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Nebraska player offers personal scouting report on new Eagles WR Nelson Agholor


The Philadelphia Eagles did not end up drafting Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in the first round of the NFL Draft, causing the team to go into some spin control while the fans in the city try to figure out how months of speculation and rumors came up so empty. Although Mariota is not making his way to Philly, Chip Kelly stuck to his Pac-12 roots and drafted wide receiver Nelson Agholor out of USC.

Whether or not drafting Agholor was a good move is up for debate considering some of the needs on the Philadelphia roster, but one Nebraska cornerback has weighed in with his personal scouting report on the now former Trojans receiver. Josh Mitchell, who covered Agholor in last season’s Holiday Bowl between Nebraska and USC, chimed in on Twitter…

Agholor was USC’s leading receiver in 2014 with 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was second in the Pac-12 in receiving yards only to Washington State’s Vince Mayle and his touchdown total was tied for most in the conference with Colorado’s Nelson Spruce and Washington State’s Isiah Myers. But as Mitchell said on Twitter, Agholor did not have a tremendous amount of success against the Nebraska corner in the Holiday Bowl. Agholor did catch seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown, but none of that came against Mitchell. USC won the Holiday Bowl, 45-42.

Maybe Mitchell will one day be picked up by one fo the NFC East rivals to go up against him twice a year in the future.

The Fifth Quarter: Week 15 Rewind


As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.

All of the various scenarios entering weekend, with the potential for complete and utter chaos lurking on the horizon, and what did we get?  Chalk.  Chalk as far as the eye can see.

That, though, doesn’t mean all four playoff spots have been decided and everything was wrapped up in a nice, neat bow. ¬†Far from it, in fact, as we got chaos, just not the kind of chaos that ensues after upsets. ¬†What we do know: Alabama and Oregon have locked up two of the spots. ¬†The only question when it comes to those two teams is which one will be the top seed and which will be the No. 2 seed. ¬†Regardless, though, the Tide will be playing in the Sugar Bowl and the Ducks the Rose Bowl.

After that?  Let the debating and campaigning and jockeying commence in earnest.

After 15 weeks of play, the remaining two playoffs spots will come down to four teams:¬†unbeaten, fourth-ranked Florida State and one-loss Baylor (No. 6), Ohio State (No. 5) and TCU (No. 3). ¬†You could make a valid argument for any of those four to be a part of the playoff, with three of them — the one-loss teams — playing their best football of the season at the moment.

So, which direction will the committee go?  I have no clue, but we can look at the raw numbers to see which way they may lean.

With that, let’s go to the Tale of the Four R√©sum√©s…

Wins vs. bowl-eligible teams: 5, two of those coming on the road
Wins vs. currently-ranked teams: 3 (No. 3 TCU, No. 9 Kansas State, at No. 20 Oklahoma)
Loss: to 7-5 West Virginia on the road

Florida State
Wins vs. bowl-eligible teams: 9, three of those coming on the road
Wins vs. currently-ranked teams: 3 (No. 11 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Clemson, at No. 21 Louisville)
Loss: none

Ohio State
Wins vs. bowl-eligible teams: 9, five of those coming on the road
Wins vs. currently-ranked teams: 2 (at No. 8 Michigan State, No. 13 Wisconsin)
Loss: to 6-6 Virginia Tech at home


Biletnikoff Award names 10 semifinalists


With the end of the regular season two weeks away (three if you’re a Big 12 fan), the Biletnikoff Award announced 10 semifinalists on Monday:

Nelson Agholor (USC): 82 catches, 1,079 yards, 10 TDs
Amari Cooper (Alabama): 87 catches, 1,303 yards*, 11 TDs
Rashad Greene (Florida State): 75 catches, 1,042 yards, 5 TDs
Rashard Higgins (Colorado State): 67 catches, 1,280 yards, 13 TDs*
Tyler Lockett (K-State): 60 catches, 878 yards, 6 TDs
Vince Mayle (Washington State): 86 catches, 1,152 yards, 9 TDs
Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma): 50 catches, 957 yards, 5 TDs
Nelson Spruce (Colorado): 99 catches*, 1,091 yards, 11 TDs
Jaelen Strong (Arizona State): 71 catches, 982 yards, 9 TDs
Kevin White (West Virginia): 91 catches, 1,207 yards, 8 TDs

*Denotes FBS leader

Any snubs on here? Only one statistical leader isn’t on this list — Notre Dame’s Will Fuller, whose 13 touchdowns are tied with Higgins for the most among FBS receivers.

If I’m taking a stab at the three finalists, I’ll say Amari Cooper (who should win the award), Jaelen Strong (if he’s over his possible concussion vs. Oregon State) and Kevin White.

The Biletnikoff Award will announce three finalists Nov. 24 and the winner of the honor on Dec. 11.

Week 10, Statistically Speaking


A numerical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.850 — Duke’s winning percentage with Anthony Boone as a starter (17-3), the highest mark in the program’s history. ¬†Worth Lutz‘s record of .846 has stood for 60 years (1951-54, 11-2).

0 — Number of intersectional foes that have played continuously longer than Notre Dame and Navy, meeting every year since 1927 (88 games). ¬†The Irish’s 43 straight wins over the Midshipmen¬†from 1964-2006 remains the longest winning streak by one team over another in FBS history.

1 — FBS quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts who have not thrown an interception this season, that one being Utah’s Travis Wilson (165 attempts). ¬†Last season, Wilson’s 16 interceptions — in just 237 attempts — were the second-most in the nation. Ball State’s Jack Milas has not thrown a pick in 116 attempts.

1.1 — Number of interceptions Louisville’s Gerod Holliman has averaged per game this season. ¬†His 10 interceptions in nine games are the most for an FBS player since North Carolina State’s David Amerson recorded 13 in 13 games in 2011. ¬†The all-time FBS record for interceptions in a season is 14 by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968. ¬†I should also add that Ole Miss’ Senquez Golson¬†has nine picks in the same number of games.

1-34¬†— Kansas’ record in Big 12 play over the last 35 conference games, stretching back to early November of 2010. The Jayhawks haven’t won back-to-back league games since October of 2008.

3¬†— Players who have thrown for more than 3,000 yards through the first 10 weeks of the season, with Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty and Cal’s Jared Goff joining the group. ¬†Entering this week’s slate of games, there was one — Washington State’s Connor Halliday, who sustained what turned out to be¬†a season-ending injury¬†Saturday.


Two Wazzu WRs among nine added to Biletnikoff watch list

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Last week it was a passing award whittling its preseason watch list.  This week, a receiving award has done the reverse.  Again.

The Biletnikoff Award announced Monday that it has added nine receivers to its preseason watch list.  Just three weeks ago, the same award added a dozen receivers to its watch list.

Headlining the new additions are a pair of receivers from pass-happy Washington, Vince Mayle (pictured) and River Cracraft.  The former is sixth in the country in both receptions per game and receiving yards per game, while the latter is eighth and fifth.

There are four others in the Top 15 in yards per game¬†— Idaho’s Joshua McCain (10th), UMass’ Tajae Sharpe (11th), Arizona’s Cayleb Jones (T-14th), Michigan State’s Tony Lippett (T-14th). ¬†McCain is also 15th in catches per contest, while Sharpe is 20th.

Below is the full list of the nine players added to the Biletnikoff watch list.

Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
River Cracraft, Washington State
Mike Dudek, Illinois
David Frazier, Miami (Ohio)
Cayleb Jones, Arizona
Tony Lippett, Michigan State
Vince Mayle, Washington State
Joshua McCain, Idaho
Tajae Sharpe, UMass