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Insider ICYMI: Seven must-read stories from this week

Has Nick Saban built Alabama into the No. 1 coaching job in the country? (Hint: The answer is yes.) Chris Graythen/Getty Images

If every head coach in the country retired tomorrow, which open job would be the best? Last month, Travis Haney ranked the Power 5 jobs, 1-65, culminating in the top 15.

This week, Adam Rittenberg ranked the Group of 5 jobs, with a surprising No. 1. Then, Rittenberg and Haney teamed up for one comprehensive list, with several Group of 5 gigs ranking higher than you may have expected.

But the job ranking stories were just two Insider pieces from this week.

Here are five more, in case you missed 'em.


Only 11 teams can win the 2016 CFP... and Florida State is one of them

FSU is two years removed from a national title and it followed that with a trip to the playoff. With Dalvin Cook returning and a stockpile of talent, the Noles could be poised for a big 2016.


Only 11 teams can win the 2016 CFP... and Clemson is one of them

Believe it or not, KC Joyner writes, the Tigers may have a better shot at sweeping through this year's College Football Playoff.


Speaking of Clemson finishing No. 1... the Tigers looking good on the recruiting trail, too

Head coach Dabo Swinney has the Tigers in prime position to land yet another strong blue-chip class in 2017.


California 10 biggest recruiting battles for 2017

Can Pac-12 schools keep their own prospects? Or will 2017 be another year when outside schools swipe California's finest?


Who are the fastest-rising 2017 recruits?

The names may be unfamiliar now, but they won't be for long -- a look at the lesser-known future stars who are rapidly moving up the recruiting ladder.