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Rutgers football roster analysis: Impact of Mike Lonsdorf’s opt-out, Peyton Powell plan emerges, more

Rutgers football roster analysis: Impact of Mike Lonsdorf’s opt-out, Peyton Powell plan emerges, more

The longer Rutgers went without a roster, the more speculation grew about what it would look like when it was revealed. Or more specifically, who would – and would not – be on it.

The hype and suspense ended Monday when the Scarlet Knights finally released the thing, 10 months after Greg Schiano returned to the program for his second stint as head coach. And, to the relief of Rutgers fans, it was largely anticlimactic.

There was a surprise addition with the unexpected return of Elorm Lumor, but Schiano did not sneak another star transfer or two onto the roster. There were names missing – offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf the biggest one – but all indications are Schiano was able to sway most of the other players who may have initially opted out back into the fold.

The roster looked like about what we expected. It just took a very long time for confirmation.

Here is a closer look at what we learned after the Scarlet Curtain was lifted:

Lonsdorf is the most impactful opt-out. Rutgers was not hit hard by opt-outs due to the novel coronavirus on the whole, but the Scarlet Knights did not go unscathed. Lonsdorf is a smart, versatile player with 12 starts under his belt at guard and tackle over the last two seasons. He was slotted as the starting left guard on most projected depth charts this summer and would have been the first guy off the bench at worst.

Between Lonsdorf’s opt-out and the absence of backup center Owen Bowles – it is not clear if he is an opt-out or simply moved on – the Scarlet Knights are extremely thin at the interior line spots. They may have no choice but to play true freshmen Tunde Fatukasi and Bryan Felter this fall.

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Iowa State football vs. Texas Tech: Pregame analysis, prediction

Iowa State football vs. Texas Tech: Pregame analysis, prediction

Ben Visser, correspondent

AMES — A closer look at Saturday’s Big 12 football game between No. 24 Iowa State (2-1, 2-0) and Texas Tech (1-2, 0-2) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. (ABC).

Iowa State offense

In Iowa State’s two conference games, the rushing attack has gotten stronger as the game has gone on.

Against TCU, Breece Hall and Kene Nwangwu combined for 129 rushing yards in the second half and, against Oklahoma, Hall rushed for 100 yards in the second half.

“I think the last two games you’ve got to give a little bit of credit to the coaching staff making the right adjustments to put the guys in the right situations to be successful,” ISU Coach Matt Campbell said. “Then I think you’ve got to give a lot of credit to our kids. I think they’ve done a great job preparing to play four quarters. I think their mentality and their ability to play four quarters has certainly given (us) an opportunity to find success within the scheme.

“I think that’s more of a collective whole and we’ll see if that continues as the season progresses.”

Iowa State defense

The Cyclones’ front seven continues to play impressive football. Oklahoma averaged just 3.5 yards per rush. TCU was at 2.3 and Louisiana averaged 3.4.

The front seven demolished TCU’s offensive line to the tune of six sacks and it followed that up with another impressive performance against Oklahoma. Iowa State recorded two sacks against the Sooners while going against one of the best offensive lines in the Big 12 and facing a mobile quarterback in Spencer Rattler.

The area of concern for the ISU defense is in the secondary.


In three games, the

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College football Week 6 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

College football Week 6 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Welcome to Week 6 of the college football season. We’re just two weeks out from the Big Ten joining the mix.

This week, there’s a big test with No. 7 Miami visiting No. 1 Clemson, just the fifth ACC game featuring two top-10 teams since 2014, when the College Football Playoff era began. What Miami is up against: Clemson’s 24-game home winning streak, the longest active streak in the FBS.

Tennessee has its own streak to break. The Vols have lost 33 straight games to AP top-10 teams heading into the afternoon game at No. 3 Georgia.

Texas and Oklahoma will meet at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, which will be odd without the State Fair of Texas going on outside. They’re also both coming off a loss for just the ninth time in the 116 years this game has been played. Still, the pure vicious disdain these two have for each other will flow through the stadium.

And Florida brings its two Kyles (Trask and Pitts) to Texas A&M’s Kyle Field (which Trask says he was actually named after). Big day for Kyles.

We’ll be here all day to keep you updated.

Top 25 games

All times Eastern. Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

No. 4 Florida (-6.5) at No. 21 Texas A&M, noon, ESPN/ESPN App

No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina (-5.5), noon, ABC/ESPN App

Missouri at No. 17 LSU (-14.5), noon, SEC Network alternate/ESPN App

No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma (-2), noon, Fox

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia (-13), 3:30 p.m., CBS

UTSA at No. 15 BYU (-34.5), 3:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN App

Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State (-12.5), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App

Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn (-16.5), 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App

No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson (-14), 7:30

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Gophers football fans have to get creative to carry on their tradition of tailgating

Gophers football fans have to get creative to carry on their tradition of tailgating

a group of people posing for the camera: Tailgating friends (from left) Nathan Brown, Chris Joos, Greg Palattao, Erik Romslo, Peter Moran and Dave Just in Lot 37 outside the Gophers' stadium.

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Tailgating friends (from left) Nathan Brown, Chris Joos, Greg Palattao, Erik Romslo, Peter Moran and Dave Just in Lot 37 outside the Gophers’ stadium.

For about seven fall Saturdays each of the past 12 years, Peter Moran has enjoyed one constant: tailgating for Gophers football games.

The tradition started with a group of seven friends buying season tickets and has grown from the Metrodome days to TCF Bank Stadium, expanding along with the families. For the usual Thursday season opener, the friends would take the day off work to golf before the game that night. On Saturdays, their group would be among the first in line when Lot 37 behind Ridder Arena opened at 7 a.m., pulling into the same spot on the far east side.

Throughout the years, this became more than just a pregame gathering for snacks and cornhole. Lot 37 became a community — a community temporarily disbanded during the coronavirus pandemic.

“You take away that aspect of it … of community and getting together with friends and other fans and just celebrating the good times and wallowing in misery with each other through the bad times,” Moran said. “ … It’s just not going to be the same.”

Moran is one of many Gophers fans left with a void where following their favorite college football team used to be. While the Big Ten helped that a bit by reinstating the canceled season to start Oct. 24, the conference still won’t allow fans to attend games or tailgate because of COVID-19 concerns.

For Moran, 43, of Greenfield, it’s not the food or the beverages or even the fact that as a father of two boys, those home Gophers games are some of his few social events of the

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Covid: Scottish football set to receive financial help

Covid: Scottish football set to receive financial help

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Cutouts replaced fans at this recent match at Fir Park

Scottish football is to receive some funding to help during the Covid pandemic, BBC Scotland understands.

The UK government is currently working on an emergency financial package and a proportion of that would come to Scotland.

But it remains unclear how much money would be available and what level of the game it would be for.

Scotland’s Sports Minister Joe Fitzpatrick met representatives of the SPFL and SFA on Monday.

The pause on crowds returning to live games – which some fear could last until the spring – has left many clubs facing an uncertain future.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: “I particularly appreciate the economic impact on football clubs of the delay of the return of spectators to stadia.

“I appreciate the support of clubs, their supporters and football authorities over the past months in helping us tackle the effects of the pandemic.

“However, the virus has not gone away and we all need to keep working to protect the NHS and public services, and help keep people safe.”

He added: “The Scottish government will continue to work closely with the governing bodies of football to ensure its long-term sustainability.”

Mr Fitzpatrick met UK Sport Minister Nigel Huddleston last week to discuss the financial package being developed to help sporting organisations.

“We are still awaiting clarity on Barnett consequential funding to Scotland as a result of the UK government scheme,” he added.

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