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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Georgia also inked a contract last week to play Clemson in a home-and-home series
    in 2032 and 2033. The two schools already had a series setup for 2029 and 2030.
    We also have a game in Atlanta in 2024.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Auburn - The Tigers are clearly in rebuild mode in 2019. They lose almost the entire front
    seven and two-year starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
    The QB position is most definitely in rebuild mode. It looks like a Nix/Gatewood battle for the starting position and neither have ever seen the field.

    I don't agree, however, with the statement they lose almost the entire front seven. The backers will be a rebuild but their front will be one of the most experienced and talented fronts in the country.

    Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson and Nick Coe all passed up the temptation to bail early for the NFL. Those guys plus the return of Big Kat Bryant and T.D. Moultry give AU a ton of returning talent at the postion. Tyrone Truesdell will probably be a new starter at tackle, but Coe is expected to play inside a bunch this season. With him on the field every guy along the front will have previous starting experience.

    While there will be some rebuilding to do at the backer position, I don't see it as a big deal. AU, like most teams now, play mostly nickle or dime so seldom do they have more than 2 backers on the field - many times just one. Projected starters, K.J. Britt and Chandler Wooten, (both juniors) have game experience. I actually look for this position to be stronger than last year despite the lack of experience.

    I agree with the rest of your post - almost. There is some talent at the receiver position but this is an area that will have to be rebuilt. Ryan Davis caught 69 passes last year -almost twice as many as any other receiver. Darius Slayton caught 35 passes last year - second on the team Both of these guys are gone. Replacing their production will not be easy. Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz return and both are solid. Eli Stove and Hastings both return from major knee surgeries. If both return near 100 percent the group will get a big boost. If not, some of the young guys will have to step up.

    As for the offensive line having experience - I agree. All 5 starters return. Sacks were way down last year from the previous season and despite a lack of talent this group improved significantly as the season progressed. Herb 'can't coach a lick' Hand damn near ruined this group but Grimes have them going in the right direction. If experience can offset a lack of talent this group could end up serviceable next season. However, if there are injuries - especially at the tackle position - this group will again be a major liability.
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    Washington State - Last year the Cougs won 11 games with transfer quarterback Gardner
    Minshew leading the way. Minshew from East Carolina threw for 4,777 yards and 38 touchdowns.
    For 2019, Mike Leach has brought in Eastern Washington transfer Gabe Gubrud where he passed
    for 9,984 yards and 87 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,042 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gubrud
    was a two time finalist for the Walter Payton Award given to the Best Offensive Player in the FCS.
    He will join a solid cast of returning starters with four offensive lineman, plenty of pass catchers,
    and a good running back in Max Borghi. Leach has the weapons and knows how to use them. Don't
    sleep on the Pirate...………..
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    Oklahoma - The Sooners just sent four offensive line starters to the NFL with its only
    returning starter (center Creed Humphrey) missing the entire spring recovering from
    injury. OL coach Bill Bendenbaugh has had a rebuilding project going on this spring for
    certain but he has a reputation of developing good offensive linemen. He's considered
    one of the best in the business. There will be some rough spots but having an established
    , veteran quarterback behind center like Jalen Hurts should help.
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    Penn State - James Franklin enters his sixth season at State College with the same
    challenges in the Big Ten East. The Nittany Lions are coming off a 9-4 season where
    they finished third in the Big Ten East behind Ohio State and Michigan moving Franklin
    to just 2-8 against those Big Ten contenders. Penn State must replace quarterback
    Trace McSorley and lost key playmakers on both sides of the ball, but Franklin has
    brought in some top recruiting classes to fall back on. Doubtful he will improve his
    record against the Buckeyes and Wolverines this year.
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    Auburn - The battle for the starting quarterback position is crowded for the Tigers. Coach
    Gus Malzahn has four options who could conceivably be the starter for the opener against
    Oregon. One is Joey Gatewood, who looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds but has just
    one pass attempt under his belt. The second is Cord Sandberg, a former top recruit who
    spent six years in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization before returning to college. Malik
    Willis resembles the best athlete of the bunch, and brings along two years of experience as
    a backup. And then there's 5-Star recruit Bo Nix who's father played quarterback at Auburn.
    He's the most promising of the group, but Willis might be the safest, at least when it comes
    to the opener against Oregon. Malzahn has a big decision to make!
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    Just read that Alabama and Oklahoma agreed to a home and home series in 2032 and 2033.

    Good times!!
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    Michigan State - For those Spartan fans expecting to get ten wins this season, you
    might need to scale back expectations a bit. There's possibly five contest verse Top 25
    teams this fall, including the Big Ten opener at Northwestern on September 21. There's
    a potentially brutal five game stretch in which the Spartans play road games against
    Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan surrounding home games with Penn State and
    Illinois...a season defining stretch.

    Wisconsin - The Badgers may just have the toughest schedule in the Big Ten this season.
    They literally play every above average to elite team in the conference this fall. Top com-
    petition features Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State, at Ohio State, at Nebraska and
    verse Purdue. No double digit wins this season for the Badger boys.
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    There are 57 spring games being played today.

    Including 27 either on tv or streaming online
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrofins View Post
    There are 57 spring games being played today.

    Including 27 either on tv or streaming online
    Yeah, and after 0-4 in hockey last night, I'm going to watch as many as possible.
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    Ohio State - There's been so much attention focused on the quarterbacks that many have
    overlooked the fact that nearly all of Ohio State's offensive line is gone. Thayer Munford is
    the only returning starter who saw regular action last season, and the Buckeyes 2019 pro-
    jected left tackle has missed spring practices due to injury. This has created opportunities
    elsewhere, but it's also one of the teams biggest, if not biggest concerns heading into the
    summer and fall. New quarterback and new offensive line...talented but inexperienced.
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    Alabama second team quarterback Mack Jones led the White team to a 31-17 win over
    the Red squad throwing for 271 yards and two scores. Tua quarterbacked the Red team
    and finished with 265 yards, one score and one interception. Second year in a row that
    Jones has shined in the A-Day game. Bama will likely need him this season with Tua's
    injury problems.

    Auburn's four quarterbacks completed 38 of 52 (73%) for 479 yards and 5 touchdowns.
    All four looked good before the 41,489 fans in attendance. Early recruit Bo Nix finished
    the afternoon completing 11 of 14 for 155 yards and 2 scores. The kid has a future on
    the Plains.

    Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks threw for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns while leading
    the Orange team to a 31-17 win over the Blue. Trevon Grimes shined with 4 catches
    for 195 yards averaging 48.8 yards per catch. No comment on the Blue defense.

    Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (Bama transfer) completed 11 of 14 passes for 174
    yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score leading the Red team to a 35-14
    victory.

    Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond led the White team to a 17-14 win over the Maroon
    with two touchdown throws. Maroon running back Jacob Kibodi highlighted the game with
    106 rushing yards and one score.

    Ohio State quarterback (transfer from Georgia) was underwhelming other than one 98 yard
    pass and catch for a touchdown. He completed just 4 of 13 for 131 yards. Take away the
    long play and he was just 3 of 13 for 33 yards. Not a good showing by the transfer.
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    Michigan - A plane pulling a banner flying above Michigan Stadium at its spring game reads,
    "Hey Jim, this is God. It's OK to throw on first down. Let's try it." Well, it seems ole Jim has
    gotten the message as he has handed Michigan's new look offense over to Josh Gattis, who
    is implementing an up-tempo, no-huddle, spread scheme. Looking to shake up a stagnant
    offense, Harbaugh hired Gattis away from Alabama to be his offensive coordinator after not
    having an assistant with that title last season. Now, Gattis is calling the shots on offense. "It's
    night and day," quarterback Shea Patterson said Saturday. "As far as the similarities to last
    year, there are few of them." Michigan ranked No. 51 in total offense during 2018...let's see
    if the change brings improvement during 2019.

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    Alabama - Quarterback Layne Hatcher has entered the transfer portal following the
    close of spring practice. According to multiple reports, Hatcher plans to transfer to
    Arkansas State. Hatcher was a late addition to Alabama's 2018 class, committing in
    late May and enrolling on June 1, 2018. The Gatorade Player of the Year for the state
    of Arkansas as a senior in 2017 threw for 5,779 yards and 51 touchdowns as a senior.
    He was 41-1 as a starter at Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) where he passed for 15,483
    yards and 185 scores during his career there. Hatcher redshirted last year and coming
    out of spring was listed as the team's 5th quarterback. Bama will enter the 2019 season
    with 4 scholarship quarterbacks on the roster with junior Tua Tagovailoa, RS sophomore
    Mack Jones, freshman Taulia Tagovailoa (Tua's little brother) and freshman Paul Tyson
    who is the great grandson of Bear Bryant. Good luck to Hatcher and a productive
    career at Arkansas State. He's a smart kid and should do well there.
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    Georgia - The Bulldogs will play their G-Day Game today with hopes of topping Nebraska's
    85,946 attendance figure for spring games this year. Admission is free and the game will
    be televised on the SEC Network at 2:00 eastern. Barring bad weather, they are wanting to
    make a run at Nebraska's attendance. Winning the SEC attendance race seems more likely
    needing to top Alabama's 62,219.
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