- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.)
All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted.
These games take place the weekend of November 1.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Another day, another alternate uniform.
To celebrate the 125th year of Nebraska football, the program and Adidas unveiled new all-red uniforms with black stripes and black and silver metallic numbers. The all-red look will make its debut when the Huskers take on Illinois on September 27.
Additionally, the TECHFIT compression gear worn under the uniform features a large Nebraska “N” logo on the chest. The cleats are sharp too.
Best of all, the players got a special surprise when the team saw the new look for the first time.
Never change, Bo. Never change.
For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell's recovery from a torn ACL is not going smoothly.
Mitchell, a redshirt junior in 2014, underwent knee surgery on Thursday to fix what UGASports.com termed a "cartilage issue" in his right knee. Mitchell hurt his knee while running routes with the other Georgia receivers on Monday.
He's expected to make a "full recovery" but a timetable has not been set for his return according to school officials. Mitchell tore his right ACL while celebrating a touchdown against Clemson in Georgia's first game of 2013 and missed the rest of the season. He went up for a chest bump and landed awkwardly.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
With less than one month to go until the 2014 college football season kicks off, a number of programs have begun to roll out alternate uniforms that will be worn at some point during the season.
Air Force is one of these programs, and the new alternate uniform the Falcons unveiled today is one of the best we’ve seen this offseason.
Take a look:
More pictures of the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! pic.twitter.com/9NtbYqEk9I
Check out the new 2014 Alternate Football Uniform! Which game do you hope to see them this season? pic.twitter.com/6wMjjscYoL
The light blue helmets with the lightning bolt logo make for an especially sharp look. Per Air Force’s Twitter, the team will wear the new uniforms for at least one game in the upcoming season.
Coming off a disappointing 2-10 season, the Falcons’ season opens up at home against Nicholls State on August 30.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
As part of the major renovation of Kyle Field, Texas A&M also rebuilt the Bright Football Complex, and the results are extremely impressive.
The Bright Complex sits in the south end zone of Kyle Field and has undergone a 36,000 square-foot overhaul that is supposed to modernize and “create the most forward-thinking, technologically advanced” facility in the country, according to the program. Everything from the locker room to the players’ lounge to the sports medicine facility has been upgraded.
The total cost of the project is a whopping $20.8 million. Take a look at the photos, provided by A&M.
Here's what the entrance to the Bright Complex looks like:
The Hagner Auditorium:
Players-only access to the locker room, training room and more:
Customizable video display upon entry:
The hallway leading to positional rooms:
An adidas uniform display:
A hydrotherapy pool in the new sports medicine area. It features eight HDTVs mounted inside the walls.
The door to the players' locker room:
Team locker room:
Each locker has LED screens with player information:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
It was reported earlier this month that as many as eight members of South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class would not qualify academically to enroll in the school and join the football team. Now it appears that two of those players will make it to Columbia, after all.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
It’s not easy being No. 1.
Florida State, last year’s national champion, sits atop the recently released coaches poll in an unenviable position. No preseason No. 1 in the coaches poll has gone on to finish with that ranking since USC in 2004, and five of the past six preseason No. 1s have finished their season ranked No. 8 or lower.
There are just too many things that happen during the year that can change the outcome of the season. From injuries to disciplinary issues, the composition of a team can change in an instant and any hope of winning a national title can go down the drain with it.
That’s not to say I disagree with ranking Florida State at No. 1. It is, after all, coming off an undefeated season and does have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who was far-and-away the best player on the field a year ago.
But to understand my dismay with preseason polls, one only has to look back to the top five that started last season and the top five that ended it.
Here’s what the 2013 preseason coaches poll looked like (with each team’s poll finish in parentheses):
And here’s what the coaches poll looked like at the end of the season (with each team’s preseason ranking in parentheses)
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Wake Forest’s running game took a hit Thursday when the school announced that running back Dominique Gibson had been indefinitely suspended from the team.
An undisclosed violation of team rules was the only reason given for the discipline.
Gibson was the team’s top returning rusher with 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He and senior Orville Reynolds, who returned to running back after spending the past two seasons as a flanker, were in line to either battle for the starting role or become a two-back tandem as Wake Forest tried to resuscitate one of the nation’s more anemic offenses.
Wake Forest ranked 118 th nationally in total offense last season and 116 th in rushing offense with just 94.1 yards per game. The offense had just two games with more than 124 yards rushing and those games came against Presbyterian and Army. Of the Demon Deacons’ 24 offensive touchdown, 11 came on the ground.
For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As Auburn opens up fall practice on Friday, the program will honor a fallen member of its family.
The official Twitter account of Auburn athletics revealed Thursday that No. 43 has been painted in the end zone on the team’s practice field to honor former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who was killed in a car accident on June 29.
Lutzenkirchen, along with University of Georgia student Joseph Davis, were killed in a single-car crash when Davis, who was driving, failed to stop at a stop sign of a T-intersection. The car then crossed another road and “impacted multiple ditches” before hitting a fence and going airborne. Lutzenkirchen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Do you smell bread in the oven? Possibly. The smell could also be Oregon's 2014 season tickets.
The school known for its flashy uniform combinations is breaking out scented tickets for this season. All season tickets will have a scratch-and-sniff marker that smells like hamburger buns. Seriously.
The hamburger icon is sponsored by Carl's Jr. If you're wondering why it's bun-scented instead of burger-scented, the chain is highlighting its bread and Craig Pintens , Oregon's senior associate athletic director for marketing, told Yahoo Sports that "the burger scent doesn't translate real well on scratch-and-sniff."