College Football Betting News and Notes Week 8
- 18th Oct 2017
- Adam Burke
Last Updated: 2017-10-18
Our look at all the college football injury news and notes is a tough article to write, but it needs to be discussed and our readers need to be able to make the necessary adjustments. Each week, it seems like we’re adding more bad news than good news to the piece, but that’s simply the way it goes the deeper we get into the college football season.
Here are the college football news updates for Week 8:
Clemson will use the bye week to try and get healthy. Kelly Bryant is out with a severe concussion and Travis Etienne injured his hamstring. Etienne has averaged 8.7 yards per carry this season.
With Mark Walton out, another skill player would help Miami. It looks like they may get one this week, as Ahmmon Richards is healthy enough to be atop the depth chart at wide receiver. Miami draws Syracuse in a really bad spot for the Orange down at Hard Rock Stadium this week.
With Max Browne out for the season, Pitt will go with Ben DiNucci at quarterback, but that may not last. There is a QB competition in the Steel City, so we’ll see how that plays out.
Virginia Tech’s offense enters this week with a lot of questions. Wide receiver Cam Phillips has a sprained foot and is the team’s best weapon. Against Boston College, freshman WR Sean Savoy had a huge game with nine grabs for 139 yards and a touchdown, but his brother was killed the next day and he hadn’t been with the program since. He returned to practice this week.
Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford will return this week against Georgia Tech. Wolford missed the last game against Clemson and then had a bye week to get back in the mix. He has been quite good this season with a 63.2 percent completion percentage and an 8/1 TD/INT ratio. He has also rushed for five yards per carry, so this is a good announcement.
Not much in the way of injury news in the Big Ten, but Nebraska has hired Washington State athletic director Bill Moos. Will he can Mike Riley in favor of an Air Raid? Is the option coming back?! We’ll have to wait and see, but time is ticking on Riley’s tenure.
Iowa State has removed Jacob Park from the depth chart, so his time with the Cyclones has come to a close.
Hey, some good news! Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz is expected to play against Oklahoma this week. The Wildcats did nothing without him on offense and he’ll be called upon to do a lot this week.
Arizona will go with Khalil Tate as the starting quarterback this week against Cal. For anybody that has watched him the last two weeks, you know why.
Cal’s upset win over Washington State came at a high cost, as Devante Downs, the Golden Bears’ leading tackler, was lost for the season. Justin Wilcox will have to figure out a replacement to chase Khalil Tate around this week.
Braxton Burmeister will get the start this week for Oregon. Burmeister was 15-of-27 for 145 yards in the loss to Washington State before the bye week. This Oregon offense needs a big showing against a bad UCLA defense to get some momentum going.
USC defensive lineman Josh Fatu is in the concussion protocol after a car accident. He is a big part of the team to lose with a trip to South Bend looming.
Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington was held to two catches for nine yards in the loss to USC. He’s dealing with an unspecified injury, which explains the awful game in the midst of a big season for the Utes. We’ll have to see how he is this week against Arizona State.
So much Pac-12 news this week. Washington already lost Chico McClatcher for the season. Well, now left tackle Trey Adams and cornerback Jordan Miller have been lost for the year. Washington is down to freshmen and converted running backs as secondary depth.
As Washington State looks to bounce back after the Cal loss, they’ll have to do it without WR Tavares Martin Jr. He was suspended for this week’s game against Colorado. Martin had two huge games against Oregon State and Nevada, but hasn’t been as effective the last three weeks.
Austin Allen could return for Arkansas this week against Auburn. Allen was unable to go against Alabama last week, though it probably wouldn’t have mattered much. Allen is 66-of-117 for 850 yards with an 8/4 TD/INT ratio. That report came on Wednesday, after Bret Bielema said on Monday that he didn’t figure he’d be able to play. Keep an eye on the latest here.
South Carolina is already without Deebo Samuel and now running back Rico Dowdle is out indefinitely. Dowdle wasn’t having much success with just 3.4 yards per carry this season, but the South Carolina offense can hardly afford to lose any skill player at this point.
The injury bugs just won’t leave Muncie. Ball State quarterback Riley Neal is out indefinitely, so Jack Milas is expected to get the nod. James Gilbert hasn’t played since the game against Tennessee Tech and may not return this season at all per head coach Mike Neu. These are two big pieces to be without on a regular basis.
The Buffalo Bulls are dealing with two quarterback injuries. Tyree Jackson has been out for a while and now Drew Anderson’s status is in doubt for this week’s game. We don’t have any updates on Anderson yet. Kyle Vantrease is taking snaps with the starters. Running back Johnathan Hawkins is also out for the season.
Hawaii wideout John Ursua is done for the year with a torn ACL. That is a hugely significant loss for the Rainbow Warriors. Ursua had 53 catches for 652 yards with three touchdowns last season and had already surpassed that yardage total in just six games this season. Up until last week when he got hurt against San Jose State, Ursua had caught a touchdown in every game.
Gus Ragland is out again this week for Miami of Ohio. They lost to Bowling Green and Kent State without him, in case you’re wondering how much he means to the team.
Brent Stockstill will not go for Middle Tennessee State this week against Marshall. They’ve played without him most of the season, but he is a really key piece of that offense, as we have seen.
Northern Illinois has been in search of a quarterback ever since Jordan Lynch left. Perhaps they’ve found one in Marcus Childers, who gets the start again this week. Childers is 33-of-52 for 338 yards with a 4/1 TD/INT ratio in the last two games. He has also rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown on 44 attempts. The Huskies take on an upstart Buffalo team.
Reports out of Notre Dame are that Brandon Wimbush is 100 percent coming out of the bye week. The Fighting Irish host the USC Trojans this week in what is one of the marquee games of the week.
Ohio wide receiver Brandon Cope has been toughing it out on most Saturdays, but he hasn’t been practicing with a turf toe injury. The Bobcats have had a pretty rough season on the injury front.
Western Michigan running back LeVante Bellamy was carted off in the loss to Akron and it looks like his season is finished.
-END OF WEEK 8 UPDATE-
Another week of college football is here, which, unfortunately, means another week of college football injury updates is also here. With 130 teams, injuries are a given, but some of them obviously mean a lot more than others. Sometimes information can be kind of tough to find unless you dig down deep to the local beat writer level, but it is also difficult to have the time to do that.
Fortunately, we’re here to help and set you on the right path when it comes to updating your power ratings and evaluating these games.
Here are the college football news and notes for Week 7:
Clemson has a pretty brutal situation this week against Syracuse. It is a no-win game for the Tigers, who make the long trek as a three-touchdown favorite. Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has been dealing with an ankle injury. Per Dabo Swinney, he is good to go. It might not be a bad spot to get Hunter Johnson some reps against a porous Orange defense, but Bryant is slated to go.
James Blackman needs all the help he can get at Florida State. The loss of wide receiver Keith Garvin doesn’t help. Garvin has 23 targets this season and 14 catches, but his year is likely done, as he is in a boot and on crutches with a leg injury.
We haven’t had much ACC news this season, which is good for the purposes of this column. Unfortunately, we have some with Miami this week. Star running back Mark Walton is done for the year with an ankle injury. Travis Homer will take over and is a little bit of a downgrade.
Illinois running back Mike Epstein is questionable this week with a leg injury. Epstein has been the lone saving grace of what is a horrible offense. He has 57 carries for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Illinois hosts Rutgers this week in what could end up being a really awful loss.
Don’t go to Maryland if you are a quarterback. The injury epidemic in College Park has been astounding. With Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill already out, third-stringer Max Bortenschlager is also now dealing with an injury. Caleb Henderson is likely to get the nod this week.
Wilton Speight is still out, so John O’Korn remains the starter for Michigan. There really isn’t a huge difference between the two at this point. Keep in mind that Indiana is now going with Peyton Ramsey at QB.
The Michigan State Spartans face a traditional letdown spot against Minnesota this week, but the Golden Gophers are in rough shape. Antoine Winfield and Kiondre Thompson will both be missing from the secondary and Phillip Howard and Nick Connelly will be missing at WR and OT, respectively. Those are four starters out for Minnesota, who is a four-point dog at home.
Nebraska needs all the help it can get this week against Ohio State. The return of Tre Bryant would be a step in the right direction. Bryant practiced on Tuesday, but left early. It seems unlikely that he will be able to go, but at least he’s back on the field.
Baylor punter Drew Galitz is out with a torn ACL. His replacement could very well be James Lynch, who averaged 43 yards per punt as a high school senior. Here’s the catch: Lynch is 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. Baylor has other options, including the kicker and a backup walk-on, but let’s do this instead because it would be awesome.
Jacob Park is still out for Iowa State, which means that Kyle Kempt, who orchestrated the upset win over Oklahoma, will be the quarterback this week against Kansas. Kempt threw for 343 yards on just 18 completions in the upset.
Bar none, the biggest injury note this week is that Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz is out for the Wildcats. Ertz means everything to that offense. The line has been taken off the board and Ertz probably calls for a four or five-point adjustment to the number.
Not sure what the decision is here, but Khalil Tate and Brandon Dawkins are listed as co-starters for Arizona this week against UCLA. Tate was 11-of-12 for 142 yards and a touchdown against Colorado last week. Oh, yeah, and he ran for 327 yards and four touchdowns. Dawkins was hurt last week, and you generally don’t lose your job to injuries, but Tate should probably start after that performance.
The Oregon offense looked awful with all of its quarterback injuries last week against Washington State. It doesn’t help to be playing with an unhealthy Royce Freeman. Freeman played last week and had 12 carries for 62 yards, but after having 23, 29, and 30 carries in the first three games, he has 15, 6, and 12 over the last three. He didn’t practice on Tuesday. It seems like he’ll be able to go, but his effectiveness is a big question mark.
Oregon State finally covered a number last week, but it has been a challenging week for the program. On the injury front, Ryan Nall is questionable for this week. On the coaching front, Gary Andersen walked away and left a lot of money on the table to do so. The Beavers are catching double digits at home against Colorado this week. Cornerbacks coach Cory Hall is the interim head coach. After Andersen placed a lot of the blame on his assistants in a set of texts that probably shouldn’t have gone public, we’ll have to see how Oregon State’s players respond.
Stanford brought Keller Chryst back into the lineup over KJ Costello, which led to a line move against the Cardinal last week. He was 7-of-14 against Utah for 106 yards and has been named the starter this week against Oregon. Chryst is 46-of-89 with a 4/2 ratio this season.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen had an MRI and the results came back negative, but his status remains up in the air. Arkansas is going to lose to Alabama this week, but if Allen cannot go, redshirt freshman Cole Kelley will and thoughts and prayers go out to him just in case.
The Florida Gators would love to start this season over again. The credit card fraud scandal took away a couple key skill guys in Jordan Scarlett and Antonio Callaway and also took away some depth. This week, Florida could be down as many as five starters and a couple other depth pieces. WR Tyrie Cleveland, S Chauncey Gardner, OG Brett Heggie, LB Jeremiah Moon are all doubtful. Safety Nick Washington is out. Freshman back Kadarius Toney may also be out. Woof.
Speaking of teams that would love to start the season over, the soap opera in Knoxville has gotten worse. Tennessee defensive tackle Darrell Taylor has been suspended for an incident in practice with teammate Trey Smith. Taylor, who was already suspended for a fight in a game, kicked the freshman in the face. Butch Jones needs to go.
The bigger story at Tennessee this week is that Quinton Dormady is no longer the starter. Some rumors are swirling that he outright left the program. Jarrett Guarantano is now the starter for this week’s game against South Carolina.
James Morgan will get the nod again this week for Bowling Green. The Falcons got their first win of the season in emphatic fashion by beating Miami of Ohio as a big dog. Morgan was just 11-of-25 in the win, but threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns.
Buffalo had that insane game last week, so it is already a tough spot for the Bulls this week against Northern Illinois. To make matters worse, it looks like Tyree Jackson is still not ready to go with his leg injury. The Bulls are catching 4.5 at home against the Huskies.
Louisiana will go with Andre Nunez again this week on a short week against Texas State while Jordan Davis continues to heal. Davis is getting closer and could be available off the bench, but Nunez has played well in Davis’s absence.
Miami of Ohio lost more than a game last weekend. Star quarterback Gus Ragland is out for this week and likely more with a lower body injury. He was 16-of-26 against Bowling Green before leaving the game with an injury. He had accounted for three touchdowns and has accounted for 15 so far this year. This is a huge loss and a big adjustment to your power ratings.
Big news for Old Dominion this week that Ray Lawry may be healthy enough to return. Lawry is the program’s all-time leading rusher and he has missed every game against an FBS opponent so far with a hamstring injury. He ran for 947, 1,136, and 1,255 yards over his first three seasons.
South Florida is getting healthier. Both D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice are out of their walking boots and should be ready to contribute at close to 100 percent again. If this is less than 100 percent, that’s impressive, since Tice has 75 carries for 438 yards and seven touchdowns and Johnson has 92 carries for 432 yards and four touchdowns.
Chad President may have been impeached at Tulsa. There was a big question coming into the season of who would win the job between President and Luke Skipper. President was 2-of-6 for 17 yards with a pick before Philip Montgomery sat him down. Expect Skipper to go this week against Houston.
Toledo’s high-powered offense will be without WR Cody Thompson for the rest of the season and his college career is over. Thompson suffered a broken leg in last week’s win over Eastern Michigan. Thompson’s production can be replaced by a committee effort, but he is a home run hitter with over 20 yards per catch the last two seasons. Hopefully he finds a spot on an NFL team.