UNC goes down, and CLOWNEYPALOOZA never really got going last night. However, it was darn good to finally watch college football again. I hope you enjoyed last night's football appetizer, because this weekend is chock-full of big games and intriguing storylines. For more, check out today's links:
He may not have been named a team captain, but quarterback Chase Rettig will be leaned on for leadership in 2013. Al Skinner, who won more basketball games that any other coach in school history (1997-2010), has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at Bryant University.
Wideout Sammy Watkins enjoys his reputations as a dangerous big-play threat: "I want to come in the game and make every coach and player to think about me in the gameplan." Clear your schedule and make sure to put the children to sleep early, because Saturday night's top-10 showdown between the Tigers and Georgia will be a doozy.
Running back Mario Pender will be forced to sit out the entire 2013 season after being ruled academically ineligible. It had looked as though Pender would have been the team's No. 3 running back. Pender's absence will open the door for more opportunities for freshman back Ryan Green, who has the potential to be a major factor in the Noles' run game.
There are several new safety measures that have been put in place for fans coming to watch the Yellow Jackets play at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The starting quarterback job at Tech belongs to Vad Lee, and he's ready to embrace that role and everything that comes with it.
Randy Edsall's squad opens up at home tomorrow against Florida International at 12:30 p.m.; here's an update on several team-related issues and concerns.
Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman didn't get much sleep last night, but it's for good reason: He and the Canes kickoff their season tonight at home against Florida Atlantic. Here's a season preview for the Hurricanes, with game-by-game predictions.
Playing on the road against Jadeveon Clowney at Williams-Brice Stadium is no easy task, and the Tar Heels found that out the hard way, losing to the Head Ball Coach’s Gamecocks 27-10. Also, if you hadn't seen this yet, please direct you attention to this incredible GIF of the storm that interrupted the Tar Heels' football contest last night. Here are some pictures from last night's game against South Carolina.
Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz is preparing his team to face both Wolfpack quarterbacks - Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas - in Saturday's opener. Very unfortunate news out of the NFL last night: Giants' running back Andre Brown, who was scheduled to platoon with David Wilson for playing time, suffered a broken leg in the team's fourth and final preseason game.
Quarterback Malik Zaire has come down with mono, and will miss the Irish's opener. Once upon a time, Evan Sharpley was the starting quarterback at Notre Dame; here he offers some perspective on what the Irish's current starter, Tommy Rees, will have to deal with - on and off the field.
The Panthers check-in at No. 10 in ESPN's preseason ACC football power rankings. Pitt wide receiver Devin Street knows he and his fellow wideouts will have their hands full dealing with FSU's secondary in Monday night's matchup.
There has been plenty of competition for playing time at Syracuse's free safety position. It will be a Nassib family reunion of sorts when the Orange open up this Saturday against Penn State in MetLife Stadium.
Here's Streak The Lawn's last player profile: stud junior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson. Dealing with BYU's All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy will be a point of emphasis for UVa's offense this weekend.
Check out this feature from the Washington Post on freshman tailback Trey Edmunds. Quarterback Logan Thomas refined his game during the offseason, and is ready to put it to the test against Alabama and their elite defense.
The Demon Deacons got their 2013 football campaign started off on the right foot by beating Presbyterian last night 31-7. Worth noting, though: stud senior flanker Michael Campanaro was held out of the opener while nursing a hamstring injury.