Less Than A Month Away NCAA Football Heating Up As Camps Get Started

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July 30, 2019

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Usually the nation’s top college football programs schedule cupcake games as part of their non-conference schedule.

Alabama and Wisconsin announced they agreed to a home-and-home series for 2024 and 2025.

Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma was not enrolled in classes for what would have been the fall semester of his sophomore academic year. That was a clear signal that Anoma’s days with the Crimson Tide were numbered, and now, the former 5-star backer has been confirmed to have entered the transfer portal.

With Deerfield Beach (Fla.) four-star running back Jaylan Knighton set to announce his commitment on Tuesday, the 247Sports Crystal Ball is trending heavily for Florida State.

Knighton was one of many prospects on hand in Tallahassee over the weekend for Saturday Night Live and on the heels of the visit, the Crystal Ball predictions have been rolling in for the Seminoles.

After picking up 12 predictions over the past two days, FSU has overtaken Ohio State as the Crystal Ball leader for the 5-foot-9, 194-pounder at 71 percent. The Buckeyes hold 14 percent of the predictions, while the remaining 14 percent are undecided.

As is custom for most schools organizing a full color-coordinated atmosphere, the Louisville football team will suit up for the occasion in an all-black uniform. Our primetime opener vs. Notre Dame is officially a blackout.

According to SEC commentator Brad Nessler, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm revealed that he wants to wear the alternate black jerseys against Notre Dame.

Regardless of their finishes in the past two seasons, the Georgia Bulldogs are always contenders in the SEC. Even with their recent successes, the Georgia faithful always show up, which many consider as the best fanbase in college football. There fan presence, creativity and social media engagement are reasons for the passionate fans the Bulldogs count on each season.

The Dawgs have their own claim at RBU, and with D’Andre Swift, Zamir White and James Cook expected to handle the backfield this upcoming season, they’ll ensure it’s in good hands heading into 2020. It’s then that we could be in for the Kendall Milton takeover.

The Georgia Bulldogs are filling in their 2025 college football schedule with the addition of a home game against the Charlotte 49ers in late November. Georgia and Charlotte have agreed to a future game in Athens to be played on Nov. 22, 2025.

Running back Tavien Feaster is switching sides in the state’s biggest rivalry, leaving Clemson to join South Carolina for his final college season.

Feaster is a 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior who was part of Clemson’s national championship teams in 2016 and last year. Feaster rushed for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons with the Tigers.

University of Tennessee’s latest jewel is 4-star speed demon wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, who posted a video of him at Neyland Stadium decked out in Volunteers orange to announce his commitment to Tennessee.

Former Notre Dame and Florida quarterback Malik Zaire is joining CBS Sports as a national college football analyst, as first confirmed by The Big Lead.

Zaire, who is 24, plans to remain with Overtime, which is a sports network he signed with last year. According to The Big Lead, Zaire will be on a rotation of play-by-play announcers on select games this season.

Former Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville is making that classic late-career pivot from college football coach and analyst to senator, as he’s running as a Republican for a senate spot in Alabama in 2020.

While his 13-0 season in 2004 and 85-40 overall record at Auburn might make him beloved with Tigers fans, fans of Alabama might not be very inclined to elect the guy who beat them year after year to high office. What’s Tuberville’s plan to win over Alabama fans? Claiming that he’s the reason Bama was able to get Nick Saban.

Can Felipie Franks be the big-time QB that the Florida Gators need. Franks only completed 58 percent of his passes in a simple offense that doesn’t ask him to make tons of complex throws. At 6-6 and 240 pounds with a strong arm, Franks has the tools to be among the best QBs in the SEC, but he needs to focus on becoming a precise, accurate passer. If he can’t, Florida’s ceiling is very much limited.

Head coach Mark Stoops announced that safety Devonte Robinson is done for the 2019 season after suffering a right quadriceps muscle injury while training on Tuesday.

There are many Heisman hopefuls this season but one QB could be a clear cut favorite. Trevor Lawrence had about as successful a season as anyone could have ever imagined for his first year on the Clemson campus. Lawrence entered his freshman fall camp as a highly-touted 5-star quarterback, eventually beating out the incumbent starter in Kelly Bryant, winning a National Championship.

Nick Saban Alabama HC came clean on his demeanor at press conferences. He stated he’s not answering questions for the media. He’s talking to his team.

So when the media gives him an opportunity to give his team a message for the season or the upcoming game, he takes full advantage of it. And it obviously works considering how well the Crimson Tide perform every week.

Oklahoma Sooners HC Lincoln Riley’s full response to being asked which Big 12 team gives him the most sleepless nights:

“Every now and then you get asked these questions. In your mind, you go politically correct or tell the truth. So, the truth is none of ’em.”

UFC wanted a home-and-home with Florida and/or Florida State. It looks like they got one with Florida…. International. UCF and FIU will meet on the field in 2020 and 2022. While specific dates were not revealed, the 2020 game would be in Orlando and 2022 in Miami.

The infamous transfer portal has a new name entered into the database as another week begins. This time it is Texas A&M fullback Ben Miles, who just so happens to be the son of Kansas head coach Les Miles. News of the latest addition to the transfer portal came via Cole Cubelic on Twitter.

Kansas athletics lost one of its most recognizable voices Monday. Max Falkenstein, who called Kansas football and basketball, has died at age 95, the school announced Tuesday. No cause of death was given.

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