Watch Michigan State RB Nick Hill pull a spin move for a touchdown (GIF)

Michigan State fifth-year senior running back Nick Hill matched his 2013 touchdown total with this videogame-like play during the second quarter.

Michigan State RB Nick Hill with a spin move for a touchdown

Hill took the handoff from quarterback Connor Cook at the 17-yard line, blasted through the line, made one defender miss, pulled off a nice spin move and then broke another tackle to waltz into the end zone. It was definitely one of the more athletic touchdowns of the game (though the Spartans had a lot of athletic plays for scores).

Hill’s touchdown made the score 28-0. He also had an 8-yard rushing TD to make it 35-0. The two touchdowns matched Hill’s touchdown total of his entire career.

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Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury agrees to contract extension through 2020

On the eve of the opening game of his second season as Texas Tech head coach, Kliff Kingsbury has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Lubbock through 2020.

The new agreement is a three-year extension that includes a salary bump up to $3.1 million in 2015. Kingsbury’s original contract, a five-year deal signed in 2012, was set to keep him with the program through 2017.

The school announced the agreement Friday night.

“There has never been a more exciting time within our football program than now,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “I am very proud of the program Coach Kingsbury is building and I know our fans are as well. We can’t wait to kick off the season tomorrow night at Jones AT&T Stadium and are looking forward to a bright future.”

Along with Kingsbury’s extension, the university also unveiled plans to build an indoor football facility, as well as a renovation project to the team’s current training facility.

“This is where I want to be and I couldn’t be happier,” Kingsbury said. “I can’t wait to take this thing to the next level.”

Kingsbury was a standout quarterback for the Red Raiders from 1998-2002, where he set a number of school records. He played professionally in the NFL, NFL Europe and CFL before starting his coaching career at the University of Houston in 2008. He then spent a year as Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator in 2012 before being hired by his alma mate in December 2012.

The Red Raiders went 8-5 in Kingsbury’s first season as head coach, culminating with a 37-23 win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. The 2014 campaign will kick off Saturday at home against Central Arkansas.

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The Dr. Saturday Podcast: Week one is upon us

Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we’ll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we preview the first week of the season. We chat about:

• Josh Shaw’s saga at USC. (Episode was taped Wednesday afternoon.)

• Analyze the weekend’s biggest games including Texas A&M-South Carolina, Ohio State-Navy and more.

• Pick against the spread in those five games.

• Make bold predictions for the 2014 season that are eerily similar.

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Juggernaut Index, No. 6: The Philadelphia Eagles

We all expected a blistering pace from the Philadelphia Eagles in Chip Kelly’s first pro season, and the team didn’t disappoint. Philly’s offense operated at an unmatched tempo, at times limited only by the speed of NFL officiating crews.

All things considered, it was an impressive show.

Philadelphia ranked fourth in the league in scoring (27.6 PPG), second in total yards (417.3 YPG) and first in rushing (160.4 YPG). This offense was a machine, and it was at its best in the second half of the season. The Eagles averaged 22.0 points per game over the first eight weeks, then 33.25 thereafter.

[odd formations and unique flourishes in Kelly’s system, the whole thing is underpinned by basic, sensible principles. Philadelphia creates man-advantages, then exploits them. The team spreads out defenses, then attacks with exceptional skill players.

Here’s an insane stat regarding the Eagles running game, via PFF’s Mike Clay: 76 percent of Philly’s rushing attempts last season were against nickel and dime defenses. NFL average was 40 percent, according to Clay’s data. So that seems borderline unfair. Not only does this offense feature one of the most dangerous backs in football, LeSean McCoy, but opposing defenses can’t (or don’t) overload to stop him. Kelly simply plays the numbers/space game beautifully — as well or better than any coach.

It helps, of course, that McCoy is a player of rare ability. Shady is a live-wire-quick runner, elusive and freakishly agile, capable of shredding any defensive front. He routinely elicits comparisons to Barry Sanders, and those comps actually don’t seem crazy. We’ve had a few small injury scares with McCoy during the preseason (thumb, toe), but he’s practicing and on track for a full workload in the opener. If he’s not your top overall pick, he should fall no further than No. 3 in any format. He’s an All-Pro in his prime, coming off a season in which he led the league in rushing (1607), scrimmage yards (2146) and carries (314).

Also, McCoy actively wants to be taken at the top of your draft, so the man has fantasy intangibles…

Philly signed Darren Sproles to a three-year deal back in March, so that’s another ridiculous chess piece for Kelly. Sproles landed in the one spot where he can approach his Saints-era value. Expect to see him in a supporting role, perhaps finishing with 45-55 carries and 60-70 receptions. He’ll remain a PPR factor, no question, but he’s not a straight handcuff. That role likely belongs to third-year back Chris Polk, though he’s dealt with a hamstring injury throughout the preseason. I’m not a committed handcuffer, so I won’t give you a hard-sell on backing up McCoy with another Eagles back.

[he’s painfully slow, he rushed for 221 yards and three TDs — in fact, he finished with more rushing scores than interceptions (2). It was basically a miraculous season for Foles.

So can he repeat?

The short answer is this: HELL NO HE CAN’T REPEAT. Don’t be ridiculous.

But you already knew that. Quarterbacks don’t maintain touchdown-to-interception ratios of 27-to-2. The question isn’t whether Foles’ production will dip, but to what extent. As good as he was last year, we should acknowledge that he made a few poor/ill-advised throws, yet was often rewarded for them. Here’s an extreme example. If defensive backs weren’t falling down (the Oakland game was a comedy), then they were swatting passes into the hands of Eagles receivers. Foles lived a charmed life, is what I’m saying.

Nick Foles, waiver wire legend. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)However, that’s not to suggest he wasn’t also very good. Foles’ season was full of smart decisions, quick reads, accurate throws and big plays. I don’t dislike him. He’s entering his second season at the controls of an inventive offense, and his last dozen games have been mostly excellent. Just please don’t assume his remarkable single-season TD and INT rates are sustainable. (We all remember that Josh Freeman once delivered a 25-TD, 6-pick season, right? Good.) No one should be terribly disappointed if Foles gives us, say, 3900 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 INTs. Draft accordingly.

Philadelphia’s receiving corps took a self-inflicted hit — at least in terms of talent — when DeSean Jackson was released in March. D-Jax may have his shortcomings, but he’s an elite vertical threat with high-end speed, and he’s one of the few receivers in the game capable of making insane plays like this one. Jackson gained 1332 yards and found the end-zone nine times last season on 82 catches. If you don’t think his departure is significant … well, every Foles owner hopes you’re right.

Obviously the return of Jeremy Maclin is a plus, even if he’s not quite in Jackson’s class as a big-play threat. The pre-injury version of Maclin was awfully good; he produced three straight 60-catch, 850-yard seasons from 2010-2012. Assuming he’s back at full capacity, he figures to lead this team in receiving, though perhaps not by a wide margin. I wouldn’t call Maclin a steal at his ADP (65.8), not while he’s going well ahead of Edelman, Colston, Decker, Wayne, Tate, Sanders, and various other same-tier receivers. Philly seems likely to feature a different pass-catcher each week, ultimately giving us a large collection of players who finish with 45-65 receptions.

Riley Cooper remains in the team picture, following a season in which he crammed a crazy percentage of his overall production into three big weeks. Cooper had nine games with less than 40 receiving yards last year. In the three mega-weeks, he delivered 361 yards and six TDs. (Season totals: 835 and 8.) While there’s certainly a place for a guy like that in fantasy, you’d prefer to use him as a bye-week crutch, or a deeper-league WR3/flex. He can’t be drafted as a starter in 10-team formats.

Vanderbilt rookie Jordan Matthews was a buzzy player throughout the offseason, and Philly’s front office was reportedly jacked to land him in the second round…

Matthews is a slot receiver with size (6-foot-3, 212), another potential red-zone weapon for a dangerous passing game. It’s a stretch, however, to think he’ll seriously feast in this offense in his first NFL season, unless injuries clear a path.

Stanford tight end Zach Ertz enters his second season as an obvious breakout candidate, a guy who was so universally beloved as a sleeper that he’s no longer sleeping. If you want him in a competitive league, you’ll need to target him in Rounds 8-10. He doesn’t make it to the end-game. Ertz made noise down the stretch as a rook, with four touchdowns over his final six games, playoffs included. He’s a versatile, high-ceiling player with great size (6-foot-5) tied to a high-scoring offense. I feel I may regret not owning more shares. Brent Celek is still in the mix, but Ertz is clearly the more relevant player in our game. And don’t worry about these guys splitting snaps — Kelly will occasionally break out a four-tight end double-stack formation, so two TEs is nothin’.

The Eagles defense should be worth owning for the opener against Jacksonville, but this isn’t a D you’ll need to roster throughout the year. Philly allowed 394.0 yards per game last season, ranking 29th in the league, and the team was merely middle-of-the-pack for fantasy purposes. LBs Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans are the IDPs to own, if you aren’t willing to go Eagleless.

2013 team stats: 27.6 PPG (NFL rank 4), 275.4 pass YPG (8), 32 pass TDs (5), 160.4 rush YPG (1), 31.3 rush attempts per game (4), 31.8 pass attempts per game (27)

Previous Juggernaut Index entries: 32. Oakland, 31. Miami, 30. Jacksonville, 29. NY Jets, 28. Tennessee, 27. Cleveland, 26. Baltimore, 25. Carolina, 24. Buffalo, 23. Tampa Bay, 22. St. Louis, 21. NY Giants, 20. Kansas City, 19. Houston, 18. Arizona, 17. Minnesota, 16. Pittsburgh, 15. San Diego, 14. San Francisco, 13. Atlanta, 12. Cincinnati, 11. Washington, 10. New England, 9. Indianapolis, 8. New Orleans, 7. Seattle

15-year-old American Catherine Bellis stuns No. 12 seed at U.S. Open

NEW YORK – A 22-year-old man stood up and wiggled his hips like a child. Blue cap turned backwards on his head, jean shorts hanging low, he held his smartphone up with both hands. As Catherine “CiCi” Bellis’ forehand landed just inside the line, the man stood, continuing to record. This was a moment he’d always remember. There was no time to clap. He needed to keep the camera steady.

“Oh my god, that’s definitely an ESPN top 10! Send it!” the boy’s friend yelled. “She turned 15 this year.”

“She was 14 not long ago,” another woman marveled out loud.

The time was 5:19 p.m. ET. Serena Williams was just about to take the practice court, a mere 200 feet away, where she’d warm up alongside Taylor Townsend, preparing for their match later Tuesday. Williams herself has dubbed Townsend the “future of American tennis.”

Bellis reacts after a point against Dominika Cibulkova. (AP)At this moment, though, no one cared. They were watching the future of American tennis right in front of them. Her name is Catherine Bellis. She’s 15. She’s ranked 1,208th in the world. Earlier this month, she won the USTA Girls 18′s national championships, which earned her a wild card to the main draw here.

On Tuesday, she knocked off 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the women’s singles draw, the first major upset of this year’s U.S. Open. Subsequently, she’s unable to claim the $60,000 prize money for advancing to the second round because she wants to maintain amateur status.

Bellis came out strong, taking the first set 6-1. She fought hard in the second set, but seemed to be slowing down as she fell 4-6. Fans crammed five rows deep along the short fence that separates the court from an open food court. On the other side, they stood nine rows deep, many using the Court 5 bleachers to watch Court 6. In the bleachers, every seat was packed, with some fans sitting two to a single seat.

After trailing 3-1 in the third set, she seemed to get her footing back. She stopped shanking her shots wide. She started drilling her serves out of Cibulkova’s reach. With every point, the fans jumped from their seats.

She held serve to go up 5-4 in the third set. The fans all held their breath. (Well, first they screamed. Then they held their breath.)

As Bellis took the court for what the fans hoped was the final game, a thunderous applause erupted from Court 4, barely 500 feet away. There, American Christina McHale had just defeated Chanelle Scheepers in three sets. Would Bellis follow suit?

She flew through the final game, stopping only to pump her fist after each point. Just like that, the 15-year-old won her first match in her first Grand Slam.

After the match, Bellis said she was as surprised by the result as everyone else.

“I went into the match thinking it was going to be such a great experience, but I never thought I would come out on top winning,” she said. “Words can’t describe it right now. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to think of it better.”

Then, she gave some of the credit to the crowd.

“It gave me more energy,” she said. “I love it when people watch me. It gives me more energy and makes me play better.”

She can be certain a lot of people will be watching her in the second round, where she’ll face fellow U.S. Open rookie Zarina Diyas.

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