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College Football Week Three: Winners and Losers

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Week three saw teams make statement wins and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Clemson Tigers: Quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 316 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for two touchdowns. Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel had a pick six as the Tigers dominated the Louisville Cardinals 47-21. I think people are starting to notice the defending champion Tigers now.
  2. Florida Gators: Quarterback Felepie Frank’s 63-yard Hail Mary to wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland as time expired helped the Gators defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 26-20. 37 points were scored in the fourth quarter, not an instant classic, but the last 15 minutes were.
  3. Vanderbilt Commodores: Quarterback Kyle Shurmur’s go-ahead touchdown run with 8:23 left in the game and defensive stops late helped Vandy stun the Kansas State Wildcats 14-7. This is their first win against a ranked non-conference opponent since 1946 (yes, you read that right). The Commodores have held their opponents to 13 total points so far, a great win for them and head coach Derek Mason. They’re 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
  4. Memphis Tigers: Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns that helped the Tigers upset the UCLA Bruins 48-45. A great program building win for the Tigers and head coach Mike Norvell. The Tigers could be one of the non-Power Five teams vying for that New Year Six bowl bid.
  5. San Diego State Aztecs: After a 20-minute darkness delay, quarterback Christian Chapman’s 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Wells with 54 seconds left helped the Aztecs surprise the Stanford Cardinal 20-17. It’s the Aztecs third straight win against a Pac 12 team. At 3-0, they’re another non-Power Five team to look out for that’ll be vying for that New Year Six bowl bid.
  6. Northern Illinois Huskies: The Huskies had a pick six and running back Jordan Huff scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than nine minutes left as the Huskies shocked the Nebraska Cornhuskers 21-17. They’re the first non-Power Five team or major independent to win in Lincoln since 2004, they got a cool $820,000 to boot.

Losers:

  1. Louisville Cardinals: The defense gave up 613 total yards and were 5 for 16 on third downs in their loss to Clemson.
  2. LSU Tigers: The Tigers just couldn’t get their offense going and their defense couldn’t stop Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who had four total touchdowns, as the Bulldogs dominated the Tigers 37-7.
  3. Tennessee Volunteers: Yes, the Vols gave up a last-second Hail Mary, but interceptions and missed field goals were the Vols’ undoing in their loss to Florida.
  4. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Quarterback Tanner Lee’s two early interceptions (one a pick six) put the Huskers in an early hole, they eventually lost to Northern Illinois. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst did give head coach Mike Riley, a vote of confidence, but he and other Husker fans and former players are frustrated.
  5. Kansas State Wildcats: Quarterback Jesse Ertz’s two interceptions and being only 4 for 16 on third downs stalled drives in their loss to Vandy.
  6. UCLA Bruins: The defense couldn’t slow down Memphis’ offense and some ill-advised passes by quarterback Josh Rosen cost the Bruins in their loss to Memphis.
  7. Stanford Cardinal: Quarterback Keller Chryst only had 72 passing yards in the Cardinal’s loss to San Diego State.

Storylines Going Into Week Four:

Utah goes to Arizona. Florida State hosts NC State. Texas Tech faces Houston. Texas A&M meets Arkansas. UCF faces Maryland. Alabama better be on upset alert at Vandy.

USC goes up north and plays California. Can TCU slow down Oklahoma State? Duke plays North Carolina (no this isn’t basketball season yet). Can Michigan get their offense together against a scrappy Purdue? SDSU plays Air Force.

Mississippi State meets Georgia. Penn State travels to Iowa. Florida plays Kentucky. Washington goes to Colorado. Arizona State hosts Oregon. UCLA goes to Stanford.

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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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