NCAA Football News

Missouri vs. South Carolina: Live Score and Highlights

Missouri 7, South Carolina 0—Early 1st Quarter

We are underway in Columbia as the the No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks host SEC East rival Missouri.  

You can watch live on ESPN, but make sure to stay right here with us at Bleacher Report for live scoring updates and analysis throughout the game. 

You can find the complete box score at NCAA.com

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Arkansas' Sam Irwin-Hill Takes Fake Punt 51 Yards to the House Against Texas A&M

Arkansas decided to take a chance on a 4th-and-10 late in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Texas A&M, and the Razorbacks were rewarded in a big way for making the gutsy call.

From their own 49-yard line, the Razorbacks called for a fake punt. Thanks to great blocking from his teammates, Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill didn't have much trouble getting into the end zone.

The fake punt allowed Arkansas to take a 21-14 lead over the No. 6-ranked Aggies right before halftime.

[Instagram, h/t The Big Lead]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Stanford's Ty Montgomery Runs over Washington Defense on His Way to 17-Yard TD

On Saturday, the Washington defense learned Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery doesn't go down easily.

The 6'2", 220-pound wideout caught a pass on 3rd-and-2 that was good enough for a first down, but he wasn't satisfied with just moving the chains. Montgomery ran over several Huskies defenders—while managing to stay inbounds—as he made his way into the end zone.

Montgomery's 17-yard touchdown gave Stanford a 10-0 lead over Washington early in the second quarter.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Notre Dame vs. Syracuse: Live Score and Highlights

Notre Dame and Syracuse will go head-to-head in the third edition of New York’s College Classic at MetLife Stadium. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. EDT, and it will air on ABC.

Notre Dame is coming off a bye week, and it is looking to remain undefeated. Syracuse is looking to bounce back after losing to Maryland last week.

Be sure to come back to this live blog when the game kicks off for scoring updates and highlights.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Cincinnati vs. Ohio State: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 30, Cincinnati 14 — Late 2nd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 22 Ohio State (2-1) and Cincinnati (2-0). The Big Ten Network is televising the matchup from Columbus.

We are watching the game, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

NC State's Jacoby Brissett Avoids Sacks, Throws TD Against Florida State

Everything is going NC State's way Saturday as the Wolfpack try to upset No. 1 Florida State.

On a 3rd-and-6 from the Seminoles' 8-yard line, Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett did a great job of avoiding a sack. He was able to keep the play alive long enough to find receiver Johnathan Alston in traffic in the end zone for a touchdown.

Here's a better look at Brissett's effort:

The wild touchdown gave N.C. State a 24-7 lead over Florida State with just more than two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

[SB Nation, @_MarcusD_Instagram]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Hutson Mason Needs to Improve If Georgia Wants to Win SEC East

In a game that was sloppy, ugly and disjointed, Georgia found a way.

The Bulldogs topped the Tennessee Volunteers, 35-32, on Saturday afternoon in Athens in a game that was littered with four combined turnovers, 14 combined penalties and some of the most curious play-calling in college football in 2014.

Two of those turnovers came in the form of interceptions by Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, who finished the day 16-of-25 for 147 yards, one touchdown, those two picks and one rushing touchdown.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo clearly was trying to get Mason into a groove, and with eight and sometimes nine Vols in the box to stop running back Todd Gurley, there were passing lanes wide open for Mason to exploit.

He couldn't, much to the displeasure of head coach Mark Richt:

His downfield passes lacked zip and his touch wasn't there, despite Gurley forcing the Vols to take some risks in the secondary and Bobo giving Mason plenty of chances to get settled.

Meanwhile, on the other sideline, Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley battled constant pressure and an elbow injury to light up Georgia's defense to the tune of 264 passing yards, three touchdowns and no picks.

Somebody has to win the East, despite the fact that the division looks more like a punchline than a power.

If it's going to be Georgia, Mason has to make major strides because things aren't going to get any easier. It took a while, but eventually Gurley took over in the second half once the running back rotation took a back seat and Bobo remembered that the Heisman Trophy candidate still wears red and black. 

Mason has been used as a game manager for the most part during the season, and while that's a pretty solid plan with No. 3 in the backfield, Georgia is going to need Mason to keep opposing defenses honest at times. Georgia's lack of consistency in its own secondary is going to force the Bulldogs into shootouts more times than not in SEC play.

Every team in the SEC East has flaws, and Georgia's—like the rest of the division—are glaring and plentiful. Quarterback is one of them. If the Bulldogs are going to emerge as the a contender in the division, Mason has to improve significantly. 

It would go a long way toward taking pressure off of Gurley and the inexperience and inconsistency in its own secondary. 

Receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell could be back from injury soon. When combined with healthy wideouts Michael Bennett and Chris Conley, there are plenty of options outside with more coming.

Mason hasn't done anything to suggest that it will matter.

Teams will continue to load the box and force him to beat them through the air, and until he proves he's up for the challenge, it will continue to be the "Todd Gurley Show."

That is, of course, if Bobo remembers he's still on the team.

 

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of cfbstats.com, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

South Florida vs. Wisconsin: Game Grades, Analysis for the Badgers

It was close at halftime, but the Wisconsin Badgers were able to open things up in the second half, leading to a 27-10 victory. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was held to 50 yards on 17 carries in the first two quarters, but he finished the game with 181 yards and two touchdowns.

South Florida was able to win the battle at the line of scrimmage before halftime, but Wisconsin controlled the offensive line in the second half, finishing with 294 total rushing yards.

South Florida freshman running back Marlon Mack was coming off a 103-yard performance against Connecticut, but he was held to 34 yards on 10 carries Saturday.

You can find the full box score here, courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

Pass Offense

The passing offense didn’t look very great today, but it wasn’t that bad either. Tanner McEvoy threw for 160 yards and one touchdown, but he missed some wide-open throws in this game also.

McEvoy has to improve as a passer moving forward, but Wisconsin doesn’t need him to be a Heisman candidate. The Badgers just need him to make plays and not turn the ball over, and today he did that.

 

Rush Offense

After limiting Gordon to 50 yards on 17 carries in the first half, the Badgers broke things open in the second half. Gordon finished the game with 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Corey Clement also played well, finishing with 77 yards on 16 carries.

The run offense is ultimately what won the game for the Badgers, gaining 294 yards. More importantly, the run game allowed them to eat up the clock in the fourth quarter, making it near impossible for South Florida to make a comeback.

 

Pass Defense

The pass defense played fairly well for the Badgers. South Florida had a couple of drops in the first half that could have been big plays, but Wisconsin only allowed 173 total passing yards and was able to come up with a big interception.

 

Run Defense

The Badgers front four played just as well as any unit in the second half. South Florida only gained 72 total yards on the ground, and Marlon Mack was held to 34 yards. Besides the 26-yard touchdown run by Rodney Adams, this was a solid performance from this unit.

 

Special Teams

We didn’t see anything bad from the Badgers special teams unit Saturday either. Kicker Rafael Gaglianone was 2-of-2 on his field-goal attempts, and Drew Meyers had a punt go inside the 20-yard line.

 

Coaching

The coaching was questionable in the first half because of the inability to break out offensively. The offense stalled in the red zone a couple of times, and I thought the play-calling could have been better.

The staff made the necessary adjustments at halftime, however, so it finished with a good grade. We knew Wisconsin would have to run the ball in the second half in order to win, and the staff called plays that allowed Gordon to get out into space and make plays.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Penn State's True Colors Unveiled in Loss to Northwestern

Penn State entered Saturday’s Big Ten home opener against Northwestern with plenty of momentum and excitement under first-year coach James Franklin. 

The Nittany Lions were 4-0. They were entertaining thoughts of Big Ten contention following the NCAA’s decision to restore postseason eligibility after lifting a bowl ban connected to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

A 29-6 defeat at the Wildcats' hands completely exposed those hopes, forcing the Lions to refocus their season.

A 1-2 Northwestern team—whose only win in three games came against Western Illinois—walked into Beaver Stadium and totally dominated the Nittany Lions, raising major concerns as Penn State moves into the meat of its league schedule.

Penn State failed to score a touchdown at home for the first time in nearly 10 years. The last time it happened? Oct. 23, 2004, when Kirk Ferentz and Iowa handed Penn State a 6-4 defeat; the Lions scored a pair of safeties, one an intentional safety by Iowa running out of the back of the end zone on a punt. It was also Northwestern’s first win in State College since a 14-7 victory in 2004.

Two weeks ago, James Franklin and the Lions generated good feelings with a fourth-quarter rally at Rutgers for a 13-10 victory, building on a season-opening last-play win over Central Florida. 

But once Northwestern built a 14-0 first-quarter lead, there was little hope of a rally.

Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg struggled with accuracy, completing 22 of 45 passes for 216 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Big Ten Network cameras caught him arguing on the sidelines with senior tailback Bill Belton following an underthrown ball in the third quarter, per CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli.

The Nittany Lions’ beleaguered offensive line labored to protect Hackenberg, and it also failed to open any holes for the Penn State running game.

Penn State gained just 50 yards on 25 running attempts, averaging 2.0 yards per carry. Belton was the leading rusher with 25 yards on eight carries.

Saturday, the Lions looked one-dimensional, which could prove to be a storyline for opposing defenses moving forward. If defenders don’t have to worry about the run game, it puts more pressure on Hackenberg, who now has four touchdowns against six interceptions on the season.

Hackenberg is a talented quarterback, but it remains unclear whether he can carry an offense by himself. He certainly didn’t do so against the Wildcats.

Penn State’s schedule doesn’t get any easier from here. Following an off week, the Lions travel to Michigan, which will be hungry for victories, and follow that with another off week and a visit from Ohio State.

With four wins as September ends, the Lions look like a postseason team. But hopes of Big Ten contention should be cast aside given the ugly Saturday that unfolded in Happy Valley.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Todd Gurley vs. Tennessee: Stat Line, Highlights, Twitter Reaction

Todd Gurley bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with another overpowering performance, setting a personal best in the process.

The junior led the Georgia Bulldogs to a 35-32 win over SEC rival Tennessee. The Macon Telegraph's Seth Emerson relayed the final damage amassed on 32 touches:

Late in the game, Gurley upped his total to 200 yards, setting a career high. Athlon Sports' David Fox's reaction to the mark shows just how tremendous the junior has been for the Bulldogs:

Gurley actually lost four yards on his last handoff, momentarily losing the milestone, before two late runs brought him north of 200. After gaining eight yards on 3rd-and-11, Mark Richt fed him the ball one last time, and the star sealed the victory with a four-yard run. 

It seems like Gurley received a full workload with 28 carries, but freshman Nick Chubb was given 11 of those rushes, which he turned into a more human 32 yards. Before the game, Tennessee coach Butch Jones commended Georgia's backfield, which would decimate his squad for 289 yards on the ground.

“Todd Gurley’s one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time, but I think their entire running back group is one of the best—if not the best—in the country when you look at it from top to bottom,” Jones told The Associated Press, via The Washington Post.

The highlight of Saturday's game came when Gurley flew through the air for one mesmerizing 26-yard run, as provided by ESPN SEC's Twitter page:

Lana Berry, formerly of Sports on Earth, wonders if it's fair to compare Gurley to any of us mere mortals:

No college players have an answer for him, but it won't be long until he takes the next leap to the NFL. ESPN's Sara Walsh is ready for his promotion:

He's certainly the type of rusher that fantasy football players will salivate over once he arrives in the pros. The 6'1", 226-pound back is impossible to bring down in one try. ESPN College Football shows how much he strives after initial contact:

Gurley now has an outstanding 606 rushing yards through four games, generating 8.9 yards per carry and six scores. He fell short of 100 yards once, and that's because he was given six touches during a 66-6 rout over Troy.

Is that enough to propel him to a Heisman Trophy? NFL.com's Albert Breer believes he and Alabama's Amari Cooper are worthwhile choices to take the award away from the quarterbacks:

Rightfully so or not, Georgia's team standing will likely impact Gurley's outlook. Whether or not the Bulldogs make some noise in the SEC, though, Gurley should be classified as one of college football's premier stars.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Northwestern vs. Penn State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Nittany Lions

Penn State's offense sputtered through four quarters and was unable to find the end zone even once, as the Nittany Lions dropped their first game to Northwestern at Beaver Stadium since 2004.

Christian Hackenberg had a rough day, which was exacerbated by the offensive line's complete inability to protect him in the pocket or provide him any time to find open receivers.

Northwestern's defense did a great job of locking down receivers on coverage while pressuring Hackenberg and plugging up any running lanes.  All in all, Penn State had a terrible afternoon in nearly every aspect of the game, so we're going to need a parent or guardian to return this report card with a signature by Monday.

Box score via NCAA.com.

 

 

Pass Offense

Christian Hackenberg was 22-of-45 for 216 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.  While Hackenberg certainly struggled, a good deal of the issues rest solely with the offensive line that was so ineffective today.  Hacknberg rarely had time to let the play develop, and when he did, he often short-hopped the passes to his receivers.

A few deep completions make the yardage numbers look respectable, but overall, a very ugly day for the Penn State passing game.  A "C" is, we think, generous.

 

Run Offense

It really doesn't get much worse than it did today.  Granted, Penn State is a pass-first kind of team, but when the O-line struggles to protect the quarterback against a team like Northwestern, there's little hope for the running game to make up the difference.

Northwestern was swarming to the ball-carrier all afternoon and limited the Lions to just 2.1 yards per carry on 20 attempts.  Finishing with 50 rushing yards and no touchdowns barely allows us to pass the Nittany Lions—and we do that only because there was some improvement over the first half's performance of seven yards on 13 carries.

 

Pass Defense

The defense for Penn State wasn't nearly as atrocious as the offense, but there were still some glaring issues.  First off, as much as Penn State is a passing team with a passing quarterback, Northwestern is not.  Still, Trevor Siemian was able to find enough room to build up 258 yards through the air.

The Penn State defense did keep the areal attack out of the end zone, but Northwestern did use the passing game to set up several rushing touchdowns.

 

Run Defense

Like the pass defense, things weren't a complete loss here, but neither was there anything particularly impressive.  Northwestern was held to just 103 yards on 38 carries, but all three Northwestern touchdowns were scored by Siemian on the ground.

We have to mark the run defense down for giving up three touchdowns, but anything less than a "C" wouldn't be too harsh.

 

Special Teams

The special teams unit's biggest contribution to the game came in the form of punting, but Sam Ficken did add two field goals (on three attempts), giving Penn State its only points on the day.

That missed field goal was blocked, but what makes that so extra terrible is the fact that Northwestern only rushed four, as the Wildcats were in a "safe" formation, looking for the fake.

A punt return from Jesse Della Valle of 41 yards gives the Nittany Lions enough extra credit to earn a "C" here, but only just. 

 

Coaching

James Franklin now has his first loss as the head coach of Penn State, and what concerns us most is the inability of his team to make any substantial adjustments in order to crawl back into the game in the second half.

Penn State had been building its reputation on late comebacks, but today, it finally caught up with the Nittany Lions.  We'll be very interested to see how Franklin, his staff and his team respond to this loss in two weeks, but for today, we're giving the coaching a "C" for being unable to show us anything worthy of anything better.

 

Unless otherwise noted, quotes or references to quotes were obtained firsthand by the writer.

Follow Bleacher Report's National College Football Featured Columnist David Luther on Twitter!

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Watch Todd Gurley's Insane 4th-Quarter Performance vs. Tennessee

When you feed Todd Gurley the ball, good things happen.

With the Georgia Bulldogs in a dogfight with the Tennessee Volunteers during Week 5 of the 2014 college football season, head coach Mark Richt decided to put the game in Gurley's hands.

Watch as the star running back breaks off a 51-yard touchdown run and follows it with a ridiculous hurdle over a Tennessee defender.  

Is Gurley atop the Heisman boards after this performance? Watch the video and let us know!  

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Tennessee vs. Georgia: Score and Twitter Reaction

The Tennessee Volunteers traveled to Athens and gave the No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs all they could handle on Saturday in an SEC showdown that resulted in a 35-32 victory for the home team. The Bulldogs may have notched the win, but Tennessee made them earn every single yard from the onset of the contest.

Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley got things going early for the visiting team, completing four of his first five passes to drive his offense 43 yards into field-goal range. Aaron Medley capped off the nine-play drive with a 46-yard kick to put Tennessee up 3-0.

Worley was back at it soon after, as the Volunteers defense thwarted the early efforts of Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason and forced a punt. The Tennessee signal-caller completed big passes to Ethan Wolf and Johnathan Johnson to move deep into Georgia territory, and running back Jalen Hurd finished off the nine-play, 72-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

All of a sudden, Tennessee found itself up 10-0. SportsCenter tweeted the early score:

The Bulldogs wouldn't be denied for long, though. After Georgia's defense forced a three-and-out, a Matt Darr punt was returned 29 yards to the Tennessee 32 by Isaiah McKenzie. That return sparked the offense, as Todd Gurley began the drive with a 16-yard run and Mason finished it off with a three-yard scoring scamper.

ESPN College Football tweeted the result of the drive:

The second quarter started with Mason throwing an interception, leading Georgia to smartly lean on its running game on the ensuing drive. That turned out to be a brilliant idea, as Gurley and Nick Chubb pounded the Tennessee offense, combining to carry seven times on the drive. Gurley's one-yard touchdown leap gave Georgia its first lead of the day.

Eye on College Football noted just how close the running back's scoring plunge was:

After another Tennessee punt, the Bulldogs offense picked right up where it left off. Sony Michel entered the mix at running back and Mason relied on several short, high-percentage passes to move the ball down the field. A screen pass from Mason to Chubb capped off the drive, as the running back burned the defense for a 20-yard score.

Rivals.com noted how high the freshman was ranked heading to Georgia:

With the Bulldogs up 21-10, the Volunteers needed to answer before the half. Hurd answered the call. He rushed for 18 and 19 yards to kick off the drive. One 18-yard reception later, the running back put his offense in position to strike. A picture-perfect 23-yard pass from Worley to Jason Croom in the corner of the end zone got the Volunteers within four at the break.

Wes Rucker of 247Sports was certainly impressed:

The start of the third quarter began in ominous fashion for the Bulldogs, as Mason tossed his second interception of the day. However, Georgia's defense held strong and forced a punt on Tennessee's ensuing drive.

Tennessee appeared ready to take the lead late in the quarter, driving down to Georgia's 21-yard line; although, a fumble by Marlin Lane saw the Volunteers' drive come to a swift halt. The end result was a quarter that produced zero points.

That would all change in the game's final quarter.

After a few early punts, Gurley showed up in a big way for the Bulldogs. He was steady throughout the game, but appeared to only get stronger as the game went on. A five-play drive—featuring four Gurley runs—was finished with a blazing 51-yard touchdown scamper by the Heisman-contending running back.

SportsCenter tweeted its reaction to the run:

Not to be outdone, Worley stepped up in a big way for Tennessee on the ensuing drive. He tossed a 31-yard strike to Pig Howard for a touchdown, and followed that up with a scrambling, two-point conversion, via a floating pass to Daniel Helm.

Rivals.com enthusiastically tweeted the game's late drama:

The Volunteers forced a punt on Georgia's next drive; however, a brilliant kick from Collin Barber was downed at the 1-yard line. This led to disaster for Tennessee. Hurd was given the handoff from his own end zone, but he lost control of the ball and saw Georgia recover for a score.

ESPN College Football noted Hurd's great game, but that fumble sure hurt:

The Volunteers gained possession down by 10, and Worley continued his impressive play immediately. Big completions to Wolf and Croom allowed the offense to march deep inside Georgia territory, and facing a 3rd-and-goal, Worley found Marquez North in the back of the end zone for another touchdown.

Former NFL veteran Donte' Stallworth tweeted his impression on the Tennessee quarterback:

Suddenly, the Volunteers had new life, trailing by three points with two minutes remaining.

After a failed onside kick, Georgia attempted to keep the ball on the ground and kill the clock. The team was able to do just that with Gurley in the backfield. He carried six consecutive times, earned two first downs and finished off the Volunteers.

The running back finished with a career-best 208 rushing yards against Tennessee, via Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph:

Despite losing the game, Tennessee proved it can hang with the best the SEC has to offer. Worley appears to be the real deal under center, and the emergence of Hurd at the running back position was a breath of fresh air for the Volunteers.

Tennessee's remaining schedule isn't easy, with Ole Miss, Alabama and South Carolina comprising three ranked teams looming in the future. However, this is a young Volunteers team that certainly appears to have a very bright future ahead.

Georgia's win secures its position near the top of the nation's standings for another week. This team has bounced back nicely since a devastating loss to South Carolina, and Gurley continues to look like this year's Heisman favorite.

While only one ranked team remains on the Bulldogs' schedule—No. 5 Auburn—Georgia doesn't have it easy, as road games against Missouri and Arkansas could prove to be tricky. However, after the performance we was on Saturday, this team looks to have what it takes to win out from here.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Penn State Offensive Linemen Took Notes from Florida, Block Each Other

Apparently blocking your own teammate is a common occurrence.

Last year, a pair of Florida Gators players made blooper reels everywhere by blocking each other during a game. Those two now have some company in infamy.

During Saturday's game against Northwestern, Penn State offensive linemen Andrew Nelson and Brian Gala took a page out of Florida's playbook and decided to block each other.

One of them probably should have tried to stop the defender from getting to the ball-carrier.

At least this play is good news for Gators fans.

[SB Nation, VineCBS Sports; h/t College Spun]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Todd Gurley Runs for 51-Yard TD, Hurdles Defender on Consecutive Series

No. 12 Georgia had trouble creating separation from unranked Tennessee on Saturday, but Heisman candidate Todd Gurley gave the Bulldogs some breathing room early in the fourth quarter.

On 1st-and-10 from the Georgia 49-yard line, Gurley found a hole and slipped past a Tennessee defender. There was no stopping him from there.

The running back's second rushing touchdown of the day gave Georgia a 28-17 lead with 9:31 remaining.

On the very next series, Gurley added to his highlight reel by hurdling a defender.

[gifdsports]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Jabrill Peppers Injury: Updates on Michigan Star's Status and Return

Despite ending last season with a 7-6 record, optimism is high for the Michigan Wolverines in 2014. One big reason for the excitement was the addition of highly-touted freshman Jabrill Peppers. 

Unfortunately for the Wolverines and Peppers, the star cornerback has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury sustained in practice, Michigan reports:

Dan Murphy of ESPN indicates he will not play against Minnesota:

After an embarrassing loss at home to Utah, the Wolverines can't afford to have a star like Peppers sidelined for very long.

Peppers was the top-ranked athlete and No. 3 overall prospect in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports.com. He played cornerback and returned punts for the Wolverines this season. 

Hoke loved the idea of using Peppers as a punt returner, telling Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press on August 22 that it gave the team an added dynamic:

No. 1, we’re putting a lot of our best guys on the field, that’s a plus. We’ve had some the last three years that have been decent, some that we haven’t maybe fielded the ball as well as we should sometimes. All through every special teams we want to get improvement.

In addition to his value in the return game, Peppers' presence in the secondary is necessary for the success of this team. Hoke's done a great job bringing talent to Ann Arbor, but the defense ranked 61st in pass yards allowed per game (231.3) last season. 

Even though he's a freshman, Peppers has skills that very few players in the country do. That's what made him such a sought-after recruit and why expectations are sky high for him right away. Losing him for any length of time changes the dynamic of Michigan's secondary.  

The Wolverines started the season unranked in the preseason polls after going just 7-6 last year, so there were already some questions about how good Hoke's team is going to be in 2014. 

Losing Peppers, who has the potential to be what Charles Woodson once was, certainly isn't going to quiet any of those concerns. It's also a huge setback for him, since every rep he can get is added experience to help him reach his full potential sooner than expected. 

 

If you want to talk sports, hit me up on Twitter. 

 

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Texas vs. Kansas: Live Score and Highlights

Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns travel to Lawrence Saturday, where they will try to snap a two-game losing streak against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Follow this page throughout this afternoon's action for updates, commentary and highlights of today's Big 12 matchup. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, and be sure to check out the box score on NCAA.com.

Also, stay tuned after the game to see the grades for both teams.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Justin Worley Injury: Updates on Tennessee QB's Elbow and Return

Tennessee's struggling offense took another blow during Saturday's SEC opener at Georgia when starting quarterback Justin Worley left the game in the third quarter due to a right elbow injury. 

According to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports, citing the ESPN broadcasters, noted that Worley wasn't looking good to return and the injury occurred when a Georgia defender hit his elbow during a play:

Paul Fortenberry of Volquest.com indicated Worley returned to action in the 4th quarter: 

Solomon previously reported that Tennessee trainers were examining Worley's elbow on the sidelines after he got taken out:

The Volunteers' official Twitter account noted that Nathan Peterman was taking over at quarterback for Worley:

According to David Climer of The Tennessean, Worley did try some light throwing on the sideline but Football Time Magazine noted a few minutes later that he was going back to the locker room:

The Volunteers were off to a 2-1 start this season, but the two victories were against Arkansas State and Utah State. They need Worley healthy to contend in the ultra-competitive SEC.

 

 

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Louisiana Tech vs. Auburn: Live Score and Highlights

The No. 5 Auburn Tigers host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a nonconference meeting Saturday, Sept. 27.

Quarterback Nick Marshall and his Auburn squad have one final tuneup before an absolutely brutal conference slate, facing six consecutive ranked SEC squads over the next seven weeks.

Last weekend, Louisiana Tech fell to Northwestern State 30-27, so the Bulldogs are clear underdogs for the afternoon bout.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, and the SEC Network will carry the game. Bleacher Report will provide live scoring updates and analysis. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Florida State vs. North Carolina State: Live Score and Highlights

Florida State 7, North Carolina State 7 -- 11:50 1st Quarter

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Pages