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*****Official 2017-2018 College Football Thread*****

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suh_fan93    1,033

So many story lines for the B1G this year. Michigan loses a ton of guys but they return Speight who to me looks pretty good at times and not the most decisive at others. A lot of young unproven talent on both off and def this year for them. Will Michigan St. rebound? Can their defense improve? JT Barrett is back for his 8th year for OSU it seems like. Nebraska with new coaches/scheme and quarterbacks. How will Minnesota and Fleck do in his first year there? Can Penn St. keep the momentum going? Northwestern returns Clayton Thorson and Justin Jackson. Can Wiscy keep it going? Do the Hawkeyes actually beat Nebraska 3 times in a row?

 

Lots of big B1G spring games coming this week.

 

Indiana - Thursday 6 PM

Minnesota - Saturday 11 AM

Ohio State - Saturday 11:30 AM

Michigan - Saturday NOON

Nebraska - Saturday 1 PM

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suh_fan93    1,033

Also Purdue with a new head coach and it looks like they are definitely wanting to emphasize the pass going forward. Year 2 of Lovie Smith at Illinois. How does that go for them this year? Indiana breaks in a new head coach this year also.

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spurs1990    539

As much as things change with coaches I'd think they stay the same. Top conference dogs not going anywhere anytime soon.

 

Purdue and Northwestern renovations look very impressive though. They should see a boost from those.

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suh_fan93    1,033
“We’re not a real good football team right now. Don’t expect to be in April, and the objective is to be ready when the season starts. We see a lot of individual improvement going on right now,” Kirk Ferentz said Friday following an open workout. “We’re doing some good things at times, but…we can’t get lined up sometimes. The formations are different, the language we’re using is different. So the guys are getting used to that still, and we expected that.” - Kirk Ferentz

 

Iowa reworks offense under OC Brian Ferentz

 

 

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spurs1990    539

 

“We’re not a real good football team right now. Don’t expect to be in April, and the objective is to be ready when the season starts. We see a lot of individual improvement going on right now,” Kirk Ferentz said Friday following an open workout. “We’re doing some good things at times, but…we can’t get lined up sometimes. The formations are different, the language we’re using is different. So the guys are getting used to that still, and we expected that.” - Kirk Ferentz

 

Iowa reworks offense under OC Brian Ferentz

 

 

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Hate to agree with him, but I wish we could translate that sentiment to some of our fan base. The important stuff isn't next week. There is time to educate, improve strength, and get fundamentally better and be ready for the season.

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Nebfanatic    617

I feel ya spurs. Everyone is freaking out about cav and the Oline because of some comments by Riley. With past performance, I suppose the concern is understandable but at the same time at this point, every team has an area of concern. That doesn't mean that won't be worked upon and improved by the time the first whistles blow.

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GSG    5,377

Mississippi state called off the rest of their spring game after a RB got his head taken off on a play.

 

 

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Is Your Pee Clear Enough For Tom Herman?

 

Longhorns writer Anwar Richardson spotted this sign in a bathroom at UTs athletic center:

 

 

https://twitter.com/AnwarRichardson/status/851914635833901058

This is nothing special. They have these type of pee charts here at Nebraska and we had them in my high school football locker room.

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GSG    5,377

 

Is Your Pee Clear Enough For Tom Herman?

 

Longhorns writer Anwar Richardson spotted this sign in a bathroom at UTs athletic center:

 

 

https://twitter.com/AnwarRichardson/status/851914635833901058

This is nothing special. They have these type of pee charts here at Nebraska and we had them in my high school football locker room.

 

 

:lol: That's bizarre to me. I've never seen this anywhere before

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2017-18 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule

 

 

All times Eastern.

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College Football Playoff schedule

 

Jan. 1

College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
5 p.m., ESPN
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California

 

College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:45 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans

 

Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T
8 p.m. ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta

 

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Bowl schedule

 

Dec. 16

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
Noon, ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
1 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans

 

AutoNation Cure Bowl
2:30 p.m., CBSSN
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida

 

Las Vegas Bowl
3:30 p.m., ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
4:30 p.m., ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
8 p.m., ESPN
Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, Alabama

 

Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl
7 p.m., ESPN
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, Florida

 

Dec. 21

St. Petersburg Bowl
8 p.m., ESPN
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl
12:30 p.m., ESPN
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
4 p.m., ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium
Boise, Idaho

Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl
Noon, ESPN
Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama

 

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
3:30 p.m., ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, Texas

 

Dollar General Bowl
7 p.m., ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama

 

Dec. 24

Hawai'i Bowl
8:30 p.m., ESPN
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium
Honolulu

 

Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl
TBD, ESPN
Ford Field
Detroit

 

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
TBD, ESPN
Cotton Bowl
Dallas

 

Cactus Bowl
TBD, ESPN
Chase Field
Phoenix

 

Dec. 27

Independence Bowl
1:30 p.m., ESPN
Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
5:15 p.m., ESPN
Yankee Stadium
New York

 

Texas Bowl
9 p.m., ESPN
NRG Stadium
Houston

 

Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
1:30 p.m. ESPN
Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland

 

Camping World Bowl
5:15 p.m., ESPN
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida

 

Valero Alamo Bowl
9 p.m., ESPN
Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas

 

Dec. 29

Belk Bowl
1 p.m. ESPN
Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl
2 p.m., CBS
Sun Bowl
El Paso, Texas

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
4:30 p.m., ESPN
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
8:30 p.m., ESPN
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas

 

Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl
Noon, ESPN
EverBank Field
Jacksonville, Florida

 

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
12:30 p.m., ABC
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee

 

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
4 p.m., ESPN
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona

 

Capital One Orange Bowl
8 p.m., ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida

 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
TBD, CBSSN
Arizona Stadium
Tucson, Arizona

 

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl
Noon, ESPN2
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
12:30 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta

 

Citrus Bowl
1 p.m., ABC
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida

 

Note: The date and time for the Foster Farms Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl are still to be determined.

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2017-18 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule

 

 

All times Eastern.

greyline.png

College Football Playoff schedule

 

Jan. 1

College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

5 p.m., ESPN

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

 

College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl

8:45 p.m., ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans

 

Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

8 p.m. ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta

 

greyline.png

Bowl schedule

 

Dec. 16

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Noon, ABC

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

1 p.m., ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans

 

AutoNation Cure Bowl

2:30 p.m., CBSSN

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

 

Las Vegas Bowl

3:30 p.m., ABC

Sam Boyd Stadium

Las Vegas

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

4:30 p.m., ESPN

Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Cramton Bowl

Montgomery, Alabama

 

Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl

7 p.m., ESPN

Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium

Boca Raton, Florida

 

Dec. 21

St. Petersburg Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Tropicana Field

St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl

12:30 p.m., ESPN

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium

Nassau, Bahamas

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

4 p.m., ESPN

Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium

Boise, Idaho

Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Noon, ESPN

Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

 

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

3:30 p.m., ESPN

Amon G. Carter Stadium

Fort Worth, Texas

 

Dollar General Bowl

7 p.m., ESPN

Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Mobile, Alabama

 

Dec. 24

Hawai'i Bowl

8:30 p.m., ESPN

Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium

Honolulu

 

Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

TBD, ESPN

Ford Field

Detroit

 

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

TBD, ESPN

Cotton Bowl

Dallas

 

Cactus Bowl

TBD, ESPN

Chase Field

Phoenix

 

Dec. 27

Independence Bowl

1:30 p.m., ESPN

Independence Stadium

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

5:15 p.m., ESPN

Yankee Stadium

New York

 

Texas Bowl

9 p.m., ESPN

NRG Stadium

Houston

 

Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

1:30 p.m. ESPN

Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis, Maryland

 

Camping World Bowl

5:15 p.m., ESPN

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

 

Valero Alamo Bowl

9 p.m., ESPN

Alamodome

San Antonio, Texas

 

Dec. 29

Belk Bowl

1 p.m. ESPN

Bank of America Stadium

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl

2 p.m., CBS

Sun Bowl

El Paso, Texas

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

4:30 p.m., ESPN

Nissan Stadium

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

8:30 p.m., ESPN

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, Texas

 

Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl

Noon, ESPN

EverBank Field

Jacksonville, Florida

 

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

12:30 p.m., ABC

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Memphis, Tennessee

 

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

4 p.m., ESPN

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

 

Capital One Orange Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

TBD, CBSSN

Arizona Stadium

Tucson, Arizona

 

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

Noon, ESPN2

Raymond James Stadium

Tampa, Florida

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

12:30 p.m., ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta

 

Citrus Bowl

1 p.m., ABC

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

 

Note: The date and time for the Foster Farms Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl are still to be determined.

 

Add this one in:

 

Dec. 20

 

Frisco Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Toyota Stadium

Frisco, Texas

This was formerly the Miami Beach Bowl

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2017-18 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule

 

 

All times Eastern.

greyline.png

College Football Playoff schedule

 

Jan. 1

College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

5 p.m., ESPN

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

 

College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl

8:45 p.m., ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans

 

Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

8 p.m. ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta

 

greyline.png

Bowl schedule

 

Dec. 16

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Noon, ABC

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

1 p.m., ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans

 

AutoNation Cure Bowl

2:30 p.m., CBSSN

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

 

Las Vegas Bowl

3:30 p.m., ABC

Sam Boyd Stadium

Las Vegas

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

4:30 p.m., ESPN

Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Cramton Bowl

Montgomery, Alabama

 

Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl

7 p.m., ESPN

Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium

Boca Raton, Florida

 

Dec. 21

St. Petersburg Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Tropicana Field

St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl

12:30 p.m., ESPN

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium

Nassau, Bahamas

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

4 p.m., ESPN

Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium

Boise, Idaho

Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Noon, ESPN

Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

 

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

3:30 p.m., ESPN

Amon G. Carter Stadium

Fort Worth, Texas

 

Dollar General Bowl

7 p.m., ESPN

Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Mobile, Alabama

 

Dec. 24

Hawai'i Bowl

8:30 p.m., ESPN

Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium

Honolulu

 

Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

TBD, ESPN

Ford Field

Detroit

 

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

TBD, ESPN

Cotton Bowl

Dallas

 

Cactus Bowl

TBD, ESPN

Chase Field

Phoenix

 

Dec. 27

Independence Bowl

1:30 p.m., ESPN

Independence Stadium

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

5:15 p.m., ESPN

Yankee Stadium

New York

 

Texas Bowl

9 p.m., ESPN

NRG Stadium

Houston

 

Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

1:30 p.m. ESPN

Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis, Maryland

 

Camping World Bowl

5:15 p.m., ESPN

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

 

Valero Alamo Bowl

9 p.m., ESPN

Alamodome

San Antonio, Texas

 

Dec. 29

Belk Bowl

1 p.m. ESPN

Bank of America Stadium

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl

2 p.m., CBS

Sun Bowl

El Paso, Texas

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

4:30 p.m., ESPN

Nissan Stadium

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

8:30 p.m., ESPN

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, Texas

 

Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl

Noon, ESPN

EverBank Field

Jacksonville, Florida

 

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

12:30 p.m., ABC

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Memphis, Tennessee

 

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

4 p.m., ESPN

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

 

Capital One Orange Bowl

8 p.m., ESPN

Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

TBD, CBSSN

Arizona Stadium

Tucson, Arizona

 

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

Noon, ESPN2

Raymond James Stadium

Tampa, Florida

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

12:30 p.m., ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta

 

Citrus Bowl

1 p.m., ABC

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

 

Note: The date and time for the Foster Farms Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl are still to be determined.

 

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Alabama is again No. 1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll

 

 

1. Alabama (14-1)

Points: 1,603 (49 first-place votes). Previous ranking: 2. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta (ABC, 8).

Outlook: Dynamic QB Jalen Hurts has a year under his belt, his backfield is loaded, and the defense should be its formidable self. In short, the Crimson Tide are heavy favorites in the SEC once again.

2. Ohio State (11-2)

Points: 1,512 (5). Previous ranking: 6. Opens: Aug. 31 at Indiana (ESPN, 8).

Outlook: QB J.T. Barrett and RB Mike Weber will provide the bulk of the yards. Some new defensive starters must perform immediately, but there's enough talent in place for a run at the Big Ten.

3. Florida State (10-3)

Points: 1,434 (4). Previous ranking: 8. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. No. 1 Alabama in Atlanta (ABC, 8).

Outlook: QB Deondre Francois will see a lot of new faces in his huddle, and he needs better protection than he got a year ago. But the Seminoles defense, led by DB Derwin James, is experienced and always gives the team a chance to win.

4. Southern California (10-3)

Points: 1,415. Previous ranking: 5. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Western Michigan (Pac-12, 5:15).

Outlook: Sophomore QB Sam Darnold is the biggest reason Trojans’ fans are excited about 2017. He’ll need young receivers to step up, and the USC defense must also deliver to meet their lofty expectations.

5. Clemson (14-1)

Points: 1,367 (7). Previous ranking: 1. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Kent State (ESPN, noon).

Outlook: With QB Deshaun Watson and many of his teammates off to the next level, the Tigers’ offense has a lot of questions. A dominant defensive line and LB Kendall Joseph give the Tigers their best shot at a repeat title bid.

6. Penn State (11-3)

Points: 1,257. Previous ranking: 7. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Akron (ABC, noon).

Outlook: RB Saquon Barkley and QB Trace McSorley will provide the star power. If the recent run of recruiting success pays dividends in the form of quality depth, the Nittany Lions could be headed for a special season even after winning the Big Ten last year.

7. Washington (12-2)

Points: 1,245. Previous ranking: 4. Opens: Sept. 1 at Rutgers (FS1, 8).

Outlook: QB Jake Browning and most of his primary weapons are back for the Huskies’ high-scoring attack. But how will Washington respond to wearing the defending Pac-12 champion bullseye?

8. Oklahoma (11-2)

Points: 1,237. Previous ranking: 3. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Texas-El Paso (FOX, 3:30).

Outlook: The return of QB Baker Mayfield and an outstanding offensive line should ease the transition as Lincoln Riley assumes the coaching reins from Bob Stoops. The defense needs work, though the Sooners are hardly alone in that regard in the Big 12.

9. Michigan (10-3)

Points: 959. Previous ranking: 10. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. No. 16 Florida in Arlington, Texas (ABC, 3:30).

Outlook: No team was hit harder by personnel losses than the Wolverines. Don't cry for Jim Harbaugh, though. He still will have a lot of talent in Ann Arbor. But many of those expected to play key roles, particularly on defense, are unproven as full-time starters.

10. Wisconsin (11-3)

Points: 936. Previous ranking: 9. Opens: Sept. 1 vs. Utah State (ESPN, 9).

Outlook: In typical Badgers fashion, the offensive line should lead the way. QB Alex Hornibrook could blossom as a sophomore. With TE Troy Fumagalli and WR Jazz Peavy, he has two productive targets. DB D'Cota Dixon and LB T.J. Edwards are two pieces of what should again be a stingy defense.

11. Oklahoma State (10-3)

Points: 912. Previous ranking: 11. Opens: Aug. 31 vs. Tulsa (FS1, 7:30).

Outlook: Scoring points should not be a problem with the combination of QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington leading the offense. To win the Big 12 and contend for the Playoff, the defense must improve. LB Chad Whitener is one part of that puzzle.

12. LSU (8-4)

Points: 834. Previous ranking: 14. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Brigham Young in Houston (ESPN, 9:30).

Outlook: Ed Orgeron's first full season in Baton Rouge will feature RB Derrius Guice carrying the offensive load. Improvement from QB Danny Etling would bring some needed balance. DE Arden Key and DE Donte Jackson lead a unit that will be difficult for opponents to crack.

13. Auburn (8-5)

Points: 819. Previous ranking: 22. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Georgia Southern (SEC, 7:30).

Outlook: The arrival of Jarrett Stidham from Baylor should drastically improve the Tigers through the air. Running backs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson should find more room this year. The defense is young up front, but returns four of its top five tacklers.

14. Stanford (10-3)

Points: 732. Previous ranking: 12. Opens: Aug. 26 vs. Rice in Sydney, Australia (ESPN 10).

Outlook: Coming off six wins to end last season, the Cardinal are hopeful QB Keller Chryst will be healthy for the opener after a knee injury in their bowl game. RB Bryce Love will try to fill the shoes of Christian McCaffrey. DL Harrison Phillips is part of what should be the top defense in the Pac-12.

15. Georgia (8-5)

Points: 701. Previous ranking: not ranked. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Appalachian State (ESPN, 6:15).

Outlook: The running back tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will be one of the nation's best. QB Jacob Eason will look to improve on an up-and-down freshman season. He will be helped by a defense that returns 10 starters with DL Trenton Thompson and LB Roquan Smith two of the standouts.

16. Florida (9-4)

Points: 681. Previous ranking: 13. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. No. 9 Michigan in Arlington, Texas (ABC, 3:30).

Outlook: The starting quarterback for the Gators will need to be sorted out with the late transfer of Malik Zaire from Notre Dame. RB Jordan Scarlett and WR Antonio Callaway will help make things easier. The defense, which ranked in the top 10 in all the major categories, needs to fill some gaps in the front seven.

17. Louisville (9-4)

Points: 676. Previous ranking: 20. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Purdue in Indianapolis (FOX, 7:30).

Outlook: With Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson running the show, the Cardinals will be prolific on offense again. Some help from the offensive line could help avoid last year's late swoon. The defense looks to be in great shape with LB James Hearns and DB Jaire Alexander back.

18. Miami (Fla.) (9-4)

Points: 472. Previous ranking: 23. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Bethune-Cookman.

Outlook: Mark Richt, in his second year, has the program headed in the right direction. The offense can be built around RB Mark Walton and WR Ahmmon Richards, who set the Miami record for receiving yards as a freshman. The defense is full of young talent. The big challenge will be replacing Brad Kaaya at quarterback.

19. Kansas State (9-4)

Points: 339. Previous ranking: not ranked. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Central Arkansas.

Outlook: Bill Snyder, at 77, returns to the sideline. The defense will be stingy, and the offense will rely on the run game and efficient passing. That formula took time to come together last year before Kansas State won six of its last seven. A big key was the play of dual-threat QB Jesse Ertz.

20. West Virginia (10-3)

Points: 319. Previous ranking: 17. Opens: Sept. 3 vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. (ABC, 7:30).

Outlook: The Mountaineers, coming off a 10-win season, return only eight starters, the fewest in the Big 12. QB should be a strength, however, with the addition of Florida transfer Will Grier, who was impressive in the spring. RB Justin Crawford’s return leaves the running game on excellent footing. The defensive line loses three starters but Al-Rasheed Benton and David Long form one of the best linebacker duos in the conference.

21. South Florida (11-2)

Points: 247. Previous ranking: 19. Opens: Aug. 26 at San Jose State (CBSSN, 7:30).

Outlook: The Bulls, following their best season in school history, return most of their stars, including QB Quinton Flowers, the AAC's offensive player of the year. They lost head coach Willie Taggart (now at Oregon) but bring in Charlie Strong, who did not get it done at Texas but delivered huge success at Louisville.

22. Virginia Tech (10-4)

Points: 235. Previous ranking: 16. Opens: Sept. 3 vs. No. 20 West Virginia in Landover Md. (ABC, 7:30).

Outlook: In Justin Fuente's first season the Hokies reached the ACC title game and nearly upset Clemson. They will have to make up for several key losses, including quarterback Jerod Evans, and there is little experience at receiver beyond Cam Phillips. The linebacker and secondary groups are loaded.

23. Texas (5-7)

Points: 193. Previous ranking: not ranked. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Maryland (FS1, noon).

Outlook: There should be new energy this season with new coach Tom Herman. He will have a core of young talent on defense, including 10 returning starters and greater depth. After a promising freshman season, quarterback Shane Buechele has the potential to flourish in Herman’s system if he finds a go-to receiver.

24. Tennessee (9-4)

Points: 155. Previous ranking: 24. Opens: Sept. 4 vs. Georgia Tech in Atlanta (ESPN, 8).

Outlook: The Volunteers are coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons and yet the seat might still be hot for coach Butch Jones (14-18 record in the SEC). His recruiting success should help the team handle several key departures. Quinten Dormady appears to have an edge on Jarrett Guarantano in the competition to replace quarterback Joshua Dobbs. The defense must get better against the run after allowing 218.5 yards per game.

25. Utah (9-4)

Points: 109. Previous ranking: 21. Opens: Aug. 31 vs. North Dakota (Pac-12, 7:30).

Outlook: As usual, coach Kyle Whittingham’s defense should be up to the challenge behind another strong front. The questions come on offense, where Troy Taylor takes over as offensive coordinator. Incumbent quarterback Troy Williams, a junior, shows flashes but needs consistency.

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AP Preseason All-America Team

 

The Associated Press preseason All-America team, chosen by the votes of 51 members of the AP Top 25 media panel, and released Tuesday:

 

FIRST TEAM

 

OFFENSE

 
Quarterback — Sam Darnold, sophomore, Southern California

Running backs — Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State; Derrius Guice, junior, LSU.

Tackles — Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Connor Williams, junior, Texas.

Guards — Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Cody O'Connell, senior, Washington State.

Center — Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.

Tight end — Mike Gesicki, junior, Penn State.

Wide receivers — James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Christian Kirk, junior, Texas A&M.

All-purpose player — Quadree Henderson, junior, Pittsburgh.

Kicker — Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.

 

DEFENSE

 

Ends — Harold Landry, senior, Boston College; Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State.

Tackles — Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Dexter Lawrence, sophomore, Clemson.

Linebackers — Arden Key, junior, LSU; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; Azeem Victor, senior, Washington.

Cornerbacks — Tavarus McFadden, junior, Florida State; Jaire Alexander, junior, Louisville.

Safeties — Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama.

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, junior, Utah.

 

 

SECOND TEAM

 

OFFENSE

 

Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.

Running backs — Nick Chubb, senior, Georgia; Bo Scarbrough, junior, Alabama.

Tackles — Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.

Guards — Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.

Center — Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.

Tight end — Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.

Wide receivers — Calvin Ridley, junior, Alabama; Courtland Sutton, junior, SMU.

All-purpose player — Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.

Kicker — Eddy Pineiro, sophomore, Florida.

 

DEFENSE

 

Ends — Tyquan Lewis, senior, Ohio State; Rashan Gary, sophomore, Michigan.

Tackles — Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson; Vita Vea, junior, Washington.

Linebackers — Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tegray Scales, senior, Indiana; Cameron Smith, junior, Southern California.

Cornerbacks — Duke Dawson, senior, Florida; Iman Marshall, junior, Southern California.

Safeties — Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia; Godwin Igewbuike, senior, Northwestern.

Punter — JK Scott, senior, Alabama.

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GSG    5,377
32 minutes ago, GSG5545 said:

 

"Nebraska with 4 piddly-sh*t votes"

 

Drew misses old badass Nebraska.

 

Other guy thinks Nebraska and other old powers were hurt due to realignment.

 

Drew hates the spread and misses old Nebraska run game/option football.

 

Also mentioned Riley taking the team to Kendrick Lamar, Harbaugh taking the team to Rome, etc. "Who pays for this?" :lol:

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Dienhart: My top candidates for end-of-the-year Big Ten individual honors

 

QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR
1. Trace McSorley, Penn State. The perfect fit for OC Joe Moorhead’s offense, McSorley is the ultimate weapon and leader under center.
2. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State. The arrival of new OC Kevin Wilson may help Barrett become an even better weapon, especially in the passing game.
3. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern. He tweaked his mechanics after 2015 and really developed last year. Can he take his game to an even higher level?

 

RUNNING BACK OF THE YEAR
1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State. The junior is poised for perhaps a 2,000-yard rushing season.
2. Justin Jackson, Northwestern. He is looking for a fourth 1,000-yard season in a row and to become NU’s all-time leading rusher.
3. L.J. Scott, Michigan State. The physical back could be a lynchpin for the Spartans if the line develops.

 

WIDE RECEIVER OF THE YEAR
1. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State. He is poised to become the school’s all-time leader in receptions.
2. Nick Westbrook, Indiana. A rangy target who emerged last year, Westbrook is a tough red zone matchup.
3. D.J. Moore, Maryland. He is one of the Big Ten’s most underrated wideouts. Can the Terps deliver him the ball?

 

TIGHT END OF THE YEAR
1. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin. The 6-6 Fumagalli has soft hands and the grit to excel as a blocker, too.
2. Mike Gesicki, Penn State. When it comes to moving the chains, the 6-6 Gesicki has few peers. Not many linebackers can cover him.
3. Garrett Dickerson, Northwestern. NU’s “superback” is a terrific athlete who works the middle of the field like few others.

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
1. Sean Welsh, Iowa. The tough, physical guard is the lead man on a Hawkeye front.
2. Michael Deiter, Wisconsin. Big, tough and strong, Deiter is a classic Madison mauler for a top o-line.
3. Mason Cole, Michigan. The versatile Cole is a classic combination of smarts, strength and technique.

 

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
1. Rashan Gary, Michigan. The ballyhooed Gary looks primed to emerge as the Big Ten’s top force off the edge.
2. Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State. The reigning Big Ten d-lineman of the year is an anchor of what may be the top defensive front in the nation.
3. Steven Richardson, Minnesota. The 6-0, 300-pound Richardson is almost impossible to wedge out from the interior of the line.

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The front-loaded deal will pay Swinney $7.5 million for the rest of 2017 -- a $6 million base salary and a $1.5 million signing bonus. Swinney also receives a $1 million insurance premium payment up front. He becomes the second college coach to earn more than $7 million in a single year (Alabama's Nick Saban is the other).

 

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Elaida    15
On 08/30/2017 at 10:55 PM, Michiganball said:

So, Florida now up to 10 players suspended for the Michigan game, if UM looses this one it's going to be a long season.

It's a sad day when the team loses the fans.  You might enjoy this link, Mich, I know I did.

 

http://florida.247sports.com/Board/14/Contents/Jordan-Scarlett-Rick-Wells-suspended-from-all-team-activities-106672338

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Michiganball    155
9 hours ago, Elaida said:

It's a sad day when the team loses the fans.  You might enjoy this link, Mich, I know I did.

 

http://florida.247sports.com/Board/14/Contents/Jordan-Scarlett-Rick-Wells-suspended-from-all-team-activities-106672338

Yea saw that, would react pretty much the same in their situation and question why so many failed the basics of character building years into the program. Then maybe swear to skip the game and turn it on anyway. Michigan though has one of the youngest teams in the country, so who knows whats going to happen, they could have a feast with UM's secondary, especially the CB's. Though if Michigan can run, it should be ok.

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