College Football News May 19: Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban Express Concerns

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Florida State and Alabama head coaches Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban carry plenty of clout, boasting five national championships between them. Each used his particular podium last week to express concerns with college football’s new system, as The Student Section’s Allen Kenney breaks down.

While both Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher’s lamentations could be dismissed as the sour grapes of coaches bounced in the College Football Playoff semifinals, when in years past they would have played in the BCS Championship with Oregon and Ohio State meeting in the Rose Bowl, that would miss an important argument Kenney addresses.

Senator Blutarsky paints a more dire picture of college football’s changing landscape, one in which focus on the Playoff and administrators upping the ante on “wow factor” frivolities will bastardize the game as we know it.

With discussion of playoff expansion already starting, Blutarsky’s assertion that “winter is coming” may indeed be true.

Preseason Top 25 No. 14: Clemson Tigers



Athlon Sports

The Athlon Sports preseason Top 25 rollout continues with Clemson, checking in at No. 14. The Tigers are trendy picks in the ACC, thanks largely to the return of quarterback Deshaun Watson, but his recovery from knee surgery is a major question mark.

As the Athlon staff notes, Clemson’s success will be tied directly to the performance of its quarterback.

Florida State Reloads and Regroups Under Jimbo Fisher

Jared Shanker, ESPN.com

While Clemson may be a fashionable choice in the ACC this coming season — including at this very site — Florida State has claimed each of the last three conference championships.

That’s one of the expectations Jimbo Fisher said he embraces, and expects the 2015 Seminoles to embrace despite a wave of players leaving for the NFL.

Fisher said “expectations here don’t ever change,” and after a BCS championship and appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff, the expectation for the next season is more title contention. But just how will the Seminoles regroup with Jameis Winston, among other departures?
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Former San Jose State Linebacker “One to Watch” on New Bachelorette Season

Carrie Bell, Yahoo! TV

Yes, it’s a link on The Bachelorette. Deal with it.

Chris Harrison, host of the ABC reality series and mortal enemy of former USC running back Petros Papadakis, told Yahoo! TV that one of this season’s contestants to watch is Ben Zorn.

Zorn played long-snapper for San Jose State earlier this decade under current Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre’s staff. Still images from Zorn’s San Jose State days gave the football-defunct Western Athletic Conference some face time on one of America’s most popular programs.

As a devotee of WACtion, you can bet I have a dog in The Bachelorette…if I followed the show, that is.