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UCLA vs. Washington Complete Game Preview

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 8; 7 p.m. ET 

WHERE: Husky Stadium; Seattle

TV: Fox Sports 1

A week after UCLA's homecoming win over Arizona, Bruins head coach Jim Mora is out for another kind of homecoming victory at Washington. 

Mora leads his UCLA team—ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25—to face his alma mater in a city he spent three seasons as an NFL coach.

The rumor mill linked Mora to the Washington Huskies a few times in the coach's career, most notably in 2006 when, as head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, he called it a "dream job.

Mora's name was again rumored in association with the position after Steve Sarkisian left for the USC vacancy last December, but he quickly shot down speculation. 

"We’ve only just scratched the surface of our potential, and as a Bruin fan, I’d be champing at the bit just to see what UCLA football is going to do next," Mora said, per Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News

Washington instead hired Chris Petersen, the nation's winningest active head coach through his tenure at Boise State. 

Petersen has found tougher sledding in his first season at Washington. The Huskies endured losses in 3 of 4 Pac-12 Conference games before beating Colorado on the road last week, 38-23.

Another loss would match Petersen's most in a single campaign during his eight-year run with Boise State. He finished the 2013 campaign 8-4 before accepting the Washington vacancy.

UCLA must drop Petersen and the Huskies to that four-loss mark to keep its own Pac-12 championship hopes alive. The Bruins' defeat of Arizona, coupled with Utah's loss at Arizona State, puts UCLA behind only the Sun Devils in the South division's loss column. 

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UCLA vs. Washington Complete Game Preview

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 8; 7 p.m. ET WHERE: Husky Stadium; Seattle TV: Fox Sports 1 A week after UCLA's homecoming win over Arizona, Bruins head coach Jim Mora is out for another kind of homecoming victory at Washington...

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Projecting Auburn's Offensive Stars' Stats vs. Texas A&M

The Auburn Tigers offense has been rolling in recent weeks, and the Texas A&M Aggies have struggled to stop anyone in the past few weeks. Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder predict how big of a day the Auburn offense stars will have against a struggling Aggies defense.

What sort of day do you think the Auburn stars will have?

Watch the video and let us know! 

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Like It or Not, SEC West Is as Good as Advertised

Love it or hate it, the SEC West never disappoints. 

All the division did this past weekend was produce a matchup between No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss that saw both offenses punch and counterpunch for a full four quarters, culminating with a failed hook and ladder from the Rebels that gave the visiting Tigers a 35-31 win.

It was just the latest in a series of games that have come down to the wire, including LSU's win over Ole Miss the previous week, Ole Miss' fourth-quarter comeback over Alabama and Mississippi State's home win over defending SEC champ Auburn.

Five of the seven teams from the West are currently in the AP Top 25, and it's likely that two—Mississippi State and Auburn—will be in the top four when the fresh College Football Playoff rankings are released on Tuesday night.

While the rest of the country is busy complaining over perceived SEC bias, the West is busy taking part in what seems more like the college football version of Fight Club.

"The challenge in the SEC, and especially the West right now which is so challenging, you have to bring your 'A game' every single week if you want an opportunity to win," Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said on last week's coaches teleconference.

What makes the SEC West so great?


Diverse, Powerful Styles

There are different ways to skin a cat, but what's great about the SEC West is that the top-tier teams go about their business in different ways to create the same result.

Football is a line-of-scrimmage game, plain and simple.

The offenses in the SEC don't all look the same, but the concepts are. Whether it's the pro-style, power attacks that exist at Alabama and LSU or the power-rushing attack out of the spread that Auburn and Mississippi State make work, you have to win at the point of attack to win in the SEC West.

Now, even the pro-style teams have quarterbacks—Blake Sims and Anthony Jennings, respectively—who present a threat with their legs in addition to playing within the offense.

"Anytime you have an athletic quarterback who's a threat to run, scramble, pull the ball on the zone read, that always is a little bit of an issue for the defense," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on last week's coaches teleconference. "Sometimes you have to be careful with how you play, because the guy can take off and make plays with his feet."

The common theme is an offensive line that's not only big, but athletic.

LSU thrived against Ole Miss on the ground when its offensive linemen fired off the ball, particularly when guards pulled and got to the second level. That's a staple of Malzahn's offense at Auburn as well, despite the fact that both offenses take different approaches to getting there.

The same rule applies on the defensive side of the ball. It's the key to winning big in the nation's toughest division, and it's no accident that three of the top four teams in B/R's latest SEC power rankings—Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn—are in the top 26 nationally in rushing defense.

It's a similar formula for each team. All have experience and talent in their respective front sevens, and all rotate fresh bodies through games to make sure they can hold up for a full 60 minutes. 

If you win the line of scrimmage, you win games in the SEC West.



SEC critics will argue that the path to success isn't much tougher in the SEC than it is in other conferences, but that's just false.

The SEC West is 33-1 against teams not in the SEC West, which includes Auburn's road win over No. 9 Kansas State, LSU's neutral-site win over No. 25 Wisconsin and Alabama's neutral-site win over No. 24 West Virginia.

Just how difficult is it within the division?

Chris Low of ESPN.com put the power of the Worldwide Leader to work to spit out this stat:

Nothing any SEC West team in the College Football Playoff will see will come as a shock.

The speed, power and creativity that each sees within its own division provides plenty of opportunities for players—even young players—to properly prepare themselves for the game's biggest stage long before they ever step foot on it. 


Recruiting Success

It's not just the "X's and the O's," it's the "Jimmy's and the Joe's."

The SEC West has been opening the door for Jimmy, Joe, Frank and just about any other blue-chip prospect over the last few years.

SEC West teams routinely land in the top 10 in the recruiting rankings, and even the traditionally lower-tier programs within the division still get athletes on par with middle-to-upper-tier programs from around the country.

Is recruiting the be-all, end-all in college football?

No, of course not. But it's a key ingredient, and the SEC West powerhouses have proved over time that the recipe for success within the division is to make sure the best players in the country get in house out of high school.


Willingness to Pour Resources into Coaching

Three of the seven highest-paid coaches in America last season came from the SEC West, according to USA Today's database of head coaching salaries—Alabama's Nick Saban, Arkansas' Bret Bielema and LSU's Les Miles.

After last season, SEC West teams backed up the Brinks truck. Saban got a raise and extension that pays him $6.9 million, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin joined the $5 million per year club and Auburn's Gus Malzahn got his salary bumped to $3.85 million after leading his Tigers to the SEC title in Year 1.

That's not where the biggest impact is made, though.

To be the best, you have to hire the best. Seven of the highest-paid 23 assistants in the country last season hailed from the SEC West, according to USA Today's annual coaching salary database.

Think about that for a second—30 percent of the richest assistants in the country in 2013 came from a group of seven teams in the southeast, where cost of living isn't the same as it is for other coaches in other parts of the country.

The willingness to pour resources into coaching staffs is a big reason why the best assistants in the country come to the SEC West, stay in the SEC and teams can replace them once they move on.

Coaches want to come to the SEC West to be the best and coach the best, and the athletic directors in the division pour resources into their football programs to make sure that happens.

The West is best, and from the way things look right now, there's a reasonable chance that the seven-team division could produce two College Football Playoff teams in 2014.



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.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Complete Game Preview

For as important as Saturday afternoon's showdown is for both Notre Dame and Arizona State's playoff resumes, the game between the Irish and the Sun Devils almost didn't happen.

With Notre Dame looking for some scheduling flexibility back in April of 2013, athletic director Jack Swarbrick took to the telephone to try to find a way to solve his scheduling nightmare. Then-Sun Devils athletic director Steve Patterson was less than accommodating. 

With five contracted ACC games topped onto an already complete schedule, Notre Dame was looking to move a game scheduled for Tempe to a later date. That didn't fly with Patterson, who took to the radio waves to cry foul

"At least in the little Catholic town I grew up in—Beaver Dam, Wisconsin—the good nuns wouldn’t have thought that was a very appropriate way to honor your word,” Patterson groused on Phoenix's XTRA Sports 910 AM. 

While Patterson didn't stick around (he took the Texas AD job), the game did. And it's a good thing, it turns out.

If Notre Dame wants to get into the four-team playoff, they need an impressive victory against one of the Pac-12's top teams. 

After beating the Sun Devils last year in the Shamrock Series game played in Dallas, let's get ready for Saturday afternoon's battle in Tempe. 


Date: Saturday, November 8

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Place: Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona


Radio: IMG College Sports, SiriusXM Channel 129

Spread: Arizona State by 1, according to Odds Shark.

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College Football Playoff 2014: Top 25 Predictions After Week 11 AP Rankings

The 2014 college football season has been incredible thus far, and the focus on the playoffs and the programs fighting their way into postseason contention has resulted in nonstop action throughout the year.

It’s a good time to be a college football fan.

After watching Auburn beat Ole Miss in the biggest game of the week, the potential changes at the top of the rankings will have major implications on which teams make the first-ever playoffs.

Here are the predicted top 25 teams in the College Football Playoff poll after the release of the Week 11 Associated Press and Bleacher Report rankings.



Breaking Down Predicted Top Four

The top team in the nation once again this week is Mississippi State. Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs held on to beat Arkansas and are enjoying the top spot in the nation while they can.

After a Week 11 matchup against UT Martin, Mississippi State travels to Alabama to square off with the Crimson Tide. If the Bulldogs win that matchup, the chances of beating Ole Miss in the final game of the season skyrockets.

Prescott spoke to The Associated Press, via ESPN.com, about the post-halftime performance against Arkansas, saying, “At halftime, we just had to relax. We know we're a high-powered offense and that we're always only one play away from scoring.”

Mississippi State must enjoy the run at No. 1. It may be short-lived.

The aforementioned Alabama team was discounted early in the season due to a lack of continuity on both sides of the ball and a loss to Ole Miss, but three consecutive wins has the program back in the national-championship conversation.

The Crimson Tide have a schedule just as tough as Mississippi State’s, though, with remaining matchups against the Bulldogs, LSU and Auburn. On the other hand, the remaining schedule is a bit more favorable for the Auburn Tigers.

Games against Georgia and Texas A&M are far from easy, but after beating Ole Miss in Week 10, Auburn should be oozing confidence. An Iron Bowl matchup against Alabama in the last game of the year will be a must-watch matchup, but the Tigers have put themselves in an ideal position heading into the final stretch of the season.

One postseason contender that has a favorable schedule moving forward is Florida State. The defending national champions beat Louisville on Thursday and will not face another ranked opponent all year. The toughest remaining matchup is the final regular-season game against Florida.

While it remains to be seen if the Jameis Winston-led Seminoles have the firepower to contend with the vaunted SEC, Florida State will stand back as the top teams eliminate each other from contention in conference play.

Expect the Seminoles to finish the season undefeated.


*Stats via ESPN.com.

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Romar Morris Arrested: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

North Carolina Tar Heels junior running back Romar Morris was arrested and charged with impaired driving DWI Sunday morning at 4:12 a.m. ET in Chapel Hill, according to Harold Gutmann of The Herald-Sun.

The school will release a statement Monday, per Gutmann, who provided the following details about the incident:

Morris, 22, was arrested at 4:12 a.m. on Misty Woods Circle. He was booked at the Chapel Hill Police Department, presented to a magistrate and then released 'to a sober person' at 5:30 a.m. on a written promise to appear in court, according to the arrest report.

Morris is a major piece in a crowded North Carolina backfield and has been one of the most consistent producers amongst the group. He made his 11th career start against Miami in Week 10, but only managed 23 yards on five carries in the blowout loss.

In nine games during the 2014 regular season, he has 44 carries for 162 yards and four touchdowns. He also has 17 catches for 146 yards.  

The Tar Heels do not have a game in Week 11, and the next matchup on the schedule is a home contest against Pittsburgh on Nov. 15. North Carolina has a record of 4-5 and is fourth in the ACC Coastal standings.


*Stats via ESPN.com.

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Torrance Gibson to Ohio State: Buckeyes Land 4-Star QB Prospect

Following a long recruiting process that included offers from several high-profile programs, Torrance Gibson has verbally committed to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes as one of the biggest chips of the 2015 recruiting class. 

American Heritage provided an image from Gibson's announcement:

Craig Haubert of ESPN weighed in on Gibson's commitment to Ohio State:

Gibson, listed at 6'4" and 200 pounds, is a 4-star quarterback from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who ranks No. 45 in the 247Sports composite rankings. Despite holding offers from Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame, among several other top programs, the American Heritage product ultimately decided that playing for Ohio State offered him the best opportunity.

One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, Gibson earned an invite to The Opening. While he didn't make the list of Elite 11 finalists, he did have a strong showing at the competition.

After a visit to Ohio State in July, Gibson announced the Buckeyes were at the top of his list:

He also spoke about his visit to Ohio State, per Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com:

"It was more (than I thought it would be)," Gibson said. "The campus is beautiful. It was big, too. Columbus is a great place with an awesome stadium, and they're building more (seats). It's going to be crazy this year. I can't wait to come back here." 

Ultimately, Gibson decided playing for the Buckeyes was the best option for him after praising the program.

Ohio State is getting not only a great quarterback, but also a talented and dynamic playmaker. His athleticism allows him to pull off plays like this from the Florida 5A State Championship Game:

With 4.50 speed and a powerful arm, it's clear as day why he was such a coveted prospect. 

After compiling an already solid recruiting class, Gibson adds talent at the most crucial position for the Buckeyes. With quarterback depth moving forward, he likely won't be given the starting job when he arrives at Ohio State.

The size and intangibles that Gibson presents will be a nightmare for any defensive coordinator in the Big Ten. Thanks to his supreme athleticism and an ability to create plays from anywhere on the field, look for him to be a difference-maker.


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4-Star ATH Torrance Gibson Commits to OSU, the Heir to Braxton Miller's Throne

Florida 4-star athlete Torrance Gibson has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is a huge commit for the Buckeyes, as Gibson projects as a solid quarterback who can also play some wide receiver. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses Gibson's talents and how he fits in Columbus. 

How will he fit in at OSU?

Check out the video and let us know! 

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Miami Football: What 'Canes Must Do in Bye Week to Prep for Florida State

The Miami Hurricanes have two weeks to prepare for the Florida State Seminoles, and the scheduling couldn't be more perfect.

Though skepticism will continue running rampant until the 'Canes can prove their sudden improvement is real, Al Golden's team appears to be turning a corner.

Of course, with Miami's next matchup being a contest with the undefeated, reigning national champion and rival Seminoles, that outing provides a perfect benchmark test for Golden and Co.

While FSU battles Virginia next weekend, Miami can take advantage of its bye week to prepare for the 'Noles.


Build Rapport on Offensive Line

According to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Golden said starting left tackle Ereck Flowers isn't done for the season, but his return date isn't known.

Consequently, the focus remains on Jon Feliciano, Nick Linder, Shane McDermott, Danny Isidora and Trevor Darling. The two full weeks of practice reps come at a time when Miami needs them the most.

Yes, the 'Canes posted 364 and 295 yards against Virginia Tech and North Carolina, respectively, but FSU will be their greatest challenge yet.

Spearheaded by former 247Sports 5-star recruit Eddie Goldman, the Seminoles defensive line limited Clemson to 13 yards on 27 carries and Notre Dame to 50 yards on 26 attempts.

Despite those impressive numbers, Florida State can be overpowered in the trenches. Louisville exposed some weaknesses, but it could not sustain the successes.

Between Michael Dyer and L.J. Scott, the Cardinals amassed 115 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries during the first half. During the latter frames, however, Louisville managed just 43 yards on 16 attempts.

Miami succeeding in the running game for 60 minutes is an essential part of springing an upset on the 'Noles.

Building familiarity on the offensive is crucial so the linemen can learn their teammate's habits. The zone-run offense is largely predicated on the timing of blocking schemes, and all extra practice time is invaluable heading into the rivalry clash.


Start Schemin'

If Twitter served as gospel, Golden and Mark D'Onofrio were definitely bound for pink slips within the last month. James Coley wasn't in as much danger, but he was still taking a fair amount of criticism on the social media site.

Where art thou now, ye naysayers?

The last two outings were perhaps the two most excellently all-around-coached games of the Golden era, and there's little evidence to dispute that opinion.

Defensively, D'Onofrio utilized previously unseen calls, most notably the weak-side cornerback blitz that resulted in two sacks against North Carolina. After allowing 45 percent of third- or fourth-down situations to be converted against six FBS opponents, Miami ceded just 28 percent to Virginia Tech and UNC.

Coley, on the other hand, employed the "Wild Cane" formation that provides more than a nifty wrinkle.

When the ground attack briefly stalled against both the Hokies and Heels, Miami needed a way to break apart the defense. Quarterback Brad Kaaya, however, is not a running threat, so the read-option isn't available through the gunslinger.

But Duke Johnson is fast, and he's really good. After six Hurricanes rushes resulted in four yards versus North Carolina, Coley called the Wild Cane, which resulted in eight yards and a Duke-patented stiff arm. The offense's next three carries covered 110 yards and helped break the game wide open.

Florida State can be exploited in similar fashions, and the bye week gives the coaches critical additional time to find those vulnerable areas.


Don't Get Hurt

Want to knock off the No. 2 team in the nation? Well, the "all hands on deck" approach is for you.

Miami has already lost Rayshawn Jenkins, Rashawn Scott, Taylor Gadbois, Kc McDermott and Ronald Regula to season-ending injuries, so it can't afford any more.

Most worrisome, however, is that Johnson keeps getting nicked up during games. Perhaps the Hurricanes should bubble-wrap their star leading up to Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

According to Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald, Golden said the schedule will be altered slightly so other priorities can be addressed.

From our standpoint, this week is going to be about taking care of the academics, getting rested up, getting stronger, doing all those thing and once we get into game week, we'll focus on Florida State. This whole week is going to be about us taking care of the things we need to take care of and executing our plan.

While all the on-field preparation is undeniably important, staying healthy is also imperative. Though not easily, Florida State has shown itself as beatable.

Miami needs all its currently available talent to remain that way if it wants a legitimate shot at defeating the 'Noles for the first time since 2009.


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How the LSU Tigers Can Pull off the Huge Upset vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

LSU was idle last week, but it is still riding high off of its gigantic victory against the Ole Miss Rebels. The Alabama Crimson Tide have been rolling since their loss to that very same Rebel team. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee discuss what LSU has to do to get a big win against Alabama.

Can LSU pull off the upset?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Watch HS Team Run Arkansas' Identical Lineman TD Play To Perfection

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That was the case with Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, Florida, when it ran the identical trick play Arkansas used to stun the UAB Blazers a few weeks ago.

Against Weeki Wachee (Florida) High School on Oct. 31, Nature Coast Tech offensive lineman Hunter Rhineberger slid over to take the direct snap, then lofted a pass into the end zone moments before being sacked.

Was this the best trick play of the high school season?

Watch the video and let us know!  

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Laquon Treadwell Injury Update: Timetable for WR's Return and Long-Term Effects

Laquon Treadwell suffered a devastating, season-ending injury at the end of the Auburn game. Treadwell has been the Rebels' top receiver this season and will be sorely missed going forward. 

Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder and B/R Injury Expert Will Carroll discuss the severity of Treadwell's injury and his return to the Rebels next season.

Do you think Treadwell can bounce back? Watch the video and let us know!

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Florida's Fake-Field-Goal Star Bags Groceries the Day After Big Play

Florida's Michael McNeely helped the Gators upset No. 11 Georgia on Saturday, but on Sunday he was back to bagging groceries at Publix.

McNeely scored a 21-yard touchdown on a fake field goal in the second quarter of Saturday's game against the Bulldogs.

The receiver's touchdown made it a 7-7 game, and the Gators would eventually run away with a 38-20 victory.

Imagine making a play of that magnitude and then going to work at a grocery store the next day.

The fifth-year senior was a pretty big deal at work the day after the game. According to ESPN.com's Jeff Barlis, McNeely signed autographs, posed for photos and more as he worked at the grocery store the day after his big moment.

McNeely has worked at Publix since 2008 and says he will continue to work there until he starts medical school next August. It would be hard to imagine that he has ever had a crazier day at work than the one he had Sunday.

Of course, it seems likely that Gators fans will make humorous use of McNeely's position when Florida takes on Jameis Winston (who shoplifted from a Publix in May) and the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 29.


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Texas A&M vs. Auburn Complete Game Preview

AUBURN, Ala. — Two years ago, Texas A&M marked its first conference trip to Auburn with a devastating blowout victory that personified the Tigers' entire 3-9 season.

Last year, Auburn got some of its revenge with a wild shootout win in College Station.

This year, the Tigers could very well pay the Aggies back for 2012 in front of their home fans.

No. 3 Auburn comes into Saturday's SEC West matchup off of a major 35-31 victory at then-No. 4 Ole Miss in what many called an elimination game for the inaugural College Football Playoff. While Auburn's offense continued its impressive run with five touchdowns against the stingy Rebels, the defense came up with a pair of unbelievable fourth-quarter turnovers to shake off another up-and-down performance.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M ended its three-game losing streak with a shaky 21-16 win against UL-Monroe in freshman quarterback Kyle Allen's first start following the suspension of sophomore Kenny Hill. The Aggies' high-powered attack is struggling at the moment as their defense continues to give up plenty of points and yards against conference opponents.

Before we get to the full breakdown of Saturday afternoon's game on the Plains, here is all the quick info you need to know:

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College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat Post-Week 10

Some head coaches have played their way off of the hot seat this season. Others have not been so fortunate.

The not-so-fortunate class consists of two major types: those who began the year on the hot seat and haven't done enough to get off of it, and those who have played their way onto the hot seat after not starting the season in peril.

Either way, though, they have all ended up in similar places. The hot seat burns the same for all types.

The criteria for this list were hard to specify. Every potential hot seat is different, depending on the context of the situation. For the most part, we were looking for sustained failure to meet expectations.

That's the quickest way to warm one's seat up.

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Watch High Schooler Go Up and Snag Incredible 1-Handed INT

Wide receiver/cornerback Tadarrius Patrick has two hands, but on this play, he just needed one.  

The senior out of Tavares (Florida) High School timed his leap perfectly and had the wherewithal to pluck the intended pass with one hand. It was Patrick's eighth pick of the regular season, per the Orlando Sentinel's Buddy Collings, and it helped Tavares beat Eustis High School, 42-21, on Oct. 24.

Was this the best one-handed interception you've seen this season?  

Check out the video and let us know!    

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College Football Picks: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Florida State Seminoles Odds

The Virginia Cavaliers are next in line to try to knock off the undefeated Florida State Seminoles this Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. This ACC clash is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. (ET), and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Virginia went into last Saturday’s ACC Coastal Division showdown against Georgia Tech as a 4.5-point road underdog and came up on the wrong end of a 35-10 loss to fall 0-3 both straight up and against the spread in its last three games. The Cavaliers are now 4-5 SU on the year and 5-4 ATS. The total has stayed “under” in their last four games.

Florida State survived yet another scare this season in last Thursday’s 42-31 come-from-behind victory over Louisville as a 3.5-point road favorite. The Seminoles moved to a perfect 8-0 straight up on the year, but it was just the second time this season that they covered against the spread. The total went “over” the closing 51-point line, and it has now gone over in their last four games.


Virginia vs. Florida State Betting Storylines

Virginia’s defense has held up fairly well this season by holding teams to an average of 24.2 points a game, but this number has climbed to 27.7 points during its current slide. The 35 points it just gave up against the Yellow Jackets was just the second time this season the defense surrendered more than 30 points in a game. Georgia Tech scored early and often to build a 21-7 lead in the second quarter from which the Cavaliers never recovered.

The Cavaliers offense has been able to maintain a solid balance with an average of 153.7 yards a game on the ground, complementing a passing game that is averaging 243.9 yards. The net result has been a scoring average of 26.7 points a game. Kevin Parks is the team’s leading rusher with 626 yards and four scores on 150 carries, and the top receiver in the passing game has been Darius Jennings with 421 yards on 20 catches.

Florida State has struggled to live up to its status as one of the top teams in the nation several times this season, but as long as it keeps winning games, it will stay in line for a shot to repeat as national champs. In the back of the mind of every player on this team is the simple fact that the Seminoles will have to get back to the dominating style of play that led to that national title in order to actually get the job done. They might be able to roll through the rest of their conference games, but their current overall form points to a short stay in the postseason.

It all starts with quarterback Jameis Winston. You have to give him credit for still making the plays when his team needs them the most, but 16 touchdown throws against nine interceptions is not the kind of ratio that wins championships. Last season, he tossed 40 scores verses just 10 picks in the Seminoles' run to the top of the heap. Florida State’s defense has also had its issues with stopping some of the better teams it has faced this season, and overall this unit is ranked 42nd in the nation in points allowed (22.8).


Virginia vs. Florida State Betting Odds and Trends by Doc’s Sports

Point Spread: Florida State -20

Total Line: OFF

The betting trends on Covers have Virginia going 5-2-1 ATS in its last eight games against a team with a SU winning record but just 1-3-1 ATS in its last five games following an ATS loss. The total has stayed under in its last six conference games.

The Seminoles are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games but just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a SU win. The total has stayed under in their last five home games.

The last time these two ACC foes met was in 2011, with the Cavaliers stunning Florida State 14-13 as 17-point road underdogs. The Seminoles have won eight of the last 10 meetings SU, and they have a slight 6-4 edge ATS. The total has stayed under in the last nine meetings.


College Football Picks: Virginia vs. Florida State Betting Predictions

Despite the fact that the Seminoles have struggled to cover all season long, I am actually going with Florida State to get its act together this week and play 60 minutes of football. Virginia comes into this matchup a bit shaky in its own right, which sets the stage for a blowout by the home team by more than the current 20-point spread.


Take: No. 166 Florida State (-20) over Virginia—6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans Complete Game Preview

Finally, it's here.

After months of anticipation that date back to last season's Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State and Michigan State will square off this weekend in a game that will again have heavy conference title implications—and perhaps even more.

With the Spartans ranked eighth and the Buckeyes coming in at No. 16 in the first College Football Playoff poll of the season, this weekend will go a long way toward building the resume of one playoff hopeful and eliminating the other's national title chances. As both teams have only suffered a single loss each to this point in this season, Saturday will have everything at stake that it was expected to in what should be a de facto Big Ten East championship game.

Will Ohio State gain revenge on Michigan State for ending its national championship hopes a year ago or will the Spartans again be victorious over Urban Meyer's squad? We'll find out Saturday. But until then, here's viewing information about the biggest Big Ten battle of the season followed by a game preview:


Date: Saturday, Nov. 8

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Place: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan


Radio: Ohio State Football Radio NetworkSpartan Sports Network

Spread: Michigan State (-2), via Odds Shark 

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Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn Starred in His Own 'U Can't Touch This' Music Video

Before Gus Malzahn was a national championship-winning coach, he was just a high school football coach trying to find a way to pump up his players.

During that time, Malzahn showed off his dance moves in a music video for MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This." According to Jon Solomon of AL.com, Malzahn made the video on a family vacation and showed it to his Shiloh Christian team every year before the playoffs.

Now that Malzahn has worked his way to winning a national championship at the college level, he can say making this was worth it.

Who knows if he'd be where he is today without such a fantastic video?

[YouTube, h/t Reddit and The Big Lead]

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