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Nicholson tabbed to breakout

Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio has a great amount of faith in S Montae Nicholson. He played in all 13 games as a freshman last year and is poised for more responsibility in his sophomore campaign. Where does that put him on this list? Breakout players: Nos. 20-11 (Insider)

Will Spartans wear metallic helmets?

At some point this season, Michigan State fans can expect to see an "oxidized metal"-toned alternate uniform. Uni Watch: See the jerseys

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Spartans being watched closely

Michigan State fans will be happy to hear that the College Football Playoff committee will be paying close attention to two of their matchups in particular this season. Which games are they?

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Top breakout players in 2015: Nos. 20-11

Nos. 20-11 of this season's breakout player candidates features tandem pairings from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Louisville.

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Grantland: Reverse Engineering a Champion: Five Traits That the Last 10 College Football Kings Have Shared — And What That Tells Us About This Year’s Favorites

Ohio State looks like a champion in the making … but what does a modern college football champion look like, exactly? To answer that, we unearthed five common traits that the past 10 champions have shared, and then attempted to identify which of this year's 15 front-runners check the most boxes. OSU and UCLA fans, you're going to like what you see. TCU fans, run.

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1dAustin Ward

Big Ten preseason quarterback rankings

The offseason is finally nearing an end, which means the Big Ten is all set to usher in what should be the Year of the Quarterback in the league.

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Spartans' Connor Cook needs polish

Cook has the physical tools of a solid quarterback. But with only a 58.2 career completion rate and a bad habit of missing the strike zone, skill is a bigger question. Top QB prospects in 2016 (Insider)

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