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Cincinnati Bearcats’ 2023 Offense
Nick Martini - Jul 17, 2023

In a clear new era of college football, every off-season revolves around the transfer portal to build and improve a team’s roster. That’s the case for every school in the country, but especially for a program that has a new coach who has jumped schools within the Power 5 conferences. New Cincinnati head coach Scott […]

2023 Big 12 Win Totals
Andrew McCleary - Jul 5, 2023

Just picture it; America celebrates its Independence Day. And as everyone comes out of their hot dog and firework-induced comas, college football’s talkin’ season will be upon us. Big 12 Media Days are scheduled for July 12th and 13th with plenty of storylines to examine. But before we hear from the teams, let’s take a […]

Before we unveil our Summer position preview series and our Fall Camp preview, we provide WVU's June 2023 recruiting update.
Travis Knobbe - Jun 16, 2023

Recruiting Update for June 2023: Mountaineers As we usually do around this time of year, we provide WVU’s June 2023 Recruiting Update. Over the last two weekends, the West Virginia Mountaineers hosted a number of official and unofficial visitors, and, while we expect a few more to trickle in, the early results are in for […]

Andrew McCleary - Jun 15, 2023

Outside of getting an individual statue, the next highest honor any former coach or player of any college football program can receive is to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor. On Wednesday, Texas Tech announced the Texas Tech Hall of Honor 2023 class. It will be an eight-member class that represents six different […]

Travis Knobbe - Jun 8, 2023

Answering Morgantown’s Problem About a month ago, we released an article titled “Morgantown, We Have a Problem.” In that article, we looked objectively at the on-field and draft results for the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Neal Brown Era. We offered a view through the overarching lens of college football’s changing landscape. Despite the generally […]

As we head into Summer, we are assessing the Mountaineers' portal performance heading into the 2023 college football season.
Travis Knobbe - Jun 6, 2023

Assessing the Mountaineers’ Portal Performance With the open portal windows closed, we look at the West Virginia Mountaineers’ offseason performance in the transfer portal. In assessing the Mountaineers’ portal performance, we acknowledge, of course, that graduate transfers can still enter the portal. We also understand that WVU still has two open scholarships to give heading […]

Big XII linebackers
Michael Hanich - May 31, 2023

The Big XII is set for a big 2023 College Football season with the addition of four new teams. The conference will also have one last season with Oklahoma and Texas before moving on to the SEC in 2024. This season will have several linebackers, who are star playmakers in the Big XII as well […]

Michael Hanich - May 29, 2023

The Big XII has been regarded in the past as not having teams with reliable defenses. Within the past few years, that mentality has shifted with defenses being more aggressive in the conference. The defensive line remained a position group that has been respected in the Big XII. The star defensive linemen in the conference […]

Big XII's Best Returning Receivers

Last Word on College Football continues to spend our Summer taking a look at the Best Returning Players, by position, by conference. In order to be eligible for the list, the player has to be returning to the conference. Players who transfer from one school to another within the conference are eligible. Players who are […]

Big XII's Top Defensive Backs Returning
Keith Fell Jr. - May 26, 2023

Offensive production. Explosive passing games. High-scoring affairs. These are all phrases that come to mind when talking about the Big XII. It’s true. The league is historically known for being carried by high-powered offenses. However, there have been some quality playmakers produced on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary. Teams have […]

Big XII's Best Returning Running Backs

The Big XII is in a state of transition. New schools are coming in. Texas and Oklahoma are in their last year before they bolt for the SEC. And some pretty top-end talent at the running back position moved on to the NFL for the 2023 season. At Last Word on College Football, we are […]

Best Big XII Offensive Linemen
Andrew McCleary - May 21, 2023

The wild, wild Big XII is going ultra competitive again in 2023. And while it does start with the quarterbacks, they are no good without some large and athletic men protecting them upfront. And, of course, the best Big XII offensive linemen would want to be acknowledged as a group. So for our countdown, Last […]

Big 12 tight ends
Phillip Jordan - May 17, 2023

When college football fans think of the Big 12, they think of offense. The two positions most talked about in the conference are the quarterbacks and receivers, but one spot on offense is overlooked. That is the tight end position. Only one player was drafted in the 2023 NFL Draft with Oklahoma’s Brayden Willis going […]

The Big 12 is adding four AAC schools in 2023. As we get started in talking season, we rank the Big 12's Top Returning Coaches.
Craig McMichael - May 16, 2023

Two summers ago, the Big 12 was seemingly on life support. Texas and Oklahoma sent the realignment carousel spinning by announcing they were leaving the Big 12 to join the Southeastern Conference. Rumors of the Big 12’s demise were greatly exaggerated. It stands to be argued that of the five “Power 5” conferences, the Big […]

Big 12's Top Returning Specialists
Kevin McGuffey - May 15, 2023

Counting Down The Top Returning Players The 2023 season is a transition one for the Big 12. Four institutions are joining the league in BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF. On the flip side it’s the last year for cornerstone schools, Oklahoma and Texas, before they leave for the SEC. Let’s look at the best kickers, […]

Oklahoma Transfers
Tristan Larsen - May 12, 2023

The transfer portal and NIL have entirely revolutionized the world of collegiate recruiting. While it’s still integral to the success of a program to come away with a top-tier recruiting class, you also need to be able to land valuable student-athletes in the transfer portal. Oklahoma’s 2023 recruiting class is top five in the nation […]

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Gamecocks win with balance
Rob Williams - May 12, 2023

Triple C: Carolina Celebrations and Concerns South Carolina found itself in a shootout with Mississippi State on Saturday night in Columbia. The final score far exceeded the over/under line of 46.5 with the Gamecocks coming out on top, 37-30. The Gamecocks won with balance by establishing the run for the first time this season. As […]

Nick Lemkau - May 12, 2023

On national television, with a transfer and former conference champion quarterback, Iowa had an opportunity to change the narrative about their offense. A chance to show an improvement and competitive nature against a national power. Instead, Iowa only further reinforced what’s proven to be the correct narrative. The Iowa offense is inept. It doesn’t matter […]

Kevin McGuffey - May 12, 2023

Cats Get A Road Win On Saturday Kentucky hit the road for the first time in 2023. Although, it was a short drive of only three hours to Nashville. In a change from previous games, Mark Stoops’ club started strong but failed once again to put a full four quarters together. At the end of the day […]

Demon Deacons get dumped by Georgia Tech

Play with fire and eventually, you get burned. Dig enough holes and eventually, you get buried. Whatever scenario you want to come up with, Wake Forest lived it Saturday night. The Demon Deacons get dumped by Georgia Tech 30-16, at home, after having a 17-point halftime deficit for the second week in a row. Last […]

Auburn falls Texas A&M
Phillip Jordan - May 12, 2023

It was the first loss for Hugh Freeze as Tigers head coach on Saturday, as Auburn falls to Texas A&M 27-10. The loss puts them at 3-1 on the young season and the Aggies improve to 3-1. The Tigers’ defense did well in the first half to limit the home team to just six points, […]

Bulldogs Looking for Mr. Wright
Russ Stanton - May 12, 2023

During the football season of 2022, quarterback Mike Wright was team captain at Vanderbilt. He contributed in a major way to Vandy’s surprising wins over Florida and Kentucky. Yet, the following December, Wright entered the transfer portal. Then in January, he committed to Mississippi State. Fast forward to the present and we have Bulldog fans […]

JD Bertrand
Michael Compton - May 12, 2023

After the Sept. 9 game against NC State, Notre Dame’s starting middle linebacker JD Bertrand entered concussion protocol. Forced to sit out the victory over Central Michigan a week ago, Bertrand has been cleared to play for the No. 9 Irish on Saturday. That’s welcome news for Notre Dame ahead of their Top 10 Showdown […]

LSU Arkansas Battle for Golden Boot
Louis Johnson - May 12, 2023

LSU is looking to build off a dominant performance as they host Arkansas in its first SEC home game. The Tigers will enter the game as a 17.5-point favorite in the Battle for the Golden Boot. Arkansas doesn’t care. The Razorbacks are coming off a disappointing loss to BYU. They’ll be desperate to erase the […]