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College Football Playoff picks: Most ESPN experts like Buckeyes to repeat

Ohio State is heavily favored to repeat, but Alabama, TCU, Auburn and Baylor earn multiple nods as champs.

The Keanu Reeves CFB crossover spectacular (15:57)
Oklahoma State a playoff team? (1:22)
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Poll: Players pick Ohio State to repeat as champion

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, 99 college football players share their picks for Heisman winner, championship winner, and more.

Three Week 1 games could shape playoff race (1:44)
Herbstreit defends Oklahoma, Arizona State CFB Playoff picks (1:01)
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Experts: Top 25 CFB team betting previews

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give a betting preview of college football's top 25 teams.

Drive Through: Why QB depth charts are in vogue (8:37)
Dantonio's cellphone goes off during news conference (0:20)
2 Days Until College Football: Defending Champions (0:50)
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Rutgers' Flood expects to coach despite probe

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood says he expects to be on the sideline leading his team in its season opener despite an investigation into whether he improperly communicated with a faculty member about t

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ESPN Junior 300: Major post-summer moves

The new Junior 300 includes an initial appearance by future SEC running back Michael Warren, and sees Florida State commit D.J. Matthews make a climb into the top 50.

College GameDay sign desires (0:40)


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Keep this in mind while watching the Big Ten debuts this week of Jim Harbaugh, Mike Riley and Paul Chryst: Twenty FBS coaches started with new programs last year. Eleven won their openers. Together, they posted a 43-50 record before Oct. 1.

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Pat Narduzzi made some 1st impression on the ACC teleconference, sharing a story of his days with Scott Shafer at URI

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino returns to the Georgia Dome on Saturday, where he coached the Falcons in 2007. Petrino was asked on the ACC coaches call about the way he handled his resignation. "That was such a long time ago, I haven't even thought about it."

Michigan with toughest Week 1 test

"I've talked to a bunch of coaches. I can't find one who thinks they're going to win at Utah," ESPN's Adam Rittenberg told SportsCenter.


College football: 10 bold predictions

With the new season nearly upon us, it's time to break out the predictions. ACC fans will not be happy with No. 1. ACC shut out, SEC beat up

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Experts make picks for national champ

College football is just a day away which means there's never a better time to make picks for this year's champion. And while 12 of our experts are picking an Ohio State repeat, even more are picking against the Buckeyes. See the picks

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech Frank Beamer said Ohio State is the most talented team to come to Lane Stadium and Monday night's game is maybe the "first and second" most anticipated game in the stadium's history. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes traveled to Blacksburg on Dec. 1 in the regular-season finale. That 2001 Miami team is widely considered one of the most talented ever. Depending on how Ohio State's 2015 season goes, it'll be a topic worth picking Beamer's brain on at the end of his esteemed coaching career.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson on recruiting rankings. "It's not an exact science, nobody can measure how hard guys are going to work and I just think it's ludicrous to have somebody be the No. 51 guard in the country, I think it's a joke. I can't even tell you who the No. six guard in Atlanta is, much less in the country."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Thursday night won't be the last time North Carolina and South Carolina open the season against each other in Charlotte. The schools announced Wednesday that they will have two more season-opening games in Charlotte, in 2019 and 2023. (The dates are TBD.)

Jim Harbaugh's Michigan mission

"Jim Harbaugh didn't come back to make friendships," ESPN's Marty Smith said about Harbaugh's return to his alma mater. His expectations are clear -- "restore excellence."


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Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has four quarterbacks listed on the depth chart with "ors" between their names. Petrino said Wednesday he knows who will start between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, Will Gardner and Lamar Jackson but sees no advantage in announcing it. The plan is to only play the starter. "One guy goes out there, starts, has a great game, throws it all over, makes a lot of plays. That's how you'd like it to play out."

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Everett Golson is much more comfortable in the pocket. While Golson has the ability to run, Fisher said Golson's priority is remaining in the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield when feeling the rush. They have worked on Golson protecting the football to avoid the fumbles, too. He's fumbled 20 times in 25 games.

Nebraska WR masters the circus catch

The tip in the end zone was pretty good, but the behind-the-back sideline snag was our favorite Jordan Westerkamp catch.


Herbstreit: 8-4 best outlook for Michigan

Kirk Herbstreit says of Jim Harbaugh's first season at Michigan: "If you look at their schedule 8-4 would be very, very optimistic. ... Things will have to come together for Jim Harbaugh."


Harbaugh will bring swag back to Michigan

Michael Smith explains: "[Jim Harbaugh] spent the summer sliding into Nicki Minaj's mentions ... Harbaugh even got Lil' Wayne to wear a Michigan jersey. For a dude in his 50s, I'd say he's got some swag."


Golic: Ohio State knows who its QB will be

The Buckeyes may have said publicly they won't decide who is starting under center until they run onto the field against Virginia Tech, but ESPN's Mike Golic thinks the players already know.


Clemson's Swinney: We're not elite yet

Dabo Swinney believes his team isn't ready to be considered elite, but at the same time, "I feel like we're one of those teams coming into the season where we have a shot and that's all you can ask for."


Cook disappointed to not be team captain

Michigan State QB Connor Cook may be the leader of the Spartans' offense and a potential Heisman candidate, but that wasn't enough to earn him a vote as a team captain. Instead, he'll remain on the team's 12-man leadership council.

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UCLA suspends Adams following arrest

Jim Mora announced that All-Pac-12 cornerback Ishmael Adams has been suspended indefinitely following his robbery arrest early Sunday morning, but the coach wouldn't speculate on what he'd need to do to rejoin the team. Story

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Harbaugh won't reveal starting QB

Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah. When will we know?

How will Brandon Harris manage?

ESPN's Danny Kanell says he'll be just fine, because the LSU QB has Leonard Fournette lining up in the backfield, Malachi Dupre on the outside and Cam Cameron calling the plays.


Dantonio's cell goes off during presser

Who called Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio that made him sheepishly crack a smile?


How high can the BEars climb in 2015?

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give their take on the Baylor Bears. What is the best bet for their title odds, season win total and more? CFP within reach?