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Tide rolled, Watson wins Heisman: How 2016 will play out

Want to avoid all of the suspense, drama and Hail Mary craziness that the 2016 college football season will provide? Of course not ... but here are our predictions anyway.

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2dTodd McShay

McShay's top DL prospects for 2017

Todd McShay ranks the top 10 defensive ends and defensive tackles on his draft board headed into the 2016 college football season, including Alabama's Jonathan Allen.

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1dBryan Beasley

10 days left: 10 Heisman hopefuls

Three of the top four in last season's Heisman voting return for the 2016 season. A look at 10 notable Heisman contenders for this season.

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5dTravis Haney

Top breakout players in 2016: Nos. 10-1

We're down to the top 10, the players called upon to replace top draft picks, fulfill insane recruiting hype and possibly became Heisman candidates.


Nebraska unveils new uniforms

The Cornhuskers players were pumped up when they saw their new gear for this coming season.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

With USC looking toward Alabama, coach Clay Helton gave a few takeaways from his film study. Spoiler: he's impressed.


David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU scrimmaged at Tiger Stadium on Tuesday evening, looking ahead toward its Sept. 3 opener against Wisconsin. Tigers coach Les Miles said QB Brandon Harris went 10-for-15 for 133 yards and two TDs. The Tigers ran for 288 yards in the scrimmage and passed for 220. Miles said safety Jamal Adams intercepted a pass and dropped another INT and that cornerback Donte Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown. Star running back Leonard Fournette did not participate in the scrimmage after injuring his ankle last week. However, Miles said Fournette has resumed running and predicted that "the next time we take the field, my guess is he'll be practicing."

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't expect a QB announcement from Mark Helfrich before the Ducks' final fall scrimmage on Thursday. He said following the scrimmage he'll sit down with all the coaches as they develop their depth chart for the UC-Davis game week. All signs point to grad transfer Dakota Prukop being named the starter, but will be interesting to see where Justin Herbert falls in the pecking order. Several have been very impressed with the 6-foot-6 true freshman.

U-M football loses 3 recruits in two days

ESPN Big Ten recruiting reporter Tom VanHaaren discusses Aubrey Solomon's decision to decommit from Michigan and whether an erroneous thank you note from the school was to blame.


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas LB Malik Jefferson, the Big 12 preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was asked to describe where his game is at entering his sophomore year. The word he chose: wiser. He feels all caught up to the speed and pressures of the college game now. Will he get to pass rush more this year? "We'll see," Jefferson said. "You know we like to blitz."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA held Day 2 of its Texas A&M prep on Tuesday, but while coach Jim Mora wasn't ready to talking A&M specifics, he made it clear the excitement is growing in anticipation of the Sept. 3 opener. "Going to SEC country in front of 100,000-plus people on a hot Saturday afternoon and show that we're capable of competing and playing in that environment and thriving," he said.


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would only share his decision on the Tyrone Swoopes-Shane Buechele quarterback battle with his Texas players. So did he? "No he hasn't," LB Malik Jefferson said. "I saw (Strong said) that. I have no idea as well."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Suiteholders at Ohio State this season can get this "Script O" pretzel. The dotted "I" is a stuffed buckeye!

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas' Jerrod Heard moved from QB to WR in practice this month. He's been studying receivers in college and in the pros and says he's going to be an all-purpose "athlete" this season.


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas QB-turned-WR Jerrod Heard offered no hints on the still undecided quarterback battle: "I do not personally know the starter, before y'all even ask me.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin offensive lineman Dan Voltz has been forced to retire due to injuries, Badgers coach Paul Chryst announced Tuesday. Voltz was coming back from a torn ACL and was expected to start at left guard. He had 27 starts in his career and was considered one of the top linemen in the Big Ten. It's a huge blow to Wisconsin's young line less than two weeks before the opener against LSU. The Badgers' projected line starters now have a combined 34 starts.

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah announced that it has partially reinstated wide receiver Cory Butler-Byrd, effective immediately. He will be able to participate in practices and team activities, but can't compete in games. He pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief after authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building last month.