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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesColin welcomes Steve Ballmer into the Herd.

Colin will be joined by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer (11:15 a.m. ET), NFL Films' Greg Cosell (11:45) and ESPN CFB Insider Phil Steele (12:15 p.m.) on Thursday.

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D'haquille WilliamsJamie Squire/Getty ImagesJeff Long tells Colin about Auburn's No. 3 spot in the first College Football Playoff rankings and more.

College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Jeff Long comments on the season's first rankings, why Auburn earned the No. 3 spot and factors that influence the rankings. Long

ESPN NFL analyst Darren Woodson covers the Cowboys' performance this season, the caution Dallas' doctors employ to ensure players' health and the skills of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Woodson

ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling discusses most innings he pitched in a season and whether the Giants should play Madison Bumgarner in the World Series finale. Schilling

ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson weighs in on transitioning from a player to a coach, the Knicks' offense, maximum contracts, the Cavaliers' potential and Anthony Davis' abilities. Jackson

Colin shares his thoughts on the unveiling of the first College Football Playoff rankings and the Giants' use of Madison Bumgarner during the World Series. Listen

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Tony RomoAP Photo/Tim SharpJeff Saturday tells Colin about the condition of Tony Romo's back, playing hurt in the NFL and more.

ESPN NFL analyst Jeff Saturday talks about his experiences playing through pain, Tony Romo's return to Redskins-Cowboys and the Steelers' win over the Colts. Saturday

Sports Illustrated's Peter King offers his insight on the condition of Tony Romo's back, the state of the Steelers, the NFL's top coaches and Bruce Arians' leadership. King

Grantland's Bill Simmons gives his take on the outlook for the Lakers, the Cavaliers' potential, which teams will appear in the NBA Finals and coaching moves around the league. Simmons

College GameDay's Kirk Herbstreit weighs in on the top college football teams, Louisville's chances to upset Florida State and the toughness of the SEC. Herbstreit

Colin ranks the top 10 teams in the NFL in the "Herd Hierarchy." Listen

Colin shares his thoughts on Tony Romo's injury, playing hurt in the NFL and John Idzik's remarks during his news conference. Listen

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Geno SmithAl Bello/Getty ImagesTrent Dilfer tells Colin about Geno Smith's play against the Bills, Bruce Arians' character and more.

ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer shares his thoughts on the maturity required to be a respectable QB, Bruce Arians' character and Geno Smith's performance against the Bills. Dilfer

ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck discusses the improved performances of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the selfies of J.J. Watt and Zach Mettenberger and Bruce Arians' speech to all NFL coaches. Hasselbeck

ESPN 980's Chris Cooley offers his insight on Tony Romo's reputation, whether the Cowboys have a tendency to overpay for players and the value and impact of J.J. Watt. Cooley

SI's Tom Verducci talks about Madison Bumgarner's impressive execution, where the Royals stand against the Giants in the World Series and more. Verducci

Colin shares his thoughts on AT&T Stadium, the traits successful QBs possess, Zach Mettenberger's maturity and Eric Decker's departure for the Jets. Listen

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LeSean McCoyAP Photo/Matt RourkeSal Paolantonio tells Colin about the Eagles' success this season, the Seahawks' defense and more.

ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio discusses the Eagles' success this season, the Seahawks' defense and Jay Cutler's struggles. Paolantonio

The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan weighs in on the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, the performances of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and Boston's best team in history. Ryan

NFL Live's Trey Wingo and Mark Schlereth look ahead to matchups in Week 8 of the NFL season and more. Wingo and Schlereth Insider

Colin makes his picks for Week 8 of the NFL season in the "Blazing Five." »

Pregame.com's RJ Bell reacts to Colin's "Blazing Five" picks. Bell Insider

Colin shares his thoughts on the state of the Broncos, Steve Nash's injury, Phil Jackson's responsibilities with the Knicks and Chip Kelly's future. Listen

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Jeanie Buss and Kobe BryantGetty Images, US TODAY SportsJeanie Buss tells Colin about her authority with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant's value to the team and more.

Lakers president Jeanie Buss dishes on her role in the organization, Kobe Bryant's contract, Bryant's value to the team, the state of the squad and the Knicks' hiring of Phil Jackson. Buss

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle comments on star players' decisions to sacrifice money for the chance to win a championship, the outlook for Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki's shooting abilities. Carlisle

ESPN's Jason Whitlock offers his insight on the reports about Russell Wilson's role in Percy Harvin's departure for the Jets and Wilson's relationship with teammates. Whitlock

NFL Films' Greg Cosell discusses Percy Harvin's abilities, the Seahawks' offense, Ryan Tannehill's development, the state of the 49ers and Jay Cutler's role in the Bears' struggles. Cosell

Colin shares his thoughts on the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series, why he thinks this year's Fall Classic lacks spectacle and Kevin Durant's future. Listen

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Kobe BryantAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesCharles Barkley tells Colin about Kobe Bryant's role with the Lakers and much more.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher comments on the performance of St. Louis' special-teams unit in his team's win over the Seahawks and more. Fisher

Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley dishes on the recent scrutiny of Kobe Bryant and more. Barkley says that Bryant's biggest problem is letting his ego get in the way. Barkley

ESPN LA 710's John Ireland gives his takes on the recent criticism of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' recent struggles, Los Angeles' future and more. Ireland

ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo weighs in on Aaron Rodgers and more. Russillo Insider

Colin shares his thoughts on the Cowboys' decision to waive Michael Sam from the practice squad and more. Listen