Insider ICYMI: Six must-read stories from this week

Charlie Strong and Texas had a rough 2015 season on the field. But the recruiting trail has been a different (more successful) story. Ric Tapia/AP Photo

They're not Alabama, Ohio State or Florida State... yet.

But these five schools are making serious inroads on the recruiting trail for 2017, and could take a big step forward in the near future.

That was just one of a six-pack of Insider stories that were worth reading from the past week. Here are five more -- in case you missed 'em.

Only 11 teams can win the 2016 CFP -- and Oklahoma is one of them

Oklahoma stumbled in the 2015 College Football Playoff. But don't bank on the Sooners stumbling again -- led by QB Baker Mayfield and maybe the nation's best secondary, OU is a major 2016 threat.

Only 11 teams can win the 2016 CFP -- and Stanford is one of them, too

Stanford loses some key contributors, but returns Christian McCaffrey, has the depth to overcome QB Kevin Hogan's departure and... did we mention that McCaffrey guy?

Which recruits are the next J.T. Barrett and Josh Rosen?

Who does top QB recruit Dylan McCaffrey most resemble among current college stars? Here are 10 current stars, and their future twins.

CFP run is paying off for Oklahoma recruiting

The playoff run of Baker Mayfield and Co. is paving the recruiting way for 2017 and beyond for OU.

Some Ohio State-Michigan State drama on the recruiting trail

Ohio State 2017 QB commit Danny Clark was in East Lansing on Thursday -- the same day four-star Tate Martell visited Ohio State.