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Colorado sees WR Juwann Winfree go down with ACL tear

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Juwann Winfree‘s college football odyssey has taken yet another decidedly negative twist.

Colorado announced late last week that Winfree sustained a torn ACL during practice this past Wednesday.  As a result, the wide receiver will miss the entire 2016 season.

A bit of silver lining for both the player and the program is Winfree will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017 when he returns to the playing field.

“We all really feel for Juwann,” a statement from head football coach Mike MacIntyre began. “He is a phenomenal young man and has fit in really well on our team. Unfortunately, this is what can happen in football. But Juwann is a very positive young man and no doubt will work hard in his rehabilitation and will be back for 2017.”

Winfree began his collegiate career at Maryland, a three-star 2014 signee who caught 11 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman.  In November of that year, Winfree was suspended for a pair of games for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.

In June of 2015, Winfree was suspended for a violation of Maryland’s student-athlete code of conduct, which was followed by his decision less than two weeks later to transfer from the Terps.  After flirting with Pittsburgh a couple of times, Winfree spent the 2015 season at the junior college level before signing with Colorado.

PHOTOS: Pitt donning throwbacks for Homecoming game

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Back when Pittsburgh was a national power, the Panthers had Dan Marino, they had Tony Dorsett, and they had those fresh uniforms with the light blue and gold.

The Panthers don’t have Marino or Dorsett anymore — though James Conner isn’t a bad start — but they will have the uniforms those former greats wore.

Pitt announced Tuesday plans to don throwback uniforms for their Homecoming game opposite Georgia Tech on Oct. 8.

They also released this video to accompany the announcement.

The quest to push the Panthers into these throwbacks full-time begins… now.


For now, ACC tables talk over eight- or nine-game league slate

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The Big 12, Pac-12 and, this season, the Big Ten will all play a nine-game league schedule this season.  Whether the ACC joins them at some point in the future remains to be determined.

Earlier this week it was reported that ESPN had gained scheduling concessions from the ACC in exchange for a conference network set to launch in 2019.  As part of those concessions, the ACC has to determine whether it wants to play eight conference games and two non-conference games against Power Five teams each season, or nine conference games plus one Power Five non-conference game.

Friday morning, ACC commissioner John Swofford and the conference’s 14 athletic directors participated in a conference call to discuss the scheduling issue, with the potential existing for a vote on the preference moving forward.  Instead, the league has tabled the talk for the moment.

“ACC athletic directors remained deadlocked Friday on the league’s future football scheduling model and delayed resolution, perhaps until October’s annual fall meeting,” David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press wrote.

Before concessions were made to ESPN in order to acquire their own network, it’s believed the conference’s athletic directors were 8-6 in favor of an eight-game slate.  A nine-game schedule would allow for teams to play those in the other division more often, and there seems to be a growing sentiment in favor of that tack.

According to Teel, however, “[s]chools with annual state rivalries against Southeastern Conference opponents – Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Louisville – advocate 8-plus-2.”  North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia are among those who favor the 9-plus-1 model.

Bama’s still the favorite, but LSU makes significant gain in Bovada title odds

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Back in February, four other teams had, per Bovada.lv, better odds to win the 2016 College Football Playoff than LSU.  Six months later, and less than a month before the start of a new season, the Tigers lag behind just one.

Currently, Alabama, 7/1 in February, is listed as Bovada‘s favorite at 6/1.  Right behind them is SEC West rival LSU at 7/1 and 2016 playoff runnerup Clemson at 17/2.

Ohio State, Bovada‘s wagering favorite earlier this year, has seen its odds grow longer at 9/1.  Those are the same odds hated rival Michigan (15/2 in February) is getting from the gambling website.

Houston (66/1) and Boise State (150/1) are the only Group of Five teams listed.  BYU (250/1) as a football independent (for now?) is also included.

Below are the updated odds for the 2016 College Football Playoff championship, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

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Ohio State sits atop AP’s Top 100 poll of all-time college football programs

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes hoist the trophy after defeating the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Just in time for the start of a new season, the Associated Press has found a new way to stir up fan bases all across the country.

For the first time in the organization’s 80-plus year history, the AP has put together its Top 100 programs, a list that’s based on total poll appearances, number of times ranked No. 1 and bonuses for AP national championships.  From the AP:

The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football since 1936. Over 80 years and 1,103 polls, a total of 165 schools have been ranked and 44 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Minnesota was the first).

To determine the all-time Top 25, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (one point) to acknowledge elite programs and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points).

And the end result of that formula?  Ohio State, with 105 No. 1 rankings (tops among any school) and 852 poll appearances to go along with five titles, is the No. 1 team in the AP Top 100.  The Buckeyes have appeared in a whopping 77.24 percent of all AP polls; the only other program above 70 percent is No. 2 Oklahoma (71.08).

OSU is one of three current Big Ten teams — Nebraska (No. 6) and Michigan (No. 7) — in the Top 10, the most of any other conference.

The Big 12 — OU and Texas (No. 8) — and SEC — Alabama (No. 4) and Florida (No. 10) — were next with two apiece.  Football independent Notre Dame comes in at No. 3, while the one each from the ACC (No. 9 Florida State) and the Pac-12 (No. 5 USC).  FSU’s placement is particularly impressive as the Seminoles didn’t make their AP poll debut until 1964; no other team in the Top 25 is even remotely close, with Florida and its first appearance in 1950 the only program even remotely in FSU’s territory.

The highest-rated non-Power Five team is BYU at No. 34.  The highest-rated Group of Five team is Houston at No. 49.  Interestingly, both of those programs have been mentioned very prominently as the Big 12 looks to expand.

Below is the all-time AP Top 25.  For the complete Top 100, click HERE.

1. Ohio State
2. Oklahoma
3. Notre Dame
4. Alabama
5. Southern Cal
6. Nebraska
7. Michigan
8. Texas
9. Florida State
10. Florida
11. LSU
12. Penn State
13. Miami
14. Tennessee
15. Georgia
16. Auburn
17. UCLA
18. Texas A&M
19. Michigan State
20. Washington
21. Arkansas
22. Clemson
23. Pittsburgh
24. Wisconsin
25. Iowa