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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.

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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.

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Stanford Steve's college football over/unders (2:24)
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McCaffrey desires national title over Heisman (3:09)
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Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back Royce Freeman was letting the fall camp beard go through most of August. He said that he really hadn't had any time to take care of it, and even if he did, there was no reason since he only saw his teammates. He told me last week that he would shave once he couldn't "look at [himself] in the mirror anymore." Looks like that day finally came.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon DC Brady Hoke wasn't thrilled with how the defense performed in its final scrimmage today. When asked if he wishes the group was further along, he said that's you always want. But the fact that he really wasn't happy with this scrimmage a week out from their season opener isn't a good sign for the Ducks.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher also sent this letter to the Big 12 claiming ECU "would deliver the entire state of North Carolina" if invited.

11 Commandments of the College Football Playoff

According to the first two years of CFP data, here is what your team needs to do in order to be one of the four teams that make it there. Championship-bound

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN has obtained a copy of this letter that East Carolina chancellor Cecil Staton sent Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby expressing the school's "formal expression of interest" in joining the Big 12.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has launched his own app "Coach Gundy." He believes he's the first college football coach in the country to launch his own app.

How to beat Alabama, by the 2 active QBs who’ve done it

Trevor Knight -- now at Texas A&M -- and Ole Miss' Chad Kelly are the only active QBs to beat Alabama, but what were the secrets to their success? Game plan

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Herbie predicting national championship rematch

Kirk Herbstreit believes Clemson and Alabama will play for the national championship again, but sees a different result this time around.

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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.

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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.

Herbie: McCaffrey is ultimate game-changer

Kirk Herbstreit breaks down why Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is his pick for the ultimate game-changer award heading into 2016. The Herbie Awards are live on ESPN2

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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Good day meeting with players and coaches at Mississippi State. Coach Dan Mullen thinks he might have his most unproven team he's had in Starkville. There's been a trickle down effect with depth at WR and LB with departures. DC Peter Sirmon echoed those sentiments saying "it'll be a challenge" working in some areas of this defense because of inexperience, not just youth