JTIII open to Georgetown-Florida meeting this season


JTIII open to Georgetown-Florida meeting this season

Remember how Georgetown's season started with an intriguing matchup against Florida set on a unique venue, the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Bataan parked off the Jacksonville coast? Remember how officials called the game after one-half because condensation took over the outdoor court during intermission, leading to a no-contest result?

Well, there is a chance the two programs may work out a solution sometime around the start of the new calendar year. On Monday Florida coach Billy Donovan expressed an interest in resuming or replaying the game. After Georgetown improved to 4-1 following Saturday's 72-50 win over Mount St. Mary's, John Thompson III did as well.

"We're talking," the Hoyas coach said when asked about the possibility. As Thompson acknowledged, many variables could weigh down any earnest attempt to conclude or restart the RPI favorable meeting. Florida, currently 5-0 and ranked seventh nationally, led 27-23 at halftime playing without suspended guard Scottie Wilbekin.

"There are so many moving parts as it relates to that: Where, a full game, a half a game. Their point guard that wasn't available, is he going to be available now. I think we are both interested. We scheduled that game not just because of the involvement with the Navy, but both teams wanted that game."

Based on the Hoyas' schedule, the ideal window is December 28-29. After hosting American on Dec. 22, Georgetown's next game comes Jan. 5 at Marquette in the Hoyas Big East opener.

However, Florida plays Air Force on Dec. 29 with its next game coming Jan. 6 at Yale. Put it altogether and a mid-week game on perhaps Jan. 2 looks most promising. That's a date Donovan recently stated worked best for his team with the Jacksonville Coliseum as the potential destination (yes, an indoor venue). USA Today also reported Florida is considering helping Georgetown with travel costs should the game be in its neck of the woods. After Tuesday's loss to Indiana, Thompson also mentioned other locales including Norfolk or D.C.

Regardless, by that point in the campaign, the Hoyas will be looking ahead.

"Personally, once you get moving toward league play we have to focus on league play," Thompson said. "I don't know whether it's going to happen, but is there interest on both parts, yeah."

Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette


Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette

It took awhile, but Leonard Fournette finally looked like the player we all knew he could be. On Saturday against Ole Miss, Fournette rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns in just 16 carries. It's too bad it won't matter in terms of the Heisman race.

Heading into this season Fournette was a player to watch given how he started the 2015 season. He faded after a poor performance against Alabama, but his talent cannot be denied. Fournette's 2016 season has been a struggle, but on Saturday he finally broke through.

After Saturday's performance, Fournette is actually getting some love from experts in terms of the Heisman race (like here and here). With all due respect to Fournette, who is absolutely remarkable, this is completely ridiculous.


Fournette has been hampered by injuries this season and has missed three games as a result. That right there virtually knocks him out of the running. Add in the fact that LSU is only playing 11 games this season because the South Alabama game was canceled, that means his Heisman resume will be only eight games, nine at the most if LSU somehow reaches the SEC Championship game. Whatever Fournette does for the rest of the season, it's going to be hard for him to prove he is more deserving of the Heisman than any of the other contenders who have been great for 12+ games.

Plus, it's not as if Fournette has been unreal in every game he has played this year. Before the Ole Miss game, Fournette was averaging just under 130 rushing yards per game. That's not bad, but it's not all that Heisman worthy either.

So no, Fournette is not among the Heisman hopefuls this week despite his monster performance. Enjoy it LSU fans, it was a phenomenal game, but it was not enough to put him back in Heisman contention.

If Fournette is out, who's in? Find out in this week's Heisman Hopefuls gallery.

College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny


College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny

No longer among the ranks of the unbeatens, Ohio State’s playoff chances certainly took a hit Saturday with their loss to Penn State.

But let’s not start digging their grave just yet.

Michigan now sits atop the Big Ten East standings, but they still have to finish the season with the big game against the Buckeyes. And it’s at Ohio State.


The truth is, if the Buckeyes win out, they still will win the Big Ten East and will have a chance to play (likely) either Nebraska or Wisconsin for the conference championship.

Will the committee really leave a one-loss Big Ten champion out of the playoff? Perhaps, if either Baylor or West Virginia remain undefeated, but if the winner of the Big 12 has at least one loss, it’s hard to see how either team would get in over Ohio State.

Again, assuming they win out, the Buckeyes will have beaten Oklahoma in Norman, Wisconsin in Madison, Nebraska, Michigan and the Big Ten West winner. Neither Baylor or West Virginia can match that resume.

So let’s not declare Ohio State’s playoff hopes done just yet. Their biggest challenge is likely rival Michigan, and the Wolverines have to travel to Columbus. That’s a very tough place to play, especially if you’re wearing maize and blue.

Will the Buckeyes ultimately reach the playoff despite their loss to Penn State? Who else will join them? Found out here in this week’s updated College Football Playoff projections.