Friday afternoon Top 25 one-liners

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No. 1 Terrelle Pryor remembers Ohio State’s 2008 game with Wisconsin, describing the Buckeyes’ win as “lucky”.

No. 2 The reins to the Pac-10 have certainly shifted away from USC towards Oregon.

No. 3 This year, Boise State has surrendered just 14 first quarter points, while scoring 80 points itself.

No. 4 There will be another big stadium built in Texas after the season–this one belongs to TCU.

No. 5 The final Big 12 game between Nebraska and Texas shouldbe full of intensity, with the ‘Huskers thinking payback.

No. 6 DeMarco Murray has not had a break-out season while at Oklahoma,but he has been consistent enough to be close to breaking four big offensive career records.

No. 7 Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: “You can’t go to Walmart and buy team chemistry.”

No. 8 Alabama finalized a 2012 game with Michigan in the House That Jerry Built.

No. 9 Apparently LSU head coach Les Miles has his wife report to him “on all mediaoutlets“.

No. 10 Should South Carolina worry about an upset to Kentucky? Steve Spurrier is 17-0against the Wildcats, 5-0 coming as the Gamecocks’ head coach.

No. 11 Utah is actually thinking it could play for a national championship.

No. 12 When Arkansas takes on No. 7 Auburn tomorrow it will be the highest ranked matchupof the week.

No. 13 The previous two games for Michigan State–vs. Wisconsin, Michigan–haveprepared the Spartans for the offense it will see from Illinois tomorrow.

No. 14 With a career already promised as a professional athlete, Stanford defensive endBrian Bulcke is working towards his master’s in management science and engineering.

No. 15 Iowa may be in the best position to win the Big Ten championship, seeing as itstoughestremaining road game is against Michigan and Denard Robinson.

No. 16 Not too many players on Boston College’s offense are performing at a highlevel, so Florida State knows who to key on: Montel Harris.

No. 17 Arizona has played far above expectations sofar this year, but still needs its kicking game to catch up.

No. 18 If Wisconsin hopes to upset No. 1 Ohio State then it will need to comeout firing very early.

No. 19 Despite over 600 offensive yards and giving up just 13points to San Jose State, Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick feels his team couldperform better.

No. 20 A lot of people have Oklahoma State going downtomorrow afternoon against Texas Tech.

No. 21 HERE is a great preview of tomorrow’s Missouri-Texas A&M game.

No. 22 If you do not already know about Florida head coach UrbanMeyer‘s relationship with Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, then you ought to click HERE.

No. 23 Former quarterback and current running back Asher Clark is just one of a number of Air Force players to switchfrom taking snaps to carrying the ball.

No. 24 As good as Oregon State has been lately, the Beavers have not started out 3-0 in conference play since 1968!

No. 25 Sophomore quarterback Geno Smith played like a seasonedveteran last night against South Florida, making a ton ofgreat plays and good decisions.

Colorado State adds Rice grad transfer V.J. Banks

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Rice’s loss has turned into a fellow Group of Five football program’s gain.

Saturday, Colorado State announced that V.J. Banks has transferred to the university and will play for Mike Bobo‘s Rams. As the cornerback will be coming to Fort Collins as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2018. The upcoming season will serve as Banks’ final year of eligibility.

Banks had announced on Twitter in late January that he had decided to transfer from the Owls.

Banks started 22 of the 36 games in which he played for the Owls, including 11 starts in 2016 and nine in 2015. The defensive back started the first two games of the 2017 season before an unspecified leg injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

For the Rice portion of his collegiate playing career, Banks totaled 75 tackles (one for loss), seven passes defensed, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He also returned seven punts for 30 yards (4.3 yards per return).

NC State board approves new deal for Dave Doeren

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In late November, after rejecting overtures from Tennessee in order to remain at North Carolina State, Dave Doeren agreed to a new contract with the university, pending the board rubber-stamping the agreement. This past week, that rubber met the stamp.

NC State confirmed that, on Thursday, the system’s Board of Trustees formally approved the new five-year deal for Doeren. The head coach’s new contract will now keep him with the Wolfpack through Dec. 31, 2022.

“We are on an exciting upward trajectory in football under the leadership of Coach Doeren,” said NC State athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. “He has assembled a terrifically talented coaching staff, as well, and that continuity and stability has been important to our current student-athletes and recruits.

“We are pleased that Dave will continue to lead NC State football, playing in one of the most challenging divisions in college football, the Atlantic Division of the ACC.”

In five seasons with the Wolfpack, the 46-year-old Doeren has compiled a 34-30 record, including a 15-25 mark in ACC play. The 2017 season was his best of the five, with a 9-4 overall mark that saw NC State finish in second place in the Atlantic after divisional finishes of seventh, fifth, fourth and tied-fourth the first four.

Under Doeren, the Wolfpack has played in a bowl game each of the last four seasons, posting a 3-1 mark in the postseason.

Nebraska clinches spring game attendance crown, Georgia pushes past Alabama

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Georgia got its revenge on Alabama on Saturday, I guess. Months after letting a lead slip away in the national championship game, Georgia wiggled past Alabama in the spring game attendance standings on Saturday but the Dawgs still had to settle for second place overall. A record crowd at Nebraska led to the Cornhusker faithful having the highest attendance for a spring game this season.

Nebraska set a school record on Saturday with 86,818 fans attending the spring game in Lincoln, the first under new head coach Scott Frost. It was the first time Nebraska recorded a crowd over 80,000 during the past five years. Nebraska surged to the top of the Big Ten spring attendance standings as well, and stayed comfortably ahead after Penn State recorded an estimated 71,000 fans at its spring game on Saturday. Ohio State had led the Big Ten the previous three years but stadium renovations limited Ohio State to 79,000 available seats this year at Ohio Stadium, and weather and schedule adjustments to the spring game resulted in a crowd of 47,803 for Ohio State’s spring game.

The SEC once again dominated spring game attendance numbers this year. With LSU and Mississippi State numbers still pending, the SEC has five schools in the top 10 in spring game attendance as of today; Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas A&M. As a conference, the SEC eclipsed the 400,000-fan mark for the fourth time in the last five years. Although the Big Ten is typically the second best conference in cumulative spring game attendance, the conference’s number took a big dip this season thanks to weather issues across the conference. Still, the number pulled in by Nebraska, Penn State, and Ohio State helped keep the Big Ten in second place ahead of the ACC.

Keep in mind spring game attendance is treated differently by every school, and the numbers often include estimates so the accuracy can be questioned. Even though there are still a handful of spring games left, none will rival the numbers put up today.

The updated top 10 is listed below, and a full database of spring game attendance can be found here (complete with conference breakdowns and a five-year record of spring game attendance figures by school).

2018 Spring Game Attendance Top 10

  1. Nebraska – 86,818
  2. Georgia – 82,184
  3. Alabama – 74,732
  4. Penn State – 71,000
  5. Tennessee – 65,098
  6. Florida State – 60,934
  7. Clemson – 55,000
  8. Florida – 53,015
  9. Oklahoma – 52,102
  10. Texas A&M – 48,129

Jeremy Pruitt felt some Tennessee players ‘flat out quit’ in spring game

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New Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruit has a message to his players and Tennessee fans. If you are going to enter Neyland Stadium, you better be prepared to work.

Following Tennessee’s spring game in Knoxville, Pruitt reflected on his first spring game as head coach with the media and he was not about to let anyone off the hook for a mediocre performance in the spring game. One thing you never want to hear from a head coach is that some of his players seemingly quit. That was the case for Pruitt today, without naming any specific players.

Even fans received some gripes from the new head coach.

Tennessee estimated a total of 65,098 fans came out to watch the Tennessee spring game, which is an impressive total and right around the average Tennessee typically draws for the spring game. But the crowd buzz must not have impressed Pruitt, who could be setting the tone for the fans in the fall in hopes they turn things up a bit once the games actually matter.

The same message is now being sent to the entire team. Pruitt has a high standard in mind, which is to be expected after being an assistant at Alabama. Was Pruitt truly this displeased with his team’s effort in the spring game? Or was he simply trying to play things down in order to let his players know there will be no room for poor efforts?