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Top Returning Group Of Five Specialists
Kevin McGuffey - Aug 4, 2022

It’s hard to believe the calendar has turned to August. Of course, that means later this month we’ll have actual college football to watch. Here at Last Word On College Football we’ve been going through the Power Five conferences counting down the best players at each position. Now we’re focusing on the Group Of Five […]

The 2021 New Orleans Bowl was dominated in the fourth quarter by the Sun Belt Champion Louisiana Ragin Cajuns as UL beat Marshall 36-21.
Brandon Eisenman - Dec 19, 2021

The New Orleans Bowl was one of the best early bowl games of the 2021 season. Louisiana defeated Marshall 36-21 in what seemed like a not so close game. The Ragin Cajuns end the year with a program-record 13 wins. Marshall gave Louisiana all the team could handle. But in the end, the Cajuns prevail […]

Record-Setting Win for Zappe and WKU in Boca
Nick Lemkau - Dec 18, 2021

Big play after big play after big play. Day two of Bowl Season delivered one of the best offensive games of the year. The morning kickoff between Appalachian State and Western Kentucky turned into a shootout led by two dynamic offenses with excellent quarterbacks. Bailey Zappe and the Hilltopper passing attack didn’t let up. Western […]

Nick Lemkau - Dec 16, 2021

Day two of Bowl Season kicks off with an intriguing matchup between Western Kentucky and Appalachian State in the Boca Raton Bowl. The bowl game has been played since the 2014 season and is held at FAU Stadium in southern Florida. This year’s game features one of the most prolific passing offenses in the […]

Sun Belt Quarterbacks
Phillip Jordan - Jul 20, 2021

The 2021 Sun Belt quarterbacks is a loaded bunch of talented signal callers. The conference returns six of the ten starters from 2020, and two notable incoming transfers. Two of the returning passers were in the top ten in efficiency last season. Those players were Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall and Arkansas State’s Layne Hatcher. Arkansas […]

Sun Belt
Jason Rhea - Jul 13, 2021

The Sun Belt put their name on the map early on by going 3-0 against the Big 12 in the opening weekend of the season. Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas State beat Kansas, Iowa State, and Kansas State. And, the “Fun Belt” rode that momentum throughout the season. The Sun Belt will likely have two […]

Malik Willis and the Liberty Flames shocked the #12 Coastal Carolina 37-34 in overtime in the 2020 Cure Bowl.
Michael Hanich - Dec 28, 2020

Just one day after Christmas, one of the most important group-of-five matchups of the 2020 College Football season was set. The #12 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Liberty Flames had one of the most important bowl games of the season outside of the College Football Playoffs. The winner of this game would have a huge […]

The UTSA Roadrunners and Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns faced off on the 26th. Read Louisiana Wins First Responder Bowl for more on the thriller.
Julian Barajas - Dec 27, 2020

Louisiana wins the First Responder Bowl, beating UTSA to the score of 31-24. On the 26th, the Ragin’ Cajuns took on the Roadrunners in Dallas, Texas in what was a shootout of a game. The two teams battled back-and-forth all game; however, Louisiana arose as the victor. This victory would earn the Ragin’ Cajuns their […]

2020 Cure Bowl
Michael Hanich - Dec 24, 2020

The 6th edition of the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl will feature one of the most underrated matchups between two Group of Five schools. The 2020 Cure Bowl will feature a highly anticipated matchup between the #9 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-0) and the #23 Liberty Flames (9-1). This is the first time in Cure Bowl history […]

The 2020 LendingTree Bowl matches up Western Kentuckty against Georgia State as both teams seek their sixth win of the season.
Brandon Eisenman - Dec 24, 2020

The 2020 LendingTree Bowl matches up the 5-6 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers against the 5-4 Georgia State Panthers. Formerly known as the Dollar General Bowl, the LendingTree Bowl pits an at-large team from Conference USA against an at-large team from the Sun Belt Conference. While both teams have just five wins, this game is meaningful for […]

2020 First Responder Bowl Preview
Julian Barajas - Dec 24, 2020

This year’s First Responder Bowl will see the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners taking on the 16th ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. The Roadrunners were originally slated to play in the Frisco Bowl against the Southern Methodist Mustangs. However, SMU was unable to follow through with this game due to COVID-19 related issues amongst the team. […]

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Nick Manchester - Dec 21, 2020

The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl was a one-sided affair, with Appalachian State cruising past North Texas for the 56-28 victory. ASU scored first off of a trick play with 10:54 remaining in the first quarter, and led for the rest of the game. The Mean Green started a comeback in the second quarter, but the […]

2020 New Orleans Bowl Preview: Louisiana Tech looks for a seventh straigh bowl victory when they face Georgia Southern.
Kevin McGuffey - Dec 21, 2020

First-Ever Matchup In the Bayou Almost every year the New Orleans Bowl provides one of the better early-season games. The bowl matches up teams from Conference USA and the Sun Belt. This year’s battle between Georgia Southern and Louisiana Tech should be no different. However, this year’s game will feature a battle of backup quarterbacks. […]

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Nick Manchester - Dec 19, 2020

The Inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl kicks off on Monday, December 21st at 2:30 p.m. The matchup will feature Appalachian State (8-3) from the Sun Belt and North Texas (4-5) from Conference USA. Only days after Coastal Carolina battles Louisiana for the Sun Belt Championship, the Chanticleers’ Brooks Stadium will be the host of the Myrtle […]

The Troy Trojans All-Decade Offense includes some of the top talent of the last ten years in program history. The Trojans produced talent with much success.
Brandon Eisenman - Apr 12, 2020

The Troy Trojans All-Decade Offense is highlighted by some of the best Trojans over the past ten seasons. Troy has had success in recent seasons, with multiple wins over Power Five teams. The decade was a solid one for Troy, as they made numerous bowl games. The Trojans also saw a few players get selected […]

Troy Trojans Quarterback Situation
Brandon Eisenman - Mar 24, 2020

The Troy Trojans quarterback situation has Chip Lindsey having to make a big decision before the start of the 2020 season. With Kaleb Barker gone due to graduation, the Trojans will be led by a new signal-caller. Jacob Free, Gunnar Watson, and Gavin Screws will all battle it out for the starting role. Though college […]

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Texas Tech Spring Football
Andrew McCleary - Mar 24, 2020

Head coach Joey McGuire injected much-needed life and optimism into the Red Raider football program last season. This included some school-record victories on the field and its best recruiting class since 2011. In this business though, any coach is only as good as his next season. There is plenty of reason to believe this program […]

Nebraska running backs
Samuel Rowland - Mar 24, 2020

On Monday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers had their first Spring practice under new leadership. For head coach Matt Rhule, it still is a work in progress. This is due to his emphasis on  “establishing standards” for what he wants his team to look like in Spring practice. The Nebraska running backs are going to play a […]

Spring Ball No Complacency at Texas
Bill O'Connell - Mar 24, 2020

There’s no quarterback controversy on the Forty Acres.  Just ask the head coach. Steve Sarkisian is not concerned about the looming battle between Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning.  That might not be the real contest, anyway.  A fight for the starting spot is taking shape between Ewers and redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy.  Those were the […]

Brody Brecht Iowa
Nick Lemkau - Mar 24, 2020

On Friday, Iowa wide receiver Brody Brecht took to social media to announce his decision to step away from the football team. His announcement came following Iowa Baseball’s home victory over Western Michigan, in which he was the winning pitcher. The two-sport athlete has been in the Iowa football program since 2021 where he has […]

Kevin McGuffey - Mar 24, 2020

Huge Day For The Program Call it the “Will Levis” effect but Friday’s Kentucky football pro day was certainly different than previous years. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including several head coaches were on hand. In addition, more than 90 media members watched the festivities. If that wasn’t enough for the first time the […]

Kirby Smart added Clemson's Brandon Streeter and Texas A&M's Darrell Dickey as Georgia analysts for the 2023 season.
Craig McMichael - Mar 24, 2020

Kirby Smart made two big hires this week, bringing in Brandon Streeter and Darrell Dickey as offensive analysts. The former offensive coordinators bring strong resumes and coaching pedigrees. They fill important staff voids as Georgia seeks its third championship in three years. Here is a closer look at the two men Georgia brought in as analysts. […]

Wake Forest Defensive Secondary

With the many player changes at Wake Forest for 2023, one of the more significant changes is on the coaching staff. Head coach Dave Clawson went out and got more help for the defensive secondary during the off-season. It’s one of a number of indicators that the Wake Forest defensive secondary must improve if the […]

Greatest Big 12
Andrew McCleary - Mar 24, 2020

With just 16 teams remaining, only one team can claim the title of the greatest Big 12 champion ever. In case you missed it, here is how we reached this point. Is there any way a Cinderella run is possible for any of the lower-ranked seeds remaining? There is only one way to find out […]