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By Steven Lassan, 1 day 10 hours ago
Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly left the Week 3 victory over Colorado due to a foot injury, and the senior is not expected to play in the Sun Devils’ upcoming showdown against UCLA on Sept. 25.
With Kelly sidelined, Mike Bercovici is slated to take the first snap against the Bruins.
Bercovici played in Kelly’s absence during the second half against Colorado and completed 2 of 4 passes for eight yards.
While Kelly will be missed, Bercovici does have experience, throwing 24 passes over the last three seasons.
Bercovici is not as strong of a runner as Kelly, but the Sun Devils can lean more on D.J. Foster and freshmen Kalen Ballage and Damario Richard to carry the offense on the ground.
It’s uncertain when Kelly will be able to return to the lineup, but his absence comes at a critical time for Arizona State. Arizona Sports reported Kelly suffered a broken foot and will be out at least a month.
The Sun Devils play UCLA on Sept. 25, then travel to USC the following Thursday. If that wasn’t difficult enough, games against Washington and Stanford round out the month of October. Considering Arizona State's difficult schedule, Kelly's injury and how well Bercovici plays will determine whether or not the Sun Devils are still a threat to repeat as Pac-12 South champs.
UCLA's offensive line has struggled, and quarterback Brett Hundley was injured in Saturday's win over Texas. USC lost at Boston College and was outplayed in a win at Stanford.
Who should be the favorite in this division? As always, it's a matter of survival. UCLA continues to win close games, and USC still has depth concerns.
It's tough to count out Arizona State with explosive playmakers like Foster and receiver Jaelen Strong, but the defense featured several new faces stepping into the starting lineup.
Can Bercovici and a rebuilt defense hold the Sun Devils' title hopes together for the next few weeks? Or will Kelly's injury doom Arizona State's title hopes? For now, it's easy to assume the latter, but the rest of the struggles in the Pac-12 South suggest this race is far from over - even with Kelly sidelined.
Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly (foot) is not expected to play against UCLA on Sept. 25 due to a foot injury, per source.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 15, 2014
I'm told as of now ASU has no plans to offer an official update on Taylor Kelly today. No Todd Graham presser tomorrow due to bye week.— Tyler Lockman (@TylerLockman) September 14, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 days 4 hours ago
As expected, it was a rough day for Kent State against Ohio State. The Buckeyes easily handled the Golden Flashes, winning 66-0 to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2.
In addition to recording only 126 yards and turning the ball over three times, Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon completed only 14 of 27 passes for 76 yards.
And there was a pass Reardon would like to have back to avoid the highlight reels, as he rolled to his right and attempted to throw downfield. However, instead of the pass taking flight downfield, Reardon’s throw simply landed at his feet.
The biggest fail of Week 3?
By Steven Lassan, 3 days 9 hours ago
Virginia Tech scored a surprise win over Ohio State in Week 2, but the Hokies fell victim an upset-minded East Carolina team in Week 3.
The Pirates won 28-21, but there were a few highlight plays for Virginia Tech, including receiver Isaiah Ford’s touchdown catch in the second half. Ford's catch was reviewed but the touchdown was upheld.
Check out Ford's nifty one-handed grab:
By Steven Lassan, 3 days 9 hours ago
Whether it’s by air or via the ground, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is one of the nation’s best. And on Saturday against Wyoming, Mariota made a highlight reel play by taking a rushing touchdown for a score.
Mariota didn’t find an open option on his passing reads and chose to take off on the ground. The junior needed some help to score, choosing to take to the air to reach the endzone.
Check out Mariota’s touchdown run:
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 14 hours ago
Maryland is going patriotic for Saturday’s matchup against West Virginia. The Terrapins unveiled on Tuesday a new patriotic uniform, which features the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner on the shoulder pads and helmet.
Check out the Terrapins new uniforms for Week 3:
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 15 hours ago
Utah made slight changes to its uniforms for 2014, and the Utes continued with the tweaks by unveiling a new white helmet.
It’s uncertain when Utah will wear these white helmets, but it’s a pretty sharp look for Kyle Whittingham’s Utes.
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 17 hours ago
Texas Tech plans to turn back the clock when Arkansas visits Lubbock on Saturday.
The Red Raiders will wear throwback uniforms in Week 3, and the overall look for Saturday is pretty sharp. The design is similar to the uniforms and helmets Texas Tech had when coach Kliff Kingsbury was playing quarterback for Mike Leach.
Check out Texas Tech’s throwback uniforms below and visit the official school site for a full gallery:
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago
SMU coach June Jones has resigned after an 0-2 start this year. Jones is the first coach of the season to be fired or resign.
Defensive coordinator Tom Mason will be promoted to interim coach, with Dan Morrison and Jason Phillips sharing play-calling duties on offense.
Jones was a key hire for SMU, as he arrived in Dallas after recording a 76-41 record during his nine-year tenure at Hawaii. The Warriors showed immediate improvement under Jones, going from 0-12 in the year prior to his arrival, to a 9-4 mark and a bowl victory in 1999.
Jones also guided Hawaii to a BCS bowl appearance in 2007.
However, Jones left Hawaii for Dallas after that season and struggled to find early success with the Mustangs.
SMU went 1-11 in Jones’ debut and finished winless in conference play in 2008.
The Mustangs rebounded by playing in four consecutive bowl games from 2009-12 and finished 5-7 in their first season of American Athletic play in 2013.
Despite making four consecutive bowl games for a program that has struggled to maintain success since the death penalty in 1987, there were plenty of rumblings from the SMU fanbase about Jones’ tenure.
And those rumblings only grew louder once the Mustangs started 2014 with an 0-2 record, which included a 45-0 loss to Baylor and a 43-6 defeat at the hands of North Texas.
SMU is a job with plenty of potential, as its located in a fertile recruiting area and has a history of success. With an opportunity to play in the American Athletic Conference, there's also good exposure on key television networks.
Names to watch in SMU’s coaching search:
David Beaty, wide receivers coach, Texas A&M
Philip Montgomery, offensive coordinator, Baylor
Chad Morris, offensive coordinator, Clemson
Rick Neuheisel, former UCLA coach
Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, East Carolina
Jake Spavital, offensive coordinator, Texas A&M
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
BYU easily handled Texas 41-7 on Saturday night. Quarterback Taysom Hill was the catalyst for the Cougars’ victory, throwing for 181 yards on 18 completions and rushing for 99 yards and three scores on 24 attempts.
Hill’s dual-threat ability gave the Texas defense fits last year, so his performance on Saturday night wasn’t a surprise.
Hill made one of the weekend’s top players by hurdling a defender on a touchdown run in the second half.
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette was one of the nation’s top recruits and there was considerable hype surrounding his debut this year. Fournette was quiet in the opener against Wisconsin and rushed for only 18 yards on eight carries.
Fournette’s numbers against Sam Houston State were better, as the freshman recorded a touchdown and over 50 yards in just over two quarters of work.
However, Fournette’s touchdown drew the ire of coach Les Miles, as the freshman struck a Heisman pose.
Check out Fournette’s touchdown run and Heisman pose: