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Biggest offseason question for each college football team in the Way-Too-Early Top 25

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Some top teams need to replace generational quarterbacks. Others have new coaches who need to fill big roles. No one, not even Clemson and Alabama, is perfect heading into 2021. Here’s a breakdown of the most pressing offseason questions for each of the Way-Too-Early Top......

College football’s most intriguing newcomer for each Way-Too-Early Top 25 team

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Between recruits, transfers and new coaches, even the best teams in college football look different year to year. From defending champ Alabama breaking in a new offensive coordinator to Ohio State’s ready-to-contribute true freshmen, these are the most intriguing newcomers for each of the Way-Too-Early......

How second-year college football coaches fared in recruiting this cycle

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Newly hired college football coaches are given some leeway when being judged on how well or poorly they’re recruiting. Most coaching hires happen only weeks or days before the early signing period, so that initial class is always tough to measure. Second-year coaches, however, have had more time to recruit,......

How the 2021 Way-Too-Early top 25 teams can make a CFP or NY6 run

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl game: Which is more likely for college football teams in 2021? We break down the best-case scenario for each of the Way-Too-Early top 25 teams. The road back to the playoff isn’t particularly complicated for......

College football’s way-too-early 2021 All-America team

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After navigating the challenges of the 2020 college football season, is there anybody not eager to look ahead a little bit? We bid adieu to stars such as DeVonta Smith, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Daviyon Nixon, but there’s a whole new batch of players waiting to star on college......

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......

Stoops, Romo among 2021 college HOF class

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Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer of USC, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller and Eastern Illinois star Tony Romo headline the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame class announced Monday. Kansas State’s Darren Sproles, who still holds 21 school and Big 12 records, and Tennessee linebacker......

‘Hook ’em, you don’t Gig ’em’: Mack Brown recalls one of college football’s most cordial rivalries

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Not long after Mack Brown was hired at the University of Texas, he was saved from the first controversy of his young Longhorns career by the unlikeliest of allies. In 1998, Brown and longtime Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum were guests at a public event in San Antonio along with......

Orange Bowl preview: Can Isaiah Spiller and Texas A&M outpace North Carolina’s defense?

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Two college football programs on the rise, two national championship-winning coaches, two top-15 teams: all a recipe for a quality bowl matchup. The Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 on ESPN and the ESPN App) will pit two familiar names who have reached the pinnacle this......

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......

Bama leads steady top 5; Iowa State gets boost

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The top five teams in the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday, remained unchanged, while Iowa State‘s playoff hopes received a boost and Cincinnati‘s absorbed another blow. Alabama continues to lead off the rankings at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio......

Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

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10:00 AM ET Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia With the College Football Playoff selection show......

The cleat, the kick and the game that just defined this college football season

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As college football limped toward the finish of its fraught 2020 regular season, it was fitting its final full-slate Saturday was saved by a guy throwing a shoe. And for a team with a leading Heisman contender in QB Kyle Trask, it was ironic the season’s biggest throw came from......

UNC RB tandem runs for NCAA-record 544 yards

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North Carolina running back Michael Carter said he had a good feeling about Saturday’s game against Miami after looking over at backfield teammate Javonte Williams during pregame warm-ups. “I just told him, ‘We’re about to do numbers today,'” Carter said. “We expected to have a good game, but I don’t......

What we’ll miss without “The Game,” and what we’re watching instead in Week 15

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7:00 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. A year ago, in the aftermath of another dominant Ohio State win over Michigan, a 56-27 shellacking that almost felt routine, there were obvious questions......

CFP top 6 holds steady; Big 12 still alive in chase

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The top six teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained the same on Tuesday, including Ohio State, which stayed at No. 4 despite uncertainty about its upcoming opponents. The Big 12, meanwhile, is still alive in the CFP race. The Buckeyes stayed ahead of No. 5 Texas A&M and......

Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

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Nov 29, 2020 Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia The past week in college football saw......

Best of Week 14: Coastal Carolina downs BYU, Bama is out for revenge and more

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Week 14 is one for the ages for college football. Never before have we seen two undefeated teams, thousands of miles apart, up and schedule a game against each other in just a matter of days. But that’s what happened with No. 13 BYU and No. 18 Coastal Carolina. Of......

No. 17 Texas Hits Buzzer-Beater to Upset No. 14 UNC

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Madeline Coleman With just 0.1 seconds left in a tie game between No. 17 Texas and No. 14 North Carolina, Matt Coleman shot a stepback jumper. Both teams watched as it hit the rim, bounced off the backboard and finally dropped......

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