50 College Football License Plates We'd Like to See

Michael LaffertyCorrespondent IIAugust 14, 2012

50 College Football License Plates We'd Like to See

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    Fans love to show support in a variety of ways. And expression takes many forms, from unabashed endorsement to withering criticism. You can see T-shirts adorned with a variety of sayings and even license plates, since they're the point of this slideshow.

    Let's entitle this "a prison of my own design"—except the license plates I'm pounding out are virtual, and many rules were broken along the way.

    License plates are generally limited to seven (or less) letters, but this is fantasy stuff anyway, so bumping it up a letter or two can't hurt, can it?

    Sure, drop a few consonants here and there, and hope the message is conveyed, but summing up a thought in a few letters can get tough. Try it. Sum up LSU in seven letters or less, and try to make it clever, amusing or entertaining.

    Regardless, here are some license plates we would like to see around the country this fall. The order mirrors the preseason USA Today coaches' poll.


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    After dismissing the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu, from the program for unspecified violations, LSU coach Les Miles is showing that no one is above being disciplined.

    It takes a bit of integrity to kick a Heisman Trophy finalist and key member of the defense off the team. Hats off to Miles and co.


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    In 2011, the Tide lost to LSU in the regular SEC season. There was some public relations work to get another shot and the Crimson Tide made good on the rematch to win the national title.

    Never look a gift NCAA selection committee in the mouth.


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    Lane Kiffin said he wouldn't vote his team No. 1 in preseason poll—and then did.

    Guess things change, even in virtual voting booths.


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    In recent years, the Sooners have had a tendency of starting high in the polls, and then tumbling as the season moves on.

    While they face some challenges, coach Bob Stoops is hoping the trend ends this upcoming season.


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    The duck is a waterfowl, get it?

    Oh, and some of the uniform color combinations the Ducks have sported in recent years have been pretty F-O-U-L.


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    It seems that coach Mark Richt has been on the bubble for several years now, but he's hanging tough, and the Bulldogs are as well; they're ranked sixth in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll.

Florida State

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    FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher feels the experience of the senior class will pave the way for 2012 gridiron success.


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    Exactly how Michigan ended up with Virginia Tech in the 2011-12 Sugar Bowl? Does it matter now?

    Nope, it does not. The Wolverines have size along the line, and that could well be the key to success in the 2012-13 season.

South Carolina

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    Head coach Steve Spurrier made some suspect comments about underage drinking among football players. It might be quotable for reporters, but he probably should not have said it.


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    Bobby Petrino made a mistake, and John L. Smith was gifted with the reins to a Top 25 team.

    The question remains to be seen what the almost-Weber State coach will do with this new opportunity in a familiar role.

West Virginia

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    After going 9-4 for three straight seasons from 2008-2010, the Mountaineers posted a 10-3 mark in 2011 and head into the 2012 season with the No. 11 ranking.

    Geno Smith could be a quarterback to watch during the fall campaign.


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    While the Badgers know a thing or three about playing football, they might want to have a chat with the folks who design special uniforms.

Michigan State

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    The Spartans open with Boise State on Aug. 31. Favored to beat the Broncos, MSU may still have its work cut out for it—if the Spartans don't get too cocky about their opponent.


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    The Tigers are dreaming of repeating their 2011 ACC title and taking a shot at a national title.

    Of course, just about every college team dreams of winning a conference and hitting up a major bowl. Why should Clemson be any different?


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    Case McCoy and David Ash are in a tussle for the starting quarterback role on the Longhorns football team.

    Who will get the nod for the season opener against Wyoming remains to be seen.


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    The Huskers enter the 2012 season with a No. 16 preseason USA Today Coaches' poll ranking.

    The band Husker Du's first album was "Everything Falls Apart"—something the Cornhuskers hope to avoid in the 2012 campaign.


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    The Horned Frogs left the Mountain West and may find football life a bit tougher in the Big 12.

    One poll has TCU finishing at .500 for the season.


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    Without Andrew Luck, the Cardinal still have enough talent returning to give fellow Pac-12 opponents fits.

    Not all teams that lost a star quarterback fared as well in the preseason polls.

Oklahoma State

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    The Cowboys were on fire on the field in 2011, and at the start of 2012, wildfires spread through Oklahoma, including burning a high school practice field about 40 miles south of Stillwater.

Virginia Tech

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    The Hokies finished the 2011 season with a pair of losses, including getting edged by Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.

    Va Tech needs to dismiss that slow ending and put the machine in gear before taking on Georgia Tech in its season opener.

Kansas State

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    Collin Klein has the tools at quarterback. The O-line should be solid to give him time to engineer an attack.

    The Wildcats ended an eight-year drought by making the preseason top 25 in the USA Today coaches' poll. 

    Needless to say, expectations are running high.

Boise State

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    The Broncos open the season at No. 13 Michigan State before their farewell tour in the Mountain West.

    In 2013, BSU will be in the Big East for football only.


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    Brent Pease, a former offensive coordinator at Boise State, is ramping up Florida's offense in the hopes of improving on the Gators' 7-6 record from 2011.

Notre Dame

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    Junior signal-caller Tommy Rees is suspended for the Fighting Irish's season opener, but he still could be the guiding hand for the Notre Dame offense for the rest of 2012.


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    The NCAA is investigating the transcripts of Tigers freshman running back Jovon Robinson.

    Will that be a distraction heading into the season ranked No. 25 in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll?


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    Deontae Cooper has a blown ACL, marking yet another injury to a hampered career.

    That means the Huskies will have to lean on younger players in their "Running Back Family" entering the 2012 season.


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    With 17 starters back, Louisville could be poised to make a run at the Big East title to earn a trip to a major bowl at the end of the 2012 campaign.

Georgia Tech

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    Going 8-5 in a rebuilding year is not too shabby, but the Yellow Jackets defense needs to step it up if Georgia Tech wants to contend for the conference title.


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    You can win a conference, but lose a quarterback, and pollsters tend to shy away.

    The Bearcats didn't make the Top 25 in the preseason USA Today coaches' poll, but they did pick up some votes. That means someone out there in pollster land likes what the team brings to the field.

Texas A&M

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    Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel is making his case for the starting QB job on the field.

    This could be only the beginning of a "youth movement" for the Aggies as they gear up for their first season in the SEC.


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    The star quarterback is gone, along with the star receiver, center and running back.

    What does that leave Baylor?

    The short answer is, the Bears are far from hibernating. Baylor still has plenty of speed, and while the offense may not be as potent, it could still be a solid component.

    That has Baylor fans feeling a bit of football fever.


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    Quarterback Jordan Wynn and crew have their work cut out for them in 2012. A pending date against USC on Oct. 4 could be the determining factor whether the Utes will make it to the Pac-12 title tussle at the end of November.

Mississippi State

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    According to a report on ClarionLedger.com, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen may be looking to his freshman to plug holes in the Bulldogs lineup.

Southern Florida

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    Head coach Skip Holtz is happy with the depth of his 2012 squad.

    The Bulls, though, will have to get past their fourth-quarter woes if they hope to rattle off a few more wins in 2012.

N.C. State

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    Run, Mike, run—or scramble away from harm!

    When back-up quarterback Tyler Brosius left N.C. State to go play baseball, it left the Wolfpack a little short at the position.

    Mike Glennon will need to stay healthy to fuel the N.C. State offensive hopes. In 51 carries over 13 games in 2011, Glennon posted minus-2.2 yards per effort.

Louisiana Tech

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    The Bulldogs are tearing it up in fall camp, with running backs impressing the coaches.

    The running game could use a boost. In 2011, the team averaged only 146.2 yards per game on the ground.

    Make the running game a potent threat, and the passing attack becomes even more dangerous.

Brigham Young

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    BYU will have its work cut out for it with four tough road games in 2012. The Cougars' season may well hinge on those games at Utah, Boise State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

    Get ready for a wild ride.


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    One win away from making the ACC title game in 2011 leaves the Cavs and head coach Mike London with questions.

    Well, and the desire to leap that hurdle and prove it wasn't pure luck.


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    Talk about a favorable schedule!

    Houston gets eight games in its home city during the 2012 campaign, a little fact that should benefit the Cougars.

Southern Miss

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    With lead rusher Jamal Woodyard facing legal problems, Southern Miss will have to find another go-to running back.


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    Expectations are running high in New Jersey as Kyle Flood takes the reins of a Rutgers team that went 9-4 in 2011 and returns 16 starters.


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    Recruiting violations landed UCF in hot water with the NCAA. The result was a one-year bowl ban.

    The Knights went 5-7 in 2011, but hope to turn that around despite the postseason ban.


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    Injuries aside, Tennessee will face some serious challenges in the first five weeks of the 2012 season, taking on preseason top-25 picks Florida and Georgia.

    If the Vols can get past those teams, they might be bowl-bound in 2012.

    What needs to improve for coach Derek Dooley is the Vols run game, which was woefully lacking in 2011.


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    The Tigers went 8-5 in 2011, and lost some players to graduation and injury. One of the key injuries was to quarterback James Franklin, who hurt his shoulder in the spring.

    Franklin says the shoulder is fine, and it will have to be if the Tigers want to be competitive in the SEC. His absence from the Mizzou starting lineup certainly would be missed.

Florida International

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    Defense will be the key for a run at the Sun Belt title, according to FIU head coach Mario Cristobal.

    And in that regard, in terms of player personnel, the Golden Panthers are loaded.

Northern Illinois

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    While one team member has been indicted for a pregame hit on a Toledo band member, the Huskies are moving past that and counting on a strong receiving corps to shape their 2012 fortunes.

Texas Tech

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    Head coach Tommy Tuberville may be feeling the pressure to produce wins for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Going 5-7 in 2011, including losing seven of their last eight games, can have that effect on fans and alumni.


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    Charlie Weis is the new coach at Kansas and looks to rebuild the Jayhawks into a Big 12 contender.

    Opening the season with three home games may help the Jayhawks get off to a fast start.

Ohio State

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    Urban Meyer returns to college coaching and looks to breathe new life into the sagging Buckeyes.


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    The Wildcats suffered a setback in the defensive secondary when two potential freshman starters were ruled out for the season with injuries.

    Kentucky is jockeying for players to fill the void. In 2011, the Wildcats only allowed 193.8 yards per game through the air.