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Phil Steele's leans for Alabama-USC

Nick Saban is 4-0 in recent marquee season openers, winning by 20 points per game. Week 1 Best bets (Insider)

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Syracuse coach Dino Babers said he and the coaching staff had to start all over with quarterback Eric Dungey. "He has fantastic legs, but in our offense we are looking for a thrower first," Babers said. "We need people who can sit in the pocket and deliver the ball to the people we want. He's done a nice job of trying to curtail his game to exactly what we need. If he has to take off, he has that ability, but we are trying to keep him in the pocket more. "

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino kept up the praise for quarterback Lamar Jackson, who leads the Cards against Charlotte on Thursday night. Though Jackson can run as well as any quarterback out there, Petrino is eager to see Jackson throw the ball down the field. "We're still going to utilize his legs, but he is a passer," Petrino said. "Before it's over with, he's going to be a great drop back passer."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has won over the No. 4 Seminoles with his work ethic and demeanor. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Francois has embraced the grind of camp.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

With a starting defensive end out against Auburn, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said lineman Christian Wilkins' role will be "critical in us having a chance to win the game. He's prepared and capable of playing end and tackle." He's not giving away where Wilkins will play Saturday.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP selection committee has every statistic imaginable at its fingertips but it goes beyond that. "You balance what you see on paper, statistically, with the flow of the game," said former committee member Mike Gould. "I often thought momentum shifts, and how one team would respond when the mimetic turned against them. To me, that tells you a lot about teams that have championship caliber and teams that don't."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Bronco Mendenhall saw a "dejected, despondent, desperate" Virginia in his first team meeting, so he stripped the Cavaliers of their jersey numbers. He felt he had to rebuild from the ground up, which began with players earning the right to represent UVa and creating team unity. He said he plans to do this ever year.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

Hugh Freeze told me this summer that the early rankings "adds a lot to our job to handle the psyche of our kids, whether you're up there, whether you're not." The committee's official rankings don't come out until Nov. 1. For fans, Freeze said "it's almost like if you're not in a New Year's Six bowl, it's a downer."

A return to normalcy for Les Miles, LSU

After nearly being ousted last season, the LSU coach navigated a turbulent offseason in Baton Rouge during a summer of violence and flooding. 'This is home'

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Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP was structured with the intent to allow more than one team from the same conference, so it's definitely possible. Remember, in 2014 the committee's very first ranking had three teams from the same division (SEC West). The ACC appears to have the best shot at 2 teams because of its odds of having an undefeated champ and 1-loss runner-up, whereas Pac-12, B1G and SEC are more likely to have 2-loss champ.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Most expensive college football games by resale ticket list price has Ohio State: 1. Buckeyes-Oklahoma ($688), 2. Michigan-Buckeyes ($618)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 has informed East Carolina that it is no longer being considered as an expansion candidate. Here's a statement from ECU chancellor Cecil Staton: "I am proud of the support Pirate Nation provided to our efforts. While I am disappointed by the decision, I remain undaunted in my commitment to ECU athletics and the excellence displayed by our wonderful student-athletes, coaches and staff."

The speech that started Alabama's dynasty

"This is not the end. This is the beginning." After Alabama won its first title under Nick Saban, those two sentences from the coach at the team's championship celebration set the tone for everything that was to come. Saban's mission statement

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College football's craziest defensive plays

Not all of college football's crazy moments have come on offense.


Will there ever be another NCAA football video game?

Despite rumors that NCAA football games are returning, industry insiders and school execs say there is no cheat code to get them back. Details

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton repeatedly cited privacy laws when asked about the sexual assault investigation into linebacker Osa Masina and said he will defer to the university when it comes to discipline. "Really as a coach, you're taken out of it," Helton said. "This is a university matter and a university policy and I'm confident in the guidance of the university here so they'll let me know." Masina is currently under investigation from police departments in Utah and Los Angeles for separate incidents, a Cottonwood Heights, Utah, spokesman told Documents relating to the investigation in Utah, obtained by, show the investigation is for sexual assault. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Masina has been interviewed relating to a current investigation, but would not provide any further details.