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0-0, 1st in Pac 12 - South
3hMatt Hinton

Grantland: Weak Links: Flaws That Could Doom College Football’s Top Contenders

The 2015 college football season kicks off in a little more than 24 hours, marking the end of summer’s boundless sunny prognostications and the arrival of autumn’s cold, hard truths. Of 128 FBS teams, only eight will open the season ranked in the top 10 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and listed with odds of 25-1 or better to win the second edition of the playoff, according to Vegas Insider. From the back of the pack to the front, here’s why each of the front-runners could ultimately fail.

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4hESPN.com staff

Ten bold Pac-12 predictions for 2015

Some of these ten bold predictions for the football season will make us look like geniuses while some of these will make us look like fools.

Kessler kicking it up a notch

With the USC hype train leaving the station, can Cody Kessler live up to the expectations? Only time will tell, but for now, Athlon Sports ranks him one of the best QBs in college football.

Edwards says USC will Fight on to CFP

The second College Football Playoff may have a Trojan flavor to it. At least Brad Edwards thinks it will.

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Should Haden have suspended Sarkisian? (3:11)
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1dCFB Vegas Experts

Vegas experts: USC Trojans season preview

Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give their take on the USC Trojans. What is the best bet for their title odds, season win total and more?

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1dKevin Gemmell

Something to prove: Pac-12 South

A look at the players with something to prove at every Pac-12 South school, including Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon, who has to finish better.

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1dDavid Lombardi

Ranking the Pac-12 season openers

The Pac-12/SEC matchup between Arizona State and Texas A&M tops the list of Pac-12 openers.

1dMatt Borcas

Grantland: 2015 Preseason Heisman Watch: The Dak Attack, a Bunch of Bucks, and the Sophomore RB Trio of Your Dreams

For the first time in three years, the previous season’s Heisman Trophy winner won’t be back to defend his crown. As a result, this year’s race is shaping up to be historically wide-open. With the college football season mere days away, it’s time to heatedly debate the relative merits of the candidates in question, despite the fact that none of them has played a single down yet in 2015. Here, we’ve spotlighted 10 of them for your reading (dis)pleasure. Enjoy!

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Haden: Sarkisian decision in best interest of USC

USC AD Pat Haden said he had "thoughtful conversations" with medical professionals and that "a lot of careful thought was given" before deciding on a course of action for coach Steve Sarkisian.

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Luginbill: Sarkisian 'made a colossal error' in judgment (1:21)
2dMatt Hinton

Grantland: College Football Cram Session Preview: 2015 Power 5 Conference CliffsNotes

College football is back! If you’ve been too busy to keep pace with our full season preview, or just lost track of time during the most interminable offseason in sports, don’t worry: We’ve got your back. Consider this your conference-by-conference cram session, outlining the least you need to know about the Power 5 leagues to get back up to speed before Thursday's kickoff.

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2dGerry Hamilton

Freshmen refreshers: 2015 RBs to know

USC's Ronald Jones and Florida's Jordan Scarlett are among freshman RBs who could play big-time minutes this year.

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2dKevin Gemmell and Erik McKinney

Stanford does its homework to stay ahead in the Pac-12

In ranking each Pac-12 program based on its strength at the quarterback position from current day and projecting out to 2017, it's clear Stanford is best at doing its homework.

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