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As the great college football philosophers Steely Dan once said, the Rest of College Football are all Deacon Blues because they can't stop(or contain, even) the Crimson Tide. Will this theme be evident, again? Or will a new theme rise this year?

 

Find out all this and more on....

The Way to Santa Clara!

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I’m so excited to see Herm edwards lead the Sun Devils to a whole bunch of disappointing losses. 

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Arizona as the surprise winner of the Pac-12 South? I'm not sold on USC this year and UCLA is going to take a few years to get used to Chip Kelly. Utah is ok. Colorado will regress again after their run a few years ago. At least it'll be fun watching Herm train wreck it this season at ASU. 

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I can see my Canes having a very similar season to last year. I'm still not sure we can beat Clemson, but I do see an ACCCG rematch. QB is still an issue, but the RB corps is strong and the defense is still great. Should be interesting to see what happens. Hopefully we can make a run to the playoffs.

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10 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

I’m so excited to see Herm edwards lead the Sun Devils to a whole bunch of disappointing losses. 

I’m hoping for 9 losses so this fiasco can go away. We didn’t go to ASU so they can hire a coach that hasn’t been out there in ages. Is it bad I want them to lose so they can get a new coach for the better?

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7 hours ago, Gary. said:

I’m hoping for 9 losses so this fiasco can go away. We didn’t go to ASU so they can hire a coach that hasn’t been out there in ages. Is it bad I want them to lose so they can get a new coach for the better?

 

I mean, I HOPE it works out, and I hope he does great. I actually liked Edwards as a coach. But a more realistic hope is “just don’t be an embarrassing sideshow”. 

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I'm excited and can't wait to see Florida under Mullen.  The problem is Feleipe Franks is probably the best option at QB short-term unless they get a grad transfer as I don't want them to rush Emory Jones into anything.

 

I think 8 or 9 wins is realistic. 

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10 hours ago, Gary. said:

I’m hoping for 9 losses so this fiasco can go away. We didn’t go to ASU so they can hire a coach that hasn’t been out there in ages. Is it bad I want them to lose so they can get a new coach for the better?

The Athletic's Chantel Jennings published a long form on ASU, Edwards, and the restructuring of the football program.

 

If you can access it, read it. If you cannot, she spent a podcast with Jon Wilner (Mercury News) in late April discussing her story.

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Latest Heisman odds from Wingate Las Vegas SuperBook.

 

RB Bryce Love (Stanford) 5/1

RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) 7/1

QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)  10/1

QB Jake Fromm (Georgia) 14/1

QB Justin Hebert (Oregon)  14/1

QB Khalil Tate (Arizona)  14/1

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https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/6/13/17460076/ncaa-redshirt-rule-change-2018

 

Big rule change.  Redshirts can now play in as many as four games without losing their redshirt status.  Under the previous rule, redshirts were considered burned if a player took a single snap.

 

Adds a bit of interest to some of the weeks where teams play cupcakes.  Florida, for example, can redshirt Emory Jones while still getting him on the field against Charleston Southern and Idaho.

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19 minutes ago, See Red said:

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/6/13/17460076/ncaa-redshirt-rule-change-2018

 

Big rule change.  Redshirts can now play in as many as four games without losing their redshirt status.  Under the previous rule, redshirts were considered burned if a player took a single snap.

 

Adds a bit of interest to some of the weeks where teams play cupcakes.  Florida, for example, can redshirt Emory Jones while still getting him on the field against Charleston Southern and Idaho.

It also really hurts the Group of 5 conferences.

 

Power 5 coaches will say this is done for "player saftey" as the ACC coaches did but these teams can now guarantee that a FR will get four games in w/o losing  a season.  That's why Tricky Nicky, Mullen, and Dabo were so in favor of the change and wanted it last season.

Add the new early signing period, and the rich get richer.

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On 6/9/2018 at 4:04 PM, dfwabel said:

Latest Heisman odds from Wingate Las Vegas SuperBook.

 

RB Bryce Love (Stanford) 5/1

RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) 7/1

QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)  10/1

QB Jake Fromm (Georgia) 14/1

QB Justin Hebert (Oregon)  14/1

QB Khalil Tate (Arizona)  14/1

Damn, what’s the deal with Stanford running backs?

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And another significant rule change.

 

College athletes will be allowed to transfer without the permission of the university or coach, and the school will be obligated to enter the athlete's name in a national transfer database within two business days.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2018/06/13/ncaa-lightens-transfer-rules-assist-student-athletes/698386002/

 

This, as I understand it, will keep coaches from placing limits on where a player can transfer.

 

 

 

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FBS* Win totals and Over/Unders from the South Pointe Casino

 

ACC
Clemson: 11 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Miami: 10 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Virginia Tech: 8.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Florida State: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Louisville: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
NC State: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
Duke: 6.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Syracuse: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Wake Forest: 6 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Boston College: 5.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Georgia Tech: 5.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Pittsburgh: 5.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
North Carolina: 5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Virginia: 5 (Over -110, Under -110)


Big Ten
Ohio State: 10.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Wisconsin: 10 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Penn State: 9.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Michigan: 9 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Michigan State: 9 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Iowa: 7.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Minnesota: 6 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Nebraska: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Northwestern: 6 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Purdue: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Indiana: 5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Maryland: 4.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Rutgers: 4 (Over -110, Under -110)
Illinois: 3.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)


Big 12
Oklahoma: 10 (Over -110, Under -110)
Texas: 8.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Oklahoma State: 8 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
TCU: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
West Virginia: 7 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Iowa State: 6.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Baylor: 6 (Over -105, Under -115)
Kansas State: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Texas Tech: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Kansas: 3 (Over -110, Under -110)


Pac-12
Washington: 10.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Oregon: 8.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
USC: 8.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Stanford: 8 (Over -110, Under -110)
Arizona: 7.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Utah: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
Washington State: 6.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
California: 5.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Arizona State: 5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
UCLA: 5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Colorado: 4 (Over -110, Under -110)
Oregon: 2.5 (Over -110, Under -110)


SEC
Alabama: 11 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Georgia: 10.5 (Over -115, Under -105)
Auburn: 9 (Over -110, Under -110)
Mississippi State: 8.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Florida: 7.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Missouri: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
LSU: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
South Carolina: 7 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Texas A&M: 7 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Arkansas: 6 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Ole Miss: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Kentucky: 5.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Tennessee: 5.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Vanderbilt: 4 (Over -110, Under -110)


Independent
Notre Dame: 9.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Army: 7.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
BYU: 5.5 (Over -105, Under -115)
UMass: 5 (Over -110, Under -110)


American Athletic
UCF: 9 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Memphis: 8.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
USF: 8.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Houston: 7.5 (Over -115, Under -105)
Navy: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
Temple: 6.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
SMU: 6 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Tulane: 5.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Cincinnati: 4 (Over -115, Under -105)
Tulsa: 4 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
UConn: 3.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
East Carolina: 3 (Over -105, Under -115)


Conference USA
Florida Atlantic: 9 (Over -110, Under -110)
North Texas: 8 (Over -110, Under -110)
Marshall: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
UAB: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Louisiana Tech: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
Middle Tennessee State: 7 (Over -110, Under -110)
Southern Miss: 6.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Old Dominion: 5.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Florida International: 5 (Over -110, Under -110)
UTSA: 5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Western Kentucky: 4.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Charlotte: 3.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Rice: 3 (Over -110, Under -110)
UTEP: 2.5 (Over -110, Under -110)


MAC
Ohio: 8.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Toledo: 8.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Northern Illinois: 7 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Buffalo: 6.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Eastern Michigan: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Miami (Ohio): 6 (Over -115, Under -105)
Bowling Green: 5.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Western Michigan: 5.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Akron: 4 (Over -105, Under -115)
Ball State: 4 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Central Michigan: 4 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Kent State: 2.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)


Mountain West
Boise State: 10 (Over -110, Under -110)
San Diego State: 8.5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Fresno State: 8 (Over -110, Under -110)
Utah State: 7.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Wyoming: 6.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Nevada: 6 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
UNLV: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
Colorado State: 5.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Air Force: 4.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
New Mexico: 4 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
San Jose State: 3 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Hawaii: 3.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)


Sun Belt
Arkansas State: 9 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Appalachian State: 8.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Troy: 8.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Georgia Southern: 6.5 (Over -105, Under -115)
New Mexico State: 6 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
ULM: 6 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Georgia State: 5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Louisiana: 5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
Coastal Carolina: 3.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
South Alabama: 3.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
Texas State: 3 (Over -120, Under EVEN)

 

*-Liberty not included

 

H/T: Covers.com Twitter

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3 hours ago, See Red said:

And another significant rule change.

 

College athletes will be allowed to transfer without the permission of the university or coach, and the school will be obligated to enter the athlete's name in a national transfer database within two business days.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2018/06/13/ncaa-lightens-transfer-rules-assist-student-athletes/698386002/

 

This, as I understand it, will keep coaches from placing limits on where a player can transfer.

 

 

 

This is just a step in the NCAA attempting to streamline Bylaws and rules.

Football, basketball, baseball and hockey were the only sports which made players ask for permission sit when transferring (I wonder why? Wait, they generate income!)

 

There's been a committee for 18+ months trying to get it done, but most every recommendation gets tabled by the chancellors/presidents.  This is the fourth attempt in addressing transfers and it looks like something actually stuck this week. The AP College Football podcast from January 23 had the chair of the transfer working committee, South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, who was candid in talking about what the committee was doing.

 

 

Now, the notification of the transfer by the former coaching staff will need to be monitored as coaches are still a$$holes by nature.

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"One significant caveat is that major NCAA conferences can still implement rules that are more restrictive than the national rule."

 

So this won't make much of a difference in the end, I'd imagine. At the very least, it'd be easy to see conferences disallowing transfers  within the conference, intrastate, and/or within the conference's geographical footprint.

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On 6/14/2018 at 8:08 AM, KRZYBDGRZ said:

Damn, what’s the deal with Stanford running backs?

 

Well, Stanford is usually known to have lineman the size of some small nations, so there’s that. 

 

 

Also, I saw Love play against ASU last season and he absolutey victimized that defense. Granted, the Devil’s defense wasn’t great last year, but he reminded me of Kenjon Barner from Oregon (who I also saw absolute dismantle the Devil defense), only bigger and stronger. 

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On 6/9/2018 at 5:47 PM, dfwabel said:

Here's the TV Schedule for the first four weeks.

 

Week 1 August 30-September 3

Might actually be the first time I can remember that Notre Dame plays at home in primetime and it'll actually be the biggest game going on. Feels like most weeks when NBC puts ND into the 7:30 time slot, it's overshadowed by the ABC and/or FOX games, when playing at the traditional 3:30 kickoff would've made it the clear biggest game.

 

Related: Can't wait to see how ESPN justifies taking GameDay to the parking lot at one of the neutral site games over going to South Bend. :rolleyes:

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