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Barry Odom was as prepared as a rookie head coach could be when he took over the Missouri football team following the 2015 season

He had played linebacker at Missouri in the 1990s and worked his way up the ladder under Gary Pinkel, starting as an administrative graduate assistant and finishing as defensive coordinator

Odom and the Tigers hit a lot of potholes on their way to a 4-8 record last season.

There are higher hopes this year. Missouri opens the season Sept. 2 against Missouri State.

Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has a curfew and must abstain from alcohol as part of the modifications to his bond conditions while he awaits an aggravated rape trial.

The changes come after Johnson's DUI arrest last month. He must abstain from alcohol, drugs and non-prescription medication and needs to abide by a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Myles Garrett left a huge hole in the Texas A&M defense when he chose to skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

The Aggies know there isn't one player who will be able to fill the shoes of the top overall pick and they will rely on a group to get things done.

The Aggies open the season on Sept. 3 at UCLA.

Everything seemed right on schedule for Arkansas after 11 games last season, with the Razorbacks 7-4 and appearing on track to increase their win total for a fourth straight year under coach Bret Bielema.

Then came a pair of demoralizing losses to Missouri and Virginia Tech to finish a disappointing 7-6.

Arkansas opens the season against Florida A&M in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31.

The first of six College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Oct. 31, following the ninth full weekend of games.

The ranking will continue to be revealed each Tuesday night on ESPN for five weeks during the regular season.

The NCAA board of governors has adopted a policy that requires annual sexual violence education for all college athletes, coaches and athletics administrators.

The policy also requires campus leaders to declare that athletic departments are knowledgeable and compliant with school policies on sexual violence prevention, adjudication and resolution.

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