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3hAustin Ward

B1G media days kick off on a somber note

Naturally, Jim Harbaugh will be the center of attention, but there will be plenty of big topics to cover when the Big Ten kicks off its media days.

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Swinney pays off bet to Saban (2:05)
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Narduzzi expecting same old James Conner (1:12)
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Swinney: Football unifies, brings people together (2:41)
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17hGerry Hamilton

Nation's No. 2-ranked CB commits to LSU

Kary Vincent Jr., the country's No. 2-ranked cornerback in the class of 2017, has committed to LSU. He is the third top-25 prospect to commit to the Tigers.

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6dPhil Steele

The 13 biggest CFB surprise teams for 2016

The top of the 2016 college football heap is projected to look a lot like the end of 2015 -- starting with Alabama and Clemson. But what are the sneaky-good teams that could crash the CFP party?

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Cook-ing secrets: Mistakes make FSU RB better

Dalvin Cook could be forgiven if he never watched the Seminoles' last two bowl games. But instead of ignoring his struggles in those games against Oregon and Houston, he's worn out the video to fix the flaws in his game.

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Florida State's unique way of motivating players (1:24)
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3dDavid M. Hale

Louisville ready to step up in ACC Atlantic

With an electric quarterback and a lot of defensive talent returning, Louisville believes it can threaten Florida State and Clemson this season.

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3dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: UA goes back to school

Under Armour celebrated 20 years by unveiling some new looks for its college football teams.

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Why Michigan is the most popular bet to win national title (1:38)
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Baker Mayfield's busy Big 12 media day (0:54)
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5dBrian Bennett

Big Ten media days preview: Michigan Wolverines

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will command plenty of attention at Big Ten media days, but he won't be the only topic of interest for the Wolverines.

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Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

James Franklin said Penn State is finally back to 85 scholarships this year. Due to sanctions, he had just nine scholarship offensive linemen when he arrived in Happy Valley. Now, that's up to 17. Lots more competition and depth compared to two years ago.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Ash makes his Big Ten media days debut with Rutgers. First question: What will he do at QB this fall? "Right now we have four guys and they will all get an opportunity to show what they can do. ... It's an open competition."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota has dropped 12 straight to archrival Wisconsin, but Gophers linebacker Jack Lynn expects the streak to end Nov. 26 in Madison. "We should get it this year," Lynn said. "There's no reason why we can't do it. The way we're working, we're quiet about it, but I can feel it with this team more than any other team that we will be successful."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner, who had offseason foot surgery, says he has been 100 percent for about a month and that his foot "has never felt better." Senior was MVP of Quick Lane Bowl despite playing with four torn ligaments in that foot.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opens Big Ten media days by offering thoughts and prayers for the friends and families of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash over the weekend. "It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that I kick off here this morning," he said.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Rutgers defensive tackle and huge One Direction fan Darius Hamilton makes a plea for the band to get back together -- and talks about his new go-to music choice.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi expects James Conner to be full go when fall practice opens Aug. 8. Conner, a cancer survivor, will be fitted with a GPS device to monitor his practice pace and movements to give the staff a better idea about how he is doing during each practice. "We have to slow him down," Narduzzi said. "He won't slow himself down. We just have to monitor him a little bit, make sure we don't wear him out. We have to be smart. You let him go out there for a two-a-day, but you don't have him out there every snap."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten announces preseason players to watch. East Division: Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Raekwon McMillan, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers, Michigan State's Malik McDowell and Penn State's Saquon Barkley. West: Iowa's C.J. Beathard and Desmond King, Northwestern's Justin Jackson and Anthony Walker and Wisconsin's Corey Clement.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

With Big Ten media days kicking off in Chicago, the league has announced its preseason honors list. Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the headliner, but there is no shortage of star power returning to the conference this fall.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

David Cutcliffe says this year's linebacking corps is the most talented of any group since he's been at Duke. He raved about sophomore MLB Ben Humphreys, saying he's got a shot to be an All-ACC player in 2016.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Happy start of Big Ten media days. Coaches will talk in this room in a few hours

Tessitore: Foltz, Sadler were 'special in every way'

Joe Tessitore shares his memories of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, both of whom were killed Saturday in a car accident.

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Ekakitie: I am thankful to be alive

In a case of mistaken identity, police stop Iowa DL Faith Ekakitie at gunpoint while he was playing Pokemon Go. Ekakitie describes incident

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

These were the heartfelt opening comments of Nebraska coach Mike Riley to the media here in Lincoln tonight as he mourned Sam Foltz with the Nebraska football team: ""We are in one of those moments that you never, ever just want to think about having to go through. The whole state of Nebraska and the university and, of course, all the student-athletes and our team and our staff, everybody feels this way. You talk about broken-hearted, it's all there, all the parts, and this day will be stuck in time forever -- the news that you just can't connect or comprehend or understand."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Mike Riley, remembering Sam Foltz: "I don't think I'll get this exactly right, but I think his introduction on the scoreboard before the game, where they introduce the starters: Sam Foltz, Small Town, USA -- Greeley, Nebraska. That's him. He's proud. He was really proud of it. He was really proud of being a Nebraska football player."