Exactly three weeks and three days from today, No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will face off in the first-ever BcS title game featuring two teams from the same conference.
While guaranteeing the SEC its sixth straight crystal football, it also means that the conference will suffer its first-ever loss in the championship game.
The question is, which team will become the sixth SEC team instead of the first? Personally, and maintaining the right to change my mind at any point between now and Jan. 9 in New Orleans, I’m calling for a 24-20 Tide win, if for nothing more than to validate my preseason selection of Nick Saban‘s bunch as the top team in the country. The fact that the 2011 “series” between the two teams would be tied at one apiece and create such angst, anguish and consternation among the general college football population would merely serve as a glorious bonus.
The question, though, is not who I have in the game; rather, the pertinent query is, who do y’all have? Will it be Saban nabbing his second title at Alabama in three years, and third overall — the first coming while at LSU — or will it be Les Miles grabbing his second title in the last five years for LSU?
Vote early and often below.
ECU transfer Kurt Benkert wins Virginia’s starting QB job
Four months ago, Kurt Benkert was one the losing end of a quarterback competition at East Carolina. Fastforward to today, and he’s now the trigger man in a Power Five offense.
First-year Hoos head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Wednesday that Benkert will start the season opener against Richmond. Benkert had been involved in a competition that included returning starter Matt Johnsand Texas/Arizona transferConnor Brewer.
Benkert has attempted 10 passes in his collegiate career, all in 2014.
In starting all 12 games for the Cavaliers last season, Johns’ 2,810 passing yards were third in school history while his 20 touchdowns were tied for fourth. His 17 interceptions, though, were the most of any FBS quarterback in 2015.
Cassius Peat granted release by Mich. St., appears headed to JUCO
Earlier this month, Mark Dantonio stated that Michigan State was giving Cassius Peat “an opportunity to work on his academics and get himself in order” as his status with the program was “in flux.”
A week or so later? He gone.
MSU confirmed Wednesday that Peat has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer from the Spartans. And, in fact, the defensive lineman may have already found a new home, one at the junior college level.
Just saw former Michigan St/Corona del Sol DE Cassius Peat on Eastern Arizona’s football roster.
Peat, initially a UCLA commit, was a three-star 2015 recruit who was rated as the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Arizona. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and had been listed as the No. tackle heading into summer camp.
However, according to mlive.com, Peat did not report for camp amidst his academic issues.
Ex-Oregon St. DB goes home to LaTech as grad transfer
A week after transferring from Oregon State, Cyril Noland-Lewis has found a new home that happens to also double as his hometown.
The Ruston News Star, among others, has reported that Noland-Lewis is transferring into the Louisiana Tech football program. As he is coming to Tech as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs in 2016, his final season of eligibility.
The defensive back, who went to high school in Ruston, was at the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday as Tech continues preparations for the season opener Sept. 3 against Arkansas.
Noland-Lewis started 10 games for the Beavers last season. Six of those starts came as a safety, the others as the nickel corner. OSU moved Noland-Lewis to cornerback this offseason, where he ultimately found himself buried on the depth chart in summer camp.
The 6-0, 198-pound fifth-year senior, who began his OSU career as a linebacker, played in a total of 37 games during his time in Corvallis.
Tyler Rodgers, NMSU’s starting QB, arrested on battery charge
The Las Cruces Sun-News has reported that New Mexico State’s Tyler Rogers turned himself in last Friday on a warrant that had been issued for him Aug. 14. The junior was booked on one count of misdemeanor charge of battery against a household member.
The alleged victim is Rogers’ girlfriend. A verbal altercation at a party allegedly turned physical in a vehicle later on. When police arrived, the woman, who was initially crying, “downplayed the incident and said that it wasn’t really anything and that the altercation did not get physical and didn’t consider Mr. Rogers grabbing her arm as being a physical altercation.”
The woman decided against completing a domestic violence supplement report, and, according to the Sun-News, it’s unclear if the woman is cooperating with police.
“I was very disappointed in hearing the news but we are in the information gathering stage,” NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia said in a statement. “These are allegations that we take very seriously and we look forward to getting as much detail as possible so the university can be informed and the athletic department can make an informed decision moving forward.”
Because “it is a misdemeanor, there isn’t a suspension coming forth right now,” head coach Doug Martin said.
Rogers has started 15 games the past two seasons for the Aggies.