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South Carolina Gamecocks 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on February 24, 2017
The future was not looking very bright for the South Carolina Gamecocks around this time last year. First-year head coach Will Muschamp inherited a questionable roster from a team that had compiled a record of just 3-9 the year prior. And expectations were not much better for 2016 with the Gamecocks picked to finish dead last in the SEC East by most media outlets. While the season would provide South Carolina with its share of stumbling blocks, Muschamp managed to exceed expectations by...
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NC State Wolfpack 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on February 24, 2017
After being on the hot seat nearly the entire 2016 season NC State head coach Dave Doeren and the Wolfpack finished with a 7-5 record and an Independence Bowl victory over Vanderbilt. This was the third straight bowl appearance for Doeren in his four years in Raleigh.   It remains to be seen if NC State can compete with Clemson, Florida State and Louisville in the ACC Atlantic Division. One thing is for sure, the division is a lot tougher with Wake Forest and Boston College also making bowl...
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Michigan State Spartans 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on February 24, 2017
The 2016 college football season was nothing short of a nightmare for the Michigan State Spartans and their fans. A year removed from punching a ticket to the College Football Playoff, Mark Dantonio's Spartans won just three games all season – and only one game in conference.   Related: What Went Wrong for Michigan State in 2016 and How to Fix the Spartans   It was understood that there would probably be a bit of a drop-off after losing the caliber of talent that they did....
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Ranking the SEC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

posted on February 24, 2017
While the SEC is considered college football’s best conference, the coaching ranks aren’t particularly deep on the gridiron. Alabama’s Nick Saban ranks as the best coach in the nation, but the next few spots are up for grabs. A similar situation plays out on the hardwood. Kentucky’s John Calipari is one of the nation’s best college basketball coaches and ranks as the best in the SEC. But who follows Calipari in the SEC as the league’s No. 2 coach?    Each...
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Kirk Ferentz Banking on New-Look Offense to Help Make Iowa a Big Ten Threat Once Again

posted on February 23, 2017
As National Signing Day once again came to a close, the Iowa Hawkeyes’ Class of 2017 made a significant leap up the rankings when last-minute additions shook out, putting the Hawkeyes a solid 39th in an average of the top recruiting publications (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout). But with signing day now in the rear-view mirror, observers once again turn back to the nuts of bolts of deciphering what sort of climate recruits can expect upon arriving in Iowa City.   With the abrupt mid-January...
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Ranking the Pac-12's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

posted on February 23, 2017
The Pac-12’s depth in the coaching ranks has increased in recent years, as this conference has made stellar hires on the gridiron, including Washington’s Chris Petersen, Oregon’s Willie Taggart and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre. On the basketball side, the conference is anchored by Oregon’s Dana Altman, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and Arizona’s Sean Miller.   Each year, Athlon Sports ranks the coaching tandems from each Power 5 league. A variety of factors...
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20 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the Big 12 in 2017

posted on February 23, 2017
Redshirt freshmen make an impact for every college football team during the course of a season, and it’s no surprise a handful of talented players are ready to push for time after sitting out the 2016 campaign. A variety of reasons could be pinpointed for the redshirt year, but the extra time could be beneficial to learn a scheme, develop physically in the weight room or help provide some space on the depth chart with a stacked group of upperclassmen departing the following year.   Which...
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5 Newcomers for the Oregon Ducks to Watch in 2017

posted on February 22, 2017
Change is an inevitability of college football. Players spend four years in a program; sometimes five, and in other instances, just three. Add the game's increasingly high stakes for coaches, and the inevitability of roster turnaround extends to the sidelines and skyboxes.   But even amid the change inherent through the sport's very nature, the 2017 season marks a seismic shift in the football landscape in Eugene, Oregon. Willie Taggart is the Ducks’ new head coach, and the program's...
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Colorado Buffaloes 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on February 22, 2017
Nobody could have scripted a much better turnaround season for Colorado than what unfolded in 2016. The Buffaloes rose from the Pac-12 cellar to claim their first divisional title and also reached a bowl game for the first time in a decade.   Can Colorado build on that success entering 2017?   There are significant holes for the Buffaloes to fill if they want to successfully defend their divisional crown. Colorado must replace eight defensive starters from a unit that ranked in the...
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5 Newcomers to Watch for the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2017

posted on February 22, 2017
There will be some major changes within the North Carolina football program this year; more than just the departure of defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. There will be plenty of moving parts on the field as well.   Finding a replacement for quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be at the top of head coach Larry Fedora's priority list this spring. Along with that battle, there will be openings at wide receiver, running back, and at a couple spots along the offensive line. Defensively, tackle...
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