- The University of Missouri football team is on strike in solidarity with students protesting racial injustice at the school.-
- Nearly half of the remaining unbeaten College Football teams lost on Saturday. We break down the weekend ‘by the numbers’.
Missouri Football team on strike amid racial tensions
College Football Weekend: By the Numbers
#2 LSU (#4 Alabama), #7 Michigan St. (Nebraska), #8 TCU (#14 Oklahoma St.), and #13 Memphis (Navy) all suffered their first loss.100 – Clemson’s winning percentage as the #1 ranked teamThe Tigers beat #16 Florida State 23-13 in their first-ever game as the nation’s top team, though head coach Dabo Swinney has long been the best at post-game dancing.210 – Rushing yards for Alabama running back Derrick Henry
Henry outshined LSU’s Leonard Fournette, who struggled with only 31 yards. Henry has scored a touchdown in 14 straight games, and the Heisman Trophy race may have a new frontrunner.2009 – Florida’s last trip to the SEC Championship
The Gators clinched a spot this year after surviving Vanderbilt in an ugly 9-7 game that had more punts and turnovers (19) than points.7 – Different Tar Heels who scored a touchdown on Saturday
North Carolina beat rival Duke 66-31 and has the inside track to meet Clemson in the ACC Championship.25 – Yards needed on a crucial 4th down for Arkansas
They converted with a ridiculous lateral-and-run being called the Backwards Hail Mary (see below) in a wild 53-52 overtime win over #18 Ole Miss. Full video.
QUICK HITS FROM AROUND SPORTS
Newton leads Panthers, vanquishes Cheeseheads
The Carolina Panthers staked their claim as the best team in the NFC by beating the Green Bay Packers to remain undefeated. Panthers QB Cam Newton had 4 passing touchdowns and was hard at work before the game as well, ripping down a Packers banner as part of his “due diligence to protect” the Panthers home-field advantage.
Loss in return to Indy ruins records for Manning
Sunday had loads of potential for Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning in his return to Indianapolis to face his former team. Instead, Manning’s successor Andrew Luck and the Colts dealt the Broncos their first loss and Manning finds himself 3 yards short of being the NFL’s all-time passing leader, and 1 win away from most regular-season victories for a quarterback. Guess there’s always next week.
Hardy, Cowboys drop overtime thriller
On Friday, pictures and court documents surfaced from the domestic violence case against Dallas Cowboys defender Greg Hardy. Hardy and his ex-girlfriend eventually settled and he served a suspension from the NFL. While the new evidence has sparked outrage, the Cowboys are standing by Hardy and he (sadly) still gets to make millions playing football. Hardy wasn’t enough to keep the Cowboys from losing in overtime to rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Kobe loses in final trip to the Garden
The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New York Knicks in what will likely be Kobe Bryant’s last trip to Madison Square Garden. Bryant isn’t easing his way to retirement, though it might be a good idea. The 37-year-old ranks 29th in shots attempted this year but his shooting percentage checks in at a cool 125th.
Football and Basketball fund entire athletic departments
This is an interesting look at the revenue and expense numbers by sport for the Ohio St. athletic department. Football and basketball combine for 54MM net revenue while the remaining 30 sports lose 29MM annually. Looks like the hockey teams should be big Urban Meyer fans.
The largest gambling ring you’ve never heard of
The Computer Group was arguably the most successful gambling syndicate in history. When the FBI shut it down on Super Bowl Sunday in 1985, the ring had 43 locations in 16 states. They profited 3MM off 23MM in bets during one college football season alone. And it was all powered by one analyst who built a predictive model based on seven years of stats.