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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.

Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow surge past Trevor Lawrence in Heisman odds

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When the 2019 campaign kicked off, most assumed that the 2019 Heisman Trophy would be a two-player race. Three weeks in and that number has more than doubled.

In odds released by one offshore sportsbook, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is listed as a 2/1 favorite to win this year’s Heisman. The other preseason co-favorite, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, whose odds now sit at 15/2 — they were at 3/1 a week ago — after a start to the season has seen him throw more interceptions in three games (five) than he had in 15 games (four) as a true freshman a year ago.

Lawrence was actually leapfrogged in this latest odds release by a pair of quarterbacks: Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, who went from 7/2 to 3/1, and LSU’s Joe Burrow, up to 4/1 from 18/1.

Another quarterback also made an upward move as Ohio State’s Justin Fields climbed from 16/1 to 10/1.

The only non-quarterbacks on the list?  Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor sits at 20/1, while fellow running backs Travis Etienne of Clemson and D’Andre Swift of Georgia, along with Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy,  are sitting at 33/1.  Another running back, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins, is listed at 100/1.

Other quarterbacks that were listed include Georgia’s Jake Fromm at 14/1 (12/1 a week ago), Oregon’s Justin Herbert at 18/1 (25/1), Texas’ Sam Ehlinger at 18/1 (16/1), Notre Dame’s Ian Book at 50/1 (50/1), Michigan’s Shea Patterson at 66/1 (22/1) and Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez at 100/1 (off the board).

Nebraska safety Deontai Williams out “for the forseeable future” following shoulder surgery

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Nebraska safety Deontai Williams will be out of action for an undetermined amount of time, Huskers head coach Scott Frost announced on Monday. Williams underwent shoulder surgery two weeks after appearing to injure his shoulder in the season opener.

Frost did not slam the door entirely shut on a possible return this season for Williams, although he did say Williams is out “for the forseeable future,” which comes across more on the ominous side of the projections. Williams injured his shoulder against South Alabama in Week 1 and did not make the trip to Colorado in Week 2 with the rest of the team.

Filling the vacant safety position has been Cam Taylor-Britt, and that appears to be the plan moving forward.

Williams, the son of former NFL player Roosevelt Williams, has one more year of eligibility at his disposal. Whether Nebraska will look to ask for a medical exemption to retian a year of eligibility for the 2019 season remains to be seen.

Washington drops nine spots in Week 3 Coaches Poll as Maryland, USC debut in top 25

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It turns out a few coaches (or their Sports Information Directors) either stayed up late enough to catch Cal’s upset of Washington early on Sunday morning or they at least bothered to check the box score because the Huskies were the biggest mover in the Week 3 Coaches Poll — and not in the direction they would have liked.

UW dropped nine spots to No. 21 — mirroring their drop in the AP Poll (where they were No. 23) — double the drop for fellow Saturday losers Texas (down four places to No. 13) and Texas A&M (also down four spots to No. 15).

The Big Ten was home to two teams who moved down despite winning, with No. 6 Ohio State dropping a single place to make way for No. 5 LSU while No. 10 Michigan predictably fell three spots after escaping in double OT against Army.

Virginia didn’t make the cut for the coaches despite doing so for AP voters but the former poll did include three newcomers in No. 23 Mississippi State, No. 24 USC (who beat a ranked Stanford team) and No. 25 Maryland (who throttled a ranked Syracuse side). The Cardinal and Orange were 2/3 of the group of teams that dropped out of the rankings, joining Nebraska after the Cornhuskers were stunned by Colorado on Saturday.

The full Week 3 Coaches Poll:

  1. Clemson (60 first place votes)
  2. Alabama (3)
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Florida
  9. Auburn
  10. Michigan
  11. Penn State
  12. Utah
  13. Texas
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Texas A&M
  16. UCF
  17. Oregon
  18. Iowa
  19. Michigan State
  20. Washington State
  21. Washington
  22. Boise State
  23. Mississippi State
  24. USC
  25. Maryland

SEC makes up half of the top 10 in latest AP Poll; Michigan drops to No. 10

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The latest AP Top 25 is out and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a lot of SEC teams near the top.

Clemson remained No. 1 in the weekly poll after beating new No. 16 Texas A&M but the SEC occupied the following three spots — and half of the top 10 overall — going into Week 3.

Here’s the full AP Top 25:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Auburn
  9. Florida
  10. Michigan
  11. Utah
  12. Texas
  13. Penn State
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Oregon
  16. Texas A&M
  17. UCF
  18. Michigan State
  19. Iowa
  20. Washington State
  21. Maryland
  22. Boise State
  23. Washington
  24. USC
  25. Virginia

Among the notable entries to the Top 25? Look no further than No. 21 Maryland, which is ranked for the first time since 2013 after destroying Syracuse. Also joining the fray are No. 24 USC after their blowout of Stanford and No. 25 Virginia.

Nebraska, Iowa State, Stanford and Syracuse all dropped out though the Cyclones were off prior to their big game against rival Iowa this week.

Some of the biggest movers included No. 4 LSU moving up into the top four after beating now No. 12 Texas, No. 8 Auburn and No. 9 Florida jumping a pair of spots, Michigan dropping from No. 7 to No. 10 and Wisconsin going from No. 17 to No. 14.