Buckeyes back up Heureman’s talk, pound Terps

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Earlier this past week, Jeff Heureman gave Maryland a little bulletin-board material ahead of its game against Ohio State.

“We’re going to go there and we’re going to welcome them to the Big Ten,” the Buckeyes tight end said Wednesday. “We’re going to go on the road and it’s going to be a big game and we’re going to show them what Big Ten football is and hopefully it’ll come out in our favor.”

In this case, Big Ten football was a woodshed… and the Terps’ home for three-plus hours Saturday afternoon.

Up 31-10 at the half, 20th-ranked OSU stayed standing on the opposition’s throats on in the last two quarters to win going away by the score of 52-24.  J.T Barrett continued to state his case to remain the starter even after Braxton Miller returns from injury next year, accounting for 338 yards of offense (267 passing, 71 rushing) and five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).

The Buckeyes statistically overwhelmed the Terps on offense, finishing with 533 yards to the home team’s 310.  This marked the third game in a row the Buckeyes have put up at least 500 yards of total offense.  The OSU offense was a balanced one as they ran for 269 yards and passed for 264 more.

They also had a 26-17 edge in first downs a week after tying the FBS single-game record with 39 in the win over Cincinnati.

Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 139 yards, his second straight 100-plus effort.  Conversely, the Terps managed just 66 yards on the ground with a meager 2.8 yards per carry.

Even with a change at quarterback, the Terps could muster almost next to nothing through the air.  C.J. Brown (11-18, 71 yards, one interception) was benched at halftime in favor of Caleb Rowe, who promptly through three interceptions in his two quarters of work.  One of those picks was returned for a touchdown by Raekwon McMillan while another was returned to the one-yard line.

It was the Big Ten opener for the Buckeyes, while the Terps fell to 1-1 in league play.

The game marked the Terps’ first home conference game as a member of the Big Ten as well as its first sellout since November of 2008 against Florida State.  It also showed they have a long, long way to go to compete with the conference’s elite teams.

Troy loses RB B.J. Smith, SBC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, to season-ending injury

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This one will certainly leave a lasting mark.

Over the summer, Troy’s B.J. Smith was named as the Sun Belt Conference’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.  Two months later, the football program confirmed, the running back will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2019 season because of an injury sustained in the Week 3 loss to Southern Miss.

While the specific nature of the injury wasn’t divulged by the school, it’s believed Smith injured his knee midway through the second quarter of last Saturday’s game.

Last season, Smith led the Trojans with 1,186 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.  This season, the fourth-year senior had rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in two games.

Because of the timing of the injury, Smith can take a redshirt for the 2019 season and return to the Trojans next season.

Texas LB Caleb Johnson enters transfer portal

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Sitting at the quarter-pole of the 2019 regular season, and Texas is the latest FBS program to feel the pain of the portal.

Joe Cook of InsideTexas.com was the first to report that Caleb Johnson has placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.  247Sports.com subsequently confirmed the initial report, writing that the junior linebacker “feels he has not fit in well since he arrived at Texas.”

247Sports provided further details as to the events leading up to Johnson’s decision.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Johnson met with the staff Monday morning to inform them of his intentions to enter the transfer portal. While the staff requested he think more about his decision, Johnson decided to enter his name into he NCAA Transfer Portal, and is listed in the portal as of Tuesday morning.

Johnson joined the Longhorns from the junior college level, enrolling early and taking part in spring practice this past offseason.  He was a three-star 2019 signee who was rated as the No. 3 JUCO outside linebacker in this past year’s class.

Through three games, Johnson hadn’t yet taken the field for the Big 12 program.

Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow surge past Trevor Lawrence in Heisman odds

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When the 2019 campaign kicked off, most assumed that the 2019 Heisman Trophy would be a two-player race. Three weeks in and that number has more than doubled.

In odds released by one offshore sportsbook, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is listed as a 2/1 favorite to win this year’s Heisman. The other preseason co-favorite, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, whose odds now sit at 15/2 — they were at 3/1 a week ago — after a start to the season has seen him throw more interceptions in three games (five) than he had in 15 games (four) as a true freshman a year ago.

Lawrence was actually leapfrogged in this latest odds release by a pair of quarterbacks: Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, who went from 7/2 to 3/1, and LSU’s Joe Burrow, up to 4/1 from 18/1.

Another quarterback also made an upward move as Ohio State’s Justin Fields climbed from 16/1 to 10/1.

The only non-quarterbacks on the list?  Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor sits at 20/1, while fellow running backs Travis Etienne of Clemson and D’Andre Swift of Georgia, along with Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy,  are sitting at 33/1.  Another running back, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins, is listed at 100/1.

Other quarterbacks that were listed include Georgia’s Jake Fromm at 14/1 (12/1 a week ago), Oregon’s Justin Herbert at 18/1 (25/1), Texas’ Sam Ehlinger at 18/1 (16/1), Notre Dame’s Ian Book at 50/1 (50/1), Michigan’s Shea Patterson at 66/1 (22/1) and Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez at 100/1 (off the board).

Ex-Auburn WR Nate Craig-Meyers cleared to play at Colorado State

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A couple of weeks into the 2019 season, Colorado State has realized an immediate infusion of Power Five talent.

Nate Craig-Meyers transferred from Auburn in September of 2018; three months later, he landed at Colorado State.  After being sidelined the first three games of this season, CSU confirmed Monday that Craig-Meyers is now eligible to play for the Rams, beginning in Week 4 against Toledo.

“Nate’s been an awesome teammate,” head coach Mike Bobo said according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. “He’s done a good job learning our offense. The first two weeks of the season he did scout team. This past week, when we knew he was going to be eligible for this week, he came down and repped some with the offense.

“He’s in a good position. He’ll be ready to go.”

Craig-Meyers was a four-star member of the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 receiver in the country; the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 45 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He was the highest-rated signee on the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers that recruiting cycle.

Despite starting all three games for the Tigers prior to his transfer last season, Craig-Meyers had just two receptions for 39 yards. He finished the AU portion of his playing career with 394 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns on his 22 catches.