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College Football Week 12: Winners and Losers

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With just a few weeks left in the regular season, while some teams played lesser opponents, others had their hands full with rivals. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Wisconsin Badgers: Running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 132 yards. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for a touchdown. Cornerback Nick Nelson had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown as the Badgers defeated the Michigan Wolverines 24-10. Keeping themselves undefeated and in the chase for the playoff.
  2. Georgia Bulldogs: Running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel rushed for a combined 238 yards and five touchdowns as they Bulldogs bounced back to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 42-13.
  3. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Quarterback John Wolford threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Tabaris Hines had three touchdown catches. The defense caused three turnovers including a fumble by linebacker Demetrius Kemp on the goal line that sealed the Deacons upset over the NC State Wolfpack 30-24, it’s their first win over a top-25 team since 2011.
  4. Texas Longhorns: Quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for two touchdowns. The defense caused two fumbles as the Longhorns held off the West Virginia Mountaineers 28-14. The Longhorns are now bowl eligible.
  5. Florida Gators: Turnovers and kicker Eddy Piniero’s five field goals helped the Gators dominate the UAB Blazers 36-7, snapping a five-game losing streak.
  6. Missouri Tigers: Quarterback Drew Lock threw for three touchdowns, two of those touchdowns to wide receiver Albert Okwuegbunam. The defense caught three interceptions including a pick six by linebacker Brandon Lee as the Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 45-17. At 6-5, the Tigers are going to a bowl game.

Losers:

  1. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Their comeback after surrendering an early lead fell short as they lose to the Kansas State Wildcats 45-40. That loss and TCU beating Texas Tech, means there will be no Big 12 title game for Oklahoma State.
  2. Iowa Hawkeyes: Turnovers and settling for field goals cost the Hawkeyes in their loss to the Purdue Boilermakers 24-15. For the Boilers, it’s their first conference road win of the season. As for the Hawkeyes, that dominating performance against Ohio State seems like a long time ago.
  3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: The defense gave up 319 rushing yards in their loss to the Duke Blue Devils 43-20. A letdown for sure for the Ramblin Wreck.
  4. Arkansas Razorbacks: They only had 221 total yards in their loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs 28-21. They’re 4-7, and this doesn’t help coach Bret Bielema’s job security especially since Arkansas fired the guy that hired him, longtime athletic director Jeff Long.
  5. BYU Cougars: They only could muster 42 rushing yards and quarterback Joe Critchlow threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times in their loss to the UMass Minutemen 16-10. For the Minutemen, it’s their first time winning four games in a season since joining FBS, this is their fourth season. As for the Cougars, well they now have nine losses, and must beat Hawaii to avoid their first season with double digit losses since 1949.

Storylines Going Into Week 13:

Central Michigan hosts Northern Illinois in MACtion. Mississippi faces Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Miami is on upset alert at Pitt. USF battles UCF for the American Athletic East and to keep their New Year Six bowl hopes alive. Virginia Tech goes to Virginia.

Washington State plays Washington for the Apple Cup. Arizona faces Arizona State. Georgia goes on the road to meet Georgia Tech. Florida hosts Florida State. Louisville plays Kentucky.

Ohio State and Michigan battle in their annual rivalry. West Virginia visits Oklahoma. Boise State plays Fresno State. Clemson goes on the road to face South Carolina. Notre Dame travels to Stanford. The Iron Bowl has many ramifications this season as Auburn hosts Alabama.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

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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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