Michigan State football first to offer 2025 Texas WR Andrew Marsh

Michigan State football has extended a scholarship to 2025 wide receiver prospect Andrew Marsh of Fulshear, Texas

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Michigan State football has extended a scholarship to 2025 wide receiver prospect Andrew Marsh of Fulshear, Texas.

Marsh announced the scholarship offer from the Spartans via Twitter on Thursday. Michigan State is the first program to extend an offer to Marsh, according to 247Sports.

Marsh is listed 6-foot-0 and 165 pounds, and plays for Katy Jordan High.

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College Football Playoff Expansion Is Off For Now. Here’s What’s Happening.

The College Football Playoff will stay at four teams for at least the next four years … maybe. Who wins? Who loses? Here’s what you need to know.

The College Football Playoff will stay at four teams through the 2025 season … maybe. Here’s what’s happening and what you need to know.


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College Football Playoff expansion off until at least 2025 … maybe.

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Who wins and who loses if CFP isn’t expanded?

Welcome to the working definition of not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

The College Football Playoff will stay at four teams through the 2025 season – the next four years – after the conference commissioners and Notre Dame couldn’t reach an agreement.

Here’s what’s going on.

First, here’s what the deal was supposed to be

Last summer, a few conference commissioners – Greg Sankey (SEC), Bob Bowlsby (Big 12), Craig Thompson (Mountain West), and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick – put together a proposal for a 12-team expanded playoff.

The idea was for the top six conference champions regardless of conference to automatically get in, and the other six spots would go to the six highest-ranked teams remaining from the College Football Playoff rankings.

It was a relatively square deal.

It assured that a few Group of Five conferences – the American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt – would be right in the mix with at least one guaranteed a spot, and it accounted for the big Power Five leagues – ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC – to potentially get more teams in depending on how the seasons flowed.

There were details to iron out about how and where this would all work – like, would it be within the bowl system or would the first round be on the campus of the higher-seeded team? – but those were workable.

But get 12 masters of the universe together and you’ll get 12 totally different opinions.

So …

Who wins and who loses if CFP isn’t expanded?

What’s the problem?

Most of the main concerns aren’t much of a barrier, but overall, it’s not entirely certain why this isn’t quite working other than that the ACC appears to be freaking out a bit.

Commissioner Jim Phillips and the ACC want to do some roll slowing, claiming that this isn’t quite the time for more upheaval in the college athletics world considering all that’s going on with several other seismic changes, but that all seems a tad soft.

One sticking point is the Rose Bowl – the Pac-12 and Big Ten still want their historic ties to the bowl game – and another problem is how this would all work while still maintaining a healthy bowl system, but to reiterate, those are just details that could easily be ironed out if everyone really did want this to happen.

That’s not why the college athletic world is throwing away the opportunity at hundreds of millions of dollars.

Expansion. Without saying it out loud, that’s the problem here, not NIL, the transfer portal, or coaching salaries.

The ACC isn’t in on the expansion fun after totally dropping the ball and not adding UCF, Cincinnati, and Houston when it had the chance. The last thing it wants to do is agree to a bigger College Football Playoff when the landscape could change even more in three years since the conference is ripe for the picking.

The SEC is about to get whole lot bigger and more important with Texas and Oklahoma joining the mix in 2024, if not earlier. There’s no secret that the SEC is on a world domination bender and could at any time get a whole lot more important than it already is.

Don’t think the SEC is stopping its dreams with just Texas and Oklahoma. If it can get those two, everyone is on the table. Geographically, that means the ACC.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten has remained eerily quiet during the expansion moves.

It takes a certain level of school in terms of size, market, prestige, and research for the Big Ten to be interested. It grabbed Maryland away from the ACC in 2014, and in the conference’s perfect world, it would somehow find a way to add perfect-fit North Carolina.

Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia, and Virginia Tech all fit into the Big Ten’s Tier 1 Research requirement – as does Notre Dame – and several of those schools would be easy and smart fits for the SEC, too.

Here’s the larger problem for the College Football Playoff expansion. How does all the revenue get distributed?

Fine, so six conference champions get in. What about those other six schools in a 12-team format?

Assume at least two of those spots will go to the SEC every year – especially with Texas and Oklahoma – and assume the Big Ten gets an extra team, and assume that it’s really more like three SEC teams and two extra Big Ten teams, and …

What if the ACC only gets one team in? It’s not in a position right now as a conference to assume it can get anyone but its own champion in – at least until a Florida State or Miami or North Carolina can rise back up.

So who gets all the money? As it is now, the ACC has its bowl deals and is on par with the SEC and Big Ten – sort of. An expanded College Football Playoff screws up the ACC’s possible power.

NEXT: Who wins and loses if the College Football Playoff isn’t expanded? What will happen?

NIL Is Part Of The Recruiting Deal Now, AND IT’S OKAY: Daily Cavalcade

Recruiting 2022: NIL deals – and the potential of players getting benefits and money – are okay now. They’re part of the recruiting deal.

Potential NIL deals are all a part of the recruiting world now, and it’s absolutely okay. College football has to get past the stigma.  


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NIL deals are part of recruiting now, and it’s okay: Daily Cavalcade

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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

I live in Chicago and it’s February 2nd. I don’t have a slush fund, just slush.

The coach doth protest too much, methinks …

So did you hear the one about the college football head coach worth tens of millions of dollars pretending to be offended because a few other college football head coaches worth tens of millions of dollars pretended to be offended because someone on some message board posted some “irresponsible” rumor that there were tens of millions of dollars sitting there designed to entice college football players who aren’t worth tens of millions of dollars to go play at a school whose football program is worth hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars?

Yeah, so rival schools and coaches and fans were snipping and trolling because Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M just got done bringing in one of the greatest recruiting classes ever …

Welcome to recruiting, son. It’s a contact sport.

By now you’ve probably heard, seen, and/or read about the Fisher rant. If you haven’t, I’ll sum it all up as quickly as possible.

The “garbage” rumor was that Texas A&M has some secret slush fund of about $30 million or so to go to players and prospective Aggies. Instead of blowing it all off as hoo-ha, laughing, and moving on, Fisher went off, honked at a few supposedly hypocritical coaches for questioning A&M’s recruiting practices, blasted away at anyone insinuating anything wasn’t right, and …

Yeah. It was basically just another Wednesday in the SEC.

Here’s my question. If it’s not true, why doesn’t Texas A&M have a pile of $30 million hanging around ready to go towards NIL deals in a systematic way within the rules?

Why isn’t it more? What don’t all big-time college football programs with big-time booster clubs and alumni bases have that?

It’s like all the coaches and schools haven’t figured out how reset the default setting to not think it’s a bad thing for players to receive fully kosher, formerly-improper benefits above the table.

It’s okay to have that money.

I know, I know, you’re not able give any NIL money directly to the players, but there are ways to do this. Oh, and by the way, they’re on scholarship and get stipends. They’re already getting paid, in a way.

It’s okay to fund other things – like scholarships for walk-ons – and use in creative ways as long as it’s not technically for NIL deals, and then use it for NIL deals.

But that’s cheating right? Oh, okay, but it’s cool to use that money to give it to … coaches?

Nah, you can’t give money to players, but there’s always enough somewhere to help pay a rich mediocre coach’s buyout clause to kick him to the curb.

Nah, you’re not able to entice prospects with NIL money, but why not have it and boast – just like major universities show off their massive endowments; like around $14 billion at Texas A&M – so anyone who goes to a top football school to play a high-profile position knows some cake will come from somewhere?

For example, do what Fisher pointed out Nick Saban so brilliantly did and grouse about how much Bryce Young is going to make as the Alabama quarterback.

Recruiting 2022: 5 Schools That Crushed It

We must refuse to insult the intelligence of top college football players, prospects, and recruits by thinking they’re not factoring NIL into their decisions.

Coaches, schools, fellow countrymen, don’t make excuses if you have the infrastructure of NIL deals, funds, and plans in place.

Brag. Pitch. Be ahead of the curve.

It’s okay now. It really, really is.

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Big Ten Might Drop Divisions? A Proposal To Make This Work: Daily Cavalcade

Will the Big Ten drop divisions? It’s an idea, and here’s a proposal on how to make it work.

The Big Ten is floating the idea of dropping divisions to its current format. Here’s a proposal to make this work, in the Daily Cavalcade.


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Big Ten Possibly Dropping Divisions? Daily Cavalcade

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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

It might not be as bad as naming two divisions Leaders and Legends, but it’s not terribly far off.

We’ll just leave the horrendous idea of possibly cutting the Big Ten schedule to 8 games for another day.

So here I was, living my best offseason life – which consists of pretending to think about exercising and realizing how worthless Netflix is – when all of a sudden came a buzz from my silly watch thing, alerting me to either a heart attack or some end-of-the-world breaking sports news.

Apparently – according to Scott Dochterman of The Athletic – the Big Ten is toying around with the idea of ditching the divisions and making the league one giant 14-team blob.

First reaction – oh wonderful, so Ohio State is going to be in the Big Ten Championship every year instead of just about every year.

Second reaction – on what planet would everyone in the Big Ten but Ohio State agree to this?

Third reaction – is the Big Ten trying to appease Ohio State by throwing it this cookie so it doesn’t think about bolting to the SEC?

Fourth reaction – I should probably subscribe to The Athletic, but then what am I supposed to do, read?

The Big Ten seems to think ditching the divisions could help the cause whenever the College Football Playoff expands, but I’m not exactly sure how – especially if the league really does start playing more non-conference games against Power Five teams.

So why would this be a mediocre idea?

Ohio State would be all but guaranteed a top two finish every year and a spot in the Big Ten Championship.

That’s nothing against Ohio State – if it’s one of the best teams, it’s one of the best teams – but 1) thanks for playing, Northwestern. Those appearances were a blast, and 2) repeat games in college football conference championship games are awful.

Remember that Utah win over Oregon regular season rematch in the Pac-12 Championship? Of course you don’t, because you dumped that faster than Thursday’s supper. It was meat loaf, by the way.

The Big 12 Championship was a blast, but we did the Oklahoma State over Baylor thing in the regular season. That didn’t count, but the redo a few weeks later – when Oklahoma State didn’t have its best running back – did.

And that’s the problem. Ditch the divisions in the Big Ten, and the conference championship will provide us with Ohio State vs team Ohio State whacked in the regular season, or Ohio State vs team that happened to get to the Big Ten Championship because it didn’t have to play Ohio State, or Ohio State vs team that caught Ohio State on the right day the first time around.

So if you’re going to do this, Big Ten, do it right.


2022 Big Ten Schedules
East Indiana | Maryland | Michigan
Michigan State | Ohio State | Penn State | Rutgers
West Illinois | Iowa | Minnesota
Nebraska | Northwestern | Purdue | Wisconsin


A humble proposal from a humble guy …

1. Fine. Ditch the divisions. It’s actually more fair than the current divisional format, but …

2. Wait for it in Part 3 and work with me, because there’s a payoff … ditch the conference championship. My humble man proposal will generate more revenue for the conference and give more chances for teams to be in the College Football Playoff mix. The conference championship is a gimmick, anyway, that almost always underwhelms.

Again, repeat conference championship games are bad for humanity. Seriously, you think Michigan is beating Ohio State in Round 2 in Indianapolis? Who needs that when we already have the best regular season in all of sports, sometimes highlighted by that game?

3. After you blow off the conference championship, use that week to expand the regular season. Keep the three non-conference games to keep the ACC and Pac-12 relevant with this alliance thing, but add a game during what would be championship week to make it a 13-game season with 10 Big Ten games.

EVERY Big Ten team playing an extra game means a bigger TV package, another day of in-stadium revenue, and more bubbles in the treasure baths for the athletic departments.

Of course, the problem there would that three teams miss the best team and three more miss out on the worst. I have that figured out … sort of.

Every team gets its own rivalry game that never gets moved. So Ohio State and Michigan would play every year. So would Wisconsin and Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan State, Iowa and Nebraska, Purdue and Indiana, and Maryland and Rutgers.

After that …

The team that finished 14th in conference play the year before – throw in whatever tie-breaker you need to figure this out – doesn’t play the team that finished first as long as it doesn’t mess up the automatic rivalry. Then go up the standings ladder.

So if this was for the 2022 season, Michigan and Indiana wouldn’t play each other, and the same goes for Nebraska and Ohio State.

Iowa and Northwestern, Michigan State and Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland, Wisconsin and Illinois, and Purdue and Penn State wouldn’t go.

And then reverse it. The last place team would have to play the best team available from the year before. Indiana would have to play Ohio State, Nebraska would have to play Michigan, Rutgers would have to play Iowa, and so on.

That way, all of the top teams would be guaranteed to get one of the bad teams from the year before, and it would make sure that a top team wouldn’t catch the break of missing three above-average teams.

Or just do what you really want to, Big Ten, and expand with USC, UCLA, North Carolina, and Clemson – all Tier 1 research universities – and …

That humble proposal from a humble guy is coming soon.

Leaders and Legends weren’t that bad.

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2022 Big Ten Schedules
East Indiana | Maryland | Michigan
Michigan State | Ohio State | Penn State | Rutgers
West Illinois | Iowa | Minnesota
Nebraska | Northwestern | Purdue | Wisconsin

Bowl Season Think, Know, Believe: College Football Daily Cavalcade

After a strange bowl season, what I think, know, and believe about the fun – and strange – 2021-2022 college football post-season.

College Football Daily Cavalcade: What I think, what I know, and what I believe after the bowl season and before the College Football Playoff.


College Football Daily Cavalcade

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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

The best blurbs opted out or transferred to columns that paid more NIL money.

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You’ll have to be patient. It’s written in Brian Kelly’s Boston accent.

I think … it was a joke.

I know … Brian Kelly tries really hard to be funny, but he’s too dead-pan for a large portion of the social media world that’s dead inside.

I believe … those who didn’t understand that Kelly is trying to poke fun at himself would also fall for the “hey, where are the left-handed footballs?” gag.

I think … there were a whole slew of problems with the bowl season, but …

I know … it was a lot better than last year’s version. However …

I believe … this might have been the bowl season that could cause a tweak to the whole thing.

I think … Texas A&M and UCLA and Hawaii – and others – showed that it’s way too easy to not play in these things.

I know … there’s no dogging a team for not being able to go because of COVID issues.

I believe … several of the canceled bowls could’ve figured out a way to make the games go a few days later if the teams that tapped out really wanted to make it happen.

I think … not having enough top players able to go is no excuse.

I know … LSU’s remaining coaches and players deserve all the credit in the world for giving it the old college try with a totally depleted lineup. However …

I believe … in just about every way possible, the Texas Bowl is Exhibit A for the “too many bowls” prosecution I’m fighting with as we speak.

I think … the SEC is still the SEC, but …

I know … the brand took a hit with so many losses, but …

I believe … if every SEC team this bowl season had its full complement of players – or, just a few key parts who took off because they’re too good for bowl games – the final numbers would be different.

I think … coaches leaving their teams before the bowls is way, way, 100x worse than players opting out.

I know … Matt Corral is a grown man who made a grown man decision to play.

I believe … everyone needs to quit saying Corral – and others who played – did things “the right way,” because that would mean Kenny Pickett, Kenneth Walker, Chris Olave, etc. did things the “wrong” way.

I think … it takes a giant pair to fault a kid for preserving his investment and dreams by opting out, all while the coaches, the networks, the universities, the non-revenue athletes, the local business, the bowl people in the cool jackets, the t-shirt salesmen, the concession booths, the gambling world, the school fund-raising effort, etc. all generate hundreds of millions of dollars off the players.

I know … the opt-out answer is simple: money.

I believe … top players will eventually have NIL deals with clauses that pay more if they showcase their talents in a top bowl game.


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Predicting The Final Polls AP | Coaches


I think … Jim Harbaugh will be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears.

I know … he has taken Michigan as far as it can go considering the Ohio State problem will never go away.

I believe … Michigan hiring Urban Meyer would be the greatest thing in the history of things, followed closely by Lane Kiffin somehow being the next Wolverine head man. Neither of which will happen, of course, if Harbaugh really does leave.

I think … the College Football Playoff desperately needs to expand.

I know … 13 of the 16 CFP semifinals have been double-digit blowouts.

I believe … more games would make things harder for the top teams. More chances to suffer a key injury, have a bad day, not be 100%, because …

I think … when you give the teams with all of the talent a month to get healthy and ready, bad things happen.

I know … I’m awful at picking College Football Playoff semifinal games, but I got these two dead-cold, because …

I believe … Alabama and Georgia have lots and lots and lots and lots of talent. Michigan brought lots of talent, and Cincinnati brought talent.

I think … I made the smart move leaving the Orange Bowl relatively early before the fourth to make the drive across Florida.

I know … that thing was over after Georgia’s first drive.

I believe … no one started out with a worse 2022 than the soul-crushed- super-fan-who-spent-thousands-on-that-game dad in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot 1) all decked out in Michigan gear and 2) totally clueless where the car was, all while 3) getting asked over and over again by the wife “where’s the car?” because 4) the exhausted kids were crying that they wanted to go to the car.

I think … going forward, every bowl should have a contingency plan.

I know … there should be at least ten other teams at the ready to go play if needed.

I believe … if nothing else, the backup teams would get in some extra practices, which is pretty much what truly matters about the bowl season.

I think … ESPN couldn’t trip over itself fast enough to push the “bowls matter” agenda with almost every broadcast.

I know … these are businesses. Bowl games are money for everyone involved – EVERYONE involved – from the promotion for the theme parks, to the business deals done by the people who run them, to the restaurants, to the hotels, to the sponsors, and on and on and on, but …

I believe … they’re all sold to the world as these magnanimous fun things the bowls do for the love of the game and the joy of the players, when they’re all just promotional events for the cities.

I think … other than the College Football Playoff and the Rose Bowl, bowls really don’t matter, but …

I know … it really doesn’t matter that bowls don’t really matter, with college football playing its exhibition season at the end, because …

I believe … bowls are awesome, and anyone who thinks otherwise totally watched them anyway. Yes, the system should be revamped, and yes, they are about money, but they’re fun. What are you going to do in December, other stuff?

I think … I refuse to acknowledge the trying-to-be-cool crowd that likes to dismiss bowl games, just because.

I know … many of those people actually believe the NBA matters before late May.

I believe … December would suck without the bowls.

I think … the powers-that-be are batspit insane to not do the 12-team expanded College Football Playoff format, because …

I know … the overall system would still be fine – people have to bet on something – but December viewership and interest would go up 50 levels if some of these bowls were playoff games.

I believe … there has to be a mechanism to play your way in. You win your Power Five championship, you’re in.

I think … the bowls want to get rid of your opt-out problem.

I know … an expanded College Football Playoff would do just that for the biggest stars.

I believe … it’s going to happen. For now, everyone is posturing and everyone is being weird about it.

I think … I’ll do another one of these things hitting each and every bowl game from this post-season.

I know … it’ll be more fun than this version was.

I believe … it won’t be so preachy. That’s a lie, but I’ll give it a shot.

I think … I know it’s all going to be okay.

I know … I believe it’s all going to be okay.

I believe … I think it’s all going to be okay.

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College Football Awards 2021: Who Won? Who Were The Best Players?

College Football Awards: Who won the big individual honors for the 2021 college football season?

Who won all of the top college football awards on the big night to honor the best and the brightest from the 2021 season? 


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2021 Home Depot College Football Awards

Bednarik Award

Who were the best defensive players in college football?

And The Winner Is …

DT Jordan Davis, Georgia

2021 Bednarik Award Finalists

DE Will Anderson, Alabama
DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Anderson, 2) Davis, 3) Thibodeaux

Best Player Not On Ballot: DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Biletnikoff Award

Who were the best receivers in college football? 

2021 Biletnikoff Award Winner

Jordan Addison, Pittsburgh

2021 Biletnikoff Award Finalists

Jordan Addison, Pitt
David Bell, Purdue
Jameson Williams, Alabama

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Bell, 2) Addison, 3) Williams

Best Player Not On Ballot: Jerreth Sterns, WKU

Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Who were the best defensive players in college football?

2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner

DE Will Anderson, Alabama

2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists

DE Will Anderson, Alabama
DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Anderson, 2) Davis, 3) Thibodeaux

Best Player Not On Ballot: DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Butkus Award

Who were the best linebackers in college football?

2021 Butkus Award Winner

Nakobe Dean, Georgia

2021 Butkus Award Finalists

Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati
Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
Damone Clark, LSU
Nakobe Dean, Georgia
Devin Lloyd, Utah
Chad Muma, Wyoming

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Dean, 2) Clark, 3) Chenal

Best Player Not On Ballot: D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State

Davey O’Brien Award

Who were the best quarterbacks in college football?

2021 Davey O’Brien Award Winner

Bryce Young, Alabama

2021 Davey O’Brien Award Finalists

Kenny Pickett, Pitt
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Bryce Young, Alabama

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Young, 2) Stroud, 3) Pickett

Best Player Not On Ballot: Caleb Williams, Oklahoma

Doak Walker Award

Who were the best running backs in college football?

2021 Doak Walker Award Winner

Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

2021 Doak Walker Award Finalists

Tyler Badie, Missouri
Breece Hall, Iowa State
Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Walker, 2) Hall, 3) Badie

Best Player Not On Ballot: Sean Tucker, Syracuse

Thorpe Award

Who were the best defensive backs in college football?

2021 Thorpe Award Winner

CB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati

2021 Thorpe Award Finalists

Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
Verone McKinley III, Oregon
Jalen Pitre, Baylor

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Pitre, 2) Bryant, 3) McKinley

Best Player Not On Ballot: CB Jaquan McMillian, East Carolina

John Mackey Award

Who were the best tight ends in college football?

2021 John Mackey Award Winner

Trey McBride, Colorado State

2021 John Mackey Award Finalists

Trey McBride, Colorado State
Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) McBride, 2) Kolar, 3) Wydermyer

Best Player Not On Ballot: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame

Lou Groza Award

Who were the best kickers in college football?

2021 Lou Groza Award Winner

Jake Moody, Michigan

2021 Lou Groza Award Finalists

Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
Jake Moody, Michigan
Noah Ruggles, Ohio State

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Moody, 2) Ruggles, 3) Brkic

Best Player Not On Ballot: Jonah Dallas, Boise State

Outland Trophy

Who were the best interior linemen in college football? 

2021 Outland Trophy Winner

DT Jordan Davis, Georgia

2021 Outland Trophy Finalists

DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
OT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State
C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Davis, 2) Ekwonu, 3) Linderbaum

Best Player Not On Ballot: DT Cameron Thomas, San Diego State

Ray Guy Award

Who were the best punters in college football?

2021 Ray Guy Award Winner

Matt Araiza, San Diego State

2021 Ray Guy Award Finalists

Matt Araiza, San Diego State
Adam Korsak, Rutgers
Jordan Stout, Penn State

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Araiza, 2) Korsak, 3) Stout

Best Player Not On Ballot: Ryan Stonehouse, Colorado State

Heisman Memorial Trophy

Who was the most outstanding player in college football?

2021 Heisman Winner

COMING

2021 Heisman Trophy Finalists

DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt
QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State
QB Bryce Young. Alabama

Fiu’s Ballot: COMING

Best Player Not Among The Finalists: DE Will Anderson, Alabama

Maxwell Award

Who were the best players in college football?

2021 Maxwell Award Winner

QB Bryce Young, Alabama

2021 Maxwell Award Finalists

QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
RB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
QB Bryce Young, Alabama

Best Player Not On Ballot: QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State

Walter Camp Award

Who were the best players in college football?

2021 Walter Camp Winner

RB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

2021 Walter Camp Finalists

DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt
RB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
QB Bryce Young, Alabama

Best Player Not On Ballot: QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State

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College Football Playoff Rankings: Think, Know, Believe On The Penultimate CFP Top 25

College Football Playoff rankings: Quick analysis with what I think, what I know, and what I believe on the penultimate CFP Top 25

College Football Daily Cavalcade: What I think, what I know, and what I believe after the penultimate round of College Football Playoff Rankings.


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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

Before finishing this piece – and not knowing how it would turn out – I left for LSU.

Never, EVER, let a chance to be pretentious go unused.

I think … I refuse to refer to these as the penultimate College Football rankings until the committee goes all in and calls last week’s version the antepenultimate rankings.

I know … I took four years of Latin. I averaged a rock-solid C+.

I believe … penultimate is Latin for “these don’t really matter until we know who wins the Power Five conference championships.”

I think … Notre Dame is more alive in this College Football Playoff thing than many are letting on.

I know … Brian Kelly just had to bolt for LSU a few days before knowing whether or not the team he was coaching was actually out of the College Football Playoff.

I believe … this would be an all-timer if Notre Dame had a shot to get in, but the committee left it out because its former head coach chose to go live his best life …

I think … Notre Dame might be in if gets two losses this weekend between Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati.

I know … College Football Playoff committee chairman Gary Barta pointed out that all factors are considered – like if a star quarterback gets hurt, or if a team doesn’t have its head coach.

I believe … there aren’t enough candles at the Grotto to save Brian Kelly with the fan base if his early departure costs the Irish a College Football Playoff spot.

I think … Brian Kelly left for LSU to try to win a national championship.

I know … it was for gobs and gobs of money, too.

I believe … YOU DON’T LEAVE FOR ANOTHER JOB when the team you just led through the season has a shot at being two wins away from winning a national championship.

I think … defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman could step in and do the job if needed.

I know … no one would sell Notre Dame better over that lobbying period after the conference championships and before the final rankings are announced on Sunday morning.

I believe … Notre Dame would all of a sudden become America’s team to root for if it’s in without its head coach.

I think … Oklahoma State is fine at 5.

I know … if it beats No. 9 Baylor, that would make it two top ten wins – Oklahoma was 10 last week – to close out the season.

I believe … 12-1 Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State is in over Cincinnati if Alabama beats Georgia.

I think … this is easy peasy if Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC Championship.

I know … Georgia would get the 1, Michigan would be the 2 if that goes to plan.

I believe … Alabama is out. Maybe.

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I think … the committee and the College Football Playoff types would love nothing more than for Oklahoma State to play in AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

I know … the committee doesn’t think about location when it does its rankings … really.

I believe … Oklahoma State jumps Cincinnati to the 3 if wins the Big 12 Championship, and it’s a no-brainer if it beats Baylor in a blowout.

I think … we’re WAY overdue for something wacky to happen.

I know … we have yet to have a monster upset in one of the significant conference championships in the College Football Playoff era.

I believe … the College Football Playoff won’t somehow be Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State when I see it.


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I think … Ohio State at the 7 is a big deal.

I know … Iowa is in the Rose Bowl if it beats Michigan.

I believe … unless Alabama beats Georgia, Michigan still has a decent shot of getting in if loses to Iowa tastefully.

I think … it’ll be fascinating how this all plays out, because …

I know … Oklahoma State is up first on Saturday. Everyone else will know what they need to do after the early Big 12 Championship.

I believe … Oklahoma State is going to secure a spot by about 3:30 ET on Saturday, and then the pressure is on.

I think … Cincinnati will know it needs to be impressive against Houston.

I know … Houston is good enough to win the American Athletic Conference Championship.

I believe … Cincinnati will win, but beating the No. 21 team won’t be enough to overcome Oklahoma State beating the No. 9 team.

I think … I’m totally torn on Georgia-Alabama.

I know … Auburn had the chance to kill the zombie, and it didn’t do it.

I believe … Alabama is deadly when it can do the Nobody Believes In Us thing.

I think … Iowa can’t come close to beating Michigan unless Iowa forces at least three turnovers.

I know … Michigan will turn the ball over three times.

I believe … Iowa doesn’t have enough of an offense to take advantage of the three turnovers.

I think … about 12 people are going to watch the ACC Championship because …

I know … it’s on at the same time as the Big Ten Championship.

I believe … Pitt vs Wake Forest might be the most entertaining game of the weekend.

I think … on Sunday it’s going to be 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Oklahoma State, 4. Cincinnati.

I know … it’s not going to be quite that easy.

I believe … Alabama will somehow be a part of this, just because.

I think … I know it’s all going to be okay.

I know … I believe it’s all going to be okay.

I believe … I think it’s all going to be okay.

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College Football Playoff Rankings: Think, Know, Believe On The CFP Top 25

After the latest round of the College Football Playoff rankings, here’s what I think, what I know, and what I believe about the CFP Top 25 after the fourth round of the exercise.

College Football Daily Cavalcade: What I think, what I know, and what I believe after the latest round of College Football Playoff Rankings.


College Football Playoff Rankings: Daily Cavalcade on the Top 25

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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

It had to go on the road to play Utah and Ohio State last week. It’s not like it had to play SMU – aka the second-coming of 1995 Nebraska.

There you go, everyone. Cincinnati is in the top four …

I think … SMU is just whatever.

I know … Cincinnati is getting a TON of love for that win over a meh team.

I believe … too many people care about records and not the teams themselves.

I think … Cincinnati will end up in the College Football Playoff.

I know … it’s not going to be because of anything funky, if it gets in.

I believe … the College Football Playoff committee won’t put in a two-loss Alabama over Cincinnati. At least …

I think … the College Football Playoff committee won’t put in a two-loss Alabama over Cincinnati.

I know … the committee LOVES itself some Alabama.

I believe … this will be an interesting debate if it comes down to two-loss Alabama vs unbeaten Cincinnati for the last spot.

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I think … Cincinnati loses to either East Carolina or Houston.

I know … those are the two most dangerous games Cincinnati will play other than the win over Notre Dame.

I believe … if Cincinnati wallops ECU and Houston, it’s in without much of a debate. However …

I think … schedule is going to factor into the final College Football Playoff rankings.

I know … the committee is ALL about the Power Five conference championships.

I believe … this isn’t as easy as you might think.

I think … too many analysts are treating the latest round of rankings like they are set in stone.

I know … EVERYTHING the committee does up until the final rankings don’t matter.

I believe … they’re simply a snapshot of the moment. The final rankings take into account the most important games of the year – the Power Five conference championships. Which is why …

I think … a 12-1 Big 12 Champion gets in. (More on this in a moment.)

I know … a 12-1 Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State will get in.

I believe … a 12-1 Big 12 Champion Oklahoma will get in … maybe.

I think … Houston could become a factor.

I know … the College Football Playoff committee – when it comes to the final rankings – takes the entire season into account, and Texas Tech’s win over Houston to start the season could become more prominent, because …

I believe … it’s a problem for Cincinnati if it struggles with the Cougars in the American Athletic Conference Championship, because …

I think … Oklahoma State just pitched a perfect game against the Red Raiders.

I know … it’s not the same Texas Tech team in a whole lot of ways than the one that showed up to start the season.

I believe … the committee is more torn overall on Cincinnati than you think.


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I think … Notre Dame is in a weird spot – and no, not South Bend.

I know … it can’t get past the hard ceiling of unbeaten Cincinnati.

I believe … Notre Dame needs Cincinnati to lose one of these last two games, and then it’s right there in the mix for the top four.

I think … the College Football Playoff committee isn’t taking an 11-1 Notre Dame over a 12-1 Big 12 Champion.

I know … Notre Dame has a real shot to get in if Georgia blows out Alabama.

I believe … Notre Dame should be ranked ahead of Michigan and will be after this weekend, but it needs to draw an inside straight to get in. (BTW, I think I don’t know that I believe what that poker term actually means.)

I think … y’all are missing one key self-fulfilling aspect of the College Football Playoff rankings.

I know … Oklahoma State is 7, Baylor is 8, and Oklahoma is 10. SO …

I believe … if there’s a 12-1 Big 12 champion Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, it’ll technically have two wins currently left unaccounted for against current top ten teams. SO, technically, no one has a tougher final two game schedule right now than a 12-1 Big 12 Champion.

I think … the Rose Bowl race becomes interesting if Ohio State wins out.

I know … if Michigan keeps this reasonably close against the Buckeyes, it’ll get the nod to Pasadena unless …

I believe … Michigan State will go to the Rose Bowl if it annihilates Penn State, because the committee would put Spartans up over the Wolverines in the final rankings.

I think … San Diego State isn’t all that great.

I know … San Diego State beat Utah.

I believe … 10-1 San Diego State should – technically – be above the Utes.

I think … it’s going Alabama isn’t in this as much as everyone thinks it is – if it loses to Georgia.

I know … Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan are the only four teams that truly control their own destiny.

I believe … it’s going to be Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati.

I think … I know it’s all going to be okay.

I know … I believe it’s all going to be okay.

I believe … I think it’s all going to be okay.

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College Football Playoff Rankings Daily Cavalcade: Think, Know, Believe On The Top 25

After the latest round of the College Football Playoff rankings, here’s what I think, what I know, and what I believe about the top 25

College Football Daily Cavalcade: What I think, what I know, and what I believe after the latest round of College Football Playoff Rankings.


College Football Playoff Rankings: Daily Cavalcade on the Top 25

Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak

Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

Like the College Football Playoff, this has yet to expand to include everyone.

I’ve been through the experience. The ranking process in Grapevine is whatever, but the spread of fine meats and cheeses is top drawer …

I think … Michigan State beat Michigan a few weeks ago. Wait a minute …

I know … Michigan State beat Michigan a few weeks ago.

I believe … it can’t still be the one major head-to-head inconsistency in the top 25 over the last two weeks, because if you do that …

I think … the Oregon loss to Stanford is among the worst by any team in the top 25.

I know … Ohio State has crushed it since the loss to the Ducks.

I believe … Oregon should be ranked ahead of Ohio State, but considering the Michigan-Michigan State thing, a mediocre performance against Washington State would’ve dropped Oregon behind Ohio State.

I think … if the one loss by Michigan State was so egregious that it pushed it behind Michigan, and …

I know … the committee blew off losses to Notre Dame, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in last week’s rankings, then …

I believe … losing at Ohio State – even 59-31 – shouldn’t have been enough to knock Purdue out of the top 25 with wins over now-17 Iowa and now-7 Michigan State.

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I think … it doesn’t matter because …

I know … Oregon and Michigan State control their respective destinies.

I believe … Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, and Michigan State are the only five teams that can plan on being in – OSU and Michigan State play this weekend – by winning out.

I think … Cincinnati will be in the top four at some point.

I know … the committee cares about 12-1 or unbeaten Power Five conference champions over anything else.

I believe … the committee will do a 2014 TCU and yoink Cincinnati out of the top four if there are four viable Power Five teams.

I think … someone in that room in Grapevine argued the merits of ranking Notre Dame higher than 8.

I know … Notre Dame’s only loss was to Cincinnati.

I believe … if you really believe Cincinnati is the fifth-best team in the country based on just one win that overcomes a slew of mega-meh performances against awful teams, then the team that lost that game should be ranked one spot at the 6 behind UC.

I think … Oklahoma State is the underground indie band team the mainstream is just starting to get into.

I know … it’s going to beat Oklahoma in the regular season finale.

I believe … Oklahoma State will probably play Baylor in the Big 12 Championship, not Oklahoma.

I think … Oklahoma State will be 12-1 with its lone loss coming in a tasteful fight at Iowa State.

I know … the committee loves its 12-1 Power Five conference champions.

I believe … Oklahoma State – if it comes down to it – will get in over 13-0 Cincinnati, but …

I think … Oklahoma isn’t out of this yet.

I know … it has lost regular season games before and gone on to win Big 12 Championships and make College Football Playoff appearances.

I believe … Oklahoma finds its way in if it wins out over Iowa State and Oklahoma State twice to finish as the 12-1 Big 12 Champion.


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I think … Oregon loses at Utah this weekend.

I know … Ohio State is more beatable than it seems.

I believe … Notre Dame is lurking in this more than people think.

I think … Notre Dame will be 11-1 because …

I know … it’ll destroy Georgia Tech and win at Stanford and …

I believe … it’s going end up 5 in the final rankings.

I think … being in the 2/3 this year really, really, really matters because …

I know … you do NOT want to be the 4 and deal with Georgia, however …

I believe … if Alabama is the 12-1 SEC Champion, it gets the 1 seed, 12-1 Georgia gets the 2, and then getting the 3 is the sucker spot instead of – at least this year with this Bama team – the 4.

I think … Houston, San Diego State, and UTSA are more in the mix for a New Year’s Six bowl game than it might seem.

I know … it’s going to end up being Houston vs Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Championship.

I believe … the winner will get the New Year’s Six cookie the committee throws the top Group of Five champion.

I think … no one on the committee has seen San Diego State play, because …

I know … San Diego State plays until the wee hours of the AM for most of the country.

I believe … really, there’s no way, no how, no chance any of the committee members watched the games against San Jose State, Hawaii, or Fresno State. With that said …

I think … UTSA and Houston can’t make this argument.

I know … San Diego State beat Utah, Air Force, Arizona – it has a conference win and Indiana doesn’t – and Nevada, with every game essentially on the road with the team playing its “home” games this season in Carson, California.

I believe … if San Diego State wins the Mountain West championship – and if Utah wins the Pac-12 title – even with the loss to Fresno State, resumĂ©-wise a case could be made that it’s the most deserving Group of Five team even if Cincinnati goes 13-0.

I think … Georgia will beat Alabama in the SEC Championship in an epic-close game.

I know … there will be two other viable Power Five options that have to get in.

I believe … it would be a glorious come-to-Bill-Hancock moment for the future of the College Football Playoff if the raging national debate – and in the committee room – is over 11-2 Alabama vs 13-0 Cincinnati for that fourth spot.

I think … Georgia beats Alabama, Oregon loses to Utah or Oregon State, Wake Forest loses at Clemson.

I know … the Because It’s Alabama clause sits in a box in the corner of the CFP committee meeting room.

I believe … it’s going to end up being Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati, in that order.

I think … I know it’s all going to be okay.

I know … I believe it’s all going to be okay.

I believe … I think it’s all going to be okay.

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American Athletic Conference Expansion: Charlotte, FAU, Rice, UAB, UNT, UTSA. 10 Quick Thoughts

College Football Daily Cavalcade: American Athletic Conference expanded with Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, UNT, UTSA, UAB. 10 Quick Thoughts

College Football Daily Cavalcade: The American Athletic Conference has expanded by adding Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, UTSA, and UAB. What does it all mean? What’s next?


College Football Daily Cavalcade: American Athletic Conference Expansion

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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

It had a dream to get bigger with a slew of Big 12 takes, but it ended up expanding with thoughts on Conference USA.

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Not that it applies to other areas of our world or anything, but sometimes, you take the win and move forward.

The American Athletic Conference expanded with UAB, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, and UTSA. What does it all mean? Here are 10 quick thoughts on the big move.

1. So now with these six, the American Athletic Conference, at least for football, will look like this when it all starts once they’re in – a specific date hasn’t been finalized.

Assume the league goes back to two divisions looking something like this …

East: Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Navy, Temple, UAB, USF

West: Memphis, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, UTSA

2. Beyond everything else, it’s a happy day – at least for everyone other than Conference USA.

It’s a good business move for the American Athletic Conference in a take-the-win sort of way, and for the schools, this is massive.

It’s a step up from C-USA for Rice and North Texas, and it’s a giant validation for the other four schools.

3. Remember, UAB football was in a self-induced coma in 2015 and 2016.

It’s a minor miracle that it still has a program, much less it getting to have a moment like this.

Florida Atlantic football started from scratch under the late Howard Schnellenberger and joined the FCS world back in 2004, UTSA has only been in the FCS since 2012, and Charlotte is still new to football, becoming a major college program in 2015. Now they’re all in the American Athletic Conference.

4. It might have been a necessary business move for the American Athletic Conference, but it’s a gigantic step back to what was potentially on the table a few months ago. No program-shaming here, but UAB, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, and UTSA doesn’t move the national needle even a little bit.

5. There’s no replacing new Big 12 members Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF.

Think of expansion as Moneyball – the American Athletic Conference couldn’t replace Damon and Giambi. It has to hope that the six newly-added schools can add up to overcome some of the revenue hit. It won’t, but it’s a needed move to strengthen the league’s membership. But …

6. Things are a whole lot different than they were a few months ago.

When the Big 12 appeared to be mortally wounded with Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC, there was a real thought that the American Athletic Conference would go get Big 12 schools, not the other way around.

The AAC went from – at least in the sports media sewing circle – possibly pulling in West Virginia and maybe Iowa State and Oklahoma State to losing three of its biggest schools and adding five from Conference USA.

7. Again, not to dog the six programs coming in, but this cements the Mountain West as the sixth best conference in college football – at least until the Pac-12 wakes up.

The AAC landing Florida Atlantic gives USF a natural rival, and the state of Texas becomes more emphasized, but these six aren’t going to entice the big schools from the Mountain West to possibly flip leagues.

The AAC landing Big 12 schools wasn’t realistically going to work, but chatting up San Diego State – with the Pac-12 not claiming to be interested in expanding right now – and Boise State, and some of the others from the Mountain West in an attempt to become a giant national conference wasn’t crazy.

The six schools the AAC just landed don’t up the brand enough for the Mountain West schools to be interested.

8. Don’t assume this is slowing down.

At some point, the Big 12 will realize that going after USF – Tampa, rivalry with UCF, massive enrollment – makes a whole lot of sense, and the AAC hanging on to Memphis is a mild upset.

Conference USA still has a few attractive schools – most notably Marshall and Southern Miss. The American Athletic Conference might keep moving here, and going after FIU – to have three schools in Florida – might make sense.

9. So now what for Conference USA?

It just lost five of its 12 members, and others wanted to go, too – UTEP isn’t all that happy right now. That leaves FIU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UTEP, and WKU.

Raiding the Sun Belt would be an instant reaction, but the easier move might be to entice a few of the independents to join in. Adding Army, UConn and UMass would at least give the conference some bulk, but the big get – even with a whole slew of issues – would be Liberty. However, the Sun Belt is about to go hard after all the independents, too. And …

10. Get ready for some schools from the FCS world to start becoming factors.

James Madison, North Dakota State, and Sam Houston State are among several schools on the verge of stepping up. There’s nowhere else for the Sun Belt and Conference USA to go, so we might see as many as ten new schools in the FBS world in the near future.

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