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Category Archives: 2017 Post-Season

The Feed: Alabama vs. Georgia in the 2018 National Championship Game

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The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – Saban, complacency-proof Alabama faces Georgia for title

Associated Press – Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

Associated Press – National title game still feels like afterthought to season

Bleacher Report – Kirby Smart Is the Nick Saban Clone Georgia Needed to Become the Next Alabama

LA Times – Frank Beamer, Mack Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class

USAToday – Lane Kiffin points out the absurdity of Nick Saban’s latest claim

Fox Sports – Crown them: UCF celebrates national championship with parade at Disney World

Yahoo! Sports – Our predictions for Alabama vs. Georgia in the 2018 National Championship Game

Atlanta-Journal Constitution – Mark Richt sends message to Georgia, fans ahead of championship game

Burnt Orange Nation – Major Applewhite makes shameful decision to hire ex-Baylor assistants Kendal Briles and Randy Clements at Houston

The Advocate – Rabalais: SEC haters unite for the CFP final, but this conference doesn’t care

Cleveland.com – Ohio State makes hiring of former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch official

ESPN – The College Football Playoff’s first-ever border dispute

ESPN – Ridley brothers reunite on opposite sidelines at the CFP title game

ESPN – Florida State hires Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator

ESPN – Jarrett Stidham decides to return to Auburn next season

ESPN – Bowlsby: American Athletic not same as Big Ten, SEC or Big 12

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Alabama vs. Georgia for National Championship

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The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for national championship

Associated Press – Mayfield can’t propel Oklahoma to win in wild Rose Bowl

Associated Press – First-year Clemson QB Bryant harried by ‘Bama defense

Sporting News – Bowl winners and losers: SEC wins big with Alabama-Georgia title game

AL.com – Gus Malzahn’s contract deserves scrutiny because he’s not Mr. January

UCF AD claims Knights national champions after 13-0 season, Peach Bowl win

Miami Herald – Le Batard: UCF ‘could have been the most surprising national champion’ in football history

Associated Press – No. 4 Alabama dominates No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in Sugar Bowl

ESPN – Can a former Nick Saban assistant finally beat the boss?

ESPN – College Football Playoff’s Hancock defends UCF’s No. 12 ranking

ESPN – Alabama opens as four-point favorite over Georgia in CFP championship game

USAToday – NFL-bound stars should skip their bowl games, and college fans should thank them

USAToday – No, an All-SEC championship game is not ‘bad for college football’

Orlando Sentinel – UCF defense used slights to fuel strong performance in Peach Bowl win

UPI – Georgia LB Davin Bellamy yells ‘humble yourself’ at Baker Mayfield after Rose Bowl win

WGN TV – Miles Boykin’s incredible catch gives Notre Dame a Citrus Bowl win

McCall – Penn State 35, Washington 28: What we learned from the Fiesta Bowl

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Kickoff College Football Bowl Preview

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It’s time for teams to go bowling. We’re already in the thick of the bowl schedule as it all builds to the New Year’s Day matchups. The Kickoff will publish our wrap up issue on January 10th, but Editor Tommy Duff shared some thoughts ahead of that.

“The most interesting matchup that is not in the College Football Playoff is USC vs. Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29th,” Duff said. “OSU feels like they deserved to be in the playoff, but USC has just as strong of an argument, also going 11-2 during the regular season, and they lost against a stronger team than Iowa.”

Boise State, Troy, Georgia State, Marshall, and Middle Tennessee have all won their bowls so far and are looking ahead to next season. The Kickoff listed the complete bowl schedule (with our Kickoff Power Rankings) in Issue 16, out Dec. 11th.

Duff said the post-season is generally more difficult to predict this year.

“The Orange Bowl Winner will be whoever has any motivation left between Miami and Wisconsin. (They are) two teams in playoff contention all year that fell apart in the final week,” Duff said. “I think Auburn should win against UCF, which is losing their head coach. I expect LSU to win against Notre Dame, which is overmatched.”

“Regarding the College Football Playoffs, can a Big XII offense take care of business against a defense as talented as Georgia’s? I think they can, but UGA has the potential to give Baker Mayfield problems,” Duff said. “Of course, the marquee matchup is the third playoff meeting between Bama and Clemson. Clemson was playing better towards the end of the year, but Bama should be much healthier and is still the team to beat.”

If Georgia prevails in the Rose Bowl and Alabama beats Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, producing an All-SEC national championship game, Duff said experience points to Alabama winning. “If Oklahoma beats Georgia, then I think they will beat Bama,” he said.

In addition to winning the Heisman, Baker Mayfield led several of the stats this season, including percentage of completed passes, efficiency rating, total yards per play, and being responsible for touchdowns at 46. He was also named to the 2017 Kickoff All American team, along with Sooners Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, and Obgonnia Okoronkwo. These ingredients combine for a potent threat to Clemson defending its national title if the two teams should go head-to-head.

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The Feed: College Football Early Signing Period Primer

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College football has a new signing period. Rather than starting in February, recruits will now have a 72-hour window to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) in December between the end of the regular season and Christmas. This year that early signing period falls between December 20th and 22nd.

The headlines in college football…

MSN – College Football Early Signing Period Primer

USAToday – The early national signing day is in 2 days and there’s going to be chaos, hurt feelings

Cleveland.com – College football’s new early signing period: What is it? What does it mean?

Rivals – Who stands to gain from early signing period – and who doesn’t?

Sun Sentinel – Richt on recruiting ahead of the early signing period: ‘It’s never over until the paper’s signed’

Associated Press – Frost, Smart, Swinney voted AP coach of year finalists

Associated Press – No. 25 Boise State tops Oregon 38-28 in Las Vegas Bowl

Associated Press – Texas A&M-Commerce wins NCAA Division II title

Associated Press – East Tennessee State hires Randy Sanders as football coach

Auburn Football – After prolonged journey, Daquan Newkirk begins practice with Auburn

USAToday – UT Vols: Jeremy Pruitt has options at quarterback?

ESPN – 2017 college football quotes of the year

ESPN – Chip Kelly, Jimbo Fisher and takeaways from a wild coaching carousel

Sports Illustrated – Grading the Hires of the 2017 College Football Coaching Carousel

Sports Illustrated – Media Circus: College Football Ratings Are on the Decline

CBS Sports – 2017 college football bowl games: Putting Auburn, Ohio State and more on upset alert

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Ole Miss QB Transfers to Michigan

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A new issue of The Kickoff is out today in email inboxes. In it, you’ll find the 2017 College Football Award Winners list, bowl game schedule (with Power Ratings comparison), the full schedules and results of the bowl teams, FBS regular season individual statistical leaders, FBS level regular season team statistical leaders, the Kickoff All-American First and Second Team listings, bowl game payouts, Division 1A FBS expanded standings, average margin of victory leaders, the Kickoff Power Rankings spreadsheet, and bowl opening lines/recommended picks. Our Bowl Wrap Up issue will come out January 10th, plus we will publish an additional 6 issues between February and July for annual subscribers!

The headlines in college football…

M Live – Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson to transfer to Michigan

Associated Press – Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma’s Mayfield wins in landslide

Bleacher Report – Ranking the Top Candidates for the 2018 Heisman Trophy

Associated Press – No. 2 Oklahoma leads with 3 1st-team AP All-Americans

Associated Press – 2017 AP All-America Teams

Associated Press – No. 21 Washington State dismisses top receiver Martin Jr.

Associated Press – Sam Houston St. beats Kennesaw St. 34-27 in FCS quarterfinal

Associated Press – Florida A&M tabs Tallahassee native Willie Simmons new coach

Associated Press – Florida hires Savage as strength and conditioning coach

AL.com – You have to put a stake in Alabama’s heart in January

AL.com – How Auburn won the SEC’s craziest coaching carousel

Dallas News – Championship or bust: The real risk of Jimbo Fisher’s massive contract with Texas A&M

NBC Sports – Phillip Fulmer says he’s ready to help Tennessee recruit again

Sporting News – Georgia’s Kirby Smart is Sporting News Coach of the Year

ESPN – Here are all the ways Bama-Clemson III will be different

ESPN – Ready, set, bowl! Picking 41 winners, including the national champion

The Chive – Boy’s emotional video about bullying gets support from football players and more

Curated by Steven Stiefel

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