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It was three years ago Tuesday that Washington lured Chris Petersen away from Boise State, the first significant step in the Huskies’ march to the College Football Playoff. Peter...(full article)

EUGENE -- For the past 21 years, the searches for Oregon's next football coach all yielded a familiar face. Some introductions will be necessary this time around: Meet Willie Tagga...(full article)

In the end, did Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam know how many people loved him? “I called Rashaan three or four days ago. Hadn’t seen him in a while, and I just wanted to ...(full article)

The playoff is college football’s best innovation in decades. And while I think the committee made the right decision on Sunday, something still feels off about Penn State’s ab...(full article)

The masses are coming for the College Football Playoff with inclusionary pitchforks and torches, demanding expansion. It seems inevitable the field will eventually double to eight ...(full article)

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We’ve not heard much about the Oregon head coach job since they fired Mark Helfrich. Why is there so much recent radio silence from the University of Oregon? P.J. Fleck was the o...

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Theoretically, conference championship games should be awesome. In a 27-hour period, you’re essentially assured four top 25 games that have major College Football Playoff implica...

Temple's Rhule a Coup for Baylor

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In a heartfelt letter penned to Tiger fans everywhere, Fournette thanked fans coaches and teammates for playing a part in his success at LSU. The former five-star recruit’s final...

Title Aside, Penn State Just Isn't Good Enough

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If the CFP Had 8 Teams in 2016 ...

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Playoff Panel Picked the 4 Best Teams

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Ranking All 40 Bowl Games

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Surprising Thing About CFP? No Surprises

The biggest surprise from the College Football Playoff committee this year is that there were no surprises. While there were rampant speculations on who might be the fourth team in...

Playoff Should Be Inclusive, Not Exclusive

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Apologies to Big Ten, But CFP Got It Right

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Expansion Would Cure CFP Ills

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Huskies Make Case for Higher Seed

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The Accidental League Championship Game

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Playoff Lacks Substance Without Michigan

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Oregon Must Strike Now, Bring Back Kelly

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After seven months of practice and workouts, four weeks of camp and one game, No. 23 Florida has decided on a starting quarterback. It could be settled for the entire s...

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OSU Criticized for Recruiting Tactics

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