1. Big Ten's Biggest Trap Games to Watch for in 2014

    It's a trap! Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, will be almost seven years to the day since Appalachian State stunned No. 5 Michigan in the Big House, 34-32. The Mountaineers will get another swipe at the Wolverines to open this season...

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  2. Texas' Tough Schedule Means Charlie Strong's First Year Is About More Than Wins

    What can Texas fans realistically expect from Charlie Strong 's first year? It actually has little to do with wins and losses...

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  3. Should Florida Really Be Considered a Sleeper in 2014?

    Despite just one losing season in Gainesville —last year's 4-8 disaster—Florida coach Will Muschamp could be fighting for his job in 2014...

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  4. Biggest Threat to the Power 5 Conferences' Quest for Autonomy

    For as much criticism as the NCAA receives—and it deserves much of it—it's also easily forgotten that it's an entity that serves its members' interests...

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  5. Who Will Be the Big Ten Football's Leading Passer in 2014?

    Sure, go ahead and get your jokes in about quarterbacks and passing in the Big Ten. Someone has to lead the conference in that category. Last year, the Big Ten had just one 3,000-yard passer: Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase ...

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  6. Behind the Scenes of College Football Hall of Fame Process

    At the National Football Foundation office in Irving, Texas, Steve Hatchell places a book on a conference room table. The book is sizable at an inch or so in thickness. It's really more of an encyclopedia...

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  7. How Concerned Should Oregon Be About QB Departures Behind Marcus Mariota?

    Ideally, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will stay healthy the whole season. He may even win the Heisman and lead the Ducks to a national championship. Of course, things rarely go exactly as they should...

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  8. Which Big Ten School Needs Ex-USC RB Ty Isaac the Most?

    Where former USC running back Ty Isaac lands has yet to be determined, but he certainly has options. The former 4-star recruit left the Trojans after one season to move closer to his hometown of Joliet, Illinois, because of a family issue...

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  9. 10 College Football Players Who Will Benefit Most from Offseason Workouts

    Now that coaches can make summer workouts mandatory —as if they weren't mandatory before—they can more closely monitor players. It's up to the coaches if they want to utilize that time, but let's be honest: They do...

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  10. Brian Kelly's Wish to Continue Series vs. Michigan, Michigan State Has Obstacles

    You don't have to be a traditionalist to realize conference realignment has altered college football in a way that nothing else has...

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  11. Should Big 12 Football Add a Conference Championship Game?

    The Big 12 stands alone, but it's not abundantly clear yet if this is a good thing or not. The Big 12 is the only one of the major conferences in college football that doesn 't have a championship game at season's end...

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  12. ACC, Big Ten Show Power Conferences Want Non-Power Schools out of Playoff

    The College Football Playoff was never explicitly designed for this purpose, but expanding the championship field from two teams to four had programs like Boise State and BYU salivating...

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  13. If Max Wittek Doesn't Land at Texas, Who Starts at QB for Longhorns?

    Texas' quarterback situation is anything but a sure thing. Perhaps it's appropriate, then, that one of the surest things of the offseason has become suddenly unsure...

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  14. 5 FSU Players Who Will Make or Break Jameis Winston's 2nd Heisman Quest

    Winning the Heisman Trophy two years in a row is, to put it lightly, not one of the easier things to do in football. Which, should be noted, is a pretty hard sport to begin with...

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  15. Oklahoma State Football's APR Penalty Is Significant but Shouldn't Doom Cowboys

    Just when the offseason news cycle was slipping into a peaceful slumber, the NCAA hit Oklahoma State with a wake-up bucket of ice-cold water...

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  16. Jimbo Fisher's 5-Year Eligibility Proposal Could Have Several Positive Effects

    If Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had his way, football players would have five years of standard eligibility instead of four with the option to redshirt...

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  17. Why the Big 12 Could Soon Be Replaced as College Football's Offensive Juggernaut

    The Big 12 wasn't recognizable last year. Forget for a moment that there were no elite teams—Baylor and Oklahoma came closest to that label—or that, with only six bowl-eligible teams, overall depth was lacking...

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  18. With Notre Dame Partnership, ACC Football Smart to Use SEC League Game Model

    If the ACC 's proposed scheduling model sounds a lot like the SEC's proposed scheduling model , it's because it is. Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports ...

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  19. Is New Texas QB Commit Zach Gentry Charlie Strong's Next Teddy Bridgewater?

    Nothing shifts the focus from being shut out of the NFL draft quite like landing a blue-chip recruit. On Monday, Texas received a verbal commitment from Zach Gentry , a 4-star quarterback from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico..

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  20. Why ACC Football Is an Underappreciated NFL Factory

    For the 100th* year in a row, the SEC was the king of the NFL draft. (*OK, slight exaggeration.) The SEC had 49 players selected in this past weekend's draft, 11 of which went in the first round...

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  21. Does Texas Football Have the Talent to Rebound at the 2015 NFL Draft?

    The 2014 NFL draft wasn't good to the Big 12, which finished with the lowest number of drafted players ( 17) of any of the so-called "Power 5" conferences. For what it's worth, having only 10 teams may have something to do with that as well...

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  22. Paying CFB Players Should Reduce Number of Underclassmen Declaring for NFL Draft

    This year's magic number was 36. That's the number of underclassmen who weren't selected in this year's NFL draft. In all, 98 declared this past January, meaning roughly 37 percent went undrafted...

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  23. Texas Football Hitting Rock Bottom with No Longhorns Chosen in 2014 NFL Draft?

    Texas hasn't been a championship-caliber program for the last four years, but at least NFL talent has come through Austin. Not in 2014...

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  24. 5 Best 1-on-1 Matchups to Look Forward to in 2014 College Football Season

    The grueling stretch of the offseason is officially here, which means all anyone can do is pine for Aug. 27, when the 2014 season gets underway...

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  25. Top College Football Position Battles Remaining Post 2014 Spring Practice

    Spring games are officially over, which means the real offseason has officially begun. Yep, it's going to be three long months before preseason camp gets underway. All that's left for anyone to chew on are preseason watch lists...

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