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CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 13:  Fans of the Cincinnati Bearcats cheer on their team at the start of the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Nippert Stadium on November 13, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ex-Ohio State lineman to continue career at Cincinnati

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Less than two weeks after leaving Ohio State, Grant Schmidt has a new college football home — and he won’t even have to leave the state to get there.

Citing university sources, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Schmidt will continue his collegiate playing career at Cincinnati.  The offensive lineman had indicated earlier this month that the Bearcats would be his landing spot.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Schmidt will be forced to sit out the 2016 season.  He would then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

A three-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class, 247Sports.com rated Schmidt as the No. 52 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of South Dakota.  Schmidt was the first player from that state to sign with the Buckeyes, but he failed to become the first to play in a game as he didn’t see the field during his brief stint in Columbus.

Schmidt’s mid-May move was believed to be related to a logjam along the offensive line and his failure to make a dent on the depth chart during spring practice.

SMU lands another SEC transfer, this one a RB from Arkansas

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Apparently, SMU is the new home for wayward SEC football souls.

This past week, it was reported that former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn had moved on to SMU.  Now, this weekend, Scout.com is reporting that former Arkansas running back Denzell Evans has also transferred into the SMU football program.  Evans subsequently confirmed to the move to Rivals.com.

It was announced earlier this month that Evans had decided to transfer from the Razorbacks.

Evans will graduate from UA this month, making him eligible to play immediately in 2016.  As an added bonus for his new program, Evans will actually have two years of eligibility left to use.

The past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Evans had played in 15 games for the Razorbacks.  Evans rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries in his Razorbacks career; 48 of those yards and six of the carries came in the fourth quarter of an Oct. 31 win over UT-Martin this past season.

Evans, a three-star 2013 signee, scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Hogs’ spring game last month.

Ex-LSU WR Trey Quinn transfers to SMU

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 21:  Trey Quinn #8 of the LSU Tigers is brought down by Mike Hilton #38 of the Mississippi Rebels during the first quarter of a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Three months after leaving LSU, Trey Quinn has found himself a second college football home.

According to 247Sports.com. Quinn has decided to enroll at LSU and continue his collegiate playing career with the Mustangs. The wide receiver subsequently confirmed his decision to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Quinn will be forced to sit out the 2016 season. He’ll then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Quinn was a four-star member of LSU’s 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 10 receiver in the country; the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Louisiana; and the No. 78 player in 247Sports.com‘s composite rankings.

In mid-February, Quinn took to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer away from the Tigers. He also has taken to the same social media site to offer further hints at his impending move.

2016 Las Vegas win totals think highly of Clemson, FSU, Sooners and Vols

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Wayne Gallman #9 of the Clemson Tigers scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The top two teams in the ACC, Clemson and Florida State, are widely expected to once again lead the way in the ACC and the first batch of season win totals from Las Vegas outlet The Golden Nugget back that up. The initial 2016 win totals for a handful of college football programs were released by The Golden Nugget this week, and it would appear the sportsbook expects a big season from the defending ACC champion and national runner-up Clemson.

As noted by The Sporting News, The Golden Nugget gave a regular season win total of 10 to Clemson and Oklahoma, both coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff last season. Florida State also gets a double-digit win total, as does Tennessee. Defending national champion Alabama has a line of 9.5 for its win total.

Tennessee having a higher win total than Alabama? Well, consider the divisions each play in. The SEC West is still arguably a stronger division than the SEC East, suggesting Tennessee will have an easier path to hitting 10 wins during the regular season. Tennessee opens the season on a neutral field against Virginia Tech in Bristol, while Alabama hits the big stage in Arlington to take on USC. The Trojans have a win total of just 7.5. There was no number available for Virginia Tech.

Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State has a win total number of 8, which is half a game lower than the 8.5 given to Ohio State (take the over now while you can) and 1.5 games lower than in-state rival Michigan (9.5). Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford has to get to eight games to break even. The Golden Nugget set UCLA’s win total at nine, the highest among Pac-12 teams.

Clemson 10 (over -120)
Alabama 9.5
Florida State 10 (over -120)
Oklahoma 10 (under -130)
LSU 9.5 (over -140)
Michigan 9.5 (over -120)
Houston 9 (under -150)
Notre Dame 9 (under -125)
Ohio State 8.5 (over -115)
Tennessee 10
Baylor 9 (under -125)
Michigan State 8 (under -135)
Stanford 8 (under -130
Ole Miss 7.5 (under -115)
Georgia 8.5 (over -145)
Auburn 7 (over -120)
UCLA 9 (over -120)
USC 7.5 (over -120)
Oregon 8.5 (under -120)
Florida 8 (under -125)
Louisville 9
TCU 8.5 (under -125)
Oklahoma State (under -130)
UNLV 4.5

South Florida exploring possibility of on-campus stadium

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Running back Marlon Mack #5 of the South Florida Bulls celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Raymond James Stadium in the first half on November 14, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)
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South Florida athletics director Mark Harlan unveiled his five-year strategic plan before the USF Board of Trustees, and part of that plan was the possibility of building an on-campus football stadium.

The Bulls have played in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium since their 1997 inception, but moving to a home of their own is a proper consideration for a program of USF’s stature. Rival Central Florida built its own stadium in 2007, and AAC foe Houston followed suit in 2014. Temple is moving forward with plans of its own, too.

And the time is ripe for iron striking, with Willie Taggart leading the Bulls to a second-place finish in the AAC East Division last fall and the program’s first bowl trip since 2010.

“The great thing about this campus is there are multiple (location) opportunities,” Harlan said, via the Tampa Bay Times.

“It’s time to zero in on which opportunity is best for this program. And then lastly, how are we gonna pay for it? Apparently these things aren’t free, so we need to really look into all those things and really decide if there’s an appetite for it.”

That question is a sticky one, as USF’s donor support was $2.5 million in 2014-15 — a third of the typical AAC public school. And the American’s per-school distribution is barely half of what the Big East doled out.

“Simply put, in 2012 and 2013 we had $11.4 million from the conference (Big East) that we were in,” Harlan said. “Today it’s closer to $6.4 (million).”

To make an on-campus stadium feasible (UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium cost $55 million in 2007 dollars; Houston’s TDECU Stadium cost $128 million), Harlan noted South Florida will need the help of the South Florida business community. ”

We have to challenge our community to support us more profoundly. They’ve been waiting to invest in a winner over the last few years. I think we’ve got one now. We have to get our corporations behind our program, and that’s what we’re setting about doing,” he said.