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Who gets the ball with the game on the line?

Where should college football's top 25 teams turn when they need one yard to win the game on the last play? Get ready for some surprises.

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FSU not dwelling on last season (1:23)
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Winning will bring Canes' swagger back (1:23)
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Finebaum to Harbaugh: Time to start winning (1:10)
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Babers has never seen a receiver like Josh Gordon (1:04)
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Does the ACC Atlantic or SEC West have the best top three teams? (2:03)
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Narduzzi expecting same old James Conner (1:12)
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Swinney pays off bet to Saban (2:05)
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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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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.

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Should college players be paid? (2:18)
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Florida State's unique way of motivating players (1:24)
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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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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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Adoree' Jackson flips out (0:19)
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Watson viewed as favorite to be No. 1 pick (1:00)
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Steele has 'Canes in ACC title game (0:43)
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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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Cooking with Bielema (2:07)

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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel has watched film of LSU star Leonard Fournette this summer in anticipation of the teams' Sept. 3 opener. The Badgers also played LSU in Fournette's collegiate debut in 2014. "We're going to have our hands full. It's going to take a collective effort to stop him," Biegel said.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The mullet is coming back! Wisconsin star linebacker Vince Biegel on the process of the mullet (he had to go all business this summer as a Merrill Lynch intern).

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State center Pat Elflein is trying to embrace his role as a captain and help bring along a youthful roster. "I think this is the youngest team [coach Urban Meyer] has had, and they are going to have to grow up quick." There's not much time to waste: Oklahoma is looming in Week Three.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State's captains grab a quick break before heading to their individual podiums and an hour of questions from writers at Big Ten media days. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, quarterback J.T. Barrett and center Pat Elflein will be highly in demand.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After the Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz asked his staff regarding Christian McCaffrey: Who in the last 17 years have we played who's better than him? [Antwaan] Randle El is the closest thing in my mind," Ferentz said of the former Indiana star. "I still think if Randle El had played at Florida State, he would have won two Heismans. He was such a dynamic player."

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Nick Saban if he thought he had a top four team this year and he said he doesn't know yet. "There's so many things you don't know until you start going through the season and you see how people respond." He said "it's not something you can visually see." He knows his team is talented, but said there's also more to it.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan was a Butkus Award finalist last year but rarely rushed the passer. He says he didn't need to do so with teammates like Joey Bosa, Darron Lee and Joshua Perry around. Now that those guys are gone, he said, "you might see me do that more."

Dino: Everyone deserves a second chance

Syracuse coach Dino Babers tells Mike & Mike that Josh Gordon is one of the smartest football players he has been around and that he was even a babysitter for his children.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said he will continue to have his players wear jerseys without numbers and plain helmets when fall practice begins Aug. 5. Mendenhall decided to strip everything away from practice uniforms when he arrived as a way to make his players earn everything they got. "They are working so hard," Mendenhall said. "We're thrilled with how they've embraced that." It's had a benefit to coaches, too. They quickly learned how to identify players on tape from spring practice based on their body movements, allowing them to work more quickly on footwork, technique and stances.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

A year ago BC right guard Chris Lindstrom was a 265-pound freshman who missed a block that resulted in a season ending injury for his QB. This year, Lindstrom is up to 305 and one of the reasons Steve Addazio thinks his O-line can make a big stride. "He's going to be a first-rounder in a few years," Addazio said.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

SMU has announced plans to construct an indoor/outdoor football practice facility. Last week SMU notified the Big 12 of its interest in joining the conference.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Richt on recruiting Deshaun Watson to UGA: "I told (OC) Mike Bobo, this guy is going to take someone to a national championship." Richt said he was convinced as soon as Clemson signed Watson, they'd be great. His take on Watson's TD pass vs Georgia in his first career game: "I was glad they took him out after that."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says he could see the playoff semifinals moving off of New Year's Eve but that he doesn't foresee the Rose Bowl ever moving from its New Year's Day slot.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Clawson said Cam Serigne was one of the offseason standouts in the weight room. Serigne had largely served as a receiver his first two seasons at Wake Forest, but Clawson thinks he'll take a lot more reps as an in-line, blocking tight end this year.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite returning only six starters, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he "sees that potential" for a playoff run for the Buckeyes. Says this is the most talented team, top to bottom, that he's had, though there is pressure on coaches to get young roster ready.

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.