ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry has been kicked up a notch, putting today’s prime-time game even more in the spotlight.
Notre Dame opted out of a contract with Michigan last year. After the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish play the 17th-ranked Wolverines at the Big House, they’re not expected to be back until the early 2020s at the earliest. The teams are scheduled to meet one final time in South Bend next year.
“I think there’s a lot more hype around this game than there was two years ago with it being the last meeting in who knows how long,” Notre Dame receiver TJ Jones said.
TEXAS A&M: Johnny Manziel only played the second half of his team’s season-opener after serving a suspension for what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
If today’s game against Sam Houston State goes the way last year’s did, the Heisman Trophy winner will probably only play about a half again this week.
Manziel was unstoppable last year in Texas A&M’s 47-28 win over Sam Houston State, the FCS runner-up the past two seasons. He threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and added 100 yards rushing with two more scores in little more than a half.
PENN STATE: Christian Hackenberg gets his first chance to show the home fans what they have in the team’s quarterback of the future.
Hackenberg put up gaudy numbers and notched the win in the Nittany Lions’ first game against Syracuse. Now, it’s time to see if he can do more of the same in Happy Valley when Penn State plays its home opener Saturday against Eastern Michigan.
Hackenberg was Penn State’s second true freshman quarterback to start a season opener since 1910. He was 22 of 31 for 278 yards, with a pair of 50-yard touchdown passes in the second half, and he led the Nittany Lions on five scoring drives.
COLORADO: Backup quarterback Jordan Webb was sentenced on Friday to two years of probation for a May fight that left an Air Force Academy cadet unconscious.
The 22-year-old also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and get alcohol treatment, The Daily Camera reported.
He pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, last week in exchange for prosecutors dropping felony assault charges.