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Despite being a more highly touted recruit than former Oklahoma Sooner SamBradford, Landry Jones was immediately placed in Bradford’ s shadow uponhis departure from Norman. Jones has since broken free, and is playing some great football.

Is there a chance that No. 2 Oregon goes down this weekend? Most willsay no, but a few arescreaming yes.

Jeff Worthy, a Boise State recruit: ” We’ve gone 2-0 against them the pasttwo years and they won the Pac-10 last year. Obviously we’re better than any school in the Pac-10 based on that.”

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton has seized the USAToday Heisman Watch lead.

You never hear any negativity about TCU, but there is a first time for everything.

From an unbiased standpoint, LSU’ s quarterback situation looks gross and complex. But forTiger fans, they know exactly what they want and are demandingthat Les Miles pays attention.

Remember Michigan State cornerback Chris Rucker‘ slittle problem? Here is the latest update.

Next year’ s slate for Alabama could be very tough, playing at least four teams coming off bye weeks.

What if Kyle Whittingham chose BYU over Utah?

You might want to watch this weekend’ s gamebetween Ohio State and Purdue.

And the center of the college football universe this weekend is in…Missouri!

Here is a great interview with the man who replaced Toby Gerhart at Stanford.

This Saturday’ s game between Wisconsin and Iowa will be a display of how football shouldbe played with great line play.

The nation’ s third-leading scorer plays for Oklahoma State, and if something goes wrong withDan Bailey, he turns to his coach the punter Quinn Sharp.

How do the Iowa players feel about this weekend’ s game against Wisconsin? Are they ready?

It appears that Nebraska has recovered mentally from its loss to Texas this past weekend.

E.J. Manuel has been practicing with the first-team offense this week.

A preseason third team All-American, Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade has been calledout for playing rather lazily thus far on the year.

Mack Brown wants Texas fans to get excited about playing IowaState.

Here is a great look into West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel.

Maybe the reason South Carolina lost last weekend was because star running back MarcusLattimore became injured. Whatever the case, the Gamecocks will need to find out how toplay football without him this weekend, as South Carolina takes on Vanderbilt.

Who has Baylor becoming bowl eligible with an upset win over No. 22Kansas State?

How does last week’ s defensive performance rank amongst Arkansas’ worst showings inschool history?

Mississippi State’s win in Gainesville last week was the first since 1965. That is special.

Now that Virginia Tech has climbed back up the polls, will the Hokies continue to play betterfootball? So far Virginia Tech has surrendered a ton of big plays.

USC makes hiring of Virginia’s Vic So’oto official

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The massive renovation of Clay Helton’s USC football coaching staff has taken another official step.

Last week, it was reported that USC was expected to poach Vic So’oto from Virginia.  As Clint Sintim‘s hiring as So’oto’s replacement was announced a few days later, the latter’s move to the Trojans was a mere formality.

Tuesday, USC football confirmed So’oto’s addition to Clay Helton’s staff.  As he did with the ‘Hoos, So’oto will serve as the Trojans’ defensive line coach.

The 32-year-old So’oto was the line coach at Virginia for the past three seasons.  Prior to that, he was a defensive graduate assistant at the ACC program.

So’oto played his college football at BYU, ending his four-year career in 2010.  After his NFL career ended, So’oto began his collegiate coaching career as a football intern at his alma mater.

For those unaware, So’oto is the second cousin of USC football legend Junior Seau.

LSU confirms hiring of Scott Linehan as new passing-game coordinator

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LSU football has officially replaced one of the hottest young coaches in the sport.

Not long after LSU football claimed the 2019 national championship, Joe Brady left to take over as the offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Earlier this month, it was reported that Scott Linehan was expected to be hired as Brady’s successor.

Tuesday, LSU confirmed that Linehan has indeed been named by Ed Orgeron as the Tigers’ new passing-game coordinator. The 56-year-old Linehan has spent the past 17 seasons he’s been a coach at the NFL level.

Linehan was out of coaching this past season.

“Scott brings a wealth of knowledge to our offense,” the LSU football head coach said in a statement. “We wanted to bring in someone who will expand our passing game and with Scott’s experience as an NFL head coach and offensive coordinator we feel this is the best move for our offense. After talking to numerous people with NFL experience and interviewing Scott we knew he was the right fit for the LSU Tigers.”

In 13 of those seasons in the NFL, Linehan served as an offensive coordinator.

  • Dallas Cowboys, 2015-18
  • Detroit Lions, 2009-13
  • Miami Dolphins, 2005
  • Minnesota Vikings, 2002-04

In the other four NFL seasons in which he wasn’t a coordinator, Linehan was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-08) and passing-game coordinator for the Cowboys (2014).

Linehan’s last job at the collegiate level came as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Louisville (1999-2001). From 1996-98, he was the coordinator at Washington.

American announces 2020 schedule

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The American Athletic Conference will again play football in 2020, the conference confirmed on Tuesday.

The American revealed its 2020 conference schedule, a 44-game slate that completes the 88 total games AAC teams will play in 2020. As a reminder, UConn is no longer an American member, meaning the conference will have 11 football-playing members for the foreseeable future. All 11 teams will still play an 8-game league schedule, and the conference will still hold a title game.

The 2020 season will also be the conference’s first under the new rights agreement it struck with ESPN in March. As such, at least 40 American home games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks, and at least half of those will be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The conference will play a total of 12 games on Thursday or Friday nights.

“We are excited to announce our 2020 schedule as we enter the next phase of our longstanding relationship with ESPN,” said commissioner Mike Aresco. “With the continued success our schools have had, I have no doubt that we will once again provide our fans, and ESPN, with compelling matchups throughout the season in both conference and nonconference play. We look forward to another outstanding season of American Athletic Conference football.”

The season will begin on Saturday, Aug. 29 when Navy “hosts” Notre Dame at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. That game will be shown on ESPN with College GameDay in tow as part of the network’s season kick-off effort. While the full schedule can be viewed here, highlights include:

  • North Carolina at UCF, Sept. 4 (Friday)
  • South Florida at Texas, Sept. 5
  • Temple at Miami, Sept. 5
  • Houston at Washington State, Sept. 12
  • Cincinnati at Nebraska, Sept. 26
  • TCU at SMU, Sept. 26
  • Memphis at SMU, Oct. 1 (Thursday)
  • UCF at Memphis, Oct. 16 (Friday)
  • Memphis at Cincinnati, Oct. 31
  • Memphis at Navy, Nov. 14
  • Cincinnati at UCF, Nov. 21
  • UCF at South Florida, Nov. 27 (Friday)

The 2020 American season will conclude with the sixth annual American Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Ohio State CB Sevyn Banks to wear No. 7

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George Costanza was never much of a college football fan. He was a New Yorker, after all. But he was a fan of the No. 7, and so he would have a new favorite college football player in 2020.

A product of Orlando’s Jones High School, Sevyn Banks has been a member of Ohio State’s defensive backfield since 2018. The former 4-star recruit has received limited playing time in the Buckeyes’ loaded defensive backfield, but figures to compete for a starting spot in 2020.

And now he’ll do so in his namesake number.

Banks announced Monday he will switch from No. 12 to No. 7 for the upcoming season.

The No. 7 had been claimed by linebacker Teradja Mitchell, who is now switching to No. 3, opening No. 7 for, well, Sevyn.

Banks appeared in all 14 games for Ohio State last season, collecting 11 tackles and one interception.

He’ll hope to get more burn in 2020, with some support from a fictional New Yorker.