College Football Picks: News and Notes from Around the Country


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College Football Picks: News and Notes from Around the Country

USC running back C.J. Gable is the latest Trojan to leave practice with an injury.

With college football just one short week away (Thank God!) I've scoured the Internet to compile the latest news and notes from around the country. Unlike the NFL, some of the little things in CFB can get lost in the mix. Here at Pregame we do the work for you, providing all the important information in one place.

Georgia Southern Suspends Eight Players for Season Opener vs. Georgia
Georgia Southern players, included two projected starters, were suspended for the season opener against No. 1 Georgia for undisclosed violations of school rules. Projected starting linebacker Terrione Benefield will miss one game and defensive back Ronnie Wiggins will miss two games. Coach Chris Hatcher said in a statement Wednesday that the suspensions are the result of a "violation of institutional rules."

Tommy's Take: Instead of losing by 40, Southern will now lose by 50.

Allan Evridge Named Wisconsin's Starting Quarterback
Wisconsin fifth-year senior Allan Evridge will start at quarterback when the team opens the season Aug. 30 against Akron. The 6-2, 212-pound Evridge transferred to Wisconsin from Kansas State after starting seven games for the Wildcats as a redshirt freshman in 2005.

Tommy's Take: I've heard mixed results regarding Evridge but overall, I think this will be a down year by Wisconsin's standards.

Bill Stull Named the Starting Quarterback at Pitt
Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt picked Bill Stull on Wednesday as the starting quarterback for the Panthers this season. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior, Stull took nearly every repetition with the first-team offense during more than two weeks of practice.

Tommy's Take: The only thing more painful than watching Stull attempt to play quarterback is watching Wannstedt attempt to be a head coach. In my opinion, Pitt is the most overrated team heading into the 2008 season.

USC Running Back Injured in Practice
The good news for USC is that quarterback Mark Sanchez was back throwing to receivers and Joe McKnight was on the practice field as well. The bad news: C.J. Gable was injured on Tuesday and is on crutches now. He has been diagnosed with a sprained left hip and ankle and is scheduled to get an MRI on Wednesday.

Tommy's Take: Gable is a very good player but as we all know, USC is loaded at the RB position, so they still have plenty of talent there to go around.

Tennessee Tight End to Miss 6-8 Weeks
Tennessee tight end Jeff Cottam will have surgery on his back Wednesday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Tommy's Take: The Vols will miss Cottam, who was projected to be one of new starting quarterback Jonathan Crompton's top underneath targets this season.

FSU Running Back Cleared to Play
Florida State running back Tavares Pressley was academically cleared by the school to play on Tuesday. Pressley is a highly-touted running back with two years of community college experience. He is expected to compete with Antone Smith for the starting running back position.

Tommy's Take: As long as Pressley isn't serving a 50-year jail sentence, I'm sure Papa Bowden will welcome him with open arms. His presence on the field gives the Seminoles a big-time game-breaker at the RB position.

Purdue Running Back Lost for the Season with Knee Injury
Purdue running back Jaycen Taylor will miss the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the team announced Tuesday. An MRI performed Tuesday revealed the tear, and Taylor will undergo surgery in the near future. Taylor, who split carries with Kory Sheets for the last two seasons, is expected to return for a fifth year in 2009. Monday, the Boilermakers moved redshirt freshman Justin Siller from quarterback to running back.

Tommy's Take: I think this is a big loss for the Boilers. They wanted to be more balanced on offense this season but it could be another year of Curtis Painter throwing 50 passes a game.

Redshirt Freshman Named UCLA Starting Quarterback
Redshirt junior Kevin Craft will start at quarterback for UCLA in its season opener against No. 18 Tennessee. The Bruins lost Patrick Cowan, who was scheduled to be their starter, to a knee injury in spring practice that will sideline him for the season. Ben Olson moved back into the starting role, but he broke his foot at practice on Sept. 9 and is expected to miss at least eight weeks.

Tommy's Take: The Vols will roll the depleted Bruins in the season opener.

Starting Virginia Tech Wide Receiver Suspended after DUI Arrest
Virginia Tech suspended receiver Zach Luckett indefinitely Monday after being arrested for the second time Sunday for drunken driving. Luckett was expected to start this season after playing all 14 games last season. He caught two passes for 15 yards and made 15 tackles on special teams.

Tommy's Take: Frank Beamer is a great coach but there will be a lot of new faces in Blacksburg this fall. East Carolina +11 in Week 1 is worth a long look.

  • TENN /UCLA  GONNA BE THE WEEK 1 "FIX" OF THE WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TENN ONLY -7 ???????????

  • TENN /UCLA  GONNA BE THE WEEK 1 "FIX" OF THE WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TENN ONLY -7 ???????????

  • Thank you for your feedback MR> Rider and best of luck to you this year!

  • Petey, I like Wyoming but they won't be one of my selections. My card is almost final (Just waiting for totals) and I think there are some better games on the board. Wyoming didn't make the cut because I believe there is no value in the line. Their offense was inept last year and 10.5 is just too much for me to lay with the Cowboys when I see some better bets on the board. Good luck.

  • would like to get your take on wyoming-10.5 over ohio.

    think wyoming wins this easy

  • Appreciate the legwork you put into this, great stuff you won't find easily anywhere else.

  • I like ECU +11 also.