With all this talk about three undefeated teams vying for the BCS championship game [/raises hand timidly], a night like this was bound to happen.
Notre Dame took care of an easy game against Wake Forest earlier today, but No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon are in major fights with Baylor and Stanford, respectively. The Ducks’ might offense has been slowed nearly to a halt and are in a 7-7 tie with the Cardinal at the half. Stanford’s defense has done an outstanding job up front getting Marcus Mariota out of rhythm.
K-State would love to be in a tie with Baylor, but the Wildcats are currently trailing the Bears 28-17 and getting all kinds of pushed around up front and in the running game. KSU has also been penalized five times (including three offsides) and has only run the ball for 47 yards. Had it not been for a penalty, Baylor would have returned a kickoff for a touchdown too.
That’s really been the commonality between K-State and Oregon so far: mistakes. These two teams have arguably been the most consistent in college football throughout the season, but as you know, it only takes one time to be off your game a little to get knocked off. And with the BCS championship in sight, these two have the proverbial target on their back.
K-State was able to score 10 quick points before the half and the Wildcats are more explosive than they’re given credit for. If Baylor’s D returns to form (118th in points allowed) Bill Snyder‘s team can get right back in this.
Likewise, if Oregon can clean up the mistakes, they can take this game over quickly.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.
One of the most productive pass-catching duos in the country has been cut in half.
Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that Keevan Lucas sustained a torn patellar tendon in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Houston. As a result, the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
“He’s such an emotional leader for us and such a great kid,” the first-year coach said. “We’ll have to make a few adjustments offensively and move some people around and try to make sure we’ve got guys in the right spot but also guys who will step up and be ready to play.”
Lucas is currently second on the team with 26 receptions and 409 receiving yards, behind Keyarris Garrett‘s 33 and 539. His five receiving touchdowns, though, are tops on the team.
Montgomery expects Lucas to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice next year.