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Mizzou QB Drew Lock, Alabama DL Raekwon Davis headline preseason All-SEC team

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The preseason hype surrounding Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is certainly not slowing down upon the conclusion of SEC Media Days.

The senior who finished last season on the All-SEC First Team finds himself in the exact same position on the media’s annual preseason list of top players from the league. Lock, a potential first-rounder, edged out Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham (second team) and both Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (third team). While the SEC has been knocked for quarterback play in the past, that is certainly not the case in 2018 given the depth that is apparent from the preseason teams, which doesn’t even include others like Ole Miss’ signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu.

Leading the way on defense was, not surprisingly, several Alabama stars. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson, plus defensive back Deionte Thompson were all on the first team All-SEC defense. All told, 13 Crimson Tide players were named to one of the three teams, a mark followed closely by Georgia (12), Auburn (9) and Florida (8).

The full set of three preseason teams are below:



QB: Drew Lock

RB: Damien Harris (Alabama), Benny Snell Jr. (Kentucky)

WR: A.J. Brown (Ole Miss),Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)

TE: Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)

OL: Jonah Williams (Alabama), Greg Little (Ole Miss), Martez Ivey (Florida),  Trey Smith (Tennessee), Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama)                            


QBJarrett Stidham                     

RB: D’Andre Swift (Georgia), Trayveon Williams (Texas A&M)

WR: Terry Godwin (Georgia), Ryan Davis (Auburn)

TE: Isaac Nauta (Georgia)    

OLAndrew Thomas (Georgia), Lester Cotton (Alabama), Hjalte Froholdt (Arkansas), Garrett Brumfield (LSU), Lamont Gaillard (Georgia)                                   


QB: Nick Fitzgerald, Jake Fromm                                             

RBAeris Williams (Mississippi State), Jordan Scarlett (Florida)   

WR: Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Emanuel Hall (Missouri)           

TE: C.J. Conrad (Kentucky)                       

OLMatt Womack (Alabama), Zack Bailey (South Carolina), Javon Patterson (Ole Miss), Marquel Harrell (Auburn), Erik McCoy (Texas A&M)  



DLRaekwon Davis, Cece Jefferson (Florida), Montez Sweat (Mississippi State), Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)                     

LB: Devin White (LSU), Anfernee Jennings, Mack Wilson                     

DB: Deandre Baker (Georgia), Greedy Williams (LSU), J.R. Reed (Georgia), Deionte Thompson             


DLJonathan Ledbetter (Georgia), Terry Beckner (Missouri), Derrick Brown (Auburn), Isaiah Buggs (Alabama)        

LB: Josh Allen (Kentucky), Deshaun Davis (Auburn), D’Andre Walker (Georgia)         

DBMike Edwards (Kentucky), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida), Jamel Dean (Auburn), CJ Henderson (Florida)


DL: Dontavius Russell (Auburn), Rashard Lawrence (LSU), Marlon Davidson (Auburn), Kingsley Keke (Texas A&M), Landis Durham (Texas A&M) 

LB: Dylan Moses (Alabama), David Reese (Florida), De’Jon Harris (Arkansas)                         

DBMark McLaurin (Mississippi State), Marco Wilson (Florida), Javaris Davis (Auburn), Santos Ramirez (Arkansas)                      



P: Corey Fatony, Missouri                                    

PKRodrigo Blankenship, Georgia                                         

RS/AP: Deebo Samuel


P: Joseph Charlton, South Carolina                                  

PK: Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M                                          

RS: Mecole Hardman, Georgia                  

APTrevon Diggs, Alabama                 


P: Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU   

PK: Tucker McCann, Missouri

RS: Trevon Diggs  

APKadarius Toney, Florida   

Super 16 Poll sees Buckeyes drop, Cougars and Aggies debut

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Just as they did in the AP and coaches polls this week, Ohio State fell down the ladder in this week’s Super 16 Poll from the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. The Buckeyes tumbled from No. 2 down to No. 9 after their blowout loss at Purdue, while seven teams moved up one spot at their expense. When all was sorted, however, Alabama remained the dominant team in the poll just as they have all season long.

The Crimson Tide received 50 of 51 first-place votes this week to continue their dominance in the Super 16 Poll. Only LSU managed to secure a first-place vote from the firm grasp of Alabama, but the Tigers managed to move up to just fourth. Undefeated Clemson and Notre Dame stand in the way behind Alabama.

Two new additions were made to the Super 16 poll this week. No. 14 Washington State finally cracked the top 16 after popping up in the voting a few weeks ago and slowly waiting for their chance to make a move. Their win over Oregon did just that and also dropped Oregon from the top 16 in the voting. Texas A&M, at No. 16, also mad their first debut in the top 16 this season after floating around in the voting for over a month. They fill the second vacancy that was left by NC State, who fell to the bottom of the others receiving votes category this week.

Iowa and Penn State, who meet this weekend in Happy Valley, are the first two teams out of the Super 16, so the winner of that Big Ten crossover matchup may have a shot to jump into the poll next week.

Here is this week’s Super 16 Poll.

  1. Alabama (50)
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. LSU (1)
  5. Michigan
  6. Texas
  7. Georgia
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Ohio State
  10. Florida
  11. UCF
  12. Kentucky
  13. West Virginia
  14. Washington State
  15. Washington
  16. Texas A&M

As a disclaimer, three contributors to College Football Talk are voters in the Super 16 poll: Zach Barnett, Bryan Fischer, and myself (Kevin McGuire).

TCU WR/KR KaVontae Turpin arrested for alleged assault of family member

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One of TCU’s most electric players is facing some legal trouble at the start of the week. KaVontae Turpin was arrested Sunday for alleged assault with bodily harm of a family member according to a report Monday morning from Star-Telegram. He has been released from jail.

The details of the incident have not yet been reported or shared at this time. TCU head coach Gary Patterson has yet to make any statement about the situation at this time. Before any decision on Turpin’ status with the team is made by Patterson, t is likely he and other athletics officials will want to gather as much information about the situation as possible before making any sort of announcement, whether it is handled in-house or not.

While Patterson has not officially been on the record about this news just yet, TCU has.

“Texas Christian University is aware that one of its students was recently arrested for a reported domestic situation,” a statement from TCU’s athletic department said Monday morning. “The university takes these types of reports very seriously and is continuing to gather information to determine next steps. TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.

“The student also may face a charge of violating the University Code of Student Conduct, the results of which are independent and separate from any legal charges.”

Turpin is TCU’s second-leading receiver with 410 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Turpin’s work on special teams has also been a bright spot for TCU this season with one punt return touchdown and one kickoff return touchdown this season.

USC QB J.T. Daniels in concussion protocol, backup Matt Fink has broken ribs, Jack Sears to the rescue?

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USC freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels has been entered into the team’s concussion protocol after getting roughed up on the road against Utah Saturday night. USC’s quarterback depth looks to be even more a concern this week as head coach Clay Helton announced backup quarterback Matt Fink broke three ribs in the same game.

Because of the injuries to the top two quarterbacks on the depth chart, the Trojans will prepare redshirt freshman Jack Sears to be the team’s starter this week.

I’m a big fan of Jack. I always have been,”  Helton said on Sunday. “If he’s given the opportunities, I think he’ll do a great job.”

Daniels has been USC’s starter all season as a true freshman. Because he has already played in seven games for the Trojans this fall, he cannot use the 2018 season as a redshirt season. Players can appear in up to four games without burning a redshirt year under a modified NCAA rule regarding redshirt eligibility. How serious the concussion issue remains to be seen, as they can be difficult to predict.

Sears did not play in 2017 and has yet to get the chance to record any passing stats this season. The former four-star dual-threat quarterback is not guaranteed to start this week, but if Daniels is not medically cleared to return, then it will be up to sears to guide the offense for however long he is needed.

USC hosts Arizona State this Saturday. Tied with Utah in the Pac-12 South, USC loses the tiebreaker for the top spot with the head-to-head loss at Utah, which means USC needs to finish the season ahead of Utah in the division in order to play for the Pac-12 championship.

Iowa bar unlocks locker of free beer for Nebraska fans after first Huskers win

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Taking a page right out of the Cleveland Browns playbook, a bar in Iowa celebrated the first Nebraska win of the season by ceremoniously unlocking a case full of beer to distribute to Nebraska fans at no cost.

Barley’s, a bar in Council Bluffs, Iowa, handed out free Budweiser to Nebraska fans gathering to watch the game against the Minnesota Gophers on Saturday. The bar started the promotion in an effort to “being Iowa Nice,” as the bar is a common gathering point for Nebraska fans in the state of Iowa. Naturally, the case was full of Budweiser in bottles of red and white, Nebraska’s colors.

Bud Lite sponsored a promotion for Cleveland Browns fans that promised to hand out free beer to fans after the Browns won their first game of the season this year. Two years ago, a bar in Florida made good on a free beer promo during UCF’s dreadful 0-12 season. Leave it to Scott Frost to end one free beer promo and be a part of another.