Our ranking: No. 9 AUBURN Coach: Guz Malzahn (35-18, entering fifth season; 44-21 in five seasons overall) 2016 record: 8-5 overall, 5-3 Southeastern Conference; tied for second in West Division Look back: Coach Gus Malzahn’s 2016 Tigers ended a pivotal year for the program with a Sugar Bowl bid. But the accomplishment did anything but... Read more
Our ranking: No. 10 USC Coach: Clay Helton (16-7, entering third season; 16-7 overall) 2016 record: 10-3, 7-2 in Pac-12, second in South Division Look back: Clay Helton’s first full season at USC didn’t start off well, with the Trojans dropping three of their first four games to ranked opponents. But surprisingly the team... Read more
Our ranking: No. 11 LOUISVILLE Coach: Bobby Petrino (9-4, entering the fourth season; 26-13 overall) 2016 record: 9-4, 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference, finished tied for first in Atlantic Division Look back: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson shredded opposing defenses for more than 3,500 yards through the air and 1,500 yards on the ground en route... Read more
Today at No. 12: TCU Coach: Gary Patterson (149-54, entering 17th season; 149-54 overall) 2016 record: 6-7, 4-5 in Big 12 Conference, finished fifth in league Look back: TCU experienced back-to-back seasons of prosperity, registering double-digit win seasons in 2014 and 2015. But after losing longtime QB Trevone Boykin to graduation, the Horned Frogs... Read more
The next few day’s Vincent Rizzo Sports will release all FOUR (4) Teams for the 2017-18 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF. THE 4TH SEED, OKLAHOMA STATE. My opinion this football team is loaded. They also will play defense in 2017 Mason Rudolph is a Top 5 QB in all the land,... Read more
Our ranking: No. 13 GEORGIA Coach: Kirby Smart (8-5, entering second season; 8-5 overall) 2016 record: 8-5 overall, 4-4 Southeastern Conference; tied for second in East Division Look back: The Bulldogs got off to a shaky 3-0 start under first-year coach Kirby Smart, Alabama coach Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator during four national championships. Wins included a... Read more
Our ranking: No. 14 VIRGINIA TECH Coach: Justin Fuente (10-4, entering his second season; 36–27 overall) 2016 record: 10-4, 6-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference, first in Coastal Division Look back: Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente got off to a great start in 2016 replacing legendary coach Frank Beamer, guiding the Hokies back to... Read more
Our ranking: No. 15 PENN STATE Coach: James Franklin (25-15, entering the fourth season; 49-30 overall) 2016 record: 11-3, 8-1 in Big Ten, tied for first in East Division/Big Ten Champions Look back: Penn State struggled to find its offensive identity early in the 2016 season, with Nittany Lions dropping two of their... Read more
An interesting poll came out Tuesday that should not warm the hearts of SEC fans everywhere. Coaches do not believe cheating is rampant in college football. But if there’s cheating going on, you know who is guilty. The SEC. “Out of the 130 FBS schools in FBS, I would... Read more
Our ranking: No. 16 LSU Coach: Ed Orgeron (6-2, entering second season; 22-29 overall) 2016 record: 8-4 overall, 5-3 Southeastern Conference; tied for second in East Division Look back: Coach Les Miles survived a near-firing at the end of the 2015 season, but his stay of execution did not last long. Lackluster showings in... Read more
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