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College Football Week Nine: Winners and Losers

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With the first college football playoff standings being released tomorrow, it was a wild and wacky week of upsets, outstanding finishes and performances. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes: Down 11 points in the last five minutes, quarterback JT Barrett overcame, early miscues, throwing two touchdown passes, one, a 10-yarder to wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and with less than two minutes, the go-ahead 16-yarder to tight end Marcus Baugh as the Buckeyes rallied to defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions 39-38 in a thriller. Barrett is also putting his name in Heisman contention.
  2. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for four touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown. Running back J.D. King rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown. The defense caught four interceptions as the Cowboys defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 50-39.
  3. Iowa State Cyclones: Quarterback Kyle Kempf threw for two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Cyclones tamed the TCU Horned Frogs 14-7. Another great win for the Cyclones and head coach Matt Campbell.
  4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw for two touchdowns. Running back Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Julian Love had a pick six as the Irish defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 35-14. Adams has almost 1,200 yards already, maybe put him in the Heisman discussion.
  5. Arizona Wildcats: Quarterback Khalil Tate threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown. The defense caught four interceptions including a pick six by linebacker Colin Schooler as the Wildcats upset the Washington State Cougars 58-37. The Wildcats are still atop the Pac 12 South. As I’ve been saying for the last two weeks, if Tate isn’t in your Heisman list, he should be.
  6. USC Trojans: Quarterback Sam Darnold threw 266 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Ronald Jones III rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Safety Ykili Ross had a pick six as the Trojans defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 48-17, great bounce back win for the Trojans.

Losers:

  1. Penn State Nittany Lions: Despite a solid start with a kick return for a touchdown by running back Saquon Barkley, he was tamed for the most part. The defense gave up too many big plays late in their loss to Ohio State. The Lions aren’t out of the playoff chase.
  2. TCU Horned Frogs: Quarterback Kenny Hill’s two interceptions stalled drives in their loss to Iowa State, but they’re not out of the playoff hunt either.
  3. West Virginia Mountaineers: The Mountaineers couldn’t overcome a slow start and quarterback Will Grier’s four interceptions in their loss to Oklahoma State.
  4. Washington State Cougars: Though the Cougars had the edge in time of possession and total yards, they couldn’t overcome turnovers and being only 4 for 18 on third downs in their loss to Arizona, knocking them off the playoff chase.
  5. South Florida Bulls: The Bulls gave up a late touchdown with 11 seconds left losing to the Houston Cougars 28-24. Bulls are still in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl berth.
  6. Florida State Seminoles: They only had 213 total yards as they were dominated by the Boston College Eagles 35-3, for the Eagles, it’s their first ACC home win since 2013. As for the Noles, well now they got to win out to be bowl eligible.
  7. Florida Gators: It’s been a tumultuous week for the Gators, as they were thumped by the Georgia Bulldogs 42-7 in their annual clash in Jacksonville. Head coach Jim McElwain has now been let go, we’ll see what’s ahead for the Gators.

Storylines Going Into Week Ten:

A little MACtion for you as Northern Illinois faces Toledo. Penn State will try to rebound against Michigan State. Is Wisconsin on upset alert at Indiana? Maybe also Ohio State as they go to Iowa. Also, Notre Dame as they host Wake Forest.

Kansas State meets Texas Tech. Georgia Tech travels to Virginia. Clemson battles NC State. Iowa State will try to keep their dream season going against West Virginia. Stanford plays Washington State.

TCU hosts Texas. LSU meets Alabama. Virginia Tech plays Miami for control of the ACC Coastal. Arizona battles USC for control of the Pac 12 South.

And in their annual Bedlam Series meeting, Oklahoma travels to Oklahoma State.

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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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