The Spun http://thespun.com What's trending in the sports world today. Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:28:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://cdn.thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SPUNsquarePhosphateSolid-100x100.png The Spun http://thespun.com 32 32 Kirk Herbstreit Unveils His College Football Playoff Foursome http://thespun.com/college-football/kirk-herbstreit-unveils-his-college-football-playoff-foursome Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:28:37 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389350 Kirk Herbstreit has a new top four. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has released his College Football Playoff foursome following the conclusion of the 2016 regular season. His top three are the same top three as everyone else. His No. 4 team, though, is a bit controversial. See it below. Kirk Herbstreit’s New Top […]

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Kirk Herbstreit has a new top four.

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has released his College Football Playoff foursome following the conclusion of the 2016 regular season.

His top three are the same top three as everyone else.

His No. 4 team, though, is a bit controversial.

See it below.

Kirk Herbstreit’s New Top 4

Kirk Herbstreit Releases His Final Top 4

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4. Penn State (11-2, Big Ten champion)

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Watch: Gus Johnson Criticized For Comments About Penn State’s Win Aiding “Healing Process” http://thespun.com/big-ten/penn-state/gus-johnson-healing-process-penn-state-big-ten-championship-jerry-sandusky-scandal Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:30:47 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389341 Gus Johnson is facing heavy criticism for comments he made late during Penn State’s win in the Big Ten Championship about the victory aiding in the school’s “healing process.” The comments came right after mention of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, which rocked the program in 2011, resulting in the ouster of longtime head […]

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Gus Johnson is facing heavy criticism for comments he made late during Penn State’s win in the Big Ten Championship about the victory aiding in the school’s “healing process.”

The comments came right after mention of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, which rocked the program in 2011, resulting in the ouster of longtime head coach Joe Paterno as well as much of the school’s administration. The PSU football program was subject to a post-season ban and significant scholarship reductions by the NCAA, penalties that were lifted a few years later.

Deadspin has video of Johnson’s call. He said the win was a “milestone in the healing process” for Penn State:

The comments were not very popular among the college football community:

And rightfully so. Penn State football was certainly impacted by the scandal. It was in no way the “victim” of this situation. The program is on its second post-Paterno coaching staff. Every player on the roster was recruited by non-Paterno staff coaches, after the Sandusky scandal had already broken.

Tonight was a great night for Penn State football, to be sure. It doesn’t have any impact on what happened decades ago.

[Deadspin]

Projecting The Final College Football Playoff Rankings

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10. Colorado

Colorado had a chance to make a statement, but in the end were embarrassed in the Pac-12 Championship game as Washington topped the Buffaloes 41-10.

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit: “Penn State Becomes A Wild-Card” http://thespun.com/college-football/espns-kirk-herbstreit-penn-state-becomes-a-wild-card Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:12:00 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389334 The fate of the 2016 college football season is now in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s hands. The college football regular season is over. It looks like the College Football Playoff foursome will be: Alabama Ohio State Clemson Washington/Penn State/Michigan Who will get that final spot? The 12-1, Pac-12 champion Huskies seem like the […]

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The fate of the 2016 college football season is now in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s hands.

The college football regular season is over.

It looks like the College Football Playoff foursome will be:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington/Penn State/Michigan

Who will get that final spot? The 12-1, Pac-12 champion Huskies seem like the pick.

However, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t think it’s a lock.

“Penn State becomes a wild-card,” he said. “I have no problem, personally, saying Penn State moves to the No. 4 spot.”

He’s not advocating for the Nittany Lions to move to No. 4, though, just saying he thinks it could happen – and won’t have a problem with it if it does.

His problem with Washington? Their non-conference schedule – Rutgers, Idaho, Portland State.

“I think that sends the wrong message,” he said of Washington getting in with that non-conference schedule.

So, if Washington does get left out, how could you put a Penn State team over a Michigan team that blew the Nittany Lions out?

“I think you have to look and really respect what Penn State has done (lately),” he said.

It all goes down tomorrow afternoon.

Projecting The Final College Football Playoff Rankings

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10. Colorado

Colorado had a chance to make a statement, but in the end were embarrassed in the Pac-12 Championship game as Washington topped the Buffaloes 41-10.

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Watch: Penn State Stuffs Wisconsin On Pivotal 4th & 1, Wins Big Ten Championship http://thespun.com/big-ten/penn-state/penn-state-fourth-down-stop-wisconsin-big-ten-championship Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:57:55 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389315 Tonight’s Big Ten Championship came down to a huge 4th & 1, and a massive Penn State fourth down stop secured a conference title for the Nittany Lions. Penn State came back from what was a 28-7 first half deficit to go up 38-31 in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium […]

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Tonight’s Big Ten Championship came down to a huge 4th & 1, and a massive Penn State fourth down stop secured a conference title for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State came back from what was a 28-7 first half deficit to go up 38-31 in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Wisconsin made things very interesting, launching a drive that went 51 yards on 10 plays. Unfortunately for the Badgers, it needed 52 to keep things going. On a massive 4th & 1, Penn State’s defense stood up Wisconsin star running back Corey Clement feet short of the first down, forcing a turnover on downs.

Clement is having a massive game, with 164 yards and a touchdown. On the biggest play of the game, however, it was Penn State’s defense that came up huge.

On the offensive end, quarterback Trace McSorley has been unbelievable. He is 22-for-31 for 384 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Penn State has to make a big leap in the rankings to crash the College Football Playoff, especially with Washington’s win last night and Clemson looking like it will hold on in Orlando, but for a team that entered the year with a coach on the hot seat, this is a pretty unbelievable season for the Nittany Lions.

The Best-Case Scenario For Each Top Ten Team This Weekend

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10. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State sends a message with a blowout win over Oklahoma and gets the Playoff committee’s full attention. Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin all lose and the ‘Pokes chances of sneaking into the Playoff skyrocket.

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Here’s What The Final College Football Playoff Rankings Will Look Like http://thespun.com/acc/clemson/final-college-football-playoff-rankings Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:53:45 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389260 We did it, we made it through the college football regular season. After a few wild conference championship games, we now have a very firm grasp on what the final College Football Playoff rankings will look like. What a wild college football week it was with Alabama dominating Florida, Washington destroying Colorado, Clemson beating Virginia Tech […]

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We did it, we made it through the college football regular season. After a few wild conference championship games, we now have a very firm grasp on what the final College Football Playoff rankings will look like.

What a wild college football week it was with Alabama dominating Florida, Washington destroying Colorado, Clemson beating Virginia Tech and Penn State beating Wisconsin. On Sunday, the CFB Playoff committee will reveal who makes the Playoff and who doesn’t. With that being said, we have an idea on what those rankings should look like.

While going undefeated is a difference maker, your strength of schedule is just as important. If a Power 5 school runs the table it’s tough to keep them out of the conversation, but it’s the team’s strength of schedule that is the ultimate decider when it comes to whether you’re in or on the outside looking in. Let’s talk about the College Football Playoff rankings.

Projecting The Final College Football Playoff Top 10

Projecting The Final College Football Playoff Rankings

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10. Colorado

Colorado had a chance to make a statement, but in the end were embarrassed in the Pac-12 Championship game as Washington topped the Buffaloes 41-10.

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Predicting The Week 15 AP, Coaches’ Poll Top 10 http://thespun.com/college-football/ap-poll-coaches-poll-week-15-top-25 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:48:31 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389262 The new AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll come out on Sunday. The Week 15 AP Poll top 25 and Coaches’ Poll top 25 will be released on Sunday morning. These polls will be the last of the 2016 college football regular season. The final polls of the year will be released following bowl season. What […]

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The new AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll come out on Sunday.

The Week 15 AP Poll top 25 and Coaches’ Poll top 25 will be released on Sunday morning. These polls will be the last of the 2016 college football regular season. The final polls of the year will be released following bowl season.

What will tomorrow’s polls look like?

Pretty similar to last week’s poll. Not much changed this weekend. All of the top teams won, really. Washington beat Colorado, Alabama topped Florida, Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State, Clemson beat Virginia Tech and Penn State topped Wisconsin.

Here’s what last week’s Coaches’ Poll top 10 looked like:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Colorado
  10. Oklahoma State

We’ve gone through the polls and come up with a prediction for tomorrow’s final top 10 of the 2016 regular season. See our new projected top 10 below.

Predicting The Final AP, Coaches’ Poll Top 10 Of The 2016 Season

Predicting The Week 15 Top 10

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10. Florida State (9-3)

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Oklahoma Walk-On Riley Nolan Pens Amazing Letter To Sooner Fans After Final Regular Season Game http://thespun.com/big-12/oklahoma/riley-nolan-oklahoma-letter Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:09:26 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389298 Riley Nolan, an Oklahoma redshirt senior walk-on offensive lineman, wrote a must-read letter about his college career after today’s season finale. Nolan hasn’t played a snap in his four years at Oklahoma, but is still extremely grateful for the time he has spent as a member of the Sooners. A few hours ago, reflecting on […]

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Riley Nolan, an Oklahoma redshirt senior walk-on offensive lineman, wrote a must-read letter about his college career after today’s season finale.

Nolan hasn’t played a snap in his four years at Oklahoma, but is still extremely grateful for the time he has spent as a member of the Sooners. A few hours ago, reflecting on his career, he posted a lengthy letter to Oklahoma fans on Twitter.

The full letter:

The reason I am typing this open letter to Sooner Nation is simply to say thank you. Most Sooner fans probably have no idea who I am, what I’ve done, where I’m from or why I am here.. and to be honest I am completely fine with all of that. It’s never been about the media attention, the fame, the public spotlight or anything that goes along with it because I’ve never found my worth in those types of things. I’ve never been the guy to expect a whole lot from other people… even in regards to football. From a young age I was always told to “leave things better than you found them” and that has been the primary goal I’ve had in mind while doing what I’ve came here to do at OU. I cam to the University of Oklahoma and walked on to the football team in the summer of 2012, after leaving a scholarship and transferring from Missouri Southern State University. I was told that I would never have a shot at making the tea, that I was “too small’, and that I was not good enough to play at the University of Oklahoma.. but I know that what I had inside myself was immeasurable. A great sense of pride and faith in myself to fuel the passion I have for accomplishing my dreams. For the last 4 seasons I have been a “behind the scenes” guy, working tirelessly to better myself and those around me to help this program win championships. I have done so alongside my 115 brothers who many fans recognize by the way they make plays on Saturdays, our great coaching staff, and also the guys who are unseen, but not forgotten and who are appreciated in a much different way: the scout team.

Many people would be embarrassed to say that they have never played a snap of collegiate football after being on a team for 5 years but for THIS I am THANKFUL. It’s not that I am thankful for the fact that I have never played here, because don’t get me wrong, I have always dreamt of the day I’d get my chance… but I can at least say that I came here to compete and if you don’t believe me just ask my teammates. I can’t lie, at times it has eaten me alive to watch my college career pass me bye without stepping foot on the football field… but I can promise you I am better for it! I am most thankful for what this process has TAUGHT me and it has turned in to so much more than me getting to play. The hardest part is always answering the questions people have but I have learned so much about myself through the game of football and through what I have experienced at OU and it truly has changed my life. I am thankful for the fact that I never learned how to quit or give up and I am proud to say that I didn’t take the easy road. My hope for the kids who have the same dreams of playing division I football as I had helping other people and my hope is that I’ve done that here at OU. I am thankful for the platform I have been given to speak in to the minds of kids who have similar goals to mind. I am grateful to be where I am today as another Norman kid who had a dream of making his people proud and I’ve had an experience I’ll never forget. I’d like to thank Coach Stoops, Coach Bedenbaugh, Coach Riley and the rest of the University of Oklahoma football program for taking a chance on me and allowing me to continue my dreams of playing D1 college football. I will always be thankful for the wisdom passed down from my peers and the many lessons in which I’ve learned here that have shaped me into the person I am today.

This program taught me how to accept circumstances and deal with them accordingly with hard work, determination and relentless passion. This team has shown me that not everyone is from the same walk of life, the same background, grew up with the same set of morals, beliefs or codes but that we may all come together to achieve a common goal. This team has also shown me that the differences in people are actually much smaller than we think and that we are all human and make mistakes and have our own issues and that we must deal with daily. To understand others we must take a walk in their shoes to know what they are going through… this is what it means to be a teammate. Being on scout team has allowed me to appreciate people more, to never take things for granted and has given me some of my closest friends. You as fans have given my team and I something to be proud of, and we love you guys! And finally, this game has shown me to how to accept outcomes both positive and negative and has shown me how to stand up and be a man. Nothing in life will ever be easy and I know that but as long as you love what you do nothing will ever seem as bad. Never get too high on the good things in life and never get too low on the bad things either. Thank you again to this University, my teammates and the fans for the last 4 years. I’m glad I will always have 115 brothers to count on for life! I love each and everyone one of them as my own. I’ll forever be thankful for today and what it meant to my family! Back to back Big 12 champions and one last game in January!

The game of football saved my life and gave me a purpose! Love and blessings to all!!

Best, Riley Nolan #66″

It would be awesome if Oklahoma could find a way to get Nolan into its bowl game, even if only for one play.

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Video: Apparent Nut Punch Thrown In The Mountain West Championship Game http://thespun.com/news/sdsu-wyoming-nut-punch-mountain-west Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:56:58 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389299 The Mountain West Championship Game is getting a little too physical. A nut punch appears to have been thrown in the Mountain West Championship Game between San Diego State and Wyoming. SDSU sophomore defensive lineman Noble Hall appears to hit (intentionally or unintentionally?) Wyoming sophomore quarterback Josh Allen. Watch: That looks like it hurts. Predicting […]

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The Mountain West Championship Game is getting a little too physical.

A nut punch appears to have been thrown in the Mountain West Championship Game between San Diego State and Wyoming.

SDSU sophomore defensive lineman Noble Hall appears to hit (intentionally or unintentionally?) Wyoming sophomore quarterback Josh Allen.

Watch:

That looks like it hurts.

Predicting The Week 15 Top 10

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10. Florida State (9-3)

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Oregon Does Not Have Serious Interest In P.J. Fleck, According To Report http://thespun.com/college-football/oregon-p-j-fleck-interest Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:40:33 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389287 According to a report, Oregon doesn’t have serious interest in hiring P.J. Fleck. Oregon recently fired head coach Mark Helfrich and with that P.J. Fleck’s name has been tossed around as a possible replacement. Ducks fans shouldn’t have their fingers crossed to see the Western Michigan head coach land in Eugene however. According to John […]

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According to a report, Oregon doesn’t have serious interest in hiring P.J. Fleck.

Oregon recently fired head coach Mark Helfrich and with that P.J. Fleck’s name has been tossed around as a possible replacement.

Ducks fans shouldn’t have their fingers crossed to see the Western Michigan head coach land in Eugene however.

According to John Canzano of Oregon Live, Oregon has not interviewed Fleck nor have the Ducks shown much interest:

“Sources on both sides confirmed on Saturday night that Fleck has not interviewed with Oregon. Fleck’s camp indicated that he had a banquet to attend on Sunday and then would begin recruiting for Western Michigan. No interview Sunday either. So it doesn’t look like the Ducks plan on seeing Fleck until at least Monday, if at all. And by then, this search could be wrapping up.

If I’m reading this right, there’s no real interest from Oregon’s side. And while that may worry some of you, one person involved with the search said on Saturday night, “I think we are in a pretty good place but still some work to do.”

You can read Canzano’s full update on Oregon’s coaching search here.

Predicting The Week 15 Top 10

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10. Florida State (9-3)

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Michigan Fans Are Now Rooting Hard For Virginia Tech To Upset Clemson http://thespun.com/big-ten/michigan/michigan-fans-virginia-tech-clemson-college-football-playoff Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:18:04 +0000 http://thespun.com/?p=389280 Virginia Tech is hanging in with Clemson, down 21-14. The Hokies have the support of many Michigan fans right now. Last night, Michigan fans threw their support behind Colorado, hoping the Buffaloes, who the Wolverines beat in September, would knock Washington out of the College Football Playoff race. That didn’t work out. Washington crushed Colorado 41-10, […]

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Virginia Tech is hanging in with Clemson, down 21-14. The Hokies have the support of many Michigan fans right now.

Last night, Michigan fans threw their support behind Colorado, hoping the Buffaloes, who the Wolverines beat in September, would knock Washington out of the College Football Playoff race. That didn’t work out. Washington crushed Colorado 41-10, likely stamping its Playoff ticket in the process.

Now, the hopes of the maize and blue fall on the Virginia Tech Hokies, a significant underdog to last year’s national runner-up Clemson in the ACC Championship in Orlando. With a win, Clemson would likely be out, opening up a spot in the field. Of course, Wisconsin or Penn State could jump Michigan with a Big Ten championship, but Michigan is currently ahead of each of those teams in the rankings, and holds a head-to-head win over both. After the rankings release on Tuesday, selection committee chair Kirby Holcutt said that the debate between No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Michigan was the most contentious thing the committee discussed, and the margin between the two was extremely thin.

If true, there seems to be a shot of Michigan, and not the Big Ten champion, taking the last spot, but that is still contingent on Virginia Tech pulling the upset. Former Michigan center Elliott Mealer is all-in on Justin Fuente’s squad.

Go Blookies!!! (Credit to @twoolf29) #GoBlue #VT #VirginiaTech #MichiganFootball @umichfootball

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Michigan fans on Twitter are cheering on the Hokies as well.

The College Football Playoff turns fan bases into very strange bedfellows.

The Best-Case Scenario For Each Top Ten Team This Weekend

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10. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State sends a message with a blowout win over Oklahoma and gets the Playoff committee’s full attention. Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin all lose and the ‘Pokes chances of sneaking into the Playoff skyrocket.

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