Sometimes you just have knuckle down and win an ugly game. No. 8 Wisconsin (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) did just that on Saturday against No. 20 Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) by coming through for a gritty 38-14 victory on the strength of its defense. The only points scored by Iowa came from cornerback Joshua Jackson, and Wisconsin held Iowa to just 56 yards of offense. The win for Wisconsin clinched a return trip to the Big Ten championship game.
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook was picked off twice by Jackson, and each time the interception was returned for a touchdown. It was the only way Iowa would manage to score in this one as the offense never got anything going against a stingy Wisconsin defense. Iowa forced two additional Wisconsin turnovers but Iowa could not take advantage of the opportunities unless Jackson was the one getting his hands on the football on defense. Wisconsin’s defense even got in on the scoring with a fumble return for a touchdown by Leon Jacobs. Another Iowa turnover also led to a Wisconsin score in the fourth quarter as the Badgers continued to pad their lead. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor continued to show why he is the Big Ten’s leading rusher with 158 yards on the ground.
A week after lighting up the Buckeyes, Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley completed just eight of his 23 pass attempts for 41 yards.
Here’s the thing with Wisconsin. They’re a pretty darn good team. They tend to be well coached by Paul Chryst. They don’t do many things in a sexy fashion, but they haven’t had to either. The schedule is what the schedule is, and it is fair to analyze that when comparing what Wisconsin has accomplished against what other playoff contenders have accomplished so far. And it is still fair to suggest other teams have a more impressive overall body of work too, conceding that an undefeated season does not necessarily have to mean you have been more impressive thana one-loss team or even, perhaps, a two-loss team.
But Wisconsin is doing exactly what it needs to do to achieve its first goal, which is winning the Big Ten. If the Badgers get to 12-0 with a shot at the Big Ten championship, they will absolutely be worthy of playoff consideration entering the conference title game. Anyone who argues against that is just being dismissive. This Wisconsin team is good. They might even be able to score a point in the College Football Playoff should they be fortunate enough to make it that far. For now, Chryst and Wisconsin will just focus on taking care of what they can and then letting the playoff committee do their job to determine if they are worthy or not at the end of the season.
For Wisconsin, it is on to next week to work on getting to 11-0. To do that, they will have to win one more game at home. Wisconsin will host Michigan next week in the home finale for the Badgers. The Wolverines could be tricky after seemingly discovered how to play some offense the last couple of weeks.
Iowa will return home for their home finale as well. The Hawkeyes host Purdue next week.
Our long national nightmare when it comes to a former Kansas football coach is over. Or something like that.
In early November of 2018, Kansas announced that David Beaty would be fired as head football coach upon the conclusion of that regular season. At the time, athletic director Jeff Long stated that the university would honor the terms of Beaty’s contract, which included a $3 million buyout payable over a six-month period. That never actually happened. And led to a contentious lawsuit. One that involved the school needing to euphemistically find “a dead hooker” in Beaty’s past. Because of minor NCAA violations.
Friday, the university announced that it has reached a settlement with Beaty. For $2.55 million. Which means, after nearly two years worth of lawyers fees and such are factored in, the university likely ended up… costing itself money they could’ve saved if they had just paid Beaty the money he was contractually owed in the first place.
Kudos, KU. Below is the university’s attempt at a face-saving statement:
Today, Kansas athletics entered into a $2.55 million financial settlement with former head football coach David Beaty, ending all litigation and disputes. Despite the settlement, the University maintains that the facts and principles behind its position remain intact. For the betterment of KU, and driven by a willingness to move forward during a time of uncertainty in college athletics, the University has now put this matter behind us. All funds to be paid as part of the settlement will come from the original amount placed in escrow during the 2018-2019 fiscal year following Beaty’s separation from KU.
In four seasons as the Jayhawks head coach, Beaty went 6-42 overall and 2-34 in Big 12 play. In mid-November of 2018, Kansas confirmed that former LSU head coach Les Miles would be taking over for Beaty.
A North Carolina football program running on an offseason high is now mourning the loss of one of its own.
According to multiple media outlets, Tommy Smith died Thursday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Details surrounding the accident are not known.
The Goldsboro, North Carolina, native was 37 years old.
From 2002-05, Smith was a standout defensive lineman for the Tar Heels. In a statement, the North Carolina football program addressed his passing.
We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our Tar Heel brothers, Tommy Davis. The Carolina Football Family extends its deepest condolences to Tommy’s family and friends.
His first two seasons in Chapel Hill, Smith was a part-time starter. In his last two seasons, Smith started every game for the ACC school. Smith combined for 18 tackles for loss and 11½ sacks his junior and senior seasons.
The 6-2, 257 Smith went undrafted in 2016. Over the next three years, he spent time on practice squads with New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Washington.
In 2011, he returned to North Carolina as a graduate assistant. He spent the 2012 season in that capacity as well. In 2013, Smith served as the defensive line coach at Saint Joseph’s, a Div. II program in Indiana.
Iowa has officially added a talented and experienced Group of Five player to its roster.
In May, Jack Heflin was one of three Northern Illinois starters to enter the NCAA transfer database the same day. A little over a week later, the defensive tackle announced on Twitter that he’s headed to Iowa football.
Friday, Iowa football confirmed Heflin’s addition to the Hawkeyes as the lineman signed with the program. As a graduate transfer, Heflin is eligible to play immediately for the Big Ten school. The upcoming season, though, will serve as his final year of eligibility.
Based on his resume, Heflin should contribute immediately to the Hawkeyes.
Heflin was a two-star member of the 2016 recruiting class for the Huskies. NIU was his only FBS offer coming out of high school in Indiana.
In leading NIU in tackles for loss with 8½, sacks with three and forced fumbles with three, Heflin started all 11 games in which he played in 2019. MAC coaches named him second-team all-conference this past season. He was also third-team All-MAC the previous season. All told, Heflin started 28 of the 38 games in which he played.
In those appearances, Heflin was credited with 72 tackles, 17½ tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and one blocked kick.
The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.
In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on June 6, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Three West Virginia safeties now in transfer portal
THE SYNOPSIS: And two of those were starters. Even for the portal, this is a bit of overkill.
THE HEADLINE: USC QB Sam Darnold remains prohibitive Heisman favorite according to latest odds
THE SYNOPSIS: This is exactly why, while fun, preseason Heisman odds are utterly useless. In 2017, Darnold didn’t even finish in the Top 10 in the voting. The voting, incidentally, that earned Baker Mayfield the stiff-armed trophy that year.
THE HEADLINE: Jeff Gordon to drive Penn State car at Pocono
THE SYNOPSIS: This post had a surprisingly healthy number of comments. For whatever reason.
THE HEADLINE: Incoming Tar Heel charged for stealing $53,000 in watches and jewelry
THE SYNOPSIS: Just gotta get this off my chest. It’s charged “with.” Not charged “for.” You’re arrested “for.” And as “for” the player? Tight end Avery Edwards ended up catching 19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. At Maryland.
THE HEADLINE: Bobby Bowden would serve on playoff selection committee
THE SYNOPSIS: The former Florida State head coach and College Football Hall of Famer never did serve. Because he wasn’t asked. Dadgummit, though, they should’ve asked the coaching legend.
THE HEADLINE: USC stripped of ’04 BcS title
THE SYNOPSIS: This headline won’t pick any Trojan Nation scabs, will it?