May 29, 2024

 

Tennessee made a late push for Kent State commit Maraad Watson with an offer last week, and a visit from coach Josh Heupel is a big reason the Irvington (N.J.) High defensive lineman altered his official visit schedule.

Watson was supposed to visit Nebraska this weekend, but now will be in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Visiting Tennessee,” he said when asked of his weekend plans.

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Conference realignment takes effect ahead of the 2024 college football season, and in the SEC, the additions of Texas and Oklahoma expand the league to 16 members and strengthen its claim as the nation’s premier conference. The first football schedule of the SEC’s new era is here, with the league unveiling dates for every matchup in its Wednesday evening release.

Attention turns to the Longhorns and Sooners in particular as they gear up for their first season against new competition. As College Football Playoff contenders, many of their games are among the most high-stakes and highly-anticipated contests on the league slate. The rekindling of old rivalries and beginning of new series against elite programs makes for a thrilling welcome to the SEC.

In addition to the games featuring new members, existing frontrunners go head-to-head in similarly monumental showdowns such as Georgia-Alabama, LSU-Alabama and others. These games will play integral roles in determining the league champion and CFP contenders but are known commodities in comparison to the new, exciting matchups.

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