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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' from Week 12 in Columbus

ESPN's College GameDay set up camp in Columbus, Ohio, for the Week 12 clash between the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 9 Michigan State Spartans.

A big-time matchup like this warrants some big-time signs, and the crowd in Columbus did not disappoint.

Here's a look at some of the best:


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FAU vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

The Florida Gators have hit a bit of a rough patch in what has still been a very impressive season that will have them representing the SEC East in Atlanta for the conference championship season in coach Jim McElwain's first year.

But despite being 9-1, UF needs to inspire a bit more confidence in its stagnant offense heading into big tilts against Florida State and (most likely) Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. That all starts today when the Gators meet 2-8 Florida Atlantic.

Keep it right here for all your live-blogging action!


FLORIDA 14, FAU 0 3rd Quarter

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North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech: Live Score and Highlights

North Carolina 10, Virginia Tech 10—Late 3rd Quarter

North Carolina hits the road to take on Virginia Tech in a game that means as much to the Hokies as it does to the Tar Heels.

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Michigan vs. Penn State: Live Score and Highlights

The Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions will meet for a conference battle on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Jake Rudock shattered career-high marks for Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) last week, throwing for 440 yards and six touchdowns during a 48-41 double-overtime victory over Indiana.

Before a bye week, Penn State (7-3, 4-2) dropped a 23-21 contest to Northwestern. Although the loss likely eliminated the Nittany Lions from fleeting division hopes, they could play the spoiler role at home—where the team has compiled a 6-0 record.

The Wolverines enter the game as 3.5-point favorites, per OddsShark. Kickoff is set for noon ET on ABC. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates and analysis.

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College Football Rankings 2015: Overview of Week 12 Standings for NCAA's Top 25

Judging only with the human eye, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide look to be the best two teams in college football. Every major recognized polling system seems to agree, with the exception of the Associated Press.

The AP still has the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes ranked ahead of the one-loss Crimson Tide. Is it right to penalize 'Bama for falling to a solid Ole Miss Rebels team earlier in the season, despite the fact that they have navigated a much tougher schedule than Ohio State has en route to their perfect 10-0 record?

That's the million-dollar question, but there's no doubting that if both teams run the table from here on out, there's no way the Derrick Henry-led Crimson Tide, or the J.T. Barrett-led Buckeyes shouldn't be in the College Football Playoff.

Here's a look at the polls for the Associated Press, Coaches and Bleacher Report:


Big Ten Teams Still Alive

Ohio State is the school most discuss when it comes to the Big Ten and the CFP, but the Michigan State Spartans or the Iowa Hawkeyes would almost certainly reach the final four if they win out. Both will have to go through the Bucks to complete that goal.

The Spartans will get their shot on Saturday when the Bucks welcome them to Columbus. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook has played in some big games in his college football career, but this one is perhaps the biggest for the Hinckley, Ohio native.

His final chance at winning a national championship hangs in the balance, and not many people are giving Michigan State a chance to win on the road. Per, the Spartans are 13-point underdogs.

Cook isn't putting much stock into that. Per Dan Murphy of, the senior QB said this about his team's underdog status:

“I really could care less about that question or that whole thing. We're a 13-point underdog any way you cut it, so that's that.”

If Cook thinks that he and the Spartans are getting disrespected, imagine how the Hawkeyes feel. All they've done is win every game this season, but it's hard to find anyone who gives them much of a chance to reach the CFP.

Behind steady junior QB C.J. Beathard, the Hawkeyes have two wins over ranked opponents, and they will be playing in the conference title game. A victory over the winner of Ohio State and Michigan State should make Iowa's case for the CFP undeniable.


Big 12's Hopes Are in State of Oklahoma

With the Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs having suffered recent defeats, both Texas-based teams have almost no chance to make the CFP.

The undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys seem like a lock if they win out. Victories over Baylor on Saturday and the Oklahoma Sooners in Bedlam should be enough to overcome the conference's lack of a postseason title game.

The Sooners have a similar task ahead of them. Beating TCU on Saturday and the Cowboys in the season finale would make a very strong case for them in the CFP.

Oklahoma lost at home to the Texas Longhorns earlier this season. That defeat could cause them to miss out on the CFP, even if they run the table.


Florida and Notre Dame Are Teams to Watch

Currently, Notre Dame would be in if the CFP were to begin today. That could easily change if Iowa and Oklahoma State run the table. Notre Dame still finishes the season with a big game at the Stanford Cardinal, but the latter is no longer considered elite after suffering its second loss.

With no conference affiliation, an undefeated Cowboys or Hawkeyes team should be ranked ahead of Notre Dame.

The Florida Gators are another team to watch closely. Their only loss is a quality one. They dropped a seven-point decision to the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge earlier in the season. With a very winnable game against the Florida Atlantic Owls, a regular-season showdown with the Florida State Seminoles and a meeting with Alabama in the SEC title game on the horizon, the Gators have the room to impress CFP voters, and earn a chance to win a national championship.

Prepare yourselves for the biggest week in the college football season. Most of the questions raised will be answered by Saturday night.

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Max Wittek Injury Update: Knee Surgery Ends Hawaii QB's Collegiate Career

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek is done for the rest of the season after the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Stephen Tsai (via College Football Talk's John Taylor) reported the fifth-year senior will need surgery to repair a right patella injury. 

Since he has no eligibility left beyond this year, this development effectively signals the end of Wittek's college career, which began with the USC Trojans in 2012.

He transferred to Hawaii following the 2013 season, during which Cody Kessler emerged as USC's best option under center. Wittek became the Rainbow Warriors' starting QB after sitting out the required one year, and in nine games, he threw for 1,542 yards, seven touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The injury will do little to improve Wittek's draft stock, which has steadily trended downward since he joined the Trojans. Going to Hawaii represented his last chance to build a strong resume, and he managed to complete just 47.2 percent of his passes with the Rainbow Warriors.

The quicker Wittek can get back to 100 percent, the sooner he can begin preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine in February 2016.

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Will Grier Loses NCAA Suspension Appeal: Latest Details and Comments

The NCAA denied Will Grier's appeal of his 12-month suspension following a performance-enhancing drug violation, per Edgar Thompson and Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. The Florida Gators quarterback had hoped to reduce the suspension to just the 2015 season.

Since the suspension was issued on Oct. 12, the redshirt freshman will miss Florida's first six games in 2016, which includes matchups away to Tennessee and home to LSU.

Treon Harris has filled in for Grier over the past four games, and he will likely continue to do so next year. Although Harris has played well under center, Grier is unquestionably the better option of the two, leaving the Gators down a major piece of their offense for the first half of 2016.

The margin of error for Florida will be small in Grier's absence next year. The Volunteers and Tigers will both present stern tests for Jim McElwain's team, and losses in one or both games would derail the Gators' national championship hopes. 

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Ranking the Best ACC Matchups of Week 12

With two more weekends remaining in the conference schedule, we've got a pretty good idea as to how the ACC will unfold. 

We know Clemson is a shoe-in for the conference title game. Barring a complete collapse in its final two games, it appears as if North Carolina will be the Tigers' opponent in Charlotte.

Many would be looking forward to such a game, as it would pit the No. 1 team in the country against perhaps the hottest team in the nation since the second week of the season. 

There are some tantalizing matchups within the Week 12 slate. Based upon some of the games, the potential for high point totals could come to fruition. 

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Devin Duvernay Chooses Baylor over OU, Bama: 4-Star WR to Join Twin Brother

Baylor has built a solid reputation for having electrifying skill-position players. The Bears were able to add to their arsenal Friday with a speed demon of a commitment.

Sachse, Texas, wide receiver Devin Duvernay announced via social media early Friday evening that he has verbally committed to Baylor. Duvernay, a 4-star athlete and the nation's No. 4 receiver in the 2016 class, became the Bears' 17th overall pledge for the class.

"I'm happy with my decision," said Duvernay, who had nearly 40 offers but chose Baylor over Oklahoma and Alabama. "Every time I went there, felt like place to be. Athletically and academically, I feel I can succeed there, and I trust the coaches."

Duvernay's decision also answered a budding question with his recruiting: Would he play alongside his twin brother? Donovan Duvernay, a 3-star athlete, committed to Baylor on Sept. 21, and while some speculated the brothers would ultimately end up on the same team, others wondered if Devin—the younger twin by four minutes—would blaze his own path and play out of state.

Devin admitted the decision wasn't as easy as some assumed.

"It really came down to Baylor, Oklahoma and Alabama. I liked all three and felt good about all of them," Duvernay said. "It just felt different with Baylor."

"I felt like it was a close battle with OU for sure. It came down to the wire. I had a talk with them [Wednesday] night, but I just made up my mind and wanted to go to Baylor to continue my career," Duvernay explained. "Plus, we [the twins] get to spend four more years together. I'm excited to see what's left for us."

The entire Duvernay family have thought about—and hoped for—the brothers to be college teammates, as they confirmed in August prior to Donovan committing to Baylor. The family, however, understood why Devin weighed all of his options. He took official visits to Ohio State, Alabama and Oklahoma to help clear his recruiting perspective.

Now the family, and Baylor fans, will get to rejoice.

"I knew that when I made my decision, I had to make the best choice for me and not for [Donovan]," Duvernay said. "I wanted to look at all my options and take some visits to scan everything out. But I know Baylor's the best place for me. I know they'll get the ball in playmakers' hands and spread the ball around."

Speed has become a staple for Baylor, and Duvernay defines speed. Along with being a playmaking receiver, he is also a state-champion sprinter for Sachse. As a junior, Duvernay won a state title in the 100-meter dash in Class 6A, Texas' largest classification, with a blistering time of 10.27 seconds, the third-fastest time in the nation, according to Track & Field News.

And then there's Duvernay on the football field. He led Sachse in all receiving categories, finishing with 62 catches for 1,142 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior year. He also rushed 47 times for 520 yards and six touchdowns.

Duvernay said he's looking forward to catching passes from Jarrett Stidham, who has been solid as a freshman in replacing the injured Seth Russell. Duvernay said the two stay in touch through text messaging and social media.

Duvernay added that he plans on taking an official visit to Baylor in January. He was recruited by receivers coach Tate Wallis and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles—as well as head coach Art Briles. Duvernay said Art Briles' involvement in the process as a head coach was something he won't forget.

"That was a big impact," he said. "He's been on me a lot; it wasn't just his staff. He's been hard on me since they offered me my sophomore year. He stuck with it and kept telling me I'm a guy they needed. He said I can help the program out a lot."

Duvernay said he's looking to major in either sports management or finance. He also said he's hoping to become an all-conference receiver and be the next dynamic pass-catching option to wear a Baylor uniform. It's a list that's continuing to grow each year, from Corey Coleman and K.D. Cannon of the present to former Baylor studs Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams, who are now playing in the NFL.

He's also pretty excited about being roommates with his twin brother and best friend.

"I'm ready for it all," he said.


Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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Ohio State & Michigan State Will Honor Lloyd Carr's Grandson with Helmet Decals

Michigan State and Ohio State are setting their rivalry aside to honor the five-year-old grandson of longtime Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

Carr's grandson, Chad Carr, was diagnosed with what Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News identified as an "inoperable" brain tumor.

The Spartans and Buckeyes will wear #ChadTough helmet decals for their Saturday matchup, done in their respective team colors.

[Michigan State, h/t Yahoo Sports]

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Predicting Where Every Uncommitted 2016 5-Star Recruit Will Sign

More than half of the 5-star prospects in 247Sports' 2016 composite rankings remain uncommitted as we creep toward 10 weeks until national signing day. Many of these elite talents have spent at least two years under the microscope as coveted collegiate recruits, creating intrigue as their decision-making processes approach a conclusion. 

Some top talents have played things close to the vest throughout, while others actually spent time committed to programs before reopening recruitments. Each one of these players will be expected to contribute early in some capacity, arriving at campuses across America with immense expectations in place.

Key university visits and inevitable high-profile coaching changes could dramatically alter the landscape moving forward. Based on where things stand now, here are our predictions for where each uncommitted 5-star prospect will land next season.

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College Football Week 12: Get Hyped for Saturday

Week 12 of the 2015 college football season is here, and if you're not already hyped, you might want to check your pulse.

A rivalry will unfold as Ohio State battles Michigan State, while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have to survive key matchups against TCU and Baylor, respectively. The stakes get even higher this week, as these matchups can result in undefeated teams taking their first losses for the season, thus eliminating their chances to make the College Football Playoff.

We're pretty hyped on Week 12 here at Bleacher Report. Be sure to watch the video above and get hyped as well.

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Despite Playoff Long Shot, Pac-12 Elite Coming on Strong as End of Season Nears

Rewind four months.

That's when Pac-12 media members projected USC and Oregon would meet in the conference championship game, potentially with playoff implications on the line. The Pac-12 game of the year, also between the Trojans and Ducks, fell on Nov. 21. It wasn't inconceivable to believe the conference's two most high-profile programs would play the most important games of their respective regular seasons within a matter of three weeks. 

Now fast-forward to the present day. USC and Oregon are each 7-3 and nowhere near the playoff picture. Yet, Saturday's game between them is still important and can still be a preview of the conference title game. It won't have any national implications, but the Trojans and Ducks are arguably playing the best football in the Pac-12 at the moment. Both teams have won four in a row after starting 3-3. USC has a win over Utah, and Oregon knocked off Stanford 38-36 in Week 11. 

Such has been the trend in the Pac-12. One team gets hot for a bit and then is leapfrogged by another. But the overall streakiness of the Pac-12 makes its title race one of the most wide-open of its kind over the next few weeks. Realistically, as many as five teams still have a shot to win the division. 

Kevin Danna of Pac-12 Networks breaks down the entire Pac-12 championship chase, but the following scenarios apply for a possible Oregon-USC rematch:

  1. Oregon must beat USC and Oregon State and needs Stanford to lose to Cal to win the North division. 
  2. The Trojans hold the tiebreaker in the South division over Utah, so their path is clear. Win out and they're in. But, in the event they lose to Oregon, they would need to beat UCLA on Nov. 28 and have Utah lose at least one more game.

That loss could come Saturday to the Bruins. With Utes running back Devontae Booker suffering a season-ending injury, the South division could very well favor a team from Los Angeles. 

That would make the annual crosstown rivalry between UCLA and USC one of the must-watch games on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. On top of that, Stanford's Nov. 28 game against Notre Dame has major playoff implications as a late-season nonconference contest. Beating the Irish may not propel the Cardinal back into the top four, but it would ruin Notre Dame's hopes for good. 

You can't ask for much more from a conference in terms of big games on one weekend. 

There's a lot of meaningful football left to be played, but if those situations come to fruition, the Pac-12 would get its blue-blood championship game—just not the way it imagined. Then again, the paths Oregon and USC took to even get to this point are among the more fascinating in college football. 

As Brian Fremeau of tweeted, the trio of three-loss teams in the latest playoff rankings—Ole Miss, Oregon and USC—has gone through some of the toughest schedules to date: 

Per Fremeau, USC's and Oregon's strengths of schedule rank 10th and 11th, respectively. Only one team currently in the CFP Top Four, Notre Dame, compares. The Irish have the eighth-toughest strength of schedule, according to the same metric. The next-closest is Alabama at No. 27. 

(For reference, Sagarin rankings have USC and Oregon at No. 20 and No. 23, respectively.) 

Oregon and USC have also gone through their share of adversity while playing tough schedules. Five games into the season, USC fired head coach Steve Sarkisian following separate reports of alcohol problems crossing over into his work life. Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. dealt with a finger injury through much of the early part of the season. Now healthy, he has Oregon looking like the Ducks of old. 

"I think we are the best team in the conference," Adams said, per Matt Prehm of 247Sports. "We had a slip-up against Washington State and Utah, and it is what it is. We are playing some good football right now and we just have to keep it going."

The Ducks and Trojans are battle-tested, and the worst may be behind them. If the best is ahead, who knows what could happen if college football's postseason format was different?

It would be an interesting situation if the playoff was expanded to eight teams and took automatic bids from conference champions. That's not to say anyone in the Pac-12 this year is the best team in college football, but catching fire at the right time always seems to make playoff runs more fascinating. 

That theory will have to wait for another year when the playoff does inevitably expand. For now, the Pac-12 will have to take comfort in knowing that while its playoff hopes are likely dead, it can ruin those hopes for someone else and play its most exciting football at the end of the year. 


Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football. All quotes cited unless obtained firsthand. 

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Despite Playoff Long Shot, Pac-12 Elite Coming on Strong as End of Season Nears

Rewind four months. That's when Pac-12 media members projected USC and Oregon would meet in the conference championship game, potentially with playoff implications on the line...

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5 Bold College Football Predictions for Week 12

With just three weeks left in the 2015 college football season, unpredictability has been a common thread across the nation. Two weeks ago, five unbeaten teams fell by the wayside. Last week, four Top 10 teams went down to defeat.

And as we enter Week 12, only five unbeaten teams (Clemson, Houston, Iowa, Ohio State and Oklahoma State) remain.

Plenty of twists and turns remain on the road to the College Football Playoff, and several are sure to unfold on Saturday.

How will Week 12 shake out? Here are five bold predictions on just what will happen in a week that features six Top 25 matchups and a pair of Top 10 clashes. Just another college football Saturday in November, right?

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Tennessee Football: Why Future Star Darrin Kirkland Needs to Keep Shining Now

Tennessee freshman middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. isn't the Volunteers' most valuable defensive player. That honor would go to the man standing directly to his right, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, or potentially sophomore end Derek Barnett.

But Kirkland is the Vols' MVP of sorts; he's their most vital player. How he goes, the defense goes.

Early in the year, UT's defense suffered drastically when Kirkland wasn't ready and walk-on Colton Jumper was forced into a starting role. When Kirkland finally took over against Western Carolina, he wasn't ready. But as he's grown, so has coordinator John Jancek's defense.

Tennessee is getting ready for two difficult tests to close the regular season against offenses that—on paper—look like the Vols defense should handle. But this weekend's road opponent, Missouri, looked better moving the ball in a win last week against BYU.

The Tigers have a senior running back in Russell Hansbrough who has gashed the Vols before and is finally healthy after an injury-riddled season. 

In the regular-season finale, Vanderbilt will be playing its biggest rival in what may be a bowl atmosphere for the Commodores. If they lose to Texas A&M this week, they won't be going to the postseason. If they win, the game against UT will be for a bowl berth, and VU always plays the Vols tough, anyway.

They, too, have a quality running back in Ralph Webb with whom Tennessee must contend.

So, playing slogging offenses with strong running games means UT needs a big effort from Kirkland. Yes, he looks like a future all-conference player, but Kirkland needs to play like it immediately if the Vols are going to win eight games.

It's a challenge UT coach Butch Jones believes Kirkland is ready to meet head-on like a runner in the A-gap:

Kirkland went from getting one or two tackles a game, being a step late and struggling with the pre-snap nuances of getting players lined up and making the right calls in his first couple of starts, to being all over the field.

Lately, the game is coming naturally to the defender.

In the four games since a forgettable showing against Georgia, Kirkland is averaging more than seven stops per game and has 2.5 tackles for a loss. He's gotten better every single game since then, too.

After getting a career-high nine tackles against South Carolina, he reached a milestone of sorts against North Texas, eclipsing Reeves-Maybin's tackles total to lead the team with eight. Lately, it appears a friendly rivalry is developing between him and his fellow linebacker.

Why not? Now, Kirkland can hold his own on the stat sheet.

The performance against the Gamecocks garnered him SEC Freshman of the Week honors, and it probably won't be the last hardware the Indianapolis native brings home in his career.

He's emerging as a star, and the Vols need him to keep growing and progressing. Fox Sports' blurb about his award proves that even national sites are beginning to take notice of Kirkland's development.

"The middle linebacker has really emerged for Tennessee since being inserted into the starting lineup and looks to have secured his place with the starter for years to come," the article says. "With players like Kirkland shining in conference play, the future of Rocky Top looks very bright indeed."

Kirkland is third on the Vols with 52 tackles, and he also has five tackles for a loss, a couple of sacks and an interception. On the pick, he displayed his immense athleticism, jumping a route and intercepting a Patrick Towles pass before racing 26 yards inside the five-yard line to set up a touchdown.

This weekend against Missouri's motion-based offense and Hansbrough's veteran vision, it's essential that Kirkland plays his best game yet.

Mizzou has been awful this year on offense, but Hansbrough's health and the improvement of true freshman quarterback Drew Lock makes the Tigers potentially dangerous. That's not lost on Kirkland and the Vols.

"He was their leading rusher (so having him back) helps them in their scheme," Kirkland told the Daily Times' Austin Bornheim this week. "They can make some plays running inside and outside, really helps them a lot."

Everybody who watches him play has something to say. Jancek, especially, is impressed with the progression of the man in the middle. UT's defensive coordinator told GoVols247's Ryan Callahan:

He takes great pride in his work, and that’s what you need to have. You need to have guys that are grinders. The thing that I’ll say about Darrin is that he shows up to work every day. You know what you’re getting. He’s not up-and-down. He’s very consistent in his approach. And all his hard work is starting to pay off. He’s really starting to elevate his game.

It wasn't an overnight development, either. Kirkland may be coming on quickly now, but after being a mid-term enrollee, many expected he may be the answer to UT's issue in the middle. Instead, he didn't get the opportunity this spring after tearing a pectoral muscle lifting weights.

There were fewer more dismal positions in spring practice than UT's middle linebacker. No Vol could take the job and run with it.

Jumper wasn't much of a factor, junior Kenny Bynum was nowhere near athletic enough to be an every-down stalwart and the redshirt freshman duo of Dillon Bates and Gavin Bryant wasn't ready, either.

Tennessee needed to replace All-SEC star A.J. Johnson's production. 

Enter Kirkland. He's not the same kind of player Johnson is, but once the light began to flicker, Kirkland shone. Now, it looks like his ceiling is much higher for UT's new man in the middle than the former Vols tackle-gobbler.

Johnson didn't have anywhere near the sideline-to-sideline speed of Kirkland, and though Johnson was as good as anybody in the country against the run, he didn't become a good pass defender until his senior season in 2014. Kirkland already is showing signs of being a strong all-around player.

Rather than looking up for a player such as Johnson who wasn't around when Kirkland came to Knoxville, the Midwestern product told WBIR's Nick Carboni he instead tries to emulate a player from closer to home: Notre Dame star Jaylon Smith (whose name is misspelled in the tweet):

Jones has recruited extremely well for the Vols since coming on as head coach, but he lucked into Kirkland a little bit when Michigan fired Brady Hoke. When that happened, Kirkland decommitted from the Wolverines and pledged to UT, which finished second on his list the first go-around.

Once that happened, the Vols severed ties with linebacker Cecil Cherry (who wound up at Texas) because Kirkland was their top pick for the position all along.

As it turns out, the first choice was the right one.

Kirkland is a star in the making. With two run-oriented, grind-it-out teams that try to win on ball control and defense coming up, these are the kinds of games where middle linebackers' names are made. 

The Tennessee freshman linebacker has a prime opportunity to cement his status as one of the league's top first-year defenders between now and the end of the season. If he does, he and the Vols will have a chance to shine on a bigger bowl stage in January.


All stats gathered from unless otherwise noted. All recruiting information gathered from the 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.

Brad Shepard covers SEC football and is the Tennessee lead writer for Bleacher Report. Follow Brad on Twitter @Brad_Shepard.

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College Football Picks Week 12: Odds, Score Predictions for Top 25 Teams

Time is running out in the 2015 college football regular season. As teams prepare for Week 12, conference championship and bowl season is just around the corner, and for some, moves still have to be made if they have any hope to compete for a national championship. 

Here are the current College Football Playoff rankings:

The Top Five teams in the newest edition of the committee's rankings stayed the same after Week 11's matchups, but there are some big games left to finish off the regular season that could adversely affect the championship landscape. 

Let's take a look at the upcoming schedule and predictions for the Top 25 teams in college football, with odds courtesy of

Game of the Week

No. 10 Baylor at No. 6 Oklahoma State

This is just one of three gargantuan matchups that will play out in the Big 12 over the next two weeks. While Baylor and Oklahoma State battle it out on Saturday, No. 7 Oklahoma battles No. 18 TCU. 

If both Oklahoman teams win, then the Bedlam rivalry will be exactly that on Nov. 28, because the winner of that game should get a spot in the CFP. 

No matter the outcome, this game is going to be an absolute shootout with Baylor averaging 54.8 points per game and Oklahoma State averaging 43.6. 

While Baylor has one of the best offenses in the nation, putting up over 630 yards per game, the Bears are beatable, especially when playing a team that can score while playing some defense (see Week 11 against Oklahoma). 

To make matters worse for Baylor, backup quarterback-turned-starter Jarrett Stidham is uncertain to play on Saturday after injuring his back against Oklahoma. If he is unable to go, Baylor's next option is sophomore Chris Johnson, hardly the starting quarterback the Bears want going into such a big game. 

Both teams are giving up over 24 points per game, but Baylor's unclear quarterback situation is why I'm picking Oklahoma State. 

Prediction: Oklahoma State defeats Baylor 56-49


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ESPN College Gameday 2015: TV Schedule, Predictions and Location for Week 12

The home stretch of the college football season is upon us, which means conference play is set to reign supreme over the next few weeks. 

But before clarity presents itself in the form of conference-championship showdowns and, eventually, a finalized College Football Playoff picture, some crucial contests need to take place. 

One such clash will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon, when the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes host the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans in a crucial Big Ten battle. 

And since the tilt could have the biggest playoff implications of any Week 12 battle, it's no surprise ESPN's College GameDay is heading to the home of the Horseshoe to thrill the Buckeyes student body and get the rest of the nation amped up for what promises to be some compelling action. 

But before previewing the marquee showdown, here's a look at when and where you can catch College GameDay on Saturday morning:

Time: 9 a.m. ET


Location: Columbus, Ohio 


Preview and Prediction

While the Big Ten East won't be formally decided for a couple of weeks, Saturday's outcome will go a long way toward determining a division winner. 

The undefeated Buckeyes control their own destiny at the top of the East, but if the Spartans can pull off an upset and drop Ohio State to 10-1, things get interesting.

Should Michigan State walk into a hostile environment and withstand the Buckeyes' efforts, Mark Dantonio's program will have the inside track when it comes to clinching a spot in the conference championship game.

And if there's one team that should be confident in its ability to knock off the Buckeyes, it's the Spartans. As the Detroit News' Matt Charboneau and Angelique S. Chengelis noted, Michigan State is the only Big Ten program to emerge with a victory against Ohio State since Urban Meyer took over as head coach. The triumph came in the 2013 Big Ten title game. 

Led by quarterback Connor Cook, the Spartans' 44th-ranked scoring offense will attempt to crack an Ohio State defense that's allowed a Big Ten-best 89 points in conference play. 

"We're facing one of the best quarterbacks in Big Ten history," Meyer said, according to Charboneau. "That's how you evaluate a quarterback, does he win games? That is his job and he wins almost every game he plays."

However, the Buckeyes aren't too familiar with losing games either.

The defending national champions haven't lost a regular-season game in the Big Ten since Meyer took control of the program, and they've imposed their will on opponents at home. Although the Buckeyes have had to sweat out a few games this season, they're still dispatching opponents by an average margin of 22.3 points when they play at the Horseshoe. 

With that said, Ohio State has yet to face another playoff-caliber—or even highly touted—team on its quest to repeat. 

"The reality is that with what's ahead on the Buckeyes schedule—and the lackluster lineup of opponents they've faced to this point—their 2015 campaign might as well just be getting started," Bleacher Report's Ben Axelrod wrote. 

A dearth of quality competition to this point could theoretically hurt Ohio State as it attempts to cement itself as a playoff team, but with questions abounding, don't be surprised if Meyer's side answers the call. 


Prediction: Ohio State 30, Michigan State 24

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Georgia Football: The 5 Most Important Recruits for the Bulldogs' 2016 Season

As the 2015 season winds down for the Georgia Bulldogs, it’s time to take a look at the 2016 season. Even though the Bulldogs have three more games left, they are not going to play for the SEC title. So it’s not a bad thing to look ahead to see how can they get to the Georgia Dome in December 2016.

The biggest thing the Bulldogs have to do is develop recruits. According to 247Sports, the Bulldogs have to sixth-best recruiting class in the country. When the season officially ends, the coaching staff will be hard at work to not only keep the players they have committed, but see if they can get more top recruits into the program to make the team stronger.

But who are the five most important recruits for the Bulldogs heading into the 2016 season?


QB Jacob Eason

Out of all recruits for Georgia next year, Jacob Eason might be the most important.

The quarterback position for Georgia this year has been a mess to say the least. Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta all got shots to play this season, and while Lambert has seen the most action, all three have not lived up to expectations.

Eason is considered by 247Sports as the fifth-best prospect in the country. So far in his final high school season, Eason has completed 69 percent of his passes, throwing 37 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

Head coach Mark Richt recognizes Eason's importance. The day after the Bulldogs played Auburn, Richt flew to Lake Stevens, Washington, and had breakfast with Eason. That's something you don’t see or hear about every day.

Having breakfast in Snohomish Washington in Jakes Cafe with Jacob and Tony Eason. Go Dawgs!

— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) November 15, 2015


DL Julian Rochester

This past signing day, the Bulldogs signed Trent Thompson, and he has logged in significant playing time this year. The Bulldogs look to continue to build the interior defensive line with the addition of Julian Rochester.

The Powder Springs, Georgia, native has been very dominant for McEachern High School this season, recording 75 tackles, 12 sacks and a fumble recovery. 247Sports has Rochester listed as the eighth-best defensive tackle prospect in the country.

With the Bulldogs losing four defensive linemen after this season, Rochester will likely see a lot of playing time if he doesn’t end up starting.

BIG BOY #UGA commit Julian Rochester is a man amongst boys! Who's going to block him on the next level?

— Junior Baker (@SouthernSwagg4) October 3, 2015


OL Ben Cleveland

When you are recruiting a big-time quarterback, you need guys who can protect him.

That’s why recruiting Ben Cleveland is just as important as getting Eason. Considered the ninth-best offensive tackle by 247Sports, Cleveland has a strong connection with Eason, as both committed to Georgia at the same time a year-and-a-half ago.

Cleveland recently told Rusty Mansell of 247 Sports that his commitment to Georgia is strong and he’s not going to change his mind. That’s good, because the Bulldogs will lose at least three offensive linemen due to graduation; Cleveland will have a chance to contribute right away.


WR Charlie Woerner

One of the biggest problems Georgia has had the last few years is it had no size at wide receiver. Charlie Woerner has that, as he stands at 6’5’’ and 230 pounds.

Worse case scenario for #UGA: Charlie Woerner has to play tight end. One of the best jumbo athletes in years.

— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) October 9, 2015

Woerner can line up at receiver or tight end because of his size. But he’s likely going to play receiver next season because there’s enough depth at tight end with Jeb Blazevich and Jackson Harris. The receiver from Rabun County, Georgia, has great ball skills; most importantly, he will be a big target in the red zone, which will be huge for the Bulldogs.


RB Elijah Holyfield

The Bulldogs are set at running back with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. However, the more quality running backs, the better the Bulldogs will be, which is why Elijah Holyfield is a big addition.

Holyfield is listed as the fifth-best running back in the country via 247Sports. Like Chubb, Holyfield has the ability to break tackles and score from anywhere on the field.

Elijah Holifield wow-- via youtube

— Chubb is my DAWG (@deanholli) November 17, 2015

Depending on the Chubb injury, Holyfield could see action next season. However, if the Bulldogs are able to sign target Devwah Whaley, the Bulldogs could have the next great running back duo to replace Chubb and Michel. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few months.

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Delanie Walker, Dorial Green-Beckham's Post-Week 11 Fantasy Advice

The Tennessee Titans are still a work in progress. There's promise there.

Marcus Mariota played well, but the Titans came up short on Thursday night, losing 19-13 to the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.   

The Titans are now 2-8, but surprisingly, they're not out of the AFC South picture. Fantasy options, however, are scarce. Other than Mariota, the options aren't there—except for one guy, whom we'll talk about right now.

Here's some post-fantasy advice for tight end Delanie Walker and rookie receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.


Delanie Walker

I continue to say it week in and week out. The value of the tight end this year in fantasy football is scarce. If you have a capable tight end who can be a worthy starting option each week, you've struck gold.

Delanie Walker is one of those tight ends who seems to find value when you least expect it. Walker has become Marcus Mariota's favorite target because 1) he's a veteran, and 2) he can catch. Walker had his first 100-plus-yard day of the season on Thursday.

He may not be at the level of a Rob Gronkowski, but Walker is still an option you should consider to start at tight end. Only one time this year has Walker not caught a pass. That was in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, and he didn't even play.

He's eighth among tight ends in ESPN's fantasy system, but the fact he's Tennessee's leading receiver is what constitutes that value. 

Continue to keep Walker in your lineups. There aren't many tight ends who have been this consistent this year.


Dorial Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham has talent that's going to make him a star for Mariota in the next couple of years.

Thursday was another example of why he's going to need that extra year or two before he can become a reliable weapon in the passing game.

DGB caught only three passes and was targeted six times. There were passes thrown behind him and a couple of them he dropped that he should've had.

There's no denying he has the frame to be a true No. 1 weapon for Mariota in the future. He's 6'5", 237 pounds, and can impose his will on any defensive back in the NFL. Normally, because he's so tall, he would be a good flex option in fantasy. But having two touchdowns on the year is not good. That's why Green-Beckham should not even be touched in fantasy going forward.

In a year or two from now, though, it'll be a different story.

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