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College Football Week Ten: Winners and Losers

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The first playoff standings were released and they were some head scratchers. Amid those standings, week ten saw some teams try to make statements and others, well, let’s just say they didn’t live up to their rankings. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide: Quarterback Jalen Hurts had the only touchdown, a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. While the defense held up their end holding LSU to just 125 total yards defeating the Tigers 10-0. Even in an ugly game, the Tide were able to pull it off.
  2. Washington Huskies: Fans and experts including myself, felt the Huskies got hosed out of being in the top 4 the first playoff standings. So the Huskies decided to let their play do the talking. Quarterback Jake Browning threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns. Running backs Lavon Coleman and Myles Gaskin rushed for a combined 182 yards and two touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions as the Huskies defeated the California Golden Bears easily 66-27. They’re now 9-0 for the first time since 1991 when they won the national championship. Best way for the Huskies to send a message is just to win out.
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes: It was all Buckeyes as quarterback JT Barrett threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Safeties Malik Hooker and Damon Webb each had a pick six as the Buckeyes hammered the Nebraska Cornhuskers 62-3.
  4. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: Some experts felt that Boston College would be a trap game because of the Eagles’ defense. Guess Jackson didn’t get the memo as he threw for four touchdowns. He also rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns as he helped his Cardinals destroy the Eagles 52-7. Suffice to say, Mr. Jackson is your leader in the Heisman race thus far.
  5. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Quarterback Mason Randolph threw for 457 yards and five touchdowns including the go-ahead touchdown to wide receiver Chris Carlson. A late interception helped the Cowboys hold off the Kansas State Wildcats 43-37, the Cowboys control their own destiny in the Big 12.

Losers:

  1. LSU Tigers: Though the defense kept them in it, the offense was held to just 125 total yards and they weren’t able to get running back Leonard Fournette going in their loss to Alabama.
  2. Nebraska Cornhuskers: After losing quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. to a scary hit, the offense just couldn’t get going in their loss to Ohio State.
  3. Florida Gators: Quarterback Luke Del Rio’s two interceptions (one ended up being a pick six) and the offense being held to just 12 rushing yards were the Gators’ undoing in their loss to Arkansas 31-10. It’s their first loss to the Hogs in SEC play, the last loss was in the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl. Thus throwing the SEC East into complete and total chaos.
  4. UCLA Bruins: Questionable offensive play-calling, being held to just 12 rushing yards and missed field goals doomed the Bruins in their loss to the Colorado Buffaloes 20-10. At 1-5 in conference play, if head coach Jim Mora’s hot seat wasn’t warm yet, it is now.
  5. Texas A&M Aggies: Many folks, (myself included) questioned the Aggies being number four in the first college football playoff rankings, our hunch was right as the defense gave up 365 rushing yards in their upset loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs 35-28.
  6. Michigan State Spartans: The Spartans lost to the Illinois Fighting Illini 31-27, it’s their first loss to Illinois in a decade. Michigan State have now lost seven in a row, and are now 0-6 in the Big Ten for the first time EVER!!!
  7. Baylor Bears: The Bears were just steamrolled by the TCU Horned Frogs 62-22, I’ll just leave it at that.
  8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: The defense gave up 320 rushing yards in their loss to the Navy Midshipman 28-27. It’s their first loss to Navy since 2010. The Irish now must win out to even get bowl eligible.

Storylines Going Into Week 11:

In the ACC, Pitt travels to Clemson.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma hosts Baylor. West Virginia faces Texas. Texas Tech battles Oklahoma State.

In the Big Ten, a hot Penn State plays upset-minded Indiana. Illinois faces Wisconsin. Minnesota goes to Nebraska. Michigan plays Iowa

In the Pac 12, USC goes to Washington

In the SEC, Auburn travels to Georgia. LSU plays Arkansas. Ole Miss goes to Texas A&M.

 

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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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