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Awards for the best of Big Ten media days

The Big Ten concluded its media days on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the best quotes, best boasts and best dance moves that came out of Chicago.

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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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8dPhil 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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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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5dDavid 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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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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Like father, like son

Who would college coaches want their sons playing for? Bob Stoops led the way. Said one coach: "How can you not be impressed ...? The kids who come out of his program are equipped to succeed in whatever they do in life." The list (Insider)

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's offense is considered one of the more complex, and he gave us a taste Tuesday. Fisher drew up one of his favorite plays, and there were route adjustments for each receiver based on coverages and open space. It's a lot to process in a play designed to attack several coverages.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

First-year Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said he had to find himself as an assistant and again as a head coach. His time at Memphis helped him develop his coaching identity before coming to Virginia Tech. Now he is morphing the program to his own philosophy instead of trying to mirror mentors.

Finebaum wants results from Harbaugh

Paul Finebaum is tired of Jim Harbaugh's sideshow and says it's time for him to start winning important football games at Michigan.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer did meet with Penn State's James Franklin today to address the allegations of negative recruiting against the Nittany Lions. "There's no story," Meyer said. "James came up to me and said, 'I did not accuse Ohio State of negative recruiting.' I said, 'I'm good,' and shook his hand."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told me about his future with the league. "My contract is through 2020," Delany said. "A contract is a contract. Retirement is when someone wants to go. I expect to work through my contract. I'm healthy and I enjoy doing what I do. Anything beyond that, I don't know." Responding to the USA Today report that he will retire in 2020, Delany, 68, said it's a "fair inference" but he could also step down before 2020 and doesn't know how he'll feel when the contract expires. He's still healthy and energetic and wants to focus on providing opportunities for student-athletes.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio had an interesting take on what he learned from the last time the Spartans replaced a longtime starting QB. Andrew Maxwell struggled while succeeding Kirk Cousins in 2012 and the team went 6-6. "Don't anoint someone and put the pressure on one individual," Dantonio said. That's why he isn't talking up presumed starter Tyler O'Connor, who replaces Connor Cook.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he hasn't put a timetable on when he will name a starting quarterback between Sean Maguire and Deondre Francois but has an idea about when he wants to know. "Ten days out we'll start understanding who we're going to start or which way we're going," Fisher said. Maguire and Francois will get the majority reps once fall practice opens next week.

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.