College football schedule and live updates: Latest news and Top-25 rankings

October 18, 2022 at 6:48 PM EDT

Georgia injury updates

Georgia injury updates after Tuesday’s bye week practice from Kirby Smart:

– ILB Smael Mondon (ankle) is looking “very promising.” Did more drills today than he had before.

– WR AD Mitchell (ankle) did conditioning but not drill work.

– DL Jalen Carter (MCL sprain) isn’t practicing, is conditioning in the training room.

– RB Kendall Milton (groin) did some straight-line running on the side.

Seth Emerson·

Senior Writer, Georgia

October 18, 2022 at 5:09 PM EDT

Cal hires O-line coach Steve Greatwood as analyst

Cal, which has really struggled on offense this season, has brought on longtime O-line coach Steve Greatwood as an analyst.

Was at Oregon from 2000-16 and was Justin Wilcox’s original O-line coach at Cal before retiring a few years ago.

Stewart Mandel

Stewart Mandel·

Senior Columnist & EIC, College Football

October 18, 2022 at 5:02 PM EDT

Iowa hopes Yahya Black returns this week

Iowa has hopes sophomore defensive tackle Yahya Black returns this week after breaking his foot against South Dakota State in the opener. Despite his 6-foot-5, 306-pound frame, Black is a gifted athlete against the run and pass. The Hawkeyes are unlikely to have senior cornerback Terry Roberts, who was injured against Illinois. Roberts plays corner when the Hawkeyes are in their cash subpackage.

On offense, sophomore receiver Diante Vines could make his season debut after breaking his wrist in training camp. Vines was the unit’s breakout player for the first two weeks in August. However it appears sophomore Keagan Johnson will remain out with a lingering hamstring issue. Johnson has played only 15 snaps this season.

Scott Dochterman

Scott Dochterman·

Staff Writer, Iowa

October 18, 2022 at 4:54 PM EDT

Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa is a game-time decision vs. Northwestern

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa re-aggravated a knee injury during Saturday’s win over Indiana, coach Mike Locksley said on Tuesday. Tagovailoa is a “game-time decision” for Maryland’s upcoming game against Northwestern on Saturday, Locksley said.

Tagovailoa was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury on Saturday. Locksley told reporters after the game that Tagovailoa suffered a lower leg injury and would undergo an MRI.

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The Athletic College Football

The Athletic College Football


Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa re-aggravated knee injury, game-time decision vs. Northwestern

October 18, 2022 at 2:31 PM EDT

USF quarterback Gerry Bohanon out for season

USF quarterback Gerry Bohanon will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The Baylor transfer suffered the injury in Saturday’s loss to Tulane.

David Ubben

David Ubben·

Staff Writer, College Football

October 18, 2022 at 1:54 PM EDT

Is Tennessee the nation’s best team?

Tennessee is 6-0 for the first time since 1998. After an upset win over Alabama, the Volunteers sit behind Georgia and Ohio State in the AP Top 25.

But, is Tennessee the best team in the country right now?

The Athletic College Football

The Athletic College Football

October 18, 2022 at 12:56 PM EDT

Alabama-Tennessee tops 11.5M viewers; Tide in 4 of 8 most-viewed games

Last Saturday’s Alabama-Tennessee 52-49 thriller was watched by 11.56 million viewers, making it the most-viewed college football game this season and the most-watched Alabama-Tennessee game on record, according to CBS. The game peaked at 16.2 million.

The previous most-watched game this season was Alabama’s last-second win over Texas in Week 2 (10.6 million), which aired on Fox. The Tide have played in four of the eight most-viewed games of the 2022 season.

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Stewart Mandel

Stewart Mandel·

Senior Columnist & EIC, College Football


Alabama-Tennessee tops 11.5M viewers; Tide in 4 of 8 most-viewed games this season

October 18, 2022 at 12:37 PM EDT

James Franklin mum on Sean Clifford status

Is Sean Clifford available this week? James Franklin punts on the question.

Franklin: “As you guys know unless it’s a season-ending injury I typically don’t announce that.”

Franklin said, “Nothing has changed with the plan or the model at this stage.”

Also: What is PSU’s offensive identity this season? “Run and play-action pass, be efficient in the passing game,” Franklin said. “Really haven’t been explosive in the passing game like we have been last year and in previous years.”

Many people want to see Drew Allar. What would you say to those people?

Franklin: “1) That’s the wrong message, wrong signal. Sean (Clifford) has earned the right to be on the field.” Franklin said they’d love to get Drew on the field to keep developing him (when warranted).

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Audrey Snyder

Audrey Snyder·

Staff Writer, Penn State


Penn State’s James Franklin: ‘Nothing has changed’ with Sean Clifford, Drew Allar plan

October 18, 2022 at 12:18 PM EDT

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell confirms concussion for Ben Bryant

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell confirmed Tuesday morning that quarterback Ben Bryant suffered a concussion against South Florida.

“Ben has been able to get back (to practice) through some of the concussion protocol stuff,” Fickell said.

Fickell is hopeful Bryant and wide receiver Tyler Scott will play Saturday against SMU, but Fickell didn’t have a definitive update.

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(Photo: Katie Stratman-USA Today)

Justin Williams

Justin Williams·

Staff Writer, Cincinnati


Cincinnati QB Ben Bryant has concussion, coach Luke Fickell confirms

October 18, 2022 at 11:54 AM EDT

Most watched CFB games, Week 7

Alabama-Tennessee (CBS): 11.6M

Penn St-Michigan (FOX): 6.4M

Clemson-FSU (ABC): 3.2M

USC-Utah (FOX): 2.7M

LSU-Fla. (ESPN): 2.5M

Wisconsin-MSU (FOX): 2.5M

Iowa St-Texas (ABC): 2.4M

Stanford-ND (NBC): 2.2M

OK St-TCU (ABC): 2.1M

Aub-Ole MIss (ESPN): 2M

Stewart Mandel

Stewart Mandel·

Senior Columnist & EIC, College Football

October 18, 2022 at 11:35 AM EDT

Big numbers for Bama-Tennessee

CBS says Tennessee’s 52-49 victory over Alabama on Saturday is the most-watched Alabama-Tennessee game on record (since 1987) and the most-watched game of the season on any network,

The game drew 11.557 million viewers.

Richard Deitsch

Richard Deitsch·

Senior Writer, Sports Media

October 18, 2022 at 11:34 AM EDT

Carol White made coaching history at Georgia Tech

Carol White walked into Bill Curry’s office for an interview in August 1985, ready to explain her many theories on kicking, punting and snapping instruction to the Georgia Tech head coach.

But Curry surprised her, cutting her off.

“Tell me about yourself,” he said.

He told White he wouldn’t have brought her in for the interview if he didn’t already know she knew kicking and the physics behind it. He did not need to hear about her special teams background or the way her brain worked, though he would soon find out she was something of a human computer for the game’s third phase, calculating the speed and trajectory not just of a kicked football but of the players on the field providing coverage, too. After a decade and a half coaching high school football, White could watch tape, analyze tendencies, and identify strengths and weaknesses in any phase of the game, armed only with pencil, paper and 16mm film.

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Nicole Auerbach

Nicole Auerbach·

Senior Writer, CFB


Carol White made coaching history at Georgia Tech, but her CFB legacy was only beginning

October 18, 2022 at 11:07 AM EDT

Hendon Hooker overtakes C.J. Stroud in Heisman poll; Blake Corum climbs to fourth

Beating Alabama comes with its perks.

Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker doesn’t own the best quarterback rating in college football. Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud does.

But Hooker, who is No. 2 in the QB metrics, now owns the top spot in The Athletic’s Heisman straw poll after leading the Volunteers to a thrilling 52-49 overtime victory over Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.

Stroud, whose Buckeyes were idle this week, had a sizable lead through the first three weeks of the poll before Hooker began to cut into it last week following an impressive win at LSU.

Now, the 2021 Virginia Tech transfer with 46 touchdown passes and four interceptions in 19 career starts with the Volunteers has not only taken the lead but also earned 33 of a possible 37 first-place votes.

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Manny Navarro

Manny Navarro·

Staff Writer, Miami


Heisman straw poll: Hendon Hooker overtakes C.J. Stroud; Blake Corum climbs to fourth

October 18, 2022 at 10:01 AM EDT

Grading the Hurricanes at the midway point

If you graded Miami’s first half of the season simply by what matters, being 3-3 and looking up at North Carolina in the division standings feels like a failure.

But in the big picture, programs aren’t simply judged by their on-field records. Coaches get fired for roster management, player development and who they hire to call the plays.

Mario Cristobal, in the first year of his 10-year, $80 million deal, isn’t going to get fired anytime soon. But it’s obvious few are happy with how things have started in Coral Gables.

Losing a tough road game at Texas A&M is one thing, but it was inexcusable to lose in ugly fashion to a now 3-4 Middle Tennessee State team, which ranks 96th in the team talent composite standings. Losing four in a row to North Carolina — especially with how poorly the Hurricanes have played defensively — is hard to stomach, too.

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(Photo: Reinhold Matay-USA Today)

Manny Navarro

Manny Navarro·

Staff Writer, Miami


Grading the Miami Hurricanes at the midway point

October 18, 2022 at 9:40 AM EDT

Ohio State football first-half superlatives

Ohio State has been one of the most dominating teams in college football through the first half of the 2022 season. The Buckeyes, the second-ranked team in the country, have outscored their opponents 293-94. They sport the top scoring offense in the country, led by Heisman Trophy candidate C.J. Stroud, and their revamped defense ranks fifth nationally, allowing only 253.5 yards per game.

More difficult tests are ahead. Ohio State will start the second half of its season at home against Iowa on Saturday and still has dates with No. 16 Penn State and No. 5 Michigan.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s recap the first half of the season with some superlatives and a storyline to watch.

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Cameron Teague Robinson

Cameron Teague Robinson·

Staff Writer, CFB


Ohio State football first-half superlatives: C.J. Stroud’s excellence, Miyan Williams’ emergence

October 18, 2022 at 9:19 AM EDT

College football freshman All-America team at midseason

As we arrive at the halfway point of this season, it’s time once again to shine a spotlight on some of college football’s most exciting young talent. This is The Athletic’s midseason freshman All-America team, an early look at which true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are making a big impact on the 2022 season.

We try to prioritize production when we put this team together, judging players on what they’ve achieved so far and not what they might do in the future. But there’s always a long list of candidates for each position and tough choices to make throughout. Many more freshman players deserve recognition and can still earn spots on our end-of-season All-America teams in December.

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Max Olson

Max Olson·

Senior Writer, CFB


College football freshman All-America team at midseason: Drake Maye, Quinshon Judkins top list

October 18, 2022 at 8:55 AM EDT

Midseason bowl projections

Greetings, fellow bowl enthusiasts. We waited until the midseason point to author our first bowl projections of the regular season (the preseason one was fun too). We realize conference standings will change considerably over the next seven weeks, but it’s still fun to take a stab today.

Currently, two SEC teams, No. 1 Georgia and No. 3 Tennessee, and two Big Ten teams, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan, are atop the AP poll. We consider it highly unlikely that’s how things end up, and project Clemson as the fourth College Football Playoff team.

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The Athletic College Football

The Athletic College Football


College football midseason bowl projections: Plenty of shakeup from the preseason version

October 18, 2022 at 8:12 AM EDT

College football All-America teams at midseason

The 2022 college football season has reached its halfway point, and though defending champion Georgia is not a surprise as the No. 1 team in the polls, there have been plenty of unexpected developments. Familiar programs are represented on The Athletic’s midseason All-America teams — Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan all have multiple selections — but Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker has risen to the top of the quarterback crop while Illinois joins those four teams with three players.

To make its 50 midseason selections, The Athletic gathered nominations from across its college football staff, and a panel of editors made the final selections. Here’s who made the cut, based solely on 2022 performance thus far.

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The Athletic College Football

The Athletic College Football


College football All-America teams at midseason: Hooker, Corum lead the way

October 18, 2022 at 7:44 AM EDT

Fine, let’s talk Bulldogs-Vols (but also Bulldogs-Gators)

Let’s do some inside baseball. This is the earliest in the week I can ever remember doing a mailbag, and the reason is one of timing and opportunity: Many of you are already asking about the Georgia-Tennessee game, still almost three weeks from now. Meanwhile, Kirby Smart is holding only one news conference during this bye week, on Tuesday night, which he might use to try to turn the narrative back toward other things. Such as Georgia’s next game.

Well, we can’t risk that, so let’s capitalize on all the sudden interest in the Volunteers. But we’ll also address Florida, a few things about Georgia and what songs I’ll be listening to as I run the AthHalf this week.

As always, some questions were edited for length and clarity. And this first one is just one of many asking about the potential magnitude of the Tennessee visit.

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(Photo: Dale Zanine-USA Today)

Seth Emerson

Seth Emerson·

Senior Writer, Georgia


Georgia football mailbag: Fine, let’s talk Bulldogs-Vols (but also Bulldogs-Gators)

October 18, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT

Cincinnati’s QB situation, tight-end usage, New Year’s 6 path

The off weekend was a welcome one for the Cincinnati Bearcats as they limped off the field following a narrow victory over South Florida on Oct. 8. Cincinnati was banged up, suffering numerous injuries — including to quarterback Ben Bryant and star wideout Tyler Scott — in a game that was much closer than anticipated.

Yet it still sits at 5-1 (2-0 AAC), is ranked in the Top 25 polls and has what looks to be a clear path to a third straight New Year’s Six bowl bid. After the week off and with a tough two-game road trip to SMU and UCF up next, let’s take stock of how the Bearcats have done thus far with a midseason edition of truths and myths.

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(Photo: Dylan Buell-Getty Images)

Justin Williams

Justin Williams·

Staff Writer, Cincinnati


Cincinnati football truths or myths: QB situation, tight-end usage, New Year’s 6 path

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