Hokies loss means bogus Boise State win?

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Wow…another crushing loss for the ACC. First, No. 15 Georgia Techloses to Kansas, now Virginia Tech is 0-2.

After a strongly-played season opener against Boise State, a game thatthe Hokies could have won, they dropped their home opener against the Colonial Conference’sJames Madison.

The Dukes’ head coach Mickey Matthews noted earlier in the week that “[i]t’s kind ofcomical to thinkyou’re going to go down there and beat them.” Well, we’re all laughing now… just not at you.

Saturday afternoon’s bout between Virginia Tech and the Dukes of JMU was a true game ofsquandering and/or capitalizing on mistakes. The Hokies turned the ball over three times. Thelast turnover, though, was the killer.

On the Dukes’ 12-yard line trailing 21-16, Virginia Tech junior running back Darren Evans fumbled the ball, giving it over to JMU. The other two turnovers came way of quarterbackTyrod Taylor, one interception and the other a fumble.

Virginia Tech never punted, and only committed four penalties for 48 yards. But the threeturnovers squandered any hopes of scoring.

The Dukes showed great control by coming back from a 10-0 deficit. Prior to tonight, JamesMadison had lost ten straight games against FBS opponents.

No single person stood out for the Dukes’ offense. Quarterback Drew Dudzik was 5 of8 for 121 yards and a score. The leading rusher for James Madison was Jamal Sullivan,who had 49 yards on 20 carries. Dudzik added two rushing scores as well.

In the end, this loss may very well end up hurting Boise State more than the Hokies.

The Broncos have been and still are the clear-cut favorites to win the Western Athletic Conference. The Hokies are still in contention for the ACC title…but the season-opening win for Boise State over Virginia Tech now has less value with each winthe Hokies hand out, especially to a FCS program.

How can Boise State’s win over Virginia Tech hold any validity if a Division 1-AAteam in James Madison can beat the Hokies in Blacksburg? The computer rankingsand systems won’t forget this loss, even if the coaches’ poll remains constant.

I wonder howChris Petersen and Frank Beamer will prepare their polls? Alabama headcoach Nick Saban spoke out on Boise State earlier in the week, and hispoint of view might now reign supreme.

Arrested starting lineman suspended for WVU’s opener vs. Mizzou

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 07:  Wendell Smallwood #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates with Adam Pankey #57 after rushing for a 16 yard touchdown in the first half during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 7, 2015 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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An off-field incident will lead to some on-field attrition, at least for the short-term, for West Virginia.

Starting left guard Adam Pankey (pictured, large player lifting Smallwood) was arrested earlier this month and charged with driving under the influence following a one-car accident.  Dana Holgorsen has confirmed that Pankey has been suspended and will remain that way through at least the opener Sept. 3.

“We hold these guys to high expectations,” the head coach said. “When you don’t meet those, there are going to be consequences. He’s currently suspended from the team. That’s disappointing. He will continue his suspension through Missouri, and we’ll address it at that time.”

Pankey has started 25 games the past two seasons. He started 13 at left tackle in 2014, and 12 at left guard in 2015.

With Pankey sidelined, Tony Matteo, who started one game last season, will replace the senior in the lineup.

Four-star 2016 Michigan recruit Ahmir Mitchell says he’s ‘reopening recruitment’

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Jim Harbaugh had previously confirmed that two of the three Michigan football players not present for a team photo earlier this month — wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell, running back Kareem Walker and defensive lineman Shelton Johnson — had been suspended, although he declined to specify which two. A couple of weeks later, one of those players has apparently exited the program.

On his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Mitchell announced that he is “reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.” It’s unclear if the wide receiver has received a release from his UM scholarship.

“I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first,” Mitchell wrote.

A four-star 2016 recruit, Mitchell was rated as the No. 5 player at any position in the state of New Jersey and the No. 167 player overall on 247sports.com‘s composite board. He was an early enrollee who participated in spring practice.,

EMU’s suspends starting QB Brogan Roback

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With the opener a little over a week way, Eastern Michigan’s quarterback situation is in a significant state of flux.

The Detroit Free Press has reported that Brogan Roback has been suspended by EMU head coach Chris Creighton.  The only reason given was “a violation of our policies.”

EMU opens the 2016 season Sept. 3 against Mississippi Valley State, and it appears Roback will miss at least that contest.

“With the privilege of being a member of the Eastern Michigan University football program there are expectations and standards to which we hold our student-athletes accountable,” a portion of a Creighton’s statement sent to the Free Press read.

Roback took over for Reggie Bell as the Eagles’ starting quarterback after Week 1 last year.  He threw for 2,304 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in completing exactly 60 percent of his passes.

Bell transferred after the 2016 season, leaving Roback as the presumptive starter.  With Roback’s suspension, it leaves EMU with four scholarship quarterbacks — junior Todd Porter, freshman Isaac Stiebeling, and redshirt freshmen Anton Skupin and James Pensyl.  Only Porter, a junior college transfer, has experience at the collegiate level, and would presumably take over as the starter in Roback’s absence.

NCAA grants NC State QB Ryan Finley another year of eligibility

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Not surprisingly, Ryan Finley‘s stay in Raleigh has been extended.

North Carolina State confirmed Tuesday that Finley has been granted an additional season of eligibility by the NCAA.  Finley received a medical waiver from The Association that will give him a sixth year if he ultimately chooses to use it.

So, in summation, Finley has three years of eligibility remaining beginning this season and running through the 2018 season.

In April of this year, the quarterback announced that he had decided to transfer from Boise State.  A month later, he moved on to NC State as a graduate transfer.

Finley started the first three games last season as a redshirt sophomore for the Broncos before suffering a broken ankle and losing the job he won in the summer to Freshman All-American Brett Rypien, with the latter further solidifying his hold on the position this spring and triggering the transfer decision.

On the depth chart the Wolfpack released earlier this week, Finley was listed as the co-starter along with redshirt sophomore Jalan McLendon.