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We're No. 2! Ranking college football's best runners-up

Alabama fans can rejoice -- sort of? -- in knowing that their Tide team was a historic national runner-up. How do other recent No. 2 teams compare with 2016 Alabama?

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Best college football players in 2017? Start with QBs

First of all, making a list of top players is just asking for trouble, but we like to live on the edge. So here is the first half of our top 50 players. Now, let the second-guessing begin.

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4dAdam Rittenberg

Coaches whose stock went up (and down) in bowl season

A coach's stock is only as good as his last game. Win your bowl game, and food tastes better, the sun shines brighter and your team is on the rise. Lose, and it's a long wait for redemption.

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3dAdam Rittenberg

Lamar Jackson is back, but is he the best?

Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016, but does that automatically mean he's the best player returning in 2017? With a top-25 list loaded with Heisman-worthy talent, it's a tough call.

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3dBonnie Ford

Sam Ehlinger faces life's next chapter

Ross Ehlinger never got to see his son play in a big-time football game, but quarterback Sam knows his father will be with him every step of the way as he begins play at the University of Texas.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Going overseas may actually allow Michigan, in 2018 and beyond -- when the ban on offseason trips for practice during a vacation period is imposed -- to continue its spring-break journeys. During the autonomy rules session Friday at the NCAA convention, administrators were clear that overseas trips like those taken by basketball, volleyball and soccer teams will still be allowed. While exceedingly more rare to take a football team overseas, it's hard to understand how that could be banned while within the rules for other sports.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal officially announced former UCLA QB coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo has been given the same role in Berkeley. Last year, Tuiasosopo left USC for UCLA for what he called an opportunity to advance his career, but his role at UCLA was set to diminish after the Bruins hired Jeff Fisch as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert confirmed that he has decommitted from Michigan. The No. 99 ranked prospect took a visit to Miami this weekend and decided to open up his recruitment on Sunday following the visit. Herbert is considering Miami and Florida with a little over a week until signing day.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe had been planning to take an official visit to Michigan on November 27, despite his commitment to Penn State. The Nittany Lions legacy took his official visit to Happy Valley this past weekend, though, and has now reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State after the trip. Thorpe confirmed that he will no longer be visiting Michigan and is done taking visits.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon assistant coach David Reaves was arrested last night and charged with Driving Under the Influence. He was placed on administrative leave and the university has begun the process to terminate his employment, it announced Sunday morning.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Former NFL coach Mike Martz came away impressed with East Carolina QB Philip Nelson this week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. "I think Philip is a starter in the league," Martz said.

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech announced running backs coach DeShaun Foster has accepted another job, reportedly at his alma mater UCLA, and that offensive line coach Lee Hays will not return to the program for the 2017 season. Foster was at Tech just one season. Hays had been with Kliff Kingsbury since 2013.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA continues offensive staff overhaul by hiring Hank Fraley as offensive line coach and former Bruins All-American DeShaun Foster as running backs coach. Foster comes to UCLA from Texas Tech, while Fraley spent the past 11 seasons in the NFL.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn gets his guy with Chip Lindsey as the new offensive coordinator at Auburn. "Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff," Malzahn said in a news release. "He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession."

Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

Arizona State OC Chip Lindsey will be Auburn's new offensive coordinator, source told ESPN. Lindsey previously worked with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn as an offensive analyst on the Tigers' 2013 team, that reached the BCS title game.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

New Texas strength coach Yancy McKnight was asked today about the controversy at Oregon and noted his staff is providing longer rest times during the early phase of their offseason conditioning program, since Texas players didn't play in a bowl game and thus have been off for 7 weeks.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Like they did with their Houston team, Texas' new coaching staff will sort players into 3 groups this offseason. The "gold" players are leaders who take care of their business. "Green" players are improving. And the ones who need help, the troublemakers who skip class and tutoring? Strength coach Yancy McKnight says they'll be the "crimson" group, clearly a nod to rival Oklahoma.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin's athletic board approves a contract renewal for Paul Chryst through January 2022. Chryst is 21-6 in his first two seasons.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, echoing the comments of other collegiate leaders on the importance of time-balance legislation passed today by the autonomy group:

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the schools that voted against the proposal to ban offseason trips for practice during a vacation period: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan AD Warde Manuel, after the vote to ban spring-break practice trips, asked if he feels coach Jim Harbaugh is a target of college legislators: "The rule didn't get proposed until after we took the football team down to Florida for spring break. So I think you can read into that as you will."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Addendum on the vote to prohibit spring-break football practice trips: Big Ten schools voted 11-3 in favor of the proposal to ban trips like the one Michigan took last year; student-athletes on the autonomy committee voted 11-4 against the ban.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The most interesting autonomy item, Proposal No. 2016-139, which bans off-campus practice during a vacation period outside the championship season, passes with approval from all five conferences and 58 of 80 votes. No more spring break trips to Florida for Jim Harbaugh, effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Proposal 2016-136-3 is the first to fail in the autonomy session. It would have allowed an exception for student-athletes to participate in "limited recruiting activities" during time away from athletic activities in the academic year.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

First time-balance proposal up for vote at the autonomy session was No. 2016-135, which prohibits athletically related activities (not including games) from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. It passes with unanimous approval. "That's a big deal," says Minnesota president Eric Kaler, chair of the D-I board of directors.