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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Butler Bulldogs: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview and Prediction

posted on March 17, 2017
Running Big Ten teams out of the arena in March is becoming second nature to Middle Tennessee.   For the second straight season, the Blue Raiders faced a Big Ten opponent in its NCAA Tournament opener and came out on top. Middle Tennessee cruised past No. 5 Minnesota for an 81-72 victory. The No. 12 Blue Raiders led by double digits throughout the game and weathered a late rally by the Golden Gophers.   Middle Tennessee (31-4) can add to its school-record victory total and reach the...
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Baylor Bears 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 17, 2017
So... anything new in Waco?   Baylor torched all the vestiges of the Art Briles era at the end of the 2016 season. Ex-Temple head coach Matt Rhule is the new sheriff in town, bringing with him an impressive record of success and a fondness for hard-nosed, physical football.   Given how things ended under the previous regime, a top-to-bottom overhaul of the program was warranted. Rhule will need time, however, to put his stamp on everything from the scheme to the culture to the...
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Pittsburgh Panthers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 16, 2017
This will be Pat Narduzzi’s third spring practice as the head coach at Pittsburgh. The former Michigan State assistant has brought stability to a program that needed it in the worst way. But Narduzzi knows that his job is far from done. He loses several important pieces from last year’s team and has not had the personnel on defense to make his scheme truly effective. This spring will be another step in building the Pitt program in his image.   5 Storylines to Watch During Pitt’s...
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California Golden Bears 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 15, 2017
In simple terms, a 5-7 showing by the California Golden Bears in 2016 wasn’t good enough for the powers that be. It didn’t matter that Sonny Dykes had inherited a mess and brought this program quite far in a relatively short amount of time.   Before Dykes took over, there hadn’t been much for Cal fans to get excited about. The Jeff Tedford mandate (2002-12) had run its course and the decision-makers wanted to bring in new blood to invigorate and stabilize the program. Dykes...
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25 Redshirt Freshmen to Watch in the SEC in 2017

posted on March 15, 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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Boston College Eagles 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 15, 2017
Keep the momentum going.   That will be the goal for Boston College as it opens spring practice on March 15. The Eagles won their final three games of the 2016 season to finish 7-6 after head coach Steve Addazio appeared to be on the hottest of seats following blowout losses to Louisville and Florida State. But things have cooled in that regard since then, and now the Eagles look primed to have at least another bowl-worthy squad, which would be Addazio's fourth in five seasons.   But...
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Wisconsin Badgers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 14, 2017
The Wisconsin Badgers exceeded the expectations of most college football fans and media members in 2016. Despite beginning the season as an afterthought, the Badgers became a mainstay at the top of the polls, riding their always dependable running game and a surprisingly dominant defense to a Big Ten West title.   As the 2017 spring football season gets rolling in Madison, there are a lot of questions to be answered and holes to be filled – mostly on defense. Can Paul Chryst and his...
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College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

posted on March 14, 2017
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. Last season, Louisville's Lamar Jackson emerged as a breakout candidate in the spring to one of the nation's top quarterbacks and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner....
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Podcast: 2017 Pac-12 College Football Primer

posted on March 10, 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.   - Is the Pac-12 the easiest league to predict from a championship game standpoint?   - What makes this USC team any different from the Trojan teams of the past? Is this a top 10 team nationally?   -...
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Maryland Terrapins 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 10, 2017
After going just 3-9 in 2015, the Maryland Terrapins took a step forward in head coach DJ Durkin’s first season in College Park. While Maryland did finish fourth in the Big Ten East division with a 6-7 (3-6) record, the Terrapins were invited to the Quick Lane Bowl, where they lost 36-30 to Boston College.   With Maryland set to begin spring practice on March 12, the Terrapins will look to improve even further in a loaded Big Ten.  Before their spring game on April 22, they...
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