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The Feed: McElwain Fired, CFP Committee Set to Name Teams

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The headlines in college football…

What a dramatic weekend in college football! Jim McElwain got sacked, TCU and Penn State fell, Kentucky handed Tennessee its fourth straight loss of the season, Arkansas edged Ole Miss in a thriller, etc. The College Football Playoff Committee is about to name the teams most likely to face off for the national championship. The Kickoff’s Games of the Week for Week 10 are Virginia Tech at Miami (Fla.) and LSU at Alabama.

Associated Press – Florida, McElwain agree to part ways after 3rd straight loss

Associated Press – McElwain joins long list of coaches fired at midseason

ESPN – McElwain’s departure first domino in a wild coaching carousel

Sporting News – Nine Florida coaching candidates to replace Jim McElwain

Associated Press – AP Top 25 Heat Check: Poll voters compared to CFP committee

Associated Press – AP Top 25: Georgia rises to No. 2, Ohio State up to No. 3

Associated Press – Top performances all around college football Saturday

Associated Press – Florida State’s streak of 35 bowl appearances in jeopardy

Associated Press – No. 9 Miami still winning, and still winning ugly

Associated Press – Buckeyes’ D-line dominates in stunning win over Penn State

Associated Press – No. 6 Clemson’s big weekend gets it back in title chase

ESPN – Free advice for the CFP committee before first playoff rankings

MSN – Get ready for outrage at CFP committee’s 1st ranking

Bleacher Report – College Football Picks Week 10: Predictions and Odds for Top 25 Schedule

ESPN – The Plays That Swung Saturday

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The Feed: Making sense of Saturday’s surprise twists and turns

SEC Media Days

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The headlines in college football… – Vanderbilt defensive lineman: ‘Alabama, you’re next’ – Auburn quarterback Sean White arrested for public intoxication

Associated Press – AP Top 25 Heat Check: Balancing good with bad in AP Top 25

Associated Press – AP Top 25: Defending champion Clemson makes move to No. 2

Associated Press – Bielema at critical point in fifth year at Arkansas

Associated Press – STAT WATCH: Irish’s 515 yards rushing their most since 1969

Associated Press – No. 1 Alabama LB: It’s time for ‘come-to-Jesus meeting’

ESPN – The SEC is a shell of its former self, and Alabama will reap the benefits

ESPN – The SEC is a shell of its former self, and Alabama will reap the benefits

ESPN – Making sense of Saturday’s surprise twists and turns

Bleacher Report – College Football Picks Week 4: Predictions for Top 25 Games on Upcoming Schedule

MSN – CFB Saturday Takeaways: Week 3

Sports Illustrated- Jim McElwain and Butch Jones Live Out Coaching’s Thin Line Between Genius and Goat

Sports Illustrated – Undefeated but Unproven: Five Top Teams Still Waiting for Their First Test

NBC Sports – Mississippi State joins AP Poll at No. 17

ABC Sports – Washington’s Dante Pettis ties NCAA punt return record

Yahoo! Sports – No. 24 Florida beats No. 23 Tennessee 26-20 on 63-yard TD pass with no time left

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The Feed: Week 2 Standings and Predictions

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The headlines in college football…

Bleacher Report – Week 2 Standings, Schedule and Predictions

Sports Illustrated – Week 2 Power Rankings: What Can We Learn About the Top 25 From One Game? – Hurricane Irma: Miami-Arkansas State game canceled; AD releases statement

Orlando Sentinel – Hurricane Irma prompts UCF to move Memphis football game to Friday

Associated Press – Florida St drops to No. 10 after loss; Clemson up to No. 3

Associated Press – Auburn’s Malzahn ‘hopeful’ RB Johnson will play vs Clemson

Associated Press – Alabama vs Miami in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Sporting News – Kevin Sumlin brushes off regent’s complaint, but former Auburn coach Gene Chizik didn’t – Jarrett Stidham did ‘a whole lot of good things’ in Auburn debut, Gus Malzahn says – Dabo Swinney Impressed By The Auburn Tigers – Caylin Newton, Cam’s brother, former Gus Malzahn wide receiver led Howard to historic upset of UNLV – Vols’ unexpected contributors provide game-winning results

SB Nation – The Top Whatever: The season’s 6 days old, and I’m already tired of Alabama

Dallas News – Was Josh Rosen that good in the second half or did Texas A&M defense just collapse?

Orlando Sentinel – Three questions for FSU after loss to Alabama, losing Francois for season

Sports Illustrated – Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Teams at the Center of Week 1’s Biggest Plot Twists

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The Feed: No More Waiting — It’s Time to Play College Football!

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The headlines in college football…

ESPN – No more waiting — it’s time to play!

Sports Illustrated – Week 1 Picks: Will Top 25 Teams Survive Their Season-Opening Tests?

Bleacher Report – ESPN College Gameday 2017: Week 1 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

NCAA – College football Week 1 score predictions: What to watch this weekend

Yahoo! Sports – Watch to Watch, Week 1: The 5 best games and 5 teams on upset watch


ESPN – Ohio State’s new offense is just getting started

SB Nation – Indiana fans chanted ‘OVERRATED.’ Then Ohio State scored 29 unanswered and won – J.K. Dobbins arrives: The birth of a Buckeye star and what it means for Ohio State’s offense

SEC Country – Paul Finebaum on Alabama-FSU: ‘I still don’t know that many people who believe Florida State can win’

Sporting News – FSU leading tackler Matthew Thomas cleared to play against Alabama, per report

ESPN – SEC preseason power rankings: Alabama vs. the field

ESPN – Who ya got, Nick Saban or Bear Bryant?

ESPN – SEC preview: Alabama’s fate rests on Jalen Hurts’ arm

Sports Illustrated – It’s Time for Deondre Francois’s Close-Up

Associated Press – Unknowns offer intrigue for No. 11 Michigan, No. 17 Florida

ESPN – Crunching the numbers on college football’s best home-field advantages

Associated Press – College football coaches get creative with walk-on rewards

NBC Sports – Texas college football programs send equipment trucks in relief convoy in Houston – ESPN College Football Analyst Quits Over Concerns For Player Safety

ABC Sports – Illinois to stop playing ‘war chant’ music at games

CBS Sports – Friday Five: College football predictions so crazy they just might come to fruition

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The Kickoff: Thoughts on the College Football Season Ahead

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Our patience is nearly rewarded as we get ready for the start of another exciting season of college football action. Kickoff Editor Tommy Duff offered a few thoughts while preparing Issue One of the college football newsletter, arriving August 28th. The new and improved newsletter is adding two additional pages to the PDF version this year, available for a limited time as a Buy One Get One Free Subscription Special online.

The early lead to the College Football Playoff starts on September 2nd at Mercedes Benz Stadium. That game will be one of our Games of the Week, along with Florida vs Michigan and West Virginia at Virginia Tech.

“We will know quickly whether Alabama will live up to the high expectations as the Tide play FSU on a neutral field in their opening game,” Duff said. “It will be interesting to see as that game should tell us whether FSU is ready to take the next step and/or if years of recruiting at an elite level gives the Tide an advantage of filling holes with seasoned talent.”

Duff said defending National Champions Clemson could be right back in the playoff picture for 2017, but “they’ll need for their young talent to mature fast. Kelly Bryant is expected to take over at the QB position. On defense, Clemson will be strong up front with 5 of their front 7 back. They have an extremely tough early schedule, with Auburn and Louisville in the 2nd and 3rd weeks.”

An embarrassing loss to Clemson in the playoffs should give Ohio State’s 15 returning starters motivation, which they may need going into an early season matchup against Oklahoma. “It is always very difficult to project how a program will respond to the loss of a head coach as respected as Bob Stoops, but Oklahoma returns a load of talent, including All American Quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma State game on the road becomes a lot more interesting with Stoops retired.”

Duff expects much from Southern Cal as they build upon a 9-game win streak and a victory in a Rose Bowl Classic. “Though their schedule isn’t easy, they play all their toughest matchups at home,” he said.

Penn State’s success last season surprised many. “Nobody saw them making it to the Rose Bowl Game, but now the faithful expect them to build upon that success, and the pieces are in place for them to do just that. Their most challenging games are in late October, though having Michigan and Ohio State in consecutive weeks is never ideal,” he said.

Other question marks heading into the new season:
• Can Ed Orgeron continue to right the ship at LSU with QB Danny Etling and RB Marion Guice as his main weapons?
• Will Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham finally give Auburn a proven efficient passer with a cannon under center who can make Gus Malzahn’s offense finally produce again?
• Can we expect some significant improvement in Mark Richt’s 2nd year at the helm in Miami?
• Will Richt’s old team, Georgia, be able to capitalize on a wealth of returning talent and avoid the last second meltdowns?
• How will the suspension of 7 players, including star WR Antonio Callaway, affect the Florida Gators in their opener against Michigan?
• Will defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson — the most electrifying college football player in the country last year – make Louisville one of the hottest teams in the country again after 3 losses to end the year left a sour taste?
• Will Michigan be able to replace the talent lost from their 10 win squad of last year before facing off against Penn State on October 21?
• Has Stanford’s rising junior Keller Chryst fully recovered from the ACL injury from last season’s Sun Bowl?
• Can Boise State prevail in week two, when they travel to Washington State, and enjoy one of those type years they perfected during the BCS era?
• What will Charlie Strong be able to do with a South Florida team with one of the country’s most manageable schedules and led by one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Quinton Flowers?
• What will be the impact of all of the turmoil on Ole Miss?
• Where will teams like Tennessee, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Arkansas end up after teams in the Top 25 start to fall?

Catch more of Duff’s Analysis of college football news and statistics in Issue One of The Kickoff, coming August 28th. Our prognosticator-in-chief gives his opinions each Friday from noon to 1 pm Eastern on WAAK 94.7 FM radio in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can listen online at

The long wait for a new season officially ends at 1:30 pm Eastern on Saturday, August 26th as Oregon State and Colorado State clash at Sonny Lubick Field. Stanford, Rice, Hawaii, UMass, South Florida, San Jose State, Portland State and BYU also have games that day before the majority of FBS teams play on Thursday, August 31-Saturday, September 2nd.

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