Attendance for the First Annual Cure Bowl Wasn’t Great

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To say that the showdown between the  5-7 San Jose Spartans and the 6-6 Georgia State Panthers in the first annual Cure Bowl didn’t turn out to be a marquee matchup that drew considerable interest and quality ticket sales would unsurprisingly be a bit of an understatement.

Sadly, the old “if a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to see it” philosophical thought can be used to describe the actual turnout for the game at the 70,000-seat Citrus Bowl, which the Spartans won 27-19.

The official announced attendance for the inaugural game may have been 18,536. However, even that rather lackluster total seems to be just a bit exaggerated.

The “there are way too many bowls” folks just got another feather to add to their caps.

 

Henry, McCaffery and Watson Announced as 2015 Heisman Finalists

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The stretch run of the 2015 Heisman race will include just three contenders: Alabama RB Derrick Henry, Stanford RB Christian McCaffery and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Though he’s not a true slam-dunk no-brainer pick to win the award, Henry will arrive in New York City as the presumptive favorite, following a regular season campaign in which he totaled over 2,000 yards of offense and scored 23 touchdowns for the No. 2-ranked Tide.

Watson and McCaffery are both viable candidates as well. The Clemson QB is the face of the No. 1-ranked undefeated Tigers, while Stanford’s do-it-all playmaker—who ranks first nationally with 286 all-purpose yards per game—propelled the Cardinal to 11 wins and a Pac-12 title.

College Football’s Most Dangerous Offensive Weapons

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Every season, there are a select few offensive skill-positions players who stand out for their ability to routinely create big game-changing plays.

They are the special playmakers who possess that rare gift that’s necessary to create explosive plays that will energize their teammates, excite a crowd and expose opposing defenses.

They are the players that have the potential to create something absolutely electric any time they have the ball in their hands.

So who will be the playmakers that will be creating those big plays this fall?

Here’s a look at college football’s 10 most dangerous offensive weapons for the 2015 season.

Ohio State Football: The Buckeyes’ Five Toughest Tests of 2015

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Receiving a high ranking in the preseason polls is an indication of tremendous respect for a college football team. With those high expectations, however, also comes the pressure to deal with the figurative target that a high numerical ranking represents.

Defending national champion Ohio State will find out what it’s like to deal with that weight and the responsibility of being anointed with a preseason No. 1-ranking when they begin the 2015 season as the consensus top-ranked team in all of college football.

When you’re considered the cream of the crop team in the sport, you’re going to get the best effort from every opponent, every week. Head Coach Urban Meyer knows that from his days leading the Florida Gators. He knows how quickly a team can degenerate from being a celebrated national champion to a four-loss also-ran.

The difference between the 2015 Buckeyes and Meyer’s 2007 Gator squad—a team which failed to materialize into much of a worthy championship defender—is expectations and talent.

Unlike that ‘07 Florida team, Ohio State will enter the upcoming season as the undisputed most talented team in all of college football. That’s why the sky high expectations are warranted.

DE Joey Bosa, RB Ezekiel Elliott, OT Taylor Decker, LB Darron Lee, FS Vonn Bell and DT Adolphus Washington are all potential first-round NFL draft picks, as well as All-American candidates. Then there’s also the much talked-about, star-studded quarterback trio of Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Plus, there are plenty of other emerging young playmakers on both sides of the ball.

This fall, Colombus will be home to one of the best collections of talent that we’ve seen on a college football team in quite some time.

The burning question is: Can the Buckeyes handle the pressure of having the target on their back and repeat as national champions?

The 2015 schedule isn’t shaping up to be overly daunting or overbearing. But the 12-game slate does include its fair share of challenging matchups and hurdles to overcome.

Here’s a look at Ohio State’s five toughest tests of 2015.

Ole Miss Football: Ranking The Top 10 Rebels For 2015

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Incremental improvement has been the main storyline of Hugh Freeze’s three-year tenure as head coach at Ole Miss. Freeze’s squad has managed to continually get a little bit stronger and a little bit better in each of the past three seasons, going from seven wins in 2012, to eight wins in 2013, and then to nine wins in 2014.

The next logical step for the Rebels is to become a true championship contender in 2015.

This is the year many fans have been pointing to ever since Freeze and his staff assembled a widely praised a top-5 recruiting class back in the winter of 2013.

Many of the high-profile names from that group such as WR Laquon Treadwell, DT Robert Nkemdiche and OT Laremy Tunsil have emerged as standout starters who are on the verge of becoming true superstars in the third year of their collegiate careers.

Treadwell, Nkemdiche and Tunsil are the three Rebels that will surely garner the most praise and attention this offseason. However, Freeze has built a roster that features plenty of other top-tier talent as well.

Here’s a look at the Mississippi’s top 10 players for 2015.