1st Down: The Florida State Seminoles are still undefeated. It might not have been the prettiest way to win, but they got the job done on Friday night against Louisville to move to 3-0 thanks to a 35-31 road victory over the Cardinals. They had to overcome a strong showing from Malik Cunningham, too, with the Louisville QB racking up well over 300 yards of total offense and scoring three total touchdowns on the evening. FSU receiver Johnny Wilson had a big night in response, catching seven balls for two TD’s and 149 yards. He was found by backup QB Tate Rodemaker for the go-ahead score and an interception of Cunningham late in the fourth proved to be the game’s two decisive moments. In other college football action on the night, Wyoming improved to 3-1 with a 17-14 home win over Air Force as both teams opened Mountain West play.
2nd Down: Justin Herbert’s rib injury isn’t as serious as what the team might have feared it to be. The LA Chargers, who fell to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night after a furious comeback, announced that the quarterback has fractured rib cartilage and that he is expected to be out ‘day-to-day’ with the injury. They do have the upside of having extra rest since they played on Thursday this past week, and they also have a relatively ‘soft’ game with the Jaguars coming up, so that could help them a bit. It’s better than a broken rib, but rib injuries are still zero fun and this one might be worth watching.
3rd Down: Dennis Schroder is headed back to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers for another season, with the point guard signing a one-year deal that is worth just over $2.5 million. Schroder had a very good season in 2020-21 for the purple and gold, averaging over 15 points a game. He is now the third PG on the roster, further intensifying speculation about the future of Russell Westbrook in Tinseltown.
4th Down: Jordan Burroughs made history on Friday in Belgrade as he won the world championships in wrestling. The American, now 34 years of age, has stayed in the game long enough to win seven gold medals across the Olympics and world championships, breaking the previous record held by John Smith. Next up, though, for Burroughs is likely to be a showdown with Kyle Dake for the 74kg spot in the Olympics. He lost out to him for a spot in the 2022 edition, so it will be interesting to see if he can add to his medal haul yet again come 2024.