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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff?

Every team dreams of winning the national championship, but only 15 can realistically envision hoisting the trophy.

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Phil Steele's Week 1 picks against the spread (1:33)
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Three Week 1 games could shape playoff race (1:44)
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Ten bold Pac-12 predictions for 2015

Some predictions, like the continued impact of #Pac12AfterDark, we're confident of. Others, like picking a new champion, we're less so.

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Experts: Top 25 CFB team betting previews

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give a betting preview of college football's top 25 teams.

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Poll: Players pick Ohio State to repeat as champion

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, 99 college football players share their picks for Heisman winner, championship winner, and more.

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Herbstreit defends Oklahoma, Arizona State CFB Playoff picks (1:01)
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10 coordinators primed to become head coaches

Alabama DC Kirby Smart will always be mentioned for head coaching vacancies, but the best coordinator candidates in 2015 are on the defensive side.

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Golic's Pac-12 pick? Stanford

Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic picked a bit of a shocker in the Pac-12, where most favor Oregon or USC this season.

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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

The big storyline in the SEC this weekend continues to revolve around QBs. A few "starters" have been named -- Treon Harris and Chad Kelly -- but snaps will be shared in Gainesville and Oxford. Coaches want to see these guys play live and against real teams. Kelly has the edge at Ole Miss but I still think Will Grier emerges at Florida

TBT: The hit that put Clowney on the map

Forgot about this helmet-popper from the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day 2013? Allow former Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney to remind you.

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Urban Meyer gets QB clue from practice

The Ohio State coach has yet to name a starter for Monday's opener, but got a good gauge from Wednesday's practice: "I have an idea who's gonna take the first snap. The favorite? I'm not sure I like that word, but I have a feeling on who's gonna take the first snap."

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Harbaugh in for long haul at Michigan?

Mike & Mike didn't expect Jim Harbaugh to eschew the NFL for Michigan, but since he did, they expect him to stick around.

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College football: 10 bold predictions

With the new season nearly upon us, it's time to break out the predictions. ACC fans will not be happy with No. 1. ACC shut out, SEC beat up

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Make your picks with College Pick 'em

Alabama has a tough matchup with Big Ten power Wisconsin to open the 2015 season. How confident are you in the Crimson Tide this week? Play for free

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Cardale Jones rushed to hospital

The Ohio State QB was taken to the hospital Wednesday night with a severe headache, according to multiple media reports. Jones underwent tests in the ER but wasn't admitted to a hospital. Jones' mother Florence told the Toledo Blade "he's good." Cardale is supposed to split time with J.T. Barrett when Ohio State opens against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, actually able to bench press again after his wrist surgery, joked that he was 8 pounds heavy at the start of training camp thanks to his added muscle. "I'm definitely stronger," Elliott said. "But I'm in tip-top shape right now, the best shape I've ever been in."

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Two of Oregon's three biggest questions were center and QB (other being secondary). And 1st year newcomers will man both spots. Yet both grad transfers not only are seniors with considerable starting experience, QB Vernon Adams and C Matt Hegarty have starting experience in the Pac-12. Adams put up huge numbers while going 1-1 vs. Oregon State and Washington and Hegarty had 4 starts at Notre Dame against PAC-12 teams. These guys are new but hardly green.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Jim McElwain said after Wednesday's practice that sophomore Treon Harris will start Saturday's season opener vs. New Mexico State. He reiterated what he said last week -- that both Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier will play in the game -- just that Harris will get the first opportunity. Harris started six games last season and is the more mobile of the two, while Grier, who can extend plays also, is more of a traditional dropback passer than Harris. It will be interesting to see how each fares Saturday.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Week 1 game I'm looking forward to most: Arizona State-Texas A&M. Should learn a lot about both teams in Houston. Sun Devils staff very confident in QB Mike Bercovici, who has a diverse skill set. ASU should be less reliant on blitzing. Key matchup is veteran Sun Devils secondary against young and talented A&M receivers.

Who can actually win the CFP?

All 128 FBS teams dream of winning the College Football Playoff but here's how you can narrow it down to 15 contenders.

Man charged with theft of O.J. Simpson's Heisman

L.A. prosecutors have charged a man in connection with the theft of USC's copy of O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago. The trophy was stolen while Simpson awaited trial for murder, and was recovered last December.

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Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Has any preseason been more peculiar at quarterback? You have co-starters with the defending national champions and three other top-10 teams starting 1st year transfers (Oregon, Georgia and Florida State). The new FSU QB, Everett Golson, started for Notre Dame in the 2012 national title game. No. 3 Alabama has no starting QB (yet) and No. 13 UCLA is going with a true freshman in Josh Rosen. No. 19 Oklahoma benched returning starter Trevor Knight in favor of Baker Mayfield, an Austin native who started for Texas Tech in 2013 as a true freshman walk-on. And so on.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

My Week 1 Big Ten upset special is Illinois State over Iowa. Redbirds were FCS runner-up in '14 and have a good QB in former Indiana transfer Tre Roberson. Plus, Hawkeyes have some big questions at offensive tackle. May be overreaching here on the upset pick, but I expect a close game at Kinnick.

Matich: BYU can beat Nebraska

College football analyst Trevor Matich says BYU is poised to upset Nebraska in Week 1 on Saturday.

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Oklahoma State staying in haunted hotel?

According to GoPokes.com, the Cowboys will stay at the Hotel Doherty the night before playing Central Michigan on Thursday. That hotel has a history as a former speakeasy, meeting place for the mafia and the site of a notorious murder. The official Michigan tourism site says there have been several accounts of haunting. A pregame scare?

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

One guy to keep an eye on at Oklahoma State is Blake Jarwin. The junior lines up at "Cowboy back" a hybrid tight end/fullback position. At 6-5, 242, he could become a key target in the middle of the field for Mason Rudolph.