COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: PRE-SEASON RANKING, HEISMAN TROPHY RADAR

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Last February, did you really think Kyler Murray was going to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy? Maybe, but it wasn’t a sure-thing lock that he was going to start over Austin Kendall.

Yeah, Tua Tagovailoa was on the radar, but how about Dwayne Haskins? They came close, and they were amazing, but they didn’t win it.

Did you have Clemson superstar freshman Trevor Lawrence as a possibility? No? I did, but he won a national title – he wasn’t in the Heisman equation. Continue Reading By 

It is not every day that a college team’s quarterback has a weightlifting video go viral. Lest we forget, Jalen Hurts is an absolute monster.

The Alabama-turned-Oklahoma signal caller was a power lifter in high school. When he was in Tuscaloosa, he was recorded squatting a reported 600 pounds. Continue Reading By 

The Oregon Ducks are one of the top teams heading into the 2019 season according to ESPN. On Thursday, ESPN released their 2019 Football Power Index (FPI) Preseason Top 25 and the Ducks are in the top 10.

The Ducks are the highest ranked Pac-12 team coming in at No. 10 with an FPI score of 16.4. Three other Pac-12 teams made the ESPN FPI Top 25 with Washington at No. 17, Utah at No. 18, UCLA at No. 21 and Stanford at No. 24.

Oregon will open the season with a top 10 FPI matchup against No. 9 Auburn in the Advocare Cowboys Classic on September 1st, 2019 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Continue Reading By KEVIN WADE 

 

clemson quarterback trevor lawrence during the national title game

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The professional football market is set to become saturated by 2020. With the NFL holding court as king, the Alliance of American Football made its debut this February, but that’s not all.

The XFL is expected to make its return in February 2020 while Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, is starting a developmental league expected to launch in June 2020. Continue Reading By 

Without question, Miami had one of the most disappointing seasons of any team in 2018, dropping from its preseason top-10 perch and eventually suffering a disastrous loss to Wisconsin in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to close at 7-6. A few days later, coach Mark Richt delivered a stunner: He was stepping down as Miami coach, three seasons after he arrived with fanfare and optimism. Miami brought back Manny Diaz after a brief 18-day stint at Temple to replace Richt. So what does The U face this spring as its new head coach tries to reinvent the Hurricanes? Continue Reading By Andrea Adelson

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Michigan has the nation’s No. 8 recruiting class. More importantly, it has the top class in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007.

Now, it’s on fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh to use this class to get the Wolverines back to the top of the conference for the first time since 2004. As far as a timetable to deliver those expectations, you can start that four-year clock now. Continue Reading By Bill Bender

The final chapter of the Hugh Freeze era at Ole Miss has been closed as the university vacated 33 wins over a six-year span because of ineligible player participation, athletic director Ross Bjork said Monday. Continue Reading By Travis Durkee

In what almost felt like a Friday afternoon news dump, last week the NCAA announced transfer quarterback Justin Fields’ waiver had been approved, and he would not have to sit out the 2019 season after transferring from Georgia to Ohio State. There were plenty of reactions to the news, ranging from positive to “THIS IS THE END OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AS WE KNOW IT.” Continue Reading By  

The college football transfer market was flooded with talent following the 2018 season. Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields decided it was time to take his talents to a different university following alleged racial slurs used in his direction from a member of the Georgia baseball team. Continue Reading By 

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee, in Athens, Ga. No. 2 Georgia will look for more consistent production than it managed the last two weeks against Missouri and Tennessee when it puts its perfect record on the line against Vanderbilt on Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

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The NCAA reportedly plans to evaluate its transfer guidelines this offseason and will consider making changes to the system that will impact the immediate eligibility of a player who transferred prior to graduating.

“We do believe attention on a small number of high-profile requests can skew perceptions of the scope of staff and committee review,” Kaity McKittrick, who will be among those involved in the review, said, per ESPN’s Dan Murphy. “Each waiver request is reviewed individually, as they each present a unique fact pattern and almost always confidential information about the student.” Continue Reading By KYLE NEWPORT

The Big Ten was all over the latest way-too-early college football top 25 from ESPN, and led the way with seven teams.

Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska were all ranked in the poll. The SEC came in second place with six ranked teams. Continue Reading By David Hookstead

They may not always be easy to predict, but surprising turnarounds can be found everywhere in college football. Since the start of the BCS era in 1998, at least one team has improved from two wins or fewer to .500 or better the following year. Last year, Georgia Southern and Baylor both went to (and won) bowl games after posting a total of three wins between them in 2017, and in ’17 three teams jumped up to six or more wins after finishing ’16 in their conference basements. Continue Reading By THE SI STAFF

 

 

 

DUKE NOT VOLS TOP SEED IN FIRST 16 SEED RANKINGS

Duke, not Vols, top overall seed in initial NCAA rankings

FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes watches the action in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The Volunteers don’t have a single top-100 recruit on their roster, yet they’re ranked No. 1 and have a school-record 17 straight victories for the longest active winning streak of any Division I team. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

 

Tennessee has been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll the past three weeks, has one loss this season and owns Division I’s longest winning streak.

It wasn’t enough for the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee to give the Volunteers the top overall seed in its initial rankings. The committee revealed its preliminary rankings on Saturday and it was Duke, not the Vols, earning the No. 1 overall seed. Continue Reading By JOHN MARSHALL

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In Duke’s last game against Virginia, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad shot 2-of-14 on three-pointers and relied on its talent to beat the Cavaliers’ stifling defense. Instead of repeating that performance Saturday, the Blue Devils took a page out of UMBC’s “make every shot” playbook, shooting 57.8% and 13-for-21 on threes in an 81-71 win. Continue Reading By JOE WILKINSON

Villanova Wildcats forward Saddiq Bey (15) and Marquette Golden Eagles guard Markus Howard (0) reach for a loose ball during the second half at Fiserv Forum.

Villanova Wildcats forward Saddiq Bey (15) and Marquette Golden Eagles guard Markus Howard (0) reach for a loose ball during the second half at Fiserv Forum. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)

Saturday’s unveiling of the top 16 seeds by the NCAA tournament selection committee provided a glimpse into the future. But the day’s game slate also served as a reminder that there’s still plenty of basketball to be played in the next five weeks up until Selection Sunday.

In a battle between two forecasted No. 1 seeds, Duke once again out-dueled Virginia. The Blue Devils started the day as the top overall seed, per the committee’s assessment, and ended the day with an even stronger profile. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, only suffered their second loss of the season, but this one was a much more convincing loss and on their home court. Continue Reading By 

Louisville Cardinals forward Dwayne Sutton (24) fights for a ball against Florida State Seminoles guard MJ Walker (23) during the first half at Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

Louisville Cardinals forward Dwayne Sutton (24) fights for a ball against Florida State Seminoles guard MJ Walker (23) during the first half at Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo: Melina Myers, USA TODAY Sports)

It’s always tough to win on the road in the ACC.

No. 24 Florida State (18-5, 6-4 ACC) outlasted No. 17 Louisville (17-7, 8-3 ACC) 80-75 in an overtime battle of ranked teams in front of a Tucker Civic Center crowd of 11,675 Saturday afternoon.

“That one was tough to swallow,” Louisville coach Chris Mack said. “Felt like for the better part of the game we did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position to win.”

Louisville had won seven of its last eight games entering Saturday. The Cardinals fall to 4-2 on the road in ACC play.

The Cardinals let a 10-point second-half lead slip away and the Seminoles tied the game at 65 at the end of regulation.

FSU didn’t waste time in overtime.

The Seminoles scored the first eight points of the period to surge in front, 73-65. It was their first advantage since 23-22 in the first half. Continue Reading By , Louisville Courier Journal

A slow first half from Quinndary Weatherspoon and the Bulldogs gave Kentucky enough momentum and margin for a 71-67 victory (Photo: Steve Robertson, 247Sports)

The best second half of Mississippi State’s season wasn’t good enough to complete a comeback as Kentucky escaped Humphrey Coliseum with a 71-67 victory. The #5-ranked Wildcats left 20-3, a game out of the SEC lead at 9-1, and with a tenth-straight victory.

Ben Howland’s Bulldogs dropped to 16-7, 4-6 with the week’s second close call. If not in overtime as Wednesday’s setback to LSU, this was by another four-point margin. And maybe, more frustrating given the game’s contrasting periods. Down 40-25 at halftime and seemingly out the Bulldogs slashed that deficit to a point with plenty remaining time to complete the comeback.

They couldn’t. “If we come out the first half like we did the second half I feel we win the game,” guard Nick Weatherspoon said. His coach didn’t disagree about the key to winning…or avoiding defeat.

“It’s not digging a hole in the first half,” said Howland. “Go down 15 points to maybe the hottest team in the country, that put a very low probability. And I thought we gave ourselves a great chance.” Continue Reading By DAVID H. MURRAY 

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