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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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ESPN @espn

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.

ESPN @espn

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.