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FWAA/NFF News: Alabama still the consensus #1 team


Alabama Maintains Firm Grip on No. 1 in Super 16 Poll for Fourth Consecutive Week
Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State and LSU round out top five.
Alabama remained No. 1 after a decisive victory over Texas A&M, receiving 49 of a possible 51 first-place votes. The first four teams remained in the same order with Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State next. Only minor shuffling  occurred with Nos. 5 to 11.
West Virginia moved from No. 14 to No. 12 as four teams dropped out of the poll after losses. Virginia Tech was upset by Old Dominion. Mississippi State fell to Kentucky. Oklahoma State dropped a home game to Texas Tech. And TCU lost at Texas. Those teams were replaced Nos. 13 to 16 by Michigan, UCF, Wisconsin and Kentucky. With a 4-0 start, Kentucky appears for the first time ever in the five-year history of the Super 16 Poll.
The SEC leads all conferences with five teams in the poll, followed by the Big Ten (four), Big 12 (two), Pac-12 (two) and the ACC, the American and Independents one team each.
Games This Week:
Louisiana at No. 1 Alabama; Tennessee at  No. 2 Georgia; Syracuse at No. 3 Clemson; No. 4 Ohio State at No. 8 Penn State;  Mississippi at No. 5 LSU; Baylor at No. 6 Oklahoma; No. 7 Stanford at No. 9 Notre Dame; Southern Mississippi at No. 10 Auburn; BYU at No. 11 Washington; No. 12 West Virginia at Texas Tech; No.13 Michigan at Northwestern; Pitt at No. 14 UCF; and South Carolina at No. 16 Kentucky.
About the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll
The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2018 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 4 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 2. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

American Athletic Conference announces Player of the Week recipients



UCF’s Milton, Temple’s Roche, SMU’s Roberson are weekly award winners

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly football honors for the fourth week of the college football season.



McKenzie Milton • UCF • Jr. • QB • Kapolei, Hawaii

Milton had a hand in six touchdowns and finished with 389 yards of total offense to lead UCF to its conference-record 16th straight victory, a 56-36 win against Florida Atlantic. Milton completed 21 of 32 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns and was the Knights’ leading rusher with 81 yards on 13 carries and three more TDs.


Quincy Roche • Temple • So. • DE • Randallstown, Md.

Roche led a Temple defense that forced five turnovers in the Owls’ 31-17 win against Tulsa in the conference opener for both teams. Roche finished with a pair of forced fumbles among his 2.0 sacks and eight tackles, including a strip sack in the third quarter was returned for a 50-yard touchdown.


Reggie Roberson Jr. • SMU • So. • WR • DeSoto, Texas

Roberson had 167 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns, including a key 98-yard kickoff return, to help SMU to a 31-30 win against Navy in the Mustangs’ conference opener. Roberson, whose kickoff return gave the Mustangs a 17-14 lead in the third quarter, also had four receptions for 38 yards and a TD.


Desmond Ridder • Cincinnati • Fr. • QB

Completed 19 of 29 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns and had a rushing TD in a 34-30 win against Ohio.

Darrell Henderson • Memphis • Jr. • RB

Rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns and finished with 249 all-purpose yards in a 52-35 win against South Alabama.

Jordan Cronkrite • USF • Jr. • RB

Rushed for 129 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that stood up as the game-winning points, in a 20-13 win against ECU.

Jordon Williams • SMU • Jr. • LB

Had a game-high 15 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a 31-30 win against Navy.

Ryquell Armstead • Temple • Jr. • RB

Rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and added a key third-down sack on defense in a 31-17 win against Tulsa.






OSU QB Dewayne Haskins named Big 10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week



Dwayne Haskins Named B1G Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Threw for 304 yards and five TDs in two quarters last Saturday


Dewayne Haskins addressing media after Tulane game (photo by Stuart Mason)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been named the Big Ten’s co-Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced. It’s Haskins second such honor in the last four weeks.


Haskins played just one half last Saturday against Tulane but still managed to put up big numbers. He completed 21 of 24 passes for 304 and had five TD passes, which ties his career high set three weeks earlier against Oregon State, as the Buckeyes rolled to a 49-6 win. His 87.5 completion percentage was the third-best in single-game program history. His five TD passes went to four different receivers.


Through the first four games, Haskins is completing 75.7 percent of his passes (87 of 115), which ranks No. 2 nationally. His 16 touchdown passes – the second most in Big Ten history to start a season – also ranks second. He’s already thrown for 300 yards or more yards on three occasions and his 1,194 yards in best in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally. Haskins is the first quarterback in Big Ten history to toss five touchdown passes twice in the first four games of the season.


What’s even more impressive about Haskins’ numbers is that he’s played just one full game out of the four this season – vs. TCU on Sept. 15. He played three quarters in the opener vs. Oregon State and one half and one series against Rutgers the following week. Haskins is 68 of 90 (75.5 percent) for 831 yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first half of games this season.


Ohio State (4-0), ranked No. 4 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll, next faces No. 9 Penn State (4-0) in a critical Big Ten East Division showdown on ABC’s Saturday Night Football. Kick-off is slated for 7:40 p.m. inside Beaver Stadium.






Big Ten Conference Players of the Week



Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 21-22, the Co-Offensive, Defensive and Co-Special Teams Players of the Week and Co-Freshmen of the Week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
So., QB, Potomac, Md./Bullis School

•              Completed 21 of 24 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns in one half of action against Tulane
•              Recorded at least 300 passing yards for the third time in four starts this season
•              Ranks second nationally this season with 16 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 75.7 percent
•              Earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award
•              Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Sept. 3, 2018)

Miles Sanders, Penn State
Jr., RB, Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills

•              Set career highs with 22 carries, 200 yards and three rushing touchdowns against Illinois
•              Became the sixth player in Penn State history to have 200 rushing yards and at least three rushing touchdowns in a game and the first since Larry Johnson in 2002
•              Did not have a single negative rush in his 22 carries
•              Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
•              Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Saquon Barkley (Nov. 20, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week
Tre Watson, Maryland
Sr., LB, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic

•              Registered a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter against Minnesota
•              Led Maryland with 11 tackles in the contest, including six solo stops
•              Added 1.0 tackle for loss for seven yards
•              Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since 2016
•              Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Antoine Brooks Jr. (Sept. 3, 2018)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
So., WR, Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical

•              Scored the second punt return touchdown of his career with a 60-yard score against Nebraska
•              Marked his fourth touchdown overall in the last seven quarters of action
•              Has recorded at least one touchdown in three consecutive games, with five total touchdowns over that stretch
•              Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
•              Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Ambry Thomas (Sept. 3, 2018)

Matt Coghlin Michigan State
So., K, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller

•              Scored on a six-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal in the third quarter against Indiana
•              Became the first Spartan to score a touchdown and then kick the PAT on his own touchdown since Sam Williams in 1958
•              Went 5-for-5 on PAT attempts
•              Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since 2017
•              Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: J-Shun Harris II (Nov. 6, 2017)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Anthony McFarland, Maryland
Fr., RB, Hyattsville, Md./DeMaha Catholic

•              Rushed for 112 yards on just six carries against Minnesota and scored his first two career touchdowns
•              Averaged 18.7 yards per carry in the contest while breaking the 100-yard plateau for the second consecutive game
•              Scored on touchdown runs of 26 and 64 yards
•              Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award
•              Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Jeshaun Jones (Sept. 3, 2018)

Rondale Moore, Purdue
Fr., WR, New Albany, Ind./Trinity

•              Caught a game-high eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Boston College
•              Added 25 punt return yards, 22 kickoff return yards and four rushing yards to finish the game with 161 all-purpose yards
•              Through four career games, has recorded and least 100 receiving yards and 160 all-purpose yards in three contests
•              Records his second Freshman of the Week award
•              Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Rondale Moore (Sept. 3, 2018)


Daily Almanac for Saturday, September 29: The 272nd day of 2018



MICHAELMAS, Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael 2008 photo by Warburg - Own work by wikipedia commons


The feast day of St. Michael, the archangel and overcomer of the Devil, is a Christian celebration based on the ancient Celtic calendar. Its main importance in people’s lives was that of a seasonal signpost in the year. In the British Isles, crops were harvested and the surplus sold by late September, so this became the time when farmers would pay their yearly rents to landowners. Everyone ate goose at Michaelmas to bring prosperity, and many farmers included “a goose fit for the lord’s dinner” with their rent payments. Great market fairs occurred just before the feast day, and the large crowds these attracted made it convenient to hold elections at this time. Michaelmas is also a “Quarter Day.” The ancient Celtic people divided the year into four major sections, or quarters, and then divided each of these in half to make an eight-part year that reflected the natural progression of the seasons. Foods traditional for Michaelmas include new wine; goose; cakes of oats, barley, and rye; and carrots. Some groups in the United States, such as the Pennsylvania Dutch, have kept Michaelmas, or “Harvest Home,” traditions alive.

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