Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Colleges

College football in a snap: Freshman QBs, Irma and Bigfoot

Freshman debuts

With Jacob Eason injured, Georgia's Jake Fromm will be the latest true freshman to start at quarterback for a major program. A look at how other recent true freshmen fared in their first starts:

Brad Kaaya, Miami: 17-of-29, one touchdown, two interceptions in a 31-13 loss at Louisville

Josh Rosen, UCLA: 28-of-35, three touchdowns in a 34-16 win over Virginia

Jalen Hurts, Alabama: 23-of-36 for 287 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-10 win over Western Kentucky

Deshaun Watson, Clemson: Threw a school-record six touchdown passes in a 50-35 win over North Carolina

Lamar Jackson, Louisville: 17-of-27, two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing), two interceptions in a 34-31 loss to Houston

Hurricane Irma

Games affected by Hurricane Irma:

No. 21 USF at UConn: Canceled

Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 FSU: Canceled

Memphis at UCF: Canceled

Alcorn State at Florida International: Moved from Saturday to Friday and from Miami to Birmingham's (Ala.) Legion Field

New Hampshire at Georgia Southern: Moved to Legion Field

No. 16 Miami at Arkansas State: Canceled

Northern Colorado at No. 22 UF: Canceled

Eye on the NFL draft

Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown has first-round talent, but so do several Ohio State defensive linemen (including ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard). This matchup will shape some NFL fortunes in addition to a top-10 showdown with College Football Playoff ramifications.

Associated Press

Audible

"It'd be fun if there's Bigfoot. I hope there's Bigfoot. But my guess is there's not." — Washington State coach Mike Leach, in response to a student question about Sasquatch

By the numbers

51.5 Average points per game for Oregon coach (and former USF coach) Willie Taggart since 2015. That's tops in the country

11 Consecutive wins for Oklahoma (the longest streak in the country). The Sooners' last loss? To Ohio State last year

4 Consecutive losses for coach Lane Kiffin against ranked teams. His Florida Atlantic team travels to No. 9 Wisconsin

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

14-6 Boise State's record against Power Five teams before tonight's game against No. 20 Washington State

41-4 Arkansas coach Bret Bielema's non-conference record in 12 seasons before facing No. 23 TCU

Cardinal upset?

Stanford has won seven of its last nine game against USC, so don't be surprised if the Cardinal knocks off the Trojans tonight. Western Michigan had four tackles for a loss last week on USC, and Stanford always seems to have a great defense. Seven different players had a tackle for a loss in the opener, and the Cardinal leads the country with 279 sacks since David Shaw took over in 2011.

Comments
Gatorsí 2019 football schedule released

Gatorsí 2019 football schedule released

The Gators' first home game against Auburn in more than a decade, and their first contest against Miami in more than a half-decade, highlight their 2019 schedule released Tuesday.The complete schedule, as well as the slates for every SEC school, can ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
A year after Hail Mary, Feleipe Franks still a work in progressions

A year after Hail Mary, Feleipe Franks still a work in progressions

GAINESVILLE — The one-year anniversary came and went Sunday, with most of Gainesville seemingly oblivious.Even now, in the sweet spot of another Florida-Tennessee game week, the 2017 Feleipe Franks-to-Tyrie Cleveland Hail Mary isn't so muc...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Willie Taggart inherited a rough offensive line situation that has gotten even worse

Willie Taggart inherited a rough offensive line situation that has gotten even worse

Take your pick of ugly stats or stories about how bad Florida State's offensive line is. Like how only three teams in the nation have allowed more tackles for a loss than FSU (27). Or how one of the most talented running back units in the country ran...
Published: 09/17/18
Gators journal: Volsí 1998 national title squad a sore spot with Mullen

Gators journal: Volsí 1998 national title squad a sore spot with Mullen

The Gators are likely to encounter a little extra wattage Saturday evening inside Neyland Stadium, where Tennessee's 1998 national title team will be honored.It's a nostalgia kick that still makes Dan Mullen wince.The first-year Gators coach was a gr...
Published: 09/17/18
Gators lose Malik Davis to broken foot

Gators lose Malik Davis to broken foot

Gators TB Malik Davis has encountered his second major setback in as many seasons.Coach Dan Mullen announced Monday that Davis, Hillsborough County's all-time leading prep rusher, suffered a broken foot in Saturday's 48-10 triumph against Colorado St...
Published: 09/17/18
Matt Bakerís AP Top 25 ballot: How far did LSU rise?

Matt Bakerís AP Top 25 ballot: How far did LSU rise?

Three big top-25 matchups led to some obvious movement in my AP Top 25 rankings. Ohio State answered every question about how it'd fare without Urban Meyer by beating TCU. The Buckeyes, accordingly, moved up to No. 3 on my ballot.LSU now has two wins...
Published: 09/16/18
Florida Gators beat Colorado State to win Jim McElwainless Bowl

Florida Gators beat Colorado State to win Jim McElwainless Bowl

GAINESVILLE — Florida's early performance against Colorado State on Saturday looked like a fitting tribute to the Jim McElwain era.The defense looked good. The quarterback did not. It wasn't entertaining, and yet the Gators were on track f...
Published: 09/15/18
UF journal: Freddie Swain starting to gain some swagger

UF journal: Freddie Swain starting to gain some swagger

GAINESVILLE — WR Freddie Swain has spent most of his Florida career looking for a home.Through two seasons, the Ocala native had only 16 catches and three touchdowns. He was among the UF receivers who were highly touted in high school but hadn'...
Published: 09/15/18
Matt Bakerís takeaways from Florida-Colorado State

Matt Bakerís takeaways from Florida-Colorado State

Dan Mullen wasn't kidding about his commitment to special teams, and it's clearly working. After two blocked field goals saved four points against Charleston Southern, UF scored two special-teams touchdowns against Colorado State.UF's offense began t...
Published: 09/15/18
Florida State continues to sputter, falls 30-7 to Syracuse

Florida State continues to sputter, falls 30-7 to Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Syracuse took another big step toward putting the woeful recent past in the rearview mirror. Quarterback Tommy DeVito, subbing for injured starter Eric Dungey, scored on a 3-yard run and hit tight end Ravian Pierce with a 3-yard scor...
Published: 09/15/18