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Florida vs. Vanderbilt: Game Grades, Analysis for the Gators

The Florida Gators picked up their second consecutive SEC win with a 34-10 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville on Saturday.

Behind quarterback Treon Harris, the Gators ran for 214 yards, while Harris had 215 yards through the air.

Florida's defense was outstanding, too. After a first quarter that saw Vanderbilt have one very good drive, that was about it for the Commodores. Two Ralph Webb fumbles led to 10 points for the Gators, and that proved to be too much for Vanderbilt to overcome.

Florida improves to 5-3 (4-3) on the season and hosts South Carolina next week. The Gators still have an outside shot of winning the SEC East, but they need Missouri to lose out. The Tigers have consecutive road games against Texas A&M and Tennessee, before finishing up with Arkansas.

Here is a look at how Florida graded out in its win over Vanderbilt.

 

Florida Gators Grade Analysis

Pass Offense: Harris was terrific. He involved little-used receivers Ahmad Fulwood and Chris Thompson in the offense. He made two big plays downfield and took several more shots. He showed patience and did not turn the ball over.

Run Offense: It wasn't like last week when the Gators ran for over 400 yards, but it was an efficient performance. As a team, Florida ran for over 200 yards, and Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones were both solid. Harris had two terrific touchdown runs himself.

Pass Defense: Vanderbilt had one good drive throwing the football, and that was about it. Florida got pressure on Vandy all night and picked off two passes.

Run Defense: The Gators struggled against the run in the first quarter when Webb gashed them, but after his two fumbles, the Commodores couldn't run again. Both of Webb's fumbles were forced by Florida defenders. 

Special Teams: No big mistakes and Florida hit both of its field goals. Punter Kyle Christy had another strong night averaging 48 yards per punt. Florida also stopped Vandy's return game.

Coaching: Florida had a good plan on both sides of the ball. After the Gators saw how Vandy would attack them offensively, they adjusted, and the Commodores never threatened them again. Offensive play-calling was terrific.

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Leon Orr Dismissed by Florida After Leaving Game Due to Backup Role

Florida defensive tackle seems to have had an abrupt end to his career with the Gators.

The senior had started just two games this season but was  apparently expecting to be in the lineup Florida's game against Vanderbilt. However, head coach Will Muschamp opted to go with Jonathan Bullard on the defensive line instead. 

According to GatorZone.com, the player decided to leave the game and take a bus back to Gainesville instead of playing in a reserve role. Muschamp explained, "He was more concerned with starting than being part of the team."

ESPN's Jeff Barlis later reported Orr would no longer be part of the team:

Orr came into the year with high expectations, ranking among the top 10 defensive tackles in the SEC according to ESPN's Chris Low. Unfortunately, he was never able to take advantage of his role with the team and managed just 16 tackles (three solo) while playing sparingly.

It is not yet known where Orr will go from here, but there will not likely be too many coaches interested in the player after this incident.

 

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Injury: Updates on Oregon Star's Foot and Return

The Oregon Ducks defense may have taken a major blow in Saturday's game vs. Utah as star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered an injury to his left foot.

Steve Mims of the The Register Guard had the report:

Andrew Greif of The Oregonian had more after the game:

Ekpre-Olomu is a two-time All-Pac-12 cornerback and one of the best individual defenders in the entire country. His fourth-quarter interception in the Ducks’ critical nonconference victory over Michigan State helped seal one of the most important games of the 2014 season.

The hope now is that this latest injury doesn’t change that designation.

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T.J. Yeldon Injury: Updates on Alabama Star's Ankle and Return

For the time being, Alabama has lost the most productive piece of its three-headed running back monster. Explosive junior T.J. Yeldon was forced from Saturday's contest against LSU after suffering an apparent ankle injury on a fumble late in the fourth quarter.

Yahoo Sports' Dr. Saturday had the report:

CBS' Jon Solomon had an update after the game:

While many teams across the country would be crippled by losing a player of this quality, Alabama's depth at the position is unbelievable. Sophomore Derrick Henry and junior Kenyan Drake would be starting for most programs, and they are undoubtedly capable of stepping into a bigger role for as long as Yeldon remains out. 

 

 

 

 

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LSU Player Pulls Down Pants of Alabama Opponent on National TV

Be warned: The Vine below contains some naked booty, and it's quite hilarious.

The No. 16 LSU Tigers were in a close battle vs. the No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night, and when Tigers tight end Logan Stokes saw an opportunity to gain a mental advantage, he took it.

Stokes pulled down the pants of Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, who looked rather perturbed. He'll likely be hearing from his coach about that one in the film room.

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UCLA Football: Bruins Offense Clicking at the Right Time as Postseason Looms

The UCLA that college football pundits projected to compete for a berth in the College Football Playoff made an appearance in the 18th-ranked Bruins’ 44-30 defeat of Washington on Saturday.

In particular, the UCLA offense found its rhythm, making good on running back Paul Perkins' prediction after last week's defeat of Arizona.

Perkins said he sensed the Bruins were "on the verge of something great," and the result at Husky Stadium was UCLA's highest offensive output since hanging 62 points on Arizona State in September.    

The emergence of UCLA's offense fittingly started with quarterback Brett Hundley, who looked more like the preseason Heisman Trophy candidate than at any other time this season.

He accounted for 320 total yards and scored four touchdowns, operating behind an offensive line that played one of its better games. The UCLA front helped keep Washington's second-ranked sack-generating defense away from Hundley, taking advantage of linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha's absence for much of the night to allow just one sack.

A confident Hundley completed 29 of 36 pass attempts, improving upon his impressive season-long average of 71 percent coming into Saturday's affair, per CFBStats.com

Hundley's ability to get the ball out quickly to a variety of receivers—10 Bruins caught passes—gave the UCLA offense a fluidity it needs to finish strong in its two remaining games.

Protecting Hundley has been one of the more vexing issues for UCLA on the campaign. Another is penalty yardage. The Bruins addressed penalties Saturday along with their improved blocking, drawing just four flags for 37 yards.

No longer facing downs of more than 10 yards due to penalties, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has more options in his playbook. And there's no doubt UCLA is most effective when it's multifaceted.

That was reflected in how the Bruins scored their five touchdowns. Hundley rushed for two and found Kenneth Walker and Mossi Johnson for one each with the pass.

The fifth came from Myles Jack, whose highlight-reel scoring rush stole the spotlight from two-way counterpart Shaq Thompson.

The Bruins haven't needed Jack to be the ball-carrier he was late last season, but having him as a complement to Perkins, Jordon James and Nathan Starks in the backfield only makes UCLA more dangerous.

And when the Bruins are not getting in the end zone, having kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn connecting is vital.

Fairbairn went 3 of 3 on his field-goal attempts, most notably hitting a 44-yarder that salvaged a fourth-quarter drive nearly stalled by a questionable offensive pass interference call.

Much like the sacks surrendered and penalty yards accrued in past games, missed field goals plagued the Bruins in past weeks.

Head coach Jim Mora said, "We've got to figure out how to put the ball through the uprights when we get in scoring position," after Fairbairn missed a 41-yard attempt on Oct. 11 against Oregon.

With that problem seemingly resolved, UCLA is one facet closer to reaching its full potential for the season's final push.

Better late than never.  

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise cited. Statistics via UCLABruins.com.

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Kansas State vs. TCU: How Horned Frogs Win Reshapes Playoff Picture

Led by the freewheeling exploits of star quarterback Trevone Boykin, TCU notched an important 41-20 victory over Big 12 rival Kansas State on Saturday. The win leaves both teams with 5-1 conference records and keeps the Horned Frogs' College Football Playoff hopes alive.

If nothing else, this season has proven the Horned Frogs belong in the Big 12. Head coach Gary Patterson said prior to the Kansas State game that this team is prepared for bigger and better things.

“Obviously proved to all of those people that said TCU couldn’t win in the Big 12,” he said, via Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "There is still a lot of work to do. We are just touching the iceberg. I told you guys that — 'bout like when I told you someday we'd go to a BCS bowl. You kinda looked at me strange."

As the Big 12 is one of the better conferences in the nation, this bodes well for TCU's chances should it win out. This is a highly likely proposition, as the Horned Frogs' last three opponents—Texas, Kansas and Iowa State—have a combined 10-18 record this season.

The lack of a Big 12 title game could work against the Horned Frogs. It prevents them from another chance to prove their worth as one of the best teams in college football. On the other hand, winning the Big 12 title outright or on tiebreakers and getting a week off preserves their win-loss record, and other teams from the major conferences could slip up and push them through.

TCU's only loss on the season was a 61-58 thriller against Baylor, who is also 5-1 in Big 12 play. The Bears do own the head-to-head tiebreaker over TCU, which means the Horned Frogs will be hoping that Kansas State can come through and beat Baylor on Dec. 6. 

There is a chance the Horned Frogs could move into the College Football Playoff spot without necessarily winning the Big 12 title. TCU was ranked sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings coming into this week, while Baylor was 12th. 

Having the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation lends a certain amount of prestige, but the College Football Playoff committee will be inclined to go with title winners. TCU's schedule is nothing to sneeze at either, as they've gone 4-1 against ranked opponents this season.

Grantland's Matt Hinton noted it will be a tough call between these two teams:

Assuming Baylor slips up, the Horned Frogs should get the final playoff spot alongside Florida State, Oregon (if it wins the Pac-12) and whichever team makes it out of the SEC West alive—which looks to be the Mississippi State Bulldogs at this point.

It's highly unlikely that two SEC teams will make the CFP after Auburn's loss to Texas A&M. However, Alabama is still a possibility to make the cut if it wins the SEC title and the Bulldogs' only loss on the season comes against the Crimson Tide.

Ohio State is still lurking and looks to be in control of the Big Ten, but the sullied reputation of the conference leaves them without any bona fide signature wins on the season.

TCU is still in the playoff hunt with the win, but it might not control its own destiny with so many other worthy one-loss teams from across the nation.

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Watch UCLA's Myles Jack Embarrass Defenders with Nasty Stiff-Arm and Spin Move

Myles Jack decided that stiff-arming a defender to the ground wasn't enough; he had to embarrass the defense further with an elusive spin move on his way to the end zone. UCLA takes down Washington with a score of 44-30. 

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