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Rutgers Football Team Holds Wild Ice Bath Rave Party After Practice

Two-a-days are the best and worst of times.

By the time you finish that second practice, you feel like you’ve been beaten with a sack full of Pog slammers.

The upshot, however, is you’re too tired to care. Exhaustion to the point of giddiness sets in, and if you’re on the Rutgers football team, you might find yourself waist-deep in ice water and fist-pumping to house music.

This is the strange and spectacular scene that played out after a recent double session held by the Scarlet Knights.

The team uploaded video of an absolute rager they had after a long day on the practice fields. Rutgers dubs the party “#ClubIce,” which is another way of saying Ultra with freezing water.

What you are watching is not an impromptu event. Someone set up a tent and rented out laser lights and smoke machines for this. Air horns and a disco ball were involved.

Best of all, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood partook in #ClubIce.

Rutgers posted a picture to Instagram with a caption claiming the ice-bath party had been a surprise organized by Flood.

“Surprise at the end of the first double session, @CoachKyleFlood introduced #RFootball to #ClubIce!” read the caption.

Let it be known: Greg Schiano would never allow this.

Schiano men sit quietly in their ice baths, contemplating their shortcomings as the Dear Leader stews beans on an open fire and recounts his great grandfather’s violent run-in with a pair of rutting bison on the Tallgrass Prairie.

Flood is not a Schiano man, and that is a great thing.

So if you're looking to rage, it's going down at #ClubIce. It’s like partying at the Moontower, but you can’t feel your groin.

 

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Oregon Football 2014: Complete Preview of Ducks Offense and Defense

The Oregon Ducks are one of the most talented teams in the nation, with playmakers all over the roster.

Watch as B/R's experts break down Oregon on both sides of the ball, as the Ducks look to challenge once again for the Pac-12 championship.

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Oregon Football 2014: Complete Preview of Ducks Offense and Defense

The Oregon Ducks are one of the most talented teams in the nation, with playmakers all over the roster. Watch as B/R's experts break down Oregon on both sides of the ball, as the Ducks look to challenge once again for the Pac -12 championship...

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College Football Predictions: Sleeper Picks for Major College Football Awards

Preseason award watch lists have been released. Chances are, it says more about a player if he isn't on a watch list than if he is, but the bottom line is that there's a clean slate and everyone has a chance to win.

There are early favorites to take home some hardware, sure. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota are just two of the names figured to be called on awards night, provided they stay healthy. 

But who are some sleeper picks who could make a surprise run during the 2014 season? We list 10 players who could have big years and take home some postseason hardware. 

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North Carolina Football 2014: Complete Preview and Predictions

Larry Fedora's North Carolina Tar Heels struggled to sustain momentum in 2013. The team finished with a 7-6 overall record and a 4-4 record within the ACC. However, UNC finished Fedora's second season as head coach by defeating Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.

How will the Tar Heels fare in year No. 3 with Fedora at the helm? Watch as B/R's experts preview UNC ahead of the 2014 season.

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Florida Football 2014: Complete Preview of Gators Offense and Defense

In 2013 the Florida offense ranked an abysmal 114th in the country in points scored at 18.8 per game, while the defense checked in at 15th in the nation, allowing 21.1 points a contest.

Watch as B/R's experts weigh in on the Gators' offensive and defensive outlooks ahead of the 2014 season.

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Preseason College Football Rankings 2014: Best and Worst of 1st Coaches Poll

There is always an excitement when the first college football top 25 coaches poll is released, but this season feels different for various reasons. The adoption of the four-team playoff system undoubtedly is at the top of the list. 

As much as we look forward to the release of the polls, it's important to remember that no one knows anything at this point. All the rankings are based on last year's results and talent potential for the upcoming season. 

That's also what makes analyzing the poll so much fun, because we know how dramatically the entire top 25 is going to shift throughout the year that it's fun to look at what's expected to happen before the first snap. 

We are going to criticize, critique and praise the first coaches poll of the 2014 season, looking at which schools are getting too much love by reputation, which school is underrated because of history and things in between. 

 

2014 Preseason Amway Coaches Poll Rank Team (1st-Place Votes) 1 Florida State Seminoles (56) 2 Alabama Crimson Tide 3 Oklahoma Sooners (3) 4 Oregon Ducks (1) 5 Auburn Tigers 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (1) 7 UCLA Bruins 8 Michigan State Spartans 9 South Carolina Gamecocks (1) 10 Baylor Bears 11 Stanford Cardinal 12 Georgia Bulldogs 13 LSU Tigers 14 Wisconsin Badgers 15 USC Trojans 16 Clemson Tigers 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18 Arizona State Sun Devils 19 Mississippi Rebels 20 Texas A&M Aggies 21 Kansas State Wildcats 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 23 North Carolina Tar Heels 24 Texas Longhorns 25 Washington Huskies

Source: USAToday.com

 

Best Selection: Florida State at No. 1 

Even though it seems easy to put Florida State as the top team in the country coming off a national championship season and returning Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, look at the quality depth around college football. 

Alabama has played in the BCS five of the last six years, had the top-ranked recruiting class in 2014 according to 247Sports.com and Nick Saban is still coaching the Crimson Tide. Oregon has won at least 11 games in each of the last four years and returns quarterback Marcus Mariota. 

Despite all of those obstacles, the Seminoles pass the smell test for a team that can go back to back. A deep study of the schedule shows Florida State is still the favorite to win the 2014 national championship, per ESPN.com's Stats & Info on Twitter:

Some of the confidence in Florida State likely comes from a softer ACC schedule than what Alabama will see in the SEC (at LSU, vs. Auburn) or Oregon will see (vs. Michigan State, vs. Stanford, at UCLA). 

However you want to slice it, the Seminoles have earned their spot at the top and will be up there until someone knocks them off their perch.

 

Overrated Selection: Oklahoma at No. 3

This is a clear-cut case of voters overrating one win last year in a bowl game after Saban said the Sugar Bowl was basically a glorified "consolation game" for Alabama following that heartbreaking loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. 

Whether that means Alabama players weren't focused is another story that we will never know the answer to, but when you go from the high of nearly playing for a national title to "settling" for another bowl game, regardless of its profile, and have more than a month in between games to hear people talk about how crushing the Auburn loss was, there will be some lingering effects. 

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was more than happy to fire back at Saban during Big 12 media days in July, via ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy:

Yet, where is the signature regular-season win for Oklahoma in the last four years? Maybe Oklahoma State in 2010, though the Cowboys haven't played defense since Mike Gundy took over as head coach. Florida State in 2011 when the Seminoles were an overrated No. 5 team? 

This isn't to say that Oklahoma is a bad team—far from it. But putting the Sooners ahead of Oregon, Michigan State, UCLA or even conference rival Baylor is a gross misrepresentation of how good the team is going to be. 

Stewart Mandel of FoxSports.com asked the question about Oklahoma being significantly higher than Baylor in his analysis of the coaches poll:

Oklahoma will boast an experienced and athletic defense, but voters are blindly assuming that Trevor Knight and the offense will look more like they did that one night in January than the 12 games before that, ranking 81st nationally in yards per attempt (6.8).

Put it this way: What happened over the offseason that lifted OU seven spots higher than a Baylor team that won the Big 12 last season and beat the Sooners 41-12?

Consistency from year to year is a hallmark of Stoops' tenure in Oklahoma. The team has won at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons and been in the top 10 twice, but never higher than sixth. 

 

The Sleeper: Clemson at No. 16

There's always a team that starts outside the top 10, puts together a fantastic year no one saw coming and finishes inside the top 10. Last year, Florida State was 12th in the initial coaches poll and won the national title. Two years ago, Notre Dame wasn't even ranked when the season started and wound up playing for the national title. 

This year, while there are solid options to choose from—Georgia being a good example—the team that immediately jumps out is Clemson at No. 16. The Tigers have a lot of talent to replace, with quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant going to the NFL. 

Eddie Timanus of USA Today noted some of the issues Clemson will face in trying to replace all that talent before putting a positive spin on things:

New signal caller Cole Stoudt is a senior who's been in the system but never started a game. WR Mike Williams could emerge as the new deep threat. There's better news on defense, where DEs Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford and DT Grady Jarrett will create havoc in opposing backfields.

This is where we see the strength of Dabo Swinney's underrated and overlooked defense play a key role for the Tigers in 2014. That front seven was fantastic, and the team finished with 42.5 sacks and 24th in points allowed per game. 

All-American defensive end Vic Beasley will anchor one of the best front fours in the ACC, and Cole Stoudt is not without experience at quarterback, with 119 attempts over the last three years and a completion percentage of 72.3 with eight touchdowns and one interception. 

If the Tigers are going to be a contender in 2014, we will know right away. Their first three games are at Georgia, home against South Carolina, at Florida State and home against North Carolina. 

 

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Washington Football 2014: Complete Preview and Predictions

The Washington Huskies enjoyed a successful 2013 season. They finished with a 9-4 overall record, a 5-4 record in the Pac-12 and a victory against BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Chris Peterson takes over at head coach after Steve Sarkisian departed for the same position at USC. Now, all eyes will be focused on Peterson and whether he can improve the program Sarkisian guided to success.

Watch as B/R's experts examine the Huskies before the 2014 season begins.

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Washington Football 2014: Complete Preview and Predictions

The Washington Huskies enjoyed a successful 2013 season. They finished with a 9-4 overall record, a 5-4 record in the Pac-12 and a victory against BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl...

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Ohio State Football 2014: Complete Preview of Buckeyes Defense

In 2013, the Ohio State Buckeyes defense ranked 28th in the country in points allowed, with 22.6 per game. It was the weak link of one of the top teams in the nation.

Watch as B/R's experts weigh in on the Buckeyes' defensive outlook ahead of the 2014 season.

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Notre Dame Football 2014: Complete Preview of Irish Offense

In 2013, the Notre Dame offense ranked 75th in the country in points scored at 27.2 per game.

Entering 2014, the race for starting quarterback is a tight one between Everett Golson and Malik Zaire. Whoever wins the battle will be tasked with turning around a relatively disappointing year of production from the unit a year ago.

Watch as B/R's experts weigh in on the Fighting Irish’s offensive outlook ahead of the 2014 season.

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Arkansas Football 2014: Complete Preview and Predictions

Bret Bielema's Arkansas Razorbacks struggled in 2013. The team finished with a 3-9 overall record and went winless within the SEC.

With plenty of room for improvement, Bielema will be expected to guide his program to achieve greater success.

Watch as B/R's experts weigh in on Arkansas before the start of the 2014 season. 

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Kansas State Freshmen Receive Hilariously Awful Haircuts at Training Camp

This time of year, we see a lot of rookies in the NFL getting terrible haircuts from their veteran teammates.

As it turns out, some college freshmen receive the same treatment.

A group of first-year Kansas State players now have a new look after their teammates got a hold of them. They're some pretty awful cuts.

It's tough to pick the worst of the bunch, isn't it?

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Michigan Football 2014: Complete Preview of Wolverines Defense

In 2013, the Michigan defense ranked 67th in the country in points allowed at 26.8 per game.

Watch as B/R's experts weigh in on the Wolverines' defensive outlook ahead of the 2014 season.

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Texas A&M Football 2014: Complete Preview of Aggies Offense and Defense

Johnny Manziel, Jake Matthews and Mike Evans are no longer at Texas A&M after advancing to the NFL, which means all eyes will be fixated on the Aggies' new-look offense and the trio's replacements.

Last season, head coach Kevin Sumlin guided the team to a 9-4 record, but just 4-4 within the SEC. Now, fans will look to see how Sumlin manages the Aggies without them. Will the defense be able to take pressure off the offense?

Watch as B/R's experts dissect the Aggies ahead of the 2014 season.

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Clemson Football 2014: Complete Preview and Predictions

Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers found great success last year. They completed the season with a 7-1 record within the ACC. The team also defeated Ohio State in the Orange Bowl en route to an overall record of 11-2 on the campaign.

Much of the focus in 2014 will be on how Swinney replaces quarterback Tajh Boyd and wideout Sammy Watkins after they left Clemson for the NFL. Will Swinney and the Tigers be able to maintain their success?

Watch as B/R's experts preview Clemson before the season begins. 

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Florida State Football 2014: Complete Preview of Seminole Offense and Defense

After winning the national championship last season against Auburn, the spotlight is focused on the Florida State Seminoles heading in to the 2014 season.

Quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, has dominated headlines, but he is not the sole reason for the team's success.

Who else on offense will look to gain attention of the fans and media? Will the defense be able to live up to their expectations and provide Winston with adequate field position?

Watch as B/R's experts examine both sides of the ball ahead of the 2014 season. 

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10 Most NFL-Ready Players in the Pac-12

The level of talent in the Pac-12 may be at an all-time high, but which players are destined to stand out in the NFL? Or rather, which players could jog out on a Sunday and produce against a professional opponent right now?

There aren't more than a handful of guys in all of college football who could actually start at the next level, but the Pac-12 is filled with guys who have a future on Sundays.

If the NFL were to hold a draft based on players who were needed for games that took place tomorrow—in other words, eliminating the "potential" element—who would be selected?

Here at the 10 most NFL-ready players in the Pac-12.

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10 Most NFL-Ready Players in the Pac-12

The level of talent in the Pac-12 may be at an all-time high, but which players are destined to stand out in the NFL? Or rather, which players could jog out on a Sunday and produce ...

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USC Football: 5 Players Turning Heads Early at Fall Practice

The all-important fall practice session is now underway as USC prepares for its first season under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

It will be during this camp when Sark and his staff make their final determinations regarding the depth chart the Trojans will enter the 2014 season with, so there is much at stake for players looking to position themselves on the depth chart this year.

There have already been major changes to the roster—tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick has been ruled academically ineligible, and others are changing positions looking to see the field of play for the men of Troy.

This slideshow will take a look at some of the Trojans who are making a splash early on and offer some commentary on their efforts in the final practice sessions before the start to this season.

Who is turning heads early this fall?

Read on to find out.

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