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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff?

Every team dreams of winning the national championship, but only 15 can realistically envision hoisting the trophy.

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Oklahoma State a playoff team? (1:22)
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Poll: Players pick Ohio State to repeat as champion

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, 99 college football players share their picks for Heisman winner, championship winner, and more.

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Experts: Top 25 CFB team betting previews

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give a betting preview of college football's top 25 teams.

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Five records most likely to be broken in 2015

Several FBS career and single-season records were broken last season, and there could be more falling in 2015. Here are five records worth watching.

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Matich: BYU can beat Nebraska

College football analyst Trevor Matich says BYU is poised to upset Nebraska in Week 1 on Saturday.

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Who can actually win the CFP?

All 128 FBS teams dream of winning the College Football Playoff but here's how you can narrow it down to 15 contenders.

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Oklahoma State staying in haunted hotel?

According to GoPokes.com, the Cowboys will stay at the Hotel Doherty the night before playing Central Michigan on Thursday. That hotel has a history as a former speakeasy, meeting place for the mafia and the site of a notorious murder. The official Michigan tourism site says there have been several accounts of haunting. A pregame scare?

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

One guy to keep an eye on at Oklahoma State is Blake Jarwin. The junior lines up at "Cowboy back" a hybrid tight end/fullback position. At 6-5, 242, he could become a key target in the middle of the field for Mason Rudolph.

Man charged with theft of O.J. Simpson's Heisman

L.A. prosecutors have charged a man in connection with the theft of USC's copy of O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago. The trophy was stolen while Simpson awaited trial for murder, and was recovered last December.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner on the enviable position he's in helping decide between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett at QB: "We're not deciding between average and good. We're deciding between good and good. ... They've executed in big games at a high level, so that's the thing that makes it tough and makes it the most intriguing story going."

How to bet on college football this year

ESPN Chalk's Will Harris has Michigan State as the best value pick to win the college football playoff. Ultimate betting guide (Insider)

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Jones: Tennessee searching for identity

Tennessee coach Butch Jones talks about how the younger players are buying into the culture of a program that is still "building an identity."

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Keep this in mind while watching the Big Ten debuts this week of Jim Harbaugh, Mike Riley and Paul Chryst: Twenty FBS coaches started with new programs last year. Eleven won their openers. Together, they posted a 43-50 record before Oct. 1.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Narduzzi made some 1st impression on the ACC teleconference, sharing a story of his days with Scott Shafer at URI

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino returns to the Georgia Dome on Saturday, where he coached the Falcons in 2007. Petrino was asked on the ACC coaches call about the way he handled his resignation. "That was such a long time ago, I haven't even thought about it."

Michigan with toughest Week 1 test

"I've talked to a bunch of coaches. I can't find one who thinks they're going to win at Utah," ESPN's Adam Rittenberg told SportsCenter.

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College football: 10 bold predictions

With the new season nearly upon us, it's time to break out the predictions. ACC fans will not be happy with No. 1. ACC shut out, SEC beat up

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Experts make picks for national champ

College football is just a day away which means there's never a better time to make picks for this year's champion. And while 12 of our experts are picking an Ohio State repeat, even more are picking against the Buckeyes. See the picks

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech Frank Beamer said Ohio State is the most talented team to come to Lane Stadium and Monday night's game is maybe the "first and second" most anticipated game in the stadium's history. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes traveled to Blacksburg on Dec. 1 in the regular-season finale. That 2001 Miami team is widely considered one of the most talented ever. Depending on how Ohio State's 2015 season goes, it'll be a topic worth picking Beamer's brain on at the end of his esteemed coaching career.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson on recruiting rankings. "It's not an exact science, nobody can measure how hard guys are going to work and I just think it's ludicrous to have somebody be the No. 51 guard in the country, I think it's a joke. I can't even tell you who the No. six guard in Atlanta is, much less in the country."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Thursday night won't be the last time North Carolina and South Carolina open the season against each other in Charlotte. The schools announced Wednesday that they will have two more season-opening games in Charlotte, in 2019 and 2023. (The dates are TBD.)

Jim Harbaugh's Michigan mission

"Jim Harbaugh didn't come back to make friendships," ESPN's Marty Smith said about Harbaugh's return to his alma mater. His expectations are clear -- "restore excellence."

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has four quarterbacks listed on the depth chart with "ors" between their names. Petrino said Wednesday he knows who will start between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, Will Gardner and Lamar Jackson but sees no advantage in announcing it. The plan is to only play the starter. "One guy goes out there, starts, has a great game, throws it all over, makes a lot of plays. That's how you'd like it to play out."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Everett Golson is much more comfortable in the pocket. While Golson has the ability to run, Fisher said Golson's priority is remaining in the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield when feeling the rush. They have worked on Golson protecting the football to avoid the fumbles, too. He's fumbled 20 times in 25 games.

Nebraska WR masters the circus catch

The tip in the end zone was pretty good, but the behind-the-back sideline snag was our favorite Jordan Westerkamp catch.

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Herbstreit: 8-4 best outlook for Michigan

Kirk Herbstreit says of Jim Harbaugh's first season at Michigan: "If you look at their schedule 8-4 would be very, very optimistic. ... Things will have to come together for Jim Harbaugh."

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Harbaugh will bring swag back to Michigan

Michael Smith explains: "[Jim Harbaugh] spent the summer sliding into Nicki Minaj's mentions ... Harbaugh even got Lil' Wayne to wear a Michigan jersey. For a dude in his 50s, I'd say he's got some swag."

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