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Saban vs. Stoops for League Title?

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News

Who's Ready to Break Out on Gridiron?

Matt Brown, Sports on Earth

College Football Is All About Brand

Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated

Harbaugh, Cowherd Fumble the Kickoff

Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News

Time for Big 12 to Get Back to 12

Matt Brown, Sports on Earth

The last time the SEC expanded, it started with a phone call. Four years ago this month, R. Bowen Loftin, then the Texas A&M president, called SEC Commissioner Mike Slive late in t...(full article)

The term "breakout player" gets thrown around a lot during the college football preseason as young players rise to replace stars who are now in the NFL, but it's an ambiguous ter...(full article)

How did Oregon build a perennial national title contender in a remote, sparsely populated state? By building a readily identifiable brand of football that draws 18-year-old athlete...(full article)

So, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh didn't jump into the interview circle and play nice with the other kid. And this is news, why? Did someone confuse Harbaugh with a coach who knows h...(full article)

With the landscape relatively secure and the divide between the Power Five and Group of Five deepening, the Big 12 represents the last bastion of hope for those left behind as outc...(full article)

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