FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME
The first college football game of the 2020 season will kickoff this Saturday live on ESPN at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. The FCS Kickoff will feature two College Football Today nationally ranked teams in 13th ranked Austin Peay and the 20th ranked Central Arkansas Bears. Due to the tumultuous off-season due to Covid-19, we did not release a pre-season FCS-Top 25, as most of the FCS conferences have postponed their seasons until the fall. With that being said, there are a handful of FCS football teams that will be playing this season and the festivities begin with two teams who qualified for the 2019 FCS Playoffs. This should be a very exciting match-up and both teams are two of the best FCS football programs in the world of College Football Today. The Austin Peay Generals football program has seen their leader Mark Hudspeth resign this off-season, but the interim Head Coach Marquase Lovings and the 2019 coach staff that helped lead the Governors to a school record 11 wins remains intact. Three time FCS All-American Quarterback Nathan Brown is back as the Head Coach of the Central Arkansas Bears and they could have arguably one of the best DB prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS FOOTBALL
Central Arkansas football is loaded with talent heading into the 2020 season and the bears were even able to add defending national champions North Dakota State to their slate of games in October. Given that CB Robert Rochell has jumped onto many NFL scouts radar, I applaud the Bears for stepping up and competing in some big time contests during the pandemic. Central Arkansas currently has 8 games on their 2020 schedule and will turn around and play UAB on Thursday, September 3rd, while facing off against FBS opponents Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette to end the season. The Bears will play 4 very formidable FCS opponents in Austin Peay, Missouri State, North Dakota State and their schedule features Eastern Kentucky twice, both at home and away. According to many NFL Draft sources, Rochell has been timed running a 4.38, 40 yard dash and burnt a 3.89 5-10-5 shuttle. He possesses out of this world lower body strength, as it has been reported that he was able to leap 11'8" when testing his broad jump and his 10.98 second 60 yard shuttle is close to a NFL combine record. He was able to intercept 5 passes in 2019, while having breakout performances against FBS opponents Hawaii and Western Kentucky. Combining both match-ups against FBS teams, Rochell only has allowed 3 receptions for 24 yards and has 9 interceptions, as well as 28 pass break-ups the past two seasons. The Bears also have one of the nations leading passers in All-Southland QB Breylin Smith, who threw for 3,704 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2019, as the Bears have a plethora of explosive players that have returned. All-Southland Wide Receiver Lujuan Winningham had 50 receptions for 814 yards and 8 TD's in only 9 games and conference Freshmen of the Year Tyler Hudson was able to haul in 55 receptions for 975 yards and 12 TD's. The Bears also return running back Carlos Blackman, who rushed for 698 yards along with 377 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns. Central Arkansas was able to hold Austin Peay to 16 points in their 24-16 victory last season and will need them to step up if they look to replicate last years performance. Central Arkansas will be without their star right tackle Parker Ray, who recently underwent knee surgery, which could give advantageous Governors defense an edge.
AUSTIN PEAY FOOTBALL
Austin Peay football will have 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Freshmen of the Year Jeremiah Oatsvall back at Quarterback, after he was injured week 2 of the 2019 season. Oatsvall was able to throw for 232 yards and 3 TD's in last year's opening game and will lead a Governors offense that was able to produce 34.5 points per game in 2019, which helped them advance all the way to the FCS Quarterfinals. He will have the 2019 FCS leading receiver DeAngelo Wilson and Baniko Harley as dynamic play-makers on the outside, which should make for another potent offensive unit. The Governors defense is led by the 5'9,285 battering ram and first team All-OVC defensive tackle Josephus Smith, who had a breakout junior campaign in which the Governors only allowed 104 yards on the ground per game. What made Austin Peay's 2019 performance so impressive was the fact they were able to average a nation leading 20.6 points per game scored by the Governor's defense. The 2019 Austin Peay defense was able to produce 25 turnovers on the season and 2021 NFL Draft DB prospect Kordell Jackson ended the season with 7 interceptions, while taking 2 for TD's. If Austin Peay's defense remains as consistent and is able to create turnovers against one of the most prolific passing attacks in college football today, I believe they can come away victorious in the first college football game of the 2020 season.
AUSTIN PEAY VS CENTRAL ARKANSAS
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PRESEASON AP TOP 25
The preseason AP top 25 has been released and the College Football Today official preseason top 25 was released on August 19th, 2020. Below is our original preseason college football top 25, before teams in the PAC-12, BIG-10 & Mountain West were benched for the fall college football season. You will find our official College Football Today FBS Top 25 with redaction's further down and on our FBS Top 25 rankings page.
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We have started to release our team CFB recruiting rankings and will be formulating a composite ranking that features all major rankings platforms. As we begin to update new top football recruit rankings this week and mull through new data from the start of the 2020 HS football season. I would like to reflect on some major changes to the landscape of CFB recruiting and how it will impact the future for the vast majority of teams in the world of College Football Today. Let's start with the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility for all NCAA student-athletes affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and how athletes who take advantage of the extra year, will not be counted towards the scholarship totals. In the FBS, you are allowed to carry 85 student-athletes on scholarship in any given calendar year. In the FCS, they have the same allotted number of players (85), but only have 63 total scholarships to award to student-athletes. In Division II football, teams are also allowed the same allotted number of players, but many award 36 total full ride scholarships to student-athletes. In many cases, programs will divvy up the scholarship awards to many student-athletes in the form of partial scholarship awards and use the student-athletes FAFSA, as well as academic achievements to get the student-athletes tuition paid for. In the NAIA, they are allowed 24 total full scholarships and also have many other ways to help student-athletes pay for their schooling.
If you play NCAA football this fall and/or next spring, you still will be granted an extra year of eligibility. This could cause many stir-ups among the incoming 2021 recruiting class who were promised early playing time, as I can see many of them now receiving red-shirts. Only 2% of high school athletes receive some type of athletic scholarship nationally, so I wouldn't be too offended in the entirety of the situation. Roster sizes could now potentially be rising into the triple-digits with players from the age of 18 to possibly 26-27 years old. NCAA football programs have also made massive budget cuts due to the Covid-19 pandemic and some programs will elect to not increase their roster size in an effort to reduce costs. For instance, let's say 12 seniors decide to use their extra year of eligibility and the University is under financial constraints. They can elect not to fund an incoming Freshmen's offer and maintain a balanced roster economically. This will not affect many power five programs, but I have already been watching this scenario unfold. I spoke with a mid-major coach the other day who has 8-10 recruits committed in the class of 2021 and he stated they could be full. The reason being was the new waiver and they have many seniors who do not have NFL Draft grades, who most likely will be returning. At a school of their size and given the financial ramifications of Covid-19, it would be nearly impossible to field a roster of over 100 players on full scholarships. With that being said, this rule is outstanding for the student-athletes affected, but the trickle down effect could see many players in the transfer portal and/or de-committing and heading to a school that can fund their athletic scholarship.
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The current landscape of college football today is quite astonishing to most, but comes as no surprise to those who know how the system is set-up and portrayed. You would think that the NCAA would have stepped in to assist in getting the student-athletes and programs prepared to play, but they passed the baton to the conferences. After the baton got passed to the conference officials, they passed it off to medical experts, who ultimately determined the fate of the BIG-10 & PAC-12 seasons. Nearly days after releasing the 2020 Big 10 conference schedule, the general populous and college football programs were told they were pushing the season to the spring. There has even been talks of conference re-alignment and teams joining to form a sort of power conference for the fall. The ACC, SEC and BIG 12 have made decisions to push forward, as they have accumulated the same medical information and believe that football can be played safely this fall. I am not sure how conference officials are so far apart on these critical issues, but it proves the lack of consistency, leadership and backbone that many of the top officials have demonstrated throughout the course of this pandemic. So what's next? Well, according to the ACC, "If public health guidance allows, the schedule will begin Thursday, Sept. 10. All 15 conference schools will play an 11-game schedule, with 10 games against ACC opponents and one versus a non-conference program. Obviously, things are being left up to public health officials on whether the 2020 ACC football season will begin and the discourse could remain the same into September.
We have heard talks of power five football teams breaking away from the NCAA, which seems logical with the lack of consistency out of the the governing body of collegiate athletics. From studying and being involved at every level of college football since 2016, I am torn apart about some Mid-Majors and FCS conferences cancelling the fall seasons. College Football Today has 130 FBS, 168 FCS, 212 D2, 80+ NAIA and hundreds of junior college football teams. This does not count the hundreds of D3 football teams who also most likely will not be playing this fall. From observations, nothing has ever stopped teams from recruiting future classes and they are always looking to gain a step up on the competition. Many high school players have been forced to take this fall season off, but you should remain hopeful that your time is coming and there will be college football on the horizon in the near future.
When looking at the ramifications on CFB recruiting, many top tier recruits were unable to visit to meet with coaches staffs and lost the chance to impress them in person. This will affect late risers in State's that have chosen not to play this fall, who had more to prove on the actual field of play. When evaluating talent for the NFL Draft, many top scouts are looking at much more than just on the field play. There are still many ways to impress recruiters with athletic body movements and workout videos. This not only proves you are getting better daily, but also is able to shed light on the overall athletic abilities you possess. There are also many amazing athletes I deal with year in and year out, who failed to study and do not qualify academically. You should take this time to raise your GPA and improve your ACT or SAT scores, as this is always a separating factor down the road. Check out the elite recruiting database, along with our 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 top football recruit rankings by using the picture or buttons below.
The hashtag #WeWantToPlay started on Twitter with superstars of the game like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Many throughout the industry believe that student-athletes are much safer on campus, rather than being among the masses. I agree fully with the scientific evidence and data that fully justifies the ACC, SEC & BIG 12's generalized thesis of moving forward with a fall 2020 college football season. The main issue seems to be liability concerns with Covid-19 and the long term health affects it could have if a athlete contracts the Coronavirus during the course of play. So in brief, these decisions are also being made by conferences and Universities legal teams, as well as medical experts. The threat of lawsuits down the road is ultimately what cancelled PAC-12 and BIG-10 football this fall, as many players began to speak out about their safety concerns for the 2020 college football season. Below is a list of notable college football players who have opted out for the 2020 NCAA football season.
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TOP 2023 QUARTERBACKS
College Football Today top 2023 quarterbacks are certainly an elite group and I recently was able to obtain footage from top 2023 QB recruit Jack Grusser, who completed a pro-day style workout with coaches Matt & Phil Simms. Currently, Bergen Catholic has been a main staple in producing top tier quarterback recruits, as they have 2022 QB recruit Steven Angeli in the 2022 recruiting class, who has earned 14 FBS offers. Grusser has accumulated heavy interest from the likes of Rutgers, Pitt, Boston College, Michigan, Princeton, Duke, Northwestern & Columbia, while being considered by many the best overall passer in his league. His speed trainer Joe Taggard has made huge strides in his training with Jack and he has been able to fall into the dual-threat QB position category, with his 4.6-4.7 - 40 yard dash speed. Grusser also torched a 4.24, shuttle and has a outrageous 10'2" broad jump, while being able to also leap 35" on the vertical test. To state Jack is a freak athlete at the QB position is an understatement and he also is on the President's list, while being in the top 10% of his class at Bergen Catholic. Jack led his team in 2019 to an undefeated 11-0 season, while passing for 18 touchdowns and rushing for 8 TD's, while only throwing 1 interception. Check out Jack's Pro-Day footage that was guided by legendary Super Bowl Champion Phil Simms and former Tennessee Vols QB Coach Matt Simms.
TOP 2023 QB RECRUIT
Top 2023 QB recruit Jack Grusser throws one of the most precise and accurate darts I have seen in the class of 2023, as his training is paying off in huge dividends. The overall velocity he has on the football and his ball placement is surgical on the gridiron, as he proves in the Pro-Day style workout above. He is able to scamper through the drill and release darts to his tight end, while being able to throw strikes at eye level. When able to complete passes at the receivers eye level, it produces a much higher rate of completions, as it is very easy for the receiver to locate the football. Much like we saw in NFL Offensive MVP Kyler Murray's Pro Day, Grusser is able to zip the football from point A to B with great velocity, as well as throw an extremely catch-able football. He exhibits outstanding footwork and has a compact release, that produces one of the tightest spirals and prettiest passes you will witness in the 2023 recruiting class. He proves to be able to make all of the big throws needed to excel at the next level, as you will see below in his 2019 highlight's.
2023 TOP QUARTERBACKS
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