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U.S. Army All-American alumni in 2018 College Football Playoff

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Some of the country’s best high school prospects came through the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and have now found their way into the 2018 College Football Playoff. Take a look at the list of alumni that have the chance to play for a national championship this year from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma.

Check out the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl from the Alamodome in San Antonio on NBC and the NBC Sports app on January 6th at 1:00 P.M. ET. 

Clemson

Hunter Johnson

Justin Foster

Jordan Williams

Trayvon Mullen

Mark Fields

Dorian O’ Daniel

Deon Cain

Tavion Feaster

Richard Yeargin III

John Simpson

Mitch Hyatt

Dexter Lawrence

Xavier Kelly

Chad Smith

Albert Huggins

Mitch Hyatt

 

Alabama

Devonta Smith

Henry Ruggs III

Tua Tagovaiola

Najee Harris

Thomas Fletcher

Joseph Bulovas

Dallas Warmack

Shaun Hamilton

Mekhi Brown

Kendall Randolph

Joshua Frazier

Raekwon Davis

 

Georgia

Jake Fromm

D’Andre Swift

Richard LeCounte III

D’ Andre Swift

Jeremiah Hollowman

Jacob Eason

Nick Chubb

Sony Michel

Nate McBride

Mecole Hardman

Julian Rochester

Tray Bishop

Malkom Parrish

D’Andre Walker

Isaac Nauta

Jaleel Laguins

Dyshon Sims

Netori Johnson

Ben Cleveland

Isaiah Wynn

Andrew Thomas

Marshall Long

Rodrigo Blankenship

 

Oklahoma

Levi Draper

Creed Humphry

Mark Andrews

Robert Barnes

Ricky DeBerry

Neville Gallimore

Addison Gumbs

Chanse Sylvie

Isaiah Thomas

Caleb Kelly

Notre Dame among heavy favorites in Week 2 college football odds

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The upside of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish losing a thriller in their opener against Texas is that they are returning home this week, where they have been covering spreads consistently. Notre Dame is listed as a 28-point favorite against the Nevada Wolf Pack with a total of 60.5 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Notre Dame is 6-0 straight-up and 5-1 against the spread in its last six games at home, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. The Irish are 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 September home games. The total went over in nine of those 10 games. Notre Dame is just 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 outings as a favorite of at least 21 points. Nevada is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road.

The Tennessee Volunteers are 11-point favorites, with a 54.5 total, against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to website PredictionMachine.com the Volunteers win this matchup SU 89.2% of the time at an average score of 35.8-20.8. The total has gone under for bettors in five of Tennessee’s last seven games after a win.

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are 29-point home favorites against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, with a 61.5-point total. Alabama is 13-0 SU over its last 13 games but only 2-5 ATS during its last seven home games. Western Kentucky is 5-0 ATS in its last five games after a win. The total has gone over in WKU’s last four road games.

The SEC has two conference matchups in Week 2. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 6.5-point favorites against the South Carolina Gamecocks, with a total of 45. The Gamecocks are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. MSU. Mississippi State is 5-0 SU in its last five games after a loss. The total has gone under in four of South Carolina’s last five games.

The Florida Gators are 16-point favorites against the Kentucky Wildcats with a total of 47.5. Florida is 7-2 SU and ATS in its last nine conference games, and is 13-6-1 ATS vs. Kentucky since 1995. The total has gone under in six of Florida’s last eight games.

The Pittsburgh Panthers are six-point favorites against the Penn State Nittany Lions, with a 48.5-point total. Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last nine games in Week 2. Penn State is also in an 0-9 ATS slump over their last nine road games. The total has gone under in three of Pittsburgh’s last four games against the Big Ten.

The Louisville Cardinals are 14.5-point road favorites against the Syracuse Orange, with a 69.0 total. Louisville is 16-4 SU and 13-7 ATS in their last 20 September games, but that sample includes a 1-4 ATS trend in Week 2 games. Syracuse is 5-0 ATS in their last five home games. The total has gone over in five of Louisville’s last six games.

Reggie Ragland is the (smiling) face of Alabama’s defense

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Reggie Ragland stands out on Alabama’s defense when the spotlight’s on.

He’s usually the one smiling. The All-America linebacker is the guy cracking jokes and reciting lines from his favorite movies at practice, the happy-go-lucky star on a team that often seems to mirror coach Nick Saban’s sternly stoic, all-business demeanor.

Ragland is the (smiling) face of the Crimson Tide’s defense going into Monday night’s national championship game against Clemson.

“I’m enjoying this moment and opportunity that I get,” he said. “Not a lot of people get this experience. So why not have fun with it?”

Most teammates and coaches looked all business when they stepped into a packed room for campus media day last week. Not Ragland, who burst through the door with a wide grin and a “How y’all doing?”

He’s not just the class cutup who can get away with calling coach Nick Saban “Nicholas,” but also one of the best players on the nation’s top-rated defense.

Ragland returned for his senior season instead of turning pro for the chance to graduate, fulfilling a promise to his mother when he got his consumer affairs degree in December. He moved into the play calling role for Alabama’s defense and became a unanimous All-American.

Ragland’s 97 tackles are 33 more than the Tide’s No. 2 tackler, fellow linebacker Reuben Foster. He was a Butkus Award finalist.

No wonder Ragland is smiling.

“It’s been great,” he said. “I’ve got something I can fall back on in my future, and hopefully I helped my stock. I really came back to get my degree and play with these guys. You don’t get too many moments like this.”

Ragland is the latest in a chain of `Bama linebacking stars, filling a role once occupied by current NFL players like C.J. Mosley and Rolando McClain.

“He’s as valuable as anybody to this defense,” Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “Alabama defenses, the great ones, have always had a great middle linebacker, a great leader out there setting the tone. I think he does that.”

Ragland just does it with a sense of flair and personality. He was one of the first players to reach out and support freshman safety Ronnie Harrison when he arrived on campus, helping him push through offseason workouts.

“He’s like the Ray Lewis of our defense,” Harrison said. “He keeps everybody in line. He makes all the checks, all the calls. He makes sure everybody’s on the same page. He really keeps us in line.

“He always keeps us loose. He always recites old movie lines and stuff at practice. He keeps us loose and keeps us going.”

Ragland’s favorite flicks include “Soul Men” and “Friday,” where some of those lines come from.

He said he was never bashful about joking around with the intimidating Saban, even as an underclassman.

If they pass each other in the hall, Saban might say, “Hello, Reginald.” That draws the obvious response: “Hello Nicholas.”

If players like A’Shawn Robinson and Derrick Henry – and Saban, too – often take on unsmiling demeanors in public forums, Ragland favors a different style.

“That’s how they are when the camera comes on,” he said. “That’s just their personality. Me, I’m different. I like to smile and cut up with everybody.”