Jul 14

The Latest: UNC’s Fedora to tone down sideline antics (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina’s Larry Fedora can be one of the more emotional and animated college football head coaches on the sideline during a game. Fedora said he doesn’t believe there is any reason a coach should show up an official any more than an official sh…

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Jul 14

Wanted: Starting quarterbacks for the ACC’s Coastal Division (Yahoo Sports)

The ACC’s Coastal Division has always been unpredictable, and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different. With five of seven teams replacing starting quarterbacks, the division that hasn’t seen a repeat champion since 2010-11 could b…

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Jul 14

Oddsmaker lists FSU, Ohio St. Oklahoma, USC and Alabama as conference favorites

Oklahoma and Ohio State meet in 2017. (Getty)

There aren’t too many surprises when it comes to the conference title odds of college football’s big-name programs.

Bovada released its latest set of conference title odds on Friday and the favorites for each conference are pretty straight forward.

In the ACC, Florida State is at even odds (1-1) to win the title. Defending ACC and national champion Clemson is at 3-1.

Florida State 1-1
Clemson 3-1
Louisville 6-1
Miami 6-1
Virginia Tech 9-1
North Carolina 25-1
NC State 25-1
Georgia Tech 33-1
Pitt 50-1
Duke 75-1
Boston College 200-1
Syracuse 200-1
Virginia 200-1
Wake Forest 200-1

Miami is the top Coastal Division favorite at 6-1. Our sleeper for the title would be North Carolina, which has to navigate a far easier division than North Carolina State does. The in-state rivals are listed at 25-1.

In the Big Ten, Ohio State is a 5-6 favorite despite having to replace a lot of talent to the NFL. With those odds, Penn State may be a better bet and Northwestern may be the best bet in the Big Ten West. The Wildcats are certainly a better choice than Nebraska at 16-1.

Ohio State 5-6
Wisconsin 15-4
Michigan 11-2
Penn State 11-2
Nebraska 16-1
Northwestern 16-1
Iowa 20-1
Minnesota 33-1
Michigan State 50-1
Indiana 100-1
Maryland 100-1
Illinois 200-1
Purdue 200-1
Rutgers 500-1

Oklahoma also has 5-6 odds to win the Big 12. Remember, the Sooners play the Buckeyes in Week 3 this season. We’re not sold on Texas being the conference’s No. 3 favorite by the odds. We’d much rather take a chance on TCU at 12-1.

Oklahoma 5-6
Oklahoma State 3-1
Texas 5-1
Kansas State 6-1
TCU 12-1
West Virginia 20-1
Baylor 33-1
Texas Tech 50-1
Iowa State 100-1
Kansas 500-1

Unsurprisingly, USC is the odds-on favorite to win the Pac-12. We like Stanford at 8-1 and Washington State at 16-1. The Cardinal and Cougars should be at the top of a crowded Pac-12 North. Defending Pac-12 South champion Colorado isn’t even a top-half favorite.

USC 10-11
Washington 9-5
Stanford 8-1
UCLA 9-1
Oregon 16-1
Washington State 16-1
Colorado 33-1
Utah 33-1
Arizona State 50-1
Arizona 100-1
Oregon State 100-1
Cal 500-1

Alabama leads three West Division teams at the top of the odds in the SEC. The top SEC East favorite is Georgia at 6-1, though we’d take Florida’s odds at 8-1 over the Bulldogs’. If we’re looking for a sleeper in the SEC, Missouri at 200-1 is tempting. Yeah, the Tigers are picked to finish last in the SEC East, but we think Missouri has a shot at an eight-win season.

Alabama 2-3
Auburn 5-1
LSU 5-1
Georgia 6-1
Florida 8-1
Tennessee 25-1
Texas A&M 40-1
Arkansas 66-1
Mississippi State 75-1
Kentucky 100-1
South Carolina 100-1
Missouri 200-1
Vanderbilt 200-1

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Jul 14

Ex-player sues Ohio St. for using image in marketing program (Yahoo Sports)

One of Ohio State’s most famous football stars sued the university Friday over a marketing program he says used athletes’ images without permission and robbed them of compensation. Linebacker Chris Spielman filed the class-action lawsuit in federal co…

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Jul 14

Media overwhelmingly pick Alabama to win SEC championship (Yahoo Sports)

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Three-time defending champion Alabama is picked to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll.

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Jul 14

Alabama giant favorite in SEC media poll, Vandy gets vote to win conference

Alabama is favored to win a fourth-straight SEC title. (Getty)

Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to win both the SEC and the SEC West in the 2017 preseason media predictions. That’s not a surprise; the Tide have won the last three SEC Championships.

 

But outside of Bama being the preseason favorite, there are some fun votes for champions. Vanderbilt and Arkansas each got a vote for the SEC Championship.

The SEC originally showed that Vanderbilt received a vote for the title without getting a vote to win the SEC East. That would have been a bizarre circumstance. A team can’t win the SEC without winning its division. But the SEC amended that Friday afternoon and showed Vanderbilt with a first-place vote.

Before:

 

After:

 

The preseason All-SEC teams were announced as well. Here are the players on the first-team offense and defense. Just six of the first-team members are from the SEC East.

QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama
RB Derrius Guice, LSU
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia
OL Braden Smith, Auburn
OL Marter Ivey, Florida
OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
OL Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
DL Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama
DL Trenton Thompson, Georgia
DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
LB Arden Key, LSU
LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama
LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
DB Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M
DB Duke Dawson, Florida

P JK Scott, Alabama
K: Daniel Carlson, Alabama
Returner/All-Purpose: Kirk

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Jul 14

Get ready for more uncertainty in the ACC’s Coastal Division (Yahoo Sports)

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division hasn’t had a repeat champion since 2011 and generally has a surprise team climb to the top of the standings. Five of the seven teams are breaking in a new starting quarterback, and it was unclear at the…

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Jul 13

Clemson’s Swinney not worried about replacing missing pieces (Yahoo Sports)

Dabo Swinney isn’t concerned about losing more than 77 percent of his team’s offensive production from last season’s national championship team. Rather, Clemson’s 10th-year coach is brimming with confidence that the Tigers can replace quarterback DeSh…

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Jul 13

ACC Atlantic Division Media Days: Steve Addazio 'jacked up' about his team

Steve Addazio’s Boston College team beat Maryland in the QuickLane Bowl last season. (Getty)

The ACC’s turn at talkin’ season began Thursday. The league’s Atlantic Division teams took turns answering questions on Thursday. On Friday, it’s the Coastal’s turn.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio is apparently really, really excited about his team’s chances in 2017.

Where the two parts of our program, offense, defense — I should say three in special teams — we may have an opportunity to bring them all together now at the same time, and that’s exciting,” Addazio said. And so I’m really jacked up looking forward to the whole deal to be honest with you. Are we a finished product? No. I think the one piece that has to be told, the story has to be told, while we know that our quarterbacks are highly talented right now, they have not done that in the heat of the battle in the ACC yet, and that’s a pivotal position. But their surrounding cast, their supporting cast is significantly improved and different.

“I think the one piece that has to be told, the story has to be told, while we know that our quarterbacks are highly talented right now, they have not done that in the heat of the battle in the ACC yet, and that’s a pivotal position. But their surrounding cast, their supporting cast is significantly improved and different.”

BC returns eight starters to an offense that was one of the worst in college football in 2016. The Eagles averaged just over 20 points and less than 300 yards per game. Some massive improvement must be needed to fulfill Addazio’s excitement.

[Related: Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher praises ACC as best conference]

The defense carried BC to a bowl game in 2016. And star defensive end Harold Landry is back too. He had 16.5 sacks in 2016 and should be one of the best defensive players in college football.

But even if the defense continues its excellence and the offense improves, the ceiling may be a bit lower than the roof for the Eagles. With Clemson, Florida State and Louisville also occupying the ACC Atlantic Division, Boston College has a tough task on its hands to improve on a 2-6 conference record.

NC State: Samuels to see more of the ball?

All-purpose-threat Jaylen Samuels was North Carolina State’s top receiver. Expect to see him get even more touches in 2017 thanks to the departure of a key rusher.

North Carolina State needs to replace running back Matt Dayes, who was quietly one of the most productive rushers in college football last season with 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns.

While Dayes touched the ball over 270 times last year, Samuels had 33 carries and 55 catches. His catch number could stay the same while his rushing workload increases.

“Obviously for Jay-Sam, you’d love to see him having the ball in his hands as many times as you can and not having Matt there creates that void for him and others to take advantage of,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said.

[Related: Dabo Swinney confident new offensive stars will step up]

Dayes is just one of two starters that NC State has to replace on offense. Quarterback Ryan Finley also returns after his first season with the Wolfpack following a transfer from Boise State.

Clawson: Kendall Hinton enters fall camp as starting quarterback

Wake Forest QB Kendall Hinton is the team’s starter. For now, anyway.

Coach Dave Clawson said Thursday that Hinton would be the team’s starter when fall camp opened. Hinton threw just 19 passes in 2016 before missing the rest of the season because of injury.

“Kendall will go in as the starter, and when he got hurt last year, he was the starter,” Clawson said. “But John [Wolford] will get reps with the ones, and we’ve got to keep those guys healthy. I mean, we don’t want to be a two-quarterback system. We don’t want to shuttle guys in and out. Unfortunately John and Kendall, neither of those guys have been able to stay healthy the past two years. So I think we’ve got to keep them healthy, and they’ve got to keep themselves healthy, and that will play itself out.”

Wolford ended up being Wake Forest’s primary quarterback in 2016. He was 166-299 passing for 1,774 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Like Boston College, the strength of Wake Forest’s team in 2016 was its defense. It was so good that defensive coordinator Mike Elko became the DC at Notre Dame. Clawson said he’s happy with how the offense has progressed in the offseason and that the team should be better balanced in 2017.

“We have played — this is just — in our three years there, I believe, I believe we’ve had 10 players sign NFL contracts,” Clawson said. “Nine of those players have been defensive players. The one player on offense was a graduate transfer. So when we got to Wake, certainly the talent level we inherited on defense was significantly better than what we inherited on offense. “Because of that, we’ve been a better defense. We’ve been a lot younger on offense. We have played at times conservatively to make sure our defense wasn’t going to play too many snaps, and that was the way to stay in games. I think we’re finally at a point that the talent level on the offensive side of the ball has caught up with the defense. For two years our practices were almost non-competitive. The offense would struggle to make a first down. Last year it became more competitive. The spring

“Because of that, we’ve been a better defense. We’ve been a lot younger on offense. We have played at times conservatively to make sure our defense wasn’t going to play too many snaps, and that was the way to stay in games. I think we’re finally at a point that the talent level on the offensive side of the ball has caught up with the defense. For two years our practices were almost non-competitive. The offense would struggle to make a first down. Last year it became more competitive. The spring it was back and forth.”

Babers: Offense is no Ford Pinto

Syracuse coach Dino Babers had a hilarious analogy to describe quarterback Eric Dungey’s role within Babers’ offensive system.

Dungey threw for nearly 2,700 yards in nine starts in 2016 and became the first Syracuse QB to run for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. Plus, it was his first year in the offense.

It’s not crazy to think Dungey could challenge the 4,000-yard mark if he stays healthy all year.

“When you talk about Eric Dungey, Eric Dungey is the quarterback of an up-tempo, fast, NFL-style offense,”  It is not a Ford Pinto. It is a racing car, okay. Don’t get Ford mad at me. I know Ford doesn’t make the Pinto anymore. When I was in high school, I drove a Ford Pinto, hatchback, baby blue in color, hatchback. But he’s not driving a Pinto; he’s driving a racing car. And when we go around corners, the tires need to sing, and that’s the way we handle our offense.

“He’s an extension of the coaching staff, and if you’re not ready for that responsibility, then you probably need to go play quarterback somewhere else. Because it’s a big-time job for a big-time individual, and if you can handle it, good things will happen to you. Just ask the people before him.”

Babers also had an interesting solution as a way for college football to help speed up games. Offenses like Syracuse’s — which push to get as many plays off as possible within a game’s 60 minutes — have been blamed for the lengthiness of college football games.

“I know we’re having an issue with football games being too long, and we’re talking about shortening the halftime, kicking the ball off when it hits 0:00 to make sure that the game shortens,” Babers said. “I know another way they could speed up the game, if the official just marks the ball and gets the heck out of the way, I think we can speed the game up and make the game a whole lot shorter.”

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Jul 13

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher eager to tackle tough start (Yahoo Sports)

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes his players will be ready for a demanding opening month that could determine whether the Seminoles are playoff contenders. Speaking at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason media days Thursday, Fisher pointed…

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