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  1. Not surprised by Clemson, but Georgia coming in at number 2. Are they really the number 2? Not surprised by the big drop from LSU. Lost their QB and the OC of the offense and plus the losses to Graduation and the amount of underclassmen. Will be solid on defense. But feel their weak spot will be offense. Like our chances their this season if the injury bug fades and Muschamp can get his act together. Just 6 SEC teams feeling here a down year which will be good to the Gamecocks. ACC has 3 with Clemson leading the pack followed by North Carolina at 19 Florida St. at 23. What you folks think? 2020's Way-Too-Early Top 25: Clemson Leads the Pack After Title-Game Defeat. View full list from SI here We've got months to go until the return of college football, but it's never too early to start looking toward next season. 1. Clemson The Tigers were humbled in the Superdome on Monday night, but they will return Trevor Lawrence, Justyn Ross and other offensive weapons (how many others will depend on some early-entry NFL draft decisions). And the defense, which finished the season No. 6 in yards allowed and No. 3 in points allowed, was young. Throw in the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class and there’s a reason why coach Dabo Swinney said late Monday in New Orleans, “We’re going to have a really, really good football team next year.” 2. Georgia The top three teams in the SEC are all losing veteran quarterbacks, but the Bulldogs might have scored the coup of transfer season by landing Wake Forest evacuee Jamie Newman, who was second in the ACC in total offense at 287 yards per game. Combine that key transfer with the monster recruiting classes that Kirby Smart has stacked up, and Georgia could be next season’s LSU. (But the offensive line will have to be largely rebuilt.) 3. Ohio State Justin Fields is back after a Heisman Trophy–finalist season, but he’s going to need a lot of reinforcements at skill positions. The Buckeyes lose four of their top six receivers, and that includes leading rusher J.K. Dobbins. Defensively, end Chase Young and cornerback Jeff Okudah depart and will be likely top-five draft picks. Of course, the cupboard is never bare in Columbus, so Ohio State still looks like the class of the Big Ten. 4. Alabama The expectation is that running back Najee Harris will stay in school, a big boost as the Crimson Tide deals with its annual early-entry roster churn. Mac Jones showed that he can be a capable replacement for Tua Tagovailoa—if he can hold off incoming freshman Bryce Young. The harder work for Alabama will be restoring a defense that has slipped the past two seasons, but a lot of freshmen got valuable playing time in 2019 and should be ready to make bigger impacts in ’20. 5. Penn State It’s hard to close the scarlet-and-gray gap in the Big Ten East, but the Nittany Lions have a shot at it in 2020. Aside from the not-insignificant departure of all-purpose threat K.J. Hamler, virtually every key skill-position performer from 2019 is back—including quarterback Sean Clifford, who should take another step forward next season. And on defense, monster linebacker Micah Parsons returns as well. Remaining SEC Teams in top 25 8. Florida The emergence of Kyle Trask as a reliable quarterback was a major development in 2019 that should continue to pay dividends in 2020. He could have the best tight end in the country to throw to in Kyle Pitts. A few other playmakers must step forward, but that should happen. The SEC’s No. 2 defense last season also has some holes to fill, but the talent is there as Dan Mullen’s recruiting classes begin to stack up. 10. LSU It was fun while it lasted. Replacing Joe Burrow and passing game coordinator Joe Brady will be a massive undertaking. But if it’s Myles Brennan or a transfer, the new LSU QB has certified monsters to throw to in Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall. The defense could require a lot of renovation as well, as players make their decisions on whether to stay in school or go pro. 14. Auburn Gus Malzahn has a ton of returning and maturing offensive weapons and a ton of holes to fill on a defense that was often great. If quarterback Bo Nix makes the expected strides forward after an uneven freshman season, the Tigers could threaten Alabama and LSU in the West—but that will be decided late. Auburn will close the season by hosting the Tigers and then traveling to the Crimson Tide. 25. Texas A&M The other perpetually overrated team from Texas at least gets Clemson off the schedule this season, so that should mean an automatic one-win upgrade. With 2019 and 2020 classes that rank in the top 10 nationally, it’s time for Jimbo Fisher to start earning that massive paycheck.
  2. SC college athletes could get paid sooner under new state proposal Dec. 27, 2019 Rather than wait for the top collegiate athletic governing body to come up with its own rules, two Democratic S.C. lawmakers want South Carolina to set up rules now that would let college athletes earn money while in school. Joining California, state Sens. Marlon Kimpson, of Charleston, and Mia McCleod, of Richland, filed legislation — S. 935 — this month prohibiting the NCAA, colleges and universities from keeping student athletes from making money off of their image and likeness. South Carolina is one of 30 states considering legislation on the issue. The S.C. bill says athletes could make money based off signing autographs or appearing in commercials or video games. Under the legislation, a student athlete’s scholarship would not be affected. If signed into law, the legislation would take effect in 2021. University athletic directors and the NCAA — which generated $1 billion in revenue in 2017— have been increasingly resistant to any proposals that would allow college athletes to earn money while in school. However this month, NCAA president Mark Emmert paid Congress a visit, asking for a national solution rather than having each state adopt different rules. This followed the NCAA’s decision in October that would allow student athletes to benefit from their image and likeness, as long as its “consistent with the collegiate model.” The NCAA said it wants rules to go into place by January 2021. But Kimpson said he doesn’t plan to wait, going as far to call the NCAA’s proposal “vague.” “We should not be deterred in our quest to bring some level of economic fairness to the football field, or to the sports arena,” Kimpson said. “We should not be deterred by a simple press release acknowledging what we’ve known all the time that something needs to be done. They’re contemplating a scheme consistent with what they’ve done in the past, with regards to the cost of attendance.” Not all agree, including the athletic director at the University of South Carolina. State legislative action is not the best course to take, said Ray Tanner, who said he would rather see change made on the federal level so that every college and university is operating on a single standard. Tanner also said college athletes are also afforded access to professional staff — for instance, medical specialists, mental wellness counselors and nutritionists. “I believe that a patchwork of different laws from different states will not work, as there will be no uniform approach to support national competition for all student-athletes,” Tanner said. Other students have the ability to earn money for something they produce in school. Kimpson offered an example of a chemistry student on full scholarship, who gets a stipend working in the library. “If he or she creates an app, they aren’t limited from how much they could negotiate from Apple, or Samsung, or any other computer manufacturer or software developer,” Kimpson said. “What we’re talking about here is certain names on teams generate enormous sums of money in terms of ticket sales, memorabilia, television rights than others. That’s just capitalism. That’s just the market.” Kimpson said the vast majority of student athletes won’t go into a professional league after college graduation. “This may be their only opportunity to make any money during their college years,” Kimpson said.
  3. The eight bowl games featuring a plant, flower, fruit or type of fruit in the name are: Camellia Bowl Citrus Bowl Cotton Bowl Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Orange Bowl Peach Bowl Rose Bowl Sugar Bowl
  4. What issues could cause us to see expansion from 4 to 8 team play-off? Here are some reasons it most likely happen. Every couple of weeks, it seems as if we have to have a talk about the College Football Playoff and whether it will expand to eight teams or not. That storyline was brought to the forefront again this week, as outgoing Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany made some interesting remarks. So, what did Delany say? And, will the Playoff actually expand if the situations he named happen? Let's dive into this story: Delany is retiring on Jan. 1, but he's going out swinging. This week, he said that only two conferences being left out of the Playoff could spur change. "The thing that would probably trip it is if the committee left out a champion from the ACC or SEC," Delany said. "That would be an immediate catapult forward, as it was when Auburn was left out." That Auburn snub Delany referred to came when the undefeated Tigers were left out of the 2004 BCS title game in favor of fellow undefeated squads USC and Oklahoma. The Playoff didn't start until 2012, though -- eight years later. However, many do credit that Auburn snub for setting the wheels in motion for Playoff expansion, including AL.com columnist Kevin Scarbinsky, who wrote a story back in 2012 about how Auburn being left out of the title game impacted the way things work now. Delany does think the Playoff is an improvement over the BCS, though. In the same ESPN article referenced above, Delany said when a major conference is left out of the Playoff, it really hurts that conference's brand. "You don't know what it means to your brand and to your recruiting prospects and so on, what it means to be left out," Delany said. "The irony to me is you've doubled the access points from two to four, but you've at least doubled the damage and the pain associated with being left out." There are other factors at play in the expansion debate, too. ESPN's Mike Greenberg pointed to players sitting out of bowl games as another reason the Playoff might expand. In this video, Greeny and Emmanuel Acho say that if games like the Sugar Bowl don't matter to Georgia, which has players like OL Andrew Thomas sitting out, then there's something wrong with the bowl system. Oh, and Sugar Bowl tickets are going for as cheap as $8. Add that up and a switch to an eight-team Playoff might make sense for those in charge of those bigger bowl games. There are always going to be naysayers out there, but it does seem as if the momentum is moving toward an eight-team Playoff. However, as mentioned above, it took eight years for the BCS system to change after Auburn was snubbed. Will we have a new system in place by 2027?
  5. Transfer Portal 2019: Tracking Power Five transfers Dec. 14, 2019 The transfer portal changed college football a season ago, and it’s showing no signs of slowing during the 2019-20 campaign. That change in the rules resulted in thousands of FBS players entering the portal, including high-profile movers like Justin Fields, Tate Martell and Jalen Hurts. It’s completely altered roster construction strategies for some programs, and resulted in a few programs from the Group of Five having their rosters pillaged. The portal drew both heavy criticism and praise from coaches around the country, largely depending on who you asked. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  6. 2019-20 College football bowl schedule: Dates, times, locations, games Playoff National Championship will be played in New Orleans (Jan. 13, 8 p.m. ET), while the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host the semifinals. Here's a quick look at the College Football Playoff and bowls schedule for this postseason. (All times Eastern.) College Football Playoff National Championship Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App This marks the first time in the College Football Playoff era that the Superdome will host the national championship game. The last time New Orleans was the site for a national championship was the 2012 BCS national championship game, in which Alabama defeated LSU 21-0. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 State Farm Stadium Glendale, Arizona 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Bowl schedule Dec. 20 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Buffalo vs. Charlotte Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium Nassau 2 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl Utah State vs. Kent State Toyota Stadium Frisco, Texas 7:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN App Dec. 21 Celebration Bowl Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta Noon, ABC/ESPN App New Mexico Bowl Central Michigan vs. San Diego State Dreamstyle Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico 2 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Cure Bowl Liberty vs. Georgia Southern Exploria Stadium Orlando, Florida 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl SMU vs. Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium Boca Raton, Florida 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App Camellia Bowl Florida International vs. Arkansas State Cramton Bowl Montgomery, Alabama 5:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Boise State vs. Washington Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas 7:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Appalachian State vs. UAB Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans 9 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 23 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl UCF vs. Marshall Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida 2:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 24 SoFi Hawai'i Bowl Hawai'i vs. BYU Aloha Stadium Honolulu 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 26 Walk-On's Independence Bowl Louisiana Tech vs. Miami Independence Stadium Shreveport, Louisiana 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Quick Lane Bowl Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan Ford Field Detroit 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 27 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman North Carolina vs. Temple Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis, Maryland Noon, ESPN/ESPN App New Era Pinstripe Bowl Michigan State vs. Wake Forest Yankee Stadium New York 3:20 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M NRG Stadium Houston 6:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl USC vs. Iowa SDCCU Stadium San Diego 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1 Cheez-It Bowl Air Force vs. Washington State Chase Field Phoenix 10:15 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 28 Camping World Bowl Notre Dame vs. Iowa State Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida Noon, ABC/ESPN App Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Penn State vs. Memphis AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas Noon, ESPN/ESPN App College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson State Farm Stadium Glendale, Arizona 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App | Tickets College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 30 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan Gerald J. Ford Stadium Dallas 12:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Mississippi State vs. Louisville Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Redbox Bowl California vs. Illinois Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, California 4 p.m., Fox Capital One Orange Bowl Florida vs. Virginia Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Dec. 31 Belk Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina Noon, ESPN/ESPN App Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Florida State vs. Arizona State Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, Texas 2 p.m., CBS AutoZone Liberty Bowl Navy vs. Kansas State Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, Tennessee 3:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Wyoming vs. Georgia State Arizona Stadium Tucson, Arizona 4:30, CBS Sports Network Valero Alamo Bowl Utah vs. Texas Alamodome San Antonio 7:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Jan. 1, 2020 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Michigan vs. Alabama Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida 1 p.m., ABC/ESPN App Outback Bowl Minnesota vs. Auburn Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida 1 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual Oregon vs. Wisconsin Rose Bowl Pasadena, California 5 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Allstate Sugar Bowl Georgia vs. Baylor Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans 8:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Jan. 2 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl Boston College vs. Cincinnati Legion Field Birmingham, Alabama 3 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Indiana vs. Tennessee TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, Florida 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Jan. 3 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ohio vs. Nevada Albertsons Stadium Boise, Idaho 3:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App Jan. 4 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Southern Mississippi vs. Tulane Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, Texas 11:30 a.m., ESPN/ESPN App Jan. 6 LendingTree Bowl Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio) Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama 7:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App
  7. Friday, Dec. 6th, 2019 - ConwayGamecock Seattle, WA - The South Carolina Women's Volleyball team returned to the NCAA Tournament after participating last season, the first time they've made the tournament in consecutive seasons since 2002. The Gamecocks (20-11) are in the 8th Seed Washington's Regional bracket, and drew 10th-ranked Colorado State for their first match. The Gamecocks rose to the occasion and upset the Rams (29-2) in a thrilling back-and-forth 5-set battle 27-25, 17-25, 25-22, 14-25, 18-16. The 5th set is played to 15 should the match reach that point, and the winning team must win the set by 2 points. The win marks the highest-ranked opponent South Carolina has defeated since Sept. 17, 2006, when it took down No. 6 Florida. The Gamecocks (now 20-11) face the host 8-Seed Washington (24-6) in the 2nd Rd., who swept Winthrop in 3 sets in their 1st Round match. The match is set for Saturday night at 10:pm, ET. Write-up for the match from the official Gamecock athletics website: https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2019/12/6/womens-volleyball-south-carolina-stuns-10th-ranked-colorado-state-in-opening-round-of-ncaa-tournament.aspx
  8. Mizzou will not go bowling the NCAA postseason ban was upheld Fans on Twitter jumped all over the NCAA, which apparently has no concern for how it implements its rules or how it is viewed nationally. Many Mizzou fans question why any school would ever cooperate with an NCAA investigation moving forward. Few tweets below
  9. NCAA hands down penalty after Gamecocks self-reports ‘impermissible contact’ Oct. 22, 2019 Gamecocks paid a $10,000 fine and lost several weeks of off-campus recruiting activity because a former assistant coach had impermissible contact with a sophomore recruit. After the recruit visits unofficially, the coach sent an impermissible text and set up a meeting, which also was impermissible. According to a school release, 13 impermissible messages between January and June of 2018. The outcome was reached through a “negotiated resolution process.
  10. Interesting read from the outside looking in at the following programs from the article. Coaching hires gone right, wrong and somewhere in between THIRD QUARTER With the inevitable but abrupt firing of Chris Ash at Rutgers on Sunday, the coaching carousel has lurched into action. There will be more activity in the weeks to come. The Ash-Rutgers marriage, undertaken in 2016, was never a strong one. The demands of that job didn’t match what he brought to the table as an assistant coach at Ohio State. But it went even worse than expected, with Ash winning just eight of his 40 games on the job and taking a 16-game losing streak to Power Five opponents into unemployment. The only thing worse than the hire was the ludicrous contract extension Ash was given in 2017, which did nothing other than guarantee a higher buyout for the school when the time came. Let’s take a look at some other hires made around the same time, and how they’ve turned out so far: (READ FULL ARTICLE)
  11. 2 SC lawmakers will file proposal to pay college athletes, following California’s lead Sept. 13, 2019 This week, California’s state legislature became the first one in the United States to pass a controversial proposal allowing college athletes to profit from their fame by earning endorsement money. Two S.C. Democrats want South Carolina’s Legislature to become the second. S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, and Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, told The State Thursday they plan to file a bill similar to California’s SB 206 proposal when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  12. https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1172177212914769920
  13. Tanner warming up to idea of alcohol sales March 22, 2019 At least in December 2018, more than 50 about one-third of all major universities allowed permitted beer sales at their football stadiums, which was up from less than a dozen 10 years ago. The University of South Carolina is not one of those more than 50 schools allowing alcohol sales, and the school doesn’t have the ability to do so, at least to the general public. Southeastern Conference rules prohibit the sale of alcohol to the general public at football games. Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin said at the SEC Meetings in Destin, Fla. last year he doesn’t see alcohol being opened up “anytime soon." (247 SPORTS-READ MORE)
  14. NCAA is really bias tell you did not do a dam thing to Tarholes if anyone deserved was the assholes among other biggies recently that have got off Scott free. The full list of penalties are as follows: A fine of $5,000, plus 1% each of the football and men's basketball budgets. A reduction of two football scholarships during each of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. A reduction of one men's basketball scholarship during the 2020-21 academic year. A reduction of four football official visits from the program's four-year average of 40 visits during the 2019-20 academic year. A reduction of two men's basketball official visits from the program's four-year average of 10 visits during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 rolling two-year period. A prohibition of football unofficial visits during one home contest for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. A prohibition of men's basketball unofficial visits during two home contests for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. A reduction of football evaluation days by two in the fall 2019 and 10 in spring 2020. A reduction of men's basketball recruiting-person days by six in the spring of 2020. Three years of probation. A vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release. A disassociation of the former tutor. All involved student-athletes must conduct one rules education session on the consequences of academic misconduct. Participation in the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals program review and Academic Integrity Assessment process. A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing her must restrict her from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
  15. Gamecocks shown a little love in AP Poll release August 20, 2019 The South Carolina football team isn’t in the AP preseason Top-25, but it is getting some votes. USC’s total of 15 votes ranks 10th in the teams receiving votes category. The Gamecocks also picked up some votes in the preseason coaches poll. The Gamecocks will face the top three teams in the preseason poll in Clemson, Georgia and Alabama. The AP’s Ralph Russo wrote: “Texas A&M and South Carolina are the first teams to have preseason Nos. 1-3 on their schedules since Missouri in 1975. Other teams to face preseason Nos. 1-3. Northwestern in 1968. Minnesota in 1972. Only Missouri won any of the games.” Beyond that top three, USC also faces No. 8 Florida and No. 12 Texas A&M. Missouri, which is facing NCAA sanctions, was one spot out of the poll. The last time South Carolina opened the season ranked was 2014, when it was No. 9. Since then, USC has only once appeared in the AP poll, Week 2 of last season, but made several appearances in the College Football Playoff rankings. They opened last season one spot out of the Top 25. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FULL AP PRESEASON POLL:The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly. WEEK 1 Released August 19 RANK TEAM PV RANK CONFERENCE POINTS 1 Clemson (15-0) 1 ACC 1,540 2 Alabama (14-1) 2 SEC 1,496 3 Georgia (11-3) 7 SEC 1,403 4 Oklahoma (12-2) 4 Big 12 1,331 5 Ohio State (13-1) 3 Big Ten 1,261 6 LSU (10-3) 6 SEC 1,199 7 Michigan (10-3) 14 Big Ten 1,164 8 Florida (10-3) 7 SEC 1,054 9 Notre Dame (12-1) 5 IA Independents 1,044 10 Texas (10-4) 9 Big 12 1,005 11 Oregon (9-4) Pac-12 860 12 Texas A&M (9-4) 16 SEC 852 13 Washington (10-4) 13 Pac-12 786 14 Utah (9-5) Pac-12 772 15 Penn State (9-4) 17 Big Ten 651 16 Auburn (8-5) SEC 578 17 UCF (12-1) 11 American Athletic 410 18 Michigan State (7-6) Big Ten 377 19 Wisconsin (8-5) Big Ten 370 20 Iowa (9-4) 25 Big Ten 330 21 Iowa State (8-5) Big 12 302 22 Syracuse (10-3) 15 ACC 209 23 Washington State (11-2) 10 Pac-12 200 24 Nebraska (4-8) Big Ten 154 25 Stanford (9-4) Pac-12 141 Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1 .auto-style1 { font-size: small; } .auto-style2 { border-collapse: collapse; } .auto-style3 { color: rgb(128, 0, 0); }
  16. Ranking the 25 best facilities in college football July 30, 2019 Gamecocks come in at number: 6. SOUTH CAROLINA Luxurious state-of-the-art spaces that spare no expense. College football's era of facility upgrades breeds extravagance as programs across the country try and impress recruits with the latest bells and whistles, a necessary arm's race to keep up with the elites. Remember when big screen TVs and a PlayStation were a big deal after practice? Now, you're falling behind if you don't have LED sets inside bathrooms and a barber shop within walking distance of the locker room, complete with uniform-cleansing lockers and futuristic upgrades. How do you get current players to stay and future prospects to sign? You bring everything to them. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  17. Shaping up to be interesting. I imagine the NCAA is well within their legal rights to deny membership to programs that don't comply to their rules NCAA says California schools could be banned from championships if bill isn't dropped The NCAA is ratcheting up its opposition to a California bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their own name, image or likeness, beginning in 2023. (FULL ARTICLE)
  18. SB Nation's Steven Godfrey discusses his feature outlining the system that college football boosters abide by to take care of heralded recruits. Read the fascinating story here:
  19. The NCAA is exploring allowing its athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. Ray Tanner is worried about that. “This is a personal opinion but when I see name, image, likeness it makes me feel like it is pay for play,” South Carolina’s athletics director said. “I’m like, ‘This gives me angst.’ ” Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey feels the same way. “My stance hasn’t changed since I testified in the (Ed) O’Bannon case,” Sankey said. “I think the funding and financial support provided to student-athlete is appropriately tied to their educational pursuits. There is a period at the end of that sentence.” Let's hear your thoughts!!
  20. NCAA Football Oversight Committee approves proposal, allowing bowl season to begin Friday Dec. 20, instead of Dec. 21, sources told @Stadium. Earlier start needed this year because of uniqueness of calendar & limited number of weekends in 2019 bowl season compared w/other years.
  21. College football top 25 rankings With spring practice in the books, let's take a look at Dennis Dodd's adjusted top 25 April 29, 2019, |www.cbssports.com Is this on its way to being the best offseason ever for Clemson? The Tigers completed a productive spring. Dabo Swinney signed the largest contract in college football history. The NFL Draft spread the Clemson brand all over the league. The Tigers landed the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2020. Can it get better? You bet. The Tigers end the spring like they ended last season -- on top of the college football world and these top 25 rankings. This run of excellence may just be getting started for Swinney, who is 18 years younger than Nick Saban.The spring did little to narrow the gap between the nation's top two teams. Within that, Clemson may have widened the gap on everyone else. Sure, Alabama isn't going anywhere, but is it possible that Clemson is just getting started? RK TEAMS CHG RCRD 1 Clemson Swinney's salary could buy Bulgaria. Trevor Lawrence is good enough to play in the NFL. Another round of game changers is about to populate the defensive line. It's the best time ever to be a Tiger. -- 15-0 2 Alabama The only sign of offseason weakness has been Saban's new hip. Even then, the football program's official website sent out a tweet showing Saban working (standing up) the day after surgery. Message: Saban and the Tide aren't going anywhere. -- 14-1 3 Georgia How do you wish to think of these Dawgs -- the team that had Bama down by two touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game or the team that was worn down by Texas in the Sugar Bowl? -- 11-3 4 Oklahoma Quarterback U welcomes Jalen Hurts, who showed flashes of improvement in the little time he played as a Bama backup. The defense has to get better under Alex Grinch ... doesn't it? -- 12-2 5 LSU Ed Orgeron seemingly has everything in place to make a run at the SEC West. No Devin White, but quarterback Joe Burrow has his top five receivers back. -- 10-3 6 Ohio State The moment Justin Fields became eligible, the Buckeyes had a chance to repeat as Big Ten champions ... and maybe more. -- 13-1 7 Florida The Gators were one of the most improved teams in the nation (4-7 to 10-3) in Dan Mullen's first season. Emory Jones at quarterback intrigues me ... if he can beat out Feleipe Franks. -- 10-3 8 Texas Is Texas back? When it starts winning championships, which may be this season. Tom Herman has is rolling in Year 3. The defense returns only two starters. -- 10-4 9 Michigan Shea Patterson's final season opens with the return of four offensive line starters. There are massive holes on defense with the loss of Chase Winovich, Rashan Gary and Devin Bush. -- 10-3 10 Oregon The last Pac-12 team to post consecutive top six recruiting classes might have been USC under Pete Carroll. Mario Cristobal is about to do that in 2019-20. -- 9-4 11 Notre Dame For the foreseeable future, the Irish are going to be playoff contenders. Brian Kelly suggested in a Yahoo story he may retire at Notre Dame. For now, the Irish could use more team speed on both sides of the ball. -- 12-1 12 Utah The Utes are the Pac-12 South favorites (maybe more) with key returners at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and cornerback. -- 9-5 13 Wisconsin Call 2018 a hiccup. The Badgers should rebound and win the return of Heisman Trophy-contending tailback Jonathan Taylor. Four starters have to be replaced on the offensive line. This being Wisco, they will. -- 8-5 14 Texas A&M There are others who think this is the Aggies' breakout year. There are too many question marks, plus a brutal schedule (check out November!) to put the Ags in the top 10. Kellen Mond takes on added duties with the loss of single-season rushing leader and all-SEC tailback Trayveon Williams. -- 9-4 15 Washington The Jacob Eason era should pick up where the Jake Browning era ended. The former Georgia quarterback transferred when Jake Fromm began his ascension in 2017. Under Chris Petersen, the Huskies will always be a factor in the Pac-12. -- 10-4 16 UCF Josh Heupel deserves loads of credit for inheriting a winning streak that reached 25 games and managing the program through the gruesome loss of McKenzie Milton. Brandon Wimbush should be a nice replacement as Knights are the Group of Five New Year's Six favorite for third consecutive year. -- 12-1 17 Nebraska How do the Cornhuskers show up in the top 25 after a 4-8 season? Nebraska responded nicely under Scott Frost after an 0-6 start. Quarterback Adrian Martinez should take a giant leap forward. -- 4-8 18 Iowa State The Cyclones lose RB David Montgomery and WR Hakeem Butler, but QB Brock Purdy is set to become a breakout star. Matt Campbell's coaching ability will keep the Clones hovering around the top 25 all season. -- 8-5 19 Army West Point The Black Knights have double-digit wins in back-to-back seasons (21 total). That has never happened at Army. Coach Jeff Monken could write his ticket at a lot of places. He's sticking around to show us that academy football can be top 25 worthy. -- 11-2 20 Penn State The loss of Tommy Stevens to the dreaded transfer portal has to hurt. Stevens was in the running for quarterback job vacated by Trace McSorley. The Nittany Lions have to go to Michigan State and Ohio State. -- 9-4 21 Washington State Gardner Minshew and his mustache are gone. Eastern Washington transfer Gabe Gubrud will be the latest quarterback to become a star under Mike Leach. The Cougars will continue to play quality defense under Tracy Claeys. -- 11-2 22 Auburn Gus Malzahn is back to calling plays, which means the buck stops with him offensively. The Tigers backslid to a 8-5 record in the first season of Gus' seven-year, $49 million contract. Auburn will run the ball with authority while breaking in a new quarterback. -- 8-5 23 Minnesota P.J. Fleck is making real progress in Year 2 with the Gophers. He at least gets the Big Ten culture. Right tackle Daniel Faalee may be the biggest player in college football at 6-foot-9, 400 pounds. -- 7-6 24 Northwestern Clemson QB transfer Hunter Johnson arrives with a chance for the Wildcats to go back-to-back in the Big Ten West. Doubt them at your peril. -- 9-5 25 Iowa Pencil the Hawks in for something like 8-4. They always seem to be hovering around that record each year. In the suddenly formidable Big Ten West, Iowa plays at Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Penn State and Michigan are also on the schedule. -- 9-4

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