College Football Nation: Feeling Fine in Week 9



When you think of innovators in college football, the University of Kentucky is probably the last place you would look to find any sort of football innovation.

The Wildcats have been irrelevant in the SEC for most of modern memory and it looks as though their woes have driven them to try just about anything to turn their misfortune around.

They implemented a rarely seen tactic last weekend in their match-up with Mississippi State: the three-man front.

Now, this may not have been how the play was drawn up, but if it was, there may be a few kinks to work out as Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott took the ball untouched into the end zone. Have faith Wildcat fans, as the old saying goes, “You’ve gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.”

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Man! Opposing coaches really like Trevone Boykin. You may remember a few weeks ago after TCU’s impressive comeback win against Kansas State, the Wildcats’ head honcho Bill Snyder sent Boykin a note following the game congratulating him on the comeback.

In Week 9, No.5 TCU took on West Virginia on Thursday night and the result wasn’t as close as the Horned Frogs’ match-up with the Wildcats — TCU won, 40-10.

However, on a third-and-five play with the game already out of reach for West Virginia, Boykin showcased some stellar moves that saw him tap dance his way through the Mountaineer defense past the sticks for a first down.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgerson is one of the more intriguing personalities in college football, and he showed why by laughing off the play and giving Boykin a high five for the feat. You can see the exchange in the video below.

This time J.T. Barrett sidelined himself from the Buckeyes matchup with Minnesota

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This time J.T. Barrett sidelined himself from the Buckeyes’ matchup with Minnesota.


The ongoing quarterback situation at Ohio State has taken yet another turn as the team’s current starter J.T. Barrett was arrested early Saturday morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI).

He was released without being taken to jail to backup Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and was given a misdemeanor citation.

With the Buckeyes on a bye this weekend, head coach Urban Meyer responded by suspending Barrett for Ohio State’s November 7th match-up against Minnesota.

There have been no reports on whether or not Barrett will be allowed to practice in the upcoming week, but he will be eligible to return for the team’s November 14th game against Illinois.

This suspension gives Jones — the team’s season-opening starter — a chance to reclaim his starting status against the Gophers as no promises have been made that Barrett will immediately return from his suspension as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback.


USC AD Pat Haden has had an eventful month of October so far, in firing former head coach Steve Sarkisian and announcing plans for a $250 million renovation project of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

USC AD Pat Haden has had an eventful month of October so far in firing former head coach Steve Sarkisian and announcing plans for a $250 million renovation project of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

USC athletic director Pat Haden has stepped down from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee on the cusp of the committee’s first meeting in Dallas this upcoming week.

Haden had met with doctors prior to this week who advised him it was in his best interest to his long term health to cut down the amount of travel in his work.

The committee meets in Dallas six times over the next month and a half to create rankings.

This brings the committee down to 12 members for the second consecutive year (Archie Manning stepped down in 2014) and according to an ESPN report, the committee has decided to move ahead without bringing in a replacement for Haden.

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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.