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Dantonio's cell goes off during presser

Who called Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio that made him sheepishly crack a smile?


How high can the BEars climb in 2015?

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give their take on the Baylor Bears. What is the best bet for their title odds, season win total and more? CFP within reach?

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville will start Devonte Fields at outside linebacker when the Cards play No. 6 Auburn on Saturday. The former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has been on campus for about a month after transferring in from junior college, where he spent a year after TCU dismissed him for allegedly hitting an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, the Louisville quarterback situation is not as clear. Bobby Petrino listed Reggie Bonnafon or Kyle Bolin or Will Gardner or Lamar Jackson as the starter on the depth chart.

Will the Tide get rolled in 2015?

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Sharon Katz break down why the Football Power Index (FPI) is only giving Alabama a 5% chance to win the SEC. One simple answer: a brutal strength of schedule.


Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

K-State has named Jesse Ertz its starting QB. Ertz won a four-way competition with Joe Hubener, Alex Delton and Jonathan Banks. Said coach Bill Snyder, “We want a balanced QB who can run it, throw it, make good decisions. (Ertz) can do those things.” Ertz has some big shoes to fill. He’s succeeding the school’s all-time season passing leader, Jake Waters.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

The return of QB Nate Sudfeld from injury figures to be key for Indiana as it tries to get to a bowl game, and coach Kevin Wilson gave him glowing reviews coming out of training camp. "He's not truly been hit, but other than that he's looked great," Wilson said. "Best preseason he's had. Very impressive, and I think he set himself up to have a very strong year."

Golic: Ohio State knows who its QB will be

The Buckeyes may have said publicly they won't decide who is starting under center until they run onto the field against Virginia Tech, but ESPN's Mike Golic thinks the players already know.


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer has no interest in hearing these two words said by his Ohio State team: "Defend" or "revenge." Meyer doesn't want focus to be on a repeat national title or trying to get retribution on Virginia Tech, just playing "nine units strong" to open the season.

Steele's best CFB win total bets in 2015

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele lays out three teams he believes can surpass their over/under win totals for the 2015 season. Which team is his best bet? Here's a hint: They look good in orange.


Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said returning five starters on the offensive line has been crucial in evaluating his entire offense ahead of the 2015 season. "I can't tell you how big that is for us," Hazell said. "It's been a blessing. We talk about not being able to evaluate quarterbacks or running backs because we were always breaking down up front. That hasn't been the case (this year)."

Harbaugh won't reveal starting QB

Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah. When will we know?

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on health status of LBs Otaro Alaka & A.J. Hilliard: "I don't know that they will be [available on Saturday]." Declined to elaborate further. If they're missing, that would be a blow to their depth and quality at the position vs. Arizona State.

How will Brandon Harris manage?

ESPN's Danny Kanell says he'll be just fine, because the LSU QB has Leonard Fournette lining up in the backfield, Malachi Dupre on the outside and Cam Cameron calling the plays.


Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly held his Texas week press conference Tuesday, complete with orange Gatorade. Kelly had praise for Charlie Strong, reflecting on last year's loss to Louisville, whose roster had Strong's fingerprints all over it.

Clemson's Swinney: We're not elite yet

Dabo Swinney believes his team isn't ready to be considered elite, but at the same time, "I feel like we're one of those teams coming into the season where we have a shot and that's all you can ask for."


Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talking about his QB Jeremy Johnson: "He's to the point that he's tired of everybody talking about him, predicting this. He just wants to get out there and play. He wants to prove himself. So I think he's in a very good spot mentally right now going into his first game."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh was asked today if the bright spotlight on him might inhibit the development of Michigan players. “Our mindset is that we win as a team,” he said. “There’s nobody above the team. No coach. No player. Everybody does a little, and it adds up to a lot. If you or somebody else has a different mindset, that’s not our mindset.”

Is TCU QB Trevone Boykin overrated?

The Horned Frogs' do-it-all quarterback is one of college football's biggest stars and a leading Heisman candidate. But, when you look at his QBR ratings, he is merely mortal.


Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz said Illinois coaching situation is unfortunate but said team is fortunate to have someone like Bill Cubit around to be interim leader.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on opening on road at Western Michigan. "We made this decision years ago to help the Michigan economy." Says it will help prepare team for road games later in year.

UCLA CB Ishmael Adams released from jail

Adams, who was released this morning, was arrested for allegedly using force to take a cell phone from an Uber driver. He is set to appear in LA Superior Court on Sept. 22. UCLA released a statement: "We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather information. As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time." Story

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Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Mike Riley starts a new era of Huskers football against BYU on Sept. 5. What kind of identity can Nebraska fans expect? Riley mentioned discipline, efficiency, passion and being physical. "And, with all that, a smart football team."

Is Golson good fit at Florida State?

ESPN's Danny Kanell and Joe Schad break down how FSU's starting QB could fit with his new club. Says Kanell: "Which Everett Golson are we going to get? The dynamic playmaker who can lead a team down the field or the one who was plagued by turnovers last year?"


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said his players will benefit against Alabama this week from experience against Auburn, Ohio State and LSU last year: "At the end of the day, it’s this group of players and their group of players. (But) it’s human nature to refer back to experiences you had."

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

The depth chart at Auburn is out and the starting QB is...OK, we all knew Jeremy Johnson was going to start. But the biggest surprise might be that's there no "OR" at RB. Roc Thomas wins the job and will get the start Saturday against Louisville. If he can keep the job all year, don't be surprised if he's among the SEC's rushing leaders.