College Football Nation: Week 7 Rivalry Week Heats Things Up

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Big 12

The Kansas State Wildcats had No. 2  TCU Horned Frogs right where they wanted them in their Week 6 matchup. Going into the second half of the game, they led the Frogs by 18 points, but the lead didn’t hold as TCU ultimately made a furious comeback winning the game, 52-45.

The comeback is a story in itself, but a better story is the true class and sportsmanship that Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder showed after the game.

Snyder wrote TCU quarterback and Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin a note congratulating him on the amazing win! Nobody does that! Boykin tweeted a picture of the note expressing his respect for Snyder and the K-State program.

PAC-12

Are you kidding me? It seems like every year there’s a catch in some end zone around the nation that has the entire country asking themselves that very question. The broadcast replays it about a billion times in a row, seemingly pausing the game just to fit those 10 extra replays in, but you aren’t even mad because it was that crazy.

Just in case you missed it, the Catch of the Year belongs to Stanford’s Francis Owusu. At the start of the third quarter, Stanford ran a reverse pass that ended in insanity and put the Cardinal up, 42-17, over UCLA.

The only thing as good as the play itself was the equally awesome call by ESPN’s Joe Tessitore, David Pollock and Jesse Palmer.

SEC

Everyone knows ESPN‘s College Gameday Morning for two things – Lee Corso‘s headgear picks and the crazy signs that appear in the background of the CGM set.

With College Gameday in Ann Arbor for a renewed rivalry between Jim Harbaugh‘s University of Michigan and Michigan State, one may think that the story would be on the impending game.

Not so fast my friend! The Gameday set had an interesting visitor to help the crew pick games this week — newly retired former head coach of the University of South Carolina Steve Spurrier.

2015 hasn't gone according to plan for South Carolina who saw long time head coach Spurrier retire after a week six loss to LSU

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The year 2015 hasn’t gone according to plan for South Carolina, who saw long-time head coach Spurrier retire after a Week 6 loss to LSU.

Spurrier shocked the football world by announcing his retirement this week in the middle of the season, leaving a struggling South Carolina team to their own devices.

Spurrier had vehemently defended his status as head coach before the season, stating his age wasn’t an issue and that he had high expectations for the 2015 campaign.

Shawn Elliot was named interim head coach for the remaining six games on the Gamecocks’ schedule.

He and Spurrier’s two sons, Steve Jr. and Scott, will attempt to right the ship and take some positives out of what has been a tumultuous season so far.

AAC

For the second time in a week a University of South Florida player has been arrested. Junior defensive back Lamar Robbins was arrested on Thursday for firing a gun on campus as well as providing misinformation to a police officer.

Robbins was arrested in connection to an incident involving freshman offensive lineman Benjamin Knox, who was arrested Sunday for firing a gun into the exterior of a student dormitory. Robbins is being held in a Hillsborough County jail on an $8,000 bail.

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Mark Weber

Mark Weber

Mark is a junior transfer student at the University of Oregon from Morgan Hill, California. He came to UO with an AA in Communications and is currently making his way through the Journalism program. Mark has been fascinated with sports his whole life, and actively participated in any sport he could including: baseball, football, hockey and rugby. Mark played football all the way through Junior College before he hung up the cleats but his passion for sports remained, which led him to the sports journalism path. Mark plans to work in the blossoming digital sports media market after graduation either in writing or video production.