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Ohio State-Penn State kickoff time, channel announced - 247Sports
The Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions will meet again in primetime.
Ohio State hasn't kicked off the 2020 season quite yet, that will happy on Saturday when the Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers square off at 12 p.m. ET on FOX. But now the Scarlet and Gray know when they will face their second opponent, Penn State, and fans know where to tune in. It was announced on Monday morning that Ohio State and the Nittany Lions will again battle in primetime for their Halloween encounter at Beaver Stadium. The Big Ten East foes will meet on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will air nationally on ABC. Breaking news from the Big Ten Conference: @OhioStateFB’s Oct. 31 game at Penn State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT and it will be televised nationally on ABC. — Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) October 19, 2020 The late-October clash between Ohio State and Penn State will be the 35th all-time meeting of historic college football programs. The two sides first met in 1912 when the Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes 37-0 at Ohio Stadium. The two teams didn't meet again until 1956 when Charles A. "Rip" Engle's team defeated Woody Hayes and the Scarlet and Gray 7-6. Ohio State earned its first win against Penn State in 1975 when the Buckeyes, led by Hayes, defeated Joe Paterno 's Nittany Lions 17-9 in Columbus. The Scarlet and Gray went to Happy Valley the next year and again came away with a win, 12-7. These two teams began meeting regularly in 1993 when Penn State went from an independent program to joining the Big Ten. Since becoming a member of the conference, Ohio State holds an 18-8 over the Nittany Lions with the Buckeyes winning each of the last three games, including last year's 28-17 victory at Ohio Stadium. A win by the Scarlet and Gray this year will mark the longest winning streak, five games, for either team in the history of the series. This game will be unlike any of the previous 34 meetings between the two teams. Due to Big Ten COVID-19 restrictions announced when the season was rescheduled to start in late October, there will be no fans present at games around the conference this fall. This means the Penn State faithful will not be able to pack the house in their traditional "White Out," which tends to be saved for when the Buckeyes come to town every other year. What's next for the Buckeyes? Make sure you're in the loop -- take five seconds to sign up for our FREE Buckeyes newsletter now! Want the latest scoops and news on the Buckeyes? Try our 7-DAY FREE TRIAL AND BECOME A BUCKNUTS SUBSCRIBER! Ohio State’s 2020 Football Schedule As of Oct. 19, 2020 Oct. 24 – Nebraska; 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX Oct. 31 – at Penn State; 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC Nov. 7 – Rutgers Nov. 14 – at Maryland Nov. 21 – Indiana Nov. 28 – at Illinois Dec. 5 – at Michigan State Dec. 12 – Michigan; 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX Dec. 19 – Big Ten Championship Game
Rule prevents Nick Saban from communicating if he is quarantined - 247Sports
Many were surprised when the Alabama Crimson Tide program revealed Wednesday that football coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne had tested positive for COVID-19. That included Saban himself, who immediately left the Alabama facility after learning of his positive test. Saban remotely participated in Alabama's practice on Wednesday after he returned to his Tuscaloosa home. The coach was able to provide instruction over the phone, and he had access to a video feed that allowed him to observe practice. Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is the presumed man in charge while Saban is away from the team. "The autonomy part, we haven't really decided yet," Saban said when asked how much control Sarkisian would have during the team's scheduled Saturday game vs. No. 3 Georgia. "But in light of the fact that any coach can test positive, we try to have a protocol in place for if we lost a coach, especially one in a leadership position, who would step in for them. Obviously, Sark's been a head coach before, and I'm not sure exactly how this is going to play out in terms of when the game comes, whether I can have communication with people or not. We'll have to research and sort of figure that one out. But we did have a plan for each coach on the staff as to what might happen. We've just got to go from there. Just like if we lose a player we have to do the same thing." However, it turns out that a NCAA rule will prevent Saban from having any contact with the coaching staff during the game if the coach has to remain quarantined at his house. Saban would be prohibited from communicating with the team or coaches beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until the end of the game. That means no halftime speeches or adjustments from Saban would be allowable under the rule either. A similar scenario unfolded earlier this season for first-year Florida State head coach Mike Norvell, who tested positive for the coronavirus and missed his team's game against Miami. Norvell was involved in preparation from his home during the week, but he was not able to have contact with his Seminoles staff in the 90-minute period before the game and during the contest. "I didn't see anything different about practice," Saban said after his Wednesday absence from the field. "I got to see a lot more because when you look at it wide-angle you see a lot more than when you're just standing on the field. But I thought the intensity was good, the focus was good, the players were trying to get it right. So I didn't really see anything any different. I can tell you, we've had a lot worse practices when I'm there, so maybe it was a good thing that I wasn't there." Saban will be hoping that can continue if he isn't able to participate at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Watch: Nick Saban goes nuclear on Alabama DC Pete Golding - 247Sports
Nick Saban holds his assistant coaches to a high standard and when they don't deliver, he lets them hear about it on the sideline. Alabama's head coach was shown on camera laying into Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Pete Golding during Saturday night's win at Ole Miss after a gap breakdown in the third quarter. Verbal chewings from the six-time national champion are commonplace, but embarrassing nonetheless, especially after Alabama's defense gave up a program record 647 yards against Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss offense. Saban had seen enough with 6:19 to play in the third quarter following a 9-yard touchdown run from Jerrion Ealy that capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive. "We struggled. We didn’t do anything well. Didn’t stop the run," Saban said after the game. "Gave up some big plays in the back end. Got picked. Couldn’t get the quarterback on the ground when we needed to when we got some pressure. We had some mistakes in coverage. We got picked in coverage. We just didn’t play very well. "I’m responsible for that, and we’ve gotta do a better job as coaches to try to help put our guys in a better position. I mean, we did get off the field on third down, they went for it on fourth down and they went fast. We never got lined up. They must’ve converted three or four fourth-down situations in the game. Just gave up too many big plays. We’ve just gotta get better. Everybody on defense has gotta play better.” Nick Saban is mad pic.twitter.com/KP3Q5ecRpw — Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) October 11, 2020 Golding is in his second year as Alabama's defensive coordinator and is facing a considerable amount of pressure through three games after last season's effort failed to meet program expectations. At times during Saturday's game, Ole Miss running backs were running through wide lanes up front — uncharacteristic of Alabama up front. “I think it’s a combination of things. I think we have to do a better job of playing blocks up front," Saban said, whose team allowed two 100-yard rushers in addition to 365 yards passing to Matt Corral. "I think we have to do a better job of fitting things with the linebackers and the secondary. I think we have to do a better job of coverage in the secondary. "The biggest issue, guys, is you’ve got to get off the field on third down. We haven’t done that yet this year, which extends drives and gives the other teams more and more opportunities to make plays and score points. So, we’ve never played this way on defense. It’s certainly not what we aspire to be as a defensive team, and we’re going to work hard with our players."
Georgia football injury report for Tennessee Volunteers - 247Sports
Another week, another SEC showdown for Georgia. If the Bulldogs haven't gotten used to this yet, they probably should and in a hurry. There are eight more SEC games remaining starting with No. 12 (coaches's poll) Tennessee on Saturday. There'll be at least nine more if UGA meets its No. 1 goal by winning the SEC East and appearing in a fourth straight SEC Championship game. The matchup with Tennessee will be Georgia's first within the division. He has wins over Arkansas and Auburn to start the season and those who love the program feel very differently about both of those wins. The Bulldogs trailed in the third quarter against the Razorbacks before reeling off 32 unanswered points to win 37-10. They then came out and dominated Auburn from wire to wire in.a 27-6 over a team that was ranked No. 7 in the land when toe met leather. A win over the Volunteers would give UGA four straight in that series and it would snap an eight-game win streak by Jeremy Pruitt's team. At 2-0, the Vols feel much differently than when these two programs locked horns a year ago. When that game rolled around in 2019, Tennessee had lost three of its first four games against Georgia State, BYU, and Florida. After a six-week preseason and two games, both teams come into this one with their fair share of injuries. Below, Dawgs247 breaks down where things stand for Georgia going into game three. This one has been known for some time. Ringo underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum before preseason camp ever began and it's a procedure that will knock him out for the entire season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender was the nation's No. 1 cornerback in the 2020 class and was expected to come in and challenge for playing time right away either at cornerback or the STAR/nickel position. Losing him hurts UGA's depth at the position without question but he wasn't expected to start or play a huge role early on in the season. The Bulldogs return three cornerbacks who have at least 11 starts under their belt and two defenders who have plenty of experience in the sub package. This is another injury that has been well-known for quite awhile. Blaylock went down with an ACL injury in preseason camp and it was the same knee that he hurt in the 2019 SEC Championship game. The sophomore wideout was working his way back to full strength when the injury occurred but he's now going to miss the entire 2020 season. It's a blow to UGA's passing game because he was one of the few proven pass catchers returning but, based on what we've been able to gather, the Bulldogs will depend heavily on Kearis Jackson and Demetris Robertson in the slot. Jackson is off to a tremendous start with 15 catches for 209 yards in two games. Jermaine Burton has the skillset help out there but he has been getting most of his reps on the outside. (Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports) The speedy 2019 signee has been injured since June but is on his way back. He won't be available for Tennessee but Kirby Smart said recently that Smith has come a long way since having a second knee surgery since arriving in Athens. A return in the next couple of weeks seems doubtful but it certainly appears possible that he could return after the team's bye week on October 31. He has a lot of catching up to do but as likely the fastest player on the team, Todd Monken might try and get him involved right away. Preserving a redshirt doesn't mean much because this season doesn't count due to COVID-19, so getting him on the field either as a decoy or as a deep threat makes a lot of sense. It's tough to know what to expect from Daniels at this point. Smart announced on last Monday that he has been cleared but our sources indicate that he didn't get many first or second-team reps last week or this week. In fact, he spent a lot of time on the scout team. Daniels suffered a major knee injury (torn ACL and additional damage) in USC's 2019 season opener against Fresno State. He had an additional procedure in either December or January. He has been on the UGA campus since June and many felt he would be a major factor in the quarterback competition. When Jamie Newman opted out, it was a foregone conclusion to some that he would be the starting quarterback. Things haven't panned out that way yet but he'll probably have his say at some point this season. The Kennesaw Mountain High School (Kennesaw, Ga.) product has had a rough go of it the past two years. He suffered an ACL injury during his senior year of high school and that lingered into his time at UGA after he enrolled early. He has battled various injuries since getting over the knee ailment and hasn't really been able to build any momentum. Goede didn't travel to Arkansas last week and we're told it was because he's dinged up again. FitzPatrick, Washington, and Brett Seither went to Arkansas and the group might get McKitty back this week. Goede wasn't present during pregame warmup before the Auburn game. (Photo: Chris Collins, 247Sports) Cook's performances in games one and two kind of mirror what Georgia has done. He struggled in week one. He didn't find much running room and had a bad fumble that led to Arkansas' only points of the second half. He then came out and started really quickly against Auburn with five carries for 41 yards before having to exit the game with a shoulder/arm injury in the second quarter. Smart said after that game that Cook probably could have returned but we've been told that he was limited in practice all week. That doesn't mean he won't play but there's definitely a chance that he sits this one out. If so, Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards will get a longer look. Smart told reporters recently that the Bulldogs has eight or so guys they felt good about on the offensive line and we were told that Webb was one of them. Then the former five-star prospect didn't travel with the team to Arkansas. We later found out that it's due to an ankle injury. Webb is working exclusively at guard right now and getting him back might bolster the interior of the offensive line. That group has more experience than the tackles but it has been up and down during the first two weeks of the season. Justin Shaffer and Ben Cleveland got the start last week at guard and they rotated some with Warren Ericson, who played center and guard, and Trey Hill, who did the same. We're not 100 percent sure what Bush has been dealing with of late but he has missed some time in the past couple of weeks. The good news is that he suited up for the Auburn game. The bad news is that it's another tough break for a really talented wideout who just can't seem to get the injury luck on his side. Bush missed almost all of last season with a sports hernia but got off to a solid start in preseason camp. TheBulldogs shouldn't have any problems with numbers at wide receiver, even with a few injuries. Cortez Hankton has inked eight wideouts in the past two recruiting class to go with several veterans. (Photo: UGA Athletics: Andrew Davis Tucker) From walk-on in 2017 to junior college quarterback in 2018 to Georgia's starting quarterback in 2018, it has been a wild ride for the Pierce County High School (Blackshear, Ga.) native. Bennett bailed Georgia out at Arkansas with a strong showing in relief of D'Wan Mathis. He started his first game against Auburn last week and played really well, but also banged his hand on a helmet and jammed his finger. He has practiced all week without limitations but with rain in the forecast, it's worth mentioning that the redshirt junior will be dealing with a wet football and a sore hand. It could be a non issue but we'll be monitoring it. Like Bennett, McClendon got his first career start last week against Auburn. Also like Bennett, McClendon played quite well at right tackle and was one fifth of a dominant effort. McClendon didn't play much, if any, in the second half and Smart said afterward that it was due to cramping. That shouldn't linger an extra week but it's not all that common for a guy to miss half of a game because of cramps. He's on the report because it's worth watching against Tennessee. If he cramps up again, Owen Condon will probably step in. Despite a holding penalty that stalled a drive in the second half, Condon filled in well against the Tigers and looked much better than week one. The graduate tight end could be set to make his Georgia debut against Tennessee. McKitty has missed the first two weeks of the season after suffering a minor knee injury in the Bulldogs second preseason scrimmage. He was impressing before the injury and there's a good chance that he would have been the starter in game one seeing as how he had so much more experience than the other tight ends. Now John FitzPatrick and Darnell Washington have played some valuable snaps while McKitty has been out. They've played so well that there's no need to rush McKitty back. He suited up last week for Auburn and if he plays this week, he'll probably have a snap-count limit.
Kirby Smart offers injury updates after win over Auburn - 247Sports
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia continued it's dominance of Auburn on Saturday with a 27-6 win in front of 20,526 fans inside Sanford Stadium and Kirby Smart indicated afterward that the physical contest didn't cost the Bulldogs on the injury front. Fourth-year junior quarterback Stetson Bennett IV was dealing with a hand injury in the fourth quarter while starting right tackle Warren McClendon, a redshirt freshman, left the game and didn't return. Junior tailback James Cook also came off the field and made his way to the locker room after his longest run of the day, a scamper that covered 16 yards. Smart spoke with reporters after the game where he seemed optimistic about the prognosis for all three players. "Yeah I think all of those guys are fine," Smart said. "Warren McClendon just cramped a little bit. He should be fine. I think James is fine. He probably could have came back in the game and at the point that we didn't need him to Ron (Courson) said he wasn't going to bring him back but he was ready to go the second half. And Stetson is fine." Both Bennett and McClendon started their first games for Georgia against the Tigers. Bennett responded by completing 17 of 28 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. He told reporters after the game that he felt like he jammed a finger on a third-down throw to Demetris Robertson when his hand smacked a helmet. He was using a heating pad on his hand as he spoke to media after the game. The Blackshear, Ga. native came on in relief of D'Wan Mathis last week and connected on 20 of 29 passes for 211 yards and two scores. McClendon also saw his first major action in the 37-10 win over Arkansas, replacing Owen Condon in the second quarter. Rated as a four-star prospect per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite coming out of Brunswick High School (Brunswick, Ga.), McClendon played in four games as a freshman in 2019 and was able to take a redshirt. He battled with Condon for the right tackle job in preseason camp and initially lost that competition. Now it appears as if he has a chance to lock it down for the 2020 season. Cook left the game just as he was starting to heavily impact it. He had four carries for 41 yards against the Tigers and was the team's second-leading rusher behind Zamir White. He led the team in yards per carry with just over eight and it was a strong bounce back showing after being largely ineffective against the Razorbacks in the season opener. Cook had his first career fumble in that contest that led to Arkansas' only points of the second half on a short field goal. The Bulldogs will be back inside Sanford Stadium next week when it hosts Tennessee. Kickoff will either be at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN or 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS as the SEC Game of the Week.
Auburn Football Live: The Georgia game - 247Sports
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After a week of talking, "coach-speaking," previewing, speculating and anticipating, a top-10 tilt between No. 7 Auburn and No. 4 Georgia is upon us. It's time for football in Athens, where the Tigers are looking to break a 15-year losing streak. Miss any injury updates or notes from before kickoff? Check out our Pregame Notebook,with observations and tidbits (including info on Georgia's quarterback situation and Auburn's COVID-19 numbers) fromAuburn Undercover's team of reporters. The Tigers and Bulldogs are expected to kick off shortly after 6:30 p.m. CST. Not by your television to catch the action on ESPN? Refresh this page every few minutes for live game updates, scoring plays, turnovers, injuries and more. Join the conversation with other Auburn diehards on The Bodda Getta message board. FOURTH QUARTER
- 4:48 4Q: Nix and the Tigers come up empty. Georgia could run out the clock after the punt.
- 8:10 4Q: Georgia misses the long field goal, and Auburn isn't completely out of it just yet. Tigers get the ball at their 26.
- 11:14 4Q: Bennett continues shredding Auburn on third downs, this time with a third-and-21 conversion into Auburn territory. The Tigers' defense is gassed.
- 0:00 3Q: Nix's program-record streak of pass attempts without an interception is ended on the last play of the third quarter. Auburn worked its way into UGA territory again before Mark Webb came down with the pick.
- 5:55 3Q: Georgia mounts another long drive and gets inside Auburn's 10-yard line, but the Tigers' defense forces an incompletion on third-and-goal. The Bulldogs convert on the short field goal. GEORGIA 27, AUBURN 6.
- 10:09 2Q: Auburn gets inside Georgia's 30-yard line, but Nix is sacked on third-and-long. Carlson connects on a 45-yard field goal. GEORGIA 24, AUBURN 6.
- 12:40 3Q: Auburn is into Georgia territory on its first drive of the second half thanks to a big completion to Seth Williams.
- HALFTIME: GEORGIA 24, AUBURN 3. Total yards: Auburn 81, Georgia 288. Rushing yards: Auburn 27, Georgia 130. Third downs: Auburn 1-for-6, Georgia 6-for-9.
- 0:25 2Q: Auburn forces a punt and will have a shot at more points with 25 seconds until halftime. Tigers starting at their own 18.
- 1:38 2Q: Auburn stalls at Georgia's 3-yard line. A 65-yard drive ends with the Tigers' first points of the evening on a short Anders Carlson field goal. GEORGIA 24, AUBURN 3.
- 3:49 2Q: Georgia safety Richard LeCounte III, a preseason All-American, is called for targeting against Auburn receiver Shedrick Jackson on a third-and-long in the red zone. After a review, he's ejected, and Auburn is inside the 10-yard line.
- 4:40 2Q: Auburn is finally working into UGA territory. Tigers in the red zone after a big play by true freshman running back Tank Bigsby.
- 6:26 2Q: Auburn's defense has no answers. A 49-yard pass from Bennett to Kearis Jackson gets Georgia in the red zone again, and White gets his second rushing touchdown of the night. GEORIGA 24, AUBURN 0.
- 9:08 2Q: After struggling against Arkansas last week, Georgia's run game reaches 100 yards rushing not even midway through the second quarter.
- 9:53 2Q: Another three-and-out for Auburn. Tigers only have one first down tonight to Georgia's 11.
- 11:08 2Q: Georgia marches down the field yet again. Bennett tosses a 21-yard touchdown to one-time Auburn commit George Pickens on another third-and-long. GEORGIA 17, AUBURN 0.
- End of the quarter: Total yards: Auburn 39, Georgia 130. Third downs: Auburn 0-for-3, Georgia 4-for-6.
- 4:00 1Q: Georgia drives 59 yards in 11 plays, gashing Auburn's defensive front on the ground. But Auburn makes a stand inside its own 5-yard line with five straight incompletions forced, resulting in a Georgia field goal. GEORGIA 10, AUBURN 0.
- 8:03 1Q: Another three-and-out for the Tigers. That's two straight third-and-longs Bo Nix has tried to convert throwing on the run.
- 9:31 1Q: After two third-and-longs converted by Bennett's arm, Georgia running back Zamir White scores on a 1-yard touchdown. GEORGIA 7, AUBURN 0.
- 12:27 1Q: Auburn safety Smoke Monday has been ejected for targeting. Auburn is already missing starting cornerback Jaylin Simpson tonight.
- 12:36 1Q: Deflected pass on third down leads to a three-and-out for the Tigers on their first possession.
- 14:09 1Q: Auburn's defense gets a three-and-out on its first series against Stetson Bennett and the Bulldogs.
- 14:54 1Q: Kenny McIntosh with a big return for UGA to start the game. Bulldogs will begin at their own 43.
- 15:00 1Q: Auburn wins the toss and defers to the second half. We'll see Georgia's offense first. Let's play ball.
PFF Grades vs. FSU: Miami’s ten best performers - 247Sports
Here is who performed well against Florida State, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Miami Hurricanes continue to stack impressive wins. Miami’s latest effort was a 52-10 thrashing of in-state rival Florida State on Saturday night. The Hurricanes dominated just about every phase of the game. Offensively, UM was balanced while totaling 517 yards—317 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. The Hurricanes scored on each of their first six possessions of the game. Miami converted an impressive 11-of-16 third down attempts while also going 3-of-4 on fourth down. Quarterback D’Eriq King was in control of the entire game, going 29-of-40 for 267 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 66 yards . Running back Cam’Ron Harris ran for 43 yards and two touchdowns while freshman Donald Chaney Jr. had 35 yards and two touchdowns. The UM passing game found 11 different receivers with Mike Harley leading the way with seven receptions for 53 yards and Mark Pope totaling five receptions for 60 yards. Defensively, the Hurricanes forced three interceptions while also totaling 13 tackles for loss and six sacks. Safety Amari Carter led the team with six tackles while fellow safety Bubba Bolden had a highly impactful game in which he finished with four tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception. UM had six different players get a sack against FSU. FSU played three different quarterbacks during the course of the game, with the group going a combined 22-of-37 for 179 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. Really the only blemish on the game for the Hurricanes was a muffed punt from Pope in the second quarter, but the Hurricanes immediately got the ball back thanks to an impressive interception from defensive end Jaelan Phillips. Miami held a 38-3 lead at halftime and the Hurricanes cruised to a victory in the second half, primarily playing back-ups in the fourth quarter. So who are the Miami Hurricanes that graded out the best vs. FSU, according to Pro Football Focus? Read on for a look at the player grades. Note: The minimum snap count to be on this list is 19 snaps.
Column: The all too familiar feeling of FSU football - 247Sports
Similar issues from the past reemerge under a new coach as FSU drops season opener
TALLAHASSEE -- That all too familiar feeling swept over Doak Campbell Stadium. Lightning delays both before and during the first quarter of Florida State’s season opener pushed the game versus GeorgiaTech well into the evening, only delaying the inevitable by a couple hours. You know that feeling. Anyone who’s watched this FSU program regularly over the past few years does. Players start tightening up, they begin to leak confidence, and sooner or later, the collapse happens. The start of the Norvell Era went just how the end of the Jimbo Era or the duration of the Taggart Era went as well: With the self-fulfilling prophecy of impending doom sweeping over the stadium’s fans -- even with the crowd reduced from attendance restrictions -- and players as the game went on. It started in the second quarter as FSU’s offense began to bog down after building a 10-0 lead over Georgia Tech, and it hit its full stride as the sun set over Doak in the third quarter. Injuries to key players mounted, familiar weaknesses emerged and bad habits bubbled to the surface in the 16-13 loss to a Yellow Jackets team that won just three games last season. “This is an emotional game,” Mike Norvell said. “And the thing that we have to do throughout the course of the game is maintain that control when something good happens, when something bad happens, to continue to stay focused on the details, on the fundamentals...I think there were a few times we probably let our emotions get the best of us, good or bad.” This marks fourth time in as many seasons that FSU has dropped the season opener. Another year, another bitter start to the season and a loss of hope before things ever got going. What hurts this time is that there was that much-needed glimmer of hope early in the game. The defense responded during a shaky first drive when Asante Samuel Jr. came away with his first of two interceptions on the day (Samuel Jr. had a hell of a game, fighting until the bitter end). Seizing that momentum, FSU’s offense swiftly moved down the field with James Blackman delivering a beautiful throw to tight end Camren McDonald, who adjusted to the ball by gracefully contorting his body in mid-air about 30 yards downfield, for the catch. The Seminoles scores a touchdown several plays later, and never made it into the red-zone the rest of the game. In fact, the offense pretty much sputtered after its second drive of the game, which resulted in a field goal. The Seminoles averaged 6.9 (nice) yards per play in the first quarter, and then 3.0 YPP the rest of the way. The offensive line couldn’t move Georgia Tech’s backup-heavy defensive front, and it started allowing way too much pressure as the game went on. Unforced errors popped up at critical times, too. The long-maligned unit deal with injuries throughout the game, and the drop-off in talent from the starters to the reserves was significant. Receivers dropped key throws early in the game. Warren Thompson probably let three hit the ground. Tamorrion Terry missed a big one downfield. These were killer. And Blackman, who started well and looked much more confident in the pocket in the beginning of the game, reverted back to some of his old habits as he forced a short throw on third and long that was intercepted. And he seemed to start sensing pressure before it arrived, getting happy feet in the pocket...surely a side-effect of years of taking a beating behind one of the worst lines in Power Five football. He managed just 198 passing yards on 43 passing attempts, good for 4.6 yards per pass. Only three FBS QBs have a lower YPP average among the dozens who've played so far this season. And the defense full of potential NFL draft picks didn’t dominate. The Seminoles were soft on the edge in run defense and didn’t make freshman QB Jeff Sims play under duress enough in the second half. Stop me if all of this sounds familiar. This was Groundhog Day. Déjà vu. Whatever you want to call it, no one watching could shake this feeling like they’ve seen a similar script play out over and over again. Because we have. Too many times. This is the emotionally taxing circle that FSU keeps running around in. FSU is in the long game now. Norvell is the future. He better be, because this university doesn’t have the funds to cut bait again like it did with Taggart. But holy crap, did Saturday reveal just how far Norvell has to go in getting this team to a place where it can handle adversity. ‘Adversity’ being the key word here. Norvell mentioned this repeatedly in the offseason, that FSU had to respond when things went poorly. And that just didn’t happen on Saturday. “We’re still growing. We’re still in the infant stages of where we’re going as an offense,” Norvell said. “...I hate that we lost tonight. I hate how we lost tonight in every aspect because I know these guys have worked really hard to put themselves in the best position.” Hopefully these are indeed the infant stages, because there’s only one way to go from here.
Buckeyes who could most benefit from spring (winter) season - 247Sports
These Ohio State players might actually do well and help their careers by playing in the spring.
If we assume, which we should, thatJustin Fieldswill opt out of a spring season and get ready for the NFL Draft, where he is projected to be an early first-round pick, that means Ohio State will need a new quarterback. While fifth-year seniorGunnar Hoakis likely to remain on the roster in the spring, the Buckeye offensive focus will turn to highly-regarded freshmen quarterbacks inCJ StroudandJack Miller. Both Miller and Stroud enrolled early with the hope of going through winter, spring and summer workouts and competing to be Fields' backup this fall. After all of that was screwed up, one of the two quarterbacks -- maybe both? -- could be thrown to the fire after a very strange first collegiate offseason. Stroud was a fast riser on the recruiting trail, emerging as a top talent as a senior and climbing to the second-ranked pro-style quarterback, per the 247Sports Composite, by the time he signed with Ohio State. Miller is the opposite, as he started with a high ranking but dropped to the 13th ranked pro-style quarterback after dealing with injuries. Both, however, were handpicked byRyan Day, which is a good thing. One of these quarterbacks is the future at Ohio State. That future may just come quicker than they expected. Given that a spring season may not be much more than a handful of Big Ten games and a Rose Bowl, it would likely behoove the Buckeyes to see what each player can do in the offense in order to know who istheguy heading into the fall. This makes it a very important spring for both Stroud and Miller.
247Sports Big Ten Hoops Preseason Poll: Post-NBA Draft Deadline - 247Sports
Who is the Big Ten basketball favorite for the 2020-21 season? 247Sports polled 14 Big Ten reporters for their predicted conference order of finish.
(Photo: Bruce Thorson, 247Sports) High vote: 13th | Low vote: 14th | Average rank: 13.6 Last year's record: 7-25 overall (2-18 Big Ten) Key losses: F Kevin Cross (7.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), G Cam Mack (12.0 ppg, 6.4 apg), G Dachon Burke Jr. (12.2 ppg), G Haanif Cheatham (13.1 ppg), G Jervay Green (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg), G Matej Kavas (5.3 ppg), Key returners: F Thorir Thorbjarnarson (8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), F Yvan Ouedraogo (5.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), F Akol Arop (1.0 ppg), Shamiel Stevenson (transfer), Dalano Banto (transfer), Derrick Walker (transfer) Key additions: Teddy Allen (No. 5 JUCO), Eduardo Andre (No. 205 composite), Trevor Lakes (Division-II transfer), Lat Mayen (No. 19 JUCO), Trey McGowens (Pitt transfer), Kobe Webster (Western Illinois transfer), Elijah Wood (No. 412 composite) Comment: After a disappointing first season under Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska basketball has retooled its roster again with a mix of transfers and high school players. Nebraska also adds the trio of Stevenson, Banton and Walker, who sat out last season as transfers. This group fits more of what Hoiberg would like to do offensively, and the additions of Allen on the wing, plus Mayen out of the junior college ranks will pay off immediately for the Big Red. One big question is whether McGowens, who started two seasons at Pitt, will be immediately eligible. If so, the Huskers could have the talent to surprise some teams in the Big Ten. — Michael Bruntz, Husker 247