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Fourth & Long: News and Notes from This Weekend

Before we dive into the scores and top performers of the week, let’s take a look at all that is going on in college football.

  • Florida State new head coach Mike Norvell recently tested positive for COVID-19. His wife and daughter received negative results but will stay quarantined for the time being. While Norvell is recovering, deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will serve as interim head coach. Florida State is off next week, but the weekend after that they take on Miami (FL), and Norvell will not be attending the game.
  • Deion Sanders announced on his new podcast, “21st and Prime,” that he will be the head coach at Jackson State next season. Sanders currently works for Trinity Christian High School as the offensive coordinator. However, Jackson State had its season pushed back until the spring where Primetime will wander the sidelines as head coach. Jackson State was clearly very excited to hire such a big name. Thomas Hudson, Jackson State’s acting president, said on the podcast this past week Sanders coming to State was by the “grace of God.”
  • Well, well, well, look who is back in the news, it is Tate Martell everybody! He has decided to opt out of the Miami (FL) football team this fall. Martell was the back-up at Ohio State before he transferred to Miami (FL) where he could not beat out D’Eriq King for the starting job. No one seems to know what Martell’s plans are, but it would not surprise me if he transferred a second time to a school like Washington State, or Cal.

Top 25 Scores

  • (1) Clemson 49 vs The Citadel 0: The Tigers of Clemson did exactly what they were supposed to do this weekend by posting a shutout versus The Citadel. Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence threw for 168-yards on 8-9 passes. Clearly Clemson put The Citadel away quickly as Travis Etienne had eight carries for 68-yards. Clemson is off next week.
  • (7) Notre Dame 52 vs USF 0: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have looked impressive early on in this 2020 season. Ian Book was 12-19 for 143-yards. *Side Note* It feels like Ian Book has been at Notre Dame forever. He has to be in his like 7th season, and is still tossing the pigskin around. Next week Notre Dame will play lowly Wake Forest next week.
  • (11) Oklahoma State 16 vs Tulsa 7: Oklahoma State was forced into a fourth quarter comeback to beat Tulsa. Stud quarterback Spencer Sanders left the game due to injury in the first quarter. Usually the explosive Chubba Hubbard is racking up yards and touchdowns, but in this matchup he carried the ball 27 times for only 93-yards. Tylan Wallace had himself some big plays on Saturday, snatching the ball four times, for 94-yards. Mike Gundy better get his guys going, or they might be in some trouble hosting the Mountaineers next week. (*Side Note* Still love the mullet).
  • (13) Cincinnati 55 vs. Austin Peay 20: Cincinnati played their first game Saturday in the comfortable confines of Nippert Stadium. They rolled through visiting Austin Peay with a score of 55-20. Most of their starters only played a half as the Bearcats inch closer and closer to a New Years’ Six Bowl. Cincinnati faces a tough Army team next weekend.
  • (14) UCF 49 vs. Georgia Tech 21: Well, here they come, the bandwagon for UCF is back as they routed Georgia Tech on Saturday. Dillon Gabriel had a career day with four touchdown passes. His favorite target was Marlon Williams who had ten catches for 154-yards, and two touchdowns. UCF heads to East Carolina next weekend.
  • (17) Miami 47 vs. Louisville 34: Our first ranked on ranked matchup of the season saw the Hurricanes from Miami score easily and often. D’Eriq King, the transfer from Houston, was 18-30 with 325-yards and three touchdowns. Louisville got a big game from Javian Hawkins on the ground. He carried the ball 27-times for 164-yards. However, it wasn’t enough to keep up with the athletes at Miami, including Brevin Jordan who had seven catches for 120-yards and a touchdown. Next weekend Louisville travels to (25) Pittsburgh, while the Hurricanes play rival Florida State.
  • (19) Louisiana 34 vs. Georgia State 31: It took one overtime, but the Louisiana Ragin Caguns pulled out their first win ever as a member of the top-25. Tailback Elijah Mitchell had 164-yards rushing on only 16-carries and two touchdowns. The Ragin Cajuns came back late to pull off this OT barn-burner. Louisiana hosts a 1-0 Georgia Southern team next weekend.
  • Marshall 17 vs. (23) Appalachian State 7: It was a sloppy game, but unranked Marshall pulled off the upset over Appalachian State. Brenden Knox, tailback for Marshall carried the load with 28-carries for 138-yards and a touchdown. Look for Marshall to be ranked this time next week.
  • (25) Pittsburgh 21 vs. Syracuse 10: Pittsburgh hosted Syracuse this weekend. Pittsburgh had a lot of chances, and the game looked sloppy, but they were led by Kenny Pickett, the signal caller under center, who threw for two touchdowns and ran another one into the end zone. Pittsburgh is hosting Louisville next weekend, in a game that could go any direction.

(Ohio State and the B1G announced it would be coming back the weekend of October 24th, so until they play a game they cannot be in my bottom five.)

Bottom Five

5. The Citadel: Before getting walloped by Clemson, the Bulldogs lost to USF 27-6. They have played two games and scored six points. Be better Citadel.

4. Syracuse: The Orange have played two games so far this season, and have looked pretty sloppy all the way around. In its first game they lost to North Carolina 31-6 and they couldn’t capitalize on Pittsburgh’s mistakes this past weekend and lost 21-10. Isn’t Syracuse a basketball school anyways. Oh and Greg Paulus played for them, and I deeply don’t like him. Slap the floor Greg! Yeah do it again! Go back to the Big East Syracuse.

3. Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy and his mullet are at it again. They played the lowly Tulsa Hurricanes and just squeaked by. Anybody notice a theme here? Mullets are bad. *Side Note* I think Marcus Smart would be one hell of a defensive back. A bit like Josh Norman I imagine.

2. Appalachian State: I’m pretty sure in my preview that I predicted the Mountaineers to cover the spread and boy they did not do that. Thankfully I get a clean slate next week. Here is the obvious famous clip of Appalachian State. Michigan still sucks, just not as much the Mountaineers.

App State Vs Michigan

  1. Austin Peay: Wow it has been a rough go at it for Austin Peay. They have now played at Pittsburgh and at Cincinnati and have gotten out of that early season gauntlet with no wins and only scoring 37-points. Their defense has been gashed in the air and on the ground. Hopefully Austin Peay can pull a rabbit out of their hats and win a couple games, but right now it looks rough. Not to mention their nickname is the Governors, and well politics right now are kind of like this team,

Quote of the Week:

Ashley Robinson, Athletic Director, Jackson State

“Coach Sanders is student-athlete centered and cares about young men and their wellbeing beyond the football field. We expect to compete for and win championships at Jackson State, and Coach Sanders will help us achieve those goals.”

It’s good for coaches to speak and think positively, so some of this hire is warranted. However, those championships, are never happening. Sorry to hurt your feelings Jackson State.

With all this being said, it is great to have all of college football back. The B1G is set to start October 24th weekend and I cannot wait. Touchdowns from Justin Fields dancing in my head.

Conference previews ahead this week. Tomorrow we have the Big 12, Wednesday the ACC, Thursday the B1G, and Friday the SEC. College football is fully back, excpet for the Pac-12 apparently. I have a feeling not playing this fall means the whole conference doesn’t exist, and frankly I’m fine with that.

Twitter: @BrownlojCLE

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