Today had all of the ingredients for a classic trap game for Miami. After finding a way to escape last week’s Thursday night game at North Carolina, Miami returned home for an early afternoon game against Wake Forest before getting set to hit the road next week to take on surging Florida State. Playing in to the trap game idea, Miami has looked like a lost team against Wake Forest but a late touchdown drive may have given the Hurricanes some life. Wake Forest is up 14-10 at the half in Miami.
Wake Forest opened the game with a 16-yard touchdown drive that took up roughly half of the first quarter, and then forced Miami to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession. After Miami got on the board in the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal by Matt Goudis, Wake Forest put together another touchdown drive covering 75 yards. The second touchdown drive was given a lift on a 56-yard pass down the right sideline from Tanner Price to Tyree Harris on a long third down attempt right out of a timeout. Miami would later stop Wake Forest a yard shy of a first down inside the red zone but rather than try for a field goal Wake Forest kept the offense on the field and Price rolled left on play action and found Michael Campanaro running free in the end zone for an easy touchdown.
Miami, who finally learned their NCAA fate earlier this week and is now officially eligible for postseason play, may have found a spark on their final offensive possession. Starting from their 38-yard line quickly picked up a touchdown on a four-play drive when Stephen Morris completed a 35 yard pass or a touchdown to Herb Waters.
At the half, Miami has just 126 yards of offense to wake Forest’s 226. Wake Forest has held Miami running back Duke Johnson in check, limiting the Hurricane running back to 37 yards on ten carries.
If that late touchdown will get Miami some confidence, it could lead to some signs of life in the second half. But Wake Forest has been running a solid game plan against Miami’s defense so far and should stick with the methodic style that is eating up clock and moving down field.
When word first broke of NCAA violations against Ole Miss, word from the Rebels’ football program was one of caution, for it was uncertain how many were targeted against football versus women’s basketball and track and field.
It appears we now know.
On Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported the NCAA levied 13 allegations out of a possible 28 against the Ole Miss football team, nine of which occurred under the watch of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, it appears the most serious violations were either already know or took place during the Houston Nutt regime.
Included in the allegations are Laremy Tunsil‘s improper benefits, for which the left tackle already sat seven games. Also included are accusations former Nutt assistant David Saunders participated in a scheme to produce fraudulent test scores for recruits — the same allegations currently levied against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The remaining allegations, as detailed by the AP, include run-of-the-mill violations such as having the wrong people provide transportation on recruiting visits or assistant coaches making improper contact with recruits, many of which Ole Miss has already self-reported.
ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton provided a massive public service through his Twitter account on Tuesday, releasing a data dump of fascinating information about the signing class of 2016.
In short, Texas was the most popular breeding ground for FBS prospects, but half of all signees came from a clean sweep from Texas, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and up to North Carolina.
The Lone Star State produced 359 players, with nearly half of those heading to Power 5 institutions. In fact, Hamilton reports, 72 of 128 FBS programs and 38 of 64 Power 5’s signed at least one player from Texas.
Florida trailed with 327 players, followed by California with 248 players and Georgia with 225. For what it’s worth, Ohio was not included in the study.
Data dump, begin!
The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 conference schedule highlighted by, oddly enough, non-conference games that pit league gem Houston against Oklahoma (on opening day at Houston’s NRG Stadium) and Louisville (in Houston on Nov. 19).
Those two games, more than any others, will sink or swim the conference’s chances of not only grabbing the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six, but a spot in the College Football Playoff itself.
The 2016 conference slate kicks off with Navy meeting Connecticut on Sept. 10 and concludes with the second annual AAC title game on Dec. 3 at a to-be-determined campus site.
The AAC led the way in scheduling Power 5 opponents — highlighted by a Week 3 schedule that will see the entire East Division punching up a weight class — and includes the likes of Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma (for all intents and purposes) visiting AAC campuses.
View the full AAC slate here:
Just like we all thought when watching him play at Notre Dame, Tommy Rees will be in the NFL in 2016. Just not as a quarterback.
The San Diego Chargers announced his hiring as an obnoxiously vague offensive assistant, assisting with the club’s offense in some form that they aren’t inclined to elaborate on.
After completing a career in which he threw for 7,670 yards with 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions from 2010-13, Rees was cut by the Washington Redskins in 2014, then spent the 2014-15 seasons as a graduate assistant at Northwestern.