Posted on October 20, 2014 by Mike Bainbridge
One thing to take from this past weekend – If you have a Big Ten running back on your roster, you are most likely having a very good season.
Four running backs (David Cobb, Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah and Tevin Coleman) top the nation’s list as the leading rushers in the country, and each topped 100 yards this past weekend. Not to mention, three others (Raheem Mostert, Jeremy Langford and Justin Jackson) also topped that feat on Saturday.
Let’s see who else stood out in Week 8 Champs/Chumps.
1. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
146 rush yards, 4 tds
It is the year of the running back in the Big Ten and there is no doubt Ameer Abdullah is near the top of that list. The senior back had three one-yard rushing touchdowns in the second half, giving him four total in the game as the Cornhuskers came back to beat Northwestern to improve to 6-1. Abdullah now ranks third in the country in rushing yards (1,024) and second in rushing touchdowns (14).
2. Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic
23/34, 325 pass yards, 3 tds/95 rush yards, 2 tds
Johnson, as predicted, did follow up his poor outing against Florida International with a stellar performance against Western Kentucky in which he rolled up over 400 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the win. Johnson got it done both in the air and on the ground, with the help of his big-play wide receiver Lucky Whitehead who now leads the conference in all-purpose yardage and receptions. If the matchup is good, these two are must-plays.
Posted on October 17, 2014 by Todd DeVries
[opens cologne cabinet]
Ron Burgundy: Wow. Never ceases to amaze me. What cologne you gonna go with? London Gentleman, or wait. No, no, no. Hold on. Blackbeard's Delight.
Brian Fantana: No, she gets a special cologne... It's called Sex Panther by Odeon. It's illegal in nine countries... Yep, it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good.
Ron Burgundy: It's quite pungent.
Brian Fantana: Oh yeah.
Ron Burgundy: It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils. In a good way.
Brian Fantana: Yep.
Ron Burgundy: Brian, I'm gonna be honest with you, that smells like pure gasoline.
Brian Fantana: They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.
Ron Burgundy: That doesn't make sense.
Brian Fantana: Well... Let's go see if we can make this little kitty purr.
Posted on October 17, 2014 by Kevin Mount
It was another relatively quiet week on the news front, which is always a good thing. Here is a quick list of news and notes to review as we head into the weekend.
Florida State: RB Karlos Williams is likely to play this week with an ankle injury. RB Mario Pender will not play against Notre Dame. Barring something unforeseen, it appears Jameis Winston will play vs. Notre Dame despite all of the off-the-field noise surrounding him.
Cincinnati vs. SMU: Expect a ton of points and yards in this one. Almost every skill player in the passing game is in play here.