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Nebraska fans, who needs one of those heavy, ad-filled magazines you buy outside the stadium and promptly throw away? Contained herein is everything you need to get ready for the upcoming Nebraska football season. And it's available for you at the stroke of a key or the swipe of a smartphone screen. Enjoy!
The Arizona State football team wrapped up its week-long practice at Camp Tontozona outside of Payson on Saturday and head coach Todd Graham and his staff are pleased heading into the season opener on September 5 hosting the Sacramento State Hornets.
Following the opening week matchup against a FCS foe, the Sun Devils embark on one of the toughest four-game stretches in all of college football and ASU Vice President for University Athletics Steve Patterson couldn't be happier:
With the loaded non-conference schedule and the always tough Pac-12, I think our football team has one of the marquee schedules in the nation. I'm looking forward to the chance to prove ourselves against some of the toughest teams in the country, and this is yet another reason for Sun Devil fans to be excited about the 2013 season.
If they can emerge 4-1 or even 3-2 after the opening stretch against three BCS bowl teams and the 2012 preseason No. 1 team, the Devils will be well on their way to Pasadena for their first Rose Bowl appearance in 17 years.
The buzz around Graham and the future of the Sun Devil program is huge, here is your in-depth look at everything you need to know about Arizona State football but were afraid to ask.
Nebraska football fans are thrilled knowing that the 2013 season is soon upon us. Every good politician running in the state has handed out a football schedule with his or her name on it (I've got one already!)
And fans will have gone through that schedule, game by game, and thought about how Nebraska will do in each contest. So let's walk through the schedule, with a technique I use to help make the analysis a little more objective.
I break games down into four categories: Better Win (meaning a win in every game), Should Win (meaning a win in a majority of games), Might Win (meaning a win in a minority of games) and Won't Win (meaning a win in none of the games).
I will also guess the final score of each game, thus giving me some wiggle room either way. Hey, I'm not particularly smart and handsome for nothing, you know.
Coming off a 7-6 year that saw the team beat Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Virginia Tech Hokies are gearing up for an exciting 2013 season.
Traditionally one of the toughest teams in the ACC in recent memory, the Hokies are looking to improve on last season's mediocre showing.
There are plenty of promising signs in Blacksburg that indicate this team could be a mainstay in the Top 25, most notably the return of quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas had a bad season last year but is looking to bounce back in 2013.
The Hokies will face a monumental test to kick off the year as they face the Alabama Crimson Tide, the reigning national champions, in the Georgia Dome in Week 1.
With that, here's a look at the 2013 Virginia Tech Hokies.
SEC teams have competitors at every turn on the recruiting trail. The region is an awesome hotbed of talent, so the conference's programs routinely tussle over prospects.
However, the SEC also has to worry about non-SEC schools such as USC, Ohio State, Texas, Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida State coming into SEC territory to pluck a recruit. It is not easy for SEC schools to sign their top recruiting target, as he's likely to be several other schools' top target in a recruiting cycle.
A program wants to keep a defensive end inside its state, but has to deal with another premier school who wants him. Another program wants to keep an elite running back away from a rival, while an upstart school has to fend off an in-state rival for a defensive tackle.
After a down year, the Oklahoma Sooners will try to restore order in the Big 12 this season.
Ranked No. 16 in both national polls, Oklahoma is expected to make some noise, but is not considered an elite team. However, it would be a mistake to count out Bob Stoops and his coaching staff.
Here’s a preview of what the 2013 Sooners will look like.
After an 11-win campaign in 2012, the Clemson Tigers enter this season ranked No. 8 in both the AP and Coaches Poll.
With a high ranking and loads of talent returning, Dabo Swinney and the Tigers will open the season with championship expectations hanging over their heads.
The biggest question: Will Clemson crumble under that hype as they have in the past, or will they emerge as a true title contender?
According to Pete Iacobelli of The State, Swinney thinks his team is ready to live up to those expectations.
"If we do the things we want to do, then hopefully, we can enter into that championship phase," Swinney said. "It's one step at a time as we go through this journey."
That journey starts on Saturday, August 31 in a prime-time matchup with the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs.
Click through for a detailed look at the 2013 Clemson Tigers, which includes depth charts, potential X-factors, a full prediction of the upcoming season and much more.
The USC Trojans, ranked No. 24 by both the AP and the coaches, are out to prove that last year's disappointing season won't be repeated in 2013.
In his fourth year with the Trojans, Lane Kiffin returns 16 starters and loads of talent to take on a schedule that sets up for early success.
Will the Trojans be able to replace longtime starters such as quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods? Can USC stay healthy enough to prevent its limited depth from spoiling another season?
Here's a detailed look at the Trojans, including a two-deep depth chart, players to watch and a full prediction for the upcoming season.
Ranked No. 2 in the country by both the AP and the coaches polls, the Ohio State football team enters the 2013 season as one of the few teams expected to contend for a national title.
The Buckeyes are suiting up for "The Chase" behind the strength of an experienced offense and a young, but talented, defense. Meyer is also expecting big things from his first-year players, as members of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class have been turning heads in fall camp.
Here's a complete look at the Buckeyes, including depth charts, X-factors and their prediction for the 2013 season.
South Carolina has quickly ascended to one of the powerhouse teams of the SEC with back-to-back 11-win seasons. However, one accolade continues to elude the program—an SEC title.
Head coach Steve Spurrier has assembled some great teams during his tenure with the Gamecocks, but the 2013 squad may be his best.
With a defense led by superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and an offense managed by quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson, South Carolina has the talent and leadership to make a run at an SEC championship.
South Carolina's schedule is favorable since it avoids SEC cross-division battles with Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M.
There are a lot of young players for the Gamecocks in 2013, but they are all talented and will improve throughout the season with experience in big games.
Is this the year that Spurrier's Gamecocks finally break free and take home the SEC title?
Here is a team program with everything you need to know about South Carolina football in 2013.
With a 4-8 record in 2012, Iowa fell short of not-so-lofty expectations.
The Hawkeyes, who had to retool their offense, were capable of winning six or seven games this past fall. But they weren't expected to be world-beaters.
This year probably won't be much different.
Without former star quarterback James Vandenberg, Iowa is in the grips of a three-way battle between Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard for the starting role.
Production from running backs will largely hinge on how well Mark Weisman recovers from nagging ankle issues. However, even he's dueling for a No. 1 role.
The linebackers, perhaps the team's biggest strength, are headlined by a trio of seniors, Christian Kirksey, Anthony Hitchens and James Morris, who make up one of the top units in the Big Ten.
Since 2001, Kirk Ferentz has had team bowling in the postseason 10 times. Last year broke a four-year bowl run, but a new stretch could be started this fall if talent plays up to par. Variables are constant in college football, and if the Hawkeyes are to soar, Weisman and the linebackers have to assist those efforts.
Michigan State's 7-6 football season in 2012 was a far cry from what was expected.
In 2010 and 2011, the Spartans grew accustomed to competing for division and Big Ten conference championships. However, in 2012, they fell flat without the services of quarterback Kirk Cousins and his great stable of receivers: Mark Dell, Keith Nichol, Keshawn Martin and B.J. Cunningham.
In 2013, Michigan State could face a similar storyline: lots of talent, but issues at quarterback and receiver. To avoid a tailspin, head coach Mark Dantonio has to find that comfortable pace that allowed for his team's great success in 2010 and 2011.
This season, the Spartans are without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. But they return a defense that is among tops in the nation, spearheaded by senior linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen. Senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover also figures to be a powerhouse for a defense that ranked No. 4 nationally in total production a year ago.
Senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell is expected to manage the games from behind center, applying some sort of offensive assistance to relieve the pressure of Bullough and Co.
Michigan's march to a Big Ten title starts this fall, and Devin Gardner is expected to have a monstrous season for a team that went 8-5 in 2012.
Despite the disappointing record, the Wolverines' confidence is high. Gardner, who enters his first season as the full-time starter, believes that his team has what it takes to compete against the likes of Ohio State, a national championship contender and juggernaut of the Midwest.
Gardner said the following about Team 134's chances during a live interview on the Huge Show, according to the Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis:
Ecstatic. That's the one word I can think of that describes this season and how I feel about it. ... We always have room for improvement, but this is definitely a championship-caliber football team that will win in the Big House against Ohio State. We don't feel we're inferior to anyone in the country, and we're going to give it our all.
Gardner is right. Michigan isn't inferior to any team. Along with the No. 4-ranked recruiting class of 2013, per 247Sports, the Wolverines return offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, an All-American left tackle and certain first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Experienced and steady, seniors Jeremy Gallon and Drew Dileo figure to give Gardner reliable targets this fall. Gallon and Gardner have the potential to combine for 1,000 yards or more of offense, while Dileo, an unheralded receiver, can provide value as a second option.
In 2012, offensive coordinator Al Borges had a difficult time establishing consistency on the ground. Other than quarterback Denard Robinson, the team didn't have much luck when running the ball, and Fitz Toussaint's lower right leg injury in Week 9 against Iowa certainly didn't help matters.
This year, Borges has a healthy Toussaint returning to the fold accompanied by Derrick Green, one of the top backs of the 2013 recruiting pull. Freshman De'Veon Smith has turned heads in practice. Redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson could contribute to the group's efforts, too.
Options. Michigan has them.
And this is the year that coach Brady Hoke truly finds out where Wolverines football is headed.
The regular season is just days away, and there is excitement surrounding the 2013 edition of the Miami Hurricanes.
After an offseason riddled with coaching changes 'Canes fan are eager for the beginning of the season to arrive. With potentially one of the nation's best offenses, Miami is a legitimate contender for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship despite a handful of new coaches.
The Hurricanes have plenty of important games, returning stars and intriguing new players to watch throughout 2013. Head coach Al Golden's team is captained by two seniors—quarterback Stephen Morris and defensive end Shayon Green.
Offensive and defensive schemes have stayed the same, but Miami is hoping for better results than its 7-5 record in 2012.Head coach Al Golden's team is captained by two seniors—quarterback Stephen Morris and defensive end Shayon Green.
If there is a team that is on the rise in the SEC, it would have to be the Ole Miss Rebels.
After winning only two games in 2011, head coach Hugh Freeze took over the program in 2012 and led them to a seven-win season.
Now with a recruiting class coming in that could potentially be the best in school history, Ole Miss is looking to do some big things in 2013.
But with a schedule that features Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M, can the Rebels take the next step forward or can will they take two steps back?
Here’s a full preview of the Rebels' 2013 season.
Myles Garrett is a 5-star defensive end from Texas who has a high ceiling. The 6'4", 240-pounder has great quickness, agility and speed to pursue the ball.
Garrett also is a strong player who can powerfully match up with blockers at the point of attack. He has a solid work ethic, chiseled frame and cares about his academics. Many schools want to sign Garrett, but Texas A&M is the favorite, according to 247Sports.
Garrett and the Aggies are a great match for several significant reasons.
The number of days left until the 2013 college football season is falling, but expectations for the Miami Hurricanes are rising.
Fortunately for Miami, its schedule is far less imposing than seasons past. The Hurricanes play nine games in the state of Florida, including home contests against Florida, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, so Miami plays most of its key games at Sun Life Stadium.
With that being said, the ‘Canes must travel to division foe North Carolina and longtime rival Florida State for important Atlantic Coast Conference tilts.
Plus, when a team has high expectations, less-heralded conference opponents often target that matchup to pull off an upset.
Can the Hurricanes win an early game against a top-tier team and also avoid a bad conference loss?
Notes: Predictions based on both teams at full strength, subject to change. Statistics courtesy of NCAA.com.
Though most of the preseason-Heisman hype is focused on SEC guys Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron, the athlete who has the best chance of winning the bronze statuette hails from the Big Ten.
Sure, no Big Ten player has won the Heisman since Troy Smith did in 2006, but that’s all about to change with Ohio State’s quarterback Braxton Miller.
Miller has the perfect combination of proven results, potential and opportunity to be deemed most likely to make an acceptance speech at the Best Buy Theater in New York City’s Times Square this December.
Five of the last six quarterbacks to win the Heisman were dual-threat guys. This bodes well for Miller, who was the No. 1 ranked dual-threat prospect from the class of 2011.
Over his first two seasons Miller consistently put up the type of stats to make his junior year in 2013 look like Heisman material.
As a freshman in 2011, Miller threw for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for an additional 715 yards and seven scores. These numbers improved to 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns passing and 1,271 yards and 13 scores rushing as a sophomore in 2012.
This made Miller 65 percent responsible for the Buckeyes' offense last season. To put this into perspective, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel accounted for 70 percent of the Aggies' offense in 2012, and Auburn’s Cam Newton pumped out 61 percent of his team’s attack in 2010.
Based on the previous decade of winners, big offensive numbers will be a requirement for the Heisman and Miller is perfectly-positioned statistically.
Ohio State returns four members of the offensive line to help Miller make it to the podium in 2013. Along with this, the Bucks return four of their top five receivers.
What won’t directly impact Miller’s stats, but may decide how far Ohio State goes as a team, is a defense which returns only four starters.
The biggest concern is the front seven with the defensive line bringing back zero starters and the linebacker corps which brings back a sole starter.
The flip side is that coach Urban Meyer has recruited well enough that there is plenty of young talent to fill the holes made by attrition. This transition has the potential of making Ohio State’s defense even better than its No. 31 ranking in scoring from 2012.
The lowest win-total for a Heisman winner in the BCS era came in 2007 when Florida’s Tim Tebow won with a 9-4 finish and in 1998 when Texas’ Ricky Williams won with a 9-3 finish.
Every other winner since 1998 has played for a team which scored at least 10 wins.
This means that an athlete has to play for a winning team, preferably a double-digit winning team, if he is going to win the Heisman.
This is another promising sign for Miller who will play for an Ohio State team that has a realistic opportunity of winning the Big Ten and reaching the BCS title game.
What will help both Miller and the Buckeyes is a schedule that Phil Steele ranked the No. 67 most difficult in the FBS.
To put this into perspective, Clowney and the Gamecocks will play the No. 14 ranked schedule, Manziel and the Aggies play the No. 33 ranked slate and McCarron and the Tide will play the No. 40 ranked schedule.
Ohio State opens up with four winnable non-conference games versus Buffalo, San Diego State and FCS Florida A&M, along with a singular road trip to Cal.
The Buckeyes draw Iowa and Michigan from the Legends division, leaving Nebraska, Michigan State and Northwestern off the table in the regular season.
Ohio State gets Wisconsin and Penn State at home while the Michigan game is in Ann Arbor.
All in all, it’s a schedule that lends to double-digit wins, which has become almost a prerequisite for a bronze statuette.
Urban Meyer and Ohio State
Having Urban Meyer as your head coach does more than just guarantee a certain amount of credible on-field decision making.
Meyer has the brand-power, history of success and influence to make the Heisman trophy more accessible to an athlete under his tutelage.
Add in Ohio State’s track record with the Heisman trophy and Miller’s odds seem even better.
The truth is, certain schools present a more realistic Heisman-aura than others. Think about it this way: Seven Buckeyes have won the trophy (tied with Notre Dame for the most ever), while only one guy from South Carolina has ever walked home a winner.
This puts guys like Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville at a disadvantage. First, Louisville is not a school that screams Heisman—the program hasn’t won one yet—and then there is the difference between a Big Ten schedule and one from the Big East (or American Athletic conference).
The Money Guys Agree
Perhaps the biggest sign that Miller’s Heisman candidacy is the real deal is the endorsement of the odds makers in Vegas
BetVega.com has Miller at 6/1 odds to win it all, a number which represents the top of the heap.
Behind Miller is Alabama’s A.J. McCarron at 9/1, teammate T.J. Yeldon at 9/1, Georgia’s Aaron Murray at 12/1 and then Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater also at 12/1.
For now, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel has dropped to 15/1, odds that may improve if he can find his way to the field in September.
The great thing about the Vegas consortium is that it offers up zero bias. Indeed, bartering cold hard cash leaves little room for passion-fueled predictions.
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We've been counting down the days to the start of football season since the moment Alabama polished off its throttling of Notre Dame in last year's championship game, a contest that had many Duck fans thinking "What if?"
What if Alejandro Maldonado had been more accurate against Stanford? What if Michael Clay had recovered the fumble in overtime, or what if De'Anthony had made a block in the first quarter to give Marcus Mariota a clear path to the end zone?
All of the questions are now in the past, and it's officially time to start thinking about the upcoming season (if you haven't already). There's no more "100 days til football" nonsense. We're now less than two weeks away, and to help get you ready, we've compiled everything you'll need to know about the 2013 Oregon Ducks.
From the star players to the key storylines on offense and defense, this guide has it all. So click ahead and take a look at your comprehensive guide to Oregon football in 2013.
Information about fall practice courtesy of Rob Moseley's goducks.com blog.
Before today's current crop of college football stars hit campus, the interwebs were buzzing about them, filled with high school highlights, projections and scouting reports.
Now, these guys are the top 25 players that will hit a college football field this fall.
Before they get to the field, let's take a look at what each player has done in college and check out what scouts were saying before these guys made their commitments to a college football program.