Updated: Texas Tech upsets No. 5 WVU

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Updated 7:03 p.m. ET: Things didn’t get any better for No. 5 West Virginia in the second half. Texas Tech continued to dominate the Mountaineers in every aspect of the game, winning by a whopping 49-14.

Geno Smith still managed 275 yards — on 55 attempts, mind you — and kept his interception-less streak alive. But, Smith was upstaged by TTU quarterback Seth Doege, who tossed for 499 yards and six scores. And Tech’s defense? Outstanding all game. The Red Raiders may not have the best defense in the country statistically like they did before last week’s loss to Oklahoma, but it’s clearly improved from a year ago.

Smith’s Heisman chances — because let’s face it, that’s the story for WVU now that a BCS championship is out of the picture  — took a bit of a hit, but he still has some cushion. Like Robert Griffin III and Baylor last season, the pressure is on Smith and this offense to be near perfect because of the defensive ineptitude.

We saw today what happens when they’re not.

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I’d like to apologize to the fine people of West Virginia. By stating last week that the Mountaineers needed to be taken seriously in the Big 12 for a 48-45 win on the road against Texas, which now looks less impressive following Oklahoma’s rout of the Longhorns today, I have jinxed this team something fierce.

That, or WVU just isn’t as good as its No. 5 ranking claims. Or, I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s all possible. Regardless, the Mountaineers are absolutely getting manhandled by Texas Tech 35-7 at the half.

The Mountaineer defense has been predictably awful, but it’s Texas Tech’s defense that is the story of the game so far. WVU was 5-for-5 on fourth down conversions against UT last week; they’ve yet to convert one today. That’s been one of the big differences in the game so far.

TTU is getting all kinds of pressure on Geno Smith and locking down arguably the best one-two punch of receivers in the Big 12 in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. This offense is good, but it’s having a tough time finding the end zone and the defense is too much of a liability.

Lubbock is a funny place where favored teams can easily come out with a loss. WVU is getting to know this first hand. Of course, if any offense is built to come back it’s this one, but you have to play defense for that. So, we’re about 30 minutes away from saying it together:

“Welcome to the Big 12, West Virginia.”

Clemson transfer Scott Pagano progressing from foot surgery, but might miss Oregon’s opener

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There was good news and potentially not-so-good news on the Scott Pagano front Thursday for Oregon.

A transfer from Clemson this offseason, Pagano suffered a broken bone in his foot in the Tigers’ mid-November win over Pitt that forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season.  After moving on to the Ducks as a graduate transfer in mid-April, UO’s medical staff decided he needed to undergo surgery to repair the damage in his foot.

First-year head coach Willie Taggart Thursday declared the defensive lineman ahead of schedule in his recovery from the medical procedure, but didn’t guarantee he’d be on the field for the 2017 opener.

“Something he had that he needed to be corrected,” Taggart said of the surgery according to oregonlive.com. “He’s ahead of schedule right now. I don’t like putting certain weeks on guys because everybody heals differently.

“He’s one of those kids that has been rehabbing his tail off and is itching to get back out there. He’s ahead of schedule right now. Hopefully he’s there for the Southern Utah game.”

Coming out of high school in Hawaii as a four-star 2013 recruit, Pagano was rated as the No. 24 tackle in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state. He started 13 games the past two seasons, four of which came in 2016.

Before opting for UO, Pagano had taken an official visit to Oklahoma as he had whittled his to-do list down to those two. Arkansas, Notre Dame and Texas were also among the lineman’s five allotted official visits in his second round of collegiate recruiting.

CB Ryan Mayes no longer part of Miami football team

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There’s been a slight tweak to Miami’s defensive secondary ahead of the start of summer camp.

In a press release that consisted all of two sentences, the Hurricanes announced that Ryan Mayes is no longer a member of Mark Richt’s football program.  No reason was given for the separation, nor is it known whether the move was voluntary or involuntary.

A three-star member of The U’s 2014 recruiting class, Mayes was rated as the No. 48 cornerback in the country and the No. 92 player at any position in the state of Florida.  He held offers from, among others, Boston College and Syracuse.

As a true freshman, Mayes played in three games, then saw action in just one game the following season as he took a redshirt.  In 2016, the defensive back played in 11 games, mainly on special teams.

Prior to his departure, the redshirt junior was expected to fill a reserve role in the Hurricanes’ secondary.

Kyle Whittingham confirms Darren Carrington is at Utah, not yet a Ute

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Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington‘s father confirmed his son of the same name was headed to Utah on Wednesday, and the head coach of the team in question has now double confirmed it.

But just because Carrington is at the University of Utah does not make him a Ute. Not yet.

Speaking at Pac-12 media days, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said Carrington is in school but has hurdles to clear to join the team.

“Not just yet. There’s a process that has to occur, some things that have to transpire and we’ve just got to wait for all that to kind of take place,” Whittingham said, via Deseret News.

It’s not sure what “things” have to transpire and when that is expected to happen; Whittingham couldn’t be sure Carrington would be with the team when camp opens Friday.

“Right now I don’t have a good answer because everything’s being sorted through right now,” Whittingham said.

Carrington will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer. He caught 43 passes for a team-leading 606 yards and six touchdowns last season. Utah’s leading returning receiver, junior Raelon Singleton, nabbed 27 passes for 464 yards and four scores a year ago.

Clay Helton: O.J. not welcome back at USC

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OJ Simpson is one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. A unanimous two-time All-American, Simpson won the 1968 Heisman Trophy and was a member of USC’s 1967 national championship team.

OJ Simpson will also soon be a free man.

Granted parole from his felony armed robbery conviction last week, Simpson will be free on Oct. 1. The question, then, if you’re a reporter at Pac-12 media days is whether or not USC will welcome back one of its most accomplished — if not favorite — sons.

The answer? Uh, no.

To be clear, Simpson has not indicated he wanted to be part of USC football again. The 70-year-old indicated to the parole board he would return to Florida if granted his freedom.

USC has distanced itself from Simpson ever since his 1994 double-murder trial, but his Heisman Trophy remains on display at Heritage Hall.