College Football 2019 Week 6 What to Watch: Navy looks for first strike in battle for Commander-in-Chief Trophy

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College Football 2019 Week 6 What to Watch: Navy looks for first strike in battle for Commander-in-Chief Trophy

Navy hosts Air Force looking for revenge for last year's ugly loss, Penn State gets struggling Purdue for homecoming, and Maryland and Virginia Tech both hope to rebound from last week's ugly losses.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

No. 12 Penn State vs. Purdue

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
How to watch: ESPN

Jeff Brohm may be wishing he left for Louisville at this point. Purdue is 1-3 after losses to Nevada, TCU and Minnesota and now heads to Happy Valley to take on Penn State. To make matters worse, the Boilermakers are banged up and starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar, receiver Rondale Moore and receiver Jared Sparks are all out injured.

The Nittany Lions are 4-0 and have allowed just 30 points all season.

Maryland at Rutgers

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.
How to watch: BTN

This will be Rutgers' first game after firing Chris Ash and appointing Nunzio Campanile as the interim head coach. We don't know exactly what to expect from him other than the fact that the Scarlet Knights will still be bad. This game is coming at the right time for a scuffling Maryland team that has lost two straight after a hot start.

Check out the full preview here.

Navy vs. Air Force

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
How to watch: CBSSN

Navy is looking for revenge after getting dominated by Air Force to the tune of 35-7 last year. Even for an option team, the playbook was limited last year as the Midshipmen kept trying to force their way between the tackles to no avail. Expect a much more versatile option attack on Saturday as Navy tries to strike first in the battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

Virginia Tech at Miami

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla.
How to watch: ESPN

Things are not good for Virginia Tech right now as the Hokies were embarrassed in Blacksburg by Duke last week showing further decline for a program that for years was consistently among the country's best. Saturday's game against Miami offers the Hokies a chance to move on and put that game behind them.

The Hurricanes' offensive line is vulnerable and Virginia Tech's defense can certainly take advantage. The issue is how many risks will Bud Foster want to take on the pass rush after seeing the defense shredded through the air last week by Duke? If Miami quarterback Jarren Williams can get the ball away, he could have a big game.

Game of the week: No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Auburn

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
How to watch: CBS

If you ask any expert who the top teams in the country are, you will probably hear the same five teams mentioned: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. But are we overlooking Auburn? The Tigers have arguably been the most impressive team in the nation in terms of what they have accomplished to this point with an undefeated record that includes wins over Oregon and at Texas A&M. This week, they will get the national spotlight with a chance to prove themselves as playoff contenders.

The Gators are also 5-0, but are largely unproven with two FCS wins, not including Tennessee (ZING!). Florida's biggest win was a Week 0 win over Miami in a game both teams desperately tried to lose.

The injury to Feleipe Franks means Kyle Trask will be the man under center for the Gators and he will get his toughest test to date against a dangerous Auburn pass rush led by Derrick Brown and Nick Coe.

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Louisville vs. Boston College

When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Ky.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Richmond vs. Albany

When: 2 p.m.
Where: Robins Stadium, Richmond, Va.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington Plus

Other local teams

Howard at Harvard, 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
VMI at The Citadel, 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
North Alabama at Hampton, 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
North Carolina A&T, 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
Georgetown at Cornell, 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
Villanova at William & Mary, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Morgan State at Bethune-Cookman, 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
James Madison at Stony Brook, 6 p.m. Saturday
Western Kentucky at Old Dominion, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
Liberty at New Mexico State, 8 p.m. Saturday


Former Maryland DL Mojo Rawley tells Mike Locksley how the Gronkowski brothers got him into WWE

Former Maryland DL Mojo Rawley tells Mike Locksley how the Gronkowski brothers got him into WWE

With Wrestlemania 36 underway this weekend, Maryland football coach Mike Locksley sat down on Instagram Live with former Terps defensive lineman and current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to talk about his new career path. 

Rawley's real name is Dean Muhtadi, and he played for the Terps in for two years as a Division III transfer. He finished third on team in sacks that season and despite going undrafted in 2009, found his way to an NFL camp with the Packers. 

Muhtadi spent 2009 with Green Bay and 2010 with the Cardinals before suffering an injury that landed him on injured reserve. It was then where Muhtadi found a new career path thanks to two of his best friends. 

"Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski played with me at Maryland, two of my closest friends," Rawley said on "Late Night With Locks". "Their dad was one of our coach's roommates in the WWE, so it seemed like a natural fit. We were watching together, and I kinda made a comment like, 'this would be awesome if I could be one of [the wrestlers]. Mr. Gronk made the call and the rest was history."

Rawley has been a WWE superstar and currently stands as Rob Gronkowski's hype man. The former Patriots tight end is WWE's most recent signee and is Wrestlemania 36's host.


VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva declares for 2020 NBA Draft

VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva declares for 2020 NBA Draft

In this time of mass quarantining, live sports have come to a standstill across the country, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball’s offseason from churning along.

Players across the nation are deciding where they want to play next season, and the latest impactful player to take a step toward next year is VCU’s Marcus Santos-Silva.

The junior forward announced on his Instagram his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

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It’s not yet clear how limited the NBA’s draft preparation will be as a result of COVID-19, but Santos-Silva does mention in his announcement that he will be maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to return for his senior season.

Santos-Silva came off the bench his freshman season, but has started all 64 games in the last two years for VCU. As a junior, he averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 27.2 minutes.

He does all of his damage close to the rim, as he has yet to attempt a three-point shot in his college career.