Hey there … NIL, Big 12 bullying and plans for College Football Playoff expansion.
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As long … Urban Meyer (again), Trevor Lawrence as well as idle programs.
Welcome back … Sark, COVID (ugh) and also full timetables.
Wow! What an off-season!
Amusing like never prior to in the NCAA football ranks.
The name-image-likeness era began, bringing smiles– and mucho dinero– to the lotion of college players. Talented ballers– such as Alabama Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young (Cash Money App), Oregon Ducks hurry end Kayvon Thibodeaux (NFT), North Carolina Tar Heels QB Sam Howell (Bojangles fried hen)– are baffling for firms for million(ish)-buck bargains.
Yes … it’s a brave new world with NIL currently afoot.
A money one, for certain.
The cash-cowing really did not quit there, though.
With a move numerous believe to be driven by sheer greed, the abundant obtained richer when the SEC announced it’s including two mega-money programs– the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners– to its realm. When everything integrates in a year or 2, it can’t benefit the NCAA overall, can it? Certainly, it’s put the bruised-and-battered Large 12 at risk since Texas as well as Oklahoma are its flagships. And we assume it’s only mosting likely to bring about even more elite-ism on a landscape that’s currently a lot also leading heavy these days.
Just weeks earlier, it seemed as if we were relocating away from an elitist NCAA with the news that the University Football Playoff would certainly be expanding to a monstrous 12 groups. Numerous believed mosting likely to 8 from four would certainly be a pipe-dream. So 12? Wow! It places lots of programs into play for future championship games apart from the typical suspects, that have actually controlled beyond what is good for the video game given that the CFP was introduced.
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But that SEC development has actually placed that on hold for now while everything gets sorted in the after-effects of an unusual off-season.
As well as … oh yes, individuals … there’s football at hand, with– fortunately– all 130 programs in line to play this season despite the fact that COVID is still at big.
Right out of the entrance, we obtain a Week 1 dandy in No. 3 Clemson (0-0) vs. No. 5 Georgia (0-0) on Saturday in Charlotte (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC/TSN). Obviously, it’s Clemson’s initial video game of the post-Trevor Lawrence era, after the incredibly QB took his abilities as the No. 1 general pick to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He signs up with NCAA legend Urban Meyer, the Jags brand-new head train, in an effort to transform that professional program around … BTW: There’s NCAA enjoyable throughout the weekend, including Florida State (0-0) holding No. 9 Notre Dame (0-0) Sunday evening (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) as well as Louisville (0-0) against host Ole Miss (0-0) on Monday (8 p.m. ET, TSN). Those two video games cap probably the most effective opening slate of tilts ever before as well as starts what is wanted to be a complete calendar for each solitary program, although we understand COVID is mosting likely to back its head to delay– but with any luck not terminate– more than a few competitions this campaign … Background informs us among the AP Top 10 teams in the pre-season poll won’t be ranked in the leading 25 at the end of the year. That’s based on the last 13-of-14 years, with the only blip being No. 25 Texas just creeping into the 2019 last standings. We think that’ll be No. 10 North Carolina (sorry, Mack Brown).
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Lots of individuals are all-in on No. 6 Texas A&M to make some noise this season. We don’t acquire it after underperforming the last few years with veteran QB Kellen Mond, that’s now gone. Someone in College Terminal thinks A&M’s time has come because head coach Jimbo Fisher is getting a $9-plus-million-a-year expansion via 2030. Just Alabama’s Nick Saban makes greater than Fisher, who’s 26-10 in his time there … Down the road at rival Texas, Steve Sarkisian is now in the mentoring saddle after success at Washington as well as Alabama (offending organizer) sandwiched around a struggling period at USC. Is Sark the response? Dunno, yet he definitely can not be getting out of line while under the microscopic lense in Austin … The biggest NIL windfall saw Ohio State freshman QB Quinn Ewers land a sign offer with GT Sports Advertising and marketing for a massive $1.4 million earlier this week. As well as he’s not also Ohio State’s starter.
Four video games began Week 1 in earnest Thursday, consisting of QB C.J. Stroud as well as No. 4 Ohio State (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0) in a critical Large Ten battle (8 p.m. ET, FOX) that’s seen Minny lose 27 of the last 28 meetings … Another essential competition goes Friday featuring ACC-rivals Virginia Technology (0-0) as well as No. 10 North Carolina (0-0) in Blacksburg (6 p.m. ET, TSN2) … Week 0 summarized Scott Frost’s opportunities– as in zero– of maintaining his coaching gig at Nebraska after this season if the drama continues in Lincoln. That pitiful 30-22 visit Nebraska (0-1) when driving last Saturday was only the 5th win by Big Ten-weakling Illinois (1-0) at home in five campaigns. It’s awful in Lincoln, where success has currently eluded a once-traditional powerhouse for 2 decades-plus. And also chilly Frost, who’s currently forgettably in his fourth year and isn’t obtaining aid from underwhelming elderly QB Adrian Martinez (16-of-32 for 232 yards and also a timely fumble that transformed right into a scoop-six), is not the answer … After a Week 0 44-10 tromp of Hawai’i (0-1), does Chip Kelly finally have his group at UCLA (1-0)? The expert trainer needs much more from senior QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was just 10-of-20 for 130 lawns in the first win. UCLA gets an examination from No. 16 LSU (0-0) at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX) … Our final-four choices are not a surprise– Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and also Georgia. That CFP growth can not come soon enough … And also the Heisman Trophy mosts likely to Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, that will certainly install Techmo Bowl-type statistics versus poor Large 12 protections.
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AP TOP 25
Ranking Group (last year) Document
1. Alabama (1 )11-0
2. Oklahoma (6) 8-2
3. Clemson (2) 10-1
4. Ohio State (3) 6-0
5. Georgia (9) 7-2
6. Texas A&M (5) 8-1
7. Iowa State (10) 8-3
8. Cincinnati (8) 9-0
9. Notre Dame (4) 10-1
10. North Carolina (13) 8-3
11. Oregon (25) 4-2
12. Wisconsin (NR) 3-3
13. Florida (7) 8-3
14. Miami (18) 8-2
15. USC (17) 5-1
16. LSU (NR) 5-5
17. Indiana (11) 6-1
18. Iowa (15) 6-2
19. Penn State (NR) 4-5
20. Washington (NR) 3-1
21. Texas (20) 6-3
22. Coastal Carolina (12) 11-0
23. Louisiana (19) 9-1
24. Utah (NR) 3-2
25. Arizona State (NR) 2-2
NR– not rated
VIDEO GAME TO SEE
# 5 GEORGIA vs. # 3 CLEMSON (-3 )
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, in Charlotte, ABC/TSN
What do you perform with this? Leave it alone. If you have to take a side, take the reliable Tigers.
( -3) # 16 LSU @ UCLA
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX
UCLA ruined Hawai’i in Week 0 but did so without decent QB play, as well as LSU will certainly feast on that.
( -3) # 18 IOWA @ # 17 INDIANA
Saturday. 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN
Indiana was a wonderful story in 2015, improved by phantom wins. Nothing phantom regarding practical Iowa.
( -7) # 9 NOTRE DAME @ FLORIDA STATE
Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
FSU has actually dropped, especially on protection, so difficult to believe they can even hang with the Battling Irish.
CHOICE: NOTRE DAME
LAST WEEK: 1-0
LAST PERIOD:42 -40 -3