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College Football Week Four: Winners and Losers

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Week four saw some solid performances and some intriguing results. Here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs: Quarterback Jake Fromm threw for two touchdowns. Running back Nick Chubb rushed for two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Bulldogs pounded the Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-3. So far, Georgia has passed every test.
  2. Penn State Nittany Lions: Running back Sequon Barkley rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown. But it was quarterback Trace McSorley’s seven-touchdown pass to wide receiver Juwon Johnson as time expired helped the Lions squeak pass the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-19. Lions avoid the upset at Kinnick Stadium.
  3. TCU Horned Frogs: Running back Darius Anderson rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions as the Horned Frogs dominated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 44-31.
  4. North Carolina State Wolfpack: Quarterback Ryan Finley threw for two touchdowns, both to tight end Jaylen Samuels. The Wolfpack upset the Florida State Seminoles 27-21. It’s State’s first win over a ranked team since 2008. We see you, NC State!!
  5. USC Trojans: Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for two touchdowns. The defense caught four interceptions as the Trojans held off the California Golden Bears 30-20.
  6. Michigan Wolverines: In relief of quarterback Wilson Speight, John O’Korn threw for 273 yards and a touchdown. Running back Chris Evans rushed for two touchdowns. The defense had five sacks as the Wolverines pulled away from the Purdue Boilermakers 28-10. Give them, Penn State, and USC credit for avoiding upset in hostile environments.
  7. Arizona State Sun Devils: Kicker Brandon Ruiz’s go-ahead field goal with 2:33 left helped the Sun Devils past the Oregon Ducks 37-35, getting head coach Todd Graham off the hot seat, for now.
  8. UCF Knights: The defense had five sacks and defensive back Mike Hughes’ pick six helped the Knights stunned the Maryland Terrapins 38-10. Great win for the program and head coach Scott Frost.

Losers:

  1. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Turnovers and their defense not being able to get off the field cost the Cowboys in their loss to TCU. We knew the Cowboys’ defense would be a hindrance and it was this week.
  2. Mississippi State Bulldogs: Turnovers and not being able to slow down Georgia’s offense were these Bulldogs’ undoing.
  3. Florida State Seminoles: Being only 4 for 14 on third downs stalled drives in their loss to NC State. Perhaps a 21-day layoff due to Hurricane Irma may have played a slight role as well.
  4. California Golden Bears: Quarterback Ross Bowers’ four interceptions doomed California in their loss to USC.
  5. Colorado Buffaloes: Quarterback Steven Montez’s three interceptions and not be able to slow down Washington running back Myles Gaskin, who rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffs lose to the Huskies 37-10.
  6. Kentucky Wildcats: Wildcats couldn’t hold onto a 13-point lead late eventually losing to the Florida Gators 28-27. Once again, Kentucky couldn’t seize the opportunity and that’s 31 losses in a row to Florida.

Storylines Going Into Week Five:

Texas goes to Iowa State. Miami’s on upset alert against Duke. USC faces Washington State. Vanderbilt will try to bounce back at Florida. North Carolina meets Georgia Tech.

Indiana could be another trap game for Penn State. Georgia travels to Tennessee. Auburn hosts Mississippi State. Memphis plays UCF. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech will play first to 50.

Northern Illinois travels cross-country and play San Diego State. California meets Oregon.

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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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