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ASU Football: Defensive player notebook (10/23)

Photo by Chris Gardner/ D-line coach Jamar Cain and players speak about the Utah game and the upcoming UCLA matchup The No. 24 Sun Devils defensively had a game that saw them give up two touchdowns in the first half but they were able to find themselves. After 14 points in the first half, the defense figured out the Utah offense, causing four turnovers in the game. The 21-3 loss is in the past and now the defense is looking to take down the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Saturday. UCLA on Tape: Defensive line coach Jamar Cain spoke about the UCLA offense and how they are a different...

State of The U

Super Bowl Champion Gives Candid Assessment of ‘Canes Offensive Line

The Offensive Line is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Brett Romberg and Bryant Mckinnie go all in on the State Of The Offensive Line on Romberg’s Podcast. HO... LEE... SHIDDDDDD. SOMEONE FINALY SAID IT!!! Brett Romberg had Bryant Mckinnie on his podcast and they laid it alllllll on the line with what they have experienced in their interactions with the current Miami Hurricanes Offensive Lineman. Nothing was held back and it is a troubling indictment of the direction of this storied program. I encourage you to listen and subscribe as I am sure...

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ASU Football: Practice Report (10/23)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports UCLA prep continues for the No. 24 Sun Devils The No. 24 Sun Devils continue their weekly preparation as they head to the Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Bruins. Here’s what we saw in the 20 minutes of media viewing. TLast Practice: Tuesday, October 22 Next Practice: Thursday, October 24 (closed viewing) Injury Update Khaylan Kearse-Thomas was back in full pads today after he went into the bubble yesterday. Cornerback Timarcus Davis was also back in full pads today and safety Cam Phillips also took part in today’s practice. Freshman cornerback Jordan Clark...

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Arizona treads water in bowl projections despite blowout loss to USC

Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via After going 4-1 against their paper-thin schedule the first five weeks, the Arizona Wildcats started cropping up in bowl projections pretty heavily. After two straight losses to vastly more talented teams, those same experts still see Arizona as a bowl team, but the destinations have gotten noticeably less desirable. Here are all major bowl projections for the Wildcats after week 8: 247Sports: Redbox Bowl vs. Indiana (played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA) CBS: No bowl CollegeFootballNews: Cheez-It Bowl vs. Kansas State (played at...

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GIF recap: Pitt outlasts Syracuse football

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports The Syracuse Orange drop their second straight to fall under .500 and put their bowl hopes in jeopardy. They say that history repeats itself, and for the Syracuse Orange (3-4, 0-3) they seem to relive the same game repeatedly. Coming off of a loss against the N.C. State Wolfpack in which they were had to resort to a second half comeback to make the game close, the theme of falling behind in games against P5 competition occurred again Friday night in their loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-2, 2-1). Here, we look at some of the key plays in GIF...

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Kevin Sumlin discusses Stanford, QBs, blitzes and punting in weekly press conference

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Where do the Arizona Wildcats go from here? Besides another road game, that is. On the heels of two consecutive losses by a combined 51 points, Arizona (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) is at a crossroads for the 2019 season. With a brutal finish the schedule—the last three opponents are all ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25—how the Wildcats fare Saturday against the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif. may ultimately determine if a bowl bid happens. After the 41-14 loss at USC, most of the questions coach Kevin Sumlin faced were about the quarterback...

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ASU Football: First Look at UCLA

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports Bruins are 0-3 at the Rose Bowl After coming off a brutal loss against the Utah Utes, the Arizona State Sun Devils will continue on the road to Pasadena, California where they will meet the UCLA Bruins. The Sun Devils are going in ranked No. 24 after dropping seven spots with their loss. The Bruins are currently 2-5 on the season, but are 0-3 at home so far. Last year, the Sun Devils beat the Bruins 31-28 in Tempe. Let’s take a look at the Bruins: Finding their go-to receiver Bruins’ quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is back for his second game in...

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College football bowl projections: Arizona State bowl game predictions after loss to Utah

The Arizona State football team was not match for Utah over the weekend, but at 5-2 overall, the Sun Devils are still in great position for a bowl.        

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ASU Football: Herm Edwards press conference notebook (10/21)

Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Herm on the UCLA Bruins and bouncing back from the Utah loss With the No. 24 Arizona State coming off of their worst loss under Herm Edwards, the team heads to Southern California to take on the UCLA Bruins. Edwards addressed the media for his weekly press conference. Here are some of the highlights. On the Bruins The No. 24 Sun Devils head to the Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Bruins on Saturday. Edwards opened his presser with comments about the Bruins and how thy have started to figure things out in conference play. “They just came off of a...

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Ups and downs from Arizona’s loss at USC

Photo by Harry How/ The Wildcats were vaporized in the Coliseum After the first five games of the season, it was always apparent that the Arizona Wildcats’ schedule was going to firm up in a big way. A 4-1 start was gonna put Arizona on the fringes of bowl contention, but after a rough loss in Los Angeles, it‘s apparent that that prophecy is coming true. Arizona was basically wiped off the map in the Coliseum, losing 41-14, and with the 14 points coming in garbage time. There were a few silver linings, but let’s be honest, this was Arizona’s worst performance in a full game since...

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CFB Late Saturday: #17 Arizona State Sun Devils Visit the #13 Utah Utes

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports This will be a Pac-12 South knockdown, dragout battle With today’s early games in the books, let’s turn our attention to today’s late games. Two of today’s only three games between ranked opponents are late games. The first one is the Pac-12 matchup between the #17 Arizona State Sun Devils, who happen to be UCLA’s opponent next week, and the #13 Utah Utes. This game kicks off at 3 pm on Pac-12 Networks. This will be a good chance to see what the Sun Devils will bring to the Rose Bowl next weekend. At 4:30 pm over on ABC, the #7 Penn State Nittany...

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Miami football fan flies banner supporting Manny Diaz

A banner flew above Hard Rock Stadium in support of head coach Manny Diaz prior to the Miami football game against Georgia Tech on Saturday. In the past when banners flew above Hard Rock Stadium or the Orange Bowl is was not in support of the Miami football team. Whoever the fan was that paid […] Miami football fan flies banner supporting Manny Diaz - Canes Warning - Canes Warning - A Miami Hurricanes blog

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What to watch for when Arizona faces USC in Los Angeles

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports After playing four of their first six games at home, the Arizona Wildcats head out on the road for the next two weeks. The California swing, beginning Saturday at USC (and continuing Oct. 26 at Stanford) could determine whether Arizona makes a bowl in Kevin Sumlin’s second season. USC (3-3, 2-1) and Arizona (4-2, 2-1) are part of a four-way tie for first place in the Pac-12’s South Division along with ASU (5-1) and Utah (5-1). The Trojans have won six in a row against the Wildcats, including 24-20 last season in Tucson. Arizona’s last four games at...

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‘Cuse vs Pitt Preview: 5 Things to Watch

Photo by Streeter Lecka/ Nervous? Well, you probably should be. When the Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers continue their rivalry on Friday night, the host Orange are in desperate need of a win. Sitting at 0-2 in the ACC and 3-3 overall, ‘Cuse needs to take advantage of every home game to keep hopes of a bowl alive. This game should be a defensive slugfest, with plenty of sloppy play similar to Thursday night’s 16-10 loss to N.C. State. But what will be key to ‘Cuse changing the outcome of Friday’s game? Does the offensive line get another shake-up? Talking about the...

Burnt Orange Nation

Keeping Up with the Conference: Week 8 Power Rankings

Sports Illustrated After suffering their first conference loss, where does Texas now stand in the Big 12? Week 8 of the college football season finally gave us what many have been waiting for — Texas vs Oklahoma. Unfortunately for Longhorns fans, Texas couldn’t defeat the Land Thieves this time around, falling short 34-27 in the Cotton Bowl. But that wasn’t the only conference game to take place this past weekend. With more than half the conference in action, most of the Big 12 schools have now completed half of their regular season games. We know you were probably busy watching...

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Texas needs better decision making on special teams

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports A lack of effective in-game coaching has contributed to turnovers and loss of field position in recent weeks. On Monday, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman admitted that one key area his staff has to address is decision making on special teams after numerous mental mistakes in recent weeks. Against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl last Saturday, senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay contributed to the 12 Texas drives starting at the 19-yard line on average due to Duvernay continually pressing to make a play. The game started off with a relatively...

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Syracuse 2019 mid-year report card: Defense/Special teams

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Maybe some better news here than what we saw yesterday? There’s been plenty of hand wringing around the Syracuse Orange football program through six games, and rightfully so. Going into the season, many had top-25 expectations around this team, and yet, we’re 3-3 and could be walking quite the tightrope to bowl eligibility with just six games remaining. As we look out over that ledge toward what happens next, we’re issuing report cards for the team’s position groups. These are partially based on performance, part on how things look relative to...

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USC expert previews the Arizona game and makes a score prediction

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles hasn’t been a kind place to the Arizona Wildcats. They have lost eight consecutive games at either the Rose Bowl against UCLA or the Coliseum against USC, where they are set to battle the Trojans on Saturday night in a clash of two of the four teams knotted at the top of the Pac-12’s South Division. USC (3-3, 2-1) is coming off a 30-27 loss at Notre Dame and seems to be playing for coach Clay Helton’s job on a weekly basis. A loss to Arizona might end up being the nail in his coffin, while a victory would make it a little harder to part...

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Jackson on track for one of top SU receiving seasons ever (LINKS)

Photo by Brett Carlsen/ Though according to one interview, he doesn’t necessarily think he’s a No. 1 wideout just yet. When we were talking about the Syracuse Orange’s struggling offense the other day, one bright spot was the play of redshirt junior wide receiver Trishton Jackson. We knew he was a potential talent after getting some brief glimpses of the Michigan State transfer in the bowl win over West Virginia (in which he caught three balls for 27 yards and a TD). But what we’ve seen this year — 33 catches for 499 yards and six touchdowns — has been the main thing keeping...

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Miami Hurricanes Matchup Preview : Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Photo by Mark Brown/ Miami should look to feast on a team trying to find an identity. What a difference one week makes for the psyche of a fan base and a football team. Going into last Friday’s game vs Virginia, Miami was staring at a 2-4 start, and wondering would they make a Bowl Game at all. The Canes were able to play their most complete game, albeit far from perfect, and get the type of win on national TV that can propel them into a big second half of the season. Georgia Tech is next up on Miami’s redemption tour from 2018, and the Yellow Jackets are a team that is still...

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Arizona LB Colin Schooler’s numbers are down, but he believes the Wildcats are on the rise

‘Last year I had a good individual season, but individual seasons don't win you bowl games,’ the junior said. ‘They don't win championships.’

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Former Broncos QB Brock Osweiler retires from NFL after 7 seasons

Brock Osweiler played a key role in the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl-winning 2015 season, but he never found his footing as a starter after that.        

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Syracuse football 2019 half-season report card: Offense

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports Things aren’t exactly what we expected through six games, but how far off are they, really? We assess. There’s been plenty of hand wringing around the Syracuse Orange football program through six games, and rightfully so, in many regards. Going into the season, many had top-25 expectations around this team, and yet, we’re 3-3 and could be walking quite the tightrope to bowl eligibility with just six games remaining. As we look out over that ledge toward what happens next, we’re issuing report cards for the team’s position groups. These are partially...

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FanPulse Top 25 Week 7: Utah Wins a Blowout, Falls in the Rankings

The FanPulse Top 25 is back and Utah is dropping in the Top 25 despite winning a blowout. This is familiar territory for the Utes. We are now getting a clear picture of which teams have a shot at a New Year’s Bowl. The way Utah plays football, it’s not often that we get to experience a blowout similar to the one we watched against Oregon State on Saturday. The strategy of playing strong defense and running the ball a lot is great for winning close games, but rarely does it translate into blowout wins. But this week the Utes massacred the Beavers 52-7, and the game was never even...

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Arizona loses ground in bowl projections after Washington loss

Photo by Alika Jenner/ The Wildcats bowl prospects lost prestige after this weekend Last weekend, seven of the eight biggest bowl projections on the internet had the Arizona Wildcats playing postseason football, with the consensus being the Sun Bowl, a fairly prestigious bowl that would place them around sixth in the Pac-12. After the rough loss to Washington, Arizona has become noticeably closer to the fringe of bowl contention. Here is the post-Week 7 collection of bowl projections for the Wildcats: 247Sports: Redbox Bowl vs. Indiana (played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara,...

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College football bowl projections: Iowa, Nebraska trendy bowl opponents for Arizona State

How would Arizona State vs. Iowa in the Holiday Bowl sound, ASU fans? That's a popular college football bowl projection.       

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The Red River Showdown was Saturday’s most-watched sporting event

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The game’s 7.25 million viewers were the most for the rivalry game in the Cotton Bowl since 2009. The eyes of the nation were on the Cotton Bowl on Saturday for the Red River Showdown, the 115th meeting between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, as 7,252,00 viewers tuned in for the game on FOX, according to Neilsen Media Research. Those viewership numbers made it the most-watched sporting event of the day and the most-watched college football game on FOX so far this season. Overall, only Notre Dame-Georgia (9.29 million viewers) and Texas-LSU...

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Bowl Watch: Quest’s Difficulty Raised

Six wins is the goal. The goal will be harder to reach. You ever play a video game on easy or normal difficulty and go, “I enjoy a challenge or two, let’s go to hard mode,” and immediately regret that decision? Right now, the Syracuse Orange have discovered that they’ve been playing their Quest for Tony on hard mode. The Orange lost to the N.C. State Wolfpack, dropping to 3-3. If you don’t math or chart so well, here’s the deal: there are exactly three games Syracuse will be “favored” in by computers. One of them is this Friday. There’s about a 36% chance the Orange miss...

No. 5 Oklahoma tops UCLA in 48-14 victory at the Rose Bowl | FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS

The UCLA Bruins lose in Pasadena 48-14 to the Oklahoma University Sooners. All-world quarterback Jalen Hurts had another huge day throwing for three touchdowns and running for one. #FOXSports #CFB #JalenHurts #OklahomaSooners #UCLABruins

Zion Williamson Sends Duke-UNC Tickets Past Super Bowl LIII Prices

No. 1 Duke hosts No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium and it looks like freshman Zion Williamson has fans in a frenzy. NESN.com's Rachel Holt explains how ticket prices have reached Super Bowl levels. For more: https://nesn.co

UNC vs. Duke: Preview & Predictions | The Dan Patrick Show | NBC Sports

Jay Bilas previews the Duke-UNC game, shares some of the celebrities that are expected, and details how the atmosphere is bigger than the Super Bowl. #NBCSports #TheDanPatrickShow #UNCvsDuke »