Weekend Football News And Notes

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Plenty of action to get to this weekend!

In college football, it was a day full of upsets which likely means a big shakeup in regards to the national college football playoff rankings.

The biggest upset of Saturday was #13 LSU upsetting #2 Georgia by a score of 36-16, a very significant margin of victory. The Georgia loss, at least temporarily, boosts Notre Dame into the playoff picture as they defeated Pittsburgh 19-14, while Alabama and Ohio State also stayed undefeated. #4 Clemson had a bye week this week as they prepare to play undefeated North Carolina State next weekend.

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Other big upsets included #6 West Virginia losing to unranked Iowa State 30-14, #17 Oregon defeating #7 Washington 30-27 in overtime, #8 Penn State falling to unranked Michigan State in the final minute at home 21-17, undefeated #19 Colorado gaining its first defeat at the hands of USC 31-20 and #16 Miami as well as #21 Auburn also losing.

In the Saturday night prime time game, #12 Michigan showed they are for real by stomping #15 Wisconsin 38-13 to improve their record to 6-1 with a 4-0 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines only loss is an opening day loss to undefeated #5 Notre Dame.

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On the professional front, it’s been an interesting day early on in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers came back in the last minute with a Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown touchdown to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-21. The Atlanta Falcons outscored the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a shootout 34-29, and the Miami Dolphins outlasted the Chicago Bears 31-28 in overtime.

Other scores include:

Los Angeles Chargers 38 – Cleveland Browns – 14

Seattle Seahawks 27 – Oakland Raiders – 3 from London

Minnesota Vikings 27 – Arizona Cardinals 17

New York Jets 42 – Indianapolis Colts 34

Washington Redskins 23 – Carolina Panthers 17

Houston Texans 20 – Buffalo Bills 13

The afternoon NFL games include the LA Rams at the Denver Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Tennessee Titans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars versus the Dallas Cowboys.

Sunday night’s game is the Kansas City Chiefs at the New England Patriots and the Monday Night Football game is the San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers.

Weekend Football News And Notes

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Plenty of action and upsets in both college and professional football this weekend!

On the college side of things, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson all rolled against their opponents while #3 Ohio State looked a bit lethargic in its 49-26 victory over Indiana following its huge win at Happy Valley last weekend. The Buckeyes looked hungover for most of the game, only pulling away from the Hoosiers in the 4th quarter. But hey, a win is a win and Ohio State is 6-0 on the season.

The #5 LSU Tigers were upset by the #22 Florida Gators 27-19, ending their undefeated run to start the season. Both teams are now 5-1.

#6 Notre Dame took care of business when it traveled to Blacksburg Virginia to take on #24 Virginia Tech. The Irish won 45-23 and are looking like one of the teams to beat this year as they are also 6-0.

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In other college games:

#19 Texas defeated #7 Oklahoma on a late field goal 48-45 in the annual Red River Rivalry.

Mississippi State upset #8 Auburn 23-9, Texas A&M beat #13 Kentucky 20-14 in overtime on the road, Utah surprised #14 Stanford 40-21 and Northwestern shocked #20 Michigan State 29-19.

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Turning to the pros, there were plenty of close games and surprises in the NFL as well.

The New York Giants came to play against the Carolina Panthers, putting up big numbers with Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, and they led late in the game, but Carolina hit a 63 yard field goal as time expired to steal the win 33-31.

Meanwhile, the other Big Apple team, the New York Jets, stunned the visiting Denver Broncos as rookie quarterback Sam Darnold slung the ball all over the field and won 34-16.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-23, primarily because the Pack’s kicker Mason Crosby had a terrible day, missing on 5 attempts.

The Minnesota Vikings held off the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles 23-21 in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game.

And the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens to earn its second win of the season (along with one tie) to give it more wins so far this year than the past two years combined.

Additional scores:

Buffalo 13 – Tennessee 12
Cincinnati 27 – Miami 17
Kansas City 30 – Jacksonville 14
Pittsburgh 41 – Atlanta 17
LA Chargers 26 – LA Raiders 10
Arizona 28 – San Francisco 18
LA Rams 33 – Seattle 31

The Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys are playing in Sunday Night Football and tomorrow night features the Washington Redskins at the New Orleans Saints.

Weekend Football News And Notes

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Recapping some of the weekend football action:

On the college side of the things, the top two teams in the country, Alabama
and Georgia, both took care of business and routed their opponents.

#3 Clemson lost their starting quarterback to injury but were still able to
come back against a game Syracuse squad, winning in the 4th quarter with a
27-23 victory.

In the biggest game of the day, #4 Ohio State marched into Happy Valley PA to
play the #9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Both teams entered the matchup with
undefeated records and despite a raucous, rowdy “White Out” Penn State crowd,
the Ohio State Buckeyes rallied from a 4th quarter 12 point deficit to win the
game 27-26. The Nittany Lions had a chance to win the game, but a very
questionable play call on 4th and 5 late in the game was stuffed by the Buckeye
defense.

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In another battle of undefeated squads, #7 Stanford lost to #8 Notre Dame in
South Bend as the Irish rolled to a 38-17 victory over the Cardinal.

Also, undefeated #12 West Virginia defeated #25 Texas Tech in a high scoring
game 42-34, #14 Michigan rallied from being down 17-0 to win 20-17 against
Northwestern, #19 Oregon defeated #24 California 42-24 giving the Golden
Bears their first loss of the season and unranked Virginia Tech did the same
to the #22 Duke Blue Devils, winning 31-14.

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In today’s early NFL action, the Cincinnati Bengals shocked the Atlanta Falcons
in Atlanta with a touchdown 7 seconds left in the game to win 37-36. Despite
the win, the Bengals lost their starting TE Tyler Eifert to a gruesome ankle
injury in the 3rd quarter.

There were 2 games that went to overtime with the Tennessee Titans defeating
the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 and the Houston
Texans defeating the Indianapolis Colts 37-34 as time expired in the overtime
period.

The hype over the Miami Dolphins undefeated start and potential demise of the
New England Patriots was quickly extinguished as the Patriots won 38-7. As with
the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots also lost their starting TE Rob
Gronkowski in the 3rd quarter due to an ankle injury.

In other games, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the NY Jets 31-12, the
Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 26-24, the Chicago Bears crushed the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 and the Green Bay Packers blanked the Buffalo Bills
22-0.

The late afternoon games include the Cleveland Browns vs the Oakland Raiders,
The Seattle Seahawks vs the Arizona Cardinals, San Franciscio 49ers vs the
Los Angeles Chargers and the New Orleans Saints vs the New York Giants. As
of 530p EST, all of these games were relatively close approaching halftime.

Tonight’s Sunday night matchup is the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh
Steelers on NBC. Monday Night Football on ESPN tomorrow will feature the
Kansas City Chiefs versus the Denver Broncos.

Weekend Football News And Notes

Plenty of action over the weekend in college and professional football.

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In the college ranks, the big story of Saturday was the upset of #13 Virginia Tech by unranked Old Dominion University. Old Dominion was a 29 point underdog, but scored 28 points in the 4th quarter of the game to stun the undefeated-no-more Hokies.

The #7 Stanford Cardinals overcame a 17 point deficit at halftime on the road in one of the loudest stadiums in college football, defeating the #20 Oregon Ducks in overtime 38-31.

The Black Knights of Army gave the #5 Oklahoma Sooners a scare on their home turf, taking it to overtime with their triple option threat, but the Sooners prevailed with a late stand 28-21.

And while most of the top teams won easily, there were several teams with undefeated records entering the weekend who garnered their first losses including Missouri, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Indiana.

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On the pro side of things, there were plenty of surprises and upsets in this third week of the NFL season.

The New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 on the road in overtime in an exciting shootout game.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes continued his hot start to the season throwing another 3 TDs as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 38-27. Worse for the Niners, their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo may be lost for the season with a serious knee injury.

The winless Buffalo Bills shocked the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis, dominating the Vikes for a 27-6 victory.

The New York Giants got their first win of the season defeating the Houston Texans 27-22 in Texas.

And Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz made a successful comeback today with a 20-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Weekend Football Notes From College And Pros

Here are the big headlines from this past weekend’s college and NFL football games:

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It was a bad Saturday to be named Rodney if you were a college football running back. The University of Oklahoma lost their star running back Rodney Anderson for the season with a knee injury. Also, with a knee injury, Rodney Smith of the University of Minnesota was also lost for the season. Both were their school’s starting running backs.

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Most of the Top 25 College games for the day resulted in large victories for the favorites. The closest day game was a 28-26 victory by #2 Clemson over Texas A&M who came within a 2 point conversion of tying the game. The lone Top 25 upset came late at night as unranked Arizona State defeated #15 Michigan State by a field goal 16 -13.

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On the professional side, the NFL’s first full slate of games started off with some interesting results.

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The Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans played the longest game in NFL history as two weather delays due to lightning resulting in a 7 hour 8 minute duration. The Dolphins ultimately prevailed 27-20.

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The Cleveland Browns, who didn’t win a single game last season and who have won only 1 game in the past seasons, played the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 21-21 tie, a rarity in the NFL.

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Singer Carrie Underwood kicked off Sunday Night Football with a new song entitled “Game On” which was roundly met with negative reviews on social media.

However, NBC can be forgiven for the terrible tune as the game turned into an instant classic. The Chicago Bears came out blazing, dominating in every facet of the game, injuring Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and leading 20-3 at halftime. However, a hobbled Rodgers played the second half and led his team all the way back to a 24-23 victory, stunning the Bears.

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Two more games tonight! NY Jets play the Detroit Lions at 7pm and the LA Rams play the Oakland Raiders at 1030p EST.

Happy College Colors Day!

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A fitting day for this celebration as there is a full slate of NCAA college football games today. Early results include:

Ohio State 77 – Oregon State 31

Auburn 21 – Washington 16

Penn State 45 – Appalachian State 38 in OT

USC 43 – UNLV 21

and in the lone upset so far of the day Maryland defeated Texas 34-29

Tonight’s marquee prime time games include:

Michigan at Notre Dame

Louisville at Alabama

BYU at Arizona

Navy at Hawaii

And don’t forget – there are games tomorrow 9/2 and Monday 9/3:

9/2 – Miami at LSU

9/3 – Virginia Tech at Florida State

College Football Season Gets Into Full Swing Tonight!

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After a smattering of minor college games this past weekend, the NCAA college football season really gets into high gear tonight and this weekend with a full slate of match ups. Tonight, last season’s lone undefeated team – the University of Central Florida – kicks off the 2018 season at the University of Connecticut. Also a rarity in the first week of a season, an in-conference Big 10 match-up between Northwestern and Purdue. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday all have quality match-ups on the docket with some of the biggest including Washington at Auburn, Michigan at Notre Dame, the Miami Hurricanes and LSU from Texas (Sunday) and Virginia Tech at Florida State Monday night. Check your local listings for exact times!

PS: If you are not a college football fan, the NFL season kicks off a week from today!

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Offense Suppression University

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Talk about a slap on the wrist! Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season for denying knowledge of an assistant coach’s domestic violence against his wife when all evidence pointed to Meyer having full knowledge. These are three meaningless games that pose no threat in the scheme of making a run for another national title. He will not miss any of the important games on the schedule in the Big Ten. Meyer, who is 73-8 at Ohio State University with one national championship under his belt was given the lightest of sanctions – he will even be allowed to practice and prep his team leading up to each game where he is suspended. For Ohio State University itself, it has now made the statement that winning football games is more important than integrity and the welfare of women in general.

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This is ok at Ohio State if it gets in the way of the game:

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Ohio State University – you’re no Beyonce

What a joke…