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By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 day ago
College football has produced its share of awesome catches in 2013, but UCF’s J.J. Worton might have made the grab of the year against Temple in Week 12.
Worton’s touchdown catch might have saved the Knights’ BCS bowl hopes, as this score allowed UCF to tie the game and eventually kick the game winning field goal on the next drive.
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 day ago
SMU plans to wear an alternate helmet for Saturday’s game against UConn, as the Mustangs will switch from a white to red scheme.
Here are the SMU helmets for Saturday’s game against the Huskies:
Here's a look at SMU's helmets for Sat pic.twitter.com/0UGV0yLeBj— Bill Nichols (@BillNicholsDMN) November 15, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 5 days ago
A handful of college football teams have worn patriotic helmets and uniforms in recent weeks (largely in support of Veterans Day), and South Florida will continue that trend on Saturday.
The Bulls unveiled this helmet to wear against Memphis on Nov. 16:
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Houston is off to a 6-1 in the second year under coach Tony Levine, and the Cougars’ only loss is a one-point defeat to BYU. Levine's team also has momentum after a 49-14 blowout victory at Rutgers last week.
The Cougars have a key American Athletic Conference game on Halloween night, and Levine unveiled new uniforms for the Thursday matchup.
But in the spirit of Halloween, Levine had a nice trick planned for his players. Check out this video from the jersey unveiling and the photo just below of the actual jerseys:
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Rutgers will have a new helmet for Saturday’s game against Temple, as coach Kyle Flood unveiled a new look to support the relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, and the helmet features the Rutgers “R” logo on the state of New Jersey.
This is the second tribute Rutgers has done this year to promote the relief efforts. In the spring game, Rutgers wore these special jerseys and helmets.
After a tough loss to Fresno State in Week 1, Rutgers returns home to play Norfolk State. The Scarlet Knights are a heavy favorite and should have no trouble erasing the bad memories from last week’s loss.
Rutgers will also break out a new helmet this week, changing from the gray chrome scheme to a white variation.
Pretty sharp look for the Scarlet Knights.
UCF-Akron wasn’t much of a game on Thursday night, as the Knights rolled to an easy 38-7 win in the opener.
However, the game provided one of the weekend’s top plays, as UCF quarterback Blake Bortles had the ball slip out of his hand, then proceeded to throw a 39-yard touchdown to receiver J.J. Worton.
Cincinnati opens the Tommy Tuberville era with a tough matchup against Purdue. But the Bearcats will break out a new helmet for Saturday’s game, choosing to ditch their traditional black scheme for a white version.
Check out the helmets Cincinnati will wear this Saturday:
Cincinnati will wear this white helmet for Saturday's season opener: pic.twitter.com/T8662Rxs8j— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) August 29, 2013
By Stephen Schindler, 7 months 3 weeks ago
As we sit days away from the start of the college football season, several big time programs have yet to make a decision at the most important position in football, Most of these QB competitions that won’t be resolved until noon on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the top 5 quarterback competitions that will affect the 2013 season.
Max Wittek vs. Cody Kessler
On the USC depth chart both Wittek and Kessler are listed as co-starters. This choice could be the decision that decides the future of Lane Kiffin’s career at USC. Both players are redshirt sophomores, though Wittek has the pair's only starting experience after taking over for Matt Barkley in the final two games last season. For the year, Wittek finished 36-of-69 with a 3-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Kessler has only two career passing attempts. Kiffin has confirmed that both will play in the Trojans’ season opener against Hawaii. Already firmly on the hot seat, the third year coach can’t get this wrong or he will be gone.
2. West Virginia
Clint Trickett vs. Paul Millard
Dana Holgorsen has the unenviable task of replacing standout quarterback Geno Smith. He will have to choose between the Florida State transfer Trickett and Smith’s former backup Millard. While Millard has experience running Holgorsen’s complex offense, he has only thrown 19 career passes while Clint Trickett has significantly more game experience. Trickett’s best season game in relief of EJ Manuel in 2011, where he started two games and threw for 675 yards and seven touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Ford Childress is third on the depth chart but may play in the season opener.
3. Penn State
Tyler Ferguson vs. Christian Hackenburg
The rebuilding process in Happy Valley continues as Bill O’Brien will be choosing between two quarterbacks who have combined to throw zero passes at the collegiate level. The frontrunner is the highly touted freshman Hackenburg, who was the top ranked quarterback in last year’s recruiting class. While Hackenburg has been impressive since his early summer enrollment, sophomore Tyler Ferguson’s experience in the Penn State offense from enrolling early has kept him in the conversation. The old school O’Brien has said he will pick one quarterback to stick with through the entire 2013 season, but he has said he won’t make his decision public until the offense runs out onto the field for its first series against Syracuse.
Joel Stave vs. Curt Phillips
Head coach Gary Andersen has said his plan is to make his choice for starting quarterback public on the first series of Wisconsin’s season opener Saturday against Massachusetts. Last season, Stave threw for 1,104 yards before being sidelines by a broken clavicle against Michigan State. He was leading the Big Ten in pass efficiency at the time with 149.6 rating. Phillips, a sixth-year senior, started the final five games, but averaged only 77.1 passing yards last season.
Munchie Legaux vs. Brendon Kay
Legaux may have the best name in college football, but his play was so poor midway through last season that Butch Jones handed the starting job to Kay. Kay was impressive as he completed 63 percent of his passes for 1298 yards and a 10-2 touchdown-interception ratio. Despite his 4-1 record as a starter, including a victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl, Kay’s has lost a firm grip on the starting job due to a sore shoulder he has been battling this offseason. Tommy Tuberville says he expects both quarterbacks to see action in the opener against Purdue; however, if healthy, Kay should be the starter.
By Steven Lassan, 8 months 10 hours ago
Catching up from a busy weekend of news around the college football world.
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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Monday, August 19th
The Big Ten Network continues its tour of all 12 teams for 2013. Here's a detailed look at Nebraska.
In case you missed the news on Sunday night, Auburn has named Nick Marshall as its starting quarterback.
Alabama cornerback Geno Smith was arrested for a DUI on Sunday morning.
Lost Lettermen ranks the best 25 names in college football.
Saturday Down South ranks the best position groups in the SEC.
Mr. SEC ranks the programs in the SEC.
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins should be back for the season opener against Boise State.
Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Hall are suspended for the season opener.
Two writers make the case for Syracuse's starting quarterback. Should it be Terrel Hunt or Drew Allen?
New Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen learned a valuable lesson in 2010.
TCU receiver Brandon Carter had hand surgery last week.
Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal is no longer on the team.
Texas Tech's starting quarterback for its opener against SMU remains a mystery.
There's a new bowl game slated to start in 2014 in Montgomery, Ala.
Matt Brown of Sports on Earth previews the Pac-12 and the Mountain West.
A former TCU offensive lineman has resurfaced at BYU.
California has lost one linebacker to a transfer and one to a season-ending injury.
Notre Dame is dealing with a few injuries on defense.
Oregon State picked up a transfer from Miami.
Utah's new football facility is open in time for the 2013 season. Check out these photos from the impressive new building.