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The BYU-Utah matchup is always one of the top rivalry games in college football each year. The series will be on hiatus for 2014 and 2015, so this season’s game will have a little extra meaning.

BYU is planning a slight uniform tweak for the 2013 matchup against the Utes, as the Cougars will wear their royal blue scheme.

Here’s a look at athletic director Tom Holmoe modeling the jersey, along with a shot from Nike:

 


 

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:30
All taxonomy terms: Golf, News
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With his eighth Bridgestone win in his 14th appearance at the prestigious World Golf Championship event at storied Firestone Country Club, Tiger Woods added to what might be the greatest record by any single golfer at any single tournament. Woods has won more than half the time against stacked, world-class fields on a tough course that has hosted several major championships. Here's a look at Woods' win by the numbers:

 

-9 Woods stood at 9-under through 13 holes on Friday, putting him within striking distance of a 59 (or better). Five straight closing pars left him to settle for a 61, which tied a career low score for Woods. For reference, co-runner-ups Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson finished 8-under — for the tournament. 

 

79 The win was Woods' 79th of his incredible career, placing him three shy of Sam Snead's all-time PGA Tour record.

 

8 Woods tied a record he already shared with Sam Snead, winning the same tournament for the eighth time. Woods has also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill eight times, and Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.

 

19 Woods has now won his last start prior to a major championship an astounding 19 times. Of those, he went on to win the major in question "only" four times. In his career, he's won the Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in the same year three times (2000, 2006, 2007).

 

1.7 During a 10-tournament span at the Bridgestone from 1999 to 2009 (he didn't play in 2008), Woods' average finish was 1.7. He won seven times, and the years he didn't win, he finished 4th, T4 and T2. In those 10 tournaments, he won more than $9 million.'

 

10 Woods has now won five or more tournaments in a single season 10 times, adding to his personal record. Sam Snead is second with eight seasons of five or more wins. Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus had seven such seasons.

 

.428 Woods' winning percentage in World Golf Championship events is .428 — he's won 18 times in only 42 starts. Remember that theoretically, these wins have come against the best fields that golf has to offer.

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With his eighth Bridgestone win in his 14th appearance at the prestigious World Golf Championship event at storied Firestone Country Club, Tiger Woods added to what might be the greatest record by any single golfer at any single tournament.
Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:18
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When the New York Giants won the Super Bowl two seasons ago they finished 9-7 during the regular season. Tom Coughlin's team matched that mark last season, but didn't even get the opportunity to defend their title as they missed the playoffs.

A one-point, Week 13 loss at Washington ended up being the deciding factor, as the Giants lost three of their final five games, allowing the Redskins to edge them out for the NFC East title by one win.

There has been some turnover on the roster, with several veterans departing through free agency or getting released outright. The offense is virtually intact with All-Pro wide receiver Victor Cruz signing a long-term contract and 2012 first-round pick David Wilson ready to assume a more prominent role. The defense lost quite a bit of experience, especially along the line, and needs both Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to bounce back and be as disruptive as they were two seasons ago. The Giants finished tied for third in the NFL in sacks with 48 in 2011. That number dropped to just 33 (22nd) last season.

With Manning and the weapons he has in place, the Giants should score plenty of points. The key to their season will be how much better will the defense be? This unit had too many breakdowns in coverage last season that led to big plays, a reason why it finished second-to-last in the league in yards allowed (383.4 per game).

What will the Giants' record be at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

New York Giants' 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

WKOpponentBraden
Gall
Steven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
Ralph
Vacchiano
Ed
Valentine
1at Dallas
2Denver
3at Carolina
4at Kansas City
5Philadelphia
6at Chicago (Thurs.)
7Minnesota (Mon.)
8at Philadelphia
9BYEBYEBYEBYEBYEBYE
10Oakland
11Green Bay
12Dallas
13at Washington
14at San Diego
15Seattle
16at Detroit
17Washington
 Final Projection10-610-610-610-611-5
 NFC East3-33-33-34-24-2

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
The Giants have historically started quickly under Tom Coughlin and, despite potentially losing the first two, should have a winning record heading into the bye week (Week 9). This team is good enough to beat anyone on any week and inconsistent enough to lose to offensively-geared teams like the Panthers, Chiefs, Bears and Eagles on the road. This offense will be explosive but New York will struggle to beat teams with great offenses — like there might be in the NFC East — due to a slow deterioration in the front seven. The Giants are the least inconsistent team in a wildly inconsistent division so the 10 wins should give them an NFC East title, but likely removes all first-round bye conversations.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
The NFC East is one of the toughest divisions to peg this preseason. The Giants are my pick to win the East, but it wouldn’t surprise me if all of these teams finish right around the 9-7 or 8-8 mark. The defense ranked 31st in the NFL in yards allowed last year and there weren’t many big-time additions. The Giants need defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to return to form, which would help not only the pass rush, but a secondary that ranked 28th in the league in 2012. With question marks about the defense, quarterback Eli Manning may need to win a handful of high-scoring games in 2013. Assuming the Giants win the division, they will be a tough out in the playoffs and are capable of putting together another Super Bowl run. However, the defense has to make significant progress for coach Tom Coughlin to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Mark Ross
By and large, this is the same Giants team that went 9-7 last season and just missed the playoffs. As long as Eli Manning is upright, this team should be able to stay in the thick of the NFC East race, and in fact, with explosive running back David Wilson ready to take on a larger role, this offense has the potential to be even more dangerous this season. The defense must play better than it did last season, especially when it comes to generating a consistent pass rush and limiting the breakdowns in coverage that led to big plays.

The opening two games won't be easy, but if the Giants start out strong like they have done under Tom Coughlin they should be in a good position by the time the bye week comes around in Week 9. The going gets a little tougher after that, especially in Weeks 11-13, but a strong finish should keep the Giants in playoff contention and give this core at least one more chance at a third Super Bowl title during the Manning/Coughlin era.

Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN), New York Daily News
The Giants will do what they always do under Tom Coughlin – get off to a hot start. In Coughlin’s nine seasons they’ve started 6-2 six times and they’ve never started worse than 5-3. It’s the second half where things usually get dicey, and this season should be no different. They almost always stumble early in the second half, lose a game at home they shouldn’t, then rally in December. In three of the last four seasons that rally fell short, but this year should be different. If they’re healthy — especially WR Hakeem Nicks and DE Jason Pierre-Paul — they should be in the playoff and division races right until the final week of the season. And with a win in their home finale against the Redskins, they’ll finish 10-6 and get in.

Ed Valentine (@bigblueview), Big Blue View
The Giants still have the core from the 2011 Super Bowl team, and a year after the disappointment of not making the playoffs are determined not to let that happen again. New York has an explosive offense led by Eli Manning and a deep receiving corps. Most of the questions on this team are about defense, where the Giants ranked 31st in the league a season ago. Jason Pierre-Paul's back surgery doesn't help, but the Giants should be better on defense this season. Maybe not dominant, but at least adequate.

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:00
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Aug. 5.

 

• Ah, Instagram, where celebs go to lose their inhibitions. Here's a gallery of sexy celebrity Instagram photos, including Stacy Kiebler.

 

The heavy price of incarceration for Aaron Hernandez: No Internet.

 

The top 25 players in the SEC, starting with a certain athletic marvel in black and garnet.

 

• This is interesting: To be an SEC ref, you have to be able to run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes, 16 seconds. There goes my dream.

 

• This could be a movie: Football coach Ted Lasso tries his hand at football, English Premier League-style.

 

• I'm old enough to remember when Art Donovan used to go on David Letterman all the time. The Colts legend died this weekend. RIP.

 

• Football season's fast approaching, which means that the guys at Every Day Should Be Saturday are climbing back onto my radar.

 

• Tiger Woods has won 79 times. This was the first time that his son Charlie was there to see it.

 

A helmet sticker warns users against playing the sport of football. It's Roger Goodell's world now.

 

Is A-Rod aware that he's lost the New York Post?

 

In a battle of jacked-up juicer vs. lowly water bottle, I'm rooting for the bottle.

 

• Cris Carter videobombed Warren Sapp at the Hall of Fame ceremony the other night. Enjoy.

 

 

 

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:45
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Notre Dame has unveiled a new uniform for 2013. No, it’s not an entire revamp of the Fighting Irish’s uniforms, but rather a one-time change for the Shamrock Series game against Arizona State on Oct. 5.

Notre Dame’s uniforms are one of the most classic looks in college football each year. However, these Shamrock Series uniforms are pretty sharp.


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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:28
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The ongoing saga that is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason continued on Sunday, as ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is under NCAA investigation.

The report alleges Manziel agreed to sign memorabilia for an autograph broker in Miami in January. Manziel was reportedly paid five figures for the signatures, but witnesses never saw an exchange of money.

An interesting tidbit in the report was the authentication companies and the Manziel items on the internet. According to ESPN.com’s report, PSA/DNA and JSA have authenticated the autographs, and the items are numbered sequentially. And Outside the Lines also mentions large quantities and numbered autographs are generally done for sale.

What Does This Mean for Texas A&M?

Right now, nothing. As the past few months have showed, the NCAA’s investigative arm doesn’t have the best reputation (see the Miami case).

Being under investigation doesn’t mean a suspension is coming, but this is something that will play out over the next few weeks. And considering all of the factors in play, it may take some time for the NCAA to sort this out.

Needless to say, Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel have to hope for a quick investigation, especially with the season just a few weeks away. 

What if Johnny Manziel is Suspended?

Again, it’s too early to know if Manziel will be suspended. But if the sophomore quarterback is ruled ineligible, the consequences on Texas A&M’s 2013 season are huge. The Aggies are picked in the top 10 of most preseason polls and were projected to be one of the teams in the mix for a BCS bowl.

There have been similar cases in recent years, as Georgia’s A.J. Green was suspended for four games in 2010 for selling a jersey, and six Ohio State players were suspended under Jim Tressel for trading memorabilia for tattoos.

What if Manziel is suspended four games? He would be forced to sit out contests against Rice, Sam Houston State, Alabama and SMU.

Obviously, the Sept. 14 matchup against Alabama is expected to shape the national title picture and is one of the most-anticipated SEC contests for 2013. But games against Rice, Sam Houston State and SMU are winnable without Manziel. A six-game suspension would be a bigger problem for Texas A&M, as road games at Arkansas and Ole Miss won’t be easy.

If Manziel misses a bigger portion of the schedule, Texas A&M’s SEC West title hopes are finished.

What’s Next?

The waiting game. It’s important to note that Manziel is simply under investigation, and none of the allegations have been proven as fact. And it's entirely possible this investigation could turn up nothing, and Manziel won't have to miss any games. 

Obviously, Texas A&M has to prepare for the worst. With fall practice starting, Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis will be under extra scrutiny by the coaching staff.

Although Manziel has spent plenty of time in the headlines this offseason, none of the previous stories, photos or tweets had any impact on Texas A&M’s season. But with a NCAA investigation hanging over Manziel, a season that looked so promising in Aggieland in April has begun to erode.


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During the annual Hall of Fame game, HOF inductee Cris Carter took the opportunity to have some fun with fellow inductee Warren Sapp by videobombing the crap out of his sideline interview. It was epic. 
Cris Carter videobombs Warren Sapp
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During the annual Hall of Fame game, HOF inductee Cris Carter took the opportunity to have some fun with fellow inductee Warren Sapp by videobombing the crap out of his sideline interview. It was epic.
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It’s a new era for Nevada football in 2013. Gone is coach Chris Ault and in is former Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian. The Wolf Pack has won at least six games in each of the last eight years and should be in the mix for a bowl in 2013.

Nevada already released a new white helmet for this year and unveiled all-new uniforms for 2013.

Perhaps the biggest change is the helmet. The Wolf Pack’s white helmet will replace the blue one as the primary look.

Here's a gallery of Nevada's new uniforms for 2013.

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 08:30
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Kentucky hit rock bottom with a 2-10 record last season. As a result of the dismal year, Joker Phillips was fired, and Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was hired to take over the top spot in Lexington.

Stoops hired an excellent coaching staff, which includes former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, as well as Florida State assistant D.J. Eliot.

Stoops has a stellar recruiting class on the way, but Kentucky still lags behind the rest of the conference in overall talent. The Wildcats return 10 starters from last year’s team, but only end Bud Dupree, tackle Donte Rumph and linebacker Avery Williamson have garnered preseason all-conference consideration.

Kentucky faces an uphill battle in 2013, and progress may not be noticeable in the win column. A non-conference game against Western Kentucky in the season opener isn’t a guaranteed win, while crossover games with SEC West opponents Alabama and Mississippi State are likely losses.

While the future is bright in Kentucky, the Wildcats may struggle just to get to three or four wins in 2013.

What will Kentucky's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Kentucky's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
David
Fox
Josh
Ward
SEC
Logo
8/31 Western Kentucky
9/7 Miami (Ohio)
9/14 Louisville
9/28 Florida
10/5 at South Carolina
10/12 Alabama
10/24 at Mississippi State
11/2 Alabama State
11/9 Missouri
11/16 at Vanderbilt
11/23 at Georgia
11/30 Tennessee
Final Projection3-92-102-103-93-9

 

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Mark Stoops has done everything right for Kentucky so far. But now comes the hard part. The Wildcats were outgained by 169 yards per game in SEC play last season and only one conference loss was by 10 points or less. Kentucky has some pieces to work with, including on defense with ends Bud Dupree, Jason Hatcher and Za’Darius Smith. But this unit doesn’t have the depth to consistently compete in the SEC in 2013. The offense will be better under the direction of new coordinator Neal Brown, and there are three promising candidates to start at quarterback. The biggest question mark on offense will be finding playmakers, especially at receiver where the top returning option is Demarco Robinson (28 catches). I have Kentucky finishing 3-9, but I could see this team winning one in SEC play. Stoops has an excellent recruiting class on the way, and it’s all about showing progress in 2013. Even if the Wildcats fail to win a game in the SEC, I expect this team will be more competitive against their conference brethren.

Mark Ross
Do I think Kentucky is headed in the right direction under Mark Stoops? Yes, but let's not kid ourselves here, this Wildcats program has a long way to go to return to the days of five straight bowl games from 2006-10. It will take Stoops some time to mold this program to his liking and, more importantly, gather the necessary talent and depth to compete in the SEC on a consistent basis. That's what happens when you lose two of your best offensive players (guard Larry Warford, wide receiver LaRod King) from a team that went 2-10 and your starting quarterback (Jalen Whitlow) accounted for a grand total of six touchdowns last season. The games with in-state foes Western Kentucky and Louisville make the non-conference schedule challenging to begin with and then SEC play opens with Florida, South Carolina and Alabama? Simply surpassing last year's win total and clawing out a win in conference should be considered a moral victory for this season. Better days are ahead for UK's football team, just not in 2013.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)
I’ll buy stock in Mark Stoops for his long-term prospects at Kentucky, but not for 2013. Who put together this schedule? From Sept. 14-Oct. 12, Kentucky faces the defending national champs, the Sugar Bowl participants and a top-10 team on the road. Kentucky’s just doesn’t have the talent to compete in the SEC, and the real problem is that the Wildcats are really the only ones in this category. Vanderbilt has distanced itself from Kentucky in a big way. Mississippi State and Ole Miss (the latter of which isn’t on UK’s schedule) aren’t doormats anymore. Kentucky’s real statements are going to have to be against Western Kentucky (who defeated UK in overtime last season) and Miami (Ohio). Lose those games and Kentucky runs the risk of losing to every FBS team on the schedule. After that, Kentucky has to hope it has enough pieces like Bud Dupree and Donte Rumph up front to put a scare into Missouri or Vandy late in the season. Other than that, the season is pretty bleak.


Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
It’s been a successful offseason for Kentucky, which has put together one of the nation’s top recruiting classes for 2014. Unfortunately, none of those players are available. It will likely be a difficult season for Kentucky, which has a promising coaching staff but a depleted roster. Still, Kentucky fans shouldn’t give up hope. What if the Wildcats force a few turnovers at home against Louisville? Road games against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt won’t be easy, but they’re winnable. Missouri and Tennessee are both coming off losing seasons and have to travel to Lexington. Kentucky’s defense will rely on a strong line and one of the league’s top linebackers in Avery Williamson. If the Wildcats get consistent (and healthy) play at quarterback, they might surprise a team or two.

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
Good bye Joker. Hiring a defensive minded head coach like Mark Stoops is a step in the right direction for Kentucky. He is surprising on the recruiting trail for 2014, even giving the state of Ohio a run. Getting 50,000 people to your spring game, not too shabby. With all that said you are bringing back an offence that ranked 119th and a defense that was 86th in the nation last year. I don’t see success in Mark’s first year, but all the signs say he’s doing everything right. With four new head coaches in the SEC, someone has to rise to the top of the pile. Name to remember: Alvin Dupree, LB 
 

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Post date: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 07:16
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The Big 12 is up for grabs in 2013. Without a clear frontrunner, this conference should be one of the most entertaining battles for the top spot in the nation this year.

 

A strong case could be made Oklahoma State is the team to beat in the Big 12, but like the rest of the teams in the conference, the Cowboys have question marks.

The offense should be among the best in the Big 12, but quarterback Clint Chelf needs to prove he can be effective for a full season, and the offensive line needs to find three new starters. The biggest area of concern has to be on defense.

 

Oklahoma State is thin on proven defensive ends, and the secondary ranked 110th nationally against the pass last year.

 

With a schedule that features home games against TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Baylor, it’s easy to see why Oklahoma State was picked during Big 12 Media Days as the early favorite.

What will Oklahoma State's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Oklahoma State's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
Lassan
Mike
Perez
Mark
Ross
David
Fox
Chris
Williams
Allen
Kenney
8/31 Mississippi State (Houston
9/7 at UTSA
9/14 Lamar
9/28 at West Virginia
10/5 Kansas State
10/19 TCU
10/26 at Iowa State
11/2 at Texas Tech
11/9 Kansas
11/16 at Texas
11/23 Baylor
12/7 Oklahoma
Final Projection10-211-111-110-29-311-1


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Under coach Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has been a model of consistency. The Cowboys have won at least seven games in each of the last seven years, including a 23-3 stretch from 2010-11. There’s no question Oklahoma State has joined the ranks of the Big 12 elite, and despite a rebuilding year in 2012, managed to go 8-5 with three losses coming by seven points or less. The Cowboys are my pick to win the Big 12 this season, and with a schedule that features home games against Kansas State, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma, the conference title will run through Stillwater. Senior quarterback Clint Chelf played well in limited action last season, and he will be surrounded by plenty of weapons at running back and receiver. The defense has to play better, but new coordinator Glenn Spencer could be what this unit needs to fix some of the issues from last year. Considering how close the top teams are in the Big 12, two losses will likely win the conference title.   


Mike Perez, (@OrangePowerCom), OrangePower.com
Oklahoma State has had four offensive coordinators during Mike Gundy's eight-year head coaching tenure (including Gundy himself) and each season the offense continues to churn like a well-oiled machine. Expect more of the same this season with Mike Yurcich becoming the newest offensive coordinator to take the reins. Once again, the determining factor of the Cowboys' season will be the level of play they can get from the defense. With linebacker coach turned defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer at the helm, expect to see a more aggressive defense on the field than in year's past. The Cowboys have the talent and experience to get through the non-conference portion of the schedule unscathed and with a relatively down year for the Big 12 I don't expect more than one or two losses for the season. If defensive NFL prospects Calvin Barnett and Justin Gilbert live up to expectations and the OSU defense is able to take advantage of the more aggressive scheme, the Cowboys very well may be a dark horse contender for the BCS Championship game.

Mark Ross

If there was ever a season for Oklahoma State to seize the Big 12, this would be it. With the quarterback uncertainty at Oklahoma and Texas, not to mention the Longhorns' recent "slide," Mike Gundy's team appears to be well positioned to win the conference. Offense has been Gundy's trademark since he took over in Stillwater, and even with a new offensive coordinator in Mike Yurcich and unproven starters in quarterback Clint Chelf and running back Jeremy Smith, this Cowboys team should score its fair share of points. The defense has seven starters returning, including experience at every level, and should be able to improve on last year's poor performance against the pass (110th in the nation).

 

The other thing Oklahoma State has going in its favor this fall is its schedule. The opener with Mississippi State in Houston will be tough, but otherwise the Cowboys should breeze through their non-conference slate. OSU gets five home Big 12 games, with the toughest road test by far coming in Austin, Texas, in the middle of November. However, even there the Cowboys get a break as that game is sandwiched between home dates with Kansas and Baylor. As long as the Pokes don't slip up when they have back-to-back road games in Ames, Iowa, and Lubbock, Texas, they will be in a position to take advantage of a home slate that features Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma. The Cowboys have gone 17-3 at Boone Pickens Stadium over the last three seasons. The bar has been raised in Stillwater, and as long as the offense does what it does and the defense can show some moderate improvement, there's a good chance that Oklahoma State just may be able to clear it this fall.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)

Mike Gundy did a wildly underrated coaching job last season. The Cowboys lost Brandon Weeden and needed to start three different quarterbacks to replace him, and they still finished in the top 10 nationally in passing, yards per game and points per game. The 5-4 Big 12 record isn’t pretty, but Oklahoma State lost one-score games to Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor, the last two on the road. For 2013, I’ve picked Oklahoma State to lose two Big 12 games, which may be enough to win the league. The truth is, there’s not much that’s going to be predictable in this conference. Oklahoma State, though, benefits from a good home schedule, drawing rival OU, Baylor and TCU at home. The pick here that sticks out is the Texas Tech loss. The Red Raiders will be OK, and strange things happen to Big 12 frontrunners in Lubbock.

Chris Williams, (@ChrisMWilliams), CycloneFanatic.com
Oklahoma State is without question the safest pick to win the Big 12 in 2013 but I'm wondering if replacing four assistant coaches might not take its toll on Mike Gundy's program this season? Maybe it won't. After all, Gundy seems to do just fine as he loses offensive coordinators on an annual basis (it seems like it at least). OSU won't have any problems starting off 5-0 but that sixth game vs. TCU is a real swing game. I have TCU winning the league and that game as well, but should the Cowboys knock off the Horned Frogs, running the table until its road trip to Austin is very realistic. OSU's final three games are all tough. I see 10-2 as a best-case scenario for the Cowboys but 9-3 is the pick. 

Allen Kenney, @BlatantHomerismBlatantHomerism.com
Mike Gundy has done a fantastic job of growing Oklahoma St. from a middle-of-the-road program in the Big 12 that is consistently competing for the conference crown. In fact, I'm picking the Cowboys to win the league for the second time in three years. The experience at quarterback is a big plus in a year with so much turnover at the position throughout the conference, and Clint Chelf will have plenty of weapons at his disposal. The defense also boasts impact players at all three levels: Calvin Barnett up front, Shaun Lewis at linebacker and Justin Gilbert in the secondary.

 

To me, the big concern with OSU this year is the Pokes' tendency to take their eye off the ball. I'm betting one team that has no business beating OSU pulls it off. How about at Texas Tech? The Red Raiders have enough offensive firepower to at least put a scare into the Pokes, and they'll be playing their ninth game under new coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff. That's enough time to get everything in place to spring an upset.

That lone loss will likely keep OSU out of the national championship game, but another BCS bowl should make for a nice consolation prize.

 

 

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It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2013, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk anonymously about their opponents.

Note: These scouting reports come directly from the coaching staff and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.

ACC Coaches Anonymously Scout Their Conference Foes for 2013

Boston College
Opposing coaches size up the Eagles:

“Whether it’s Tom O’Brien or Frank Spaziani, they were going to be tough. They were going to be physical. They weren’t going to beat themselves, and they make you earn it every game. That’s always Boston College’s M.O. That hasn’t produced results lately, in part because they don’t have very good talent, but they never gave up their toughness." … 

"I’ve heard Steve Addazio wants to be more like they were at Florida and spread you out. To me, you’ll have a hard time doing that at Boston College because you don’t have the speed. It will be interesting to see what they can do from a scheme standpoint." …

"They are always big on the offensive line, but nobody at the receiver position really scares you. Where they hurt is at the skill positions. But on the offensive line, it’s hard to move guys in there. You would expect that to be the same." …

"There was nobody I can remember that really sticks out on the roster as a force to be reckoned with. They’ve had some good running backs in the past, but nobody really scares you there.”

Clemson

Opposing coaches size up the Tigers:

“Tajh Boyd, for as good a year as he had, is still inconsistent. Our defensive staff feels like he’s got a chance to play as much for the opponent as he does his own team. He did a lot of good things last year and got better, lost weight, and is a lot better because of it. But sometimes he does things that make you wonder what’s he thinking." …

"The loss of (tailback) Andre Ellington is big. I don’t think he got enough credit nationally. He was a really good player." …

"The skill positions make Clemson go. They get three or four great players on offense, and they’ve got a pretty good chance to be good every year. The talent at receiver is as good as anywhere. You see their backup receivers and say, ‘My god, they are better than our receivers.’ …

"Defensively, I thought they were very average. Nobody on the D-line scares you. Nobody at the linebacker position scares you." …

"Stephone Anthony was a highly rated linebacker coming in, and he has hardly done anything. It’s time for highly recruited guys to be developed and step up.”
 

Duke

Opposing coaches size up the Blue Devils:

“David Cutcliffe has done a great job getting the players to believe they can win. Cutcliffe is very well respected. The biggest difference you see in Duke is they’ve developed depth. They had a bunch of injuries on defense but didn’t miss a beat. There’s still a drop-off personnel-wise in certain areas." …

"FSU about killed Duke’s quarterback. They still need to get a little stout up front. The FSU and Stanford games embarrassed them a little bit." …

"The cornerback, Ross Cockrell, the kid was terrible in 2011 but got a lot better last year. He’s a good player now." …

"Their linebackers are slow. They really can’t keep up.  It’s an area we felt we could expose." …

"They are losing their quarterback, Sean Renfree, and Cutcliffe made it work with him. I’m sure he’ll do the same with the new guy (Anthony Boone), who’s more of a dual-threat, option player. I think they’ll implement the option more, which is a little bit of a different look than some of Cutcliffe’s past quarterbacks, so it will be interesting to see how they make it work.”
 

Florida State
Opposing coaches size up the Seminoles:

“From a defensive standpoint and what they had last year, the one thing that jumps out is their back seven. People talked about (defensive end) Bjoern Werner, but those three linebackers and the four guys in the secondary stood out to me. The speed the linebackers had, the physicality, it’s impressive. Even our defensive staff, the week before we played them we saw them on video, and that’s all they could talk about. That’s the thing that jumps out to me about them. It’s hard to say that guy’s a linebacker and that guy’s a defensive back — they are all the same. It allows them to be very multiple. Wasn’t like they presented scheme problems; the biggest problem is just personnel." …

"They are really good, no doubt. I don’t think the loss of Werner will be a big deal. I was more impressed with Cornellius Carradine, who’s gone too. We thought Werner took plays off, but we were impressed with Carradine." …

"Offensively, the loss of EJ Manuel will be a big loss. We were impressed with him last year.”
 

Georgia Tech

Opposing coaches size up the Yellow Jackets:

“Obviously they will be in every game because of the offense. It’s a challenge. It’s hard to defend, unless you have extra time to prepare, which you usually don’t. When you don’t, it’s hard, hard, hard to defend. You have to be extremely disciplined."

"It’s kind of their M.O., but over years, it’s been harder for them. When you walked in, you had Stephen Hill to line up out there and stretch the D. We use it against them. Playing that offense, hard to recruit receivers. All they will do is block." …

"It’s hard being a defensive coordinator there because of the system you’re going into, the offense you’re going against in practice. You never get to defend against the pass." …

"Ted Roof is a good hire. Great for Tech go get a guy like that. You look at those guys on D and they play hard. I thought they had some talent on D. The secondary has its problems." … 

"You look at Tech, they struggled all year, but they still found a way to get bowl-eligible and enter the ACC title game, even if it was a fluke. They are not going to be irrelevant.”
 

Maryland
Opposing coaches size up the Terrapins

“Really curious to see what they do this year. Even though they weren’t very good, you can’t lose a bunch of quarterbacks to injury and expect to compete. You just can’t. Putting a linebacker under center won’t work. That’s what they had to do. It’s crazy." …

"It was just a year to forget for them, though that defense was really good." …

"They lost a bunch of seniors off that defense, though. Replacing them won’t be easy." …

"Sounds like they might go with a transfer at quarterback (Ricardo Young), so we’ll see what he can do. I know they like (C.J.) Brown, too. But overall you have to classify quarterback as a weakness for them until proven otherwise." …

"The stud young receiver, Stefon Diggs, is a big-time player. Whoever the quarterback is, Diggs will help the situation. And there’s a running back (Brandon Ross) who finished the year pretty well. He can play. He’s pretty athletic." …

"I think Randy (Edsall) can coach. He has a hard edge to him that worked at UConn, but it’s uncertain whether that will kind of take shape at Maryland.”
 

Miami

Opposing coaches size up the Hurricanes:

“Great looking offensive line — that’s the thing that stands out about them. Looks like an NFL offensive line. How are we going to be able to hold up to these guys? "…

"I thought the quarterback, Stephen Morris, played well for them." …

"Defensively, you would think they would be better than they were. I know they were young in some spots. Miami, you always think about defensive linemen, but nobody really scared you on that unit." …

"It was a young team that played like it at times. They found a way to win some games. Al Golden did a good job changing the culture. He’s good. I like him. I know a majority of our guys feel the same way. I think he tries to do it the right way. We like the coaches on that staff a lot." …

"They are in a tough situation. The atmosphere at their games is a joke, being as far off campus as the stadium is. It’s a pro stadium that’s pretty much empty. It’s a shame. They had a great home field advantage at the Orange Bowl, but now they have no home field advantage.”
 

NC State
Opposing coaches size up the Wolfpack:

“They didn’t play another quarterback the whole year, so I’m not sure what they have behind that. I didn’t think they were very good on the offensive line. Wide receiver-wise, they had quite a few drops in our game, but that was indicative of their season. Mike Glennon could put the ball on them, but they dropped a lot of balls." …

"It’s a really strong secondary. David Amerson came out. I thought he was really talented,  but he had an up-and-down year." …

"The defensive line is not bad. They should have solid linebackers. I think they had lost all three of their linebackers from the year before, so they were young there last year and will be better." …

"Now, I don’t know what Dave Doeren’s plans are. I do think he’ll have enough to work with. It all depends on the quarterback. The offense he ran at Northern Illinois was very quarterback-oriented. It was about running and throwing." …

"I thought the O-line was one of the weaker parts of the team. Running backs were solid, but nothing special. Tom O’Brien was solid there.”
 

North Carolina
Opposing coaches size up the Tar Heels:

“Larry Fedora, I thought he did a good job in his first year. The biggest thing was the tempo they played with. They are really fast and presented problems for a lot of teams. The tempo can wear you out." …

"The running back, Gio Bernard, was a really, really, really good player — yes, three ‘reallys.’ …

"The receivers are impressive looking. The tight end, Eric Ebron, is impressive looking. He’ll be a big part of what they do next year, I would think." …

"Butch Davis didn’t have a problem recruiting at North Carolina. That guard, Jonathan Cooper, he’s as good as we saw in the country last year. He’s gone to the NFL now, and he’ll be missed. They had great talent on offense, and combined it with the tempo they played." …

"They were just OK in the secondary. I thought it was a liability, to be honest. North Carolina State exposed their secondary last year." …

"If they aren’t good on offense, it can be all over for them on a bad day. … The quarterback played well for them.”


Pittsburgh
Opposing coaches size up the Panthers:

“The quarterback, Tino Sunseri, who’s gone now, was hot and cold." …

"I think Paul Chryst will do a good job getting guys to run his system. He’s perfect for Pitt. They will recruit fits. If they get in Eastern Pennsylvania, they’ll be fine. They always turn out good offensive linemen." …

"It’s a transitional year for them. From what they were under Dave Wannstedt to Todd Graham to Paul, that roster was in flux for awhile." 

"That defense was better than given credit for, though. Physical, strong up front, good against most run teams." …

"I think Paul will do a good job, but they’re probably a little bit behind where they want to be at quarterback." …

"As the season progressed, they got better. They lost to Youngstown but beat Virginia Tech, so that explains it for you." …

"Talent’s probably middle of the road. Paul will maximize what they have." …

"The biggest thing in the ACC is overall team speed week-in and week-out. Getting that consistently for eight weeks will be a big deal, especially while breaking in a new quarterback.”


Syracuse
Opposing coaches size up the Orange: 

“That was a really physical group. We had a bunch of kids banged up after playing them. They have good linebackers and safeties. They have no one like Chandler Jones anymore, but it’s a good group of guys that run and hit." …

"I think they’ll have a dip there because they’ve lost some players. I think they’ve done some junior college things there because of that." …

"I think they’ll probably be a little inconsistent. They’ve struggled in the red zone in the past. They were a good passing team but not efficient. Protection could have caused (quarterback) Ryan Nassib problems." …

"The running backs will still be strong there. Good receivers, not dominant." …

"They may take a little dip. I could be wrong. The Big East was a better league than people think. There were some good ball coaches down there.”

Virginia
Opposing coaches size up the Cavaliers:

“They’ve recruited well, but now you have to develop talent. They’ve taken quite a few guys who can’t play at this level in order to get a pipeline at the same schools." …

"They totally mangled the quarterback situation last year. Michael Rocco is a good player. Phillip Sims, to me, is very average. Alabama can say what they want, but they don’t let him walk out of there if they think he’s the answer at quarterback. It’s a little bit of politics with Sims being from the Tidewater area. That’s an area they recruit. Rocco, the year before, won eight games." …

"It will be interesting to see the change in coordinators. Steve Fairchild was predominantly an NFL guy, and he has no ties to the area. The offensive line will always be impressive looking." …

"Defensive end Eli Harold is going to be a big-time player. He can rush the passer." …

"A lot was made of Mike London’s in-game management. To me, they had some issues with the clock that were head-scratchers. That’s the main reason they brought in Tom O’Brien.”
 

Virginia Tech
Opposing coaches size up the Hokies:

“They really had a subpar year for their standards, but the talent is there. They have guys that can run at every position on defense. They run, they have length. They are really a good-looking football team. And they still recruit well. They just did not play very tough for whatever reason." …

"Something was wrong with that team last year. You could see the talent on film and everything. They didn’t play like it." …

"The quarterback, Logan Thomas, was supposed to be special and he was very below average. He’s a big, good-looking sucker. He has an accuracy problem. Turned the ball over way too much." …

"They built that team on running the ball. They’ve always had great running backs. I don’t know if it was an offensive line problem or they didn’t have a special running back, but they couldn’t run it consistently. I say all this and they may kill us next year."  …

"Frank (Beamer) made a lot of changes. A lot of coaching changes, and it sounds like they are pushing for more toughness this offseason.”

Wake Forest
Opposing coaches size up the Demon Deacons:

“They are going to be very well coached, really solid all the way around, but as far as talent, nothing stood out. Just the one kid, the receiver Michael Campanaro. He really is special. I think he broke some sort of ACC record. He was pretty good. He needs help on the outside. I don’t recall anybody that really stood out beyond him." …

"Wake’s not an easy place to recruit because you’ve got three in-conference programs just down the road, but they could use some upgrades." …

"I think they were dealing with some injuries. They used to have the quarterback (Riley Skinner) who kind of held it all together. I’ve heard they could look to be more multiple in the offense with the quarterback they have now (Tanner Price), who has a lot of experience." …

"They must improve their secondary play. I think they have a lot of young guys there that they want to develop, but late in the season a lack of depth really hurt them. Notre Dame, which wasn’t exactly a polished passing attack, threw it all over Wake.”

 

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With 125 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2013 college football magazine or online research.

We took a look through the rosters for the 125 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2013 season.

College Football’s All-Name Team for 2013

Offense

Tyler Benz, QB, Eastern Michigan
Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass
Brandon Bourbon, RB, Kansas
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
B.J. Chitty, WR, Troy
River Cracraft, WR, Washington State
Gray Crow, QB, Miami
Christian Cumberlander, WR, San Diego State
Orleans Darkwa, RB, Tulane
Synjyn Days, QB, Georgia Tech
Duke DeLancellotti, QB, Texas State
Jordan Diamond, OL, Auburn
Standish Dobard, TE, Miami
Stevie Joe Dorman, QB, Colorado
Thor Eaton, LB, Colorado
Brisly Estime, WR, Syracuse
Spiffy EvansSpiffy Evans, WR, Boston College
Tunde Fariyike, OL, Auburn
Robert Godhigh, RB, Georgia Tech
Crusoe Gongbay, RB, New Mexico
Brynjar Gudmundsson, OL, South Florida
Rowdy Harper, OL, Houston
Win Homer, OL, Boston College
Gator Hoskins, TE, Marshall
Driphus Jackson, QB, Rice
Thor Jozwiak, OL, South Florida
Jazz King, WR, Marshall
Macgarrett Kings Jr., WR, Michigan State
Munchie Legaux, QB, Cincinnati
Grant Lingafelter, OL, West Virginia
Sterling Lovelady, OL, Florida State
Pharoh McKever, WR, NC State
Maverick Morris, OL, Clemson
Sunny Odogwu, OL, Miami
Leviticus Payne, WR, Cincinnati
Jazz Peavy, WR, Wisconsin
D.J. Polite-Bray, WR, Texas Tech
James Quick, WR, Louisville
Lucky Radley, RB, Utah
Boise Ross, WR, Buffalo
Blaze Ryder, OL, Navy
Diocemy Sainte Juste, RB, Hawaii
Kenneth Santa Marina, OT, Tulane
Konockus Sashington, RB, North Texas
Chandler Shakespeare, RB, Auburn
Dreamius Smith, RB, West Virginia
Jack Snowball, RB, Miami (Ohio)
Mackenzie Sovereign, QB, Duke
Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Washington
Altee Tenpenney, RB, Alabama
Poet Thomas, OL, Texas Tech
Sirgregory Thornton, RB, Arkansas State
Tanqueray Towns, WR, Utah
Charlie Will Tuttle, OL, Texas State
Stone Underwood, OL, West Virginia
Fudge Van Hooser, WR, Tulane
Wilson Van Hooser, WR, Troy
Stern Vile, OL, FAU
Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
Lucky Whitehead, WR, FAU
Psalm Wooching, FB, Washington
Storm Woods, RB, Oregon State


Defense

Promise Amadi, CB, Boise State
Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Northwestern
Thurston Armbrister, LB, Miami
Will Barrow, DB, Tulsa
Necho Beard, DB, Nevada
Zeek Bigger, LB, East Carolina
Chief Brown, DB, Ole Miss
Terrance Bullitt, LB, Texas Tech
Keoni Bush-Loo, LB, Arizona
Blaze Caponegro, LB, Temple
Allen Champagne, DE, North Carolina
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Mister Cobble, DT, Kentucky
Wayland Coleman-Dancer, LB, Troy
Pudge Cotton, DB, Eastern Michigan
Blake Countess, DB, Michigan
Steele Divitto, LB, Boston College
Corn Elder, DB, Miami
Hugs Etienne, DB, Wisconsin
Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Maxx Forde, DE, Idaho
Holland Frost, S, Georgia Tech
BooBoo Gates, DB, Bowling Green
Houston Glass, DB, Buffalo
Brixx Hawthorne, DB, Texas State
King Holder, DB, San Diego State
Gunnar Holcombe, QB, Marshall
Chris Hummingbird, DE, Tulsa
Money Hunter, DB, Arkansas State
Sir Thomas Jackson, LB, Buffalo
Nehemie Kankolongo, LB, Wyoming
De’Niro Laster, LB, Minnesota
Tre’maine Lightfoot, LB, UL Lafayette
Dee Liner, DL, Alabama
Courtney Love, LB, Nebraska
Cassanova McKinzy, LB, Auburn
Finesse Middleton, DE, Louisville
Dusty Moore, LB, Kent State
Silverberry Mouhon, DL, Cincinnati
Noble Nwachukwu, DL, West Virginia
Gimel President, DE, Auburn
Jihaad Pretlow, DB, Temple
Johnny Ragin III, LB, California
Floyd Raven, DB, Texas A&M
Vin Rider, DL, Navy
Wave Ryder, DB, Navy
Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame
Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford
Montavious Smoke, DB, Troy
Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
Dwellie Striggles, DB, Buffalo
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, DT, Boise State
Destiny Vaeao, DL, Washington State
Sir Calvin Wallace, DT, North Texas
Hershey Walton, DL, Temple
Mwanza Wamulumba, DL, Miami (Ohio)
Freedom Whitfield, LB, FAU
Chocolate Wilson, DB, Marshall
Beau Yap, DE, Hawaii


Special Teams

Chris Blewitt, K, Pittsburgh
Kyle Crofoot, LS, Florida
Stone Monarch, LS, Toledo
Brian Schmiedebusch, P, Bowling Green
Bobby Stonebraker, K, Oklahoma State
Chase Tenpenney, P, Nevada
Hunter Windmuller, P, Virginia Tech

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Brand image is a massive part of modern 21st century business and college football is big business.

 

Signature uniforms like Michigan’s winged helmet, picturesque monuments like Lake Washington in Seattle or historic personalities like Bear Bryant help separate one team from the next in the college football with clarity. Fans identify with these brand images and it helps build value — or brand equity — for every program in the nation.

 

However, official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple. 

 

Every college football program in the nation has an official logo — and some are better than others — and the goal is to be the most recognizable brand in the nation.

 

And since Athlon Sports has been designing the best looking magazines on newstands for the better part of half a century, we'd thought we'd turn our graphic design guru loose on college football's logos. Here are Athlon Sports Art Director Matt Taliaferro favorite football logos — and a few he can't stand.

 

College Football's Best Official Logos

 SchoolLogoThoughts
1.TexasThe best logo in college football, the Longhorn is classic, simple, unchanging but also unique and creative. There is nothing else to say.
2.ClemsonThere are tons of Tigers, Wildcats and Bulldogs in college sports but none use their mascot quite like Clemson. The Tiger Paw print is synonymous with Clemson athletics and is utterly simple but still edgy and creative. 
3.GeorgiaFind me a more effective marriage of color and simplicity of design and I'll hand these writing duties over to you. Georgia's logo is so timeless that I can't remember there ever being another that represented the football team. You see this, there's no confusion as to what you're looking at. If that's not a successful logo, I don't know what it.
4.BYUIt is one of the most recognizable logos in college sports. There is some creativity in the "Y" font and the inverted color scheme works very well on helmets, merchandise and the like.
5.North CarolinaThe interlocked N-C are as famous as any brand logo in the nation. There are simple touches of style — the font and black trim — that make this logo completely unmistakable.
6.TennesseeAs a logo, Tennessee's is as direct and to-the-point as it gets. Think what you will of the orange (personally, I'm no fan), but the unique working of the "T" is as good as it gets. As an aside, UT's retro Davy Crockett logo is badass.
7.Michigan StIt's clean, classic, gets the point across and is recognizable. It has some fierce edginess to it, the color scheme is perfect and there is no doubt it represents a Spartan.
8.WashingtonSimple, tasteful, unchanging and very obvious. This emblem with its signature gold trim is one of the best in the nation and leaves little doubt as to what it represents.
9.MiamiIt's as simple as it gets but also brings loads of creativity and history. No other logo turns into a hand signal like "The U" and the two-tone color scheme and pattern is unique.
10.Penn StHistorically speaking, few logos are as traditional as the Nittany Lions oval. The smooth looking Lions head has great lines and appears to be hunting... Wolverines or Buckeyes? Few logos combine classy and aggresive like PSU.
11.NebraskaAgain, simple and straight forward gets the point across. The colors and subtle trim are great and it appears that the Huskers have a monopoly on this letter. There is no doubting what this logo refers to.
12.UCLAThe script "UCLA" is one of the most well-known logos in all of sports much less college football. And the way the word Bruins is incorporated makes it one of the most informative in the nation while still being fairly simple.
13.StanfordMichigan State and NC State know exactly what the smart kids from Palo Alto were thinking when this logo was created. It's classic and simple with a touch of style in the stroked white/red trim. Stanford boasts one of the best brand logos in the nation.
14.MichiganIt doesn't get any more simple that the block "M" of Michigan. The font is excellent but it could use some blue trim or accents.
15.ColoradoThe Buffs logo balances all of the key aspects to a company logo. It's simple and classic but with just enough style and flair while also being incredibly unique. 
16.AuburnHard to find fault in the interlocking A-U. Again, trimming away all the waste and boiling a logomark down to its most basic typically nets the best results.
17.Kansas StAll of Kansas State's design work, color scheme and uniforms are underrated and the logo is the same. Aggressive, stylish but yet still fairly simple and clean.
18.OklahomaThere is no doubting what the interlocking "O" and "U" stand for, right? The smooth lines and lack of extras in the font make this a fantastic logo.
19.Texas A&MSomeone from A&M needs to call Texas Tech and explain how effective beveling is done. Like Vandy, Texas A&M's logo is simple and therefore works as a potent branding mark.
20.Ohio StateNormally, a name in a logo doesn't work, but the "S" is perfectly designed into the "O" and it works. It makes it busier than the cleaner, more classic logos above. The colors and trim are second to none.

Others receiving votes: West Virginia, Oregon, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, UConn, Louisville, Iowa

College Football's Worst Official Logos*

 TeamLogoThoughts
1.Oregon StOSU’s logo resembles some sort of odd flying wedge more than it does a beaver — although the inadvertent shark fin on the beaver’s head adds a touch of menace.
2.NorthwesternWas that wildcats drawn in with a Paper Mate? Working with purple already presents challenges and the overall design here isn’t helping.
3.South CarolinaIt’s not the chicken, it’s the “C.” A tweak to the hard inner angles and this logo is no longer in the bottom 5.
4.KansasThere may be some tradition associated with the Looney Tunes magpie but the primary colors scheme and cartoon-ish nature date the logo.
5.Texas TechSlow your bevel roll and quit stacking letters. That's my advice for the Red Raiders. Take a cue from instate rival Texas A&M about how to effectively bevel a logo.

* - Big 6, or "BCS," conferences only

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Football is back. Yes, we made it through a long offseason once again.

And what better way to announce that football season is back with a video of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney flipping one of the sleds in practice?

 

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The one missing accomplishment on Tiger Woods' resume remains elusive. Woods flirted with a 59 on Friday before settling for a 9-under par 61 to take a seven-shot lead into the weekend at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Woods dismantled a track he loves, tying his own course record on the storied South Course at Firestone and putting himself in prime position to win this event for the eighth time. Tiger stood at 9-under through 13 after an eagle and seven birdies — that's a picture of his scorecard after his fourth straight birdie to start the back nine — but makeable birdie tries at 15 and 16 failed to drop, leaving him with a 61 that tied his own course record, as well as matching his personal best in professional competition.

It shouldn't be all that surprsing. Woods' record in this  tournament stands apart from anything the game has ever seen. It's simply jaw-dropping. For a decade, Tiger put an MMA-style chokehold on storied Firestone, leaving competitors flailing. Between 1999 and 2009, Woods played the Bridgestone 10 times, missing the 2008 tournament with injury. In those 10 years, he won the tournament seven times. That's an acceptable percentage for free throws. For golf tournaments, it's insane.

The three years Woods failed to win, he finished 4th, T4 and T2. Over a 10-tounament span, that's an average finish of 1.7. Let all that sink in for a minute. The WGC events assemble the greatest fields in world golf. The Firestone South course layout is a classic track that has hosted three PGA Championships. Woods has treated the tournament, the course and the field like he was Steve Williams and they were pesky photographers.

Over those 10 tournaments, from 1999-2009, Woods won $9,352,500. That number would rank sixth on an all-time list of single-season earnings, and Woods accumulated it in 10 tournaments. Over that span, Woods averaged 67.5 strokes per round on a course that Arnold Palmer once dubbed a "Monster." Basically, it's his best tournament. Heck, it's probably the best tournament for any player in the game's history. And he's a good bet to win it for the eighth time.

 

- by Rob Doster
Follow me on Twitter @AthlonDoster

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It's been a busy week in the college football world.

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Five questions for Alabama as it opens fall practice.

And speaking of Alabama, a Crimson Tide fan got a very bad misspelled arm tattoo

Ole Miss cornerback/receiver Nick Brassell is no longer on the team.

Ranking the Mountain West quarterbacks for 2013 - which is one of the best conferences in the nation in terms of overall quarterback talent.

Rutgers will have a revamped offensive line in 2013.

Maryland running back Wes Brown has been suspended from school for the fall semester.

Florida running back Matt Jones is out indefinitely with a viral infection. 

Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson is recovering from a foot injury suffered in fall practice.
 

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall spoke to the media on Wednesday and seems to have matured after missing most of last season due to a suspension.

The USA Today Coaches Poll has been released.

Another story out of TCU today, as starting tackle Tayo Fabuluje has decided to leave the team.

Here are five key questions West Virginia must answer in fall practice.

Kevin McGuire takes a look at the progress Memphis has made under second-year coach Justin Fuente.

John Pennington of Mr. SEC writes an open letter to Johnny Manziel.

Wake Forest running back Josh Harris' status is in limbo for 2013.

Rob Moseley previews Oregon's defensive line (which is in pretty good shape for 2013).

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has been suspended for at least the first three games of 2013. But cornerback Bradley Roby's status for 2013 is still uncertain.

Saturday Down South ranks the defensive backfields in the SEC and looks at the contract details for the conference's first-round picks from the NFL Draft.

Big things are expected from Michigan receiver Amara Darboh in 2013.

Is Oklahoma considering some tweaks to its uniforms?

Does Clint Trickett hold the inside track to start at West Virginia?

Some sad news: Texas A&M's Polo Manukainiu and Utah's Gaius Vaenuku were killed in a car crash in New Mexico.

Arizona picked up Texas quarterback transfer Connor Brewer.

USA Today's Dan Wolken takes a look at Miami's Al Golden as he attempts to lead the program back to prominence.  

Georgia coach Mark Richt called South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney the best player on the planet.

Saturday Blitz takes a look at the rise of Stanford.

Big loss for Minnesota: Receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts has decided not to play football this year.

Florida State cornerback Nick Waisome helped to catch two suspects involved in a robbery at his apartment. 

Chris Williams of Cyclone Fanatic projects Iowa State's record for 2013.

Lost Lettermen looks at players with famous fathers in college football this year.

A good read from WVUPressbox.com on Dana Holgorsen: Is he building a foundation or a golden parachute?

Can Jeremy Johnson or Nick Marshall push Kiehl Frazier or Jonathan Wallace for the starting quarterback job at Auburn?

Where does Barry Sanders fit into Stanford's running back rotation? 

Current California coach Sonny Dykes is reaching out to the man he replaced - Jeff Tedford.

Ira Schoffel has an excellent Q & A with ACC commissioner John Swofford about Florida State athletics. 

Former Oklahoma State defensive end Naim Mustafaa is planning on attending Hawaii.

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1. Pocono re-pave hasn’t taken kindly to Denny Hamlin  Denny Hamlin
The lore of Denny Hamlin’s exploits grew quickly at Pocono Raceway. That’ll happen when you win the first two races of your career at the tough-to-master speedway. Sprint Cup races, nonetheless.

Hamlin scored two more Pocono victories by his ninth start and three other top-5 finishes. The twin summer stretch of races at the Pennsylvania track was almost always a good way for Hamlin to boost his way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“It was a track that we circled on our calendars as one to expect to run up front and compete for the win,” Hamlin said.

But then the deteriorating pavement finally met its maker, and the 2012 race brought the Cup Series back to Pocono on a new, smooth, and perfectly-laid surface. Hamlin’s locked-in dominance fizzled.

No, Hamlin hasn’t been bad at Pocono since the repave. In the three races competed on the new surface, he has a pair of top-10 finishes and a 29th-place run due to a crash on a late restart. But he’s not been nearly as good as his first 12 starts on the old track.

His average number of laps led has dropped from 53 per race to eight. His average finish is down nearly five spots to 14th. And, most telling, Hamlin’s average Pocono running position is down to 12.6 from 8.25.

Last week’s finish at Indianapolis wasn’t exactly a boost of confidence or sign that better things are coming for Hamlin at Pocono. He finished a disappointing 18th.

“We need to start stringing some good finishes together,” Hamlin said this week after his downtrodden post-Brickyard Twitter post. “Pocono is a great place to do that.”



2.  Jimmie Johnson is using that “C” word againNo, not that one. Or that one. Johnson’s use of a “C-word” is much more benign than something found on a Howard Stern show – but it still probably feels dangerous and downright malignant to other teams in the Cup garage.

The five-time champ waltzes back to Pocono this weekend dropping the word “clarity” when describing where his team is with the knowledge and development of NASCAR’s Gen-6 car. Sure, “clarity” sounds innocent and perhaps uninteresting out of context. But when you consider all of the moving pieces that go into making a car fast, having a clear idea of what inputs create the best outputs leads to downright dominance – or a 75-point lead in the point standings.

It’s the same word he used at Pocono when he dominated for the first time this season.

“I feel like we have a clearer vision now of what the car wants, what this Gen-6 car wants, and we’re getting smarter and smarter with it, and that leads into stretches where you can click off the wins and the finishes. Excited to have some clarity right now,” Johnson said this week.

Fortunately for the competition – and somewhat unexpectedly – Johnson didn’t return with the same chassis that so handily dominated Pocono’s first race and was only a pit-crew blunder short of a record-setting fifth Brickyard 400 win last week. Instead, Johnson is racing the car that dominated most of the day at Kentucky Speedway in June. That’s great news for the 42 other drivers, right?

Probably not.



3. Fuel mileage racing always in play at PoconoThe distance and long lap times of Pocono make short-pitting and racing the track like a road course a reality for teams desperate to jump track position in a manner easier – albeit much more risky – than simply passing cars on the track. It also routinely brings fuel mileage racing into play.

Of course, Johnson seems to have a leg up there, too. At least he did in the first Pocono race.

“In fuel-saving mode, I could get a nice gap off of (Turn) three and manage my fuel the rest of the way around the track,” Johnson said about the June race. “And guys would kind of inch back up to me and then I’d blister three again and get my gap and they’d slowly catch up due to fuel savings.”

Ah, clarity and what-not.

Fuel mileage racing doesn’t always receive the kindest rapport of strategies among many in NASCAR. But seasoned definer of racing Tony Stewart – remember his comments about how “racing” doesn’t require “passing” after last week’s race at Indianapolis? – actually enjoys the challenge of fuel conservation and management.

“To be in a situation where your speed is dictated off the guy behind you and not off of what you can do, it’s a different style of racing,” Stewart said. “It’s hard. It’s just as hard, if not tougher, than trying to run 100 percent.”



4. Passing easier at Pocono than Indianapolis, Stewart says  Tony StewartDespite his vivid Indianapolis comments and takedown of those who think NASCAR’s top series should feature more rules designed to make two- and three-wide passes a normal thing in the sport, Stewart pointed out that the passing opportunities provided at Pocono are greater than what the sport just left at the Brickyard. Sure, the tracks share similarities, Stewart said, but Pocono provides a few more options.

“It’s harder to pass at the Brickyard than it is at Pocono,” Stewart said. “There’s a fair amount of room going into (Turn) one at Pocono, and you can run two-wide there and you can go two-wide in (Turn) three at the beginning of a run. But it’s pretty tough to run two-wide through the corners at Indy.”

Stewart credited the Pocono passing options – without any self-aware mentions of his recently-announced disillusionment for the actual act of passing – to that new track surface starting to improve with age.

“The good thing is that (the track has) lost just enough grip to where it’s making it easier to lay rubber in the racetrack now and a lot easier to see it,” Stewart said. “The track is in good shape.”



5. Johnson’s dominance currently making Chase seem awful intelligentYadda, yadda, yadda. Have you heard enough about the impending Chase for the Sprint Cup yet? Who is going to be in? Who’s going to be out? Just wait – the chatter is about to hit hyperdrive. Strap in, Chewie.

Pocono included, six races remain before NASCAR officially sets the lineup of the 11 drivers who will somehow try to scratch, claw and even bite their way past Johnson and the No. 48 for the 2013 title. We’ll talk plenty about who in the wildcard will be in, and who will be out. Pocono could even play a large role in that – just ask last year’s winner of the second race, Jeff Gordon.

But the larger point might be getting missed: The 2013 season is explaining perfectly why a playoff system for NASCAR’s championship is mostly a good idea.

Now I’m the first to admit I have grievances with how the points are doled out, how little wins actually mean anything and whether or not the 10-race fight for the crown is always the perfect way to find a champion.

But this year, with Johnson’s dominance on the top-end and the ridiculous struggle currently underway for the final few spots (a total of 19 measly points separates Greg Biffle in eighth and Kurt Busch in 14th), the Chase is proving to be a tool that will keep people engaged for much longer.

Johnson has a 75-point lead at the moment. He could hit the beach this weekend and play golf the next and still likely return to the sport with the point lead. Without a Chase, the 2013 champion’s trophy would have likely arrived at the engraving shop in July.

And further back? The Chase is doing wonders for the drivers who aren’t always doing wonders on the track. Just think of the value Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Busch are bringing to the table for sponsors – all of which would hardly exist without the championship battle.

No, the Chase isn’t perfect. It needs some amending. But this year, it’s working out pretty darn well.


Follow Geoffrey Miller on Twitter: @GeoffreyMiller
Photos by Action Sports, Inc.

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Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Bill Parcells, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Dave Robinson and Curley Culp were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in February. They are some of the game's greatest players and their legacies and impact on the NFL will live forever in Canton, Ohio, as official members of the Hall of Fame.

Projecting the Hall of Fame is virtually impossible, especially for the youngest athletes in football, but as these seven men kick off the 2013 NFL season with Saturday's Enshrinement Ceremony, it is fun to look at the game's best young players. Rookies are expected to contribute quicker than ever on the NFL gridiron and a few have made a big splash in short order.

So, limiting the scope to players drafted in the last three rookie classes (not counting 2013), here are the most likely Pro Football Hall of Famers playing the game today:

Class of 2010: 

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, NY Giants
In his first three seasons, JPP has yet to miss a game, playing all 48 for the Giants. He helped lead the Giants to a Super Bowl win in 2011 when he posted 93 tackles and 16.5 sacks. Pierre-Paul has 27.5 sacks, 181 total tackles and two Pro Bowls in three career NFL seasons. In 2012, he intercepted his first career pass and took it 28 yards to score his first career touchdown. He may be the most physically gifted defensive end in the NFL.

Mike Iupati, OL, San Francisco
The Niners have seen a remarkable turnaround under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Much of that can be attributed to what might be the best offensive line in the league. Iupati, drafted in the first round, has started every single game of his NFL career and has watched the 49ers' rushing attack flourish. After averaging 103.6 yards per game in 2010, SanFran rushed for 127.8 yards per game in '11 and finished fourth in the NFL a year ago at 155.6 yards per game en route to a Super Bowl berth. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound mauler should be a mainstay in the Bay Area for years to come.

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco
The 2010 draft was a great one for the Niners as not only was the offensive line rebuilt with Iupati and Anthony Davis, but so was the defense with this third-round steal. Bowman was an All-American at Penn State and proved in his first season as an NFL starter that he was going to be around for a while. He posted 150 tackles in 16 starts in 2011 and, after getting a long-term contract extension, added another 144 total tackles. He earned his second Pro Bowl appearance in three seasons while leading the Niners to the Super Bowl. Along with Patrick Willis, Bowman is half of the best LB duo in the NFL.

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans
Sometimes it can be all about timing and Graham couldn’t have landed in a better spot at a better time. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound basketball player from Miami fell into a perfect position to succeed for the Saints. He finished third in the NFL with 99 catches, seventh with 1,310 yards and was one of only five players with double-digit touchdowns (11) in 2011. While he took a slight step back in 2012, Graham's 85 catches, 982 yards and nine TDs were still among the league's best by a tight end. With Sean Payton back on the sidelines, Graham should be a part of another Saints postseason run in 2013.

Others names from this class to consider:

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England
If he could ever stay healthy and out of trouble, he could shatter all NFL TE receiving records.

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit
Elite-level player with all the tools to be an all-time great, but needs to mature.

Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati
A fourth-round steal on draft day is already an All-Pro performer.

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Pittsburgh
Elite high school prospect, elite college prospect and now an All-Pro in the NFL.

Class of 2011:

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati
Few players have ever started their career like Green. The superstar talent from Georgia was one of the most coveted pass-catchers in the nation as both a recruit and draft pick. All he has done in two pro seasons is catch 162 passes for 2,407 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading the Bengals to the postseason both seasons. He is an elite red zone target, can stretch the field and has tremendous open field ability as well. He is the complete package at wide receiver.

Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, San Francisco
The youngster out of Missouri was looked at as a project on the NFL level but his elite talents were obvious. Well, the project turned into a star quicker than expected as Smith posted 14.0 sacks as a rookie without technically starting a game. He only got better in Year 2, posting 19.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 65 total tackles for the NFC Champs. Smith is downright unblockable and has already set the 49ers' single-season sack record.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston
From pizza boy tight end to Big Ten Rose Bowl star to NFL Rookie of the Year candidate to Defensive Player of the Year. The former Wisconsin Badgers end has started every game of his short career and made history by returning an interception for a touchdown in his first postseason game (and Houston’s first postseason win). He led the NFL in sacks in 2012 with 20.5 QB takedowns and has made an art form of deflecting passes (16 last year). He has 149 tackles, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in two pro seasons.

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta
The weapons Matt Ryan has in Atlanta are unreal. Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez certainly make life easier for Jones in the passing game, but make no mistake; the former Alabama star is the real deal. He was the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the nation coming out of high school and has only gotten better with age. He is an athletic freak at 6-4 and 220 pounds. He improved his production in every major category from his rookie season to last year, going from 54 receptions to 79, from 959 yards to 1,198 and from eight scores to 10 TDs. He is already one of the league's most impossible players to cover.

Other names from this class to consider:

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
If he always played like he did against Atlanta, he will be special. Needs to learn how to win.

Von Miller, OLB/DE, Denver
Dynamic pass-rusher was a Pro Bowler as a rookie and has 30.0 sacks in two years. Needs to stay focused off the field.

Class of 2012:

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis
The Colts were 2-14 in 2011 and it landed them Mr. Luck. All the rookie QB did in his first year was produce the best season by a rookie starting NFL quarterback in league history. He won 11 games, set an NFL rookie record with 4,374 yards passing and accounted for 28 total touchdowns. He was an elite, Top-100 prospect in high school and was considered by many the best pro prospect since John Elway. He has proven to be worthy of the top overall pick and literally has zero weaknesses to his game.

Matt Kalil, OL, Minnesota
The top tackle taken in the 2012 draft has played from Game 1 for the much-improved Vikings. According to Football Outsiders, Kalil allowed just two sacks in his first 721 snaps in the NFL. He paved the way for Adrian Peterson’s historic 2,000-yard season and helped lead the Vikings into the postseason. The bookend tackle was a coveted prospect in high school, had a great college career and is already a Pro Bowler in the NFL. Having an All-Pro older brother (Ryan) has helped as well.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay
He wasn’t the first running back taken in the draft, but he was the most productive. The do-everything tailback was used all over the field as arguably the most successful Boise State runner in program history. His talents have translated instantly. He was fifth in the NFL in rushing (1,454), was fourth in attempts (319), fourth in all-purpose yards (1,926) and trailed only Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson in total offensive touches (368). His ability to catch passes makes him one of the most dynamic players in the league already.

Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina
The Boston College linebacker led the nation in tackles each season in college and was the top player taken at his position in his draft. All he did in his first NFL season was lead the league in tackles (164) by a wide margin. He picked off two passes, registered one sack and recovered three fumbles. The tackling machine is rarely out of position, doesn’t miss tackles and is the center building block on defense for the future of Panthers football.

Other names from this class to consider:

Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland
Elite player with rare skills, but will balky knees and playing for the Browns hurt his long-term stock?

LaVonte David, LB, Tampa Bay
Incredibly productive player on all levels is making quick impact for Bucs.

Morris Claiborne, CB, Dallas
Elite lock-down coverman has lived up to his status as the best corner in the 2012 draft.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington
He is a supremely gifted athlete and remarkable leader — who cannot stay healthy unless he changes his style of play.

Mark Barron, S, Tampa Bay
Has already shown he is a big hitter who has stabilized the back end of the Bucs' secondary.

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So, limiting the scope to players drafted in the last three rookie classes (not counting 2013), here are the most likely Pro Football Hall of Famers playing the game today:

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It's the Houston Texans cheerleaders doing something they call "Freestyle Fridays." And it's glorious.

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It's the Houston Texans cheerleaders doing something they call "Freestyle Fridays."
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• Just because it's Friday: Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez riding scooters in bikinis.

 

• Failed audition dept.: Seattle bench coach and acting manager Robby Thompson confused his right and left arms and called for the wrong pitcher out of the bullpen. The Mariners then lost.

 

• Well worth a click: Myles Kerr, American hero.

 

Athletes vs. Animals: The Slideshow.

 

The SEC dominated the USA Today Coaches top 10. In other news, the sun rose and water is wet.

 

The touching story of Roger Federer and a cancer survivor. Proof that not all athletes are spoiled jerks. Just most of them.

 

Celebrate International Beer Day with these beer-based cocktail recipes. For some of us, every day is International Beer Day.

 

• Reporter Jenny Dell got soaked while interviewing Johnny Gomes following the Red Sox' walk-off win. She handled it like a pro.

 

Cubs fans obviously aren't used to celebrating. They kinda suck at it.

 

• The latest stupid social media trend: Smack Cam.

 

• Anything's possible: A minor leaguer recorded a one-pitch strikeout.

 

• Check out Blake Griffin's new Nike ad.

 

 

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

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Louisville’s high-scoring offense gained another valuable weapon on Thursday night, as former Auburn running back Michael Dyer decided to continue his college career with the Cardinals. USA Today’s George Schroeder first reported the news. Dyer is immediately eligible at Louisville and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Dyer rushed for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman at Auburn in 2010. He was a key piece in the Tigers’ national championship run, which included 143 yards in the victory over Oregon in the title game.

Dyer’s numbers were even better as a sophomore, recording 1,242 yards and 10 scores on 242 attempts.

However, Dyer was suspended for Auburn’s bowl game in 2012 and decided to transfer to Arkansas State. But he was dismissed from the team after an off-the-field incident and enrolled at Arkansas Baptist. During his time at Arkansas Baptist, Dyer was mentored by former San Jose State coach Fitz Hill.

Dyer may need some time to knock off the rust and get back into football shape, but the former Auburn running back could be one of the top rushers in the American Athletic Conference this year. Louisville already returns two capable backs in Senorise Perry and Dominique Brown, but Dyer has the most talented out of that trio.

With quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Dyer leading the way, stopping Louisville’s offense is going to be a difficult task for opposing defenses this year.

And Dyer’s decision to transfer to Louisville could be the final piece in a run at an unbeaten season for the Cardinals.

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They say everything is bigger in Texas. And that’s certainly the case when it comes to Texas A&M-Commerce’s new midfield logo for 2013.

The Lions have unveiled a gigantic lion logo on their field for 2013, which stretches from about 50 yards, starting on the 25-yard line.

Some won’t like the massive logo, but I think it’s a nice addition for Texas A&M-Commerce. If nothing else, it brought the school some attention, which certainly can't hurt when it comes to recruiting. And who knows, maybe Texas A&M-Commerce will start the next trend in college athletics.

 

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Blake Griffin stars in a new summer hoops Jordan commercial. His co-star is Darryl Drain, a cocky yet horribly bad player. The result? Comedy gold.

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A Red Sox fan used the scoreboard at Fenway Park to pop the question, "Samantha, will you marry me?" Although it would have been considerably more entertaining if she said, "no", this Boston fan got the nod of approval.

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