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Michigan-Notre Dame goes down as a classic


There have been some great moments in the rivalry between Michigan and Notre Dame. Tonight’s hair-pulling, standing-two-feet-away-from-your-television 35-31 victory by the Wolverines in the first night game in the Big House might have been the best.

At the very least, the three touchdowns within the last 72 seconds made this game the best of Week 2, and it’s going to take an awful lot to top it as one of the best games of the season.

Of course, when talking about this victory, you have to mention Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who despite his three interceptions, managed to win the game with his arm, not his legs. Robinson didn’t have a great night throwing the ball, but had three of his four touchdown passes and over 200 of his 338 yards through the air in the fourth quarter.

Some help from wide open receivers courtesy of the Notre Dame defense didn’t hurt either.

What did hurt the Irish, though, were turnovers. Five turnovers, to be specific. For the second straight week, Notre Dame outgained their opponent in total yards, but failed to capitalize on moving the ball. Tommy Rees, who was named the starting quarterback earlier this week, threw a couple of interceptions and the Irish put the ball on the ground three more times.

Brian Kelly and his team are finding that out the hard way that’ll cost ’em; the Irish could very well be, and probably should be, 2-0 instead of 0-2.

(For Keith Arnold’s take on the Irish’s performance tonight, check out Notre Dame Central)

But even though the turnovers are something the Irish would like to forget, what college football fans everywhere should remember about this game were the big plays and the atmosphere of one of the greatest venues in American sports at night.

It was, through and through, what’s so great about college football.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.