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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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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: Turning the Corner at Tennessee?

The headlines in college football…

The season just ended up a massive nightmare for Tennessee Volunteer fans. The team finished the season 4–8, 0–8 in SEC play in last place in the Eastern Division and the SEC. They were also the first Tennessee team in program history to lose eight games in a season, as well as the first to not win an SEC game since becoming a charter member of the conference in 1932. Butch Jones was the next big hope when he arrived in 2013, but his record at Tennessee was 34-27  in 5 seasons, topping out with his 9-4 squads in 2015 and 2016 that could manage no better than 5-3 in the SEC. He was fired prior to the game against LSU. Can a new head coach (former Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt) and the return of Phillip Fulmer (who was head coach from 1992-2008) spell relief for what ails the faithful on Rocky Top?

ESPN – Jeremy Pruitt ready to solely focus on coaching Vols

Associated Press – Fulmer wants to restore stability at Tennessee as Vols’ AD

Associated Press – Fitzpatrick among 5 Alabama underclassmen entering NFL draft

Associated Press – South Carolina’s Muschamp gets 6-year, $28.2 million deal

Associated Press – Marcus Lattimore joins South Carolina football staff

Associated Press – Injured Florida safety Harris leaves school early, turns pro

Associated Press – Orgeron returns to Ensminger to run LSU offense

Associated Press – UNC lineman Hatton gives up football after 4th concussion

Associated Press – Florida freshman Russell has career-ending heart condition

ESPN – Sorry, Lane. Hello, Chip: Revisiting 2017 predictions and making new ones for 2018

ESPN – Despite loss, Georgia should have a good feeling about its future

ESPN – What you need to know before national signing day on Feb. 7 – ‘5 or 6’ running backs could win the starting job for Auburn in 2018 – Michigan’s Chris Partridge reportedly turns down Alabama offer

Corn Nation – The Way Too Early Top 25 Of Amazing Prognostication

Sports Illustrated – Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s Fascinating Offseason Quarterback Quandary

Sports Illustrated – Previewing the Biggest Storylines of the 2018 College Football Offseason

Curated by Steven Stiefel

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 – 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)

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Five questions about Alabama vs. FSU, college football’s biggest season opener ever

Preseason College Football 2017

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The headlines in college football…

Sporting News – Alabama vs. FSU: Five questions about college football’s biggest season opener ever

Sports Illustrated – SI’s Preseason Top 25 Rankings: Alabama Is the Class of College Football, Again – Nick Saban has his own thoughts on Josh Rosen’s football, academics not mixing comments

Sporting News – Nick Saban responds to former Alabama QBs: ‘You can’t make everybody happy’

MSN – Anonymous coaches rip Saban as one of most overrated bench bosses – How Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough has been ‘processed’ by Nick Saban

ESPN – Jeremy Pruitt could emerge as hot head-coaching candidate

ABC Sports – Ole Miss to face NCAA in rules violations case on Sept. 11

Washington Post – Ole Miss football pinned its NCAA scandal to a rogue assistant. He’s fighting back

ESPN – Fully built by Harbaugh, now what? – Michigan’s kick return competition still wide open, may not be settled until game week

Associated Press – The UAB Blazers back from football hiatus, full of mystery – What questions does Jarrett Stidham have left to answer to officially win Auburn’s QB job?

Associated Press – SDSU eager to fill football gap left by Chargers’ departure

Associated Press – Troy embracing high expectations after best FBS season

Associated Press – Middle Tennessee hopes QB Brent Stockstill stays healthy

Charlotte Observer – Memphis ready to cement its new status as winning program

Bleacher Report – Each Top 25 CFB Team’s Biggest Fall Camp Revelation – Season-ending ACL injury of LB Jack Cichy hurts Badgers, but not enough to remove them as West favorite

Sporting News – Finding college football’s next Mitch Trubisky: 10 breakout candidates

Sports CheatSheet – The 10 Most Shameful College Football Teams (That Are Also Good)

NCAA – College football: The best schedule posters and wallpapers for 2017

Curated by Steven Stiefel

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