The Spun http://thespun.com What's trending in the sports world today. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:23:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 http://cdn.collegespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SPUNsquarePhosphateSolid-100x100.png The Spun http://thespun.com 32 32 LSU OL George Brown, Jr. Officially Transfers To Miami http://thespun.com/acc/miami-fl/george-brown-transfer-miami-lsu Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:22:22 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353687 George Brown, Jr., a former LSU offensive tackle, has officially enrolled at Miami as a transfer. Brown, a former three-star recruit out of Cincinnati listed at 6-foot-7, played at LSU for one season after joining as a member of the 2015 class. He will have to sit out a year, and will be eligible for […]

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George Brown, Jr., a former LSU offensive tackle, has officially enrolled at Miami as a transfer.

Brown, a former three-star recruit out of Cincinnati listed at 6-foot-7, played at LSU for one season after joining as a member of the 2015 class. He will have to sit out a year, and will be eligible for three seasons beginning in 2017.

Brown had been very active in discussing the ‘Canes on Twitter, and today, the program officially introduced him as its newest member.

From Miami’s official release on Brown joining the program.

Offensive lineman George Brown, Jr., has enrolled at the University of Miami and will begin practicing with the Hurricanes football team.

Brown, who spent the first season of his collegiate career at LSU, must sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He will be eligible to compete for the Hurricanes in 2017.

Considered one of the nation’s top prospects out of high school in 2015, Brown Jr. was ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 199 player regardless of position by Rivals. He was ranked a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout.

Brown’s father, George Brown Sr., explained his son’s departure from LSU a few weeks ago, while still expressing admiration for Les Miles’ program.

From The Advocate:

“He felt better to go with another staff and go play somewhere else. He’s not mad at LSU,” George Brown Sr. said. “LSU is a great school, great place to be. We love LSU. I’m not the one playing. My son decided he wanted to be somewhere else. He didn’t feel that was the place for him. We don’t have an issue. We love coach (Les) Miles and all of the staff there. He just decided that he would take his talents other places.”

247Sports ranked Brown the No. 53 offensive tackle in the 2015 class, and the No. 24 recruit out of Ohio.

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Alabama, Auburn mashup

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CBS Says 1 Of These 18 Teams Will Win The National Title http://thespun.com/college-football/cbs-says-1-of-these-18-teams-will-win-the-national-title Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:59:57 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353684 How many teams have a chance to win the national championship this season? CBS says the number is 18. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a story today, claiming that this season’s national champion will come from a pool of 18 teams. There are only 18 of them (see below) that can win it — […]

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How many teams have a chance to win the national championship this season?

CBS says the number is 18.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a story today, claiming that this season’s national champion will come from a pool of 18 teams.

There are only 18 of them (see below) that can win it — only 14 percent of FBS this season.

These teams are part of privileged guest list has emerged over the last 80 years. Only 30 schools have won a national championship in the wire service era (since 1936). That’s 30 out of hundreds of major-college programs in the last eight decades.

In the BCS era (since 1998) only 17 schools have even played for it all. That’s 17 schools taking up 40 available slots in the BCS and CFP.

Here are the 18 schools CBS believes has a chance to win it all.

The 18 Teams That Can Win It All

The 18 Teams That Can Win It All, Per CBS

CFB Playoff

CBS says there are only 18 teams that can win the national championship this season. Click through to see them.

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Ohio State Safety Cam Burrows Likely Out For Season http://thespun.com/big-ten/ohio-state/ohio-state-safety-cam-burrows-likely-out-for-season Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:34:03 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353678 Urban Meyer announced a season-ending injury during his press conference tonight. Ohio State’s head coach says that safety Cam Burrows is likely done for the season after sustaining a foot injury. Burrows, a four-star recruit in the 2013 class, figured to compete for playing time this fall. LIVE on #Periscope: 🏈🗣🎙Coach Meyer LIVE at the […]

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Urban Meyer announced a season-ending injury during his press conference tonight.

Ohio State’s head coach says that safety Cam Burrows is likely done for the season after sustaining a foot injury.

Burrows, a four-star recruit in the 2013 class, figured to compete for playing time this fall.

Ohio State and Bowling Green are set to open the 2016 season on Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN.

The 8 College Football Teams On “Upset Alert” This Weekend

Ohio State 2017

8. No. 6 Ohio State vs. Bowling Green, noon on BTN

OK, this one isn’t happening (most-likely). The Buckeyes are 28-point favorites and will probably win in a blowout.

But…Bowling Green won 10 games last year. Ohio State has to replace a ton of starters. It’s a noon kickoff.

Maybe the Buckeyes could get off to a slow start and this one might be close late. But probably not.

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Ohio State Names Mike Weber Buckeyes’ Starting Running Back http://thespun.com/college-football/ohio-state-names-mike-weber-buckeyes-starting-running-back Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:28:52 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353671 Ohio State has a starting running back. Urban Meyer announced tonight that redshirt freshman Mike Weber will start at tailback for the Buckeyes on Saturday. Weber, a four-star recruit in the 2015 class, will replace Ezekiel Elliott, who left Columbus after the 2015 season. He’s now with the Dallas Cowboys. He’ll likely share carries with […]

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Ohio State has a starting running back.

Urban Meyer announced tonight that redshirt freshman Mike Weber will start at tailback for the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Weber, a four-star recruit in the 2015 class, will replace Ezekiel Elliott, who left Columbus after the 2015 season. He’s now with the Dallas Cowboys.

He’ll likely share carries with Curtis Samuel, among other players.

Ohio State opens its season Saturday at noon against Bowling Green. The game will be televised on BTN.

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Reports: Cincinnati, Colorado State Make ‘First Cut’ Of Big 12 Expansion http://thespun.com/mountain-west/colorado-state/big-12-expansion-cincinnati-csu Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:47:16 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353664 Big 12 expansion is moving to the next phase, and Cincinnati and Colorado State are both still involved. Cincinnati is expected to be a favorite in expansion, and according to Jason Williams of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bearcats have made the first cut. I have confirmed Big 12 informed UC it has made initial cut […]

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Big 12 expansion is moving to the next phase, and Cincinnati and Colorado State are both still involved.

Cincinnati is expected to be a favorite in expansion, and according to Jason Williams of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bearcats have made the first cut.

The Bearcats are not alone. Jim Benemann of CBS 4 says the Colorado State Rams have also made the cut, which is supposedly down to 6-8 candidates.

The ‘6-8’ number goes along with a Tuesday night report by Mark Blaudschun of TMG College Sports, who listed BYU, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, UCF, and USF, along with two unnamed other AAC programs. Of course, that list raises some questions, as that would be nine schools if all are included. Obviously, Colorado State’s status as a Mountain West program casts doubt on the Blaudschun report as well.

If correct, the Bearcats and Rams made it a step past at least one program: ECU. The Pirates, who had previously promised to “deliver the entire state of North Carolina” to the Big 12, announced today that they had been informed by Bob Bowlsby that they are no longer a candidate.

As of mid-August, the list of schools in the running for Big 12 expansion reached 20, and included teams like New Mexico, Rice, Tulane, and UNLV, all of which seemed very unlikely for various reasons. On August 7, reports emerged that the league as a whole likes BYU, while Oklahoma prefers Cincinnati and Texas likes Houston. Of course, this expansion seems to change by the day, so it is anyone’s guess where things end up.

Ranking 20 Candidates In Big 12 Expansion

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20. New Mexico

The Lobos broke through for a 7-6 bowl season in 2015, their first since 2007. From 2008-2014, the program went 18-67. That’s not going to work.

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Sports Illustrated College Football Experts Release National Championship Picks http://thespun.com/big-ten/ohio-state/sports-illustrated-college-football-experts-release-national-championship-picks Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:38:27 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353656 Sports Illustrated’s college football experts have released their predictions for the upcoming season. You can view all of their predictions here. Eight of SI.com’s college football analysts/reporters/writers have made picks for every conference, the College Football Playoff and the national championship. The most-popular national title pick? Clemson. You can view their national title game predictions below. […]

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Sports Illustrated’s college football experts have released their predictions for the upcoming season.

You can view all of their predictions here.

Eight of SI.com’s college football analysts/reporters/writers have made picks for every conference, the College Football Playoff and the national championship.

The most-popular national title pick?

Clemson.

You can view their national title game predictions below.

Sports Illustrated’s National Championship Game Picks

Sports Illustrated’s National Championship Game Picks

CFB Playoff

Eight of Sports Illustrated's college football experts have released their national championship picks. See them by clicking through.

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A Nebraska Fan Created An Epic Hype Video http://thespun.com/college-football/a-nebraska-fan-created-an-epic-hype-video Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:20:49 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353643 Ready for Saturday, Nebraska fans? You will be after watching this hype video. A Nebraska fan, Jordan Pool, has created an epic Huskers hype video. Check it out: Game day week finally here! #GBR pic.twitter.com/hX8XZw5IfK — Jordan Pool (@Jpool4) August 31, 2016 Nebraska and Fresno State are set to play at 8 p.m. E.T. on […]

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Ready for Saturday, Nebraska fans?

You will be after watching this hype video.

A Nebraska fan, Jordan Pool, has created an epic Huskers hype video.

Check it out:

Nebraska and Fresno State are set to play at 8 p.m. E.T. on BTN Saturday.

The 8 College Football Teams On “Upset Alert” This Weekend

Ohio State 2017

8. No. 6 Ohio State vs. Bowling Green, noon on BTN

OK, this one isn’t happening (most-likely). The Buckeyes are 28-point favorites and will probably win in a blowout.

But…Bowling Green won 10 games last year. Ohio State has to replace a ton of starters. It’s a noon kickoff.

Maybe the Buckeyes could get off to a slow start and this one might be close late. But probably not.

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ESPN Releases Health Update On Chris Mortensen http://thespun.com/nfl/nfc-east/new-york-giants/espn-chris-mortensen-health-update Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:19:15 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353641 ESPN’s Chris Mortensen health update, released this afternoon, gives fans the latest on the longtime reporter who has been undergoing cancer treatment. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen appears to be doing much better as he confronts stage IV throat cancer. According to the health update released today by ESPN, Mortensen’s cancer has been “virtually reduced to zero […]

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ESPN’s Chris Mortensen health update, released this afternoon, gives fans the latest on the longtime reporter who has been undergoing cancer treatment.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen appears to be doing much better as he confronts stage IV throat cancer. According to the health update released today by ESPN, Mortensen’s cancer has been “virtually reduced to zero detection” and he could resume his duties as an NFL reporter soon.

Here is a major portion of Mortensen’s lengthy statement:

“I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that now enables me to completely focus on recovery rather than treatment. The Stage IV throat (oropharyngel) cancer that was diagnosed in early January and treated with intensive chemotherapy and radiation has been virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease through the latest scans and exams.

“I do have scheduled exams and scans during the next three months to monitor my status but my oncologists have directed me to recover and rehab from the treatments that have resulted in lengthy hospitalization, significant weight loss, strength, endurance and related health issues. I am following instructions to overcome these challenges.

“My return-to-work status has variables with no definitive target date but I anticipate being able to participate in NFL coverage on a limited basis as the 2016 season gets underway.

Fans have been hoping for a positive Chris Mortensen health update since the 64-year-old was diagnosed back in January. It’s good to read this, and we’re looking forward to seeing Mort back on TV soon at ESPN.

Rival Helmet Switch – Cameron Nolley

Auburn Alabama

Alabama, Auburn mashup

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Hawaii Asked Michigan For Scrimmage Film, Wolverines Said No http://thespun.com/big-ten/michigan/hawaii-asked-michigan-for-scrimmage-film-wolverines-said-no Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:35:09 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353632 No, you can’t have our scrimmage film. That’s what Michigan told Hawaii when the Rainbow Warriors asked the Wolverines to send them a video of one of their team scrimmages. Hawaii has already played one game this season (a loss to Cal in Australia last weekend), so Michigan has already seen the Rainbow Warriors play. The […]

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No, you can’t have our scrimmage film.

That’s what Michigan told Hawaii when the Rainbow Warriors asked the Wolverines to send them a video of one of their team scrimmages.

Hawaii has already played one game this season (a loss to Cal in Australia last weekend), so Michigan has already seen the Rainbow Warriors play. The Wolverines, of course, haven’t played a game yet, so there’s no public film on them.

Um, Hawaii, have you met Jim Harbaugh? Of course he said no.

Here’s what Hawaii’s coach said, via the Detroit Free-Press:

“With them not having a game and us having a game, we asked if they would send us their scrimmage,” Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich told reporters in Hawaii on Tuesday. “But they wouldn’t. … So there’s a little bit of uncertainty on our side.”

As for why U-M wouldn’t share, Rolovich figures one position is the main the issue.

“I guess they’re trying to hide the quarterback for a reason,” he said. “I guess it’s a little bit of a strategery and maybe something for us to talk about, but there’s enough to worry about than us worrying about who the quarterback’s going to be. Anything can happen in 60 minutes. The ball’s funny shaped and bounces funny sometimes.”

Michigan and Hawaii are set to kick off at noon on ESPN.

The 8 College Football Teams On “Upset Alert” This Weekend

Ohio State 2017

8. No. 6 Ohio State vs. Bowling Green, noon on BTN

OK, this one isn’t happening (most-likely). The Buckeyes are 28-point favorites and will probably win in a blowout.

But…Bowling Green won 10 games last year. Ohio State has to replace a ton of starters. It’s a noon kickoff.

Maybe the Buckeyes could get off to a slow start and this one might be close late. But probably not.

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Video: Derrick Henry, Tim Tebow Star In New ‘Heisman House’ Commercial http://thespun.com/sec/alabama/heisman-house-derrick-henry-tebow Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:16:59 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=353603 Nissan’s ‘Heisman House’ commercial series has been very popular over the last few college football seasons, and the newest member of the vaunted fraternity is featured in the newest clip. Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, now a Tennessee Titan, kicks things off by controlling a drone, which flies through the house, catching shots of […]

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Nissan’s ‘Heisman House’ commercial series has been very popular over the last few college football seasons, and the newest member of the vaunted fraternity is featured in the newest clip.

Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, now a Tennessee Titan, kicks things off by controlling a drone, which flies through the house, catching shots of 12 other former Heisman winners doing various activities.

  • Tim Brown (Notre Dame, 1987) and Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996) get into a hose fight.
  • Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984) practices his ballroom dances.
  • Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) works out, naturally.
  • Noted thespian Eddie George (Ohio State, 1995) practices some Shakespeare
  • Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) takes a bath of rubber ducks

Henry, Brown, and Wuerffel teased the new ad with a photo last week. It’s a pretty good one, overall, and the number of former Heisman winners they get for each of these commercials is impressive. Check it out here, via YouTube.

Charlie Ward, Mark Ingram, Herschel Walker, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and George Rogers also make brief appearances during the 1:26 commercial.

Henry edged out Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson to take home the 2015 trophy last season. Those two are back in college for the upcoming season, and are among the favorites to take home the vaunted award this fall.

ESPN’s Six Heisman Trophy Favorites In 2016

JT Barrett

1. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State QB

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