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NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview/Pick- Michigan vs. Kansas State

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Michigan Wolverines (7-5) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (7-5) 12/28- 10:15PM EST

 

BUFFALO WINGS BOWL- Tempe, AZ

 

Line: KSU -5.0

Over/Under: 55.5

 

The Kansas State Wildcats, winners of five of their final six games and feeling confident, head into Tempe on Saturday night in search of their first bowl game victory since 2002 as they take on a Michigan team that has struggled down the stretch and will be without their starting quarterback.

 

The Wildcats (7-5) have been a successful program under coach Bill Snyder, but haven’t tasted a bowl win in five postseason games since beating Arizona State in the 2002 Holiday Bowl.

 

It is obvious that one of my many failings is that I do not have to answer to that,” the 74-year old Bill Snyder said. “It could be a multitude of things, and perhaps it is, or maybe it’s something simple that I am overlooking. …. The bottom line is I really do not know.”

 

Kansas State was eluded victories in its last two major bowl games in the 2011 Cotton Bowl and 2012 Fiesta Bowl, but like their chances this year in the Buffalo Wings Bowl with a Wolverines team without their star quarterback.

 

After a 2-4 start, the Wildcats went on a 5-1 run to put themselves in a great bowl game after Big 12 foes Baylor and Oklahoma wound up in BCS bowls this year. They were headed for the Holiday Bowl, but Saturday’s bowl game is a step up and they plan to take full advantage of it.

 

Nobody on our team has won a bowl game, with the exception of the coaches,” junior linebacker Jonathan Truman said. “We need it. We want it really bad.”

 

Michigan (7-5) started out 5-0, but lost four of five to finish the season with four of those losses by four points or fewer, with its last loss at the heals of their biggest rival Ohio State 42-41 back on November 30th.

 

It was that game that knocked Devin Gardner out of Saturday’s contest with a turf toe injury, a big blow after their star threw for 451 yards and four touchdowns. It was that impressive showing that gave the Wolverines the nod over Nebraska, who had two more wins in the Big 10 than Michigan a spot in Saturday’s game.

 

With Gardner out, the spotlight will be on freshman quarterback Shane Morris to lead the Wolverines as he makes his first career start.

 

Obviously, we recruited him at Michigan to be the quarterback at Michigan,” coach Brady Hoke said. “This is a great opportunity. We have a lot of faith in how he goes about his business getting ready to play.”

 

With a Michigan running game that ranks 112th in the nation with a paltry 3.2 yards per carry, it will be vital for the young Morris to find success through the air to have a chance, so look for Morris to target Jeremy Gallon, who had 80 catches for 1,284 yards with nine touchdowns.

 

Kansas State will counter with Tyler Lockett who had 71 receptions for 1,146 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the Wildcats, who use a two-quarterback approach… junior Jake Walters averages 9.43 yards per attempt and sophomore Daniel Sams, who ran for 784 yards with 11 touchdowns.

 

I’ve never been a fan of having two guys at that position that play equally,” Snyder said. “But both of them are very deserving of having the opportunity to play.”

 

With Gardner out, the oddsmakers have made the Wildcats a (minus -5.0) point favorite on Saturday night, but as always, get the latest spread on the game(s) up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

On defense, watch for Michigan cornerback Blake Countess tied for fourth in the nation with six interceptions and Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller who had 11 ½ sacks and a Big-12 leading 18 ½ tackles for loss.

 

It’s tough to go with a young quarterback without much game experience and without a solid running game for the Wolverines, I like and predict the Wildcats notching their first bowl win in over a decade.

 

Prediction/Pick: Kansas State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Predictions free picks for College Football BCS Top 25 Preview

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Top 25 NCAA BCS, College football picks and predictions

 

Week 13 of NCAA College Football gets under way on Wednesday night as the BCS Top 25 are fighting for a top 16 automatic BCS major-bowl bid. Here is my quick preview and prediction against the spread for each game. More in-depth previews for certain games will follow. Find your favorite team or game to bet on, here through Wonder Punter, Down below you have every team and every pick prediction and odds all available to place bets with

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Wednesday 11/20

 

#16 NIU Huskies (10-0) @ Toledo Rockets (7-3) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: NIU -2.5

Over/Under:

 

NIU looks to clinch the Mid- American West Conference crown with a road victory and keep pace for a top 16 ranking.

 

PICK: Northern Illinois

 

Thursday 11/21

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) @ #18 UCF Knights (8-1) 11/21- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: UCF -17.0

Over/Under: 58.5

 

UCF looks to remain on atop the American Athletic Conference and stay alive for a BCS bowl.

 

PICK: Central Florida

 

Saturday 11/23

 

Chattanooga Mocs (8-3) @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0) 11/21- 2:00PM EST

 

Line: ALA -49.0

Over/Under: N/A

 

Trap” game for the Tide who have the Auburn Tigers the following week but will handle the Mocs easily.

 

PICK: Alabama

 

Idaho Vandals (1-9) @ #2 Florida State Seminoles (10-0) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: FSU -56.5

Over/Under: 58.5

 

This one can get ugly real kick.

 

PICK: Florida State

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-6) @ #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: OSU -34.0

Over/Under: 73.0

 

Buckeyes go for their 23rd straight victory before going into Ann Arbor the following week to face Michigan.

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

#4 Baylor Bears (9-0) @ #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1) 11/23- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: BAY -9.5

Over/Under: 73.5

 

Marquee match-up! Going to be a good one. Tough pick…

 

PICK: Baylor

 

#5 Oregon Ducks (9-1) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-4) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: ORE -20.5

Over/Under: 70.0

 

Ducks look to hold on to first place in the Pac-12 North standings.

 

Citadel Bulldogs (5-6) @ #7 Clemson Tigers (9-1) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: CLEM -40.0

Over/Under: N/A

 

Tigers playing well and look to keep pace in the ACC and BCS race.

 

PICK: Clemson

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1) @ #24 Ole Miss Rebels (7-3) 11/23- 7:45PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -3.0

Over/Under: 64.5

 

Tough game for the Tigers on the road after enjoying a bye week.

 

PICK: Missouri

 

California Golden Bears (1-10) @ #9 Stanford Cardinal (8-2) 11/23- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: STAN -31.5

Over/Under: 59.0

 

With a down year for Cal… look for Stanford to dominate their biggest rival.

 

PICK: Stanford

 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-1) @ # 11 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2) 11/23- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: SCAR -34.5

Over/Under: N/A

 

Gamecocks should win this one going away.

 

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) @ #22 LSU Tigers (7-3) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: LSU -4.0

Over/Under: 78.5

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Has the makings of another potential SEC classic. Yet, another tough pick for me but….

 

PICK: LSU

 

#13 Michigan State Spartans (9-1) @ Northwestern Wildcats (4-6) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: MSU -7.5

Over/Under: 34.5

 

The Spartans look to keep their stronghold in the Big 10.

 

PICK: Michigan State

 

#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) @ #14 UCLA Bruins (8-2) 11/23- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ASU -2.5

Over/Under: 58.0

 

First place is at stake for the Pac-12 South. Going to be another good one!

 

PICK: UCLA

 

New Mexico Lobos (3-7) @ #15 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0) 11/23- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: FRE -31.0

Over/Under: 65.5

 

Bulldogs look to stay perfect and in the BCS bowl-bid.

 

#19 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) @ #25 Minnesota Gophers (8-2) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: WIS -16.0

Over/Under: 52.0

 

A week prior, the Badgers ran for a whopping 554 yards!

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

#20 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) @ Kansas State Wildcats (6-4) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: KSU -3.5

Over/Under: 52.0

 

Sooners will have a tough road test. KSU is favored despite the Oklahoma having a better record.

 

PICK: Kansas State

 

Memphis Tigers (3-6) @ #21 Louisville Cardinals (9-1) 11/23- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: LOU -24.5

Over/Under: 41.5

 

Expect another big performance from Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals offense.

 

PICK: Louisville

 

#23 USC Trojans (8-3) @ Colorado Buffaloes (4-6) 11/23- 9:30PM EST

 

Line: USC -22.5

Over/Under: 54.5

 

Trojans still in the hunt for a Pac-12 South title.

 

PICK: USC

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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Roundup- Week 11 Scores and Upsets

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Here is College Football’s BCS Top 25 scores and recaps from this weekends action.

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0)- 38

#13 LSU Tigers (7-3)- 17

 

No. 21 Alabama scores the final 21 points to roll over No. 13 LSU and maintain its No. 1 ranking.

 

#2 Florida State Seminoles (9-0)- 59

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-6)- 3

 

Florida State’s defense picks off six interceptions as they clinch the top spot in the ACC championship game.

 

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-1)- 20

#5 Stanford Cardinal (8-1)- 26

 

Oregon’s BCS championship dreams are ended for the second straight year by the Stanford Cardinal.

 

#10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2)- 12

#6 Baylor Bears (8-0)- 41

 

No. 6 Baylor dominates the Sooners at home and extends their winning streak to 12 games.

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1)- 48

Kentucky Wildcats (2-7)- 17

 

Freshman Maty Mauk throws five touchdown passes for Missouri to lead a blowout win over Kentucky on the road.

 

#9 Auburn Tigers (9-1)- 55

Tennessee Volunteers (4-6)- 23

 

Auburn QB Nick Marshall rushes for 214 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers crush the Vols.

 

Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3)- 42

#11 Miami-FL (7-2)- 24

 

No. 11 Miami has now dropped two straight after being a BCS Top 10 team. Bad home loss.

 

Kansas Jayhawks (2-7)- 6

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1)- 42

 

No. 14 Oklahoma State puts a home game beat down on the Jayhawks.

 

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5)- 41

#15 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2)- 51

 

Johnny Manziel throws for 446 yards and five touchdown passes in what may be his final home game.

 

#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0)- 48

Wyoming Cowboys (4-5)- 10

 

No. 16 Bulldogs remain undefeated to stay alive in the BCS bowl picture as they romp over the Cowboys on the road.

 

#19 UCLA Bruins (7-2)- 31

Arizona Wildcats (6-3)- 26

 

Freshman LB/RB Myles Jack rushes for 120 yards on just six carries as UCLA wins in Arizona for the first time since 2003.

 

#20 Louisville Cardinals (8-1)- 31

Connecticut Huskies (0-8)- 10

 

Louisville avenges last year’s triple-overtime loss to Connecticut.

 

Houston Cougars (7-2)- 14

#21 UCF Knights (7-1)- 19

 

UCF hangs on to win a close win at home.

 

#22 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2)- 20

Utah Utes (4-5)- 19

 

No. 22 ASU comes from behind in the fourth quarter to win a tough road game in Salt Lake City.

 

#23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3)- 21

Pittsburgh Panthers (5-4)- 28

 

Pittsburgh avenges last year’s heartbreaking loss at ND with a big upset at home.

 

Brigham Young Cougars (6-3)- 17

#24 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2)- 27

 

The Badgers defense does enough at home to hold-off a fast-paced BYU offense.

 

Kansas State Wildcats (5-4)- 49

#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-3)- 26

 

After starting 7-0, the Red Raiders have now dropped three in a row, this time getting embarrassed at home by KSU.

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Preview/Picks

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With Week 11 of college football starting Thursday night, here is my picks along with the betting lines for each of the BCS Top 25 teams in action. Find your favorite game(s) and place your bets with us!

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) vs. #13 LSU Tigers (7-2) 11/09- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ALA -12.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

Expect another classic SEC battle between two great football teams. May be closer then spread, but with the Tide at home, I like them to cover.

 

PICK: Alabama

 

#2 Florida State Seminoles (8-0) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-5) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: FSU -35.0

Over/Under: 54.5

 

With the way the Seminoles have been playing with Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston running the offense, the oddsmakers have them heavily favored to win easily on the road.

 

PICK: Florida State

 

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-0) @ #5 Stanford Cardinal (7-1) 11/07- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: ORE -10.5

Over/Under: 61.0

 

The oddsmakers have the Ducks favored big on the road against a tough Stanford defense. I’m comfortable with the Ducks covering the line but feel it may go under on the score.

 

PICK: Oregon

 

#6 Baylor Bears (7-0) vs. #10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) 11/07- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BAY -14.5

Over/Under: 73.5

 

Wow 73.5 points on the over/under, Baylor can score but they haven’t been tested with a good defense yet that the Sooners bring in. Tough decision on total points. I like the spread better with Baylor to win.

 

PICK: BAYLOR

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (8-1) @ Kentucky Wildcats (2-6) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -14.5

Over/Under: 56.5

 

I like the way Missouri plays on both sides of the ball and see no problem handling the Wildcats on the road to cover.

 

PICK: Missouri

 

#9 Auburn Tigers (8-1) @ Tennessee Volunteers (4-5) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: AUB -7.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

I have to agree on the spread with Auburn favored in a close one. Expect the Vols to play inspired football at home.

 

PICK: Auburn

 

#11 Miami-FL Hurricanes (7-1) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3) 11/09- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: MIA -6.5

Over/Under: 44.0

 

Can the Canes bounce back after last weeks beating at Florida State? Oddsmakers think so, but not as much being that they are at home.

 

PICK: Miami

 

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2-6) 11/09- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: OKST -31.0

Over/Under: 53.5

 

Big road win last week and it will be a big home win this week… look for the Cowboys to roll over the Jayhawks and cover on all fronts.

 

PICK: Oklahoma State

 

#15 Texas A&M Aggies (7-2) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-4) 11/09- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: TA&M -19.5

Over/Under: 66.5

 

Johnny Manziel to light it up on the Bulldogs. Safe bet on the spread.

 

PICK: Texas A&M

 

#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (8-0) @ Wyoming Cowboys (4-4) 11/09- 12:15PM EST

 

Line: FRES -9.5

Over/Under: 79.0

 

The O/U at 79.0 is so-so for my taste…. points will be scored but I feel more comfortable with the spread.

 

PICK: Fresno State

 

#19 UCLA Bruins (6-2) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-2) 11/09- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: UCLA -1.0

Over/Under: 56.0

 

This is a tough one to call for me… I like the Bruins all around, but at only with a (minus) -1.0 favorite on the road… I would tempted to bet the points better on the over.

 

PICK: UCLA

 

#20 Louisville Cardinals (7-1) @ Connecticut Huskies (0-7) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: LOU -27.5

Over/Under: 49.0

 

Louisville is a still a solid football team on both sides of the ball… Cardinals to cover on all betting lines.

 

PICK: Louisville

 

#21 Central Florida Knights (6-1) vs. Houston Cougars (7-1) 11/09- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: UCF -11.0

Over/Under: 64.5

 

Both teams can score, I like the over on 64.5.

 

#22 Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2) @ Utah Utes (4-4) 11/09- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: ASU -7.0

Over/Under: 64.0

 

Even though the Sun Devils go into Utah as the favorites, the Utes are a different team at home. It’s a toss-up for me on this one.

 

PICK: Pick-Em

 

#23 Notre Dame (7-2) @ Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) 11/09- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ND -4.0

Over/Under: 51.0

 

 

The Panthers will be ready for this one at home… I see a possible upset. I like the Panthers and the points.

 

PICK: Pittsburgh

 

#24 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) vs. Brigham Young Cougars (6-2) 11/09- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: WIS -7.5

Over/Under: 55.5

 

Because it’s a Badger home game… Wisconsin to cover the (minus) -7.5

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-2) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (4-4) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: TTU -3.0

Over/Under: 60.0

 

KSU is having a down year, are on the road against a high-powered offense in Texas Tech who have lost two in a row and looking to take it out on somebody… but yet the oddsmakers have them only favored at a (minus) -3?? Give the points to KSU and take the Red Raiders.

 

PICK: Texas Tech

 

Be sure to get your picks in early to guarantee the best odds and Good Luck!

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Beasley: Bruise not from self-inflicted punch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The medical remedy Miami Heat ahead Michael Beasley required after a preseason sport in opposition to the Detroit Pistons wasn’t for a self-inflicted punch, the staff mentioned Friday.

Beasley needed remedy to reduce swelling above his eye following Thursday’s recreation against Detroit, and studies initially mentioned the reason was that he struck himself in the face out of frustration for errors on the court.

Michael BeasleyMichael Beasley says the swelling over his eye that required medical attention wasn’t attributable to a self-inflicted punch.

Beasley said Friday he did hit himself as he ran again down the courtroom during the third quarter of the win.

But Beasley, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and staff officers said the wound above Beasley’s right eye was the results of an inadvertent blow he took from Pistons ahead Jonas Jerebko as he attempted to dam a shot in the third quarter, not from a self-inflicted punch.

“I watched the video, and it does look like I knocked the mess out of myself,” Beasley mentioned earlier than Friday’s preseason game in opposition to the Charlotte Bobcats on the Dash Center. “I had everyone in the world calling me and asking, ‘Why you so crazy?'”

Beasley finished with 9 points Thursday in his first preseason appearance since he rejoined the Warmth on a nonguaranteed contract this summer time.

Beasley was again in the lineup for Friday night time’s game, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade, who decided to sit down out and relaxation his knees as a substitute of enjoying for the second time in as many nights.

The Heat originally drafted Beasley second general in 2008 out of Kansas State, but he was traded after two seasons as the Heat shed wage to lure LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami to hitch Wade.

Beasley then had three disappointing seasons in Minnesota and Phoenix earlier than he was launched by the Suns in August after struggles on and off the court.

Beasley mentioned Friday he does not need to cause any distractions or draw any unfavorable consideration to himself in his second opportunity in Miami.

“I am coming into a delicate scenario,” Beasley said. “It isn’t pressure, however it is a bit more to consider. I don’t wish to be the explanation the ship falls. I’m definitely taking it extra severe than my first two years.”
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Campbell asks Texas to get rid of Mack Brown

Earl Campbell used the power in his legs to turn out to be one of the most prolific working backs within the school game and the NFL in the seventies and ’80s.

The energy of Campbell’s voice at the University of Texas could be the final shoe to drop for Mack Brown in 2013.

Campbell, talking Sunday to KRIV-TV in Houston, said the time has come for Brown to step down as coach or be compelled out at Texas.

CampbellNo person likes to get fired or leave a job, however things happen. I’d go on record and say yes, I believe it’s time.

- Earl Campbell on Mack Brown

“No person likes to get fired or go away a job, but issues happen,” Campbell said, according to the Fox affiliate. “I would go on file and say sure, I think it’s time.”

Brown has lengthy been a supporter of Campbell, who stays involved in the Texas program, still works out in its athletic services and meets with prospects during recruiting occasions.

“Earl has finished so much for Texas,” Brown said Monday at his recurrently scheduled information conference in Austin. “He’ll always be welcomed at our school. I’m upset in his comments, but he’s entitled to his opinion.”

Earlier than a 31-21 win over visiting Kansas State to open Massive 12 play on Saturday, Texas (2-2) had misplaced two video games in a row after posting three subpar seasons, putting Brown on the hot seat in some of the coveted teaching jobs in the nation.

But Campbell thinks it is too little, too late for Brown to save his job.

“I’d simply say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they’ve achieved,” Campbell said of one of many different top jobs, left briefly vacant Sunday after the Trojans fired Lane Kiffin. “They did not mess around with it. They simply said, ‘Let’s do it now.’ I believe in some unspecified time in the future our college’s persons are going to have make a decision.”

Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms also stepped forward Friday and stated on a Fox TV present that he would not assume Brown will return in 2014 and that Texas doesn’t have the talent needed to avoid wasting this season.

Brown, who’s below contract till 2020 and will be paid $5.4 million this 12 months, took Texas to the 2005 nationwide title. The Longhorns advanced to the championship sport after the 2009 season however lost to Alabama.

Brown has been adamant that he wouldn’t step down any time soon.

Texas subsequent plays at Iowa State on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

The Longhorns are 24-18 since that loss to the Crimson Tide, and Brown, sixty two, was under fire from followers upset a couple of 1-2 start this year after consecutive lopsided losses to BYU and Mississippi.

“Some individuals get too old,” mentioned Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner with the Longhorns and NFL Corridor of Famer after an eight-12 months career with the Houston Oilers and, briefly, the New Orleans Saints. “If players get too outdated to play a game, why can’t a coach get too old to coach it?”

Campbell even recommended Brown’s replacement.

“If we’ll make a change, I want to say that we obtained one in the house, Jerry Grey, who’s getting within the College Soccer Hall of Fame,” Campbell mentioned of the former two-time All America defensive back at Texas, now the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. “I think that will be a very good place to begin.”

Campbell mentioned the choice to name for Brown’s ouster didn’t come easily.

“Very onerous because Coach Brown is an excellent man,” Campbell mentioned. “I just hope he does not keep… He is accomplished some nice things. The program, he introduced it again, and we don’t want it to get run down where anyone has to begin all over again.”

Information from Max Olson of ESPN.com and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Winners and Losers: College football’s worst weekend lives up to its billing

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We have been promised a horrible weekend of football and we weren’t disenchanted.

Yes, there have been good video games here and there, however unless you take pleasure in watching patsies get 70 factors dropped on them, this weekend was just about a bust.

But there may be good news – LSU coach Le Miles gave us this gem for the weekend:

And the weekend is over.

The weekends of terrible non-convention video games are a thing of the previous and we are able to now move forward with conference play.

If there’s one factor we can take from this weekend, it’s that offense reigns supreme. 4 groups – Ohio State, Louisville, Baylor and Miami – scored greater than 70 factors. Seventeen groups scored greater than 50 points and 30 groups scored more than 40 factors.

The increase of offense is a big win for followers who love to watch dazzling scoring performs and superb runs and catches, but a big loss for defensive coordinators, who are doing all they’ll simply to maintain up.

Here are the remainder of the winners and losers from the weekend:

WINNERS

Kansas: It’s been more than two years since Kansas may brag a couple of win over an FBS crew – until Saturday. Matt Wyman’s 52-yard discipline objective as time expired gave the Jayhawks a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech and snapped a 22-recreation losing streak to groups from the FBS. On the flipside, nevertheless, Kansas followers belong in our “Losers” section for speeding the sector for a win in opposition to a 1-3 Louisiana Tech workforce. Hey, keep in mind when Kansas was within the Orange Bowl in 2008?

Baylor: Is this our favourite in the Massive 12? Don’t giggle, but the Baylor offense may be the most effective in the state of Texas and has a case for finest in the country. The Bears put up 70 factors on Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, and that was after a scoreless last 22 minutes. Working back Lache Seastrunk is averaging eleven yards per carry on the season, and Bryce Petty has tossed eight touchdowns.

Yeah, Baylor hasn’t played anybody but. However they’ve scored sixty nine, 70 and 70 this season. That is an unmatched offensive resume, especially when you think about the effectivity.

Texas: Mack Brown’s said crew purpose of winning the Big 12 is still on monitor. Is it enough to stop the printing of hundreds extra Saban 2014 shirts?

Texas controlled Kansas State for a 31-21 win Saturday evening to move to 2-2 on the season. The sport was slightly too close for many UT fans late — Kansas State had the ball inside the Texas 10 with two minutes left — but a Jake Waters fumble after he ran right into a teammate sealed the deal for the Longhorns.

It wasn’t a pretty win, and while Baylor is piling up the points, this is nonetheless a flawed Large 12. Texas nonetheless stacks up fourth at finest if you’re ranking the conference at this time, however the first win in opposition to Kansas State since 2003 goes a great distance.

Steven Nelson: With Oregon State trailing by two with 2:30 to go within the fourth quarter and San Diego State with the ball, Nelson’s role as cornerback would primarily be in run assist, right? Nope. On second down, San Diego State drew up a go play and Quinn Kaehler wildly overthrew his receiver on a fast cease route.

Nelson was there behind him, snatched the ball out of the air and waltzed into the tip zone for a 34-30 Oregon State lead that may in the end be the ultimate score. The Beavers trailed a lot of the game, but got here back with 20 fourth-quarter factors to win their third straight after dropping the primary week of the season in opposition to Jap Washington.

Jeremy Hill: The LSU working back ran for 2 first-quarter touchdowns and 184 yards in his second start of the season against Auburn on Saturday night. After being suspended for a bar incident for the primary recreation of the yr against TCU, Hill has made essentially the most of his return to the sphere. He’s totaled 351 yards on just 42 carries and has six touchdowns. With Hill bursting by way of the line and the improved play of Zach Mettenberger, LSU’s offense may be much better than we thought it might be.

BONUS WINNER

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This photograph was top-of-the-line of the weekend as it confirmed the sport-dropping drop by Marshall receiver Davonte Allen throughout a 3 extra time loss to Virginia Tech.

LOSERS

West Virginia: Things aren’t good in Morgantown. The Mountaineers have been shut out 37-0 against Maryland on Saturday, the first time that coach Dana Holgorsen has been shut out on the D1 degree either as an assistant or a head coach. Holgo has gone by way of three quarterbacks this season, Paul Millard, Clint Trickett and Ford Childress, and none have been effective. Childress received the call on Saturday and was a measly eleven-22 for sixty eight yards and two interceptions. In a large open Large 12, West Virginia appears to be like like it’s going to be at the bottom with Kansas and Iowa State.

Georgia ball boy: Things move quick in the Georgia offense, particularly when the Bulldogs are going through a potential upset by North Texas. That’s why even the ball boys must hold their heads on a swivel. Luckily for this guy, he appeared rattled, however unscathed.

Miami (Ohio): It’s a must to reap the benefits of the occasions when your protection is pitching a shutout. The RedHawks didn’t do this. Miami held Cincinnati scoreless for fifty five minutes, but once the Bearcats acquired into the top zone, it was throughout.

Why? Miami totaled a single web yard in the second half. One. It was a putrid offensive outing, failing to convert a single third down and ended up leading to 12 web yards speeding after 5 sacks on 28 carries. That’s 0.4 yards per carry. Cincinnati ought to almost be embarrassed the ultimate score was just 14-0.

Braxton Miller: Ohio State’s star quarterback sat on the sideline – once more – while backup Kenny Guiton took benefit of his alternative to begin and shined. Guiton threw an Ohio State document six touchdowns – by halftime. Miller has been on the bench nursing a strained MCL since Week 2 and in that time Guiton has been enjoying higher and higher and gaining quite a lot of momentum to be the starter.

While coach Urban Meyer stated Miller — a Heisman Trophy candidate coming into the season — wouldn’t lose his beginning spot to damage, it’s a must to surprise how much leash he’ll get before Meyer turns again to Guiton.

 

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Michigan State playcalling: Coach Mark Dantonio took the credit score for a botched trick play late within the third quarter that ultimately led to Notre Dame scoring the sport-winning touchdown early within the fourth quarter. With the offense rolling, Dantonio determined to put receiver R.J. Shelton in as a wildcat. Shelton threw the ball into double coverage and safety Matthias Farley picked him off.

“I felt like we would have liked a giant play,” Dantonio mentioned.

It was a giant play all proper. An enormous play that led to a 17-thirteen Notre Dame win.

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Arkansas State was penalized twice for wearing gray uniforms against Auburn

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Arkansas State drew penalties at first of each half in its go to to Auburn on Saturday evening for its alternative of uniforms.

The Pink Wolves wore grey tops and black pants in opposition to Auburn, who wore its conventional navy blue tops and white pants. Not only had been the grey jerseys a violation of the NCAA’s rule requiring groups to put on contrasting colors, however the team’s crimson numbers on the gray jerseys was also in violation of a new rule requiring that the numbers on the jerseys are clearly visible. (The crimson numbers did not have any contrasting trim — it was black.)

After the game, Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin stated it was his choice to put on the Adidas duds.

From AL.com:

That was my determination,” Harsin mentioned.

When asked if he made the decision figuring out it will lead to two penalties, the primary-12 months coach shouldered more of the blame.

“I think that is something for our staff and that was the choice I made and wouldn’t change it,” he said.

Arkansas State was penalized on the kickoff to start each half. Auburn acquired 15 yards within the first quarter when it got the ball and was penalized half the distance to the goal when it acquired the ball to start the second half. Auburn received 30-9.

It’s only a hunch, but the guess right here is that Arkansas State will probably be rocking the white jerseys the remainder of the yr on the road this season when the home crew is carrying workforce colours. 28 yards is a pretty extreme punishment just to put on darkish-coloured jerseys. Although on the flipside, the distinctive infraction brings some notoriety to each Adidas and the varsity.

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North Dakota State beats Kansas State 24-21, the second FCS upset in two nights of the 2013 season

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The defending FCS champions took out the defending Massive 12 champions. No, that is not reversed.

North Dakota State, the FCS preseason No. 1, punished Kansas State for an 18 play, eighty yard drive that took over eight minutes within the fourth quarter to upset the Wildcats in Manhattan 24-21 after quarterback Brock Jensen tumbled into the end zone with 28 seconds remaining.

“That is the biggest win in our program history,” quarterback Brock Jensen said. “I’m completely honored to be aside of it. Completely honored… That is the hardest sport of my life.”

That landing run was because of some nifty playcalling. After taking the snap, Jensen retreated like he was going handy the ball off to the tailback. Nevertheless, the tailback sprinted out to the right and the suitable guard pulled to the left after the left facet of the line pushed Kansas State to the precise, opening up a tunnel for Jensen to sneak through and score.

On that drive, North Dakota State converted all 4 third down alternatives it had and even with the clock ticking in direction of zeros, was affected person sufficient to stay with the operating recreation. Of the seven performs the Bison ran contained in the KSU 35, six were running performs and 4 netted both six or seven yards. In the event you didn’t know which team was by which division, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the distinction.

After North Dakota State took a 7-zero lead early, Ok-State appeared to grab control with 21 unanswered factors. However instantly after Daniel Sams scored the Wildcats’ closing touchdown of the night time, NDSU answered with a touchdown drive of their very own.

It’s not the first time that North Dakota State has overwhelmed a BCS group from Kansas either. In 2010, the again-to-again FCS nationwide champs beat Kansas and have additionally taken down Minnesota and Colorado State in the earlier three seasons.