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The Best of Week 3: A dream fumbled and a new wrinkle in the Wave

That’d be DJ Mike Gruden, son of Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, oft-rumored to be the future Tennessee coach. According to his LinkedIn profile, Mike is expected to graduate next year from Tennessee with a degree in Business Marketing. In the meantime, here he is DJing for Tennessee fans before the Vols’ 24-0 win over UTEP. And as per is customary, here’s his Soundcloud.

Fleet-footed big-man alert


C. Wright run for 9 yds

Georgia Southern found one way to move the ball against the vaunted Clemson defensive line in a 38-7 loss. C.J. Wright, a 6-0, 290-pound freshman nose tackle, had 20 yards on five carries for the Eagles. It wasn’t Wright’s first time carrying the ball, as he was an all-state running back as a junior in high school in Sylvania, Georgia.

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Tom Rinaldi and College GameDay look at the hottest trends in sideline gimmicks.


Tom Rinaldi defends the Miami Hurricanes as the rightful owners of the turnover chain.

We’re not quite sure what this giant boombox is for yet, but we’re intrigued.

Only in #StarkVegas 🔊 pic.twitter.com/a4vnwU0dRU

— MSU Football 🏈 (@HailStateFB) September 15, 2018

We see what you did there, Beavers.


— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 16, 2018

Houston’s helping hand

As games across the Southeast are canceled, rescheduled or moved due to Florence, the Houston Cougars are repaying the love a year after Harvey flooded their campus and schools across the country pitched in to help them.

One year ago the nation helped our city. Now it is our turn.

We are asking you to help fill the @UHCougarFB truck Monday with supplies to be sent to the East Coast.

Full info: https://t.co/EfAPLFnAKUpic.twitter.com/QMIHW3YB9Y

— Houston Athletics (@UHCougars) September 14, 2018

The Lane Train is back!

Not much more to say. The minitrain with Lane Kiffin’s face on it is driving around to get you hyped for Saturday’s game against Bethune-Cookman. Get a load of this: FAU likes to say “Owl aboard” the train because they’re the Owls and it sounds like “all.”

STAY WINNIN FAU #WinningInParadisepic.twitter.com/Pf57ChTYyb

— Chalupa Batman (@TheNoahGoldberg) September 14, 2018

Break out the black unis

Wake Forest wore all black in Thursday night’s 41-34 loss to Boston College.

All black uniforms making an appearance as we take on Boston College under the lights! #WearBlackpic.twitter.com/QBqIJfXKy7

— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) September 13, 2018

Oregon is going with a matte-black helmet on all-black unis with “electric green” numbers and accents.

Turn it on. Black and electric green uni combo for Week 3. #GoDuckspic.twitter.com/3JWGjF1eOF

— GoDucks (@GoDucks) September 13, 2018

It’ll be Utah’s 11th annual blackout game for the Utes’ big Pac-12 After Dark matchup against No. 10 Washington.

⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️All Black Everything⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/WCMlYzddtm

— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 11, 2018

Even more Utah news

Come help @WeberStateU set a world record at the groundbreaking Saturday for the new athletic complex on the north end of Stewart Stadium.

Groundbreaking is at 5:00 prior to the 6:00 @weberstatefb kickoff.

Details: https://t.co/hQU8ujxUBo#WeAreWeberpic.twitter.com/KZNWfIcnzL

— Weber State Wildcats (@weberstate) September 12, 2018

There are always big stakes on college football Saturdays, but Weber State is talking world records over there in Ogden, Utah.

The school is breaking ground on a new football facility an hour before kickoff against South Dakota at Stewart Stadium. And if enough fans show up, they could set the world record for “most people taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony.” The current record, according to the Guinness people, is 6,256 for the start of construction for the San Jose Earthquakes’ MLS stadium.

So Weber State is promising big doings: Every fan “will have a chance to turn some dirt,” and the first 6,500 to show up get commemorative mini shovels.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner notes that last season’s highest attendance was 6,876, for a home playoff game. So they’ll need some commitment. But the playoff game also probably didn’t even have dirt and tiny shovels.

Kilt’n it

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