The Buckeyes finally got the bling resulting from the grind of 2014 as Ohio State was awarded its National Title ring for last season. Forgetting the past, it's back to work. MarkRogersTV reviews Ohio State's Scarlet and Gray effort and some key players who will be called upon to fill the gaps for the nation's #1 team.
The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry that was born in 1894, died in 2011 when the Aggies dashed for the SEC. There are rumblings that the rivalry will be renewed; both Kevin Sumlin and Charlie Strong have publicly stated that the game should be played. Is the rivalry seen its best days? Where does the skirmish stand off the field with fans and media perception? Aaron Torres of FoxSports.com joins MarkRogersTV to talk about the state of the rivalry and the fan posturing in lieu of a meeting on Thanksgiving Weekend.
The Blue and Orange lined up on Saturday April 18 to give us a glimpse of what the Virginia Cavaliers may have to offer as a darkhorse in the ACC Coastal race following a 5-7 2014. Jacquie Franciulli of Scout.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down Virginia's spring as Greyson Lambert attempts to hold off Matt Johns as the starting quarterback, the running back job is up for a grabs, and a staunch defense returns seven starters and boasts some impact players in the making.
The Alabama QB battle rages on. While Jake Coker continued his hold on the starting job with a solid A-Day performance, Cooper Bateman, Alec Morris, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett stay in the chase.
The North Carolina Tar Heels needed a strong Spring season to get its defense back on solid ground. Jeff Greenberg of sportsglutton.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down UNC's new defense under Gene Chizik and an offense that took advantage of quarterback Marquise Williams
Coming off a 10-3 campaign and near miss in the Pac 12 South Division, Arizona State loses its starting quarterback Taylor Kelly (22 TD, 5 INT), but enjoys an unusual luxury with an accomplished backup taking the reigns in Mike Bercovici (12 TD, 4 INT). Kaelen Jones of ASU Student Media site thestatepress.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down both sides of the ball as Todd Graham preaches championship goals in Tempe.
It's Mason Rudolph's team now. For the first time since Brandon Weeden's heyday in Stillwater, there is a clear cut starter at Oklahoma State. Robert Whetsell of SB Nation's CowboysRideforFree.com talks all that is OSU Spring Football. Robert runs down the aforementioned QB situation, depth at WR, a potential future star at RB and the entire defense. Robert highlights the hangout by addressing a number of intriguing coaching hires from the NFL and elsewhere in College Football
Big Ten Football is back...or so it seems. While Michigan State and Wisconsin have done far more with less and Penn State is fighting its way back to relevancy, it's still Ohio State and Michigan who carry the conference flag. Aaron Torres of FoxSports.com joins MarkRogersTV to talk Buckeye quarterback battle and the Harbaugh impact at Michigan
Despite being on the outside looking in, TCU capped a mostly dominant season with its finest performance in dismantling Ole Miss 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. Time to turn the page and go back to the grind that turns great teams into great programs. Melissa Tribwasser of SB Nations's FrogsOWar.com joins MarkRogersTV to set up TCU's personnel for 2015. Melissa runs down a number of injury issues, sorts out the backup quarterback battle and looks for replacements to step in for defensive leaders Paul Dawson, Sam Carter, Chris Hackett and Kevin White.
Typically a postseason regular, Texas Tech is trending more in the direction of Iowa State and Kansas in the Big 12. Hunter Cooke of VivatheMatadors.com joins MarkRogersTV to size up the quarteback battle between Davis Webb (24 TD, 13 INT) and Patrick Mahomes (16 TD, 4 INT). Hunter also looks over a solid and explosive array of offensive performers including DeAndre Washington (1103 Rush Yards, 2 TD) and Jakeem Grant (67 Rec, 7 TD). The defense was a mess in 2014, giving up 41.3 points per game. Hunter looks for some answers to help support the offense.
Stephen M Smith is headed back out to another Alabama Spring Practice. But before he observes the prospects again, the TouchdownAlabama.net writer and broadcaster joins MarkRogersTV to run down the candidates in the most wide open Alabama camp since 2008. Stephen sizes us the Offensive Line, Linebackers, Secondary, and of course, the much ballyhooed Quarterback battle.
Unlike most teams replacing a big name Quarterback, the Baylor Bears close out Spring drills settled at the position. Sean Cordy of Today's U joins MarkRogersTV to recap Baylor's Spring Game, Seth Russell's prospects at QB, a talented crop of Wide Receivers and a Secondary that needs health and production.
Tennessee appears to be the next breakthrough program in College Football. Two consecutive Top 5 recruiting classes and a bowl win for the first time since 2007 brings the Vols to Spring Practice with more work to do to contend in the SEC East. Mike Loveall of LastWordonSports.com joins MarkRogersTV to discuss injuries, depth, early enrollees and a quarterback situation with Joshua Dobbs as CEO, but one play away from a true freshman taking snaps.
BYU holds a unique place in the College Football landscape. One of just three major independents, the Cougars don't enjoy the security and status of Notre Dame nor the security that Army receives from public sympathy for losing. Mitch Harper of 1320-KFAN joins MarkRogersTV to discuss QB Taysom Hill's return to direct the 2015 Cougars, Jamal Williams' health status, Bronco Mendenhall's future, and the strategy of scheduling.
Finding an identity often precludes discovering a winning formula. John Cassillo of SB Nation's NunesMagician.com joins MarkRogersTV to talk Orange identity on offense and playmaking candidates on defense. John is looking for Syracuse's stable of running backs to be more effectively utilized and an entirely new defensive front to show some progress as the Spring Game looms on April 4th
The quarterback and the defense is in place in Atlanta. Joey Weaver of SB Nation's FromtheRumbleSeat.com joins MarkRogersTV to talk Yellow Jackets in the Spring with Paul Johnson needing to retool the offense around QB Justin Thomas while the defense returns nine starters from the Orange Bowl winning club
The Spring Game can only give us so much insight into any team's offseason progress. Cam Underwood of SB Nation's TheStateoftheU.com joins MarkRogersTV following Miami defense's 57-47 win over the offense in Fort Lauderdale. Cam gives us his measuring stick for spring success by looking at the Canes' health, leadership, player development and defensive progression.
Outstanding quarterback play is synonomous with Pac 12 Football. Preseason 2015 marks the departure of a host of effective signal callers including Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, Taylor Kelly, Sean Mannon, Connor Halliday and Cyler Myles. Jack Follman of SB Nation's PacificTakes.com joins MarkRogersTV to take us from camp to camp to review quarterback candidates.
Shane Ray, Markus Golden and Marcus Murphy takes sacks, takeaways and rushing production to the NFL. Who are the next impact players in black and gold? Jack Hummel of KOMU-TV joins MarkRogersTV to break down the Tigers and introduces the new and improved Maty Mauk