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Clemson vs. Miami: 58-0 Shutout Marks Worst Loss in Hurricanes History

Now is not a good time to be a member of the Miami Hurricanes. 

On Saturday afternoon, the University of Miami suffered its worst loss in program history, a 58-0 beat down at the hands of the No. 6 Clemson Tigers. 

According to Westwood One Sports' Jason Horowitz, it breaks a school record for the worst shutout loss, which was a 52-0 affair against Howard College in 1927. Howard College is now known as Samford. 

It is also the largest margin of defeat in Hurricanes history, per CBSSports.com's Jon Solomon, as it breaks the record previously held by a 70-14 loss to Texas A&M in 1944. 

The loss was tough on former players, as they took to Twitter to voice their displeasure of this year's team and their head coach, Al Golden. 

Former Hurricane Leon Searcy, who was being honored during the game, was not in a celebrating mood:

Warren Sapp was calling for Golden's job:

Clemson out-gained Miami 567-146 on offense while picking up 33 first downs. Miami had just six all day. Add a Hurricanes passing game that averaged 2.6 yards per completion along with three interceptions and things were not going to end well for the green and orange. 

Outings like this are not going to keep Golden around for much longer. At 4-3 this season with a program that once was the class of college football, setting school records for all of the wrong reasons is not a good way to make a case as to why you should keep your job. 

 

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fact: Miami's 58-0 loss to Clemson on Saturday was the biggest margin of defeat in the school's history. Previously, it lost by 56 to Texas A&M in 1944.

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Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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Will Miami Head Coach Al Golden Make It Through the 2015 Season?

Al Golden entered Saturday’s crucial visit from No. 6 Clemson already firmly on the hot seat as Miami’s head coach. A mediocre 32-24 record in four-and-a-half seasons at the Hurricanes’ helm has fans angry, with planes flying “Fire Al Golden” banners over Sun Life Stadium on a weekly basis.

Saturday afternoon, the Tigers lit a bonfire under that hot seat. Miami was totally lifeless in a 58-0 defeat, the worst defeat in program history, which also dropped the ‘Canes to 4-3. National pundits are asking: Will Golden even make it through 2015 as Miami’s coach?

Let’s take a look.

Miami athletic director Blake James told Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that no change is imminent, but it's clear Golden’s margin for error in Miami has gotten much smaller. Saturday dropped the ‘Canes to 1-2 in ACC play with five ACC Coastal games ahead. Winning the Coastal will be difficult, given that Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina (all ahead on the schedule) began the day unbeaten in league play.

Per reports from multiple reporters at the game, “Fire Golden” chants broke out at Sun Life Stadium for the first time. “This is the kind of performance that, in all candor, that gets you fired,” said ABC play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough.

Miami didn’t bring back a lot from 2014’s 6-7 team, including just eight starters. Even that group has been hit by injuries, though. Last week, senior linebacker Raphael Kirby suffered a season-ending knee injury, and Saturday, talented sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya was sidelined by a concussion.

The healthy Hurricanes gave a complete no-show, however. Clemson ran all over Miami en route to a 42-0 halftime lead, outrushing the Hurricanes 230-25. Many in the crowd who bothered to make it to Sun Life Stadium beat a retreat to the exits, and Clemson pulled all of its starters up 45-0 midway through the third quarter. Golden told reporters, including Gene Sapakoff of the Post and Courier, that he took responsibility for the poor effort. 

Assuming Golden is still employed Monday morning, how does he save his job?

There’s only one way: win, win, win. With five games left, Miami must win them all to have any shot at winning the Coastal (which would be progress, given that the program hasn’t played for the ACC title since joining the league in 2004). In fact, Miami has just one nine-win season in the last five years.

If Golden can run the table and pull out a nine- or 10-win season (with a bowl victory), that would represent tangible progress. Perhaps even a 4-1 record to end the regular season would do the trick.

But the case could also be made that efforts like Saturday’s are too much to overcome. Multiple former Hurricanes, including offensive linemen Bryant McKinnie and Joaquin Gonzalez, ripped Golden on Twitter, and this certainly won’t build any enthusiasm for the end of the season.

Miami’s administration will have to decide if it makes sense to let Golden go before season’s end or even if it’ll matter. Four Power Five programs (Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina and USC) are already in the market for new head coaches and ahead of Miami in their searches.

Would it really make any difference? Even if the Hurricanes fire Golden, they wouldn’t be making a hire before season’s end and possibly longer, depending on where their preferred target stands with his current program.

An in-season firing would be about sending a message to Miami fans who still care, saying, “This isn’t acceptable any longer.”

If that’s the case, Golden should be fired Sunday morning, because efforts like Saturday's certainly aren’t acceptable in the fifth year of his tenure. Otherwise, Golden should get one final chance to salvage his job. Because if it gets any worse, the Hurricanes really have no decision at all to make. Al Golden should be gone.

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Rawleigh Williams Injury: Updates on Arkansas RB's Neck and Return

Saturday's SEC battle between Arkansas and Auburn featured a scary moment, as Razorbacks freshman running back Rawleigh Williams was stretchered from the field after suffering an injury.

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Williams Taken to Hospital Due to Neck InjurySaturday, Oct. 24

Williams went down and was unable to get up after being tackled near the sidelines late in the third quarter of Saturday's game.

He was ultimately carted off the field and taken to the hospital for "precautionary reasons," and SEC Network reported he was seen communicating with trainers, per Brandon Marcello of AL.com.

According to Marcello, SEC Network reported Williams was diagnosed with a neck injury and that he had movement in all extremities.

As seen in this photo courtesy of Razorback Nation, Williams' teammates gathered around him after the injury occurred out of concern for the talented youngster's well-being:

Also, Arkansas running back Alex Collins paid tribute to Williams by flashing a No. 22 with his fingers after scoring to put the Razorbacks on top 21-14, per SEC Network:

The exact extent of Williams' injury is unclear, but the fact that he was able to move is certainly encouraging news.

It is possible that the Razorbacks' No. 2 rusher could be forced to miss some time, though, which means leading rusher Collins will likely be asked to take on an even greater workload moving forward.

 

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Indiana vs. Michigan State: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan State 28, Indiana 26 — Late 3rd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 7 Michigan State (7-0) and Indiana (4-3). ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 are televising the matchup regionally from East Lansing, Michigan.

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

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Brad Kaaya Injury: Updates on Miami QB's Concussion and Return

An already-miserable day got even worse for the Miami (FL) football team Saturday, as sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya was forced to exit early due to injury.

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Kaaya Out vs. Clemson Due to ConcussionSaturday, Oct. 24

According to Sun Sentinel Sports, Kaaya was knocked out of Saturday's clash with Clemson after suffering an apparent concussion due to a hit.

Kaaya went down hard on a sack from Clemson's Shaq Lawson, and WQAM subsequently reported that the signal-caller failed a concussion test on the sidelines, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

While Kaaya entered the game as the ACC's leading passer, the Tigers made life miserable for him, limiting him to 6-of-10 passing for 51 yards and an interception before he departed in the second quarter.

He was replaced by Malik Rosier, who didn't fare any better, as the Hurricanes trailed No. 6 Clemson heading into the locker room for halftime.

Miami will almost certainly fall to 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in the conference, but it is a team that still has a chance to do some damage in an Atlantic Coast Conference that is wide open outside of Clemson and Florida State.

In order to do that, however, it will need the services of Kaaya since it's already abundantly clear that head coach Al Golden doesn't have another viable answer at quarterback on his roster.

 

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Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma: Live Score and Highlights

Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

TV: ABC/ESPN2

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Coming off their 55-0 rout of the Kansas State Wildcats on the road, the Oklahoma Sooners look to keep up the momentum against a very pesky Texas Tech Red Raiders squad, known for almost pulling off the upset against TCU earlier this season. 

Stay plugged in below for continued updates of this Big 12 matchup as the Sooners look to keep their title hopes alive. 

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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: Live Score and Highlights

For nearly a decade, the famed "Third Saturday in October" battle between the Tennessee Volunteers and Alabama Crimson Tide has been a lopsided affair.

When the Volunteers and Crimson Tide get together Saturday, UA will be going for its ninth consecutive win. That run of dominance coincides with coach Nick Saban being lured away from the NFL and back to the college game.

In a series of streaks, the current one is painted crimson.

Saban's ownership of Tennessee dates back to his LSU days, when the 2001 SEC Championship Game victory helped end UT's reign atop the league. He's 10-1 lifetime against Tennessee, and in a rivalry where there isn't any love lost, 'Bama stoked the coals by hiring Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator two years ago.

Kiffin, as most know, was head coach in Knoxville in 2009 before bolting for USC.

This season, the Vols are banged up, despite coming off a bye week after a huge home win over Georgia. Alabama, meanwhile, is playing its best football of the season after an early loss to Ole Miss.

It'll be UT's dual-threat quarterback Joshua Dobbs against perhaps the best defensive front seven in the nation. The subplots are many, and if history is any indication, the records can be thrown out when these two teams meet.

Stay right here for all your live-blogging and scoring action. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET, and we'll be here to bring you all the action.

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3 Dead, Dozens Injured at Oklahoma State Parade After Car Crashes into Crowd

Homecoming festivities prior to Oklahoma State's football game against Kansas were marred Saturday as a car crashed into a crowd along a parade route in Stillwater, killing three.

According to Evan Anderson of KWTV, Stillwater Mayor John Bartley confirmed that three died and 27 people were airlifted to local hospitals.

Anderson went on to reveal a total of 10 people were in critical condition. 

Stillwater PD said the alleged driver of the car, Adacia Avery Chambers, has been arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence, per George Schroeder of USA Today. Oklahoma State said Chambers is not a student and was not part of the parade, according to Cody McDonell of KWTV in Oklahoma.

CNN provided further details regarding the incident:

Oklahoma State University's official Twitter account released a statement following the news:

Rival Kansas University, which is set to clash with Oklahoma State on Saturday, tweeted its support:

Stillwater PD spokesman Kyle Gibbs announced the game will be played as scheduled, per Schroeder.

Saturday was supposed to be a day of celebration for an Oklahoma State team that has exceeded expectations in 2015 and is very much in the running for a Big 12 title.

The focus has instead shifted toward this tragic incident.

 

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Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder Gets Hit by Player, Gets Right Back Up

It's a good thing Bill Snyder still has it.

The 76-year-old Kansas State coach took a pretty nasty hit from one of his own players, senior defensive back Morgan Burns, and was knocked to the ground on the sideline during Saturday's game against Texas.

But don't worry—he took it like a champ and reportedly got right back up:

[SB Nation]

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Iowa State RB Mike Warren Recreates Butt Fumble vs. Baylor

The Iowa State Cyclones can use all the luck and good fortune they can get against the No. 2 Baylor Bears. 

Recreating Mark Sanchez's infamous butt fumble, unfortunately, didn't exactly help their cause.

Freshman running back Mike Warren lost control of the ball in the first quarter of Saturday's game when he grazed the backside of one of his teammates.

It's a rough life.

[ESPN, h/t For The Win]

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JoJo Robinson Suspended: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction on Arkansas WR

Arkansas freshman wide receiver JoJo Robinson was suspended indefinitely ahead of the Razorbacks' clash with Auburn on Saturday.

Bo Mattingly of KASR passed along word of the suspension, which was announced in the press box prior to kickoff. Bobby Swofford of KFSM confirmed the punishment.

No information about the reason for the ban was immediately released.

It's the second time Robinson has found himself sidelined this season. He previously missed the team's season-opening victory over UTEP due to a suspension. Head coach Bret Bielema didn't provide the exact reasoning, but he stated there would be zero tolerance, per Matt Jones of Whole Hog Sports.

"We had 16 goals we voted on and No. 1 was no distractions," Bielema said after the UTEP game. "I just kind of shared with him, if he's a distraction to this room, to his offense, to me, to anybody, zero tolerance. The good news was that what he got suspended for he got corrected in 24 hours."

Robinson was arrested last April after an alleged armed robbery by an individual he was riding in a car with in Miami. The charges against him were later dropped after he was cleared of any wrongdoing, his attorney, Larry Handfield, told Jeff Barlis of ESPN.

After sitting out the 2014 campaign as a redshirt, Robinson has registered just six catches for 53 yards and no touchdowns this season. He arrived at Arkansas as a highly touted 4-star prospect, per 247Sports' composite rankings, but his involvement has been minimal so far.

A second suspension in the span of two months doesn't bode well for his chances of making an impact moving forward, either.

 

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Clemson and Miami Players Nearly Get into Fight Before Game

Tensions were running high before the No. 6 Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes even kicked off Saturday.

Two players from the opposing teams appeared to be engaging in some sort of argument about an hour before the game when teammates joined the fray.

It's unclear what sparked the altercation, but it could make for a chippy game when the teams kick off at noon from Sun Life Stadium.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Auburn vs. Arkansas: Live Score and Highlights

Arkansas 21, Auburn 14 - Late Third Quarter

Stay tuned for breaking news, commentary and analysis throughout the matchup as the Tigers visit the Razorbacks on the SEC Network. For more details, check out the NCAA box score HERE

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Clemson vs. Miami: Live Score and Highlights

The sixth-ranked Clemson Tigers look to continue their undefeated season Saturday, taking on a Miami Hurricanes team that is desperate for a marquee win.

Clemson (6-0) has only played one game on the road this season and needed a last-minute collapse from Louisville to avoid overtime in September. Nevertheless, Deshaun Watson leads a team favored by eight points, per Odds Shark.

Miami (4-2) is looking to build off a 10-point victory over rival Virginia Tech, and a win over Clemson would certainly help beleaguered coach Al Golden have an argument for saving his job. The program hasn't beaten a Top 10 team since 2009.

ABC will broadcast the ACC clash at noon ET. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates, highlights and analysis. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

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Daily Fantasy College Football Week 8: DraftKings Last-Minute Picks, Best Values

It's finally time for the weekend, which means daily fantasy college football is firing up a full slate again. Yeah, Thursday and Friday games are enticing, but there's nothing like staying in your sweatpants on a Saturday to watch seemingly endless amounts of college football action.

Why not make some money while partaking in that ritual? That's why DraftKings provides daily fantasy for the entire season. In anticipation of Saturday's action, here's a look at the best last-minute picks and a few value options peppered in.

 

Quarterback: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State ($8,300)

He's not exactly a great value, but for a No. 1 quarterback, J.T. Barrett is well worth the salary hit. After earning the starting role earlier this week for the Buckeyes, the training wheels are coming off for the 2014 Heisman hopeful.

Head coach Urban Meyer explained the reasoning behind his decision, per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports:

Even with limited playing time against Penn State and Maryland, Barrett averaged nearly 30 points per game. That's thanks to his mobility, amassing 164 yards and five touchdowns in the rushing game. At $1,100 less than the top option at QB, Barrett is an obvious choice on Saturday against Rutgers.

 

Running Back: Shock Linwood, Baylor ($6,800)

Being the running back for one of the most prolific offenses in the entire country has its perks. While Shock Linwood might not be considered the top running back in the nation, he's getting opportunities to shred defenses thanks to Baylor's passing game.

Linwood has cashed in on his touches, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. That's led to 803 rushing yards and eight touchdowns through just eight games. Playing at home against an Iowa State defense that has allowed 55.5 points per game over the last two weeks, expect a huge game from Linwood.

 

Running Back: Elijah Hood, North Carolina ($5,900)

Looking for a middle-tier running back who has a great matchup? Elijah Hood is your man.

UNC's lead running back isn't putting up the same eye-popping numbers as Linwood, but he has shredded ACC defenses this season. Coming off three touchdowns in the last two games against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, Hood is set to torch Virginia.

His 18.6 average points per game is hurt slightly by games against Delaware and South Carolina, where his legs were saved. Once because of a huge lead, the other because the game was out of hand. On a winning team that should throttle Virginia, look for Hood to run wild for fantasy owners.

 

Wide Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss ($6,100)

Laquon Treadwell got off to a good start to the season but has been sensational lately. While Ole Miss left Memphis with a disappointing loss, Treadwell did all he could to pull out a win. His 14 receptions for 144 yards were both career highs to go along with his receiving touchdown.

It isn't fair for owners to expect another 44-point outburst, but quarterback Chad Kelly clearly has confidence in Treadwell. In a huge matchup against No. 15 Texas A&M, Treadwell will be the workhorse in the passing game and a dependable start for DFS owners.

 

Wide Receiver: Kermit Whitfield, Florida State ($4,600)

Why exactly is Kermit Whitfield priced at $4,600 this week? Well, I can't answer that. Why should you leave him off your roster? I can't give a reasonable answer to that question either.

How about we stop with the questions and look at the facts. Whitfield has exploded onto the scene over the last two weeks, per Ryan S. Clark of Rivals.com:

A healthy Kermit is simply not fair against a Georgia Tech team that has lost its last five games. Florida State will roll on Saturday night, and Whitfield will serve as a perfect compliment to any wide receiver corps on DraftKings. Pick him up as a WR3 or flex and expect WR1 production.

 

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