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03 Sep 2012, 04:51pm by Matt Waldman

RB-OL Collisions: Reading the Road with Marcus Lattimore

A criticism I read about a few college running backs this week was the tendency for some of them to run up the back of offensive linemen. Sometimes this is a fair criticism of a player. However, there are numerous examples of plays where a running back is not at fault for colliding with the backsides of his blockers. I thought it might be helpful to provide examples of when this type of behavior is not the fault of the runner. I’m using South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and his teammates as an example.

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3 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2012, 11:28am by Qwijybo

10 Aug 2012, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Tyrann Mathieu Kicked Off LSU Team

LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for "violating school and team rules." Les Miles wouldn't give the details, but we do know that Mathieu failed a drug test and was suspended for a game a year ago. There seems to be some disagreement among articles whether Mathieu could possibly transfer to an FCS school and play right away, or whether he would need to wait a year. He absolutely would need to take a year off if he transfers to an FBS school.

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25 comments, Last at 14 Aug 2012, 4:21pm by JD_KY

08 Aug 2012, 10:16pm by Brian Fremeau

Introducing the FEI Profile

Alabama is up first for the new FEI Profile feature, a comprehensive visual summary of team possession efficiency data.

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2 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2012, 1:28pm by JP_Wright

23 Jul 2012, 09:15am by Aaron Schatz

Penn State Punishments: Bowl Ban, Fine, Scholarship Loss, and Wins Vacated 1998-2011

The NCAA officially handed down its sanctions related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

Penn State was hit with a $60 million fine, equivalent to the income from one year of football. They will be banned from bowl games for four years, and lose 10 scholarship spots a year for four years. All wins from 1998-2011 are officially "vacated," which means that Eddie Robinson of Grambling is once again "officially" the all-time Division I leader in wins as a football coach.

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151 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2012, 9:58am by 'nonymous

17 Jul 2012, 11:51am by Aaron Schatz

Andy Staples' College Mock Draft

This idea is so ridiculous that it is awesome. What if you tore up all of college football's rosters and had every team draft from the available scholarship players? Jadeveon Clowney is now on Texas-San Antonio. Matt Barkley gets to be quarterback at UMass. Wicked absurdity.

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8 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2012, 6:34pm by dbostedo

13 Jul 2012, 11:45am by Aaron Schatz

What Ratings Mean in NCAA Football 13

I am totally a 99 in zone coverage.

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6 comments, Last at 16 Jul 2012, 12:05am by jebmak

21 Jun 2012, 07:47pm by Bill Connelly

College Football Playoffs Will Still Provide Plenty to Be Mad About

Today at SB Nation, I took a look at how a four-team playoff, and the selection committee allegedly accompanying it, would have impacted the last 14 years of college football. The short version: we're still annoyed, and Boise State is still screwed. At least, the Boise State of the WAC and Mountain West.

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57 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2012, 3:58am by Subrata Sircar

20 Jun 2012, 07:11pm by Rivers McCown

Consensus Reached on Four-Team NCAA Playoff

Conference commissioners meeting in Chicago have come to a consensus on a four-team playoff model to be submitted to university presidents for approval. There is still some talk about a "plus one" system, but that mostly seems to be disregarded as a favor to the Big 10 and Pac-12 commissioners. According to Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports, there will be a selection committee.

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58 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2012, 3:35pm by tsmonk

18 May 2012, 05:22pm by Rivers McCown

SEC and Big 12 Create New Bowl

Starting in 2014, the Big 12 and SEC will pit their champions (barring a title game/playoff bid) against each other in a New Year's Day bowl game that hasn't yet acquired a sponsor. Tradition! Pageantry! So on!

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13 comments, Last at 01 Jun 2012, 11:48am by Lance

17 May 2012, 07:28pm by Bill Connelly

Relegation Simulation: Rewriting College Football History

We have been having some fun this week at SB Nation, walking through the ins and outs of the promotion-and-relegation system of world soccer and why it would or wouldn't work for college football. My contribution: a rough, seven-year, four-tiered simulation that encompasses the FBS ranks and a good portion of FCS. The result: Akron falls really far, Howard Schnellenberger adds "SEC coach" to his resume, and the Pac-12 is suddenly the deepest conference in the country.

Anyway, it's a fun way to kill some time, even though the top conferences would obviously never agree to such a thing.

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14 comments, Last at 22 May 2012, 9:50am by Revenge of the NURBS