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Mike Huguenin

Mike Huguenin primarily covers the ACC, Big Ten and AAC Conferences, along with Notre Dame, for College Football 24/7. He has covered college football for most of the past 28 years for multiple media outlets, including Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com, the Orlando Sentinel and Sporting News. He attended his first college football game in 1969.


July

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series concludes today. While we have taken you on a journey that includes looks at, among other things, the best fight songs, the strongest players and the quarterbacks with the strongest arms, we finish up with what we're all about: an in-depth look at players.

Thus, the final "15 for '15" is the top individual matchups of the season. Most of these games will be worth watching because of the teams -- and the stakes -- involved. But there also will be some must-watch individual matchups. When stars go against other stars, it's must-see TV.... more

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We have been celebrating college football with our "15 for '15" series, but today we have come to shame it with a look at the 15 most embarrassing games of the season.

Forget picking from among flotsam and jetsam such as Ohio State-Hawaii, FSU-Texas State, Oklahoma-Akron, Oregon-Georgia State and Florida-New Mexico State; those games actually are intriguing compared to the ones we're spotlighting. What we don't like is FBS teams scheduling games against bad FCS teams.

We know that some of the FBS teams we're picking on do have some good non-conference games. And we're aware that some of these spotlighted games were scheduled at the last minute. But that in no way absolves anyone of blame.... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with -- appropriately enough for July Fourth weekend -- the nation's most explosive players. Explosive players cause butterflies: When the guy is on your team, you can't wait to see him make a big play, but if he is on the other team, you dread what he can do. All long-play stats are from cfbstats.com.... more

June

Richard Shiro / Associated Press Clemson lineman Isaiah Battle could be first player selected in the supplemental draft since 2012. The supplemental draft has been set for July 9, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports , and all four players... more

Aaron M. Sprecher / NFL Joey Bosa is one of college football's most disruptive defenders. » Best offensive 'triplets' Every college coach craves "triplets" -- trios of top-tier talent capable of dominating games. Today, CFB 24/7 is... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with a look at a somewhat-controversial subject: good players from bad teams. The controversy doesn't involve the players; all these guys are good. Rather, the controversy comes from the "bad teams" part of the equation.

Our thinking is that these good players are going to toil for teams that finish with losing records this fall. (One positive aspect: If a player you think should be on here doesn't show up on this list, don't be upset; instead, be confident that means we think his team will at least finish .500.)... more

Mark Wallheiser/AP De'Andre Johnson enrolled at FSU in January and participated in spring practice. Florida State true freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson, who was suspended indefinitely last week after he was accused of punching a woman... more

Eric Gay/Associated Press Ezekiel Elliott will form the nation's top QB-RB duo with whoever starts at quarterback for Ohio State in 2015. » Best defensive 'triplets' Every college coach craves "triplets" -- trios of top-tier talent... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series rolls on with a look at the 15 best players outside the Power 5 conferences. While fans usually focus on the top leagues, there are many big-time players who play outside the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. Current NFL stars who are from non-Power 5 schools include Philadelphia Eagles LB/DE Connor Barwin (Cincinnati), Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (Central Michigan), Green Bay Packers OG Josh Sitton (UCF), Detroit Lions S Glover Quin (New Mexico) and Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (Utah State).

Note: We are not including Notre Dame. While the Irish aren't in a Power 5 conference, they're a Power 5 team.... more

Associated Press J.T. Barrett became Ohio State's starting QB after Braxton Miller reinjured his shoulder before last season. J.T. Barrett's dad has a definite opinion on the Ohio State quarterback situation -- and it might not be the take... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Greg Bryant is one of only two tailbacks on the Notre Dame roster with a college carry. Notre Dame tailback Greg Bryant, a junior who is projected to be the Irish's backup, reportedly will miss the first four... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with a look at celebrity fans. If you follow college football even a little bit, you know that Snoop Dogg's son is a wide receiver at UCLA; that NBA star LeBron James is a big Ohio State fan; that actors Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Burt Reynolds played football at Miami (Fla.) and Florida State, respectively; that Ashton Kutcher is a big Iowa fan; that singer Kenny Chesney wears his love for Tennessee football on his sleeve. Well, our list goes beyond the "obvious" fans (with one exception).... more

adidas Louisville's new uniforms feature a different logo on each helmet side. » PHOTOS: Louisville unveils new uniforms Louisville unveiled new uniforms Thursday, and they will make their on-field debut Sept. 5 against Auburn in... more

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said Tuesday that musician Sean "Diddy" Combs' celebrity status led to the Bruins offering his son a scholarship. Combs was arrested Monday after school police said he attacked a UCLA staffer with a kettlebell (similar... more

Ron Sachs/Associated Press Jim Haslett will assist the Penn State coaching staff in his new role as a "consultant." Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett has been hired as what the school calls a "consultant" for the Penn State... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with a look at college football's best game-day experience. Having a nice stadium helps, but it's more than that -- the tailgating, the passion (and loudness) of the fans, even the school's football history plays into it. We picked 16 (there's a tie for 15th), but this easily could have gone 30 deep with no drop-off -- and very little distinguishing No. 30 from No. 1. (Thus if your favorite school wasn't picked, just imagine it being No. 17.)... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series rolls on with best fight songs. What's "best" in any type of music is extremely subjective, and we get that every fan's favorite fight song is the fight song of their favorite team. Still, these are easily identifiable even if you don't like the school involved.

» Podcast: DDFP talks best college fight songs... more

Michael Conroy / AP Gelen Robinson posted two sacks and four tackles for loss for the Boilermakers in 2014. Purdue sophomore defensive end Gelen Robinson, who is expected to start for the Boilermakers this fall, was arrested early Saturday... more

Associated Press Ernie Davis was the No. 1 pick in the 1962 NFL Draft, but he never played in the league after falling ill. The deadline to vote on the 2016 induction class for the College Football Hall of Fame ended Saturday, and the... more

We're celebrating those current players whose dads played -- and in some cases, starred -- in the NFL. We're spotlighting starting college players whose dads had, at the least, solid NFL careers.

That's why Ohio State DE Joey Bosa is not listed. While his dad, John, was a first-round pick in 1987 out of Boston College, John's NFL career lasted just three uneventful seasons.

Still, whenever Joey decides to go pro, the Bosas appear likely to become the eighth father-son duo in which both were taken in the first round. The others: the Heywards (father Craig, son Cameron), the Ingrams (father Mark, son Mark Jr.), the Mannings (father Archie, sons Peyton and Eli), the Matthewses (father Bruce, son Jake), the Matthewses (father Clay, son Clay Jr.) and the Winslows (father Kellen, son Kellen Jr.).

Here are the "dandy dozen" father-son duos for this season; if the duos attended the same college, it is noted.... more

Top CFB tandems: RB WR OL DL LB DB Associated Press Virginia Tech's Brandon Facyson and CB Kendall Fuller combine to form college football's top DB tandem. College Football 24/7 's look at the game's top tandems concludes... more

Harry Cabluck/AP Chris Simms was a third-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2003 after starring at Texas. Former Texas quarterback Chris Simms said Thursday he received "some $100 handshakes" while he was a Longhorns player. » 15 for '15:... more

John Bazemore / Associated Press Nick Chubb led Georgia in rushing yards (1,547) and touchdowns (14) in 2014. One NFL team had Georgia running back Todd Gurley atop its 2015 draft board , and he ended up going 10th overall in the 2015 NFL... more

Sam Riche/Associated Press Indiana safety Antonio Allen recorded 74 tackles and two interceptions in 2014. Indiana's leading returning tackler has been suspended after he was arrested on felony drug charges. The Indianapolis Star reported... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with a look at the 15 scariest players in college football. Some are scary because of the carnage that ensues when they have the ball in their hands. Others are scary because of the havoc they can wreak as defenders. All can cause nightmares for opposing coaches and players.

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AP Photo/Tony Ding Jim Harbaugh is charged with helping Michigan bounce back from a 5-7 season. The Golden State Warriors' NBA championship meant that Steve Kerr became the first NBA coach since Pat Riley in 1982 to win the title in his... more

Associated Press Larry Coker led Miami to a national title in his first season as head coach (2001). The NBA Finals matched two first-year coaches, and Steve Kerr's Golden State team outdueled David Blatt's Cleveland squad. In the process,... more

Alabama lost its top three receivers from last season, including first-round pick Amari Cooper, but the Tide might have received some help in the form of an Oregon State transfer. Richard Mullaney, who graduated from Oregon State in the spring and has... more

Ohio State junior quarterback Cardale Jones hasn't spent all that much time in the spotlight, but the glare has been incredible. The spotlight will be on him again this fall at Ohio State, though there was a thought that he might have been better off... more

Alabama played Michigan in the 2012 season-opener , and at one point in that game the Crimson Tide had 11 offensive players on the field who currently are on NFL rosters. Tide running backs coach Burton Burns wants to make sure everyone knew that.... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Braxton Miller missed all of the 2014 season after re-injuring his throwing shoulder in fall camp last year. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been fully cleared and faces no limitations on his shoulder,... more

Top CFB tandems: RB WR OL DL LB DB Associated Press Nick Martin and Ronnie Stanley help give the Fighting Irish a formidable front line. Batman and Robin. Beer and wings. Bert and Ernie. Tom and Jerry. Scotch and soda.... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has suffered ACL injuries in each of the past two seasons. As every football fan knows, injuries play a big role in how a team performs. When star players go down, chances are his... more

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with a look at 15 "freakish athletes." Truthfully, there are 100s of college football players who fit that designation, and each team has at least one guy who wows you with his physical gifts. We chose 15 who most intrigue us with those gifts. A lot of them are household names; others basically are known only in their households. But each has marvelous physical gifts.... more

Ohio State junior quarterback Cardale Jones doesn't appear as if he is willing to rest on his laurels. Jones burst onto the national scene with eye-opening performances in the Buckeyes' march to the national title. Jones saw appreciable time in just... more

U-Who?: QB RB WR TE OT DL LB DB Kevork Djansezian/Associated Press Clay Matthews has been selected to five Pro Bowls since departing USC after the 2008 season. The next group in our "U-Who?" series is linebacker.... more

The Major League Baseball draft starts Monday night, and even though Jameis Winston went No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, you wonder if Winston is wondering "what if?"

You see, Winston was a high school baseball player of some renown in Alabama -- he was a 15th-round pick out of high school by the Texas Rangers in 2012 -- and even served as the closer and a designated hitter for Florida State's highly ranked baseball team in 2014.

When Winston plays in his first NFL game this fall, he will join a select company of players who were first-round picks in the NFL draft but also were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. In addition, he will become one of the best-known current NFLers who also were drafted in baseball.

Here is a look at five current NFL stars who were baseball draft picks, as well as five big-name former NFL first-rounders who were drafted in baseball.... more

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Our "15 for '15" series continues with 15 big hitters who have caught our eye. A big hit definitely revs up the home crowd; at the same time, illegal big hits can cause injuries and lead to ejections, so applauding big hits can lead to an unease among fans. Still, football is a physical sport, and these guys are among the most physical in the nation.... more

West Georgia defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, a former four-star junior college recruit, plans to apply for inclusion in the NFL's annual supplemental draft. Check out the top NFL players to come from the supplemental draft. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

U-Who?: QB RB WR TE OT DL LB DB Jeffrey M. Boan/Associated Press Trent Williams, a first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2010, has been selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls. The next group in our "U-Who?" series is... more

Associated Press Houston QB Andre Ware passed for 517 yards in a single half in 1989. American Pharoah claimed the elusive Triple Crown in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, becoming just the 12th Triple Crown winner in history and the first in... more

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Every athletic director (and, admit it, every fan) always is on the hunt for the next great coach, and in this "15 for '15" piece, we are spotlighting 15 "hot" coordinators who could become head coaches next season. (We're not necessarily spotlighting the best coordinators, just the ones we think could become head coaches next season.) Six coordinators became head coaches this offseason: Georgia OC Mike Bobo at Colorado State, Kentucky OC Neal Brown at Troy, Ohio State OC Tom Herman at Houston, Clemson OC Chad Morris at SMU, Baylor OC Philip Montgomery at Tulsa and Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi at Pittsburgh.... more

North Carolina released the NCAA's "Notice of Allegations" on Thursday, and the school is accused of five Level I allegations, which are considered "severe" breaches of conduct by the NCAA. Examples of a Level I violation include lack of institutional... more

Lynne Sladky/AP Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey was an All-ACC first-team selection last season. Florida State junior cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be busy with football next summer. But he also wouldn't mind spending time in Brazil -- at the... more

Penn State-Pittsburgh used to be one of the nation's best college football rivalries, but the schools haven't played annually since 1992 -- the season before the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten. The schools are set to meet again in 2016, but their... more

U-Who?: QB RB WR TE OT DL LB DB Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Willis McGahee was selected to two Pro Bowls over 11 NFL seasons after starring at Miami. The next group in our "U-Who?" series is running back. While... more

Bruce Schwartzman / Associated Press Derrick Brooks starred at LB for FSU from 1991-94 before moving on to an illustrious career with the Bucs. Pro Football Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Eric Dickerson and former No. 1 overall NFL draft... more

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No talk about an upcoming season is complete without mentioning coaches that will enter said season on the hot seat. Thus, this "15 for '15" installment deals with coaches who might want to get acquainted with some real estate professionals.... more

Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Head coach Bob Stoops led Oklahoma to an 8-5 record last season. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is heading into his 17th season with the Sooners, and while he has had heard from some NFL teams, he said he is quite... more

Brody Schmidt / Associated Press Devonte Fields was dismissed from TCU in 2014 following an arrest. Louisville defensive end signee Devonte Fields, one of the nation's top junior college transfers , will have a misdemeanor assault charge... more

May

AP Photo/Matt Rourke Allen Iverson won one MVP award and was selected to 11 All-Star games during his NBA career. Allen Iverson as a quarterback at Notre Dame and with the Dallas Cowboys? That was his ultimate sports dream, not playing... more

Wilfredo Lee/AP Ohio State's Braxton Miller has twice earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller still hasn't spoken to the media since last August, but Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Friday... more

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CFB 24/7 continues its "15 for '15" series with a look at the top rivalry trophies in college football.

While there are numerous rivalries in the running to be called "the best," there really are not that many interesting trophies associated with those games. Instead, the best rivalry trophies are just plain unique -- and even weird.... more

Associated Press Woody Hayes' antics at the 1978 Gator Bowl cost the legendary Ohio State coach his job. Tom Thibodeau took the Chicago Bulls to the NBA playoffs in each of his five seasons as coach of the team, but that didn't stop the Bulls... more

The top four states in producing draftees (in terms of where they went to high school) in the 2015 NFL Draft were Florida, Georgia, and California and Texas. Indeed, almost half the draftees were from those four states. » 15 for '15: Countdowns of... more

The service academies haven't sent that many players on to the NFL, but the New England Patriots took Navy long snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round of the NFL draft earlier this month. While Cardona never is going to be a top NFL star, there have been a handful of service academy players who were stars. What better time than Memorial Day weekend to spotlight those guys?

Here are the 10 best NFL players in history who went to a service academy.... more

Kenny Hill made official what has been expected for almost five months: The former Texas A&M quarterback is transferring to TCU. Hill will sit out this season and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016. He played sparingly as a... more

Perhaps the most iconic number in college football is No. 44 at Syracuse. Heck, both the university's zip code and phone exchange have "44" in them.... more

Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns last season while playing with an injured left wrist. He tweeted Wednesday that his wrist finally is fine. After 2 surgeries and 9 months of casts and wrist braces my left wrist has... more

CFB 24/7 continues its "15 for '15" series with a look at the top transfers for this season.

"Top transfers" is open to interpretation, of course, and here is ours: These are not the 15 most talented transfers, but rather 15 players who will fill key holes and play important roles for their new team. It is a mix of four-year transfers, graduate transfers and junior college transfers.

Transfers can make a huge impact. JC transfer Cam Newton led Auburn to the 2010 national title, and graduate transfer Russell Wilson guided Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl and already has led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl title.

The top transfer on our list is quarterback who is looking for the same type of success as Wilson. And he's basically the same size, too.... more

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What better way to start off CFB 24/7's in-depth look at the 2015 season than to take a gander at the top Heisman candidates. Our "15 for '15" series begins with the top contenders for what might be the most prestigious individual award in sports.

Remember that each of the past five winners -- and 13 of the past 15 -- have been quarterbacks; the only non-quarterbacks in that stretch were running backs Mark Ingram of Alabama in 2009 and Reggie Bush of USC in 2005. Still, we have more running backs than quarterbacks on our list.... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Braxton Miller twice was selected as Big Ten player of the year before suffering a season-ending injury in camp last year. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is adamant: Quarterback Braxton Miller will be... more

Opposing quarterbacks and running backs know all about Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, a senior who will be one of the best in the nation at the position in the fall. Now, it looks as if trees need to be wary of Zettel, as well. How... more

Evidently there are no sacred cows when it comes to new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his Twitter account. Harbaugh is in Peru on a mission trip, and he tweeted out this gem Friday afternoon. PeruBall 2015 - Padre Joe assures proper PSI HaHa... more

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be together again, if only for one day. Harbaugh and Michigan are hosting a special one-day quarterback camp June 20. Michigan is billing it as "Ann Arbor's aerial... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Jim Harbaugh is looking to get Michigan back on track after the team finished 5-7 last season. Trying to get caught up on college football news that happened while you were immersed in the NFL draft? Here are 10... more

The best class in the 2015 NFL Draft belonged to the Minnesota Vikings. Using NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt's Hot 100 prospects list as the arbiter, the Vikings were the draft's clear "winner." First off, the Vikings selected six Hot 100... more

One day after former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden called Jameis Winston "an embarrassment" to the university, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith came to his rookie quarterback's defense. That Smith would do so should surprise no one: Winston... more

Florida State had 11 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, the most of any school in the nation and a figure that gives FSU 29 players taken in the past three drafts. » Jameis Winston signs rookie contract with Buccaneers The 29 players is a... more

Draft-pick replacements: ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Non-Power Five The Big Ten had 35 draft picks in 2015, the fourth-most of any conference this year, with national champion Ohio State leading the way with five selections. Here's... more

Cornerback Wayne Lyons finally will get to play for Jim Harbaugh after all. » Michigan reports four secondary violations under Jim Harbaugh Michigan officially announced that Lyons was transferring from Stanford for his final season of... more

Draft-pick replacements: ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Non-Power Five The ACC had 47 NFL draft picks in 2015, the second-most of any conference this year, and Florida State (11) and Louisville (10) combined for 21 of them. The 47... more

After breaking down how conferences and major college programs have fared in recent NFL drafts, CFB 24/7 set out to answer a more hypothetical question: Which five schools would field the best 22-player starting lineups using only draft picks from the... more

Last week, the St. Louis Rams made Todd Gurley their first-round pick. This week, the star running back had a bill named in his honor signed into law. Gurley, who went 10th overall in the draft, was the impetus behind what is known as the "Todd Gurley... more

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was one of the college football stars who had loss-of-value insurance last season, and he suffered a severe knee injury in Texas A&M's December bowl win over West Virginia. But he still went in the first round -- 21st,... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Other schools With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, we decided to take a look at the "Power Five" conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here is the Big Ten. » The Big Ten had 35... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Other schools With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, CFB 24/7 decided to take a look at the "Power Five" conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here is the ACC. » The ACC had 47... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Other schools With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, CFB 24/7 decided to take a look at the conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here are the ones from outside the "Power Five." »... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Other schools With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, we decided to take a look at the "Power Five" conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here is the Pac-12. » The Pac-12 had 39... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Other schools With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, we decided to take a look at the "Power Five" conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here is the Big 12. » The Big 12 had 25... more

ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Other schools With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, we decided to take a look at the "Power Five" conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here is the SEC. » The SEC had 54 players... more

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer needed surgery Wednesday to remove his appendix. The school had announced that Meyer would have to miss a planned speaking engagement Wednesday at Findlay University, a small school in Findlay, Ohio, for what the school... more

You hear it every year around draft time, the whispering that goes on when your favorite team has extra picks in the later rounds. "Hey, Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick. Maybe our GM can uncover a guy like that!" » 2015 NFL Draft: Quick-snap... more

There is no science to player evaluation. If there were, linebacker Aaron Curry would be an NFL star and running back Arian Foster would be a candidate for a "whatever happened to?" story that would appeal only to University of Tennessee fans. Instead,... more

The SEC led the way with 54 total draftees this year, which gives the league a national-best 246 picks in the past five drafts. Second-most among conferences in the past five drafts is the ACC with 185, followed by the Pac-12 with 160, the Big Ten with... more

Last year's rookie wide receiver class was tremendous. One NFL analyst said this year's class will be even better. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger touted this year's group Monday on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" wrap-up show. » 2015 NFL... more

There are 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers who began their careers as undrafted free agents. So did the hero of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks. Obviously, expecting a UDFA to become a Hall of Famer is a little... more

The SEC is the draft king. Again. The SEC had 54 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft , giving the league the most draftees for the ninth year in a row. » Quick-snap grades: Evaluating the drafts of all 32 teams The ACC was second with 47... more

Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett 's emotions have run the gamut in the past 12 hours -- he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, his hometown team, in the fifth round Saturday, but his family's house was engulfed by fire Friday night during a draft... more

At one time, UCLA's Brett Hundley was being mentioned as the most likely guy to be the third quarterback taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. Instead, he was the sixth -- and he went to a team with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. » Path to the... more

Three months ago, Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was being mentioned as a potential first-round pick. But in the ensuing 12 or so weeks, Clemmings saw his stock slide, to the point where he ended up being selected in the fourth round... more

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty needs time to sit and learn in the NFL. But given that he was drafted by the New York Jets, it's likely the pressure to play him quickly is going to be great. Petty was the fourth pick in the fourth round (103rd overall)... more

If you had Colorado State's Garrett Grayson in the "who will be the third quarterback selected in the 2015 NFL Draft?" pool, congratulations on your win. The New Orleans Saints took Grayson with the 11th pick in the third round (75th overall) Friday... more

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory had the longest wait of any draft prospect in the "green room," and his wait finally ended late in the second round Friday night, when he went 60th overall to the Dallas Cowboys. Gregory is a gifted athlete with a big... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars might have found their starting running back with the selection of Alabama's T.J. Yeldon with the fourth pick of the second round (36th overall) on Friday night. » Mike Mayock's top 100 2015 draft prospects Yeldon... more

The Tennessee Titans took wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham , one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft, with the eighth pick in the second round Friday night. The Titans had traded back in the round but still were able to get Green-Beckham, a... more

Every coach and every general manager professes to be ecstatic with the player they drafted. (Hey, if they're not, they shouldn't have drafted him.) Here's a quick team-by-team look at how each first-rounder was viewed by either his GM or his new coach.... more

April

The Indianapolis Colts signed two veteran free agents from the University of Miami this offseason to help their offense. They drafted another former UM star on Thursday night. » Mike Mayock's top 100 2015 draft prospects Speedy wide receiver... more

Suffering a torn ACL in a late-December bowl game didn't keep Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi out of the first round of the NFL draft. Ogbuehi surprisingly went 21st overall, to the Cincinnati Bengals. Ogbuehi was the second first-round pick... more

After no running backs were taken in the first round in either of the past two drafts, two went in the top 15 Thursday night -- and a team traded up for the second one. Georgia's Todd Gurley went 10th to the St. Louis Rams, and the San Diego Chargers... more

That the New York Giants went for an offensive lineman with the No. 9 pick wasn't necessarily a surprise. But that they grabbed Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Flowers generally was regarded as a guy who would go in... more

Presumptive No. 1 pick Jameis Winston became actual No. 1 pick Jameis Winston on Thursday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Winston, a quarterback from Florida State, with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft. » Mike Mayock's top 100 2015 draft... more

A quick by-the-numbers look at the first rounds of the past five NFL drafts: » The most popular position in the first round of the past five drafts? It's a tie between defensive end and offensive tackle, with 22 each. Next is cornerback with 20,... more

A running back who suffered a torn ACL in November is the top-ranked player -- not just the top-ranked back, but the top-ranked player -- on one team's draft board? That's apparently the case. Hard to gauge consensus on draft prospects. Know one team... more

Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston doesn't lack for confidence or competitiveness. But if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make him the No. 1 overall pick of the draft, as widely expected, linebacker Lavonte David says it wouldn't be a surprise if... more

Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes is considered the best player at his position in the draft, and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is considered one of the top two running backs available. Both should go in the first round Thursday night, and that means... more

Jacksonville took two wide receivers in the second round last year and had another rookie finish second on the team in receptions, but one AFC personnel executive said he thinks the Jaguars are targeting Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper with the No. 3... more

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley thinks he is going in the top 10, a thought seemingly shared by most analysts. Beasley told Charlotte radio station WZGV 730-AM that he thinks he'll end up in Atlanta, Chicago or Oakland -- all of whom pick in the top... more

Who has the best fastball among the quarterbacks in this draft? Going by the velocity among those who threw at the NFL Scouting Combine, it's Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett . » Mike Mayock's top 100 2015 draft prospects Bennett threw a... more

Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith a first-rounder? Hey, don't be surprised if it happens. In a rough year for DLs, two who could sneak into the back of the 1st round: OU??s Jordan Phillips and Mississippi State??s Preston Smith. ?? Ian... more

The DUI case against Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams has been dismissed. Williams was arrested April 3 in Tallahassee, Fla., and pleaded not guilty to the charge . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the charges were dropped, with... more

Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman in 2014, and he is a good choice to be the first offensive lineman off the board Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft. But don't be... more

Edge rushers are among the prime targets for the Washington Redskins in the first round, and they'll be sending their defensive staff to work out one of this year's best in Kentucky's Bud Dupree on Monday. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL... more

Less than a week before the draft comes word that Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings , considered a likely first-round pick, has a stress fracture in his foot. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the injury showed up during Clemmings' medical... more

Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs | Edge rushers | WRs/TEs | OLs | LBs We finish our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with defensive backs. The number of defensive backs selected in the first round has... more

There is no clear-cut pecking order among offensive linemen in this draft, and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said two surprising names could sneak into the first round. 2 names that keep popping up in my discussions with league execs: OT's Jake... more

At least two NFL personnel executives see bust potential in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston , the presumptive top pick in next week's draft. One thing to note: Both executives were quoted anonymously, meaning there were no names attached to... more

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly agrees with almost every analyst who says Florida State's Jameis Winston is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft, but he does have concerns about one of Winston's on-field weaknesses. » Gil Brandt's Hot 100 + 40... more

The New York Jets worked out Marcus Mariota on Oregon's campus and brought him to New Jersey to visit with the team. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams NFL Media's Albert Breer reports Mariota was in New Jersey for a visit April 2,... more

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray is dealing with a foot injury similar to turf toe, but at least one orthopedic surgeon believes the injury will not require surgery. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Ray saw a foot specialist , Dr. Aakash Shah... more

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Thursday that USC defensive end Leonard Williams is his No. 1 defensive player in the draft. » Mike Mayock's top five 2015 NFL Draft prospects by position During a pre-draft teleconference, Mayock said he had... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 finishes up its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. No. 4 pick Who picks here in 2015:... more

Former NFL players -- including six Pro Football Hall of Famers -- will be used to announce the second-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, the league announced Thursday. One of those Hall of Famers is sure to get a rousing reception from the fans in... more

While numerous New England Patriots personnel visited the White House on Thursday, there was a contingent of Patriots personnel who worked out USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor in Los Angeles. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the news. The... more

Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs | Edge rushers | WRs/TEs | OLs We continue our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with linebacker. (This does not include edge rushers who play outside linebacker; that group is... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 continues its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we... more

Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs | Edge rushers | WRs/TEs We continue our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with offensive linemen. There has been at least one offensive lineman taken in the top 10 in each of the... more

The Detroit Lions are bringing in one of the draft's top offensive linemen on the final day prospects can visit team facilities. » Draft Winds: Rumors connecting prospects to teams LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins is visiting the team, NFL... more

Count former Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew among those who are skeptical of Marcus Mariota succeeding in the NFL. Jones-Drew even mentioned -- cover your eyes, Mariota fans -- Blaine Gabbert when talking about Mariota's... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston , the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft, received a shoplifting citation last April for taking crab legs from a Tallahassee grocery store, but now is saying he received them for free from a store employee. »... more

We continue our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with wide receivers and tight ends. Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs | Edge rushers Last year's draft was an incredibly good one for wide receivers, with five... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 continues its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we... more

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is visiting Tuesday with the Kansas City Chiefs -- a team that needs a wide receiver and could take one in the first round. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The St. Louis Rams should be in the market for a cornerback, and the best corner in the draft is scheduled to visit with the team Tuesday. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Michigan... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 continues its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we... more

The Dallas Cowboys need a running back in this draft, and Miami's Duke Johnson says he fits Dallas' scheme. And he fits it quite well, too, he says. Johnson, who is the leading rusher in UM history, was on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Monday and was asked... more

We continue our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with edge rushers. Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs There is a good group of edge rushers in this draft, and as many as five could come off the board in the top 15... more

Philadelphia's signing of Tim Tebow is grabbing all the headlines, but the Eagles still are doing their draft prep work, too, and have Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett in for a visit. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams... more

Which 2015 NFL Draft prospects are undervalued and, thus, will be drafted a bit later than they should be? NFL Media analysts made their picks on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" Friday. Here's a look at the players they mentioned. WR Dres Anderson ,... more

Georgia running back Todd Gurley is a probable first-round pick, and teams interested in him are breathing a little easier today. #Georgia RB Todd Gurley (ACL), who had medical rechecks yesterday & today, checked out fine, source said. Viewed as good... more

A pair of quarterbacks in this year's draft could be selected with the first two picks for the sixth time in the Super Bowl era, and if history is a guide, one will struggle, if not be an outright bust. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem likely to make... more

Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs We continue our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with interior defensive linemen. There is a solid group at the position this year, with arguably the top prospect in the draft,... more

The St. Louis Rams certainly are doing their due diligence on the quarterbacks in this draft, and they have a meeting scheduled with Jameis Winston . » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport said Rams... more

The Dallas Cowboys, who haven't drafted a quarterback since 2009, could be in the market for one in this draft and had a private workout with UCLA's Brett Hundley on Thursday. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams NFL Media... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 continues its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we... more

Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs We continue our quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft with running back -- you know, the position that has lost luster in the draft, but not on the field on Sundays. No running back... more

As everyone should know, Wednesday is tax day. (We'll pause here for those who need to get their return in the mail.) In honor of tax day (and, yes, we get the fact that "honoring" tax day is really pushing it), we're taking a look at six prospects in... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 continues its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we... more

Positional overviews: QBs | RBs | Interior DLs College Football 24/7 's quick-hit position overviews for the 2015 NFL Draft begins today with the most important position on the field. Everyone who likes football loves high-level quarterback play.... more

Every college team has at least a handful of guys that began their careers as walk-ons, and every year, some of them are selected in the NFL draft. And some end up stars in the NFL.

One such star decided to call it a career Tuesday. Steelers CB Ike Taylor announced his retirement from the NFL after a productive 12-year career. Taylor, 34, was with Pittsburgh for two Super Bowl wins and three conference titles.

Taylor joined Louisiana-Lafayette as a junior walk-on in 2002. He quickly earned a scholarship as a tailback that season, then moved to corner as a senior in 2003. His athleticism led the Steelers to take him in the fourth round in 2003.

News of Taylor's retirement spurred us to take a look at the 10 best active NFL players who started their college careers as walk-ons.... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 continues its countdown of the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we... more

Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1 CFB 24/7 is counting down the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we end up... more

Two of the draft's top prospects, Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler, Jr. and West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White , are visiting the New York Jets on Monday. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams The New York Daily News... more

The New Orleans Saints definitely could use a pass rusher, and one of the best available edge rushers in this draft -- albeit one surrounded by questions -- is visiting the team this week. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams Fox... more

The Chicago Bears, who have the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, brought in Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota for a meeting last week. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams The meeting occurred in Chicago in the beginning of... more

UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman continued his traveling-man ways Friday, this time visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers.com reported the news of the visit. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams Perriman... more

Michigan defensive end Frank Clark has cleared up the legal issues that caused him to be dismissed from the team in mid-November. The Toledo (Ohio) Blade reported Clark reached a plea agreement after originally facing a misdemeanor charge of domestic... more

Boise State running back Jay Ajayi , a Dallas-area native, is visiting Friday with the Dallas Cowboys -- a team that happens to need a running back -- at their local prospects day after dining with the team Thursday night. It seems doubtful that Ajayi... more

Jameis Winston 's attorney, David Cornwell, seems to have the same general opinion of the quarterback as everyone else: He is ready to be a player on the field but has some growing up to do off the field. Cornwell spoke at the Villanova Sports Symposium... more

UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa has a scheduled visit next week with the New Orleans Saints, a team that needs a pass rusher. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams News of the visit was reported by nationalfootballpost.com... more

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is one of the draft's most polarizing prospects: He has a tremendous upside, but he has a history of off-field issues. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah is high on Green-Beckham's on-field talents, ranking him as the... more

The New York Jets had the most anemic passing offense in the NFL last season, and were the only team that failed to reach the 3,000-yard mark in passing yards. The Jets have added wide receiver Brandon Marshall via trade this offseason, but NFL Media... more

Yes, the New England Patriots just won their fourth Super Bowl. But that doesn't mean the Patriots don't have some holes to fill in the draft. Perhaps the biggest hole is at cornerback, where the Pats lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and NFL... more

New Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, formerly the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator, probably knows the Falcons had the second-fewest sacks in the NFL last season. For that reason, Quinn and the Falcons presumably are extremely interested in... more

Everybody knows the top two quarterbacks in this draft are Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota , in some order. And everybody wants to debate about the No. 3 quarterback: Is it Baylor's Bryce Petty ? UCLA's Brett Hundley ? Colorado State's Garrett... more

After bringing former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in for a pre-draft visit Thursday, the Tennessee Titans are set to meet with Florida State's Jameis Winston, the presumptive top pick in the draft, on Monday, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.... more

The Dallas Cowboys definitely would seem to be in the market for a cornerback, and two of the best corner prospects in the draft have visited the team this week. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Florida State's P.J. Williams had visited Tuesday... more

We're 21 days away from the 2015 NFL Draft. Granted, that's better than being, say, 50 days away from the draft, but it still means three more weeks to wait. To help pass the time, we decided to spotlight the top 21 schools when it comes to producing... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers could be targeting a cornerback with their first-round pick, and they have scheduled a meeting with one of this year's top prospects at the position. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams Steelers.com reports... more

Virginia's Eli Harold isn't considered one of this year's elite edge rushers, but he still is getting a lot of attention in the run-up to the draft and easily could end up as a first-round pick. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams... more

The legal issues for Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams , seen as a potential first-round pick, likely won't be over by the time of the 2015 NFL Draft, which begins on April 30. Williams was arrested on a DUI charge in the early morning on April 3.... more

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said at a pre-draft news conference Wednesday that Baltimore has brought in Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Washington cornerback Marcus Peters for visits. Green-Beckham and Peters are among the... more

At Louisville's pro day March 11, Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker told reporters he had met with four teams , and he is visiting one of those teams Wednesday. Parker told reporters he had meetings with Miami, Minnesota, San Diego and San... more

The San Francisco 49ers are having to rebuild their defensive front seven, and a lineman who seemingly would fit will be visiting with the team soon. The Sacramento Bee reported that the 49ers will play host to Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead on a... more

Michael Thomas/Associated Press Texas long snapper Nate Boyer has served multiple overseas deployments as a member of the U.S. military. The football world has been slow to learn about Texas long snapper Nate Boyer. College Football 24/7... more

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is going to see one of his quarterbacks go in the first round for the third time in the past five drafts later this month, and he was asked Tuesday if he ever had considered being an NFL head coach. "I never say never,"... more

When trying to figure out who your favorite team is going to pick in the first round, sometimes it's beneficial to take a look at the positions the team seems to favor in the first round. We have done just that; as an added bonus, we also looked into... more

Miami's Denzel Perryman , who might be the hardest-hitting linebacker in the draft, had a private workout with the New England Patriots. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported the news. At... more

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler is going to be a busy man in the next few days, as he has visits set up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL... more

Nebraska's Randy Gregory , one of the top edge rushers in the draft, will be visiting the Minnesota Vikings. Yahoo! Sports reported on the visit. Gregory (6-foot-4 7/8, 235 pounds) was a defensive end at Nebraska, but he seems likely to move to... more

Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson , one of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft class, will visit the Dallas Cowboys this week. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams The Baltimore Sun reported the news, and said the Atlanta... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to do their due diligence on the top quarterbacks in the draft. While the Bucs -- who own the top pick in the draft -- have been linked with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston , they sent a large contingent to... more

Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter of the Aggies' Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia, and conventional wisdom was that he would slide down draft boards. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein said that's not... more

Florida State's Tre Jackson might be the best pure guard in this year's draft class, and he said he has three team visits scheduled, including one with the Super Bowl champions. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams Jackson said Monday... more

It appears as if UCF's Breshad Perriman will be one of the busiest wide receiver prospects in the draft in the next few weeks. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams Perriman has visited with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins,... more

One of the top offensive tackles in the 2015 NFL Draft will be visiting the Cleveland Browns. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams Former Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers will be making a visit to Cleveland to talk with Browns... more

Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings has visits set up with three teams, including one that needs a tackle and owns a pick late in the first round. » Draft Winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams Clemmings (6-foot-4 3/4, 309 pounds), whom... more

This is part two of our "Huh? Who is that dude?" primer -- the defensive players' version -- for the 2015 NFL Draft. The offensive players' version ran Thursday . » Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects for 2015 NFL Draft Every year, there is a... more

It happens in every draft, in every sport: A team makes a late-round pick (in the NBA, that means the second round) and a vast majority of fans say, "Huh? Who is that dude?" Well, welcome to the "Huh? Who is that dude?" primer -- the offensive players... more

UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman , who ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash at his pro day last week, will be visiting the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams Profootballtalk.com reported the news, and... more

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers was perhaps the centerpiece player at Miami's pro day on Wednesday, and his position drills drew a big crowd. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock joined, among others, Oakland Raiders line coach Tom Cable,... more

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is one of the fastest players in the draft, and he showed that again Wednesday at the Hurricanes' pro day, with unofficial clockings of 4.25 and 4.27 seconds in the 40. » 2015 pro days... more

The Cleveland Browns, who own two picks in the first round , could be in the market for a nose tackle, and they're bringing the position's best available prospect in for a visit. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams Washington's... more

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston showed off his arm during a 102-throw pro-day workout, then showed off his personality during a visit with NFL Network after his performance. The subject of his draft-day plans came up, as Winston, who seems... more

Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby is seen as a potential late first-rounder by some analysts, and he has visits upcoming with, among others, the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams... more

Florida State's pro day is Tuesday, and given the amount of talent the Seminoles possess, the event will be packed with pro scouts and TV crews. In fact, FSU announced representatives from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand for the workout. » What... more

West Virginia's Kevin White says teams facing a choice at wide receiver should choose him over Alabama's Amari Cooper because "I think I bring a lot more to the table." » Mayock: Four WRs will be among top 20 picks in 2015 draft White (6-foot-2... more

Every year about this time, a mini-debate begins on the quarterbacks available in the draft. » Zierlein: Jameis Winston among top-five QBs of past five drafts This year, as with most years, there is a consensus top guy at the position (Jameis... more

Florida State's Jameis Winston seems likely to be the sixth quarterback drafted No. 1 overall in the past 10 years, and his pro-day workout Tuesday surely will be compared to those of past top picks Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, and Andrew Luck. » What... more

One of the most eagerly anticipated pro days of the year is Tuesday at Florida State, which has numerous top-level prospects. » Zierlein: Winston among top-five QBs of past five draft classes The biggest name, of course, is quarterback Jameis... more

Last week, Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said that "If ( Marcus Mariota ) comes to us at No. 2, he's definitely going to be the Day 1 starter." The caveat with that statement, of course, is the "if." » Draft Winds: Rumors connecting... more

The Minnesota Vikings would seem to be in the market for a cornerback and a wide receiver, and they reportedly are bringing in prospects at each position for a visit. » Draft Winds: Rumors connecting players, NFL teams Each prospect has character... more

TCU linebacker Paul Dawson 's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was noteworthy in its mediocrity. It received so much attention that Dawson felt obligated to respond on Twitter. The good news for Dawson is that he looked noticeably better Friday... more

Louisville's DeVante Parker , considered one of the top three wide receivers in the draft and a guy who might be atop the receiver list for some teams, has a visit scheduled with the receiver-needy Baltimore Ravens. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft... more

Raise your hand if you had heard much about UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman before his pro-day performance Wednesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Perriman, as all draftniks know, is the guy who turned in a sizzling 4.25... more

New coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace are overseeing a rebuild of the Chicago Bears, so drafting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota at No. 7 overall and letting him sit and learn makes sense, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah says. A rebuild might be in... more

It's become almost commonplace for multiple players from the same school to be drafted in the first round, and it is going to happen again in the 2015 NFL Draft. » Draft winds: Connecting prospects to NFL teams But two players from the same... more

The Michigan staff really wants touted high school tight end Naseir Upshur, a consensus four-star recruit from Philadelphia. How bad do the Wolverines' coaches want him? Think hand-written letters -- to Upshur's girlfriend. Jim Harbaugh's son writes... more

For all the grief Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones receives when it comes to his football acumen, guess which NFL decision-maker has drafted the highest percentage of Pro Bowl players?

It's Jones -- 14.7 percent of his draftees (34 of them) have made at least one Pro Bowl. In all, 17 current NFL decision-makers have drafted players who have made it to a Pro Bowl.

Here's a look at the 10 -- actually, it's 11 because of a tie -- who have drafted the highest percentage of Pro Bowlers. Players who have been to multiple Pro Bowls count only once.... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday during the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix that it wasn't an "erroneous assumption" that Florida State's Jameis Winston will be the Bucs' pick when they select at No.... more

Touted defensive tackle Malcom Brown had a strong workout Tuesday at Texas' pro day, and he definitely impressed at least one of the three defensive line coaches in attendance. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams That coach,... more

Count New York Jets icon Joe Namath among those who wants to see Oregon's Marcus Mariota play for the Jets. » Redskins might be open to trading down from No. 5 pick Jets coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday morning that Jameis Winston would work out... more

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is a Phoenix-area native and has said it would be a "dream come true" to play for the Arizona Cardinals. He should be happy, then, that he has a workout set up with the Cardinals. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft... more

As if there wasn't enough attention focused on the New York Jets' quarterback situation already ... . » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams New coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday during the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL Annual... more

Simply put, Miami running back Duke Johnson questions those who question him. Johnson (5-foot-9, 207 pounds) left UM after his junior season, already holding the school's career rushing mark with 3,519 yards. He also had 14 career 100-yard games, tying... more

The Buffalo Bills have been one of the most aggressive teams this offseason, but new coach Rex Ryan and the Bills don't own a first-round pick, which means they potentially could be one of the most aggressive teams on draft day. » Zierlein: Top 10... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston , the presumptive top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is said to be considering staying home for the draft , and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he would have no problem with Winston if he indeed skips the... more

Former West Virginia star quarterback Pat White , who was a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2009, announced his retirement from pro football last week. White had been playing in the Canadian Football League, and the Edmonton Journal reported... more

Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory , generally considered one of the top 10 players available in the draft, has a scheduled visit with the Baltimore Ravens, who don't pick until 26th overall. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams... more

The Baltimore Ravens wouldn't seem to be in the market for an offensive lineman, but one of the best in this year's draft has scheduled a visit with them. The Baltimore Sun reported that LSU tackle La'el Collins will visit with the Ravens . Collins... more

The NCAA Tournament gets underway in earnest Thursday, with Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Wisconsin as the No. 1 seeds. Of the four, all but Wisconsin are distinctly basketball schools, but that didn't stop us from wondering about each school's football... more

The Baltimore Ravens are bringing in Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon for a pre-draft visit. Yahoo! Sports reported the news Wednesday afternoon. The report came a few hours after the Ravens released running back Bernard Pierce following his DUI... more

Georgia running back Todd Gurley has a visit set this week with the Carolina Panthers. Georgia held its pro day on Wednesday, and Gurley told reporters he would be visiting the Panthers , who recently released running back DeAngelo Williams. The... more

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty seems to need seasoning -- a lot or a little, considering whom you believe -- but his big arm is a definite selling point. "He might be the most natural thrower of the football in this entire draft," NFL Media analyst... more

Jacksonville is bringing in Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon , one of the top two running backs in this draft, for a meeting. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams A Yahoo! Sports report says the Jaguars will meet with Gordon, who... more

The departures of Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh have the Detroit Lions seeking defensive tackles, and the team met with a potential first-round target at the position Tuesday. » Draft Winds: Connecting draft prospects to NFL teams Oklahoma's... more

Jameis Winston had one of his best games of the 2014 season against Notre Dame, so perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Irish coach Brian Kelly thinks Winston is worthy of the No. 1 pick in the draft. Appearing on "The Rich Eisen Show" Tuesday,... more

The retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland likely have the San Francisco 49ers adding inside linebacker to their list of draft needs. The only inside linebackers currently on the roster who have started an NFL game are NaVorro Bowman, Michael... more

The Minnesota Vikings would seem to be in the market for a cornerback, either in free agency or via the draft, and perhaps the top cornerback available in the draft will visit the Vikings. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Michigan State's Trae... more

Pre-draft meetings between teams and draft prospects are happening every day, but one in particular caught our eye: Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries recently had dinner with Carolina Panthers offensive line coach John Matsko. That the Panthers... more

The NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday with two play-in games -- the NCAA calls them first-round games, but let's call them what they are. When you watch the tourney over the next three weeks, spend a bit of time having some fun by projecting some of those players to the football field. We're not counting Indiana forward Jordan Fuchs, who is on a football scholarship (he's a tight end) and was added to the Hoosiers' roster last month because of a spate of injuries.

Here are 10 players who have piqued our interest in a "Wow, imagine him playing football" kind of way.

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The Detroit Lions definitely would seem to be in the market for a running back, and Georgia's Todd Gurley -- considered the best running back in this draft class -- is visiting with the Lions on Monday. Gurley is rehabbing from ACL surgery; he suffered... more

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman figures to be a wanted man in the draft, and he has visits set up with three teams that figure to be looking for running back help. The Sun of Baltimore reported that Coleman (5-foot-11 3/8, 206 pounds) will be... more

Jameis Winston visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' facility two weeks ago. Marcus Mariota is making the same visit Monday, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis The Bucs hyped the visit on... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, but he evidently won't be in Chicago for the festivities. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis Sports Illustrated reported Monday that Winston... more

Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White are the top two wide receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the order in which they will be chosen remains a question. It appears the question isn't just a source of debate for those outside of NFL... more

Chip Kelly has retooled Philadelphia's roster in the past two weeks, but there still is more to be done with the Eagles' offense, and a visit from a touted wide receiver certainly will lead to some speculation. Former USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor... more

The disappearance of Jameis Winston 's Twitter account didn't last long. Winston, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft, was active on social media throughout his career at Florida State, but his @Jaboowins Twitter account vanished last weekend.... more

Lynne Sladky/Associated Press Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson has the potential to become the SEC's top wide receiver. Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson, the Bulldogs' leading receiver in 2014 and an intriguing talent who is expected... more

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger has the first post-free agency mock draft for NFL.com, and perhaps not surprisingly after a slew of high-profile running backs changed teams in the past week, Baldinger has a running back going in the top 10. No... more

While national champion Ohio State doesn't appear to have a first-round pick among its draft-eligible players, that isn't stopping NFL teams from showing up in force for the school's pro day on Friday. » 2015 pro days schedule, results and analysis... more

With DeMarco Murray set to sign a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys could use a first-round pick on a running back for the first time since taking Arkansas' Felix Jones with the No. 22 overall pick in 2008. Joseph Randle... more

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon had a succinct comment for teams considering drafting him: "If they draft me, they're going to get a great player." » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Wisconsin had its pro day Wednesday, and Gordon... more

Louisville's DeVante Parker generally is considered the No. 3 wide receiver available in the 2015 NFL Draft, behind Kevin White and Amari Cooper , and he seems to be a first-round lock. » 2015 pro day schedule, results and analysis Parker was... more

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh might have his quarterback -- and it's a guy who lost his starting job at another Big Ten school. Jake Rudock has received his release from Iowa and will visit Michigan next week, FoxSports.com reported Wednesday. Rudock... more

Teddy Bridgewater's pro-day performance last year will go down in draft lore for all the wrong reasons. And Bridgewater obviously remembers. Thank God for pro days lol ?? Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) March 11, 2015 Louisville's 2015 pro day is... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a deal to acquire quarterback Sam Bradford in a trade with the St. Louis Rams. But does anyone really believe the fragile Bradford is the answer to all the Eagles' quarterback concerns? Yes, Bradford has... more

In a day of eye-opening events, the New Orleans Saints trading Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks has to rate at the top. There's no way the Saints can adequately replace Graham, who caught at least 85 passes in each of the past four seasons, twice... more

The Houston Texans released wide receiver Andre Johnson -- the team record-holder in basically every important receiving category -- on Monday and seemingly need to add a receiver (or two) in the draft or via free agency. DeAndre Hopkins should become... more

Jean Delance, a highly touted offensive lineman from Mesquite, Texas, in the 2016 recruiting class, has rescinded his commitment to Oklahoma, apparently because of a racist video made by an Oklahoma fraternity. He announced on his Twitter account that... more

With the way NFL offenses sling the ball around every week, defenses must have guys who can get to the opposing passer. The value placed on edge rushers is clear based on recent drafts. Three edge rushers have gone in the top 10 in each of the past two... more

His college coach has weighed in on the "What position is best for Shaq Thompson at the next level?" debate, and his answer is surprising. Washington coach Chris Petersen told Sports Illustrated he thinks the best position for Thompson, who played... more

Quarterbacks Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon are going to be first-round selections in the 2015 draft, and Winston could go first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. » Charles Davis: Winston not a slam dunk to go No. 1... more

As with most years, the 2015 NFL Draft will give a handful of schools a chance to tout multiple first-round picks. Using NFL.com's latest mock drafts as a guide, CFB 24/7 has identified nine such schools who are candidates in this year's draft, including... more

The Carolina Panthers won the NFC South and a first-round playoff game in 2014. But the Panthers also finished below .500 overall and definitely have some holes that need to be filled via the draft. » Draft winds: Rumors connecting prospects, NFL... more

NFL Media analysts are convinced Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is going in the top 10. They just don't know where. » Draft winds: Rumors connecting prospects to NFL teams On Thursday's edition of "Path to the Draft" on NFL Network, analysts... more

The Detroit Lions would seem to be in the market for a running back after releasing Reggie Bush last month, and the Lions had a visit Thursday with one of the draft's most explosive backs. » Draft winds: Rumors connecting prospects, NFL teams... more

Everybody is understandably enamored with "big" wide receivers, but one of the more intriguing prospects among the smaller receivers this year is Kansas State's Tyler Lockett , as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah will attest. The more I look at the... more

Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is talented, but his draft status has been clouded by off-field issues as well as his dismissal from the team in November by Huskies coach Chris Petersen. Peters reiterated Wednesday on NFL Network's "Path to the... more

Two of the draft's top four edge rushers will have their pro days Thursday, with Clemson's Vic Beasley and Nebraska's Randy Gregory set to again show off their wares. » Gregory eager to prove he's worthy of top-10 pick at pro day Beasley will be... more

Conventional wisdom seems to be that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly doesn't think he needs a star back to be successful running the ball, and that, in turn, has led to talk that the Eagles won't be interested in taking a running back with their... more

It's almost 3,000 miles from Eugene, Ore., to Philadelphia, and third-year Eagles coach Chip Kelly seems to be doing his best to make Philly seem as much like Eugene as he can. » Jeremiah: Eagles will draft defense despite LeSean McCoy trade The... more

If sheer arm strength will play a big role in determining which quarterback will be the third guy taken at the position, Baylor's Bryce Petty is in good shape. Former NFL coach/current ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden says Petty "might have the best arm... more

The NFL's free agency period began March 10, and 18 unrestricted free agents were labeled "difference-makers" or "impact starters" by the "Around the NFL" team. » Mike Mayock's top 5 prospects by position for 2015 NFL Draft Here's a look at the... more

Presumptive top draft pick Jameis Winston is meeting with Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials Tuesday. » Report: Jameis Winston files to trademark "Famous Jameis" NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that per a Bucs source, Winston arrived in Tampa... more

Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson was a standout player on one of the worst major-conference teams in the nation in 2014, but he could end up going late in the first round to one of the best teams in the NFL. Johnson (6-foot-0¼, 188 pounds) had a... more

Minnesota's Maxx Williams showed at the NFL Scouting Combine why he is considered the best tight end in the 2015 draft . His pro-day performance Monday only strengthened his case. » 2015 pro days schedule and results "I felt like I had a pretty... more

February

Fourteen players who attended the NFL Scouting Combine had fathers who either were drafted or played professional football. Here are some of the notable father-son football tandems.... more

Not every high-level -- or big-name -- prospect was able to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine . That makes a handful of upcoming pro days extremely important for a few prospects. Here's a look at a dozen of them. Injured players, such as Oregon... more

Hobart offensive tackle Ali Marpet had the fastest 40 time among the offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine, and if he had his druthers, Marpet would be clearing the way for New York Giants running backs next season. Marpet (6-foot-3 7/8, 307... more

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says quarterback Jameis Winston 's clutch factor rivals that of a certain Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. » Fisher: Bucs contacted FSU about Winston In an appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, and not surprisingly, the Bucs have reached out to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher in an effort to get to know more about Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston . » Fisher: Winston's... more

Yes, players such as Ali Marpet of Hobart and J.J. Nelson of UAB left the NFL Scouting Combine as intriguing prospects. But another intriguing "rookie" -- who didn't get an invitation to Indianapolis -- is expected to beat all of Indy's fast-risers to... more

Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings and TCU linebacker Paul Dawson wowed no one at the NFL Scouting Combine, but NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday that both remain viable prospects. Appearing via phone on the "Rich Eisen Show," Mayock... more

Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones surprised even himself with his epic broad jump Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine. » 2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Who helped, hurt his draft stock? Jones leaped 12 feet, 3 inches, the longest in combine history... more

Jameis Winston 's NFL Scouting Combine performance was lauded by NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock, but Mayock said Tuesday he's still unsure about taking Winston with the first overall pick in the draft. The reason, which has nothing to do with the... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is over, which means it is time to look back at the prospects who helped themselves and those who did not. Here are six that fit for each category (players listed alphabetically). » Monday's best performances from NFL... more

Miami (Ohio) cornerback Quinten Rollins is one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire draft class because of his background. Before the 2014 season, Rollins (5-foot-11 1/8, 195 pounds) had last played football as a senior at Wilmington (Ohio)... more

Michigan State's Trae Waynes is the No. 1 cornerback in rankings by NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Mike Mayock , and he likely solidified his spot with an excellent 40-yard dash Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine. Waynes (6-foot-0 1/8, 186... more

Conventional wisdom is the 2015 NFL Draft's defensive back class, especially the safeties, is underwhelming, and going by the 40 times Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine, conventional wisdom is right. The first group of defensive backs seemed slow... more

Washington's Danny Shelton seems to be a lock to be the first interior defensive lineman selected in the draft, and NFL Media analysts can see why. » Vic Beasley blazes fastest 40 for defensive linemen at combine Shelton (6-foot-2 1/8, 339... more

There were questions about TCU linebacker Paul Dawson's character before the NFL Scouting Combine. Now there are questions about his speed. Dawson (6-foot-0 1/8, 235 pounds) was clocked at a disappointing 4.93 in the 40-yard dash on Sunday at the... more

Kentucky outside linebacker Alvin "Bud" Dupree was considered a high-level athlete before the NFL Scouting Combine, and he drove that point home in a big way Sunday. » Vic Beasley blazes fastest 40 time for defensive linemen at combine Dupree... more

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams went into the NFL Scouting Combine considered the top non-quarterback available, and his 40-yard dash certainly didn't hurt his standing. » Scout blasts Jameis Winston as likely NFL bust Williams measured... more

Teams looking for edge rushers -- and, really, in today's NFL, which team isn't? -- have a number of good candidates to choose from this year, and Florida defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. , stated his case as being the best available Sunday at the NFL... more

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah had West Virginia's Kevin White as his No. 1 wide receiver and the No. 4 overall player going into the combine. After breaking out a 4.35 clocking in the 40 Saturday, White is more than that now. » Saturday's best... more

While this year's running back draft class is considered a good one, the group turned in an underwhelming day Saturday in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. » Mariota blazes fastest time among combine quarterbacks Michigan State's... more

Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston have been the focal points of the 2015 NFL Draft, and their time in the spotlight continued Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. » Mariucci: Winston "most astute X's and O's guy" I've ever put on board After... more

Jameis Winston is the biggest star at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he impressed analysts with his on-field workout Saturday. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was an on-field analyst for the NFL Network's coverage of the combine, and he liked... more

Put former NFL coach Steve Mariucci among those in Jameis Winston 's corner. » Winston: "I plan on winning the Super Bowl next year" During NFL Network's coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, host Rich Eisen talked about an interview... more

If anybody had doubts about West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White 's speed, they shouldn't anymore. White measured 6-foot-2½ and 215 pounds at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, and on Saturday, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds. The 10-yard split... more

Chris Johnson's record 4.24 clocking in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine remains safe. For now, at least. » Combine tracker: Follow the workout results of top draft prospects Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett was given a legit... more

The past five drafts have seen 32 offensive linemen go in the first round, and NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said he has six offensive linemen graded as first-rounders this year. Mayock's top-rated lineman is Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff -- but Mayock... more

Guys who grow up in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., and play football at Hobart -- they don't usually make it to the NFL. Ali Marpet is going to change that. Marpet ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds Friday, the fastest 40 time among offensive... more

The Michigan PR machine took full advantage of pre-NFL Scouting Combine visits to campus by Florida State's Jameis Winston and Baylor's Bryce Petty , putting out a video Wednesday that included Winston saying he wished he could've played for new... more

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has released his updated top 50 prospects list , and while USC defensive end Leonard Williams remains the No. 1 player, there are 11 new names on the list, a few of whom could be viewed as surprises. » Daniel... more

Oregon State's Sean Mannion , who will be looking to solidify his status as a top four quarterback in the draft, plans to do all the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. Count cerebral Oregon State QB Sean Mannion among the quarterbacks who will throw... more

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock held an almost-three-hour teleconference Monday in advance of the NFL Scouting Combine. Here are some snippets of what he said about a number of players: » Mike Mayock's top five 2015 NFL Draft prospects by position... more

UCLA's Brett Hundley will take part in all the drills this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. #UCLA QB Brett Hundley will throw at the Combine and do all the drills, I??m told. Refreshing. Expect more... more

The NFL Scouting Combine begins this week in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players, as well as numerous coaches, front-office representatives, and scouts from each NFL team. Below we preview the defense, with... more

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is helping Baylor's Bryce Petty and Florida State's Jameis Winston -- the presumptive top pick in the draft -- get ready for the NFL Scouting Combine. » Mike Mayock's top five 2015 NFL Draft prospects by position... more

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team. » Mayock's position-by-position top-five rankings for... more

There has been a lot of talk about Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett potentially being the fastest player at the NFL Scouting Combine, and we're just a few days from finding out if that is true. » Mike Mayock's top five 2015 NFL Draft prospects by... more

There hasn't been a running back selected in the first round in either of the past two NFL drafts, but that recent "trend" should change this year. » Mike Mayock's top five 2015 NFL Draft prospects by position In a teleconference Monday in advance... more

How early Oregon's Marcus Mariota goes in the draft could come down to how a team projects his pocket awareness. » Mayock: Winston better fit for Bucs than Mariota In a Monday teleconference advancing the NFL Scouting Combine, Mayock was asked... more

The NFL Scouting Combine begins this week in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players, as well as numerous coaches, front-office representatives, and scouts from each NFL team. Below we preview the offense,... more

Three wide receivers -- West Virginia's Kevin White , Alabama's Amari Cooper and Louisville's DeVante Parker -- are consensus top-20 talents in this draft, but while NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Monday there is "depth throughout" the wide receiver... more

Prospects to watch at combine: LB | DL | OL | WR/TE | RB | QB The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from... more

The top quarterbacks in the draft look to be Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston at the top in some order, followed by UCLA's Brett Hundley or Baylor's Bryce Petty . » Mike Mayock's top five 2015 NFL Draft propscts by position Oregon State's Sean... more

Prospects to watch at combine: LB | DL | OL | WR/TE | RB | QB The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from... more

Ed Zurga/Associated Press Charlie Weis was the offensive coordinator for three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams. Don't expect to see Charlie Weis -- a coach a lot of people seemingly loved to hate -- on the sideline or in a coaching box... more

The NFL Scouting Combine begins Wednesday in Indianapolis, and much of the focus on the event, naturally, has been on the guys who will be there.

This exercise, though, is to give a shout out to notable current NFL players who were not invited to the combine the year they were drafted.

The combine has been around since 1982. The idea of a potential first-rounder not being invited to the combine would cause heads to explode, but there have been three first-round picks who were not invited to the combine (DE Aaron Jones in 1988, DT Eric Swann in 1991 and CB Darrien Gordon in 1993).

And consider: Key players in each of the past two Super Bowls -- Seattle LB Malcolm Smith in the 2013 season and New England CB Malcolm Butler this past season -- weren't invited to Indianapolis.

Here are 11 other current players of some renown who didn't participate in the combine.... more

Prospects to watch at combine: LB | DL | OL | WR/TE | RB | QB The NFL Scouting Combine is Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 othe nation's most draftable players and numbers front-office representatives and scouts from each... more

Prospects to watch at combine: LB | DL | OL | WR/TE | RB | QB The NFL Scouting Combine is Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each... more

Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports Former Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft caught 50 passes during his college career. One of the themes about the 2015 draft is that the tight end pool is not all that deep, and that could be a good thing for... more

This is a good draft if you want a big, productive wide receiver, and Louisville's DeVante Parker is one of those big, productive guys who doesn't receive as much publicity as some other highly rated targets. "He's worthy of a top-15 pick," NFL Media... more

The Cleveland Browns have taken a quarterback in the first round twice in the past three drafts. Could the Browns be thinking quarterback again? » Mayock: Mariota a project for every NFL team except one NFL Media reporter Albert Breer says Browns... more

Prospects to watch at combine: LB | DL | OL | WR/TE | RB | QB The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from... more

As with most analysts, NFL Media's Mike Mayock doesn't think much of the 2015 quarterback draft class, and he also thinks Oregon's Marcus Mariota , one of this year's top QBs, is a "projection" for every team but one. » Six QBs under most pressure at... more

With Marcus Mariota off to the NFL a year early, Oregon needs a new starting quarterback next season, and it might have found its man Monday. » Six QBs under most pressure at 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams,... more

Prospects to watch at combine: LB | DL | OL | WR/TE | RB | QB The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 323 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Jim Harbaugh returned to Michigan, his alma mater, to become head coach after four seasons with the 49ers. Even in the middle of basketball season, the Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry burns brightly. »... more

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports WR Titus Davis departed Central Michigan as the school's record-holder in key receiving categories. Tavaris Barnes is proof you don't necessarily need to be a college standout to get invited to the NFL Scouting... more

Here are some numbers for the players invited to participate at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis. NFL Network will provide live coverage of the event. » Prospects invited to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine... more

The 323 participants in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine have been announced. Here's a position-by-position look at the number of invitees, declared underclassmen who weren't invited and some notable players who won't be there. » Prospects invited to... more

The list of participants for the NFL Scouting Combine has been announced, allowing us to examine some under-the-radar storylines to follow during the event. » Prospects invited to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine A long road Besides possibly being... more

Of the 33 wide receivers selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, 21 were at least 6 feet tall -- including four of the first five picked -- and 11 were at least 6-2. » Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects in 2015 NFL Draft Tall wide receivers are a definite... more

Tim Heitman / USA Today Soso Jamabo, a running back from Plano (Texas) West, chose UCLA on National Signing Day. National Signing Day has come and gone, but its impact obviously will be felt for years to come. And in looking over the players... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Head coach Bobby Petrino led Louisville to a 9-4 record last season. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has been banned from recruiting at a South Carolina high school because the Cardinals pulled a scholarship offer... more

Not surprisingly, given the scant amount of time he had to recruit, Jim Harbaugh's first recruiting class at Michigan is not a celebrated one. But it does have some familiar names. » National Signing Day: Top 10 recruiting classes of 2015 The sons... more

Jonathan Dyer/ USA TODAY Sports Prep QB Blake Barnett is part of Nick Saban's recruiting haul in 2015. Another National Signing Day, another big haul for Nick Saban and Alabama. For the fifth year in a row, Alabama is the national champion... more

Ric Tapia/NFL Ohio State's Urban Meyer has proved to be top-notch as a recruiter as well as a coach. Truthfully, National Signing Day should be called "National Crapshoot Day," because no matter what anyone tells you, there is no science to... more

Jonathan Dyer/USA Today One of the nation's top recruits, Byron Cowart, announced he will attend Auburn. Four consensus top-10 recruits went into Wednesday's National Signing Day undecided on a college choice. Two chose Florida and the other... more

Everybody knows that the majority of guys who sign with schools on National Signing Day never really make a mark for that team. Think about it: About 3,000 players sign with FBS schools every year , and guys obviously fall by the wayside at an alarming... more

National Signing Day is Wednesday, and that means that every player who signs -- at least according to every fan of every team -- has a chance to become an All-American and a first-round pick. It's not that easy, of course. There is no real science... more

Kevin Terrell / Associated Press Jadeveon Clowney was one of 26 five-star recruits from the 2011 class. National Signing Day is Wednesday, and the hoopla surrounding it makes it seem like Christmas in February for college football fans.... more

Junior college players generally don't receive a lot of media attention during the recruiting process, but chances are good that numerous JC transfers in this recruiting cycle will make a lot of news in their college and NFL careers. Four JC transfers... more

Generally, the thought is the best team is made up of the best players. Coaching matters, of course, but sheer talent always is needed. That school of thought is what makes this exercise interesting: We looked at the 22 players who started for New... more

January

Super Bowl XLIX will be the first time two Big Ten quarterbacks will face off in the game's history, and coupled with Ohio State's recent national championship , that's another nice talking point for the league as National Signing Day approaches for... more

Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Dante Fowler Jr. is considered a very safe bet for the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. arrived at Florida three years ago as one of the nation's top 10 recruits, and he is... more

The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees will be announced Saturday, and a quick look at the player candidates reveals a bunch of guys who generally were much better in the NFL than they were in college. » Colleges with most Pro Football Hall of... more

Cathleen Allison/Associated Press Dee Hart became a star for Colorado State is his one season with the team. Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase all-star game doesn't have near the cachet of the Reese's Senior Bowl or even the East-West... more

USC has the most alums in the Pro Football Hall of Fame , but the Trojans are in danger of being overtaken Saturday, when this year's inductees are announced. There are 11 USC alums in the Hall, and ex-Trojans star Junior Seau is among the finalists... more

Usually, it's FBS players who transfer to an FCS school. This time, though, it could be the other way around -- and to a school that played for the national title. » Jeremiah: Winston more NFL-ready than Mariota Eastern Washington quarterback... more

Brandon Wade/Associated Press Connor Cook returns in 2015 as one of college football's top quarterbacks. 2016 Senior Bowl candidates: ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Others The 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl is over, which means,... more

Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Notre Dame's Sheldon Day can be a disruptive presence up front for the Irish. 2016 Senior Bowl candidates: ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Others The 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl is over, which... more

Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports Virginia Tech's Dadi Nicolas will enter the 2015 season as one of CFB's most intriguing pass rushers. 2016 Senior Bowl candidates: ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Others The 2015 Reese's... more

It might surprise a few people that there are as many undrafted free agents who will start in Sunday's Super Bowl as former first-round picks. » Gil Brandt: 2015 NFL Draft order, top needs for all 32 teams College Football 24/7 looked at the... more

Chip Kelly is 20-12 in his two seasons as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles despite not having a quarterback who truly fits his version of the spread offense. » Mariota says he might not throw at combine There is, of course, one quarterback... more

Ric Tapia / NFL Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is one of 14 former first-round draft picks on the 2014 All-Pro Team. The Pro Bowl is Sunday, and given that there is just one more NFL game this season after this weekend, fans are sure to tune in.... more

Duke has won at least nine games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, and two of the players most responsible for that run of success had strong performances this week at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Duke wide receiver Jamison... more

Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was a fast climber on most draft boards this season. Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis , meanwhile, seemingly regressed a bit on the field. But they have had different results at the Reese's Senior Bowl this... more

Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony was a consensus national top-20 prospect in the 2011 recruiting class, and he lived up to that recruiting hype in his final two seasons with the Tigers. » Sources Tell Us: What we're hearing about Senior Bowl... more

It's obvious that the parents of Georgia Tech guard Shaq Mason are basketball fans: His full name is Shaquille Olajuwon Mason. But Mason never truly took to basketball -- maybe because he grew to just a shade under 6-foot-2 -- and instead became one of... more

Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon had one of the best seasons in FBS history in 2014 and is leaving school early for the NFL draft as the third-leading rusher in school history (4,915 yards in three seasons). » Brandt: 2015 NFL Draft order, needs for... more

As with everything quarterbacks do, the decisions by Michigan's Devin Gardner and Auburn's Nick Marshall to change positions as they head into the NFL have drawn a ton of attention. » Sources Tell Us: What we're hearing about prospects at Senior Bowl... more

The tight end class in the 2015 draft isn't considered all that strong, and one of those in the running to be the first player selected at the position is Miami's Clive Walford . » Sources Tell Us: What we're hearing about Senior Bowl prospects On... more

Miami's Phillip Dorsett caught just 36 passes during the 2014 season, but his speed makes him one of the more intriguing wide receiver prospects in the 2015 draft. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Wednesday during NFL Network's telecast of... more

Samford's Jaquiski Tartt will be one of the most closely scrutinized safeties at this week's Reese's Senior Bowl, and his hard-hitting style is one reason. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis said Wednesday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that Tartt (6-foot-1,... more

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah touted the depth of the wide receiver class in the 2015 draft Tuesday during NFL Network's telecast of Reese's Senior Bowl practice, saying the draft is "loaded with wideouts." One of the wideouts who stood out during... more

One of the fastest-rising prospects leading up to last year's draft was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. This season, one of the fastest-risers has been Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings . Interestingly, the two once lined up together on the... more

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah is the highest-rated running back at the Reese's Senior Bowl, but his height is a concern to some teams. Abdullah measured in at 5-foot-8 1/4 and 198 pounds , but NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said his size shouldn't be an... more

If you haven't heard all that much about Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton , that should change this week at the Reese's Senior Bowl. NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah and Mike Mayock said Monday night on NFL Network's "Senior... more

A sampling of 20 players at this week's Reese's Senior Bowl shows that Oregon's Marcus Mariota should be the top quarterback selected in the 2015 draft. » Mike Evans sees some Johnny Manziel in Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston AL.com polled 20... more

Heisman winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon said he would like to play for former Ducks coach Chip Kelly again. But before Philadelphia Eagles' fans starting turning handsprings, Mariota also said he would "love" to play for any team that wants him. »... more

Led by defensive ends Anthony Chickillo of Miami and Za'Darius Smith of Kentucky, the East defensive line dominated in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The East won 19-3, and Chickillo (6-foot-4, 275... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Jameis Winston's FSU team was blown out by Oregon, 59-20, in the Rose Bowl earlier this month. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston let everybody know Saturday that despite the Seminoles' loss to Oregon in... more

Brandon Wade/Associated Press Cardale Jones will return to Ohio State for the 2015 season after helping the team to a national title. Ohio State sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones guided the Buckeyes to the national title Monday night , but... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Oklahoma's Blake Bell believes his switch from quarterback to tight end will land him in the NFL. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A year ago at this time, Oklahoma's Blake Bell was preparing to make the move from... more

Associated Press Miami's Anthony Chickillo and Jonathan Feliciano both shined during four days of Shrine Game practices. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Thursday was the fourth and final day of practice for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game, and NFL... more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Four days of practice for Saturday's East-west Shrine Game finished up on a drizzly Thursday afternoon, and NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said these 10 players caught his eye during the week. Virginia Tech S Detrick Bonner:... more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wednesday was the third day of practice for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game, and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has already been impressed with several prospects this week. » Who's talking to whom: Who NFL scouts are... more

Andy Fenelon/NFL Georgia Tech wide receiver Darren Waller doesn't have big stats, but he is intriguing to scouts anyway. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A senior wide receiver who finished his college career with 51 catches in four seasons normally... more

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press Oklahoma TE Blake Bell's experience at quarterback allows him to quickly understand an offense, Charles Davis says. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tuesday was the second day of practice for Saturday's East-West... more

Rankings: 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-100 101-128 Eric Gay / Associated Press Ohio State capped the season by winning the first-ever four-team CFB Playoff. Ohio State opened the season at No. 6 in our 1-128 rankings , fell to No. 13... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan's Devin Gardner is making the transition from college QB to NFL wide receiver. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tuesday was the second big day of Devin Gardner's transformation from college quarterback to NFL wide... more

Rankings: 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-100 101-128 26. Arkansas (7-6) Buzz: The Hogs look to be on the right path. They finished strong, winning four of their last six, and whipped Ole Miss and LSU by a combined 47-0. They also had legit... more

Rankings: 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-100 101-128 51. Boston College (7-6) Buzz: It was all about the run for BC, which shocked USC early in the season by outmuscling the Trojans. But BC needs to find some kind of offensive balance going... more

Rankings: 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-100 101-128 76. Washington State (3-9) Buzz: An injury to QB Connor Halliday hurt. What hurt even more, though, was the Cougars' raggedy defense: When you surrender 39 points per game, you're not going to... more

Rankings: 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-100 101-128 101. Wyoming (4-8) Buzz: The Cowboys had an OK start, including a victory over an Air Force team that finished with 10 wins, but struggled down the stretch. Player to watch next season: DE... more

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press Stanford's David Parry opened some eyes during the first day of East-West Shrine Game practices. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Opening day of East-West Shrine Game practice was Monday, and NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press USC defensive back Josh Shaw caps off an odd 2014 season with an East-West Shrine Game appearance. The East-West Shrine Game doesn't carry the same scouting-circles cachet as the Reese's Senior Bowl, but the... more

Ashley Landis/Associated Press TCU safety Chris Hackett recorded seven interceptions in 2014. One of TCU's best defensive players intends apply for early entry for the 2015 NFL Draft. » Underclassmen who have declared intent to apply for... more

Michael Thomas/Associated Press Texas long-snapper Nate Boyer has served multiple overseas deployments as a member of the U.S. military. It's fitting that in a postseason all-star game called the Medal of Honor Bowl that two former members of... more

Alabama juniors Landon Collins, Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon officially announced their intentions to apply for entry into the 2015 NFL Draft at a school-sponsored news conference Friday. Collins (6-foot, 222 pounds), Cooper (6-1, 210) and Yeldon (6-2,... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Kenny Hill got off to a hot start at Texas A&M, but his play regressed around midseason. Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill -- the guy whose hot start to the season led to a trademark filing for his nickname --... more

Doug Benc / Associated Press Ronald Darby is the latest FSU underclassmen to announce his intention to apply for the 2015 draft. Cornerback Ronald Darby is the latest Florida State underclassman to announce his intention to enter the draft.... more

The first national championship game of the playoff era looks as if it could be quite memorable, what with two high-powered offenses getting together. In addition, it features one of the most tradition-laden programs (Ohio State) against the best program never to have won a national title (Oregon).

Will the matchup prove as memorable on the field as it appears on paper? Everyone hopes so. Will it be one of the most memorable "title games" in history? Getting into our top 10 will be difficult.

Here's our list of the 10 most memorable "title games" (i.e., postseason games involving at least one team with a shot at the national title) in history.

» For more, go to NFL.com/CFB 24/7... more

Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is a highly regarded prospect, but he still has much to prove. Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory announced late last month he intends to leave school and apply for early entry... more

We're still five days away from the first College Football Playoff national title game, but that doesn't mean we can't do a quick unit-vs.-unit breakdown of the game to get everyone ready. » Buckeyes' Elliott leads CFB 24/7 2014-15 All-Bowl Team... more

Florida State has been sued in federal court by the woman who accused Jameis Winston of rape. The woman alleges in the suit that the university violated her Title IX rights by refusing to properly investigate the incident. The Orlando Sentinel reported... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Jameis Winston suffered the first loss of his career as FSU's starter in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon. One of the most eagerly awaited draft declarations came Wednesday, with Florida State quarterback Jameis... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Jameis Winston suffered the first loss of his career as FSU's starter in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will make his stay-in-school/turn-pro decision next week, and it... more

Highly touted Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat intends to apply for entry into the 2015 NFL Draft , the school announced Tuesday. » List of underclassmen planning to enter 2015 NFL Draft Peat (6-foot-7, 316 pounds) is considered one of the... more

LM Otero / Associated Press Max Valles is eligible for the 2015 draft because he is three years removed from high school graduation. Virginia linebacker Max Valles surprised more than a few folks when he announced via Twitter Tuesday... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won't announce a decision on entering the NFL draft until next week, his father said Tuesday. » List of underclassmen planning to enter 2015 NFL Draft Antonor Winston told ESPN.com that any decision will be... more

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press Running back Ezekiel Elliott broke out for Ohio State in its Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. There still is one more game remaining in the college season, but all 38 bowls have been played, and it's time to reward... more

Dean Hare/Associated Press Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper recorded 13 sacks over three seasons. Washington State defensive lineman Xavier Cooper, who played end and tackle for the Cougars, intends to bypass his senior season... more

Nike, which makes the uniforms for the College Football Playoff national championship game, unveiled on Monday what each team will be wearing when they meet Jan. 12. What they'll be wearing: National Championship uniforms for Oregon and Ohio State... more

Kansas wide receiver Nigel King, who had 30 receptions this season after transferring from Maryland, says he is going pro. King (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) had 44 receptions in two seasons at Maryland before moving on to KU as a graduate transfer student.... more

It appears this time, it's official that Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries will enter the draft. » Tracking the intentions of underclassmen regarding 2015 NFL Draft It was reported Dec. 18 that he would leave for the draft , but he refuted... more

Rice defensive tackle Christian Covington, who missed the final five games of the season with a knee injury, reportedly will declare for the draft. ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted the news Monday morning. » Tracking the intentions of underclassmen... more

Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. consistently pressured ECU QB Shane Carden in the Birmingham Bowl. Florida junior defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. already has announced he is turning pro , and he ended his college career... more

Raymond Carlin III / USA Today Sports Deontay Greenberry scored two of Houston's four fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Armed Forces Bowl. Pat Narduzzi's old team pulled off a big comeback Thursday in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. His... more

Associated Press East Carolina QB Shane Carden and Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr. will face off in the Birmingham Bowl. College Football 24/7 is providing a daily glimpse at the best players in each bowl game and predictions from writers Gil... more

USA TODAY/Associated Press LSU will be replacing Jalen Collins (left) next season, and might have to fill a void left by Jalen Mills, too. LSU has lost its defensive coordinator and the Tigers are losing starting defenders early to the draft,... more

Associated Press Oregon's Mark Helfich and Ohio State's Urban Meyer will square off for the national championship. One of the most storied programs in the nation will play the best program without a national title when Ohio State meets Oregon... more

Kevin Jairaj / USA Today Sports Michigan State's Jeremy Langford rushed for three touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter. There was a lot of talk about high-level Big Ten running backs this season, what with the likes of Wisconsin's... more

Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon, a junior who already has said he is going pro , left college with a flourish Thursday in the Outback Bowl. Gordon rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 34 carries as the Badgers downed Auburn 34-31... more

December

David Goldman/Associated Press TCU linebacker Paul Dawson had a big day for the Horned Frogs in the Peach Bowl. The whole "actions speak louder than words" thing -- TCU had that down pat Wednesday in the Peach Bowl. TCU finished 11-1 in the... more

We're about ready to turn the page on 2014. Before we do, let's look back at the 14 biggest college football stories from 2014. » Predictions for top 10 college bowl games 14. Josh Shaw's soap opera The skinny: Shaw, a senior cornerback at USC,... more

Mike Stewart / Associated Press Trevone Boykin threw three touchdown passes to lead TCU to victory in the Peach Bowl. TCU was ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff selection committee's final rankings, but it made a case that it... more

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams announced earlier this week that he is turning pro , and Wednesday he had some fun with the fan base of a team that owns the No. 4 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. » Tracking underclassmen intentions for 2015 NFL... more

Notre Dame junior quarterback Everett Golson, who started the first 12 games of the season before losing his job for Tuesday's Music City Bowl, told irishillustrated.com Wednesday that he plans to return to school for the spring semester. »... more

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press Josh Robinson rushed for 1,922 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons at Mississippi State. Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson, who has rushed for 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, has... more

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is hoping recent Heisman history repeats: Each of the last five Heisman winners has played on a winning team in a bowl game, and the past three Heisman winners who had a shot at the national title got it. »... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Stanford cornerback Alex Carter picked off Marcus Mariota during the 2014 season. Stanford cornerback Alex Carter, whose dad was a first-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1993, has declared his intent... more

Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, a fourth-year sophomore who started all 13 games this season after missing most of the 2013 season with a back injury, announced via Twitter that he is entering the draft. Thanks for your support sooner nation... more

If it wasn't obvious that the rushing torch had been passed at Georgia from Todd Gurley to Nick Chubb, Chubb made sure everyone knew Tuesday night. And he made sure in a big way. » Photos: Top 10 bowl games involving ranked teams Chubb, a true... more

Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Malik Zaire stepped up for Notre Dame in its Music City Bowl win over LSU. Notre Dame sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire guided the Irish to a 31-28 upset of LSU in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday in his first... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft caught 24 passes for 269 yards and zero TDs in 2014. Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft will declare for the draft, Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said. "He has four credits left to... more

Associated Press The staffs of the Jaguars' Gus Bradley and Titans' Ken Whisenhunt will work the 2015 Senior Bowl. The coaching staffs of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans have been selected to work in the 2015 Reese's Senior... more

Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Coach Kevin Sumlin led Texas A&M to an 8-5 record during the 2014 season. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin announced in a statement Tuesday that student assistant Michael Richardson was fired for his actions on the... more

Jim Harbaugh has presided over quick turnarounds at each of his previous two jobs. Now he hopes to do the same at his alma mater. Harbaugh was officially introduced as Michigan's new coach Tuesday, two days after he coached his final game with the San... more

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is going to be highly compensated; how highly remains a question. » Jim Harbaugh introduced as Michigan's new head coach Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Tuesday during Harbaugh's introductory... more

Count New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady among those who are happy that Michigan is hiring Jim Harbaugh as its next coach. » Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways "Obviously the program at Michigan -- as a former player -- has not been in... more

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, considered one of the top prospects in the nation, has decided to enter the draft. Gregory released a statement, obtained by NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, Tuesday morning announcing his intention. Gregory is... more

Clemson's first play from scrimmage in Monday's Russell Athletic Bowl was a 65-yard touchdown pass, and the rest of the game was just as easy for the Tigers as they hammered Oklahoma, 40-6, in Orlando. » Predictions for top 10 college football bowl... more

Eric Gay / Associated Press West Virginia WR Kevin White had seven catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in the Liberty Bowl. West Virginia's Kevin White, in the mix to be the first senior wide receiver taken in the 2015 draft, finished his... more

A Texas A&M staffer roughed up two opposing players in the first half of the Liberty Bowl on Monday against West Virginia. As the video below shows, the staffer first dropped a shoulder into a Mountaineers offensive player, then later hit West Virginia... more

Jim Harbaugh coached his final game with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and is set to become Michigan's coach Tuesday. » Harbaugh agrees to become head coach of Michigan His hiring obviously is a huge coup for interim Michigan athletic director... more

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press Ereck Flowers indicated that he was presented with a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle Ereck Flowers played with tailback Duke Johnson in high school and... more

We're getting into the real meat of the bowl schedule, with 10 college football bowl games involving ranked teams on both sides. Here's a ranking of those 10 bowls.

CFB 24/7 experts Gil Brandt, Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah, Bryan Fischer, Chase Goodbread and Mike Huguenin have provided their predictions for each game.

» For more, go to NFL.com/CFB 24/7... more

Matthew O'Haren / USA Today Sports Penn State OT Donovan Smith projects as a third-day pick in the 2015 draft. Penn State junior offensive tackle Donovan Smith will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. » Tracking underclassmen intentions for... more

John Sommers II / Associated Press Indiana RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Indiana junior tailback Tevin Coleman, the nation's No. 2 rusher this season, has announced he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.... more

Stanford senior Ty Montgomery, the only Cardinal wide receiver with more than 30 catches, will miss Tuesday's Foster Farms Bowl against Maryland with a shoulder injury. » Predicting winners for every CFB bowl game "If the game was in a week, he'd... more

Jake Roth / USA Today Sports USC's Adoree Jackson scored on a 98-yard kickoff return and on a 71-yard reception. In a Holiday Bowl featuring a number of high-level prospects, a true freshman led his team to the victory Saturday night. All... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg started off the season with a bang. He finished it the... more

Geoff Burke / USA Today Sports Miami's Duke Johnson is among the top rushers in college football. Miami running back Duke Johnson played his final game as a Hurricane on Saturday. Maybe. His mother, Cassandra Mitchell, told the Palm Beach... more

Victor Calzada / Associated Press Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong announced this week that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. The Sun Bowl featured two of the nation's better wide receivers, and Arizona State junior Jaelen Strong finished his... more

Associated Press N.C. State QB Jacoby Brissett will be challenged by UCF safety Clayton Geathers in the St. Petersburg Bowl. » Predictions for all 38 college bowl games College Football 24/7 is providing a daily glimpse at the best... more

One of the wildest plays in college football history highlighted the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Wednesday, with Central Michigan, trailing by a touchdown, scoring on a 75-yard play that featured three laterals in the final seconds of the game. Alas, the... more

Florida State true freshman tailback Dalvin Cook, the leading rusher for a Seminoles team that will play Oregon Jan. 1 in a playoff semifinal, is being investigated for his alleged role in an alleged July assault. The Tallahassee Police Department... more

Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi, one of the most highly acclaimed defensive coordinators in college football, reportedly will be the next coach at Pittsburgh. Narduzzi was said to be Pitt's top target, and after reports of the hire surfaced early Tuesday... more

Santa Claus makes his annual rounds Wednesday night/Thursday morning, and we thought we'd help out the jolly fat guy by preparing a list of gifts he can leave coaches of eight "power" programs that fell on (relatively) hard times this season. As helpful... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Louisville running back Michael Dyer will not compete in the Belk Bowl after being declared ineligible. The roller-coaster college career of Louisville running back Michael Dyer has ended. The school announced... more

Associated Press Miami (Ohio) CB Quinten Rollins was a four-year starter for the RedHawks basketball team. One of the most intriguing prospects in the 2015 draft is a cornerback from Miami (Ohio) who played just one season of college football... more

Wisconsin has produced the most productive running back in FBS history and has had 15 running backs rush for at least 2,000 career yards, including two who have won the Heisman. The Badgers' current running back might be the best of them all. »... more

John David Mercer/USA TODAY Jameis Winston and Florida State will face off against Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. An AFC general manager says Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is "going to be a fascinating case study" whenever he... more

Steve Coleman / Associated Press Marshall QB Rakeem Cato ranks fifth all-time in career touchdown passes. College Football 24/7 is providing a daily glimpse at the best players in each game and predictions from writers Gil Brandt, Bucky... more

The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl on Monday was memorable. What happened afterward was, too, just not in a good way. » Predicting winners for every CFB bowl game A brawl broke out, complete with sucker punches and swinging helmets, after Memphis beat... more

With his team preparing for a date with Oregon in the Rose Bowl, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that the decision to clear Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston in his school code-of-conduct hearing was "a relief," especially for Winston.... more

Steve Helber/Associated Press Chad Kelly, the nephew of former NFL star Jim Kelly, was dismissed from Clemson last spring. Junior college quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, signed with Mississippi last... more

There have been 22 offensive tackles taken in the first round in the past five drafts, including five in each of the past two, and there is a handful of players at the position who could go in the first round in the 2015 draft. Of note is that there are... more

The college bowl season is officially underway, and College Football 24/7 is providing a daily glimpse at the best players in each game and predictions from writers Gil Brandt, Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah, Bryan Fischer, Chase Goodbread and Mike... more

Any resolution involving Jim Harbaugh and Michigan almost certainly won't happen until after Harbaugh meets with San Francisco 49ers officials after the end of the regular season. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Harbaugh likely will... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Ohio State's Joey Bosa is among college football's top defensive ends. NFL Media analysts had been told that Ohio State sophomore Joey Bosa is the nation's best "combo" defensive end . Now comes news from... more

Joe Raymond/Associated Press Offensive lineman Christian Lombard started in each of the past three seasons for Notre Dame. Notre Dame senior tackle Christian Lombard, seen as a probable third-day draft pick, has a career-ending back injury.... more

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott appears to be thinking a bit differently about a potential entry into the NFL draft than he did a few months ago. The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reported that Prescott has received the requested feedback... more

Soon after the bowl pairings were announced Dec. 7, attention turned away from team-vs.-team talk and moved to the intriguing individual matchups that will be on display in the postseason. » Tracking underclassmen intentions for 2015 draft Marcus... more

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday one of the worst-kept secrets in college football: that star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will miss the rest of the season. Oregon is notoriously close-mouthed about injuries and Helfrich wouldn't confirm or... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Jimbo Fisher's FSU team will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 for a berth in the national title game. Coach Jimbo Fisher has led Florida State to 29 consecutive wins and has the Seminoles in the hunt for a... more

Prospects with most on line in bowl season: Top 10 overall | ACC | Pac-12 | SEC | Big Ten The first bowl is Saturday, and to get you prepared for what seemingly will be a never-ending onslaught of games -- there are a record 38 bowls this season... more

Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries will bypass his senior season and declare for the draft. Or will he? The Gainesville Sun reported that Humphries, who had hinted earlier this month he was thinking about turning pro, was declaring for the draft.... more

Oregon senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, considered one of the top cornerbacks in the nation, suffered a knee injury in practice Tuesday, and his season is over, according to a Comcast Sports Northwest report . Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin, who first reported the... more

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and a former NFL quarterback himself, is stepping down to take a leadership position with the NCAA. Luck will be the executive vice president of... more

There's a chance that a few months from now, Wisconsin-Whitewater wide receiver Jake Kumerow will add to the draft history of his family. His dad, Eric, was a linebacker from Ohio State who was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1988. His... more

Michigan State junior Connor Cook, considered one of the best draft-eligible quarterbacks by some analysts, said Tuesday he intends to stay in school for his senior season. » 2015 Heisman Watch: Ranking next season's top 10 contenders Cook told... more

The 2014 CFB 24/7 All-America team includes the Heisman winner , two other Heisman finalists, the nation's leading rusher, the nation's leading receiver, the nation's interceptions leader and three of the nation's top five sack artists. » Inside the... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press Bo Pelini was fired from his job as Nebraska coach in November. Bo Pelini, fired as Nebraska's coach at the end of November, is the new coach at FCS school Youngstown State. Pelini is a Youngstown... more

Notre Dame will use two quarterbacks in its Music City Bowl game against LSU, coach Brian Kelly told reporters Monday night. That sets up a rather off-the-wall storyline for Irish quarterback Everett Golson: He has applied for feedback from the NFL... more

Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates announced Monday that he is going to bypass his senior season and turn pro. Coates has great speed and is an elite athlete, but he remains raw as a receiver and needs to hone his craft. But there is no doubt he has a... more

Prospects with most on line in bowl season: Top 10 overall | ACC | Pac-12 | SEC | Big Ten The first bowl is Saturday, and to get you prepared for what seemingly will be a never-ending onslaught of games -- there are a record 38 bowls this season... more

The Heisman Trophy was handed out Saturday night, and what do you know: Unlike the past two years, one of the preseason favorites won the award -- and won it quite easily. » Dungy: Marcus Mariota is "Aaron Rodgers in the waiting" With the 2014... more

Former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy likes Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. He likes him so much, in fact, that he compared him to Green Bay Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers. » Mora: Mariota will be a "great, great, great pro" Dungy was on... more

Louisville free safety Gerod Holliman, who has tied the FBS single-season record with 14 interceptions, is turning pro. Holliman (6-foot-0, 213 pounds) is a third-year sophomore who is draft-eligible, and cardinalauthority.com -- a Louisville-centric... more

In one of the most anti-climactic Heisman announcements in recent memory, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was awarded the trophy Saturday night. » Social media reacts to Mariota's Heisman win The other finalists were Wisconsin tailback Melvin... more

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn (left) is counting on Will Muschamp (right) to shore up the Tigers' defense. Will Muschamp, who was fired as Florida's coach last month, will remain in the SEC as Auburn's new... more

Miami tailback Duke Johnson said he will announce his decision on whether to turn pro Dec. 28 -- his mother's birthday and also the day after the Hurricanes finish the season in the Independence Bowl. » Tracking underclassmen intentions for 2015... more

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press Paul Chryst is a former player and assistant coach at Wisconsin. Paul Chryst is set to leave Pittsburgh and become the next coach at Wisconsin, various media reports have said. » Ranking this season's... more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- What promises to be a big weekend for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota got off to a good start Thursday, when he won three major awards. » Chip Kelly on Mariota: "Most talented kid I coached in college" Mariota, a... more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It would be typical of the four coaches involved in the first College Football Playoff to say the weekly rankings by the selection committee weren't something their team noticed. But that wasn't the case for Ohio State coach... more

Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright -- in the top three in the nation in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks -- won the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker. Wright earlier was given the Nagurski Award for... more

Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty, who leads the nation with 4,344 passing yards and 44 touchdown passes, has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. Doughty -- who was named the Conference USA player of the year on Wednesday --... more

Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss had three interceptions and nine pass breakups in 2014. Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss, who had 15 interceptions in three seasons with the Green Wave, announced via Twitter that... more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Indiana junior tailback Tevin Coleman , one of just 18 FBS running backs in history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, said he will decide within the next week whether he will turn pro. » Ranking top programs with NFL... more

It's time to hand out hardware to the nation's top college football players. Here's a rundown of the major awards and who we think will win each of them. Bednarik Award (top defender) The finalists: DE Vic Beasley, Clemson; DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State; LB... more

Top 10 Heisman Trophy snubs December 10, 2014

There seems to be zero doubt that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

He is one of three finalists, and the biggest mystery is which of the other finalists -- Alabama WR Amari Cooper and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon -- will be the first to shake Mariota's hand once he is announced as the winner.

But let's play the "what if?" game: What if for some mind-boggling reason Mariota doesn't win? Would that be the biggest Heisman snub in history? Yes, it would.

When "Heisman snubs" are mentioned, the names most often heard are Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Vince Young -- as in, "How did Peyton/Adrian/Vince not win the Heisman?" Actually, strong cases can be made for the guys who beat out each of that trio to win the award (Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997 over Manning, USC's Matt Leinart in 2004 over Peterson and USC's Reggie Bush in 2005 over Young). You want real Heisman snubs? Here are the top 10.... more

Wisconsin junior tailback Melvin Gordon, the nation's leading rusher, said on "The Dan Patrick Show" Wednesday morning that he is turning pro. Gordon's decision comes as no surprise; he is a Heisman finalist after rushing for 2,336 yards and 26... more

Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports Virginia's Eli Harold should intrigue NFL teams looking for pass-rush help. Virginia junior defensive end Eli Harold, an athletic edge rusher who had seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss this season, announced via... more

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Florida State's Nick O'Leary is the winner of the 2014 John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. Florida State senior Nick O'Leary on Wednesday won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Duke's David Cutcliffe has gone 40-47 in seven season coaching the Blue Devils. Michigan is searching for a new coach after firing Brady Hoke last week, and it appears Wolverines officials already have missed on... more

Julio Cortez / Associated Press Syracuse FS Durell Eskridge's listed size of 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, makes him an intriguing prospect. Syracuse free safety Durell Eskridge announced on Instagram on Tuesday that he will enter the 2015 NFL... more

It's the holiday season, which also means it's bowl season. » 2014 college football bowl schedule And bowl season will be longer than ever this season: There are a record 38 bowls, and the season extends into the second week of January because of... more

It's award season, so Oregon's Marcus Mariota faces a month of travel and distractions. And Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is more than happy to point that out. FSU meets Oregon in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl, and it appears Fisher is trotting out a bit of... more

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright has notched a nation-leading 27 tackles for loss in 2014. Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright -- in the top three in the nation in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks --... more

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has been joined as a Heisman finalist by Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. » Scout's Take: Grading NFL prospects in conference title games The trophy will be handed out... more

Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports Jordan Lynch's dual-threat skills and NIU's unbeaten record puts the QB into the Heisman conversation. Notre Dame could have a new starting quarterback when it meets LSU in the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl, as Irish... more

Mel Evans/Associated Press Tony Levine was fired as Houston's head coach despite leading the team to back-to-back winning seasons. Houston coach Tony Levine was fired Monday after three seasons at the school, including two that featured... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at the Heisman... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL USC's Javorius "Buck" Allen says he's undecided on whether to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Two of USC's best players say they'll request an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, then decide whether to turn pro.... more

Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman was taken off the field on a cart early during Saturday's ACC championship game, but Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said his star defender is fine and should be ready for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game against Oregon.... more

Will it be Baylor, Ohio State or TCU for that fourth spot in the College Football Playoff? We'll find out soon enough, with the playoff field to be unveiled Sunday at 12:45 p.m. Eastern. » Things you need to know from CFB Week 15: Tide's weakness... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Cardale Jones stepped onto a big stage for his first career start, and he delivered. Ohio State sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones' first career start certainly was a memorable one Saturday night. It might... more

Mike McCarn/Associated Press QB Jameis Winston rebounded from a poor outing last week with a strong showing in the ACC title game. Jameis Winston led Florida State to its 29th consecutive victory Saturday night by throwing for 309 yards and... more

Chris Tilley/Associated Press Marshall QB Rakeem Cato has a shot at moving up to No. 4 in career TD passes in FBS history. Senior quarterback Rakeem Cato's fourth 300-yard game of the season, not to mention the 127th and 128th TD passes of... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press FSU's Karlos Williams leads the team with 10 rushing touchdowns this season. Florida State will be without starting tailback Karlos Williams for Saturday's ACC Championship Game because he is suffering from the... more

James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports East Carolina QB Shane Carden is among the most prolific passers in college football. One of the most prolific passing combinations in FBS history had its Senior Night spoiled Thursday as UCF hit a "Hail Mary"... more

Every Thursday during the season, we've taken a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. This is the final edition of the season. We're down to the final weekend of the regular season,... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is one of the nation's most well-known players. He's on a pace to set the FBS single-season rushing record and is one of the leading contenders for the Heisman . Well, he's well-known to everyone except Sports Illustrated,... more

Clemson's Vic Beasley and USC's Leonard Williams, arguably the "biggest names" among the nation's defensive ends, are among the six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive end. They were joined as finalists by... more

While Jameis Winston did not answer any questions during his two-day school code-of-conduct hearing, he did read a statement in which he denied sexually assaulting his accuser. ESPN.com reported that Winston read a five-page statement at some point... more

Boise State is one win away from basically locking up a berth in one of the "playoff-affiliated" bowls, and tailback Jay Ajayi is the main reason. The Broncos (10-2) play host to Fresno State (6-6) in the Mountain West Conference championship game... more

Don Juan Moore/Associated Press Jameis Winston's Seminoles fell to No. 4 in the latest CFB Playoff selection committee rankings. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's code-of-conduct hearing ended Wednesday following two days of... more

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon, generally considered the top two Heisman contenders , are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the nation's top player. » CFB Playoff Picture: If... more

Gail Burton/Associated Press Cardale Jones began the season as a third-string QB, and now is Ohio State's starter in the Big Ten title game. Welcome to Cardale Jones' world: You're a third-year sophomore quarterback making your first college... more

Ohio State coaches and players know what they need to do Saturday to stymie Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Actually being able to follow through on it is another matter. Wisconsin junior tailback Melvin Gordon leads the nation in rushing... more

Don Juan Moore / Associated Press A ruling on Jameis Winston's code-of-conduct hearing isn't expected until January. The first day of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's code-of-conduct hearing went "as expected," his adviser told... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Brady Hoke led the Wolverines to a 5-7 finish this season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke was fired Tuesday after four seasons on the job. "In the end, I feel moving in a different direction is the right decision,"... more

We're five days away from the unveiling of the first college football playoff field, which means we're also five days away from knowing all the bowl pairings. One issue with the BCS was that the emphasis placed on the BCS national championship game... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Miami tight end Clive Walford could be back from a MCL injury in time to work out at the Scouting Combine. Miami's Clive Walford, one of the most productive senior tight ends in the nation, has a knee injury that... more

Tom Hauck/Associated Press Jim Harbaugh played in college for Michigan, but he apparently isn't a candidate for the Wolverines' coaching job. Brady Hoke is out as Michigan's head coach , and one "Michigan man" who will not be in play as a... more

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley already is rehabbing from his recent ACL surgery, and Bulldogs coach Mark Richt seems to think the rehab is for the next phase of Gurley's career. On his weekly Monday night radio show, Richt said, via the Athens... more

UCLA coach Jim Mora seems to think he will have quarterback Brett Hundley for just one more game. Hundley and the Bruins (9-3) will find out their bowl destination Sunday, and it appears that will be Hundley's final game for the Bruins. » College... more

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Georgia Tech's DeAndre Smelter suffered a torn ACL, which will end his senior season prematurely. Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter has a torn ACL that has ended his season and potentially impacts his... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/Associated Press Alabama coordinator Lane Kiffin was a controversial hire, but he has sparked the Tide offense this season. Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, whose unit this season in on pace to shatter the school... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Jameis Winston tossed four interceptions in Florida State's win over Florida on Saturday. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's code-of-conduct hearing is scheduled for noon Tuesday, and coach Jimbo Fisher... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Bill Blankenship went 24-27 in four seasons as head coach of Tulsa. Tulsa fired Bill Blankenship on Monday morning, marking the seventh FBS coaching change this year. The other schools that have made changes:... more

Paul Vernon/Associated Press Tim Beckman will return as coach at Illinois after guiding the team to a 6-6 mark this season. Scratch two Big Ten coaches off the "hot seat" list. Illinois announced Sunday that Tim Beckman would return as... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty , who suffered what the school called a "mild concussion" in Saturday's narrow win over Texas Tech, is progressing through concussion management protocol. The Dallas Morning News reported that his status for this week's... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Florida officials are denying rumors they have made an offer to a coach to replace Will Muschamp. Florida is looking for a new coach, and rumors are rampant -- so rampant that school officials released a statement... more

November

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press In each of his seven seasons as Nebraska's head coach, Bo Pelini won at least nine games. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has been fired, the school announced Sunday morning. The Huskers are 9-3 this... more

Thomas Graning / Associated Press MSU coach Dan Mullen said selection committee members probably breathed a sigh of relief after the Bulldogs' loss. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wasn't sure his Bulldogs would've made the College... more

Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports Pitt's James Conner broke Tony Dorsett's school record for rushing touchdowns in a season. The game itself didn't mean all that much -- though Pitt did become bowl-eligible by beating Miami 35-23 -- but... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown and also had a scoring reception as the Badgers took the Big Ten West Division title with a 34-24 win over Minnesota. » Things you need to know from Week 14's CFB action Take a look at... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Jameis Winston improved to 25-0 as FSU's starting QB despite struggling Saturday vs. Florida. Florida State extended its winning streak to 28 games Saturday, beating Florida, 24-19, thanks to the heroics not of... more

Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press Clemson QB Deshaun Watson turned in a fine performance despite playing with a torn ACL. Clemson true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Tigers beat... more

Louisville junior free safety Gerod Holliman tied the FBS single-season interception record and senior wide receiver DeVante Parker tied the school record for career touchdown receptions Saturday as the Cardinals outlasted Kentucky, 44-40. »... more

Pat Lovell/USA TODAY Sports Indiana's Tevin Coleman has more than doubled his rushing total from last season (958). Indiana junior Tevin Coleman ran for 130 yards in the Hoosiers' 23-16 win over Purdue and became the 18th player in FBS... more

Greg Bartram/USA TODAY Sports QB J.T. Barrett has delivered for the Buckeyes in replacing the injured Braxton Miller this season. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was carted off the field Saturday with an injury early in the fourth quarter... more

The first Kentucky-Louisville game of Bobby Petrino's second go-round as the Cardinals' coach featured a pre-game scuffle involving Petrino. UK assistant coach Dan Berezowitz and UofL head coach Bobby Petrino scuffle at midfield prior to the #UKvsUofL... more

Navy's Keenan Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns Saturday in a 42-40 victory over host South Alabama, setting an FBS career record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Reynolds, a junior, has rushed for 20 touchdowns this season and has 61 for his... more

Mark Zerof / Associated Press Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty passed for 491 yards and eight TDs against Marshall. Marshall's dream of an unbeaten season and a berth in one of the playoff-affiliated bowls came to an excruciating -- but... more

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press Nebraska coach Bo Pelini (right) has led the Huskers to seven consecutive nine-win seasons. For all the talk about Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's tenuous job status, his team rallied from 17 down in the third... more

One of the most eagerly anticipated matchups of the season won't happen. Iowa plays host to Nebraska on Friday in the regular-season finale for both, and Iowa senior offensive tackle Brandon Scherff and Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory are... more

Ohio State walk-on defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, a former Buckeyes wrestler who joined the football team this season, has been missing since early Wednesday. The Columbus Dispatch reported that police and Karageorge's family spent Thanksgiving... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Defensive end Noah Spence led Ohio State with eight sacks last season. Shortly after being declared permanently ineligible by the Big Ten Conference, former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence tweeted that he... more

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley had knee surgery Tuesday and began his rehab Wednesday. Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson told The Associated Press that Gurley's ACL surgery was successful and that the rehab began Wednesday. » Davis:... more

Minnesota and Wisconsin meet in a pivotal Big Ten West Division game Saturday. In addition to deciding the division title, the winner gets "Paul Bunyan's Axe." The Axe isn't the only cool rivalry trophy on the line Thanksgiving weekend. Read on about the 10 best rivalry-game trophies.... more

Steven Cannon/Associated Press Virginia officials announced Mike London will return for a sixth season as the Cavaliers' head coach. Virginia head coach Mike London will return next season, the school announced Wednesday. The Cavaliers are... more

Associated Press Much is on the line in Iron Bowl for Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Alabama's Nick Saban. Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the... more

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, who is waging a battle with ALS, will be inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. Gleason will be the sole member of the 2014 class and will be recognized between... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Running back Tevin Coleman has rushed for 1,906 yards with one game remaining on Indiana's 2014 schedule. Indiana junior tailback Tevin Coleman is a money player; just listen to Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson. "He... more

Nati Harnik / Associated Press Minnesota RB David Cobb suffered a strained left hamstring in last Saturday's win over Nebraska. Minnesota's David Cobb, the nation's No. 9 rusher, left last Saturday's upset of Nebraska with a hamstring injury,... more

There are an unprecedented 38 bowls this season, and there was some angst among bowl organizers that there would not be enough bowl-eligible teams to fill the available slots. That concern has eased. Remember that four bowls have been added this... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has thrown eight touchdowns against 14 interceptions in 2014. Penn State sophomore Christian Hackenberg went into the season as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the nation,... more

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong missed last weeks's game with concussion. Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist who missed last week's win over Washington State... more

Geoff Burke / USA Today Sports Miami running back Duke Johnson has rushed for 1,431 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Miami junior tailback Duke Johnson, who is on the verge of setting the school's career rushing record, told reporters... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Florida guard Tyler Moore moved from tackle to guard this season, starting six games. In a surprising move, Florida junior guard Tyler Moore is turning pro. » 16 things you need to know from Week 13's games... more

Mark Wallheiser / Associated Press Jameis Winston went 22-of-32 for 281 yards with a touchdown and interception against Boston College. Florida State once again had to rally for a victory last Saturday , but Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said... more

Stephen Brashear/Associated Press Washington linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha has recorded 17.5 sacks this season. Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, who is tied for the national lead in sacks and leads in tackles for loss, heads the list of five... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper left last Saturday's victory over Western Carolina in the first quarter with a bruised knee, but he should be fine for this week's Iron Bowl showdown with Auburn, coach Nick Saban told reporters Sunday. Others who... more

Former NFL vice president of officiating and current FOX broadcaster Mike Pereira wrote Saturday that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston should have been ejected for shoving an official during a win over Boston College . Thankfully, the officials... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon had his fifth 200-yard game of the season and his third in a row Saturday, helping the Badgers down Iowa, 26-24. In the process, Gordon became the fastest in FBS history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. » Sooners' Perine... more

Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports Jameis Winston is 24-0 as Florida State's starting quarterback. Another week, another not-so-pretty win for Jameis Winston and Florida State. Winston threw for 281 yards and one touchdown in the rain Saturday... more

East Carolina senior Justin Hardy set the FBS career receptions record Saturday against Tulane with his 350th career catch. » Getting to know East Carolina's Justin Hardy The record-setting catch for Hardy (6-foot-0, 193 pounds), who began his... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Minnesota running back David Cobb has rushed for 1,430 yards this season. A touchdown run by senior David Cobb began a second-half comeback Saturday that propelled Minnesota to a 28-24 upset at Nebraska. Cobb... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Indiana's defense failed to slow down red-hot Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett set single-season school records for total offense and touchdown passes... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. There are just three weeks left in the regular season, but don't expect this weekend to be all... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Ohio State's Joey Bosa has emerged as one of college football's top defenders as just a true sophomore. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, who leads the Big Ten and is fifth nationally with 11.5 sacks, is one... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Alabama safety Landon Collins has three interceptions and five pass breakups in 2014. Two SEC defensive backs are among the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top defensive... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Wisconsin took a big step toward winning the West Division title by eviscerating Nebraska last week. This week, the Badgers play at Iowa, which remains in the division title hunt.... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Not surprisingly, Florida State has locked up the Atlantic Division title. And not surprisingly, the Coastal Division race seems likely to go down to the last weekend. Georgia Tech... more

Bruce Schwartzman/Associated Press Randy Moss starred at Marshall as a college player. Thad Moss, a junior defensive end at Charlotte Victory Christian High School, recently received a scholarship offer from Boston College. On the face of... more

Sam Riche/Associated Press Indiana running back Tevin Coleman has rushed for 1,678 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has begun campaigning for star tailback Tevin Coleman to return for his senior season, saying on... more

Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy has drawn the attention of NFL scouts. East Carolina's Justin Hardy is getting ready to break the FBS career receptions record. Actually, he's getting ready to smash it.... more

Seven of the nation's top 10 rushers, including national leader Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, were named semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. >> Gordon named a semifinalist for Walter Camp Award... more

Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota are two of the 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season's winner, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, also is one of... more

Lynne Sladky/Associated Press Jameis Winston is 23-0 as Florida State's starting quarterback. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston told school officials last month that a number of items for sale allegedly bearing his signature were... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Notre Dame QB Everett Golson will be tested by Louisville safety Gerod Holliman this weekend. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson suffered a sprained shoulder in last week's upset loss to Northwestern, but he... more

Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong could miss Saturday's game against Washington State as he recovers from a concussion. Strong (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), a junior who is a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top... more

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Florida defensive end Dante Fowler has 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss this season. Florida junior defensive end Dante Fowler said he will speak with outgoing Gators coach Will Muschamp about whether he should... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press QB Braxton Miller could have a number of suitors if he were to decide to transfer from Ohio State for 2015. What was once seen as inevitable at Ohio State -- Braxton Miller stepping back into the starting lineup... more

Part of the fun about bowl projections are matchups we hope happen, so forget about potential playoff matchups for now and think about these potential bowl games. Boise State-Washington, with Chris Petersen's new team going against his old team.... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon has received comparisons to Jamaal Charles, Andre Ellington, Laurence Maroney and LeSean McCoy this season. Now comes an even bigger compliment. Just re-watched #NEBvsWIS and @Melvingordon25 . Been awhile since I've seen... more

Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY Indiana's Tevin Coleman is averaging 7.8 yards per carry this season. Indiana's Tevin Coleman, who's on the brink of setting his school's single-season rushing record, is coming off a 307-yard performance and he's... more

Steven Cannon/Associated Press QB Jameis Winston has guided Florida State to a 10-0 mark so far this season. The Jameis Winston autograph saga has become even murkier. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that there are questions about the... more

David Zalubowski/Associated Press Colorado wide receiver Nelson Spruce will face Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu this Saturday. Colorado junior wide receiver Nelson Spruce, the nation's leading receiver, said he plans on returning to school... more

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Pitt's James Conner is among the nation's most productive running backs this season. Pittsburgh's James Conner rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, but no one noticed. That's because his performance... more

Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White are among the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's best receiver. White is second nationally and Cooper third in receptions, while Cooper is first and White... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan's Frank Clark has 4.5 sacks and leads the team with 13.5 tackles for loss this season. Michigan senior defensive end Frank Clark, considered a potential third-day pick because of his athleticism and upside... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory left Saturday's game vs. Wisconsin with a leg injury. Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory left at the end of the third quarter of the Huskers' loss to Wisconsin on Saturday... more

David Manning / USA Today Sports Miami RB Duke Johnson rushed for 130 yards on 27 carries against Florida State. Miami tailback Duke Johnson extended his streak of 100-yard games to six and scored a touchdown for the ninth game in a row, but... more

Lynne Sladky/Associated Press QB Jameis Winston and Florida State were able to pull out a tight victory over Miami on Saturday night. Same script, different opponent. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston once again helped the Seminoles... more

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press QB Everett Golson and Notre Dame damaged their hopes for an elite bowl berth with a loss to Northwestern. Notre Dame's Everett Golson continued his climb up the school's single-season records chart Saturday, but he... more

Jim O'Connor / USA Today Sports Tevin Coleman is closing in on Vaughn Dunbar's single-season rushing record at Indiana. It's hard to post a 300-yard rushing game and actually lose ground in the race to be the nation's top rusher, but that... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon set the FBS single-game rushing record Saturday with 408 yards in the Badgers' game against Nebraska. And he did it in three quarters. The record had been 406 yards by NFL Media's LaDainian Tomlinson, who broke the record... more

Jesse Johnson/USA Today Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett accounted for 389 yards of offense in a win over Minnesota Saturday. Ohio State redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett broke Braxton Miller's single-game school record for rushing yards by a... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. Four of the top five teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top five are in... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Ohio State's win over Michigan State last week ended any doubt as to who will win the East Division. It seems likely the West Division will be decided his week, when Wisconsin... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Two of the weekend's biggest games feature ACC teams. Clemson takes on Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and Florida State travels to play Miami. Every potential playoff team in the nation... more

Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight was injured in the fourth quarter of a loss to Baylor last week. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will miss Saturday's game at Texas Tech. Coach Bob Stoops made the announcement... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston has thrown 11 interceptions so far in 2014. Florida State's Jameis Winston is seventh nationally in passing yards per game and is on a pace that would give him more passing yards... more

Steve Cannon / Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston's hearing has been moved to after the regular season. Florida State officials have postponed quarterback Jameis Winston's code-of-conduct hearing. Numerous media reports... more

Associated Press Burt Reynolds was a Florida State running back before starring in movies such as "Deliverance." Former Florida State tailback Burt Reynolds has been chosen to "plant the spear" during pre-game festivities before the Seminoles... more

Steve Helber / Associated Press Duke Johnson's 1,213 yards rushing currently ranks seventh at the FBS level. Miami (Fla.) junior tailback Duke Johnson is on a roll, and No. 3 Florida State is the next team that has to try to stop him.... more

Eric Risberg/Associated Press Jim Harbaugh was a star player at Michigan prior to his NFL playing and coaching career. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote, a former All-American at Michigan, said Jim Harbaugh leaving the NFL to coach the... more

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley returns to the field Saturday after a four-game suspension for accepting illegal benefits, and Bulldogs coach Mark Richt thinks the situation could help Gurley with NFL teams. Richt isn't talking about the lack of wear and... more

Eric Gay/Associated Press Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown has 62 tackles and 4.5 sacks so far this season. Texas junior defensive tackle Malcom Brown has had a big season, and he said he is considering turning pro. Brown told the Austin... more

Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory hasn't been quite as productive as he was last season, but he remains an intriguing -- and high-level -- prospect because of his athleticism and ability to rush the passer. Still, Huskers coach Bo Pelini... more

We're in mid-November, which means it's time for bowl organizers and conference higher-ups to truly begin worrying about whether there will be enough teams to fill all the bowl slots. Remember that four bowls have been added this season, so when you... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston is facing a code of conduct hearing, which might be delayed. Florida State officials reportedly will hold a teleconference Tuesday to decide whether to change the date of... more

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Utah running back Devontae Booker will have to make a decision about his future after the season. The wait has been worth it for Utah junior tailback Devontae Booker, who has made quite an impression in his first... more

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had seemed certain the past week or so that star tailback Ameer Abdullah would play this week against Wisconsin. He didn't seem so sure Monday. >> Heisman Watch: 10 contenders for college football's top individual award... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett put on a brilliant performance vs. Michigan State on Saturday. One of the in-the-background story lines for Ohio State this season has been the status of quarterback Braxton Miller for... more

Nick Wass / Associated Press Maryland WR Stefon Diggs is expected to be available if the Terrapins make a bowl this season. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs is likely to miss the rest of the regular season with a lacerated kidney.... more

David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports Lousiville safety Gerod Holliman has picked off 13 passes so far this season. It has taken a while for Louisville free safety Gerod Holliman to get where he is. That's fine, though, considering where he is... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered in Saturday's victory at Utah, and star center Hroniss Grasu 's status after a leg injury is uncertain. Oregon doesn't discuss injuries, but coach Mark Helfrich... more

Andrew Weber/USA Today Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns in the Buckeyes' win over Michigan State. Michigan State players were highly complimentary of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett early in the week. Saturday... more

Jameis Winston and Rashad Greene hooked up 13 times Saturday night to help second-ranked Florida State remain unbeaten with a 34-20 win over Virginia. FSU (9-0) won for the 25th consecutive time behind a 13-reception night for Greene, who had 136... more

Matt Cashore / USA TODAY Sports Everett Golson loses the ball while under pressure from Arizona State's Lloyd Carrington. The good and the bad of Notre Dame senior quarterback Everett Golson was on full view Saturday against Arizona State in... more

Sam Riche/Associated Press Indiana running back Tevin Coleman was held in check vs. Penn State on Saturday. Indiana tailback Tevin Coleman's streak of 100-yard games ended at 10 Saturday, and he also lost his national rushing lead in a 13-7... more

Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams scored three touchdowns vs. Iowa on Saturday. Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, one of the more underrated players at his position nationally, had three TD catches Saturday as... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rushed for 205 yards Saturday, his third 200-yard game of the season, in leading the Badgers to a 34-16 victory at Purdue. Gordon, who rushed for 253 yards against Bowling Green in September and for 259 against Northwestern in... more

Sam Riche/Associated Press Indiana running back Tevin Coleman has found himself on the radar of NFL scouts this season. Indiana junior Tevin Coleman leads the nation in rushing, but his hold on the top spot is tenuous going into Saturday's... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. Before the season, this weekend was expected to be one of the biggest of the year. What do you... more

Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa doesn't necessarily agree with all the analysts who compare him with Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. >> Sources Tell Us: What we're hearing about draft prospects "When I watch him, I really don't see... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC The league's game of the year is Saturday in East Lansing, when Michigan State plays host to Ohio State. That game almost certainly will determine the East Division titlist. The... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC The biggest mystery left in the ACC this season is who wins the Coastal Division and takes on FSU in the league championship game. Duke, which plays at Syracuse on Saturday, is the... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press TCU's T.J. Catalon has rushed for 493 yards and 10 touchdowns so far this season. TCU junior tailback T.J. Catalon, the Horned Frogs' leading rusher, hasn't practiced this week in advance of Saturday's Big 12... more

Nick Wass/Associated Press Notre Dame QB Everett Golson is on pace to throw 36 touchdown passes this season. Notre Dame's Everett Golson is having one of the best seasons by a quarterback in the school's storied history, and Arizona State... more

Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon is averaging 7.5 yards per carry, which is first nationally among the 20 players with at least 165 attempts. If history is an indication, he should improve on that average Saturday. Gordon and the Badgers play at... more

National Football League Former Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1970s. Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was one of seven men selected Wednesday for induction into the Black College... more

Richard Shiro/Associated Press South Carolina running back Mike Davis will have to decide whether to turn pro after the season. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday night that he expects several juniors, including star tailback... more

The investigation into whether Georgia tailback Todd Gurley accepted money for signing autographs was done quickly because Gurley admitted breaking NCAA rules. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told reporters Tuesday that the school received... more

Justin Hayworth/Associated Press Iowa's Brandon Scherff is considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff and USC defensive end Leonard Williams are among the 12... more

Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota of Oregon heads the list of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback. Florida State's Jameis Winston, the 2013 winner, also is a semifinalist. The Big 12 and SEC... more

Paul Vernon/Associated Press QB J.T. Barrett's play has impressed players from Michigan State, Ohio State's next opponent. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is on track to set a single-season school record for touchdown... more

One of the biggest storylines to emerge from the first set of selection committee rankings last week was whether the SEC could get two teams into the playoff. An overlooked question is how many teams each power conference can get into the... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston played with a sprained ankle in last Thursday's come-from-behind win over Louisville, but Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher isn't worried about the injury. "Pain is temporary; you have to put it away," Fisher said... more

Nick Wass / Associated Press Maryland WR Stefon Diggs will not play Nov. 15 against Michigan State. Maryland star wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been suspended from the Terrapins' next game, Nov. 15 against Michigan State, for his actions... more

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and USC defensive end Leonard Williams are among the 20 semifinalists announced Monday for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's best defensive player. All three were... more

Twelve quarterbacks, including Heisman front-runners Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott , were among 20 semifinalists announced Monday for the Maxwell Award, which goes annually to the nation's top player. Ten of the past 11 winners have been quarterbacks,... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell suffered an ugly injury on a game-altering play in the fourth quarter Saturday. Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell had surgery Sunday on a fractured tibia and... more

Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa recorded two sacks Saturday to become the first Big Ten player this season with 10 sacks as the Buckeyes tuned up for next week's showdown with Michigan State by hammering Illinois, 55-14. Ohio State's... more

Nick Wass/Associated Press Notre Dame QB Everett Golson has accounted for 31 touchdowns so far this season. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson accounted for 348 yards and six touchdowns Saturday night as the Irish fended off Navy 49-39.... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Indiana's Tevin Coleman was held to a season-low 108 yards rushing vs. Michigan. Indiana's Tevin Coleman, the nation's leading rusher, had his 10th consecutive 100-yard game Saturday, but host Michigan routed the... more

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, the nation's No. 3 rusher, left Saturday's game against Purdue in the first quarter with a knee sprain. » See where Abdullah ranks among CFB's top 10 RBs Abdullah left with one yard on six carries, and Nebraska coach Bo... more

Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Miami running back Duke Johnson has rushed for at least one TD in each of his last eight games. Miami junior Duke Johnson ran for 177 yards and scored three times Saturday as the host Hurricanes ripped North... more

John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports East Carolina QB Shane Carden likely didn't help his draft stock in Saturday's loss to Temple. East Carolina senior quarterback Shane Carden had his worst day of the season Saturday as the Pirates, who were... more

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, his sixth consecutive 100-yard game and his third game in a row with at least two touchdowns, as the Badgers thrashed host Rutgers 37-0. Gordon went into the weekend as the... more

October

The first College Football Playoff selection committee top 25 has 17 one-loss teams. Two are in the top four -- and they play each other Saturday. There are six weeks left in the season, and while a lot of things are going to happen in those six... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke as Michigan's head coach after the 2010 season. Beleaguered Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, school president Mark Schlissel announced at a news conference.... more

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah leads the nation in rushing and is rising fast in the race for the Heisman Trophy , and one expert says his game compares favorably to Cincinnati Bengals tailback Giovani Bernard. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says Abdullah --... more

Jameis Winston wasn't all that sharp Thursday night, but he still threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Florida State thumped Louisville 42-31. Winston finished 25-of-48, and the yardage total was the second-highest of his career; he also... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. The release of the College Football Playoff selection committee's first top 25 rankings of the... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Everyone in the Big Ten is just killing time until next week's mega-showdown in East Lansing between Michigan State and Ohio State. This week's league schedule isn't all that... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC While FSU seems to have the Atlantic Division title in hand, the Coastal race remains an interesting one. Duke-Pitt, Georgia Tech-Virginia and Miami-North Carolina are important... more

Arkansas guard Sebastian Tretola -- all 350 pounds of him -- threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal last Saturday against UAB, and like any forward-thinking school these days, Arkansas is milking that "fat-guy touchdown" for all its worth. The... more

Miami junior offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, one of the nation's best non-seniors at his position, will miss at least one game after having knee surgery Wednesday. Miami has not disclosed the severity of the injury, and coach Al Golden told reporters... more

Mario Garcia / Associated Press Nevada's Cody Fajardo enters the weekend 25 yards shy of 9,000 career passing yards. Nevada senior quarterback Cody Fajardo is about to join an NCAA fraternity so exclusive that it only has one other member.... more

If last weekend is any indication, the 2014 wide receiver class is on its way to living up to its advance billing. » Vote: Four WRs nominated for Pepsi Rookie of Week 8 Five wide receivers were selected in the first round and 33 receivers were... more

Troy Wayrynen/Associated Press Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson caught 22 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. Utah's hopes for a Pac-12 South title took a hit with the news that star wide receiver Dres Anderson will miss the... more

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Washington's Shaq Thompson continues to excel on both sides of the ball. Washington needs an offensive spark, and the Huskies might turn to one of the nation's most talented linebackers for help. Junior Shaq... more

The NCAA announced Wednesday morning that Georgia tailback Todd Gurley must sit out two more games and also said the school has appealed the ruling. Georgia had applied for Gurley's reinstatement last week , after he had missed two games. Under the NCAA... more

David Stephenson/Associated Press Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott expects to play this weekend vs. Arkansas. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott said he is fine and will play Saturday against Arkansas -- and he brought up Beyonce... more

While everyone will be focused on the top four teams when the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first top 25 of the season Tuesday night, remember that the committee also has been tasked with picking the matchups in the four... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Investigators still want to talk to FSU's Karlos Williams about a recent armed robbery. One day after it was announced that Florida State starting tailback Karlos Williams was being investigated in a domestic... more

Miami junior tailback Duke Johnson -- coming off the biggest performance of his career -- said Monday that his mother will have a big say as to whether he turns pro after this season. Johnson (5-foot-9, 206 pounds) rushed for 249 yards and a TD as the... more

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Michigan coach Brady Hoke apologized for his team planting a stake into the field at Spartans Stadium on Saturday. As if he didn't already have enough to worry about, Michigan coach Brady Hoke now is apologizing... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State's Karlos Williams has rushed for 378 yards and seven TDs on 82 carries this season. Florida State starting tailback Karlos Williams is the subject of a Tallahassee Police Department investigation... more

Steve Dykes/Associated Press Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will be among the first defensive backs drafted in April. Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and the nation's top two interceptors, Mississippi's Senquez Golson and Louisville's Gerod... more

Three sets of teammates are among the 15 semifinalists named Monday for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top college linebacker. UCLA's Myles Jack and Eric Kendricks, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha and Shaq Thompson and Georgia's Jordan... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott has led the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC West standings. Mississippi State is expected to have quarterback Dak Prescott available for this week's game with Arkansas.... more

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press J.T. Barrett scored both of Ohio State's overtime touchdowns vs. Penn State. Redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett had a big overtime and sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa had a big game to lead Ohio... more

Isaiah J. Downing / USA Today Sports Colorado State's Garrett Grayson has a school-record 53 TD passes in his college career. Colorado State senior quarterback Garrett Grayson, considered a potential third-day draft pick, threw for 390 yards... more

Michael Thomas Shroyer / USA Today Devon Johnson scored four touchdowns to help Marshall improve to 8-0 this season. Unbeaten Marshall faced a halftime deficit for the first time this season, but the Thundering Herd shrugged that off and beat... more

Alonzo Adams/USA TODAY Sports West Virginia QB Kevin White is one of college football's fastest-rising draft prospects. West Virginia senior wide receiver Kevin White had his streak of 100-yard games end at seven, but it didn't matter to WVU... more

Melvin Gordon's streak of 175-yard games ended at four, but he still rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Wisconsin thrashed Maryland, 52-7. Gordon's output was part of the Badgers' 311-yard day on the ground, but the defense really was... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah gashed the Rutgers defense in a 42-24 Huskers win Saturday. Nebraska senior tailback Ameer Abdullah set a school record for single-game all-purpose yardage Saturday -- and burnished his... more

With every fan eagerly awaiting the first batch of top 25 rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee (the rankings will be unveiled Tuesday), it's a good time to remind folks that a non-Power Five school is guaranteed a spot in one of... more

A few minutes after Miami junior tailback Duke Johnson finished destroying his defense Thursday night, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer was asked if Johnson was the best running back he had seen this season. "Not only all season," said Beamer, 68, who... more

East Carolina senior quarterback Shane Carden threw for 445 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night as the Pirates -- the only ranked team outside the Power Five conferences -- eased past Connecticut, 31-21. The game was much closer than expected,... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. The first College Football Playoff selection committee top 25 comes out next Tuesday, and as... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Quarterback Taylor Heinicke has put up huge numbers for Old Dominion throughout his career. Old Dominion senior quarterback Taylor Heinicke is on track to finish his career with more than 14,000 passing yards,... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Michigan State and Ohio State still appear to be on a collision course for their Nov. 8 showdown in East Lansing; they also appear to be the two best teams in the league. Minnesota... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC The ACC is looking as if it will have a playoff participant after Florida State held off Notre Dame last Saturday. The Irish were FSU's last on-field impediment, and the Seminoles... more

Chris Jackson/Associated Press West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White is an ascending talent on the radar of NFL scouts. The senior who might be the nation's best wide receiver is going against the Big 12's worst pass defense this Saturday.... more

If strength of schedule truly will be used as a measuring stick when it comes to selecting the four teams for the College Football Playoff, the Big Ten is in trouble. So, too, is the Big 12, though to a lesser extent. Best non-conference wins/notable... more

Eric Dickerson, Keyshawn Johnson, Ray Lewis and NFL Network's Warren Sapp are among the 193 candidates on the 2015 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. There are 75 players and six coaches from the FBS ranks and 87 players and 25... more

It's mid-October, which means it's time for the World Series, NBA exhibitions, the opening of the NHL regular season, the start of playoff talk in the NFL -- and screams about "SEC bias." >> College Football 24/7's Top 25 Power Rankings? Nebraska... more

Georgia will apply for star tailback Todd Gurley's reinstatement, the school announced Wednesday morning. Gurley, perhaps the nation's best running back, has missed the past two games while there has been an investigation into signed memorabilia . The... more

California's Sonny Dykes is the only guy who has coached against both Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel, and he gives the edge to Mariota. "I think he's the best quarterback I've seen in a while," Dykes told bayareanewsgroup.com, also saying "Mariota's... more

For the first time this season, the College Football 24/7 bowl projections don't have Florida State playing in the title game. FSU is No. 1 in the CFB 24/7 Top 25 Power Rankings , but the thought here is that while FSU will be in the playoffs -- heck,... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is on pace to top 2,000 rushing yards this season. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran for 1,609 yards last season, but says the second half of the season was disappointing and vows... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Former Florida QB Tim Tebow has been unimpressed by the Gators' offense this season. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow criticized his alma mater's offense and lack of leadership Tuesday morning. Tebow won the... more

Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Virginia Tech's Luther Maddy should return as one of the nation's top defensive tackles in 2015. Virginia Tech's Luther Maddy, one of the top five senior defensive tackles nationally, is going to miss the rest of... more

Steve Cannon / Associated Press Notre Dame's celebration was cut short Saturday after an offensive pass interference call negated a touchdown. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly remains upset with the offensive pass interference call that negated... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Will Muschamp's Gators have lost eight of their last 10 SEC games, including Saturday's 42-13 loss to Mizzou. The high temperatures in most of Florida this week will be in the high 70s and low 80s, and it's not... more

Baylor has lost another starting offensive lineman for the season. Starting right tackle Troy Baker (6-foot-7, 305 pounds), a fifth-year senior, suffered a torn ACL during the Bears' loss at West Virginia on Saturday. Baker was a fulltime starter as a... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Archie Manning has withdrawn from the College Football Playoff selection committee to focus on a health issue. Archie Manning is relinquishing his spot on the College Football Playoff selection committee... more

Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech's leading receiver this season, was reportedly stabbed in the neck Sunday. Texas Tech wide receiver Jakeem Grant reportedly was stabbed in an off-campus incident early Sunday morning in... more

John David Mercer / USA Today Notre Dame QB Everett Golson went 31-of-52 for 313 yards and three TDs on Saturday. Notre Dame's Everett Golson quarterbacked the losing team in the Irish's game at Florida State, but his Heisman hopes actually... more

Mark Wallheiser / Associated Press Jameis Winston finished 23-of-31 for 273 yards with two TDS and one INT against Notre Dame. A masterful second-half performance by Jameis Winston led Florida State to a 31-27 victory Saturday night over... more

Caylor Arnold/Associated Press Running back Ameer Abdullah is Nebraska's No. 2 all-time rusher with 4,001 career yards. Nebraska senior tailback Ameer Abdullah became the first player in school history with three 1,000-yard seasons during the... more

Alan Diaz/Associated Press Marshall's Rakeem Cato continues to rack up huge numbers for the Thundering Herd. Marshall's Rakeem Cato set an NCAA record Saturday by throwing a touchdown pass for the 39th consecutive game. He had been tied... more

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press Ohio State's J.T. Barrett passed for 261 yards and rushed for 107 more in a 56-17 win over Rutgers. Ohio State redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett became just the sixth quarterback in school history to throw 20 TD... more

Don Petersen / Associated Press Under Lance Leipold, Wisconsin-Whitewater has won five national championships in seven seasons. A Division III coach has become the fastest coach to 100 wins in NCAA history. Wisconsin-Whitewater's Lance... more

Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports David Cobb is on pace to break Minnesota's single-season rushing record, held by Laurence Maroney. Minnesota's David Cobb, the "other" tailback in the Big Ten West Division, had a big game Saturday to help... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 21. Clemson (4-2) Buzz: If true freshman QB Deshaun Watson were healthy, Clemson would run the table. But with him injured, Clemson's... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 We're at the midway point of the season, and the first season with a playoff has been a wild one, as evidenced by the state of Mississippi... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 11. TCU (4-1) Buzz: Hiring offensive assistants Sonny Cumbie (from Texas Tech) and Doug Meachem (from Houston) was a shrewd move by coach... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 41. Pittsburgh (4-3) Buzz: RB James Conner and WR Tyler Boyd are studs. But QB Chad Voytik is doing some on-the-job learning, and it has... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 31. LSU (5-2) Buzz: This isn't anything close to a vintage LSU team. But if Les Miles can keep his best juniors in school, next season's... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 51. Rutgers (5-1) Buzz: The Scarlet Knights are one win from bowl eligibility. We have to admit we didn't see that coming. 52. Florida... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 61. Texas Tech (2-4) Buzz: The Red Raiders' best performance may have come in a loss, last week's setback to West Virginia in which the... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 71. Northern Illinois (4-2) Buzz: The Huskies had a nice win over Northwestern early in the season. But they have struggled a bit of late,... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 81. Purdue (3-4) Buzz: The offense has made some strides of late; now it's the defense's turn to get better. 82. Illinois (3-4) Buzz: It... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 91. UT San Antonio (2-4) Buzz: UTSA looked good in its opener, a win over Houston. But the only other win was a nail-biter over FIU. 92.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 101. Wake Forest (2-4) Buzz: The Demon Deacons have scored one rushing touchdown. One. In six games.102. Army (2-4) Buzz: The Black Knights... more

Suspended Georgia tailback Todd Gurley did not make the trip with the Bulldogs to Arkansas for Saturday's game with the Razorbacks and will not play Saturday, Georgia senior athletic director for sports communications Claude Felton confirmed to multiple... more

There are just six unbeaten college football teams left, and that number is guaranteed to shrink by one this weekend. Baylor, Florida State, Marshall, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are the six, and the Seminoles play host to the Fighting... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. Two of the nation's six unbeaten teams and two of the nation's top quarterbacks get together... more

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press USC running back Javorius Allen has nine 100-yard outings in his past 12 games. Washington's Bishop Sankey was the first running back selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, going to the Tennessee Titans with the 54th... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC The league has six one-loss teams, but Michigan State appears to be the only league team with a shot at earning a playoff bid. The West Division title chase is going to be an... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC At the midway point of the season, Florida State and Clemson are the top two teams and Wake Forest is the worst -- just as expected. But the rest of the league is a jumbled mess.... more

Georgia coach Mark Richt early Thursday morning indicated that suspended Bulldogs tailback Todd Gurley would not play Saturday against Arkansas. I will try to clear up Todd's status. "We will let you know if his status changes. Not anticipating it to... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 We ranked all the FBS quarterback situations before the season, and with the season now at the midpoint, we have decided to do it again.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Dean Hare / Associated Press Connor Halliday threw for an FBS record 734 yards against California. 11. Washington State... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Nati Harnik / Associated Press Wes Lunt had been a bright spot for a woeful Illini team before suffering an injury. 31.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Bob Leverone / Associated Press For a true freshman, Deshaun Watson had been impressive before an injury derailed his stellar debut... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Hans Pennink / Associated Press Army doesn't ask Angel Santiago to do much passing, but his ability to run sparks the team's... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Elaine Thompson / Associated Press Washington's Cyler Miles has yet to throw an interception this season. 41. Washington... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Steve Helber / Associated Press Will Gardner has experienced an up-and-down season under the guidance of new Louisville coach Bobby... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Morry Gash / Associated Press James Knapke was forced into action when Bowling Green's incumbent starter, Matt Johnson, was lost for the... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Charlie Riedel / Associated Press Cooper Rush's development has helped Central Michigan emerge as a threat in the MAC. 61.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press Appalachian State's Kevin Lamb has shown promise, but has yet to win one of his starts.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Darron Cummings / Associated Press Indiana's Nate Sudfeld had his season cut short by a shoulder injury. 91. Indiana... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has rushed for at least 175 yards in four consecutive games. You have to forgive Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald if he's a little tired of gearing up to face a star running... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press DaVaris Daniels made 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns for Notre Dame last season. Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who was suspended in August as the school investigated alleged academic... more

Let's take a break from trying to figure out which four teams will make the College Football Playoff and instead focus our attention for a few minutes on which conferences might not fill all their bowl slots. » CFB 24/7 Top 25 Power Rankings: New No.... more

Hans Pennink/Associated Press Buffalo has fired head coach Jeff Quinn after a 3-4 start this season. Technically we're not even at the midpoint of October and already there are four schools looking for new coaches. Buffalo fired Jeff Quinn... more

John Bazemore/Associated Press Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely. Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley was on the practice field Monday, but he remains indefinitely suspended as an investigation into signed... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Brady Hoke's Michigan team improved to 3-4 after last week's win over Penn State. Two coaches share the hottest-seat designation this week. Michigan's Brady Hoke and Florida's Will Muschamp were hired about a... more

Maybe the wildest blocked extra-point attempt ever occurred Saturday when Sacramento State beat Northern Colorado in a FCS matchup. Take a look -- and make sure you watch until the end: Sacramento State kicker Brad Cornish is the guy who had his PAT... more

Mike Groll / Associated Press Jameis Winston faces a hearing to determine whether he violated FSU's student conduct code. Five days before his Florida State team meets Notre Dame in one of the biggest games of the season, Seminoles coach... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Linebacker Jerod Fernandez is one of seven N.C. State players suspended for the Week 8 game vs. Louisville. North Carolina State announced Monday that it is suspending seven players, including two starters, for... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is expected to miss several weeks with a broken finger. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Sunday that talented true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson could miss at least three... more

Senior defensive end Vic Beasley became Clemson's career sacks leader Saturday and helped lead a strong defensive effort as the Tigers beat Louisville, 23-17. Louisville failed on a 4th-and-goal from Clemson's 2-yard line with 21 seconds left.... more

Joe Raymond/Associated Press QB Everett Golson is leading the Irish to wins but must cut down on the turnovers. Notre Dame's Everett Golson threw for 300 yards for the second time in three weeks to lead the Irish to a wild 50-43 win over... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Jameis Winston is undefeated as Florida State's starting quarterback. Jameis Winston threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Florida State cruised past Syracuse 38-20 a day after FSU announced that... more

Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports Indiana's Tevin Coleman came up big for Indiana in a losing effort at Iowa. Indiana lost for the third time this season Saturday, falling 45-29 to Iowa, but Hoosiers junior tailback Tevin Coleman had another... more

Andy Manis/Associated Press Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon continues to show he's among college football's top running backs. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon had his second four-touchdown day of the season Saturday in leading the Badgers to a... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Jameis Winston is 18-0 as Florida State's starting quarterback. Florida State sent a letter Friday morning to supporters defending the way it handled a sexual assault investigation of what it termed "a prominent... more

The five players suspended at Notre Dame for academic issues are unlikely to play this season. >> Where is Notre Dame in CFB 24/7's Top 25 Power Rankings? A Chicago Tribune report said the five players -- cornerback KeiVarae Russell, wide receiver... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. Last week was "Armageddon Saturday" in the SEC West. Because of the results last week, this... more

Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene, who suffered a concussion in the first half of last weekend's win over Wake Forest, returned to practice Wednesday, and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher indicated Thursday that he expects Greene to play Saturday against... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's injury changed things in the Big Ten. The biggest change: It made Michigan State, not the Buckeyes, the team to beat, and so far, the Spartans... more

Conference rankings ACC Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC Florida State and Clemson went into the season considered the two best teams in the league, and Wake Forest was considered the weakest. That hasn't changed. But who should be third... more

David Zalubowski/Associated Press Jon Gruden has been linked to a number of coaching vacancies since leaving the sideline. Jon Gruden's stated goal in life was to be Michigan's coach. Unfortunately for Wolverines fans who would love to see... more

Eric Risberg/Associated Press USC's Josh Shaw was suspended prior to the season for fabricating a story about saving his drowning nephew. Suspended USC cornerback Josh Shaw's immediate future remains up in the air. The Los Angeles Daily... more

The good: The Pac-12 can make a legitimate claim to being the best conference because of its incredible balance. The bad: That incredible balance is going to keep the league from having a team in the College Football Playoff. >> Where are Pac-12 teams... more

There's nothing quite like seeing a successful college coach lip-syncing and dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy." >> Where is Clemson ranked in CFB 24/7's Top 25 Power Rankings? Clemson coach Dabo Swinney helped school officials publicize the Oct.... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Indiana running back Tevin Coleman's production has attracted the notice of NFL scouts. The Big Ten is living up to its long-time reputation as a league based on strong rushing attacks. There's Wisconsin... more

Darron Cummings/Associated Press Despite dealing with an undisclosed injury, Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is expected to play vs. Washington State on Friday. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is injured; that much is known. The severity of the... more

Joe Raymond/Associated Press DaVaris Daniels has been critical of the way Notre Dame has handled its investigation. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday during his weekly news conference that the school's rulings on five suspended... more

Last weekend saw a major reshuffling of the top 10 -- and of the bowl projections. Three huge games in the SEC West reshaped the top 10, the potential playoff teams and the projections. The same thing could happen this week, with Mississippi at Texas... more

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is averaging 174.2 rushing yards per game. Wisconsin junior tailback Melvin Gordon leads the nation in rushing. Just think how productive he could be if the Badgers had any kind... more

Jim Lytle/Associated Press QB Dak Prescott has accounted for eight touchdowns in Mississippi State's past two games. Auburn plays at Mississippi State on Saturday in a huge SEC West showdown, and Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said the opposing... more

Rich Schultz/Associated Press The heat is turned up on Michigan's Brady Hoke after a 2-4 start to the season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke entered the season on the hot seat. That thing is a-blazin' now. A horrible week at Michigan ended with... more

AP Photo/Gerry Broome Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene must be cleared to play by doctors after suffering a concussion. Florida State could be without three offensive starters Saturday when it plays at Syracuse. Center Austin... more

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press EJ Manuel starred at Florida State before being made a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher refuted an ESPN report that said he bad-mouthed former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel... more

Editor's note: This story was published prior to Georgia's announcement that Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely after an alleged NCAA violation. Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated... more

Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Baylor will be without defensive end Jamal Palmer after he suffered a torn ACL on Saturday. Baylor starting defensive end Jamal Palmer will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in Saturday's win... more

Mike Carter/Associated Press Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah struggled to find running lanes against Michigan State's stout defense. Nebraska tailback Ameer Abdullah's streak of 200-yard games ended at two Saturday as Michigan State barely held off... more

Nam Y. Huh\Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is averaging 8.3 yards per carry this season. Wisconsin junior tailback Melvin Gordon had the best game of his career Saturday, but his 259-yard performance wasn't enough as... more

John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports QB Jameis Winston completed passes to 12 different receivers in Florida State's win over Wake Forest. Jameis Winston threw for 297 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score Saturday as Florida State... more

Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press East Carolina QB Shane Carden became the school's all-time passing-yardage leader Saturday. East Carolina senior quarterback Shane Carden threw for 410 yards and four TDs Saturday, and became the school's... more

Nebraska senior tailback Ameer Abdullah leads the nation in rushing yards, and he's the key to the Huskers' upset hopes in Saturday's Big Ten showdown at Michigan State. Abdullah (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) has rushed for 833 yards and eight touchdowns,... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Minnesota running back David Cobb is on pace to rush for 1,732 yards. Two tailbacks have had multiple 200-yard games this season. One is Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, who is receiving all sorts of acclaim (and... more

Quarterback Everett Golson accounted for 18 touchdowns in 2012, when he guided Notre Dame to the BCS national championship game. He already has accounted for 15 in four games this season, and his high-level play has impressed Stanford coach David Shaw.... more

J Pat Carter/Associated Press Wide receiver DeVante Parker's return could help spark Louisville's passing attack. Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker, who hasn't played this season because of a foot fracture, could return to practice next... more

Tony Ding / Associated Press Brady Hoke is turning to Devin Gardner to start for the Wolverines against Big Ten newcomer Rutgers. Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that Devin Gardner will be the Wolverines' starting quarterback for... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has thrown four touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. What if we told you a quarterback that NFL scouts are said to be salivating over has gone three consecutive... more

247sports.com Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin will face off against his brother, Alabama's Lane Kiffin, on Saturday. Younger brothers love upstaging their older brothers, and Chris Kiffin will be looking to do just that Saturday.... more

Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Texas Tech QB Davis Webb practiced Tuesday and might be available this week against Kansas State. Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb, who suffered an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the Red Raiders'... more

Two Oregon State defensive tackles suffered knee injuries in last Saturday's loss to USC, and Beavers defensive coordinator Mark Banker has questioned USC's blocking techniques. Starter Jalen Grimble will miss up to a month and backup Noke Tago is out... more

September

This is the biggest weekend of the season thus far -- and by far -- in terms of winnowing the possible playoff field. There are three huge games in the SEC West (Alabama at Mississippi, LSU at Auburn and Texas A&M at Mississippi State), with all six... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan announced early Tuesday that QB Shane Morris suffered "a probable, mild concussion" vs. Minnesota. Michigan coach Brady Hoke spent his usual eight minutes on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference Tuesday, but... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press N.C. State coach Dave Doeren was unhappy about the pace of Saturday's game vs. Florida State. North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren on Tuesday morning tweeted an apology for saying Florida State faked injuries... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan AD Dave Brandon issued a statement acknowledging Shane Morris played with a probable concussion. Michigan acknowledged at 1 a.m. Tuesday that Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris was reinserted into... more

» Michigan's Hoke atop hot-seat coaches list Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been mentioned as a potential candidate at Michigan if the Wolverines were to fire Brady Hoke, and Harbaugh responded exactly as you would expect Monday afternoon.... more

Michigan's Brady Hoke and Florida's Will Muschamp were hired a month apart following the 2010 season, and they're atop our weekly look at the college football coaches on the hottest seats. We're still not into October, and there already are two coaching... more

Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports Florida State QB Jameis Winston threw for 365 yard and four touchdowns vs. N.C. State. It might not be a good idea to get coaches Jimbo Fisher of Florida State and Dave Doeren of North Carolina State in a room... more

AP Photo/Tony Ding Michigan's Brady Hoke is under fire for his handling of QB Shane Morris' injury in Saturday's loss. Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday at his weekly news conference that quarterback Shane Morris told him he had stumbled... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Michigan QB Shane Morris was injured during Saturday's loss to Minnesota. Michigan coach Brady Hoke on Monday defended his handling of quarterback Shane Morris , who appeared to be injured during this past... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah crossed the 200-yard rushing mark for a third time this season. Another week, another 200-yard game for Nebraska senior tailback Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three... more

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame QB Everett Golson had a career-high in completions Saturday, but also had four turnovers. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had an uneven Saturday night in the Irish's 31-15 victory over Syracuse.... more

AP Photo/Tony Ding Michigan QB Shane Morris appeared to be injured late in the loss to Minnesota but returned to action. As if there wasn't already enough heat on Michigan coach Brady Hoke, he is hearing criticism for his handling of... more

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports Deshaun Watson torched North Carolina's defense in his debut as Clemson's starting quarterback. True freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson made his first start for Clemson on Saturday, and he set the bar quite... more

AP Photo/Gerry Broome Florida State QB Jameis Winston guided the Seminoles to a win in his first game back after his suspension. Jameis Winston returned from a one-game suspension to throw for 365 yards and four touchdowns as Florida State... more

AP Photo/Tony Ding The results for Michigan were no better Saturday with QB Shane Morris getting the start. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke hoped a quarterback change to Shane Morris would spark his offense Saturday at home against Minnesota.... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon carried a heavy load for the Badgers vs. USF. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon didn't do too much in the first half Saturday against USF. But he had a big second half to propel... more

Todd Williamson/Invision/AP Images Snoop Dog's son, Cordell Broadus, is still deciding where to play his college football. Cordell Broadus, a wide receiver at powerhouse Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High, is one of the nation's top dozen high... more

Associated Press Quarterbacks Devin Gardner and Jeff Driskel have struggled this season. Florida's Will Muschamp and Michigan's Brady Hoke were hired within a month of each other after the 2010 season. Each took his team to a BCS bowl early... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. Conventional wisdom is that Oregon is the Pac-12 team most likely to make the four-team playoff.... more

Florida State's offensive line, which returned four starters from last season's national championship team, was expected to be one of the best units in the nation. That hasn't been the case, at least not yet. FSU has struggled to run the ball (just... more

Michigan State's Jeremy Langford ran for 1,422 yards and 18 TDs last season, but he is off to a slow start this season. Langford (6-foot-1, 208 pounds), a senior, was the nation's No. 5 returning rusher, but he has managed just 203 yards through three... more

J Pat Carter/Associated Press Will Gardner was injured in last week's game and won't be available to play vs. Wake Forest. Louisville will go with true freshman Reggie Bonnafon as its starting quarterback when it plays host to Wake Forest on... more

Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson has struggled to live up to his showing from last season. Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Brandon Facyson might not play anymore this season because of a leg injury.... more

A Jameis Winston family advisor wrote in a letter to Florida State that an attorney for the woman who accused Winston of sexual assault asked for $7 million to settle any potential lawsuit. The Tampa Bay Times obtained a copy of a letter sent by David... more

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel has thrown for 689 yards and 10 touchdowns in two games. Statistically, Ohio State's secondary looks fine, as the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are third nationally in pass defense.... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State nose tackle Niles Lawrence-Stample is out for the season with a pectoral injury. Florida State starting nose tackle Niles Lawrence-Stample will miss the rest of the season with a pectoral injury.... more

David Zalubowski/Associated Press KeiVarae Russell was considered Notre Dame's best cornerback before he was suspended. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that the hearings on the five players suspended from the team because of... more

Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman is generating buzz early in his junior season. Florida State's Eddie Goldman was one of the most celebrated prospects in the 2012 recruiting class. He is starting to... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Shane Morris replaced starting QB Devin Gardner during Michigan's loss to Utah last Saturday. Beleaguered Michigan coach Brady Hoke had said he would name his starting quarterback Tuesday. Well, he reversed field... more

Associated Press BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has emerged as a contender for the Heisman Trophy. While there aren't "BCS-busters" anymore, the idea that BYU could make like a BCS-buster and crash the "big bowl" party is gathering steam. BYU... more

Chuck Burton/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston is back with the Seminoles after serving a one-game suspension vs. Clemson Former NFL running back Clinton Portis has three bits of advice for Florida State quarterback Jameis... more

One day after Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston officially got his starting job back, a Winston family advisor tweeted that Winston would be cooperating with the school's Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault from December 2012.... more

Three former Michigan State quarterbacks started in the NFL on Sunday. The current Michigan State starting quarterback seems in no hurry to join them. Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins), Brian Hoyer (Cleveland Browns) and Drew Stanton (Arizona... more

AP Photo/Tony Ding Michigan coach Brady Hoke's team suffered a big loss at home to Utah on Saturday. We're still in September and there already is one coaching vacancy (SMU). While it's extremely unlikely another job will come open this... more

Steve Cannon/Associated Press Jameis Winston is back for Florida State after serving a suspension on Saturday. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that a communication breakdown led to Jameis Winston dressing out Saturday night... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

In a decision that likely surprised no one, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced that true freshman Deshaun Watson will start at quarterback this week for the Tigers. Watson (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) replaces fifth-year senior Cole Stoudt (6-4, 225) as the... more

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was injured early during the Bruins' victory over Texas on Sept. 13, and coach Jim Mora won't say if Hundley will play Thursday night in a big Pac-12 South game at Arizona State. Hundley's injury supposedly was a... more

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Florida QB Sean Maguire was able to lead the Seminoles to a win in overtime vs. Clemson. Who needs Jameis Winston? Florida State proved it could win without its Heisman-winning quarterback, beating Clemson... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah is among the top running backs in college football. It was quite a night for Nebraska senior running back Ameer Abdullah: He rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, caught a TD pass,... more

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Indiana running back Tevin Coleman doesn't get a lot of national attention but is putting up big numbers again. A week after rushing for 190 yards and two TDs in a loss to Bowling Green, Indiana junior tailback... more

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended for school officials for Saturday night's Clemson-FSU game , came out for pregame warmups dressed out in his pads and jersey. Winston even took some snaps from a backup center, but... more

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports East Carolina QB Shane Carden keeps putting up huge numbers as the Pirates continue to roll. East Carolina got noticed when it upset Virginia Tech last week. This week, expect the Pirates to be in the... more

Morry Gash/Associated Press Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is among college football's top RB prospects. There were some concerns about Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon after a desultory 38-yard performance against FCS opponent Western Illinois in... more

Associated Press Former Clemson star QB Tajh Boyd has signed with the Florida Blacktips of the FXFL. Former Clemson star quarterback Tajh Boyd was cut after being a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Jets, but he's hoping to keep his... more

In a stunning decision Friday night, Florida State announced that quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the entirety of Saturday's game against Clemson. Wednesday, the school had suspended Winston for the first half because of an incident... more

Pitt sophomore running back James Conner has drawn a comparison to Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy from an AFC scout, and you could forgive the Panthers' first three opponents for thinking it was Lacy in the backfield when they played Pitt.... more

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday he is hopeful the half-game suspension for Jameis Winston is enough to change his quarterback's behavior. "The object isn't to punish them; it's to change their behavior," Fisher said during an appearance... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. Florida State's impressive domination of Clemson in Week 7 last season propelled the Seminoles on... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is still seeking his first sack of 2014 after notching 10.5 last season. Nebraska's defensive backs are worried about Miami's speed at wide receiver, which means this is a game... more

As BYU's profile has risen this season, with talk of the Cougars potentially finishing unbeaten, so, too, has junior quarterback Taysom Hill's. Hill is showing up on more and more Heisman watch lists, and he'll remain on them as long as he continues to... more

Sean Maguire will be one of the most closely scrutinized players in the nation. That's because Maguire (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), a sophomore, will start at quarterback for Florida State in place of the suspended Jameis Winston. Maguire has played... more

Florida State announced Wednesday that quarterback Jameis Winston would be suspended for the first half of Saturday's ACC showdown with Clemson for what the school called inappropriate comments in public. A number of tweets from FSU students... more

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Virginia defensive end Eli Harold has recorded three sacks so far in 2014. BYU is gaining notice as a team that could finish unbeaten and Cougars junior quarterback Taysom Hill is gaining momentum as a Heisman... more

Florida State offensive tackle Cam Erving got the best of Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley last season -- to the point that Beasley was talking about this season's matchup with Erving more than two weeks ago. Beasley (6-foot-3, 235 pounds), a senior,... more

AP Photo/David Zalubowski Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly will miss the Sun Devils' Week 5 game vs. UCLA. Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, who has thrown 63 TD passes and rushed for 12 more TDs since becoming the Sun Devils' starter for... more

Evidently, Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett doesn't think much of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Jarrett (6-foot-0, 290 pounds), a senior who is one of the best interior linemen in the ACC and an "intriguing" NFL prospect, made his... more

Life as a bowl prognosticator can be difficult. Consider the case of South Carolina as an example. Before the season, the Gamecocks were considered the best team in the SEC East and given a legit chance to make it into one of the so-called "playoff... more

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Olsen departs Miami having never played a snap for the Hurricanes. Miami announced Tuesday that redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen no longer is enrolled at the university. The dismissal came a... more

AP Photo/Morry Gash Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has not yet put up the number many expected he would. Wisconsin junior tailback Melvin Gordon graded himself Monday during the Badgers' weekly news conference, and he gave himself a... more

Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple is a former NFL assistant -- a former NFL quarterback coach, to be exact -- and he has a high opinion of Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Whipple and UMass play at Penn State on Saturday, and he was... more

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley has been suspended in advance of this week's game vs. Oklahoma. West Virginia will be without one of its key defenders Saturday when it faces Oklahoma in an important... more

Gary Kazanjian/Associated Press Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah has rushed for 396 yards on 57 carries this season. Saturday's Miami-Nebraska game is a chance for both teams to gain some positive attention for themselves and for their leagues. It's... more

Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Notre Dame QB Everett Golson has seven TD passes and four TD runs in three games so far in 2014. Notre Dame senior quarterback Everett Golson hasn't received all that much help from his rushing attack, but he... more

Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Miami QB Kevin Olsen began the 2014 season serving a two-game suspension. Miami redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, has been arrested for... more

Butch Dill/Associated Press Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates could return to action on Thursday after missing time with a leg injury. Auburn seems likely to have its top two wide receivers for Thursday night's game at Kansas State. Sammie... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press UCLA QB Brett Hundley missed the second half of the Bruins' win over Texas on Saturday. Arizona State plays host to UCLA in a big Pac-12 South showdown on Sept. 25, but each school's starting quarterback was... more

Mel Evans/Associated Press Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg came through when it mattered against Rutgers. Sophomore Christian Hackenberg didn't throw a TD pass Saturday night, but he nonetheless led Penn State to a 13-10 win at Rutgers in... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Quarterback Everett Golson is 13-1 as Notre Dame's starting quarterback. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson's hot start to the season continued Saturday as he accounted for three touchdowns in the Irish's... more

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports Pitt running back James Conner has racked up 529 yards in the first three games of the 2014 season. Pittsburgh sophomore running back James Conner continued his strong start to the season Saturday, rushing for... more

AP Photo/Don Petersen East Carolina QB Shane Carden threw for more than 400 yards in a game for the fourth time in his career Saturday. East Carolina senior quarterback Shane Carden started strong and finished with a flourish Saturday to lead... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff suffered a knee injury vs. Ball State in Week 2. Iowa star offensive tackle Brandon Scherff started Saturday's game against Iowa State, which the Cyclones won on a... more

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel lived up his considerable hype on Friday night in his first college action. Cincinnati sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel made his first career start Friday night, and to say his debut... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press Miami defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad was slated to serve as a pass-rush specialist for the Hurricanes. Miami sophomore defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who would've played a key role for the Hurricanes this... more

Ted S. Warren/Associated Press Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has guided the Scarlet Knights to a 2-0 record to start the 2014 season. SMU coach June Jones resigned two games into the season Monday -- but a bigger eyebrow-raiser involving a coach... more

Every Thursday during the season, we'll take a look at the big game(s) during the upcoming weekend that will have the biggest impact on the playoff chase. College Football Playoff Picture: If the season ended today This looks to be one of the most... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press Pitt sophomore running back James Conner is gaining attention for his powerful running. Pittsburgh sophomore tailback James Conner is starting to receive some buzz -- one AFC scout said Conner reminds him of... more

East Carolina senior wide receiver Justin Hardy is on pace to become the NCAA's leading career receiver, but he'll face his toughest test Saturday when he and the Pirates take on Virginia Tech, which has one of the nation's top two or three secondaries.... more

Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press Jaguars rookie wide receiver Allen Hurns caught four passes for 110 yards and two TDs in his first NFL game. A bit less than half of the 2014 first-round picks -- 14 of 32 -- started their first NFL games... more

Jonathan Bachman/Associated Press LSU's Leonard Fournette has taken plenty of heat for striking the Heisman post last week vs. Sam Houston State. Highly touted LSU true freshman tailback Leonard Fournette was widely -- and rightly -- derided... more

If your team -- whether it be in the NCAA or NFL -- is looking for a quarterback, it needs to look in California and Texas. We took a geographical look at the starting quarterbacks for the 32 NFL teams and the 128 FBS teams, and found that almost half... more

Fred Beckham/Associated Press BYU QB Taysom Hill is producing 342.5 yards per game so far in 2014. BYU and Houston will wear American flag-themed helmets when they play Thursday night in Provo, Utah, on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Kirk Ferentz and Paul Rhoads will face off this weekend when Iowa and Iowa State play their annual rivalry game. The Iowa-Iowa State series doesn't have much national significance because, hey, it involves... more

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence is set to return from his suspension, which stretches back to last season. Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence returns to the team this week after a three-game suspension,... more

Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press Steve Spurrier said his players know that if they hit a female, they will not play football at South Carolina. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was his usual plain-speaking self Tuesday when he was asked... more

As bad as the weekend was for the Big Ten, the league still is in good shape to place two teams in the "playoff bowls." While it seems unlikely the league will get a team into the playoff, the selection committee also is responsible for selecting... more

Maryland will wear helmets and uniforms celebrating the 200th anniversary of the "Star-Spangled Banner" on Saturday against West Virginia. » Photos: College football alternate uniforms of 2014 Maryland players will have the poem "Defence of Fort... more

Mike Thomas/Associated Press Troy Aikman will have his UCLA jersey retired prior to the Bruins' final home game of the season. UCLA announced Saturday that it would retire Troy Aikman's jersey Nov. 28 during the last regular-season game of... more

David Goldman/Associated Press Todd Gurley amassed 293 all-purpose yards in Georgia's season-opening win over Clemson. Conventional wisdom seems to be that Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley will go pro after this season, and his coach seems... more

Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff injured a knee vs. Ball State but returned to the game. Iowa senior offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, one of the nation's top prospects regardless of position, had knee... more

Texas senior cornerback Quandre Diggs, one of the Longhorns' best players, isn't sure some of his teammates are passionate enough about winning. Texas has opened 1-1 under new coach Charlie Strong and was blown out 41-7 by BYU this past Saturday -- at... more

LM Otero/Associated Press June Jones has stepped down as head coach at SMU after opening the 2014 season 0-2. SMU coach June Jones, who signed a three-year contract extension in December, has stepped down from his job leading the Mustangs.... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Bill Belton's comment during Big Ten Media Days has become bulletin-board material for Rutgers players. Penn State tailback Bill Belton is a New Jersey native and was recruited by Rutgers, but he left the state... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh will miss time after suffering a broken foot. Oklahoma State starting quarterback J.W. Walsh suffered a broken foot in a victory over Missouri State. Reports have Walsh (6-foot-2,... more

Mike Huguenin has spent more than 30 years in sports journalism, many of them closely associated with college football. As a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and one who will cast his ballot again at the end of this season, Huguenin takes a weekly look at... more

Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Michigan coach Brady Hoke's Wolverines were blown out by Notre Dame on Saturday night. Much like an athletic director giving a vote of confidence to his beleaguered coach, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has... more

Virginia Tech's defense came up with seven sacks and three interceptions Saturday night as the Hokies downed Ohio State 35-21. Defensive end Dadi Nicolas and linebacker Derek DiNardo had two sacks apiece as the Hokies' defense clamped down on Ohio State... more

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame QB Everett Golson is off to a hot start this season after sitting out the 2013 campaign. Quarterback Everett Golson led Notre Dame to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, then was suspended last... more

AP Photo/Steve Cannon Jameis Winston completed more than 80 percent of his passes in Saturday's win over The Citadel. Jameis Winston played a bit less than three quarters and threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State beat FCS... more

Cary Edmondson / USA TODAY Sports Leonard Williams played through injury in USC's win over Stanford on Saturday. An athletic director comes down to the field because he has been summoned by a coach during the game? That was just part of the... more

AP Photo/Gus Ruelas USC linebacker Hayes Pullard was ejected from Saturday's game for targeting. USC linebacker Hayes Pullard was ejected for targeting during the third quarter of the Trojans' 13-10 win over Stanford. Pullard, a senior who... more

Justin Hayworth/Associated Press Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff returned to Week 2 action after an early-game injury scare. Iowa senior offensive tackle Brandon Scherff -- one of the top two seniors at his position nationally -- went... more

Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon did not have a big day rushing the ball in a win over Western Illinois. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon had good production but relatively few carries last week in a loss to LSU. That... more

Cathleen Allison/Associated Press Nevada QB Cody Fajardo has racked up 10,178 yards during his college career. Cody Fajardo replaced Colin Kaepernick as Nevada's starting quarterback, and Fajardo on Friday night followed Kaepernick in... more

Florida State junior P.J. Williams, one of the nation's top cornerbacks, will miss Saturday's game against FCS foe The Citadel because of a nagging hamstring injury. Williams missed a lot of practice time during fall camp because of the issue with his... more

Associated Press Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and Oregon coach Mark Helfrich know playoff aspirations are on the line this week. Every Thursday during the season, we take a look at the biggest games of the week that are sure to have a... more

Paul Sancya/Associated Press Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes will attempt to limit Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Saturday. The quickie breakdown of Saturday's Michigan State-Oregon game goes something like this: It will be Oregon's speed vs.... more

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Urban Meyer was Notre Dame's wide receivers coach when Ohio State and Notre Dame last played in the regular season. Notre Dame and Ohio State, two of college football's most prestigious programs, announced... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Miami coach Al Golden has increased the Hurricanes' win total each year he has been on the job. One game into the season, Miami athletic director Blake James already has felt the need to make public his support... more

Texas will be without three starting offensive linemen and its quarterback when it plays BYU on Saturday night. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong on Wednesday night suspended both starting offensive tackles, Kennedy Estelle and Desmond Harrison. Center... more

Greg Bartram/USA Today Sports Ohio State's Michael Bennett is among the nation's top defensive line prospects. One of the biggest concerns for Ohio State heading into the season was its secondary, but one week in, the Buckeyes are third... more

AP Photo/David Stluka Former Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith played for Louisville coach Bobby Petrino in Jacksonville. Trey Smith, the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl wide receiver Jimmy Smith, has committed to play for Louisville.... more

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams suffered an ankle injury in practice Tuesday. USC All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams suffered a high ankle sprain during Tuesday's practice, and one report says he... more

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports The loss of Kyler Fackrell leaves a big void in the Utah State defense. Utah State won the Mountain West Conference last season despite losing quarterback Chuckie Keeton, its best player, during the season to a torn... more

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports USC QB Cody Kessler missed practice Tuesday after having a procedure performed on his toe. USC starting quarterback Cody Kessler, who threw for 394 yards and four TDs in the Trojans' season-opening rout of Fresno... more

AP Photo/Andy Manis It appears Wisconsin will be playing without quarterback Joel Stave for the foreseeable future. Monday saw the solving of the mystery as to why Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon received so few carries in a loss to LSU. We... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Jameis Winston had a shaky season debut, but still led Florida State to a win over Oklahoma State. Week 1 is over, which means it's time to unveil the first bowl projections of the college football season. Yes, it's a... more

AP Photo/Tony Ding Michigan running back Derrick Green rushed for 170 yards in Saturday's season-opening win. Michigan's rushing attack was abysmal last season, with the Wolverines averaging just 125.7 rushing yards per game. That was the... more

The second Bobby Petrino era at Louisville got off to a rousing start Monday night thanks to the Cardinals' defense. Petrino's first game in his second go-round at Louisville coincided with the school's first game as an ACC member, and the Cardinals... more

AP Photo/David J. Phillip Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon says a minor hip injury impacted his performance vs. LSU. The mystery as to why Wisconsin star tailback Melvin Gordon had just four second-half carries in the Badgers' loss to LSU... more

AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory could miss Week 2 with a knee injury. Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory is doubtful for Saturday's game against FCS opponent McNeese State because of a left knee injury.... more

AP Photo/David Goldman Georgia running back Todd Gurley's monster game has increased his Heisman hype. The first week of the season isn't even over and we're already going to start talking about the Heisman. While Heisman mentions on Sept.... more

South Carolina tailback Mike Davis played sparingly in the Gamecocks' season-opening loss to Texas A&M and might miss Saturday's game against East Carolina because of bruised ribs. Coach Steve Spurrier called Davis, who ran for 1,183 yards last season,... more

August

AP Photo/David J. Phillip Wisconsin running Melvin Gordon had only four carries in the second half on Saturday night. Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon showed off his speed and explosiveness Saturday night against LSU. Well, he showed them off... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Jameis Winston got all he could handle from a pesky Oklahoma State defense. Florida State's defense of its national title got off to a shaky, but ultimately successful, start. The same can be said for... more

AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory injured his left knee in the opener, but coach Bo Pelini didn't seem worried. Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory, who is expected to contend for All-American honors this... more

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett guided the Buckeyes to a season-opening victory over Navy on Saturday. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's first college start, as a true freshman in Game 4 of the 2011 season, resulted... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press The transition of Michigan's Devin Funchess from tight end to wide receiver will be scrutinized this season. Michigan's Devin Funchess officially has moved to wide receiver from tight end , and his first game at his... more

Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Christian Hackenberg became the first Penn State quarterback to surpass 400 yards passing in a game on Saturday. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg's sophomore season got off to a rousing start Saturday in... more

Brian Powers/USA TODAY Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty threw for 569 yards in an upset win over Bowling Green. Six quarterbacks had 500-yard games last season. In just the first two days of this season, three quarterbacks already have... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Christian Hackenberg is among the most promising quarterback talents in college football. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg's highly anticipated sophomore season begins on Saturday, and fans will see... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Bo Pelini says marijuana use is a big problem in college athletics and society as a whole. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini railed against marijuana use on Friday morning when he was the guest speaker at a local radio... more

Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports Micah Seau made 10 tackles in 11 games as a backup last season for San Diego State. Another Seau will be patrolling the field at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium this weekend. Micah Seau, the nephew... more

Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press Kenny Hill was sensational in his debut as Texas A&M's starting quarterback. The 511-yard performance by Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill in Thursday night's easy win over South Carolina set a... more

AP Photo/Joe Raymond Brian Kelly's team is at the center of Notre Dame's academic fraud investigation. Notre Dame announced on Thursday afternoon -- a bit less than 48 hours before its season kicks off -- that a fifth player is being... more

Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports North Carolina defensive tackle Ethan Farmer (middle) will be eligible to play this fall. North Carolina senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer, the only returning starter on the Tar Heels' defensive line, has been... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press James Franklin has cautioned his players not to count on having Penn State's bowl ban lifted in 2014. Penn State's four-year postseason ban, imposed by the NCAA in July 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press QB Devin Gardner will be operating in a revamped Michigan offense in 2014. Everyone knew a coordinator change meant that Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner would be running a different offense this season, and... more

Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Kenny Williams will be auditioning for NFL scouts this season as a linebacker, not a running back. Not surprisingly, Texas Tech's leading rusher the past two seasons will start Saturday against FCS opponent... more

Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports North Carolina senior Ethan Farmer (middle) might not be available for the Tar Heels this season. North Carolina's defensive line was expected to be a team weakness this season, and the news keeps getting worse for... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Freshman running back Leonard Fournette could play a large role in the LSU offense this season. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is trying to become the first two-time Heisman winner since Ohio State... more

Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon enters the 2014 season as Heisman Trophy contender. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has received a lot of preseason acclaim -- for instance, he is the No. 10 player and... more

Auburn sophomore Shon Coleman is tasked with replacing Greg Robinson, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, as the Tigers' starting left tackle. Forgive Coleman if he doesn't think it's a big deal replacing the first... more

The post-Teddy Bridgewater era at Louisville begins Monday night with a game against Miami, and Bridgewater wanted to make sure to thank Cardinals fans beforehand. He purchased a full-page ad in the student newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal, to express... more

Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press If healthy and dialed in, Louisville's Michael Dyer can be one of the top running backs in the ACC. Louisville already knows it will be without star wide receiver DeVante Parker for Monday night's ACC... more

Chuck Burton/Associated Press Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer believes freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford has a bright future. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has high praise for true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford. In a bit of a... more

Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports The Trojans' defense took a big hit with the loss of linebacker Jabari Ruffin. Just like in the NFL, season-ending injuries before the season even begins can be crippling to college teams, too. Just ask Ohio... more

H. Rumph Jr/Associated Press Louisville's DeVante Parker is among the top wide receivers in college football. Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker -- one of the top seniors at the position nationally -- needs foot surgery and will miss up... more

Associated Press/NFL Photos Bryce Paup, who starred for several NFL teams, is now an assistant coach for Northern Iowa. If you watch closely during Saturday's Iowa-Northern Iowa game, you might be able to see a former NFL Defensive Player of... more

Maryland coaches know how talented junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs can be. And that's why they want more focus from him this season. "He's a great kid," Randy Edsall told The Baltimore Sun. "I love the kid to death. But sometimes, he's a young man... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press James Franklin is in his first season as head coach at Penn State. The season hasn't even started, but we already have a winner in the "Best Video Featuring a Coach's Daughter" category. New Penn State coach... more

Four days after saying South Carolina star tailback Mike Davis might miss the opener, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday night that coaches think Davis will be ready to go Thursday against Texas A&M. "Hopefully Mike will be full speed and 100... more

Morry Gash / Associated Press Gary Andersen has reportedly pegged Tanner McEvoy to lead his offense against LSU on Saturday. OK, if you're like us, you're giddy with anticipation -- giddy like a 6-year-old on Christmas morning -- about the... more

John Raoux / Associated Press Louisville is still awaiting word on receiver DeVante Parker's status after an injury. While Miami (Fla.) -- Louisville's opponent in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 1 -- made news Sunday (more on... more

Steve Dykes / USA TODAY Sports Brad Kaaya -- who went 23-3 during his high school career -- beat out transfer Jay Heaps for the starting spot. True freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya will start in the season opener for Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 1... more

Beth Hall / USA TODAY Sports Gerald Dixon Jr. will start alongside his half-brother when South Carolina opens its season Thursday. Gerald Dixon will start at defensive end and Gerald Dixon Jr. at defensive tackle for South Carolina when the... more

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press Pat Haden -- who won two national titles as a player at USC -- has been the athletic director at the school since 2010. USC athletic director Pat Haden has been hospitalized twice in recent days because he has... more

There's no better way to pass the time until the college football season kicks off Thursday than to revisit some of Les Miles' best quotes during his tenure as LSU's coach. Luckily, instead of having to search all over the internet the New Orleans... more

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Fresno State's Derron Smith enters the 2014 season with aspirations to improve his draft stock. Fresno State senior free safety Derron Smith has some specific goals in mind this season: He wants to be able... more

Conference previews: ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Others Randy Snyder/Associated Press Marshall QB Rakeem Cato has a realistic shot at leading the Thundering Herd to an undefeated season in 2014. Life for teams outside... more

Gregory Bull / Associated Press Defending champion FSU enters 2014 as the favorite to win the first playoff in FBS history. We're less than a week away from the first kickoff of the season, and it's never too early to talk playoffs. So, who... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Jameis Winston is looking to lead Florida State back to the national championship game. The BCS is gone, the four-team playoff is in -- and there are more bowls than ever. It's true: Four bowls have been added to the... more

James Snook/USA Today Sports Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams has thrown for 75 touchdown in the past two seasons. The 2014 college football season officially begins Saturday, and not surprisingly, it begins on TV. The first game of the... more

Conference previews: ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Others Bob Leverone/Associated Press QB Jameis Winston enters 2014 looking to defend his Heisman Trophy win and Florida State's national title. The ACC had the worst... more

Garry Jones/Associated Press Louisville wide receiver DaVante Parker could put up big numbers in Bobby Petrino's new offense. OK, so all the preseason top 25s are in and the 1-128 countdowns are over, and though the season hasn't even kicked... more

Associated Press Marcus Mariota and Shilique Calhoun will face off when Oregon and Michigan State meet on Sept. 6. The thought that "every game is created equal" had some merit in the BCS era, and that will carry over into the start of the... more

Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton visited Tuesday with a high school quarterback who recently had brain surgery. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Newton visited with Jaylend Ratliffe, who suffered a fractured skull in a July 30... more

South Carolina running back Mike Davis appears to be questionable for the Gamecocks' Aug. 28 opener against Texas A&M. "Mike Davis has been hurt; he hasn't practiced all week," coach Steve Spurrier told the Sportstalk radio network after Wednesday's... more

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You want to get the home crowd riled up at a football game? Deliver a big hit. The only thing better than a big hit to get a crowd really going is a big play on offense. That means that the 14 players you will be reading about in less than a minute are fan favorites. That's because these players are known as big hitters. Truthfully, every team has a player (or two) known for being able to lay the wood; in some cases, that's all the player can do. But the home crowd loves them for that ability. Our "14 for '14" series continues with 14 big hitters who have caught our eye.... more

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"Freakish athletes" have been around forever -- you just know there were guys who drew raves in the ancient Greek Olympics -- but they're celebrated more than ever now. An athlete who makes a "Did you see that? Can you believe that?" play will have his performance celebrated on TV, radio and the Internet.

Here, then, are some high-level athletes who have caught our eye for various reasons as CFB 24/7's "14 for '14" series continues with a look at the nation's most freakish athletes.... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press James Franklin's scheduled debut as Penn State's head coach is being threatened by a volcano. The Aug. 30 Penn-State UCF game in Dublin, Ireland, could be disrupted by a volcano. Yes, a volcano. An... more

Kent State Athletics Kent State offensive lineman Jason Bitsko was expected to start at center this season. Kent State starting center Jason Bitsko died Wednesday morning, the school announced. He was 21. Cleveland TV station WOIO reported... more

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Nothing can swing the momentum of a game like an explosive play.

To that end, there's nothing like offensive players who make you hold your breath when they have the ball in their hands and defensive players who blow up a play before it has a chance to truly get going.

As a part of our "14 for '14" series, here's a look at 14 explosive players for the 2014 season.... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press QB J.T. Barrett is expected to replace injured Braxton Miller in Ohio State's starting lineup. Conventional wisdom is that the season-ending injury for quarterback Braxton Miller means Ohio State is in for a... more

Poor Charlie Weis. As if his Kansas team wasn't going to be bad as it was, he's now dealing with a total mess at tailback. Follow along: » Projected starting tailback Taylor Cox suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in practice Monday and will miss the... more

It didn't take long for the Ohio State fan base to rally around quarterback Braxton Miller, who will miss the season with a shoulder injury. Coach Urban Meyer tweeted out a picture of a billboard with a message for Miller. Buckeye Nation!!!!... more

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When you mention college football "personalities," most fans immediately think of TV analysts such as Lee Corso or Kirk Herbstreit. But our list of personalities is different; we're not talking about shtick or TV time (well, some of these guys will be getting a lot of coverage this fall). Instead, we're looking at players (and a coach) who you will need to follow this fall for a variety of reasons -- among them talent level, their sense of humor and their back stories. Here are some guys who have caught our eye as CFB 24/7's "14 for '14" series continues with a look at 14 big personalities.... more

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Conventional wisdom used to be that unless you received preseason acclaim as a Heisman favorite, you had no chance to win the award.

That notion has been blown out of the water of late: The past two winners have been redshirt freshmen, and five of the past seven winners were in their first seasons as a full-time starter.

Recent history, then, would make it seem as if putting together a list in June of the top Heisman candidates would be a waste of time because the eventual winner will have emerged from relative obscurity.

But this season feels different. There are a lot of big names who -- barring injury -- are going to put up big numbers. If there is one constant about Heisman winners, even Heisman winners who emerge from nowhere, it's that they put up big numbers for good teams.

Here is a look at the top 14 preseason Heisman candidates.... more

Gerry Broome / Associated Press Jacoby Brissett is expected to give North Carolina State's offense a much-needed boost. It has been said more than once -- more than a million times, actually -- that quarterback is the most important position... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Steve Cannon/Associated Press Florida State's Jameis Winston is looking to repeat as a Heisman winner and national champion.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Kevin Hogan is entering his second season as Stanford's full-time starter. There still are seven... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Jeff Chiu/Associated Press California QB Jordan Goff showed promise as a true freshman last season. There still are seven weeks... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh threw for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games last season.... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 David Tulis/Associated Press Hutson Mason has big shoes to fill in replacing Aaron Murray at Georgia. There still are seven... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 Eric Gay/Associated Press Freshman QB Kyle Allen is charged with replacing Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. There still are seven... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports The Longhorns are hoping David Ash can bounce back from injuries. There still are seven weeks... more

Rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-128 AP Photo/Wade Payne Tennessee QB Justin Worley will need a good camp to strengthen his hold on the starting job. There still are... more

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press Urban Meyer and Ohio State could have their College Football Playoff hopes dashed by Braxton Miller's injury. As the preseason Big Ten favorite, Ohio State had hopes of reaching the four-team College Football... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is in line to start Ohio State's season opener. There is an intense focus on J.T. Barrett as Ohio State is expecting Braxton Miller to miss the entire season after reinjuring his... more

Former New York Giants running back David Wilson, who had to give up his NFL career earlier this month because of a neck injury, has decided to resurrect his career as a track athlete. Wilson, 23, told reporters Monday that he will start training as a... more

Bob Leverone/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston has rare vision, according to his positional coach. Florida State quarterback coach Randy Sanders says one thing about Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston truly sets him apart:... more

John Reed/USA Today Sports Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson's availability continues to be in doubt because of a torn ACL. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson was expected to be one of the top sophomores in the SEC this season until he suffered... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on NFL Network late last month that the Cowboys were "that close" to drafting Johnny Manziel in the first round in May. Now we're getting a better idea of how close "that close" really was. The Dallas Morning... more

Doug Benc/Associated Press Jameis Winston was recruited by home-state school Alabama, but opted to sign with FSU. Bill Polian enjoyed a long and successful career as an NFL general manager, and he says he still might be a GM (and not a media... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Quarterback Braxton Miller is heading into his senior season with the Buckeyes. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said on Monday that he's not worried about his sore shoulder. Miller had shoulder surgery in... more

John David Mercer/USA Today Sports Tight end Braxton Deaver likely would have been Duke No. 2 receiving target. Duke tight end Braxton Deaver reportedly has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the season, the second key Blue Devils starter to... more

Conference previews: ACC Big 12 Big Ten Pac-12 SEC Others Andrew A. Nelles/Associated Press Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is a strong Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidate. The 16-season BCS era... more

Victor Calzada/Associated Press Brett Hundley will benefit from his return to UCLA, says former Bruins QB Troy Aikman. Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Troy Aikman thinks highly of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and said he made a wise... more

Associated Press Florida State was ranked No. 11 in the 2013 preseason AP poll before going on to win the national title. When the biggest "news" in college football is about who is No. 1 in a preseason poll -- remember, preseason polls... more

Associated Press The last time FSU was a preseason No. 1 pick in the AP poll, it went on to win the national title. Go ahead and start your internal clock: It's less than two weeks until the first kickoff, and you have our permission (as if... more

Amy Sancetta / Associated Press Maurice Clarett accounted for 18 touchdowns during Ohio State's run to the 2002 national title. Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett, whose fall from grace has been well-chronicled in the past... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles appear to be a clear favorite to defend their national championship. Defending national champion Florida State was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason poll, which was... more

Chris Jackson / Associated Press Dana Holgorsen's woeful Mountaineers defense could get a boost from an FCS transfer. West Virginia's defense has been one of the worst in the Big 12 -- and one of the 20 worst in the nation -- in the two... more

Wade Payne / Associated Press Robenson Therezie was a preseason second-team All-SEC pick after leading his team with four picks in 2013. Senior Robenson Therezie, a returning starter at Auburn's hybrid "star" position, has eligibility... more

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press Carl Davis has been pouring over game film to help prepare for his goal of being selected in the draft. Senior offensive tackle Brandon Scherff is unquestionably Iowa's top NFL prospect -- NFL Media senior... more

Victor Calzada / Associated Press Mark Leal saw action in the Hokies' Sun Bowl loss to UCLA after an injury to Logan Thomas. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said the race to be the Hokies' starting quarterback is down to two players -- a... more

April L. Brown/Associated Press Arkansas AD Jeff Long has a tough task ahead of him as chairman of the CFB Playoff selection committee. The final preseason meeting of the College Football Playoff selection committee was Thursday, and the... more

Dave Einsel/Associated Press Vince Young has accepted a job at the University of Texas, where he helped deliver a national title. Former Texas quarterback Vince Young has been hired by the university to work as a development officer. The... more

Former Houston linebacker and defensive end Sam Hairston, 35, died in combat in Afghanistan while serving in the Army. Hairston, who played for the Cougars from 1997-2000, was killed in a small-arms battle Tuesday in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Hairston was... more

Colin Hackley/Associated Press Jimbo Fisher's philosophy on how to coach players like Jameis Winston resulted in big success last season. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said it's important for coaches to let players' personalities shine... more

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg will have to adjust to a new coaching staff in 2014. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg will be a team captain this season, becoming the first sophomore in school history to... more

AP Photo/Phil Sears Linebacker Terrance Smith is Florida State's leading returning tackler. Florida State junior linebacker Terrance Smith made a huge jump last season. He could make the same kind of jump this fall. Smith (6-foot-4, 222... more

UCLA wide receiver Devin Lucien caught 19 passes for 339 yards and two TDs in 2013. UCLA junior wide receiver Devin Lucien briefly was hospitalized Tuesday night after suffering what appeared to be a head injury. Lucien was taken by... more

Michigan sophomore wide receiver Csont'e York has been suspended since the start of fall camp for a "failure to meet team standards," and Ann Arbor police on Tuesday released a video of York punching a man outside a bar on July 18. In the video,... more

The BCS is gone, replaced by the College Football Playoff. It's the dawning of a new and exciting era, with a four-team playoff starting this season. Here is a primer to get you ready. » Mobile-friendly version » Full College Football 24/7... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Miami running back Duke Johnson has added weight in an effort to become more durable. Miami's quarterback situation is nebulous, to say the least, but good news for whomever is the starter is that junior tailback Duke... more

John David Mercer/USA Today Sports Duke will be without the services of All-ACC linebacker Kelby Brown in 2014. Duke linebacker Kelby Brown, a preseason first-team All-ACC pick, will miss the season with a torn left ACL. Brown, who was a... more

Bill Haber/Associated Press QB Nick Montana started 11 games at Tulane last season but will enter 2014 at No. 3 on the depth chart. Tulane has named redshirt freshman Tanner Lee its starting quarterback, and senior Nick Montana, Joe's... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Dave Clawson has opted to open his first season as Wake Forest's coach with a true freshman at quarterback. True freshman John Wolford, who arrived on campus a bit more than two months ago, has been named Wake... more

Bob Donnan / USA Today Sports Kendall Fuller's improvement can only make one of the nation's best secondaries even more exemplary. Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller spent part of the 2014 NFL Draft in the green room. He was there as... more

Maybe Nebraska coach Bo Pelini really is kinder and gentler this year. How else to explain his willingness to pose for a photo with a newlywed couple on Saturday -- the same day he learned he would be without three potential defensive starters for the... more

Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports The loss of outside linebacker Jabari Ruffin leaves a big void in the Trojans' defense. USC sophomore Jabari Ruffin, a projected starter at outside linebacker, will miss the season with a torn ACL. Ruffin... more

Tim Tebow has said it before and he has said it again: He is a better quarterback now than he ever has been. Tebow told USA Today that he still works out six days a week and that he throws four days a week. He was asked if he's a better quarterback... more

Jerry Lai / USA Today Sports Bo Pelini's defense suffered some serious setbacks at the end of this week. It's hard to overstate how tough the past 36 hours have been for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. After all, it's not often you lose three... more

Tom Hruby is a 32-year-old walk-on defensive end at Northwestern. Take a look at the top 10 players from Northwestern to play in the NFL. A walk-on in his 30s -- at a prestigious private university, no less -- is rare enough. Hruby also is married with... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press LeRoy Alexander is able to practice, just not play in games, this year for Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was all about showing a more positive attitude during the offseason, but it seems doubtful he can... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Ezekiel Elliott was in line to replace last year's starter, Carlos Hyde, in the Buckeyes' backfield. Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, who had been Ohio State's projected starting running back, reportedly had wrist... more

Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports Devonte Fields showed next-level talent as a freshman in 2012, but it's been all downhill since then. The Devonte Fields saga took another turn Friday night, when the former TCU star defensive end found out... more

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press Venric Mark was a true senior in 2013, but played in just three games and was granted another season of eligibility. Northwestern is going to have to wait a bit longer than expected for the return of speedy... more

Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports Defensive end Josh Shirley is available to play at UNLV immediately as a transfer. Senior defensive end Josh Shirley, who announced last month he was leaving Washington, has resurfaced at UNLV, where he will have... more

John Raoux/Associated Press QB Rakeem Cato should put up huge numbers for Marshall this season. With everyone still trying to figure out all the potential ramifications of Thursday's "autonomy vote," we thought it a good time to remind folks... more

Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley will be watched closely this fall by NFL scouts. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley is known for his violent pursuit of quarterbacks on the field. He spent part of the day Friday... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson was a first-team All-SEC selection last fall. Georgia senior linebacker Ramik Wilson, who led the SEC in tackles last season, has yet to practice in fall camp, including missing... more

Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman missed spring practice with a foot injury. Ohio State senior Jeff Heuerman has gone from a little-targeted tight end to the best at his position in the Big Ten in the past year.... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska defensive back Charles Jackson will miss the 2014 season. Nebraska junior Charles Jackson, expected to be the Huskers' main nickelback this season, will miss the 2014 campaign with a knee injury. Coach... more

Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports Miami's Raphael Akpejiori spent the past four seasons on the Hurricanes basketball team. Former Miami basketball player Raphael Akpejiori is attempting to follow in the big footsteps of New Orleans Saints... more

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has high expectations for defensive lineman Sheldon Day. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was rather lavish in his praise of defensive lineman Sheldon Day during the spring, and it... more

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)(AP Photo/Dave Weaver) Brandon Scherff and Randy Gregory will face off in what could be one of the season's best individual matchups. Forget team matchups for a minute. Yes, it's difficult not to already be... more

AP Photo/Rick Osentoski Northern Illinois running back Cameron Stingily will miss the start of the 2014 season with an injury. Northern Illinois senior tailback Cameron Stingily, the No. 2 returning rusher in the MAC, is expected to miss the... more

Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL The star power of Johnny Manziel paid huge dividends for Texas A&M. Texas remained No. 1 for the ninth consecutive year in the annual list of collegiate licensing royalties revenue. The Collegiate Licensing Company... more

AP Photo/Wily Low Arizona safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant has a chance to return to the team, according to coach Rich Rodriguez. It turns out that Arizona starting safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant wasn't dismissed from the team after all. Wildcats... more

Clemson walk-on wide receiver Seth Ryan, whose dad, Rex, coaches the New York Jets, broke his collarbone at practice Monday. The school said Ryan -- a 5-foot-11, 160-pound redshirt freshman -- was making a diving coach in the end zone when he was hurt.... more

Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports LSU safety Jalen Mills practiced Monday, the opening day of the Tigers' fall camp. LSU starting free safety Jalen Mills learned Monday morning that a second-degree battery charge would be reduced to simple... more

John Russell/Associated Press Stephen Davis played in the NFL for 11 seasons after playing collegiately at Auburn. Stephen Davis Jr., the son of a former 11-year NFL running back, committed to Auburn on Monday, choosing the same school as his... more

Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports QB Devin Gardner and WR Brandon Funchess are adapting to a new Michigan offense. One of the most intriguing -- and important -- position changes nationally involves Michigan junior Devin Funchess officially... more

Dave Weaver/Associated Press Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory has added bulk in advance of his junior season. Nebraska opens practice Monday, and the start of camp is all about numbers for highly touted Huskers junior defensive end Randy... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Jimbo Fisher's son, Ethan, switched to Nike after an email was sent to Florida State by the apparel manufacturer. As if Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher didn't have enough to worry about as he tried to guide his... more

Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Kevin Olsen is in the running to start at quarterback for the Hurricanes. Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen, a redshirt freshman in the running to start the Hurricanes' season-opening game, reportedly has been... more

Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says Big Ten coaches need to broaden their scope in recruiting. The BCS era wasn't all that kind to the Big Ten, and league commissioner Jim Delany seemed to acknowledge that earlier... more

David J. Phillip/Associated Press Jameis Winston is looking to repeat as a national champion and Heisman Trophy winner. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's premium for "loss of value" insurance reportedly will be paid out of the... more

A walk-on linebacker who was added to Miami's roster on Tuesday died Wednesday in an accident while diving for lobsters. Joey Grosso had played for three seasons at Penn and was set to use his final season of college eligibility at Miami , where he... more

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini seemingly is trying to present a kindler, gentler -- and funnier -- side in public the past eight months, and he was at it again Friday. Yep, that's Pelini modeling the alternate uniform his Huskers will wear Sept. 27 in their... more

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Phil Sears/Associated Press QB Jameis Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher will lead Florida State's attempt to repeat as national champs. Defending national champion Florida State was ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches' poll, which was released... more

Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt connected on 24 of 27 field-goal attempts in 2013. Oklahoma gave each of its players iPads