Louisville v Connecticut

Louisville remains in American hunt, now rooting for Houston


Louisville (8-1, 4-1 AAC) was plagued by dropped passes all over the field all night long, but against a Connecticut (0-8, 0-4) team still searching for their first win of the season that was not nearly enough to lead to an upset bid. Teddy Bridgewater passed for 288 yards and a touchdown as Louisville dominated UConn, 31-10. The win keeps Louisville in the championship picture for the American.

Louisville’s best shot at winning the American’s BCS bid may have to be by way of a three-way tie for the conference championship. The likely path for that to happen involves Central Florida and Houston each losing a game before the end of the season. Ideally, for Louisville, that would have Houston defeated Central Florida on Saturday and then Louisville beating Houston next week.

That would likely lead to a three-way share of the conference championship and with each team defeating each other in round-robin style, the highest BCS ranking would determine which team gets the conference’s automatic BCS berth. Under that scenario, Louisville would be that team according to the conference’s tie-breaker procedures.

So this weekend Louisville fans will be pulling for Houston, because the Cardinals will get a chance to handle that part of the equation themselves next week and it is not likely Central Florida loses two games the rest of the way.

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.