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The 150 greatest players in college football’s 150-year history

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10:29 PM ET ESPN staff That the best player in the history of college football didn’t win the Heisman Trophy says less about the player than it does about college football. Jim Brown of Syracuse finished fifth in the vote to select the most outstanding player of 1956. A significant......
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The greatest players in college football’s 150-year history, from 26 to 150

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Jan 9, 2020 ESPN staff The National Football Foundation estimates that 5.33 million players have suited up for college football in 150 years, which places the odds of any one athlete appearing on this list of the 150 greatest players in the history of the game at 35,533-1. Unless you’re......
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Clemson safety Nolan Turner, Dabo Swinney and a tale of family, faith and friendship

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Shortly before his death in 2016, Kevin Turner sent a text message to Dabo Swinney, his good friend and former Alabama teammate. Confined to a bed, Turner stared at his computer screen. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, had spread quickly throughout his body, deteriorating......
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A heated LSU-Clemson debate — Who plays in the real Death Valley?

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As we inch closer to the national title game on Jan. 13, there will be many debates around the fourth-ever meeting between LSU and Clemson. Who’s better, Joe Burrow or Trevor Lawrence? Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Travis Etienne? Purple as an accent to gold or purple as a partner for orange?......
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Saban vs. Harbaugh — A Vrbo Citrus Bowl battle of college football wits

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12:00 AM ET Tom VanHaaren Close ESPN Staff Writer ESPN staff writer Joined ESPN in 2011 Graduated from Central Michigan Alex Scarborough Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the SEC. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of Auburn University. This year’s Vrbo Citrus Bowl has a lot of juice. Michigan (962 wins)......
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The All-Time All-America team for college football’s 150th anniversary

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7:18 AM ET ESPN staff The unifying theme of the 25 players on the All-Time All-America team is that their presence on the field changed the game: how it is played, the expectation of a position, even how we watch. This was true in the late 1920s, when Bronko Nagurski......
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Roll Tide what? The 2019 college football quotes of the year

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There’s a lot of ground to cover in a single year in college football. There’s bowl season, the College Football Playoff, then that long, sad time when there’s no football. Then those hot summer practice report days give way to talking season, then the fall comes and the rivalries start......
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For Navy Midshipmen, small football uniform patches carry important stories

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Justin Self had always leaned on his father, Mike, to pursue his dream of playing college football. Drills on the middle school field, Friday night lights in Texas, Saturday morning garage workouts, summer camps and official visits — Mike guided him through all of it. The two......
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The strange but true tales of O.J. Simpson’s two Heisman trophies

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On June 17, 1994, as O.J. Simpson’s infamous low-speed Ford Bronco chase captivated the country, crowds began to gather along the highways of Los Angeles and seemingly every locale around the city associated with the Simpson. At USC’s Heritage Hall, Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived and requested that Simpson’s......
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The 150 greatest coaches in college football’s 150-year history

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The lifespan of a game is measured in hours. A team comes and goes in a season. A player lasts no more than four years; these days, if he’s good and stays healthy, three. But a coach? A coach is different. Coaches define eras. In a sport in which we......
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The story of Notre Dame icon Rudy Ruettiger? It’s almost too good to be true

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On the night of Sept. 30, 1974, Daniel Eugene Ruettiger made eye contact with Elvis Presley. It happened just outside Gate 8 of Notre Dame’s Athletic and Convocation Center, not as the King was leaving the building but as he arrived. Presley’s limousine rolled up, parked outside and just sat......
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Heisman Watch — Joe Burrow remains ahead of the pack

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The coronation of Joe Burrow has begun. While the official Heisman ceremony isn’t for another few days, Burrow’s play this season has him entrenched in the top spot. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will vote for their top Heisman candidates. To get the final rankings, we use the following methodology:......
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Can Georgia’s offense smash-mouth its way past LSU in the SEC title game?

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ATHENS, Georgia — Compared to the offenses of other College Football Playoff contenders such as Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma, Georgia’s might feel more like a Sunday drive in your grandfather’s Cadillac. With former LSU coach Les Miles behind the wheel. No. 2 LSU, which plays No. 4 Georgia......
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Oklahoma’s approach to Baylor rematch — ‘Everything is different’ about Big 12 championship

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NORMAN, Okla. — Lincoln Riley is 36 years old, which means with his next win, the third-year Oklahoma coach will have matched his age in career victories. He is 35-5, one defeat of No. 7 Baylor away from his third consecutive Big 12 Conference championship. That is a testament to......
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Ohio State Buckeyes’ dominance over the Michigan Wolverines goes beyond the field

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson stared at the stat sheet that showed just how badly Ohio State had beaten the Wolverines yet again, and he kept shaking his head. “It’s hard to look at,” he said, barely glancing up. The disbelief in the postgame interview room......
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Heisman Watch — Can Justin Fields catch Joe Burrow?

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Joe Burrow remains No. 1 in our latest rankings. Justin Fields checks in at No. 2, but he has a steep hill to climb to catch Burrow. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will vote for their top Heisman candidates. To get the final rankings, we use the following methodology: 10......
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The college football Hater’s Guide to Rivalry Week games

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9:00 AM ET Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia Dave Wilson Close ESPN Staff Writer Dave Wilson is an editor for ESPN.com since 2010. He previously worked at The Dallas Morning News, San......
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Welcome, Miami Hurricanes — U are in the Bottom 10

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Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week: It’s a family affair,It’s a family affair You can’t leave, ’cause your heart is thereBut you can’t stay, ’cause you been somewhere else!You can’t cry, ’cause you’ll look broke downBut you’re cryin’ anyway ’cause you’re all broke down! It’s a family affair —......
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Heisman Watch — Chase Young closes in on Joe Burrow

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Chase Young returned to the field for Ohio State after sitting out the last two games due to suspension and promptly resumed his dominance. It wasn’t enough to unseat Joe Burrow from atop our list, but he’s getting closer as the season nears its close. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers......
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College Football Playoff — The committee’s biggest debates about Alabama, Oregon and others

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The College Football Playoff selection committee’s top seven teams remained the same in its third ranking of the season, but there’s always something to debate. (Minnesota fans would like to know why Penn State is ranked ahead of the Golden Gophers in spite of a head-to-head victory and the same......

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