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Who are college football's blue-blood programs?

It's a fun but complicated question: Who are college football's blue-blood programs? Our writers ranked all 128 and pinpointed the eight schools that the sport wouldn't be the same without.

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Who's on the hottest seats in the country?

Which coaches need wins in the worst way heading into the season? More than a couple of coaches in the SEC find themselves on the hot seat.

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4hHeather Dinich

The 11 commandments of the College Football Playoff

What have we learned from two years of the College Football Playoff? More than anything, strength of schedule and conference titles matter. And you need a star QB -- well, unless you're Alabama.

Tantalizing TCU has a chance to surprise

The Horned Frogs were overlooked by our Mark Schlabach once, but that's not a mistake he plans on making again. With home dates against both Oklahoma teams, he thinks TCU is primed to make those who underrated the squad eat their words. Most pressing questions (Insider)

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Baylor DB Travon Blanchard is expected to miss the Bears' Sept. 2 opener against Northwestern State after undergoing minor knee surgery today. Blanchard is one of the team's best players and leaders on defense. Expect senior Patrick Levels to fill in for Blanchard in the hybrid "Bear" safety/linebacker role.

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Longhorns nominated for Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit picks Texas as his Big 12 sleeper. He also selects OC Sterlin Gilbert as one of the top five impact coordinator hires. Malik Jefferson is named among the top "enforcers" on defense. 2016 Herbies

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How to define Charlie Weis

What words best describe the former Notre Dame and Kansas football coach? Through the ups and downs of his career, there are many options.

Longhorns still looking for answer at QB

You'd think it would be easy for Texas of all teams to recruit and develop good quarterback play, but recent history says otherwise. Charlie Strong's job might hinge on getting this QB decision right. Most pressing questions (Insider)

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Dark-horse Heisman hopefuls

Five potential Heisman sleepers are given 20-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, per Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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Heisman hopefuls with 12-1 odds

Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and LSU's Leonard Fournette are the top Heisman favorites, per Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Don't count out the next three hopefuls with 12-1 odds.

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Heisman favorites face Week 1 tests

Four of the early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy will be tested out of the gate against quality opponents on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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Handing out the 2016 Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit reveals the candidates and winners of his 2016 Herbie Awards and makes his playoff picks.

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Man vs. metric: Two views on each top 25 team's toughest game

What matters more: What you see on the field or what you see in the analytics? Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz discuss each top 25 team's toughest game of the year through those two lenses.

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McShay's top DB prospects for 2017

Todd McShay ranks the top 10 cornerbacks and safeties on his draft board heading into the 2016 college football season, including Oklahoma's Jordan Thomas.

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CFB royalty: Why blue bloods matter

Without them, a sport just isn't the same. Why college football blue bloods like Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and USC make the game what it is.

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Who will be Big 12's best?

Oklahoma gets nine votes from the 10 CFB writers we surveyed for season predictions. Will the Sooners repeat as conference champs? Or will TCU make good and fulfill the faith one of our voters had in the Horned Frogs? 2016 CFB predictions

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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."

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."

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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.

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Bruce Feldman: Oklahoma's dynamic attack

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman discusses Oklahoma's offense, the pressure on Tennessee, the state of UCLA and whether a conference could send two teams to the CFP this season.

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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.