• Virginia Tech is a sizable underdog against the defending BCS champion Alabama Crimson Tide, and on Monday the outlook turned bleaker. The Washington Post reports cornerback Antone Exum is out for Week 1. Exum was outstanding in 2012, leading the Hokies with five interceptions, two forced fumbles and 21 passes defended.
He suffered a torn ACL in the winter. Exum initially expressed his desire to return for the season opener, but a meeting with Dr. James Andrews quashed those hopes. Virginia Tech could be without its star defensive back until October.
• New Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen introduced a Big Brothers as a way of both instilling leadership qualities in the team’s upperclassmen, and challenging the newcomers.
As part of #Badgers Big Brother program, new players will start camp w/out the 'W' and red stripes. Vets determine who gets the W & when.
— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) August 5, 2013
• Potential BCS buster Fresno State opened fall camp over the weekend, but went into Monday’s workout without star quarterback Derek Carr. That’s because Carr was welcoming his new baby boy into the world. The Fresno Bee reports Carr’s wife, Heather, gave birth to 7-pound, 10.9-ounce Dallas Carr on Monday.
Bulldogs head coach Tim DeRuyter shared his congratulations on Twitter, and is gearing up for the next chapter in the Carr Legacy:
The newest Bulldog & future 'Dog QB, Dallas Mason Carr has arrived! Get your season tix now for 2031 season! Congrats Derek & Heather!
— Tim DeRuyter (@TimDeRuyter) August 5, 2013
• David Cutcliffe led Duke to a surprising bowl appearance in 2012, and the Blue Devils enter 2013 with higher expectations. To return to the postseason, Duke must deal with its lack of depth. That’s one of five things Ball Durham says are most newsworthy as the Blue Devils enter fall camp.
• Duke’s Belk Bowl opponents, the Cincinnati Bearcats, opened camp on Monday. There are new faces abound at UC, and not just on the sideline with head coach Tommy Tuberville’s staff. Linebacker transfer Eric Wilson brings depth to a position that is already a decided strength for the Bearcats, per Cincy On The Prowl.
• Maryland opened a make-or-break season for head coach Randy Edsall on Monday with its media day. Terrapin Station has a ton of coverage, including an overview of storylines to follow in the coming weeks leading to UM’s season opener.
• The Utah Utes began the process of rebounding from a 5-7 finish in 2012. Utah was left out of the postseason for the first time since 2002, and Kyle Whittingham suffered his first losing season as head coach.
Offensive anemia plagued the Utes all last season, and to that end Whittingham put pressure on his offense from the outset of fall camp, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.