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Dr. Saturday’s will unveil its preseason Top 25 team-by-team during the next 25 days. This list is based on returning starters, schedule and prospects. However, we all know that once the games begin, things can change very quickly. Still, we thought we’d give our best guess heading into the 2015 season.
No. 24 Boise State
2014 record: 12-2, 7-1 Mountain West
Returning starters: 9 Offense; 8 Defense
2015 Outlook: Coach Bryan Harsin’s first season could not have gone any better. The Broncos blazed through most of their schedule (sans a surprising loss to Air Force), won the Mountain West Mountain Division, won the conference title game, became the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the country and went on to defeat Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.
But this year, there will be a few challenges.
Miss one of our Top 25? No. 25 Wisconsin.
Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago
Dr. Saturday will unveil its preseason Top 25 team-by-team during the first 25 days of August. This list is based on returning starters, schedule and some highly educated, very technical guesses. While we all know things change very quickly once games begin, these are our top teams heading into the 2015 season.
No. 25 Wisconsin
2014 record: 11-3, 7-1 Big Ten
Returning starters: 6 Offense; 8 Defense
2015 Outlook: Wisconsin is breaking in its second new coach since 2012, but Paul Chryst has inherited a good situation. The former Badger player, grad and assistant takes over a program that won the Big Ten West a year ago and is the favorite to win it again this year.
Don’t expect Chryst to make any radical changes to what we’ve seen in the past. Wisconsin is a run-first team and if quarterback Joel Stave can get his confidence going, Chryst might be able to make the Badgers the kind of well-rounded program it was when Russell Wilson ran the offense in 2011.
The domestic violence charges against Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, are likely to be dropped by Monday.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, both attorneys have agreed to have their clients sign dismissal forms that the judge will review on Monday.
Tunsil's lawyer, Steven Farese, told the paper he expects the judge to approve the forms.
The charges against both men stem from a June 25 incident where Tunsil allegedly assaulted Miller while defending his mother. Miller claimed Tunsil became violent after he was confronted about his dealings with agents.
No formal charges will be brought against the three LSU football players accused of allegedly going into a house without permission in June.
Quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain all were charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and Thomas was charged with simple burglary.
However, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore decided not to formally file charges against the three players after the victims requested the charges be dropped. Moore also said the statements provided to police were inconsistent and contradictory.
All three players were reinstated by coach Les Miles on Friday.
The three players were arrested on June 18.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed during Pac-12 media days Friday that cornerback Dominique Hatfield remains dismissed despite the fact that aggravated robbery and theft charges against him were dropped in mid-July.
“No change. He’s dismissed,” Whittingham said. “He’s working through some things and he’s got through part of it, but right now there’s no change.”
Whittingham didn’t rule out a possible return for Hatfield, who was a starter last season, but noted that Hatfield had “other issues” beyond his legal ones that he needed to work through.
Two felony charges against former Central Michigan defensive back Brandon Greer were dropped Friday after a judge cited lack of evidence.
Greer, 22, was charged with attempted kidnapping and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct stemming from a July 9 arrest. Greer was accused of trying to kidnap a woman who was out walking her dog. He was later found acting suspiciously in his car in the parking lot of an apartment complex, which led to his arrest.
Greer, who was dismissed from the team shortly after his arrest, remains in jail on eight counts of disturbing the peace.
Greer's original bond was set at $750,000, but his lawyers are working on lowering that fee now that felony charges have been dismissed.
Ohio State is getting its own version of “Hard Knocks.”
The Big Ten Network announced Friday that it would follow the defending national champions through part of their August training camp in a series called "Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp."
The Big Ten Network touts the show as a behind-the-scenes look at “one of the nation’s premier programs” as it “marches toward Week 1 at the forefront of the college football conversation.” The show will give an inside look at the much-anticipated quarterback competition between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones as well as chronicling Braxton Miller’s recovering from a season-ending shoulder injury and his possible conversion to wide receiver.
The show will have three or four episodes leading into the season opener against Virginia Tech, but Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said it wouldn’t be exactly like the critically acclaimed HBO NFL behind-the-scenes show “Hard Knocks.”
Braxton Miller will play some wide receiver this year, coach Urban Meyer announced at Big Ten media days on Thursday.
Meyer said Miller approached him about a month ago regarding the position change because Miller’s shoulder still wasn’t 100 percent to play quarterback.
However, Meyer said Miller at wide receiver is a “Plan B” solution at this point and there’s still hope that Miller can compete under center. But, Meyer noted that he planned to work with Miller one-on-one at the beginning of fall camp to get him ready to contribute as a receiver.
News of Miller’s possible position change surfaced last weekwhen Miller told Sports Illustrated he was going to start the season as an H-back, which is a hybrid receiver position. While Miller didn’t rule out playing quarterback, he said he would play receiver during about 80 percent of fall camp.
Matt Cochran, a junior who was expected to be Cal’s starting center this fall, has abruptly left the team, according to an athletic department spokesman.
There was no reason provided for the departure and Cochran is still enrolled in school.
Cochran played in 13 games during the past two seasons, including four starts. He becomes the sixth Bear to participate in spring drills but leave before fall camp. Included in that list are sophomore offensive lineman Myles Bunte, sophomore cornerback Trey Cheek, junior linebacker Maximo Espitia, wide receiver Cameron Stevens and linebacker Arthur Wainwright. While some of those players had experience, none had started a game or were projected starters.
With Cochran gone, the competition is open between redshirt freshmen Addison Ooms and Michael Trani.
Maryland quarterback Daxx Garman received a waiver from the NCAA and is eligible to play this season, according to coach Randy Edsall.
Garman, who started at Oklahoma State last year, transferred to the Terps in May. He graduated Oklahoma State and was admitted into the master’s degree program at Maryland.
The school didn’t think it would have trouble obtaining a waiver for Garman to play right away.
Garman will push senior starter Caleb Rowe, who missed the last seven games of 2014 and spring practices after undergoing knee surgery. Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille were the main quarterbacks during spring football, but neither impressed.
Edsall called Garman “cerebral” and said he threw an accurate ball.
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