ESPN College Gameday

September 3, 2011 by USA Post 

ESPN College GamedayESPN College Gameday, Not from the Minnesota Golden Gophers opened the season unranked 1961 has required a deep search for the classification of The Associated Press’ preseason to find the defending champion.

Auburn Tigers, fresh off a 14-0 season and national title in school second, are ranked 23rd after losing Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton, Lombardi Award winner defensive tackle Nick Fairley and the largest senior class in program history.

When the Tigers take the field today against Utah State, which will have three starters on offense and four on defense who started against Oregon in the national game of last season in the championship.

Barrett Trotter Junior won the starting quarterback position and tries to become the fourth consecutive Auburn to win their first game.

In the season opening 52-26 win last year against the State of Arkansas, Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns.

That’s an opening act for coach Gene Chizik Trotter does not want to feel the pressure to duplicate.

“We talked briefly,” Chizik said, “and my words were simply this:” You’re Barrett Trotter Do not try to be someone else need not try to be Cam Newton, not have to try to be [former Tigers] Chris Todd or Jason Campbell. It has to be Barrett Trotter. ”

15Teams in the Top 25 The Associated Press to open the season this week with a home game against any team that had a losing record in 2010 and is a member of the FCS.

Virginia Tech hosts No. 13 Appalachian State, the second ranked team in FCS. Appalachian State, of course, became the first FCS team to defeat an FBS team ranked when disturbed No. 5 Michigan 34-32 to start the 2007 season.

Mountaineers are 0-3 against FBS teams since then, and only one game – against East Carolina in 2009 – was close. But because the Michigan game is not being considered as a preparatory match victory column or foulard.

“When I see the movie, these guys are like everyone else,” said Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller. “The fact that they [a FCS] team means nothing. You can play ball.”

Fickell Lucas makes his Ohio State head-coaching debut today against Akron. In the last 20 coaches Buckeyes are 19-0-1 in their debuts. The latest coach to lose his first match was Jack Ryder in 1892.

Northwest-Boston College match features two of the four FBS schools that have not been convicted of a violation of the rules of any major sport since the NCAA began tracking rules violations in 1953. Penn State and Stanford are the other two.

Louisiana Tech quarterback Nick Isham is a little over a month of turning 18.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, whose team host East Carolina is 21-1 in season openers.

Second-ranked Alabama hosts Kent State today. Kent State is the alma mater of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

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