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Go for 2 or play for OT? How coaches make that call
Go for 2 or play for OT? How coaches make that call

Faced with the decision to kick an extra point to tie or go for two and the lead late in games last weekend, two college football coaches did not hesitate to basically put it all one play instead of trying to get to overtime. "It would have been a gamble to kick the extra point," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, whose team failed to convert with 42 seconds left in the fourth quarter and lost 28-27 at Southern California last Saturday night. A few hours earlier in the day, Eastern Michigan was in almost the exact same situation, having scored a touchdown with 49 seconds left at Army to make it 28-27.

South Carolina looks to keep improving through bye week
South Carolina looks to keep improving through bye week

South Carolina has been one of the Southeastern Conference's biggest surprises this fall heading into its bye week. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp believes his players will keep working hard during the time off to continue surprising people when they get back on the field. Muschamp said he'll give his banged-up players like offensive line starters Zack Bailey, Cory Helms and Malik Young time to heal from their injuries.

Winless Giants limp into meeting with Broncos

The injury-ravaged New York Giants remain winless, and they suspended one of their top defensive players. "We know the Giants are 0-5," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson said. It has been one tough week for the Giants, however.

What goes into the upcoming starting QB decision at Rutgers
What goes into the upcoming starting QB decision at Rutgers

Johnathan Lewis The Rutgers quarterback race is open once again as the coaching staff is faced with the decision of whether to start true freshman Johnathan Lewis in place of senior Kyle Bolin, who has started the first five games of the season

Wideouts starting to play with confidence
Wideouts starting to play with confidence

AUBURN | The improvement of Auburn's offense can be attributed to a lot of factors including a group of young wide receivers that are starting to step forward. Auburn's wideouts have caught 10 passes of 20 or more yards in the last three SEC games including a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham to Ryan Davis against Ole Miss last Saturday. "We're starting to play with confidence," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

Is Miami Starting to Believe?
Is Miami Starting to Believe?

Miami sits as the lowest ranked among the Power Five's unbeaten teams at #11, but lost tailback Mark Walton for the year. Will Manso tells us who will replace Walton and if the team is starting to believe it can win the ACC Coastal.

Narduzzi on the QB situation, the run game and more

Pat Narduzzi held his weekly press conference Monday and discussed the quarterbacks, the run game and more. You look around at some of the bigger things happening in the world, and they just trickle down into smaller things here.

Fisher expresses confidence in Charles Kelly

With an unprecedented 1-3 start to the 2017 season, several Florida State assistant coaches have come under fire from fans and media. On Monday, two days follow FSU's heartbreaking 24-20 loss to Miami, head coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about this performance of Kelly. "I have extreme confidence in Charles, Charles is a great football coach" said Fisher.

10 Killed as California Wildfires Torch Wine Country
10 Killed as California Wildfires Torch Wine Country

At least 1,500 homes and businesses were destroyed

Bob Corker: White House is 'adult day care center' and Trump may start WWIII
Bob Corker: White House is 'adult day care center' and Trump may start WWIII

Senator Bob Corker speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. Donald Trump's fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an "adult day care center" and warned that the president risked setting the US "on the path to World War III". An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of "not having the guts" to run for re-election.

Cinders and desolation in Iraq
Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS

One side of the billboard calls for jihad, while the other warns of death for smokers. Iraq's Hawija still bears clear signs of its three years under jihadist rule. Islamic State group jihadists set fire to everything they could before they fled an Iraqi government offensive on the northern town in oil-rich Kirkuk province.

Erdogan says Turkey will close Iraq border and air space soon
Erdogan says Turkey will close Iraq border and air space soon

By Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey would soon close its border with northern Iraq and shut its air space in response to last week's Kurdish independence referendum. Erdogan, who held talks in Tehran on Wednesday with Iranian leaders, also said Turkey would decide jointly with Iran and Iraq's central government in Baghdad whether to cut oil exports from Kurdish northern Iraq.

Underappreciated Storyline: Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach
Underappreciated Storyline: Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach

NFL Network's Kyle Brandt names Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach his underappreciated storyline of the week.

Alabama commitment recaps official visit
Alabama commitment recaps official visit

Sign Up Now For A Premium Subscription Don't Miss! Texas Tech commitment talks Alabama visit Tommy Brown, four-star offensive tackle from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, committed to Alabama during the summer. Brown returned

2017 Tiger Mailbag: 38th Edition
2017 Tiger Mailbag: 38th Edition

This format allows for a more expansive answer than a message board post. TheRoyalPain asks:  In your opinion will this college basketball recruiting scandal happening now change the way the recruiting game is played from now and into the future?

Vance Joseph not concerned with early missed kicks from Brandon McManus
Vance Joseph not concerned with early missed kicks from Brandon McManus

Kicker Brandon McManus hasn't missed more than five field goal attempts in any of his first three seasons with the Denver Broncos. That success led to the Broncos giving McManus a three-year extension worth $11.254 million with $6 million in fully guaranteed money right before the start of the regular

Browns shuffle linebackers
Browns shuffle linebackers

The Browns made a roster move on Tuesday to bring a healthy linebacker on board in place of an injured one. The team announced that they have promoted Deon King from the practice squad and placed Dominique Alexander on injured reserve. Alexander (pictured) saw action in each of the first four games this

Nitt Clips: James Franklin press conference

Penn State head coach James Franklin talked about the Nittany Lions' quarterback situation, provided an "update" on tight end Mike Gesicki, and offered insight into the Lions' areas for improvement along the offensive line. COACH FRANKLIN: Tremendous respect for Coach Fitzgerald and what he's been able to do there.

John Fox: Mike Glennon gave his all, it just didn
John Fox: Mike Glennon gave his all, it just didn't go well

Bears coach John Fox is defending Mike Glennon, the quarterback he benched this week, as a hard worker who put in all the effort asked of him. Fox said today that Glennon deserves to be appreciated for the work he put in over the last six months. "Mike gave us everything he had. He prepared [ more]

Talent management group: Dismiss ex-football star's lawsuit

A federal lawsuit linking a talent management company to alleged improper use of ex-Ohio State athletes' photos should be tossed out because there's no evidence the company did anything wrong, according to a court filing. IMG Worldwide, Inc. and related entities are also backing Ohio State's request to have the lawsuit dismissed, saying the university is immune from such legal action, an IMG attorney said in the filing Monday. The lawsuit ''does not specifically allege that IMG did anything in connection with any alleged wrongdoing, or is about to do anything wrongful that should be prevented,'' said Joseph Castrodale, a Cleveland lawyer representing IMG.

QB Hank Bachmeier impressed by Big 10 visit
QB Hank Bachmeier impressed by Big 10 visit

Hank Bachmeier has been making the rounds early in his junior season. The four-star quarterback from Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley said a lot of things stood out about the Big 10 school, and since he has family connections in the area, Minnesota is definitely a contender in his recruitment. The Carlson School of Management is a great institution.

Narduzzi on the offense, defending Syracuse and more

MORE HEADLINES - Film review: The win over Rice | Free article: Browne makes the most of second chance | PODCAST: Can the Rice win propel Pitt into the ACC schedule? | 10 thoughts on the win over Rice | What answers did we get from Pitt's blowout on

What we learned in Week 4- Lions could be most complete team in NFL
What we learned in Week 4- Lions could be most complete team in NFL

NFL Network's Kay Adams talks about what she learned in Week 4 about the Lions possibly being the most complete team in the NFL.

Raiders quarterback Carr to miss at least two games
Raiders quarterback Carr to miss at least two games

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be out at least two weeks after being diagnosed by doctors with a fracture in his back, the NFL team announced on Monday. Carr suffered the injury, called a fractured transverse process, in a 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Head coach Jack Del

Chiefs
Chiefs' Smith shines again in win over Redskins

Alex Smith has earned plenty of detractors over the course of his career, getting labeled as a ''game manager'' and a quarterback who is unable to lead his team when the pressure is on. Smith threw for 293 yards with touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. Everybody else says

Overreaction: Bills and Rams are heading to the playoffs
Overreaction: Bills and Rams are heading to the playoffs

Order those playoff tickets, Bills and Rams fans.

He said what?! The best NFL quotes from week four
He said what?! The best NFL quotes from week four

Mitchell Trubisky is set to get his chance for the Chicago Bears, but coach John Fox is not expecting immediate results.

The Shek Report: Week 4
The Shek Report: Week 4

NFL Network's Dave Dameshek breaks down Week 4 of NFL play.

THI Football Central: Notre Dame
THI Football Central: Notre Dame

Notre Dame is not the best medicine for a reeling North Carolina squad, but the Fighting Irish will be in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Bill Panzica RELATED: THI Football Central premium thread on the Blue Heaven message board GAME DAY INFORMATION

Change agent: Steelers LB Shazier leads defensive turnaround
Change agent: Steelers LB Shazier leads defensive turnaround

Ryan Shazier wants to redefine the linebacker position. Or, judging by the display the budding Pittsburgh Steelers star put on in a 26-9 victory over Baltimore on Sunday, maybe a lot. There was Shazier's sprint into the backfield in the second quarter that forced Ravens running back Austin Collins

Scott Frost Press Conference - Cincinnati Week

UCF enters this week as a ranked team for the first time since the 2013 season. It's recognition for a solid start, but Scott Frost doesn't want the newfound status taking away from their preparation. In his eyes, there are 11 one-game seasons this year and this is the fourth one coming up against Cincinnati.

'NFL Fantasy Live' Tricks of the Trade

The NFL Fantasy Live crew helps you decide which players to target in trades and which to offer up.

Dolphins looking to bounce back at home
Dolphins looking to bounce back at home

The Miami Dolphins are hoping to bounce back after a disappointing start as they did last season. Coming off a 20-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints in London and dropping to 1-2, the Dolphins have returned to South Florida in preparation to host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. ''It is what it

Monday notebook: Smart on QBs, Injury updates, & More
Monday notebook: Smart on QBs, Injury updates, & More

Kirby Smart still won't say who will start at quarterback Saturday. Kirby Smart continues to keep reporters and opponents guessing regarding his starting quarterback. Although Jake Fromm has opened for four straight games, leading the 5th-ranked Bulldogs to a 5-0-mark, Smart did not rule out Jacob Eason from getting the nod in Saturday's game at Vanderbilt (Noon, ESPN).

University settles lawsuit with Steubenville rape convict
University settles lawsuit with Steubenville rape convict

Youngstown State University has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with a football player convicted of rape as a teen who sued after the school allowed him to join the team and then told him he couldn't play this season. An attorney for Steubenville resident Ma'lik Richmond says he'll remain on the active roster of the football team under the deal announced Monday. Richmond will undergo unspecified training as part of the agreement.

Expect Jones to return; how Purdue could fill for first-half suspensions
Expect Jones to return; how Purdue could fill for first-half suspensions

Purdue's running game could get a boost with the return of starter Markell Jones, the team's leading rusher the last two seasons who has been out since injuring a knee in the season opener. Coach Jeff Brohm seemed confident Monday Jones would be back on the field against Minnesota Saturday, and he hopes the junior can play a big role. Sounds like Jones will be given the opportunity to do so, especially considering Tario Fuller is a "long shot," Brohm said, to play this week with an undisclosed injury.

MW Football Players of the Week - 10/2/17
MW Football Players of the Week - 10/2/17

New Mexico RB Richard McQuarley, Utah State CB Jalen Davis and San Diego State KR Juwan Washington win weekly awards

The Monday 3-2-1

It's time for the 3-2-1 report. Three observations, two questions and a prediction as the Vols hit an open date desperate for answers. Three things we learned in Saturday's loss: It's the John Kelly show - John Kelly runs hard and is a good player

Matt Ryan not looking like MVP in loss to Buffalo
Matt Ryan not looking like MVP in loss to Buffalo

ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hasn't felt much like an NFL MVP over the past two weeks.

9 Things That Made Week 4 AWESOME
9 Things That Made Week 4 AWESOME

From Eli Manning's first rushing touchdown since 2014 to an Arizona legend coming through in the clutch, here are 9 things that made Week 4 AWESOME

Great 1st half spirals into blowout loss for Colts
Great 1st half spirals into blowout loss for Colts

Jacoby Brissett and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts played well enough in the first half to hear the home team being booed off the field at halftime. It took just a short series of plays in the second half by the Seattle Seahawks to see a potential stunning win for the Colts spiral into a blowout

Larry Fitzgerald touchdown gives Cardinals an overtime win over 49ers
Larry Fitzgerald touchdown gives Cardinals an overtime win over 49ers

A boring field goal fest in Arizona had a spectacular finish, as a Larry Fitzgerald leaping touchdown pass gave the Cardinals a thrilling overtime victory. The Cardinals' 18-15 victory came with less than a minute remaining in the 10-minute overtime session, and came after Cardinals receiver John Brown

Steelers savor rare win in Baltimore, even in Week 4
Steelers savor rare win in Baltimore, even in Week 4

Whether it's early in the season, late in the year or in the postseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers will always derive satisfaction from beating the Baltimore Ravens - especially on the road. Pittsburgh hadn't won in Baltimore since 2012 before ringing up a 26-9 victory Sunday. The Steelers gained

Texans rave about their rookie with "swag"
Texans rave about their rookie with "swag"

In only his third career start, Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is living up to the hype from folks like his head coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney. Watson is now generating hype from his NFL colleagues. "He just has swag," running back Lamar Miller told reporters after Sunday's 57-14 (not a typo

Marshawn Lynch Wears
Marshawn Lynch Wears 'Everybody vs. Trump' T-Shirt, Sits During Anthem

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch wore a "everybody vs Trump" t-shirt prior to Sunday's game against the Broncos, and sat during the national anthem.

Watson
Watson's top five plays from Week 4 blowout

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to shine early in his rookie season. Check out his top five plays from a Week 4 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein goes perfect 7 for 7 in FG attempts against Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein goes perfect 7 for 7 in FG attempts against Cowboys

Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicks a perfect 7 for 7 on field goal attempts in his team's win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Bills stun Falcons, Patriots stumble in NFL
Bills stun Falcons, Patriots stumble in NFL

The Atlanta Falcons saw their unbeaten start to the NFL season come to a shuddering halt with a 23-17 defeat to the Buffalo Bills on a day of upsets on Sunday. The Falcons, last season's beaten Super Bowl finalists, saw their perfect start derailed after a gritty performance by the Bills. Falcons

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans highlights | Week 4
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans highlights | Week 4

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson puts on a show with five total touchdowns, while Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota leaves the game after one half in a 57-14 Texans victory.

The Day After: A costly loss for Northwestern
The Day After: A costly loss for Northwestern

MADISON-A reporter asked a question and Godwin Igwebuike and Brett Walsh sat at the podium of the post-game press conference, looking shell-shocked. Igwebuike glanced over to Walsh, as if to say, you take it. Walsh turned back to look at Igwebuike, hoping that the safety would speak up.

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