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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 ESPN.com, 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.

Former Notre Dame DB Ashton White tweets transfer to Buffalo

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After a year away from the sport, Ashton White is getting back on the field.

White sent out a tweet on his personal Twitter account Wednesday announcing that he will be continuing his education at Buffalo and resuming his playing career with the Bulls.  The defensive back comes to the Bulls as a graduate transfer.

Including the upcoming season, White will have two years of eligibility at his disposal.

White was originally a three-star member of Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class.  After redshirting as a true freshman, White was one of five Fighting Irish players who were arrested in August of 2016 on multiple charges, including possession of marijuana.  The cornerback played sparingly in 2016 and then opted to sit out the 2017 season, although he remained enrolled in classes at Notre Dame and earned his bachelor’s degree this spring from the university.