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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Green's five games to watch for in Week 1


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The first week of September seems like an eternity (not counting Week Zero), but here are five games that can make an impact to start the 2018 college football season.


Washington vs Auburn (Chick Fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta), Sept. 1
In a rare feat, the Auburn Tigers will play their third straight game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the last result coming up short in the Peach Bowl as the Central Florida Knights completed an undefeated season at 13-0.

The Tigers get another team from last season’s New Year’s Six in the Washington Huskies, who fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Fiesta Bowl, 35-28.

With the schools’ first ever meeting, expect fireworks on the field and the winner of this game to become an early contender in the Final Four of the College Football Playoff.


Michigan at Notre Dame, Sept. 1

The two winningest teams in the FBS rekindle a rivalry that has been dormant since 2014 when the Fighting Irish walloped the Wolverines, 31-0.

Both teams’ quarterback situations will likely be up in the air throughout the summer as Michigan has options in Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson, while Brandon Wimbush appears to be frontrunner for Notre Dame, but Ian Book’s performance in the Citrus Bowl makes things a tad complicated.

A win on the primetime stage could set the tone for both as they face tough schedules in 2018 with Michigan playing defending Big Ten champion Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, while Notre Dame gets Stanford, USC, Virginia Tech and Florida State.


Alabama vs Louisville (Camping World Kickoff in Orlando), Sept. 1

Nick Saban vs Bobby Petrino under the lights in Orlando could make for great theater. Going back to his days in Arkansas, Petrino’s lack of success against Saban makes for the ultimate David vs Goliath matchup.

Petrino will need to find a replacement for quarterback Lamar Jackson, who left early for the NFL Draft and was picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round.

Alabama’s quarterback situation could be dicey as the offseason churns as Jalen Hurts was relieved in favor of Tua Tagovailoa in the National Championship game and led the way to victory over Georgia, 26-23 in overtime.

Even with all of the uncertainty, 5Dimes Sportsbook does not see Louisville as a credible challenge with Alabama as the 26-point favorite as of this piece. Regardless of the spread, expect this one to be a lot closer than expected.


LSU vs Miami (FL) (Advocare Classic in Arlington, TX), Sept. 2

Jerryworld on a Sunday night? Yup, but it is not the Dallas Cowboys playing on Sunday Night Football, but an SEC/ACC showdown between LSU and Miami (FL).

Expect this one to be a defensive battle as the Hurricanes finished third in the FBS last season in takeaways, which spawned the turnover chain with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as the brainchild behind the idea.

LSU finished in the top 20 on defense in 2017 behind defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s peso package and will get a good test out the gate against Miami’s spread offense.


Virginia Tech at Florida State, Sept. 3

The Seminoles have plenty to prove as injuries derailed any playoff hopes as they finished 7-6, but have Deandre Francois returning at quarterback after a torn patella injury in last season’s opener against Alabama, which cost him the rest of 2017.

Exit Jimbo Fisher, enter Willie Taggart. The young and hungry coach who was at Oregon last season will have plenty of tools at his disposal and gets a test early with a feisty Virginia Tech team on Labor Day in Tallahassee. The new Gulf Coast offense installed by Taggart will give receivers such as Nyqwan Murray and D.J. Matthews opportunities to make big plays.

Virginia Tech’s cream of the crop has been its defense, but will need to replenish with several players moving on, highlighted by brothers Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds. On the other side of the ball, coach Justin Fuente returns redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Jackson after coming off a near 3,000-yard effort in 2017.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Your 2018 AAC football schedule


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With less than 100 days to kickoff, the college football world can start making travel and ticket plans in advance as College Sports Overload presents the AAC 2018 football schedule.




NOTE: Dates could be changed by the AAC as the offseason progresses.



Week 1- Aug. 30 (Thursday)

Central Florida at UConn
Wake Forest at Tulane
Sept. 1
Cincinnati at UCLA
SMU at North Texas
Navy at Hawaii
Houston at Rice
Villanova at Temple
North Carolina A&T at East Carolina
Mercer at Memphis
Central Arkansas at Tulsa
Elon at South Florida
Week 2- Sept. 7 (Friday)
TCU at SMU
Sept. 8
Arizona at Houston
Georgia Tech at South Florida
Memphis at Navy
Tulsa at Texas
UConn at Boise State
Cincinnati at Miami (OH)
North Carolina at East Carolina
Buffalo at Temple
Nicholls at Tulane
South Carolina State at Central Florida
Week 3- Sept. 14 (Friday)
Georgia State at Memphis
Sept. 15
Central Florida at North Carolina
South Florida at Illinois (Chicago)
Houston at Texas Tech
East Carolina at Virginia Tech
Temple at Maryland
SMU at Michigan
Arkansas State at Tulsa
Tulane at UAB
Rhode Island at UConn
Lehigh at Navy
Alabama A&M at Cincinnati
Week 4- Sept. 20 (Thursday)
Tulsa at Temple
Sept. 21 (Friday)
Florida Atlantic at Central Florida
Sept. 22
Navy at SMU
East Carolina at South Florida
Ohio at Cincinnati
Tulane at Ohio State
UConn at Syracuse
South Alabama at Memphis
Texas Southern at Houston
Week 5- Sept. 28 (Friday)
Memphis at Tulane
Sept. 29
Pitt at Central Florida
Temple at Boston College
Cincinnati at UConn
Old Dominion at East Carolina
Houston Baptist at SMU
Week 6- Oct. 4 (Thursday)
Tulsa at Houston
Oct. 6
SMU at Central Florida
Navy at Air Force
Tulane at Cincinnati
East Carolina at Temple
UConn at Memphis
South Florida at Massachusetts
Week 7- Oct. 12 (Friday)
South Florida at Tulsa
Oct. 13
Central Florida at Memphis
Temple at Navy
Houston at East Carolina
Week 8- Oct. 20
Houston at Navy
Memphis at Missouri
Central Florida at East Carolina
Cincinnati at Temple
SMU at Tulane
Tulsa at Arkansas
UConn at South Florida
Week 9- Oct. 27
South Florida at Houston
Notre Dame at Navy (San Diego)
Tulane at Tulsa
Cincinnati at SMU
Massachusetts at UConn
Week 10- Nov. 1 (Thursday)
Temple at Central Florida
Nov. 3
Navy at Cincinnati
Memphis at East Carolina
Houston at SMU
Tulane at South Florida
UConn at Tulsa
Week 11- Nov. 10
Navy at Central Florida
Temple at Houston
South Florida at Cincinnati
Tulsa at Memphis
East Carolina at Tulane
SMU at UConn
Week 12- Nov. 15 (Thursday)
Tulane at Houston
Nov. 16 (Friday)
Memphis at SMU
Nov. 17
Cincinnati at Central Florida
South Florida at Temple
Tulsa at Navy
UConn at East Carolina
Week 13- Nov. 23 (Friday)
Central Florida at South Florida
Houston at Memphis
East Carolina at Cincinnati
Nov. 24
Navy at Tulane
SMU at Tulsa
Temple at UConn
Week 14- Dec. 1
AAC Championship Game (Site TBD)
Week 15- Dec. 8
Navy vs Army (Philadelphia)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Your 2018 Sun Belt football schedule




With less than 100 days to kickoff, the college football world can start making travel and ticket plans in advance as College Sports Overload presents the Sun Belt 2018 football schedule.







NOTE: Dates could be changed by the Sun Belt as the offseason progresses.


Week 1- Aug. 30 (Thursday)

Kennesaw State at Georgia State
 
Sept. 1

Appalachian State at Penn State
Southeastern Missouri at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at South Carolina
South Carolina State at Georgia Southern
Grambling at Louisiana
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe
Louisiana Tech at South Alabama
Texas State at Rutgers
Boise State at Troy
 
Week 2- Sept. 8

Appalachian State at Charlotte
Arkansas State at Alabama
UAB at Coastal Carolina
Massachusetts at Georgia Southern
Georgia State at NC State
Louisiana-Monroe at Southern Miss
South Alabama at Oklahoma State
Texas Southern at Texas State
Florida A&M at Troy
 
Week 2- Sept. 14 (Friday)

Georgia State at Memphis
 
Sept. 15

Southern Miss at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at Tulsa
Campbell at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at Clemson
Louisiana at Mississippi State
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M
Texas State at South Alabama
Troy at Nebraska
 
Week 3- Sept. 22

Gardner Webb at Appalachian State
UNLV at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana
Western Michigan at Georgia State
Troy at Louisiana-Monroe
South Alabama at Memphis
Texas State at Texas-San Antonio
 
Week 4- Sept. 29

South Alabama at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at Georgia Southern
Coastal Carolina at Troy
Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia State
Louisiana at Alabama
 
Week 5- Oct. 4 (Thursday)

Georgia State at Troy
 
Oct. 6

South Alabama at Georgia Southern
Louisiana at Texas State
Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss
 
Week 6- Oct. 9 (Tuesday)

Appalachian State at Arkansas State
 
Oct. 11 (Thursday)

Georgia Southern at Texas State
 
Oct. 13

Louisiana-Monroe at Coastal Carolina
New Mexico State at Louisiana
Alabama State at South Alabama
Troy at Liberty
 
Week 7- Oct. 18 (Thursday)

Georgia State at Arkansas State
 
Oct. 20

Louisiana at Appalachian State
Coastal Carolina at Massachusetts
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State
Texas State aLouisiana-Monroe
 
Week 8- Oct. 23 (Tuesday)

Troy at South Alabama
 
Oct. 25 (Thursday)

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
 
Week 9- Oct. 27

Arkansas State at Louisiana
Coastal Carolina at Georgia State
New Mexico State at Texas State
 
Week 10- Nov. 3

Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina
South Alabama at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at Louisiana-Monroe
Texas State at Georgia State
Louisiana at Troy
 
Week 11- Nov. 10

Appalachian State at Texas State
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Troy at Georgia Southern
Georgia State at Louisiana
Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama
 
Week 12- Nov. 17

Georgia State at Appalachian State
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina
South Alabama at Louisiana
Texas State at Troy
 
Week 13- Nov. 24

Troy at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at Texas State
Coastal Carolina at South Alabama
Georgia Southern at Georgia State
Louisiana at Louisiana-Monroe
 
Week 14- Dec. 1

Sun Belt Football Championship Game (Site TBD)