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College Football Week Four: Winners and Losers

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Week four saw comebacks and surprises, here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. Tennessee Volunteers: Down 21-3 at halftime, quarterback Josh Dobbs threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown as he rallied the Vols to a comeback win over the Florida Gators 38-28. It’s the Vols’ first win over the Gators since 2004.
  2. Wisconsin Badgers: In one of the most surprising games of the weekend, running back Corey Clement rushed for two touchdowns. The defense forced four turnovers including a fumble returned for a touchdown as the Badgers stunned the Michigan State Spartans 30-6. What a win for head coach Paul Chryst and the Badgers on the road.
  3. Ole Miss Rebels: Quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Derrick Jones had a pick six as the Rebels defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 45-14. Great bounce back win for Ole Miss.
  4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: The defense caught five interceptions and blocked a field goal in a win over the Indiana Hoosiers 33-28. It’s the Deacons’ first 4-0 start in a decade.
  5. Colorado Buffaloes: Quarterback Steven Montez threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start as the Buffs held off the Oregon Ducks 41-38. It’s their first win over the Ducks since 2011 when they joined the Pac-12. Buffs are looking good.
  6. West Virginia Mountaineers: The Mountaineers outdueled the BYU Cougars 35-32. At 3-0, the heat should be off head coach Dana Holgorsen, for now.

Losers:

  1. Florida Gators: It was a tale of two halves for the Gators, they were up 21-3 in the first, but were outscored 35-7 in the second in their loss to Tennessee.
  2. Michigan State Spartans: Despite having more first downs, turnovers including quarterback Tyler O’Connor’s three interceptions stalled drives in Sparty’s loss to Wisconsin.
  3. Georgia Bulldogs: Being 4 for 16 in third downs and their defense giving up too many big plays doomed the Bulldogs in their loss to Ole Miss.
  4. USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins: It wasn’t a good weekend for the L.A. area teams as both gave up game winning drives. Utah went down the field and quarterback Troy Williams’ go-ahead touchdown pass to wide receiver Tim Patrick with 16 seconds left, led the Utes to a win over the Trojans 31-27. As for the Bruins, good news they tamed Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey to just 167 total yards. Bad news, the Bruins gave up a game winning touchdown as quarterback Ryan Burns’ pass to wide receiver J.J. Arceda-Whiteside with 24 seconds left that helped the Cardinal avoid the upset 22-13.
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Despite outgaining the Duke Blue Devils, the defense gave up nearly 500 yards in their loss to the Blue Devils 38-35. They have since fired their defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
  6. LSU Tigers: LSU’s game-winning touchdown was wiped out as time had expired before quarterback Danny Etling snapped the ball losing to the Auburn Tigers 18-13. With LSU’s struggles on offense, both head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have since been fired. We’ll see where interim coach Ed Orgeron takes the Tigers from here.

Storylines Going Into Week Five:

A Friday night top ten clash in Seattle as Stanford faces Washington in the Pac 12 North. Utah goes to Barkley and face California.

In the SEC, Tennessee host Georgia.

In the Big 12, Texas faces Oklahoma State. Oklahoma plays TCU.

In the Big 10, Wisconsin battles Michigan at the Big House.

Some MAC action or MACtion,  Western Michigan travels to Central Michigan

In the ACC, Miami visits Georgia Tech. Florida State hosts North Carolina. Lamar Jackson and Louisville travel to Clemson to meet Deshaun Watson and the Tigers.

 

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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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