The College Tailgate’s Bowl Pick ‘Em Special

With the graduation of Peter Fiorentino, a darkness fell across the land. Jamey Schilling was left without an opponent for his annual College Football Bowl Selection Article. Schilling searched far and wide for a worthy competitor to fill Fiorentino’s shoes, but came up empty. That is, until columnist Brad Dickson stepped in. Seemingly at the last possible moment, like the

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Amateurism in college athletics is still the answer

The debate over whether college athletes should be paid by their universities or if the current amateurism system should continue to be used is a very recent issue that has caused a large uproar. NCAA football and basketball video games are no longer in production because of a lawsuit filed by a former college athlete, who sued the NCAA for

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Week 1 Overreactions for the Average Fan

With one weekend of college football in the books, plenty of fans are already overreacting to just one week of results. Unfortunately, for those of us who look to overanalyze all things college football, week one rankings are almost as insignificant as preseason rankings. Remember folks, Ohio State lost early on last season to Virginia Tech, and ended up winning

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Conference Preview: SEC

The most dominant conference in college football over the last 10 years has certainly cooled off. The SEC comes into 2015 with more question marks than any other league. -How will Alabama respond after two disappointing postseason finishes? -Will Auburn live up to the hype? -Will the Mississippi teams sustain success? -Can Georgia win the East? -Which surprise team can

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The Non-Sports Fan’s Guide to: The Upcoming College Football Season

As I flip through the numerous television channels on a lazy summer day at home, I stop for a moment on Sportscenter. Highlights of Jordan Spieth putting and the Cubs not looking like their usual miserable selves play out in front of me. Just as I’m about to change the channel, I see it. ESPN indicates we’re mere days away

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Frosh QB’s That Can Start This Fall

Brad Kaya and J.T. Barrett are just a couple of examples of true freshman that have come in and contributed right away with great success last season. Going into spring camp this season there are several early enrollees that will have their opportunity to learn the playbook and battle it out come fall for the starting job. Blake Barnett: Alabama

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It’s Never Too Early Top 25

It’s never too early to talk college football. ESPN’s Mark Shclabach had the right idea releasing his Way-Too-Early top 25. However, I find myself at odds with Shclabach. Eight SEC teams in the top 25, Alabama at number four, USC at three, and Texas is in the top 25? I respectfully disagree with Mr. Schlabach. That’s why I am releasing

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Don’t Count on Class Rankings

National Signing Day is all but in the books. A quick glance at ESPN’s class rankings and you would see the usual suspects. Alabama has signed the number one class for the fourth year in a row. LSU has signed its third straight top 10 class. Florida State has signed its sixth straight top 10 class. Texas, Auburn and USC

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What Ohio State Has To Do To Win

Some of you will shrug this game off as another one of those Sugar Bowls that will be “just okay,” but not as exciting as they were hoping for. Others, especially Ohio State fans, will be clinging onto their recliners and couches for dear life as they watch what could be the most amazing game this season. No matter which

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Handicapping the Heisman

By Ryan Patterson With college football’s regular season almost over (the Army-Navy game this week is the last one), talk has naturally shifted to the new College Football Playoff, and if the correct teams made it. But I’m not here to argue the merits of Ohio State versus Baylor or TCU. No, I’m here to give my thoughts on the

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