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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......

Penn State hires Texas’ Yurcich to handle offense

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Penn State coach James Franklin has hired Mike Yurcich as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, replacing Kirk Ciarrocca after only one season with the Nittany Lions. Yurcich had been the offensive coordinator at Texas in 2020 after one season at Ohio State in 2019 and six seasons as offensive coordinator......

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......

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......

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......

LSU, Penn State and the 2020 stumbles of power programs highlight Week 14

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8:00 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. It has been just 11 months since LSU topped Clemson 42-25 in the College Football Playoff national championship game, completing what might have been the......

Cancellations, upsets and the Pillow Fight of the Week make The Bottom 10 all about the Big Ten

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[Editor’s note: Some Bottom 10 teams have wrapped up their seasons, while others still have a month to play. Meanwhile, the Big Ten is somewhere in between, thanks to everyone from Ohio State and Northwestern to Michigan and Penn State.] Inspirational thought of the week: Hey Spike, you’re scarin’ my......

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

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9:00 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 After a college football weekend with postponements,......

Sarah Fuller and Jaret Patterson lead history-making, record-breaking rivalry weekend

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In normal times, Saturday would have been the finale of the regular season, a chance for divisional powers to secure a spot in a conference championship game or for in-state rivals to afford their fan base license to jeer their neighbors in grocery stores, churches and office cubicles for the......

The best college football player you don’t know, a different kind of rivalry week and more for Week 13

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8:00 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. Mack Brown was standing on the sideline at Kenan Stadium in April 2019, watching his new North Carolina football team run through a spring scrimmage.......

Our latest Bottom 10, where eye tests, analytics and Power 5s need not apply

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[Editor’s note: The first College Football Playoff rankings for 2020 are out, but the Bottom 10 has been here all season, thanks to big names like Penn State, Stanford and Cal.] Inspirational thought of the week BewareI bear more grudges than lonely high court judgesWhen you sleep I will creep......

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

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10:40 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 As we inch closer to the first......

Former PSU player: Coach said don’t talk to cops

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6:47 PM ET John BarrESPN.com Close Joined ESPN in June 2003 Winner: 2013 Peabody Award; 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award/Video Investigative Reporting Covers breaking news, investigative pieces and human interest features Penn State football coach James Franklin told a player not to talk to police following a fight with a......

Introducing the potential Bottom 10 Hawk Bowl, the state of Michigan and more

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[Editor’s note: The college football schedule keeps changing, but the undeterred Bottom 10 keeps losing, especially in the Big Ten and the big brand-name teams such as Michigan.] Inspirational thought of the week: “What’s happening?!”“The staircases change!”“Let’s go this way …”“Yeah, before the staircase moves again …” — “Harry Potter......

A mind-boggling Big Ten, QB drama and fake spikes are all we needed in Week 11

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There have been Saturdays with more drama. Look no further than last week’s Clemson-Notre Dame thriller. There have been Saturdays with bigger games. This week lacked a single matchup between top-25 teams, with four of the top five squads sitting out. With 15 games postponed or canceled because of the......

Penn St.’s Brown retiring due to heart condition

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Penn State running back Journey Brown is medically retiring from football after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Head coach James Franklin announced Wednesday night that the redshirt junior would no longer be able to play. Brown had been held out of the season, as Penn State announced in October that......

Projecting every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

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11:30 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 While the final four for the College......

Penn State drops to 0-3 as Tagovailoa, Terps roll

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Maryland coach Mike Locksley grew up rooting for the team he now coaches, so he’s intimately aware of all the beatings the Terps have taken year after year from Penn State. Knowing that makes performances like the one Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terps turned in during......

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