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College Football Week Two: Winners and Losers

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Week two saw breakouts, standouts, and some surprises. Here are my winners and losers:

  1. Oklahoma Sooners: After a shaky start, quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners kicked it into gear and defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-16. Mayfield and the Sooners avenged last year’s loss. Think it’s time to take the Sooners, seriously.
  2. USC Trojans: Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Ronald Jones III rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns as the Trojans defeated the Stanford Cardinal 42-24. The Trojans had 625 total yards, very impressive offensive showing.
  3. Clemson Tigers: Quarterback Kelly Bryant rushed for two touchdowns. The defense had 11 (yes, you read that) sacks as the Tigers held off the Auburn Tigers 14-6. The defending champs saying, “don’t forget about us.”
  4. Georgia Bulldogs: Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship’s go-ahead 30-yard field goal with just over 3:30 minutes left and a late recovered fumble helped the Bulldogs hold off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 20-19.
  5. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson: Jackson had 525 total yards and six touchdowns as he led the Cardinals passed the North Carolina Tar Heels 47-35. Jackson reminding us, “hey, remember me, I’m the reigning Heisman winner!”
  6. Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Randolph: Randolph threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys defeated the South Alabama Jaguars easily 44-7. You’ll be hearing Randolph’s name in the Heisman discussion, too.
  7. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners: Quarterback Dalton Sturm threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards as the Roadrunners, from C-USA and in their seventh year of football, defeated the Baylor Bears 17-10. It’s the Roadrunners’ first win over a Power 5 team, beep, beep!!

Losers:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes just couldn’t move the chains in their loss to Oklahoma.
  2. Stanford Cardinal: The defense gave up 625 total yards in their loss to USC.
  3. Auburn Tigers: Despite having the edge in time of possession, the offense only had 117 total yards, also quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sacked 11 times in their loss to Clemson.
  4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: A late turnover cost the Irish, a chance to win in their loss to Georgia.
  5. Baylor Bears: The Bears were only 2 for 12 on 3rd downs and had just over 21 minutes in time of possession in their loss to Texas-San Antonio. Once again, not the start first year coach Matt Rhule wanted.

Storylines going into Week Three:

Tennessee meets Florida in an early SEC showdown. Clemson’s defense will try to slow down Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Texas goes to L.A. and face USC.

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Louisiana Tech Sports Facilities Damaged by Tornado

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A deadly tornado, which has been linked to the death of at least 5 people across two states, damaged several sports facilities located on the campus of Louisiana Tech, according to ESPN.

While no injuries have been reported among the students at the school, two people were killed when the storm ripped through Ruston, Louisiana and caused a tree to fall onto their home.

The school is closed on Thursday and Friday, and the following images were shared on Twitter by the Athletic’s Department, showcasing some of the damage.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross said that the deadly tornado cut a track over 130 miles from eastern Texas to near the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

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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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