Originally Published: August 18, 2014

Be wary, Florida State, recent history is not on the side of preseason No. 1


Trouble at Notre Dame, Stanford's scrimmage and Texas A&M's new QB

By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

1. Some people, including me on ESPN Radio on Sunday afternoon, have been under the mistaken impression that the academic misconduct investigation of four Notre Dame football players involved work performed by academic advisors. In fact, the academic advisors uncovered the alleged misconduct. I trust Notre Dame will protect its academic reputation, no matter the consequences. With four important players in limbo, the consequences to the football team are going to be huge.

2. Seven starters return from a defense that carried Stanford to its second consecutive Pac-12 championship the past season. But with coordinator Derek Mason now the head coach at Vanderbilt and emotional leader Shayne Skov and tackle Trent Murphy in the NFL, questions remained. Now that the defense forced six turnovers in a scrimmage Saturday, the questions have shifted to the offense. Head coach David Shaw said he feels good about the offensive line, which opened few holes. All-American wide receiver Ty Montgomery didn't play, so there's that.

3. It would have been an upset if sophomore Kenny Hill didn't win the Texas A&M quarterback job over freshman Kyle Allen. There's experience, there's his ability as a passer and runner, and there's the leadership learned from leading a premier high school program such as Southlake Carroll, the alma mater of Chase Daniel and Greg McElroy, to a 5A state championship. The Aggies will have issues this season, with so much inexperience, but Hill won't be one of them.

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