Chris Samuel’s 15-yard touchdown run helped the Bucks defeat the Michigan Wolverines 30-27 in a double overtime thriller. This game lived up to the hype and then some. The Bucks might get into the playoff, even though they will not be playing in the Big Ten title game.
  2. Washington Huskies: The Huskies stepped on the accelerator and didn’t look back as quarterback Jake Browning threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Running backs Lavon Coleman and Myles Gaskin rushed for a combined three touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions as they dominated state rival Washington State Cougars 45-17. The Huskies keep the Apple Cup, win the Pac 12 North, and keep their playoff hopes alive.
  3. Penn State Nittany Lions: Quarterback Trace McSorley threw for 376 yards and four touchdowns as the Lions defeated the Michigan State Spartans 45-12, with their win over Ohio State last month being the tiebreaker, the Lions win the Big Ten East, who saw that earlier this season?
  4. Colorado Buffaloes: Quarterback Sefo Liufau threw for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown as the Buffs held off the Utah Utes 27-22, clinching the Pac 12 South. At 10-2, what an amazing turnaround by head coach Mike MacIntyre.
  5. USC DB Adoree’ Jackson: The versatile Jackson did it all, as he had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 52-yard touchdown catch, and a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as he helped his Trojans defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 45-27. With other candidates not standing out, Jackson is making his Heisman case.
  6. Vanderbilt Commodores: Vandy scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 45-34. The Commodores become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.
  7. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners: The Roadrunners defeated the Charlotte 49ers 33-14. In just their sixth year as a program, the Roadrunners are going bowling, beep, beep.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh combined for the most points in FBS history as the Panthers defeated the Orange 76-61, in the “no college hoops haven’t started conference play, yet” game.

Losers:

  1. Michigan Wolverines: Yes that spot was questionable, and they were some penalties that weren’t called, but quarterback Mitch Speights had three costly turnovers including a pick six in their loss to Ohio State. This will be one heartbreaker that Michigan will remember for awhile.
  2. Auburn Tigers: They only had 66 rushing yards in their loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide 30-12 in their annual Iron Bowl meeting.
  3. Washington State Cougars: The Cougars weren’t able to slow down Washington’s offense.
  4. Boise State Broncos: The Broncos defense gave up 314 rushing yards in their loss to the Air Force Falcons 27-20. There will be no Mountain West title nor New Year Six bowl for the Broncos.
  5. Louisville Cardinals: Despite two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs, quarterback Lamar Jackson’s three interceptions were costly in their loss to the Kentucky Wildcats 41-38. Thus sending Jackson’s Heisman stock dropping even further.
  6. Oregon Ducks: The defense gave up 310 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Oregon State running back Ryan Nall in their loss to the Beavers 34-24, their first loss in their annual Civil War meeting since 2007. At a very disappointing 4-8, there are already rumors that head coach Mark Helfrich is gone.

Storylines Going Into Week 14:

It’s Championship weekend, and there are a lot of things that need to be sorted out. In the MAC championship game, Western Michigan battles Ohio to keep their New Year Six bowl dreams alive. In the American Athletic Conference championship, Navy plays Temple.

There’s a lot at stake in the Pac 12 title game, Washington faces Colorado for a potential spot in the college football playoff. Clemson and Virginia Tech face off in Orlando in the ACC championship game where the Tigers will try to get back in the playoff.

Can Florida upset Alabama in the SEC championship game and throw everything into chaos? Will the winner of the Wisconsin/Penn State in the Big Ten Championship get a spot in the playoff? While in their annual Battle of Bedlam, state rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play for the Big 12 title and perhaps make a case for a spot in the playoff.

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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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