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16hHeather Dinich

Why the College Football Playoff is the best thing to happen to Week 1

Strength of schedule matters more than ever in the playoff era. So when you settle in on Sept. 3 to watch Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston, Auburn-Clemson and more, you can thank the CFP.

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18hBrandon Chatmon

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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17hEdward Aschoff

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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2dAlex Scarborough

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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2dErik McKinney

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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4dDavid Lombardi

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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4dErik McKinney

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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College football roundtable: Coaches who need a fast start

Coaching a UT comes with a little more pressure this year. Tennessee's Butch Jones and Texas's Charlie Strong are among the coaches that need to avoid a cold start if they want to stay off the hot seat.

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Who'll win CFB's top 10 QB battles?

The DeShone Kizer-Malik Zaire duel at Notre Dame tops the list of top QB battles, but defending champ Alabama, USC and Michigan aren't far behind.

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6dAlex Scarborough

SEC coaching staffs finally seem set

The coaching carousel looks to have finally stopped in the SEC. So now is a good time to look back at all the new hires since the end of last season.

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2dTravis Haney

Would Jimbo Fisher ever bolt Florida State?

The Seminoles might be lower on this list of ACC coaching stability than you'd expect, especially if the LSU job comes open at some point.

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6dAustin Ward

Toughest stretch: Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State's toughest four-game stetch -- note four-game stretch -- doesn't include Michigan State or Michigan.

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6dAdam Rittenberg

Big Ten officials downplay SEC rivalry

The Big Ten-SEC rivalry is real, but many Big Ten officials don't view the two leagues as diametrically opposed, even if it's how they're portrayed.


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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

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Arkansas RB Denzell Evans (217 lbs, PS#106) had 2 td's in the spring game but has graduate transferred to SMU and has 2 years eligibility.

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Arizona St adds Texas CB Bryson Echols and late JUCO signee OL Alex Losoya and late true frosh signee WR Frank Darby.

Ohio State not viewed highly by Vegas

Some Vegas sportsbooks released early win totals for the 2016 college football season, and one has the Buckeyes as a potential four-loss team. Team totals

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Is Christian McCaffrey a victim of his skin color?

Stephen A. Smith came to McCaffrey's defense after he admitted to feeling overlooked as a skill player because he is white: "He's actually being victimized by an overwhelmingly white press."


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The ACC's two best playoff contenders will meet Oct. 29 when Dabo Swinney and the Tigers travel to Tallahassee to take on Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles. 📷:AP Photo/Richard Shiro