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Detroit adds its name to the championship site conversation


Unofficially, anyway.

For one, the BCS committee hasn’t decided where the three playoff games will be held, although there is reportedly a strong (and smart) lean to bid out the championship to a neutral site. Secondly, the actual interest was shown by Detroit-area businessmen, including Roger Penske (yes, auto racing’s Roger Penske).

“Things that are important and exciting in sports are things we need to do and we need to bring to our city,” Penske told the Detroit News. “There are a lot of people who have momentum and want to be able to extend some of the good things that are happening in our city. And sports are obviously a great platform.”

The host, obviously, would be Ford Field, which already has the Final Four, college hockey’s Frozen Four and the Super Bowl on its resume. Seeing as a neutral site championship game has already drawn comparisons to a “Super Bowl-like” event, that would be the closest comparison you could draw.

“If we can host the Super Bowl, we can host this event,” Little Caesars Pizza Bowl co-founder Ken Hoffman said of Ford Field. “Everybody knows Ford Field is one of the finest facilities in the country… We understand the attraction of southern warm-weather bowls, but people also need to understand the value that other states have.”

That’s all well and good for spinning your city, but if Detroit is going to host a college football championship — that is to say if it’s actually bid out and not played within the bowl system — it’s going to have to fork over the cash. The highest bidder, not the destination itself, is going to determine where college football’s championship is played.

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.

Gophers down eight starters for game vs. Boilermakers

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 03: at Ryan Field on October 3, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Minnesota 27-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It would be an understatement of significant proportions to say that the Minnesota football team is banged up.

How banged up?  On his radio show Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, revealed his team will be down a whopping eight starters for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Kill’s revelation comes one day after he confirmed a total of 20 players donned non-contact jerseys in practice earlier in the day.

The coach didn’t specifically identify which starters would be sidelined, with the Pioneer Press writing “[t]he known injuries to starters include safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), tight end Lincoln Plsek (back) and tackle Ben Lauer (knee/hand).”

One injured starter who will play, Kill confirmed, is quarterback Mitch Leidner. While not detailing any specific injury, Kill said Wednesday that Leidner “hasn’t been healthy. He’s been beat up.”

Overall, though, the Gophers’ health, or lack thereof, is bordering on historic.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 32 years in coaching,” Kill said yesterday. “The toughest thing for me right now is all of these kids that work so hard, and when they get hurt, it kills me. … We are running out of people.”

Coming off an 8-5 season last year, the Gophers are struggling. While they stand at 3-2 after five games, the three wins came by a total of nine points over the likes of Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio. Their second loss — the first was by six to TCU in the opener — was a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last weekend.