College football rule changes: Targeting, fake injuries addressed for 2022 season

Changes to punishment for targeting, closer inspection on players faking injuries and major alterations to blocking below the waist are the primary rule changes in college football ahead of the 2022 season, the NCAA announced. The rules committee recommended appeals for targeting suspensions earlier this year and now, conference offices are able to request a review from the national coordinator of officials to determine if a player was incorrectly penalized for a specific hit.
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With his past as the guide, Brown alters approach to 2022 season

West Virginia football scrimmaged for the second time Thursday, and head coach Neal Brown will have a few days to digest and dissect the different outcomes before meeting with reporters Monday. That's worth highlighting because Brown has said that the second scrimmage is a landmark day in the preseason because it's followed by decisions about starters, playing time, redshirts and the like. Why, the Mountaineer might even make an announcement about their starting quarterback before too long!

Miami football: CB Marcus Clarke enters transfer portal

Miami Hurricanes cornerback Marcus Clarke has entered the transfer portal, he announced on Twitter Friday. Clarke has spent the last two seasons with the Hurricanes, totaling 29 tackles, two pass breakups and two interceptions. Prior to Miami, Clarke was a 247Sports three-star recruit out of Winter Park, Fla. He was...
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When is the first college football game in 2022? Full Week 0 schedule for FBS teams

If Week 1 is the main course for college football fans who are starving for real, live action after seven-plus months of no games, then Week 0 is the appetizer. Yes, the 2022 college football season is finally here, though it won't feature the top-25 action that will be prevalent in the official opening week. That likely won't stop voracious fans from tuning in and watching anyway.

Bijan Robinson's presence, production pivotal as Texas turns to Quinn Ewers at quarterback

Quinn Ewers isn’t the first freshman quarterback selected by a Texas head coach to lead the offense as the team’s starting quarterback entering a season, a decision Steve Sarkisian notified reporters of following an on-campus media availability on Friday, putting an end to the battle between Ewers and Hudson Card. If he’s going to succeed like other true and redshirt freshmen signal-callers in recent history on the Forty Acres, leaning on one of the top running backs in the country in Bijan Robinson is the best path Ewers can take to a enjoy a successful season and establish what everyone with a dog in the fight hopes is a tremendous foundation for the future.

Florida State strives to close book on FBS upsets in opener

Florida State focused its offseason on starting fast. The Seminoles want to avoid a repeat of 2021, and again Mike Norvell's team is hosting a Football Championship Subdivision program early in the season. The Seminoles square off with Duquesne on Saturday hoping to play the role of Jacksonville State. Just...

Opponent First Look: Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State is one of the scariest games on the Cincinnati Bearcats’ schedule. A quintessential trap game, the Bearcats’ matchup with the KSU Owls comes one week after the showdown with Arkansas. Beyond the logistics of this particular contest, Kennesaw State is a fierce opponent, ranked as highly as number 5 in preseason FCS polls. This club could beat plenty of FBS teams any week.
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Troy gears up for Fan Day scrimmage, Sumrall discusses new QB

The Troy Trojans football team will hold its second scrimmage of fall practices on Saturday, Aug. 20, as a part of its annual Fan Day event. Troy comes into the second scrimmage off the heels of adding a new quarterback to the roster in former West Virginia and Western Kentucky signal caller Jarret Doege, news The Messenger broke on Thursday.
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Toughest and weakest nonconference schedules entering the 2022 college football season

One of the most significant factors the College Football Playoff Selection Committee considers when putting together its rankings is strength of schedule. Some teams have gaudy nonconference records but build them against creampuffs. Others may suffer early losses against top-tier opponents. There are numerous ways to measure a team's strength...

Spear Jasir Cox Brings Winning Attitude to West Virginia

New spear Jasir Cox brings a winning attitude with him from capturing three national titles at the FCS level. It goes right with the experience that head coach Neal Brown has said the team targeted to fill up their secondary. “They have to help,” said Brown at the start of...
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Where Uiagalelei stands in 247Sports’ 131 expected FBS starting quarterback rankings for the 2022 season

As we approach the beginning of the 2022 college football season, there are varying opinions on Clemson starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and what he can bring to the table for the Tigers this season. After a stellar play from Uiagalelei his freshman season filling in for Trevor Lawrence against Notre Dame, expectations were high for the young quarterback. Unfortunately, Uiagalelei’s first season starting under center for the Tigers didn’t live up to the hype.  The rising junior finished the 2021 season with 2,246 yards, nine touchdowns, and ten interceptions, completing just 55.6% of his passes. He was underwhelming though he did flash...

UNC Football Previews: Coaching

It’s hard to know how to attribute the blame for the colossal disappointment that was last season; I think if you asked 10 reasonably knowledgeable UNC fans you’d get at least 8 different answers. Was the offensive line, near-worst at pass-protection in the country, most at fault? Was it a defense that constantly seemed confused on what to run and seemed to be breaking down constantly? Was it a quarterback who’d been buoyed to success by NFL-level skill talent the previous year and was showing some warts when asked to make things happen on his own strength, despite an offense that was statistically still quite good? Or maybe it was on the sidelines? Mack Brown’s second tenure has become infamous for bad in-game and time management as much as anything else, and at least 2 of UNC’s losses can be put pretty squarely on Brown’s in-game coaching foibles, so that’s maybe something to think about. Or maybe the issues ran deeper — we as fans don’t have much of a look into the locker room or coaching meetings to diagnose issues there, but Josh Downs’ comments at ACC Media Days earlier this year about some teammates who couldn’t get motivated to play, as well as Brown at the same event recalling lacksadaiscal practices where his players didn’t hustle even when called out, hint at a coaching staff that had lost at least part of the locker room. The Heels were 111th out of 130 FBS teams in penalties per game, so that points to some disconnect between players and staff, at the very least, if not simply a head coach that isn’t doing his job.