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The heat is on: Ten games with the highest stakes in 2016

Some will have playoff implications. Some feature a team that needs to finally shut up its rival. Others might save a coach's job. Here are the games that have a little extra meaning in 2016.

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Youth movement: Impact freshman on each Top 25 team

Florida State lost Jalen Ramsey to the NFL; in steps another elite defensive back in Levonta Taylor. Whether they are top recruits or fill needs, the Class of 2016's best will hit the field soon.

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Five best SEC head coaches of the past decade

No surprise here: Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, who have combined for six national championships in the past 10 seasons while in the SEC, top this list.

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Can rookie OC, QB save Charlie Strong at Texas?

If Texas is going to take the next step as a program and take Charlie Strong off the hot seat, it will come down to a new offensive coordinator and freshman quarterback.

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Roundtable: Most anticipated nonconference foe

Will Leonard Fournette be able to rack up yards against a big Big Ten defense? Can the Big 12 figure out how to slow down Christian McCaffrey? We're looking forward to watching them try.

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Big week moves LSU to No. 3 in class rankings

Ohio State remains No. 1 in the football class rankings. LSU, after a week that saw five commitments, moves to No. 3 while Mississippi State and Nebraska enter the rankings.

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Streaming could be the answer to Big 12's woes

As the Big 12 considers its options for the creation of a conference network, a streaming service, though risky, could be a trail-blazing solution.

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Ranking the SEC's Week 1 games in 2016

We will see two storied programs competing with playoff implications already on the table when Alabama and USC face off in Week 1.

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Sights and sounds: The Opening Oakland

Uncommitted QB Jack Sears took center stage in Northern California and nine earned invitations to The Opening Finals.

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Alabama post-spring breakdown

Suddenly things are up in the air for Alabama after the arrest of offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones.

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How Dantonio outranks Meyer, Harbaugh

The collection of coaching acumen in the Big Ten East is astounding. Mark Dantonio has a leg up on his competition in at least one area.

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Toughest stretch: Washington

The Huskies' hopes of being contenders in the Pac-12 North will be determined by games against Stanford and Oregon in consecutive weeks.

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Updating recruiting for No. 1 and available QBs

Nearly half, 131 of the ESPN 300 prospect have committed. With more than eight months to signing day many of these names will come off the board soon. Here's where they stand.

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Walk-on shocked with full scholarship

A surprise phone call to Duke's Danny Doyle set the surprise in motion.

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Pac-12 to enter esports this upcoming year

The Pac-12 announced network support for esports competitions in its end of the year roundup. The presidents and chancellors acknowledged "growing interest" among students and will begin hosting live studio competitions and tournaments. Story

10 games with the highest stakes in 2016

Some games this upcoming college football season have a little extra meaning. Maybe it's playoff implications. Maybe it's a team that needs to finally shut up its rival, or one that could save a coach's job. Big games

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Miami's Richt pledges $1M for practice facility

Miami coach Mark Richt has pledged $1M of his own money toward construction of a proposed indoor practice facility, a source confirmed to ESPN's Andrea Adelson. Richt told boosters during a meeting in Chicago last week that he had pledged his own money, the Palm Beach Post first reported.

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100 days to CFB! Alabama is the favorite for the title. For the Heisman, Deshaun Watson is the favorite for the award, with Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey tied for second. #CountdownToKickoff

First Kiss, first impressions

Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, brother of Packers star Aaron Rodgers, is the early front-runner on the new season of "The Bachelorette." Going for the rose

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Denver Nuggets workout tomorrow: Wade Baldwin, Ben Bentil, Ty Wallace, Derrick Jones, Anthony Gill and Ryan Stephan (Colorado-Mesa).

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It remains unclear whether Texas will support Big 12 expansion. But one Texas mega-booster apparently is. San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs told ESPN radio in San Antonio that he is in favor of the Big 12 expanding back to 12 teams, provided one of those teams is Houston. "I think we need to add two teams to the Big 12 and should have done it two years ago. The first one should be the University of Houston then it would be your choice of several others." The Big 12 presidents and athletic directors are scheduled to convene in Irving, Texas, next week to discuss, among other topics, expansion.

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Pittsburgh's James Conner announced he is cancer free. The RB was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma six months ago. (via @sportscenter)

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Maty Mauk, who went 17-5 as the starting QB for Missouri before being dismissed in January, has signed to play this season for Eastern Kentucky. 📷:GettyImages