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College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

posted on March 29, 2017
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Washington's Jake Browning are two names that could push Jackson, Mayfield and Darnold for spots in the top three by the end...
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Arkansas Razorbacks 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 29, 2017
Since the spring of 2012, Arkansas fans, the coaching staff, and players within the program have been on a roller-coaster ride unmatched in college football. After Bobby Petrino took the Razorbacks to the Sugar Bowl in 2011 with an 11-win campaign, the Hogs have gone just 29-34 with current head coach Bret Bielema posting a 25-26 mark during his four seasons in Fayetteville. Bielema has dangled the next corner carrot over Razorback Nation the last two seasons, giving hope to that proverbial turn...
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Kansas State Wildcats 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 29, 2017
Another year, another winning record and bowl game for the Kansas State Wildcats. Despite lacking the resources to land blue-chip recruits, Kansas State has been a model of consistency under head coach Bill Snyder. The 77-year-old continues to defy the odds, and last season guided the Wildcats to a 9-4 record, including six wins over the final seven games of the season. K-State capped off another successful run with a 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl – its seventh consecutive...
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Ranking the Big 12’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

posted on March 28, 2017
Optimists might look at the Big 12 teams’ three non-conference games and point out that it means one fewer chance for the programs to pulverize a cupcake directional school. The cynics see fewer opportunities for marquee matchups.   Surprisingly, 2017 is looking like a season in which Big 12 squads decided to fill out their out-of-conference slates with quality opponents. Nine of 10 teams have dates with Power Five teams on the docket, including a few legitimate head-turners. Even Baylor...
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Virginia Cavaliers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 28, 2017
It was a rough first season in Charlottesville for Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall in 2016. The Cavaliers finished 2-10 overall and in last in the ACC Coastal Division with a 1-7 record. To add insult to injury, Virginia suffered a season-opening 37-20 loss to Richmond from the FCS ranks.   Mendenhall knew the Cavaliers job would be a tough rebuild because of the lack of talent former head coach Mike London left, but he might not have envisioned it being this difficult.   With...
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5 Players That Need to Emerge for Notre Dame in 2017

posted on March 28, 2017
There were plenty of changes at Notre Dame following a 4-8 campaign in 2016. There are six new assistants, a new strength program and a desire from all to make sure something like last year never happens again.   Of course, that all starts with better play. So here are five Fighting Irish players who need to emerge in 2017 to spark a massive turnaround and get Notre Dame back on its feet and competing for a New Year’s Six bowl game.   1. Brandon Wimbush, QB Surprise, surprise:...
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Washington Huskies 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 27, 2017
Every bit of excitement generated when the University of Washington announced its hire of Chris Petersen in December 2013 was validated last season when the Huskies won their first Pac-12 football championship in 16 years.   Washington won 12 games for the first time since the 1991 national championship season, while earning a spot in the third edition of the College Football Playoff. Preparations for an encore kick off with the beginning of spring practices.   And how exactly do the...
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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 27, 2017
On the evening of Nov. 5, following a loss to North Carolina, Georgia Tech stood at 5-4. While it was an improvement on the disaster that was the 2015 season, it was not where the Yellow Jackets had hoped to be.   But the next week, Paul Johnson’s crew beat then-No. 18 Virginia Tech on the road, sparking a four-game winning streak that included victories over archrival Georgia and a TaxSlayer Bowl win against Kentucky. Now, spring has sprung and the football Jackets are out on the field...
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Ranking the Big Ten’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

posted on March 27, 2017
The importance of the non-conference schedule supposedly has been increased in the College Football Playoff era, and the Big Ten has instituted a new scheduling policy to give the conference-wide strength of schedule a boost. This season sees a few notable matchups against programs like Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Oregon, Notre Dame and more to put the Big Ten in a national spotlight.   Winning those games as a conference will go a long way to give the conference some margin for error after...
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 24, 2017
Chris Ash opens his second spring practice as head coach at Rutgers, and he has plenty to focus on as the Scarlet Knights look to improve in 2017. Year one was expected to be quite the uphill battle for Ash in his head coaching debut, and it most certainly was.  Rutgers won just two games in 2016, the fewest in a season for the program since winning just one game in ‘01.   5 Storylines to Watch During Rutgers’ Spring Practice   1. Jerry Kill gets to work reshaping Rutgers...
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