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Iowa Hawkeyes 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 22, 2017
The Iowa Hawkeyes entered the 2016 season with sky-high expectations, coming off the historic ‘15 campaign in which they went 12-2, won the Big Ten West Division, and earned a berth in the Rose Bowl. With more returning firepower than any Iowa team in recent memory, and a schedule that included the most difficult games in the friendly confines of Kinnick Stadium, there appeared to be nothing in the way of a return to the national title discussion.   But somewhere along I-80 fate...
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Pac-12's Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2017

posted on March 22, 2017
USC and Washington are the early favorites to claim the top spots in the Pac-12 next fall, so it should be no surprise both teams feature a good chunk of the conference’s individual talent. The Trojans take four spots in Athlon’s spring Pac-12 player rankings, while the Huskies have eight. Quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC) and Jake Browning (Washington) are the top two players on this list, with two other signal-callers – Josh Rosen and Luke Falk – rounding out the top four.   With...
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Miami Hurricanes 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 21, 2017
Mark Richt’s first season at the University of Miami went probably better than most expected. The Hurricanes finished the season 9-4 and there’s a lot of optimism coming into spring practice, which begins on March 21.   Although there will not be a spring game for fans to observe how much the team has improved, they’re still some questions Hurricanes fans have. As Miami will look to win their first ACC Coastal Division title, here are a few storylines to watch this spring.   5...
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Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 21, 2017
Alabama returns to the field on March 21, as the Crimson Tide open spring ball. For Nick Saban, this is Year No. 11 in Tuscaloosa, a reign that has featured a ridiculous four national titles.   Of course, the Tide came as close as humanly possible to winning their fifth title under Saban in January before falling in the final seconds, so you can bet this team will carry an edge with it throughout 2017.   What can we discover about Alabama this spring? Glad you asked.   5 Storylines...
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Oklahoma Sooners 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 21, 2017
After a short period of scuffling, the 2015 and ‘16 campaigns represented a welcome return to normalcy at Oklahoma. The Sooners followed up their College Football Playoff appearance in ‘15 with a season that was pretty much par for Bob Stoops’ course: double-digit wins, a second consecutive conference championship and a major bowl win.   A number of standouts who helped lead OU’s rise back to college football’s upper crust have moved on – Joe Mixon, Samaje...
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Syracuse Orange 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 21, 2017
In a way, the loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 26 perfectly summed up Dino Babers' first season as the Syracuse head coach. When the Orange fell to the Panthers, 76-61, to conclude a 4-8 year, it contained some of 2016's ups and downs. Yes, like many of the Orange games, the offense made impressive strides, as 61 points is nothing to be ashamed about. But, also like a lot of Syracuse games in Babers' first season, the defense was sorely lacking and quite honestly something to be ashamed about.   As...
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Podcast: 2017 SEC College Football Primer

posted on March 20, 2017
-Braden Gall and Mitch Light breakdown the latest in college football. Don't forget to subscribe here and rate us if you like (or don't like) what you hear!   Today, we begin our 2017 spring primer series and it has nothing to do with spring practice. We start with the Big 12.   - What is the biggest issue facing the future of SEC football and its perceived drop-off? There is one simple solution.   - Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are all looking up at the rest...
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Tennessee Volunteers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 20, 2017
The Tennessee Volunteers entered spring practice in 2016 with lofty aspirations and even bigger expectations. The pressure factor was high, but question marks were few and far between for a star-studded Tennessee roster. While an injury-plagued season ultimately failed to live up to expectations, 2016 wasn’t a complete failure for the Vols. They managed to cap off a 9-4 season with their third consecutive bowl victory. And highlight wins against Florida, Georgia and Virginia Tech helped to...
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SEC's Spring Top 25 Player Rankings for 2017

posted on March 20, 2017
Spring practice is underway around the SEC, and it’s never too early to take a peek at what’s ahead in 2017. While a few teams will kick off practice in late March, a majority of the SEC teams are already deep into spring practice and prepping for the upcoming season. As usual with the 14 teams in the SEC, the conference isn't hurting for individual talent. The SEC doesn't have a deep stock of defensive end talent like the league witnessed in 2016, but the overall quarterback...
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Louisville Cardinals 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 20, 2017
For a good portion of 2016, Louisville seemed well on its way to, if not making the College Football Playoff, then a major bowl. But things got away from head coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals, as losses to Houston and Kentucky to end the regular season led to a 29-9 defeat at the hands of LSU in the Citrus Bowl. In that game, even Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson struggled, and a once-promising season ended with a disappointing 9-4 finish.   Since then, Petrino has made...
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