There is a new sheriff in town in Athens. Head coach Kirby Smart takes over for Mark Richt after Richt and Georgia decided to part ways after 15 years. Smart comes to Athens off a 10-year apprenticeship under Nick Saban.
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight.
The celebration and good feelings from Alabama’s national championship victory against Clemson are over. Spring practice in Tuscaloosa is set to begin on March 11, and the Crimson Tide enters the season with a bullseye on their back. As usual, coach Nick Saban’s team is one of the early favorites to win the national title.
Missouri is coming off an emotional 2015 season. Former head coach Gary Pinkel, the winningest coach in program history, announced his intention to resign after the season when he revealed he was diagnosed with lymphoma in May.
Dak Prescott is gone. Weep, Mississippi State fans. Weep uncontrollably. You deserve it. What a career Prescott had as a Bulldog — nearly 12,000 total yards and more than 100 touchdowns in his four years in Starkville.
Kentucky started off 2014 at 5-1 before finishing 5-7. In 2015, the Wildcats started 4-1 only to finish with the same 5-7 record, just one game shy of bowl eligibility for the second year in a row. They are 1-7 in November under head coach Mark Stoops. That lone win came against Charlotte last season.
The 2016 college football season officially begins on Aug. 27 with California taking on Hawaii in Australia. While kickoff for 2016 is a ways off, it’s never too early to start thinking about rankings, predictions and a preview for the upcoming year.
Spring practice around the SEC begins with 13 teams chasing Alabama for conference supremacy. The Crimson Tide have won three out of the last four SEC titles and open offseason workouts as one of the favorites to win the 2016 college football championship.