Happy Friday, sports fans! Start your weekend right with these six college football stories from around the country.
"I have to admit I am more old-school on this than probably everybody else. Speeding up play and tempo has gotten too much credit for why teams are doing well."
The Alabama football team's rebuilt and expanded facilities opened for business when the players reported for camp Thursday.
James Franklin opens fall camp as Missouri's starting quarterback and one of the captains, too.
Several teams will start outside of a national ranking but quickly move into the top 25.
Florida coaches expect quarterback Jeff Driskel to recover in time from his recent appendectomy to start the Aug. 31 opener against Toledo.
“Your players’ commitment to a standard of excellence to be prepared, to have the passion toward the commitment and the standard to be prepared, to give the effort, play with the kind of toughness, have the discipline, execute every play in the game like it has a history of its own is very important,” Saban said.
New starters are sought at a few positions, specifically on the offensive and defensive lines, and development of depth is needed.
And then a team’s identity must be forged. The toughness to carry through hard times of a season forms now in the summer heat of camp.
“That’s what we’re trying to get our players to buy into so they’re going to put themselves in a position to play those plays in what will most certainly be a competitive season and a challenging season against some great football teams.”