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

Curated by Steven Stiefel

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