Chris Low

Six years later, Vanderbilt signee Rajaan Bennett's murder still hurts family, town

Rajaan Bennett had an SEC scholarship and a bright future when he died in a murder-suicide while protecting his family. His impact on his Georgia hometown is still felt to this day.

Babers has never seen a receiver like Josh Gordon (1:04)
Good to be Harbaugh when you give speeches and sign biceps (1:00)
Does the ACC Atlantic or SEC West have the best top three teams? (2:03)
Narduzzi expecting same old James Conner (1:12)
Swinney pays off bet to Saban (2:05)
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7dPhil 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?

Gotta catch 'em all: Pokémon Go in recruiting (2:39)
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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.

Should college players be paid? (2:18)
Florida State's unique way of motivating players (1:24)
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4dDavid 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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4dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: UA goes back to school

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

Adoree' Jackson flips out (0:19)
Watson viewed as favorite to be No. 1 pick (1:00)
Steele has 'Canes in ACC title game (0:43)
Why Michigan is the most popular bet to win national title (1:38)
Baker Mayfield's busy Big 12 media day (0:54)
Cooking with Bielema (2:07)


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer lays out the mission this season right off the top: "Have to find a way to replace arguably one of the best groups to ever come through college football." Buckeyes have their work cut out with just six returning starters, but few programs have recruited any better.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledges how tough it is to finish a regular season undefeated and says it comes down to winning the close games. The Hawkeyes won six games by single digits last season and are the Big Ten West favorite for 2016.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst addresses the quarterback situation: "Those two will get a ton of reps in fall camp. Certainly I don't know when, but we'll name a starting quarterback." The two-man race between Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook could go deep into camp.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on defensive lineman Malik McDowell: "Malik is a playmaker. He's big, he's very athletic, physical. With all that being said, he's going to be a true junior. I think this is the year that sort of catapults him."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

"He was a giver. There was no take in Mike Sadler." Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio starts his Big Ten media day by talking about his former punter who died in a car crash this weekend.


Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Lovie Smith, back in Chicago as the new Illinois coach, leads off Day 2 of Big Ten media days. Smith says the Illini "are not there yet" in terms of competing for championships, but he intends to get them to that point.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan standout CB Jourdan Lewis enjoys playing for new defensive coordinator Don Brown, nicknamed "Dr. Blitz." Lewis describes Brown's scheme as, "Pressure, pressure. Dr. Blitz knows what he's doing. That's what he's great at, that's what he hangs his hat on, and that's what we're going to do." Lewis first noticed Brown while watching Boston College's defense stifle Florida State in a game last season.

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After Oklahoma landed a commitment today from four-star WR Cedarian Lamb, a rival Big 12 recruiter told me he thinks Sooners' coach Bob Stoops is in line to sign his "best class ever." OU already has the nation's seventh-ranked class with 12 four-star pledges.

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

A spokesman for the Pullman Police Dept. tells ESPN.com they are investigating a "handful" of Washington State football players (anywhere between 5-12) for an alleged assault at a party that happened over the weekend and left one student hospitalized. Cmdr. Chris Tennant said it's a "complex" investigation when dealing with a party setting, alcohol and a lot of people. "Just because they were there doesn't mean they are guilty of something ... To make a criminal charge, we have to prove that an individual took an individual act and that individual act was criminal. And you have to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt." WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos said in a statement the school is aware and they are cooperating with local police.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

NC State returns eight starters on defense and should be led by its front seven, bigger and stronger than any group Dave Doeren has had with the Wolfpack. Seven players power cleaned over 350 pounds during the offseason: defensive ends James Smith-Williams, Kentavius Street and Bradley Chubb, along with defensive tackles Justin Jones, Eurndraus Bryant, B.J. Hill and Monty Nelson. When Doeren arrived four years ago, he only had one player hit that mark.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern All-Big Ten LB Anthony Walker had season tickets to Miami games growing up and hoped to play for the U. He even was coached by Hurricanes super fan Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell in an all-star game. "After seeing Sean Spence and guys like that, Miami always was the favorite team, but I didn't get a Miami offer," Walker said. "You can only go to one college, so as long as I was able to get one offer, I was OK with it."

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jourdan Lewis is already widely regarded as one of the nation's top corners -- but he doesn't want to stop there. "I'm going to put this out there right now: I want to play offense." Specifically, receiver. Who says Jabrill Peppers is the only versatile Wolverine?

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had high praise for returning cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, the anchor of a secondary that lost three draft picks off last year's group. "The fact that he came back is huge for us," Swinney said. "He has a chance to be a high first-round pick. He's got what everybody's looking for. He can fly. He's tough, he's physical, he's long. He's got a chance to be really, really special."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh said this was his first time autographing a human being. He wasn't happy with the results so he asked the fan to come back tomorrow for a redo.


Review Day 1 of Big Ten Media Days

Matt Schick and Charles Arbuckle break down the first day of Big Ten Media Days, where it seemed like coaches were ready to stop talking and start playing.