McKenzie Milton’s return from Florida state was impressive
Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton has taught us to never give up, even in the face of insurmountable odds.
On November 23, 2018, Milton suffered a horrific knee injury while playing for Central Florida. There was massive arterial and nerve damage and he underwent emergency surgery. Numerous surgeries and full knee replacement surgery followed. The concern was not just football, but whether he could walk normally again. But Milton would not be denied.
He transferred to FSU two years later and this year competed for the starting position with Jordan Travis. After Travis was shaken and had to leave the field in the fourth quarter, Milton played for the first time in nearly 1,100 days. He brought the Seminoles back from a 10-point deficit, finishing 5-for-7 for 48 yards in a 41-38 overtime loss to Notre Dame. It may not have been an “ice miracle”, but for those who witnessed it, it was a “field miracle”.
By the way, how much did the Irish lose a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter?
The Pac 12 continue to try to show the country that it should have a seat at the college football playoff table (CFP). UCLA looked good defeating No. 16 LSU, 36-27. The Bruins dominated the line of scrimmage, going 220 yards while giving up 220 yards. UCLA had one game under their belt while LSU trained in Houston due to Hurricane Ida, but No.20 Washington suffered a humiliating home loss to opponent FCS Montana, 13-7, Stanford loses to K-State, 24-7 and Wazzou is beaten by Utah State. So what gives? It says here that LSU and Washington are in trouble at the start and that a UCLA victory over an LSU team is no longer considered a signing victory.
“I know it’s early, but No.1 Alabama looked like a machine as he beat No.14 Miami, 44-13. Same uniforms, different players, same storyline. And quarterback Bryce Young is special. No.5 Georgia won a huge non-conference game by beating No.3 Clemson, 10-3, a result that could follow the Tigers down the road if both teams consider a CFP spot months away. how bad were the offenses with the lone touchdown scored on a pick-six? the red zone?
Randy Edsall is a miracle worker. He coached the Connecticut Huskies from 1999 to 2011, eventually reaching the peak of their success playing Oklahoma in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. Then Edsall got on the plane the next day and flew straight to Maryland where he was introduced as the new head coach of Maryland. Edsall led the Terps to respectability, received an extension in 2015 but was sacked four months later after a 2-4 start. In 2017, he returned to Connecticut to revive the program. Husky fans have never forgotten his first outing. After going 6-30 in three seasons, the school didn’t play at all last year. Edsall was clearly in the hot seat. After losing to FCS Holy Cross, 38-28 and falling to 0-2, Edsall resigned. Connecticut is officially the nadir of college football.
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Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers was the # 1 rookie in the high school class of 2022. But Texas was one of three states that didn’t allow high school players to take advantage of their name, image or likeness. In August, Ewers graduated in 2021 and decided to forgo his entire senior season and join Ohio State. Why? You guessed it. He signed a deal with GT Sports Marketing for $ 1.4 million. Remember what I told you a few weeks ago, American companies will “invade” any potential college stud player, especially quarterbacks.
◘ Temple demolished by Rutgers, 61-14. Is Temple that bad or are the Scarlet Knights a team looking to make some noise? Well, they made a lot of noise the night before when Owensboro, Ky. High school quarterback Gavin Wimsatt announced he was signing up for Rutgers immediately after completing his third high school game of this season. . The Scarlet Knights welcomed their four-star rookie even though he hadn’t practiced at all. Wow! He is expected to sign a NIL deal for more than six figures soon. You can’t fault a high school player for capitalizing on their NIL, but how can a player drop their high school midseason and then literally “graduate” to play college during the season? You can’t make it up. Rules must be put in place to protect high schools from this exploitation. Logic. Will never happen.
No. 13 Oregon (+14.5) to No. 3 Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ offense is led by quarterback CJ Stroud who, after a slow start, amassed 246 yards in a 45-21 win over Minnesota. However, the OSU defense gave the Gophers over 400 total yards and was on its heels at times. Ohio State has size and speed in every position, but Oregon has the best player on the field. Defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux is considered by many to be the NFL’s best prospect in college football. Last week against Fresno State, he suffered a leg injury, forcing him to sit on the sidelines as the Ducks escaped, 31-24. With him 100%, the Ducks will cover and be competitive. Without him, it’s an average team. He’s so good. It’s a game Oregon needs to show to eliminate the growing perception that the Pac 12 isn’t very good. They must play football with no turnover and hope that Thibodeaux is running at full speed. Head to the “Shoe” in Columbus to see if the Ducks can shock the country. Take the points.
No. 10 Iowa vs. No. 9 Iowa State (-5): Quite simply the biggest game in the history of this intra-state rivalry. Both are ranked in the top 10 for the first time in their 67-game history. The Hawkeyes easily beat No. 17 Indiana, 34-6, while the Cyclones struggled with northern Iowa before winning, 16-10. There are huge expectations in Ames as coach Matt Campbell built a solid program but never beat Iowa. They return loyal to running back Breece Hall and quarterback Brock Purdy. Longtime Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has a strong defense that has intercepted Indiana three times. Quarterback Spencer Petras, however, was just 13 for 27 for 145 yards. State bragging rights, conference respect, and the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk victory are all up for grabs. Cyclones are rolling!