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College Football Week 11: Winners and Losers

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It was separation weekend as some teams rose to the occasion, while others didn’t. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Miami Hurricanes: Running back DeeJay Dallas rushed for two touchdowns. The turnover chain was going around as the defense forced four including a pick six by defensive back Trajan Brady. They also had five sacks as the Hurricanes routed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-8. What a performance for the Canes.
  2. Oklahoma Sooners: Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Rodney Anderson rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was able to slow down the TCU Horned Frogs, defeating them 38-20. A solid showing by the Sooners, and you’ve got to think Mayfield is your Heisman leader.
  3. Auburn Tigers: Quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw for three touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for 167 yards and had a touchdown catch. The Tigers took advantage of opportunities as they pummeled the Georgia Bulldogs 40-17. Despite two losses, the Tigers still have a shot at a playoff spot.
  4. Ohio State Buckeyes: Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for two touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns. Running back Mike Weber rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 124 yards. The defense had six sacks and two interceptions as they dominated the Michigan State Spartans 48-3.
  5. Wisconsin Badgers: Despite quarterback Alex Hornibrook throwing two pick sixes, he and the Badgers did just enough to pull away from the Iowa Hawkeyes 38-14. The Badgers remain undefeated.
  6. Oklahoma State Cowboys: The Cowboys held off the Iowa State Cyclones 49-42 in an offensive shootout to keep their Big 12 title game hopes alive.
  7. Stanford RB Bryce Love: Love rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinal upset the Washington Huskies 30-22.
  8. Army Black Knights: The Knights staved off the Duke Blue Devils 21-16. They’re 8-2, they finished undefeated at home for the first time since 1996.

Losers:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs: Miscues and being only 3 for 14 on third downs doomed the Dogs in their loss to Auburn. Georgia isn’t out of the playoff hunt but no doubt they were humbled.
  2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: The offense couldn’t go through Miami’s stingy and smothering defense.
  3. Washington Huskies: A failed fourth down conversion in the red zone came back and bit the Huskies in their loss to Stanford, thus ending the Huskies and the Pac 12 playoff hopes.
  4. Mississippi State Bulldogs: They couldn’t put away Alabama as the Crimson Tide scored 14 unanswered points, losing 31-24.
  5. TCU Horned Frogs: The Frogs didn’t overcome a slow start in their loss to Oklahoma, they still have a chance at a spot in the Big 12 title game, but they may have to do it without their leading rusher Darius Anderson who suffered a foot injury in the loss.
  6. Virginia Tech Hokies: The Hokies couldn’t tame Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall as he had four total touchdowns as he led the Yellow Jackets past the Hokies 28-22.
  7. Nebraska Cornhuskers: The defense gave up 409 (yes, you read that right) rushing yards in their loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 54-21.
  8. Tennessee Volunteers: The Vols gave up 659 total yards, (again yes you read that right) in their loss to the Missouri Tigers 50-17. Head coach Butch Jones has been shown the door.

Storylines Going Into Week 12:

Some MACtion for you once again as Ohio meets Akron. TCU plays Texas Tech. Wisconsin hosts Michigan. Minnesota battles Northwestern. Arizona goes to Oregon. Miami might be on upset alert as they host Virginia.

Georgia will try to rebound when they host Kentucky. Navy meets Notre Dame. UCLA plays USC in their annual “City of Angles” battle.

 

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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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