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Colorado, Georgia Tech to meet in 2025-26 to decide 1990 national title

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Way back in the pre-historical era before the Internet, college football sometimes awarded split national championships. And in the year scholars refer to as 1990, Colorado and Georgia Tech split the crown.

The Buffaloes finished 11-1-1 (there were also ties in this era), claimed the Big 8 championship, toppled Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl and won the AP national championship. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, finished 11-0-1, won the ACC title, blew out Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl and took home the coaches’ national championship.

And that was that. There was no Playoff then, though the 1990 split title helped create the Bowl Alliance in 1992, which begat the BCS in 1998, which begat the CFP in 2014.

Until Thursday, when Colorado and Georgia Tech jointly announced a two-game series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the split title with a home-and-home series. Georgia Tech will visit Boulder on Aug. 30, 2025, and Colorado will heat to Atlanta on Sept. 5, 2026. The games will be the first between the two programs.

“It’s important for us to play games in parts of the country where we can’t get to very often for our alumni bases, and we have a good one in Georgia,” CU athletic director Rick George said in a statement.  “It will be a terrific high profile series, and I am sure some fans will use it to settle the bragging rights back to 1990.”

Georgia Tech last played a Pac-12 opponent in the 2012 Sun Bowl, a 21-7 win over USC. Colorado hasn’t faced an ACC opponent since Sept. 27, 2008, when the Buffs suffered a 39-21 loss to Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla.

John Swofford non-committal on future of ACC network

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25:  John Swofford, ACC Commissioner (C) addresses the media during a press conference to announce the New Era Pinstripe Bowl's multi-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
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It’s possible there’s never been a better time to be the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia is the reigning College World Series champion. Florida State is a recent football champion and a perennial contender, and Clemson came damn close last year. Notre Dame is aboard, and the league’s footprint has been successfully extended to Louisville, Syracuse and Pittsburgh (Boston College’s 0-for-26 notwithstanding.)

And, by the way, there are six ACC basketball teams gearing up to play in the Sweet 16 later this week.

Life is good on Tobacco Road, so why not strike while the iron’s hot and move forward with the long-awaited ACC Network?

ACC commissioner John Swofford discussed the topic with WRAL in North Carolina and was customarily non-committal on the league’s future.

“I’m confident that our television [partnership] will turn out to be very successful and beneficial to the league. All I can tell you is those conversations are continuing, and until we reach a point where we’re definitive in our path forward, there’s really not going to be a whole lot to say about it. Our confidence in the future has not changed.”

The ACC is already ESPN’s largest content provider so the question plaguing the mythical ACC Network, with ESPN under widely-reported pressure to cut costs, is why the Worldwide Leader would have an interest in paying extra for content it’s already paying for? And if not, wouldn’t it make the most sense to go digital?

“It remains to be seen. Sometimes being first is a good idea, and sometimes it’s not such a good idea. That’s all part of the evaluation of where the industry is going, where the technology is going. All of that comes into play. I think the most important thing, from our perspective, is that we have a very good partner [in ESPN] that’s very progressive and has been at the top of the food chain for a long time and I suspect will be for a long time,” Swofford said.

“I think we’ve put ourselves in a very good position as a league with our footprint and the population base that we now have, and therefore the television sets we now have, to do some things we would not have been able to do otherwise. It gets back to what I said earlier – whatever we do, we want to give ourselves the best chance, and whatever that is, the best chance to be very successful from a timing standpoint and a distribution standpoint.

“The one thing we’ve learned from other conferences that have taken this step, a potential channel, is that there are ways to do it that work extremely well immediately. There are ways to do it where it had to evolve and develop, like the Big Ten, who had huge growing pains its first years. And then the PAC-12, which continues to really struggle with their approach. It’s all out there, so there’s something to be learned from each.”

Reading between those lines, it sounds like Swofford feels exactly zero rush to do anything ESPN doesn’t want him to do.

5-star WR Demetris Robertson signs aid agreements with Cal and Georgia Tech

East's Tyler Byrd (17) celebrates a touchdown with teammates Shaquille Quarterman (25) and Demetris Robertson during the first half of the Army All American Bowl high school football game against the West, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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There was one significant player who did not sign on National Signing Day last month. Wide receiver Demetris Robertson was not expected to sign a National Letter of Intent on signing day the way so many others were, but he may have taken a giant step forward in bringing his recruiting process to a close. On Tuesday, Robertson signed a financial aid agreement with California. The book is not closed yet though, because Robertson also reportedly has signed a grant-in-aid form with Georgia Tech.

Rivals reported Robertson signed a financial aid agreement with Cal over the weekend. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported Robertson has signed the same paperwork with Georgia Tech. This means these two schools now have unlimited access to contacting Robertson as he inches closer to making his decision final. There could be more to come too, as Robertson reportedly is set to make an official visit to Georgia later this month, and he is continuing to work to meet academic requirements that would allow Stanford to become an option as well. Stanford is reportedly at the top of Robertson’s list if he is eligible. Notre Dame was also making a push for his recruitment by driving their equipment truck to his house.

Signing a financial aid agreement means a roster spot in the program will be guaranteed for Robertson at whatever school he has such an agreement if and when he enrolls on that campus. So for now, Robertson has options with Cal and Georgia Tech, with more potentially to come. He is not locked into going to either school, however. He could still enroll at any college to continue his football career. It is actually a bit surprising more top student-athletes do not follow this path to landing a scholarship, but this is a method only a handful of players would benefit from as programs will lock down their recruiting classes before leaving too many vacancies to fill.

Rivals ranks Robertson as the five-star wide receiver, suggesting he is the kind of talent that can get away with dragging out his recruiting process this long until he is ready to make a final decision.

Half of all FBS signees lived between Texas and North Carolina

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29: Johnny Jefferson #5 of the Baylor Bears carries while defended by Dominquie Green #26 and Des Lawrence #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half of the Russell Athletic Bowl game at Orlando Citrus Bowl on December 29, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton provided a massive public service through his Twitter account on Tuesday, releasing a data dump of fascinating information about the signing class of 2016.

In short, Texas was the most popular breeding ground for FBS prospects, but half of all signees came from a clean sweep from Texas, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and up to North Carolina.

The Lone Star State produced 359 players, with nearly half of those heading to Power 5 institutions. In fact, Hamilton reports, 72 of 128 FBS programs and 38 of 64 Power 5’s signed at least one player from Texas.

Florida trailed with 327 players, followed by California with 248 players and Georgia with 225. For what it’s worth, Ohio was not included in the study.

Data dump, begin!

ACC releases 2016 football schedule

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A little over seven months before the start of the 2016 season, the ACC has finalized the schedules its member schools will face this upcoming year

The first conference game of the 2016 season will pit Georgia Tech against Boston College Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m.  The early start time is due to the fact that the game will be played in Dublin, Ireland, the first time a league game has been played in that country. It is only the third ACC game played outside of the United States, and both of the others involved Clemson: vs. Wake Forest in Tokyo, Japan, in 1982 and vs. Duke in Tokyo in 1991.

The first games of the new season featuring ACC members will be played two days prior, with Louisville hosting Charlotte and Tulane traveling to Wake Forest Sept. 1.  As has become a tradition, the ACC will close out opening weekend with a Labor Day night game — Florida State vs. Ole Miss in the Orlando Kickoff game. The games in Ireland and Orlando are two of five neutral-site games involving ACC teams, the others being North Carolina vs. Georgia (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Sept. 3, Georgia Dome; Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Bristol Motor Speedway, Sept. 10); and Syracuse vs. Notre Dame (MetLife Stadium).

The ACC also released some notes trumpeting the strength of the conference’s schedules:

ACC teams will play more games than any other Power Five conference:

— Against non-conference teams that are ranked in ESPN’s 2016 Too Early Top 25 rankings (12). The league will also play a higher percentage of its non-conference games against teams in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 (21%).

— Against non-conference teams that were ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 (12). The league will again play a higher percentage (21%) of its non-conference games against these teams.

— Against non-conference teams that were ranked in the final Coaches poll (14) as well as a higher percentage (25%).

— Against more non-conference teams that went to bowl games in 2015 (27).

— Against FBS non-conference teams that won 10 or more games (15) as well as against FBS non-conference teams that won nine or more games (18).

ACC teams are also playing games against opponents which had a higher overall winning percentage (.562) in 2015 than any other Power Five Conference, and its FBS non-conference opponents had the second-highest winning percentage of any league (.559).

“Our programs continue to showcase our football strength with an appealing slate of games scheduled for 2016,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “In addition to a number of compelling conference matchups, we again have arguably the toughest non-conference schedule by any measure. With our depth, competitiveness and rivalries, ACC fans can look forward to another season of exciting games every week.”

The Syracuse-Notre Dame game in New Jersey is one of five contests for the Irish against ACC teams, the others being North Carolina State (Oct. 8), Duke (Sept. 24), Miami (Oct. 29) and Virginia Tech. The latter three games will all be played at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

And, finally, if you’re only going to circle one game on your ACC football calendar, make it this one: Clemson at Florida State, Oct. 29. Both of those teams, expected to enter the 2016 season in the Top 10, will be coming off bye weeks.

As for the rest of the newly-released slates, click HERE for a helmet schedule and HERE for a week-to-week schedule.