Three suspended Ohio State football players, expecting to be reinstated in time for this week’s game at Nebraska, will instead miss the key Big Ten contest after the university extended their suspensions on Monday for additional NCAA infractions.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has heard of lot of comparisons to Peyton Manning during his time under center for the Cardinal. But now he has another fact in common with the Colts’ injured superstar that is rare in the NFL and almost unheard of in college. Like Manning, Luck is now calling his own plays.
Great games across the country this weekend, including some important conference showdowns, a handful of top 25 match-ups and games with national title and Heisman Trophy implications. Here’s a rundown of this week’s action in the top 25.
Kill suffered a seizure and collapsed late in the Gophers’ loss to New Mexico State earlier this season. He returned to the sideline the following week, but recently admitted that he has suffered 20 subsequent seizures since that time.
Mike Locksley, whose 33 months as New Mexico’s head coach have been marked by failures both on and off the field, became the first coach to be fired in 2011 after another off-field incident and another embarrassing loss.
Week Three is in the books, and it was an exciting one featuring a slugfest between two top five teams, the end of the nation’s longest winning streak and a bunch of outstanding individual performances. Here is this week’s wrap-up from the top 25.
#1 Oklahoma 23, #5 Florida State 13
Oklahoma’s defense dominated the game, holding the Seminoles to just 27 yards rushing, forcing three turnovers and getting six sacks. Oklahoma sophomore receiver Kenny Stills had seven catches for 125 yards, including the eventual game-winner, a 37-yard jump ball reception for a touchdown with 7:00 to go in the fourth quarter.
The Boise State football program has been placed on three years’ probation and stripped of nine scholarships (three each for the next three years) after being hit with NCAA sanctions for repeated rules violations regarding extra benefits for recruits and players.
The Sooners were ranked #1 for the first time in 1954, the second year of Oklahoma’s NCAA-record 47-game winning streak, which lasted from 1953-1957. They have spent at least one week in the top spot in 19 different seasons.
While many of this weekend’s games were just tune-ups for showdowns to come, there were several great battles to keep things exciting, including Michigan’s last-second win over Notre Dame, South Carolina’s shootout victory over Georgia and Auburn stuffing Mississippi State at the goal line to win their 17th straight game.
With that, here are the highlights from the top 25 and other games of interest this week:
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