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GameDay Kickoff: Which conference has the most to gain in Week 1?

Strength of schedule matters to the College Football Playoff selection committee. Which conferences can take advantage of nonconference games in Week 1?

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CFB Picks of the Week: Week 1 (1:51)
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The Keanu Reeves CFB crossover spectacular (15:57)
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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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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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Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

What is the county-wide economic impact of the Iowa Hawkeyes? Well, according to a 2014 study by the convention and visitors bureau, Johnson County brings in about $16 million for every Iowa home game. The findings were echoed by the Hawkeyes on Thursday through a news release.

Think TCU will roll against Minnesota?

Not so fast, or at least that's what ESPN Chalk's Will Harris believes. Among his best ATS bets in Week 1, he's got the Golden Gophers covering against the Big 12 powerhouse. Your best bets (Insider)

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You think you know Jim Harbaugh ...

But ... did you know Harbaugh was hit by a mail truck at age 7 in Iowa? Or that he has the most Twitter followers among college football coaches? Offbeat facts

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Ohio State says Cardale Jones was examined last night and later released and is doing fine today.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

A study by the Iowa City Convention and Visitors Bureau finds the economic impact of seven home football games at $110M. Average travel party of 2.4 people spends $706 for a weekend game trip. Hawkeyes open Saturday at home against Illinois State.

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More details on Cardale Jones should be cleared up by Urban Meyer in an hour, but OSU is saying the QB is fine after hospital examination.

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Ohio State confirms that Cardale Jones was examined last night at the hospital, has been released and is "doing fine today."

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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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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Upsets on the horizon on opening week?

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg examines a slate of football games on opening weekend and narrows down his three biggest games for the first week in college football.

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Kiper's big board: Lots of Ohio State

First comes Buckeyes DE Joey Bosa at No. 1 and four more OSU players also show up on Mel Kiper Jr.'s big board. Defense-heavy group (Insider)

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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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Cancer and coaching: A day in the life

John Bonamego is a longtime NFL assistant who finally landed his dream job at his alma mater, Central Michigan. But in mid-June, a little more than four months after being hired, the 52-year-old Bonamego was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. Eyes on the prize

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Betting preview: TCU

The No. 2 Horned Frogs, who open their season tonight, are returning 15 starters -- but have to travel outside the state more than twice as much as last year. What sort of expectations do they face for 2015? How to bet (Insider)

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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ACC, Big Ten have most to gain

It may be only Week 1 of college football season, but the CFP selection committee is always watching. With strength of schedule a key factor in their decisions, a few of the Power 5 conferences have some golden opportunities ahead of them this week. Getting the memo

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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