NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State confirmed today that Texas head coach Tom Herman, formerly an assistant with the Buckeyes under Urban Meyer, was the other assistant coach at a Florida strip club with Zach Smith.Some in the sports media have criticized Ohio State’s decision to confirm that the other coach was Herman, although earlier reports had already made this news public.“The fact that Ohio State released this shows the pettiness of this school trying to assassinate the character of Tom Herman, who has absolutely nothing to do with Urban Meyer,” ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said on First Take. “Frankly, I think Urban Meyer owes Tom Herman the national championship because if Herman was not on that staff and if he hadn’t dealt with Cardale Jones the way he did after the first two quarterbacks were injured, I’m not sure Urban Meyer would have that national championship at Ohio State.”Brett McMurphy appears to agree with Finebaum.The Stadium reporter said on a Texas podcast today that he thinks it was a “bush league” move.“I don’t think it’d be a major issue with the NCAA,” he said. “At worse, it would be a secondary violation.”Reporter @Brett_McMurphy tells “On Second Thought” podcast it was “bush league of Ohio State to confirm Tom Herman’s identity” as other coach w/ Zach Smith at strip club. “I don’t think it’d be a major issue with the NCAA,” he said. “At worse, it would be a secondary violation.”— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) August 29, 2018Texas has reportedly declined to publicly comment on the Herman news. Herman was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State for multiple seasons before taking the Houston job.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.ABC will broadcast the action between Alabama and Duke.🚨 #CFAKickoff ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨Gametime ⬇📅: Saturday, Aug. 31🏟: @MBStadium ⌚: 3:30 p.m. ET📺: @ABCNetwork🎟» https://t.co/upaqACuazo pic.twitter.com/XOqPyjihDn— #CFAPeachBowl (@CFAPeachBowl) May 30, 2019Alabama will most likely be heavy favorites heading into this matchup. It’ll be one of four non-conference games on its schedule for the 2019 season.Nick Saban and his team will be looking for revenge, following the disappointing loss to Clemson in the national championship.Alabama’s next two game times and channels have also been announced. Via TideSports.com:Sept. 7 vs. New Mexico State – 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)Sept. 14 at South Carolina – 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)Perhaps a statement victory over Duke in the season opener will send a message to the rest of college football.Do you think the Crimson Tide will roll past the Blue Devils? ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)After finishing last season on the worst note possible, the Alabama Crimson Tide will enter next season with more than enough motivation. With Tua Tagovailoa leading the team for his junior season, it’s wise to expect another strong year in Tuscaloosa.The Crimson Tide will begin their new season with a showdown against the Duke Blue Devils. It will take place at a neutral site.Duke ended its 8-5 season with a blowout victory over Temple in the Independence Bowl. However, the Blue Devils no longer have Daniel Jones under center to anchor the offense.While the actual game won’t take place until August 31, the official kickoff time was just released this afternoon.