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Houston expects WR D’Eriq King to be available for Texas Tech game

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As Houston prepares for a game that could quickly become a shootout of sorts with Texas Tech, the Cougars could have one more wide receiver good to go this weekend. D’Eriq King is expected to make his season debut for the Cougars this week after missing the past two games coming off an offseason knee injury.

Houston head coach Major Applewhite announced on the radio he feels his young wide receiver option is finally ready to get back at it, and it could come at no better time.

As a freshman in 2016, King caught 20 passes in 10 games for 228 yards and a touchdown. King was expected to be a contributor to the offense this season. Having a healthy receiver is going to be key against a Texas Tech offense that will not shy away from the pass.

AAC announced hurricane-related adjustment to league slate

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Several FBS games were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma the first two weeks of the college football season.  Wednesday, one conference took significant steps to get their games in, although there’s still one left to take.

South Florida’s Week 2 game against UConn was postponed as the Bulls prepared for Irma to hit the Tampa area.  The AAC has now announced that game will be played on Nov. 4, which triggered the adjustment of a handful of other games in the conference involving not only those two schools but Cincinnati, East Carolina and Houston as well.

Below are all of the scheduling changes made by the league in an effort to get all AAC games played this season.

UCONN
UConn will host ECU Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date) and will host USF Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original date of the ECU game). The game will be played on a Sunday due to the unavailability of Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday.

USF
USF will host Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 14 (replacing a previously scheduled game against Massachusetts), will host Houston Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing the original game against Cincinnati), and will play at UConn Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original game against Houston).

CINCINNATI
Cincinnati will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 14 and will have its open date Oct. 28 (replacing an Oct. 14 open date and the game at USF Oct. 28).

ECU
ECU will visit UConn Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date), will have an open date Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing a game against Houston), and will play at Houston Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the previously scheduled game against UConn).

HOUSTON
Houston will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 28 (instead of Nov. 4) and will host ECU Saturday, Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28).

Still left to be rescheduled is the Memphis-UCF game, which was postponed last weekend as well because of Irma.

“I would like to thank our presidents, athletic directors and our head football coaches for their outstanding collaboration and cooperation to resolve this unprecedented situation in as fair a manner as possible,” said commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ryan Bamford of UMass for his cooperation and understanding. This was not an easy process, but we feel that this revised schedule is a significant step toward giving us the best opportunity to decide our champion on the field.”

 

Vegas remains very high on Ohio State’s national title hopes

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Ohio State may no longer be viable national title contenders in the eyes of some fans, that’s not how one Las Vegas book sees it.

Despite an embarrassing home loss to Oklahoma Saturday night, OSU is currently an 8/1 favorite to claim the 2017 College Football Playoff championship according to Bovada.lv. That’s down just slightly from the 6/1 they were at after Week 1 and behind just two other teams — Alabama at 7/4 (13/5 on Sept. 5) and USC at 6/1.

And the team that convincingly dropped the Buckeyes? The Sooners are at 8/1 after being at 14/1 a week ago.

Of course, there is precedence for OSU bouncing back from such an early-season loss, which is surely in the back of Vegas’ oddsmaking minds. Three years ago, OSU stumbled in a double-digit Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech before going undefeated the remainder of the year and claiming the 2014 national championship in the first season of the CFP.

Getting back to the here and now, the 2016 national champions, Clemson (20/1), are at 14/1 in Bovada‘s latest title odds, as are Michigan and Penn State. Both of those Big Ten teams hold steady from their odds a week ago.

Houston, at 100/1, is the only Group of Five team still on the board.

Below is the latest set of 2017 national championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.

Authorities open investigation into racist letter sent to Kevin Sumlin

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As well they should. Bravo, Brazos.

On the heels of Texas A&M’s embarrassing come-from-ahead loss to UCLA top open Week 1, a repugnant degenerate decided to reach out to A&M’s Kevin Sumlin with a racist missive sent to the head coach’s home, which Sumlin’s wife wisely posted to Twitter.

“You suck as a coach!” the vitriolic message began, before further devolving. “You’re a n****r and can’t win! Please get lost!”

“or else,” the snail-mailed message ominously ended.

Not long after, A&M sent out a statement unequivocally condemning the “disgusting, threatening letter.” Public scorn could turn out to be the least of the sender’s worries as ESPN.com‘s Adam Rittenberg confirmed that “[t]he Brazos County (Texas) Sheriff’s office… has an open investigation into the racist hate mail sent to the home of” Sumlin and his family.

In addition to the letter, Sumlin’s wife, Charlene Sumlin, included a photo in her social media post of the envelope in which it was sent. There was no name attached by the racist coward, of course, and the return address, which could very well be a bogus one, is for Houston Country Club.

Prior to taking over as the head coach at A&M, Sumlin was the head coach of the Houston Cougars from 2008-11.

Arizona RB Nick Wilson listed as questionable for game vs. Houston

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While many college football programs treat injuries like some sort of Soviet state secret, Arizona is one of the few schools that actually sends out an NFL-style list of player injuries prior to their game each week.

Normally there isn’t much surprising news from the list that we don’t already know about but that was not the case when the Wildcats listed starting tailback Nick Wilson as questionable with an ankle injury for the team’s game against Houston at home on Saturday night.

The senior recorded eight carries for 87 yards and a touchdown in limited work during Arizona’s season opener but did not appear injured during the contest, giving way to backups fairly early as the team routed Northern Arizona 62-24 in Week 1. It’s still possible he bounces back from whatever injury he has in time to play against the Cougars, but Wilson’s rough history of staying healthy likely will cause coaches and fans to hold their breath.

While having a game-breaker like Wilson out could be rough, it at least hits at one of the very few positions where Arizona has some depth. J.J. Taylor is very talented and the team got solid numbers from backups Zach Green and Nathan Tilford in last week’s game. Perhaps the bigger issue for the Wildcats’ running game going forward is that they have to play All-World defensive tackle Ed Oliver on Saturday but Rich Rodriguez is likely taking things one problem at a time.