Rimington Trophy spring watch list released

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Well, it’s getting to be that time of the year when watch lists featuring everyone and their mom are released. The latest to do so is the Rimington Trophy committee, which has released the names of 50 offensive lineman eligible for the award. The list includes 21 returning players from last year’s watch list. By conference, the SEC leads the way with nine players while the ACC, Big Ten, Mountain West, and PAC-12 all have five players each.

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Eloy Atkinson, Sr., UTEP
Mario Benavides, Sr., Louisville
Nick Carlson, Sr., Wyoming
Braxston Cave, PG, Notre Dame
Reese Dismukes, So., Auburn
Trent Dupy, Sr., Tulsa
Dillon Farrell, Jr., New Mexico
James Ferentz, Sr., Iowa
Jay Finch, Jr., Georgia Tech
B.J. Finney, So., Kansas State
Travis Frederick, Jr., Wisconsin
Dalton Freeman, PG, Clemson
James Fry, Sr., TCU
Kevin Galeher, Sr., Western Michigan
Hronis Grasu, So., Oregon
Ben Haburn, Sr., Oklahoma
Gus Handler, Jr. Colorado
Jonotthan Harrison, Jr., Florida
Khaled Holmes, Sr., USC
Andre Huval, Jr., Louisiana-Lafayette
Alec Johnson, Sr., San Diego State
T.J. Johnson, Sr., South Carolina
Barrett Jones, Sr., Alabama
Zac Kerin, Jr., Toledo
Tyler Larsen, Jr., Utah State
Patrick Lewis, Sr., Texas A&M
P.J. Lonergan, Sr., LSU
Mackey MacPerson, Jr., Syracuse
Joe Madsen, Sr., West Virginia
Mike Marboe, So., Idaho
Will Matte, Sr., Indiana
Blake McJunkin, Sr., SMU
Andrew Miller, Jr., Virginia Tech
Graham Pocic, Sr., Illinois
Ryan Powis, So., Army
Austin Quattrochi, Jr., Southern Miss.
Jordan Rae, Sr., UCF
Weston Richburg, Jr., Colorado State
Sam Schwartzstein, Sr., Stanford
Matt Smith, Sr., Kentucky
Matt Stankiewitch, Sr., Penn State
Tevita Stevens, Sr., Utah
Travis Swanson, Jr. Arkansas
Evan Swindall, Jr., Ole Miss
Ryan Turnley, Sr., Pitt
Brandon Vitabile, So., Northwestern
Stephen Warner, Sr., Louisiana Tech
Robert Waterman, So., UNLV
Camden Wentz, Sr., NC State

North Dakota State takes No. 1 seed in FCS Playoffs

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The playoff field is set for the FCS Playoffs. Defending national champion and No. 1 North Dakota State took the top seed overall but will face a challenging bracket if the Bison are to claim another national title this year.

As the top seed, North Dakota State will own home-field advantage in the Fargo Dome for as long as they are in the playoffs, with the exception of a possible national title game appearance, which will be played in Frisco, Texas on January 5. North Dakota State’s portion of the bracket includes No. 4 seed Kennesaw State (who was the No. 2 team in the FCS top 25) and last year’s national title runners-up from James Madison. The Dukes were not seeded in this year’s tournament with a record of 8-3, but they are always to be considered a dangerous opponent this time of year.

A handful of teams ended playoff droughts with this year’s bracket. East Tennessee State is making its first playoff appearance since 1996, ending the longest drought among this year’s playoff teams. Delaware and Southeast Missouri State are each back in the playoff for the first time since 2010. The field also includes three first-time playoff teams; Incarnate Word, Lamar, and UC Davis.

The FCS Playoffs begin next weekend.

Michigan’s Berkley Edwards tweets he has been released from hospital after nasty hit

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Michigan running back and special teams player Berkley Edwards was carted off the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium on Saturday in a scary scene that paused the game for roughly 10 minutes. The morning after the Wolverines beat Indiana, however, there is good news to report on Edwards. Edwards shared an update on his Twitter account to tell his followers and Michigan fans he has been released from the hospital and he is OK.

“Just got out the hospital,” Edwards said. “[E]verything is good!”

Edwards followed that up to say he did not see the Indiana player who hit him (Cam Jones, who was ejected for the hit) and his head is still hurting a bit.

It is unknown at this time what the status of Edwards will be for Michigan’s regular-season finale at Ohio State this week. The winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game will play in the Big Ten Championship Game as the East Division champion.

Reports say Texas State will not bring Everett Withers back in 2019

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Send another coach through the coaching carousel. Multiple reports on Sunday say Texas State will move on from Everett Withers after this season. Football Scoop and The Athletic each reported news of the coaching change for the program.

According to Football Scoop, as reported by College Football Talk contributor Zach Barnett, Withers will not coach for Texas State this week in the regular season finale against Arkansas State.

Withers was hired by Texas State prior to the 2016 season to replace Dennis Franchione. Texas State had back-to-back 2-10 seasons in his first two years on the job and the Bobcats are just 3-8 this season with one game remaining. This will be the fourth straight season Texas State has had no more than four wins (and it could be a fourth straight year with no more than three wins).

The former James Madison head coach will likely manage to find a job somewhere on a coaching staff, even if not as a head coach. Texas State is now looking for its third head coach since jumping up from the FCS to the FBS in 2012.

UCF moves up to No. 8 in AP Top 25, Army makes first appearance since 1996

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After arguably the biggest weekend in UCF football history, the Knights are now enjoying their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 of the season and second-highest ranking in program history. UCF moved up to No. 8 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll as they finally managed to jump ahead fo a couple of power conference programs that have been standing in the way the past few weeks.

Alabama claimed all 61 first-place votes from the AP voters this week. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, and Oklahoma as there were no changes in the top six. No. 7 Washington State, UCF, and LSU all took advantage of No. 12 West Virginia falling five spots after a loss at Oklahoma State.

UCF moved into a tie with LSU for the No. 8 spot in the ranking this week, but the Knights have officially moved ahead of Ohio State. The Buckeyes slipped to No. 10, dropping one spot.

Army is also making some headlines in the AP Top 25 by appearing in the ranking for the first time since 1996. Army cracked the Ap Top 25 at No. 23 to be in the AP Top 25 for just the third time since 1985.

Here is this week’s AP Top 25:

1. Alabama (61)
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. (tie) UCF
8. (tie) LSU
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Utah State
15. Penn State
16. Washington
17. Kentucky
18. Utah
19. Syracuse
20. Northwestern
21. Boise State
22. Mississippi State
23. Army
24. Pittsburgh
25. Iowa State