TCU clinches share of Big 12 and dares committee to leave Frogs out of playoff

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No. 3 TCU (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) may not have looked pretty in the first half of a regular-season finale victory against Iowa State (2-10, 0-9 Big 12), but the Horned Frogs put together a strong closing argument that may be too much for any other playoff contender on the outside looking in may be able to overcome. TCU should not be rewarded for beating Iowa State, but a 55-3 victory over the Cyclones to wrap up at least a share of the Big 12 championship may be just what the doctor ordered to stay in a favorable spot in the playoff chase.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin passed for 460 yards and four touchdowns. If that was not good enough, Boykin added a 55-yard touchdown catch to open the game’s scoring and rushed for 44 yards to lead the offensive attack before being given a rest in the fourth quarter. Josh Doctson was the leading receiver with 151 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Glenn led things on the ground with 104 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Derrick Kindred had a pick-six and the Horned Frogs held Iowa State to fewer than 250 yards of offense while the offense put together over 700 yards of total offense. It was every bit the dominating performance TCU needed to continue to keep pace in the playoff race coming down the final stretch.

The challenge has been issued. First, Baylor must put away Kansas State at home in order to continue the TCU-Baylor debate. With a win against Kansas State, Baylor will split the big 12 championship with TCU. With a head-to-head victory, the Big 12 would recognize Baylor as its conference championship, but whether that matters to the committee or not is anyone’s guess. Baylor may need a convincing victory over Kansas State to sway enough votes their way when the playoff field is set by the committee Sunday.

Whatever the case may be, TCU has put together one of the best seasons in school history, and that is a tremendous credit to the job done by head coach Gary Patterson. In just its third year in the Big 12, TCU continued with its foundation of defense and adapted the offense to have an impact in the conference. It took some time for the recruiting and talent to catch up to build a true Big 12 contender, but Patterson made the changes he and his staff needed to be put in this position.

Patterson may also have won some karma points in the process. Up 55-3 in the fourth quarter and with a chance to add another touchdown, TCU took a knee inside the red zone on fourth down with just over four minutes to play. The case had been made for TCU, and Patterson did not want to run up the score for the sake of extra style points.

WVU WR Tevin Bush enters transfer portal

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West Virginia running back Tevin Bush has entered the transfer portal, head coach Neal Brown has announced.

“Tevin has had a rough few months,” Brown told WV Metro News. “He has had lingering foot and heel issues. He’s going to redshirt the rest of this season and enter the transfer portal. I support that decision. He wants to go closer to home.”

The New Orleans native has spent time at running back and in the slot for the Mountaineers. He played nine games at running back as a freshman in 2017, totaling 20 carries for 81 yards and four catches for 15 yards.

He moved to wide receiver last season and snared 14 passes for 209 yards in 11 games while rushing six times for 103 yards, including a career-long 79-yarder against Baylor. Bush scored one career touchdown as a Mountaineer.

Bush totaled six receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown and three carries for 15 yards in four games this season. He will be able to count this season as a redshirt and play elsewhere in 2020, most likely a program in or around Louisiana.

Four-star 2019 corner tweets transfer from Arkansas

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For the second time today, there’s some Arkansas personnel news on which to touch.

Monday, Chad Morris confirmed that linebacker D’Vone McClure left the team to deal with family responsibilities.  Later that same day, teammate Devin Bush took to Twitter to announce that, “[a]fter speaking with my parents and coaches, I’ve made the decision to officially enter the transfer portal.”

A four-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2019 recruiting class, Bush was rated as the No. 28 corner in the country and the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Louisiana.  The New Orleans native was the highest-rated defensive signee in Arkansas’ class this year.

Because he played in just four games this year, Bush will be able to take a redshirt for his true freshman season.

WR Weston Bridges is fourth Michigan State player to enter portal

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In the offseason, Weston Bridges changed positions.  Midway through the 2019 season, it appears Bridges is now set to change schools.

On his personal Twitter account Monday afternoon, Bridges indicated that he has decided to take his leave of Michigan State and transfer to an undetermined elsewhere.  It has subsequently been confirmed that the wide receiver is headed into the NCAA transfer database.

A three-star member of the Spartans’ 2017 recruiting class, Bridges was rated as the No. 31 running back in the country and the No. 24 player at any position in the state of Ohio.  During the spring this year, Bridges moved from running back to receiver.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Bridges carried the ball 16 times for 53 yards last season.  He was suspended for a late-September game because of unspecified violations of team rules.

Bridges is the fourth MSU football player to enter the portal since the 2019 season kicked off, joining linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle (HERE) as well as a pair of running backs in Connor Heyward (HERE) and La’Darius Jefferson (HERE).

Louisville’s season-opening QB starter to undergo year-ending surgery

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Jawon Pass began the 2019 season as Louisville’s starter under center.  After a couple of weeks of uncertainty, the redshirt junior will end it on the sidelines.

Pass suffered what turned out to be diagnosed as a case of turf toe in the season-opening loss to Notre Dame.  It wasn’t severe enough, however, to keep the starting quarterback out of the Week 2 win over Eastern Kentucky.

The past four games, though, Pass has been sidelined because of the injury.  Tuesday, it was confirmed by the football program that, as some have speculated, Pass will undergo surgery and, as a result, miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

With Pass sidelined, Malik Cunningham had started all four games in his place.  The redshirt sophomore, though, has been dealing with his own injuries, including a knee issue, that at least temporarily knocked him out of a pair of games.

True freshman Evan Conley replaced Cunningham both times, and was even named as the ACC’s Quarterback and Rookie of the Week for his performance in the upset of Wake Forest this past weekend.

For the season, Cunningham has completed 44-of-66 passes (66.7 percent) for 820 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception.  Conley is at a 64.9 completion percentage on his 37 attempts, throwing for 422 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.  Cunningham is the Cardinals third-leading rusher with 226 yards, while Conley is fifth with 84.

As of today, head coach Scott Satterfield has not named a starter for this weekend’s game against No. 3 Clemson.