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    Handicapping 2017 Win Totals
    May 23, 2017


    CG Technology sent out its opening numbers for 2017 college football season win totals last Thursday. Alabama and Ohio State had the highest numbers at 10.5 (-150 ‘over’) and 10 (-125 ‘over’), respectively. Six teams had totals of 9.5 at varying odds, including Oklahoma (-145 ‘over’), FSU (-130 ‘over’), Penn State (-125 ‘under’), Wisconsin (-125 ‘over’), USC (-135 ‘over’) and Washington (flat, -115 either way).

    Alabama has won at least 11 regular-season games – thus cashing a season win total of 10.5 – for six consecutive years, including a 12-0 mark in 2016. Remember, season win totals are graded by regular-season contests only, so conference-championship games and bowls don’t apply to these wagers.

    The Crimson Tide returns six starters on each side of the ball, including 60 percent of its starters on the offensive line, QB Jalen Hurts, WR Calvin Ridley and RBs Damien Harris and Bo Scarborough. The question mark on offense is new coordinator Brian Daboll, who replaces Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, who bolted for new jobs at Florida Atlantic and with the Atlanta Falcons. Daboll joins Nick Saban from Bill Belichick’s staff in New England.

    Alabama plays Tennessee (at home) and Vanderbilt (in Nashville) from the SEC East, while its non-conference slate includes FSU (in Atlanta at the Mercedes Benz Dome) and home games vs. Fresno State, Colorado State and Mercer.

    Ohio State has won at least 11 regular-season games in all five years of Urban Meyer’s tenure. The Buckeyes bring back eight starters on offense and seven on defense from an 11-2 squad that was pounded by Clemson (31-0) in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

    Meyer’s team went +15 in turnover margin in 2016. J.T. Barrett threw for 2,555 yards with a 24/7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Barrett is back for his senior campaign and has a sophomore RB in Mike Weber, who rushed for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman.

    The Buckeyes play non-conference contests at home against Oklahoma, Army and UNLV. They have to go on the road to take on Big Ten West foes Nebraska and Iowa, but get Illinois at The ‘Shoe.

    Oklahoma finished 2016 with 10 consecutive victories, including a 35-19 win over Auburn at the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners have won at least 10 regular-season games in four of the last five years. They return nine starters on offense and six on defense.

    OU hosts UTEP and Tulane in non-conference play. Between those contests, Bob Stoops’s team will be in revenge mode when it travels to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes, who smashed the Sooners by a 45-24 count in Norman last season.

    OU’s Baker Mayfield is back as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, but he’ll be without star skill players Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and DeDe Westbrook. Mayfield currently has the second-shortest Heisman odds (+750) at Sportsbook.ag.

    Florida State was eliminated from the CFP picture on Oct. 1 last year when UNC won a 37-35 decision on a walk-off field goal from 54 yards out to hand the Seminoles their second defeat. They had previously been destroyed 63-20 by Lamar Jackson and Co. at Louisville.

    Jimbo Fisher’s squad returns five starters on offense and nine on defense. The ‘D’ wasn’t as salty as usual in ’16. In fact, this unit finished ninth in the ACC in scoring defense and lost DeMarcus Walker, the departed DE who recorded 16 sacks. FSU’s 33-32 win over Michigan at the Orange Bowl salvaged the season and gave the ‘Noles a 10-win year.

    FSU has non-conference home contests vs. ULM and Delaware State, but it opens the year in Atlanta vs. Alabama and closes the regular season at Florida. In ACC play, the ‘Noles have to play at Clemson on Nov. 11 and heads to Boston College on a short week for a potential cold-weather Friday night game the week after facing Louisville in revenge mode at home.

    I was surprised James Franklin struggled in his first two season at Penn State, especially after the shocking and astounding success he enjoyed at Vanderbilt. Nevertheless, the Nittany Lions turned the corner in ’16 by winning the Big Ten and compiling an 11-3 record.

    PSU won nine in a row after a 2-2 start, beating Wisconsin 38-31 in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Nittany Lions lost a pair of heartbreakers, falling 42-39 at Pittsburgh and 52-49 vs. Southern Cal in one of the greatest games in Rose Bowl history.

    Franklin’s program appears poised for another big year with 10 starters back on offense and six on defense. There are a pair of All-American candidates in quarterback Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley.

    PSU’s non-conference slate consists of three home games vs. Akron, Pitt and Georgia State. The games against Big Ten West foes are at Iowa, at Northwestern and vs. Nebraska. The Nittany Lions have to travel to Ohio State and Michigan State in back-to-back weeks. They get their open date after playing at Northwestern, getting two weeks to prep for a home game vs. Michigan.

    Just like Franklin at PSU, I thought Chris Petersen would get it going at Washington sooner. But like Franklin once again, Petersen and the Huskies turned the corner last season. In fact, they went undefeated to qualify for the CFP, only to get beaten 24-7 by Alabama at the Ga. Dome in Atlanta.

    Washington returns seven starters on offense and six on defense. The Huskies have a lethal offensive trio with QB Jake Browning (43/9 TD-INT ratio), RB Myles Gaskin (1,373 rushing yards) and WR Dante Pettis (15 TD catches).

    Washington hosts Fresno State and Montana in non-conference play after playing at Rutgers in the season opener. UW gets four of its last five Pac-12 games at home, but it has to play at Stanford on a short week (11/10). The Huskies get their open date prior to the closing five-game stretch.

    Paul Chryst did a helluva job navigating a brutal schedule last year, leading Wisconsin to the Big West title. The Badgers finished 11-3 with all three of its defeats coming in one-possession games, including an overtime loss to Ohio State when they led for most of regulation.

    Wisconsin brings back nine starters on offense and eight on defense. Although RB Corey Clement is gone, all five starters on the offensive line return to block for sophomore RB Bradrick Shaw and Pitt transfer Chris James.

    The Badgers finished seventh in the nation in total defense and fourth in scoring defense last season. This unit returns a pair of linebackers who are All-American candidates, T.J. Edwards and Jack Cichy.

    Instead of facing LSU in non-conference play, the Badgers go to Provo to take on BYU. They host Utah State and Lane Kiffin’s FAU squad. Chryst’s team doesn’t have to play PSU or Ohio State from the East Division, and its game against Michigan is at Camp Randall.

    After starting the season 1-3, Southern Cal ripped off nine straight wins. Seven of those nine victories came by 13 points or more. The Trojans might have the nation’s best QB in Sam Darnold, who had a 31/9 TD-INT ratio in ’16. They return four starters on offense and six on defense.

    USC’s non-conference schedule includes home games vs. Western Michigan and Texas, in addition to a mid-season trip to South Bend to meet Notre Dame. The Trojans don’t have an open date, wrapping up the regular season at home vs. UCLA on Nov. 18. They have to go to Pullman to face an excellent Washington State team on a short week after playing at California the previous week.

    Six teams have season win totals of nine, including Clemson, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Virginia Tech. Those four schools have flat odds (-115 either way), while LSU and Louisville are both shaded to the ‘over’ with -120 prices.

    After going 14-1 and winning the national title, Clemson returns five starters on offense and seven on defense. The Tigers must replace QB Deshaun Watson and that job will go to junior Kelly Bryant or true freshman Hunter Johnson.

    Dabo Swinney’s team has won at least 10 regular-season games in four of the last five years. The Tigers get Auburn and FSU at home, but they have to play at Louisville, at Virginia Tech and at South Carolina.

    Louisville has Heisman winner Lamar Jackson back, but the offense returns only four starters. The defense brings back seven starters, including the entire secondary. The Cardinals open the year against Purdue in Indianapolis against former QB and assistant coach Jeff Brohm. They’ll be in revenge mode at Kentucky in the regular-season finale.

    LSU closed ’16 in style by slamming U of L, 29-9, after drilling Texas A&M 54-39 in College Station to close the regular season. Ed Orgeron was retained after a decent run as the interim head coach. His first full season with the Tigers will feature a roster that returns only nine total starters (five offense, four defense), but they have two of the nation’s top players in RB Derrius Guice and BUCK Arden Key.

    Key had 12 sacks last season, while Guice rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 TDs despite sharing the rushing load with fourth overall NFL Draft pick Leonard Fournette. LSU opens up against BYU in Houston and has a tricky home game against Troy the week before going to The Swamp for a revenge spot against Florida. The Tigers must play at Alabama and their other SEC East game is at Tennessee.

    Michigan brings back only one starter on defense and five on offense. QB Wilton Speight (18/7 TD-INT) is among those, but he lost nearly all of his skill players. Jim Harbaugh’s team opens up against Florida at Jerry World in Arlington. The Wolverines play back-to-back road games twice (at Indiana and at PSU in mid-October), including trips to College Park and Camp Randall before closing the regular season at home vs. Ohio State.

    Oklahoma State went 10-3 last season, winning eight of its last nine games with a 38-8 win over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Mike Gundy’s offense is loaded at the skill positions with QB Mason Rudolph (4,091 passing yards, 28/4 TD-INT ratio in ’16), RB Justice Hill (1,142 rushing yards) and WRs James Washington and Jalen McCleskey. The Cowboys return seven starters on offense and five on defense. They play at South Alabama and at Pittsburgh in non-conference action.

    Virginia Tech finished Justin Fuente’s first year in style, rallying from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat Arkansas 35-24 at the Belk Bowl. The Hokies, who finished with a 10-4 record, gave Clemson fits at the ACC Championship Game, falling 42-35 when a last-gasp drive was stopped in Tiger territory. They open against West Virginia in Landover, MY., and also play at East Carolina in a non-conference affair.

    **B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

    -- Florida might be without star WR and special-teams ace Antonio Callaway for its opener against Michigan. Callaway was cited for possession of marijuana on May 14 in Gainesville. The school has yet to announce any disciplinary action against Callaway, who is the only player in UF football history to score TDs in five different ways – rushing, passing, receiving, kickoff return and punt return. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.com had Callaway as the No. 11 overall pick in his first 2018 NFL mock draft.

    -- USC’s Sam Darnold is the +450 ‘chalk’ to win the Heisman at Sportsbook.ag. As noted earlier, OU’s Mayfield has the second-shortest odds, while U of L’s Lamar Jackson and OSU’s J.T. Barrett share the third-shortest odds (+850).

    -- FSU’s Jimbo Fisher confirmed recently that starting safety Trey Marshall will have to sit out the first half of the season opener vs. Alabama in Atlanta. The two-quarter suspension stems from a targeting penalty in the second half of the Orange Bowl win over Michigan. 5Dimes.eu has the Crimson Tide favored by seven points over the ‘Noles.

    -- Former South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain has landed at California. McIlwain, who was a four-star recruit who got most of the snaps for the Gamecocks in their first five games, will sit out 2017 and then have three years of eligibility for the Golden Bears.

    -- East Carolina has landed three grad transfers who can play right away in ’17, including QB Thomas Sirk (Duke), DL Gaelin Elmore (Minnesota) and RB Tyshon Dye (Clemson).

    Listed below are all of the early 2017 Win Totals released by CG Technology in alphabetical order.

    Alabama 10.5
    Arizona 5.5
    Arkansas 7
    Auburn 8
    Clemson 9
    Colorado 7.5
    Duke 5.5
    Florida 8
    Florida State 9.5
    Georgia 8
    Georgia Tech 6.5
    Indiana 5.5
    Iowa 6.5
    Kansas State 7.5
    Kentucky 6
    Louisville 9
    LSU 9
    Miami, Fl. 8.5
    Michigan 9
    Michigan State 6.5
    Mississippi State 5.5
    Missouri 6.5
    Nebraska 6
    North Carolina 7
    North Carolina State 7.5
    Northwestern 7
    Ohio State 10
    Oklahoma 9.5
    Oklahoma State 9
    Oregon 8
    Penn State 9.5
    Pittsburgh 7.5
    South Carolina 5.5
    Stanford 8.5
    TCU 7
    Tennessee 7.5
    Texas 7.5
    Texas A&M 7
    Texas Tech 6
    UCLA 6
    USC 9.5
    Utah 6.5
    Virginia Tech 9
    Washington 9.5
    Washington State 7.5
    West Virginia 7
    Wisconsin 9.5

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    2017 Heisman Betting Odds
    May 22, 2017


    The 2017 college football season is several months away but it's never too early to look at future odds on the most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Trophy.

    Oddsmakers at Sportsbook.ag have released numbers for the upcoming season and to no surprise a pair of quarterbacks opened as favorites in February.

    The top betting choices were Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, and last season's Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson out of Louisville. Both stars were listed at 7/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $700) as Jackson was the runaway recipient of the 2016 award after throwing 31 touchdown passes and rushing for another 21 scores.

    Mayfield threw multiple touchdown passes in all 13 games for the Sooners last season, while leading OU to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn.

    However, he's been dealing with recent off the field issues which include an arrest in February for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. As of now, he hasn't been suspended or dismissed from Oklahoma.

    As of May 22, Mayfield's odds have dropped to 15/2 (Bet $100 to win $750).

    Along with the pair, USC's Sam Darnold has been bumped up to 9/2 odds from 8/1. He put together an impressive 10-game stretch to lead the Trojans to nine straight wins to close the season and had a remarkable performance in the Rose Bowl.

    The top running back on the board is Penn State standout Saquon Barkley, who scored 18 rushing touchdowns and posted 194 yards on the ground in a Rose Bowl defeat to USC. Barkley is listed at 16/1 odds, while Alabama tailback Bo Scarbrough is right behind at 20/1 after reaching the end zone 11 times in the Crimson Tide's run to the National Championship game.

    The top seven choices to win this season's award are quarterbacks, who have won this honor in nine of the last 11 years.

    Listed below are all of the latest odds provided by Sportsbook.ag.

    Odds to win 2017 Heisman Trophy (12/09/17) - per Sportsbook.ag

    Sam Darnold (USC) 9/2
    Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) 15/2
    JT Barrett (Ohio State) 17/2
    Lamar Jackson (Louisville) 17/2
    Jake Browning (Washington) 12/1
    Deondre Francois (Florida State) 14/1
    Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) 16/1
    Saquon Barkley (Penn State) 16/1
    Derrius Guice (LSU) 18/1
    Josh Rosen (UCLA) 18/1
    Bo Scarbrough (Alabama) 20/1
    Jalen Hurts (Alabama) 20/1
    Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) 20/1
    Trace McSorley (Penn State) 25/1
    Nick Chubb (Georgia) 28/1
    Derwin James (Florida State) 30/1
    Luke Falk (Washington State) 30/1
    Quinton Flowers (South Florida) 30/1
    Kamryn Pettway (Auburn) 35/1
    Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State) 35/1
    Mike Weber (Ohio State) 45/1
    Shane Buechele (Texas) 50/1
    Will Grier (West Virginia) 50/1
    Myles Gaskin (Washington) 55/1
    Brandon Wimbush (Notre Dame) 60/1
    Jacob Eason (Georgia) 60/1
    Royce Freeman (Oregon) 60/1
    James Washington (Oklahoma State) 65/1
    Kyle Allen (Houston) 75/1
    Christian Kirk (Texas A&M) 80/1
    Ed Oliver (Houston) 80/1
    Wilton Speight (Michigan State) 80/1
    Arden Key (LSU) 100/1
    Brett Rypien (Boise State) 100/1
    Calvin Ridley (Alabama) 100/1
    Dexter Lawrence (Clemson) 100/1
    Justin Herbert (Oregon) 100/1
    Kenny Hill (TCU) 100/1
    Shea Patterson (Mississippi) 100/1

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    Alabama-FSU open ABC's night slate
    May 25, 2017


    A potential matchup of preseason No. 1 vs. No. 2 between Alabama and Florida State will be ABC's first Saturday night football game of the 2017 season.

    ESPN/ABC announced Thursday its opening-weekend schedule, along with the Saturday prime-time games for the first three weeks of the season.

    The Crimson Tide and Seminoles, both likely to be ranked near the top of The Associated Press preseason Top 25, will meet at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night, Sept. 2.

    ESPN's first showcase game of the opening weekend will be Ohio State at Indiana on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m ET. The Buckeyes will also be in prime time in week two when they host Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 9.

    Miami at Florida State will be the ABC Saturday night game on Sept. 16.

    Other games highlighting the opening Labor Day weekend include:

    - Utah State at Wisconsin on Friday night, Sept. 1, on ESPN.

    - Michigan vs. Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 2, on ABC.

    - BYU vs. LSU at NRG Stadium in Houston at 9:30 ET on Sept. 2, on ESPN2.

    - West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on Sunday night, Sept. 3, on ABC.

    - Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee in Atlanta on Monday night, Sept. 4, on ESPN.
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    Ranking the FCS conferences
    May 25, 2017


    (STATS) - CAA Football or the Missouri Valley Football Conference? There's really no right or wrong answer as to which is the best conference in the FCS.

    The CAA had the final say last season when its champion, James Madison, defeated MVFC member Youngstown State in the FCS championship game.

    Previously, North Dakota State captured a record five straight national titles coming out of the MVFC. Of course, that followed up the CAA's run from 2003-2010, when it had seven finalists and four different champions during the eight-year span.

    If pressed, the 10-team Missouri Valley gets the nod as the best conference, although the CAA is deep in quality among 12 programs.

    Here's a ranking of the 13 FCS conferences heading into the 2017 season:

    13. Pioneer Football League (11 teams)

    The non-scholarship PFL always struggles to make big strides nationally, but it did last season with league champion San Diego earning the league's first-ever playoff win, 35-21 over Big Sky member Cal Poly. The Toreros still deserve the favorite's role this year, but Dayton and Drake finished on seven- and four-game winning streaks, respectively, and bring that momentum into this season. The PFL often dips below the Division I level for games, but at least it was 13-1 against those teams a year ago.

    12. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (11 teams)


    Having surged ahead of the Southwestern Athletic Conference in the rivalry between the two historically black leagues of the FCS, the MEAC slipped last season, punctuated by an 0-10 record against out-of-conference FCS teams and Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State not being their usually strong selves. But the rivalry between North Carolina Central (which has won a share of three straight titles) and North Carolina A&T has never been better.

    11. Southwestern Athletic Conference (10 teams)

    The West Division teams carried the SWAC last year, but a season with better health should make 2014 and '15 conference champ Alcorn State dangerous again. Grambling State won last year's conference title and went on to win the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. The Tigers will push for those same honors again. Southern and Prairie View A&M keep the West best again.

    10. Northeast Conference (7 teams)

    No NEC team has gone unbeaten in conference play since former member Albany went 7-0 in 2008. The way its teams consistently knock each other off underscores why national rankings continue to elude the membership. In recent years, Duquesne has been the most consistent program under coach Jerry Schmidt, but fellow co-champ Saint Francis won last year's head-to-head meeting before claiming its first NEC title and playoff bid. Wagner was the only NEC team to take down Saint Francis.

    9. Ivy League (8 teams)


    The last 10 league titles have included either Harvard or Penn, if not both, so there's no reason not to expect them to be a part of this year's title hunt. Princeton, which shared last year's title with Penn, will continue to have an explosive offense and make for another three-team race. The other teams incorporated young players into the mix last season, so there is a chance for some upsets this year.

    8. Patriot League (6 teams)

    This might be too low of a ranking because defending champion Lehigh and Fordham (behind FCS rushing champion Chase Edmonds) should both make the playoffs this season. Both teams will be among the highest scoring in the FCS, although, like the rest of the league, they have to improve defensively. Colgate always does well when expectations are down, and they are after finishing only 5-5 and then losing many experienced players.

    7. Ohio Valley Conference (9 teams)

    Although Jacksonville State doesn't appear as strong as recent seasons, it has gone undefeated in conference play for three straight seasons. The Gamecocks' final two regular-season games will be against UT Martin and Tennessee State, the other expected playoff contenders. However, the OVC needs to do better in the postseason than last season. Jacksonville State was the only qualifier and it squandered the No. 3 playoff seed by losing in the round of 16.

    6. Big South (6 teams)

    The Big South enjoyed a solid 2016 season, but there was not a dominant team and playoff representative Charleston Southern lost in the first round. The Buccaneers should be in a two-team title race with Kennesaw State because Liberty is transitioning toward the FBS level in 2018. It's the always awkward departure as Liberty will be above the FCS scholarship maximum and although the Flames are ineligible for the conference title and a playoff bid, its games will count in the Big South standings.

    5. Southland Conference (11 teams)

    One college football annual has Sam Houston State winning the FCS title this season. It's a bit of a stretch considering how the Bearkats' deep postseason runs generally end in ugly fashion, but their returning firepower - led by senior quarterfinal Jeremiah Briscoe, the 2016 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award winner - may give them the nation's best offense. Central Arkansas figures to keep pace with the Bearkats in the conference title race again. McNeese will jump back into the title mix with an easier schedule (rival Sam Houston is not on it) and Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls have high hopes. It should be a good season for the Southland.

    4. Southern Conference (9 teams)

    In having four playoff teams for the first time last season, the SoCon rose in a huge way. The Citadel may be hard-pressed to win a third straight title after suffering heavy personnel losses, which could make Wofford, a surprise quarterfinalist last season, the favorite. Chattanooga remains a power despite a coaching change (Russ Huesman to Tom Arth) and Samford has the SoCon's reigning offensive player of the year in quarterback Devlin Hodges. The wild card is Mercer, which needs consistency, but has enough veterans to beat any team in the conference.

    3. Big Sky (13 teams)

    It bodes well for the largest FCS conference that seven different members have received playoff bids in one of the last two seasons. Eastern Washington's pedigree is unmatched in the conference, with last year's semifinal appearance its fourth of the decade, including the 2010 national title. But North Dakota won a share of last year's title with the Eagles and it gets to host this year's matchup. After those two, the pecking order can be picked from a hat between the likes of Cal Poly, Weber State, Northern Arizona (which gets back stud quarterback Case Cookus from injury), Southern Utah and longtime power Montana, which had a rare losing record in conference play a year ago.

    2. CAA Football (12 teams)

    The defending national champion doesn't always deserve to be the preseason No. 1 the following season, but James Madison does as it could win back-to-back titles under second-year coach Mike Houston. The other teams that finished in the top five in the conference race last season - Villanova, New Hampshire, Richmond and Maine - all have to play at JMU this season. Albany was one of the last two teams left out of the playoff field and hopes to get there this season. Delaware figures to be on its way back behind former Richmond coach Danny Rocco.

    1. Missouri Valley Football Conference (10 teams)


    The Valley was the only conference to place three teams in the quarterfinals last season, and the one that reached the final, Youngstown State, only finished third in the regular season behind North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The defending co-champs are the favorites again and should be in everybody's top 5 entering the season. SDSU simply needs to avoid facing the Bison in the playoffs, having been eliminated by them in three of the last five postseasons. Youngstown State is reloading under coach Bo Pelini. Add in Illinois State, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois and the Valley schedule is a gauntlet of Top 25 teams.
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    Sun Belt announces divisions for 2018
    May 23, 2017


    POINT CLEAR, Ala. (AP) The Sun Belt Conference will split into two five-team divisions, broken up simply by east and west, starting in 2018.

    The conference announced its divisions Tuesday after the end of its spring meetings.

    The East Division will include Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State and Troy. The West Division will have Arkansas State, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State.

    The winners of each division will meet in the championship game, which will be played at the home stadium of the team with the best College Football Playoff ranking. If no teams are ranked in the CFP selection committee, the conference will determine home field using a formula based on six computer ratings that were used in the old Bowl Championship Series standings.

    Sun Belt administrators also approved a collaborative instant replay system for football that will be modeled on the Southeastern Conference's setup and officials in a central location to review replays and assist instant replay officials at each game.
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    Ex-S. Carolina QB McIlwain transfers to Cal
    May 22, 2017


    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Former South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain is transferring to California.

    Golden Bears coach Justin Wilcox said Monday that McIlwain has signed a financial aid agreement and will play football and baseball at Cal.

    McIlwain played eight games with three starts as a true freshman last year for the Gamecocks. He completed 62 of 118 passes for 600 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while adding another 127 yards rushing and two scores on the ground.

    McIlwain was Pennsylvania high school player of the year and one of the top quarterback recruits coming out of high school. He must sit out a year at Cal and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
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    Matchups between FCS conferences will heat up
    May 22, 2017


    (STATS) - Conference play is usually the most brutal part of a team's schedule, but some rival leagues bring a little extra dose of intensity to their early season matchups.

    Highly anticipated games between the Big Sky and Missouri Valley conferences have popped up with frequency on the FCS calendar, but those two power leagues aren't involved in the most-played interconference series.

    With many of their matchups involving just a short drive, the Ivy and Patriot leagues continue to set the standard with heated matchups. Their teams met 14 times last season, with Patriot League teams claiming eight wins, and they'll meet another 12 times in 2017. Over the last six seasons, the two academically elite conferences have squared off 90 times with results deadlocked.

    All of the teams are involved this year except Ivy League member Brown, while all three Yale non-league games are against Patriot opponents. In a spotlight game, Penn, which has won a share of the last two Ivy titles, will visit defending Patriot champ Lehigh on Sept. 23.

    The Big Sky and Missouri Valley will square off eight times in the regular season and each matchup involves at least one team that was nationally ranked last year. While a Missouri Valley team has played in the FCS national championship game for six consecutive years, the Big Sky had the better regular-season record - 4-3 - in their interconference matchups.

    This year's highlights include Cal Poly-Northern Iowa, South Dakota State-Montana State, North Dakota-South Dakota, Western Illinois-Northern Arizona and the return matchup between two of last year's national semifinalists, North Dakota State at Eastern Washington. NDSU won 50-44 in overtime when they met in Fargo in September.

    CAA Football and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southland and Southwestern Athletic conferences have six matchups this season, tying for the third-most between conferences.

    Among the 13 FCS conferences, the Big South is making the rounds the most. It has interconference matchups against 10 other leagues - all but the Ivy League and SWAC.

    The Pioneer Football League and Northeast and Ohio Valley conferences are all facing eight other conferences. The CAA and Patriot League are at seven each.
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    ECU adds 3 grad transfers, including Duke QB Thomas Sirk
    May 19, 2017


    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) East Carolina has added three graduate transfers from Power Five schools - including coach Scottie Montgomery's old quarterback at Duke.

    Montgomery on Friday announced the signings of quarterback Thomas Sirk, running back Tyshon Dye of Clemson and defensive lineman Gaelin Elmore of Minnesota. All can play immediately and have one year of eligibility remaining.

    Sirk was Montgomery's quarterback when Montgomery was the Blue Devils' offensive coordinator in 2015. Sirk missed last season after injuring his Achilles tendon twice in seven months, but he threw for 2,693 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 16 TDs in 24 career games at Duke.

    Dye was a backup for the Tigers' national championship team last season. Elmore started six games last season for the Golden Gophers.

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    Appalachian State gives Satterfield new 5-year contract
    May 19, 2017


    BOONE, N.C. (AP) Appalachian State has given football coach Scott Satterfield a new five-year contract through 2021.

    School officials announced the deal Friday, a day after it was approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Terms were not disclosed. The school's board of trustees approved the contract in March.

    Satterfield's previous deal, which was awarded in 2015, lasted through the 2020 season.

    Satterfield has led the Mountaineers to two straight wins in the Camellia Bowl and has won at least 10 games in each of the past two seasons. Appalachian State won the Sun Belt title in 2016.

    Athletic director Doug Gillin says Satterfield ''continues to take App State football to new heights.''
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    2017 FCS vs. FBS: SWAC
    May 19, 2017


    (STATS) - Coming off a 2016 season in which their 10 wins over FBS programs tied for the fourth most in a season, FCS programs hope to make a mark again in 2017.

    Southwestern Athletic Conference teams are involved in 11 of the nearly 100 matchups. However, their teams aren't accustomed to providing upsets as the last SWAC team to beat an FBS opponent was Grambling State with a 23-6 win over Oregon State in 1985.

    Here's a look at this year's matchups involving SWAC teams:

    The matchups (11) - Alabama A&M vs. UAB (Sept. 2), Vanderbilt (Sept. 9) and South Alabama (Sept. 16); Alabama State vs. Troy (Sept. 9); Alcorn State vs. FIU (Sept. 9); Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Akron (Sept. 9) and Arkansas State (Sept. 16); Grambling State vs. Tulane (Sept. 2); Jackson State vs. TCU (Sept. 2); Southern vs. Southern Miss (Sept. 9) and UTSA (Sept. 16)

    Glamour game - Alabama A&M at UAB. Granted, there will be plenty of bigger matchups on college football's opening weekend, but this intrastate game will gain added attention because it marks the rebirth of UAB football, which was shut down after the 2014 season before being brought back after a ground-swell of public support. A&M played at UAB in 2014, losing 41-14.

    Upset alert - Grambling State at Tulane. Grambling usually ends its regular season in New Orleans against rival Southern, and this year coach Broderick Fobbs' squad also will open the season in the Big Easy, facing Tulane. The Tigers held a 21-3 halftime lead on Arizona last Sept. 10, but it slipped away in the second half while star quarterback DeVante Kincade was sidelined with an injury. The SWAC's 2016 offensive player of the year is back this year.

    Notable - Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern are not playing FBS opponents this season. ... Alabama A&M is the only FCS team to be playing three FBS opponents (UAB, Vanderbilt and South Alabama) this year. ... After not facing an FBS opponent last season, UAPB will play a pair in Akron and Arkansas State. Coach Monte Coleman is in his 10th season with the Golden Lions. ... Jackson State's season-opening game at TCU is the first meeting between the two schools. ... Alabama State and Troy will meet for the first time since 2006. Troy holds a 13-2 series lead. ... Both of Southern's FBS opponents play in the Conference USA West Division. ... New FIU coach Butch Davis will be coaching his first home game with the Panthers when they host Alcorn State.
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    2017 FCS vs. FBS: Southland Conference
    May 18, 2017

    (STATS) - Coming off a 2016 season in which their 10 wins over FBS programs tied for the fourth most in a season, FCS programs hope to make a mark again in 2017.

    Southland Conference teams are involved in 10 of the nearly 100 matchups. They have posted at least one FBS win in five of the last six seasons.

    Here's a look at this year's matchups involving Southland teams:

    The matchups (10) - Abilene Christian vs. New Mexico (Sept. 2) and Colorado State (Sept. 9); Central Arkansas vs. Kansas State (Sept. 2); Houston Baptist vs. Texas State (Sept. 2); Incarnate Word vs. Fresno State (Sept. 2); Lamar vs. North Texas (Sept. 2); Nicholls vs. Texas A&M (Sept. 9); Northwestern State vs. Louisiana Tech (Sept. 2); Southeastern Louisiana vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 2); Stephen F. Austin vs. SMU (Sept. 2)

    Glamour game - Central Arkansas at Kansas State: K-State was trending upward late last season, finishing 9-4 and beating Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl with a young nucleus. But UCA had one of its best seasons on the FCS level, winning 10 games in coach Steve Campbell's third campaign, including an in-state FBS win over Arkansas State. Quarterback Hayden Hildebrand and a good group of running backs will work behind an experienced line, which could trouble coach Bill Snyder's squad.

    Upset alert - Abilene Christian at New Mexico. This game gives the Wildcats the chance to show Adam Dorrel was one of the better coaching hires of the offseason. He went 76-8 and won three Division II national titles in six seasons at Northwest Missouri State. In his Abilene debut against the Lobos, his team will led by junior quarterback Dallas Sealey and senior outside linebacker Sam Denmark.

    Notable - The last two Southland champs, McNeese and Sam Houston State, are not playing FBS opponents. ... Mike Schultz will make his debut as Lamar's coach at North Texas on Sept. 2. ... Colorado State will be opening a new on-campus stadium when it hosts Abilene Christian in Fort Collins. ... Northwestern State beat Louisiana Tech 30-27 on a field goal as time expired in their most recent meeting in 2014. The Demons will again visit their oldest and nearest rival for the 78th all-time meeting. Tech leads the series 53-20-5. ... While Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Lafayette are meeting for the 39th time, it's their first matchup since the visiting Lions blanked the Cajuns 7-0 on Sept. 12, 1981. ... Nicholls lost to two FBS opponents (Georgia and South Alabama) last season by a combined three points. ... SMU won its two prior matchups with Stephen F. Austin in opposite fashion, edging the Lumberjacks 31-23 in 2009 followed by a 52-0 rout in 2012. ... Abilene Christian-New Mexico, Houston Baptist-Texas State, Incarnate Word-Fresno State and Nicholls-Texas A&M are first-time matchups. ... After the Fresno State game on Sept. 2, Incarnate Word will make a trip back to California to play Sacramento State on Sept. 9.
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    Stanford grad McCaffrey back Down Under
    May 18, 2017

    Three-time Super Bowl champion Ed McCaffrey's only previous trip to Australia came as a member of the Denver Broncos in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers in 1999.

    McCaffrey was back Down Under on Thursday to run an American football combine for media and personalities to help promote the Sydney Cup between his alma mater, Stanford University, and Rice, on Aug. 27. The game is set for the 45,500-seat Sydney Football Stadium, just minutes from downtown.

    ''I don't think they shattered any records,'' McCaffrey quipped about the media performances in the 40-yard dash.

    Another Stanford grad, defensive end and recent San Francisco first-round pick Solomon Thomas, also attended Thursday's promotion.

    It's the second year in a row that U.S. college teams have played Down Under - last year Cal beat Hawaii 51-31 at the Olympic stadium in the opening game of the season before 62,000 fans.

    In 1999, McCaffrey's Broncos beat the Chargers 20-17 before 73,000 fans in the same stadium, a test event ahead of the 2000 Sydney Games.

    McCaffrey's son, running back Christian, who also attended Stanford, was a first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in this year's NFL draft. The former wide receiver has three other sons who play football - eldest Max is with the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Dylan will play with the University of Michigan this year, and Luke, also a quarterback, is still in high school but has eight or 10 college offers, McCaffrey says, including one from Michigan.

    McCaffrey's been down that route before, chosen in the third round of the 1991 draft by the New York Giants after attending Stanford from 1986 to 1991.

    ''Thanks for making me making me feel old,'' the 48-year-old joked in a telephone interview with The Associated Press when reminded he attended Stanford, which was 12th in last year's final AP Top 25 poll, some 30 years ago.

    ''I was excited to play here in 1999, but it was a business trip,'' McCaffrey added. ''I've told the guys they need to treat this game the same way.

    ''But I'm happy to represent American football over here, particularly when it involves two great academic institutions like Stanford and Rice. And it'll be a great, unique experience for the players. Most college kids haven't done much travel.''

    McCaffrey won't return to Australia for the Aug. 27 game, which will be mid-evening Saturday, Aug. 26 in the U.S. He's trying to devote as much time as he can to watching his sons play football all around the country.

    In fact, for the first time in six years, the Denver-based McCaffrey said he won't be back doing radio color commentary for the Broncos. Admitting he feels ''slightly guilty'' after the Broncos awarded him a Super Bowl ring after their win over Carolina in 2016, he's decided family comes first.

    ''I guess I was lucky to have played for some wonderful teams,'' McCaffrey says of his two NFL titles with Denver and one with San Francisco over a 13-year career.

    So now he has four Super Bowl rings, and he's mentioned to his sons that he has one for each of them.

    ''They say that's fine and dandy, but we kind of want one of our own,'' McCaffrey said.
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    Michigan St to play Miami in football
    May 17, 2017


    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State will face the Miami Hurricanes and Boise State in a pair of home-and-home football series.

    The school announced schedule details Wednesday. The Spartans will host Miami in 2020 and will play the Hurricanes on the road the following season.

    Michigan State will begin its 2018 schedule at home against Utah State, before traveling to Arizona State and hosting Central Michigan. The Spartans will open the next year with three straight games at home against Tulsa, Western Michigan and Arizona State. They will make their first trip to BYU's LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2020 and will come home to face Toledo and Miami.

    Michigan State will play at Boise State in 2022 and will host the Broncos in 2023.

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    2017 FCS vs. FBS: Southern Conference
    May 17, 2017


    (STATS) - Coming off a 2016 season in which their 10 wins over FBS programs tied for the fourth most in a season, FCS programs hope to make a mark again in 2017.

    Southern Conference teams are involved in 10 of the nearly 100 matchups. There's a stacked lineup of opponents, including Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and LSU.

    Here's a look at this year's matchups involving SoCon teams:


    The matchups (10) - Chattanooga vs. LSU (Sept. 9); The Citadel vs. Clemson (Nov. 18); Furman vs. North Carolina State (Sept. 16); Mercer vs. Auburn (Sept. 16) and Alabama (Nov. 18); Samford vs. Georgia (Sept. 16); VMI vs. Air Force (Sept. 2); Western Carolina vs. Hawaii (Sept. 2) and North Carolina (Nov. 18); Wofford vs. South Carolina (Nov. 18

    Glamour game - The Citadel at Clemson. Deshaun Watson won't be there, but Dabo Swinney and the rest of the FBS national champions will be to welcome the two-time defending SoCon champion Bulldogs into Death Valley. Their meeting will mark the eighth time in nine seasons that an FCS program is playing the defending FBS national champ.

    Upset alert - Wofford at South Carolina. Wofford has lost 16 straight games against South Carolina, trailing 19-4 in the intrastate series, but last year's quarterfinalist runs the triple-option offense, which The Citadel used to spring an upset of the Gamecocks in 2015.

    Notable - East Tennessee State, in its third season since returning to football, is the only SoCon program that isn't facing an FBS opponent. However, the Bucs have five on future schedules, starting with Tennessee in 2018. ... Furman loves its history against N.C. State. In addition to holding an 8-4-4 series lead, the Paladins won the most recent meeting 42-20 in 1985 - the season they went on to win the SoCon title and finish as the FCS runner-up. ... Mercer is only in its fifth season since returning to football and is playing both Auburn and Alabama. Yeah, that's worth reading again. ... The VMI-Air Force game is a first-ever meeting. VMI's third-year coach Scott Wachenheim is a 1984 Air Force graduate. ... Western Carolina opens its season with a first-ever meeting at Hawaii, so under NCAA by-laws the Catamounts can play 12 games. They will close the regular season by facing North Carolina, also for the first time. They'll head back to Chapel Hill in 2018. ... Chattanooga and LSU have met once previously - a 26-19 LSU win in 1954. Samford lost its only game against Georgia, 39-0 in 1943.
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    Kelly, Mora in need of improvement
    May 17, 2017


    Mark Helfrich went into last season with a 33-8 record in three years as Oregon coach and an appearance in the national championship game.

    He then went 4-8 and was fired. Point is, just about every coach outside of Nick Saban and Urban Meyer can be considered on the hot seat.

    For this exercise, let's narrow the definition: a coach who is in danger of being fired if his team does not improve upon last season. Finances also have to be taken into consideration. Paying an eight-figure buyout is just not something most schools want to do.

    Six coaches who need to get better in 2017:

    Dave Doeren, North Carolina State


    Doeren was in trouble last season, but the Wolfpack beat North Carolina to end the season and give athletic director Debbie Yow an excuse to give him one more shot and concentrate on the basketball program - where a change did end up being made. Doeren is 25-26 in four seasons, with no victories against ACC Atlantic Division rivals Clemson, Florida State and Louisville. The roster has never been better under Doeren and just getting by is unlikely to be good enough again.

    Hugh Freeze, Mississippi

    Freeze's status is complicated by the on-going NCAA investigation of his program. By record, Freeze should be fine. Even after going 5-7 in 2016, he is 39-25 in five seasons in Oxford. But that NCAA cloud and sanctions possibly looming puts Freeze in a tight spot if another Rebels' season ends near the bottom of the SEC West.

    Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

    Kelly knows another clunker after Notre Dame went 4-8 last season would likely force the hand of athletic director Jack Swarbick. Kelly's position is bolstered by the six-year contract extension he signed after the 2015 season. Notre Dame does not make Kelly's contract public, but a safe guess is that his buyout is upward of $15 million. Kelly is probably safer than most Notre Dame fans want to believe.

    Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

    The former Red Raider quarterback started his coaching career 7-0 but is 17-26 since, including 9-23 against the Big 12. There is certainly a desire among many in Lubbock to see Kingsbury succeed, but at this point, the football program is stuck on repeat. Excellent offense. Stunningly bad defense. Kingsbury will likely get one more season to fix this.

    Jim Mora, UCLA

    Mora's career arc with the Bruins has been interesting. His hiring did not excite many UCLA fans, but two straight 10-win seasons in Years Two and Three turned around plenty of skeptics and ramped up expectations. Since then, Mora is 12-13 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-12. A healthy Josh Rosen at quarterback alone should make UCLA better than it was last year, but the schedule is tough (Texas A&M, Memphis, Stanford, Washington, USC). UCLA's $280 million Under Armour deal could make it a lot easier to swallow Mora's $12 million buyout after this season.

    Rich Rodriguez, Arizona


    The reality is Arizona probably can't do much better than Rodriguez as a coach, but the athletic director who hired him (Greg Byrne, now at Alabama) is gone and the Wildcats went 3-9 last year. A modest step forward would likely be enough to keep RichRod safe, but the Wildcats play only six home games and have five Pac-12 road games. Forecasting another three- or four-win season is not a stretch.

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    Six more coaches in precarious position heading into 2017:


    Steve Adazzio, Boston College

    David Bailiff, Rice,

    Todd Graham, Arizona State

    Paul Haynes, Kent State

    Butch Jones, Tennessee

    Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
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    Vandy's Mason gets raise, 3-year extension
    May 16, 2017


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has received a three-year contract extension and a raise after leading the Commodores to the first bowl appearance of his three-year tenure last season.

    Vanderbilt athletic department spokesman Kyle Parkinson confirmed Tuesday that Mason was receiving a three-year extension and raise without disclosing exact terms or financial details. The Tennessean first reported Mason's extension and raise.

    Mason has gone 13-24 in three years at Vanderbilt, but took a major step forward last year.

    Vanderbilt went 6-7 last season and posted victories over Georgia and Tennessee . The Commodores' season ended with a 41-17 Independence Bowl loss to North Carolina State.

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    SDSU ends talks on sharing MLS stadium
    May 16, 2017


    SAN DIEGO (AP) There's another stadium flap in San Diego, and this one is threatening the future of San Diego State's football team.

    The school said Tuesday it has cut off talks to share a stadium with a group that wants to attract an MLS team as the centerpiece of a billion dollar development at the site of aging Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.

    In a statement, the school said the city should pursue ''a transparent'' process to develop a plan for the 166-acre site.

    That might not happen.

    FS Investors unveiled plans for its SoccerCity development less than two weeks after the NFL's Chargers announced they were relocating to the Los Angeles area because voters overwhelmingly rejected their plan for a new downtown stadium.

    On Jan. 31, MLS Commissioner Don Garber accepted FS Investors' application for an expansion team in a ceremony on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum.

    FS Investors collected more than 100,000 signatures for its initiative and the City Council could soon place it on the ballot for a special election in November.

    SDSU had spoken with FS Investors for more than a year while also saying it wants a portion of the Qualcomm Stadium site to expand its campus.

    Nick Stone of FS Investors said in a statement that SDSU's stance is ''another sad chapter in the saga of departing university leadership moving the goal posts. Unbelievably, they continue to walk away from people trying to help them. It's clear this decision will jeopardize Aztec football.''

    The statement questioned the leadership of SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, who is leaving June 30 for another job. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Sally Roush, a longtime senior vice president.

    ''Despite this announcement, we stand ready to work with new leaders at SDSU to support the long-term goals of an institution we care about deeply,'' Stone said.

    SDSU said it was ending talks with FS Investors because ''a fair, equitable deal that would provide opportunity for the long-term success of SDSU and Aztec football, as well as a transparent deal for the citizens of San Diego, could not be reached.

    ''Recently, Mayor Kevin Faulconer reached out to SDSU in an attempt to facilitate a deal on behalf of SDSU with FS Investors. SDSU reiterated our offer to purchase land and to provide our fair share of infrastructure costs, but still no agreement could be reached,'' the school's statement said.

    The dispute comes as SDSU hopes to fill the void left by the Chargers' departure. The Aztecs are coming off consecutive 11-3 seasons and a No. 25 ranking in the final Associated Press poll for the first time in 30 years. Coach Rocky Long has led them to bowl games in each of his six seasons, and they've played in seven straight overall.

    Part of SDSU's dispute with FS Investors is over the size of the proposed stadium. FS Investors wants a smaller stadium while the Aztecs want a larger one, or one that could be easily expanded.

    The city wants to close Qualcomm Stadium after the 2018 season.

    Asked if he's concerned about the football program's future, SDSU athletic director J.D. Wicker said, ''To a certain extent,'' sure.''

    The Aztecs will have two years left at Qualcomm and could play the 2019 season at Petco Park, the downtown home of baseball's Padres. Wicker said he hasn't heard from Padres executive chairman and SDSU supporter Ron Fowler that playing at Petco beyond 2019 is a definite no.

    ''For the lifeblood of the program as a whole, we need a better solution than Qualcomm is today,'' Wicker said. ''We need to generate real revenue to move the needle of the athletic department.''

    If SoccerCity fails, Wicker said SDSU hopes the city would sell or lease it land at the Qualcomm site and the school could begin building a stadium to open by September 2020.

    If SoccerCity passes, ''We don't have an answer at this point. It's something we'd have to study in depth. ... We're comfortable that that we can finance a stadium on our own at that point and then figure out where the best place would be for that stadium,'' Wicker said.

    ''We have been very clear that the City cannot afford to keep Qualcomm Stadium open past 2018 and the Padres have clearly stated that the Aztecs can only play at Petco Park for one year after that,'' Matt Awbrey, a spokesman for Faulconer, said in an email to The Associated Press.

    ''While we are still willing to engage with SDSU, this decision has unfortunately put the university in a situation where this process will move forward without their involvement.''
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    2017 FCS vs. FBS: Patriot League
    May 16, 2017


    (STATS) - Coming off a 2016 season in which their 10 wins over FBS programs tied for the fourth-most in a season, FCS programs hope to make a mark again in 2017.

    Patriot League teams play just a small part of it, involved in three of the nearly 100 matchups.

    Here's a look at this year's matchups involving Patriot teams:

    The Matchups (3) - Colgate: Buffalo (Sept. 16); Fordham: at Army West Point (Sept. 1); Holy Cross: Connecticut (Sept. 1)

    Glamour Game - Holy Cross at Connecticut (Sept. 1). The Crusaders open the season with their first game against an FBS team since 2002. Clearly, they like the FBS gig, scheduling another matchup with UConn in 2021 as well games versus Boston College in 2018 and 2020, Syracuse in 2019 and Navy in 2019.

    Upset Alert
    - Fordham: at Army West Point (Sept. 1). Yes, we've seen this before with Fordham's 37-35 win over the Cadets in 2015 behind running back Chase Edmonds and a then-debuting quarterback Kevin Anderson. Both standouts are back for this year's matchup. And it's an odd-numbered year - Fordham also beat Temple in 2013.

    Notable -
    Bucknell, Georgetown, Lafayette and Lehigh don't have FBS matchups this season. Bucknell has a game scheduled against Temple in 2019. â?¦ Colgate and Buffalo are meeting for the 16th time in a series that began in 1898. Colgate holds an 8-7 series lead after winning at Buffalo 38-15 in 2003. â?¦ Army West Point is a Patriot League member in sports other than football.

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    Report: FAU coach Kiffin offers scholarship to 7th-grader
    May 15, 2017


    First-year Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin is looking to the future, as he offered a scholarship to seventh-grader Kaden Martin, the 13-year-old son of USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    Kaden Martin would be in the recruiting class of 2022.

    Kaden is a standout quarterback at Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach, Calif., and he is also an excellent left-handed pitcher in baseball. His fastball has been clocked at over 80 mph, and his Little League team made it to the California state finals last year.

    Tee Martin told ESPN.com that his son will continue to play football and baseball as well as basketball.

    Tee Martin worked under Kiffin at USC as wide receivers coach in 2012-13 when Kiffin was the Trojans' head coach. Martin is entering his second season as the offensive coordinator under Clay Helton.

    "I'm just extremely proud and appreciative for the opportunity for Kaden," Tee Martin told AL.com. "He and coach Kiffin have always had a great relationship. I'm thankful."

    In 2010, Kiffin offered 13-year-old David Sills a scholarship. Sills ultimately signed with West Virginia and is a wide receiver.

    There may be questions as to whether Kiffin will be at Florida Atlantic five years from now. His track record does not suggest a long stay.

    He spent a little over year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Kiffin was then hired as Tennessee's head coach but left after one season to become USC's head coach. He was fired by USC during his fourth season with the Trojans. He then spent three seasons as Alabama's offensive coordinator coach before being hired by Florida Atlantic.
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