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The Feed: Turning the Corner at Tennessee?

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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

AL.com – ‘5 or 6’ running backs could win the starting job for Auburn in 2018

MLive.com – 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: 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

Alabama fans

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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 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

2016 college football

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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