Justin Fields Should Have Been Chicago Bears QB1 on Day 1

As much as Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy was determined to hold his team back this season, he hand was finally forced with an injury to QB1 Andy Dalton in the 20-17 win over the Bengals last week. While Dalton seemed to be finding his feet well and was having a decent game, it wasn’t until Josh Fields came on that Bears fans at Soldier Field suddenly woke up and finally got excited.

The first round pick out of Ohio State ended the game with a 46.2% completion rate, and despite showing some flashes of brilliance, was sacked twice to go along with a fumble, which he recovered. [Read more…]

College Football News Roundup: AP Top 25, Injury Updates

LSU Loses Andre Anthony For The Year

The LSU Tigers will be without star defensive end Andre Anthony out for the rest of the season, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Monday.

“It’s sad news,” Orgeron said, according to the Associated Press. “He’s having a good season. He’s going to be unavailable this season, but he’s going to be with us.”

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#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview

This week brings a sense of symmetry and symbolism as Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will tie Knute Rockne for most wins in school history should he defeat the opponent in front of him on Saturday. That opponent is the Purdue Boilermakers, the very first team he faced as ND coach back in 2010.

“I see it a little differently,” Kelly said of the approaching milestone. “It means longevity. It means stability. It means winning. But it doesn’t mean anything else relative to comparisons or who’s better. Those things don’t mean much to me. I came here to do a job, and that was to bring Notre Dame back to its winning traditions.”

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Brian Kelly Nears ND Wins Record, Biggest Wins and Losses, Part 3

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three wins behind Knute Rockne for the most all time by a Fighting Irish mentor. So an ACC title game win tomorrow (game preview at this link), plus two College Football Playoff victories and he would end the 2020 season knotted up with the patriarch of ND Football.

In a case of very strange coincidence, or perhaps just the circle of life, Rockne’s first season in charge was 1918. And as you might have read about online, or seen on the news, 1918 and 2020 have something in common, so how strange it would be if Kelly can tie the mark this season.

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Brian Kelly Nears ND Victory Record, Listing Biggest Wins, Losses Part 2

For #2 Notre Dame the ACC Title Game, against #4 Clemson kicks off Saturday night in Charlotte. The 10-0 (9-0 in ACC play) Fighting Irish handed the Tigers (9-1, 8-1) their only loss of the season back on Nov. 7. Yet the Irish are underdogs here again, almost as substantially an underdog as they were last mont when the two teams clashed in South Bend.

If you’re into sports betting then you probably know that Clemson are 7.5 point favorites here, with a moneyline of -350. The Irish were 8 point dogs heading into the big upset of the then #1 Tigers. For this game, the moneyline prices them at +260.

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Brian Kelly Nears ND Victory Record, Listing Biggest Wins, Losses Part 1

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Yesterday, in a blowout of Syracuse on Senior Day, Ian Book become the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He led the Fighting Irish to victory number 30, by the score of 45-21 over the Orange, and now the ACC Title Game against Clemson awaits a week from Saturday.

As one ND victory record falls, another one approaches. Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three behind Knute Rockne for the most wins all time by a Fighting Irish Head Coach. So an ACC title game win, plus two College Football Playoff victories and he would end the 2020 season knotted up with the Godfather of ND Football.

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Northwestern Quietly Blows Out Indiana State on 9/11

It certainly wasn’t exciting by any means, but winning comfortably, in any way shape or form, is exactly what you wanted to do today if you’re the Northwestern Wildcats.

They did just that, cruising past FCS foe Indiana State 24-6, with only a late, garbage time touchdown from the Sycamores preventing a Wildcats shutout. Coming off a decisive defeat at the hands of Michigan State in week one, NU needed a comfortable win like this. However, you can’t really call it a dominant performance.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Indiana St. Sycamores Game Preview, Prediction

It’s quite possible that Northwestern football is just keeping up its semi-annual tradition of starting very slowly. The list of September games NU never had any business losing, during the 2000s and 2010s seems to get a bit longer by the year, but you know that they always course correct, and the story ends well.

The 2016 team started 1-3, including a very unsightly loss to lowly Illinois State, but ended up making and winning a bowl game. In 2018, the first Big Ten West division title season, they went winless in preconference, including an inexplicable and inexcusable defeat at the hands of Akron.

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Notre Dame Should Easily Handle Florida St. in Blue Blood Battle

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Notre Dame will open the 2021 season by making a visit to every American’s favorite state- Florida! (I’m sure you picked up on the sarcasm there). The road back, potentially, to another College Football Playoff berth begins with a visit to Doak Campbell Stadium, where they’ll face the Florida State Seminoles.

It’s a match-up of college football program royalty, program wise, as these two schools are both among the bluest of the blue bloods. Florida State, as you know, has fallen way down from their perch lately, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly, as this Noles roster is loaded with talent.

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Quick Guide to the Top College Football Teams of 2021

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American Football is a national pastime. More than baseball, it’s America’s obsession, with the Superbowl being a near-religious experience. However, many die-hard fans already know where the true heart and soul of football exists. 

College football has long held the attention of the American public, and for a good reason. The teams are more localized, as is the experience of attending their games and cheering. 

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Northwestern Has No Answer for Stud MSU RB Kenneth Walker III

Northwestern All-American Safety Brandon Joseph said at the Monday Zoom media availability that his team was going to have to be ready to stop “number 9, the Wake Forest transfer” when they welcome in Michigan State on Friday night.

It’s a vast understatement to say that things didn’t go according to plan for the Wildcats tonight as Walker ran wild and the Spartans romped 38-21. Although there were some bright spots for the host Cats, overall it was pretty ugly as Sparty jumped on them early, and then cruised to a comfortable victory.

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Michigan State Spartans at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

The Northwestern Wildcats host the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. It’s also the latest installment in a series that’s spawned numerous wild and wacky games, as well as a few milestones and records.

The 2017 meeting took three overtimes to decide, as NU won at home 39-31. The Cats ruined State’s Homecoming in 2016, winning 54-40 in a game that broke numerous Spartan Stadium records, all of which were great for the visitors and bad for the hosts. In 2018, the Wildcats came to East Lansing as double digit underdogs and left as double digit victors.

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