You can officially take out the “or” between Texas quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash for this Saturday against Baylor. The two have been listed as co-starters for much of the season, but McCoy will be given the opportunity to play the whole game against the Bears, Texas’ latest depth chart shows.
Whether or not McCoy will actually finish the game as the starter remains to be seen. Quarterback play has been an issue for the Longhorns all season long, starting with Connor Wood transferring to Colorado just before the start of the season, and then the benching (and subsequent transferring) of incumbent starter Garrett Gilbert.
The attrition at QB led to Ash and McCoy splitting snaps in games as offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin tried to get the most production out of his newly-installed offense. For a while, it looked like Ash had become the go-to guy for the Longhorns, but Ash hasn’t thrown a touchdown since the Red River game against Oklahoma early last month. Since then, he’s thrown six interceptions.
McCoy was 16-of-27 for 110 yards in last Thursday’s win over Texas A&M; Ash didn’t attempt a pass.
Given the way the two young QB’s have played this season, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if the two continued to split time — despite the updated two-deep — through Saturday and the bowl season. What’s more certain is that there will definitely be an open competition for the quarterback job come spring practice.
Notre Dame may be going through a disappointing college football season, but quarterback DeShone Kizer says the players have not lost their faith in their head coach, Brian Kelly.
“We have complete confidence in coach Kelly,” Kizer said, according to The Indy Star. “He has experience, he’s a winning coach, he knows how to win and he’s going to figure out whatever it takes to win. And as long as we continue to have the mentality that he is the successful coach that he is and trust in that, we’re going to be fine.:
Notre Dame is just 2-5 this season, with their bowl hopes fading quickly. As Notre Dame has struggled, Kelly has come under some fire for how he has handled the season thus far, which has included throwing others under the bus, a change at defensive coordinator and poor coaching decisions along the way. The preseason expectation of being a potential playoff contender in the eyes of some set the bar high for Kelly and the Irish, and so far Notre Dame has come nowhere close to living up to those standards.
Kelly has already received a vote of confidence from Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick. Now he has his starting quarterback behind him.
“We’ve been all over the place in this first half of the season from different motivational speeches to different mindsets each week trying to figure out what’s the best way of getting a win and doing whatever we can,” Kizer said. “But from here on out, it’s just having a good time, taking this opportunity to play for Notre Dame and doing whatever you can to bring home wins.”
Minnesota was busy on the scheduling front today with the announcement of future home-and-home series with Colorado and BYU.
Minnesota will host BYU on September 26, 2020 and travel to BYU five years later on September 20, 2025. In between, Minnesota will complete a home-and-home with Colorado from the Pac-12. Colorado will host the Gophers on September 18, 2021 and Minnesota will welcome the Buffs to their turf on September 17, 2022. (FBSchedules.com notes the Minnesota-Colorado series has been known since 2012, leaving it a mystery why it was announced today).
For Minnesota, all four game swill satisfy their nonconference scheduling obligation in the Big Ten. Big Ten teams must schedule one game per year against another power conference opponent, or one deemed to be equal in status. BYU meets that standard for the Big Ten. The Pac-12 has no such scheduling obligations for its members.
Colorado is 3-0 all-time against the Gophers, with the most recent meeting between the two coming in 1992. Minnesota and BYU have never met in football.
Alabama has clearly been the best team in the country this season, which is supported by being a near-unanimous No. 1 in both the AP and coaches polls. Either LSU cornerback Dwayne Thomas hasn’t been paying attention, watching or got the memo, but he is certainly not mincing words when he looks forward to next week’s SEC West clash with the Crimson Tide.
“I really see us dominating this offense. I really see us dominating this team,” Thomas said when discussing next week’s game with Alabama (LSU and Alabama are each off this week). “This is the year. We’ve been letting them off the hook for the last couple of years. This is my senior year. We’re going out with a bang. It’s time for us to bring that win back. We’re going to be at home. I feel like we have the edge to take it to them, and we’re going to take it to them. I feel like we’re going to dominate this game.”
Alabama has the nation’s 15th-ranked offense, averaging 498.0 yards per game. LSU has the 14th-ranked defense, allowing just 313.9 yards per game. If there is an area of concern for Alabama that LSU could exploit, it may be in the turnover game. The Crimson Tide have lost the football 12 times. Alabama has made up for it on defense though, with 16 takeaways and a ton of points scored by the defense.
Alabama has won five straight games in the series, starting with the 2012 BCS Championship Game. LSU has not scored more than 17 point sin a game against Alabama during that run. Alabama will be a solid favorite against the Tigers this season, but LSU has started to turn a corner since making a coaching change. Ed Orgeron is 3-0 since taking over for the fired Les Miles, and the impact of having a healthy Leonard Fournette was on full display last weekend against Ole Miss. LSU may be playing their best football at the best possible time. Will it be enough to give Alabama a challenge?
We’ll just have to wait to find out for sure, unless you want to just skip it and take Thomas at his word.
Corey Thompson is hoping this season isn’t his last at LSU.
The linebacker sustained an unspecified lower-leg injury during the first few days of summer camp in August. It was originally thought that Thompson would be back in 6-8 weeks, but interim head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed Tuesday that the fifth-year senior will likely be sidelined for all of 2016.
“I think he’s going to redshirt,” Orgeron said according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think he’s going to redshirt and that decision has been made, just final the other day. I don’t think I’m talking out of hand, but I think that’s what’s going to happen.”
Thompson has what’s seemingly a slam-dunk case for a sixth season of eligibility that would allow him to play in 2017. In addition to all of 2016, Thompson sat out the entire 2014 season because of injury.
According to Orgeron, Thompson will seek a waiver from the NCAA.
In 2013 and 2015, Thompson started eight of the 19 games in which he played at safety. He moved to linebacker after the 2015 season, and was penciled in as a starter prior to the injury.