Four-star freshman RB Jordan Stevenson is expected to make his debut for Nebraska versus Wisconsin, the team he originally committed to.
This would burn Stevenson's redshirt. The freshman was denied entry into Wisconsin in late July and shortly after committed to Nebraska. The original plan was not to redshirt Stevenson for the season, but he suffered an ankle injury that he is just returning from. It also appears the player pushed for playing time, too. His immediate impact could be in the return game.
USC sophomore WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught six passes for 82 yards in the school's 17-12 loss to Washington.
This is JJSS' lowest output of the season and the only time he did not find the endzone. The stunning sophomore is still one of the best receivers in the country and an outstanding playmaker, but as a whole USC has lost two of their last three games. He will hope to post more production against Notre Dame.
USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler completed 16 of 29 attempts for 156 yards and two interceptions in the school's 17-12 loss to Washington.
Kessler opened with an interception and threw his second shortly after. Kessler has frequently been praised by pundits for his functional mobility and patience in the pocket to look at multiple receivers, but it all feel apart against Washington. Sacks and poor decisions doubled down on the mistakes. USC, now 3-2, faces Notre Dame next.
Texas announced Bevo XIV will miss Saturday’s game versus Oklahoma with a "life-threatening" illness.
"Bevo is a fighter, a symbol of strength and who fans across the world care deeply about," Silver Spurs Alumni Association executive director Ricky Brennes said in a statement. "We are carefully monitoring Bevo’s condition at this time and will update the public as we find out more about his condition." We'll allow that Bevo XIV may be faking illness to avoid watching its beloved Longhorns get pulverized by the Sooners. The 2,100-pound steer, according to the school's press release, met George W. Bush, Adam Sandler and Matthew McConaughey. We don't even have a joke for that. That's just impressive.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek and athletic director Dave Hart investigated accusations that football coach Butch Jones had a physical altercation with senior OL Mack Crowder and cleared Jones of wrongdoing.
"There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice," Cheek said. "It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches." Gridiron.com reported on Tuesday that Jones had an altercation with Crowder during fall camp in August. Crowder's family and Jones denied the report.
Iowa State redshirt freshman RB Mike Warren has rushed for more than 125 yards in both games since assuming starting duties.
Warren posted 126 yards against Toledo and then 175 yards against Kansas. "He could be important against Texas Tech on Saturday as Iowa State looks to limit the chances it gives the Red Raider offense," wrote ESPN's Brandon Chatmon. Warren is a former three-star recruit. The 6-foot, 200-pounder was a late bloomer in high school, so there's a real chance the Cyclones uncovered a diamond in the rough here. Keep Warren in your DFS thoughts because he figures to be bargain priced for a while.
Navy senior QB Keenan Reynolds is five rushing touchdowns shy of breaking Montee Ball’s FBS record.
Reynolds has 73 career rushing touchdowns; Ball had 77. Ball also owns the FBS record with 83 total touchdowns, another record Reynolds may steal from him. "My No. 1 focus is getting W’s, and if that entails me scoring a bunch of touchdowns, then so be it; if it entails me handing off all game, then so be it," said Reynolds, who deferred to teammates on three rushing scores last week. "[The record] you can talk to your grandkids about one day, but right now it’s not my main focus. I’d focus on it when I look back on my life and career." The undefeated Midshipmen have a huge game against No. 15 Notre Dame this weekend. If they win, Navy's hope of playing in a New Year's Day bowl will remain alive.
San Diego State junior RB Donnel Pumphrey (ankle) will be a game-time decision in Saturday’s game against Hawaii.
Pumphrey suffered a high-ankle sprain in last weekend's win over Fresno State. "He says he’s about 90 percent. That’s his estimation," head coach Rocky Long said. "If he goes and does another 25 reps [with the scout team Thursday], then he will be cleared to play. So he will be with us in Hawaii. Whether he plays or not has yet to be determined. I assume he will be cleared to play tomorrow." The Aztecs originally thought they'd be without Pumphrey for 2-4 weeks, so this is outstanding news. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Pumphrey produced 1,873 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.