Feed aggregator

Wisconsin Cheerleaders Pelted with Snowballs Thrown by Their Own Fans

Madison, Wisconsin, didn't get the same eight to nine inches of snowfall that blanketed Iowa's Kinnick Stadium, but there apparently was enough for fans in the stands at Camp Randall Stadium to wad up some snowballs to throw...at their own cheerleaders.

Yep. Wisconsin cheerleaders had to be escorted off the field during Saturday's game against Northwestern after being pelted by a shower of snowballs.

The UW-Madison Police Department issued a warning to fans via Twitter, saying if any student was caught throwing any snowballs at the field they would be "cited and ejected":


Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Do the Florida Gators Stand a Chance Against the Rival Florida State Seminoles?

2015 has already been an excellent season for the Florida Gators, no matter the measure.

Saturday, the Gators looked positively mortal, pushed to overtime by 2-9 Florida Atlantic before pulling out a 20-14 overtime victory in Gainesville.

Was it ugly? Sure. But for a program that lost to FCS Georgia Southern in the Swamp two short years ago, it was a thing of beauty.

"They took it to us," Florida coach Jim McElwain told SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge in a postgame interview on SEC Network. "We’ve got to get a lot better, and we have a week to get better to our next game. They probably deserved to win, but our guys are finding a way to win, and that’s really important."

McElwain became the first UF coach ever to win 10 games in his first season with the Gators. Florida is 10-1 and has already clinched the SEC East.

But the season isn’t complete. Far from it. To continue toward a truly special campaign, Florida must conquer perhaps its biggest nemesis: Florida State. The Gators still have hopes of making the College Football Playoff, but it won’t happen without defeating the Seminoles next Saturday in Gainesville.

Does Florida have a chance of beating the Seminoles and taking Sunshine State supremacy from their grasp? Absolutely.

Florida State hasn’t slipped much from a three-year run that saw Jimbo Fisher’s program collect three ACC titles, a BCS National Championship and qualify for the College Football Playoff in 2014. But the Seminoles have certainly slipped enough to be vulnerable against the Gators, especially on the road.

If Florida competes with FSU, it will do so with defense. The talented unit, led by All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, has propped up an offense that has struggled following quarterback Will Grier’s Oct. 12 NCAA suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drug use.

Following a 35-28 loss to LSU in the first post-Grier game Oct. 17, Florida’s defense hasn’t allowed more than 14 points to any opponent. The Gators allowed a combined 10 points to Georgia and Vanderbilt, a huge factor in the SEC East victories.

They entered Saturday No. 5 nationally in total defense, allowing 280 yards per game and 4.44 yards per play. The Gators were ninth nationally in rush defense and No. 10 in pass defense, as well as fourth nationally in scoring defense (allowing 14.5 points per game).

Florida State’s offense has looked more active recently, averaging 39.5 points per game in wins over N.C. State and Syracuse. But on Nov. 7 the Seminoles struggled against Clemson’s talented defense, which was ranked No. 7 nationally in total defense entering Saturday. FSU got a 75-yard touchdown on the game’s second play thanks to Dalvin Cook but managed just two field goals the rest of the way.

The key to stopping Florida State is stopping Cook, who entered Saturday with 1,369 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns despite being less than 100 percent for much of the season with hamstring and ankle injuries.

Florida’s run defense has been tough but has allowed four 100-yard rushers in 11 games. LSU’s Leonard Fournette went for 180, Tennessee teammates Joshua Dobbs and Jalen Hurd went for 136 and 102, respectively, and Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb went for 118 yards.

Post-Jameis Winston, Florida State has vacillated between Everett Golson and Sean Maguire at quarterback but has settled on Maguire, who threw for 348 yards against Syracuse but has been inconsistent at best.

If Florida’s front seven can contain Cook, that’s great news for Hargreaves and the secondary. The Gators defense has shown the ability to cause havoc against opposing quarterbacks, as Antonio Morrison showed by forcing a fumble that Taven Bryan picked up for a 48-yard return, setting up a key touchdown early in the second half vs. Florida Atlantic.

Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris is a liability against Florida State’s improving defense. Since Grier’s suspension, he has only two 200-yard passing games and has six passing touchdowns against four interceptions. Saturday, he was stripped on a scramble, which FAU turned into a defensive touchdown. 

But if Florida can avoid crucial offensive mistakes and get continued solid running from Kelvin Taylor, the Gators can compete with the Seminoles. Last fall, a dead-man-walking team in Will Muschamp’s final game as head coach pushed an unbeaten FSU to the wire before falling, 24-19, so this team will have a chance to emerge victorious next week.

Florida has only one win over Florida State in its last five tries, a 37-26 victory in 2012. But McElwain and Co. have a good chance to improve that record and head into Dec. 5's SEC title game at the Georgia Dome the new kings of the Sunshine State.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Michigan vs. Penn State: Game Grades, Analysis for Wolverines and Nittany Lions

The 12th-ranked Michigan Wolverines controlled the Penn State Nittany Lions en route to a 28-16 victory on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State tallied 70 yards on its opening drive but managed just 138 over the final 11 possessions. Michigan scored a touchdown in each quarter.

Pass Offense: Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh and Jake Butt each recorded between 66 and 69 receiving yards, helping quarterback Jake Rudock become the first player in program history to throw for more than 250 yards in three straight games, per Chad Shepard of UM. Darboh and Butt scored one touchdown apiece.

Run Offense: Once again, the Michigan offensive line struggled in the running game. Average is an improvement over 2014, but it's still not good. De'Veon Smith managed 39 yards on 13 carries, though he and Sione Houma both notched one-yard touchdown runs.

Pass Defense: The secondary wasn't perfect, evidenced by the 25-yard touchdown and pair of pass-interference penalties. However, the Wolverines held Christian Hackenberg to a 41.9 completion percentage and sacked him five times.

Run Defense: When Saquon Barkley's first carry went 56 yards, Michigan fans may have worried the freshman running back was bound to duplicate Jordan Howard's 238-yard day last week. Following that long run, though, the defense surrendered just 14 yards on 21 attempts.

Special Teams: Despite a blocked punt, Michigan won the game on special teams. Chesson recovered a muffed punt, and the takeaway turned into Houma's touchdown. Jourdan Lewis' 55-yard kick return set up Smith's game-sealing score.

Coaching: Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin constantly dialed up pressure, and the Wolverines disrupted Hackenberg in the pocket throughout the day. But the coaching staff must address the penalty problem, as Michigan had a season-worst 14 flags.

Pass Offense: In what was perhaps the final home game of Hackenberg's college career, he finished 13-of-31 for 138 yards and one touchdown. The junior tossed a couple of NFL-caliber passes but mostly looked erratic and uncomfortable.

Run Offense: Barkley managed 68 yards, which ordinarily would be decent against the Michigan defense. Unfortunately, his 14 carries after the 56-yard scamper brought a meager 12 yards. Penn State failed to reach 100 rushing yards for the fourth time this season.

Pass Defense: Although Carl Nassib started the game, he exited early and didn't return. The Nittany Lions, who have one of the nation's most imposing pass-rushing units, managed two sacks but regularly failed to disrupt Rudock with the senior, Nassib, standing on the sideline.

Run Defense: Penn State basically shut down the Wolverines' running game, limiting Michigan to 87 yards on 30 carries. However, Saturday marked the first time Michigan didn't top the 100-yard mark in a game that it still managed to win.

Special Teams: DeAndre Thompkins muffed a punt, which led to what ultimately became the deciding score. Tyler Davis connected on a trio of field goals, while Daniel Pasquariello averaged an unimpressive 37.3 yards per punt.

Coaching: The Nittany Lions ventured inside the Michigan 10-yard line three times but came away with a field goal on each possessions. The inability to finish drives with touchdowns cost Penn State the victory and is a reflection on the coaching staff—and that's not good.


Follow Bleacher Report college football writer David Kenyon on Twitter: @Kenyon19_BR.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

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

The Florida Gators were taken to the brink by a two-win Florida Atlantic team Saturday afternoon at the Swamp, needing overtime and a defensive stand post-blocked extra point to survive a 20-14 scare.

As if a nine-point output in a narrow win against Vanderbilt and a 24-point game over a South Carolina team that lost to The Citadel this weekend weren't enough warning signs, the Gators offense was atrocious yet again. 

The Gators mustered just 252 yards of offense against the nation's 92nd-ranked defense, averaged just 4.1 yards per play, turned it over twice and went two for 13 on third-down conversions. Time after time, the UF defense put its teammates in position to make plays, but quarterback Treon Harris and crew couldn't take advantage.

Still, with the game on the line, Florida got away with some tight defense in the end zone and made two plays in overtime to come away victorious in a late downpour in Gainesville.

Let's take a look at some game grades for the Gators in what should be a forgettable game. If you want to head back and revisit a fun live blog, head here.


Passing Offense

The suspension of quarterback Will Grier for using performance-enhancing drugs was a huge hit for the Gators offensively. Though they've won 10 games, the offense simply isn't there.

Harris made a couple of big plays Saturday, tossing two touchdowns, but he also struggled to consistently move the ball downfield and find targets. He also turned the ball over twice. Harris wound up 8-of-17 for 122 yards, threw a pick and also fumbled. It was a forgettable performance, and the offense is stagnant with him under center.

This team needs Grier, and it won't get him back until the seventh game in 2016.


Rushing Offense

Kelvin Taylor wound up with 98 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown, so this poor grade is definitely not his fault. He ran with drive and purpose all game, much of the time willing himself to positive yardage despite zero push from the UF offensive line. Even on his touchdown run, two FAU defenders had him lassoed in the backfield, but he simply drove through and made the score.

Since a big win over Georgia, the Gators offensive line has struggled, and they had their worst effort against the Owls. Taylor had a valiant effort, but he alone couldn't save the running game.


Passing Defense

Jalen Tabor was a force throughout the game, and a couple of handsy plays by the Gators in the end zone didn't get called, so, on paper, that winds up being chalked up to good defense. Florida was without star corner Vernon Hargreaves III for most of the game, but the team still got the job done.

Even so, FAU quarterback Jaquez Johnson's 148 passing yards all seemed big. He made some plays, but he didn't make enough. The Gators got one interception when Tabor ripped the ball away from an FAU receiver, and made another big play when safety Keanu Neal stuffed Johnson in the hole and forced a fumble that UF recovered.

Big plays were the name of the game.


Rushing Defense

On one of FAU's scoring drives, the Owls ran the ball at will through the Gators defense, but that was far from a consistent thing. The Gators are blessed with one of the best defensive lines in the nation, and they lived up to that billing for most of the day. They were consistently blowing up plays in the backfield, and they didn't allow anything big in the run game. All in all, it was a stellar day for UF against the run. The defense did its job all day.

Afterward, Tabor got in a little jab at Florida State just in time for next week's rivalry game, according to Gator Country's Nick de la Torre:

The Gators are going to have to play much better and prove it on the field.


Special Teams

Antonio Callaway's 52-yard punt return and elite punter Johnny Townsend's strong performance weren't enough to bring up this grade thanks to Austin Hardin's struggles in the kicking game.

Hardin missed field goals of 33 and 34 yards that could have put the game out of reach in regulation. Then, after UF scored the go-ahead touchdown in overtime, Hardin's extra point was blocked by FAU star defensive end Trey Hendrickson. Head coach Jim McElwain shared his thoughts on Hardin's struggles after the game, per Gator Country's Nick de la Torre:

Those plays almost made it a disastrous day for Florida, so, yes, Townsend was massive in the field-position game all day, but the other kicker nearly led to a UF embarrassment.



McElwain must not have any confidence in backup quarterback Josh Grady, because if he did, he would have pulled Harris at some point in the game.

The Gators are in a really bad spot at the signal-caller position right now, and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's play-calling was hamstrung all day because of it. But Florida didn't do anything to try to get out of that funk. The defense was strong, yes, but anytime you nearly lose to a 2-9 FAU team when you're the eighth-ranked team in the nation, it's a poor coaching job.

No matter how much McElwain preached all week about responding with a resounding performance against a bunch of Owls with chips on their shoulder, Florida played awful. 


All stats gathered from NCAA.com and cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted. All quotes gathered firsthand unless otherwise noted.

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

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

South Carolina's Loss to Citadel Shows Gamecocks Could Be in for Rough Future

For 60 minutes inside Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday afternoon, South Carolina put on a show. 

A horror show.

The Gamecocks fell 23-22 to The Citadel out of the FCS, dropped to 3-8 on the season and made it abundantly clear to the college football world that the man who will permanently take over for former head coach Steve Spurrier—who retired in October—has a nearly impossible task.

Interim head coach Shawn Elliott was straightforward on what went wrong for the Gamecocks, according to David Cloninger of the State:

Take nothing away from The Citadel. The Bulldogs are a solid FCS team out of the Southern Conference and have a lot going for them at that level.

But they simply man-handled the Gamecocks at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that is not something that a new coach can fix overnight.

Not even if that coach is named "Nick Saban," "Urban Meyer" or "Vince Lombardi."

The new coach's first job is to get bigger and better players up front. If that means hitting the junior college ranks hard, working to flip committed players or convincing current players to bulk up and change positions, do it.

The Gamecocks' 2016 class currently has just one lineman on either side of the ball with four or more stars—defensive end Jordan Smith. What's more, he's one of only two commits who have that designation in the entire 15-player class.

That's before the recruiting attrition that is inevitable once the new staff is in place.

It's one thing to be shocked by a triple-option team, since, aside from Georgia Tech and the service academies, Power Five schools typically don't see much of that. But Carolina's offensive line got absolutely mauled, which was a big reason the Gamecocks managed just 72 rushing yards as a team.  

The only other 4-star player in the 2016 class is dual-threat quarterback Brandon McIlwain, and he's an absolutely critical piece of the puzzle, regardless of who takes over. 

South Carolina clearly has a quarterback problem. Perry Orth threw for 367 yards in the loss, but he aired it out all afternoon without the help of a running threat and benefited from a couple of long catch-and-runs from star wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

Could McIlwain be the guy?

Maybe, but as SB Nation's recruiting page pointed out on Twitter, he's keeping his options open.

This comes on the heels of another one of South Carolina's highest-rated prospects—4-star wide receiver Bryan Edwards—decommitting earlier in November.

South Carolina has no skill players outside of Cooper—who's eligible for the draft after this season. It is severely lacking in the trenches, and it has no running back that it trusts in the future and no direction due to Spurrier's sudden resignation.

The future looks bleak for the Gamecocks, and whoever takes over in 2016 will have his work cut out for him. 

In the landscape of coaching vacancies this offseason, South Carolina is included in a pool of open jobs that includes Virginia Tech, Miami, Missouri, Maryland and potentially others. They all have positives and obvious negatives, and potential candidates will likely judge all of them based on feel and fit more than anything else.

The Gamecocks have a proud fanbase, good facilities and a down division going for them. But from a talent, recruiting-base and momentum perspective, it's hard to consider the program overly attractive.

South Carolina has to get this hire right and be patient because the eventual new head coach has an uphill climb to get back into contention.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics are courtesy of cfbstats.com.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Florida Atlantic vs. Florida: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

The Florida Gators continue to survive and advance, though their 20-14 overtime victory over Florida Atlantic was too close for comfort. 

The Gators, which entered the week ranked eighth in the College Football Playoff standings and is now 10-1 overall, have been flirting with disaster lately.

They held on for a 9-7 win against Vanderbilt two weeks ago and led by just three in the fourth quarter before knocking off South Carolina 24-14 last week, but those are at least SEC foes with some history against Florida. 

Florida Atlantic came into Saturday with a 2-8 record (2-5 in Conference USA), the second-worst mark in the C-USA East Division. The Owls' wins came against 2-8 Charlotte and 5-6 Florida International. 

ESPN Stats and Info put in perspective how unexpected a loss by Florida would have been in this situation:

Florida Atlantic took the momentum midway through the fourth quarter. After Owls receiver Kalib Woods' third-quarter touchdown catch, Florida was leading 14-7 and had the ball at its own 16-yard line trying to run out the clock. 

That's when defensive end Trey Hendrickson strip-sacked quarterback Treon Harris, and defensive back Ocie Rose recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to tie the game, shown by ESPN on Twitter:

CBS Sports summed up perfectly what every Gators fan was thinking:

The two teams exchanged blows over the final eight minutes before going to overtime. Harris threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee to give the Gators a 20-14 lead, but Austin Hardin, who had already missed two field goals, had his extra-point attempt blocked.   

However, the Gators defense wouldn't let the kicking gaffes sink the team. Florida defensive back Brian Poole broke up Florida Atlantic quarterback Jaquez Johnson's fourth-down attempt in the end zone to preserve the win, shown here by the Gators' official Twitter:

Florida's biggest problem down the stretch has been at quarterback. Will Grier's year-long suspension has left a huge void no one has replaced. The freshman was having a terrific year with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, completing 65.8 percent of his attempts.

Harris, who finished Saturday 8-of-17 for 122 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, has been leading Florida head coach Jim McElwain's offense since the Oct. 17 game against LSU. The Gators did fare well against the Tigers in a 35-28 loss but have scored just 80 points in the four games since. 

Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel noted how difficult things were for Harris in the fourth quarter:

ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff wondered why McElwain was not looking to make a QB change:

The saving grace for Florida during this offensive lull has been running back Kelvin Taylor. He did his part once again, racking up 98 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. His yards-per-attempt average isn't great, but when opposing defenses don't respect the pass, it's hard to find many holes to hit. 

Taylor's touchdown run did put him in some nice and familiar company, per the SEC Network:

On a positive note, while not exactly the way he would have wanted it, McElwain did become the first Florida head coach to win 10 games in his inaugural season with the program, per ESPN Stats & Info

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, Florida Atlantic was paid $1 million by the University of Florida for this game. Fortunately for the Gators, that money spent didn't turn into a disaster and end their playoff hopes. 

Florida has been getting by on the strength of its defense. It's dangerous to play with fire, but the end results have gone the Gators' way. That's all that matters at this stage of the season. 


Postgame Reaction

McElwain was not happy with his team's performance after the game, though he did try to put a positive spin on things, per Alligator Army on Twitter:

Expanding on those thoughts, McElwain gave credit to Florida Atlantic for its play in the game, per OnlyGators.com:

The Florida head coach joked that there may have been some extra concessions sold as a result of the close call, per Saturday Down South:

Looking ahead to next week's in-state showdown with Florida State, per Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post, McElwain noted the Seminoles may feel confident when looking at the tape from this game:

On the losing side, Florida Atlantic head coach Charlie Partridge was also putting a positive spin on the defeat, per Graham Hall of AlligatorArmy.com:

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Michigan vs. Penn State: Score, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

No. 12 Michigan (9-2, 6-1) kept its Big Ten championship hopes alive Saturday with a hard-fought 28-16 victory over Penn State (7-4, 4-3) at Beaver Stadium. 

The biggest difference was the Nittany Lions' inability to take advantage of their red-zone opportunities. Three times they drove inside the Wolverines' 10-yard line, and they came away with just nine points. It's hard to pull off an upset with that lack of efficiency in key situations.

Here's the quarter-by-quarter scoring recap for the Big Ten clash:

One thing Michigan senior quarterback Jake Rudock has learned during his collegiate career, which started at Iowa before he joined the Wolverines, is the importance of finishing strong. He knows any previous success otherwise fades away, as noted by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.

"Throughout my entire time in college, you find out what teams are made of in November," Rudock said. "We've got an opportunity to go do something special."

Facing a Penn State squad that was playing its final home contest of the campaign after battling Northwestern tough in its last game created a tricky test for the Maize and Blue.

If there was any doubt about that on the Michigan sideline, it got erased quickly as the Nittany Lions drove down the field with relative ease on the game's opening drive. The Wolverines defense did step up inside the 10, however, to hold the home side to a field goal.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and head coach James Franklin had a discussion on the sideline after Penn State ran it three straight times from just inside the 10. Justin Higdon of Draft Breakdown took a guess about the topic of the conversation:

Michigan responded immediately with a touchdown to grab the lead. Rudock delivered a strike to Jehu Chesson for 39 yards on third down to keep the drive alive and then found Jake Butt from 26 yards out for the score.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com noted the Michigan quarterback's draft stock is beginning to rise given his improved play down the stretch:

Penn State jumped back out in front late in the second quarter. A blocked punt set the Nittany Lions with terrific field position at the Michigan 43, and they capitalized. Hackenberg completed four of his six throws on the drive, including a 25-yard hook up with Saeed Blacknall for the TD.

Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer credited the sophomore wideout with making a nice play on the ball after his defender, Jabrill Peppers, got turned around:

The only downside about the quick score was it left two minutes on the clock for Michigan. The Wolverines needed just 70 seconds to cover 70 yards as Rudock continued to impress with his control of the offense.

Once again, a key throw on third down kept the drive moving. This time, he found Amara Darboh down the sideline for a highlight-reel grab, as ESPN College Football showcased:

Four plays later, Michigan found the end zone as Rudock and Darboh linked up again for the 11-yard touchdown before the half. Todd McShay of ESPN applauded to call on the scoring play:

The Wolverines stretched their lead to 11 in the third after DeAndre Thompkins muffed a punt inside his own 10 that got recovered by Michigan. Three plays later, Sione Houma powered in from one yard out to make it 21-10.

Audrey Snyder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette summed up the setback for Penn State:

The Nittany Lions clawed back within five by midway through the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of Tyler Davis field goals. In each instance, however, they got the ball inside the 10 and failed to come away with a touchdown.

That allowed Michigan to regain firm control of the contest with a late touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Penn State couldn't make another rally as its final drive ended with a quick four-and-out. The Wolverines ran out the clock from there to secure the victory.

Michigan Athletics celebrated the win:

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press pointed out it now becomes a waiting game for the Wolverines as they wait on the result from Ohio State vs. Michigan State:

Looking ahead, up next for Michigan is its annual rivalry meeting with Ohio State. Given the potential implications for both teams in the Big Ten and College Football Playoff races, it's probably the most important clash between the sides since they were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in 2006.

Penn State will finish the regular season with its third straight game against a ranked opponent when it takes on Michigan State next week. Exactly how much that game means to the Spartans will be determined later Saturday when they face off with the Buckeyes.

So there's still a lot to figure out in the Big Ten East, and these teams will play a key role in deciding which team wins the coveted division title.


Postgame Reaction

Franklin confirmed his group didn't play a clean enough game to beat an opponent of Michigan's caliber, per Onward State:

Zach Shaw of Michigan Daily passed along Rudock's thoughts on next week's marquee matchup:

Ultimately, Michigan didn't play a perfect game, but the defense rose to the occasion when necessary to get the win. That's the only thing that truly matters in the end, especially at this stage of the season. Now the Wolverines can focus on making the necessary improvements before facing the Buckeyes.


Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Daily Fantasy College Football Week 12: Draftkings Last-Minute Picks and Advice

Week 12 of the college football season is already upon us! 

With conference races and College Football Playoff rankings heating up, there's still plenty of intrigue left on the schedule. 

When trying to make those last-minute selections, there are a number of things to take into account. The current form of the player's team is key. If selecting a receiver, one would hope his quarterback is currently playing well.

In regards to a running back, are there any injuries along its team's offensive line? In addition, the competition of the opposing team is always something to consider when making any sort of selection. 

As such, here are a few last-minute picks. These players will all be available in the later portions of the day.


RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego St. - $7,900

SDSU's leading back is facing a very favorable matchup this weekend, going up against a 3-7 UNLV team.

On the year, Pumphrey has rushed for 1,171 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's had six games in a row with at least 120 yards and is usually good for two or three receptions per game as well. There's no question Pumphrey's quickness and pure speed make him equally dangerous both running and catching the football.

A Las Vegas native, he'll be going back home to play in front of his friends and family. Don't be surprised if he puts on a show against a team that has lost four of its past five games. 


QB Tanner Lee, Tulane - $5,800

When looking at Lee's statistics throughout the year, they're less than impressive. 

He's accrued 1,536 yards through the air to go along with 10 touchdown tosses. These aren't gaudy numbers by any stretch, and it isn't often when one would select a quarterback coming from a 3-7 team. However, this is a case of looking at the opposition and how Lee could take advantage. 

Tulane's opponent this weekend is SMU. The Mustangs currently sit at 1-9 and have yet to win a game in conference play. They've lost eight games in a row and have only relinquished a point total less than 38 once this season. 

Couple that with the fact Lee is coming off of one of his best games of the season with 252 passing yards and two touchdowns against Army and this should be a tasty matchup.


WR Austin Hooper, Stanford - $4,200

Due to his paltry salary, Hooper looks like a potential steal in Stanford's contest versus Cal.

The tight end is one of the best in the country at his position. Stanford has a propensity to target its tight ends, especially in red-zone situations and on crossing routes across the middle of the field. 

Its opponent, Cal, also has had its struggles defending in the passing game. Although Stanford isn't an offensive juggernaut by any stretch of the imagination, there's no love lost between these two rivals. It wouldn't be a surprise to see head coach David Shaw keep his foot on the proverbial gas pedal. 

This in turn would equal more opportunities for Hooper to make an impact catching the football. DraftKings lists Hooper as a wide receiver, as the site does with all tight ends, but that doesn't diminish his appeal.


WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU - $5,200

With star wide receiver Josh Doctson out, Listenbee could assume the role as TCU's top receiver going forward.

On the year, he's second on the team in receiving yards (495) and is fourth in receptions. With Doctson commanding such a large chunk of the production within the group, there will be plenty of opportunity for multiple TCU receivers to get more targets. 

Averaging a team-high 20.6 yards per reception, Listenbee may be able to garner more chances in terms of stretching the field deep. He's most certainly a player with a high fantasy ceiling this week. 


QB Kenny Potter, SJSU - $5,700

San Jose State's signal-caller is coming off a game in which he threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries.

A true dual-threat option, Potter could put up big-time production on both fronts—in terms of running and throwing the football.

This week, SJSU faces a 2-9 Hawaii program struggling to maintain consistency. After starting the season 2-1, the Rainbow Warriors have dropped eight in a row. They've also given up an average of 47 points in their last three games. 

Potter should be able to have a quality game from a statistical standpoint and could be a big bargain when looking at his reasonable cost. 


Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Charleston Southern vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

Alabama 49, Charleson Southern 0- Late 2nd quarter

Alabama is set to host Charleston Southern on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. ET. Keep it locked here for live updates, highlights and analysis throughout the game. 


Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Jim Harbaugh Angrily Rips His Jacket off over Pass Interference Call

An angry Jim Harbaugh is intimidating. An angry Jim Harbaugh who rips his jacket off because he's steaming with passion? Try terrifying.

The Michigan coach got so heated over a pass interference penalty that he ripped his jacket off mid-sideline fit.

The call went against Wolverines safety Jabrill Peppers, who exchanged some shoves with a Penn State wide receiver.

[Vine, Twitter, h/t SB Nation]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Clemson Tigers: Live Score and Highlights

Clemson 30, Wake Forest 7, Mid-3rd Quarter

The Clemson Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons are set to square off, and it's a game that Clemson needs to play well in. After a couple of semi-sloppy defensive performances against the N.C. State Wolfpack and Syracuse Orange, the Tigers have the chance to prove their critics wrong with a dominating win versus the Demon Deacons. 

Wake Forest is an underrated team that can not be overlooked, though. The Demon Deacons have improved this season, and their defense has played well enough to keep them in a few games. It's the offense that has not clicked for head coach Dave Clawson and company, and Wake Forest will have to find a way to put up points to stay in this game. 

The Tigers have a rivalry game with South Carolina on the horizon and an ACC Championship Game to look forward to in the near future, but head coach Dabo Swinney can't allow his guys to overlook this matchup. 

You can watch the game at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, but stay right here for live updates and analysis. 

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

USC Trojans vs. Oregon Ducks: Live Score and Highlights

USC Trojans - 21

Oregon Ducks - 38

3:00 3rd Quarter


With both the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans sitting at 5-2 in Pac-12 play, these squads are alive and well in the race for a berth in the conference title game. 

A victory today will likely be a requirement for both teams to stay in that hunt. So despite some disappointment on both sides this season, this game holds a high level of significance for both teams. Expect a hard-fought game from start to finish. 

Stay plugged in below for continued updates. 

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

USC Trojans vs. Oregon Ducks: Live Score and Highlights

USC Trojans - 28 Oregon Ducks - 38 1:00 3rd Quarter TV: ESPN With both the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans sitting at 5-2 in Pac-12 play, these squads are alive and well in the race for a berth in the conference title game...

Read the full article on Bleacher Report...

Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 14, Michigan State 7 —Early 4th quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 3 Ohio State (10-0) and No. 9 Michigan State (9-1). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Columbus, Ohio.

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

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels: Live Score and Highlights

Ole Miss 24, LSU 17 — 3rd Quarter

Welcome to Bleacher Report's live coverage of this Magnolia Bowl showdown between No. 15 LSU and No. 22 Ole Miss, which is televised on CBS.

Stay right here for updates and analysis in the second half, and join the conversation in the comments below.

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Rob Gronkowski's Little Brother, Glenn, Tosses Jump-Pass TD vs. Iowa State

It turns out Glenn Gronkowski got some of that swagger from his older brother, Rob.

The Kansas State fullback tossed a jump-pass touchdown as part of a trick play the Wildcats ran against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first quarter of Saturday's matchup with quite a bit of flair.

[Kansas State Wildcats, h/t BroBible]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Winter Storm Bella Covers Iowa's Stadium in Blanket of Snow

Winter storm Bella is sweeping through the Midwest, and it has left quite a mark on Iowa's Kinnick Stadium.

And by mark, we mean a thick blanket of snow—8-9 inches to be exact, per the Weather Channel's Jonathan Erdman.

Fortunately, the grounds crew was able to clear the field before the Hawkeyes kicked off against Purdue.

[Iowa Hawkeyes, Twitter, h/t For The Win]

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

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

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

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

Here's a look at some of the best:


Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

FAU vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

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

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

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


FLORIDA 14, FAU 0 3rd Quarter

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech: Live Score and Highlights

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

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

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com