Injury puts Barkley out for Notre Dame game


For those teams looking to get back into the chase for the BcS title game by way of a Notre Dame loss to USC, your hopes have significantly diminished.

Late in the Trojans’ loss to UCLA Saturday, quarterback Matt Barkley suffered what appeared to be an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder.  The senior left the Rose Bowl with both his right arm in a sling and his availability for the rivalry game against Notre Dame in doubt.

Sunday night, any doubt was removed as Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed that Barkley has already been ruled out of the game against the Irish.  The official injury is a sprained AC joint in the senior’s shoulder.

As of yet, there’s been no determination as to Barkley’s availability for a bowl game.

With Barkley sidelined, USC will turn to Max Wittek under center.

Wittek was a four-star member of USC’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country.  After redshirting his true freshman season, Wittek has appeared in three games this season, completing eight-of-nine passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

In the latest BcS ratings, Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 for the first time in the football program’s history.  A win over USC Saturday would put Notre Dame in the BcS title game for the first time in the program’s history as well.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

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.