Jon Hays

Predictions 101 — Week 3

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Once again, the team here is seeing things clearly. In Week 2, we went 4-3 straight, gave you Oregon State over Wisconsin, nearly came through with another big dog in Penn State and pegged the points scored for both Missouri and Texas A&M in their SEC debuts.

Even better, we were 6-0-1 versus “the number.” Not that anybody cares about such things, right?

That’s what we’ve done for you lately. Now, on to what’s up next.

TOP 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK (Thurs., Sept. 13 thru Sat., Sept. 15)

1) No. 20 Notre Dame at No. 10 Michigan State
Sat., Sept. 15 — 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Whaddaya know, the Fighting Irish have a shot to become relevant again. All they need to do is beat the Spartans.

Such an occurrence would mean Notre Dame improves to 3-0 for the first time in 10 years, breaks a six-game losing streak to ranked opponents on the road and effectively eliminates the Big Ten from BCS title contention in mid-September. All fairly amazing. Also quite difficult.

We don’t have much confidence in the Irish offensive line that was able to carve out just 52 rushing yards against Purdue last week. That spells trouble when going against a rugged Michigan State defensive unit that has yet to allow a touchdown, especially with an inexperienced quarterback starting his first game in a hostile environment.

Good luck to redshirt freshman Everett Golson, who had some pre-snap difficulty last week at home, and Tommy Rees when he comes in from the bullpen.

Irish backers will point to their team’s success in last year’s 31-13 victory over the Spartans, but it’s hard to imagine Mark Dantonio’s crew laying another egg like that at home. It hasn’t happened since and there’s certainly no reason to expect a recurrence in this spot.

Opening point spread: Michigan State by 2 1/2

The pick: Michigan State 24-16

2) No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas
Sat., Sept. 15 — 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

As we all know, the Razorbacks had an utterly forgettable outing last Saturday. Allowing Louisiana-Monroe to leave Little Rock with a 34-31 overtime victory was an all-time low for Arkansas, which went from No. 8 to No. Nothing in a flash. (more…)

Jordan Wynn’s playing days are over at Utah

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After an injury-filled career, quarterback Jordan Wynn‘s playing days are over at the University of Utah. Wynn went down with yet another shoulder injury Friday in a loss to Utah State. Turns out, that was the last snap of his football career.

In a Monday press conference, Utes coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed that Wynn could not keep playing. Wynn will likely need surgery again to repair his left shoulder, which was in a sling after he was sidelined against the Aggies. Whittingham says Jon Hays, who has come in for Wynn before, has the upper hand in the job to replace the veteran quarterback.

Wynn finishes his time with the Utes with 4,637 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. He will remain an active part of the team through this year.

It’s been that kind of career for Wynn, whose seasons in both 2010 and ’11 were cut short because of shoulder problems.  Wynn originally missed the ’10 Las Vegas Bowl because of a lingering problem to his right (throwing) shoulder and wound up being sidelined for spring practices. In 2011, Wynn suffered an injury to his left (non-throwing) against Washington and was unable to finish the year after tests revealed damage.

It’s just a tough break. No player deserves to out the way Wynn has to. Best of luck to him moving forward.

Updated: Jordan Wynn hurt as Utah falls to Utah State in OT

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You couldn’t have asked for a worse start for Utah tonight against Utah State.

In addition to falling behind 13-0 early, starting quarterback Jordan Wynn sustained a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury late in the first half after getting sacked for the 50th time in the game. He would miss the rest of the game and had his arm in a sling.

How severe the injury is — or even what it is — is still unknown right now. Wynn was 6-of-11 for 47 yards before getting injury. You have to feel for the guy, who missed parts of the 2010 and ’11 seasons with similar injuries. Wynn’s spent his career on his back.

Nebraska-Omaha transfer Jon Hays stepped in nicely for Wynn to complete the drive and put Utah in a position to kick a field goal before the half ended, but Utah State ultimately managed to pull off the upset in overtime, 27-20.

It’s not like the Utes didn’t have their chances — Utah State, masters of giving away games, had plenty too, for that matter — but a devastating offensive pass interference call in overtime backed Utah out from inside the 10-yard line to a third-and-goal on the 21. On fourth down, Hays’ pass to DeVonte Christopher was incomplete, though Utah fans might think there should have been pass interference called the other way on Utah State.

But, there wasn’t and the Aggies pulled off the upset (not those Aggies; no more faux wins/championships for them).

Say it with me: W-A-C! W-A-C! W-A-C!