Can we just fast forward to the end of the season when Baylor and TCU square off? No. 2 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) once again left no doubt who the better team on the field was Saturday afternoon, jumping on West Virginia (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) early and pulling away in the second half of a 62-38 victory. West Virginia dropped to 0-3 in Big 12 play as a result.
Baylor quarterback Seth Russell passed for 380 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 160 yards and a touchdown in the win. When Russell was throwing, he was doing so primarily to Corey Coleman, who made some school history in the process. Coleman put together 199 receiving yards and three touchdowns to tie and then set the school record for the most touchdown receptions in a single season. His first touchdown of the day tied the previous record of 14 touchdowns in a season that was set by Kendall Wright in 2011. Coleman’s second touchdown set the new record at 15, and the third pushed that record to 16. Just remember that Baylor still has six games to play this season, not counting any potential postseason games. Coleman could end the year with 30 touchdowns.
Art Briles has done well in putting together an offensive system capable of rewriting the record books on any given week, and he should be credited for that. Through six games it may be fair to argue Baylor is one of the top teams in the country, although it is also fair to point out Baylor has yet to truly be challenged and they have yet to show what they can do in a true moment of adversity. That’s not Baylor’s fault, for the most part. The Bears just go out and play whoever lines up against them, and they take care of business each and every time.
Next up for Baylor is Iowa State, who have the misfortune of playing TCU this week before making the trip to Waco next week. Baylor is set to play TCU in Fort Worth on November 27, and will end the season at home against the Texas Longhorns. As far as the Big 12 is concerned, it all seems to be coming down to that November 27 matchup at TCU. As long as Baylor and TCU continue to win games, there could very well be a playoff spot on the line as well. If that’s the case, the Big 12 will not be shut out of the biggest postseason party this year.
West Virginia is now skating on thin ice when it comes to the postseason possibilities. After starting the year 3-0, West Virginia has dropped three straight conference games and must still win three to become bowl eligible. The good news is West Virginia’s schedule becomes much more manageable after playing TCU in two weeks on a Thursday night. Regardless, the pressure is pretty much on now for Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers.
Nebraska will play a 12-game schedule after all, as long as Mother Nature decides to cooperate for the rest of the season. Nebraska announced today it has added a home football game against Bethune-Cookman.
According to the release from Nebraska, the Huskers will host the FCS school on October 27. The game will replace a home game wiped out by lightning against Akron back in Week 1.
“Our great fans and our football student-athletes deserve a full schedule, and we are glad to be able to provide an additional game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We appreciate the patience of our fans through this process.”
Nebraska will pay Bethune-Cookman $800,000 to make the trip to Lincoln.
Unfortunately, Cal’s worst injury fears have been realized yet again.
In the Bears’ season-opening win over North Carolina, Cameron Goode sustained what’s only been described as an unspecified lower-leg injury. The redshirt sophomore linebacker did not play in the past two games because of the injury and won’t play again this season, Justin Wilcox confirmed Wednesday.
“I really feel for him because he puts a lot into football,” the head coach said. “He’ll go through that window of not being able to play this year. It’s a pretty short window, then he’ll start working on what’s next.”
It’s expected Goode will be fully recovered by the start of spring practice.
This marks the second-straight season his year has ended prematurely because of injury. Last year, he started the first nine games before being sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Goode had returned an interception for a touchdown in the opener before going down with the leg injury. He also returned a pick for a score last season in the win over Ole Miss.
There’s incredibly sad news coming out of the Minnesota football program Thursday afternoon.
In an absolutely heartbreaking missive posted to Twitter, Chuck Connelly, the father of former Minnesota offensive lineman Nick Connelly, revealed that his son lost his three-month battle with cancer Wednesday. Or, as the elder Connelly put it, “[o]n Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018 Heaven needed a right tackle and Nick Connelly got the call.”
Connelly was just 22 years old.
The younger Connelly was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma in June of this year. A very rare form of cancer — WebMD states just that just 1,200 cases are diagnosed annually in the United States, with nearly 60 percent of those coming in patients over the age of 40 — and is recognized as the fastest growing human tumor.
In late October of last year, Connelly, who had started the first five games of the 2017 season at right tackle for the Gophers, announced that he was retiring from football because of the effects of multiple concussions.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Connelly’s family, friends and former teammates for their loss.
Another day, another FBS player has made an in-season move away from their now-former program.
Marquez Trigg wrote on his personal Twitter account this week that he has decided to transfer from Western Kentucky. “I will graduate in December and transfer to pursue other opportunities for my 5th year of college football,” the running back wrote.
While the redshirt junior gave no specific reason for the departure, a steep drop in opportunities this season likely played a significant role.
After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2015, Trigg ran for 465 yards combined in 2016 (298) and 2017 (167) on 122 carries. This season, his nine carries in three games netted him just 12 yards.
Trigg totaled four rushing touchdowns during his time with the Hilltoppers, two each during the last two seasons. He also caught 12 passes for 59 yards out of the backfield last season.