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The Big 12's 10 biggest X factors for 2016

The Big 12 is loaded with known talent, like Baker Mayfield, Malik Jefferson and Mason Rudolph. But who are the wild-card players whom even the best players in the league will need in 2016.

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9hAlex Scarborough

Schedule analysis: Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama will face some tough tests on the road, starting with an early-season matchup against Ole Miss.

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2dDarren Rovell

SEC Twitter account endures hacking attack

The SEC says it is closely monitoring its Twitter account after a hack led the league to post a couple images of scantily clad women Saturday morning.

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Sexual assault survivor finally gets answers (4:27)
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Phil Steele's ultimate summer CFB betting guide

Phil Steele gives out his best early bets for the Heisman, national title, Games of the Year and season win totals in this comprehensive betting guide.

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These players could play their way to a Heisman (1:10)
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Finebaum calls Louisiana DA a 'buffoon' (2:10)
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Rashan Gary gets settled at Michigan

Rashan Gary, the nation's top recruit, is settling in at Michigan, getting acclimated to early morning workouts and studying with Greg Mattison.

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Why Boise State is a legit CFP sleeper

Boise State's elite offense will score a lot of points, but can the Broncos be the first non-Power 5 team to claim a spot in the College Football Playoff? Need perfect season (Insider)

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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State and Auburn will play a home-and-home series in 2021-22, with the first game in State College. The two programs have never met in the regular season but have played twice in bowls. The Nittany Lions also added home games against Buffalo (2019) and Ball State (2021) to future schedules.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan fans were ready and waiting at least an hour early for Jim Harbaugh to show up to the Michigan satellite camp at Oceanside High School in San Diego. Harbaugh is taking time to speak to and pose for pictures with each of them.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 board of directors issues release on Baylor, requests "all documents" associated with the investigations into how the school handled allegations of sexual assault. The Big 12 is also asking for all information the law firm Pepper Hamilton conveyed orally to Baylor in its review of the school, as well as "unedited" information the firm provided.

The 14 most important players in the SEC

LSU running back Leonard Fournette headlines the impact players in the SEC in 2016. One player per school

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Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Kansas State has been traditionally slow through the recruiting process under Bill Snyder. But this week alone, the Wildcats have landed four commits, including three from local offensive linemen. The highest ranked bunch is Josh Rivas, but Wildcat coaches are also really high on Ben Adler out of Wichita. K-State has made living out of turning local OL into stars and NFL players under Snyder.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Just two months ago, rival SEC recruiters were already writing off Texas A&M's 2017 class. But Kevin Sumlin and Co. have remarkably turned things around and are on the cusp of a top-10 class. That class got even better Tuesday with the addition of four-star LB Santino Marchiol of IMG Academy in Florida.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal added to its 2017 recruiting class in a big way today, as the nation's No. 177 prospect and No. 9 pocket passer, Chase Garbers announced his commitment to the Golden Bears. Garbers is the second ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Cal in this class, joining wide receiver Taariq Johnson. He would be the first ESPN 300 quarterback to sign with Cal since Jared Goff did so in the 2013 class.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado scored big on the recruiting trail Tuesday, as ESPN 300 quarterback Tyler Lytle announced his commitment to the Buffaloes. Lytle is the nation's No. 296 prospect and No. 14 pocket passer. He is the second ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Colorado in this class, joining OLB Jon Van Diest. They would be the first ESPN 300 prospects to sign with Colorado since the 2012 recruiting class, when Yuri Wright, an ESPN 150 prospect, signed.