Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Morning Six Pack: July 23, 2013 and 39 days until kickoff

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mU_dQP_7Xg0/UJfDXuVaYCI/AAAAAAAAEaI/2gHVYMX2KT0/s1600/msp.pngWith less that 40 days until kickoff, you can almost smell the tailgates, can’t you? And what to wash all that BBQ down with… Six cold, clear college football stories from around the country.

Translating Nick Saban: Three Plays from the BCS Championship

Nick Saban did the full ESPN car wash today, and ESPN, to their credit, fit in a brief bit of actual football talk as they looked at three plays from the BCS Championship game against Notre Dame.

Brady Hoke Offers Ohio State-Michigan Tickets to 12-Year-Old Who Named His Cancer ‘Michigan’

The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry just got a little friendlier. On Monday, Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke reached out to Grant Reed, the 12-year-old Ohio State fan who named his brain tumor “Michigan”

Three-star UGA signee not cleared by NCAA, won’t play in 2013

For the second time since February’s National Signing Day, Georgia has lost a member of its 2013 class.

Ohio State coach disciplines 4 Buckeyes, including Carlos Hyde, Bradley Roby

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus.

Where have we heard this before?

Despite little recognition in preseason awards, the blocking back role has become increasingly important in college football, and Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee thinks Prosch has a chance to be the best H-back Gus Malzahn's offense has ever had.


That last season's version of Alabama was still good enough offensively to overcome the defense's relative shortcomings went a long way toward convincing Steele that the 2013 Crimson Tide was a better pick than any other team to claim the final BCS National Championship.

"There were plenty of sophomores in the starting lineup," Steele said Monday in an interview with AL.com. "This year, I expect the starters to be all juniors and seniors.

"Whenever you run a complex defense like Alabama does, that level of experience is always a good thing. Clearly, Alabama has a better defense than last year. Of course, No. 1 in the country (in 2011) and No. 1 in the country last year, but last year's defense actually gave up 66 yards per game more than the 2011 version. I think this one will be stronger."

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