Ole Miss may have won a season-opening thriller Thursday night, but it came at a very steep price for the Rebels personnel-wise.
Neal McCready of RebelGrove.com reported Saturday morning that linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche will be out 4-6 weeks with what was described as a meniscus tear in his knee. The brother of the nation’s top 2013 recruit and Ole Miss signee, Robert Nkemdiche, will undergo surgery to repair the damage today.
The timeframe for a return means Nkemdiche would miss games against, among others, Texas, Alabama, Texas A&M and, possibly, LSU.
The loss of Nkemdiche is a significant blow to the Rebels’ defense as the linebacker was a freshman All-American in 2012 and a preseason first-team All-SEC pick by the coaches and the media. His loss, though, is far from the only one.
Starting guard Aaron Morris will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 season after tearing an ACL in the win over Vanderbilt. Morris started every game at guard last season as a sophomore after starting six games in 2011.
In the midst of what could be a dream season in South Philadelphia, the Temple Owls announced a rare sellout for a football game this afternoon. The October 31 game at home against Notre Dame has sold out Lincoln Financial Field. This is the first time Temple has sold out two home game sin the same season since 1976, when the Owls began playing home games in one of Philadelphia’s pro sports stadiums.
This is the second sellout of the season for Temple, but it is also worth mentioning who the opponents are for those two games; Penn State and Notre Dame. Penn State is always Temple’s biggest draw when they get a chance to host the Nittany Lions and their legions of fans in and around the Delaware Valley. Temple dominated Penn State in the season opener, snapping a long losing streak against the in-state power. Notre Dame is also a big draw everywhere the Irish go, and there is a solid fanbase in the southeastern part of Philadelphia as well.
It is also a rare trip to Philadelphia for Notre Dame. The Irish last played in Philadelphia in 1993 when they faced Navy in Veterans Stadium. Navy also hosted Notre Dame in Philadelphia in 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1974. Notre Dame and Temple have never played in Philadelphia, although they did face each other in the 2013 season opener. This year’s game is the second game of a home-and-home series.
The game could potentially prove to play a key role in the evolving College Football Playoff and Group of Five conversation as well. If Temple avoids slipping up this week against UCF and next week at East Carolina and USC holds off USC, then we could have an undefeated and top 25 Temple program hosting a top 15 or even potential top 10 Notre Dame on Halloween. Let’s not put the cart ahead of the horse here, but that could be a very attractive matchup worth paying attention to at the end of the month for many fanbases.
The search for a new head coach is on at USC (and USC for that matter) and folks have already been mentioning Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly as the favorite for the job. The folks at Bovada feel a bit differently. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is the odds-on favorite to be named the next head coach of the USC Trojans. Kelly are Boise State head coach Brian Harsin are tied for the second betting favorite for the job.
Bovada released their odds for the next head coach of the Trojans on Tuesday, and it includes some very familiar names. Though considered long shots for the job, Bovada included Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and TCU head coach Gary Patterson among their betting options. Washington’s Chris Petersen is also included in the mix, as is current interim head coach Clay Helton. Helton actually has better odds to win the job over the previously mentioned power program options.
Odds for Next USC Head Coach
- Kyle Whittingham +350
- Chip Kelly +600
- Brian Harsin+600
- Tom Herman +700
- Justin Fuente +700
- Clay Helton +800
- Jack Del Rio +800
- Chris Petersen +900
- Brian Kelly +900
- Kevin Sumlin +1100
- Gary Patterson +1100
- Mark Dantonio +1500
The options for South Carolina were also given odds from Bovada. Of the options listed, only Dantonio hails from a power conference. Earlier today he sidestepped the discussion.
- Kirby Smart +250
- Shawn Elliott +300
- Justin Fuente +400
- Ed Orgeron +400
- Jeff Brohm +700
- Matt Campbell +800
- Mark Hudspeth +800
- Matt Wells +1200
- Mark Dantonio +2000