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UNDATED (AP) – Florida A&M will be without 20 ineligible players and just eight available offensive linemen when it plays North Carolina on Saturday night. Athletic Department spokesman Josh Padilla said a combination of academically ineligible players and transfers not yet cleared to play has left the Rattlers shorthanded, but the team will was preparing to head to the airport for the flight from Tallahassee, Florida to Chapel. Hill, North Carolina. Florida A&M is set to receive a $450,000 payout for playing in North Carolina and would have forfeited the payout had the team not played.
UNDATED (AP) — Fourth-ranked Clemson is determined to follow a year of change with a return to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers saw their six-year run as the league football champions broke last year, then the Tigers lost coordinators on both sides of the ball to head coaching jobs. Still, Dabo Swinney’s team is once again favored ahead of teams like No. 13 North Carolina State, No. 16 Miami, No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 22 Wake Forest. The Hurricanes are chosen to win a Coastal Division race that includes four new head coaches. NC State quarterback Devin Leary is the preseason pick to finish as ACC Player of the Year.
UNDATED (AP) – The Big Ten sent shockwaves in late June with the addition of Southern California and UCLA in 2024. That led to the announcement last week of a rights deal seven years with Fox, NBC and CBS which will see the conference receive at least $1 billion a year. In 2020, the SEC sold the second football and basketball package to the Walt Disney Company, making ESPN/ABC the home of SEC Football. The 10-year deal, starting in 2024, is worth at least $3 billion and adds to the original 20-year, $2.25 billion deal that began in 2014. The revenue boost has leads to the addition of Texas and Oklahoma in 2025.
UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten Conference’s seven-year deal with Fox, CBS and NBC not only set the benchmark for college sports rights, but also set the final ground rules for realignment. With the addition of Southern California and UCLA in 2024, the conference will have schools in the nation’s three major media markets and in all time zones. Whether other conferences will follow the Big Ten’s lead will begin to be known over the next two years.
UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina begins life without longtime starting quarterback Sam Howell when it opens the season at home Saturday against Florida A&M. Sophomore rookie Drake Maye will be under center for the Tar Heels. Jacolby Criswell could also see time. Florida A&M is looking for its first win against a Power Five team since 1979. The Rattlers are introducing FCS Defensive Player of the Year last season in linebacker Isaiah Land.
NO DATE (AP) – Florida State welcomes Duquesne on Saturday, looking to open a season with a win for the first time since 2016. The Seminoles welcome 14 transfers to what was one of the youngest teams in the country under Mike Norvell over the past two seasons. Florida State is looking to build momentum ahead of a Sept. 4 showdown with LSU in New Orleans. Duquesne will earn $400,000 for the game in Tallahassee.
UNDATED (AP) — The 2021 season has been filled with surprising contenders and conference champions. Another season with so much volatility seems unlikely. AP College Football writer Ralph Russo thinks Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma will return to their league championship games. He also predicts that Georgia and Alabama will play for the Southeastern Conference title again. As for the national championship, Russo chooses Ohio State over Alabama.
UNDATED (AP) — Twenty-five years after Hal Mumme unleashed the groundbreaking Air Raid offensive in the Southeastern Conference, it has become ubiquitous in football. But aside from Mike Leach, Mumme’s protege and godfather of the air raid, most coaches run an evolved form of the offense, with more running plays, more varied formations and an assortment of moves and misdirections. . Air Raid principles and concepts can be found in nearly every modern passing game, from the NFL to high school. But at the highest level of the sport, it’s hard to find someone who actually leads the Air Raid.
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