September Sports ’17

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Major League Baseball
National Football League
NCAA College Football
US OPEN
NASCAR
Presidents Cup
PGA Tour
Professional Tennis
Labor Day BBQ

 

 

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us. It seems like yesterday we were talking about a Memorial Day cookout and our Top 10 BBQ sites. We hope you all had a great summer! Now it is time for fall and you know what that means. Football is BACK!

The College game gets fully underway this week, and the month of September has a bunch of great matchups. Click here for the NCAA Football Games on TV along with the FULL Schedule for the entire month.

Are you ready for some regular season football? Are you ready to see what your fantasy team can do? Teams in the NFL begin their quest for the Lombardi Trophy this month. We got your covered with a handy schedule grid, and break down the NFL schedule on weekly basis.

How quickly have we forgotten that the boys of summer are still fighting it out to see who wins the pennant? or the wildcard(s)? Don’t forget there is still about a month left in the regular season. Click here for the schedule of the nationally broadcast games, along with the FULL MLB Schedule for September.

The US Open is underway and is the highlight of the ATP Tour. It wraps up with the men’s final on Sunday, September 11th. More than 700,000 fans will enter the gates at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing N.Y., and if you are not one of them, here is the full TV schedule of all the men’s and women’s matches.

The PGA Tour is drawing to a close with just a few events left on the calendar.

The NEW NASCAR PLAYOFFS start this month. The Chase will now be referred to as the playoffs.

Under the new format, races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points. The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver’s reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs. Confused? Don’t worry, we got you covered with the full NASCAR announcement and all the rule changes for 2017.

But if you don’t immediately think “FOOTBALL” when you hear the word September, then you probably think Labor Day & BBQ.

Is there anything better than having friends and family over to celebrate the end of summer over the Labor Day weekend? Yes, smoked ribs and grilled chicken with all the fixin’s!  And don’t forget the dessert.  We have provided you with different ways to prepare baby back ribs and many more ways to serve chicken at your backyard BBQ.  This is Labor Day and its time to sit back and relax. To do this you need to keep it simple.  Smoking Ribs slow and low is the way to go, and this grilled chicken recipe can’t be easier. The food on the menu is so good, everyone will think you spend days preparing for BBQ, but you will know better. Click here for the FANFOOD Top 10 BBQ sites and a dozen other sites dedicated to Labor Day Cooking.

 

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Major League Baseball

 

The final month of the MLB season promises to be an exciting one with 18 teams still within five games of a postseason spot.

The American League wild-card race, in particular, is shaping up to be a thrilling ride with eight teams within three games of a playoff berth.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is also chasing history after he launched his 50th home run of the season. He’s been on a torrid pace since the All-Star break with 24 home runs in 41 games.

 

 Here are the FANFOOD Top MLB Teams as we begin the last month of the season:

 

  1. Dodgers
  2. Nationals
  3. Astros
  4. Indians
  5. D-backs
  6. Red Sox
  7. Yankees
  8. Cubs
  9. Twins
  10. Rockies

 

 

 

DATE TIME AWAY HOME TV
Fri, Sep 17:05 pmBoston Red SoxNew York YankeesMLBN
Sat, Sep 24:05 pmSt. Louis CardinalsSan Francisco GiantsFS1
Sat, Sep 27:15 pmLos Angeles AngelsTexas RangersFS1
Sun, Sep 33:10 pmArizona DiamondbacksColorado RockiesTBS
Sun, Sep 38:05 pmBoston Red SoxNew York YankeesESPN
Mon, Sep 41:10 pmMilwaukee BrewersCincinnati RedsESPN
Mon, Sep 44:05 pmChicago CubsPittsburgh PiratesESPN
Wed, Sep 67:10 pmKansas City RoyalsDetroit TigersFS1
Sat, Sep 91:05 pmBaltimore OriolesCleveland IndiansFOX
Sat, Sep 91:05 pmNew York YankeesTexas RangersFOX
Sat, Sep 161:05 pmLos Angeles DodgersWashington NationalsFOX
Sat, Sep 161:05 pmSt. Louis CardinalsChicago CubsFOX
Sat, Sep 164:10 pmKansas City RoyalsCleveland IndiansFS1
Sat, Sep 236:10 pmMinnesota TwinsDetroit TigersFS1
Sat, Sep 304:15 pmMilwaukee BrewersSt. Louis CardinalsFS1

 

MLB Full Schedule – Sept’17:

 

 

SeptemberGameGame Time
   Fri 1Cleveland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 2Boston @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego3:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit6:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Houston7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas7:15 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle9:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Sun 3Philadelphia @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees8:05 PM ET
   Mon 4Milwaukee @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh4:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle6:40 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers8:10 PM ET
   Tue 5NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Wed 6Milwaukee @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Thu 7Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Fri 8Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Sat 9Houston @ OaklandTBD
Baltimore @ Cleveland1:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas1:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis1:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto4:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Chi. White Sox7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle9:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers9:10 PM ET
   Sun 10Detroit @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston1:35 PM ET
San Francisco @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
   Mon 11Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee7:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 12Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City1:15 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee7:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas8:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 13Detroit @ Cleveland12:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas8:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Thu 14Chi. White Sox @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis1:45 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas8:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
   Fri 15St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Baltimore @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 16LA Dodgers @ Washington1:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs1:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ NY Yankees4:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland4:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay6:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit6:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Miami7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco9:05 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels9:07 PM ET
   Sun 17Baltimore @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Oakland @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston2:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels3:37 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
   Mon 18Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Tue 19Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 20Minnesota @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Thu 21LA Dodgers @ Philadelphia1:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Angels4:07 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Fri 22St. Louis @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Miami @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Sat 23NY Yankees @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Boston @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit6:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston7:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego8:40 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland9:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers9:10 PM ET
   Sun 24NY Yankees @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Boston @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Miami @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers4:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
   Mon 25Atlanta @ NY MetsTBD
Kansas City @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets4:10 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Tue 26Baltimore @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee7:40 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Wed 27Houston @ Texas2:05 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 28Minnesota @ Cleveland12:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee4:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
   Fri 29Toronto @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Arizona @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:07 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 30Houston @ BostonTBD
Toronto @ NY Yankees4:05 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis4:15 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay6:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels9:07 PM ET

 

 

 

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National Football League

 

AFC Betting Preview from Vegas

 

The AFC stands a blasé 154-169-2 Straight Up (SU) and 154-160-11 Against The Spread (ATS) in non-conference clashes against the NFC the past five seasons.

They have gone 172-148-5 ‘Over’ in those games, including 100-83-3 ‘Over’ when playing as a dog.

In intra conference games – AFC versus AFC – overall the teams off a SU underdog win have struggled to get back up the following game, going just 65-93 SU and 62-88-8 ATS. Inside those numbers is a paltry 1-14 SU and 4-11 ATS mark for dogs of 6 or more points.

 

NFC Betting Preview from Vegas

Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new champions in 2016, the most in a season since 2011.

Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. Six teams that missed the postseason in 2015 accomplished the feat this year, including four from the NFC – Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and the NY Giants. Miami and Oakland were the two AFC squads.

In addition, 52.7% of all regular season games (135 of 256) were decided by a touchdown (7 points) or less – the most in NFL history. The previous high was 131 occurrences in 2015.

The Detroit Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter in 2016, the most in a single season in NFL history.

And finally, when the Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East division title in 2016 it marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year. The only time a team failed to do so was in 2014.

 

Since 2006, NFC teams off a win have gone 27-9-1 ‘Over’ the total in games with a posted total of less than 37 points following a win, including 13-2 ‘Over’ the last 15 games.

More importantly, they are 18-1 ‘Over’ in this role in non-division games. Play accordingly.

 

source | vegas insider 

 

Awards Ceremony

 

With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, nfl.com has predicted the winners of individual awards. 

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Ike Taylor: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. TB12 just added young weapons to his arsenal.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Brady. This offense could rival the 2007 Pats.

Judy Battista: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. There won’t be a hole for Rodgers to dig the Packers out of this year, and a consistent Rodgers is a dominating one.

Steve Wyche: Rodgers. He finally has the right tight end in Martellus Bennett, who will allow this offense and Rodgers to function at an optimal level.

Gregg Rosenthal: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals. A player can only break up the QB hegemony of this award with something truly spectacular, like a 1,000/1000 season.

Jeffri Chadiha: Rodgers. Expect a special season from a player who has his best supporting cast in years.

Heath Evans: Brady. He has so many options, and he’s consistently the best QB in the league.

Dan Hanzus: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks‘ offense will have never looked better, with a fully healthy Wilson operating at the height of his powers.

Gil Brandt: Brady. Pats added offseason help at WR/RB in free agency, and that should help Brady win the award.

Reggie Wayne: Brady. His offense has only improved from last year after New England added several playmakers.

Charley Casserly: Brady. Who else? The talent around him is better than last year.

Dave Dameshek: Wilson. With the NFC up for grabs this year, Wilson will elevate the Seahawks‘ offense to new heights in what figures to be an important season with regard to shaping the philosophical trajectory of this decade’s second-best NFL team.

Adam Rank: Brady. A Super Bowl hangover and the “Madden” curse are no match for the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

Marc Sessler: Brady. Largely because he was a cyborg created by an international team of secret scientists, Brady’s play won’t fall off one smidgen in 2017.

Adam Schein: Rodgers. The most talented and magical quarterback in the NFL carries the flawed Packers to another division title with majestic play yet again, piggybacking off his historic run to close the 2016 regular season.

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Judy Battista: Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He already has two 4,000-yard passing seasons. This is the year he elevates his team with his timing and accuracy.

Steve Wyche: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys. With Zeke possibly suspended, Bryant takes over an offense that becomes more tilted toward the passing game. Dak will get the love. Dez will make the difference.

Ike Taylor: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers. He has one huge thing — or should I say three Bs? — in his favor. Antonio BrownLe’Veon BellMartavis Bryant.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. It feels like he’s got a lot to prove.

Jeffri Chadiha: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers.

Heath Evans: Bell. He’s fighting for a contract that he thinks he deserves, and he’s going to need this type of play to earn $12 million to $13 million.

Dan Hanzus: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks.

Gil Brandt: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions. He looks the best I’ve ever seen him physically in the NFL. The offense suits him, and from what I saw from him in camp, he’s in for a big season.

Marc Sessler: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals. He does it all. The numbers will be there, too, as Arizona leans on Johnson from wire to wire.

Reggie Wayne: Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders. Having Beast Mode in the backfield will demand an extra man in the box, leaving a single safety for Carr to beat downfield.

Charley Casserly: Rodgers. He’s poised to have a big year with the addition of tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, along with a healthy Jordy Nelson.

Adam Schein: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons quarterback is elite and engineers the top offense in the NFL in 2017.

Dave Dameshek: Johnson. Because he’s surrounded by less talent than Bell, he’ll get slightly more opportunity and, therefore, will produce slightly superior numbers. (Specifically, he’ll join Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk in the 1,000/1,000 club.)

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Judy Battista: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans. Remember that he won the award in 2015 with 17.5 sacks when he was not entirely healthy. Now he is. Good luck, quarterbacks.

Steve Wyche: Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers. Full training camp, Gus Bradley at defensive coordinator, an unrelenting motor and supreme talent will make him unstoppable.

Ike Taylor: Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos. He’s pushed the envelope the last several years. It’s Von Miller‘s time to win this award.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals. He spoke his greatness into existence.

Gregg Rosenthal: Watt. Until proven otherwise, a healthy J.J. Watt is worthy of winning DPOY every season, like LeBron is worthy of winning NBA MVP every season. (TWO HOT TAKES FOR ONE RIGHT THERE!)

Dave Dameshek: Ryan Shazier, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Going into his fourth season, injury is still the only thing that’s been able to block him. In good health, he’s as distinctive a defensive talent as the NFL has.

Jeffri Chadiha: Miller. He would’ve won this award last year if Khalil Mack hadn’t beaten him by onevote.

Heath Evans: Watt. He’s won this award three times, so the odds are in his favor.

Dan Hanzus: Bosa.

Gil Brandt: Justin Houston, LB, Kansas City Chiefs. Coming off an injury-abbreviated season, look for 15-plus sacks in 2017.

Reggie Wayne: Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers. He’s a tackling machine on a defense that’s trying to get back to 2015 form.

Charley Casserly: Watt. He comes back with a vengeance.

Adam Rank: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams. You take a young, dominant player and put him in a Wade Phillips defense? Say good night.

Marc Sessler: Bosa. In just his second season, Bosa will change the way we measure and dream about quarterback killers in 2017.

Adam Schein: Watt. J.J. is healthy. J.J. wins.

 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

Heath Evans: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings. If Sam Bradford and the offensive line can stay healthy, he’ll thrive in ’17.

Steve Wyche: Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears. The 5-foot-6 dynamo drafted in the fourth round might not be the full-time RB for the Bears, but he will do enough damage to give fans a reason to watch.

Ike Taylor: Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s already had a lot of touches in the preseason. Marrone will “Zeke Elliott” him in Year 1. (Yes, I used Zeke’s name as a verb.)

Judy Battista: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers. Remember when McCaffrey said his position is “football?” Defenses are going to find out just how dangerous a weapon he is, no matter where he is.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals. He’s the piece that lifts Marvin Lewis’ Bengals to a playoff win.

Jeffri Chadiha: Fournette. The Jags need this bruising runner to power their ground game.

Dan Hanzus: McCaffrey.

Gil Brandt: McCaffrey. He’ll be a matchup nightmare for opponents. The kid is a good runner and better receiver.

Dave Dameshek: Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans. Sooner rather than later (I suspect it won’t be long after the Texans’ Week 3 visit to Foxborough), the dynamic Watson will replace Tom Savage … and Houston will roll to another division title. Fournette, McCaffrey and Cook will all be great, but remember: 2016 voters valued Dak Prescott over Zeke Elliott.

Gregg Rosenthal: Mixon. This would be an uncomfortable honor because of Mixon’s assault plea stemming from a 2014 incident, but his play will ultimately be judged on its own merits.

Reggie Wayne: McCaffrey. He can line up anywhere on the field and is effective.

Charley Casserly: McCaffrey. His versatility as a runner, receiver and return man will have him leading all rookies in all-purpose yards.

Adam Rank: McCaffrey. He’s ready to come into the league and tear the roof off it. Even though there is no roof in Carolina.

Marc Sessler: Fournette. The Jaguars are destined to have their troubles on offense, where Doug Marrone could literally hand the ball to Fournette 2,700 times.

Adam Schein: Cook. He puts up monster numbers becoming the featured back for the Vikings.

 

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

Ike Taylor: Jarrad Davis, LB, Detroit Lions. He’s an old-school linebacker who’s going to do big things in the Motor City.

Judy Battista: T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Guess what? A guy named Watt is a really good pass rusher.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Reuben Foster, LB, San Francisco 49ers. He’s a game changer. End of story.

Gregg Rosenthal: Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland BrownsA boffo preseason has convinced me that Garrett’s learning curve in the NFL will look more like a straight line to the quarterback.

Steve Wyche: Derek Barnett, DE, Philadelphia Eagles. He is showing in the preseason how special and tenacious he is at getting after the passer. Playing on that defensive front in a pass-happy division will benefit him

Jeffri Chadiha: Watt. He’s a talented pass rusher on a playoff contender and has strong genes working in his favor.

Heath Evans: Foster. Stats speak volumes for this award, and the 49ers‘ defensive line gives him the freedom to make plays. Lots of them.

Dan Hanzus: Jamal Adams, S, New York Jets.

Adam Schein: Garrett. The top overall pick lives up to the hype, recording double-digit sacks and dominating for the Browns as a neophyte.

Gil Brandt: Solomon Thomas, DE, San Francisco 49ers. Thomas will be the best all-around defensive rookie, but Ravens ’backer Tyus Bowser will lead all rookies in sacks.

Reggie Wayne: Watt. T.J. is out to prove that it isn’t just about his older brother.

Charley Casserly: Foster. He’s a three-down linebacker playing behind a strong front four. He’ll lead all rookies in tackles.

Dave Damehsek: Takk McKinley, DE, Atlanta Falcons. A decade from now, we’ll all acknowledge Jamal Adams as the 2017 draft’s best defender, but in the meantime, McKinley will ring up some lofty pass rush stats opposite Vic Beasley in Dan Quinn’s attacking (“aTakking”? Too much?) D.

Adam Rank: Garrett. The Browns finally have a great defensive player to build around for the first time since, well, let’s just say the first time in a long time.

Marc Sessler: Barnett. It’s August, and Philly’s rough-and-tumble rookie already looks like a savvy veteran ready to wreak havoc.

 

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

Judy Battista: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans. Fully recovered from back surgery, Watt returns to terrorize quarterbacks.

Gregg Rosenthal: Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins. Just because I want to hear the acceptance speech.

Steve Wyche: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders. After a year off to refresh his legs, Lynch gets to run behind a good O-line and play in an offense with so many receiving weapons that teams can’t load the box. Lawd.

Ike Taylor: Earl Thomas, S, Seattle Seahawks. The Legion of Boom isn’t the Legion of Boom without him. Watch his return.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Lynch. After a year off, he’s set up for a big season.

Jeffri Chadiha: Watt. Watt may not be the same player he was before back surgery shelved him in 2016, but he’ll still be pretty dang good.

Heath Evans: Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints. He’s got two necessary things going for him: motivation and opportunity.

Dan Hanzus: Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals.

Gil Brandt: Watt. If he’s 90 percent of what he was in 2015, he’ll have 15-plus sacks. I think he has a chance to be better because of Jadeveon Clowney‘s emergence.

Reggie Wayne: Watt. He can get after the quarterback, stop the run and is fresh. He’s a wrecking ball.

Charley Casserly: Lynch. Beast Mode gets his yardage, but more importantly, he shows the Raidershow to win.

Adam Rank: Cutler. He comes out of the broadcast booth to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs. You know you want this to happen.

Marc Sessler: Watt. He’s a genuine threat to win Defensive Player of the Year, so the comeback trophy won’t be too much to ask.

Adam Schein: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers wideout is healthy and ready to be Keenan Allen again.

Dave Dameshek: Cutler. Lots of fun candidates this year … but I’m rooting for this broadcasting has-been to give Football America a (good) reason to pay attention to one of the more fascinating storylines in recent memory.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

 

Steve Wyche: Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks. He is going to take all the offseason/preseason drama, mesh that with a great defense, healthy Russell Wilson and resurgent Jimmy Graham, and make magic happen.

Ike Taylor: Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders. He has the pieces to best Oakland’s results from a year ago.

Gregg Rosenthal: Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers. Turning a five-win team into a five-loss team is the best recipe to win this award.

Judy Battista: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots. He often gets passed over because he has set the bar so high. But if the Patriots are the powerhouse we expect, he deserves all the credit.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Del Rio. The Raiders have had four solid drafts, added talent in the offseason and are poised to take the next step.

Jeffri Chadiha: Mike Mularkey, Tennessee Titans. The Titans are primed to do big things in Mularkey’s second full year as head coach.

Heath Evans: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers. Bill Belichick should get it, but they’ll never give it to him. So I guess give it to Tomlin.

Dan Hanzus: Belichick.

Dave Dameshek: Doug Pederson, Philadelphia EaglesThis pick makes sense IF I’m right about the Eagleswinning a competitive NFC East. (Spoiler alert: I’m gonna be right.)

Gil Brandt: Belichick. He needs eight wins to surpass Tom Landry for third on the all-time list.

Reggie Wayne: Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Don’t let me down, Dirk.

Charley Casserly: Belichick. Patriots go 19-0.

Adam Rank: Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams. The Rams‘ offense is going to look completely different this year. Even getting this team back to .500 will be an accomplishment.

Marc Sessler: Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns. While Bill Belichick should earn the nod on an annual basis, this award is all about narratives. Jackson will be the toast of Cleveland after churning out a respectable and surprising 8-8 record.

Adam Schein: Belichick. He’s the greatest of all time. It’s Bill Belichick’s world, and we are just living in it.

 

source | nfl.com

 

 2017 SEASON PREVIEW

▹ Best, worst record for each NFC team
▹ Preseason Week 3 winners, losers

 DIVISION PRIMERS

▹ AFC East
▹ NFC East

 PRESEASON PLAYER GRADES

▹ WK1: AFC | NFC
▹ WK2: AFC | NFC
▹ WK3: AFC | NFC

 

Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 NFL teams heading into the 2017-18 season:

 

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. Oakland Raiders
  5. Seattle Seahawks
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Dallas Cowboys
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  9. Kansas City Chiefs
  10. New York Giants

 

 

2017 NFL Schedule Grid

source | fftoolbox.com

 

 - WEEK 1 -

Thursday, September 7
Kickoff8:30 PMChiefs-PatriotsNBC
Sunday, September 10
Single1:00 PMJets-BillsCBS
Ravens-Bengals
Steelers-Browns
Jaguars-Texans
Raiders-Titans
4:05 PMColts-Rams
Early DH1:00 PMFalcons-BearsFOX
Cardinals-Lions
Buccaneers-Dolphins
Eagles-Washington
Late DH4:25 PMSeahawks-Packers
Panthers-49ers
SNF8:30 PMGiants-CowboysNBC
Monday, September 11
MNF7:10 PMSaints-VikingsESPN
10:20 PMChargers-Broncos

 - WEEK 2 -

Thursday, September 14
TNF8:25 PMTexans-BengalsNFLN
Sunday, September 17
Single1:00 PMPatriots-SaintsCBS
Bills-Panthers
Titans-Jaguars
Browns-Ravens
4:05 PMDolphins-Chargers
Jets-Raiders
Early DH1:00 PMCardinals-ColtsFOX
Eagles-Chiefs
Vikings-Steelers
Bears-Buccaneers
Late DH4:25 PMCowboys-Broncos
Washington-Rams
49ers-Seahawks
SNF8:30 PMPackers-FalconsNBC
Monday, September 18
MNF8:30 PMLions-GiantsESPN

 

 

 - WEEK 3 -

Thursday, September 21
TNF8:25 PMRams-49ersNFLN
Sunday, September 24
Special9:30 AMRavens-JaguarsVerizon
Single1:00 PMSaints-PanthersFOX
Falcons-Lions
Buccaneers-Vikings
Giants-Eagles
4:05 PMSeahawks-Titans
Early DH1:00 PMBroncos-BillsCBS
Steelers-Bears
Browns-Colts
Texans-Patriots
Dolphins-Jets
Late DH4:25 PMBengals-Packers
Chiefs-Chargers
SNF8:30 PMRaiders-WashingtonNBC
Monday, September 25
MNF8:30 PMCowboys-CardinalsESPN

 

 - WEEK 4 -

Thursday, September 28
TNF8:25 PMBears-PackersCBS, NFLN,
Amazon

 

  LINKS:

 

Rotoworld – NFL Players News

NBC Sports – NFL Matchups

506 Sports – NFL on TV

NFL Breaking News on Twitter

RotoWire NFL Injury News

CBS Sports Eye on Football

National Football Post

CBSsports – NFL Weekly Stats Leaders LIVE

NFL – podcasts

ffmastermind – quick bits

 

 

 

 

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College Football

 

 

Preseason Rankings TOP 25
Conference Predictions
Bowl Projections
Heisman Contenders
TOP 15 Must Watch Games

 

Another year, another inaugural set of college football rankings. And for the second straight season, Alabama begins as the No. 1 team in the land.

RANKINGS: Full AP Top 25

Granted, Nick Saban probably cares as much about a preseason No. 1 ranking as he does about that solar eclipse (spoiler alert: not very much). But voters can’t really go wrong with slotting the Crimson Tide above the rest. They’re the safe pick; for every Derrick Henry that moves on to the NFL, there’s a Bo Scarbrough ready to replace him. Everyone tries to reload. Alabama is just better at it than everyone else.

This version of the Tide is different in one sense, though: for the first time since the A.J. McCarron era, Alabama enters the season with a proven quarterback.

Jalen Hurts was a pleasant surprise as a freshman in 2016, racking up 2,780 passing yards and 36 total touchdowns. Sure, Blake Sims and Jake Coker were productive in 2014 and 2015, respectively. But Hurts is a different beast. The word “dynamic” comes to mind. Combine sound QB play with Alabama’s perennially ridiculous defense and running game, and the No. 1 ranking is easy to justify.

MORE: Full NCAA.com college football coverage

Taking a look at the rest of the Top 10, a theme jumps out: Good quarterback play is vital. Yes, that’s a little like saying, “in order to win, you must score more points than the opponent.” But check out some of these quarterbacks in the top eight.

J.T. Barrett enters his fourth year at No. 2 Ohio State and has thrown more than three times as many touchdowns as interceptions (69-21). Oh, and he’s a better runner than he is a passer. Deondre Francois threw for 3,350 yards as a freshman for Florida State. Sam Darnold, the signal caller for No. 4 USC, is college football’s personal embodiment of “Limitless.”

 

 

 

College Football 2016-2017 Year in Review

 

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No. 6 Penn State’s Trace McSorley almost edged Darnold in last year’s Rose Bowl, dropping a 52-49 shootout that was one of the most entertaining games of the past 10 years. McSorley may not have a big arm, but he puts the ball where it needs to go, when it needs to be there. He threw for almost 4,000 yards in 2016. Jake Browning led No. 8 Washington to last year’s College Football Playoff behind 34 touchdowns (and only nine picks). And while Baker Mayfield isn’t as naturally gifted as some of the folks mentioned above, has any active player accomplished as much on the college level as the Sooner QB? Mayfield is 20 passing yards shy of 10,000 for his career. Oklahoma must replace most of its talent on the outside, but Mayfield elevates his supporting cast.

There’s seven of your top eight quarterbacks in the preseason AP Poll. Think it’s going to be a fun year?

The lone team we didn’t mention: No. 5 Clemson, which must replace the all-world Deshaun Watson. The Tigers return the bulk of their national title-winning defense, and Dabo Swinney is approaching Saban levels of talent development prowess. Kelly Bryant figures to get the nod behind center on opening day for the Tigers. He’s unproven, but he’ll have a loaded roster flanking him. If Bryant is decent, Clemson will be great.

MORE: A weekly guide for the 2017 season

Here are a few more teams to keep an eye on.

No. 13 LSU: The Tigers have Derrius Guice – one of the most electrifying runners in the country – in their backfield. And yet, the biggest reason to tune into LSU on a Saturday afternoon might be to see what the coach does (or says).

Name a more entertaining college football character than Ed Orgeron. I’ll wait. Orgeron led the Tigers to a 6-2 record once he took over last season, with Guice starring. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry

LSU’s ground game is always good. So is its defense. As usual, quarterback play is the question. Is Danny Etling the answer? He was unspectacular in 2016, but the Tigers went 8-3 in his starts. If Etling can take a leap forward, LSU could challenge Alabama for the SEC West crown.

No. 16 Louisville: The Cardinals have Lamar Jackson. Remember him? The 2016 Heisman winner? With flashy names like Darnold and Josh Rosen owning much of the quarterback conversation, Jackson is (strangely) flying under the radar. But a quick reminder of his Heisman-winning absurdity: 3,543 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 1,571 rushing yards (!), and 21 rushing touchdowns (!!). Louisville struggled down the stretch last year – it dropped its final three games. Still, with No. 8 in the fold, don’t be shocked to see these guys land in the Top 10 by season’s end.

No. 23 Texas: AP voters must love UT coach Tom Herman. The Longhorns, who went 5-7 last season, lost D’Onta Foreman to the NFL. Foreman ran for more than 2,000 yards as a junior. The rest of the offense was anemic.

But Malik Jefferson returns to lead a defense that should be one of the top units in the Big 12, and Shane Buechele showed flashes behind center as a freshman. Still, ranking the Longhorns inside of the Top 25 is a huge vote of confidence for Herman. Considering the magic he worked at Houston, it may be justified.

 

RANKINGS: Full AP Top 25

 

 

 

Preseason Rankings TOP 25

 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

There’s a good chance the Tide opens No. 1 in the AP Poll for the fourth time under Nick Saban. We’re not worried about the Jalen Hurts-Brian Daboll dynamic after watching Hurts pass for 301 yards and a pair of TDs in the spring game. The bigger questions remain on defense. According to BamaInsider.com, nine different players had a sack in the spring game. Will that front seven be as nasty as it was in 2016?

 

2. USC Trojans

We’re sticking with the Trojans at No. 2. Sam Darnold still is the Heisman favorite and potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but injuries along an offensive line that already replaces three starters makes us a little nervous. The focus for USC is to get healthy before fall camp.

 

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State will throw the ball more effectively with new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. The Buckeyes’ offense looked good in the spring game, and J.T. Barrett has a few new playmakers to work with in running back Demario McCall and receiver Johnnie Dixon. Urban Meyer’s talent accumulation adds up to another run at a playoff spot.

 

4. Florida State Seminoles

Five-star freshman Cam Akers totaled 102 total yards in the spring game, and that has to make quarterback Deondre Francois smile. The Seminoles will answer questions about Alabama all offseason in advance of the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. FSU is shooting for a sixth consecutive season with double-digit wins under Jimbo Fisher, but the standard is higher than that for this program.

 

5. Clemson Tigers

That quarterback battle is going to stretch into fall camp for Dabo Swinney, and the winner has the unenviable task of replacing Deshaun Watson. Odds are it comes down to Kelly Bryant against five-star freshman Hunter Johnson. The good news is the defense, which is loaded with Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence up front, should be defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ best since his arrival in 2012.

 

6. Penn State Nittany Lions 

James Franklin is trying to temper bubbling expectations around the defending Big Ten champions, but that won’t be easy. Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead’s scheme fits. a 40-points-per-game-type profile with two Heisman Trophy contenders in quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley. The emergence of 6-foot-4 receiver Juwan Johnson this spring is an added bonus. Cornerback John Reid’s knee injury was the only serious blow in the spring.

 

7. Oklahoma Sooners

Bob Stoops is out and Lincoln Riley is in, but the Sooners found a few new supporting cast mates for Baker Mayfield and should be the best team in the Big 12 once again. The Sooners open with UTEP, but it’s difficult not to look ahead to the Sept. 9 showdown at Ohio State knowing last season the Buckeyes throttled the Sooners 45-24 in Norman, Okla.

 

8. Washington Huskies 

Jake Browning threw just 10 passes in the spring game, but the news here is he appears to be healthy and ready to build on a season in which he passed for 43 TDs. Dante Pettis looks fill the void left by John Ross, and the secondary showed signs of progress after heavy losses to the NFL. Chris Petersen’s will quietly contend for another Pac-12 championship.

 

9. Michigan Wolverines

Jim Harbaugh enters his third year with the challenge of returning just five starters, but the team has built on the strength of back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes. The defensive line will dominate with Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst, but the spring game offered the hint of a fall camp quarterback battle between Wilton Speight and Brandon Peters. It’s a competition worth monitoring heading into the opener against Florida at Jerry World.

 

10. Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia’s spring game attendance was down a little bit, but the excitement level is up heading into Kirby Smart’s second season. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both returned to school and are healthy, and that’s good news for Jacob Eason heading into his second season. Of course, Eason is going to be pushed in fall camp by Jake Fromm. These are nice problems to have for a team poised to compete for the SEC East championship.

 

11. Auburn Tigers 

Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham’s emergence in new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey’s offense is the biggest reason for optimism on The Plains for Gus Malzahn. The tandem of running backs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson doesn’t hurt. If the Tigers add a consistent down-field passing game to all that, then they’ll be a worthy challenger for Alabama in the SEC West.

 

12. Louisville Cardinals 

Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson returns, and despite a late-season slide this is going to be a prolific passing game. The Louisville Courier-Journal pointed to receiver Dez Fitzpatrick as a potential breakout player in the offense, but the defense will need to be more consistent under new defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon.

 

13. Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are 21-6 the last two seasons under Paul Chryst and have a no-doubt starter at quarterback in Alex Hornibrook. The competition at running back among Bradrick Shaw, Chris James and Taiwan Deal will be interesting. Will the Badgers find a consistent back to replace Corey Clement, who rushed for 1,375 yards in 2016. The Badgers remain the favorite in the Big Ten West, and with good reason.

 

14. LSU Tigers 

The offense didn’t exactly produce rave reviews under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada in the spring game, but Ed Orgeron’s first full season will revolve around some familiar themes. LSU will have a power running game built around an excellent offensive line and Heisman Trophy contender Derrius Guice. It’s on Danny Etling to come through at quarterback in Canada’s new scheme. The talent is always there.

 

15. Florida Gators 

This might be a disservice to the Gators given Jim McElwain has guided the team to back-to-back SEC East championships. Feleipe Franks looked the part of a starting quarterback in the spring game, and the defense should be more aggressive with new defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. Florida can make a statement — and is capable of doing so — in the season opener at Jerry World against Michigan.

 

16. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The connection between Mason Rudolph and James Washington will be key for the Cowboys’ Big 12 championship hopes, and it’s worth knowing the Bedlam Game against Oklahoma will be bumped up to Nov. 4. Expectations are high for the Cowboys, and they can meet those if the defense can take a few more steps forward after allowing 26.5 points per game in 2016.

 

17. Kansas State Wildcats 

The Wildcats have all the makings to make their own run at the Big 12 championship under Bill Snyder, who is coaching while undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Quarterback Jesse Ertz returns along with four offensive linemen, and Kansas State hosts West Virginia and Oklahoma. The schedule is set up to make that run.

 

18. Stanford Cardinal 

Christian McCaffrey is gone, but David Shaw has a stable of running backs to work with in Bryce Love, Trevor Speights, Cameron Scarlett and Dorian Maddox. There will be a battle between Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst, who is coming off a knee injury suffered in the Sun Bowl, for the starting quarterback job in fall camp.

 

19. Miami Hurricanes 

Mark Richt should enjoy better results in his second season, but that starts with a quarterback battle between Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs. Miami didn’t have a true spring game, but the talent through recruiting is building. This program still is looking for that first ACC championship.

 

20. West Virginia Mountaineers 

Two interesting stories emerged in the spring. Will Grier looks like he’s finally ready to return as a starting quarterback in the FBS. Grier’s top target in the spring game was David Sills, who began his career at West Virginia but played quarterback in junior college last season. An opener against Virginia Tech will be a good early-season test for the Mountaineers.

 

21. Texas Longhorns 

Collin Johnson enjoyed a monster spring game with 117 yards and two TDs, and that’s good news for sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele. Tom Herman will make an instant impact on this program in Year 1, but the question is whether the Longhorns are ready to compete for a Big 12 championship. Isn’t that always the question?

 

22. South Florida Bulls 

Will this be Charlie Strong’s revenge? Quinton Flowers is the quarterback who could take the Bulls through to the Group of 5 bid in the New Year’s Day Six, and Strong should be motivated after the fallout at Texas.

 

23. Washington State Cougars

Luke Falk decided to return for another season, and that should keep Mike Leach’s pass-happy offense in business in the Pac-12 North. The Cougars have a history of slow starts the last two seasons, and they face Boise State and USC in September.

 

24. Pittsburgh Panthers 

Pittsburgh had an up-and-down season in 2016, but keep in mind they beat Penn State and Clemson. Pat Narduzzi’s third season should bring better results, and the addition of USC transfer Max Browne at quarterback is exciting. The Panthers must be more consistent to stay on here.

 

25. Tennessee Volunteers 

This is a pivotal season for Butch Jones, who has danced from hot seat and high expectations through his time on Rocky Top. The Vols have a lot of talent to replace, and that starts at quarterback. Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano will continue to sort that out at fall camp.

 

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Conference Predictions

here are links for predictions for each Power 5 conference after their respective media days. Picks for the Pac-12SECACCBig Ten and Big 12 are in. Get our picks for divisions winners, Heisman candidates, biggest games, and, of course, conference champions.

 

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Bowl Projections

 

The 2017-18 college football schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, which culminates with the College Football Playoff Championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. This year’s semifinals will be played on Jan. 1 for the first time since 2014 at the Rose and Sugar Bowls.

So, who makes the 2018 College Football Playoff? Here is a compilation of prediction and projections from across the web.

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Heisman Contenders

 

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson returns as the Heisman Trophy winner,  and will to try to become the second two-time winner in the award’s history alongside Ohio State’s Archie Griffin. but he has competition at quarterback from USC’s Sam Darnold and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, among others, and at running back from Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and LSU’s Derrius Guice.  Given that the Heisman winner has been either been a quarterback or running back for the last 20 years, it’s a good bet the winner is on one of those.

 

10. South Florida QB Quinton Flowers

2016 Stats: 2,812 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 1,530 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns

Odds: 75-1

If you’re looking for the chic pick to win the Heisman out of the Group of Five, South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers is your guy.

The Bulls’ rising senior signal-caller racked up 4,342 total yards in 2016, accounted for 42 touchdowns and shouldn’t miss a beat with head coach Charlie Strong and uptempo offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert in charge of the program in 2017.

He’s a true dual threat who, outside of Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, is the most electric running quarterback in the country. The Flowers hype should continue to grow throughout the offseason as analysts search for fringe candidates to tout prior to toe meeting leather.

 

9. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph

2016 Stats: 4,091 yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 61 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns

Odds: 60-1

Mason Rudolph will fight an uphill battle for attention in a Big 12 that will include Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, new Texas head coach Tom Herman and systems that produce video game numbers from quarterbacks around the conference.

Rudolph will have some of the best, though.

The rising senior has proved over the course of his career that he has the arm strength and knowledge of head coach Mike Gundy’s system to run it at an elite level. He plays on a team that is consistently relevant in November and should be in the conference title mix again in 2017 thanks to Rudolph’s return and that of star wide receiver James Washington.

If Rudolph can lead the Cowboys into the College Football Playoff mix, he is probably the best Heisman bet on the board.

 

8. LSU RB Derrius Guice

2016 Stats: 1,387 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 106 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown, 223 kickoff return yards

Odds: 55-1

Derrius Guice wasn’t supposed to be the featured running back at LSU in 2016, but that changed in the season-opener when former Tiger Leonard Fournette injured his ankle and was limited during the season.

In Fournette’s stead, Guice proved he is a monster.

The rising junior packs enough punch to be a force between the tackles, and he is one of the most electric running backs in the game. With new offensive coordinator Matt Canada in the house, the Tigers offense should be much more creative.

That means additional touches and highlights for Guice, which are what he needs to become a serious Heisman threat.

 

7. Washington QB Jake Browning

2016 Stats: 3,430 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, 45 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns

Odds: 45-1

Jake Browning led Washington to the Pac-12 championship and a berth in the CFP last year and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting. With that experience in his back pocket and an offense that is designed to accentuate a quarterback’s strengths, another run should be in the cards for Browning.

He proved as a sophomore that he’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the game. He has a firm grasp of what head coach Chris Petersen asks him to do and can take the top off a defense when the time is right to create big plays.

He will get receiver Dante Pettis back to help him out but will have to find another option in the passing game after John Ross declared for the NFL draft. If Browning can create offensive balance again, he should be a legitimate threat to get an invitation to New York as a finalist in December.

 

6. Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough

2016 Stats: 812 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 22 receiving yards

Odds: 35-1

Bo Scarbrough emerged as a force in the Peach Bowl national semifinal win over Washington, and he repeated the feat with two touchdowns in the national title game against Clemson before a fractured leg ended his outing in the third quarter.

His encore should be fascinating.

The 228-pound rising junior has speed to burn and the power to run through anybody. With quarterback Jalen Hurts providing more of the “lightning” option on the ground, expect new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to use Scarbrough’s “thunder” early and often as the Crimson Tide look to get back to the peak of the college football world.

 

5. Florida State QB Deondre Francois

2016 Stats: 3,350 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 196 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns

Odds: 30-1

Deondre Francois was sensational during his redshirt freshman campaign, topping the 3,000-yard mark through the air with inconsistent wide receiver play and an offensive line that let him down early and often.

The tough rising sophomore should have better protection in 2016, but he will have more of the offense on his shoulders thanks to the departure of star running back Dalvin Cook. With a big arm and athleticism he could showcase more as a sophomore, Francois should be the centerpiece of an explosive Seminoles offense.

Whether he gets into the Heisman mix, though, depends on the team’s success. If he can lead Florida State to a season-opening win over Alabama and re-establish the program as the ACC’s best, get ready for the Francois hype train.

 

4. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

2016 Stats: 1,496 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 402 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, 74 kickoff return yards

Odds: 25-1

Saquon Barkley kicked off his 2017 Heisman campaign in the Rose Bowl loss to USC, when he rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns and showed the world he is one of the best all-purpose running backs in the game.

He isn’t even close to reaching his ceiling, though.

With Trace McSorley entrenched as the starting quarterback, expect head coach James Franklin to get creative with how Barkley is used, emphasize his pass-catching ability and help Barkley produce the kind of season running backs dream of.

 

3. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

2016 Stats: 3,965 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 177 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns

Odds: 20-1

Baker Mayfield will return to Norman for his final year as the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners, and it could be his best.

The electric dual-threat quarterback who owns back-to-back Big 12 titles has his sights set on a return to the CFP. For that to happen, he’ll have to find success without running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, as well as receiver Dede Westbrook.

No worries, though. Mayfield ran for 405 yards as a sophomore in 2015, so he can pick up some slack in the ground game. Through the air, he’s known as one of the most prolific passers in the country and plays in a system under offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley that he knows well.

Mayfield went to New York as a Heisman finalist as a junior, and a return trip to the Big Apple should be in his future. Whether he can win it might depend on how much voters expect him to improve upon his 2016 season.

 

2. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

2016 Stats: 3,543 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 1,571 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns

Odds: 6-1

It’s unfair, but Lamar Jackson will be held to a much higher standard as a junior than he was during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2016. Voters will want to see him improve, evolve and be even better to earn their votes.

Nothing is impossible for Jackson, but that seems close to it.

He was electric as a sophomore behind an offensive line that was average at best and atrocious at worst, and that line should improve in 2017.

How will teams attack Jackson? Will he improve upon his completion percentage of 56.2? These are the questions that will determine his Heisman fate this year, even if he produces a similar season production-wise to his award-winning campaign.

 

1. USC QB Sam Darnold

2016 Stats: 3,086 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, 250 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns

Odds: 5-1

Sam Darnold established himself as a star in 2016, and he did so in a pinch after Max Browne was benched prior to USC’s Week 4 game against Utah. All Darnold did was lead the Trojans to nine straight wins to close out the season—including a 52-49 Rose Bowl win over Penn State—and entrench himself as one of the most gifted quarterbacks in college football.

That was on the fly. Think about what he’s capable of now that he’ll have a full offseason as the unquestioned starter with a coach in Clay Helton who is a little more comfortable in his own job heading into his second full campaign.

Expect the playbook to expand, Darnold to be more of a factor on the ground and the rising redshirt sophomore to take home the 2017 Heisman Trophy.

 

Just Missed the Cut

 

  • Florida State S Derwin James
  • Alabama QB Jalen Hurts
  • Washington State QB Luke Falk
  • Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
  • Penn State QB Trace McSorley
  • Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham
  • Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett
  • Georgia RB Nick Chubb
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TOP 15 Must Watch College Football Games

 

The season offers a plethora of marquee nonconference games in Alabama-Florida State, Oklahoma-Ohio State and Auburn-Clemson, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It will be a winding road to the College Football Playoff, and every single one of these games will have an impact on which four teams vie for the national championship.

 

Best 2017 college football games 

 

#15: Stanford at USC

Sept. 9

USC faces an early Pac-12 litmus test in Week 2 against Stanford. This one’s tricky for several reasons: It’s a big conference game that comes just a week before the Trojans’ Rose Bowl rematch against Texas. It will also let us know whether USC is really “back” under second-year coach Clay Helton.

Sam Darnold will be the star of this show, but don’t sleep on Stanford running back Bryce Love, who rushed for 7.2 yards per carry in backup duty to Christian McCaffrey from 2015-16. An early loss wouldn’t derail USC’s chances of winning the Pac-12 … but that hype train sure would take a hit.

 

#14: LSU at Alabama

Nov. 4

Ed Orgeron knows he has to beat the Tide if he wants keep his job, and there’s no time like the present. Orgeron’s Tigers gave Alabama a tough test in a 10-0 loss last season while he was interim coach, but more will be expected of him in 2017.

This game is usually a slugfest, but LSU brass will expect to see more offensive output from new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, architect of Pitt’s high-flying offense last season, and running back Derrius Guice, considered one of the best backs in the nation. That said, another loss won’t do a lot to engender favor for Orgeron in Baton Rouge.

 

#13: Texas at USC

Sept. 16

No offense to Maryland or San Jose State, but the Tom Herman era at Texas starts in earnest with a monster test at USC in Week 3. We can’t help but note this will be the teams’ first meeting since that classic Rose Bowl in 2006.

The stakes won’t be as high now as they were then, but that won’t make this game any less important for Clay Helton or Herman, who would love to start his Texas tenure with a win against one of the nation’s top teams. Conversely, a Trojans loss would be a serious step back for the program.

 

#12: LSU at Florida

Oct. 7

How often do you see a conference rival schedule you as their homecoming opponent? The answer is never, which makes this game can’t-miss for fans who like a little drama with their football.

Predictably, neither team hyped this game up at SEC Media Days, but you can bet the Gators scheduled LSU here because, long story short, Hurricane Matthew forced the teams to play in Baton Rouge last year. Don’t forget the Gators won this game on a last-second goal-line stand by stuffing Derrius Guice at the line of scrimmage. Expect him to come in with redemption on his mind, and for both teams to come in with a bad attitude.

 

#11: Michigan vs. Florida (Arlington)

Sept. 2

Is it too much to assume Florida wants to make this a revenge game? The last time these two programs played, Michigan crushed the Gators 41-7 in their own back yard at the 2016 Citrus Bowl.

A few years have passed since Jim Harbaugh and Jim McElwain’s first seasons at their respective programs, but you can bet it’ll be a major talking point leading up to the game. Florida has the same-old questions at quarterback, but goes up against a Michigan team replacing 10 of 11 starters on defense. This game should be a bit more competitive than last time.

 

#10: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Nov. 4

If the Cowboys want to usurp rival Oklahoma as kings of the Big 12, now is the time to do it. This game has decided the conference champion in each of the last two seasons, though it hasn’t been particularly close. Will Bob Stoops’ retirement factor into this year’s game?

Lincoln Riley doesn’t exactly inherit a bare cupboard, but Oklahoma State has the offensive firepower to get in a shootout with Oklahoma, which has to visit Stillwater this year. Bedlam will have even higher stakes if the Sooners can get a win against Ohio State in Week 3, setting up a potential matchup of undefeateds.

 

#9: Miami (Fla.) at Florida State

Sept. 16

Mark Richt has to remember how he nearly upended FSU last season. Had it not been for a blocked extra point attempt on an otherwise game-tying touchdown in the final minutes, this one could have gone to OT, and then … who knows. Richt and Miami have big plans in Year 2, and that involves taking down a Seminoles squad considered an early favorite to win the ACC.

Miami knows they can win this after the way last season’s matchup played out, even with Florida State returning quarterback Deondre Francois and a talented defensive secondary. This game has the added twist of being a possible precursor to the ACC championship game: If Richt’s Hurricanes improve in his second season, then this might not be the last time these teams meet in 2017.

 

#8: Ohio State at Michigan

Nov. 25

This game doesn’t have quite the same luster of last season’s matchup, but “The Game” still has heavy implications on college football in 2017. This game could decide who represents the East division in the Big Ten championship game.

Regardless, this game just means something more, and both Ohio State and Michigan would love nothing more than to end their rival’s regular season with a loss — or end their hopes of a playoff berth. This is also the first meeting in The Big House since Ohio State shellacked the Wolverines 42-13 there in 2015. Will the third time be the charm for Harbaugh?

 

#7: Auburn at Clemson

Sept. 9

Alabama isn’t the only SEC team that wants another crack at Clemson in 2017. Auburn had perhaps one of the best defensive performance against the Tigers last year, but still lost 19-13, in part, because they rotated three quarterbacks during the game.

Now, Auburn finally has a clear No. 1 quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and two proven playmakers at running back with Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson. Clemson’s D-line, of course, will likely be the best in college football, and returns players who produced 24.5 of 49 sacks last season. It all points to another great matchup.

 

#6: Georgia at Notre Dame

Sept. 9

Brian Kelly enters this season on the hot seat after going 4-8 in 2016, and he’s in danger of getting the boot at Notre Dame if his team doesn’t reel off eight or nine wins this season. A win over a tough Georgia team in Week 2, then, would go a long way in extending his tenure.

Conversely, if the Fighting Irish can’t stop the Bulldogs’ combination of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Jacob Eason and Isaac Nauta, talks of moving on will definitely heat up in South Bend. Kelly simply can’t afford to lose on what will be a national stage this early in the season. Georgia, meanwhile, would love a win over a traditional power to show they’re the real deal under second-year coach Kirby Smart.

 

#5: Alabama at Auburn

Nov. 25

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC Media Days he hasn’t felt this good about his team since 2013. Interestingly enough, that’s also the last time Auburn beat Alabama, by way of “Kick Six.” This could be the Tigers’ best shot at shifting the in-state rivalry back in their favor in years, thanks in part to quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

In fact, this game could very well decide the SEC West champion if both teams get by LSU, as they did last year. Alabama will likely be in the running for a college football playoff berth at this point in the season, but Nick Saban will make sure his team understands the value of that state title.

#4: Penn State at Ohio State

Oct. 28

If the Big Ten has a representative in a fourth consecutive CFP, it will likely be one of these two teams. Penn State is one of the most hyped teams in the country this season, and with good reason: The defending Big Ten champs have some of the best players at their respective positions in quarterback Trace McSorley, running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki.

The Buckeyes have their own one-two punch in quarterback J.T. Barrett and running back Mike Weber, not to mention one of the best coaches in the game in Urban Meyer. It’s not out of the question that both teams enter this game undefeated — either way, Ohio Stadium will be raucous come Oct. 28.

 

#3: Oklahoma at Ohio State

Sept. 9

It’s hard to consider any nonconference matchup as a “must-win,” but this game might be the exception for Oklahoma, which missed last year’s playoff thanks to its 45-24 loss to Ohio State. That’s despite the fact the Sooners went 9-0 in Big 12 play, beating opponents by an average of 19.4 points a game.

First-year coach Lincoln Riley has a tough test at Ohio Stadium against Meyer and Co. Baker Mayfield will be without running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, making him the Sooners’ de facto go-to guy against an Ohio State team that lost four defensive players in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. On the other side, J.T. Barrett will go against a defense that improved considerably over the course of last season. This one will have an aura of a playoff game.

 

#2: Florida State at Clemson

Nov. 11

Once again, the Clemson-Florida State game should decide the outcome of the ACC. These two teams have combined for the last six conference titles, half of the last four national titles (FSU in 2013, Clemson in 2016) and feature two of college football’s best coaches in Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher.

FSU’s Deondre Francois struggled last year against Clemson’s defense, so expect him to come in with a chip on his shoulder. Clemson won’t be willing to relinquish their hold on the ACC, either. The loser takes a back seat in the race for the ACC Atlantic Division title — which, in recent years, has pretty much been a ticket to the playoff.

 

#1: Alabama vs. Florida State (Atlanta)

Sept. 2

This is one of those games that needs no introduction — but we’ll give it one anyway. This matchup pits Saban against former LSU assistant Jimbo Fisher — both of whom have won national titles in the last four years. The Tide is coming off a national championship loss to Clemson, and a defeat against FSU would do nothing to quiet talks that the ACC has overtaken the SEC as the nation’s top football conference.

On the field, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts will be tasked with finding open receivers between FSU defensive backs Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden. Expect running backs Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris to take some pressure off him. The Tide’s defense, meanwhile, has plenty of four- and five-star players to try and corral Deondre Francois — but has suffered a mass exodus of NFL talent.

If we’re lucky, this might not be the only time these teams meet in 2017: There’s talk of a potential rematch in the CFP if both teams run the table after this one. Oh, and this game will be a matchup of top-five teams. This game is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

 

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College Football on TV

 

The 2017-18 college football season gets underway August 26 and runs through the National Championship Game on January 8.

 

 

To jump to a particular week, click one of the following links: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5,

 

2017-18 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE
All times Eastern; subject to change
TimeGameNet
WEEK ONE
Thursday, August 31
6:00
PM
FIU (C-USA)
UCF (C-USA)
CBSSN
7:00
PM
Buffalo (MAC)
Minnesota (Big Ten)
BTN
7:30
PM
Tulsa (American)
Oklahoma State (Big 12)
FS1
North Dakota (FCS)
Utah (Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
8:00
PM
Ohio State (Big Ten)
Indiana (Big Ten)
ESPN
FAMU (FCS)
Arkansas (SEC)
SEC Network
9:00
PM
UL-Monroe (Sun Belt)
Memphis (American)
CBSSN
9:30
PM
New Mex. St. (Independent)
Arizona State (Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
Friday, September 1
6:00
PM
Fordham (FCS) at
Army (Independent)
CBSSN
8:00
PM
Washington (Pac-12) at
Rutgers (Big Ten)
FS1
Navy (American)
FAU (C-USA)
ESPNU
Colorado State (MWC)
Colorado (Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
9:00
PM
Utah State (MWC)
Wisconsin (Big Ten)
ESPN
9:30
PM
Boston College (ACC)
N. Illinois (MAC)
CBSSN
Saturday, September 2
NoonAkron (MAC)
Penn State (Big Ten)
ABC
Kent State (MAC)
Clemson (ACC)
ESPN
Bowling Green (MAC)
Michigan State (Big Ten)
ESPNU
Maryland (Big Ten)
Texas (Big 12)
FS1
Missouri St. (FCS)
Missouri (SEC)
SEC Network
Ball State (MAC)
Illinois (Big Ten)
BTN
Wyoming (MWC)
Iowa (Big Ten)
BTN
2:00
PM
Portland St. (FCS)
Oregon St. (Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
3:00
PM
N.C. State (ACC)
South Carolina (SEC)
ESPN
3:30
PM
From Cowboys Stadium
Michigan (Big Ten)
Florida (SEC)
ABC
Temple (American)
Notre Dame (Independent)
NBC
UTEP (C-USA)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
FOX
Nevada (MWC)
Northwestern (Big Ten)
BTN
3:45
PM
Troy (Sun Belt)
Boise State (MWC)
ESPNU
4:00
PM
Kentucky (SEC)
Southern Miss (C-USA)
CBSSN
E. Washington (FCS)
Texas Tech (Big 12)
FSN
Charleston So. (FCS)
Mississippi State (SEC)
SEC Network
5:15
PM
W. Michigan (MAC)
USC (Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
6:15
PM
App. State (Sun Belt)
Georgia (SEC)
ESPN
7:30
PM
Purdue (Big Ten)
Louisville (ACC)
FOX
South Alabama (Sun Belt)
Mississippi (SEC)
ESPNU
Ga. Southern (Sun Belt)
Auburn (SEC)
SEC Network
8:00
PM
From Atlanta
Alabama (SEC)
FSU (ACC)
ABC
Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
Nebraska (Big Ten)
BTN
Vanderbilt (SEC)
Mid. Tenn. (C-USA)
BTN
Jackson State (FCS)
TCU (Big 12)
FSN
8:15
PM
So. Utah (FCS)
Oregon (Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
9:30
PM
From Houston
BYU (Independent)
LSU (SEC)
ESPN
10:30
PM
Montana State (FCS)
Washington State (Pac-12)
FS1
11:00
PM
Northern Az. (FCS)
Arizona(Pac-12)
Pac-12 Network
Sunday, September 3
2:30
PM
South Carolina State (FCS)
Southern (FCS)
ESPN2
7:30
PM
West Virginia (Big 12)
Virginia Tech (ACC)
ABC
Texas A&M (Big 12)
UCLA (Pac-12)
FOX
Monday, September 4
8:00
PM
From Atlanta
Tennessee (SEC)
Georgia Tech (ACC)
ESPN
WEEK TWO
Friday, September 8
8:00
PM
Oklahoma State (Big 12)
South Alabama (Sun Belt)
ESPN2
Ohio (MAC)
Purdue (Big Ten)
FS1
Saturday, September 9
12:00
PM
Cincinnati (American)
Michigan (Big Ten)
ABC or
ESPN
Louisville (ACC)
UNC (ACC)
ABC, ESPN
or ESPN2
Iowa (Big Ten)
Iowa State (Big 12)
ESPN or
ESPN2
Northwestern (Big Ten)
Duke (ACC)
ESPNU
USF (American)
UConn (American)
ESPNEWS
ECU (American)
West Virginia (Big 12)
FS2
Charlotte (C-USA)
Kansas State (Big 12)
FSN
3:30
PM
Pittsburgh (ACC)
Penn State (Big Ten)
ABC
Fresno State (MWC)
Alabama (SEC)
ESPN2
Miami (ACC)
Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
ESPNU
TCU (Big 12)
Arkansas (SEC)
CBS
San Jose State (MWC)
Texas (Big 12)
Longhorn
4:00
PM
Central Michigan (MAC)
Kansas (Big 12)
FSN
4:30
PM
Nebraska (Big Ten)
Oregon (Pac-12)
FOX
7:00
PM
Auburn (SEC)
Clemson (ACC)
ESPN
South Carolina (SEC)
Missouri (SEC)
ESPN2
Nicholls State (FCS)
Texas A&M (SEC)
ESPNU
7:30
PM
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
ABC
Georgia (SEC)
Notre Dame (Independent)
NBC
8:00
PM
UT-San Antonio (C-USA)
Baylor (Big 12)
FSN
Memphis (American)
UCF (American)
ESPNEWS
8:30
PM
Stanford (Pac-12)
USC (Pac-12)
FOX
10:00
PM
Minnesota (Big Ten)
Oregon State (Pac-12)
FS1
10:15
PM
Utah (Pac-12)
BYU (Independent)
ESPN, ESPN2
or ESPNU
10:30
PM
Boise State (MWC)
Washington State (Pac-12)
ESPN, ESPN2
or ESPNU
Houston (American)
Arizona (Pac-12)
ESPN, ESPN2
or ESPNU
WEEK THREE
Thursday, September 14
8:00
PM
New Mexico (MWC)
Boise State (MWC)
ESPN
Friday, September 15
7:00
PM
Illinois (Big Ten)
USF (American)
ESPN
UMass (Independent)
Temple (American)
ESPN2
10:15
PM
Arizona (Pac-12)
UTEP (C-USA)
ESPN
Saturday, September 16
12:00
PM
UCLA (Pac-12)
Memphis (American)
ABC or
ESPN2
Oklahoma State (Big 12)
Pittsburgh (ACC)
ABC or
ESPN2
Notre Dame (Independent)
Boston College (ACC)
ESPN
UConn (American)
Virginia (ACC)
ESPNU
Northern Illinois (MAC)
Nebraska (Big Ten)
FS1
3:30
PM
Tennessee (SEC)
Florida (SEC)
CBS
Clemson (ACC)
Louisville (ACC)
ABC or
ESPN
Wisconsin (Big Ten)
BYU (Independent)
ABC or
ESPN
North Texas (C-USA)
Iowa (Big Ten)
ESPN2
SMU (American)
TCU (Big 12)
ESPNU
4:30
PM
Army (Independent)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
FOX
7:00
PM
LSU (SEC)
Mississippi State (SEC)
ESPN or
ESPN2
Colorado State (SEC)
Alabama (SEC)
ESPN or
ESPN2
7:30
PM
Kansas State (Big 12)
Vanderbilt (SEC)
ESPNU
7:30
PM
Georgia Tech (ACC)
UCF (American)
ESPNEWS
8:00
PM
Miami (ACC)
FSU (ACC)
ABC
Arizona State (Pac-12)
Texas Tech (Big 12)
FSN
8:30
PM
Texas (Big 12)
USC (Pac-12)
FOX
10:00
PM
San Jose State (MWC)
Utah (Pac-12)
ESPN2
10:30
PM
Mississippi (SEC)
Cal (Pac-12)
ESPN
WEEK FOUR
Thursday, September 21
7:30/8
PM
Temple (American)
South Florida (American)
ESPN
Friday, September 22
8:00
PM
Virginia (ACC)
Boise State (MWC)
ESPN or
ESPN2
10:30
PM
Utah (Pac-12)
Arizona (Pac-12)
FS1
Saturday, September 23
3:00
PM
To be announcedFS1
3:30
PM
To be announcedCBS
4:00
PM
To be announcedFOX
6:30
PM
To be announcedFS1
8:00
PM
Notre Dame (Independent)
Michigan State (Big Ten)
FOX
10:00
PM
To be announcedFS1
WEEK FIVE
Thursday, September 28
7:30/8
PM
Texas (Big 12)
Iowa State (Big 12)
ESPN
Friday, September 29
7:00
PM
Miami (ACC)
Duke (ACC)
ESPN
8:00
PM
Nebraska (Big Ten)
Illinois (Big Ten)
FS1
10:30
PM
USC (Pac-12)
Washington State (Pac-12)
ESPN
Saturday, September 30
12:00
PM
To be announcedFS1
3:30
PM
To be announcedCBS
4:00
PM
To be announcedFOX
5:00
PM
Miami-Ohio (MAC)
Notre Dame (Independent)
NBCSN
8:00
PM
To be announcedFOX
10:30
PM
To be announcedFS1

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Heisman Watch

 

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson returns as the Heisman Trophy winner, and will to try to become the second two-time winner in the award’s history alongside Ohio State’s Archie Griffin. but he has competition at quarterback from USC’s Sam Darnold and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, among others, and at running back from Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and LSU’s Derrius Guice.  Given that the Heisman winner has been either been a quarterback or running back for the last 20 years, it’s a good bet the winner is on one of those.

 

Heisman watch links:

nfl.com

ESPN Heisman Watch

Sportsonearth

cbssports Heisman Watch

sbnation

odds shark

hero sports

 

 

LINKS:

 

 

ncaa.com/sports/football

ESPN

CBS

SI

Bleacher Report

FOX

fbschedules.com

Matt’s College Sports Media Blog

506 Sports – NCAAF

College Football News – Scout.com

 

 

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US Open

 

New York City becomes the world capital of tennis in late August and into September with the action centering around Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

This year’s US Tennis Open is expected to attract a record crowd of over 650,000 ticket holders as the world’s top tennis players compete in New York City from Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Celebrating its 135th anniversary in 2017, the US Tennis Open has over the decades become the hottest ticket of the international tennis year.

 

 

 

 

 

 Links:

2017 US Open - Check out the official site with all the latest news, ticket information, photos, video clips, background info on the stars, plus a look back at past champions and U.S. Open history, and the complete TV schedule on CBS and ESPN.

United States Tennis Association - Jump into the U.S. tennis scene with the spotlight on the U.S. Open Series bringing tennis to American TV all summer long, together with the big game’s winners and losers, player profiles, plus info on the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and more on leagues, tournaments and USA Team Tennis.

 

 

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NASCAR, in collaboration with its industry stakeholders, announced Monday competition format enhancements that will be implemented in all three of its national series — the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The new race format is designed to emphasize aggressive racing and strategy, with the goal of delivering more dramatic moments over the course of a race and season. Monday’s announcement came with NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France and NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell sharing the stage with drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, along with additional team and track representatives. All industry stakeholders collaborated on the format.

“Simply put, this will make our great racing even better,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO. “I’m proud of the unprecedented collaboration from our industry stakeholders, each of whom had a common goal — strengthening the sport for our fans. This is an enhancement fully rooted in teamwork, and the result will be an even better product every single week.”

Under the new format, races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points. The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver’s reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs.

The structure also ensures that competition will be dialed up throughout the duration of the 26-race regular season, as points for both stage winners and race winners will transfer into the postseason — and an official regular-season champion will be crownded, and rewarded with 15 playoff points to the driver’s playoff reset of 2,000. The stage format also gives fans a pair of natural breaks in the action.

All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the postseason (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.

Championship points following the first two stages of each race will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second earning nine points, and so on. The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on.

In addition, the top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, and so on.

“These are enhancements that the NASCAR fan has long sought, and the entire industry has worked hard to develop a better racing format for our fans,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “This format puts a premium on every victory and every in-race position over the course of the season. Each point can eventually result in winning or losing a championship.”

 

 

The Playoffs

 

— Races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The green flag begins the race, and therefore is Stage 1. Its length is approximately 25-30 percent of the event’s total length and is different for each race, dependent on track size and race length.

 

— At the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, there is a caution period for drivers to come down pit road if they choose. Green-flag restarts will begin the next segment.

 

— The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points.

 

— The Chase will now be referred to as the playoffs.

 

— The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver’s reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs.

 

— Points for both stage winners and race winners will transfer into the postseason and an official regular-season champion will be crowned, and rewarded with 15 playoff points to the driver’s playoff reset of 2,000. The stage format also gives fans a pair of natural breaks in the action.

 

— All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the postseason (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.

 

— The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, etc.

 

— Top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, etc.

 

— There no longer will be a bonus point for leading a lap, or a bonus point for leading the most laps.

 

— The 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona will be worth points to the top-10 drivers on a 10-to-1 scale but the winners do not get bonus points for the playoffs.

 

— Teams won’t be allowed to replace body panels during a race, and teams will have additional limitations on crash repair. This will likely result in wrecked cars not being able to repair and return to the track.

 

— In the case of inclement weather, the race is official at the conclusion of Stage 2. Overtime rules remain the same.

 

— The Caution Clock in the Camping World Truck Series has been eliminated.

 

Here is the NASCAR MENCS Schedule – SEPT’17:

 

 

Bojangles’ Southern 500

Sunday, Sep 3
6:00 PM Darlington Raceway

Track Details | Preview

 

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Federated Auto Parts 400

Saturday, Sep 9
7:30 PM Richmond Raceway

Track Details | Preview

 

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Tales of the Turtles 400

Sunday, Sep 17
3:00 PM Chicagoland Speedway

Track Details | Preview

 

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ISM Connect 300

Sunday, Sep 24
2:00 PM New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Track Details | Preview

 

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PGA

 

Sep 1 – Sep 4

Dell Technologies Championship
TPC of Boston
Norton, MA
NBC/TGC

 

Sep 14 – Sep 17

BMW Championship
Conway Farms Golf Club
Lake Forest, IL
NBC/TGC

 

Sep 21 – Sep 24

TOUR Championship
East Lake Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
NBC/TGC

 

Sep 28 – Oct 1

Presidents Cup
Liberty National Facility
Jersey City, NJ
NBC/TGC

 

Golf Schedule links:

espn.com/golf/schedule

foxsports.com/golf/schedule

 

 

LPGA

Aug 18 – Aug 20

Solheim Cup

Des Moines Golf & Country Club – North Course -
West Des Moines, IA

 

Aug 24 – Aug 27

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

The Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
Ottawa, ON
(GOLF)

 

Aug 31 – Sep 3

Cambia Portland Classic

Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Portland, OR
(GOLF)

 

Sep 7 – Sep 9

Indy Women in Tech Championship Presented by Guggenheim

Brickyard Crossing
Indianapolis, IN
(GOLF)

 

Sep 14 – Sep 17

The Evian Championship

Evian Masters Golf Club
Evian-les-Bains, France
(GOLF)

 

Sep 28 – Oct 1

MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open

Windross Farm Golf Course
Ardmore, New Zealand
(GOLF)

 

Click for more info about these tours: 

LGPA | Champions Tour | European Tour

 

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SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 1

LIBERTY NATIONAL GOLF CLUB, JERSEY CITY, NJ

For more than 20 years, the best players from around the world have come together to compete for the prestigious Presidents Cup. Presidents and Heads of State have served as Honorary Chairmen. Countries like Australia, Canada, Korea, South Africa and the United States have welcomed the global competition, which has crowned the U.S. Team as champions in nine of the 11 events.

Each team is made up of 12 players, 10 from the standings and two Captains picks. Teams will be finalized in September.

In September, fans will have the opportunity to visit one of the nation’s top courses, in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas to stand front row as an International Team led by Nick Price will arrive ready to avenge its incredibly narrow 2015 defeat. U.S. Team Captain Steve Stricker will face monumental pressure as he tries to continue the U.S. Team’s success on home soil.

 

Link:

presidentscup.com

 

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Here are the Schedules for the Men’s and Ladies Professional Tennis Tours – Sept’17:

 

 

9/18-24

St. Petersburg Open
St. Petersburg, Russia

 

9/18-24

Moselle Open
Metz, France

 

9/25-10/1

Chengdu Open
Chengdu, China

 

9/25-10/1

Shenzhen Open
Shenzhen, China

 

 

 

 

9/11-17

Japan Women’s Open Tennis
Tokyo, Japan

 

9/11-17

Coupe Banque Nationale presentee par Mazda
Quebec City, Canada

 

9/18-23

Guangzhou International Women’s Open
Guangzhou, China

 

9/18-24

Korea Open
Seoul, South Korea

 

9/18-24

Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo, Japan

 

9/24-30

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
Wuhan, China

 

9/24-30

Tashkent Open by Zeromax

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 

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FANFOOD LABOR DAY BBQ

 

Is there anything better than having friends and family over to celebrate the end of summer over the Labor Day weekend? Yes, smoked ribs and grilled chicken with all the fixin’s!  And don’t forget the dessert.  We have provided you with different ways to prepare baby back ribs and many more ways to serve chicken at your backyard BBQ.  This is Labor Day and its time to sit back and relax. To do this you need to keep it simple.  Smoking Ribs slow and low is the way to go, and this grilled chicken recipe can’t be easier. The food on the menu is so good, everyone will think you spend days preparing for BBQ, but you will know better.

 

FANFOOD TOP 10 BBQ Sites

  1. amazingribs.com
  2. bbq.about.com
  3. thesmokering.com
  4. smokingmeatforums.com
  5. live.charbroil.com
  6. patiodaddiobbq.com
  7. outdoorcookingmagic.com
  8. grilling.com
  9. livefireonline.com
  10. weber.com/weber-nation

 

Labor Day BBQ Links

 

allrecipes – Labor Day

food network – Labor Day

saveur – Labor Day barbeque

about.com – Labor Day

delish – Labor Day recipes

cooking light – grilling recipes 

thenest.com – Labor Day Grilling ideas

serious eats – Labor Day menus

fine cooking – Labor Day recipes

better homes and gardens – Summer Holiday recipes

pinterest- Labor Day

grilling.com – blog

 

 

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Baby Backs in the Smoker

What you’ll need:

6 Baby Back Ribs
Memphis Dust Rub
Cherry wood Chips
Bone Suckin BBQ Sauce

 

INGREDIENTS

For the Rub:

¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup paprika
¼ cup kosher salt
4 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground ginger powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves, ground to a powder

PREPARATION:

Rinse the ribs in cool water to remove any bone bits from the butchering
Pat dry with paper towels.

If the butcher has not removed the membrane from the back side, do it yourself.
It gets leathery and hard to chew, it keeps fat in, and it keeps smoke and sauce out.
Insert a butter knife under the membrane, then your fingers, work a section loose, grip it with a paper towel, and peel it off.

Finally, trim the excess fat from both sides.

If you can’t get the skin off, with a sharp knife, cut slashes through it every inch so some of the fat will render out during the cooking.

Coat the meat with a thin layer of vegetable oil because most of the flavorings in the rub are oil soluble, not water soluble.

The oil will help the flavor get beyond the surface and help make the bark, the desired crust on the top.
Sprinkle enough Memphis Dust to coat all surfaces but not so much that the meat doesn’t show through.
That is about 2 tablespoons per side depending on the size of the slab.
Spread the Memphis Dust on the meat, rub it in, and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour and up to 6.

Set up your smoker cooker to stay around 225°F and try to keep it there throughout the cook. Cooking at 225°F will allow the meat to roast low and slow, liquefying the collagen in connective tissues and melting fats without getting the proteins knotted in a bunch.

It’s a magic temp that creates silky texture, adds moisture, and keeps the meat tender.

If you can’t hit 225°F, get as close as you can. Don’t go below 200 °F.

Add 4 ounces of wood when the smoker is up to temp.

Put the slabs in the cooker, meaty side up. Close the door

When the smoke dwindles after 20 to 30 minutes, add another 4 ounces of wood.

halfway through the cook you will need to move the ribs closest to the heat source up and and the slabs farthest from the source down.

Leave the meat side up. There is no need to flip the slabs.
You can peek if you must, but don’t leave the door open for long.

The Texas Crutch

This trick involves wrapping the slab in foil with about 3 ounces of liquid such as apple juice, for up to an hour to speed cooking and tenderize a bit.

Almost all competition cooks use the crutch to get an edge.
But the improvement is really minimal and I never bother for backyard cooking.

If you crutch too long you can turn the meat to mush and any time in foil can soften the bark and remove a lot of rub.

Skip it and you’ll still have killer ribs.

The bend test

Although I insist that you buy a good digital meat thermometer for grilling, this is one of the few meats on which you cannot use a thermometer because the bones have an impact on the meat temp and because the meat is so thin.

Allow 3 to 4 hours for the ribs.

The exact time will depend on how thick the slabs are and how steady you have kept the temp.
If you use rib holders so they are crammed close to each other, add another hour.

Then check to see if they are ready.
use the bend test (a.k.a. the bounce test).
Pick up the slab with tongs and bounce it gently. If the surface cracks, it is ready.

Now paint both sides with Bone Suckin’ Sauce and put it in a super hot grill (or under your oven broiler) in order to caramelize and crisp the sauce.
sizzle the sauce on one side and then the other.

Stand by your grill and watch because sweet sauce can go from caramelized to carbonized in less than a minute! One coat of a thick sauce should be enough, but if you need two, go ahead, but no more! Don’t hide all the fabulous flavors under too much sauce.

If you think you’ll want more sauce, put some in a bowl on the table.

 

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Go-to-Grilled Chicken

 

It’s best to quarter the chicken since breasts and thighs cook at different rates, with the breasts being thicker, but less forgiving. You can overcook thighs and drums a bit and still have moist meat, but not breasts. The marinade is very close to a mayonnaise, so you can store the sauce in the fridge for a few days, even though there is raw egg, because the vinegar, salt, and cold will prevent salmonella from multiplying. Cooking it to 165°F, of course makes it perfectly safe.

 

INGREDIENTS
1 egg
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups cider vinegar
1 tablespoon table salt
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 broiler chickens cut into quarters

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and yolk together with a balloon whisk or a hand mixer.

Add the oil and whisk until it gets thick, homogeneous, and a bright yellow, for about 2 minutes. A balloon whisk is the best tool for this job since the wire strands really do a good job of emulsifying two ingredients that don’t want to mix, one oil based, the other water, but a fork will do in a pinch. Now whisk in the vinegar, salt, seasoning, and pepper.

Stab the chicken skin several times with a fork or knife so the marinade can get in and so fat can get out when cooking.

This will help make the skin crispy.

Marinate the chicken for 3 to 24 hours in zipper bags in the fridge.

You can do this in a bowl or pan, but you need more marinade than if you use zipper bags.

Every hour or so, turn the meat a bit so all surfaces get well coated.

Set up the grill for 2-zone cooking. Try to get the indirect side in the 225°F range.

Place the chicken over the indirect zone and close the lid.

Every 5 to 10 minutes baste with the marinade, turn the chickens on both sides, and move the ones closer to the heat away and the ones away closer.

Cook about 30 to 45 minutes until the internal temperature of each part is 150°F and stop basting.

Then move them over the hot direct heat side of the grill, skin side down, remove the lid, and crisp the skin without burning it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Flip and heat for about 5 minutes more. This step is important to finish the cooking of the meat, crisp the skins, and make sure everything is sterile since raw egg can contain salmonella.

When the skin is crisp and the temp is 165°F, take the meat off. Even if it is a bit red in there when you cut in, it is safe at 165°F.

Place on a platter and brush with Bone Suckin’ Sauce.

 

 

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Summer Confetti Salad

 

You can make this a day ahead (without the avocado) so the veggies can marinate and the flavor pops.

 

INGREDIENTS

for the salad:

4 cups (6 ears) Fresh Corn
2 cups green beans – blanched and cut into 1-in pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes – halved lengthwise
1/2 cup minced red onion
1 avocado – cut into chunks
1 jalapeno – seeded and minced
10 basil leaves, chiffonaded (rolled and sliced)

for the dressing:

1/2 extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

 

PREPARATION

Toss all salad ingredients in a one bowl.

In another whisk dressing ingredients to make a vinaigrette.

Add to the salad and toss well to coat

Refrigerate for atleast an hour or overnight (minus the avocado)

 

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Classic Cole Slaw

This is the slaw you can only get at delis and diners. It’s not the one Mom made. Creamy, slightly sweet and sour, wet, but not too runny. The secret is that it uses sour cream and mayo. It’s a great accompaniment that will put out the fire of hot barbecue sauces, a great counterpoint to vinegar based sauces, it makes the perfect topping for pulled pork sandwiches, especially the vinegary East Carolina type.

 

INGREDIENTS

for the dressing:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed (not celery salt)
1/4 teaspoon table salt

for the slaw:
1 pound green cabbage (about half a medium cabbage), cored
1 large carrot, peeled
1/2 bell pepper, green, red, yellow, or orange, your choice, cored
1/2 small onion

 

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.

Shred or the rest of the ingredients with a food processor using the grating attachment, or use a box grater.

When you’re done, you want a fine hash, like a fine confetti.

Dump the solid into the wet and mix thoroughly.

Adjust the seasonings to your taste.

Chill for at least an hour.

 

 

 

 

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Homemade Kosher Dill Pickles

 

Make sure your buy pickling cukes. They are usually 4-6″ long and have small seeds and crunchy skins. They should be cut lengthwise into halves or spears. You can leave them whole, but they will take longer. You will want to use distilled water because it it purer and impurities can impart odd flavors, but, unless you have strong tasting tap water, it usually works fine. Plan on a aging time of 1-2 weeks.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 1/4 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons Morton’s kosher salt
1 pound pickling cucumbers (about 4)
1/2 serrano chile, stem removed
6 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
4 tablespoons dill seeds
1/2 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

PREPARATION

Make sure you have a really clean bottle and lid.
The lids must have good rubber seals.
The best thing to do is buy canning jars and lids from Ball.
They are in a lot of hardware and grocery stores.
Sterilize them by submersing them in a boiling water bath.

Add the garlic, dill seeds, and peppercorns to the jar.

Thoroughly wash the cukes and slice them in halves or quarters.
Cut out all bad spots and the stem ends.
Cram them in the jar leaving about 1/2″ – 3/4″ of space at the top.

Make the brine by combining the vinegar, water, and salt in a non-reactive sauce pan or pot.
Bring to a boil, and stir until all the salt is dissolved.

Pour the hot brine over the cukes to within 1/4″ of the top.
Wipe the jar top, put the lids on and tighten.
Age for at least 1 week in the refrigerator.

 

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Peanut Butter and Apple Pie

 

INGREDIENTS:
For the crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) ice cold butter cut into small pieces
Up to 1/4 cup ice water

For the filling:
6 medium granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar

PREPARATION:

Place the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse for 10 to 20 seconds until the dough is the consistency of coarse crumbs.

Continue pulsing and add the water 1 tablespoon at a time just until the dough comes together.

Transfer the ball of dough to a flat surface, press it into a disc and wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Remove from plastic and roll the dough into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a pie dish.

Remove the excess dough and crimp the edges with your fingers.

Preheat your oven to 450°F.

Place the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and heat on a very low flame and stir until well combined.

Remove from heat and add the cream. Mix until smooth and set aside. Let cool.

Place the apples in a large bowl and sprinkle the flour on top of the apples and toss with your hands until the apples are well coated.

Place the peanut butter filling in the pie shell.

Place the apples in the filling one at a time, pressing down so that they become immersed in the filling.

Periodically press down on the apples to allow the filling to rise. Continue until all of the apples are incorporated into the filling.

Sprinkle the granulated sugar on the top of the pie.

Place the pie in the oven and bake at 450°F for 10 minutes.

Lower the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 50 to 60 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Note: Cover the edges of the crust with strips of aluminum foil to protect the crust from burning. Remove the strips during the last 20 minutes of baking.

 

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