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College Football Week Ten: Winners and Losers

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Week ten had a little bit of everything: thrillers, last second wins, upsets and even a little mayhem. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Oklahoma Sooners: Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for a school record 598 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Marquise Brown had 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Running back Rodney Anderson rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown. Key stops on defense helped the Sooners hold off rival Oklahoma State Cowboys 62-52. Their Bedlam clash didn’t disappoint. Mayfield may be the leader in the Heisman race.
  2. Miami Hurricanes: Quarterback Malik Rosier overcame three interceptions, throwing two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. The defense forced four turnovers as the Canes defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 28-10, taking control of the ACC Coastal division. For all of you who said that the Canes were frauds, they look legit to me.
  3. Michigan State Spartans: After waiting out a 3 ½ hour weather delay, kicker Matt Coghlin’s 34-yard field goal as time expired helped the Spartans upset the Penn State Nittany Lions 27-24. The Spartans, at least for now, control their destiny in the Big Ten East.
  4. Clemson Tigers: Late defensive stops helped the Tigers stave off the North Carolina State Wolfpack 38-31. The Tigers are in the driver’s seat in the ACC Atlantic division.
  5. USC Trojans: Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Ronald Jones II rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Aca’Cedric Ware rushed for 122 yards a touchdown. The defense caught two interceptions sealing their win against the Arizona Wildcats 49-35. The playoffs are out of the question for the Trojans, but they still have a chance to go to a big bowl game.
  6. Washington Huskies: Wide receiver Dante Pettis set an NCAA record for most punt returns for touchdowns. He also had a touchdown catch as the Huskies easily defeated the Oregon Ducks 38-0. The Huskies are very much alive in the college football playoff chase.
  7. UAB Blazers: Running back Spencer Brown rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback A.J. Erdely threw for three touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions including cornerback Brontae Harris’ pick six that helped the Blazers dominate the Rice Owls 52-21. At 6-3, the Blazers are bowl eligible in their first season after taking a two-year hiatus from football.

Losers:

  1. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Despite great performances from quarterback Mason Rudolph and running back Justice Hill, their defense couldn’t slow down Oklahoma.
  2. LSU Tigers: Though they had the advantage in total yards and time of possession, they couldn’t put together enough scoring drives in their loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide 24-10.
  3. Stanford Cardinal: Drops cost the Cardinal in a loss to the Washington State Cougars 24-21.
  4. Virginia Tech Hokies: Being only 3 for 14 on third downs and turnovers stalled drives for the Hokies in their loss to Miami.
  5. Florida Gators: The Gators were pummeled by the Missouri Tigers 45-16, they’ve now lost four in a row.
  6. Penn State Nittany Lions: Quarterback Trace McSorley’s three interceptions and running back Saquon Barkley being held to just 63 rushing yards were the Lions’ undoing in their loss to Michigan State. There will be no playoffs for the Lions.
  7. Ohio State Buckeyes: Quarterback J.T. Barrett’s four interceptions, including a pick six and the defense giving up 487 total yards threw everything for a loop as they were shocked by the Iowa Hawkeyes 55-24, delivering a blow to the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes. With the Lions and Buckeyes losing, yes, I said Sparty controls their destiny, but the Big Ten East is now wide open.

Storylines Going Into Week 11:

More MACtion as Toledo plays Ohio. Washington meets Stanford. Ohio State will try to rebound as they host Michigan State. Oklahoma State and Iowa State play to keep their Big 12 title game hopes alive. NC State battles Boston College.

Virginia Tech plays Georgia Tech. Clemson hosts Florida State.

Georgia battles Auburn. Mississippi State hosts Alabama. TCU plays Oklahoma. Notre Dame meets Miami.

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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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