The Big Ten may not have landed a team in the College Football Playoff, but the conference continues to rack up the wins in the bowl season. No. 6 Wisconsin (13-1) improved their bowl game winning streak to four consecutive bowl wins with a 34-24 victory over No. 10 Miami in the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami. The bowl win for the Badgers improved the Big Ten to a record of 7-0 this bowl season.
Wisconsin freshman running back Jonathan Taylor capped his record-setting freshman season with 130 rushing yards on 26 carries. Along the way, Taylor broke Adrian Petersen‘s all-time freshman rushing record. Though Taylor was kept out of the endzone, his ability to grind out yardage helped Wisconsin tire out the Miami defense and allowed the Badgers to get something going through the air. Alex Hornibrook passed for 258 yards and four touchdowns, with Danny Davis III catching three of those scores. The Badgers were lifted by a 21-point second quarter and were able to counter Miami in the second half to keep the ACC runners-up at arm’s length.
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst improved to 4-1 in bowl games, including a 3-0 mark since his arrival in Madison. The Badgers have also improved their win total each of the past three seasons under Chryst’s watch. This win was much like any Wisconsin had this season, with total dominance in time of possession. Wisconsin held the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game with 24 first downs. Miami struggled to stay on the field, with just two third down conversions out of 10.
The season ends on a three-game losing streak for Miami, but this season proved Mark Richt has been able to turn a corner with the program. Playing in the ACC Championship Game for the first time since joining the ACC was a hurdle that had long been one that could not be cleared. Malik Rosier (who was picked off three times) returning for a senior season should allow Miami to keep the offense improving, and the continued recruiting efforts of Miami and player development under Richt should allow Miami to continue to be a team to watch in the ACC picture. Freshman running back DeeJay Dallas had a 39-yard touchdown run, showing some of the flashes he can offer as well.
Miami will head to Arlington, Texas for a season-opener clash with LSU in AT&T Stadium on Sunday, September 2, 2018. The Hurricanes will also host Florida State in cross-division play, as well as the only team to hand them a loss in the regular season, Pittsburgh.
Wisconsin begins the 2018 season at home on Friday, August 31, 2018 with a game against Western Kentucky. The Badgers also host BYU in non-conference play and open Big Ten play on the road against Iowa. The Badgers also draw a tough cross-division rotation on the road with games against Michigan in Ann Arbor and Penn State in State College.
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.
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).
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.
Vavae Malepeai tolerated the pain as long as he could, until he couldn’t.
A knee injury sidelined Malepeai for most of USC’s summer camp. Even as he had played — and played well — in all six games, the issue lingered on into the regular season; this weekend, the pause button was hit on Malepeai’s year as Clay Helton confirmed that the running back will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his knee.
No timetable for a return was given.
“Vavae is a warrior,” the head coach said according to the Los Angeles Times. “[He was] dealing with a sore knee and really fighting through it for his team. It’s just gotten to the point where it’s gotten too sore, so we’re going to go ahead and take care of it now.”
Malepeai’s 406 yards rushing and four touchdowns currently lead the Trojans.
With Malepeai out for the foreseeable future, Markese Stepp and Stephen Carr will see their opportunities in the running game increase. Stepp is second on the team with 241 yards rushing, Carr third at 233. Both players have a pair of touchdowns each on the ground.