VCU falls to Wichita St. at buzzer


VCU falls to Wichita St. at buzzer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Malcolm Armstead hit an 18-foot jumper from the top off the key with 3.8 seconds to play Tuesday night, lifting Wichita State to a 53-51 victory over Virginia Commonwealth.

Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Carl Hall 12 for the Shockers (2-0), who beat VCU for the first time in three tries. The Rams (1-1) knocked them out in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, and beat them on last-second free throws two years ago during the regular season.

Juvonte Reddic scored 22 points to lead the Rams (1-1). He had two free throw attempts with five-tenths of a second left that would have tied it, but the first spun out. He missed the second intentionally but was called for a lane violation.

Darius Theus added 15 for the Rams, including a 3-pointer that tied it at 51 with 26.6 seconds to play.

Heisman Hopefuls: Does Donnel Pumphrey have a real chance?


Heisman Hopefuls: Does Donnel Pumphrey have a real chance?

San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey is the nation's leading rusher. In just six games, he already registered 1,111 rushing yards for an average of 185.17 yards per game.

What's more, he has been consistently great in his career and he now ranks 10th overall in career rushing yards among FBS players.

So does the Aztec running back have a realistic chance of winning the Heisman?

No, next question.


Sorry to be blunt about it, but the answer is no. The reason? Competition.

The level of competition seems to matter more to Heisman voters than the stats. That makes it very hard for players of non-power conference teams to even rank among the finalists.

Take Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds who was not even given an invite to New York last year despite his historic season last year. If you need more evidence that stats don't matter, how about Christian McCaffrey? McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' record for all-purpose yards last season and still came in second in the Heisman ballots to Derrick Henry.

That's not to say that Henry wasn't deserving, he had a phenomenal season, but statistically he came nowhere near McCaffrey.

The question you must ask yourself is what would Pumphrey's numbers look like if he was playing against SEC teams every week? Would he still be having the same kind of season?

That's an impossible question to answer and an unfair one to ask. The fact is, Pumphrey is running all over Division 1 athletes. He's been phenomenal and would do much better if he was placed on the roster of a SEC or a Big Ten team than many may think. I certainly think he is deserving, but I don't vote for the Heisman.

Based on recent history, when the finalists gather in New York, Pumphrey will very likely not be among them.

Who will? Find out here in the updated Heisman Hopefuls.

College Football Playoff projections: Contenders survive close calls


College Football Playoff projections: Contenders survive close calls

The race for the College Football Playoff was on the verge of chaos this week.

Multiple top contenders received scares and, while they all ended up coming out on top, it's fun to think about what the conversation would be this week had those teams fallen.

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The week started off with Louisville struggling to put away pesky Duke. Even Lamar Jackson looked human with only two total touchdowns on the night.

Ohio State was held to six points in the first half against Wisconsin. It took a late field goal from the Buckeyes to force overtime where they eventually overcame the Badgers. Quick side note on Wisconsin: They won't make the playoff and may not even win their division with two losses already, but the Badgers are for real. They just happen to be in a conference with two top 10 teams in Ohio State and Michigan.

Clemson flat out should have lost to NC State. The Wolfpack missed a 33-yard field goal as time expired that would have won the game. They should have lost.

But they didn't.

Last week's games stand as a stark reminder of the fragility of the playoff projections. For now, there remain no real surprises in the top four. As the season goes on, however, certain teams are starting to make you wonder if they can stay on course.

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