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Predicting next year’s breakout player for each Top 25 team

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The 2020 college football season has just ended, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Here’s a look at one potential breakout star for each player in the 2021 Way-Too-Early Top 25. No. 1 Clemson: QB D.J. Uiagalelei This feels like cheating. Saying Uiagalelei is......

The 2021 Way-Too-Early college football top 25

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Even in a 2020 college football season that featured more starts and stops than Los Angeles traffic, there were a handful of near certainties, such as Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State reaching the College Football Playoff. Even a pandemic couldn’t balance power in the most top-heavy sport. Will we finally......

Top NCAA gymnasts to watch as sport makes its return

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After the coronavirus pandemic brought a premature end to the 2020 NCAA gymnastics season, and with it the conclusion of the collegiate careers of many of the sport’s biggest names, it has been a long 10 months filled with uncertainty about the upcoming campaign. Our coverage of the NCAA gymnastics......

College Football Awards preview: Who will win — and who should win — every award

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The most disjointed college football season in history, played amid a global pandemic, is nearly over. No. 1 Alabama plays No. 3 Ohio State in Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App). And while......

Teammates, past Heisman winners congratulate DeVonta Smith on 2020 win

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The quartet of finalists for the 2020 Heisman Trophy all enjoyed remarkable seasons in light of the unique challenges of this year in college football, but in the end, only one player from among Alabama’s DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask could bring home......

Mullen: Florida Could Have Opted Out of Cotton Bowl

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenna West Following Florida’s 55–20 blowout loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, coach Dan Mullen said the Gators could have skipped the game due to the number of players available to play. “With the number of people that were......

Mullen: Depleted Gators could’ve skipped bowl

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Florida coach Dan Mullen said his team could have opted to not play in Wednesday night’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic based on player availability but chose to anyway because the players wanted to compete. Following a 55-20 blowout loss to No. 6 Oklahoma, Mullen said his depleted roster would have......

2020 College Football Betting Preview: Duke’s Mayo Bowl & Cotton Bowl Classic Picks

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College football bowl season continues with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Wisconsin Badgers meeting in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. That contest is followed by the Florida Gators battling the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Classic. With betting odds posted at DraftKings Sportsbook – here is a breakdown and......

From Lane to Dabo to Tom Herman’s favorite app: College football’s quotes of the year

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It began with Joe Burrow, Coach O and an unprecedented LSU run that made college football history, and 2020 ended on an even more unprecedented historical note. In between, a global pandemic threatened the entire sport and exposed rifts and power imbalances across its landscape. This was a year of......

Bama’s Smith, Jones lead four Heisman finalists

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Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask were announced as Heisman Trophy finalists on Thursday night. Unlike 2019, when LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was the prohibitive favorite to win, the voting figures to be much closer without a clear front-runner emerging......

Florida LB Houston disses OU before bowl game

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Florida linebacker James Houston IV on Tuesday took a shot at Oklahoma ahead of their meeting in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 30. Houston, a redshirt junior, was asked about playing in Big 12 territory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He said he wasn’t worried about Oklahoma......

Cotton Bowl preview: Can Kyle Trask lead Florida past Oklahoma’s defense?

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When the Cotton Bowl matchup of Oklahoma and Florida was announced (Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App), it was fun to think back to the meeting between these two teams in the 2009 Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game. Dan Mullen was even on the......

Meet the 2021 NFL draft QB class: Everything you need to know

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6:50 AM ET ESPN staff The quarterback class for the 2021 NFL draft could be one for the ages, with as many as six quarterbacks who could go in the first round, according to ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. It starts at the top with Clemson’s......

The ESPN 2020 college football All-America team

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Given what players all across the country had to weather and the sacrifices they made just to have a college football season, maybe we should hand out awards to everybody on a roster. But we’ve narrowed down the 2020 ESPN All-America team to 26 players, and the offense, not surprisingly,......

Florida’s Keyontae Johnson Released From Hospital

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc3NDY5NTUwNTY3MTA1OTEz/keyontae-johnson-florida-collapse-court.jpg Ben Pickman Florida forward Keyontae Johnson is being released from UF Health on Tuesday, his family announced in a statement put out by the program’s official Twitter account. “We continue to be amazed at the pace of his recovery and look forward to spending Christmas together as a family.”......

Heisman Watch: Can DeVonta Smith hold off his own teammates?

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Welcome back to our weekly Heisman Watch for the 2020 college football season. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will vote on their top Heisman Trophy candidates. To get the final rankings, we use the following methodology: 14 voters, five votes each. Points system: five points for first-place votes, four points......

Left out of CFP, Aggies will play in Orange Bowl

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Texas A&M was left out of the College Football Playoff, but will look to extend its win streak to eight games when it takes on North Carolina in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The fifth-ranked Aggies (8-1) are the first one-loss SEC team to not make the playoff and will......

Florida TE Pitts will skip bowl game, enter draft

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Florida tight end Kyle Pitts is skipping his senior season and won’t play in the Gators’ upcoming bowl game to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft, he announced on social media Sunday. Pitts, a junior from Philadelphia, is considered a potential top-10 pick. “After much prayer and consideration and speaking......

Even in 2020, Bama, Clemson and Ohio State are still the kings of college football

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In college football, it’s best to enjoy the journey. The ending? Well, those tend to be pretty predictable. On Saturday, Alabama topped Florida and was crowned champion of the SEC again, the fifth time in seven years of the College Football Playoff. The Tide’s trio of offensive superstars took turns......

Gators get TE Pitts back in time for SEC title tilt

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Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen said tight end Kyle Pitts has been cleared to play in the SEC championship game against Alabama. In an interview with SEC Network show “SEC Now” on Friday night, Mullen said, “I guess it’s still 24 hours away, it’s only Friday night. But he’s practiced......

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