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Stage set for historic 2009 season

Originally Published: August 10, 2009
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

It has been all but automatic in college football for more than a quarter-century, since Herschel Walker took his 1982 Heisman and turned pro after his junior season at Georgia. The brighter the college football star, the shorter he stays. The game's best players spend three years on campus, staying that long only because the NFL won't take them any sooner.

This year, however, as college football celebrates its 140th anniversary, the formula is different. College football has gone old-school, ...

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