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  1. Man what a great interview with the last SEC East QB to beat Bama. Tells ALL especially about the HBC!!! Many more stories! Good one on Urban Meyer, and A coach O tidbit both when he was a recruit. LISTEN HERE
  2. 93. Will Muschamp, South Carolina 2017 Final Coach Ranking: 17 2017 Record: 7-6 This was the fun and exciting breakthrough season under Muschamp? Nope. There was no shame in getting rolled by Georgia, the collapse against Florida was miserable, and the 28-0 loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl was inexcusable. https://collegefootballnews.com/2019...heir-seasons/2 Here are some SEC LY to TY Stoops 75 to 1 Mullen 23 to 6 Orgeron 45 to 7 Mason 111 to 16 Sabin 10 to 21 Fisher 130 to 25 Moorhead N/R to 34 Smart 11 to 46 Odom 62 to 60 Pruitt N/R to 62 Malzahn 28 to 82 Luke 30 to 83 Muschamp 17 to 93 Morris 66 to 119 Dabo 6 to 3
  3. CBS’s SEC Deal Was A Steal: What Happens Next? CBS’s SEC Deal Was A Steal: What Happens Next? On Saturday CBS Sports will air two top ten SEC games, #6 Georgia at #9 Kentucky at 3:30 et and #1 Alabama at #3 LSU at 8 et, as part of its multi-year agreement to carry the SEC’s top weekly games on CBS. The Alabama at LSU game will probably be the most viewed so far this season and Georgia at Kentucky will continue the SEC’s run of dominating afternoon ratings in college football. Both of these games will continue the trend begun over twenty years ago, in 1996, when CBS snatched up SEC games for the first time. Initially CBS split the telecasts nationwide, carrying the Big East in some east coast markets — frequently Miami or Virginia Tech back then — before going exclusively to the SEC just after the 2000 season. It has been a remarkably successful partnership between CBS and the SEC, but the primary financial value, as I will discuss below, has been almost entirely on CBS’s side. Given that CBS receives the first pick each week of SEC games — for a total of 15 games each season, including one doubleheader weekend like this one coming up where CBS gets the top two picks — as well as the SEC title game, you’d think CBS must pay a ton of money for the exclusive rights to these telecasts, right? You’d be wrong. In fact, CBS pays an average of just $55 million a year, on a contract deal that runs through the 2023 football season. Yes, just $55 million total for 14 regular season SEC games and the SEC title game, a grand total of 15 games. That equates to roughly $3.7 million per league game. That’s insanity. Putting that number into perspective, ESPN will pay over $110 million per Monday Night Football game. And the audiences aren’t that dissimilar. An average Monday Night Football game on ESPN draws about twice what an SEC game in the afternoon draws on CBS. So how did this deal end up happening? And more importantly for most fans, what’s going to happen in 2023 when the SEC on CBS deal expires? Both are fascinating questions to discuss and contemplate. First, the current CBS deal was a product of then-SEC commissioner Mike Slive and his TV negotiator, Chuck Gerber. Both men, who were fantastic individuals, have passed away in recent years, but Slive wanted the SEC on CBS as a branding opportunity. He instructed Gerber to focus less on the money received for the games and more on the branding opportunities for the conference. If CBS, then and often since the nation’s most popular broadcast network, guaranteed to carry the SEC every week to a nationwide audience it would give the conference a prime destination window into homes across the nation. No matter where you lived, you’d be able to see the SEC’s signature game. There is no doubt that Slive was right and that the hundreds of SEC on CBS games have gone a long way towards providing substantial value to the conference’s overall brand. But there’s also no doubt that Slive and other conference officials have bristled at CBS’s unwillingness to recognize the steal of a deal they locked in years ago, particularly when the SEC expanded and added Missouri and Texas A&M. Rather than look at conference expansion as an opportunity to commit long term to the conference — as ESPN did, creating the SEC network and signing a long term deal through 2034 for all the league’s other games — CBS played hardball in negotiations over conference expansion refusing to even increase the payout on a per capita basis to the league as it increased from 12 to 14 members. (The SEC was stunned that CBS, making tens of millions a year on their lucrative TV deal, didn’t agree to pay the conference at a bare minimum, ten million more per year when Texas A&M and Missouri were added to the conference.) Instead CBS, in a decision that will likely loom large as this deal nears completion, refused to do anything except give up its exclusive window for games in the afternoon. (Prior to expansion no other SEC games could air during the 3:30 to 6:30 eastern window for the CBS game of the week). The result? Despite adding the entire state of Texas through the addition of Texas A&M, which has been a boon for national ratings given the increased league interest in the football mad state of Texas, CBS paid no more to the league to carry the broadcasts. As a result of these contentious negotiations in the wake of conference expansion, it’s highly unlikely the SEC will remain on CBS after the 2023 football season. (CBS has previously told Outkick it intends to extend its deal and maintain its partnership with the league, but the chances of that happening, based on everything I’ve been told, are minimal at best). The tension between the SEC and CBS has not abated this season, by the way, either. Recently on the pregame show before the league’s game on CBS, analyst Brian Jones said he believed the SEC’s league office, which is based in Birmingham, might be biased in favor of Alabama and that was why LSU’s Devin White was suspended for targeting and Alabama’s players have not been. Host Adam Zucker said as follows: “And it gets reviewed in Birmingham and you’re saying that you think there is more involved than just pure judgment that it was targeting?” Brian Jones responded: “Well I see flags thrown on certain teams and I see them not thrown on certain teams,” Jones said. “And I’ll leave it at that.” That’s a pretty blockbuster accusation from the league’s TV partner, that the league is conspiring to favor Alabama. The fact that it aired on CBS left SEC officials furious. It’s one thing when fan message boards light up with accusations that a conference favors one team or another, it’s a different level entirely when the league’s own TV partner says it as part of the league’s pregame telecast. Here’s that discussion which was promoted and shared on the main CBS Sports Twitter feed: It all added up to just another reason the CBS and SEC partnership is likely to end sooner rather than later. Honestly, if CBS were smart about its SEC deal, which it hasn’t been so far, it would go straight to the league this week, hat in hand, and offer $200 million a year for a five year extension to 2028. That’s a billion dollars total which it could amortize over the course of the next decade, roughly doubling what it pays the SEC now for the entire package. I don’t think the SEC would say yes to this offer, but going to roughly $130 million a year for the next decade would at least put the contract somewhere in the ballpark of reasonableness.) The problem is, who has the authority for CBS to make a deal like this? No one knows in the wake of the Les Moonves collapse. So who will get the games after 2023? Rest assured, there will be many bidders. Among them: Disney/ESPN, which airs every other SEC game, desperately wants the CBS game of the week to give it total control of all conference match-ups. But would the SEC want one network to control all of its games? That seems unlikely barring a monster offer. Which is why the new Fox network could make sense. What’s Fox’s goal with its network? As much primetime sports as possible. Given that a new Fox will be aligned with Fox News, the WWE, and NASCAR what better fits the network’s heartland strategy than appealing to the 11 SEC states? It’s honestly a no brainer for Fox. This would allow the SEC to continue to take advantage of a major network broadcast partner and it would also give Fox the potential to pair the SEC game of the week with the Big Ten game of the week. This would also give Fox the potential to carry every major league’s title game except the ACC’s. Over the same long weekend Fox could carry the Big Ten, the Big 12, the SEC, and the Pac 12 title games. There’s also the possibility Fox could make a monster offer to the SEC that was conditional on the games airing on FS1. Can you imagine the money FS1 could make if the SEC game of the week was on cable? If Fox is interested why wouldn’t Comcast/NBC also be interested? NBC could pair the SEC game of the week with the Notre Dame game and turn into a significant competitor for college sports overnight. In addition to all of these bidders, it’s unlikely that Turner — the SEC once had a deal with TBS — which is now spending substantial dollars on sports, would allow this property to come up to auction without bidding a substantial amount as well. As if that weren’t enough in five years there may well be interest from Apple — CEO Tim Cook is a rabid Auburn football fan — Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Google and other major tech companies who might view the SEC’s signature product, at a relatively affordable price, as a good way to test the value of sports on their platforms. Moreover, how about this idea, what if the SEC decided to sell the title game to the highest bidder and then decided to put its SEC game of the week on pay-per-view direct to consumer without any commercials at all? How many college football fans would pay $150 a year for the SEC game of the week commercial free? Or how much would an online streaming company like DAZN or another competitor pay to have the SEC game of the week exclusive? This seems like a potentially viable option as well if maximizing revenue is the goal. All of these deals lead to a massive payday, potentially the highest ever struck in college sports history on a per game basis. In the meantime, as Georgia travels to Kentucky and Alabama heads to LSU, just how good of a deal does CBS have for its doubleheader? The best in sports by far. Several years ago the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl cost over $80 million by themselves. If you were a TV executive would you rather have the Rose and Sugar Bowls for $160 million total or the SEC title game? Personally, I’d rather have the SEC title game. Think about this for a minute, the Rose Bowl by itself, a single game, costs $25 million more than the entire SEC on CBS package does. Given that ESPN pays over $200 million per college football playoff game, there’s a strong argument the SEC title game, even pulled off and auctioned separately, could be worth $100 million standing alone. Combine the SEC title game with the SEC game of the week and you’re probably talking about a TV package that would be worth $250 million standing alone on the open market right now. Potentially more, depending on how the NFL rights deal works itself out. This raises a larger question, if the SEC doesn’t want to resign with CBS, and if CBS has blown its chance to extend the SEC for years ahead, both are which I am confident is true, is it possible the deal could end before 2023? Why wouldn’t, for instance, Disney/ESPN, Fox, Turner or NBC try and buy out the remaining years on the SEC’s TV deal with CBS and sign a multi-year extension right now? Would CBS allow that to happen or are they intent on waiting out the final five years of the deal and ending up with no SEC on CBS at all then? Stay tuned, because while the on field drama in top ten match ups featuring Georgia at Kentucky and Alabama at LSU this weekend may be great fun, the off field drama of where the SEC will end up in future years may be even more entertaining.
  4. The biggest small change possible may be coming to college football June 11, 2017 A college football offseason riddle: What’s the most important 6 feet in the game and why is nobody talking about them? The answer to the first question is, believe it or not, the space that separates 1 yard from the line of the scrimmage and 3 yards from the line of scrimmage on the defense’s side of the ball. The answer to the second question is, somebody very important will be soon, and it could change the way the game is played in a radical way. You think the U.S. Congress is partisan? Walk into a football coaching convention, bring up the ineligible man downfield rule and watch the room part like the Red Sea, offensive coaches on one side and defensive coaches on the other. “It’s like a Republican-Democrat thing,” said Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of football officials who is soon to be the NCAA’s secretary-rules editor. “If you’re defensive minded, you want it 1 yard. If you’re offensive-minded, you want it 3 yards.” The NCAA rules committee would like to step into that divide and bring the two sides closer together. In that effort, the ruling body this month issued an extensive survey to college coaches from Division I through Division III asking for their input on the rule. “We are going to see where the coaches come down on it, and then the rules committee will take it up,” Shaw said. “It’s on the rules committee’s mind. I’m very interested to see what our coaches have to say across the board. Then we will have some data points and figure out where to go.” Currently, the NCAA rule states an offensive lineman may not be more than 3 yards past the line of scrimmage when a pass is released, and the pro football rule states an offensive lineman may be no more than 1 yard past the line of scrimmage at that time. Believe it or not, the short distance between those two numbers explains as much as anything why college football and pro football look more and more dissimilar and, by extension, why the NFL is bemoaning how unprepared college quarterbacks and offensive linemen are for their version of the game. College football’s decision on which way to go with its rule, if it makes any changes at all, is as simple and as stark, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said, as this: “It depends on what we’re trying to promote. Are we trying to build NFL players or are we trying to get a lot of points scored?” That’s because the extra distance is what allows for the flood of run-pass option plays that have taken over almost every college team’s playbook. With 3 yards to work with, offenses can go to the line of scrimmage with two play calls. The offensive line blocks for a running play, driving forward, and the quarterback makes the decision to hand off the ball (or run it himself) or throw a pass based on which way a particular defender commits himself. “I coach the safeties,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said. “What do you tell those guys to do? You have an offensive guard running at you and a receiver.” Changing the college rule to 1 yard would make offenses tip their hands earlier, thus making it easier for defenders to decipher which type of play is coming, as NFL defenses can do. The bellyaching that is permeating the NFL draft process about unprepared offensive linemen and quarterbacks is a direct result of spread offenses and their run-pass option plays that don’t require much versatility in skills from quarterbacks or offensive linemen. “It is one of those rules that creates run-pass conflict for the defense. Strategically, coaches are using that now,” Shaw said. “That’s part of the cat and mouse of the game. The offense wants to create that run-pass conflict.” Meanwhile, collegiate defensive coaches believe their offensive counterparts have such wide leeway because of the 3-yard rule that the field is hopelessly sloped against them. Without a change to the ineligible man downfield rule, it’s impossible to consistently stop run-pass option plays, Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “If they’re not willing to change that…,” he said with a shrug. That being said, Saban stopped short of calling for a rule change. “Whatever the rule is, we’ll do it, too,” he said. “So what makes the difference? We’ll run running plays where we throw passes, just like everybody else.” Alabama did just that this season and led the SEC in scoring with 38.8 points per game. Any change to college football’s rule wouldn’t come until the 2018 season at the earliest, and it’s possible the rules committee could tweak the rule rather than make a drastic alteration. One change being considered is having the rule state that the offensive lineman’s position will be checked at the time the pass crosses the line of scrimmage instead of when the pass is thrown, as it currently is written. That change would tighten the offense’s window slightly while also making it easier for the line judge to make the call, Shaw said. Smart believes SEC officials already have taken steps to preserve the conference’s defensive dignity. “Because we have kind of been a defensive league, our conference and Steve Shaw’s staff have done a tremendous job of pinpointing that and saying, ‘We are not going to let this get out of hand.’ It’s hard to monitor, but they have trained their officials differently now, too,” Smart said. “You get away with it a lot less now than you did 5 years ago.” Muschamp is not so sure. “That would be really nice if they enforced that,” the Gamecocks coach said. “They ought to be able to replay it, in my opinion. It’s a fast-moving game. It is a difficult game to officiate as fast as it is right now, but I do think that would be a good replay target.” Even if college football adopted the NFL’s version of the rule, Shaw doesn’t believe it would eliminate the proliferation of run-pass option plays. “Our coaches, especially our offensive coaches, are very creative,” he said. “I would tell you if we went to 1 yard, run-pass options would not disappear. They would find ways because it is such a difficult play to defend.” THE STATE
  5. SEC Implements Clear Bag Policy for All Football Games League-Wide Policy Begins with 2017 Season March 22, 2017 In the interest of enhancing existing security measures at games involving Southeastern Conference schools, the SEC will implement a new security policy regulating the size and type of bag that may be carried into all stadiums in which SEC schools host games, beginning with the 2017 football season, it was announced Wednesday. Although the new conference-wide bag policy will be in effect beginning with the 2017 football season, a number of SEC institutions implemented the policy during the 2016 football season. The policy was approved by a unanimous vote of the league’s athletics directors. “SEC football stadiums are among the largest venues in the world of sports, so safety and security are issues that must always remain a priority for our events,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in place by our institutions.” Fans are encouraged not to bring any types of bags inside SEC stadiums during football games; however, the following outlines bags that are permitted: · Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"; · One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar); and · Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” (approximately the size of a hand). · An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose. An approved logo no larger than 4.5” x 3.4” may be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag. Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag; briefcases; backpacks, cinch bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction; luggage of any kind; computer bags/cases; camera bags/cases; binocular bags/cases or any bag larger than the permissible size. Fans will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the stadium in a permissible clear bag, such as binoculars and cameras. This policy pertains to bags and is not an all-inclusive list of items that are prohibited from being taken into the stadium. Therefore, fans should be aware of specific institutional policies regarding prohibited items that may not be brought into that institution’s stadium. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Are other events limiting bags? Yes. The NFL has a clear bag policy and some SEC and other Autonomy 5 institutions have previously implemented a clear bag policy. Additionally, some Autonomy 5 institutions do not permit any bags to be brought inside the stadium. How does the new policy improve public safety? The clear bag is easily searched and significantly reduces faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign. Do I have to put everything I'm carrying into the permissible bags? No. Fans are limited only to the type of bags carried into the stadium, not items that they may normally bring to a game that fit in pockets or clutch bags (e.g., keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards). Fans may carry a blanket over their arms, and binoculars and/or camera around their necks or in their hands without the case. Fans may also use the clear bag and clutch to carry these items and other permissible items. Every member of the family may carry in a permissible bag. What about diaper bags? Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium. How many bags may each person bring into the stadium? One large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag – plus a small clutch that does not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched. May fans carry cameras, binoculars, smart phones or tablets separately from what they put in a clear bag? Yes. A phone, binoculars or cameras may be carried into the stadium as long as it is not in its own bag. Are seat cushions allowed to be carried into the stadium? Fans should review each institution’s prohibited items policy to determine if seat cushions are allowed. What about bringing blankets in cold weather? Fans will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. If I have certain items that I need to bring into the stadium for medical reasons and they won't fit in the clear bag, what do I do? There will be designated entrances to allow screening of these bags and medically necessary items. Are all purses prohibited? No. Small clutch purses, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” are permitted along with either the 12" x 6" x 12" clear tote bag or the one-gallon freezer bag. Fans are encouraged not to bring any bags, but the policy has been created to balance fan needs with improved public safety and convenience. Will this policy affect the ability of fans to tailgate? Are there limitations on tailgating items? No. Fans will be able to enjoy tailgating activities in the parking lots and do so with greater safety and knowledge for entry into the stadium. Does this bag policy apply to credentialed individuals (e.g., media, staff)? There will be an exception specifically for “credentialed” individuals who bring bags that do not meet the policy guidelines. However, their bags will still be searched prior to entry, and only bags that pass the inspection will be allowed into the stadium.
  6. South Carolina football: Gamecocks staff member lands job at Limestone March 15, 2017 Brian Turk, who spent the last five seasons in the South Carolina football office, has been hired to coach running backs at Limestone College. A product of Columbia’s Ben Lippen School, Turk graduated from South Carolina in 2010. His career with the Gamecocks began in 2012 as a graduate assistant. On-field, he assisted with the quarterbacks. In 2015, then coach Steve Spurrier named Turk as a quality control assistant for special teams. Muschamp moved Turk into his most recent position in January of 2016. Turk will also serve as Limestone’s recruiting coordinator.
  7. News, notes and observations from Pro Day March 14, 2017 COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina football program hosted its annual pro timing day on Tuesday morning inside the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility. Several NFL teams were on hand to evaluate the former Gamecocks, including the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensive end Darius English, linebackers T.J. Holloman and Jonathan Walton, offensive lineman Mason Zandi, defensive back Chris Moody and kicker Elliott Fry were among the former South Carolina players working out. The three current players who were invited to join the pro day: offensive lineman Zack Bailey, tight end Hayden Hurst and wide receiver Deebo Samuel did not work out during the on-field portion. They did have their heights and weights measured. “I think it’s something that’s good that the NCAA and NFL came together, to get more information on draft-eligible guys, so they can make better decisions in December. … It’s good exposure for them,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said. Former quarterback Perry Orth worked as a throwing quarterback during drills. To be clear, he was not an official participant in the pro day workouts. A few other former South Carolina players were also in the building, including L.A. Rams wide receiver Pharoh Cooper and New York Jets offensive lineman Brandon Shell. English met with 16 teams earlier this year when he was at the East-West Shrine Game. One of the biggest pre-draft questions for him was weight. On Tuesday, English said he weighed in at 248. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times. “I wish he weighed 248 when he played for us,” Muschamp said, with a smile. “But really proud of seeing him and his work-ethic, what he’s put in.” In addition to going through the linebacker drills, Walton also worked out as a fullback today. SECCOUNTRY
  8. New rule provides new NFL opportunity at USC March 14, 2017 For the first time, current collegiate players are being allowed to participate in Pro Days around the country alongside NFL Draft eligible players working out for professional scouts. For the three South Carolina players who are taking advantage of the opportunity, “participate” might be too strong a word. Sneak peek is a better description. Tight end Hayden Hurst, offensive lineman Zack Bailey and wide receiver Deebo Samuel will meet with the scouts and have their height, weight and other size measurables tallied but aren’t expected to do any drills with their former teammates at Williams-Brice Stadium on Tuesday. “I just kind of want to get my name out there,” Hurst said. “It’s an opportunity for us to get looks. I’m excited to see what it was all about.” Sixteen former Gamecocks, including offensive lineman Mason Zandi, defensive end Darius English and place-kicker Elliott Fry, will try to impress NFL scouts Tuesday with their bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jumps numbers while also going through position-specific drills. Hurst learned before South Carolina’s bowl game in December that a rule change was possible but didn’t find out until Sunday night that he definitely would be participating, he said. Bailey and Samuel only learned last week, they said. “They said, ‘You’re going to do pro day.’ I was like, ‘OK,’ ” Bailey said. “It was kind of a shock to me, but it was exciting at the same time. At first I was like, ‘Wait a minute, can we?’ They said new rules came in, and it’s just to get you out there more for the NFL to see. It was awesome. I felt kind of privileged to do it.” The rule change is designed to allow NFL teams to gather more information on collegiate underclassmen so that they can better advise players who are considering leaving college early. Hurst, Bailey and Samuel all will be eligible to enter the NFL Draft following the 2017 season but will also have collegiate eligibility remaining. “For some guys that want to get out early, this definitely opens the door a lot more for them getting that visibility and meeting some of the coaches, getting on their board so we are on their radar,” Bailey said. Bailey has not given much thought to his eventual decision, he said. Bailey and Samuel said Monday they won’t do any on-field work for the scouts, while Hurst indicated he would make his final decision after talking to strength coach Jeff Dillman. The Gamecocks practice Tuesday morning. Samuel, for whom an impressive 40-yard dash time will be especially important in terms of draft stock, wants to be in peak physical condition when he runs for NFL personnel, he said. “The competitive part of me wants to, but coming right out of practice I don’t know if it would be the smartest thing,” Hurst said. Hurst watched this year’s NFL Combine with particular interest, he said. “I watched some other guys but mainly focused on the tight ends to see where I would measure up,” he said. “Some of those guys are pretty impressive.”
  9. Pro Timing Day Moves Indoors Gamecocks Set to Work Out for NFL Scouts Tuesday March 13, 2017 The South Carolina football program will hold its annual Pro Timing Day on Tuesday, March 14, when 16 draft-eligible former Gamecock players are slated to work out for NFL coaches and scouts. Due to weather in the Columbia area the field events will now take place in the Jerri and Steve Spurrier indoor facility and will be closed to the public. Those former Gamecock players expected to participate include: Matrick Belton, Jordan Diggs, Chaz Elder, Darius English, Elliott Fry, Kelsey Griffin, T.J. Holloman, Shannon James, Marquavius Lewis, Cedrick Malone, Chris Moody, Darius Paulk, Marcquis Roberts, Jonathan Walton, Drew Williams and Mason Zandi. The event will begin in the Crews Building weight room (which will be closed to the media, general public and agents) at 8 a.m. and conducted in the following order: Height/Weight; Broad Jump/Vertical Jump; Bench Press. The testing will then continue in the indoor facility at approximately 9:30 a.m. with the 40-yard dash; Short Shuttle/3-Cone; and Long Shuttle. Following the testing, individual position workouts will be conducted on the field in the following order: wide receiver and tight end; offensive line; defensive line and linebackers; running backs, defensive backs, kicker.
  10. Ranking the top 10 returning WR/TE in the SEC for 2017 Feb. 19, 2019 As SEC offenses seek to become more explosive in nature, wide receivers and tight ends become a more valuable position than ever before. There might not be a player like Julio Jones or Percy Harvin in this year’s crop of returning pass-catchers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have legitimate playmaking abilities. Looking ahead to the 2017 season, we’ve compiled a list of the SEC’s top 10 returning players at each position. This ranking is based on past performance, opportunity and overall ability, so it isn’t just calculated from last year’s stats. Here’s a look at the top 10 returning receivers/tight ends. No. 10: Isaac Nauta, Georgia – 2016 stats (29 Rec., 361 yards, 12.45 Avg., 3 TDs) More often than not last season, Georgia’s offense looked very much like one in transition. The line struggled, Jacob Eason was inconsistent and the receivers dropped too many passes. As a true freshman, however, Nauta looked like a poised veteran amidst that turmoil. He already looks like one of the best tight ends in the SEC, and he should only continue to improve as the offense around him finds its rhythm. No. 9: Bryan Edwards, S. Carolina – 2016 stats (44 Rec., 590 yards, 13.41 Avg., 4 TDs) Another true freshman who made an immediate impact, Edwards provided South Carolina with a physical option on the perimeter. The 6-3 receiver can attack the ball at its highest point and get behind defensive backs down the field. A hamstring injury slowed Edwards a bit in the middle of the season, but he should be a prime candidate to have a breakout campaign in 2017. No. 8: Hayden Hurst, S. Carolina – 2016 stats (48 Rec., 616 yards, 12.83 Avg., 1 TD) Hurst wasn’t known by many outside of South Carolina entering last season, but he deserves to be recognized as an excellent tight end in this conference. The sophomore was a security blanket for the Gamecocks’ varying quarterbacks, and he played well in big spots. A former minor league baseball player who walked onto the football team, Hurts has exceptional athleticism for a player his size and should only continue to get better with more reps with Jake Bentley and this offense. No. 7: Jauan Jennings, Tennessee – 2016 stats (40 Rec., 580 yards, 14.5 Avg., 7 TDs) Jennings made one of the biggest plays of the season when he came down with Josh Dobbs’ Hail Mary pass to defeat Georgia in a thriller, and he has a penchant for making good things happen. With Josh Malone heading to the NFL, Jennings should assume the role of No. 1 receiver for the Vols. Jennings was recruited as a dual-threat quarterback, and his athleticism is obvious. He is a hard player to tackle and excels at gaining yards after the catch. With a greater share of the workload this fall, Jennings should come through with a career year. No. 6: Donald Gray, Mississippi State – 2016 stats (41 Rec., 709 yards, 17.29 Avg., 5 TDs) With star receiver Fred Ross turning pro, Gray is another player expected to step into the lead role for his team. Gray is explosive and makes up for his small stature with elite speed. He averaged 17.29 yards per catch last season — fifth in the SEC. An ideal slot receiver, Gray will likely take on a different sort of role as he becomes a go-to target for Nick Fitzgerald. No. 5: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina – 2016 stats (59 Rec., 783 yards, 13.27 Avg., 1 TD) The most explosive player on a team that is quickly improving in that aspect, Samuel is becoming one of the few true No. 1 receivers in the SEC. Samuel, who can turn short-yardage plays into long gains, shared the SEC lead with 17 catches of 20 yards or more. His style is reminiscent of Steve Smith in that Samuel is tenacious with the ball and wants to make plays in big spots. Samuel has shown that he can catch double-digit passes or make the most of a limited number of touches. No. 4: Antonio Callaway, Florida – 2016 stats (54 Rec., 721 yards, 13.35 Avg., 3 TDs) Callaway has struggled with drops at times, but few possess his natural ability. With a better quarterback situation, Callaway might be among the best receivers in the country. His versatility is remarkable; Callaway is the first Gator to score a touchdown in five ways: receiving, kickoff return, punt return, rushing and throwing a TD pass. Callaway will have the occasional head-scratching moment, but he’s one of the best pure athletes in the SEC. No. 3: J’Mon Moore, Missouri – 2016 stats (62 Rec., 1,012 yards, 16.32 Avg., 8 TDs) Moore could have jumped to the NFL after a career year, but he’s back to improve and assert himself as the best receiver in the conference. Due to his speed, Moore is one of the SEC’s best at turning short slant and crossing routes into long gains. He led the SEC in 10-yard catches (31) and 40-yard catches (8). Moore can improve his route-running ability and he dropped a few too many passes, but at 6-3, 205, he has the physical tools to have a big outing against anyone. No. 2: Calvin Ridley, Alabama – 2016 stats (72 Rec., 769 yards, 10.68 Avg., 7 TDs) One of the most polished receivers in the SEC, Ridley’s numbers should tick back up with ArDarius Stewart playing on Sundays. He’s a sharp route-runner who can beat defenders to the ball or run past them with top-end speed. His production was down from his freshman season (89 catches for 1,045 yards), but he still finished tied for fourth with 6 catches for 40 or more yards in 2016. As Jalen Hurts improves, Ridley should be able to make a great impact next season. There really isn’t much the rising junior can’t do, which makes him all the more fun to watch. No. 1: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M – 2016 stats (83 Rec., 928 yards, 11.18 Avg., 9 TDs) Kirk was just a few yards short of topping 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season. The sophomore wasn’t even the top receiver at Texas A&M in 2016, but he will be the go-to guy now that Josh Reynolds and Co. are moving on. The best word to describe Kirk is smooth. He is an agile route-runner who is deceptive in and out of his breaks. Kirk always looks to make a big play (he was tied for second in the SEC with 4 catches for 50-plus yards), and he should have the ball a lot next season. SDS
  11. FSU is picked to open the season at #1, with Bama at the #2 spot. Clemson falls to #9 after losing Deshaun and Mike Williams, while the overrated B10 has 3 teams picked in the Top 10. Auburn & LSU are the next highest picked SEC teams coming in at #14 & #11 respectively. No SEC East team is ranked in the Top 15 and only 2 made the Top 25. Interestingly enough, South Florida is picked at #20. http://www.msn.com/e...5uZ2?li=BBnba9I
  12. Las Vegas not betting on Clemson to repeat next season and has the Gamecocks as a huge longshot JANUARY 10, 2017 BY KEVIN MCCRAREY Link: sportstalk Dabo Swinney will have his work cut out for him to raise the trophy again next year. Clemson hasn’t even enjoyed national championship for 24 hours and already we are talking about next season. Why not? I mean, there’s only 235 days until the start of the new football season. You know Las Vegas isn’t going to waste any time throwing out odds on who will take home college football’s top prize next year. Let’s take a peek, shall we? The Las Vegas sports book “Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook” odds are on Alabama reclaiming the title in 2017. The Crimson Tide come in as a 3/1 favorite. Florida State is second at 7/1, then you have Southern Cal, Ohio State and Oklahoma at 8/1. Another ACC Atlantic Division member, Louisville, is at 12/1 to win it all next season. That’s the same as LSU and Michigan. Clemson is sitting on 18/1 odds to defend its title. In case you are wondering where South Carolina is on the list, the Gamecocks are currently at 300/1 odds to win their first national title in 2017. Don’t like the odds you see here? Don’t sweat it too much, it’s not like Las Vegas can’t be wrong. They took a historic beating when Clemson, a 6 point underdog, beat Alabama straight up for the title Monday night.
  13. Way-too-early Top 25 for 2017: Alabama is clear No. 1 Jan. 10, 2017 Alabama fans are understandably eager to move on to next season after a heartbreaking 35-31 loss to Clemson in the national title game. So, we’ve decided to humor them with a projected Top 25 for 2017. Check out our premature selections below: Also considered: Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Utah, Baylor, Arkansas 25. Northwestern This past autumn, the Wildcats produced a winning record in the Big Ten before topping then-No. 23 Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl. Consistency is key for Pat Fitzgerald, who recently announced his staff will remain 100 percent intact entering next season. Rising redshirt junior quarterback Clayton Thorson leads an “O” with nine returning starters, and second-team All-Big Ten safety Godwin Igwebuike’s recent commitment to another year in Evanston will be a huge boon for an experienced defense. 24. Navy Plenty of important pieces are headed out — including all four members of the starting backfield. But quarterback Zach Abey looks like a capable replacement for Will Worth, and he still has two seasons of eligibility remaining. The Midshipmen’s leaky defense should be improved, too. 23. Tennessee Much has been made of the Vols’ high-profile departures (Josh Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Josh Malone, Derek Barnett and Cam Sutton), and rightfully so. But the majority of the starters are coming back, and Butch Jones’ red-hot seat means this team knows it needs to win immediately. 22. Stanford Rising senior quarterback Keller Chryst was on fire at the end of the season but reportedly tore his ACL in the Sun Bowl. That opens the door for an unwanted quarterback competition in Palo Alto, and the loss of Christian McCaffrey won’t help. 21. Kansas State Bill Snyder continues to overachieve. The Wildcats upset Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl to cap a 9-4 year, and next season might be KSU’s chance to sneak back into the Big 12 title race. Quarterback Jesse Ertz — near-perfect against the Aggies — will remind fans of Collin Klein with his bruising style. 20. Louisville All eyes will be on Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, but voters likely will remember Louisville’s horrible finish more than its scintillating start. It doesn’t help that more than half of the Cardinals’ combined offensive and defensive starters are leaving. 19. Michigan No current Top 25 team’s depth chart will feature as much turnover as Michigan’s. The Wolverines are set to lose their entire starting defense, both boundary receivers, star tight end, starting running back, three offensive linemen … heck, even the do-it-all kicking specialist is leaving. Jim Harbaugh has a treasure trove of young talent, but a Big Ten championship would appear to be a minor miracle at this point. 18. Colorado Departing senior quarterback Sefo Liufau did an excellent job this season, but redshirt freshman Steven Montez was solid enough (1,078 yards, 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions) to give Buffs fans hope for another run at the Pac-12 title. He’ll return to a loaded offense that will attempt to offset an inexperienced “D.” 17. TCU The Horned Frogs were supposed to challenge for a New Year’s Six berth in 2016, but slipped into obscurity fairly quickly. Their once high-powered offense will get a chance for redemption with 10 starters returning, and the defense should be formidable (by Big 12 standards). 16. Georgia It’s prove-it time for Kirby Smart. An up-and-down Year 1 finished on a high note with a Liberty Bowl win, and 10 of 11 defensive starters are expected back. On the other side of the ball, All-SEC back Nick Chubb is returning for a final season, and rising sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason figures to improve on a solid first go-round. 15. Washington State Mike Leach surprised the country and dragged Wazzu back into Pac-12 title contention before the Cougars fizzled out in November. Quarterback Luke Falk will be back for a fifth year, and Washington State’s top two rushers will be, too. The defense — good, not great in 2016 — is expected to return nine starters. 14. Miami (FL) The hype train will be at full speed by the time Mark Richt’s team kicks off in September. The ‘Canes rebounded well from a mid-season slump and then smashed West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 31-14. Losing junior quarterback Brad Kaaya means Miami will have a competition behind center, but bringing back the entire defensive front seven makes up for it. LSU running back Derrius Guice (Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 13. LSU Running back Derrius Guice surpassed Leonard Fournette in importance as the season dragged on, and will be one of the SEC’s primary Heisman candidates in what figures to be his final season in Baton Rouge. There’s still a big question mark at quarterback for Ed Orgeron, and the front seven will rely on a handful of rising sophomores. 12. Florida The Gators have fielded an excellent defense and plenty of talent at the offensive skill positions in two consecutive seasons, and 2017 should be no different. Jim McElwain’s missing ingredient has been consistent quarterback play. He’ll be hard-pressed to find it next fall with rising redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks an early favorite to win UF’s starting job. RELATED: Here’s how Florida can reach the 2017 College Football Playoff 11. Oklahoma State An elite offense is sometimes all you need to win the Big 12, and the Cowboys might have the conference’s best in 2017. Mason Rudolph (4,152 total yards) will be back to lead a unit that racked up 38.6 points per game. 10. Oklahoma If quarterback Baker Mayfield lights up the Big 12 again, he’ll do it without Heisman finalist Dede Westbrook and all-time rushing leader Samaje Perine. Don’t expect the defense to keep scoring low; the Sooners (28.8 points allowed in 2016) are saying goodbye to three key linemen, an inside linebacker and their free safety. 9. Wisconsin There’s nothing sexy about the Badgers, but that didn’t stop them from nearly capturing the Big Ten title this past season. Expect more of the same in 2017. Wisconsin’s is losing some key pieces (top two running backs, starting receiver, left tackle and both outside linebackers) but none of the departures are fatal for this plug-and-play program. 8. USC Sam Arnold’s star was born with an all-time performance in the Rose Bowl, but he’s saying goodbye to two of his top receivers, both of his tackles and his tight end. Plenty of young talent returns on the defensive side. 7. Auburn The Jarett Stidham Era is set to begin, and he’s going to get plenty of help from the Tigers’ elite running back duo of Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson. Auburn has enough overall talent to give Alabama a serious challenge if Stidham — a Baylor transfer — can find his footing in the SEC. 6. Washington The Huskies are losing four key underclassmen to the NFL, and coach Chris Petersen will be forced to rebuild his secondary. But most of the offense — including All-Pac-12 quarterback Jake Browning — will return for a shot at back-to-back conference titles. 5. Florida State Good luck to ACC offenses next season. The Seminoles are losing their leader — defensive end DeMarcus Walker — but nine of 11 defensive starters are coming back. Quarterback Deondre Francois needs to take another step forward to compensate for the loss of running back Dalvin Cook and the potential loss of receiver Travis Rudolph. But the Noles have 5-star running back Cam Akers coming in next season. 4. Clemson Might we see the 2016 champion shift to a run-based attack in 2017? Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson and halfback Wayne Gallman are off to the NFL, and Watson’s favorite target, Mike Williams, is likely to join them. But Clemson returns four young starters on the offensive line. Roughly 80 percent of the two-deep defensive depth chart is returning, too. 3. Penn State Star receiver Chris Godwin is departing for the NFL, but the Nittany Lions will bring back all 10 other offensive starters — as well as plenty of depth — after racking up 49 points in the Rose Bowl. The defense will take a minor hit with both defensive ends leaving town, but the linebackers and secondary are still in great shape. 2. Ohio State Urban Meyer’s revenge tour will be painful for the Big Ten. Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett is returning for his senior season, and he’ll be joined by halfback Mike Weber. The entire defensive line is back, too. It’s going to be an upset if OSU doesn’t claim a College Football Playoff spot for the third time in four years. 1. Alabama Losing the national title game won’t have any effect on the Crimson Tide’s standing next August. Nick Saban’s team will bring back its starting quarterback, top three running backs and top two receivers on offense, and there’s little question that a reloaded defense will be elite again. ‘Bama looks ready to steamroll the SEC for what seems like the millionth time. SECCOUNTRY
  14. Gamecocks, Bulls team up to brighten day at Birmingham children’s hospital Dec. 27, 2016 The trees, wreaths and festive lights were still up Tuesday at the Children’s of Alabama hospital as special visitors arrived to spread some post-Christmas cheer. Members of the South Carolina and South Florida football teams, in town for Thursday’s Birmingham Bowl, stopped in at the hospital to meet with patients and their families. Gifts were handed out. New friends were made. Smiles were aplenty. “We’re just trying to be a good light for them and shed some happiness on them,” USC senior quarterback Perry Orth said. “They’re going through some tough times. My favorite part was meeting people who were actually leaving the hospital today because they’re overcoming their issue and getting better.” Orth was joined on the visit by fellow quarterbacks Jake Bentley, Brandon McIlwain and Michael Scarnecchia. A group of 30 Gamecocks toured the hospital’s patient rooms and teamed up with South Florida players to deliver gifts of T-shirts, stuffed animals and other toys. “It’s a chance to make a kid’s day,” freshman defensive back Morgan Vest said. “A little ‘Hey,’ a gift and some motivation can go a long way.” South Carolina’s off-field bowl week itinerary includes meals, bowling and a comedy club event. The hospital visit, a community service mainstay on bowl trips, is a team favorite, players agreed. “It’s important to be here,” freshman linebacker Trey Mitchell said. “This is so much more important than football games. When I was younger, I spent Christmastime in the hospital. I know it’s tough.” Mitchell and Vest were joined by South Florida interim coach T.J. Weist to interact with patients and their families. They met fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Carolina Panthers and Alabama Crimson Tide. One youngster, an Alabama fan, was so overjoyed he let out a boisterous, “Roll, Tide, Roll” cheer. Children’s reactions were a topic of discussion as the tour concluded. “I put my hand out there and one kid, it looked like his eyes were about to pop out when he noticed how big my hand was,” offensive lineman Donell Stanley said. The hospital visit is an opportunity to use their platform as college football players for a good cause, players said. “Those kids go through a lot and they’re so young,” Stanley said. “For those kids to see people they might see on TV, they look up to us. We have to set a good example for them.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article123186144.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE
  15. 2016-17 College Football Bowl Schedule COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF Saturday, Dec. 31 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (4) Washington vs. (1) Alabama Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA 3pm / ESPN Buy Tickets PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (3) Ohio State vs. (2) Clemson U. of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ 7pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Monday, Jan. 9 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets CFP National Championship Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL 8:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets BOWL SCHEDULE Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets AFR Celebration Bowl NC Central vs. Grambling State Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA Noon / ABC Buy Tickets Gildan New Mexico Bowl New Mexico vs. UTSA University Stadium Albuquerque, NM 2pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Las Vegas Bowl Houston vs. San Diego State Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV 3:30pm / ABC Buy Tickets Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Appalachian State vs. Toledo Cramton Bowl Montgomery, AL 5:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets AutoNation Cure Bowl UCF vs. Arkansas State Camping World Stadium Orlando, FL 5:30pm / CBSSN Buy Tickets R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA 9pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Miami Beach Bowl Central Michigan vs. Tulsa Marlins Park Miami, FL 2:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Boca Raton Bowl Memphis vs. Western Kentucky FAU Stadium Boca Raton, FL 7pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl BYU vs. Wyoming Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA 9pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho vs. Colorado State Albertson's Stadium Boise, ID 7pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion Thomas Robinson Stadium Nassau, Bahamas 1pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Louisiana Tech vs. (25) Navy Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, TX 4:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Dollar General Bowl Ohio vs. Troy Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, AL 8pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Hawai'i Bowl Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee Aloha Stadium Honolulu, HI 8pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets St. Petersburg Bowl Miami, OH vs. Mississippi State Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL 11am / ESPN Buy Tickets Quick Lane Bowl Maryland vs. Boston College Ford Field Detroit, MI 2:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Camping World Independence Bowl NC State vs. Vanderbilt Independence Stadium Shreveport, LA 5pm / ESPN2 Buy Tickets Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl Army vs. North Texas Cotton Bowl Stadium Dallas, TX Noon / ESPN Buy Tickets Military Bowl (24) Temple vs. Wake Forest Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium Annapolis, MD 3:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets National Funding Holiday Bowl Minnesota vs. Washington State Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA 7pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Boise State vs. Baylor Chase Field Phoenix, AZ 10:15pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets New Era Pinstripe Bowl (23) Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern Yankee Stadium Bronx, NY 2pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Russell Athletic Bowl (16) West Virginia vs. Miami, FL Camping World Stadium Orlando, FL 5:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Foster Farms Bowl Indiana vs. (19) Utah Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, CA 8:30pm / FOX Buy Tickets AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Texas A&M vs. Kansas State NRG Stadium Houston, TX 9pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Birmingham Bowl USF vs. South Carolina Legion Field Birmingham, AL 2pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Belk Bowl Arkansas vs. (22) Virginia Tech Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, NC 5:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Valero Alamo Bowl (12) Oklahoma State vs. (10) Colorado Alamodome San Antonio, TX 9pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets AutoZone Liberty Bowl Georgia vs. TCU Liberty Bowl Memphis, TN Noon / ESPN Buy Tickets Hyundai Sun Bowl (18) Stanford vs. North Carolina Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 2pm / CBS Buy Tickets Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl Nebraska vs. (21) Tennessee Nissan Stadium Nashville, TN 3:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl South Alabama vs. Air Force Arizona Stadium Tucson, AZ 5:30pm / ASN/CI Buy Tickets Capital One Orange Bowl (6) Michigan vs. (11) Florida State Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 8pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (20) LSU vs. (13) Louisville Camping World Stadium Orlando, FL 11am / ABC Buy Tickets TaxSlayer Bowl Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky EverBank Field Jacksonville, FL 11am / ESPN Buy Tickets Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (4) Washington vs. (1) Alabama Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA 3pm / ESPN Buy Tickets PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (3) Ohio State vs. (2) Clemson U. of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ 7pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets Outback Bowl (17) Florida vs. Iowa Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL 1pm / ABC Buy Tickets Goodyear Cotton Bowl (15) Western Michigan vs. (8) Wisconsin AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX 1pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Rose Bowl Game (9) USC vs. (5) Penn State Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 5pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Allstate Sugar Bowl (14) Auburn vs. (7) Oklahoma Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA 8:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 Bowl (Away vs. Home) Location Time (ET) / TV Tickets CFP National Championship Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL 8:30pm / ESPN Buy Tickets
  16. LSU Texas A&M 7:30 PM Kyle Field, College Station, TX 512 tickets from $35 Friday, November 25 MATCHUP TIME (ET) NAT TV LOCATION TICKETS Northern Illinois Kent State 12:00 PM CBSSN Dix Stadium, Kent, OH 2 tickets from $14 NC State North Carolina 12:00 PM Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC 828 tickets from $52 #20Houston Memphis 12:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN 416 tickets from $9 Buffalo Bowling Green 2:30 PM Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH 46 tickets from $10 Arkansas Missouri 2:30 PM CBS Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO 538 tickets from $14 #5Washington #23Washington State 3:30 PM FOX Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA 224 tickets from $151 #19Boise State Air Force 3:30 PM CBSSN Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO 297 tickets from $21 TCU Texas 3:30 PM FS1 Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX 1,006 tickets from $56 #16Nebraska Iowa 3:30 PM Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA 826 tickets from $65 Louisiana Tech Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS 183 tickets from $10 Toledo #21Western Michigan 5:00 PM Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI 444 tickets from $30 Baylor Texas Tech 6:00 PM AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 1,336 tickets from $24 Cincinnati Tulsa 8:30 PM Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK 45 tickets from $17 Arizona State Arizona 9:30 PM Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ 1,558 tickets from $26
  17. On struggles elsewhere: Misery Index Week 9
  18. It’s a lighting in the jar day in la-la land where Dabo’s felines been licking their claws hoping to catch ‘em a baby bird they’ve been praying all week is too far from their Louisville nest to be safe … but that ain’t the way it’s gonna’ play when Bobby’s songbird’s go full-throat; it’ll be a REAL magician QB leading the crested-crown redbird’s on to victory – “had to happen sometime” will be doo doo’s post-game quote - there’s nothing left to say, for clemson it’s gonna’ be all she wrote.Leonard’s Loser – clemsonFew give Muschamp’s meager offense much of a chance against one of the best teams in college football - but that’s why they play the game. Gamecock fans have been patiently waiting … hoping it’s not just more of the same. Well for some reason I don’t think it will be, and on Saturday someone will break out for the ‘Cocks and begin their rise to fame. 18-points – are you kidding me? – who concocted that crazy notion? … it’ll be Deebo left for a quick TD after he starts the play in motion. ‘Cocks in a shocker.Leonard’s Loser – Texas A&M
  19. Bowl projections: Make your plans for a USC vs. FSU matchup May 05, 2016 Campus Insiders say Gamecocks will play in the Belk Bowl Want to make early plans to watch South Carolina play in a bowl game this year? CampusInsiders.com has some help. The site is predicting that the Gamecocks will play against Florida State in the Belk Bowl, which will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte at a date to be determined. The game, televised by ESPN, annually features an SEC team against an ACC team. Campus Insiders, in its recently published post-spring practice bowl projections, says 12 of the 14 SEC teams will go to bowls. The Gamecocks, under new coach Will Muschamp, are coming off a 3-9 season. Missouri, also with a first-year coach, is projected to return to post-season play. Only Kentucky and Vanderbilt are left out. The site projects LSU to play Ohio State for the national championship. Tennessee and Alabama are projected to receive New Year’s Six bids. 2016 SEC BOWL PROJECTIONS Early bowl projections compiled by Campus Insiders: College Football Playoff Semifinal (Peach Bowl): LSU vs. Boise State College Football Playoff Finals (National Championship): LSU vs. Ohio State Sugar: Tennessee vs. Baylor Orange: Alabama vs. Louisville Citrus: Georgia vs. Wisconsin Outback: Arkansas vs. Michigan State Music City: Ole Miss vs. Penn State TaxSlayer: Florida vs. North Carolina Belk: South Carolina vs. Florida State Liberty: Auburn vs. West Virginia Texas: Texas A&M vs. Texas Independence: Mississippi State vs. Duke Birmingham: Missouri vs. Pitt Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article75534777.html#storylink=cpy
  20. http://espn.go.com/college-football...aa-bans-satellite-camps-effective-immediately No surprise really, glad this was done.
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