Nebraska, Michigan No. 1-2 in spring game attendance (so far)

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Spring football was a big deal at a pair of Big Ten institutions this month. Nebraska pulled in a crowd of over 76,000 fans this past weekend in Lincoln to see the spring debut of new head coach Mike Riley. The 76,881 Husker fans in attendance would have topped the nation’s leading spring game attendance number pulled in by Alabama a year ago. Seeing a new head coach make his spring debut was also a huge draw at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines are not traditionally a powerhouse when it comes to spring game attendance, but with an estimated crowd of 60,000 flowing through the ticket gates for a glimpse of the Jim Harbaugh era, Michigan has held on strong this spring.

As a reminder, not every school treats the end of the spring practice schedule in the same fashion. Some schools charge a small fee for a ticket, others open the doors with no charge for admission. Others do not hold a game or live scrimmage for one reason or another, and sometimes the final practice doesn’t even take place in the football stadium. In addition, some schools do not track attendance figures at all, leaving us to resort to the best reported estimates where applicable.Some numbers are still coming in and to be confirmed, but here is your most up-to-date top ten in spring game attendance heading into the third weekend of the month of April.

Some numbers are still coming in and to be confirmed, but here is your most up-to-date top ten in spring game attendance heading into the third weekend of the month of April.

1. 76,881 – Nebraska (Big Ten)

2. 60,000 – Michigan (Big Ten)

3. 46,815 – Georgia (SEC)

4. 42,807 – Oklahoma (Big 12)

5. 37,000 – Clemson (ACC)

6. 22,788 – USC (Pac-12)

7. 22,580 – South Carolina (SEC)

8. 21,000 – Florida (SEC)

9. 17,250 – Florida State (ACC)

10. 15,000 – Ole Miss (SEC)

We should see some changes in this top ten this weekend. A handful of spring game attendance powers are scheduled for spring ball this weekend, including the defending national champions from Ohio State. The buzz surrounding the quarterback position and continued celebration of a national championship could give a boost to a traditionally strong spring attendance. Penn State should also draw well if the weather looks good. In the SEC we will have Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Missouri and Mississippi State closing out the spring. Notre Dame and Texas will also be playing their spring games this weekend.

Stanford down to its third-string QB for Week 8 matchup with UCLA

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If they haven’t already, Stanford may want to consider encasing Jack West in some industrial-strength bubble wrap.

Some type of head injury sidelined season-opening starter K.J. Costello for the USC game in Week 2, although he was able to return the following weekend.  However, after playing in two straight games, a thumb injury kept him out of the Week 5 win over Oregon State and the Week 6 upset of Washington.

In that win over the Huskies, though, Costello’s backup, Davis Mills, suffered a calf injury.  Despite coming off a bye, Costello had already been ruled out of the Week 8 matchup with UCLA; Mills’ injury still lingers as well as, Wednesday night, the Cardinal announced that West (pictured) is expected to get the start against the Bruins.

It will mark the redshirt freshman’s first career start.

West has attempted just five passes during his collegiate career, which came during his true freshman season last year.  While he played for nearly an entire quarter in replacing the injured Mills Oct. 5, West did not throw a pass.

Maryland TE Tyler Devera says he has entered transfer portal

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It seems the transfer portal season never really ends. On Wednesday, one of the newest addition to the transfer portal was Maryland tight end Tyler Devera. Devera announced his entry to the portal on his Twitter account.

Devera was a three-star recruit in Maryland’s Class of 2019 and has yet to appear in a game for the Terrapins.

Entering the transfer portal allows Devera to have contact with any other college football program looking to recruit him. It is worth noting Devera had committed to Rutgers before ending up heading to Maryland. Devera decommitted from the Scarlet Knights after his older brother, Brendan Devera, was dismissed by (now former ) Rutgers head coach Chris Ash. Whether or not Rutgers is back in play given the program will (eventually) have a new head coach remains to be seen.

Even though Devera has not played a game this season, he would have to sit out the 2020 season if he transfers to another FBS program, per NCAA transfer rules and barring any potential waiver that receives approval for immediate eligibility. When Devera is eligible again in 2021, he will still have three years of eligibility after using 2019 or 2020 as a redshirt season.

Uniform updates: Rutgers wearing long sleeved jerseys, Texas Tech throwing it back to 1976

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The Texas Longhorns won’t be the only school wearing a throwback style this weekend. Add Texas Tech and Rutgers to the mix of teams adopting a look that pays tribute to a certain era in program history.

Rutgers, the birthplace of college football, will be doing neer before seen in the modern era of college football. The Scarlet Knights will wear long-sleeve jerseys. The long sleeves mimic the style of uniform worn by the earliest college football players, although these uniforms will be made of a much more athletic material compared to the gear worn by those in 1869. The red long sleeve jerseys will be topped by a white helmet with a classic “R” logo. From head to toe, it is quite a unique look for the Scarlet Knights.

Texas Tech won’t be wearing long sleeves, but they will be wearing a look similar to the one worn during the bicentennial. The retro uniforms to be worn by Texas Tech this weekend take a page from the 1976 Red Raiders with a white helmet and red double-T logo, complete with red stars. Texas Tech claimed a Southwest Conference title in 1976, so the design choice is appropriate for the Red Raiders.

Not to be forgotten, Boston College has been teasing its own throwback look for this weekend too. I’m just guessing it will be one Doug Flutie would appreciate.

Teams suiting up in uniforms designed to pay tribute to a previous generation of program history has been a thing for a while now, but it is great to see so many schools getting in on the fun in the 150th anniversary season of college football. Every team should make it happen.

But wait, there’s more! Boise State is going to wear a uniform similar to the one they wore during their Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona in 2014.

C’mon Boise State. If you’re going to do a Fiesta Bowl throwback look, it is required by law that it must be the uniform worn in the win against Oklahoma.

Alabama removes Class of 2019 five-star defensive lineman Alfano from roster

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The writing may have been on the wall for much of the season, but Alabama freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano appears to no longer be a part of the Alabama football program. Alfano’s name went missing from the team’s online roster, as noted by BamaOnLine.com on Wednesday.

Alfano was among the prized recruits in Alabama’s Class of 2019, but a suspension led to head coach Nick Saban eventually saying Alfano “basically quit” the team. Rumors of his pending entrance to the NCAA transfer portal were ignited following quotes from his family, but BamaOnline reports Alfano has yet to formally have his name added to the portal.

So, uh, what gives?

It’s hard to say for now. Alfano was suspended for unknown reasons early in the season and had yet to play a game for Alabama. His removal from the team’s online roster suggests he will not be making a return to the Crimson Tide. That would suggest an entry to the transfer portal is imminent, especially since his parents previously stated Alfano was doing just that (and publicly saying he should stay at Alabama).

Whatever the future holds for Alfano, there will likely be a number of programs willing to take a look and see if he’s ready to get back on the field in a new environment. If he does transfer, he would have to sit out the 2020 season before being ruled eligible to play again in 2021 with three years of eligibility remaining.