Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov is one of the elite athletes who has embraced his identity as a "nerd."
Pat Fitzgerald is adored at Northwestern, where he led the Wildcats to their first bowl win since 1949.
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Amid excitement for the season, James Franklin and Vanderbilt are dealing with a player rape scandal.
If that happens, "Nerd Nation" may become as much a part of the sport's vernacular as "Roll Tide."
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