College football is back! If youve been too busy to keep pace with our full season preview, or just lost track of time during the most interminable offseason in sports, dont worry: Weve 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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The Big Ten took a major step toward rebuilding its reputation with last season's bowl games, but a challenging opening weekend will test the league.
The first weekend of college football in 2015 will be blanketed with Big Ten storylines, including Ohio State beginning its national title defense.
Is 'The Game' the best matchup in Big Ten?
Jim Harbaugh's first clash with Urban Meyer must be this season's premier game in the Big Ten, right? It's one of three Michigan games on our list. Top Big Ten games
Jabrill Peppers a humble star
Peppers has barely played for the Wolverines, but that hasn't slowed talk that he's primed for a quantum leap this season. As for the comparisons to Charles Woodson? "Let me play first," Peppers says. Breakout players Nos. 10-1 (Insider)
Michigan picked up a big, physical wide receiver in ESPN 300 prospect Ahmir Mitchell.
Ah, breathe that clean, rarefied air. We’ve reached the mountaintop of our countdown of the top 50 breakout players for the 2015 college football season.
After being called a cupcake opponent for Michigan by Popular Mechanics, Utah received a dessert delivery from the magazine.
Jim Harbaugh's first game won't be easy
According to ESPN's Football Power Index, Michigan only has a 45 percent chance to win the road game against Utah. Weeks 2-6 look promising for the Wolverines.
Harbaugh starstruck by MJ's call
Need evidence that Michael Jordan still carries weight in today's sports world? Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in shock when he got a call from Jordan in July. 'The real Michael Jordan?'
Harbaugh's new uniform request
What was new head coach Jim Harbaugh's special request for Michigan's road uniforms this season? Also, he got rid of alternate threads. Uni Watch: See the jerseys
Even Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was a bit starstruck when Michael Jordan called to congratulate the Wolverines for signing with Nike brand Jumpman.
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he will name a starting quarterback in Monday for his team's first game. Harbaugh says Utah will send its depth chart Monday, so he plans to reciprocate in the spirit of fair, honest competition.
Grantland: College Sweethearts: Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez Bring the Golden Age of College Football to the State of Arizona
In a way, Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez are analogues: Each is entering his fourth season at his school, and each has already elevated his football program to new levels of success. Theyre both innovative, and aggressive, and fiercely ambitious, and pathologically competitive. And they hope that spells success in the Pac-12 South.
Who will score a B1G-time prospect?
ESPN 300 wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell announces his decision tonight at 5 p.m. ET. The No. 216 ranked prospect is down to Michigan and Ohio State, and the Wolverines seem to be trending, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.
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.
"You're not going to change my heart to make me love Michigan, are you?" asked 10-year-old Ohio State fan Ivan Applin of the Michigan doctors.
Michigan Wolverines @ Utah Utes
Rice-Eccles Stadium - Thu 9/3