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Top 10 Recruiting Classes since 2005, or Alabama and everyone else

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program. If you struggle to build a solid recruiting class one year, you could easily pay for it over the next three to four years, if not more. On the flip side, if you manage to knock a recruiting class out of the park, your chances for success in the coming years can take a nice spike. And just think what you...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

National Signing Day: Let them eat cake!

You just never know what is going to happen on National Signing Day when it comes to live announcements. Over the years we have seen live bulldog puppies and live trees on top of the more traditional picking of the hats. This morning, Georgia native Mecole Hardman Jr. baked up a new way to announce his decision. At a press conference table for his live announcement, Hardman had cakes line...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

USF jumps out to early lead on National Signing Day

National Signing Day is here and South Florida has already won the day.OK, so USF will not be making a run for the title of recruiting national champion, which will go to Alabama or LSU or Ohio State or Michigan, but the Bulls have clearly brought their A-game with their social media presence and approach to signing day. In the early going, nobody has topped USF’s animated announcements…...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Power-ranking the QB recruiting classes since 2002

No position in sports is more important than the quarterback position in football. NFL franchises can die a slow death if they miss on a quarterback through the NFL draft. In college, the time is short with quarterbacks, which makes landing a solid quarterback recruit on a regular basis both difficult and crucial. Some programs can do this better than others, of course, but landing...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas State shows off sizzling new helmet options for 2016

It’s that time of the year when college football programs are coming down to the wire in the recruiting process, which is just as good a time as any to start generating some buzz about your football uniforms to be worn later in the year. Texas State is making a wise decision to spice up fan interaction through social media by showing off multiple helmet options to be considered for...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Big Ten’s national championship window already shut?

A year after Ohio State helped give the Big Ten reason to brag about the state of the Big Ten, the conference was left scratching some heads at the end of the postseason fun at the end of the 2015 season. Michigan State laid an egg in the College Football Playoff in a shutout loss at the hands of Alabama, who went on to win the national title a year...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Dabo Swinney brings his own guts when sledding in Death Valley

As I sit here typing this I can look out the window in my home office and see we are getting a substantial amount of snow today. There must be close to a foot out there right now and we may be getting up to 18 inches of this stuff before it’s done. They did not get quite as much snow down in South Carolina, but they did get some....
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 In Review: Predictions that went well, more that did not and New Years resolutions for 2016

The 2015 season has just one game remaining to play with Clemson and Alabama squaring off for this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. With the season pretty much in the books, I figured now would be a good time to go look back at my 2015 predictions and see how I did. I did this knowing I made some truly awful predictions that blew up in my face in...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

A reminder the College Football Playoff could have been scheduled today

The numbers are in and the results were not good for the College Football Playoff and ESPN. As noted yesterday on College Football Talk, the TV ratings for the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl semifinal games in the College Football Playoff drew solid numbers by many accounts, but took a massive nosedive compared to the numbers from the previous season. Playing on New Years Eve was a...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Happy New Year, college football fans: Quick glance back at 2015

Happy New Year! 2016 is rolling in with plenty of duds down the stretch of this bowl season, so I figured now was as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2015 season in college football. Recently, for Athlon Sports, I was asked to put together a ranking of the top 10 games from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten,...
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Podcast: The Big 12, Big Ten and the College Football Playoff

In this episode of the podcast I was happy to have two guests for two separate interviews. Allen Kenney from Blatant Homerism first joined me to talk about Oklahoma’s solid footing in the College Football Playoff heading into the final week of the college football season. Then I was later joined by Andy Coppens of Talking 10 to get some discussion about the Big Ten’s playoff...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Georgia and Mark Richt go separate ways; Miami should be all in on Richt

The end of the Mark Richt era in Athens finally came on Sunday. After years of perhaps misguided hot seat talk, the long drought without an SEC title, never mind a national championship game appearance, finally forced Georgia and Richt to go their separate ways. While Georgia will be a highly attractive job on the market, perhaps the best job not located in Los Angeles, Richt may quickly find a...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The imminent end of the Les Miles era at LSU may have been greatly exaggerated

  In the past week, LSU head coach Les Miles went from essentially fired to firmly in place to coach LSU in 2016. It was quite a wild spin on the coaching carousel rumor mill, and it was one that perplexed from the start. It started with rumblings out of Louisiana and really took center stage when Yahoo and ESPN jumped head first into the madness. Y Sources: LSU "prepared"...
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November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Western Michigan knocking off Toledo seals New Years Six for AAC

Odds are the New Years Six bowl spot reserved for the highest-ranked Group of Five conference champion was destined to go to the champion of the American Athletic Conference, be it Houston, Temple or maybe even South Florida. That became even more likely to be the case with Toledo (9-2, 6-2 MAC) being knocked off the radar Friday afternoon by Western Michigan (7-5, 6-2 MAC). Western...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly having his best season as a head coach

Brian Kelly has won multiple Division 2 national championships, gone undefeated and sent a team to a BCS championship game before. He has also won numerous college football coaching awards during his career from his time at Division 2 powerhouse Grand Valley State to his stay in Cincinnati in the Big East and in his latest and current stint with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Which one-loss team has the best overall body of work? It’s now Michigan State

Michigan State is one win away from clinching the Big Ten East, a division some felt was deserving of preseason hype as the best division in college football. As it turns out, that may be true, at least in the top three spots. The Spartans are two wins away from winning a Big Ten championship, which would certainly make Michigan State a worthy candidate in the one-loss team list of...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Who can become bowl eligible in Week 11?

Wondering what teams will become bowl eligible this weekend in college football? What about which teams can be eliminated from postseason contention? Below you will find a quick list of what teams can clinch bowl eligibility and who can be scratched off the postseason invitation list depending on the outcomes this weekend. Bowl eligible with a win: Arizona (vs. Utah) Arkansas (@...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

In 2015, Missouri football unites in way not seen in decades

For the second time in roughly three years, the University of Missouri football program deserves praise for the way it is handling a sensitive off-field subject. In February 2014, Michael Sam announced to the world he is gay. Sam, who had won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award during the 2013 season as the Tigers went on to play for an SEC championship, informed his teammates of his...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: Is there any value to the College Football Playoff weekly rankings?

The first batch of rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee were released Tuesday night, leaving us all to once again ask “Why?” Why is Alabama in the top four? Why does it matter who the top teams are now, when the whole process starts from scratch next week, and the week after that, and the week after that? Why are they even releasing a weekly ranking in the firts...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Who should be GameDay’s guest picker in Philly?

This week ESPN’s College GameDay will be on the road for the 300th time in program history. For the second time in that stretch, GameDay will visit the city of Philadelphia to lead up to this weekend’s primetime showdown between Notre Dame and Temple. The timing of the visit could not have come at a better time for the Owls, as the Philadelphia Eagles are on their bye week. This...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: College football analytics with Dave Bartoo

The world of analytics ins ports has continued to evolve, and Dave Bartoo from CFB Matrix is one of the leaders in the game when it comes to college football. I always enjoy getting a chance to talk to Dave about the numbers he is following in college football to gain some insight into the analytical meaning behind certain trends and teams. He just so happens to be busy cooking...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Who can become bowl eligible in Week 9?

Wondering what teams will become bowl eligible this weekend in college football? What about which teams can be eliminated from postseason contention? Below you will find a quick list of what teams can clinch bowl eligibility and who can be scratched off the postseason invitation list depending on the outcomes this weekend. Bowl eligible with a win: Arizona (@ Washington) California...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Block Six: Georgia Tech offers a weekly reminder how awesome college football is

College football is awesome because you simply never know when you will see an unforgettable moment unfold right before your eyes, whether in person at a stadium or through the miracle of television. Last week in Ann Arbor saw Michigan lose control of a punt only to see Michigan State inexplicably celebrate a win nobody could have envisioned with 10 seconds to play. Yesterday in...
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

First Half Heisman Trophy Picture

The Heisman Trophy has become more of a quarterback award over the past decade, but it looks as though we are on track to see running backs dominate the field this season. The year of the running back in college football is living up to the hype and running backs are leading the way all across the country, and it is not all Leonard Fournette at LSU. Fournette, however, is...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

First Half thoughts From the Pac-12

To say the first half of the season around the Pac-12 has had its share of surprises would be an understatement. The fall of the Oregon Ducks has been one of the biggest surprises this season in a negative way, but the rise of Utah and Cal have been among the more positive surprises in the first half of the season around the Pac-12. It has been a crazy season...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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