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.
For our blue bloods project, we asked writers to assess which college football programs mean the most to the DNA of the sport. Here's the single toughest decision for each voter.
Whether the Cougars join the Big 12 remains to be seen, but recruiter in the league are clear: they don't want Houston in the Big 12.
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.
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.
The Cowboys can enter the season feeling good if they play well against one of the NFL's top teams in a tough venue on Tursday night.
Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher and Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning Wednesday night for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Yu Darvish joined a cool group tonight: Jake Arrieta, Adam Wainwright, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Cain. ... The 5 pitchers to HR vs Reds this year!
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Already ruled out of Thursday's game against Seattle because of a concussion Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant did not make the trip with the team to the West Coast. Instead Bryant will be able to rest and recover at home. On Tuesday coach Jason Garrett said Bryant was doing much better a day after suffering a concussion in Monday's practice. The Cowboys' next practice is scheduled for Saturday.
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)
The Wildcats received letters of condolences from Longhorns players and coaches, a gesture that was well-received by a team still in mourning.
Lineup: Rangers (73-53) at Reds (54-71)
- 1. Ian Desmond, CF (R)
- 2. Carlos Beltran, RF (S)
- 3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (R)
- 4. Rougned Odor, 2B (L)
- 5. Jonathan Lucroy, C (R)
- 6. Mitch Moreland, 1B (L)
- 7. Nomar Mazara, LF (L)
- 8. Elvis Andrus, SS (R)
- 9. Yu Darvish, RHP Daily lineups
Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer
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.
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
Is Lucroy MLB's top defensive catcher?
Jonathan Lucroy doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but he's above average when it comes to pitch-framing and game-calling. Does Keith Law rank him No. 1 with the glove? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)
Despite being released by Texas on Tuesday, we know this much about Josh Hamilton: If he ever plays in the majors again, it will be for the Rangers.
Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer
Official visit schedule for five-star PG Trae Young: Oklahoma: Sept. 16 Texas Tech: Sept. 29 Kentucky: Oct. 14 Kansas: Oct. 21 Washington & OK State: TBD Young is No. 15 in the ESPN 100 and the No. 2 point guard.
After seeing that the Cowboys printed a slogan trademarked by the Patriots on their training camp locker room wall, Rob Gronkowski had something to say.
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)
Hamilton's future in Texas is a mystery
Even if the Rangers re-sign him, Josh Hamilton will be 36 years old and coming off missing an entire season and most of another. That's a lottery ticket at best, David Schoenfield writes. Five things we learned Tuesday
Chaz Green did not play as a rookie because of hip surgery. This season, his role as a swing tackle takes on even more importance.
Could bottom fall from Mavericks?
Dallas hasn't had a losing season since 1999-2000, the year that Mark Cuban bought the team midseason. Kevin Pelton, using ESPN's real plus-minus, isn't sure that Rick Carlisle can keep that streak going this season. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)
It's just over a week until Kickoff Week, but several Big 12 teams still have unsettled quarterback situations. This is where they stand right now.
The Dallas Cowboys know just how difficult Alfred Morris is to tackle from his time with the Washington Redskins.