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College Football Week Five: Winners and Losers

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Week five saw statement games, upsets and some craziness. Here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. Washington Huskies: Quarterback Jake Browning threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies pummeled the Stanford Cardinal 44-6. I picked the Huskies, but didn’t expect a beat down. The Huskies have early control of the Pac 12 North.
  2. Tennessee Volunteers: This seems to be a pattern with the Vols, get down early and make a comeback. They scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Josh Dobbs’ Hail Mary pass to wide receiver Jauan Jennings as time expired, helped the Vols defeat the Georgia Bulldogs 34-31 in a thriller. Maybe we should call them, the Cardiac Vols.
  3. Michigan Wolverines: In a traditional blue collar Big Ten affair, the Wolverines overcame three missed field goals. Key defensive stops late helped Michigan hold off the Wisconsin Badgers 14-7.
  4. Clemson Tigers: They gave up a 28-10 lead, but quarterback Deshaun Watson’s go-ahead touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Leggett with just over three minutes left gave the Tigers a 42-36 win over the Louisville Cardinals in an ACC Atlantic shootout. The win gives the Tigers an early edge in that division.
  5. Oklahoma Sooners: The Sooners did just enough as they were able to defeat the TCU Horned Frogs 52-46 in an early Big 12 battle.
  6. Western Michigan Broncos: Quarterback Zach Turrell threw for three touchdowns. Running back Jarvion Franklin rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas 49-10. Row that boat, Broncos are now 5-0.

Losers:

  1. Stanford Cardinal: Being 2 for 12 on third downs and held to just 29 rushing yards cost the Cardinal in their loss to Washington.
  2. Louisville Cardinals: Despite a furious comeback, questionable play calling on offense late deterred the Cardinals from a chance at a win against Clemson. They’re not out of the ACC Atlantic division or the playoff though.
  3. Wisconsin Badgers: Though their defense kept Michigan’s offense at bay for the most part, quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s three interceptions stalled drives for the Badgers in their loss to the Wolverines.
  4. Florida State Seminoles: Despite having nearly a ten minute advantage in time of possession, three missed field goals and giving up a game-winning field goal were the Noles’ undoing in their loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels 37-35. The loss snapped the Noles’ 22-game home win streak. Looks like there are issues in Tallahassee. As for the Heels, the Noles are the highest ranked team they’ve beaten since 1996.
  5. San Diego State Aztecs: The Aztecs just couldn’t get their offense going in their loss to the South Alabama Jaguars 42-24.
  6. Texas Longhorns: The defense gave up 555 total yards in their loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 49-31. Unfortunately for Texas, their defense let them down again.
  7. Michigan State Spartans: The Spartans were upset by the Indiana Hoosiers 24-21, it’s their first loss to the Hoosiers since ’06.

Storylines Going Into Week Six:

In the ACC, Virginia Tech goes to North Carolina. Old in-state rivals clash as Miami hosts Florida State

In the SEC, LSU meets Florida. Tennessee faces another tough test as they travel to Texas A&M. Alabama plays Arkansas

In the Pac 12, Colorado battles USC. Washington plays a reeling Oregon. UCLA collides with Arizona State

An intriguing match-up in the American, South Florida hosts East Carolina.

In the Big 12, bragging rights and perhaps jobs are on the line as Texas and Oklahoma battle in their annual Red Rivalry in Dallas.

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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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