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Kyler Murray, who was projected to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma’s quarterback, will have a difficult decision to make after being drafted No. 9 overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics on Monday. By Jake Trotter

Nebraska got the guy, it has the offensive philosophy, and it has hope again. Now it might need a wee bit more patience. Scott Frost was the hot coaching prospect with the fun story of the 2017 season, while Nebraska was the under performing power program that needed a shot in the arm to try restoring the glory. By 

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Two sportswriters, both with Southern drawls, found themselves sitting through a mandatory college sports summit last week in a place that simply oozes with college football tradition — Connecticut.

While listening to myriad speakers over three days, the first writer — Mark Schlabach — realizes that the 100-day mark of the first full weekend of college football is rapidly approaching. The other writer sitting next to him — Ryan McGee — suggests they pass the time by making a list of the 100 things they can’t wait to see during the 2018 season. By Ryan McGee, Mark Schlabach

In this week’s mailbag, a look at the head coaches with the brightest and bleakest outlooks on their second season in charge, Kyler Murray’s MLB draft decision and the costs and benefits of Ohio State’s scheduling. By ANDY STAPLES

Some corners of the SEC have been more vocal than others about opening up alcohol sales to the entire stadium, leaving the league in a touchy stalemate as the NCAA continues to explore the benefits of expanding access to drinks at events large and small. By ROSS DELLENGER 

SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 10: C.J. Sanders #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returns a punt 24 yards in the second quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Notre Dame Stadium on September 10, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

C.J. Sanders confirmed to 247Sports.com today that he has decided to transfer to SMU and continue his collegiate playing career with the Mustangs.  As the receiver left Notre Dame as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play for the AAC school immediately in  2018.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wasn’t the only football player to be drafted by a team in the MLB draft. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson just had his name go off the board.

Patterson was drafted by the Texas Rangers with the 1,169th pick overall in the 39th round of the MLB Amateur Draft. Considering his placement in the draft, it would be unlikely Patterson will have to make such a high-profile decision to choose between baseball and football the way Murray did this week. By Kevin McGuire

Juval Mollette announced that he “will be transferring from the University of North Carolina.” “I am a firm believer that God didn’t bring me all this way for no reason,” the receiver wrote, “and that everyone has a different path towards their own individual goals.” By John Taylor

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And let the whining and/or bitching and/or moaning about an SEC team’s non-conference schedule commence in three… two… one… In that vein, both Alabama and Central Michigan announced Wednesday a one-off future game between the two football programs.  The match-up will, obviously, take place at Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, and is scheduled for Sept. 2, 2023, in what will serve as the season opener for both teams. That meeting will mark the first-ever between the Crimson Tide and Chippewas. By John Taylor

North Carolina football recruit Jordyn Adams will not enroll at the school and instead will pursue a professional baseball career after the Los Angeles Angels selected him No. 17 overall in Monday’s MLB draft. By Adam Rittenberg

The woman who made up rape allegations against two Sacred Heart University football players pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to police.

Nikki Yovino, 19, of South Setauket, N.Y., reportedly made up the allegations in order to gain the sympathy of another student she wanted to date. As part of a plea bargain, the young woman will be sentenced on Aug. 23 to “three years, suspended after she serves one year in prison and followed by three years’ probation,” the CT Post reported. By Kathleen Joyce | Fox News

J.T. Barrett won a lot. There were also aspects of his game that held the Buckeyes back. So as we prepare to enter the Dwayne Haskins era in Columbus, let’s examine Barrett’s shortcomings using PFF College data. In doing so, we’ll get a peek into how the Buckeye offense could evolve under the redshirt sophomore’s direction. By CHRIS HUMMER 

No question new Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin feels good about his current starting quarterback Khalil Tate. On deck, perhaps new commit Grant Gunnell. Ranked by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style passer, the 6-foot-6, 222-pound Gunnell announced his verbal to Sumlin and the Wildcats on Wednesday evening, reuniting with a couple coaches he gave his word to when they were at Texas A&M in Sumlin and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. By STEVE WILTFONG 

Killing time until the return college football is as easy as counting to 10, and then continuing to count out the rest of the roughly 7,500,000 seconds until the first Saturday of the 2018 season. It’s that easy!

From there, it’s another countdown of about 100 days until the real action begins: College Football Playoff national semifinals – held in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl – will be held on Dec. 29, with the title game coming on Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. By 

It’s fun to watch T.J. Bollers play wide receiver. He starred there Saturday, when Clear Creek Amana played in the Iowa Elite Playmaker 7-on-7 football tournament on the Tiffin soccer fields. He ran crisp routes. He showed great hands. His tree-trunk legs had the quick twitch of a running back. He rose up for catches facing triple teams on several occasions. By 

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