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Kaboom! Magazine.com 2017 College Football Preview: The Party Crashers

Kaboom! Magazine.com 2017 College Football Preview: The Party Crashers

After a summer full of Mayweather/McGregor, Wonder Woman greatness, Golden State Warriors history, Rihanna’s wild thoughts, and let’s not leave out OJ, we finally have some excitement coming that we can all tailgate for. The start of the 2017 college football season is right around the corner. Last season we saw the birth of a golden Trojan in Hollywood, a dual-threat signal caller become the new Heisman trophy winner in Louisville, Harbaugh put the AMAZING back into the amazing blue in year 2, Alabama and Clemson gave us another national championship classic, and all the chaotic college football moments you’ve learned to love in between. In year 4 of the college football playoff system, expect more teams in 2017 to have national championship goals only adding even more chaos to the already chaotic format. Can Alabama rebound? Is it Clemson title to lose? Can USC bring the national championship back to the west coast? Is Washington ready to go to another level? Is Penn State the safe choice? Who will be No. 1 when all the smoke clears? there are so many questions that need to be answered. We will answer these questions and many more in our 2017 Kaboom! Magazine College Football Preview. Lace up your cleats and let’s see if your team has what it takes to make all of your dreams come true. Today we focus on the teams that have what it takes to blow up the playoff system and turn a few teams dreams into complete nightmares. If 2017 is anything like 2016, than buckle your safety belts because you’re in for a very wild ride.

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The Playoff Party Crashers:
NO ONE LIKES A SPOILER ALERT, BUT IT HAPPENS! These teams are capable to come from out of nowhere and crash the CFP party and end other teams national championship dreams in the process.

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UCLA
The Bruins have quarterback Josh Rosen, a seasoned receiving corps, and a new offensive coordinator who crafted strong passing games with lesser signal callers. That’s a good place to start for a rebound. The pieces for a rebound are there, but UCLA desperately needs an offensive identity and will ask exciting young blue-chippers to contribute sooner than later on defense.

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Louisville
The Cardinals have been virtually ignored in the preseason because of a three-game losing streak to end 2016. They are the obligatory bronze medal pick in the ACC Atlantic, but with Jackson they have more than enough firepower to win the division.

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Florida
The Gators have won the SEC East the last two years by the way, and Jim McElwain has depth at quarterback with incoming transfer Malik Zaire and returners Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio and Kyle Trask.

NCAA Football: Russell Athletic Bowl-West Virginia vs Miami

Miami
Mark Richt should lead the Hurricanes to that long-awaited first appearance in the ACC championship game, but that’s assuming Malik Rosier steps up at quarterback. Mark Walton is an all-ACC stud running back, and the defense has talent. Now it’s time to go out and get it done.

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West Virginia
West Virginia won 10 games last year, but blowout losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Miami put a damper on that success. The arrival of Florida transfer Will Grier helped Mountaineers’ fans forget all that. Grier should keep West Virginia’s offense humming, and they’ll be a factor in the race through November as a result. 

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South Florida
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.

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Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech also is a possibility here, but we like what Max Browne could do for Pitt’s straightforward attack in Pat Narduzzi’s third season. Remember, Pitt beat Penn State and Clemson last season, but the Panthers also were wildly inconsistent. A bonus on the schedule is no Florida State, Clemson or Louisville.

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Utah
Utah is the same solid team under Kyle Whittingham, but the Utes have a less-than-friendly schedule that includes road trips to BYU, USC, Oregon and Washington. If the Utes do better than .500 in those games, they should win the Pac-12 South.

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Army
An efficient run game returns almost everybody. This should be a precise, consistent option attack. Army won its first bowl since 2010, beat Navy for the first time since 2001, and won eight games for the first time since 1996 last year. Can an experience team avoid a hangover and make some more noise this fall?

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Kentucky
In a conference full of awesome young running backs, Bennie Snell is as good as any. The front half of Kentucky’s schedule is friendly, and Denzil Ware, Jordan Jones and Mike Edwards are all-conference caliber players on defense. This is a tense schedule, from start to finish, and the Wildcats’ fate will be dictated by their ability to maneuver in close games. The simple fact that we’re talking about stakes and tension and close games shows growth, which can only result in Ws.

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Colorado

Colorado
The Buffs are the defending division champions, and they get Washington and USC at home. Steven Montez should pick up the slack at quarterback, and running back Phillip Lindsay has all-conference potential. They’ll be a factor in the Pac-12 South.

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