Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Morning Six Pack: August 28, 2012

imageOur storm prep consists of a jar of peanut butter, a loaf of bread and six college football stories from around the country.

Boilermakers indefinitely suspend LB Beckford

Purdue has suspended troubled linebacker Dwayne Beckford indefinitely after he was arrested earlier Monday.

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde runs over coach

Here’s Urban Meyer laughing as one of his coaches gets run over by Carlos Hyde. That’s all you need to know. Football is almost here!

Forde-Yard Dash: A breathless sprint to start the 2012 college football season

For all of the sport's scandal and turmoil, college football promises another season packed with its usual thrills and highlights.

Lacy looks ready for Tide opener

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy feels fine, and that's not good news for Michigan.

Fariyike becomes center of attention

Chances are, Tunde Fariyike won't be perfect Saturday. He'll sure try. Elevated from sophomore backup to Auburn's starting center in place of the indefinitely-suspended Reese Dismukes, Fariyike strives for flawless and little else.


Not one player left the program. No wholesale changes were made to schemes. No assistants jumped from a well-regarded staff. The notoriously fractured fan base appears to be galvanized. And despite offseason turmoil, the Razorbacks, with a favorable schedule that includes Southeastern Conference heavyweights Alabama and LSU at home, think they are poised to achieve what running back Knile Davis said was this season's only goal: a national championship.

"All or nothing," Davis said.

Sitting at his office desk in mid-August, Smith was asked whether he would have returned to Arkansas for a short-term deal had the Razorbacks not been national title contenders. He paused before saying, "I have a lot of love for these guys. Everybody wants to be needed. Maybe I look at it like, 'Doggone it, maybe they needed me.' "

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