In the first two years of the College Football Playoff, most of the complaints have been about logistics rather than the teams selected to the playoff. As the sport's history shows, though, that will inevitably change, perhaps starting this fall in the playoff's third year. More»
If Taysom Hill returns to form this fall, it will make for one of the best stories in college football. The 26-year-old BYU quarterback was named the starter again over Tanner Mangum, coming off a third season-ending injury in four years. More»
When the preseason polls were released, there was no surprise at the top: Alabama is ranked No. 1. But an Alabama repeat is hardly a forgone conclusion. There are several teams capable of challenging Bama, especially LSU and Florida State. More»
Year 3 of the College Football Playoff era is here, and it's possible it will feature two teams from the same conference for the first time. What will the playoff field and other 38 bowl matchups look like? Here's out best preseason guess. More»
The number of independent teams in major college football has expanded back to four. BYU and UMass are both trying to find ways to get out, while Army will take another shot at beating Navy, and Notre Dame hopes to return to a major bowl. More»
Northern Illinois and Bowling Green have owned the Mid-American Conference in recent years, but the league may finally see a change at the top thanks to the relentless recruiting efforts of P.J. Fleck, who has assembled a potent offense at Western Michigan. More»
The nightmare is over. After two whole years, the SEC's national championship drought ended, thanks again to Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the favorite to repeat, but can they pull it off? LSU and Tennessee hope to have something to say about that. More»
In most cases, new head coaches are supposed to generate optimism, but it is always important to keep first-year expectations in check. So, here are reasonable and attainable goals for college football's 29 new head coaches. More»
The Pac-12 was left out of the College Football Playoff last season, and it may happen again this season. But with a deep roster of good teams and tough schedules, the race for the conference crown should be among the most exciting in the nation. More»
Given last year's drama and inconsistency, it's easy to forget just how good J.T. Barrett was in 2014 as an unexpected starting QB for Ohio State. With the Buckeyes losing so many starters, they're counting on Barrett recapturing that freshman magic. More»
The Big Ten is next up in our college football conference preview series. With Ohio State and Michigan State losing a lot of key talent to the NFL, Michigan has a golden opportunity to vault back to the top of the league. Can the Wolverines get it done? More»
While Big 12 expansion rumors haunt the American Athletic Conference, the league is poised to put another fun product on the field thanks to a run of impressive coaching hires. The big question is still whether anyone can catch Houston. More»
Realignment took its toll on Conference USA's depth, but that won't stop the league from having an intriguing title race in 2016. While Western Kentucky and Marshall will be strong again, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee are positioned to move to the top. More»
With 128 FBS teams in college football and five major conferences, it's easy for standout players to go overlooked. Our All-Underrated Team features talented players worth watching this fall, even if they haven't got enough national -- or even regional -- publicity just yet. More»
Our 2016 college football conference preview series moves on to the Big 12, where Oklahoma is the favorite of many to repeat as league champion and return to the playoff. But despite its attrition on offense, don't be surprised if TCU disrupts those plans. More»
Starting quarterback battles are often not easy to solve, but nothing is tougher for coaches than deciding to entrust a true freshman with the offense. For Georgia, Texas and South Carolina, it may not be an easy choice, but it's likely the right one in 2016. More»
Our college football previews continue with out first Power Five conference breakdown, covering the ACC. While the league's depth is improving, it is still a two-team race for the conference championship between Clemson and Florida State. More»
The wait is nearly finished. We've reached August, a month in which college football will finally be played when Hawaii meets Cal in Australia at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26. Here's what we'll be watching the rest of the fall, with a week-by-week schedule guide. More»
Our college football 2016 conference preview series moves on with the Mountain West, which featured a surprise three league losses for Boise State last year. San Diego State is in good shape for a repeat, but the Broncos are ready to make a run back to the top. More»
Our college football conference previews for 2016 begin with the Sun Belt. It may not have the prestige of other FBS leagues, but it has a talented group of running backs and has an intriguing race at the top between Appalachian State, Arkansas State and Georgia Southern. More»
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