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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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Michigan Wolverines 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 24, 2017
The 2016 college football season was moving along quite smoothly for Michigan until one raucous weekend in Iowa City where a last-second field goal sent things in a downward spiral. The Wolverines wound up losing three out of their last four games, including a nail-biter at Ohio State and the Orange Bowl to Florida State, after starting the year 9-0.   Heading into 2017, as many as 17 starters have moved on, in addition to a number of key contributors sprinkled all over the depth chart, leading...
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Washington State Cougars 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 24, 2017
Can Luke Falk deliver a championship in his final season at Washington State?   The Cougars enter a new season with plenty of promise after enjoying back-to-back winning seasons and bowl appearances for the first time since 2004. Many pieces are in place for Mke Leach's Washington State team to contend for a Pac-12 North title in 2017.   With Falk back at the controls, the Cougar offense should be as dangerous and hard to scheme against as ever. Washington State does have a few...
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Georgia Bulldogs 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 24, 2017
Georgia got back at it this week, as head coach Kirby Smart opened his second campaign in Athens by kicking off spring practice.   Expectations are high as always surrounding the Bulldogs, even if Smart’s debut 8-5 season didn’t exactly go as planned. Still, there is plenty of returning talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball, to go with a highly-touted recruiting class making its way to campus.   Here are the biggest storylines facing Smart and the Dawgs this...
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Virginia Tech Hokies 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 23, 2017
The 2016 Virginia Tech football season had its ups and downs. It started slowly with a sluggish effort against Liberty followed by the turnover-fest in a loss to Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway. There was the huge win at North Carolina that gave the Hokies control of the Coastal Division and the dismal loss to Syracuse the next week. There also was the setback at home to a Georgia Tech team playing with its backup quarterback.   But Virginia Tech finished the season strong, winning three...
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Penn State Nittany Lions 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 23, 2017
Coming off its first outright Big Ten championship since the 1994 season, Penn State has raised the bar for success and is aiming higher in 2017. The Nittany Lions bring back a loaded offense highlighted by not one, but two, potential Heisman Trophy candidates and a sense of confidence in the program not seen in some time. The road back from the rubble of the fall of 2011 has been a bumpy one at times, but Penn State roared back to national prominence last season and begins the spring looking to...
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