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Head of Big 12 refs says hit on Notre Dame WR Torii Hunter, Jr., was reviewed for targeting
The most controversial call of Texas’s 50-47 double overtime win over Notre Dame was actually one not made, when Longhorns safety DeShon Elliott hit Irish wideout Torii Hunter, Jr., successfully breaking up a would-be touchdown pass but sending Hunter, Jr., to the locker room for an evaluation. The play was not reviewed for targeting, but Hunter did not […]

Tennessee, Virginia Tech set to net $4 million apiece for Battle at Bristol
We know why neutral site non-conference games have proliferated as much as they have over the last eight years: money.  The dollar signs have climbed to a point where the teams involved will make more to play elsewhere than they’d net by staying at home. Case in point: Saturday’s Battle at Bristol between Tennessee and […]

Was Week 1 a step toward an eight-team playoff?
Ask anyone associated with the College Football Playoff and they undoubtedly tell you the playoff field will remain four teams for the duration of the current contract, which expires at the end of the 2025 season. It is up to you to decide whether you accept that statement at face value or remain skeptical. The […]

Ole Miss DB Kendarius Webster confirms he is out for the season
Early in the game Monday night against Florida State, Ole Miss saw starting defensive back Ken Webster suffer one of the more gruesome leg injuries imaginable, leaving him to be carted off the field in tears. While the exact specifics and extent of the injury have not been confirmed just yet, Webster went online to announce […]

Baker Mayfield blames himself for Sooners’ loss to Houston
One play into their second drive on Saturday, it looked like Oklahoma was going to roll Houston. The Sooners scored on their opening possession and seemed prime for another touchdown after Baker Mayfield found Joe Mixon for a 60-yard completion. But that promising drive stalled — Mayfield attempted to save the drive with one of his patented scrambles, only to […]

Suspect arrested in connection to robbery of Sam Foltz’s family
Without a doubt the worst item to emerge from an otherwise splendid opening weekend was that of the family of late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz getting robbed while away in Lincoln for the Huskers game honoring their loved one. According to the Omaha World-Herald, a just ending could be on the way. The paper reports that Greeley County […]

Alabama holds firm to top spot in coaches poll; Big Ten has four of top 10
Following a dismantling of the USC Trojans, No.1  Alabama remains atop the latest Amway Coaches Poll, released this afternoon. The Crimson Tide locked up 62 first-place votes to stay comfortably ahead of No. 2 Clemson. The top two spot sin the coaches poll were unchanged from last week, but there was plenty of movement after that after this […]

Alabama tops AP Top 25 as Houston, Wisconsin and Texas surge
The Associated Press top 25 saw no changes at the top of the poll, much like the coaches poll. No. 1 Alabama received a convincing 54 first-place votes to separate itself from No. 2 Clemson. Much like the coaches poll before it, the rest of the poll had a brand new look compared to its preseason […]

Motel Six to leave the light on for Cactus Bowl in 2016
The Cactus Bowl will be played in Phoenix for a second straight season while renovations to Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium continue, so it is perhaps appropriate the bowl game retains a sponsorship with one of the nation’s most popular motel chains, Motel 6. On Tuesday, the Cactus Bowl announced Motel 6 ahs been signed on […]

Kirk Ferentz to gets contract extension through 2026
Coming off an undefeated regular season in 2015 and already off to a 1-0 start this season, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is reportedly set to get a contract extension. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported, via Twitter, an announcement could be made as soon as today. SOURCE: Iowa expected to announce a new contract and extension […]

LSU fan starts online donation campaign to buyout contract of Les Miles
It seemed as though Les Miles was walking on thin ice in Baton Rouge at the end of the 2015 season. One game into the 2016 season and Miles is already starting to skate on that thin ice once more. One fan of the Tigers is already taking donations to try and buyout Miles’ contract. […]

Dabo Swinney giving $1 million back to Clemson football
Clemson has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success under head coach Dabo Swinney, but the head coach of the defending ACC champions is taking money out of his own pocket to ensure this is just the beginning for the program. Swinney and his wife, Kathleen, have pledged to donate $1 million to Clemson’s IPTAY program, which […]

Get ready for the Week 2 hangover: Five games to watch this week
After Florida State and Texas helped close out the greatest opening weekend in college football history the past two nights, all eyes have now shifted to what’s ahead for an encore in Week 2. Unfortunately for fans, the college football scheduling gods have not been as kind to us in the second week of the […]

Chad Kelly tosses 3 TDs in first half as Ole Miss is powering by FSU
Maybe Florida State spent a little too much time listening to Jimbo Fisher give his pregame speech. Or maybe they didn’t listen enough. Whatever the case, No. 4 Florida State has a lot to work on if they want to climb back and make a game of this with No. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando. […]

Arkansas DB Kevin Richardson out for year with torn pectoral
Arkansas escaped an upset bid from Louisiana Tech in the season opener, but they did so at a cost. Defensive back Kevin Richardson suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will now be out for the remainder of the 2016 season. Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema announced the injury news on Monday. According to a report […]

No. 4 Florida State goes on 33-0 run to take down No. 11 Ole Miss
Orlando, Florida may be home to the happiest place on Earth, but No. 11 Ole Miss (0-1) is leaving town with nothing but disappointment. The Rebels blew a 22-point lead against No. 4 Florida State (1-0) in the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando. The Seminoles ripped off 33 straight points on their way to a 45-34 […]

Johnny Football goes back to school
Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is heading back to school this semester. As he puts his NFL career on hold — albeit as the collective choice of the NFL as a whole as opposed to Manziel stepping in to re-evaluate his career — Manziel has reportedly enrolled in classes at […]

ACL injury sidelines Florida WR Dre Massey for season
The season kicked off for the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon against UMass. As it did, the 2016 season quickly came to an end for wide receiver Dre Massey, who tore his ACL on the opening kickoff. Massey remained in the game despite being hurt for the remainder of the first half, but he did not return […]

Ole Miss strikes quickly, loses DB Ken Webster to gruesome leg injury
In the final giant matchup of the greatest opening weekend in college football history, Ole Miss struck first with a quick touchdown drive led by quarterback Chad Kelly, but the major development in the first few minutes of the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando is the awful leg injury suffered by Ole Miss defensive back […]

Navy QB Tago Smith suffers torn ACL
Malcolm Perry won’t be returning to the Brigade this year. The Navy signal caller that pulled an E. King Gill after being called from Navy’s cadet section to join the game did so because the Midshipmen’s starting quarterback Tago Smith suffered an injury during an eventual 52-16 blowout of Fordham. Perry racked up seven carries for 30 yards […]

LSU OL Josh Boutte suspended for late game cheap shot vs. Wisconsin
LSU has suspended offensive lineman Josh Boutte for one game following a cheap shot the end of the Tigers’ 16-14 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. The shot came after Wisconsin defensive back D’Cota Dixon intercepted LSU quarterback Brandon Harris at the Badgers’ 25-yard line with 57 ticks left in the game, halting a potential game-winning drive for the Tigers. Boutte then […]

Nick Saban confirms addition of Steve Sarkisian as offensive analyst
It’s official: former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian will join Alabama’s staff as an offensive analyst. There was never really any question as to the report’s veracity considering people don’t hop planes from Los Angeles to Alabama for fun, but Nick Saban confirmed the news on Monday. Alabama announces hiring of former USC coach Steve Sarkisian as analyst; “we’re […]

Auburn LB T.J. Neal apologizes for post-game Twitter rant
This weekend was a rough one for T.J. Neal. On top of his team’s 19-13 loss to Clemson, the Auburn linebacker compounded the misery by going on a tweet-storm complaining about his lack of playing time: What a night it been for me. A player who have 25 career starts and many stats Sat on the […]

Wisconsin loses LB Chris Orr for the season
Wisconsin will lose linebacker Chris Orr for the remainder of the season after the sophomore suffered a right knee injury in the Badgers’ 16-14 upset of No. 5 LSU on Saturday. Sadly, Orr will just shy of the entire season. He had to be helped from the field following the Badgers’ first defensive snap. Ryan Connelly recorded seven tackles in Orr’s absence. […]

PHOTOS: Oregon displays new uniforms for 2016 season
Water is wet, Birmingham residents like college football, and Oregon unveiled new uniforms. What else is new? These uniforms aren’t exactly “new” in the strictest sense of the word. The helmet logo was worn often last year, and the shoulder concept is a continuation of what the Ducks have worn the past few seasons. But, […]

Louisiana-Lafayette fires defensive coordinator Melvin Smith
We’re not even fully through the first weekend of the 2016 season, and already we’ve seen the first firing of the college football season. Louisiana-Lafayette has announced defensive coordinator Melvin Smith has been fired. “We appreciate everything that Melvin has done for us since coming here, and we wish he and his family nothing but the best […]

More people watched Texas-Notre Dame in Birmingham than in Texas
The people of Birmingham love their college football. They love Alabama and Auburn, to be sure. But what makes Birmingham different is their fervor for the sport when the Tide and Tigers have the night off. Case in point: Texas’s 50-47 double overtime thriller of a win over No. 10 Notre Dame. The game earned […]

MRI reveals no damage to Greg Ward, Jr.’s throwing shoulder
Houston quarterback Greg Ward, Jr., underwent an MRI Sunday on his throwing shoulder, investigating an issue that arose the day after the No. 15 Cougars’ 33-23 opening day win over No. 3 Oklahoma. “It’s just very sore the next day,” Herman told the Houston Chronicle Sunday, noting the staff thought it was a muscular issue. Word came back Monday […]

ACL injury to sideline West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste for rest of 2016
West Virginia established a presence up front on the offensive line in a win against Missouri on Saturday, but one key player from that line has already been lost for the remainder of the 2016 season. Offensive tackle tore his right ACL in the game, and the injury will sideline him for the entire season. […]

Texas QBs each play big role in knocking off No. 10 Notre Dame in double overime
Just when you think you have seen it all in college football, Texas and Notre Dame served up an extra batch of crazy for you on this wildly entertaining opening weekend for college football. Down by four, Texas running back D’Onta Foreman rumbled for a 19-yard touchdown to cause the stadium to erupt. The excitement […]

Ex-Kentucky OC Shannon Dawson exacts revenge on his former team
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops fired his offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson this offseason, nearly a year to the day after pulling him away from West Virginia. The firing seemed justified at the time. In his one season guiding the Wildcats’ attack, their numbers stayed relatively stagnant; UK finished the 2014 season tied for 76th nationally in yards per play, […]

DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire alternate offensive series for Notre Dame vs. Texas
Heading into the 2016 season opener on the road against Texas, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly remained firm on the idea of using two quarterbacks during the game. DeShone Kizer got the start for the Irish against the Longhorns, while Malik Zaire has to wait his turn. Kizer got the Irish off to a quick […]

Texas leads Notre Dame, 21-14, at halftime as QB picture comes into focus for each
Both Notre Dame and Texas kicked off the 2016 season still uncertain who would, or should, be their team’s starting quarterback this fall. Consider this season opening game a live audition of sorts. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly started by alternating his two quarterbacks, DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, each series the Irish had […]

USC suspends crotch-stomping Jabari Ruffin for one half vs. Utah State
USC was trampled by top-ranked Alabama in Arlington Saturday night, but one of the most discussed moments of the game may have been the stomping of Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick from the cleat of USC linebacker Jabari Ruffin in the second quarter. It was one of a handful of ugly incidents seen around the college football […]

Texas lists Shane Buechele, Tyrone Swoopes as co-starters at QB vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame will play both DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire at quarterback tonight at Texas. We know this. Brian Kelly has admitted as much. Texas head coach Charlie Strong has kept his quarterback derby a complete surprise, despite promising all off-season to do the opposite and the fact that Notre Dame undoubtedly enters tonight’s game unafraid to face either true freshman Shane Buechele or reclamation […]

Houston’s triumph over OU a winner in the ratings, too
The Federal Reserve may want to consider studying Tom Herman‘s fingers, because everything the man has touched the last five years has instantly turned to gold. His No. 15-ranked Cougars won’t stay there for long after opening their 2016 season with a 33-23 dumping of defending Big 12 champion and No. 3 ranked Oklahoma at NRG […]

Nebraska honors late P Sam Foltz by lining up for first punt with 10 players
Sam Foltz should have been Nebraska’s punter on Saturday. Sadly, the senior to be was killed in a car accident this summer along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler while the pair, plus LSU punter Colby Delahoussaye traveled home from instructing younger players at a kicking camp. Nebraska has done several things to honor Foltz’s memory this summer, including […]

Family of late Nebraska P Sam Foltz victims of theft while away at Huskers game
An emotional day for the Foltz family was also a maddening one. While the nephews of late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz led the Huskers on the field and the entire family watched the team honor their loss in a ceremonial tribute, a group of thieves in the family’s hometown targeted the vacant family. According to KLKN-TV, […]

Lane Kiffin takes Twitter shot at USC firing
You might think Alabama’s play on the field Saturday night would do all the talking its offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin needed to say. Fifty-two points, 223 passing yards (most of which came on the arm of true freshman Jalen Hurts), 242 rushing yards and 7.4 yards per play tend to say a lot. So does your Twitter account, […]

Auburn’s T.J. Neal tweets frustration over lack of playing time
Here’s to guessing Gus Malzahn‘s not very pleased with at least one of his Auburn football players on this Sunday morning. After AU’s closer-than-most-expected loss to Clemson, T.J. Neal took to Twitter to vent his frustration over the fact that he received just two special team reps on the night.  In a string of tweets […]

Nick Saban to reportedly add Steve Sarkisian to Tide staff
As if Nick Saban needed another weapon in his already loaded arsenal. While No. 1 Alabama, aided by former USC head coach turned Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, implanted a 52-6 black eye on No. 20 USC’s mug, word broke that Alabama was set to add another ex-Trojans head coach. Clay Travis of FOX Sports reported Saturday Steve Sarkisian is set […]

WATCH: The craziest ending you didn’t see last night
The first college football Saturday of the 2016 season began at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time, in Dublin, Ireland, as Georgia Tech outlasted Boston College in a 17-14 final. It did not end until nearly a full 24 hours later. A scheduled 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Wyoming and Northern Illinois was pushed back an hour […]

Alabama suspended Alphonse Taylor for romp over USC
In the end, one of the off-field incidents Alabama had to traverse this offseason kept a Tide football player on the sidelines. Following Bama’s romp over USC Saturday night, Nick Saban confirmed that Alphonse Taylor had been suspended from the season-opening game in Texas.  The head coach also confirmed that it was a one-game suspension for […]

Mike Williams, tough defense helps Clemson top Auburn
Deshaun Watson’s Heisman Trophy campaign didn’t get off to the fast start he was likely hoping for but the Clemson quarterback probably doesn’t mind escaping Auburn with a 19-13 on Saturday night. The victory by the Tigers (ACC edition) answered plenty of questions about the No. 2 team in the country and, perhaps more interestingly, […]

QB Taysom Hill’s return powers BYU to win over Arizona
If it seems like Taysom Hill has been around forever, you would not be mistaken. Saturday night’s Cactus Kickoff Classic was the fifth BYU season opener that the quarterback took a snap in and his fourth straight start in the first game of the year for the Cougars. By all accounts however, this opener was probably […]

WATCH: Tyrann Mathieu pays off LSU-Wisconsin bet with J.J. Watt
One of the biggest stories of the first full weekend of the college football season was Wisconsin’s upset of No. 5 LSU Saturday, which has now, not surprisingly, caused a bit of a stir at the professional level. Tyrann Mathieu is a former LSU defensive back and current All-Pro with the Arizona Cardinals, while J.J. […]

Clemson holds narrow lead over Auburn at halftime in defensive struggle
Gus Malzahn is well known as a bit of a mad scientist on offense. Deshaun Watson is the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 4,000 yards and rush for a thousand more. So one would think that when the Auburn head coach and Clemson superstar quarterback got together, there would be plenty of […]

WATCH: USC player cleat-stomps an Alabama player’s groin
We may have been a little premature on our proclamation earlier today.  And, given the area of the human body this latest development involves, we might’ve been a bit flippant with our language usage in the previous sentence as well. Late in the LSU-Wisconsin game, Badger defensive back D’Cota Dixon was on the receiving end of a neck-high […]

Mark Stoops’ Kentucky coaching seats warms with loss to Southern Miss
In one of our myriad previews ahead of the start of the 2016 season, I made the case for Mark Stoops to be included on this year’s Coaching Hot Seat.  Saturday night, Stoops’ Kentucky squad validated that argument. At home in Lexington, Kentucky had no second-half answer for Southern Miss’ offense as the Golden Eagles […]

No. 1 Alabama puts a Hurts-ing on No. 20 USC
With a score this lopsided, you have to wonder how else No. 1 Alabama might have needed to handicap itself to make romp over No. 20 USC competitive. Because as it is, the Tide played with a true freshman quarterback playing in his first game behind an offensive line that is still congealing, and in its […]

Wazzu, Iowa State tripped up by FCS schools, too
Move over Virginia and make some room Buffalo.  You have company. Friday, the latter team lost to an FCS squad.  Earlier in the day Saturday, the former did the same, becoming the first Power Five program this season to get rolled by a lower-level team.  Later in the day Saturday, Washington State and Iowa State joined UVa. […]

Report: Blake Barnett to start at QB for ‘Bama in opener vs. USC
Unlike his opponents tonight, Nick Saban is going with the more inexperienced player under center for the opener. While it won’t be official for another couple of hours, al.com, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that Blake Barnett will start at quarterback for Alabama in their opener against USC tonight.  The redshirt freshman had been involved […]

Congrats! Virginia the first Power Five team to fall to FCS squad in 2016
Take a bow, Virginia.  You’ve “earned” it. The “it” is the “honor” of becoming the first Power Five team to lose to one from the FCS, with UVa. stumbling and bumbling its way to an embarrassing 37-20 loss to Richmond in Charlottesville Saturday, a score that wasn’t even remotely indicative to how the visitors controlled the […]

Lack of offense dooms No. 5 LSU in Lambeau loss to Wisconsin
Two years ago, LSU and Wisconsin met in Houston for the front end of this odd home-and-home. The Badgers built a 24-7 lead and lost 28-24. For most of the second half, it appeared history would repeat itself. The Badgers built a 13-0 lead and watched it slip away in a matter of six plays. […]

Georgia leads UNC halfway through Chick-fil-A Kickoff
In an evenly played half, No. 18 Georgia holds a 14-10 edge over No. 22 North Carolina at the break in Atlanta. Nick Chubb, fittingly, opened the scoring with a two-yard plunge at the 4:49 mark of the first quarter. He’s looked like his old self, charging for 118 yards on 20 carries. Georgia’s lead […]

LSU takes home ‘Dirtiest Cheapshot Award ‘ for Week 1
Not only did LSU lose a football game Saturday, they also lost a lot of class as well. Late in Wisconsin’s stunning 16-14 upset at Lambeau Field Saturday, D’Cota Dixon‘s interception of a Brandon Harris pass essentially sealed the win for the Badgers.  It was what happened in the immediate aftermath of the game-sealing pick […]

Mountain West to consider expansion with or without Big 12 poaching
Regardless of what happens in one Power Five conference, one Group of Five league could be expanding. Air Force and Colorado State of the Mountain West have reportedly made the cut as the Big 12 looks to expand by at least two teams and possibly four.  That conference could make their expansion decision as early […]

Texas A&M brings the noise for Josh Rosen, holds off UCLA in overtime
Josh Rosen irked many Texas A&M fans earlier this week when he remarked that crowd noise sounds pretty much the same after 50,000 fans. The 102,000-strong Kyle Field crowd gave Rosen an earful on Saturday before the Aggies’ defense ear-holed the star quarterback a few times during a back-and-forth 31-24 win over UCLA in overtime. The Bruins signal-caller finished […]

Miss. St. kicker who missed game-winning FG tweets heartfelt apology
The game of football is a cruel, unyielding wench, especially when it comes to the lonely placekicker. Rarely praised when he succeeds in putting an oblong ball through surprisingly tight uprights, he’s also mercilessly vilified when he costs his team a game. The latest to experience such pain is Westin Graves. The Mississippi State kicker missed a […]

Sam Foltz’s nephews lead Nebraska onto field for opener
Sam Foltz wasn’t far from the minds of Husker Nation or his teammates as Nebraska kicked off the 2016 season Saturday night against Fresno State. In fact, he was, rightly so, at the forefront. On their way home from a kicking camp late last month, Foltz, along with ex-Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, was killed in a car […]

Leonard Fournette’s injury not believed to be serious
In the run-up to the 2016 season, some had suggested that Leonard Fournette, a likely lock to be a Top-Five pick in the 2017 NFL draft, should sit out the 2016 season even as he has significant insurance policies protecting him. Saturday night, those with that thought process were nearly given some significant ammunition for […]

Nick Chubb chugs No. 18 Georgia past No. 22 North Carolina
In his first game back from injury, the new-and-improved Nick Chubb looked just like the old Nick Chubb. The sophomore rushed 32 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder with 3:24 left in the game to put No. 18 Georgia’s 33-24 Chick-fil-A win over No. 22 North Carolina away. Chubb also opened the scoring with […]

Big (12) Statement: No. 15 Houston takes down No. 3 OU
They didn’t just win it, they ran away with it. No. 15 Houston raced past No. 3 Oklahoma on the back of a 30-7 run to beat the Sooners 33-23 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Greg Ward, Jr., led the day for Houston, hitting 23-of-40 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns, while Texas transfer Duke […]

S. Alabama whips out the Fun Belt, stuns Mississippi State
Everybody knew that life after Dak Prescott would be tough for Mississippi State.  But losing-to-a-Sun-Belt-team tough? As it turns out, yep. Actually, it started out well for the Bulldogs, with MSU cruising to a 17-0 first-half lead on South Alabama in Stark Vegas.  That gap tightened up to 20-7 by the end of the third […]

Miami confirms suspensions for Gerald Willis, Sam Bruce
Earlier this month it was reported that Gerald Willis would be suspended for Miami’s opener against Florida A&M.  As it so happens, he’s not alone. In a press release ahead of the opener, The U confirmed that Willis as well as true freshman wide receiver Sam Bruce have been suspended for the FAMU game.  Additionally, Bruce […]

Western Michigan upends Northwestern, marking MAC’s 11th straight year with B1G win
A lot of people across the country love themselves some MACtion, but here’s to guessing a sizable number of Big Ten schools don’t fall into that category. Included in that category is Northwestern, which was on the receiving end of a directional MACtion slap across the face as Western Michigan went into Evanston and came away […]

Wisconsin controlling the clock, scoreboard through one half vs. LSU
Through one half at Lambeau, Wisconsin is blowing out No. 5 LSU everywhere but the scoreboard. The Badgers limited the Tigers to only 21 offensive snaps in the first half, and just 50 paltry yards on those snaps. Brandon Harris looks like the same player he’s always been: 3-of-7 passing for just 38 yards and an end-of-half […]

Texas A&M out front of UCLA in evenly matched first half
On a weekend full of incredible college football games, one of the most interesting intersectional matchups involved Pac-12 South favorite UCLA heading into the heart of SEC territory to take on Texas A&M. In what was a fairly even first half by both teams, the Aggies took a narrow 10-9 lead heading into the locker room […]

Washington lives up to early hype in opener, steamrolls Rutgers
One of the biggest storylines for the Pac-12 during the offseason centered around all of the hype the Washington Huskies were receiving. Judging by the early returns in the team’s season opener, perhaps that hype was warranted. Chris Petersen’s squad steamrolled the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights 48-13 in an outing that wasn’t particularly close in any phase of […]

Bryan Mone to undergo MRI for injury sustained in Michigan’s win over Hawaii
There appears to be just one bit of negative bit of news coming out of Michigan’s opener, although it could prove to be significant depending on how it unfolds. In the first half of the Wolverines’ 66-3 steamrolling of overmatched Hawaii, Bryan Mone went down with an undisclosed injury and did not return.  After the […]

LB Don Hill suspended by USC amidst Osa Masina rape investigation
A disturbing development involving one USC linebacker has officially expanded to include a second. USC confirmed night Friday that Don Hill has been indefinitely suspended from the football program and sent home from the Trojans’ opener against Alabama in Texas.  The school would only go so far as to state that the suspension stems from unspecified […]

Miami walk-on QB Tucker Beirne arrested on DUI, cocaine charges
This is what you would call one hell of a party that will likely prove very costly for one Miami Hurricane. Tucker Beirne, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting, was arrested very early Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine.  The coke charge is listed as a felony The 19-year-old […]

OU-Houston a good old fashioned Texas shootout through one half
No. 15 Houston leads No. 3 Oklahoma 19-17 at the half in an up-and-down shootout at NRG Stadium in Houston, closing the half on a 16-7 run. Oklahoma battered its way down the field on its first possession, mostly behind the tree trunk legs of running back Samaje Perine. The Sooners moved 79 yards in eight plays, […]

J.T. Barrett accounts for five first-half TDs, but OSU loses starting D-lineman to potentially serious injury
It wasn’t the start either J.T. Barrett or Ohio State hoped to have, but, suffice to say, the redshirt junior found a way to very loudly bounce back. The quarterback’s second pass of the season was intercepted by Bowling Green’s Brandon Harris and returned 63 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead […]

Navy literally pulls QB from Brigade mid-game, suits him up for second half
Service academy football, y’all.  And it’s awesome. Navy opened its season today against Fordham, and it’s been a relatively successful initial time out as the Midshipmen lead FCS Fordham 35-10 at halftime.  The academy did sustain a blow in the first half as starting quarterback Tago Smith went down with a right knee injury and […]

Tom Herman has 5 million rea$on$ to want Houston in Big 12
As Houston is emphatically and impressively stating its case for inclusion in the Big 12 — or exclusion, given the level of competition they’d bring — Tom Herman‘s bank account is rooting like hell for an invitation — and for the coach to remain with the program. At halftime of the UH-Oklahoma opener at the […]

Ahmir Mitchell confirms transfer to Rutgers from Michigan
In the middle of the week, it was reported that another Big Ten school would be the likely destination for transferring Michigan wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell. On social media, Mitchell made that move officially come to fruition. In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Mitchell confirmed that he has decided to transfer to […]

Starting corner Will Watson to sit Bowling Green’s first six games in 2016 for 2014 infraction
Less than an hour before Bowling Green kicks off its 2016 season against its former head coach and his Ohio State Buckeyes, the MAC school has revealed some significantly damaging news involving its secondary. In a press release, BGSU announced that Will Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2016 season. […]

Even across the pond, BC still can’t win an ACC game
For those who thought Boston College going international would help them end their conference futility, think again. In Dublin, Ireland, Saturday morning, BC held a lead late but was unable to hold off Georgia Tech in dropping the season opener for both schools by the score of 17-14.  Yellow Jackets freshman Dedrick Mills scored from […]

CFT 2016 Preseason Preview Repository, Saturday Kickoff Edition
The 2016 season officially kicked off last week in Australia, with Cal and Hawaii going Down Under to get the latest college football party off to an international start.  There were also a handful of games Thursday and Friday night this week, with Appalachian State nearly pulling off a second huge upset nine years to the day […]

Arizona State names starting QB for opener, but competition will continue
At last in the here and now, Arizona State has a starting quarterback. Whether it’ll be the same starter as next month or even next week remains to be seen. Ahead of Saturday night’s opener against Northern Arizona, ASU announced that Manny Wilkins will be the starter against the FCS program. Wilkins began summer camp […]

Stanford beats Kansas State behind Christian McCaffrey, stingy defense
Christian McCaffrey‘s second Heisman campaign is off to a much better start than his first. Especially on the final scoreboard. The tailback racked up 210 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as Stanford held off Kansas State 26-13 in the season opener for both teams. The Cardinal had no need to blame their body clocks for the effort but head coach […]

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford up 17-3 on Kansas State at halftime
The Christian McCaffrey Show has returned for another season and it appears the 2016 premiere is picking up right where it left off. The Heisman Trophy favorite once again dazzled in his first action of the season, leading Stanford to a 17-3 halftime lead over Kansas State in the opener for both teams. McCaffrey did just a bit […]

Stray bullet wounds WKU lineman Trae Jones
Hours after Western Kentucky opened their season with a 32-point romp over Rice, a Hilltopper player narrowly averted serious injury — or even death — in connection to an incident outside of a Bowling Green nightclub. The university confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that Trae Jones “was wounded in his left shoulder by a […]

Report: Memphis no longer a candidate for Big 12 expansion
The Big 12’s list of potential expansion candidates appears to have shrunk by one notable name according to a recent ESPN report on Friday. Sources told the network that the University of Memphis is the latest school to get cut from the Big 12’s list, which once numbered as many as 22 schools but is now […]

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson goes from not knowing plays to strafing Charlotte in record-breaking win
Be forewarned, future Louisville opponents.  Lamar Jackson apparently knows what he’s doing now. Jackson put together a solid first season as the Cardinals quarterback, but all interested parties acknowledged that the now-sophomore could use some work in the passing game.  That work paid off handsomely in the Cardinals opener Thursday night as the U of L […]

Jordan Fuchs suffers dislocated ankle in Indiana’s opener
Indiana’s season-opening triumph has likely come at a steep cost. During the first quarter of IU’s 34-13 win over FIU in Miami Thursday night, Jordan Fuchs sustained what was later described by head coach Kevin Wilson as a dislocated ankle.  The tight end suffered the injury on the punt that came after the Hoosier defense […]

Prosecutor ‘won’t proceed with charges’ against Miss. St.’s Nick James
I guess you could consider this the fourth time being the charm for one member of the Mississippi State football program. According to the Starkville Daily News, the judge in the case involving Nick James has agreed “to an order of nolle prosequi.” The website dictionary.law.com describes that turn of a Latin phrase as “an […]

USC LB Osa Masina being investigated for allegedly drugging, raping same woman twice
More details have emerged regarding the off-field situation involving Osa Masina, and, suffice to say, they don’t paint a very flattering portrait of the USC football player.  At all. Earlier this week, it was reported that Masina was under investigation in both California and his home state of Utah amidst allegations of sexual assault.  TMZ.com has […]

Tennessee escapes with overtime win over Appalachian State
Nine years to the day after Appalachian State cut down a mighty Michigan team in an upset for the ages, they aimed to repeat history deep in the heart of SEC country at No. 9 Tennessee. Could David slay Goliath again? For most of Thursday night, the answer looked like yes. The Mountaineers pushed the Vols into […]

South Carolina comeback gives Will Muschamp win over Vanderbilt
Will Muschamp is hoping his second stint as a head coach goes better than his first. He’s off to a good start. South Carolina put together back-to-back scoring drives in the 4th quarter and took advantage of several second half mistakes by Vanderbilt to sneak out of Nashville with a 13-10 win. The game was every bit […]

Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin ejected for targeting
The dubious honor of being the first player ejected for targeting this season goes to Tennessee’s Jalen Reeves-Maybin. The Volunteers’ preseason All-SEC linebacker was ejected in the 1st quarter of the team’s opener against Appalachian State when he clocked Jaquil Capel as he was fielding a punt following a fair catch signal. https://platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js The loss of Reeves-Maybin is undoubtedly […]

Enoch Smith becomes fifth D-lineman to leave Mich. St. since spring
Attrition along the defensive line that began in the spring continues even as Michigan State gets set to kick off a new season. On his personal Twitter account Wednesday, Enoch Smith announced that he has decided to transfer from MSU and continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  In his missive thanking Spartan Nation for their […]

Thomas Sirk one of three season-ending surgeries announced by Duke
It was already known that Thomas Sirk would be going under the knife because of yet another injury.  Now, the Duke quarterback will be joined by a pair of teammates. Duke announced Thursday that Sirk (partial Achilles tear), freshman safety Javon Jackson (fractured left foot) and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Zach Morris (right knee) will undergo surgeries […]

Penn State to commemorate Joe Paterno before Temple game
Penn State announced plans on Thursday to honor controversial former head coach Joe Paterno before the team kicks off against in-state rival Temple on September 17. The Nittany Lions did not provide further details as to what exactly the program will do to honor Paterno, but did state that they would “commemorate” the 50th anniversary of his first game as […]

FSU strength coach arrested on drunk-driving charge suspended for 30 days without pay
One very bad decision will prove extremely costly in more ways than one for a member of Jimbo Fisher‘s Florida State football staff. FSU president John Thrasher revealed Thursday that Vic Viloria has been suspended for 30 days without day as a result of a drunk-driving arrest earlier this month.  Police were called after the […]

Boise State confirms it too is no longer a Big 12 expansion candidate
East Carolina confirmed Wednesday that the Big 12 had informed the university that it was no longer a candidate for the latest round of expansion.  A day later, a Mountain West school has done the same. In a statement, Boise State president Bob Kustra confirmed that the school had expressed an interest in joining the […]

Dismissed Miami LB Jermaine Grace: ‘I’ll be back really soon’
It appears we may not have seen the last of Jermaine Grace at Miami after all.  Maybe. Along with defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, Grace was dismissed from The U this past weekend for their involvement with a luxury car rental agency.  In a missive posted to his Instagram account, Grace indicated that not only will he be […]

Chris Seisay goes from Oregon ‘penthouse’ to Portland St. ‘tree fort’
Not only did Chris Seisay transfer from the FBS and drop down to the FCS, he’s transferred to the other side of the ball as well. A little over a week ago, Oregon confirmed that Seisay had been granted a release from his scholarship and would be transferring from the Ducks.  Wednesday, Seisay showed up at […]

Greyson Lambert wins Georgia’s starting QB job over five-star frosh
It appears that, at least for the time being, the future of the quarterback position at Georgia has been put on hold. While there’s no official word yet from the school, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing people with knowledge of the situation, is reporting that Greyson Lambert will start UGA’s opener Saturday against North Carolina.  Lambert […]

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