College Football Week Zero: Top CFB Stories

We’re finally almost through the long, dark offseason. With football right around the corner, many of us are on the edge of our seats waiting for the first match ups. To get you ready for the return of college football, here are our top stories:

2023 5 Star Brandon Inniss Commits to Oklahoma

Brandon Inniss is the #1 ranked Wide Receiver for the 2023 class, and the #16 ranked overall player. On August 22nd, he committed to the University of Oklahoma. This is a tremendously big deal, as Oklahoma already has the #1 ranked class for 2023 (followed by Georgia and Texas A&M). Inniss went to American Heritage for High School, where his team clashed against legendary IMG Acadamy. 24/7 lists his NFL comparison as Amon Ra St. Brown.

Bryan Harsin’s Lack Of Push for the Vaccination Effort Still Has Many Concerned

Bryan Harsin, courtesy auburntigers.com

With player unavailability due to COVID protocol a major concern going into the 2021 season, many coaches are making a large push for their players to get vaccinated. Bryan Harsin has not, and has been notably quiet about the issue. An AL.com article published this week stirred up more concern for Tigers fans, pointing out that forfeits could be on the table if COVID became an issue for the Auburn football team.

Big 10, Pac 12, ACC Alliance Rumors Intensify

Ohio State vs. Clemson: Why is this time different for the Buckeyes?

This week, The Athletic reported that a Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC Alliance is expected to be announced soon. This alliance is seen as a counter measure against the SEC’s power increase following the announcement that Texas and Oklahoma will join. UNC Head Coach Mack Brown has also expressed concern that power conferences are coming, stating “I do think we’ll see a group of super conferences in our lifetime and I worry about some of those teams that won’t be included in that group.” (Source: 24/7) Fans of teams in these three conferences can hope that this alliance will prevent the SEC from completely taking the reigns of college football, and use the pact to strengthen their negotiations regarding the College Football Playoff.

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What Does CFB Mean? Explaining The Abbreviation

I’ve seen more and more people asking “What does CFB mean?”, probably because the abbreviation was only popularized more recently.

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CFB patch seen on referees shoulder

On ESPN tickers and newspaper segments, college football was traditionally represented by “NCAAFB”, standing for NCAA Football. However, in the mid 2000’s, the shorter “CFB” became more popularized.

CFB simply stands for College Football. The shorter abbreviation now adorns referees official patches, and is used far more often than the old NCAAFB counterpart. A large reason this was popularized is likely the reddit forum “r/CFB”, one of the first (and fastest growing) forums to use the new abbreviation.

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The Reddit CFB logo.

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What are the stickers on College Football helmets?

In addition to the teams logo or design, you may see lots of small stickers adorning a college football helmet. Known as helmet decals, these stickers are often given as rewards to players for their performance. It could have to do with how they play in games, or sometimes how well they’ve done in practice.

Here are a few examples:

Ohio State Helmet Stickers

Time and Change: Ohio State's Buckeye Leaf Helmet Stickers, The First of  Their Kind | Eleven Warriors

Ohio State players are rewarded with small circular stickers depicting Buckeye leaves. This tradition started in 1968. Players are given the decals for a variety of reasons; one for each victory (two if it’s a big ten game), a sticker for team accomplishments (recent coaches have taken more of a group focus than individual accolades), and sometimes individual performance (like a really pivotal play).

Georgia Football Helmet Stickers

My Take: Helmet Stickers

Georgia football players receive Bone stickers on their helmets as “marks of excellence”. These can even be taken away for especially bad plays. Thus, a Dawg with lots of bones on his helmet is expected to be an outstanding player!

Florida State Helmet Stickers

FSU's Tomahawk helmet stickers aren't going anywhere

Save for maybe Ohio state, Florida State likely has the most famous helmet decals. These tomahawk stickers have been around for decades. They are given to players for on field accomplishments, like big plays, but also for moments of academic excellence.

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How Long is a College Football Game?

College football winners and losers led by Wisconsin, Oregon in Week 8
courtesy USAsports.com

Whether you’re an avid fan or a newbie, sometimes you just need to know how long do college football games last.

According to AthlonSports.Com, the average college football game lasts 3 hours and 24 minutes, or about 3 and a half hours.

However, this can vary greatly depending on which network is showing the game and how much they stuff it with commercials. For example, CBS is notorious for stuffing commercials into games, making them run closer to 4 hours. This may be a bummer if you’re an SEC fan, but at least they’ll be switching their games to ESPN soon.

If you’re a fan of shorter games, you may want to focus on smaller teams. FCS games are less likely to be filled with commercials, and games streamed on services like Facebook or Twitter will generally run shorter.

So, how long does a college football game last? The answer depends mostly on who’s broadcasting it.

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CFBSelect.com: Your New Home for CFB Discussion!

CFBSelect.com is your new home for college football news and content.

As of today, we have completed rebranded the site and are ready to be your new provider of CFB content. Welcome to CFBSelect.com!

Our site was long ago Grid Lines Blog, then had an incredible journey as Sidelines Sports Net. Now, with the sale/merger of Sidelines Sports Net and Kollege Sports, we’re taking this site in a new direction.

CFB Select will be your home for CFB news, content and discussion. We will continue our Top 25 polls during the season and will remain active on our Twitter, @CFBSelect.

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Week 12 Top 25

Our Week 12 Top 25 comes out right on the heels of the playoff committees first official college football rankings. Let us know in the replies and on our forum (click the link in the menu) which you agree with more!

BYU falls a few spots, though still undefeated. Perhaps that UW game would help? Florida and Texas A&M remain peripheral SEC contenders, with Oregon and suddenly Top 10 Northwestern shortly behind.

As for the G5, Cincinnati jumps back to #5. Coastal jumps up to #13, and Marshall sits at #17. Louisiana and Tulsa remain in our college football rankings at #21 and #22 respectively. Again, let us know what you think in our forums HERE.

Top 25:

1Alabama (17)425
2Notre Dame405
3Ohio State390
4Clemson367
5Cincinnati350
6Texas A&M333
7Florida328
8BYU309
9Oregon288
10Northwestern263
11Miami (FL)254
12Indiana236
13Coastal Carolina210
14Georgia208
15Oklahoma190
16Iowa State174
17Marshall172
18USC125
19Wisconsin114
20Texas68
21Louisiana68
22Tulsa63
23Oklahoma State61
24Auburn58
25North Carolina33

Others Receiving Votes:

Washington12
San Jose State8
Kent State5
Liberty4
West Virginia1
Missouri1

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Week 11 Top 25

This week’s College Football Top 25 doesn’t bring many shake ups – the biggest change are some G5 teams shifting down while continually dominant P5 teams rise to the top. Clemson jumped back in the playoff picture after, along with BYU, hopping Cincy. The Bearcats have fallen down to 6th. Texas A&M and Florida are the SEC teams lurking further in the Top 10, with Wisconsin and Indiana biting at their heels as well. Georgia also hopped Coastal Carolina and Marshall to get back to #14 in our college football poll.

Notable re-entrants in our College Football rankings are Louisiana at 23 and Auburn at 25. Will either of these teams be able to stay in our rankings once again? Let us know what you think about this and the rest of the rankings in our forums, HERE.

Top 25:

1Alabama424
2Notre Dame398
3Ohio State392
4Clemson380
5BYU351
6Cincinnati328
7Texas A&M320
8Florida313
9Wisconsin275
10Indiana271
11Oregon263
12Miami (FL)219
13Oklahoma State207
14Georgia200
15Coastal Carolina191
16Marshall183
17Northwestern134
18Liberty127
19Oklahoma112
20Iowa State105
21USC83
22Tulsa75
23Louisiana55
24Texas43
25Auburn20

Others Receiving Votes:

North Carolina19
San Jose State12
UCF9
Appalachian State3
Memphis3
Virginia Tech1
Boise State1
SMU1
Washington1

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Week 10 Top 25

Oh boy…this might be one of our biggest shake ups yet.

In this weeks College Football Top 25, Alabama stays #1. Beyond that, almost everything has shifted. Most notable is Cincinnati entering out Top 4 – this is the first G5 team we’ve had in our Top 4 this season and the first ever in the history of this poll.

Notre Dame jumps up to #2 in our poll after upsetting a DJ Uiagalelei led Clemson. Trevor Lawrence will be back soon, but it’s an outright lie to say the QB change was the only thing that lost them this game. The Tigers have dropped to #5.

Florida kicked Georgia down all the way to #15 with their upset, as Texas A&M, BYU and Indiana continue creeping up the Top 10 hoping no one notices. Check out our full poll below and let us know your thoughts in our forums, HERE.

College Football Top 25 Poll

College Football Top 25 Poll:

1Alabama (17)449
2Notre Dame (1)422
3Ohio State418
4Cincinnati376
5Clemson369
6Texas A&M351
7BYU351
8Florida313
9Oregon288
10Indiana277
11Miami (FL)263
12Oklahoma State254
13Wisconsin215
14Coastal Carolina205
15Marshall183
16Georgia179
17SMU127
18Liberty127
19Iowa State118
20Oklahoma107
21Northwestern85
22USC71
23Army54
24Texas41
25Tulsa38

Others Receiving Votes:

Louisiana35
Purdue33
Auburn17
North Carolina17
Appalachian State9
San Jose State6
UCF5
Washington5
Washington State5
Nevada5
Arkansas4
Kansas State2
Virginia Tech2
Boise State2
Wake Forest2
Kentucky1
NC State1

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Week 9 Top 25

This week’s College Football Top 25 is the first in which every team from every conference is eligible. College Football is truly back! And along with it – TEXAS IS BACK! (At the 25 slot in our poll). Other re-entrants include Oklahoma and, as they start their season, Oregon. Now that we finally have all teams included, how do you feel about this college football poll picture? Who’s too high? Who’s too low? Let us know on Twitter or in our College Football forums!

Note: For the first time this season, all College Football teams are eligible for our poll.

Top 25:

1Alabama (14)398
2Clemson (1)379
3Ohio State370
4Notre Dame347
5Cincinnati313
6Georgia310
7Texas A&M291
8BYU288
9Florida256
10Wisconsin228
11Miami (FL)219
12Oklahoma State213
13Indiana201
14Coastal Carolina (1)192
15Oregon175
16Marshall170
17SMU116
18Boise State113
19Liberty101
20Iowa State100
21Oklahoma79
22Tulsa49
23Army45
24Northwestern38
25Texas31

Others Receiving Votes:

Michigan29
USC27
Purdue25
Louisiana20
Auburn15
North Carolina15
Kansas State15
Virginia Tech11
UCF6
NC State3
San Diego State3
Wake Forest2
Penn State1
Arizona State1

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Kentucky Recruiting Update

By JD Strong (@Sidelines_UK)

Hello Kentucky fans, here’s an update on both Basketball and Football recruiting.

Kentucky Basketball Recruiting

Skyy Clark, Ensworth, Combo Guard

We’ve gotten two commitments within the last week. 

We got 2022 Combo Guard Skyy Clark on Thursday, October 22. He chose us over schools like Arizona, Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and UCLA, and these are just a few out of the many offers he had. I believe he is the best guard in the class. He will bring his shooting ability and his good defending to Lexington, whenever that will be. We probably will not know if he will reclassify to the class of 2021 for a while. 

Then, we got 2021 Power Forward Bryce Hopkins on Monday, October 26. He chose us over schools like California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon, Providence and Texas. Again, these are just a few out of the many offers he had. Bryce will bring a PJ Washington type of game when he comes to Lexington next year. He is a good shooter and an active rebounder. I think he will be in Lexington for two years – let us know what you think in the replies to this post.

Who is next?

They are many people rumored to be committing to Kentucky soon. I believe one of these people will be committing to us within the next few months. Those are 2021 Combo Guard Jaden Hardy, 2021 Power Forward Daimion Collins, or 2021 Combo Guard Hunter Sallis. They all would be amazing pieces for our team next fall.

And now to the other side of recruiting – football.

Kentucky Football Recruiting

Jamarius Dinkins, Walnut Ridge, Strong-Side Defensive End

We got a commitment from 2021 Defensive End Jamarius Dinkins on Thursday, October 22. Jamarius is the first football commit since Jager Burton committed on August 30th. He is our 17th commit for the class of 2021. 

Who is next?

It seems up in the air when we’ll get our next football commitment. Here are some potential names to keep an eye on:

First is Massillon, OH Running Back Kyree Young. Kyree has offers from Alabama, Iowa St, LSU and Tennessee. He is a 3 star, but he plays much better. We always have a lot of running backs so he will fit in really well. 

Next is Bowing Green, KY Tight End Jordan Dingle. Jordan has offers from Purdue, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ohio St, Missouri and Virginia Tech. Why do I say Jordan? We will need Tight Ends soon. Justin Rigg is a senior this season, so we will have to replace him. We do have other Tight Ends like Keaton Upshaw and Brenden Bates, but it won’t hurt to get another to help our depth. 

Next is Oak Park, MI Defensive Tackle Rayshaun Benny. We are in a tight race for him with Michigan and Arkansas. He would be a great pickup for us because we are losing Kordell Looney, Phil Hoskins, and Quinton Bohanna most likely. He would be a key piece on the Defensive Line next fall. 

Next is Port Saint Lucie, FL Outside Linebacker Deshauwn Alleyne. We are fighting for him with Auburn, Nebraska and Penn State. We will need someone to replace Jamar “Boogie” Watson down the road. And I believe he could be a good guy for us if we can get him. For now, at that position, a replacement could be JJ Weaver, Jordan Wright, or Jared Casey. Either way, we could use Boogie for depth and potentially use him to play in games. 

To finish this off, we got the teammate of Kyree Young from Massillon, OH. That is Athlete Martavien Johnson. I believe he fits best at WR. He has offers from Harvard, Maryland, Liberty and Navy. It is obvious we could use him. Josh Ali, Brett Slusher, Rayshad Lewis and Wesley Johnson will probably be gone after this season. I believe we have 4 Wide Receivers in this class already, but it would be a plus if we can bring five to replace four. 

That’s all for this Kentucky recruiting update. Let us know who you think Kentucky gets in the comments and in our forums, here!