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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton reported some good news on second-team All-Pac-12 tackle Chad Wheeler, who has not practiced in two weeks due to plantar fasciitis. Wheeler did not report any pain after running on a modified treadmill, but it's still unclear if he'll be ready to play against Alabama. China Edoga would likely start at left tackle if Wheeler is unable to go.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

There's some interesting nuance to Stanford's QB situation. David Shaw named Ryan Burns the starter, but he also said that Keller Chryst will get playing time against Kansas State. This differs from the Cardinal's last QB transition in 2012. That year, Shaw tapped Josh Nunes as the exclusive guy at the start of the season. Eventual starter Kevin Hogan did not begin seeing playing time until later in the year.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

This week, two Pac-12 quarterbacks from the Class of 2013 have been named starters - Max Browne at USC and Ryan Burns at Stanford. That year, neither program offered Jared Goff, who the Los Angeles Rams selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. Goff was in contact with Stanford during the recruiting process, but the Cardinal stopped recruiting him once Burns committed.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke with Oregon fifth year senior WR Dwayne Stanford. I asked for his breakdown of the DBs and QBs through camp (with the depth chart coming out in the next few days. On the defensive backs: He said he has been impressed with Ugo Amadi, Arrion Springs and Malik Lovette. When asked which guy defends him best, he joked that they've all done an "equally bad job." On the quarterbacks: Stanford said Dalota Prukop has really taken ahold of the offense. He has been surprised with true freshman Justin Herbert. Said he thought he looked pretty good this summer but had no idea how well he'd play this fall.

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Burns named Stanford's starting QB for opener

Stanford coach David Shaw named Ryan Burns the starting QB for the team's season opener, choosing him over redshirt sophomore Keller Chryst.

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Burns will be Stanford's starting QB to begin the season. Here's video of Burns discussing his evolution from triple-option QB in high school to this current role.

Will Utes have hot start?

It's August. If you've forgotten about Utah, we won't hold it against you. The Utes won't let you keep them on the backburner for long, though. Especially if they can beat USC and BYU early in the season. Most pressing questions (Insider)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

David Shaw announces Ryan Burns as Stanford's starting quarterback.

Bruins bound for big things this season?

If Josh Rosen can continue making progress as a QB and UCLA's defense can stay healthy, the Bruins might be looking at a playoff run. Our Chris Low is very high on Rosen & Co. heading into 2016. Most pressing questions (Insider)

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Kirk Herbstreit's surprise bowl teams

Vanderbilt, Colorado, Kentucky, Rutgers and Wake Forest fans can hope for a bowl bid this winter according to Herbstreit. Watch the Herbies Preseason Special at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 2016 Herbies

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Will Washington win big?

That remains to be seen, but our Adam Rittenberg has the Huskies as just a bit overrated heading into this season. He sees preseason top 15 as just a bit of a stretch for a Chris Petersen bunch that is barely over .500 in Pac-12 play in the coach's two seasons. Most pressing questions (Insider)

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For best pure passer, the Herbie goes to ...

Kirk Herbstreit names Washington State's Luke Falk, Miami's Brad Kaaya, Southern Miss' Nick Mullens, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Cal's Davis Webb as nominees for the nation's best "pure passers." 2016 Herbies

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Delsohn: Hollywood Has Played A Role For USC

Author Steve Delsohn talks to Ivan Maisel, Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low about his new book on USC, how the past impacts the future of the Trojan program and more.

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pullman Police Dept. confirmed that Washington State safety Shalom Luani was arrested early Wednesday morning and booked on second-degree felony assault chargers for allegedly breaking the nose of a 20-year-old man during an altercation at a Dominos Pizza. Luani was all-conference honorable mention in 2015 and finished third on the team with 90 tackles. The arrest comes on the heels of an investigation involving multiple WSU football players for another alleged assault at a house party. Cmdr. Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Dept. said he hopes that investigation will be wrapped up this week.

ESPN Stats & Info

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 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.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington is going through its second full scrimmage this morning. Since the Huskies open with Rutgers at 11 am PT on 9/3, coaches decided to mirror this scrimmage off that game. The team stayed in a hotel last night, had a team dinner and went through a 6:30 am wake up today in preparation. Coaches are hoping this mock game situation helps to adjust any kind of "body clock" issues (to borrow Stanford's term) the team could have next Saturday.

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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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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.