Wizards

Offensive struggles doom FSU, LSU and Georgia

201210061953716029673-p2.jpeg

Offensive struggles doom FSU, LSU and Georgia

The three top-five teams that lost on Saturday all had one thing in common.

They left their offense at home.

Florida State, LSU and Georgia combined for a measly 29 points in road defeats over the weekend. That's less than the Seminoles, Tigers and Bulldogs are averaging per game this season - and that includes Saturday's fruitless road trips.

Florida State's offense had powered its 5-0 start, as the Seminoles scored at least 49 points in their first four games.

They haven't even matched that total in two weeks.

After a tough 30-17 win over South Florida, the Seminoles were blanked in the second half of a 17-16 loss at N.C. State that put talk of a national title run on hold.

Florida State wasn't exactly dreadful against the Wolfpack, as E.J. Manuel threw for 218 yards and a score and Chris Thompson ran for 141 yards. But the Seminoles converted just three third downs in 15 tries in blowing a 16-0 lead.

OFFENSE ON PAWS: Even though LSU entered the weekend ranked fourth in the nation, its 14-6 loss at Florida wasn't entirely unexpected.

The Tigers struggled to put away FCS school Towson, and their offensive struggles were apparent from the start against the resurgent Gators.

LSU settled for red-zone field goals of 31 and 21 yards in the first half, and their dominant defense was worn down by Florida's Mike Gillislee. He ran for 146 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns on 34 carries.

Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed just 11 of 25 passes, and LSU is now 100th nationally in passing offense.

UGA-LY: Georgia's supposedly potent offense was brought to its knees by South Carolina. The Bulldogs scored 99 points in beating Vanderbilt and Tennessee at home to open league play. But the Gamecocks limited Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to 11 of 31 passing for 109 yards.

Georgia entered Columbia with the SEC's top offense. The Bulldogs left with a brutal loss, and now they're a game behind the Gamecocks and Gators in the SEC East.

UNHAPPY HUSKERS: Nebraska certainly didn't leave its offense back in Lincoln, scoring 38 points Saturday night at Ohio State.

The Huskers just forgot to pack their black shirts.

Nebraska let the Buckeyes score their most points in a Big Ten game since 1983, as Ohio State pounded the Huskers 63-38. It's the second time this season that the Huskers defense failed them on the road, as UCLA gained a staggering 653 yards in a 36-30 win at the Rose Bowl last month.

EXTRA POINTS: West Virginia's trend of simply outscoring their opponent worked yet again, as Geno Smith threw for four more touchdowns and the Mountaineers survived at Texas 48-45...TCU's offense sputtered without suspended quarterback Casey Pachall. The Horned Frogs lost their first Big 12 home opener to Iowa State 37-23. Cyclones wide receiver Josh Lenz was responsible for all four of Iowa State's offensive touchdowns, catching three and throwing for another...Oregon State's Jordan Poyer is now tied for second in the nation in interceptions with four after he picked off Washington State three times in a 19-6 win. Fresno State's Phillip Thomas has six interceptions to lead the country.

---

Follow Luke Meredith on Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/LukeMeredithAP

Quick Links

Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

usatsi_9932611.jpg
USA Today Sports Images

Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon at the NBA Combine.

Turgeon talked about his three draft-eligible players and what this time is like advising them. Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their early favorites for the Wizards' first round pick and their biggest takeaways from the NBA Combine measurements.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

Quick Links

Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

kouandjio_2017_usat.png
USA Today Sports Images

Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.