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Former Notre Dame running back Allen Pinkett said he and play-by-play man Don Criqui are out as the radio broadcast team for the Fighting Irish.

Pinkett has been doing the national radio broadcasts for Notre Dame since 2001. He began as an analyst with play-by-play man Tony Roberts, who was replaced in 2006 by Criqui.

In April, Notre Dame announced a deal with JMI Sports that included national radio rights. JMI wants something different, Pinkett told the South Bend Tribune. By ESPN

Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley was given a new contract Tuesday that will pay him $4.8 million annually.

Riley made $3.1 million, not including performance bonuses of $380,000 for winning the Big 12 and making the College Football Playoff, during his first season as the Sooners’ head coach in 2017.

Riley’s new deal runs through the 2023 season, and will include a $100,000 raise each year, meaning Riley will earn roughly an average of $5 million per year through the life of the contract. By Jake Trotter

Steve Spurrier loves to quote one of his old bosses, Pepper Rodgers, who was quick to tell you that a football coach was only as good as his players and his schedule.

So before we dive too heavily into breaking down depth charts, returning starters and key newcomers for the 2018 college football season, maybe we first ought to look at who faces the toughest three-game stretches next season without a bye. You know, the kind of grind that can turn a promising season into a disappointing season in a hurry. By Chris Low

It seems crazy, but USC hadn’t won any of the first six Pac-12 conference championship games, and then finally broke through after years of battling past the ridiculous Reggie Bush sanctions and with a few key coaching and administrative changes, but this is USC. It’s supposed to be playing for national championships.

But last year was a step. It might have been a slightly disappointing one after all the excitement built off the thrilling Rose Bowl win over Penn State to end the 2016 season, and with a superstar quarterback in Sam Darnold to lead the way, but the program got the Pac-12 Champion t-shirt. By Pete Fiutak

Michigan State’s last Big Ten title and lone trip to the College Football Playoff was followed by a disappointing season. Now coming off a resurgent 2017 campaign, the Spartans are back in the national picture.

Michigan State’s odds of reaching the College Football Playoff are 7-to-1, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. By Matt Wenzel

Michigan football continues to be a favorite with the oddsmakers in Las Vegas. The Wolverines are 3-to-1 favorites to reach the four-team College Football Playoff in 2018, according to odds released Tuesday by the Westgate Las Vegas.

Those are fourth-best nationally, behind defending champion Alabama (5/11), Clemson and Ohio State (5/4), and Georgia (3/2). For every $1 a bettor wages at the Westgate, they will net $3 should Michigan reach the playoff. By Aaron McMann

The SEC has established itself as the most dominant conference in college football over the last decade, doing so with a bang in 2017 when Alabamatopped SEC champion Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship — the second time since the 2011 season that two SEC teams met for all the marbles.

It shouldn’t come as a shock that the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs have the highest projected win totals, according to South Point Casino, with defending SEC West champion Auburn predictably pegged in the No. 3 spot. By Barrett Sallee

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