An incident involving two FBS football programs over the weekend has left one with a player hospitalized with a serious injury and the other with a player potentially facing charges.
According to multiple media outlets, members of both the Idaho and Washington State football teams were at a party at a private residence late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. About 20 football players from both sides were in attendance, but were “asked” to leave after the two groups began arguing.
The disagreement spilled over to a parking lot — a church parking lot, no less — across the street from the party, with Cougars wide receiver Mansel Simmons knocked unconscious in the ensuing brawl. Simmons was taken to one area hospital before being transported to another with what was reported to be a fractured skull. The player did not regain consciousness until Monday and remains hospitalized.
No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation, although a police official told Scout.com that “[w]e’re pretty sure we know who the University of Idaho player is who hit Mr. Simmons.”
As is their policy, Wazzu has not commented on any injuries Simmons may have suffered. Likewise, Idaho has yet to comment on any players who may have been involved in the incident.
Simmons was a redshirt his true freshman season in 2011 and did not catch a pass last year.
(Photo credit: Washington State athletics)
Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”
White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.
Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.
No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.
New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.
- Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
- TCU (5)
- Baylor (10)
- Michigan State
- Utah (7)
- Texas A&M (1)
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State