Playoff format needs work, but it's still better than BCS

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WHO’S HOT

Quarterback Nick Marshall will not start Auburn's opener Saturday after being cited for marijuana possession during a July traffic stop in Georgia.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Quarterback Nick Marshall will not start Auburn's opener Saturday after being cited for marijuana possession during a July traffic stop in Georgia.

College football fans. Congrats go out to all of us. Why? The BCS is dead and college football finally has a playoff system. Is it perfect? Not at all. The playoff bracket should be expanded to at least eight teams. But at least it’s a start.

WHO’S NOT

Nick Marshall. Seven months after starting at quarterback for Auburn in the national championship game, the senior signal caller will not start the Tigers’ season opener against Arkansas after being cited for marijuana possession in July. Don’t worry, Auburn fans. As of Tuesday, the Tigers are a 20.5-point favorite.

LOCAL COLLEGE PLAYERS

Know any Augusta-area college football players The Augusta Chronicle needs to keep track of this season? Send an e-mail to chris.gay@
augustachronicle.com.

DEJA VU?

Appalachian State plays at noon Saturday at Michigan. The last time the teams met in 2007, the Mountaineers departed with a 34-32 upset. Can Appa­lachian State do it again?

RANKING THE BIG FIVE

1. South Carolina. The Gamecocks replace star quarterback Connor Shaw with the talented Dylan Thompson. But who will replace Jadeveon Clowney?

2. Georgia. Hutson Mason gets his third collegiate start in a row as the Bulldogs seek revenge against Clemson in Saturday’s home “Red Out.”

3. Clemson. The Tigers’ new passing attack, led by QB Cole Stoudt, will need to get on track early if Clemson is to survive games against Georgia and Florida State in the first three games.

4. Georgia Tech. Speedy quarterback Justin Thomas will lead the Yellow Jackets offense this season.

5. Georgia Southern. The Eagles jump into their first year in the Football Bowl Subdivision as a three-touchdown underdog at N.C. State.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES

• Texas A&M at South Carolina, 6 p.m., Thursday (SEC Network)

• Georgia Southern at N.C. State, 12:30 p.m., Saturday (Fox-Ch. 54)

• Wofford at Georgia Tech, 12:30 (Fox Sports South)

• S.C. State at Benedict, 5 (No TV)

• Clemson at Georgia, 5:30 (ESPN)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Tigers All-American defensive end Vic Beasley will look to disrupt Mason and the rest of Georgia’s offense.

Georgia: The Bulldogs to unleash their running attack against the Tigers.

Georgia Southern: The Eagles begin the coach Willie Fritz era.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets meet Wofford for the first time since 1901, when Tech won the game in Augusta (yes, Augusta).

South Carolina: The Gamecocks look to extend their 18-game home winning streak against the Manziel-less Aggies.

– Chris Gay, staff writer


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