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#1 Instigator

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Posted May 13, 2012 - 03:54 PM

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Discuss this years upcoming football season. This years championship game will be held in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.




College Football Live Preseason Top 25:

1. USC
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Georgia
7. Florida St.
8. South Carolina
9. Arkansas
10. Michigan
11. West Virginia
12. Michigan State
13. Kansas State
14. TCU
15. Stanford
16. Wisconsin
17. Nebraska
18. Clemson
19. Virginia Tech
20. Ohio State
21. Oklahoma
22. Texas
23. Boise State
24. Notre Dame
25. Florida

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Rules Changes:

  • Kickoffs will be moved up to the 35 yard line from the 30, mirroring a similar change by the NFL in the 2011 season and rescinding a rule change made in the 2007 season.
  • The kicking team will only have a five yard running head start on kickoffs, again mirroring the NFL changes in 2011.
  • Touchbacks will move from the 20 yard line to the 25 yard line only on kickoffs and free kicks after a safety. Touchbacks on punts rolling into the end zone or fumbles into the end zone will remain at the 20-yard line.
  • Players will be forbidden to leap over other players when blocking punts.
  • Players who lose their helmets during a play (except when caused by fouls such as grabbing the facemask) will have to leave the field for one play.
  • Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with some exceptions (i.e. blocking straight-on), modifying a rule change from the 2011 season.

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2012 Conference Realignment:

School ||| Former Conference ||| New Conference

  • Fresno State Bulldogs ||| WAC ||| Mountain West
  • HawaiĘ»i Warriors ||| WAC ||| Mountain West (Big West in other sports)
  • Massachusetts Minutemen ||| CAA (football only) ||| MAC (football only)
  • Missouri Tigers ||| Big 12 ||| SEC
  • Nevada Wolf Pack ||| WAC ||| Mountain West
  • South Alabama Jaguars ||| FCS Independent (football only) ||| Sun Belt (full member)
  • TCU Horned Frogs ||| Mountain West ||| Big 12
  • Temple Owls ||| MAC (football only) ||| Big East (football only in 2012; all sports in 2013)
  • Texas A&M Aggies ||| Big 12 ||| SEC
  • Texas State Bobcats ||| Southland ||| WAC
  • UTSA Roadrunners ||| Southland ||| WAC
  • West Virginia Mountaineers ||| Big East ||| Big 12

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Posted May 13, 2012 - 04:56 PM

I see usc losing 1 game at the most
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Posted May 13, 2012 - 05:13 PM

lol @ USC being number one

that won't last long at all

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Posted May 13, 2012 - 07:05 PM

USC deserves to be #1.

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Posted July 12, 2012 - 02:48 PM

lets get the sandusky jokes going

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Posted July 25, 2012 - 12:20 AM

Dope ass new field

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 09:40 AM

Tyrann Mathieu Dismissed From Team

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 10:15 AM

Tyrann Mathieu Dismissed From Team


Saw that, shocking to me. My fav CB in college.

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 10:27 AM

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 01:16 PM

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 01:47 PM

Mathieu is a dumbass

oh well, Roll Tide

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 02:39 PM

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 03:08 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's dismissal of 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program on Friday came after the cornerback's repeated violations of LSU's substance abuse policy for athletes, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.

Mathieu was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test, and he had been undergoing counseling throughout the spring and summer, the source said.

At a news conference on Friday, LSU coach Les Miles said Mathieu's dismissal was for a violation of team rules.

Miles confirmed it was not a legal issue. "Both," he said when asked if the dismissal was because of a team rule or a school rule.

"We extended ourselves personally and professionally to him," Miles said. "He has really improved and has a chance to take some steps as a person. ...

"I complied and agreed that it was right," Miles said. "We'll miss the guy. The football team's got to go on. We'll have to fill the void."

A source told ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday that Mathieu has been looking for a new school to play for this season. Mathieu has two years of eligibility left and could transfer, but he would have to sit out this season if he went to another school in major college football. If he moved down a level, to FCS, he could play right away.

"I can't imagine he would be here and not want to transfer and go play football," Miles said. "We will help him in every way we can."

Last season Mathieu, who is nicknamed Honey Badger, was a surprise finalist for the Heisman and won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player.

The junior defensive back helped the Tigers win the SEC championship and reach the BCS title game. LSU lost the championship 21-0 to Alabama.

LSU enters this season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' poll. The AP college football poll will be released Aug. 18. The Tigers opened preseason camp last week as one of the favorites to reach the national championship game again. LSU started closing practices on Wednesday, but officials said Mathieu practiced at every practice until Friday morning, when he was informed of his dismissal.

"I called on the leadership of this team to understand that these things happen and they certainly understand it and they are ready to take positive steps," Miles said of the decision, which officials said was made Thursday night.

Mathieu was the team's big-play machine at cornerback and on special teams. The All-American scored four touchdowns -- two on punt returns and two on fumble returns -- intercepted two passes and caused six fumbles and recovered four last season.

"At the time, I think it's an opportunity to redirect and I think he still has a bright future," Miles said. "He can still accomplish all the goals he set for himself. It's not going to be easy, but it's going to be doable.

"For the team, we lost a quality person. We enjoyed working him. He was a great teammate.

"I think he gave us a lot of examples we can learn from. I think he is a quality, quality guy who had a behavior issue. That's it. Certainly the overview of his time with us is positive."

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Mathieu's rule violations were an "ongoing issue."

"This was just a team policy, not going to confirm or deny either way, " Alleva said when asked if the dismissal was related to last year's one-game drug suspension.

"The policy is a written policy. It's like the speed limit, if you are going over the speed limit, you're breaking the law. He's been over the speed limit. As in, he's been over it a lot."

Asked if it was a legal issue, as in a law violation, or just policy, Alleva said, "policy," and added that LSU made efforts to counsel Mathieu.

"We do everything we can to help these kids. He's had help and we've been trying to help him all along in everything," Alleva said. "Being an athlete is a privilege. You have to follow the rules to take advantage of that privilege and unfortunately, he doesn't have that privilege here any more. He's a good kid. He really is a good kid, it's a shame. But I told him this morning, that he has the rest of his life. His life is still ahead of him. He still has an opportunity to do good things."

LSU isn't quite as deep at cornerback as it was last season, when it had All-American Morris Claiborne and often used Mathieu as a nickleback. Tharold Simon is the other expected starter opposite Mathieu. Second on the depth chart are redshirt freshman Jalen Collins and freshman Jalen Mills.

"We have good players," Miles said of potential replacements. "It's interesting. Eric Reid, Tharold Simon and a guy who's no longer on this team (Mathieu) all played very significant roles in a Cotton Bowl victory at the end of the season. We have similar type guys. The challenge will be to them."

Because of injuries, Reid, Simon and Mathieu all played a lot of snaps in the 2011 Cotton Bowl as true freshmen. This suggests that true freshmen will have to play a lot.

"I think Odell Beckham is a very talented punt returner and I think we're good at kick returner as well."

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 03:55 PM

What an idiot.

Can't wait for badgers vs nebraska!!

Go wisconsin!!

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 07:57 AM

http://espn.go.com/c...son-top-25-poll

AP Top 25

1 USC (25)
2 Alabama (17)
3 LSU (16)
4 Oklahoma (1)
5 Oregon
6 Georgia
7 Florida State
8 Michigan (1)
9 South Carolina
10 Arkansas
11 West Virginia
12 Wisconsin
13 Michigan State
14 Clemson
15 Texas
16 Virginia Tech
17 Nebraska
18 Ohio State
19 Oklahoma State
20 TCU
21 Stanford
22 Kansas State
23 Florida
24 Boise State
25 Louisville


Edited by Windu, August 18, 2012 - 07:58 AM.

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 04:07 PM

I know you see SC' above Bama!

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 02:10 PM

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about the SEC's streak of national championships last month, and he said what we all know to be true.

It's going to end sometime.

When is "sometime?"

Probably about the time the rest of the country can match the SEC across the defensive front seven in terms of talent, size, strength, speed and depth.

Until then, it will remain an SEC world.


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Posted August 19, 2012 - 02:11 PM

I know you see SC' above Bama!


It doesn't mean anything. Another reason of whats wrong with the preseason polls

Edited by Windu, August 19, 2012 - 02:11 PM.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 02:22 PM

11 days and counting until the college football season begins. :rock:

Edited by Windu, August 19, 2012 - 02:23 PM.

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