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17hHeather Dinich

Body clocks, Texas A&M hype and more Week 1 CFP lessons learned

Kickoff Week will be epic, but history shows it's not necessarily the best indicator when it comes to playoff success. Here's what you need to remember when watching this weekend.

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Stats back up the facts for these Heisman hopefuls (1:57)
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Harbaugh doesn't hold back emotions on sidelines (0:44)
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Coaches in Week 1 spotlight talk stacked slate (0:55)
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Dinich and McGee get animated about college football's Week 1 (1:56)
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David Pollack's Next Generation: Aranda will lift LSU defense (0:39)
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Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown: UNC, Texas could pull off upsets (1:21)
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14hMark Schlabach and Sharon Katz

Man vs. Metric: Picking Power 5 champions (twice)

What matters more, analytics or the eye test? Sharon Katz and Mark Schlabach debate the Power 5 conferences and found some, um, disagreements... especially about Alabama.

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10hCFB Vegas Experts

Betting previews for top 25 CFB teams

Phil Steele, Chris Fallica and Stanford Steve give comprehensive betting previews of the top 25 college football teams, including how to bet their title odds and over/unders.

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Relive some of college football's craziest defensive plays (1:18)
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2dDarren Rovell

Will there ever be another NCAA football video game?

It's in the game? Not anytime soon, apparently. Despite the rumors that NCAA football games are on their way back, industry insiders and school execs say there's no cheat code to get them back.

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5dHeather Dinich

Meet the most important people in college football

Their group includes a former Secretary of State, three athletic directors and even a retired sportswriter. Get to know the people who will decide this year's College Football Playoff.

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Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss looking to be extraordinary (2:14)
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Swinney not getting ahead of himself with Clemson's offensive potential (0:45)

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Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

It's officially Sept. 1 and coaches can now conduct "all forms of private communication" with junior prospects, and it didn't take long for recruiters to pounce. Several recruits like former Michigan commit Jalil Irvin said his "phone won't stop buzzing" with direct messages, and Penn State pledge Micah Parsons said he heard from six schools by 12:03 a.m.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC LB Osa Masina continues to practice while under investigation for sexual assault. Coach Clay Helton didn't provide much detail into how any potential discipline will be handled, only that the university made the decision to allow him to keep practicing. Masina will not travel with the team to play Alabama on Saturday. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

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The message Nick Saban delivered at the celebration for the 2009 championship launched the Alabama football dynasty: es.pn/2bKMs7F

Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

Big 12 cuts expansion list to at least 12 schools: Air Force, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Colorado State, UConn, Houston, Rice, USF, SMU, Temple & Tulane sources told @ESPN

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban says Alabama is eager to face USC: "I'm sure the guys have had their fill of practicing against each other."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what it's like to be J.T. Barrett on Kickoff Week at Ohio State. The Buckeyes QB might have actually drawn a bigger media crowd than Urban Meyer tonight.

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Amid a summmer of violence and flooding in Baton Rouge, football holds a deeper meaning for Les Miles and LSU: es.pn/2cd1GBU

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama co-starting QBs Cooper Bateman (18) and Blake Barnett (8). Nick Saban still hasn't hinted who will take the first snap Saturday against USC.

College football games of the year

Chalk's Sharon Katz says Oklahoma State-Kansas State on November 5 provides the biggest difference between the betting line and Football Power Index. Best bets (Insider)

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Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown

Here's why Georgia and Notre Dame are on Upset Alert for the opening weekend of the college football season.

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Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Welcome to the new world of social media and recruiting. Recruits, like Ohio State ESPN 300 pledge Trevon Grimes, are popping up with blue verified Twitter checkmarks to indicate their account is authentic. Verification on Twitter used to be only reserved for public figures such as journalists, politicians and celebrities.