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Who will lead the SEC in rushing in 2014?

Last year the SEC was a QB driven league, but this year it looks like the year of the RB as the league is deep with talented in the backfield. In 2013, Tre Mason led the league in rushing yards per game at 129.71 and in total yards rushing with 1,816. That was the subject of the latest SEC-focused round-table on Athlon Sports this week. I was asked to share my opinion and once I...
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SEC Network releases team hype videos

The SEC Network is coming and even though it won’t be here for a few months, they don’t want you to forget about them. Truth is, they need you not to forget about them because they still need to make some deals to get on some of the premier satellite and cable providers. Yesterday, the network released 14 school specific “hype” video to get fans revved up for the SEC Network...
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Charlie Strong dishing realistic truth about Longhorn title hopes

The Texas Longhorns will not be playing for a national championship in the firsts season under the College Football Playoff model. You probably already assumed that, but new Texas head coach Charlie Strong wants to make sure we are all clear on this. “We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful,” Strong said, according to the Austin American...
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The future of College Football in a unionized world

Later this week the world of college football (and college sports in general) changes in a major way. Not only will the NCAA Board of Governors vote on proposed autonomy for the “Power 5″ conferences on Thursday, but the first ever college players union vote will take place at Northwestern just 24 hours later. It’s a scary time for all, with so much unknown until those two...
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CBR’s favorite college football websites

If you are reading this article, chances are that you are a pretty big football fan, so are we. We write about the sport that we love but we also enjoy seeking out information and knowledge pertaining to college football. Writing and curating a website takes time and passion and since it’s the off-season, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our apprecitation for some...
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Arkansas gets it mostly right with new uniforms ☆

Arkansas will have a new look on the football field this fall, although they will still look like the same team we have seen for some time. The new uniforms from Nike are part of a complete overhaul to the Arkansas athletics brand. Football will not be that much of a drastic look, but a new logo and new home and away uniforms is worth checking out. I will let Mo Better Shoes take...
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New media deal has Crimson Tide seeing green ☆

The cost of conference media rights for conferences has continued to grow over the years as television networks see greater profits to be had with live sports programming. Schools affiliated with the power conferences tend to cash big checks when it comes to splitting the total revenue brought in through media rights agreements with the likes of ESPN, FOX and NBC. That money overshadows...
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Chick-fil-A Bowl’s new name is just peachy ☆

Today in Atlanta Chick-fil-A announced they are putting the “peach” back in the Peach Bowl. Well, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, at least. That’s right, the Peach Bowl is back, and it is ready to host some playoff college football! The Peach Bowl will host a semifinal game in the 2016 season and will be the host site for a semifinal game every three years. The organizers behind...
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Will Indiana make a bowl game in 2014?

Indiana came close to playing in the postseason in 2013, but came just one win shy of becoming eligible for postseason play. Can the Hoosiers take the next step forward in 2014? That was the subject of the latest Big Ten-focused round table on Athlon Sports this week. I shared my opinion, which you can read below, and it seems I may not be along in thinking they will come close once...
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Mark Emmert toes company line on Dan Patrick Show

With an interesting NCAA vote coming up on Thursday for a new NCAA structure and Northwestern’s Union vote lingering on Friday, today was an interesting day for Mark Emmert to go on the Dan Patrick Show. Especially, considering the fun he had on social media this weekend. Here is what Dan talked about with Emmert…. Why is he doing the media tour? Emmert said he’s not doing...
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Ebayer profiting off South Carolina student athletes

I don’t use e-bay but I thought it would be interesting to poke my nose around the site and see what kind of stuff I could find being sold relating to college football. A quick search found a signed South Carolina football from the 2013-14 season featuring the autograph of Connor Shaw plus “many others”.   A quick cross-reference with the South Carolina roster shows that...
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Bloguin around college football (4/21)

I was poking my nose around the Bloguin family of sites on Sunday and noticed that we have a couple of new college blogs that have come into the fold: Big Blue Digest (Kentucky) and Noled Out (FSU). There is a lot of content produced by the various Bloguin blogs that I don’t have a chance to read so I figured that I would try to make a point of going to these sites and pulling...
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South Carolina President outlines new NCAA structure

University of South Carolina President Harry Pastides went public with an Op-Ed in the Chicago Tribune [story link] saying that the NCAA will vote on Thursday to endorse a new structure that will “address many student-athlete concerns.” Pastides notes that this vote will take place one day before the Northwestern players vote whether to unionize. Pastides wrote… First, we will...
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CBR Rewind: Looking back at week seven of the 2013 season

During this off-season, we are taking a trip down memory lane by reliving the high points (and low points for some teams) of the 2013 college football season. So far we’ve covered weeks one, two, three, four, five and six. Now it’s time to take a look back at week seven… Here was the Top 5 entering the weekend: 1. Alabama 2. Oregon 3. Clemson 4. Ohio State 5. Stanford...
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117 fans attended Georgia Tech’s spring game?

117? That’s the number that’s been floating around social media in terms of fans that attended the Georgia Tech spring game on Friday night. 117! In contrast, the population of the city of Atlanta (Georgia Tech’s home) is over 400,000 and the Atlanta metro area has over six million people. Six million people! If we are to believe social media, only 117 of those six million...
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Flashback Friday: Tommie Frazier leads Huskers to second straight National Championship

Coming off of a 13-0 1994 season, a 24-17 win over the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl and a National Championship, the Nebraska Cornhuskers faced another opponent from Florida as they battled for the 1995 National Championship. Tommie Frazier led his 11-0 Nebraska Huskers against Steve Spurrier’s undefeated Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl. First let’s take a look at who...
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Former Aggie Matt Joeckel transfers to TCU

I am now TCU Horned Frog. Go Frogs! — Matt Joeckel (@MattJoeckel) April 17, 2014
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Illinois got the uniforms Syracuse should have used ☆

Illinois is undergoing a bit of a rebranding effort, although the changes are pretty subtle compared to where the Illini are coming from. As far as football is concerned, the Illini got some decent updates to a look that did not really need all that much work. In fact, compared to the new uniforms Syracuse unveiled, the Illini look to have received the better facelift. These are...
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A closer look at Syracuse’s new football uniforms ☆

Like many, the initial reaction to Syracuse’s new football uniforms from me was a bland “Meh,” met with a condescending “Really?” Heck, it seems even the Syracuse football players were less than thrilled with the new look, a stark contrast to the reaction the football players at Miami had when getting a look at their new uniforms. But now that a day has passed, let’s...
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HUNH: Cats, Bag Men, the Tallahassee PD and the Draft

Each Thursday we take a look around the world of college football and check out some of the biggest stories, best content (and sometimes worst), videos and opinions. The talk of the sports world on Saturday was none other than the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Bo Pelini. But this time it wasn’t because of something that happened during a press conference. It was because of Pelini and...
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Senior QB Matt Joeckel to transfer from Texas A&M

Already a graduate of the Mays Business School, QB Matt Joeckel has decided to transfer http://t.co/z3rWc1Opes #12thMan — Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) April 16, 2014
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Syracuse’s new uniforms inspired by New York City skyline. Really?

Inspired by the NYC skyline, the new @CuseFootball uniforms are ready for the bright lights. pic.twitter.com/ckpxIO4wBL — Nike NYC (@NikeNYC) April 16, 2014
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First look at Auburn’s SEC Championship rings

Looking forward to presenting our players with their 2013 SEC Championship rings at halftime of A-Day! pic.twitter.com/5wXQwA9lD0 — Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) April 15, 2014
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This Rutgers spring practice touchdown will melt your heart

Special Guests at @RFootball Spring Practice #9 from Rutgers Football on Vimeo.
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SEC Spring game round-up

This past weekend was busy with spring football games all over the southeast. Spring games are important for teams to see where they are at in their development as a team and for individual players but they shouldn’t be over analyzed by fans. That being said, it’s fun to get an off-season peek and see where your team, or your team’s rival is at in terms of their development...
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