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Ex-Michigan WR Freddy Canteen announces transfer from Notre Dame

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So much for getting a chance to play against his former team. Notre Dame wide receiver Freddy Canteen says he is going to look for a new program to play football. Canteen previously transferred to Notre Dame from Michigan (Notre Dame hosts Michigan in Week 1 of the 2018 season).

“I will be transferring to another university to obtain a graduate degree that unfortunately Notre Dame does not offer,” Canteen said in a statement on Twitter. “I will also utilize my remaining two years of eligibility to play football.”

Canteen played in just three games for Notre Dame in 2017, with one reception for seven yards. A torn labrum brought his 2017 season to an abrupt end. The former Michigan player transferred to Notre Dame after the 2016 season, which was also wiped out by injury after his 2015 season was ruined by an injury.

As a graduate transfer, Canteen will be eligible to play right away this fall for whatever program he transfers to. And, as confirmed by Canteen, he will have two more years of eligibility to continue playing football for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Alabama (still) a massive favorite over Louisville, other Week 1 lines

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It’s been about four months since we checked in on the Week 1 betting lines in college football, highlighted by Alabama’s installation as a massive favorite for its date with Louisville in Orlando.

And in the four months since, the public has clearly lost faith in the Nick Saban Football Machine.

After starting as a 29.5-point favorite, Alabama has been downgraded… to a 28.5-point favorite, according to lines released by Bet Online.

Other lines of note:

  • UCF (-20.5) at Connecticut
  • Northwestern (+4.5) at Purdue
  • Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (at Denver)
  • San Diego State (+14.5) at Stanford
  • Florida Atlantic (+23) at Oklahoma
  • Oregon State (+38) at Ohio State
  • Texas (-10.5) at Maryland
  • Boise State (-10.5) at Troy
  • Arizona (-14) vs. BYU (at Phoenix)
  • Auburn (-3.5) vs. Washington (at Atlanta)
  • Ole Miss (-1.5) vs. Texas Tech (at Houston)
  • West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee (at Charlotte)
  • North Carolina (+6) at California
  • Michigan (+2) at Notre Dame
  • Alabama (-28.5) vs. Louisville (at Orlando)
  • Miami (-3) vs. LSU (at Dallas)
  • Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Florida State

Check out the entire list of lines here.

Notre Dame new home for Auburn transfer Keenan Sweeney

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Keenan Sweeney‘s father and grandfather played their college football at Notre Dame.  Now, their son/grandson is set to do the same.

According to his various social media platforms, the younger Sweeney announced that he has decided to transfer from Auburn to Notre Dame for his final season of collegiate eligibility. “No better way to finish my football career at the university I grew up loving,” the fullback/H-back wrote, adding the obligatory “Go Irish!”

Sweeney came to The Plains as a walk-on in 2014, ultimately earning a scholarship during summer camp ahead of the start of the 2016 regular season.  The 6-0, 237-pound native of Snellville, Ga., played in nine games during his time with the Tigers, including six this past season.

Jim Sweeney, the transfer’s grandfather, played fullback for the Irish in the late 1940s, as did John Sweeney, the father, three decades later.  The latter Sweeney was a starting fullback as a freshman on the 1979 Fighting Irish team, and went on to play another three seasons in South Bend.

On a somewhat related note, there’s also a really cool John Sweeney/Herschel Walker story that you should read by clicking HERE.

Two Big 12 schools in play for Notre Dame transfer Nick Watkins

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Nearly three weeks after leaving Notre Dame, Nick Watkins‘ future is quickly coming into focus.

According to Adam Rittenberg of, Watkins will take an official visit to West Virginia this week.  Additionally, the cornerback is expected to take unofficial visits to Houston, SMU and TCU at some point before the calendar turns to June.

Speaking of next month, Rittenberg reports that Watkins hopes to have a transfer destination decided on by the beginning of June.

As a graduate transfer, the defensive back will be eligible immediately at whichever FBS school to which he transfers for his final season.

Watkins played in 35 games the past four seasons for the Fighting Irish, including a dozen this past season.  In 2017, Watkins set career-highs with 29 tackles and eight passes defensed.

Watkins’ entire 2016 season was wiped out by a broken arm sustained in spring practice, leading to a medical hardship waiver that gave him another year of eligibility.

Four-star 2019 QB picks BYU over offers from, among others, Alabama

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First an Ivy League school and now this.

After being wooed and pursued heavily by Alabama, four-star 2018 quarterback Brevin White opted to sign with Princeton this past February.  Fast-forward three months or so, and the defending national champion Crimson Tide have been in pursuit of another four-star quarterback, this one from the Class of 2019 — Arizona high schooler Jacob Conover.

Sunday night, Conover announced on his personal Twitter account that he has committed to playing his college football at… BYU.

While Conover is a Class of 2019 recruit, he won’t see the field for the Cougars or anyone else that season as he is planning on taking a two-year LDS mission after he graduates from high school next year.  Thus, the earliest he’d be available to any school football-wise is 2021. rates Conover as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country.  In addition to BYU and Alabama, Conover held offers from, among others, Arizona State, Arizona, Northwestern, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Washington State and Wisconsin.

Don’t feel bad for Alabama’s future under center, though, as they already have a commitment from 2019 four-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of the Tide’s national championship game hero, as well as the four-star great-grandson of the legendary Bear Bryant.