Designated Read: Poking for problems
• When last we saw our heroes. Last night's undercard was uneventful for a grudge match, and when it comes to home stands Hampton seems to have Florida A&M's number. The Pirates topped the Rattlers 23-17, and FAMU quarterback Austin Trainor was held to 109 passing yards and picked off twice.
Meanwhile in Stillwater: When is a 37-14 margin of victory not quite gulfy enough? When the team is Oklahoma State and it gets held to a single touchdown during the middle two quarters:
"We have work ahead of us and we've got to become a better fundamental football team, and that's the responsibility of myself and our coaching staff," said Gundy, Oklahoma State's seventh-year head coach.
The bright sides for the 'Pokes are rather sparkly: Brandon Weeden was three yards away from throwing for 400. Justin Blackmon had 128 receiving yards and two touchdown catches. And Joseph Randle amassed 217 all-purpose yards and two scores of his own. Now go run some stadium stairs, lazybones.
• Absentee Wildcat. Arizona receiver Juron Criner's "undisclosed illness" turned out to be an impromptu appendectomy. Nick Foles' favorite target, sorely missed last night, is listed as week to week.
• Make sure, when your season is over, you go home alive. The NCAA's official compliance blogger breaks down a proposed plan to separate athlete oversight from university rule.
• Mighty FAU and UAB are very sorry to hear that. Sharrif Floyd won't miss meaningful playing time with one of the more ridiculous two-game suspensions I've ever heard of, but Will Muschamp is out for administrative blood.
• Trust him. He's a doctor. Of hair. Not only is Stephen Garcia slated to start Saturday against Georgia, he's also a captain. Brahmusk-to-air ratios in Sanford Stadium are projected to reach immeasurable levels.
• These are all starting to run together. Here is some more stuff on whatever the latest batch of Ohio State players to be suspended were suspended for.
• Beating Youngstown State leaves so many unresolved feelings. Kirk Cousins is about the last guy you'd expect to be involved in extracurricular fisticuffs, according to his family, common sense and everyone. (And a quarterback dropping a hockey player? Please. Kirk Cousins had -12 rushing yards against Youngstown State. His feet are no good to him, and he needs his fists intact.)
• So do we, Herr Suspenders. Howard Schnellenberger regrets leaving the 'Canes.
• Friday whimsy: Brush up on T. Boone's bathroom habits. Behold the one bright spot in Arizona's offense last night. Behold, too, Trinton Sturdivant's hat. Georgia's uniforms are ruining everything, in a couple different ways. Just tell me where I can get one of those fabulous sleeves. The executive director of the Rose Bowl has resigned. UCLA types are dismayed to learn that football footage pretty much always has to involve somebody losing. This is metaphorical in a lot of ways. And it's not college football news anymore, but Randall Cobb might be a pretty good pro player once he learns how to be a wide receiver.