Heisman race update

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Here’s what some of the top Heisman candidates did this past weekend:

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 23 of 32 for 327 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions, 8 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD in a 62-38 win over WSU.

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 22 of 34 for 444 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception, 1 rushing TD in a 51-14 win over Clemson.

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson — 17 of 37 for 156 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions  in a 51-14 loss to FSU.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 29 of 38 for 341 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions in a 38-35 loss to UCF.

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State — 35 of 45 for 481 yards, 4 TDs, 0 interceptions in a 49-17 win over California.

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 23 of 31 for 343 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions, 1 rushing TD in a 71-7 win over Iowa State.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 28 of 38 for 454 yards, 4 TDs, 2 interceptions, 18 carries for 48 yards, 1 TD in a 45-41 loss to Auburn.

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State — 33 of 48 for 412 yards, 4 TDs, 0 interceptions in a 38-14 win over UNLV.

Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 20 of 30 for 155 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception, 32 carries for 316 yards, 3 TDs in a 38-17 win over Central Michigan.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA — 24 of 39 for 192 yards, 1 TD, 2 interceptions, 11 carries, 27 yards in a 24-10 loss to Stanford.

A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama — 15 of 21 for 180 yards, 3 TDs, 0 interceptions in a 52-0 win over Arkansas.

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — 16 of 28 for 114 yards, 0 TDs, 1 interception in a 31-27 loss to Vanderbilt.

Here’s how the vote would go if it were held today:

1. Mariota

2. Winston

3. Manziel

4. Mannion

5. Petty

6. McCarron

7. Lynch

8. Carr

9. Bridgewater

10. Boyd

Arkansas to host Ole Miss in Little Rock in 2018

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Ole Miss will put the finishing touches on its 2017 season with the annual Egg Bowl Thanksgiving night, but there’s a bit of 2018 scheduling news involving the Rebels to touch on first.

Wednesday, Arkansas announced that its 2018 game against Ole Miss will be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock instead of their on-campus home in Fayetteville. Next season will mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of War Memorial Stadium.

“We look forward to our return to Central Arkansas to take on Ole Miss at War Memorial Stadium in October 2018,” interim athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples said in a statement. “I know Razorback fans will be excited and ready to cheer on our team in a key Southeastern Conference Western Division matchup.

“Arkansas and Ole Miss first met on the football field more than a century ago and we look forward to the next chapter in this rivalry, in a venue that has hosted so many important games in this series.”

In fact, the game next season will mark the 110th anniversary of the first-ever meeting between the two football programs.

The Razorbacks and Rebels last played in Little Rock in 2012. Their only other matchup at War Memorial Stadium as conference foes came in 1992.

UCLA, UNLV announce future home-and-home

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! And, as you get set for your Turkey Day feast, here’s a little future scheduling news on which to nibble.

Just a handful of days after dumping its head coach, UCLA, along with UNLV, announced that the two football programs have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series. The Bruins will play host to the Rebels on Sept. 7, 2024, at the Rose Bowl. The following season, on Sept. 6, 2025, the two teams will meet up once again in Las Vegas.

“This is another series that bolsters our future schedules and is beneficial for both sides geographically,” a statement from Desiree Reed-Francois began. “Our fans enjoy seeing traditional powers come to town, it enhances our football program’s efforts in the recruiting hotbed of Southern California and partnering with prestigious institutions in the Pac-12 only helps our development as a University.”

The schools have met twice previously, in 2015 and 2016, with the Bruins winning both by a combined score of 79-24.

This scheduling news comes three weeks after UNLV announced a future four-game series with Cal. The MWC program also has future games against Pac-12 members USC (2018 season opener) and Arizona State (home-and-home in 2020 and 2021) on the scheduling docket.

Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings dismissed after Instagram tirade against Vols coaching staff

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The 2017 season just can’t end quick enough for Tennessee.

Proving that there have been much better days on Rocky Top, the school has reportedly and unexpectedly dismissed wide receiver Jauan Jennings from the team on Wednesday evening — just hours after the junior went on a tirade against the current coaching staff and posted it to his social media accounts.

Jennings reportedly went off earlier in the day at the staff and called them several choice, NSFW names in videos posted to his private Instagram account.

The receiver was somewhat of a surprise return to practice recently as it was expected he was going to miss the rest of the season after being injured in season opener against Georgia Tech. Jennings enter the year as an All-SEC third team selection in the preseason but was limited to just three catches for 17 yards the first half of the Vols’ first game.

Jennings could transfer to another school as he has a redshirt year available and likely would be able to receive a medical redshirt as well. Declaring for the NFL Draft seems the more likely scenario however but one thing is for certain: a return to Tennessee doesn’t look like it’s in the cards after Wednesday’s actions on both sides.

Arkansas names advisory committee for athletic director search to replace Jeff Long

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Arkansas needs a new athletic director so they’re doing what every enterprise in college athletics does when they need to get something done: form a committee.

The school announced on Wednesday that they had formed a seven person search committee to find the Razorback’s next athletic director after firing Jeff Long last week from the same position. Julie Cromer Peoples will continue to serve as the interim AD while Arkansas chancellor Joseph Steinmetz finds the next permanent name for the position.

The committee is quite a diverse group, headlined by LPGA golfer Stacy Lewis (who golfed for the school). Women’s track coach Lance Harter, Board of Trustees chairman Ben Hyneman, professor Gerald Jordan, architecture school dean Peter MacKeith, Razorback Foundation member Rick Massey, and former quarterback turned booster Bill Montgomery.

“I sought to assemble a committee representative of the university, spanning past and present in our academics and athletics history, with knowledge and perspective about Arkansas, and, notably an appreciation of the source of pride the Razorbacks are for the state of Arkansas,” Steinmetz said in a statement. “I have great faith in the approach that each of these advisors will bring to the process and I’d like to thank these folks for their time in this endeavor.”

It remains unclear what, if any, input the committee will have regarding the future of head coach Bret Bielema. His tenure was widely linked to that of Long’s and rumors have already surfaced that the school will quickly let the coach go and begin a full court press to land Auburn’s Gus Malzahn to replace him.

First up though is the team’s final game, which comes at home against Missouri on Friday. Arkansas, sitting at 4-7 on the season, has already been eliminated from bowl contention so the outing will be the team’s last before the future direction of the program gets decided.