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An away team is favored in South Bend? What century is this?

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I've been a huge fan of freshman A-Back Qua Searcy since he first arrived on The Flats last season, and his 2015 campaign so far has only served to justify my excitement. Searcy, who converted from wide receiver to A-Back prior to this season, has showcased his exceptional talent and versatility in both the rushing and passing game throughout the first two games. Since his high school days it was more than apparent that Searcy's playmaking ability would lead him great success at Tech, but I'm not sure that anyone saw him coming on quite this explosively. All he needs to be a fan favorite at this point is a nickname. May I suggest "The Everything Quagle?" Of course I can.

Though the Notre Dame faithful will tell you with haste that no team should be favored over the Irish in South Bend, that is exactly the situation Georgia Tech is in heading into the biggest game of the season. The line for the Tech at Notre Dame game has shifted from firmly in the favor of the Irish to Georgia Tech being a 2.5-point favorite, at least according to the online sportsbook OddsShark. It clearly makes sense for the line by set in the favor of Tech, whose offense and defense have both been among the best in the nation to this point, but projecting a win by the visiting team in a venue as hostile as South Bend is a risky proposition. We'll see soon whether or not this faith is justified.

Just weeks after five Rutgers football players further marred the reputation of student-athletes across the country, head coach Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games after a discovery that he made improper contact with a professor about changing an athlete's grade. Despite being clearly advised not to contact the professor, Flood went right ahead and emailed a revised copy of the athlete's paper to the professor with the request of his grade being changed. It may seem trivial, but this is the exact type of situation that has turned the NCAA into the joke that it is today. A simple three-game suspension and fine seems like a slap on the wrist for a coach who was trying to compromise the integrity of his own school to keep a football player on the field. That isn't right. I hate these stupid violations that make me question both the comprehension skills of the coach and the morals of his employer. Why does someone who can't follow such explicit and simple advice have any business acting as a role model and "positive" influence for some of the nation's future leaders? Kyle Flood and anyone who backs him are idiots.

We are now just two short days away from the big matchup at Notre Dame. It's hype video time!

This will be a very, very fun game.

is the Rutgers situation an indicator of a bigger issue in college athletics or an isolated incident?