Found September 14, 2012 on Players View:
PLAYERS: Matt BarkleyConnor ShawSammy Watkins

Each week the Top 25 teams in NCAA football ranked, adjusted and for some with unjustified losses replaced on the chart. Our Rapid Fire predictions serves up the most likely outcomes bullet-point style. Let’s get into Week Three.

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Video: Sammy Watkins scores on 58 yd TD in return from two game suspension

    The Clemson Tigers improved to 3-0 today with a 41-7 victory over Furman University. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins made his season debut for Clemson after being suspended for the first two games of the season as a result of an offseason arrest. After a freshman year that saw him catch 82 passes for [...]

Watkins ready after 2-game suspension

Sammy Watkins has spent the first two weeks on the sidelines, watching his teammates on No. 11 Clemson put on an offensive show. So Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had a simple message this week for his All-American receiver, back after a two-game suspension Saturday against Furman. ''We're 2-0, Sammy,'' the coach joked, ''Don't mess it up.'' ...

Stanford delivers blow to Barkley, USC

STANFORD, Calif. Matt Barkley, after the visitor's locker room had cleared out, stepped into the night and stood in front of a table that had food splayed on it for the USC football players. Barkley took a burrito wrapped in foil, a sport drink and walked up the long flight of stairs to the team bus. It was hard to imagine much of anything tasting good. Barkley, who might...

QB matchup takes twist in USC-Stanford rivalry

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- The last time Matt Barkley and Josh Nunes played against each other was at the 2009 Under Armour High School All-America Game in Orlando, Fla., except the real competition came when they were away from the football field. Try table tennis. Barkley, now the Heisman Trophy favorite and a member of Southern California's "Ping Pong Posse" club...

Picking the Pac: Week Three

USC quarterback Matt Barkley will win his last Pac-12 opener, while Arizona State is set to continue its impressive start under new coach Todd Graham in SEC country.

No. 8 Gamecocks rout UAB; QB Shaw hurt

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder and No. 8 South Carolina beat UAB 49-6 on Saturday night. Shaw left the game after taking a brutal hit just after he released a 20-yard pass to Bruce Ellington late in the first half. Athletics officials said the junior aggravated the bruised right shoulder that kept him out of...

The tale of two halves

South Carolina's offense struggled in the first half against UAB but exploded in the second half after Dylan Thompson replaced Connor Shaw due to Shaw's injury. It was certainly the tale of two halves but is there a quarterback controversy?

The USC Trojans : They Are Who We THOUGHT They Were!

Are we REALLY surprised that USC loss to Stanford?!I mean, come on!Now I may be biased, being that I was born and raised in the South. If you think so that's fine, but USC should've never had a pre-season ranking of No. 1. It just should not have happened.It was a true "slap in the face" to both Alabama and LSU. I understand that Lane Kiffen (Head Coach), Max Nikias...

Another week, another wait-and-see on Gamecocks QB

Another week and another wait-and-see situation at quarterback for No. 8 South Carolina. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier is uncertain if starter Connor Shaw is healthy enough to return against UAB (0-1) on Saturday or if he'll again go with backup Dylan Thompson. Shaw injured his throwing shoulder against Vanderbilt two weeks ago and did not play in a 48-10 victory over East...

Stanford continues its dominance over #2 USC Trojans

For a long time, USC has been considered the powerhouse team to be reckoned with in the Pac-12 conference. But for the 4th year in a row, the Stanford Cardinal upset the Trojans to potentially ruin their BCS title hopes. Coming off of a 2-year bowl ban, the Trojans had high expectations with Heisman hopeful quarterback Matt Barkley returning for his senior year and a #1 ranking in...

USC’s Matt Barkley fails to topple Stanford yet again.

STANFORD, Calif. –USC did not have their national title hopes dashed in their 21-14 loss to Stanford Saturday night but they definitely had them put on hold. They now wait for a host of other primarily SEC teams to either take their first knockdown or completely implode. Please Click Here To Read This Story

Venables trying to fix Clemson defense

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables wishes he could enjoy the excitement at Death Valley this week with the return of star receiver Sammy Watkins. Venables, though, is focused on fixing things that haven't worked so well in the 11th-ranked Tigers perfect start. Clemson (2-0) takes on Furman (0-2) from the Football Championship Subdivision. The...

Watkins returns helping No. 11 Clemson to win

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three touchdown passes, Sammy Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run in his season debut and No. 11 Clemson won its 30th straight over Furman, 41-7, on Saturday. Andre Ellington added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Tigers (3-0). Watkins scored in the first quarter after taking an inside handoff from Boyd and rushing past...

No. 2 USC upset again by No. 21 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still has every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California. Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford upset second-ranked USC 21-14 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win in this series. Heisman Trophy hopeful...

Syracuse Football: Offense Has To Show Up For Season's First Win

Syracuse, N.Y. - After a sloppy end to the 2011 season (5-7), Marrone and his team are still looking to snap its seven-game losing-streak.  The Orange are 0-2 at the start of the season with losses to North Western (42-41) and No. 2 USC (42-29).  Syracuse searches for its first win as they take on Stony Brook Sept. 15 in the Carrier Dome.Though Syracuse dropped the first game...
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