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Maryland coach Randy Edsall was dismissed on Sunday, ending a five-year run in College Park with a 22-34 record. Offensive coordinator and former New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley will work for the rest of 2015 as the interim coach. The Terrapins are off to a 2-4 start this season. Edsall guided Maryland to back-to-back bowls in 2013-14 but started his tenure with a 2-10 mark and was never a popular hire among the fanbase.

 

While Maryland is in a tough division (Big Ten East), there are plenty of positives about this job. The facilities are improving, and this program has support from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank as a booster.

 

Who will Maryland target as Edsall’s replacement? Here’s a list of names to watch in this coaching search:

 

17 Coaches to Watch in Maryland's Search to Replace Randy Edsall

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Maryland got a glimpse of Babers’ coaching ability earlier this season, as Bowling Green defeated the Terrapins 48-27 on Sept. 12. Babers gathered a wealth of experience as an assistant prior to taking over at Eastern Illinois in 2012. In two years with the Panthers, Babers accumulated a 19-7 record and two FCS playoff appearances. Babers went 8-6 in his first year at Bowling Green (2014), and despite losing starting quarterback Matt Johnson after the opener, still managed to win the MAC East. The Falcons are 4-2 through six games and have two wins over Power 5 opponents (Purdue and Maryland). After spending four years under Art Briles at Baylor, it’s no surprise Babers has emerged as one of the top offensive-minded coaches from the Group of 5 ranks.

 

Related: College Football's Top 10 Coaches on the Rise

 

Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Campbell is regarded as one of college football’s top rising stars in the coaching ranks. The 35-year-old coach is 31-13 at Toledo, the Rockets are off to a 5-0 start in 2015 and enter Week 7 ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Ohio native played at the ultra-successful Mount Union program from 1999-02 and later worked as an assistant at Bowling Green and Toledo prior to taking over the head coach role after Tim Beckman left for Illinois. 

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is the youngest coach in the FBS ranks and is in his third season as Western Michigan’s head coach. The Illinois native was a prolific receiver during his college tenure at Northern Illinois and spent two seasons in the NFL with the 49ers. Fleck made stops at Northern Illinois, Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before taking over in Kalamazoo. Through three seasons, Fleck is 11-19 at Western Michigan. However, this program has made significant improvement since a 1-11 record in 2013 and played in a bowl last season. Fleck isn’t short on energy or enthusiasm and is also regarded for his ability to recruit.

 

Scott Frost, offensive coordinator, Oregon

If Maryland wants to be the Oregon of the East Coast, why not hire a rising star in the assistant ranks from the program in Eugene? Frost took over as the Ducks’ play-caller after Chip Kelly for the NFL and guided Oregon’s offense to a No. 1 rank in the Pac-12 in scoring from 2013-14. Prior to coordinating the high-powered offense in Eugene, Frost worked as a wide receivers coach with Oregon from 2009-12 and had a two-year stint at Northern Iowa. The Nebraska native has no head coaching experience, but his ability to generate high-powered offenses is intriguing. 

 

Related: 10 Stats to Know from Week 6

 

Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente has significantly improved Memphis’ program in just four seasons on the job. After working from 2007-11 at TCU under Gary Patterson, Fuente was hired at Memphis and inherited a mess from former coach Larry Porter after a 3-21 mark from 2010-11. The Tigers immediately improved to 4-8 in Fuente’s first season and finished 10-3 with a No. 25 finish in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll last year. If he’s ready to leave Memphis, Fuente will have no shortage of suitors this offseason.

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Herman was one of the nation’s top assistants at Ohio State, and the Cincinnati native is off to a 5-0 start as Houston’s head coach. Prior to stops with the Buckeyes and the current stint with the Cougars, Herman worked as an assistant at Iowa State, Rice, Texas State and Sam Houston State. Herman’s coaching ability was on full display last year when Ohio State was forced to use its third-string quarterback (Cardale Jones) after injuries to Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett and still won the national championship. Through five games this year, Houston is averaging 46.4 points per game. Herman will have no shortage of suitors in the next couple of years.

 

Mark Hudspeth, head coach, UL Lafayette

Considering Hudspeth’s two head coaching jobs came at North Alabama and UL Lafayette, he’s more likely to jump at an opportunity in the same region. However, Hudspeth’s name shouldn’t be overlooked in Maryland’s search. The Mississippi native went 66-21 at North Alabama and is 37-18 through five years at UL Lafayette. Hudspeth has transformed the Ragin’ Cajuns into a consistent bowl team and Sun Belt title contender. Prior to taking over in Lafayette, Hudspeth worked as an assistant for two years at Mississippi State under Dan Mullen. 

 

Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State

Lembo has been a successful head coach at three different jobs, recording a 111-59 record over the last 15 years. After stops at Lehigh and Elon in the FCS ranks, Lembo was hired at Ball State and brought immediate improvement to the program. The Cardinals won 25 games from 2011-13 and dipped to 5-7 in a rebuilding year last season. Lembo wouldn't be a big-name hire like some of the other coaches on this list, but he is a proven winner and would be a sharp hire.

 

Doug Meacham, offensive coordinator, TCU

Meacham was arguably the best coordinator hire last year. TCU’s offense averaged only 25.1 points per game in 2013 but jumped to 46.5 in 2014 under Meacham’s play-calling. The Texas native also spent one season at Houston as the offensive coordinator, worked from 2005-12 at Oklahoma State and also made stops as an assistant at Samford, Henderson State and Jacksonville State. He’s never been a head coach in the collegiate level.

 

Related: Former Nebraska Coach Tampering With Current Huskers Identified

 

Mike Norvell, offensive coordinator, Arizona State

It’s only a matter of time before Norvell is hired as a head coach at a Power 5 program. The 33-year-old play-caller has been on a fast rise through the assistant ranks and has spent time with coach Todd Graham at each of his last three stops. Norvell worked with wide receivers at Tulsa from 2007-10 and as a co-offensive coordinator with Pittsburgh in 2011. Under Norvell’s direction, Arizona State averaged at least 36 points per game from 2012-14.

 

Frank Reich, offensive coordinator, San Diego Chargers

Reich has ties to the program as a former Maryland quarterback, but he’s never worked as a head coach on the FBS level or in the NFL. Reich was hired as a NFL assistant in 2008 with the Colts and has steadily worked his way through the ranks. The New York native worked for one year at Arizona (2012) and was hired by Mike McCoy in 2013 with the Chargers.

 

Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple

Temple has made considerable progress under Rhule’s watch and emerged as one of the top Group of 5 programs in 2015. The Owls are 5-0 and defeated Rhule’s alma mater (Penn State) in the opener. After a 2-10 record in Rhule’s first season, Temple is 11-6 over its last 17 games and is the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference’s East Division in 2015. Prior to taking over as Temple’s coach, Rhule worked as an assistant with the Owls under Al Golden and Steve Addazio, spent a year with the Giants (2012) and had short stints at UCLA and Buffalo. Rhule’s offenses at Temple have struggled, but the Owls have been one of the best in the AAC on defense over the last two years.

 

Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma

Riley is a Mike Leach disciple and is well versed in the Air Raid offense. The Texas native spent time as a full-time assistant at Texas Tech under Leach from 2007-09 and was hired by Ruffin McNeill at East Carolina prior to the 2010 season. The Pirates had a prolific offense under Riley, including a No. 2 rank in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 by averaging 35.8 points per game. Riley has made a significant impact in his first season at Oklahoma, as the Sooners average 37 points per game in 2015.

 

Rich Rodriguez, head coach, Arizona

Rodriguez has a good job at Arizona and is coming off a 10-4 record with a Pac-12 South title last season. Needless to say, it would take a a lot for Rodriguez to leave Tucson. Additionally, Rodriguez has a couple of recruiting classes under his belt in Tucson and plenty of talent to implement his scheme on offense. As Rodriguez found out at Michigan, it’s not easy to rebuild or start from scratch with a new scheme or identity. Prior to his three-year stint at Michigan, Rodriguez went 60-26 at West Virginia.

 

Mike Sanford, offensive coordinator, Notre Dame

Sanford might be a year or two away from taking his first head coaching gig, but the former Boise State quarterback is a rising star in the assistant ranks. The Virginia native started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UNLV in 2005 and remained in that role until 2007. After two years with the Cardinal, Sanford spent time at Yale (2009) and WKU (2010) and returned to the Cardinal in 2011. He called the plays for Boise State in 2014, guiding the Broncos’ offense to an average of 39.7 points per game. Sanford is in his first year at Notre Dame, helping to guide an offense that averages 7.2 yards per play.

 

Greg Schiano, former Tampa Bay/Rutgers coach

Schiano has been out of coaching since he was fired at the end of the 2013 season with Tampa Bay. However, it seems likely he will resurface in the college ranks in the near future. In 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers, Schiano guided the Scarlet Knights to a 68-67 record and six bowl appearances. Schiano inherited a program at the bottom of the Big East and transformed Rutgers into a consistent winner. He’s also familiar with recruiting on the East Coast.

 

Related: 10 Coaches on the Rise

 

Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Clemson

Venables is regarded as one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators and is ready for an opportunity to run his own program. The Kansas native played for two seasons for Bill Snyder in Manhattan from 1991-92 and joined the assistant coach ranks with the Wildcats in 1993. Venables was hired as Oklahoma’s co-defensive coordinator in 1999 and remained in Norman until 2011. Under Venables’ direction, Clemson has ranked among the nation’s best on defense. The Tigers ranked first nationally in fewest yards per play allowed last season (4.03), and despite losing several key performers off last year’s group, Clemson still has one of the top defenses in the ACC.

 

7 Longshots to Watch

 

Sonny Dykes, head coach, California

Dykes was hired to get the Golden Bears back on track after Jeff Tedford was dismissed after the 2012 season. Dykes went 1-11 in his debut with California, but the Golden Bears are 10-8 over the last two seasons and rank among the nation’s best on offense. Conversations about Dykes’ long-term outlook have popped up recently, as he has just two years remaining on his original five-year deal.

 

Al Golden, head coach, Miami

Golden is on the hot seat at Miami, so a mutual parting might be in order this offseason. Golden is 31-24 with the Hurricanes but helped Temple improve from a 1-11 team in 2006 to a program that recorded 17 wins from 2009-10. The former Penn State tight end has ties to the East Coast, as he’s from New Jersey and has stops as an assistant at Virginia, Boston College and with the Nittany Lions. 

 

Chip Kelly, head coach, Philadelphia Eagles

Let's get this out of the way. Kelly’s name is going to pop up in the rumor mill for the open Power 5 jobs this offseason. However, he’s not leaving the NFL after 2015. 

 

Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator, Alabama

Kiffin in the same division as Jim Harbaugh, James Franklin and Urban Meyer? Sign us up. Kiffin’s tenure at USC ended after a 3-2 start in 2013, but he’s going to get another chance as a head coach. Kiffin has a 35-21 career record from his time with the Trojans and one year at Tennessee. Kiffin has excelled as Alabama’s play-caller for the last two seasons, guiding the Crimson Tide offense to an average of 36.9 points per game in 2014. 

 

Mike Leach, head coach, Washington State

Leach and Maryland booster Kevin Plank are reportedly close friends, so there’s plenty of familiarity here. However, Leach did not get the job after Ralph Friedgen was let go after the 2010 season.

 

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State

Mullen is unlikely to leave Mississippi State for Maryland, but he’s an intriguing off-the-radar name to watch. The SEC West isn’t getting any easier and consistent success in Starkville (just three seasons of more than nine wins in program history) has been difficult.

 

Tommy Tuberville, head coach, Cincinnati

Tuberville has been a successful coach at four different FBS jobs – Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He’s recorded a 151-87 overall record in that span and has only four losing seasons in 19 years as a head coach. Tuberville isn’t flashy, but he’s a proven winner. Is Maryland looking for a splashier hire? 

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the action from Survival Saturday in college football.

 

Only four ranked teams lost but what did wins by Tennessee and Texas mean to their respective fan bases? And now that both UTs are off the ledge, who can talk Nebraska down?

 

What can fans expect in the Big Ten? Is Michigan the best team? Can Iowa run the table? What about the Wolverines-Spartans matchup looming?

 

What do we make of the Pac-12? What is happening to Oregon? How good is Utah?

 

The guys offer some unusual midseason awards after six weeks of play and break down some silly coaches as well.

 

 

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No one is really happy about Greg Hardy's return to the NFL, well maybe Jerry Jones is.

 

On Sunday, former Steelers' QB Terry Bradshaw gave his thoughts on Hardy, saying there's no way he should be back in the league. The legendary Steeler went on to say that Jones' need for a pass rusher for the Cowboys may have clouded his better judgment.

 

"Anybody, in my opinion, that lays a hand on a woman... I don't care who you are my friend, you never come back in this league.

 

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Week 6 of the college football season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. Saturday’s action started with Texas’ upset over Oklahoma, and the afternoon slate didn’t disappoint with Tennessee’s thrilling fourth-quarter win over Georgia. And on Saturday night, Alabama held off Arkansas, Florida State won its sixth in a row over Miami and Utah knocked off California.

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 6. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 6:

 

College Football Week 5 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

Dobbs turned in one of his best overall performances of his Tennessee career, accounting for 430 total yards and five scores in the 38-31 win over Georgia. After the Volunteers trailed 24-3 in the first half, Dobbs guided the offense to 28 unanswered points and recorded the game-winning score with just under six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. 

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s defense was on the field for 98 plays against West Virginia but managed to hold the Mountaineers to just 4.5 yards per play. The performance of Ogbah was a huge reason why the Cowboys found a way to win in Morgantown, as the junior recorded eight tackles (one for a loss), one sack and two forced fumbles. Ogbah also scored on a fumble recovery for the first touchdown of the game.

 

Freshman of the Week: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

Texas stepped up on defense in Week 6, holding Oklahoma’s high-powered offense to just 17 points and 4.3 yards per play. The win over the Sooners was one of the biggest for coach Charlie Strong in his tenure with the Longhorns. Jefferson is one of the building blocks for this defense, as the true freshman delivered in the clutch by recording six tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks against Oklahoma.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator, Washington

Defense led the way in Washington’s 17-12 upset over USC on Thursday night. Kwiatkowski and a young defense limited the Trojans to 5.1 yards per play and 1 of 13 on third-down conversions. The Huskies were relentless in pressuring USC quarterback Cody Kessler, recording five sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. Additionally, Washington forced three turnovers.

 

Unsung Hero of the Week: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

Falk was a strong candidate for offensive player of the week honors after Washington State’s 45-38 double-overtime win at Oregon. The sophomore gashed the Ducks’ secondary for 505 passing yards and five scores. He also added one rushing score in the upset win in Eugene.

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Kickers are people too, but apparently they're not football players.

 

According to NFL Network's Brian Billick, kickers are not football players so don't be fooled by the pads and helmet they wear.

 

 

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan didn't take too kindly to that opinion. 

 

 

That should bring Billick down a couple notches. 

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 6

 

100-0: Before Week 6, Oregon’s Record With a 10-Point Lead Since 2005

Oregon’s struggles in the post-Marcus Mariota era continued in Week 6, as the Ducks lost 45-38 in double overtime to Washington State. The defeat against the Cougars was already Oregon’s third loss of the year, which is the most for this program since the 2009 season. Additionally, this was the program’s first loss when leading by 10 or more points in its last 100 games. That’s only part of the bad news for the Ducks. With six games left – including road trips to Arizona State and Stanford – Oregon is in real danger of missing out on a bowl in 2015.

 

Related: Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney is Tired of Hearing About "Clemsoning"

 

6: Consecutive Wins by Florida State Over Miami

It wasn’t easy, but Florida State continued its recent dominance over in-state rival Miami on Saturday night with a 29-24 win in Tallahassee. The victory marked the Seminoles’ sixth consecutive victory over the Hurricanes. Florida State has won nine out of the last 11 in this series and has claimed four out of the last five against Florida. 

 

21: Deficit Faced by Tennessee in First Half of Win Over Georgia

Tennessee’s troubles in the second half of games have been well documented this season. But on Saturday, the Volunteers reversed that trend, overcoming a 21-point deficit late in the first half to trail the Bulldogs 24-17 at halftime and eventually win 38-31. After losing its first three games to Power 5 opponents this year, Tennessee desperately needed a good showing on Saturday. The 21-point rally was the third-largest comeback in program history.

 

Related: 25 Must-See Moments from Week 6

 

71: Rushing Yards Allowed by Clemson Against Georgia Tech

Clemson’s defense returned only two starters and faced a significant rebuilding effort this preseason. However, the Tigers haven’t missed a beat in 2015. In Saturday’s 43-24 win over Georgia Tech, Clemson held the Yellow Jackets’ option attack to just 71 rushing yards on 42 attempts. The 1.69 yards per carry mark was the lowest by Georgia Tech since 2008 when it managed only 79 yards on 47 attempts against Gardner-Webb. Through five games, the Tigers are holding opponents to 16.6 points a contest and 4.5 yards per play. Coordinator Brent Venables is one of the nation’s top assistant coaches and has quickly reshaped Clemson’s defense into one of the best in the ACC once again.

 

5: Interceptions by California QB Jared Goff Against Utah

California’s Jared Goff has been one of the nation’s top quarterbacks through the first six games of 2015, but the junior had his hands full against Utah’s defense on Saturday night. Goff tossed a career-high five picks in the 30-24 loss and finished with 340 passing yards on 25 completions. Prior to Saturday night’s game, Goff never tossed more than three interceptions in a single contest and threw nearly as many picks (five) as he had all of 2014 (seven).

 

Related: Maryland Coach Randy Edsall Goes Off on Media After Loss to Ohio State

 

313: Rushing Yards by Texas in Win Over Oklahoma

Second-year coach Charlie Strong picked up a huge 24-17 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday. After a 1-4 start, the Longhorns needed positive momentum in order to make a run at a bowl game. Mission accomplished. The 2015 Red River Rivalry was largely decided by the play on the trenches. The Longhorns rushed for 313 yards against the Sooners, which was the program’s highest mark under Strong and the most since Aug. 31, 2013.

 

4: Losses by USC coach Steve Sarkisian to Double-Digit Underdogs

Thursday night’s loss to Washington was another disappointing defeat for USC under second-year coach Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans are 12-6 under Sarkisian’s watch and 1-2 in Pac-12 games so far this season. For a team picked by some to make the College Football Playoff, a 3-2 record after five games ranks among the nation’s biggest disappointments. Additionally, there’s a concerning trend developing for Sarkisian. Of his six losses with USC, four of those occurred when the Trojans were a double-digit favorite.

 

97-0: Combined Scores of Michigan’s Last Three Games

The Wolverines recorded their third consecutive shutout on Saturday with a 38-0 victory over Northwestern. Michigan’s defense was dominant all over the box score once again, limiting the Wildcats to 2.9 yards per play and just 2 of 13 on third-down attempts. The Wolverines have not allowed a point in their last three games and have surrendered only 14 over their last five matchups. Michigan’s defense ranks first nationally by limiting opponents to just 6.3 points per game.

 

59: Portland State’s Margin of Victory Over North Texas

A FCS team beating a FBS team occasionally happens early in the season, but Saturday’s win by Portland State over North Texas was especially noteworthy. The Vikings’ 59-point margin of victory is the biggest by a FCS team over a FBS program. The 59-point loss by the Mean Green cost coach Dan McCarney his job shortly after the game ended.

 

12: Combined Points Allowed by Boston College in Last Games – Both Losses

Wake Forest’s 3-0 victory over Boston College on Saturday produced plenty of interesting tidbits from the box score and crazy last-minute highlights. The Eagles and Demon Deacons traded fumbles in the final minute, with Boston College unable to get a play off before the clock hit zero on the Wake Forest one-yard line. Not only was the ending bizarre, these two teams combined for just 412 yards on 127 plays, 23 first downs and 18 punts. The Eagles have one of the ACC’s top defenses and have allowed only 12 points in their last two games – both defeats. With injuries sidelining quarterback Darius Wade and running back Jon Hilliman, Boston College is averaging only 2.3 points per game through three ACC contests in 2015.

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The New York Giants (2-2) are now headed in the right direction, tied for the lead in the NFC East. The San Francisco 49ers (1-3) are headed nowhere fast, sitting at the bottom of what is arguably the best division in the NFC, and desperately needing a win. Sunday night will be fun.

 

The Giants enter Sunday night's game as a team that has righted the ship. Two very impressive victories over their division foe and a formidable defense in Buffalo, and the Giants are right back in the thick of things in the NFC East. Their offensive challenges seem to be quickly dissolving, as they are averaging 25.5 points per game in what is quickly becoming one of the most efficient offenses in the league.

 

Quarterback Eli Manning is off to his best start in the last four years, having thrown just one interception through four games. That is tremendous improvement from averaging 3.5 INTs per game over the last three seasons. Eli has built his career on a balanced combination of quiet efficiency mixed with the occasional brilliant play. However, this season the efficiency IS the brilliant play, and it is producing offensive output that is making it hard to have a game plan for this team. 

 

The 49ers have lost a lot. They have lost players to retirement and departure. They have lost a head coach to college football, which has seemingly altered the culture of their team. They have lost their swagger and offensive confidence. They have lost their defensive intimidation and teams are putting up big numbers weekly against them (except for the Packers... weird huh?). The 49ers have lost their way, and need to find some momentum. The Giants have found their formula and they are trying to build more momentum.

 

Sunday should be fun.

 

San Francisco at New York

 

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET 

TV Channel: NBC

Spread: New York -7

 

Three Things To Watch

 

1. Colin Kaepernick is Not Russell Wilson

Collin Kaepernick has lost his way. He is not the same quarterback that led the 49ers to a Super Bowl just a few years ago. His accuracy has all but disappeared. His instinct to run the ball seems to be in question. Collin Kaepernick is at the center of the offensive woes of the 49ers and until he can find himself, and his brilliance again, the 49ers will continue to struggle. Collin is not Russell Wilson, but he can be. He has to find that confidence within the current offensive scheme and trust his instincts. It's not that he is not Russell Wilson, it's just that his Russell Wilson is lost between his ears, and he needs to find it again.

 

2. Eli Manning is Still Eli Manning

The fact that Manning has only thrown one interception is just a small portion of the story. He is commanding the offense and managing the games with incredible efficiency (minus those four minutes in the first two games). He is leading the Giants offense and is doing what it takes to win games, making the big play when necessary. The Giants are making the most out of every possession and taking advantage of every opportunity, just with far more patience from their quarterback then they have seen. Manning is determined to be efficient and let that lead his play. And for him it works. He has a 62 percent completion rate, and an almost 40 percent conversion rate on third down through four games. Manning is among the top 10 in the league in touchdown passes with seven. However, his most shocking stat? He has only been sacked four times through four games. He is playing like he should be at this stage in his career.

 

3. The Giants' Defense Might Be Better Than We Believed

Here are some of the numbers: 

-Ranked 1st in rushing defense with 69.8 yards per game. 

-Ranked 11th in points per game ( which would be higher if they had learned to close games quicker) at 20.5

-Ranked 11th in touchdowns per game at 2.2

 

And despite giving up over 300 yards passing per game, they are tied for sixth in interceptions. 

 

The Giants' defense is much better than previously thought at the start of the season. And if the offense continues to manipulate the game clocks with its own special brand of game efficiency, then this well rested defense will continue to make plays underneath the guidance of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. One of the greatest surprises is linebacker Uani Unga, who leads the team in interceptions and is second in solo tackles. He seems to be getting smarter with each game, and is making more plays, which is starting to feel like a Pro Bowl campaign push. His leadership and energy has been infectious to this defense, and everyone is feeding off his early play.

 

Final Analysis

 

The Giants are hitting their stride at the perfect time, when the NFC East seems to be completely up for grabs. The offense seems to be rounding into form a little faster than the defense for a change, but everyone seems to be figuring things out. This news could not possibly be worse for a team that is trying to find its own identity. The 49ers' defense was slightly better against the Packers, though not dominant. The 49ers' offense is a different matter. If Collin Kaepernick does not find some momentum under the MetLIfe Stadium lights, it will be a long, long, night for San Francisco. 

 

And for 49er fans, with no defensive pressure, no offensive identity, and no answer for Odell Beckham Jr.... it will be a long, long, night.

 

Prediction: Giants 28, 49ers 10

 

— Written by Lloyd H. Spence, Jr., who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Spence also has written for the Dallas Morning News, Yahoo!'s Rivals.com, and ESPN Louisville. He can be heard on the radio of "Talkin NOIZ" and "The Football Show of Collin County." Follow him on Twitter @TalkinNOIZ.

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For several years, a Denver matchup with Oakland was a chance for Peyton Manning to pad his statistics and for his teammates to cruise to an easy win against a franchise that had usually been comfortably ensconced in the AFC West basement. That’s not the case in this Week 5 matchup, as the Broncos are more of a balanced team that don't rely on Manning to throw for 400 yards a week, and the Raiders are a long field goal by Chicago away from being 3-1.

 

Under new coach Gary Kubiak, Denver has not been about outscoring everybody. Instead, the Broncos are more balanced — on both sides of the ball — perhaps a nod to Manning’s age (39) and the realization that he can no longer dominate opposing defenses. Meanwhile, Oakland is showing signs of life under new coach Jack Del Rio. QB Derek Carr has shown himself to be reliable and filled with promise, and rookie wideout Amari Cooper has been a standout.

 

Denver at Oakland

 

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Point Spread: Denver -5

 

Three Things to Watch For

 

1. Passing Fancy

Whenever Denver takes the field, all eyes are on Manning and his ability to orchestrate games. But thanks to Carr and Cooper, Oakland’s passing game is robust. Carr is completing 62.6 percent of his passes and has thrown for seven TDs against just two picks. Cooper, meanwhile, has caught 24 passes, scored twice and averaged a strong 14.1 yards/catch. They’ll face a strong Denver pass rush and a secondary that already has two pick-sixes this year.

 

“They have three [defensive backs], not just three, just who come off the bench for them and in other situations that are so talented,” Carr said. “I think the world of those guys. I respect them, but obviously we’re looking forward to competing against them.”

 

2. Sack and Pillage

Much has been made about the impact of Oakland’s Khalil Mack, who has three sacks and who impacts the game every play, thanks to his disruptive tendencies. But the Raiders have only reached the QB eight times this season. Denver, on the other hand, has 18 QB snares, with DeMarcus Ware (4.5) the main culprit. How well the Broncos control Mack, who can cause problems against the run and the pass, and whether the Raiders can keep Ware at bay will influence the outcome considerably.

 

3. Kicks the Habit

Although there are some fans who consider special teams something of an adjunct to the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, both Denver and Oakland have benefited greatly from strong kicking games this year. That’s a good thing, since more and more NFL games are being decided by fewer than seven points. In a tight contest, a big leg can make a big difference. Denver’s Brandon McManus is 9-of-9 on placements, including 3-of-3 from 50 yards and beyond. Meanwhile, it’s hard to find a more consistent or powerful leg than Sebastian Janikowski’s. He has made 7-of-7 this year and can be counted on by the Raiders for consistent excellence.

 

Final Analysis

 

The Raiders have made big strides in just four games and should be 3-1 right now. They will be inhospitable hosts for the Broncos, who must get good offensive balance in order to survive in Oakland. That means Manning, who is completing a solid but unspectacular 63.6 percent of his throws and has already tossed five picks this year, must be efficient, and Ronnie Hillman (4.9 yards/carry) has to provide ground support. Otherwise, the resurgent Denver defense will have to carry the load.

 

The Raiders have a good one in Carr, and Cooper is already bidding to become an elite target in the league. Oakland needs Latavius Murray (297 yards, 2 TDs) to get loose, and has to hope Mack gets support from his fellow defenders against Manning, or the Denver QB will be able to get comfortable in the pocket. This won’t be the kind of blowout past Broncos-Raiders games have been, but Oakland isn’t quite ready to take this kind of step.

 

Prediction: Broncos 23, Raiders 17

 

— Written by Michael Bradley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bradley is a writer and broadcaster based in suburban Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @DailyHombre.

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Week 6 of the college football season is officially in the books. And as usual, the weekend slate of games didn’t disappoint. Florida State, Utah, TCU and Tennessee made critical stops late in the fourth quarter to preserve a win, while Oklahoma was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten after a loss to Texas.

 

Miss anything from Week 6? Here’s 25 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

25 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 6 Games

 

1. Washington State upsets Oregon in Eugene, wins again on Saturday night with postgame tweet:

 

2. Rutgers ends game against Michigan State by spiking the ball...on fourth down:

 

3. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin connects with receiver Josh Doctson for game-winning score:

 

4. Miami's fourth-down pass falls incomplete, giving Florida State 29-24 win: 

 

5. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is tired of the term "Clemsoning":

 

6. Baylor's 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan scores a touchdown against Kansas:

 

7. Texas coach Charlie Strong goes crowd surfing and dons gold cowboy hat after win against Oklahoma:

 

8. Utah deflects pass on fourth down to hold off California:

 

9. Security guard makes a perfect tackle to keep Tennessee fan off field after Volunteers beat Georgia:

 

10. Weekly play to remind everyone how awesome LSU running back Leonard Fournette is:

 

11. UCF makes a huge mistake on a kickoff return:

 

12. Nebraska loses another heartbreaker as Wisconsin connects on last-second field goal:

 

13. Maryland coach Randy Edsall goes off on the media after loss to Ohio State:

 

14. Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks has incredible touchdown run:

 

15. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller jukes Maryland defender:

 

16. Miami and Florida State have a minor tussle before kickoff:

 

17. Arkansas running back Alex Collins destroyed in pass protection:

 

18. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was not happy with his team and turnovers in the first half against Oklahoma State:

 

 

19. Florida State mocks "Fire Al Golden" banners in victory tweet:

 

20. Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson is very excited about a 3-0 win!:

 

 

21. Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin trucks Central Michigan defender:

 

22. Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell makes a one-handed catch:

 

23. LSU gets lucky with this touchdown pass:

 

25. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier had trouble with a headset wire:

 

25. Eastern Michigan's entrance nearly ended in disaster:

 

Watch out for that banana peel

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It was the worst of times and... yeah that's about it. The Dallas Cowboys (2-2) are having serious personnel issues coming out of their tough defeat Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. Linebacker Sean Lee went down with a concussion that may keep him out for Sunday's game, and running back Lance Dunbar is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL.

 

The Cowboys are dropping like flies and it is affecting their play on the field. Their running game can't seem to get going and they keep losing the game on the CRUCIAL play. Many are wondering if it's the offense that can't seem to make that crucial play, or the defense that can't seem to get a crucial stop. Either way, things are getting... crucial.

 

The New England Patriots are experiencing no such problems. New England is off to its typical and usual fast start, clicking in all facets of the game. Tom Brady, who seems to be playing as though he must avenge the loss of his master (a kung-fu reference), is once again having an MVP-like season.

 

The only bright spot for the Cowboys is that they will get their All-Pro defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolondo McClain back to a team who is need of a spark. Not that any of that will matter to Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who are clearly in the "Touchdown Zone." Tom Brady has thrown nine touchdown passes, four of which have gone to Gronk. They are a lethal pair, and they are poised to take their killer mentality into AT&T Stadium this Sunday.

 

New England at Dallas

 

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: New England  -7

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Tom Brady

The New England Field Chief is smiling on the outside and is congenial and pleasant to the media and fans alike.

 

On the inside, he is an angry terror and all defenses should run and hide.

 

Brady is off to another fast start, torching opponents and leaving nothing but bad defensive schemes in his wake. Brady is averaging 359 yards passing per game, completing nearly 72 of his attempts, and already has nine touchdown tosses in just three games. The only thing the Cowboys can truly hope is that the bye week maybe cooled him off and the timing of the routes may be off just a little because of rust.

 

One can dream though.

 

2.  The Cowboys' Defense Might Be Better Now

Greg Hardy and Rolondo McClain are absolutely an upgrade to the Cowboys' defense. The question is are they the answer to the Cowboys' defensive problems. The Cowboys have given up 25 points per game on the season, but that numbers has grown to 32.5 since Tony Romo's injury. Now to be fair, part of the problem is unsustainable offensive drives on a team that is built to keep the defense off the field for a while. But the defense must get key stops and McClain and Hardy can help shore up the front seven. 

 

3. Brandon Weeden Must MAKE a play.

To be fair, Weeden has been incredibly efficient. He has a 76 percent completion rate, just one interception and a 108.8 QBR. The problem is that the Cowboys' offense is not created to have its quarterback run plays efficiently. The offense is built to have its quarterback make plays in critical moments. Weeden has been working off of an abbreviated playbook, which is not allowing him to truly attack downfield and MAKE a play. The one opportunity he had Sunday to make a play, he did. Weeden threw what looked to be a game-tying touchdown to Terrance Williams late last week against the Saints, which says that he IS capable. The Cowboys have to trust Weeden, or they will continue to fall short on offense.

 

Final Analysis

 

The Cowboys are trying to stay afloat in the NFC East until they get their stars back. This game is not going to help them do that. The Patriots are clicking on all cylinders, and show no signs of slowing down. The Cowboys may be able to get some stops, but unless Brandon Weeden is allowed to take a few risks, the Cowboys' offense will continue to be flat. And with another player now out of the lineup, the playmakers for the Cowboys are thinning out quickly. If the Cowboys can somehow get any production out of their running game, they might be able slow down New England's momentum. Everything has to fall into place for the Cowboys to win this game: great blocking, playmaking and tenacious defense. 

 

It won't... but you can dream though.

 

Prediction: Patriots 38, Cowboys 17

 

— Written by Lloyd H. Spence, Jr., who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Spence also has written for the Dallas Morning News, Yahoo!'s Rivals.com, and ESPN Louisville. He can be heard on the radio of "Talkin NOIZ" and "The Football Show of Collin County." Follow him on Twitter @TalkinNOIZ.

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As we enter Week 5 of the NFL and fantasy seasons, we have more injuries to analyze. At least we didn’t lose another quarterback in Week 4, so be thankful for the little things. Actually the only quarterback on the injury report is Jay Cutler, but given the matchup he could be a potential difference-maker, so he gets some attention here.

 

There are also the injured running backs (here and here) and wide receivers (group 1, group 2) that you need to keep an eye on before setting your starting lineup.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

 

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

 

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

Questionable – Hamstring

Cutler will continue to be on the injury report as he bounces back from his hamstring injury. He played in Week 4, and threw for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The matchup against Kansas City is a good one for him, and he's a QB2.

 

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

Probable – Calf

There was some concern in the fantasy world when Clay was on Thursday's injury report with a calf injury. Rex Ryan downplayed it, and with the probable listing, Clay should play on Sunday. He's a TE1 with Sammy Watkins likely out again.

 

Julius Thomas, TE Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Questionable – Hand

In somewhat of a suprise, it's reported that Thomas will finally make his Jaguars debut this afternoon. The matchup is appealing, so if you want to start Thomas it just depends on what your other options are. Just remember, Blake Bortles isn't Peyton Manning, so don't count on Thomas catching a TD pass right away.

 

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

Out – Concussion

The danger of drafting Reed was his injury history. Sure enough, here he is set to miss another game. He has had a history of concussions and will have to clear the NFL's protocol before he can play. Be prepared to be without Reed in Week 6 as well.

 

Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Out – Calf

Gillmore missed Week 4 and he has already been ruled out for this afternoon too. Maxx Williams is the next man up, but he only had two receptions for 17 yards last week with Gillmore out. Avoid the Baltimore tight ends.

 

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Out – Knee

After suffering a knee injury last week, Ebron has already been ruled out for this afternoon too. The diagnosis was a bruised knee and he could miss a few weeks. Watch the practice reports to see if he’s able to return in Week 6.

 

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Probable – Hamstring

With Ebron out, Pettigrew will have less competition for snaps and presumably targets. Tim Wright will also be on the field, but both should be avoided for fantasy purposes.

 

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants, Sunday 8:30 p.m. ET

Out – Knee

Davis has been ruled out for Sunday night's game, which helps fantasy owners by knowing that he won't be available. Next in line for the 49ers is Garrett Celek, but he's a desperation option.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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There are plenty of wide receivers on the Week 5 injury reports, which is not something fantasy owners want to see. The early-season carnage has been so bad that several teams have more than one wideout on the injury report. That is the case for both Green Bay and San Diego, as well as Chicago. The Packers and Chargers (and one Jaguar) are covered below, while you can get the latest on the injured Bears and a few other WRs here.

 

There’s also plenty of injured running backs (Exhibit A, Exhibit B) and a quarterback and several tight ends that you will want to read up on before setting your starting lineup and hoping for the best in Week 5.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

 

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

 

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

Probable – Shoulder

Cobb has been dealing with the shoulder injury all season and will likely be on the injury report the rest of the way. He did suffer a setback, but it isn't anything that will cause him to miss playing time. He's playing today and is a WR1.

 

James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

Probable – Hamstring

Jones put in limited practices all week, but this is likely just giving the veteran rest. The Packers’ wide receivers are banged up, and the team wants to make sure everyone is as healthy as possible. Jones has either scored a touchdown or had at least 98 yards in each game so far this season. The matchup is tougher, but he is still a solid WR3 for Week 5.

 

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

Doubtful  – Ankle

After initially be listed as questionable, Adams was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday. This makes sense considering he hasn’t practiced all week. His upside is too appealing to get him rid of him just yet, so continue to stash Adams on your bench.

 

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Probable – Ankle

Hurns has scored touchdowns in the past two games and put up a 100-yard effort in Week 4. This ankle injury has been lingering, so don't let that stop you from playing him. He is a WR3 with upside, but don’t be surprised if the touchdown streak comes to an end this afternoon.

 

Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

Questionable – Hamstring

Johnson didn't practice all week, so it should come as no surprise that he's already been ruled out, even though the Chargers don't play until Monday night. Go ahead and make your Week 5 plans without Johnson.

 

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

Questionable – Concussion

Floyd did suffer a concussion last Sunday, but he was practicing in full this week. He looks to play on Monday night, but that doesn’t mean he should be in your starting lineup. Even with Stevie Johnson’s likely absence, Floyd hasn’t done enough on the field to warrant much fantasy consideration. Same goes for teammate Dontrelle Inman, who no longer carries much appeal with Floyd likely to play on Monday night along with the return of tight end Antonio Gates after serving his four-game suspension.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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The Arizona Cardinals enter Sunday's game atop the NFC West standings. But the Cardinals suffered their first loss last week during a 24-22 upset by the St. Louis Rams. Arizona's late-game rally fell short as St. Louis managed to gain ground in the division standings and even its record at 2-2.

The Detroit Lions are hoping for a similar outcome on in Week 5 when they host the Cardinals. The Lions are winless through their first four games and are in last place in the NFC North. Here's a look at Sunday's matchup in the Motor City.


Arizona at Detroit

 

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. ET (Sunday)
TV Channel: FOX
Spread: Arizona -3

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Cards must convert in the red zone

Arizona's Week 4 loss was due in large part to its inability to score in the red zone. The Cardinals went 1-of-5 on red zone trips, an area in which they excelled through their first three games.

Arizona had previously gone 11-of-12 on red zone trips during its three-game winning streak. Perhaps the Cardinals can rediscover their success against a Detroit defense that has already allowed 11 scores in 2015.

 

2. Lions must find success on offense

It wasn't long ago that Detroit's offense ranked among the league's best. But through four games, the Lions have been lackluster, averaging 292.8 yards per game and ranking 30th in the NFL.

Calvin Johnson has been equally disappointing with an average of less than 10 yards per reception. It won't get much easier facing an Arizona defense than ranks fifth in total defense and has one of the league's most talented young secondaries.

3. Can Detroit finally capture its first win?

Detroit is winless through four games after playing four teams capable of playing in the postseason. Once again, the Lions have their hands full facing a first-place Cardinals team coming off a disappointing loss.

So far, the Lions have only played one game at home — a 24-12 loss to the undefeated Denver Broncos. Could their second appearance at Ford Field will bring some better home-field advantage or will Arizona's talent be too much for the slumping team?

 

Final Analysis

 

Detroit's woes continue in a bounce-back performance by Arizona. The Cardinals are too talented to suffer disappointing losses in consecutive weeks against overmatched opponents.

Arizona will find its rhythm in the red zone and cut down on turnovers — which played a crucial role in its Week 4 loss. This will be a steady win for the Cardinals.

 

Prediction: Cardinals 38, Lions 10

 

— Written by Jason Hall, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and works for Fox Sports Florida. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhallFSN.

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Four games into the NFL and fantasy seasons and the injury reports are littered with wide receivers. A few of these key wideouts (Brandin Cooks, Pierre Garcon) are listed as probable and put in a full practice at some point during the week. These guys are playing so they won’t be listed here or with the second wave of banged-up WRs.

 

Be sure to read up on the QB/TE injury situation and the RBs (group 1, group 2) too before setting your lineups.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

 

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

 

Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Doubtful – Back

Smith took a nasty hit last week late in the game against the Steelers and has several fractures in his back as a result. He may be listed as doubtful, but head coach John Harbaugh has already said Smith’s not playing. Smith doesn’t need surgery, so it likely will be a matter of pain tolerance moving forward. Keep a close on eye on the practice reports next week. With Smith and Breshad Perriman (knee, out indefinitely) both sidelined, Kamar Aiken moves into the No. 1 WR role for the Ravens.

 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

(UPDATE: OUT– Hamstring)

Jeffery keeps looking like he is going to play, and then he keeps sitting out. He practiced in a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday, but he did not practice on Friday. When practice status changes like that, it is never a good sign in terms of playing status for the weekend. Don't expect to see Jeffery on the field this afternoon against the Chiefs.

 

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

(UPDATE: OUT - Calf)

Watkins is still battling a calf injury and he hasn't been able to practice in full. He's put in very limited practices, but it doesn't bode well for his playing status. It appears he hasn't suffered a setback, and he may be on track to play in Week 6, but don't expect to see him today.

 

Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

(UPDATE: OUT - Ankle)

While Royal did play last week (7/54/1), he showed up on the Wednesday practice report with an ankle injury. He did not practice all week, and even though he has been given the questionable tag, it doesn't look good for Royal after sitting out Friday. It is a good matchup, especially if Alshon Jeffery remains sidelined, but don't count on Royal this afternoon. Look for Marquess Wilson to fill in at WR, and TE Martellus Bennett should see a boost in targets.

 

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins

Probable – Thumb
Hankerson has had two good games and two not-so-good games. While the pattern lends itself to a not-so-good game in Week 5, the reality is that the Washington secondary can be beat. Matt Ryan is playing at home, where he does well, and Hankerson has stepped up into the No. 2 WR role in Atlanta. Even though Roddy White has been complaining, Hankerson will get plenty of looks. The thumb injury isn't a concern, as he has been practicing all week.

 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

Out – Hamstring

Jackson has already been ruled out for Week 5. While he has gotten some limited practice in, he hasn't practiced in full and is not ready to play. Watch the practice reports next week to see if he plays in Week 6.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Alshon Jeffery, Steve Smith, Sammy Watkins, Eddie Royal
Post date: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 06:00
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After a quarter of the NFL season has been played, some big-name fantasy running backs are already either struggling or not playing. It's tough drafting running backs early and watching as they just take up space on your bench and you are forced to start an undrafted backup. However, that's part of the game, as fantasy owners all know. Here are the other injured RBs you need to know about.

 

And that’s not the only position that has injury concerns either, so be sure to check out the key quarterback/tight end injuries and wide receiver injuries (here and here) for Week 5 as well.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

 

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

 

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

Out – Hamstring

Now that Lynch is playing in the early game, the Seahawks let fantasy owners know well ahead of time that he is out for Week 5. He has put in limited practices and was supposedly close to playing. However, the Seahawks want Lynch healthy for the remainder of the season, so they are going to let him rest to get as close to 100 percent as possible. Look to see what Lynch does in practice to get a feel for his Week 6 status. Thomas Rawls will get the start and is a RB2.

 

Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks

Probable – Knee

After getting three touchdowns on nine carries in Week 4, Hill put in limited practices this week. However, he is on track to play today. The matchup will be difficult, however, and the split between Hill and Giovani Bernard is not clear. Both Bengal ball carriers are RB2s, with Hill slightly higher than Bernard. The knee is not a concern, however.

 

Fred Jackson, RB, Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

Questionable – Ankle

While Jackson has a high ankle sprain, he is expected to play this afternoon. He had three carries for 21 yards and two receptions for 33 yards in Week 4. Jackson isn’t really start-worthy in most leagues, but his presence could mean fewer touches for Thomas Rawls. However, an injured Jackson should still defer to Rawls in the pecking order, especially with Marshawn Lynch already declared out. Expect Jackson to get some work if he’s active, but not enough to matter for fantasy purposes.

 

Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

Out – Concussion

Williams, who started in LeSean McCoy's absence last week, will break his score-a-touchdown-in-every-game streak that

he had going. He suffered a concussion in Week 4, and is still in the protocol. He should be cleared by Week 6, for today the Bills are going to be starting Boobie Dixon and recently signed Dan Herron at running back. It's a situation to avoid if possible.

 

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

Out – Hamstring

After saying that he wants to wait until he is 100 percent, McCoy has predictably been ruled out for Week 5. His hamstring injury is a "grade 2" pull, and there are reports he could miss several more games. If you’ve held on to McCoy for this long you may as well try and stay patient and wait a little longer.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Jeremy Hill, Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, Karlos Williams
Post date: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 06:00
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Even with four teams on bye in Week 5, there is no lack of injured running backs that fantasy owners have to deal with. The first crop can be found here, and below you can get the lowdown on those playing in the late game and a couple of other ball carriers trying to get back on the field after missing the past few games.

 

Don’t forget about the quarterbacks/tight ends and wide receivers (group 1, group 2) either.

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

Probable – Shoulder

While the matchup is tough for Murray, at least his fantasy owners know that he will be on the field. The Broncos’ defense is one of the best in the league, but Oakland will need to move the ball somehow. Look for Murray, who has had two games with less than 50 yards rushing, to struggle in Week 5. The shoulder injury isn't the concern; the matchup is. Don't panic, but he is a low RB2 this week.

 

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Probable – Knee

After suffering a knee injury in Week 1, Ellington is on track to be back for Week 5. The role he has in the Cardinals’ offense, however, is questionable. Chris Johnson has taken over as the No. 1 running back, although it seems that the job isn't solidified. Ellington is a RB3 this week until his role becomes clearer. Johnson is a RB2 and rookie David Johnson is a RB4.

 

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Probable – Ribs

Coleman has put in limited practices and looks to be on track to play in Week 5. The issue with his ribs is one of pain management, so he will likely suit up in a protective vest and give it a go. What Coleman's role will be is now a question mark with Devonta Freeman scoring six rushing touchdowns in the past two games. Don't look to plug Coleman back in your fantasy lineups just yet; see how the touches are distributed first. Also, Coleman will likely have a reduced workload as the Falcons will likely ease him back into the game plan.

 

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET

Probable – Foot
The matchup is great for Taliaferro, but the job is Justin Forsett's. Taliaferro may end up with some goal-line carries but

touchdowns are hard to predict. His foot injury shouldn’t hamper him; but don't look to start him in fantasy leagues.

 

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m., ET

Out – Ankle

Bell will miss another game because of a knee injury that sidelined him last week. Ameer Abdullah, even with double-digit carries, only managed 33 rushing yards in Bell’s absence last week. The matchup is tough for Abdullah again, but with Bell out, the rookie should be in line for fair amount of work. Abdullah is a RB3, while Bell can be dropped in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Updates: Andre Ellington, Latavius Murray, Tevin Coleman, Joique Bell
Post date: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 06:00
All taxonomy terms: ACC, Clemson Tigers, College Football, News
Path: /college-football/clemson-coach-dabo-swinney-goes-epic-postgame-rant-about-clemsoning
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Don’t mention the term “Clemsoning” around coach Dabo Swinney. The term “Clemsoning” came about after the program had trouble meeting preseason expectations or losing a game it was supposed to win. Some would also say a disappointing performance in a game also applies to the “Clemsoning” term.

 

On Saturday, Clemson improved to 5-0 with a 43-24 victory over Georgia Tech, but that wasn’t the biggest tidbit of postgame news from Death Valley.

 

Instead, coach Dabo Swinney had quite the postgame rant when asked about the “Clemsoning” term. Frankly, he's tired of hearing about it. 

 

Check out the rant here on video:

 

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Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney Goes on Epic Postgame Rant About "Clemsoning"
Post date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 20:48
Path: /college-football/nebraska-football-knee-jerk-reactions-wisconsin-2015
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At this point, it’s kind of impressive. Amazing, really. How many ways do you find yourself in position to win a football game only to have it ripped from your mitts in the coldest way possible? Gut punches, one after another and the Wisconsin Badgers are the owners of the fourth against the Nebraska football program in six games.

 

If the Huskers didn’t have bad luck they’d have no luck. It’s gotten into Texas series territory. I can only imagine that Mike Riley’s getting the bad karma out of his tenure now because seriously, this is all nothing short of mind-blowing.

 

Let’s review:

 

- I don’t care what anyone says, Tommy Armstrong is playing hurt. His mechanics have gone to crap, basic fundamentals are out the window and he’s throwing far too many balls like he did in Spring Practice. I admire the guts and the determination. That’s a captain, but he is not anywhere near 100 percent.

 

- For those who wanted the running game, you certainly got it. However, while the final score is what it is, did anyone else have a Cory Schlesinger flashback when Andy Janovich busted free and Memorial Stadium blew its collective top? I know it wasn’t just me.

 

- The offensive line reminds me of a pizza that’s not quite done. Yeah, it’ll hold the sauce and the toppings, but when you try to take a bite, you see the dough stretch and there’s no way it’s holding the pepperoni.

 

- It was fun watching Maliek Collins working his hardest to dine on yet another quarterback. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s an appropriate defender to put next to him that will make the ultimate difference. Greg McMullen’s not bad and he certainly can outperform Vince Valentine right now, but that’s not enough. Jack Gangwish on the other hand, he can go full raccoon.

 

- The linebackers are a M.A.S.H. unit, but I will say that Chris Weber is looking like a potential scholarship player. He’s making the best of a bad situation and if there’s a kid that I can say is fighting despite all the heartache, it’s him.

 

- A number of people are upset that this secondary doesn’t look back for the ball. My theory is that the speed simply isn’t there, so they are working with watching a wide receiver’s eyes and hands. Is it a perfect strategy? No, but it’s what can work right now.

 

- Speaking of the secondary, there were so many opportunities for picks in this game. It didn’t need to come down to a field goal as Nate Gerry could’ve housed a pick early on. It seems like a lack of confidence to bring the ball in once it smacks the defensive backs in the hands

 

Long story short: if you add 14 points to the scoreboard via pick-sixes (or at least set up for easy scores), we’re not having another heartbreak conversation.

 

- Argument: Mike Riley is just too nice. Counterargument: Gets a personal foul that costs his team 15 yards. It was nice of the refs to hang over the make-up call, though. 

 

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and Periscope (eightlaces), and like his Facebook page.

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Nebraska Football Knee-Jerk Reactions: Wisconsin
Post date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 19:40
All taxonomy terms: College Football
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Before every Maryland game, head coach Randy Edsall shakes the hands of his players. Keep that in mind.

 

After the game a reporter asked if him shaking the hands of his players could possibly mean he's on his way out as head coach of the Terrapins. After a 49-28 loss to Ohio State, it's safe to say he didn't appreciate that implication.

 

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Post date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 16:43
All taxonomy terms: College Football, LSU Tigers, SEC, News
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It’s rare to see LSU in a different uniform other than its white jerseys and yellow pants. However, the Tigers are switching up their look for Saturday’s home game against South Carolina.

 

Due to recent flooding in South Carolina, the game was moved from Columbia to Baton Rouge earlier this week. The Gamecocks are wearing all-white and considered the home team on Saturday afternoon, so LSU can’t wear its normal white tops for this game. Instead, the Tigers are breaking out the purple jerseys. But that’s not all: LSU is also going with an alternate white helmet.

 

According to LSU’s media relations, this is the first time in the modern era the Tigers will wear this combination:

 

 

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LSU Breaks Out Rare Uniform Combination for South Carolina Game
Post date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 13:44
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Baylor has been trying out the 410-pound LaQuan McGowan out at tight end, and it paid off.

 

Listed at a mere 390 last year, McGowan has put on a little extra muscle, but that didn't hinder his quickness of getting to the end zone. It's a bad idea to try tackling this guy.

 

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For Alabama, from here on out, it's all about the goings-on between the ears.


Alabama 38, Georgia 10 made sure of that.

 

This Alabama team, as demonstrated by last week's romp, has talent. Lots of talent. On offense. On defense. On special teams. 

 

The two question marks going into the season were quarterback and the secondary. Against then-No. 8 Georgia last Saturday, Jake Coker completed 11 of 16 passes for 190 yards and, perhaps most importantly, no interceptions. The secondary gave up no TD throws and picked off three passes, returning one for a touchdown.

 

And Coker, Alabama's first-year starting QB, and Alabama's secondary, peppered with freshmen, are only getting better.


And the college football world has taken notice. Just like they took notice three weeks ago when Alabama self-destructed at home against Ole Miss and lost 43-37. In the two weeks following that defeat, Alabama was, in the words of head coach Nick Saban, 'buried' and left for dead by many.

 

Some wondered if Alabama's run of dominance was over. Some wondered if Saban had lost a little something. Some wondered if two, three or even four losses were in store for this identity-less, mistake-prone Alabama team this season.

 

Even the folks in Las Vegas lost some faith in the Crimson Tide, installing Alabama as an underdog for the first time in six years as it headed east to Athens.

 

Then came Alabama 38, Georgia 10. And, my, how things have changed ever since.

 

Now, this Alabama team is being viewed much, much differently. Some have Alabama being the SEC favorite now, despite the fact that three other teams in the league (Texas A&M, LSU and Florida) are currently undefeated. Some have Alabama earning one of the four College Football Playoff spots come December. Some have Alabama winning out.

 

And, oh yeah, Arkansas is coming to town this weekend. And, no, Alabama is no underdog this time. Far from it. The Tide are favored by 17.

 

Related: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Preview and Prediction

 

Yes, Alabama is in a different world now than where it was living just over a week ago. And it's a world Saban is none too fond of. To him, it's a distracting world. A world that challenges everything he preaches to his players.

 

He wants his guys armed with mental intensity and focus when they roll out on to the field and line up against the competition. Mental intensity. Focus. Saban just can't seem to say those words enough. To his players. To anybody.

 

And when his guys fail. Either on one particular play or in an entire game. He's quick to remind them why.

 

"Look at our game last week, we lost focus for one play," Saban said Thursday night. "One play we didn't have the linebackers in the right gap — a play that we had already defended 6-8 times in the game for no more than 10 yards a gain out of six times. And then it goes for 83 yards for a touchdown. So one play you lose focus. That's how fast it can go bad."

 

Alabama's season? It can conceivably go bad just as fast. All it takes is one Saturday without mental intensity and focus. Saban knows that. He just hopes Alabama players and fans know that as well.

 

"Everybody asks me, 'Why is college football the way it is?' Why does this team win big this week and then the next week they don't play very well?'" he said. "It's because of a lack of focus — an inability to stay focused which comes from mental intensity and energy based on what you want to accomplish and what you want to do. So this is the challenge for us and this is the challenge for our team."

 

The fact that seemingly everyone went from thinking this Alabama team is enormously flawed to thinking this team is head-and-shoulders above everyone else on its schedule is, in the mind of Saban, enemy No. 1 when it comes to maintaining mental intensity and focus.

 

"I wish everybody around here every time they saw one of our players would say, 'Man, Arkansas is really good. You guys are gonna have to play really good this week,' instead of patting them on the back all the time, not thinking the other team's any good," Saban said. "... If you don't respect the opponent you're playing there's no way you're gonna have the mental intensity and the energy to have the focus you need to be able to play well. It's not gonna happen. Not gonna happen."

 

Saban, for one, thinks this Arkansas team, despite its 2-3 record, is extremely formidable and dangerous. After dropping three in a row, Arkansas got back in the win column last week with a 24-20 victory at Tennessee last Saturday.

 

But it was Arkansas' near win over undefeated Texas A&M two weeks ago that really told the Alabama coach everything he needed to know about the Hogs.

 

"(Texas) A&M is in the top 10, and A&M beat them in overtime," Saban said of the Razorbacks. "They had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. So this is a team that's a very, very good team, very capable of beating anybody they play."

 

Will anybody believe Saban? Everyone's gonna find out Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium if his players did.

 

— Written by Erik Stinnett, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Stinnett is an experienced college football beat writer who has been covering Alabama since 2009.

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Heavily Praised Alabama Tackling Bigger Mental Challenge Moving Forward
Post date: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 20:30
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Iowa Hawkeyes, Big Ten
Path: /college-football/just-how-good-can-iowa-hawkeyes-be-season
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Don’t look now, but the Iowa Hawkeyes have quickly jumped out to a 5-0 start after going into a hostile environment and beating then-No. 19 Wisconsin by a final score of 6-10 last Saturday. Although it wasn’t the most impressive of victories, it showed just how capable this team is at beating quality opponents.

 

C.J. Beathard, who has been the rave of the season thus far in Iowa City, had his first bad game last Saturday, finishing the day 9 for 21 for 77 yards, which included an interception. This undoubtedly will be a game Beathard would personally like to put in his rear view mirror and move on from, but in the end, this may help him get over the hump most first year starters face and propel him to be successful over the course of the season.

 

However, with that said, there was more to the offensive struggles than just poor quarterback play — in fact, a lot more.

 

On Saturday, the Hawkeyes struggled mightily in pass protection against the Badgers allowing star pass rusher Joe Schobert, a former walk on, to rack up 3 sacks, 8 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and even hit Beathard as he threw forcing him into his only interception of the day. Schobert was virtually un-guardable and is undoubtedly one of the best defensive players in the country right now and on multiple occasions burned past left tackle Cole Croston and right tackle Ike Boettger with a great first step off the line, displaying speed and an unmatched amount of quickness that Hawkeye offensive lineman had not yet experienced coming into the game.

 

Sitting there right now you might be thinking, “If somebody is really that good, should fans even be worried?” For the most part I say no, and here’s why. When you look at the games left on the schedule, there isn’t a team remaining that has a pass rusher with replicable explosive athleticism to Schobert, in fact most of the teams left on the schedule don’t even have much of a pass rush to speak of. So in conclusion, I don’t think pass protection is a huge worry for the rest of the season, but as fans, I think we would obviously like to see improvement and I think we will.

 

Enough about recap — that is not what I want this article to be about. Let’s instead shift our focus to a broader vision, a vision about what this Hawkeye team can accomplish over the course of this season.

 

This Hawkeyes team is a lot different than in years past. The Hawkeyes thus far have had a solid running game, pass rush, run defense, and for the most part above average quarterback play, but something else is making the difference between winning and losing right now and will be the x factor as the season continues. One word: turnovers.

 

At this point in time, the Hawkeyes are tied for 5th in interceptions, with 7 in the first five games. In addition, the Hawkeyes are also tied for 7th in the country in turnovers gained with 10. The Hawkeyes secondary through the first five games of the season has not played lights out, despite having some good individual talent in that area. But when the moment arises, for example against Pittsburgh and Wisconsin, Desmond King has been there to bail out the defense, accounting for 5 of the team’s 7 interceptions through five games. That kind of production is more than likely unsustainable, meaning that other players will need to step up and start forcing turnovers while in addition, tightening up in coverage down the stretch to help this team pull out victories in close games.

 

In addition to forcing turnovers this season, the Hawkeyes have excelled against the run, allowing a nation-leading 0 rushing touchdowns through the first five games. However, I want to move away from the stats and simply focus on how great Nate Meier, Jaleel Johnson, and Drew Ott have been not only in regards to creating a pass rush, but also when it comes to shutting down the opposition’s running game. Coming into the season, I’m sure most Hawkeye fans knew the names of Drew Ott and Nate Meier, but Jaleel Johnson? Well, through the first five games of the season Johnson has been playing lights out, in fact he’s arguably been the best piece in the Hawkeyes front seven. This unit would certainly not be playing at the level that they currently are if it weren’t for him.

 

After re-watching the Hawkeyes defensive line play through the first five games of the season, I came away more impressed with their play against the run than I did against the pass, which really surprised me due to the fact they’re currently tied for 6th in the country in team sacks. When you watch this unit upfront, they’re not really making a whole lot of “splashy” plays against the run or blowing up plays in the backfield for that matter, but what they’re doing is filling holes and stopping runs at line of scrimmage which is inevitably forcing teams to look for success in the passing game on later downs. This combined with Hawkeyes’ ability to create turnovers this season has proven to be a dangerous combination that opposing teams need to start taking into account.

 

Moving away from the defensive side of the ball, it’s time to shift the focus over to the offense, where early in 2015 we’ve seen a completely new, refreshing backfield for the Hawkeyes in the form of starting quarterback C.J. Beathard who was brought in to replace last year’s incumbent starter Jake Rudock (transferred to Michigan). While in addition, we’ve seen Jordan Canzeri and Leshun Daniels assume control of the running back spot which was formerly held by Mark Weisman who has since graduated and moved onto the NFL.

 

Thus far, Beathard has performed very well in every game other than last Saturday’s win over the Wisconsin Badgers. Beathard has been able to add an entirely new dynamic to this offense that hasn’t been there since Brad Banks, when he was making a run for the Heisman trophy back in 2002, and that comes in the form of being able to make plays on the run from the quarterback position. With that said, Beathard has also been quite successful while in the pocket through the first five games throwing for over 1,000 yards, while completing over 64 percent of his passes, and the biggest positive, not turning ball over, with only 2 interceptions on the year. If the Hawkeyes want to be successful over the duration of this season, Beathard will need to keep up this level of play and leave poor performances, like the one he had against Wisconsin, behind him.

 

Finally, let’s talk about the play of the running game. More specifically senior running back Jordan Canzeri. Canzeri through the first five games has been electric, showing off his clear explosiveness each time he gets the ball in his hands. In fact, he is currently averaging 5 yards per carry and over 11 yards per reception while in addition also has a combined 600 yards and 8 touchdowns. Canzeri has already shown me that he’s an overall better fit for this offense than, with all due respect, Weisman ever was. He’s been the Achilles heel for the Hawkeyes offense this season producing consistently in each game he’s played in, and if the offensive success is going to continue it’ll be on the back of Canzeri.

 

So what exactly is this Hawkeyes team capable of this season? In my opinion, this team is the best one since the 2009 team that ended up going to the Orange Bowl, except in this case the Hawkeyes won’t have to play nearly as tough of a regular season schedule. With that said, I think this team has a real shot at finishing the regular season at 10-2 or dare I say 11-1, meaning that a trip to the Big Ten title game could definitely be in the cards. Do I think this team is even remotely close to as talented as the one in 2009? Simply put, no. But this team is talented and if the Hawkeyes offense is able to stay on track they’ll be a very dangerous team down the stretch.

 

— Written by Rob Donaldson, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. An NFL Draft analyst and writer for drafbreakdown.com, Donaldson also recently founded his own site, OnTheClockFB.com, and also pays careful attention to his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers. Follow him on Twitter @RobDonaldsonOTC.

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Just How Good can the Iowa Hawkeyes be This Season?
Post date: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 18:00
Path: /college-football/red-river-showdown-5-nastiest-games-texas-vs-oklahoma-rivalry
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The Red River Showdown (or Rivalry or Shootout) between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners carries as much bad blood as any annual contest in college football. The schools first met in 1900 when Oklahoma was still a territory and have played more than 100 times since then. Along the way the schools have seen their states heatedly argue over their borders along the Red River and have regularly knocked each other out of the national title hunt.

 

These schools have both been ranked in the top five in 11 previous showdowns so picking the five best or most important is impossible. It’s also kind of pointless since these two teams want to proverbially jab a thumb in each other’s eyes every year — rankings be damned. With that line of thinking in mind, here are the five nastiest games in the history of this rivalry. (Note: All of these games were played in Dallas)

 

5. Texas 28, Oklahoma 16 – October 8, 1983

The Longhorns had a bone to pick with sophomore running back Marcus Dupree. First, the phenomenal running back had reported recruiting violations that in part led to NCAA probation for Texas. Then in 1982, he blistered Texas’s defense, averaging ten yards a carry in a 28-22 OU win. When the two teams met again in 1983, the Sooners were a dysfunctional team and Dupree was warring with head coach Barry Switzer. Texas pounced holding him to 50 yards and giving him a concussion. Dupree went home to Mississippi and quit the team, leaving Switzer and Sooner fans to wonder what might have been.  

 

4. Oklahoma 63, Texas 14 – October 7, 2000

Having been out of college football’s elite ranks for more than ten years, OU announced its return with a thrashing of the Longhorns in the rain. It was the first time both teams had entered the game ranked since 1984, but the Sooners ended hopes for a competitive contest by scoring touchdowns on its first five drives. Oklahoma would go undefeated and win the national title that season.

 

3. Texas 15, Oklahoma 14 – October 11, 1958

Oklahoma had gone 52-2-1 since 1953 and had beaten Texas for the past six seasons. In this contest, Texas head coach Darrell Royal wasted no time trying to take the fight to his mentor and Sooner head coach Bud Wilkinson. The Longhorns used a halfback touchdown pass and a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 halftime lead, but the Sooners charged back in the second half to a 14-8 lead. Late in the fourth quarter, Texas responded with a gutsy drive punctuated by a touchdown jump pass. The Longhorns then intercepted an Oklahoma pass to clinch the win. Texas would go on to win the next seven games against OU.

 

2. Oklahoma 48, Texas 27 – October 9, 1971

Imagine teaching someone how to build a fire and then he uses that knowledge to burn down your house. That’s what this game represents. Texas had first taken the field with the Wishbone offense and had racked up 30 straight victories. Royal was generous in sharing information about the Wishbone and when his friend and OU head coach Chuck Fairbanks was facing pressure to win, he helped the Sooners as well… to his own detriment. In 1971, OU fielded a team that went 11-1 and averaged an NCAA record 472 rushing yards a game. One of those wins was this game in which the Longhorns were competitive but could not stop OU’s rushing attack. Royal never beat OU again after 1970.

 

1. Oklahoma 6, Texas 6 – October 9, 1976

Earlier in the week, Royal had accused the OU coaching staff of spying on their preparations. Switzer denied the allegations at the time but admitted almost 15 years later. Regardless, the situation worsened when an AP reporter overheard Royal say, “Why those sorry bastards, I don't trust 'em on anything." The statement made it into print and OU fans greeted him with the chant, “Sorry bastards, sorry bastards.” For the pregame coin toss, Switzer and Royal walked onto the field with President Gerald Ford, who was in his own tough contest with Jimmy Carter to win Texas in the 1976 presidential election. An OU fan screamed, “Who are those two assholes with Switzer?” and the stadium erupted into laughter. Texas kicked two field goals and held the Sooner offense to two first downs in the first 55 minutes. Then OU recovered a fumble at the Texas 37-yard line and drove down the field for a score. However, the Sooners missed the extra point and their five-game win streak over Texas came to an end. An exhausted Royal vomited on the way to the locker room. He would retire at the end of the season.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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Los Angeles Dodgers fans nor New York Mets fans want to think about the implications of either of their teams losing in the National League Division Series. That statement seems rather obvious, doesn’t it? But there is more to that shallow declaration than meets the reader’s eye. 

 

Let’s look at the Dodgers first, the highest paid team in baseball’s thriving payroll history. Yes, even higher than overpriced Yankee royalty. We always want to try and correlate payrolls to wins just like we try and correlate a vast amount of varying statistics and analytics to wins in baseball. But as I mentioned in my Cubs and Cardinals NLDS preview, somethings in baseball can’t be quantified.

 

Related: NLDS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

 

The pressure around this Dodgers team cannot be quantified. Yeah, the Dodgers won the NL West, but really the NL West wasn’t very good this year. The Dodgers should have won the NL West. After two straight postseason collapses, with the best pitcher of a generation in Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers find themselves in a "World Series or nothing" mentality for the third straight October. 

 

The Dodgers are less than outstanding when it comes to facing comparable teams, going just 9-12 against the remaining NL playoff teams this season. But the Dodgers are well equipped to make an October run. They have the best 1-2 pitching punch since the Arizona Diamondacks' Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001. Mixed with stellar starting pitching is a somewhat better bullpen and a veteran lineup.  

 

On the other hand, the Mets are full of their own Hollywood drama that keeps the New York back page editors busy. New York took full advantage of the train wreck that was the Washington Nationals and the rest of the NL East, winning 11 of 19 games against the Nats and going 47-29 against their division on the season.

 

Between a complex and disheartening financial situation, a lightning-in-a-bottle lineup, and the 24/7 Matt Harvey news cycle, the 2015 Mets could easily be a one-hit wonder, or go down in October lore alongside the ’69 Miracle Mets. 

 

New York Mets vs. Los Angels Dodgers

 

GameDayTime (ET)TVPitching Matchup
1Friday, Oct. 99:30 p.m.TBSJacob deGrom vs. Clayton Kershaw
2Saturday, Oct. 109 p.m.TBSNoah Syndergaard vs. Zack Greinke
3Monday, Oct. 12TBDTBSBrett Anderson vs. Matt Harvey
4*Tuesday, Oct. 138 p.m.TBSUndecided vs. Undecided
5*Thursday, Oct. 158 p.m.TBSUndecided vs. Undecided

*If necessary

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Kershaw’s Continuing Postseason Woes

Fair or unfair, a lot of blame has been placed upon Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers' most recent postseason performances. Does Kershaw deserve some of the blame? Of course he does. 

 

In his last four postseason starts, two against the Cardinals in the 2013 National League Championship Series and two against the Cardinals again in the '14 NLDS, Kershaw’s ERA was 6.30 and 7.82. Kershaw’s career ERA is 2.43. So what gives? Do the Cards simply have Kershaw’s number?  It appears so, only in the postseason though. 

 

His career regular season numbers against the Cardinals are good, a .288 batting average against, 100 strikeouts, and just 21 hits and three home runs allowed in 15 starts. But his career ERA against the Cards is the third highest against any other team he has faced, at 3.18, a number that 98 percent of pitchers would kill for — but most pitchers aren’t Clayton Kershaw. 

 

A big reason for Kershaw's mishaps in the last two postseasons is the lack of help from the Dodger bullpen. Kershaw, who last season was forced to throw on three days rest, was absolutely gassed by the time the sixth inning rolled around in Game 4 of the NLDS. Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly had zero confidence in his bullpen to give Kershaw any middle inning relief, and the 27-year-old lefty gave up the go-ahead home run to Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, and that was that.

 

Luckily for Kershaw and the Dodgers, their ace doesn't have to face the Cardinals in this, the 2015 NLDS. In his two starts against the Mets this season, Kershaw had 18 strikeouts, gave up just one run and one extra-base hit. Look for Clayton Kershaw to be more like Clayton Kershaw against the Mets this series. 

 

2. Dodgers’ Timely Hitting

Traditionally, two things win games in October, starting pitching and timely hitting. Both teams have the starting pitching part down pat. But both teams also struggle to score runs. The Mets and Dodgers were caught right in the middle of the pack in the National League when it comes to crossing the plate, ranking seventh and eighth, respectively, in runs. 

 

Where the Dodgers may have an advantage is in power. They ranked first in the NL in home runs (187), second in OPS (.739) and third in slugging percentage (.413). Most teams that love the long ball are also suspect to strikeout a lot, but not the Dodgers, ranking second in the NL behind the Cubs in walks and 11th in strikeouts.

 

Watching the veteran Dodgers lineup try to work counts against the young guns of the Mets staff that gave up the second-fewest walks in the league should make for great theater. 

 

3. Matt Harvey Headlines

The Mets' young starting is no stranger to the limelight, both on and off the field. Harvey was an All-Star in his first full season, posting a 2.27 ERA, .931 WHIP, 191 strikeouts, and league-leading 2.01 FIP after 26 starts. Harvey missed ’14 with Tommy John surgery, but returned this year to great expectations and fanfare.

 

On the mound, Harvey is one of the best young pitchers in baseball. Off the field, Harvey still makes headlines, albeit, not the good kind. Often times dry and aloof to the media, which isn’t the best idea in New York, Harvey has been the center of attention in the last month or so as a dispute between his agent, Scott Boras, and the club’s front office over a limit on his pitches and/or innings has gotten out of control. While pinning that issue on Harvey would be unfair, the fact that it is Harvey’s arm in question, makes it a big deal. 

 

Earlier this week, the one known as “The Dark Knight,” failed to show up to a mandatory team workout. Harvey said he was caught in tunnel traffic and couldn’t make it. But several reports are saying Harvey was out and about the night before the workout. In a press conference Harvey kept saying he screwed up and that it wouldn't happen again. Mets’ manager Terry Collins tried to downplay the event as best as he could, but the story became a frenzy when captain and third baseman David Wright spoke about the incident, saying he was only “concerned about the guys who were here” and adding, “We have a ton of guys that put the team aspect in front of personal accolades.” 

 

The last thing that Collins needs is for two of his best players to be beefing during the postseason, or for one of his aces to have his mind anywhere else than on the mound. There is one way for Harvey to make all of the unwanted and negativity surrounding his arm and punctuality: pitch really, really well in Game 3 in front of what is sure to be a raucous Citi Field crowd.

 

Final Analysis

 

The Mets have been a great story for the second half of the MLB season. Between winning the NL East, the amazing, young pitching rotation of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Harvey, and the Yoenis Cespedes trade, the Mets have been very fun to watch the past couple of months. 

 

But the Dodgers have everything thing that a quality postseason team needs, a star-studded pitching rotation, lineup depth, and an improved bullpen. It feels like the Dodgers are due. 

 

Prediction: Dodgers in 4

 

— Written by Jake Rose, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. An avid baseball fan, Rose also takes time to do some play-by-play work for the radio broadcasts of Middle Tennessee State Blue Raider baseball games. Follow him on Twitter @JakeRose24.

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