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Ranking Every SEC Team's 2016 Schedule from Easiest to Hardest

Life in the SEC is tough. No other conference had a better record against Power Five competition in 2015, and no other conference won more postseason games last year.

And considering all SEC teams have to play eight games against the members of their powerful conference each season, everyone has a hard schedule of some kind. That strength of schedule will only increase moving forward, as 2016 will mark the first year that every member has to play at least one other Power Five team in nonconference play.

But not all schedules are created equal, especially in a conference that isn't exactly balanced between its two divisions. Some SEC teams are bolder than others when it comes to scheduling nonconference games, too.

With that in mind, let's rank every SEC team's 2016 schedule from the easiest to the hardest. These rankings are based on the combined 2015 records of a team's 2016 FBS opponents, number of 2015 bowl and 2016 composite preseason Top 25 teams, location of games and spacing of the toughest opponents.

Which SEC team do you think has the toughest schedule in 2016? Which one do you think has a slate that deserves more preseason respect? Sound off in the comments below.

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Jahair Jones Charges Dropped from Arrest: Latest Details, Reaction

University of Miami offensive tackle Jahair Jones was cleared of the charge against him Thursday following a Wednesday night arrest.

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Police Spokesman Explains Dismissal of Jones' Charge Friday, March 11

According to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, he will not be prosecuted on a charge of resisting an officer without violence during a traffic stop, and it is expected that his teammate—Trevor Darling—will receive the same result after getting arrested along with Jones.

Per Miller Degnan, the arrest affidavit said that both men were in the middle of the roadway and impeding traffic. They were then arrested after ignoring multiple orders from police to remove themselves from the area.

Following the dismissal of Jones' charges, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ed Griffith explained the reasoning: "They determined the arrest form was legally insufficient to substantiate the criminal charge."

According to Miller Degnan, University of Miami athletic director Blake James acknowledged the arrests of Jones and Darling on Thursday in a written statement: "I am aware of the reported incident involving two student-athletes last night and we are still gathering information. I have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes, as I know Coach [Mark] Richt does for his team, and any misconduct will be addressed."

The 19-year-old Jones is a redshirt sophomore who transferred to Miami from ASA College in New York.

Jones has yet to appear in a game for the Hurricanes, but the Brooklyn, New York, native figures to have an opportunity to earn some playing time in 2016.

While his legal issues are no longer a factor following Thursday's dismissal, it isn't yet clear if Jones will face any repercussions from the university.

 

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Watch 4-Star ATH Bruce Judson Make Sick Catches off Diving Board

Making awesome catches off diving boards is one of our nation's most cherished pastimes. And as cool as you thought you looked making that one-handed grab off your grandma's diving board that one time, chances are 4-star athlete Bruce Judson did it better.

Watch the coveted prospect out of Cocoa, Florida, make sick catches off the diving board in the video above.


Special thanks to the Cocoa YMCA.

Recruit info and rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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Tennessee Football: Ranking the Vols' Top 5 Recruiting Targets for 2017

While Tennessee's resurgent success on the field and all the hype leading into the 2016 season haven't resonated yet on the recruiting trail, the Volunteers already have lured a slew of top talent onto campus for junior days.

Before long, you have to think coach Butch Jones will add to the two 3-star prospects (Georgia linebacker Mo Burnham and Mississippi tight end Chase Rogers) who've already pulled the trigger with commitments in the '17 class.

UT is on the list of many of the nation's top prospects, and while national runner-up Clemson has proved to be a nemesis on the recruiting trail so far, the Vols have to win some battles with top talent within state boundaries in a banner year for talent close to home.

The Vols are already behind on several top targets, including Knoxville receiver Amari Rodgers and Memphis running back Cordarrian Richardson, who've both committed to Dabo Swinney's Tigers. Also, California offensive lineman and UT legacy Kanan Ray pledged to UCLA.

If Ray and Rodgers follow through with these commitments, it'll mark the first time in Jones' tenure he's lost a legacy commitment the Vols have really coveted. 

Despite the struggling start, the recruiting board for every team right now is massive. While it's difficult to sort through and assign rankings to the top players, it's becoming obvious who some of the Vols' top targets will be.

But narrowing it to a top five is a tough exercise. Without talking directly to Jones (who can't commit on unsigned prospects) this list is going to be subjective. For instance, this one doesn't even include Maleik Gray or JaCoby Stevens, who are without question important to UT's '17 class.

In his first two full classes, Jones proved he could start strong and space out commits. Just last month, he showed with the '16 haul that he can close strong.

What will Tennessee's 2017 class look like when all is said and done? That's anybody's guess. But let's take a look at the Vols' top five early targets based on need, geography and sheer playmaking ability of the prospects.

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Every Top 25 Team's Main College Football Recruiting Pipeline

College football coaching staffs constantly search the country for high school prospects who could eventually make an impact on their respective rosters. This quest for talent requires programs to place emphasis on scouting several regions, but every team must be able to identify an area it can return to for key pickups on a perennial basis.

Whether it's a specific school district, overall region or an entire state, these established "pipelines" can consistently provide pieces that upgrade a game plan. We shined a spotlight on pipelines that have been particularly kind to the 25 programs featured in the final 2015 coaches poll.

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Ohio State Football: Ranking Buckeyes' Top 5 Recruiting Targets for 2017

When national signing day is in the books for the 2017 recruiting cycle, the Ohio State Buckeyes could have as many as six 5-star recruits in the fold.

The Buckeyes currently have a stranglehold on the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, leading the country with two 5-star and nine 4-star prospects for their '17 class. But with the high-level targets still left on the board, Ohio State's grasp on the top spot could be unbreakable when it's all said and done.

With the class filling up quickly, Urban Meyer and Co. will need to be selective with their remaining scholarships. These five players are pivotal not only because of their high ranking and ratings, but because they'll fill positions of need, keep chief rivals from getting stronger and open up huge pipelines to talent-rich high schools across the country.

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Anthony Jennings to Transfer from LSU: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The LSU Tigers announced Thursday that backup quarterback Anthony Jennings will transfer from the program.

Jennings was the team's 2014 starter but was supplanted last year by Brandon Harris. He will remain with the school until he graduates this summer, though will transfer to another football program to finish his college career, per LSU's release.

Graduating from LSU would make him eligible to be a graduate transfer, and he could play immediately this fall with whatever new school he signs with.

“This is an opportunity for Anthony to put himself in a position to help another team have success,” LSU head coach Les Miles said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but good fortune in the future and we appreciate all that he did while he was part of our program.”

LSU is now down to three scholarship quarterbacks—Harris, Danny Etling and Justin McMillan. Lindsey Scott, a 3-star dual threat-quarterback, will arrive this June. 

If he's granted a graduate-transfer waiver, Jennings will become the latest to use the NCAA exception—one largely utilized by other upperclassmen quarterbacks who have lost their starting jobs and are seeking new opportunities. 

Russell Wilson is the most prominent example, having left NC State for Wisconsin in 2011 after Sean Glennon was promoted to starting quarterback. 

Georgia’s Greyson Lambert (transferred from Virginia) and Florida State’s Everett Golson (transferred from Notre Dame) are other examples of quarterbacks who have found new starting gigs after leaving Division I schools. Both were No. 1 on the depth chart by the start of last season.

Jennings’ next stop isn’t clear, but he should draw interest from, at the very least, some of the lower-tier Power Five schools. 

He went 9-4 with 1,792 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions over two years as a starter, adding another 310 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers are respectable, but what might be concerning is LSU didn’t have faith in Jennings to keep him the starter in 2015. 

They instead turned to Harris, who anchored the SEC’s third-worst passing offense in what was the Tigers’ Achilles' heel late in the season. 

Jennings would fit nicely in another system that affords him a strong run game to complement his dual-threat ability. He’s not the strongest passer, but he could thrive with other talented pieces around him.

 

Recruiting rankings provided by 247Sports' composite rankings

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