FSU, Kansas, Duke lead surprising college football starts

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football, where stubborn old Iowa can rank last in the nation in yards per play (2.8) and still not feel the need to make a quarterback change:

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There are some early stirrings of success in unusual locales, and some comebacks from forgotten people and places. A Dash breakdown of what’s going well that we might not have seen coming:

The Atlantic Coast Conference (21) has eight undefeated teams and a 19–4 nonconference record. Last year, just five ACC teams made it to 2–0. For a league known for many years as Clemson or Bust, it’s good to have some more schools making headlines. (Three other ACC teams are ranked, after the No. 5 Tigers: No. 13 Miami, No. 16 North Carolina State and No. 19 Wake Forest.)

On Saturday the ACC took the show on the road and held up well, going 5–1 in nonleague play. That included upset victories by Duke and Louisville, plus the return of Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman earlier than some had expected to lead the Demon Deacons past Vanderbilt. North Carolina won consecutive road games and is averaging 51.3 points despite leading receiver Josh Downs missing the past two contests (freshman quarterback Drake Maye is legit).

The most surprising ACC teams to date:

Florida State (22). The Seminoles very nearly blew a sure victory against LSU in the final minute Labor Day night, but nevertheless held on for a rare ACC victory over the SEC. (Last year the record was 8–1 in favor of the SEC.) FSU is off to its first 2–0 start since 2016, which tells you how bad it’s been in Tally in recent

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College Football Playoff expansion talks reignite: Friday meeting could create larger field as soon as 2024

Frustrated with the leadership of FBS commissioners, the College Football Playoff Board of Managers will meet Friday with a goal of adopting an expanded playoff bracket as soon as the 2024 season, CBS Sports has learned. The bracket would likely expand to 12 teams under the leading proposal, which was the original concept put in front of stakeholders from the CFP working group in June 2021.

The vote must be unanimous by the 11 members of the board. If enacted, expansion would likely triple access to the playoff from the current four teams. The 11-member board includes university CEOs representing each of the 10 FBS conferences, plus Notre Dame president John Jenkins. Mississippi State president Mark Keenum told ESPN earlier this year that presidential intervention could come as soon as next summer.

Apparently, the timeline has been moved up.

The commissioners failed in their attempt to reach consensus on a long, drawn-out process that extended through 2020 and into February 2022. That’s when the CFP officially announced expansion talks were dead. The presumption then was that playoff expansion would have to wait until at least 2026 when the current deal expires with ESPN.

There is still widespread support for CFP media rights to go out to multiple bidders. If expansion is instituted in 2024, ESPN would still have the rights to all the games for the final two years of a 12-year deal. Sports Illustrated first reported the approaching CFP meeting.

If expansion is approved Friday, the playoff would move to at least 12 teams, according to one person participating in the process. However, that source left the door open for a 16-team playoff to be considered by the body.

A 12-team playoff has been valued at $1.2 billion annually, up from the current $600 million.

A subcommittee of commissioners

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Prioritizing football over NIL opportunities, Arch Manning may set new trend for top college prospects

Less than 14 months from throwing his first college pass, Arch Manning has created a separate name, image and likeness category for himself — one where it’s not about how much the generational five-star quarterback can earn but whether it’s important to earn anything at all.

It is a category where — at the top of the NIL food chain — football is still the main thing.

Manning, the celebrated Texas commitment, comes from the first family of football, a brand so recognizable that his father Cooper, whose career was cut short due to spinal stenosis, is a bankable star himself. That’s before mentioning grandfather Archie and uncles Peyton and Eli, whose commercial identities have transcended the sport they once played.

“They’re the Kennedys of football,” said Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports director of football recruiting.

Arch Manning’s commitment to Texas on June 23 been a bit lost in the headlines as another round of conference realignment intervened. But the implications of that commitment have not dimmed.

Manning’s future is so promising, so lucrative and so diverse that the father of the next big thing after Manning is already seeking advice.

Dominic Raiola, father of quarterback Dylan Raiola (the No. 1 player in the Class of 2024), has reached out to Cooper Manning to begin assembling a blueprint for navigating football in the NIL era. Dylan committed to Ohio State in May.

“I do like how they do things,” Dominic said of the Mannings. “Long answer, yes, we are keeping track. All the agents calling, right? Drew [Rosenhaus] is calling. [High-profile Athletes First agent] Todd France is calling. CAA is calling.

“I think it’s good to have those conversations. … You want to make sure you’re schooled on it. You don’t want to send your kid off to the Wild West. ‘Here’s

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Liverpool confirm Divock Origi and Loris Karius among the 7 gamers to leave club when contacts expire | Football Information

Liverpool have verified Divock Origi as a person of 7 gamers who will go away the club when their contracts expire at the finish of June.

The 27-yr-aged has expended the previous seven a long time at Liverpool and played a pivotal purpose in their Champions League triumph in 2019 – scoring two times against Barcelona in the semi-final in advance of netting in opposition to Tottenham in the final.

Liverpool say Origi has been “involved in some of the most legendary and significant moments in the club’s fashionable heritage” for the duration of his time at the club and his heroics in that European marketing campaign gained him “a assured area in club legend”.

The Belgian also aided Liverpool acquire the Premier League in 2020, the UEFA Super Cup and Club Entire world Cup in 2019, as effectively as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup previous season.

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A glimpse again at Liverpool striker Divock Origi’s six goals versus their Merseyside rivals Everton

Origi, who scored 41 objectives in 175 matches for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect, has been strongly linked with a go to Italian champions AC Milan.

Klopp confirmed Origi’s departure past month and backed up the club’s stance that the forward will go down as a legend.

“He is a person of the most crucial gamers I at any time had,” the German stated. “Wherever he will go he will be thriving, 100 for every cent.

“It will be a challenging moment when he leaves. He is a Liverpool legend, no question.”

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Jurgen Klopp says Divock Origi is an ‘outstanding’ participant who will be a achievement anywhere he goes

Karius amongst other Liverpool departures

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Jurgen Klopp admits reaching Champions League final ‘feels like the first time’ as Mohamed Salah eyes Actual Madrid revenge | Football Information

Jurgen Klopp stated reaching his fourth Champions League final as a mentor felt just about like a new encounter as his Liverpool side came again from two objectives down against Villarreal to secure a 5-2 mixture earn in their semi-final on Tuesday.

Although the a few-goal cushion could look relaxed, this was a examination of Liverpool’s nerve and powers of recovery as an terrible opening 50 percent by their criteria observed their very first-leg edge wiped out by debut plans in the levels of competition from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.

But the fifty percent-time introduction of £37.5m January signing Luis Diaz, who has reinvigorated 2022 for Klopp’s facet, changed the recreation – aided by a lousy goalkeeping performance from the hosts’ Geronimo Rulli.

Equally Fabinho and Diaz’s goals went by Rulli’s legs, whilst the goalkeeper was overwhelmed to the ball by Sadio Mane when he came charging out to leave the Senegal ahead with an unguarded internet to seal the earn on the evening.

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Luis Diaz’s introduction galvanised Liverpool

“It feels like the 1st in 20 [years],” Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to the remaining of the competitiveness in 2013 and Liverpool in 2018 and 2019, told BT Activity. “It truly is superb, due to the fact we obviously created it a minimal tough for ourselves, but we understood these kind of things could happen.”

Liverpool head to the final in Paris to confront either True Madrid or Manchester Metropolis, who enjoy their 2nd leg in Madrid on Wednesday with City keeping a slender 4-3 direct on aggregate.

Klopp’s side ended up shocked by Villarreal’s intense guy-marking in the initial 50 percent which took them out of their very own urgent activity, and the coach conceded he struggled to come across highlights from the opening 45 minutes

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Big Ten spring football overreactions: Michigan has a new Charles Woodson, Wisconsin offense modernizing

Spring practice in college football exists for two fundamental reasons. The primary reason is to get a head-start on the upcoming season. Coaches use it to implement new players and principles in the playbook, so that by the time training camp opens, everybody has a better idea of what’s expected of them.

The other — and some would argue the more important reason — is for fans and media to overreact to everything they see in this minor glimpse to sustain their college football souls for the next few months. Well, I’m not a coach because I haven’t been able to play a new version of NCAA Football in years, but I am a writer. So while I can’t teach you how to play football, I can help you figure out what wild overreactions you should have following spring practice in the Big Ten.

There’s no need to thank me, but I’d appreciate it if you could tell EA Sports to speed up the new game.

The Illini will have two 1,000-yard rushers: In 2010, a few years before Bret Bielema would leave Wisconsin for Arkansas, both James White and John Clay rushed for over 1,000 yards in Wisconsin uniforms. A third back on the team, Montee Ball, rushed for 996 yards and 18 touchdowns that same season. After watching Illinois’ spring game, you could wonder if we’ll see a repeat of that performance under Bielema in Champaign. Even with new offensive coordinator Barry Lunney calling plays and a new QB in Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito, Illinois’ offense was at its best when handing the ball off to Chase Brown and Josh McCray. Brown (1,005 yards and 5 TD in 2021) rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries in the game, while McCray (549 yards, 2 TD) rushed for

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