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Issue One with The Kickoff’s Preseason Picks to Publish August 27th

The Kickoff college football newsletter is putting the final touches on our first issue of the 2018 season. We’ll be emailing Issue 1 to PDF subscribers this coming Monday, August 27th ahead of the Week One games.

The issue includes our Preseason Top 50, which differs from the first AP Top 25 Poll released on August 20th. We agree that Alabama, Clemson and Georgia appear well positioned for continued success this season.

Ohio State’s position on the Kickoff Preseason Poll was unsettled amidst the controversy over Coach Urban Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes following a domestic abuse scandal with one of his staff coaches. The school suspended Meyer for the first three games of the season about to begin. AP’s initial poll had them ranked #5. Kickoff Editor Tommy Duff said the rankings beyond the top 3 could still change beyond the initial picks before Issue 1 goes out to readers on August 27th if the situation develops further.

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The Basics of How to Bet on College Football

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that banned commercial sports betting in most states, thus opening the door to potentially profound changes to sports wagering across the USA. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act stopped states from authorizing sports gambling, arguing that such a law safeguarded the integrity of sports, but the SCOTUS said the law was unconstitutional.

Those happy to see the ruling include more than just gambling companies. Television networks like ESPN expect fans to have a more deeply vested interest in games, which could translate to higher ratings. The strongest argument in favor of legalized sports gambling across the country may be that it happens anyway, so it can at least be regulated and generate money for government services.

Learning How to Bet on NCAA Football

In the interest of serving our readers who may be new to college football betting, we offer a beginner’s guide to the basics of betting on college football games.

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Kickoff Editor Offers Early 2018 College Football Analysis

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2018 College Football Preview

We made it through that cold, dark place between the national title game and the start of spring football. Tommy Duff, Editor of The Kickoff newsletter offers another round of springtime college football analysis.

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Asked who he expects to have a better year in 2018, Duff said he has an eye on the Penn State Nittany Lions, who return both Quarterback McSorley and Wide Receiver Thompkins. “Miles Sanders leads to fill Barkley’s place at Running Back,” Duff said. The team went to 7–0 to begin the 2017 season, before losing on consecutive weekends to Ohio State and Michigan State. They finished the regular season with wins over Rutgers, Nebraska and Maryland before beating Washington, 35–28, at the Fiesta Bowl.

Of course, Alabama continues to demand its perineal spot in the pre-season national title conversation based on recent performance. The Crimson Tide finished the 2017 season with a record of 13–1, losing to Auburn before defeating eventual SEC Champion Georgia in the College Football Playoff. “Obviously the big question for Bama in 2018 is whether Sophomore Tua Tagovailoa or Junior Jalen Hurts will win the starting job for the Tide,” Duff said. Hurts led Bama to the title game two consecutive years, but Tagovailoa was named the Offensive MVP of the national title game after replacing an ineffective Hurts in the second half. Offseason departures included Minkah Fitzpatrick, Calvin Ridley, Bo Scarbrough, and Rashaan Evans, but Nick Saban is expected to simply reload.

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The Feed: Vol’s Jeremy Pruitt Deserves Patience

The headlines in college football…

CBS Sports – Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt pushing the right buttons, but deserves patience as he builds

NBC Sports – Alabama RB Damien Harris asks UCF where their trophy is

Associated Press – High school coaches see recruiting shift after early signing

Associated Press – Louisville hires Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator

Associated Press – Stanford star Love wins Lombardi as nation’s top player

AL.com – Auburn was ‘always going to be in the race’ for 4-star former Georgia commit Caleb Tannor

AL.com – Auburn lands best high school QB signee in years in Joey Gatewood

NBC Sports – Dismissed Notre Dame WR Kevin Stepherson arrested for third time in a little over a month

Dallas News – The 5 best SEC defensive linemen for 2018: Aggies hoping for another monster year from Landis Durham

Corn Nation – What can Scott Frost Do In Year 1 at Nebraska?

AL.com – Is there any integrity left in college athletics?

ESPN – If you’re going to recruit in Texas …

Sports Illustrated – Lessons Learned From His Arkansas Tenure, Bret Bielema Has a Decision to Make

Sports Illustrated – The NCAA’s Own History in MSU’s Sexual Assault Scandal Could Impede Any Potential Punishment

Fansided – 10 teams that could be the next Georgia

Fansided – Senior Bowl 2018: Josh Allen, Kyle Lauletta shine – Recap and highlights

Yahoo! Sports – Ohio State players jokingly confront Baker Mayfield at Senior Bowl

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Massive turnovers no problem for Nick Saban

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The headlines in college football…

ESPN – Massive roster and staff turnover at Alabama? No problem for Nick Saban

NBC Sports – Longtime Nick Saban assistant Bobby Williams leaves Alabama for Oregon

NBC Sports – Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham undergoes shoulder surgery, expected to be ready for spring

Associated Press – NCAA inquiry at Michigan State reminds some of Penn State

Associated Press – Alabama hires Karl Scott, Josh Gattis as assistants

Associated Press – K-State promotes Andre Coleman to offensive coordinator

Associated Press – Florida allows 4 suspended players to rejoin team activities

Associated Press – Florida State’s Taggart completes staff with 5 additions

Associated Press – New Auburn AD: Hiring ‘speaks volumes’ of country’s progress

Associated Press – Houston Baptist gets 2 years probation for NCAA violations

ESPN – Sorry, Alabama, but Clemson is the new No. 1 in Way-Too-Early Top 25

ESPN – It’s recruiting season, so where the heck is Jim Harbaugh?

Curated by Steven Stiefel

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