Morning Playbook – No debate here, Sun Belt Tuesdays are fun

If you took time to be a good American Tuesday night to watch the Presidential debates, you may have missed a fun game in the Sun Belt Conference. That's right, the Tuesday Night Battle of the Belts debuted last night and it packed a punch when it comes to late game drama.

North Texas 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 23 (Recap) – Down 20-6 early in the third quarter, North Texas stormed back to hand the Ragin' Cajuns their first loss in Sun Belt play. Antoinne Jimmerson caught a pair of touchdown passes in the second half to lead the rally, and his 78-yard touchdown catch from Derek Thompson with 1:54 to play gave North Texas an exhilarating lead, which the defense was able to hold on to. The Mean Green recovered a fumble on Louisiana-Lafayette's ensuing possession to clinch the win.

Ragin' Cajun quarterback Terrance Broadway had himself a game as well, passing for 265 yards and a touchdown, and his 75-yard touchdown run was one of the highlights of the night.


Did Tyrann Mathieu's removal from the LSU football program have more to do with factors other than the Honey Badger's drug problem? Sports Illustrated thinks so. Our Aaron Torres reacts.

Elsewhere on the site yesterday, we are getting ready for Alabama vs. Tennessee and LSU vs. Texas A&M.

Yesterday brought about a number of scheduling notes for college football. Virginia Tech and East Carolina extended their series through 2020, a series that was thought to be put on hold with the ACC moving to a nine-game conference schedule but was saved with the conference sticking with an eight-game schedule with their Notre Dame deal. North Carolina and Minnesota canceled their home-and-home series for 2013-2014. The Tar Heels and East Carolina swapped home dates in a pair of upcoming games and North Carolina also picked up a future game against future Conference USA member Old Dominion for 2013, two years before the Monarchs make their realignment move. Minnesota will also open their 2013-2016 seasons on Thursday nights after reaching a deal with the Minnesota State Fair. Idaho is nearly complete putting together their independent schedule for 2013. Temple and Charlotte have also agreed to a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016.

Did Stanford score a touchdown against Notre Dame? The NCAA said the right call was made on the field. [AP, via]

Yesterday we got a laugh at the NCAA's response to the state of New Jersey's plans to legalize sports gambling. Leave it to Dan Wetzel to fire a cannon at the stance. [Yahoo! Sports]

Auburn's struggles have turned the heat up on Gene Chizik, but is the real problem offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler? []

Miami is waiting to see if quarterback Stephen Morris will be available to play Florida State. [AP, via Yahoo! Sports]

Georgia head coach Mark Richt says receiver Jarvis Jones has not practiced this week but he is not ruling him out this weekend for Kentucky. [College Football Talk]

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has not been cleared for practice after suffering a concussion against Stanford. Notre Dame plays BYU this week. [AP, via FOX Sports]

Penn State will not renew the contract of athletic director Tim Curley. Duh. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Northwestern players will now have mandatory nap time. [Football Scoop]

Minnesota's Jerry Kill plays down health seizure. [FOX Sports North]

Ohio freshman arrested and charged with felony assault. []

Ohio State has joined the pop culture craze and gone Gangnam Style. [No 2-Minute Warning]

And LSU's Mike the Tiger has some fun with a classic scene from Napoleon Dynamite. [No 2-Minute Warning]

Also, check out these LSU Nikes being released today. [Nike Blog]

Tweet of the Day

Kansas State visits West Virginia this weekend in a huge Big 12 match-up. But if you ask some of the Kansas State players, West Virginia may not even be its own state.



Video of the Day

This is later than usual, but here are some highlights from the past weekend in college football, via No 2-Minute Warning.

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