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From The Mag: Eric LeGrand still believes

Five years after a hit left him paralyzed, the former Rutgers standout says his lifelong love of football still sustains him: "Football made me who I am. I don't miss practice, I'll tell you that. But playing the game of football -- oh, I'd do anything to go back to it." His daily grind

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Can MSU make playoff with a loss to OSU?

Mike Greenberg doesn't think the Spartans will make the College Football Playoff if they lose to the Buckeyes in November: "I don't think a one-loss team out of the Big Ten that doesn't get into the conference title game will get in, even if they're one of the four best teams in the country."


A matchup of powerhouse programs

ESPN's Jeannine Edwards says Notre Dame will be at a loss for words coming out of the tunnel Saturday night: "We live for moments like this, playing a powerhouse team like Texas in prime time on national television."


ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

With 12 ranked teams in action on the ESPN family of networks, the first College Football Saturday has plenty to offer. See which matchups made our #SaturdaySlate in Friday's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Temple sells out Lincoln Field vs. Penn State, only 2nd Temple sell out at Lincoln since 2003. Other time 2007 vs. PSU

Holyfield's son commits to Georgia

ESPN 300 RB Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, committed to the Bulldogs today over Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina. He rushed for 1,735 yards and scored 28 TDs last season at Woodward Academy in Atlanta.

College football stadium oddities

A mascot mausoleum, a rehabbed garbage dump and massive telescope mirrors ... there is strange history lurking around, under and inside some of college football's most hallowed stadiums. Mirror, mirror on the wall

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A bobbling football? No problem

Lenoir-Rhyne University DB Cliff Barrett intercepted a pass ... while falling down ... while the ball was twirling end over end. Someone check his gloves for duct tape.


ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

Jim Harbaugh was denied a win in his Michigan debut, while No. 2 TCU narrowly edged Minnesota on the road. Check out the College Football Day 1 recap in Friday’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Schlabach: A farewell to the offseason

Like lists? How about hilariously awkward headshots? Mark Schlabach recaps the best of the college football offseason, including its best drills and long-snapper tricks. Offseason roundup

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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

My thoughts from the first night: South Carolina's defense is improved, but Connor Mitch will need to play better if the Gamecocks plan to make any noise in the SEC East. Also, brutal loss for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt. But the Commodores defense looked good enough to keep them in some games this year.

Missed TDs, not INTs should haunt Rudock

ESPN's Desmond Howard says it's not the trio of interceptions that should bug Michigan's Jake Rudock: "If I'm Jim Harbaugh, I'm more concerned with Rudock missing those open touchdown throws."


You just can't catch this Wildcat

Arizona QB Anu Solomon did a great job avoiding would-be tacklers, even shedding one wrapped around his leg, to find Johnny Jackson for a 21-yard touchdown.


Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

As noted by Ohio State's Jerry Emig, the Big Ten has the fewest number of FCS opponents in the Power Five this season. The B1G has only seven --Norfolk State, Richmond, E. Illinois, Illinois St., W. Illinois, Indiana St. and S. Illinois.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Re-watching some of the South Carolina game, it's clear that the defense made some improvements here and there but there were way too many missed tackles (7 yds per play). Too many break downs in coverage (12.2 yds per completion). Line was gashed on rushing plays (6.5 yds per carry). Still a long way to go after beating a UNC team that threw 3 end zone picks

Meyer: QBs will learn who's starting

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won't tell the rest of the world who his starting QB will be for Monday night's season opener, but Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett will find out Saturday, he said on 97.1 The Fan: "I told them who was ahead. It's so close that both [should] be ready."

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What did we learn about Michigan?

ESPN's Butch Davis says he saw a Michigan team return to it's old-school, thumping style of football: "Jim Harbaugh's DNA is all over this Michigan offense."


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

One key stat from No. 2 TCU's 23-17 win at Minnesota: Trevone Boykin was hit 20 times. The Gophers hit him on 22 percent of TCU's offensive snaps. Sixteen of those hits came when he ran the ball, including nine on option keepers. Fortunately, Boykin was only sacked once. The Heisman contender enjoy great protection on passing downs, but he took some punishment in the run game. Will TCU try to cut down on his exposure in the run game going forward?

Best of college football's opening night

Jim Harbaugh's debut. Steve Spurrier and South Carolina against UNC. TDs, blocks and hits galore. The 2015 season kicked off in earnest Thursday night, and ESPN was there to capture it all. Photos

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