West Virginia helps hit reset button on Big 12 with upset of No. 4 Baylor


A week ago Baylor managed to come back from a 21-point deficit to beat TCU in the fourth quarter. This week was a different story. No. 4 Baylor (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) was shutout in the fourth quarter and West Virginia (5-2, 3-1) scored twice to pull away from the defending Big 12 champions. It was the second significant upset in the Big 12 that unfolded early Saturday afternoon that could reshape the way this conference now plays out the rest of the way.

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett out-dueled his counterpart from Baylor, Bryce Petty. Trickett ended his day with 322 passing yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter as the Mountaineers broke a tie and ran away with the win. Petty was held to completing just 16 of 32 attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Talk all you wish about offense, but West Virginia’s defense deserves great praise for this one. West Virginia lost three turnovers, but the defense only allowed 10 yards to be scored off of those mistakes. The Baylor touchdown following a fumble came on a possession that started on the West Virginia seven, so blaming the defense for that hardly seems fair anyway. Baylor had over 700 yards of offense a week ago against TCU, but West Virginia held the BEars to just 318 yards of offense. West Virgina’s ability to get off the field on defense was magnificent as well. Baylor converted just three out of 16 third-down conversion attempts, and Baylor was 0-for-2 on fourth-down conversion attempts.

This game was polluted by penalties by both teams as well. Baylor was called for 18 penalties and 185 penalty yards. West Virginia was flagged 14 times for 138 yards. Neither Art Briles nor Dana Holgorsen can be pleased with that lack of discipline from start to finish.

Baylor was the Big 12’s final undefeated team. Now, in Big 12 play, Oklahoma State and Kansas State are the only undefeated teams in conference play (and Oklahoma State is off to a poor start at TCU). Baylor sis certainly not out of the Big 12 picture of course, but West Virginia has now made a push as well. At 3-1 in the Big 12, the Mountaineers are ahead fo Baylor in the standings. The Big 12 race is also going to be worth discussing as it relates to the College Football Playoff moving forward, although it is still too early to suggest the conference will be on the outside looking in. An undefeated Baylor team would have been the most likely to be a lock to represent the Big 12, although a one-loss Big 12 champion would likely still have a very good chance to be selected. This despite the conference having any real signature wins in out-of-conference play and no wins against top 25 competition.

Baylor will be off next week. Baylor’s next game will be November 1 at home against Kansas. Odds are the Bears will have little trouble with that one before heading to Norman, Oklahoma the following week to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.

West Virginia will go on the road next week to take on Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers have TCU at home the following week and then a road trip to Austin to play the Texas Longhorns before getting to a mid-November bye week.

Iowa State QB Re-al Mitchell latest to enter name into transfer portal

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The portal has claimed another name and Iowa State’s quarterback depth will suffer as a result.

Cyclones signal-caller Re-al Mitchell became the latest enter the NCAA Transfer Database this week and confirmed on social media that he was leaving Ames for another opportunity elsewhere.

The move is fairly unsurprising given that Mitchell arrived on campus in the same recruiting class as current starter Brock Purdy. With a pathway to significant playing time blocked by one of the best young QB’s in the sport, a ticket out of town seemed like it was coming sooner or later for the team’s No. 2 on the depth chart.

A dual-threat known for his speed, Mitchell was originally ranked as a three-star prospect coming out of high school who picked ISU over Arizona, Illinois, Kansas State, South Carolina and others. He wound up playing in six games under Matt Campbell over two seasons and threw for an even 100 yards and one touchdown.

A Southern California native, it’s possible a move back West could be in the cards for Mitchell. He appears to be insistent on playing under center but did see spot duty as a wide receiver during his stint in Ames.

Following the departure of Mitchell, Campbell will quite a bit of youth behind Purdy on the team’s depth chart. Freshman Aidan Bouman enrolled early for spring practice while fellow Class of 2020 QB and four-star recruit Hunter Dekkers will arrive later as they battle it out for backup reps. Iowa State opens the season at home against FCS South Dakota before heading to Kinnick Stadium to take on rival Iowa in Week 2.

Texas LB Ayodele Adeoye to miss spring practice with foot injury

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New Texas coordinator Chris Ash’s task at turning around the team’s defense got a tad bit harder on Saturday.

According to a release from the school, linebacker Ayodele Adeoye suffered a foot injury and will undergo surgery to correct it. While he is expected to be back in time for summer workouts, the upcoming trip under the knife will knock him out for all of spring practice in Austin.

Adeoye was a top recruit out of high school in 2018 but played in just four games and redshirted his first year on the Forty Acres. He turned into a regular starter (nine games) last season however and was fifth on the team in tackles (45) while recording an interception and 2.5 sacks.

With the redshirt sophomore out, the Longhorns depth this spring as they re-tool under Ash will certainly be tested. Fellow rising sophomore David Gbenda likely will take on an increased role based on the depth chart — though he might have to earn his way back after being sent home from UT’s Alamo Bowl win over Utah due to a violation of team rules.

Texas opens the 2020 season at home against USF and new head coach Jeff Scott before heading to Baton Rouge for a must-see game against reigning national champion LSU in Week 2.

Miami DL Scott Patchan enters transfer portal

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The transfer portal has giveth for Miami football and it’s taken away.

Less than a week after Hurricanes got a big pickup in the form of Temple grad transfer DL Quincy Roche, the program learned that veteran defensive end Scott Patchan had entered his name into the transfer portal via an announcement on social media:

Patchan started six games last season and played in all 13 for Miami in 2019. He recorded 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks while in the lineup but ultimately took a back seat to star pass rusher Greg Rousseau and a host of others.

The loss of Patchan certainly hurts the depth head coach Manny Diaz has to play with but is by no means a killer given what will return in 2020 along the line. In addition to Rousseau (coming off a 15.5 sack campaign) and former AAC Defensive Player of the Year Roche, rising sophomore Jahfari Harvey saw action and former five-star Jaelan Phillips will be eligible after transferring from UCLA.

Patchan, who received a waiver from the NCAA for a sixth-year after injuries hampered his career, will be immediately eligible for his new school.

Miami opens the 2020 season with a game against Temple as part of a three-game homestand against Group of Five opponents before traveling to Michigan State for a big non-conference test.

Buyouts and Chip Kelly’s grocery bill lands UCLA with $18.9 million deficit in 2019

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A difficult year for UCLA on the football field was just as difficult on the balance sheet.

According to details obtained by the San Jose Mercury News, the Bruins reported a shocking $18.9 million deficit for the recent 2018-19 fiscal year. This was the result of $108.4 million in revenue and $127.3 million in outgoing expenses.

“A confluence of events over the past two years led us to this point,” AD Dan Guerrero said in a statement to the paper, “and while it is unusual for us, we expect this shortfall can be mitigated.

“The investments made into our football and men’s basketball programs will pay off, ticket sales will normalize and one-time expenses will be paid.”

Those investments included a nearly 30 percent increase in the football program’s funding since the hire of Chip Kelly in late 2017. While former head coach Jim Mora’s buyout (nearly $12.5 million) was recorded in the previous year’s budget, the effects of it naturally carried over and created an even tricker situation when basketball coach Steve Alford’s buyout was thrown in for 2019.

In addition to buyouts, the grocery bill seemed to play a pretty big factor in the deficit as well. While this doesn’t appear to just be the case of switching from Albertsons to Whole Foods, under Kelly the program’s budget for nutrition ballooned from just a shade under $1 million to nearly $5.4 million last year. Add in decreased ticket sales in football (down $3.5 million from projections) after a disappointing year and increased costs from other places in the department and you can see how UCLA quickly went from being in the black into the red.

Needless to say, that puts even more pressure on Kelly and company to help turn things around in 2020. Things in Westwood haven’t been rosy in some time in the major revenue-producing sports and it seems it’s finally caught up to the folks in powder blue.