1:03 PM EDT, Tue August 30, 2016
Carolina March 3 mins ago

Against Georgia, UNC has a chance to put big game woes behind them

The season-opener can be more than just a win against a ranked team. When North Carolina plays Georgia on Satuday, it’s another chance in a big game against a big name opponent. Those haven’t ended well for UNC the past couple years. At the end of last season, North Carolina had two chances to win a marquee game. In the bowl game, they were practically ran over by Baylor. Against Clemson, they had a shot at the end and got fairly unlucky, but it’s hard to argue that they were the better team in that game. While South Carolina wound up being bad last season, the fact that the game was...
The Ralphie Report 37 mins ago

Colorado Buffaloes uniforms decrypted

One courageous writer attempts to solve the puzzle of CU’s uniform combinations. Thursday was like any other day for the people of Boulder as the work force went quietly about their duties and the students arrived loudly to their classes five minutes late. Nothing especially news-worthy happened. The weirdest part of the day was Boulder’s chilly weather, but not even that wasn’t out of the... Click the link above or visit http://www.ralphiereport.com for more.
The Daily Gopher 37 mins ago

Minnesota Football: Ten Reasons to Be Excited the Season is Upon Us

The wait has been a long one, but finally college, and most important Gopher, football is upon us again. Let's look at 10 reasons why we all can be glad that Minnesota football is back again. According to my calculations, it has been 247 days since Mitch Leidner was dabbing in endzone at Ford Field in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Minnesota Golden Gophers haven't taken the field in approximately 21,340,800 seconds. But worry not Gopher Nation, for the end is upon us. Soon, the marching band will be swinging open those gates, 55,000 strong will be yelling "Ski-U-Mah" and the memories of an...
Garnet And Black Attack 38 mins ago

South Carolina basketball releases non-conference schedule; five games we’re watching

Here’s what to look for in Frank Martin’s fifth season. We’re two days from Gamecocks football, but the men’s basketball team took the headlines (somewhat) as they released their non-conference schedule. Here’s five games on the list to look forward to (besides the annual game against Clemson) as Frank Martin looks to end his fifth season at the helm in the NCAA Tournament. November 23 vs. Michigan While the Wolverines are a few years removed from their national championship game appearance, they still usually find themselves in the middle of the Big Ten discussion. John Beilein...
Testudo Times 39 mins ago

Watch DJ Durkin's press conference before Maryland football's opener vs. Howard

The Maryland coach holds a media availability before the Terps' opener. It's a game week in College Park, and Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin held his first game-week press conference on Tuesday. He talked about Maryland's depth chart and the Terps' season opener against Howard on Saturday. LIVE on #Periscope: Coach Durkin press conference https://t.co/jy75ebJlMq — Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) August 30, 2016 Durkin has been an interim head coach before, and he led Florida through a bowl preparation two seasons ago. But this is his first experience as a full-time head...
House Of Sparky 1 hour ago

ASU vs. Northern Arizona: Film Room Breakdown

We take a look at the NAU offense and defense and see where the Sun Devils might struggle and where they have advantages in our first film room breakdown of the year. The Sun Devils should come away with a comfortable win when the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks visit Tempe to kick off the 2016 season on Saturday. Still, the Sun Devils’ FCS opponent from last season managed to hang until the second half. Will NAU pose a similar threat? Below, we take a look at who the Lumberjacks are, what they do, and what areas ASU has an advantage at when viewing them from the television...
Gobbler Country 1 hour ago

Virginia Tech Hokie 2016 Depth Chart Observations

Josh and Dad talk about the Ones and Twos of the Hokie Starting Roster for Saturday Something substantive finally popped on the football front, yesterday. A copy (labeled “Unofficial”, but from all the usual sources good for accurate information) of the 2016 Fall Virginia Tech Hokie Depth Chart appeared on the webs. For the average fan this might mean something closer to knowing if he’s got the red or black checkers. That is innocent and fine because most fans aren’t football wonks that dig deeply into all of the potential machinations that produced the chart. It also really...

Syracuse football: TNIAAM staff predictions for 2016

Last week was not our ACTUAL predictions. Now let’s dive into those... Last week, we dove into some “predictions” for the Syracuse Orange’s 2016 season. And then yesterday, my dog also got in on the act. Now, we actually tell you what we think about SU’s upcoming season and what you can expect of the Orange in Dino Babers’s first campaign. Kevin Wall (6-6) I think Syracuse starts off with a 3-2 record, beats Wake Forest and Boston College on the road and finds a way to win at home against NC State to earn a bowl bid. There are going to be moments when the offense clicks (NC...
BC Interruption 1 hour ago

Boston College Women’s Hockey To Play At Frozen Fenway

First time at Fenway Park for the ladies The Boston College men’s hockey team won’t be the only Eagles squad taking the ice at Fenway this year. After several appearances by the men, the BC women’s hockey team will finally have its chance to play during the Frozen Fenway event. While Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna mentioned the event in passing a few weeks ago on NESN, Boston College officially announced the event on Monday. The Eagles will face off against the Harvard Crimson at 8pm on Tuesday January 10th. As Boston College traveled to Bright-Landry last season, the Fenway...
From The Rumble Seat 1 hour ago

ACC Power Rankings - Week 1

The season hasn’t even started and already no one knows what to make of the Coastal. The season is almost here! In a few short days our trek through the wilderness of the offseason will reach its conclusion as our Jackets open the season across the pond. Before we get there, here is a last look at how the ACC stacks up heading into the 2016 season. This will be a weekly feature where I will rank the 14 teams of the ACC based on what we’ve seen on the field. Obviously we’re all Tech homers here, but I’ll do my best to keep these rankings unbiased. Without further ado, here is the...
Good Bull Hunting 1 hour ago

Scattershooting--The Season Ahead: what to expect from college football in 2016

A few thoughts before the season gets under way. In memory of the great sports columnist Blackie Sherrod, I’ll be taking a little broader look at college football each week this season.  Without further ado... Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Skip Hicks. The start of the college football season means we can finally get answers to some of the biggest questions of the last 9 months.  Did Will Mushcamp ever get those rabies shots? Is Kirby Smart gonna turn out more like Paul McCartney after the Beatles, or Rob Thomas after he left Matchbox 20? How long can Kliff...
Black Heart Gold Pants 1 hour ago

LOVE IT or LEAVE IT: Football in Australia!

Australia is not America LOVE IT: Eight...count them...eight (!) true freshmen cracked the two-deeps for the Miami of Ohio game. I truly think this is more a testament to an upgrade in talent rather than upperclassmen giving their positions away. Competition is healthy and while I don’t expect many, if any, of the true freshmen to be major contributors this season, any upperclassmen that may have been lapped by the newbies should have a fire lit under them by now. The biggest surprise to me was Manny Rugamba getting the I-still-don’t-know-what-it-means “/” with Josh Jackson. ...
On the Banks 1 hour ago

Rutgers vs #14 Washington: Complete opponent preview

As a new feature in 2016 at On The Banks, we will be thoroughly previewing each one of Rutgers’ opponents. Up first are the 14th ranked Washington Huskies. If you want complete game notes from Washington’s athletic department, you can find them here. This is where I went to learn some new things about Washington you’ll find in this preview. If you want to read SB Nation’s crazy in-depth preview on Washington, click here. It’s really good. Brief Overview Ranking: #14 (AP) | #18 (Coaches) Head Coach: Chris Peterson (15-12) 2015 Record: 7-6 (4-5) Current Streak: W3 SB Nation Site:...

Syracuse & Rutgers football series was nixed because Kyle Flood got scared

Had the original agreement been followed through on, Syracuse and Rutgers would have played one another this season. Here's a delightful story to warm the cockles of your orange hearts. So you know how we're always complaining that Syracuse Orange football future scheduling is a trainwreck and we don't understand why there are so many holes in the near future? And then when we fill those holes we often do it against opponents we're probably going to lose to? Well now comes news via Steve Politi at NJ.com that a potential two-game or four-game series with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights was...

UGA fans asked to wear black for November game, a possible sign of return of black jerseys

Georgia fans are being encouraged to wear black for the Bulldogs home game Nov. 19 against Louisiana-Lafayette, a sign that could be the return of the team donning the black jerseys . A question on the school’s athletic website asked about stories this summer about the football team wearing black jerseys. “Fans are encouraged to (wear) red for all home games, with the exception of our game with Louisiana-Lafayette,” the response said. “For the November 19 game against ULL, fans are encouraged to wear black.” Athletic director Greg McGarity’s response about the black jerseys for...
Bring On The Cats 1 hour ago

Bring on the Podcast with Rule of Tree's Jack Blanchat

It turns out Stanford is more than just Christian McCaffrey, and Jack gives us the rundown of what to expect from the Cardinal on Friday. At long last, we're just three days away from the season opener at Stanford. Most of you probably know explosive running back Christian McCaffrey, but to learn more about the Cardinal we brought on Rule of Tree managing editor Jack Blanchat. He told Bracket Cat and I all about how Ryan Burns won the starting QB job, why Kansas State might be able to run against this front seven led by defensive end Solomon Thomas, and what could happen if the 'Cats don't...
Arizona Desert Swarm 1 hour ago

Sonoran Hot Reads: What “Pride of Arizona” football uniforms would look like

These are not very good We get many complaints about what the Arizona Wildcats wear when they play football. Why? Well, because the internet is weird sometimes, and also, the current uniforms are pretty awful. But here are worse ones! Collegemarching.com is releasing football concept uniforms based on each school’s marching band uniforms, and Monday was the Pac-12’s turn. Below, you’ll see what the Pride of Arizona ones look like. It’s a neat idea...in theory. As someone who marched for four years and is now currently on drum staff at U of A, I think I can say that these are awful...
Backing The Pack 2 hours ago

BTP The Podcast Vol. 1: Bill & Mary, and Jaylen Samuels, and Jaylen Samuels

Bill & Mary is not ready for Jaylen Samuels. The first ever BTP podcast is in the books and you can listen to it below. Will and I went over the William & Mary game, discussed podcast theme song options, tried to estimate Jaylen Samuels’ 2016 touchdown total, and ended with a discussion about basketball. (Music this week: The Rosebuds, “Life Like,” from Life Like; DIIV, “Take Your Time,” from Is the Is Are.)
Anchor Of Gold 2 hours ago

Better Know an SEC Opponent: The South Carolina Gamecocks

Football season is finally here, and it’ll almost certainly begin with a Will Muschamp ejection. The School: The University of South Carolina Record: 0-0 (0-0 in the SEC). South Carolina was 3-9 in 2015. Did one of those wins come over Vanderbilt? Of course it did! Ranking: Unranked in the AP Top 25 and Coaches' Poll. The formulas have USC rated 102 in the Real Time RPI (behind eight FCS schools and *shudder* Rutgers). Mascot: The Gamecocks. Is there a bigger mascot disparity in college football than “honorary Naval position bestowed on a robber baron ” and “chickens bred to murder...
The Crimson Quarry 2 hours ago

Indiana athletics mean more to me than ever, but winning doesn’t

For the first time in my life, I am looking at Indiana athletics differently. It is not that the football program seems to be making real progress for the first time since the 90s or that the basketball team seems primed for its longest-sustained success since the 80s. Instead, it is that this season. Hoosier success means less to me than it ever has. Each of the first 25-plus years (or at least the ones I can remember) of my time here have been spent looking at Indiana athletics in mostly the same way – hoping for wins, nets, and the Bucket, all the while expecting men’s basketball to...