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The college football season is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for fantasy drafts. College fantasy leagues aren't as popular as their NFL counterparts, but there is plenty of interest in the college game each season. Need a witty or funny team name to impress your league counterparts? Check out these funny 45 college fantasy team names for 2013.

Jadeveon ClowneyClowney Question, Bro

Chubb Small World After All

Treadwell Lightly

Gurley Man

Tajh.0

50 Shades of Johnathan Gray

(Rashad) Greene With Envy

(Tyler) Lockett Up

(Yawin) Smallwood Needs Lovin' Too

Jackson Turner Overdrive

Too Many Brandin Cooks in the Kitchen

The League's Ameer (Abdullah) Player

In A Major Quandre (Diggs)

Shaq Attack

Max BulloughTo the Max Bullough

Calvin and the Chipmunks

Ring My Blake Bell

The Mighty Casey Pachall Strikes Out

Kiss My David Ash

Eric Ward of the State

Tevin Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

2 Much Johnson For You

Lache Key Kid

Jeckle & Carlos Hyde

My Posse's on (Terrance) Broadway

Chuckie Cheeses

Vad Case of Loving You

Keeping Up with The Butch Joneses

(Matt) Rhule Girls, One Cup

Jameis WinstonFamous Jameis

Johnny Come Lately

Everett Golson's Tutors

NCAA Playoffs?!

Mad Hatters

Tuscaluminati

Michigan Men

Herb Kirkstreit

Nkemdiche M'kay

Hotty Toddy Hotties

Colonel Reb Is Smiling

USC Sweater Puppies

Neon Nike Ducks

Black Mambas

Houndstooth Bears

Kingsbury Skinny Jeans



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Post date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:04
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Houston is making the move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

And the Cougars will have some new uniforms to showcase in their new conference. This photo tweeted by (@UHCougarFB) indicates the program will have eight combinations to wear in 2013.

Personally, my favorite is the all red look. Check out Houston’s new uniforms for 2013:

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Earlier this offseason, Baylor released photos of its bright (and very shiny) gold helmet. There was plenty of buzz about the helmets then, but the attention ramped up during Big 12 Media Days.


In case you missed the photos circulating online of Baylor’s gold helmet, here’s a good look tweeted by (@Leabonics).

Some aren't a fan of the metallic gold look, but I think these are a pretty good addition for Baylor, especially as the program continues to increase its national profile under coach Art Briles.

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Fresno State is making a slight uniform upgrade for 2013. The Bulldogs aren’t doing away with their traditional white and red uniforms, but they will be adding a black uniform to the rotation. Fresno State plans to wear all black against Nevada on Nov. 2.

As this photo tweeted by (@UniWatch) showcases, this is a pretty solid look (especially the helmets) for Fresno State.

 

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Alabama’s athletic facility recently got a makeover. And needless to say, the renovations are ridiculous.

As this video showcases, there are plenty of new features for the players, including a lounge with pool tables and an arcade. And there’s a new locker room, a hallway showcasing all of the first-round draft picks under Nick Saban at Alabama, along with an updated weight room.

Every team in college football is chasing Alabama right now. And as these facilities show, the Crimson Tide will continue to attract and develop elite talent into future first-round draft picks.

 

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Tommy ReesDespite Notre Dame’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game, there’s little doubt coach Brian Kelly has the Fighting Irish back on the right track.

Notre Dame’s hopes of repeating its undefeated regular season mark from last year took a hit after spring practice, as quarterback Everett Golson was suspended and won’t play in 2013. With Golson out of the picture, Kelly and coordinator Chuck Martin will turn to senior Tommy Rees once again. Rees played well in limited spots last year but will be throwing to a young receiving corps in 2013.

While the offense has a few question marks, the defense is expected to be one of the best in the nation once again. Eight starters are back for coordinator Bob Diaco, including end Stephon Tuitt and tackle Louis Nix III.

Notre Dame’s has one of the nation’s most difficult slates, as 11 bowl teams appear on the schedule for 2013.

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


Notre Dame's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions


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8/31 Temple
9/7 at Michigan
9/14 at Purdue
9/21 Michigan State
9/28 Oklahoma
10/5 Arizona State (Arlington)
10/19 USC
10/26 at Air Force
11/2 Navy
11/9 at Pittsburgh
11/23 BYU
11/30 at Stanford
Final Projection10-29-39-39-3


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Matching last year’s 12-1 mark is going to be a difficult task for Notre Dame. However, the Fighting Irish still have enough talent to finish 10-2 and qualify for a BCS bowl. Sure, the offense is going to be a struggle at times, but coach Brian Kelly did an excellent job at Cincinnati of mixing and matching quarterbacks to get the right results. While Rees will start, true freshman Malik Zaire could see some time in 2013. Notre Dame should be fine at running back, and the offensive line is solid with three starters back. The defense will miss linebacker Manti Te’o, but with eight starters back, the Fighting Irish figure to be a top-10 unit once again. There’s no question the schedule is among the nation’s best. However, I think Notre Dame will be able to squeeze 10 wins and play in a BCS bowl for the second consecutive season.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Notre Dame's title hopes took a huge blow when Everett Golson was dismissed from school back in May. This was a top-10 team with a top-10 defense and a developing star at quarterback. I had the Irish at 11-1 and sniffing around the outskirts of the BCS National Championships conversation with Golson under center. Now I have concerns about the offense competing against the better offenses — Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Stanford. The defensive line will carry this team to wins most weekends, but the offense will have to win a close game or two and I don't see Tommy Rees doing that. Look for Malik Zaire to enter the starting lineup after a loss to Arizona State on a fast track in Cowboys Stadium on October 5.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
It’s obvious to say, but so much of this season is going to depend on the quarterback situation. Notre Dame may end up missing Everett Golson more than Manti Te’o. The defense will be fine, especially up front. Whether Notre Dame turns to Tommy Rees or the freshman Malik Zaire, the quarterback position is going to be hard-pressed to lead a 10-win effort, particularly with road games against quality opponents like Michigan and Stanford. I’d pick Notre Dame to split the games against Oklahoma and Arizona State. I’ve picked Arizona State because the Sun Devils have a bit of momentum, the game’s on a neutral site and Todd Graham has done OK against Notre Dame and Brian Kelly in the past.

Mark Ross
If Brian Kelly wants to lead Notre Dame back to a BCS bowl, the Fighting Irish need at least nine wins in the regular season to remain in the conversation. I think that's exactly where this team will land by the end of November after navigating a rugged schedule. Road games in Ann Arbor and Stanford won't be easy and the Irish also can't look past Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In fact, I think Notre Dame's postseason destiny could likely come down to back-to-back games against Oklahoma at home and the neutral-site matchup with the Sun Devils. Win both and the Irish should be well-positioned for another BCS berth. Lose both and any hopes of a repeat appearance are all but gone. A split isn't a season-breaker, necessarily, but it certainly decreases Notre Dame's margin of error the rest of the way.

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Jameis WinstonEvery year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.

The ACC has a solid group of players waiting to break out in 2013, including Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The redshirt freshman already has an enormous preseason buzz thanks to a strong performance this spring, but his emergence will keep the Seminoles in the hunt for a top-10 finish in the final BCS standings and a big-time bowl in 2013. On the defensive side, Clemson safety Travis Blanks and Virginia’s Eli Harold are two players to watch this year.

Defining what is a breakout player is nearly impossible. Everyone has a different perspective on how players are viewed around the conference and nationally. Athlon's list of breakout players for 2013 tries to take into account which names will be known nationally (not just within the conference) by the end of season. So while some of these players on this list are known to fans of a particular team, the rest of the conference or nation might not be as familiar. 

ACC Breakout Players for 2013

Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s offensive line has been under the spotlight over the last few years, as the unit has struggled to find consistency. And there's plenty of work ahead for coach Paul Chryst, as the Panthers allowed 38 sacks last season and must replace center Ryan Turnley and guard Chris Jacobson. However, there’s reason for hope in the trenches for 2013. True freshman Dorian Johnson could stabilize the right side, and the coaching staff is excited about the potential of Bisnowaty at left tackle. After spending last year as a redshirt, the Pittsburgh native is poised to start from the opening snap and protect the blindside for quarterback Tom Savage.

Travis Blanks, S, Clemson
The ACC doesn’t have many returning standouts at safety this year, so there’s an opportunity for players like Blanks to become a household name by the end of 2013. The Tallahassee native was regarded as a top-15 recruit by ESPN in the 2012 signing class, and the Clemson coaching staff wasted no time getting him on the field. Blanks played in 13 contests and recorded 51 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception in 2012. He was named Clemson’s defensive player of the game against Ball State and recorded eight stops in the 49-37 loss to Florida State. With the Tigers entering their second season under coordinator Brent Venables, this unit expects to take a step forward in 2013 and should finish higher than seventh in the ACC in yards allowed. If Blanks builds off a strong freshman effort, he could be one of the conference’s top safeties in 2013.

Anthony Boone, QB, Duke
Duke coach David Cutcliffe has an excellent track record when it comes to developing quarterbacks, so it’s no surprise most around Durham aren’t sweating the transition from Sean Renfree to Boone. The junior shined in limited work last season, which included an impressive 212-yard and four touchdown performance in a 42-17 win over Virginia last year. Boone was steady as a passer in limited work in 2012, but he also gives Duke more of a running threat at quarterback. Even though Renfree and receiver Conner Vernon will be missed, Boone’s emergence will keep Duke’s offense performing at a high level once again in 2013.

Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
Bromley has developed into a steady performer for Syracuse’s defensive line, and in his senior year, the New York native is poised to push for all-conference honors. In 13 games last season, Bromley recorded 39 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. The 2012 numbers were a slight improvement from 2011, as Bromley made 32 stops and 1.5 sacks in his first year as a starter. As a defensive tackle, Bromley isn’t going to record huge tackle or sack totals. However, after battling an ankle injury last year, the senior is poised to jump onto the radar for NFL scouts and is expected to be a key piece in Syracuse’s defense. 

Deon Bush, S, Miami
Finding answers on defense is the top priority for Miami coach Al Golden this offseason. The Hurricanes ranked last in the ACC in rushing, pass and total defense, and coordinator Mark D’Onofrio will have seven new full-time starters stepping into the lineup. Bush was one of the few bright spots for Miami last year, as he recorded 34 stops, three forced fumbles and one tackle for a loss. Even though he’s only a sophomore, Bush should be a leader in Miami’s secondary in 2013 and is expected to push for All-ACC honors.

Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest
Eight starters are back for the Demon Deacons defense, which should easily allow this unit to improve off of a lackluster 2012 campaign. Chubb played sparingly in his redshirt freshman campaign and finished the year with 22 tackles in 12 contests. The sophomore has excellent bloodlines, as his father (Aaron) played at Georgia from 1985-88 and was drafted by the Patriots in 1989. Chubb made his biggest impact on special teams last season but is slated to slide into the starting lineup on defense in 2013. If Chubb translates his production and potential from special teams to defense, Wake Forest’s linebacking corps could be among the best in the ACC.

Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Even with Xavier Rhodes departing Tallahassee for the NFL, Florida State’s secondary should be among the nation’s best in 2013. Lamarcus Joyner will slide from safety to corner to help replace Rhodes, but Darby’s emergence is another factor helping to keep the Seminoles near the top of the ACC in pass defense. The Maryland native was solid in his debut season, recording 22 tackles and eight pass breakups. Darby missed spring practice due to injury, but the sophomore should slide into a starting spot over Nick Waisome this fall. New coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will make some tweaks to Florida State’s defense, which is expected to include more press coverage. All signs point to Darby emerging as one of the ACC’s top cornerbacks this year.

Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
The Seminoles lose four key players from a defensive line that played a significant role in finishing first in the ACC in rush defense, along with ranking sixth nationally in points allowed. While ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine will be missed, there’s no shortage of talent returning to Tallahassee. The next star on Florida State’s line should be Edwards, who was pressed into action after an early-season injury to Brandon Jenkins. Although it was a small sample size, Edwards showcased why he was one of the top recruits in the 2012 signing class, recording 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss. With a full offseason to work in the weight room and learn under new ends coach Sal Sunseri, Edwards is primed for a breakout year in Tallahassee.

Alex Figueroa, LB, Miami
Much like every area on the Miami defense, the linebacking corps has plenty of room to improve in 2013. And this unit will feature a revamped starting trio in 2013, as Gionni Paul and Eddie Johnson did not return to the team. Junior Denzel Perryman is a good place to start the rebuilding effort, but the Hurricanes are excited about the potential of Figueroa. The true freshman finished spring practice as a starter on the depth chart and appears poised to hold onto the job this fall. At 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, Figueroa has the size to provide some much-needed punch to Miami’s lackluster run defense.

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
It’s an overused cliché, but Virginia’s defense should be more aggressive in 2013. Jon Tenuta joins the Cavaliers’ staff from NC State, and the veteran coordinator has promised to turn up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year. Harold should benefit from the change in schemes and is expected to be the unit’s top pass-rusher. In 12 games last year as a true freshman, Harold recorded 36 stops, two sacks and one forced fumble. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, the Virginia native has the athleticism to be a standout pass-rusher and could easily triple his sack total from last season under Tenuta’s direction.

Demitri Knowles, WR, Virginia Tech
After finishing third in the ACC in total offense in 2011, the Hokies backtracked in 2012, ranking ninth in the conference. As a result of the struggles, coach Frank Beamer decided to revamp his offensive staff, with Scot Loeffler coming over from Auburn to call the plays. Loeffler is tasked with getting quarterback Logan Thomas back on track, but Thomas also needs more help from his supporting cast. The Hokies must replace their top three receivers from last year, including Marcus Davis (51 catches) and Corey Fuller (43 receptions). Knowles grabbed 19 receptions for 240 yards and one score as a true freshman and returned one kickoff for a score. D.J. Coles is back after missing most of last year with a knee injury, but the pressure is on Knowles to be one of the go-to (if not No. 1) targets for Virginia Tech.

Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech
Fans of the ACC are certainly familiar with Lee, but the rest of the college football world should take notice of the sophomore in 2013. The North Carolina native did not record a start under center but played in 12 of Georgia Tech’s 14 contests. Lee threw for 596 yards and four touchdowns and showcased his athleticism by averaging 5.7 yards per carry on 96 attempts. He scored nine times on 96 attempts and had a 79-yard run against Presbyterian. Lee doesn’t have to be a dynamic thrower in Georgia Tech’s option attack, but he should be an upgrade in the passing attack over Tevin Washington.

Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
After Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford shined under the tutelage of coordinator Chad Morris, it's easy to pinpoint Leggett as Clemson’s next star at tight end. The true freshman will be pressed into significant time this year, as the Tigers lost expected starter Sam Cooper to a torn ACL in the spring. Leggett had a strong performance in the spring game, catching seven passes for 97 yards and one score. It’s always tough for a true freshman to transition into a starting role for the season opener, but Leggett is expected to play plenty of snaps in 2013.

Deon Long, WR, Maryland
Stefon Diggs is already one of the ACC’s top receivers, and Long’s arrival should give quarterback C.J. Brown (or Ricardo Young) another dangerous weapon in the passing attack. Long played at New Mexico in 2010 and transferred to play at Iowa Western in 2011. In one year on the JUCO level, Long dominated the competition, catching 100 passes (most NJCAA history) for 1,625 yards and 25 scores. Long will require an adjustment period after transferring from the junior college ranks, but his presence will help take some of the pressure off of Diggs.

Brandon Mitchell, QB, NC State
As a graduate transfer, Mitchell has a short window of opportunity to make an impact at NC State. In three seasons with Arkansas, the Louisiana native completed 25 of 43 passes for 332 yards and three scores, while rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Mitchell also showcased his athletic ability by playing some snaps at receiver. If you want an idea of the offense coach Dave Doeren and coordinator Matt Canada want to install in Raleigh, take a look at Northern Illinois last season, which featured dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch. Mitchell is the best fit for the offense on NC State’s roster, but he also has to overcome having only one set of practices to get familiar with his new team and offense.

Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
With DeAndre Hopkins leaving for the NFL, Clemson is looking for a No. 2 target to pair with Sammy Watkins. And the coaching staff hopes Peake – a former top-100 recruit – is ready to fill that void. The South Carolina native grabbed four receptions as a true freshman in 2011 but increased his totals to 25 catches for 172 yards and two scores last year. With excellent speed and size (6-foot-3), along with two seasons of experience under his belt, Peake’s junior season should be his breakout campaign.

Caleb Peterson, OG, North Carolina
The Tar Heels simply won’t replace Jonathan Cooper’s production at guard this year. However, the offensive line still has pieces to build around, as tackle James Hurst is one of the best in the ACC and center Russell Bodine is a two-year starter. Peterson has big shoes to fill as he tries to replace Cooper, but the Alabama native was regarded as a four-star prospect in the 2012 signing class. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard will have a tough introduction to college football with a date against South Carolina in the opener. However, Peterson has the talent to stabilize the guard position and emerge as a strength by the end of the year.

Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Williams has flashed potential throughout his career and is poised to shine under new coach Steve Addazio. The Pennsylvania native has recorded 1,582 rushing yards and 10 scores in his career but has never topped more than 605 yards in a single season. With Addazio likely to rely more on the run, Boston College returning three starters on the offensive line, and question marks about the depth at running back, Williams could push for 1,000 yards in 2013. And with a lack of standouts returning in the ACC at this position, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Williams make a run at All-ACC honors.

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Considering Winston’s preseason buzz has reached meteoric levels, he might be a little too obvious to put on this list. However, the redshirt freshman has the talent to have a breakout year similar to what Texas A&M got from Johnny Manziel last season. Of course, a Heisman Trophy is simply too much to ask from Winston this year, but the Alabama native will be a difference maker for Florida State, especially with one of the ACC’s best supporting casts at his disposal. If Winston lives up to the hype, the Seminoles could match last year’s 12 wins.

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One day closer to August, which means we are one day closer to the start of the 2013 season.

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Tuesday, July 23rd

Syracuse and Maryland will likely play in a non-conference series once the Terrapins depart for the Big Ten.

Is Michael Dyer close to joining Louisville for the 2013 season?

Wake Forest could be without running back Josh Harris this year.

Is Jay-Z courting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? 

Will the ACC's decline stunt Florida State's rebirth?

Michigan State receiver A.J. Troup will miss 2013 due to a knee injury.

Who are the most engaged fanbases in college football?

Are the BCS schools close to breaking away for a new division in college football? It sounds like it's more of a possibility after listening to the conference commissioners at media days.

Wisconsin's incoming JUCO quarterback Tanner McEvoy was the victim of a robbery in Madison.

The charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison have been dropped.

Miami coach Al Golden has a gameplan for incoming freshman Corn Elder.

Memphis is expected to land Nebraska transfer Chase Rome

One of the top freshmen in Oklahoma State's recruiting class has decided to leave the team. 

Washington should expect better production from its linebackers this year.

Counting down the top 25 Oregon State players for 2013.

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Change is the key word in Reno this year, as Nevada will have a new head coach (Brian Polian), and the team has to replace some key players on both sides of the ball.

The Wolf Pack is also updating their helmets this year, as they will wear a white variation in 2013. The blue version is pretty sharp and the same can be said about this new white scheme.

Photo tweeted by Chris Murray of Reno Gazette-Journal

 

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ULM is expected to be one of the top contenders in the Sun Belt this year, and the Warhawks will sport some new jerseys in pursuit of the conference title. 

These aren't a drastic switch from last season's uniform, but overall, this is a pretty solid look for ULM.

 

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A photo is worth a thousand words right? Well of course, except when there are times when a photo leaves you speechless.

Some of the ACC coaches spent some time in the photo booth at the conference's media days, and needless to say, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had some interesting photos. 

These two photos found their way onto the ACC's official twitter account...interesting aren't they?

 

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With the college football season just around the corner, it seems there is a different preseason poll or prediction released every day. This time, it’s the LVH, as it has released its over/under win totals for 2013.

There are some interesting totals in the over/under projections, as Louisville at 10.5 and UCLA at 6.5 seem a little low.

Athlon Sports will have more on these over/under projections over the next couple of weeks, as we will take a look at the numbers by conference.

For now, check out these over/under totals from the LVH:

 

TeamProjected Wins
Alabama11
Ohio State10.5
Oregon11
Louisville10.5
Boise State9.5
Clemson9.5
Florida State10
Texas9.5
BYU7.5
Georgia9.5
Nebraska9.5
South Carolina9.5
Stanford9.5
Florida9
LSU8.5
Miami8.5
Notre Dame8.5
Oklahoma State9.5
TCU8
Texas A&M9.5
USC9.5
Arizona State8
Michigan8.5
Michigan State8.5
Oklahoma9
Ole Miss7.5
Oregon State8
UCLA6.5
Wisconsin9
Kansas State7
Washington7.5
Northwestern7.5
Utah5.5
Nevada6
UNLV3.5

 

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Back in April, North Carolina unveiled some slight tweaks to its jersey and helmet combination for 2013.

And with ACC Media Days ongoing, the college football world is getting a better look at the Tar Heels’ new look.

Here’s the updated look at the Carolina blue helmet, which features a black logo and stripe at the top.

 

New North Carolina helmet

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Kevin SumlinTexas A&M took the SEC by storm last year. The Aggies won 11 games for the first time since 1998, soundly defeated Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and quarterback Johnny Manziel claimed the Heisman Trophy after recording 5,116 yards and 47 total touchdowns. And of course, there was the huge upset win over Alabama in mid-November.

The Aggies have their sights set even higher in 2013, as coach Kevin Sumlin’s team is poised to push for the national championship. With Manziel returning, along with a deep backfield, Texas A&M’s offense should once again be one of the best in the SEC. The defense has to get better against the run, but the secondary is expected to take a step forward in 2013, especially with De’Vante Harris and Deshazor Everett back to anchor the corner spots.

Texas A&M isn’t without question marks, as the front seven on defense is an issue, and the coaching staff needs to find a few weapons at receiver for Manziel.

What will Texas A&M's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Texas A&M's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

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8/31 Rice 
9/7 Sam Houston State 
9/14 Alabama 
9/21 SMU 
9/28 at Arkansas 
10/12 at Ole Miss 
10/19 Auburn 
10/26 Vanderbilt 
11/2 UTEP 
11/9 Mississippi State 
11/23 at LSU 
11/30 at Missouri 
Final Projection 10-210-210-211-110-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Texas A&M may find its second year in the SEC a little tougher than its debut. However, make no mistake, the Aggies are still one of the nation’s top-10 teams and a threat to play for the national championship. Even though tackle Luke Joeckel and starting center Patrick Lewis must be replaced, Texas A&M’s offensive line remains one of the best in the nation. And while quarterback Johnny Manziel may not match last year’s production, the sophomore is still in for a big year. The biggest question mark for the Aggies is the defense. Texas A&M returns five starters on that side of the ball, and replacements must be found for defensive end Damontre Moore and two starting linebackers. The secondary should take a step forward in 2013, but getting after the quarterback and stopping the run will be a concern. Even though the Aggies won in Tuscaloosa last year, I think the Crimson Tide get revenge on Sept. 14. I have Texas A&M losing to LSU on Nov. 23, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ole Miss knock off the Aggies on Oct. 12. Even with a few personnel voids to fill (and potentially two losses in SEC play), Texas A&M should be in the mix for a BCS bowl in 2013.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

As far as SEC schedules go, Texas A&M's 2013 slate isn't nearly as daunting as one would think for an SEC West team. The non-conference slate is a joke and crossover play with the East won't feature any of the big three (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina). Road trips to LSU and Ole Miss will be tricky but the Aggies could be favored in both games. Johnny Manziel has had an eventful offseason but when he is on the field, he has ice in his veins. This team is talented enough to win in Baton Rouge and Oxford but isn't deep enough to win the division. Yet.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
Texas A&M’s week three matchup against Alabama should probably be listed in bold. That game has led every list of must-see games in the 2013 season. I have Alabama winning the rematch of last year’s classic in Tuscaloosa. Don’t be surprised to see the Aggies and Crimson Tide put plenty of points on the board. Texas A&M should still be in fine shape even if it loses to Alabama. Texas A&M will have to be ready when it travels to Ole Miss, a team that was close to beating the Aggies last year. Texas A&M’s next true test will be on the road against LSU, which I have beating Texas A&M. That leaves the Aggies with a solid 10-2 record, although losses to Alabama and LSU would likely keep Texas A&M out of the SEC Championship Game.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)
Texas A&M is far better than I would have predicted for its first two years in the SEC. This was a program that barely kept its head above water in the Big 12, and now the Aggies are flourishing as an SEC team. That said, I wonder if Texas A&M seduced us with the late season win over Alabama and a bowl rout of Oklahoma. The Aggies are still going to be very good, but a repeat win over Alabama is tough to pick. Remember, last year Alabama faced Texas A&M after an emotional 21-17 win at LSU. The Tide get A&M after an off week this season, and Nick Saban’s Alabama teams rarely lose to the same team twice in a row. Chances are, Alabama’s more prepared and motivated for that game than any other on the schedule. I picked LSU to defeat Texas A&M, too. The Tigers are rebuilding on defense, but I like LSU to be ready to take on A&M by the end of the year. Overall, I’m a skeptic of Texas A&M. There may be one more loss in there, but it’s tough to pick Auburn, Mississippi State or Vanderbilt to win in College Station.

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
Raise your hand if you had ever heard of Johnny Manziel when Texas A&M joined the SEC last summer.  Keep it up if you predicted he would win the Heisman...  That's what I thought. 5,116 total yards in his first season later, and here we are. Texas A&M will legitimately compete for the SEC West Title this season, and it starts Sept 14th. You may have heard about a certain team form Alabama making their first trip as SEC foes to College Station, TX.  It's the most anticipated game of 2013, and still I have my doubts.  It's surprising to think a 10-2 season would be disappointing, but with Manziel an that offense, it would be. What role will the loss of 2 stud linemen to the NFL and Kliff Kingbury do for the Aggies?  What about going into Death Valley vs LSU, most likely in a night game? Name to remember: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
 

Mark Ross
Texas A&M gets Alabama at home, but you know the Crimson Tide, especially the defense, have had this one circled on their calendars for quite some time. If Johnny Manziel befuddles Nick Saban's team a second time, he may win another Heisman by default. Another SEC West foe that's probably licking its chops is LSU, as Manziel and company will more than likely get a taste of the Saturday night experience that is Death Valley. Even if it's not a night game, Tiger Stadium will be a tough test for the Aggies. Even with these two losses, another 10-win regular season for Kevin Sumlin's team is quite remarkable, especially considering some of the key personnel, such as Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore to name a few, they lost from last year's squad.


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Will MuschampFlorida lived a little dangerous last season, as the Gators had five games decided by eight points or less.

However, thanks to a defense that allowed just 14.5 points a game, Florida finished the regular season at 11-1 and played in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2009 season. The Gators were defeated by Louisville 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl, but coach Will Muschamp seems to have Florida back on track to being an annual top 10-15 team.

The Gators return eight starters for 2013, including quarterback Jeff Driskel. The defense loses a couple of key players, but this unit will regain the services of end/linebacker Ronald Powell – who missed all of last season with an injury – and the secondary is one of the best in college football.

The schedule makers certainly didn’t give Florida many breaks in 2013. The Gators have to travel to Miami in Week 2, play at LSU in mid-October and finish SEC action with a road trip to South Carolina on Nov. 16.

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

Florida's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

 

GameSteven
Lassan
David
Fox
SEC
Logo
Mark
Ross 
Braden
Gall
Josh
Ward
8/31 Toledo
9/7 at Miami
9/21 Tennessee
9/28 at Kentucky
10/5 Arkansas
10/12 at LSU
10/19 at Missouri
11/2 Georgia (Jacksonville)
11/9 Vanderbilt
11/16 at South Carolina
11/23 Georgia Southern
11/30 Florida State
Final Projection9-39-311-19-310-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
How high Florida can climb in the SEC East standings will depend largely on an offense that ranked 10th in the conference in scoring last year. Despite the departure of a couple of key defenders, the Gators should still have one of the SEC’s best defenses. However, the offense struggled to find a consistent passing attack in 2012, and much of the same core is back for 2013. The offense has to replace running back Mike Gillislee, and still needs to find a couple of playmakers at receiver. The offensive line should be better with the addition of two transfers, but quarterback Jeff Driskel has to take the next step in his development. Winning the turnover battle was a key reason why Florida was 4-1 in one-score games last season, and the Gators need similar production in 2013. Much like my South Carolina prediction, I’m guessing Florida will end up 9-3. Maybe it’s not a loss to at Missouri (the Tigers only lost by seven in the Swamp last year), but I think the Gators will lose three times in 2013.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
The first five weeks look favorable for Florida, which really only faces one tough test (week 2 at Miami) before traveling to LSU. The Tigers’ health could be a question that week as they will be coming off consecutive road trips to Georgia and Mississippi State. If LSU is healthy, the Tigers should be able to take advantage of their home field and beat Florida. The Gators’ next three games – Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt – will all be tough, but I have Florida escaping all of them. But not South Carolina. The Gamecocks were too beaten up when they lost in Gainesville last year. A bye week should have them more prepared for Florida this time around. That leaves the Gators with a 10-2 record, which should put them in contention for an SEC Eastern Division title.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)

I have no idea what to make of Florida, and my picks probably reflect that. Georgia and Florida State are going to be really good, yet I have Florida winning both of those matchups. Miami might not have as good a final record as Florida, but I’ve picked the Hurricanes here. The Gators are going to be the same kind of team they were last season: Stingy on defense, but limited on offense. Florida did a lot of things great teams do last season — executing second-half adjustments and pouncing on opponents’ mistakes. But the ball control game and limitations in the passing attack mean Florida is going to be in a ton of close games again. That formula may meet its match against a high-powered offense like Miami or on the road against a team that does the same thing well (LSU, South Carolina).

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
The Gators could have the best defense in the SEC. They are stacked with names like Easley, Purifoy, Roberson, Morrison, Fowler, Powell and Bullard. Last year, Florida’s D had 20 INT’s (no fly zone), 7th best mark in the nation. It’s a pretty tricky schedule, at Miami, at LSU, Georgia, at South Carolina and FSU.  They will get a bye week early before Tennessee and another five weeks later before Georgia. Now to the bad, last year they finished 118th in the country in passing, averaging 143.6 YPG. You cannot win a National Championship with numbers like that. Name to remember: Matt Jones, RB

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

The Gators' offense will be much improved in 2013 and it should be on full display in an early non-conference test with Miami in South Florida. Should it win in Miami, Florida will be 5-0 heading into Baton Rouge to battle LSU in what could be a top 10 match-up. Should it handle it's business against teams like Florida State, Missouri and Vanderbilt in the second half, Will Muschamp will be starring directly at another 10-win season. Bouts with Georgia and South Carolina loom large in the first three weeks of November and a split either way would give the Gators a shot at a trip to Atlanta.

 

Mark Ross
Unfortunately for Florida, it didn't get many breaks when it came to scheduling. The Gators' three toughest SEC games are at LSU and South Carolina and the annual cocktail party with Georgia in Jacksonville. I've got Florida coming out on the losing end of all three of those, but beating both Miami and Florida State to capture the Sunshine State crown isn't too bad of a consolation prize, right?


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As you may remember, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had some interesting comments at SEC Media Days last week. The junior noted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson were all scared when they played South Carolina last season.

Well, the tables were turned this week, as Boyd had a chance to respond to Clowney at ACC Media Days:

 

 

Expect to see plenty of highlights from both players this fall, but you can expect Boyd to have the Nov. 30 date circled when Clemson takes on South Carolina.

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More conference media days this week and plenty of news from around the college football world. Kickoff is just over a month away. 
 

Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)

College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Monday, July 22nd

 

In case you missed it, no press release will top the one FIU had to send out on Friday.

A great feature from Lost Lettermen: Can Brady Hoke Match Urban Meyer?

And Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has one of the most bizarre arrests in recent memory. Due to his arrest over the weekend, the sophomore is suspended for the first two games of the season.

These are always fun to read: The Big Ten Network’s 2013 mock draft.

Auburn picked up one of the top JUCO recruits for the 2014 signing class.

A humorous look at SEC Media Days: What everyone really meant to say.

Some bad news for North Carolina in its ongoing academic scandal.

What changes should be expected from LSU’s offense with Cam Cameron calling the plays?

Is Utah a candidate to play a game in China? And what are the Utes' biggest concerns going into the 2013 season?


Colorado is expected to pickup a transfer from Pittsburgh. But the Buffaloes lost another quarterback over the weekend.

John Cassillo of Atlantic Coast Convos takes a look at the defensive lines in the conference for 2013.

Syracuse has released its preseason depth chart. There's no Drew Allen at quarterback on the two-deep, but that is expected to change this fall.

A little late on this one, but here’s an excellent read from Brandon Marcello on Gus Malzahn, Houston Nutt and Mitch Mustain.

West Virginia defensive lineman Korey Harris is no longer with the team. The defensive tackle was arrested on first-degree armed robbery charges earlier this month. (You have to read how he was identified by the victims).

Could two redshirt freshmen start on Michigan’s offensive line this year?

Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck has a broken jaw from sleep apnea surgery.

Should Iowa State expand Jack Trice Stadium?

Mississippi State is making a slight change on offense this year.

Could Penn State ask the NCAA to reduce its sanctions in the near future

Texas has a couple of players on the mend as fall practice approaches.

Three MTSU players have been suspended indefinitely from the team due to an off-the-field incident.

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Ohio State’s national title hopes took a slight hit on Monday, as running back Carlos Hyde was indefinitely suspended. The Columbus Dispatch reported Hyde was dismissed on Monday morning, which came after reports the running back had been involved in an incident at a bar. However, the school announced Hyde had been suspended later in the day.

Hyde’s suspension isn’t a huge blow to Ohio State, but it does take away one of the Big Ten’s top running backs. The senior ranked second on the team in rushing yards last season, recording 970 yards and 16 touchdowns on 185 attempts. Hyde will likely return at some point in 2013, but the suspension length could vary depending on the outcome of the investigation. 

With Hyde out of the picture for now, the Buckeyes will lean on junior Rod Smith, sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball. Incoming freshman Ezekiel Elliott is also expected to factor into the mix, while hybrid receiver/running back Jordan Hall will factor prominently into the offense.

There’s no question that Hyde will be missed, but if there was one position where Ohio State has depth, it’s at running back. And with quarterback Braxton Miller returning, the Buckeyes should remain one of the Big Ten’s top rushing attacks in 2013.

Losing Hyde for a short period of time isn’t going to derail Ohio State’s national title hopes, but this certainly isn’t something that coach Urban Meyer wanted to be dealing with just a month before the season starts.

Ohio State's Leading Returning Rushers for 2013 (outside of Carlos Hyde)
 

PlayerAttemptsYardsTDs
Braxton Miller2271,27113
Jordan Hall402181
Rod Smith322152
Bri'onte Dunn251332

 

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For the first time in a couple of years, Big 12 Media Days didn’t have to deal much with realignment questions. With the immediate future secure, the conference is working on its branding, which includes a new logo.

This logo was released by the conference today and is expected to take over as the official mark of the Big 12 by next July.
 

 

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The Egg Bowl matchup between Ole Miss and Mississippi State should have plenty of added interest around the nation this year, as the heated rivalry has moved to Thanksgiving night.

After winning three straight games in this series, Mississippi State fell 41-24 to the Rebels in Oxford last year.

The scene shifts back to Starkville this year, and there’s some rumblings Mississippi State might wear a gold helmet for the Thanksgiving night affair.

As this photo by @BonnieBlue_Bell shows, the Bulldogs could be sporting some rather shiny and gold helmets for the Egg Bowl.

 

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Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons this offseason.

First, there was an arrest on June 16 for punching a bouncer. Then on Sunday morning, Morrison was arrested for harassing a police animal. Yes, you read that correctly.

As a result of Morrison’s arrest, he has received the Taiwanese animation treatment. And there are appearances by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Florida coach Will Muschamp. Needless to say, this is worth just over a minute of your time.

 

 

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The Mark Stoops era at Kentucky is already off to a fast start, as the Wildcats have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. And as Stoops looks to build an identity and breathe some life into the program, Kentucky could be looking at updating its helmets and jerseys for 2013.

This photo tweeted by recruit Matt Elam showcases Kentucky’s matte black helmet and gray jersey.

Is it just something for show? Or will we see it in a game this year?

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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze created plenty of buzz on the recruiting trail with a top-10 recruiting class. But are the Rebels going to make some more noise in the helmet department?

This photo showcases a chrome Ole Miss helmet (which is a pretty sharp look). However, it’s uncertain if this look will be worn in a game this year, or if this is just a concept look created for recruiting purposes.

Either way, it’s a shiny (and potentially awesome) look for Ole Miss.

 

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Determining the worst coaching tenures for any period is no easy task. Each program has its own set of hurdles to overcome, and all coaches aren’t on equal footing when they take over a job.

In forming Athlon’s list of the top 25 worst coaching tenures of the BCS era, we placed an emphasis on what shape the program is before the coach arrived, how it fared during his tenure, and the short-term effect after his departure. Programs like Eastern Michigan or New Mexico State have traditionally been a difficult place to establish a winning tradition, so it’s hard to punish coaches from both schools (or similar circumstances), even if their record is uninspiring. On the other side, programs like Southern Miss or East Carolina have a track record of success recently. Which makes the 0-12 by Ellis Johnson and 3-20 by John Thompson among the worst tenures of the BCS era (since 1998).

Also of note, only tenures that have been completed factored into this ranking. So any active tenures going into the 2013 season were not considered for this article.

College Football’s Worst 25 Tenures of the BCS Era

1. Mike Locksley, New Mexico
Record: 2-26 (2009-11)

Locksley was regarded as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches and recruiters when he left Illinois to join New Mexico in 2009. The Washington, D.C. native was able to attract some talent to Albuquerque, but it didn’t translate into results on the field. Locksley’s tenure at New Mexico lasted only three years, with his final season ending after the fourth game. Locksley won just two Mountain West games during his tenure and was suspended for one game due to an altercation with an assistant coach.

2. Larry Porter, Memphis
Record: 3-21 (2010-11)

Porter’s tenure is another example of why programs should be reluctant to hire ace recruiters with no head coaching experience. The former Memphis running back was hired as the Tigers’ head coach in 2010 and lasted only two years. Porter didn’t inherit a disaster at Memphis, as Tommy West went 15-23 over his final three years and played in a bowl game in 2008. Porter’s teams were largely uncompetitive, and his three wins came against MTSU (6-7 in 2010), Austin Peay (a FCS opponent) and Tulane (2-11 in 2011). After Porter’s unsuccessful tenure, Memphis got it right by hiring Justin Fuente, who went 4-8 in his first season with the Tigers.

3. Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss
Record: 0-12 (2012)

There aren’t many one-year stints as a college football head coach. But it was clear to Southern Miss after just one season that Johnson wasn’t the right fit for the program. The Golden Eagles turned in arguably their worst season in school history, finishing with an 0-12 mark, with the offense ranking 110th nationally in scoring and the defense finishing 113th in points allowed. Southern Miss was replacing a handful of key contributors from its 2011 squad, but the Golden Eagles still had enough talent in the program to compete for a bowl bid. Johnson is an excellent defensive coordinator, but Southern Miss clearly made the right call to pull the plug after one season.

4. John Thompson, East Carolina
Record: 3-20 (2003-04)

After Steve Logan was fired in 2002, the Pirates made a big mistake by hiring Thompson. In the two years prior to Thompson’s arrival, East Carolina went 10-14. And in two seasons under Thompson, the Pirates slumped to 3-20. However, the program rebounded under Skip Holtz in 2005, winning five games and then seven in ‘06. Thompson is another case of a good coordinator that was not ready to be a head coach. And his record looks even worse when you consider two of his victories came against Army with the other one being Tulane.

5. Rob Ianello, Akron
Record: 2-22 (2010-11)

Prior to taking over at Akron, Ianello had no coordinator experience and was coming off a four-year stint on Charlie Weis’ staff at Notre Dame. The results were disastrous for the Zips. Ianello won just one game in each of his two years in Akron and went winless in MAC play in 2011. The Zips beat Buffalo in 2010 – a Bulls team that went 2-10 – and VMI in ‘11 under Ianello’s watch. Although Ianello’s tenure was a failure, the school deserves poor marks for firing him on the way to his mother’s funeral.

6. Greg Robinson, Syracuse
Record: 10-37 (2005-08)

Although Paul Pasqualoni has struggled at Connecticut, he went 26-23 over his last four seasons at Syracuse from 2001-04. While Robinson wasn’t inheriting a roster full of talent, he wasn’t getting a bare cupboard either. The Orange went from being a consistent bowl team to one that struggled just to get a couple of wins a year under Robinson’s watch. The Orange never won more than one Big East game in a single year under Robinson, and he recorded the program’s only double-digit losing seasons.

7. Todd Dodge, North Texas
Record: 6-37 (2007-10)

You have to credit North Texas for at least thinking outside of the box with Dodge’s hire. After being a successful high school coach in Texas, Dodge was supposed to turn North Texas back into a Sun Belt power. Instead, the Mean Green nosedived into being one of the worst teams in the nation. North Texas went 6-37 under Dodge’s watch and never won more than one conference game from 2007-10. Considering where North Texas is on college football’s food chain, a hire like Dodge is worth the risk. However, the Mean Green are still trying to dig out from his tenure, as Dan McCarney is just 9-15 over the last two years.

8. Turner Gill, Kansas
Record: 5-19 (2010-11)

Surprising. That’s the one word that comes to mind when mentioning Gill’s tenure at Kansas. Although his record at Buffalo – not an easy place to win – wasn’t overly impressive (20-30), he did lead the Bulls to a bowl game and a MAC Championship in 2008. Gill inherited a Kansas team that went 5-7 in Mark Mangino’s last season (2009), but the Jayhawks regressed in 2010-11. Kansas won just one Big 12 game under Gill’s watch – a 52-45 victory over Colorado – and finished 2011 on a 10-game losing streak. Considering the high expectations surrounding his arrival, Gill might be one of the most disappointing hires of the BCS era.

9. Carl Franks, Duke
Record: 7-45 (1999-2003)

It’s not easy to maintain success at Duke. But it’s also hard to ignore a 7-45 record over five years. Franks came to Durham from Florida, as he served as an assistant with Steve Spurrier from 1990-98 in Gainesville. Franks also had experience at Duke, as he played for the Blue Devils and later coached there from 1987-89. The high point of Franks’ tenure was a 3-8 mark in 1999, but that record was followed up by back-to-back 0-11 seasons. The Blue Devils never won an ACC game in Franks’ final full three years at Duke.

10. Ted Roof, Duke
Record: 6-45 (2003-07)

As mentioned with Carl Franks, winning at Duke is no easy task. However, the Blue Devils can be much more competitive than they were under Franks and Roof. After taking over for Franks in 2003, Roof guided Duke to a 2-3 finish, including a 30-22 win over rival North Carolina. However, the momentum was short-lived, as the Blue Devils won only four games over the next four years. Duke also went winless in ACC play from 2005-07 under Roof’s guidance.

11. Jon Embree, Colorado
Record: 4-21 (2011-12)

Even though Embree was a Colorado alum, he was a questionable hire from the start. The former Buffaloes’ tight end had no coordinator or head coach experience and was serving as a tight ends’ coach for the Redskins prior to his arrival in Boulder in 2011. Embree didn’t inherit the best situation following Dan Hawkins, but Colorado showed little improvement under his watch. The Buffaloes went 3-11 in Embree’s first year and managed to win two out of their final three games. However, Colorado was arguably one of the worst teams of the BCS era in 2012, losing to Colorado State and Sacramento State to start the year and was demolished by Fresno State 69-14 in Week 3. Embree played a lot of young players and dealt with some injuries to key personnel, but the Buffaloes struggled mightily and his 1-11 season is the worst in Colorado history.

12. Kevin Steele, Baylor
Record: 9-36 (1999-2002)

Steele is a highly regarded defensive assistant but had a dismal stint as a head coach at Baylor. The South Carolina native was hired at Baylor in 1999, after spending four years as an assistant with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Prior to his arrival in Waco, Steele had no head coaching experience – and it clearly showed. The Bears had three consecutive losing seasons before Steele’s debut, but Baylor backtracked under his watch. The Bears went 1-10 in 1999 and then 8-26 in the next three years. Steele’s biggest blunder came against UNLV in 1999, as he chose to run a play instead of kneeling down with 12 seconds left. Baylor fumbled on that play, and the turnover was returned by UNLV for a touchdown, giving the Rebels a 27-24 victory.

13. Bobby Wallace, Temple
Record: 19-71 (1998-2004)

After leading North Alabama to three Division II championships from 1993-95, Wallace appeared to be the right coach to make Temple competitive in the Big East. He managed to make some progress, as the Owls won four games for three consecutive years. Although four victories may not seem like much, Temple had not won more than three games in a season since 1990. However, Wallace didn’t make enough progress under his watch, and the Owls were dismissed from the Big East after the 2004 season. Temple was forced to play 2005 as an Independent and posted a dreadful 0-11 record. The highlight of Wallace’s tenure? A 28-24 win over then-Big East memberVirginia Tech in Blacksburg in 1998.

14. Vic Koenning, Wyoming
Record: 5-29 (2000-02)

When Koenning was promoted to replace Dana Dimel, Wyoming had put together seven consecutive years of six or more wins, including a 10-2 mark in 1996. However, Koenning was unable to continue that momentum, and the Cowboys fell into the bottom of the Mountain West. Under Koenning’s watch, Wyoming went 5-29, which included only one win in conference play and two others against FCS opponents. Koenning is a solid defensive coordinator but was overmatched as a head coach.

15. Terry Shea, Rutgers
Record: 11-44 (1996-2000)

Shea’s tenure started just outside of the BCS era, but his three years in the required timeframe were a struggle. Rutgers went 2-20 in his first two seasons and recorded a 9-24 mark over the final three years. Shea did manage to go 5-6 in 1998 but was blown out by Temple in 1999 and 2000 and went a combined 4-18 from 1999-2000. The cupboard wasn’t full for Shea when he arrived at Rutgers, as Doug Graber didn’t fare better than .500 in his final three seasons. However, Shea did little to build on the mild success Graber had in 1991 (6-5) and ‘92 (7-4). 

16. Stan Parrish, Ball State
Record: 6-19 (2008-10)

If this was a list of all-time worst coaching tenures, Parrish’s 2-30-1 record at Kansas State from 1986-88 would rank near the top. While Parrish’s tenure at Ball State was bad, it wasn’t quite as bad as his previous stop at Kansas State. The Cardinals went 6-19 under his watch, which was a clear backtrack from the progress made under Brady Hoke (19-7 in 2007-08). The Cardinals also lost two games to FCS opponents under Parrish.

17. Todd Berry, Army
Record: 5-35 (2000-03)

Considering how difficult it has been to win at Army, it’s unfair to punish Berry too much in these rankings. However, his tenure in West Point was largely uncompetitive. Berry was hired to resurrect a program that had five losing seasons over the last six years, but he struggled mightily in his tenure, winning just one game in his debut season and posting a 1-11 mark in 2002. Berry was dismissed after an 0-6 start in 2003. Army is not an easy place to maintain success, but Berry’s decision to run a pro-style offense proved to be too difficult of a transition for a program that was acclimated to option attacks.

18. Derek Dooley, Tennessee
Record: 15-21 (2010-12)

Tennessee was caught in a bad spot when the Seahawks hired Pete Carroll away from USC, which prompted Lane Kiffin to bolt Knoxville for Los Angeles. Kiffin’s mid-January move didn’t leave the Volunteers much time to find a new coach before Signing Day. Dooley came to Tennessee from Louisiana Tech after a 17-20 record in three years with the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech did make small gains under Dooley, which included a bowl game in 2008. However, he failed to bring much improvement to Knoxville, as the Volunteers went 15-21 under his watch and went 4-19 in SEC play. Considering the coaching turnover in Knoxville from Phil Fulmer to Kiffin to Dooley in just three years, Tennessee had to go through a lot of transition in a short time. However, Dooley winning just one SEC game in two years is simply unacceptable at a program that has all of the resources and tradition necessary to compete for SEC East titles.

19. Paul Wulff, Washington State
Record: 9-40 (2008-11)

At the time of his hire, Wulff seemed to be a good fit at Washington State. He was a former player with the Cougars and spent eight years at Eastern Washington, accumulating a 53-40 record. Wulff also took EWU to three playoff appearances. After a successful run under Mike Price, Washington State declined under Bill Doba, posting three losing seasons in five years. Wulff wasn’t inheriting a full cupboard, but the program wasn’t in terrible shape either. The Cougars were dreadful in Wulff’s first year, beating only Portland State and an 0-12 Washington team. Things didn’t get much better in year two, as Washington State went 1-11 and failed to win a Pac-12 game. The Cougars were more competitive in Wulff’s third season and won four games in 2011. However, that wasn’t enough for Wulff to return for 2012. Wulff’s tenure at Washington State ended with a dismal 4-32 record in Pac-12 play.

20. John L. Smith, Arkansas
Record: 4-8 (2012)

It’s unfair to pin all of Arkansas’ struggles in 2012 on Smith. The Razorbacks were left in a bad spot after Bobby Petrino was fired in April, and it’s no easy task finding a head coach in May for the upcoming season. No matter what coach was on the sidelines in Fayetteville last year, the transition from Petrino was going to cost Arkansas a couple of games. But after winning 21 games from 2010-11, the Razorbacks were one of college football’s biggest disappointments in 2012, and Smith has to shoulder a chunk of the blame. Arkansas’ 2012 season began to unravel in Week 2 after an overtime loss to ULM, and the Razorbacks were pummeled by Alabama 52-0 the following Saturday. Arkansas won three out of four games in the middle of the season, but it wasn’t enough. Considering the talent on last year’s team, Arkansas’ 2012 campaign will be one of the most disappointing in school history.

21. Jim Hofner, Buffalo
Record: 8-49 (2001-05)

Hofner came to Buffalo in 2001, which was shortly after the Bulls moved from the FCS to the FBS ranks. While the transition to the FBS wasn’t expected to be easy, Buffalo was largely uncompetitive under Hofner’s watch. The Bulls went 8-49 in his tenure and never won more than three games in a season. Buffalo had back-to-back 1-11 seasons from 2002-03, and Hofner finished his tenure with a dismal 1-10 mark. One of the few highlights of the Hofner era was a 36-6 win over Central Michigan in Brian Kelly’s first season.

22. Chuck Long, San Diego State
Record: 9-27 (2006-08)

Despite having a location in a fertile recruiting area, San Diego State has struggled to maintain success. After the failed Tom “Air” Craft era, the Aztecs made a splash by hiring Long from Oklahoma. Although Long was regarded as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, San Diego State didn’t show much progress under his watch. The Aztecs went 3-9 in 2006, 4-8 in ‘07 and slipped to 2-10 in ‘08. The program also lost twice to FCS opponent Cal Poly under Long’s direction.

23. Tom Holmoe, California
Record: 9-31 (1998-2001)

Holmoe inherited a California team that was coming off a 6-6 mark in Steve Mariucci’s one and only season in Berkeley. The Golden Bears went 8-14 in Holmoe’s first two years but faded over the final three seasons. California went 4-7 in 1999 and then recorded a 4-18 mark over the final two years of Holmoe’s tenure. The Golden Bears failed to win a Pac-10 game in 2001 and their 1-10 overall mark is the worst in school history. California also ran into NCAA trouble after Holmoe’s tenure, as the program was forced to forfeit four wins from 1999 and was banned from postseason play in 2002 due to the use of ineligible players. Holmoe failed to beat Stanford once during his tenure, and the program quickly rebounded once Jeff Tedford was hired, winning seven games in 2002. 

24. Ed Orgeron, Ole Miss
Record: 10-25 (2005-07)

Orgeron did a good job of assembling talent in Oxford, as his recruiting class in 2006 was ranked No. 15 nationally by Athlon Sports. But a good portion of the highlights from Orgeron’s tenure were on the recruiting trail. Ole Miss won only three SEC games from 2005-08 and never made a bowl appearance under Orgeron. Three of Orgeron’s wins came against Memphis and three more came against FCS opponents. In 2008, one year after Orgeron was fired, Houston Nutt went 9-4 and led the Rebels to a win over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. Orgeron was hired due to his recruiting ties, but he had no head coaching experience prior to his arrival in Oxford.

25. Walt Harris, Stanford
Record: 6-17 (2005-06)

After a respectable 52-44 mark in eight years with Pittsburgh from 1997-2004, Harris decided to leave the Steel City for the Farm. The veteran coach had a tough assignment taking over the program after Buddy Teevens went 10-23 in three years, but Stanford went 5-6 in Harris’ first year. However, things fell apart for Harris in his second season, as the Cardinal went 1-11 in 2006. Stanford’s offense struggled after quarterback Trent Edwards was lost for the year, but the Cardinal was largely uncompetitive all season. Harris caught a bad break with Edwards’ injury, but the program was headed in the wrong direction, and dismissing him after two years proved to be the right move.

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Georgia has won the SEC East in back-to-back seasons but is searching for its first conference title since 2005.

The Bulldogs return eight starters on offense, including one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in Aaron Murray, along with running back Todd Gurley, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tight end Arthur Lynch.

However, the defense is a work in progress with eight new starters stepping into the lineup. Georgia has plenty of young players to build around, including sophomore linebacker Jordan Jenkins and true freshman safety Tray Matthews. But this defense will be under the spotlight right away in 2013, as the Bulldogs play Clemson, South Carolina and LSU before their first game in October.

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

Georgia's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

GameSteven
Lassan
Braden
Gall
David
Fox
SEC
Logo
Mark
Ross
Josh
Ward
8/31 at Clemson
9/7 South Carolina
9/21 North Texas
9/28 LSU
10/5 at Tennessee
10/12 Missouri
10/19 at Vanderbilt
11/2 Florida (Jacksonville)
11/9 Appalachian State
11/16 at Auburn
11/23 Kentucky
11/30 at Georgia Tech
Final Projection10-29-310-210-212-010-2


David Fox (@DavidFox615)
My original picks had Georgia losing its first two games against Clemson and South Carolina. I reversed field on South Carolina even though the Gamecocks have taken the last three meetings. Marcus Lattimore saved some of his best games for the Bulldogs, and now he’s gone. That said, Georgia’s offense was largely ineffective against South Carolina a year ago. The Bulldogs need to figure out what went wrong. The opening game against Clemson is going to be an up-and-down the field game, but I can’t go against the Tigers in Death Valley here. After that brutal one-two punch to start the season, Georgia has a chance to pick up some wins before the Florida game. Honestly, I’d be more worried about the Vanderbilt game than LSU. LSU’s young defense will be great one day, but maybe not in September against the best offense in the SEC. The last time Georgia went to Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs won a close, heated game. And the Florida game, well, that game’s always wild, and Georgia has won two in a row. That’s tempting fate.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
The development of Georgia’s defense will hold all of the cards for coach Mark Richt’s team in 2013. The Bulldogs have one of the nation’s top offenses, but the defense will have eight new starters. However, the Bulldogs ranked sixth in the SEC in points and yards allowed last year, so there’s plenty of room on defense to improve. The talent level is solid on defense, but it will take some time for all of the new faces to mesh. The suspension of safety/linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is a big loss, especially against Clemson’s spread attack. With a rebuilding defense taking on the Tigers in Week 1 – not to mention a huge SEC East showdown against South Carolina in Week 2 – I think the Bulldogs open the year at 0-1. However, Georgia will win the showdown against the Gamecocks the following Saturday and will stumble only once (Florida) in SEC play. But if Georgia’s defense emerges as a strength, and the offensive line develops as expected, the Bulldogs will have an excellent chance at running the table and finishing 8-0 in conference games.
 

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
Georgia's offense is going to be electric. There are no weaknesses on that side of the ball. The same cannot be said for the defense. There is plenty of talent with names like Jordan Jenkins, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews stepping into starting roles. Yet, there is loads of inexperience on a unit that was 12th in the SEC in rushing defense a year ago and there is no time to ease these young Bulldog pups into the season. Clemson and South Carolina will put UGA in an 0-2 hole to start, but this team will get much better as the year goes along. Mark Richt has fought his way out of an 0-2 hole before and could have to do it again. Key swing games with LSU, Florida, Georgia Tech and at Vanderbilt give Georgia a much tougher schedule than South Carolina.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
The opener against Clemson has the potential to be a classic shootout. Clemson gets the edge thanks to early-season jitters with Georgia’s defense, which opens without suspended safety Josh Harvey-Clemons. The Bulldogs will need to bounce back against South Carolina. It helps that game will be played in Athens. Florida, which played Georgia close last year, will be a tough opponent in Jacksonville. Georgia should be in good shape in the Eastern Division as long as it can at least split with Florida and South Carolina. Georgia is my pick to win the East.
 

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
We are going to learn everything we need to know about Georgia after week 2. Opening the season at Clemson, then South Carolina coming to town is a tall task. The Bulldogs lost a ton on defense to the NFL, so they will lean heavy on their offense. Georgia might have the best offense in the SEC (Outside of Johnny Football) with names like Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell and Arthur Lynch. Returning Murray is huge; he was the 2nd highest rated QB in the nation last year, only behind McCarron. The loss to Alabama in the SEC title game still hurts (SPIKE THE BALL) but they need to turn it into motivation for 2013. Seeing them back in the title game wouldn't be surprising, seeing them do worse than 10-2 would.

Mark Ross
Do I really think Georgia will go undefeated? No, but that doesn't mean I don't like this team's chances. For starters, with Aaron Murray at quarterback and the two-headed monster of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall powering the running game, these Bulldogs are going to be tough for anyone, including the vaunted defenses of the SEC, to slow down. Then there's the schedule. Outside of the season opener in the ACC's version of Death Valley, Georgia's toughest true road game is either Vanderbilt or Georgia Tech, depending on your preference. South Carolina and LSU both come to Athens and there's the annual cocktail party in Jacksonville, Fla., with the Gators. After that it's mostly teams who are breaking in new head coaches. And the best part of the Bulldogs' schedule is which teams are NOT on it, i.e., Alabama and Texas A&M. This means Mark Richt and company won't have to even worry about facing Johnny Manziel or the Crimson Tide until the SEC championship game, which makes Clemson the only team on this schedule that is even on the same page with the Bulldogs when it comes to offensive firepower. It certainly won't be easy for any SEC team, including two-time defending national champion Alabama, to run the table, but this just may be the year everything falls into place for Georgia to do just that, at least in the regular season.

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