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The Feed: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ‘ready to roll’

Preseason College Football 2017

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The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – Lights, camera, action: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ready to roll

NBC Sports – Nick Saban: only thing player injured in shooting guilty of is ‘being out late’

Associated Press – Q&A: New Indiana coach hopes to make most of dream job

Associated Press – Player collapses, dies during football practice in Florida

ESPN – 2017 bold predictions: Look out for Urban Meyer’s revenge in 2017

ESPN – How big is Michigan-Florida opener? Depends whom you ask

ESPN – Why Virginia Tech’s Brandon Facyson is savoring every sip of college life

Bleacher Report – Expert Predictions for the 2017 College Football Season

AL.com – Can Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham escape Art Briles’ shadow?

Sports Illustrated – Art Briles Didn’t Deserve a Second Chance in the CFL, or Anywhere Else

SB Nation – Alabama vs. Florida State will be decided by the passing game. Who’s that favor?

SB Nation – Jim McElwain and Jim Harbaugh exchanged a few jabs ahead of Florida-Michigan

MSN – Your Complete Guide To College Football’s Neutral-Site Games In 2017

CBS Sports – Inside College Football: The return of BIll Clark and UAB, the wandering Owls

CBS Sports – These are the 17 college football teams that can win the national title in 2017

USA Today – This year’s ‘guarantee games’ worth $150 million for college football programs

Sports Illustrated – 2017 College Football Crystal Ball: Playoff Picks, Bold Predictions and More

Yahoo! Sports – LSU-BYU game moving to New Orleans, Rice finds refuge at TCU (Update)

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The Feed: Clemson Gives Dabo Swinney 8-year, $54 Million Contract Extension

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The headlines in college football…

ESPN – Dabo Swinney to be paid average of $6.75 million through 2024

ESPN – Atlanta to Atlanta? How FSU-Bama can create firsts for the CFP

ESPN – The most lethal call in college football (unless you get caught)

ESPN – The happiest – and most miserable – Fan bases in college football

ESPN – College football’s most binge-worthy teams in 2017

MSN – Top storylines entering the college football season

College Football News – 5 (Potentially) Stupid College Football Predictions For 2017

NBC Sports – 2017 Preseason Previews: Top 25

NBC Sports – Jim McElwain aware of Gator players’ weed citations, says ‘it has been dealt with’

NBC Sports – Jim McElwain hints at playing three quarterbacks vs. Michigan

NBC Sports – Tennessee WR Josh Smith has sprained shoulder, not broken collarbone

Associated Press – Alabama-Florida State kicks off this season’s games to watch

Associated Press – A freshman no more, ‘Bama’s Jalen Hurts focused on future

Associated Press – Quarterback Vincent Testaverde transferring out of Miami

Sports Illustrated – SEC Playoff Prospectus: The Five Teams That Can Make the Final Four

Bleacher Report – $72 Million for a High School Stadium? In Texas, It’s Only Up from There

MSN – Predicting The Heisman Trophy Race

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The Feed: Bama Tops First AP Top 25 Poll

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The headlines in college football…

NCAA.com – College football rankings 2017: Alabama tops first AP Top 25 Poll; Ohio State, Florida State not far behind

NCAA.com – College football rankings: When was the last time Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State wasn’t ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll?

Sports Illustrated – Preseason Power Rankings: Who Will Make 2017’s Strongest Playoff Case?

Associated Press – Top 25 Heat Check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?

Associated Press – Rose Bowl stars Darnold, Barkley lead AP All-America team

PennLive.com – Early Penn State 2017 bowl projections; Lions off to good start with top 2020 recruiting targets, and more

New York Times – The Best College Football Team You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

USAToday – Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin missteps in getting advice from Art Briles

Alabama Live – Alabama practice report: Latest on RB back from absence

New York Daily News – Clutch performer Jennings ready to lead Vols’ WR corps

Bleacher Report – Top Heisman Sleeper Contenders for 2017 College Football Season

MSN – Art Briles informally helping son Kendal, Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic

New York Daily News – No. 18 Miami taps Malik Rosier as starting quarterback

CBS Sports – 2017 SEC expert picks: Overrated, underrated, predicted order of finish

NCAA.com – College football: A week-to-week guide for the entire 2017 season

Sports Illustrated – The Big 12’s Existential Crisis Comes Down to One Missing Thing: Talent

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Hugh Freeze Phone Records Show Hundreds of Calls with Booster in NCAA Probe

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The headlines in college football…

Bleacher Report – Hugh Freeze Called Escort Service While on Ole Miss Recruiting Trip

Bleacher Report – Hugh Freeze Phone Records Show Hundreds of Calls with Booster in NCAA Probe

ESPN – Nick Saban: Did the best I could in communicating QB roles

Sporting News – College football Top 25: Best, worst case for every team

AL.com – Bobby Bowden: ‘Wouldn’t surprise me for Florida State to eke it out’ against Alabama

Saturday Down South – Which QBs will exceed expectations or fall short in Year 2? SEC Network analyst makes his picks

Saturday Down South – Ole Miss has nothing to play for in 2017, which should make rest of SEC nervous

Saturday Down South – Ranking 10 most important people in Alabama’s decade-long dynasty

Saturday Down South – ESPN gives Alabama slim chance of entering CFP undefeated

Saturday Down South – Give them the ball: 1 player on every SEC team who needs more touches in 2017

Associated Press – Plenty of running backs, receivers could produce immediately

Associated Press – Lawyer: Baylor settles with woman who said rape was ignored

SEC Country – Notre Dame AD would ‘love to figure out’ how to schedule future game with Auburn football

Bleacher Report – 50 Names You Need to Know for the 2017 College Football Season

Associated Press – Georgia Tech kicks running back Dedrick Mills off team

Associated Press – Ex-Vanderbilt football player gets minimum 15 years for rape

ESPN – After Tebow and Dak, who’s next for QB guru Dan Mullen?

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The Kickoff: Thoughts on the College Football Season Ahead

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Our patience is nearly rewarded as we get ready for the start of another exciting season of college football action. Kickoff Editor Tommy Duff offered a few thoughts while preparing Issue One of the college football newsletter, arriving August 28th. The new and improved newsletter is adding two additional pages to the PDF version this year, available for a limited time as a Buy One Get One Free Subscription Special online.

The early lead to the College Football Playoff starts on September 2nd at Mercedes Benz Stadium. That game will be one of our Games of the Week, along with Florida vs Michigan and West Virginia at Virginia Tech.

“We will know quickly whether Alabama will live up to the high expectations as the Tide play FSU on a neutral field in their opening game,” Duff said. “It will be interesting to see as that game should tell us whether FSU is ready to take the next step and/or if years of recruiting at an elite level gives the Tide an advantage of filling holes with seasoned talent.”

Duff said defending National Champions Clemson could be right back in the playoff picture for 2017, but “they’ll need for their young talent to mature fast. Kelly Bryant is expected to take over at the QB position. On defense, Clemson will be strong up front with 5 of their front 7 back. They have an extremely tough early schedule, with Auburn and Louisville in the 2nd and 3rd weeks.”

An embarrassing loss to Clemson in the playoffs should give Ohio State’s 15 returning starters motivation, which they may need going into an early season matchup against Oklahoma. “It is always very difficult to project how a program will respond to the loss of a head coach as respected as Bob Stoops, but Oklahoma returns a load of talent, including All American Quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma State game on the road becomes a lot more interesting with Stoops retired.”

Duff expects much from Southern Cal as they build upon a 9-game win streak and a victory in a Rose Bowl Classic. “Though their schedule isn’t easy, they play all their toughest matchups at home,” he said.

Penn State’s success last season surprised many. “Nobody saw them making it to the Rose Bowl Game, but now the faithful expect them to build upon that success, and the pieces are in place for them to do just that. Their most challenging games are in late October, though having Michigan and Ohio State in consecutive weeks is never ideal,” he said.

Other question marks heading into the new season:
• Can Ed Orgeron continue to right the ship at LSU with QB Danny Etling and RB Marion Guice as his main weapons?
• Will Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham finally give Auburn a proven efficient passer with a cannon under center who can make Gus Malzahn’s offense finally produce again?
• Can we expect some significant improvement in Mark Richt’s 2nd year at the helm in Miami?
• Will Richt’s old team, Georgia, be able to capitalize on a wealth of returning talent and avoid the last second meltdowns?
• How will the suspension of 7 players, including star WR Antonio Callaway, affect the Florida Gators in their opener against Michigan?
• Will defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson — the most electrifying college football player in the country last year – make Louisville one of the hottest teams in the country again after 3 losses to end the year left a sour taste?
• Will Michigan be able to replace the talent lost from their 10 win squad of last year before facing off against Penn State on October 21?
• Has Stanford’s rising junior Keller Chryst fully recovered from the ACL injury from last season’s Sun Bowl?
• Can Boise State prevail in week two, when they travel to Washington State, and enjoy one of those type years they perfected during the BCS era?
• What will Charlie Strong be able to do with a South Florida team with one of the country’s most manageable schedules and led by one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Quinton Flowers?
• What will be the impact of all of the turmoil on Ole Miss?
• Where will teams like Tennessee, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Arkansas end up after teams in the Top 25 start to fall?

Catch more of Duff’s Analysis of college football news and statistics in Issue One of The Kickoff, coming August 28th. Our prognosticator-in-chief gives his opinions each Friday from noon to 1 pm Eastern on WAAK 94.7 FM radio in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can listen online at https://www.waakradio.com/listen-live/

The long wait for a new season officially ends at 1:30 pm Eastern on Saturday, August 26th as Oregon State and Colorado State clash at Sonny Lubick Field. Stanford, Rice, Hawaii, UMass, South Florida, San Jose State, Portland State and BYU also have games that day before the majority of FBS teams play on Thursday, August 31-Saturday, September 2nd.

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