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 

 

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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

 

 

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEATING UP TOWARD CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT TIME

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The most amazing thing about Tuesday night’s college basketball action, even more incredible than Duke’s comeback from a 23-point deficit, was that everyone watching on television got the identical picture of doom for “the Commonwealth’s” two top-25 teams.

A television camera affixed to the top of the goal at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena showed everyone how LSU center Kavell Bigby-Williams scored the game-winning tip-in to beat the No. 5 Wildcats by knocking the ball into the goal as it rested on the rim from teammate Skylar Mays’ original attempt at the decisive basket. Bigby-Williams’ goal was not a legal play, but neither was it reviewable under NCAA basketball’s instant-replay rules. Continue Reading By Mike DeCourcy

Welcome to Volume II of The Bilas Index, the most dependable and trusted metric of hoop quality and capability in the known universe. Every conceivable bit of basketball information has been input into the gray matter inside The Bilastrator’s skull, and the output is simply magnificent and not subject to question or reasonable debate. The Bilas Index is the final word on all things basketball, and anyone with a functioning brain knows it. To be clear, The Bilas Index is not some weekly poll voted on by media, coaches or fans. It is not subject to current whim or which way the wind might be blowing. It is a clear-eyed evaluation of the 68 best teams in the country, irrespective of home wins, road wins, quads, calves or pecs. This gift from on high is not parsed by a group of well-fed and well-compensated college administrators pretending to be basketball-literate. It is culled from the most savvy and informed mind the game has ever known, and therefore, it is the most powerful basketball evaluation tool ever invented. Continue Reading By Jay Bilas

It’s easy to labor in obscurity in Buies Creek, North Carolina — until your game starts being connected to college hoops icons. Folks, meet Chris Clemons.

Campbell’s star scorer, the 5-9 guard from Raleigh had a season-high 48 points Wednesday to give him 2,978 for his career, moving him past Kansas star Danny Manning (2,951) and Cincinnati Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (2,973) into ninth place in men’s Division I career scoring. The Camels defeated visiting Hampton, 87-84, in Buies Creek.
Rick Barnes will take you to his favorite lunch spot, but not until this tour ends. Continue Reading By Bob Hille

He’s the head coach of the No. 1-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, but he also might as well be a Knoxville Chamber of Commerce rep as he weaves past a statue of Pat Summitt, steers down Phillip Fulmer Way and rolls toward Tee Martin Drive in a super-sized SUV that hogs the streets of Tennessee’s campus during the school’s winter break.

“You gotta see this,” he says as he ignores the GPS directions to the restaurant, and charts his own course.

Barnes speaks of Knoxville as if he’s a proud, longtime resident of this growing city. Continue Reading By Myron Medcalf

Wednesday was not a great night for many bubble teams, although NC State picked up a decent win.

Auburn and Lipscomb are among a handful of bubble teams that lost a chance to help themselves.

Seton Hall defeated Georgetown 90-75 in a game featuring two teams on the bubble and has done a better job of defending its home floor lately. This is the third straight win at home for the Pirates. Things are about to get tougher because three of their next four are on the road. Georgetown’s slim chances just got a lot slimmer. Here’s how the rest of bubble teams in action Wednesday fared:Continue Reading By 

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The Cal basketball team may have blown its best opportunity to produce a conference win in 2018-19 with a 75-67 overtime loss to UCLA Wednesday night. The defeat was the 13th straight for the Golden Bears, one which dropped them to 5-19 on the season and 0-12 in the much-maligned Pac-12.

It’s also a defeat which allows us to ask the question: Is Cal the worst power conference team in the history of college basketball?

On the surface this seems like a hyperbolic overreaction to something happening in the present. Do a little digging, however, and Wyking Jones’ team is putting together a pretty compelling case. Continue Reading By Mike Rutherford

By the end of this week, there will be just one month until Selection Sunday—the day that will determine the postseason fate for so many March hopefuls. With three-quarters of the regular season already in the books, we have a good idea of who this year’s top contenders are and who the favorites are in each conference race and tournament. But even if we think we know how things will play out in this final month, there’s bound to be at least one or two major surprises in store. Between now and March 17, will happen that few will see coming? We asked our staff to each make one bold prediction for the days leading up to (and including) Selection Sunday. Continue Reading By THE SI STAFF

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Duke forward Zion Williamson dunks in a game against St. John’s. PHOTO: ROB KINNAN/REUTERS

If you follow college basketball only casually until the NCAA tournament begins, there’s a good chance that the only thing you know about the 2018-19 season is the existence of a very large Duke freshman named Zion. But with the regular season winding down, fans are starting to wonder whether their teams will attract an invitation to March Madness.

Figuring out how your team rates will be different this year. RPI, the metric the NCAA has used since 1981 to gauge the strength of teams, has been replaced by a new, more sophisticated measure called NET. Continue Reading By Laine Higgins

 

 

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