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College Football Week 13: Winners and Losers

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Week 13 was rivalry week and some teams did their thing, while others did not. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Auburn Tigers: Quarterback Jared Stidham threw for 237 yards and had a touchdown run. Running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also had a touchdown pass. Defensive stops helped the Tigers defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide 26-14. The Tigers clinch the SEC West and still have a chance at a playoff spot.
  2. Central Florida Knights: Quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Defensive back Mike Hughes’ go-ahead 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with less than 90 seconds left helped the Knights hold off rival South Florida Bulls 49-42 in a thriller. The Knights clinched the American Athletic East division title and most importantly keep their New Year’s Six bowl hopes alive. 51 players have experienced a 0-12 record just two years ago, and now they’re experiencing an 11-0 season, talk about a whirlwind.
  3. Stanford Cardinal: Quarterback K.J. Costello threw for four touchdowns. Running back Bryce Love rushed for 125 yards. The defense had six sacks and two interceptions as the Cardinal defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 38-20.
  4. Ole Miss Rebels: Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jordan Wilkins rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The defense caused five turnovers as the Rebels upset the Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-28. The Rebels win the Egg Bowl, and finished 6-6. Tough they’re not going to a bowl game because of self-imposed sanctions, now new head coach Matt Luke has brought stability to the program.
  5. Washington Huskies: Running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns. The defense had five sacks and caught three interceptions as the Huskies dominated the Washington State Cougars 41-14. Huskies retain the Apple Cup.
  6. Texas Tech Red Raiders: A late interception helped the Red Raiders seal their win over the Texas Longhorns 27-24. It’s the Red Raiders’ second straight win over the Longhorns. Between that and the fact that they’re going to a bowl game for the first time in two seasons can only help head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job security.
  7. Fresno State Bulldogs: Quarterback Marcus McMaryion threw for 332 yards. Two of those to wide receiver KeeSean Johnson who also had 119 receiving yards as the Bulldogs pulled away from the Boise State Broncos 38-17. Just last season, the Bulldogs were 1-11, now they’re 9-3 and have the Mountain West West Division.

Special shoutout to San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny who surpassed the 2,000 yard career rushing mark (had 203 rushing yards and two touchdowns) in the Aztecs win over the New Mexico Lobos 35-10.

Losers:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide: Incompletions and uncharacteristic mistakes cost Alabama in their loss to Auburn. Some say that Bama should still have a shot at the playoff, I disagree, the last few weeks they haven’t played like a team worthy of a playoff spot, but we’ll see.
  2. Miami Hurricanes: They were 4 for 14 on third downs and the defense couldn’t slow down Pittsburgh’s offense losing to the Panthers 24-14. For the Panthers, a solid win for them. As for the Canes, they were already treading, and it caught up with them. They’re still in play for a playoff spot.
  3. Mississippi State Bulldogs: The Dogs couldn’t overcome losing quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to a gruesome ankle injury in their loss to Ole Miss.
  4. Boise State Broncos: They just couldn’t put together enough scoring drives in their loss to Fresno State.
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Ill-timed penalties and not being able to slow down Stanford’s offense.
  6. Washington State Cougars: Quarterback Luke Falk’s four turnovers and being sacked five times stalled drives in their loss to rival Washington. Also with their loss, Stanford clinches the Pac 12 North.

Storylines Going Into Week 14:

Stanford plays USC for the Pac 12 Championship. Memphis and UCF battle not only for the American Athletic Championship but also a New Year’s Six bowl berth. Akron meets Toledo for the MAC Championship.

Fresno State plays Boise State again, this time for the Mountain West Championship. TCU faces Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship. There’s much at stake with these conference championships: Georgia meets Auburn again, this time for the SEC Championship, Miami plays Clemson for the ACC Championship, and Ohio State battle Wisconsin for the Big Ten Championship.

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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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