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LSU Tigers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 10, 2017
After 11 full seasons on the sidelines in Baton Rouge, three SEC West Division titles, two SEC Championships, and one BCS National Championship, LSU fans, boosters, and administrators had enough of head coach Les Miles and his 112 wins with the Tigers. After starting the 2016 season 2-2, Miles was fired somewhat due to his inability to deliver on his promise to open up the passing game on offense.   Following Miles’ dismissal, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron got an eight-game test run...
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Kansas Jayhawks 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 10, 2017
It’s been eight long years since the Kansas Jayhawks posted a winning record, and nine since the program won more than three games in a season. However, the 2017 Jayhawks have the talent and experience to compete and there is renewed optimism surrounding football in Lawrence.   5 Storylines to Watch During Kansas’ Spring Practice   1. Building Momentum Kansas’ 2-10 record, including a 1-8 mark in Big 12 play, doesn’t look good on paper. However, there were plenty...
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Utah Utes 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 09, 2017
A simple formula has turned head coach Kyle Whittingham's Utah teams into a consistent winner in the Pac-12 South. The Utes maul their opponents behind a bruising defense and a dominant running game. It has paid off in the form of nine-win seasons, bowl game victories and Top 25 finishes in each of the last three years.   Utah has become a team other Pac-12 teams do not enjoy facing.   Now the goal for Utah is to take the next step forward and win a divisional title for the first...
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Oklahoma State Cowboys 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 09, 2017
Among the more surprising stats in college football, Oklahoma State has won at least 10 games in five of the last seven seasons. Mike Gundy’s rep these days is all about his mullet, but he deserves more recognition among the elite head coaches in the sport.   This spring, he and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will turn their attention to shoring up a defense that lost four of the top seven tacklers from last season. If they can identify capable replacements during the offseason,...
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 09, 2017
Notre Dame officially kicks off what is a crucial year for the program Wednesday, as Brian Kelly enters Year 8 in South Bend, Ind., looking to engineer a massive turnaround from last season. That starts with spring ball.   The Fighting Irish are coming off a tumultuous 4-8 campaign and will turn to plenty of new faces — both on the sideline and on the playing field — to get back on their feet in 2017.   Related: What Went Wrong for Notre Dame in 2016 and How to Fix the Fighting...
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SEC 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

posted on March 09, 2017
While the SEC still has a strong claim to rank as the No. 1 college football conference once again for 2017, this league slipped on the gridiron last year. Alabama played for the national championship, but the 13 other teams in the conference had at least four overall losses. Looking ahead to 2017, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Auburn are all expected to take a step forward. Additionally, Alabama should be among the favorites to win it all in 2017. With better quarterback play and the...
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Ohio State Buckeyes 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 08, 2017
Entering the 2016 season, Ohio State was somewhat of an enigma to college football fans. Having lost so many talented players to the 2016 NFL Draft, head coach Urban Meyer was fielding a team that was talent-laden, but was tremendously inexperienced.   Even though Ohio State didn’t win the Big Ten, let alone its division, the Buckeyes still wound up in the College Football Playoff as the third seed, and eager to show that they were truly worthy of their ranking. Those hopes, however,...
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Minnesota Golden Gophers 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 08, 2017
It's not often that a coaching change in the Big Ten West becomes a national headline in college football, but that’s exactly what happened this offseason when Minnesota landed former Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck. Considering that Fleck's named had been tied to possible future vacancies at schools like Notre Dame and Tennessee, Minnesota's new hire was nothing short of a home run.   Now, however, the honeymoon is over and spring practice is about to begin. Fleck...
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Arizona State Sun Devils 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 07, 2017
Change defines the 2017 season for Arizona State football.   ASU will play its home games in a renovated Sun Devil Stadium, a symbolic representation of the heightened expectations the program holds after back-to-back 10-win campaigns in 2013 and ‘14. The Sun Devils also need a change in the on-field product after finishing below .500 for the second time in as many seasons in 2016.   Head coach Todd Graham's staff underwent considerable change for the second time in as many...
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USC Trojans 2017 Spring Football Preview

posted on March 07, 2017
With more certainty at the quarterback position than USC has hand since the day of Matt Leinart, seemingly all that stands between the Trojans and glory during the 2017 college football season are 12 straight games without a bye.   Under most circumstances, a 1-3 start to a season with a brand-new head coach and blowout losses to Alabama and Stanford might push a new athletic director to part ways with someone he didn’t hire. Newly minted AD Lynn Swann could have easily parted ways...
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