This is a picture of Illinois's Trulon Henry celebrating Illini Senior Day with his family. Henry was shot in the hand at a party last week while trying to remove fellow teammates from a potential brawl.
Lee Corso got a little, um, colorful when making his headgear pick on ESPN's College Gameday today. Language here is NSFW, but if you have to, turn the volume down and watch anyway--Herbstreit's and Fowler's reactions alone make this a must-watch clip.
Corso, to his credit, made an on-air apology immediately afterwards:
"Earlier today on College GameDay while picking the SMU-Houston game I got a bit excited and used an expletive that I shouldn't have used. I apologize and can promise it won't happen again."
Cool scene at Auburn today as the Tigers honored the 40th anniversary of Pat Sullivan's 1971 Heisman Trophy win, the school's first. Sullivan (pictured) now serves at the head coach of FCS Samford--the Tigers' opponent today.
KENTUCKY 10, GEORGIA 6: The Bulldogs were sky-high in the pregame as they expected to roll to their first SEC East title since 2005, but even with the help of an ugly Maxwell Smith interception that set up a UGA field goal, things haven't gone according to plan. Smith has been sharp vs. Georgia's top-10 secondary and Ken Malcome's costly fumble--one that showed why Malcome has seen so little time even in UGA's thin backfield--helped set up a Kentucky TD. If Georgia can't run the ball better than they have so far (and an injury to Isaiah Croweell won't help), the Wildcats will continue to hang around. 8 minutes currently left second quarter. Follow online here.
HALFTIME: Michigan 17, Nebraska 10
After one half in the Big House, we've got a heck of a game on our hands. Michigan has been the better team for most of the game, but two miscues -- a defender falling down in pass coverage and an interception off an extremely ill-advised Denard Robinson screen pass -- have kept Nebraska in this game.
Robinson's passing numbers are pretty much par for the course for him this year: 6-11, 98 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Nothing special. But he's also had 16 carries for 75 yards and another score, and many of those rushes have come out of passing plays. Often, Robinson has dropped back, reversed field, and then just looked for a lane to run through, and it's generally been successful against a Nebraska defense that isn't keeping contain very consistently.
Meanwhile, Taylor Martinez has been stymied by an aggressive, deceptive Michigan defense that's showing a ton of fronts. Nebraska has only five first downs on the day thus far, and the Huskers are 0-5 on third downs.
That's not to say that Nebraska's offense has been completely shut down, mind you; the Huskers have made hay by attacking the edges, and when they can get to the corner there's big yardage to be had. But in terms of sustaining drives between the tackles, that's just not there for Nebraska yet, and in some ways it seems like Nebraska's lucky to even be within 7 at this point.
HALFTIME: Arkansas 24 Mississippi State 10
Mississippi State has never beaten Arkansas when the teams have played in Little Rock, and judging by how things went in the first half, that's probably not going to change today. Not that Mississippi State is being blown out, as it's only down two scores, but I'm just not sure the Bulldogs have the offensive firepower to get back in this game.
Mississippi State's defense has done just about all it can do through the first 30 minutes, forcing a turnover and blocking a field goal, but the Mississippi State offense has managed only 106 yards of offense.
The Bulldogs are averaging only 3.3 yards per carry on the ground, and Tyler Russell and Dylan Favre have combined to complete only 5 of 14 passes for 47 yards.
Meanwhile, Tyler Wilson hasn't looked fantastic, but he's still thrown for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns.
So it looks like if Mississippi State is going to win this game it's going to need the defense to force more turnovers and possibly put some points on the board itself.