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Colorado State QB Collin Hill suffers third torn ACL

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If you don’t feel for Collin Hill, you are severely lacking in the soul department.

In October of 2016, the Colorado State quarterback suffered a torn ACL playing football for the Rams; in March of 2018, Hill suffered a torn ACL while playing a game of pickup basketball.  Tuesday night, CSU announced that Hill has been diagnosed with a third torn ACL that will, obviously, sideline him for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Hill suffered this latest serious knee injury in the second quarter of the Week 3 loss to Arkansas.

The redshirt junior will have another season of eligibility he can use in 2020.  It’s also possible Collins, who missed all of 2017 as he recovered from the first ACL tear, could receive a sixth year of eligibility that he could use the following season as well.

Prior to this season, Collins had started eight games for the Rams.  This season, he started all three games, setting a career-high with 374 yards passing in the opener and following that up with 367 yards in just over two quarters of play against FCS Western Illinois.

With Collins out, it’s likely Colorado State will turn to Patrick O’Brien, a transfer from Nebraska, as its starter, at least initially.

Ex-Auburn WR Nate Craig-Meyers cleared to play at Colorado State

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A couple of weeks into the 2019 season, Colorado State has realized an immediate infusion of Power Five talent.

Nate Craig-Meyers transferred from Auburn in September of 2018; three months later, he landed at Colorado State.  After being sidelined the first three games of this season, CSU confirmed Monday that Craig-Meyers is now eligible to play for the Rams, beginning in Week 4 against Toledo.

“Nate’s been an awesome teammate,” head coach Mike Bobo said according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. “He’s done a good job learning our offense. The first two weeks of the season he did scout team. This past week, when we knew he was going to be eligible for this week, he came down and repped some with the offense.

“He’s in a good position. He’ll be ready to go.”

Craig-Meyers was a four-star member of the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 receiver in the country; the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 45 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He was the highest-rated signee on the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers that recruiting cycle.

Despite starting all three games for the Tigers prior to his transfer last season, Craig-Meyers had just two receptions for 39 yards. He finished the AU portion of his playing career with 394 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns on his 22 catches.

Ex-Ohio, Colorado State lineman Desmond Noel transfers to FAU

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Here’s yet another player hoping his third FBS school will be the charm.

This week, the Palm Beach Post reported, Florida Atlantic added offensive lineman Desmond Noel to its football roster. The redshirt junior is eligible to play immediately for the Owls, with Lane Kiffin stating that the versatile lineman will be in the mix for playing time at left guard.

“He has two years so we wouldn’t bring him here just to sit,” the head coach said according to the Post. “We’re trying everything to get him up to pace.”

Noel originally signed with Ohio coming out of high school in Cincinnati, but his time at the MAC school ended because of an off-field incident.

… He was one of three Bobcats arrested after a December 2016 incident when they allegedly broke into a student’s apartment.

The players wielded weapons and wore masks, broke into an apartment and stole $5,000 from another student…

Noel then moved on to Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, playing the past two seasons at the junior college. He then signed with Colorado State — CSU’s line coach, Dave Johnson, served as an assistant at Ohio during Noel’s brief time in Athens — in December of last year before parting ways with the Rams during the 2019 offseason.

Colorado State transfer Zach Schlager added to Nebraska’s roster

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The expected has come to fruition.

In mid-August, it was confirmed that Zach Schlager had decided to transfer out of the Colorado State football program.  At the time, speculation was running rampant that a move to Nebraska was very likely in the cards for Schlager, a native on the state.

Thursday, and while there has not yet been any type of official statement from the football program, Schlager’s name is now listed on the Cornhuskers’ official online roster.

According to his official NU bio, and “[b]arring a waiver, he must sit out the 2019 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.” The inside linebacker would then have three years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.

As a true freshman with the Rams last season, Schlager, a three-star 2018 signee, played in three games but didn’t record a tackle.

Clemson still claims FBS-best winning streak at 16 straight, but who’s next at 10 in a row?

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The defending national champions continued its college football dominance in Week 1, while a fellow ACC school wrested the “top” spot for losing ways away from a Big Ten program.

With a woodshedding of Georgia Tech in the opener last Thursday night, Clemson extended its nation’s-best winning streak to 16 in a row. Clemson’s last loss? Against Alabama in one of the 2017 College Football Playoff semifinals, a loss it avenged in the 2018 title tilt.

Just one other school has a current double-digit winning streak, and it likely who you wouldn’t immediately be thinking of as Army has won 10 in a row in a stretch that began the week after the service academy’s seven-point overtime loss to then-No. 5 Oklahoma Sept. 22 of last year. Extending that streak to 11 straight won’t be easy to say the least as Army travels to the Big House Saturday to face No. 7 Michigan.

Ohio State and Appalachian State will take seven-game winning streaks into next weekend’s action, while four schools (Florida, Stanford, Texas A&M, Wyoming) have won five in a row and another four (Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, TCU) have claimed four straight.

At the opposite end of the streaking spectrum is Louisville, which is the only program with a double-digit losing streak at 10. The UofL had the ignominious honor of unseating Rutgers, which had dropped 11 in a row prior to a win over UMass. It’s worth noting that RU still hasn’t beaten a Power Five schools since dropping Maryland in early November of 2017.

USF (seven); Akron and Colorado State (six); Coastal Carolina and Oregon State (five); and Kent State, Pitt and Texas State (four) are all in the midst of extended losing streaks as well.

In addition to Rutgers, UConn (nine in a row); Colorado, Georgia State — AGAINST TENNESSEE — and New Mexico (seven); and UTSA (six) all snapped lengthy losing streaks in Week 1.

One final note: A total of 65 of the 130 FBS teams have either won one game “in a row” (50) or will carry a one-game losing “streak” (15) into Week 2.