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Pete Carroll True Hollywood Story
Despite a bumpy offseason, USC remains a glamour program. But will the Trojans still be a premier program in 2006? Pat Forde

Maisel: Lynch puts Cal in title discussion | Wrap: Marshawn Lynch
Forde: 5 Pac-10 predictions | OSU's men in black ready to surprise
Luginbill: 5 Pac-10 freshmen to watch | Wrap: Todd McShay Insider


Ohio State Extreme Makeover?
Tresselball will have a new look in 2006. For a change, the offense is the most experienced and accomplished unit at Ohio State. The onus is on the Buckeyes to see if it's new and improved. Ivan Maisel

Maisel: Lions count on Brown delivering | 5 Big Ten predictions
Carr worth keeping | Freshmen to watch | Podcast: Big Ten talk


Jeff Ballard Leap Of Faith
TCU has been both underrated and overrated in recent years. But don't be fooled in 2006. If you're looking for a legitimate BCS gate crasher, start with the Horned Frogs, writes Bruce Feldman. Story

Rittenberg: Getsy gives defending MAC champ Akron its Zip
Maisel: Tomey focused on building San Jose State's future


Notre Dame Up To Speed?
Notre Dame is a trendy pick in 2006, but defensive questions linger. In a quest to change the course of their defense, the Irish went to speed school this summer, writes Adam Rittenberg. Story

McShay: ND's McKnight ready to shine | Wrap: Schlabach <Insider
Adelson: Weis has Quinn flying high Insider | Deep impact Insider


null The X & O Men Cometh
The Mastermind is formulating his plans. The Escape Artist is perfecting his tricks. The Columbus Comet is testing his burners. Meet the 10 men ready to impact college football in '06. X & O Men

Chat wrap: Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson | Schlabach Insider
McShay: Impact players for 2006 ESPN Video | Best unknown players ESPN Video


Brady Quinn and Charlie Weis Path To Power
Impact can be made in many ways. Sometimes it's a whisper. Other times it's a whip. Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn is flying high because coach Charlie Weis is keeping him grounded with both methods.

ESPN Mag: Insider Quinn flying high | Deep impact | Pet projects
ESPN Mag: Insider Legend of Owen Schmitt | Collision course


null College Rules
Passion, tradition and rivalries are just the most obvious reasons why college football beats the NFL, writes Ivan Maisel. Story

Pasquarelli: NFL's best | Forde: Survey says ... | Wrap: Forde Insider
Curry: Life in the zoos | College vs. NFL | Mailbag: Your thoughts?
Vote: Best atmosphere? | Best rules? | Rank 'em: College | NFL


Michael Bush (19) Fade To Back?
Carries just aren't what they used to be. The quest for offensive balance coupled with increased specialization has ushered in the era of the Incredible Shrinking Tailback, writes Ivan Maisel. Story

Maisel: RBs feel the pain | Tandem trend | '06 preview index
McShay: Ranking the RB tandems Insider | Vote: Your RB rankings?


null No Snap Decision
Is experience or potential more important at quarterback? Does a QB rotation work? Arizona State, Georgia, Texas, USC and Virginia Tech are among the teams facing those decisions. Mark Schlabach

Todd McShay Insider: QB battles and predictions | Top QB tandems
Vote: Pick the starter | Rank the QBs | Chat wrap: Feldman Insider


null Getting Defensive
Defense wins championships. That staple of the coaching lexicon has been passed from one generation of coaches to the next. But has the advent of the passing game changed the eternal premise of the game? Ivan Maisel found the answer(s). Story

Road to the BCS: Was '05 as good as it gets? Insider

Florida Gator Fans Rules of Engagement
Thinking about calling for the firing of your coach on a message board? More familiar with the stadium's tailgate lot than the campus library? Stop. Reevaluate. And read Pat Forde's new rules. Story

New rules for '06have many coaches angry

Steve Slaton Almost Heaven?
West Virginia? Yup. The 2006 title race could wind down a country road. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the title game participants have shared some common characteristics. The '06 WVU team has them, writes Mark Schlabach. Story

Schlabach: Top 10 title contenders | Teams to watch | Wrap Insider

ACC Officials Official Perspective
They are taunted, jeered and generally disliked. Yet each year, hundreds of regular people apply to become college officials. Wayne Drehs learns what it takes to survive officials training camp. Story



Greetings From College Football Matters Of State
After carefully studying the wide variety of issues concerning the different states that form the college football union, Ivan Maisel delivers his annual address on the state of 'ball in 'Ball State. Story

Schlabach: Hot (and not) for 2006 | Chat wrap: Schlabach Insider
Wraps: Insider Maisel | McShay | Vote: State of the game


Brady Quinn Hot Off The Gridiron
ND, old guys and freshman QBs? That's hot. USC, no Keith Jackson and knuckleheads? Not so much. Mark Schlabach's no Paris Hilton, but he can identify what's "hot" (and not) for 2006. Story

Maisel: State of 'ball in 'Ball State | Chat wrap: Maisel Insider
Chat wrap: McShay Insider | Vote: What's the state of the game?


Rhett Bomar Forde: What an ugly August
Practice hasn't even started and college football's list of transgressions is voluminous. It's time for schools to take charge, writes Pat Forde.

Bob Stoops Wojciechowski: Oklahoma will be OK
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the Sooner fan base turned the page quickly after two players were kicked off the team.

Lloyd Carr Wojciechowski: This Carr is worth keeping
The critics love to lambaste Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. But after years on the hot seat, the coach isn't burned out, writes Gene Wojciechowski.

Pat Fitzgerald Maisel: Staying the course
While Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald looks to start his own career, he also wants to continue Randy Walker's legacy, writes Ivan Maisel.



 
The X & O Men Cometh
X & O Men
The Mastermind is formulating his plans. The Escape Artist is perfecting his tricks. The Columbus Comet is testing his burners. Meet the 10 men ready to impact college football in '06. X & O Men

Chat wrap: Ga. Tech WR Calvin Johnson | Schlabach Insider
McShay: Impact players for 2006 ESPN Video | Unknown players ESPN Video
Toughest Schedules of 2006
Rocky Road
The road to the national title won't be easy for some of the nation's best teams. From Urban Meyer and Florida's brutal midseason stretch to Georgia Tech's challenging opening and closing slate, Bruce Feldman takes a look at the schools which face the toughest schedules in 2006. Blog Insider | Easiest road to the BCS Insider

Rank 'em: Which team has the toughest schedule?
College Rules
Stay in School
Passion, tradition and rivalries are just the most obvious reasons why college football beats the NFL, writes Ivan Maisel. But it doesn't end there. Here are a few more reasons why college rules. Story

Forde: Survey says ... | Pasquarelli: NFL's best
Curry: Life in the zoos | College vs. NFL | Mailbag
Vote: Best atmosphere? | Rules? | Rank: College | NFL
Path to Power
Powerful Presence
Impact can be made in many ways. Sometimes it's a whisper. Other times it's a whip. Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn is flying high because coach Charlie Weis is keeping him grounded with both methods.

ESPN Mag: Insider Quinn flying high | Impact | Pet projects
ESPN Mag: Insider Legend of Owen Schmitt | Collision course
Rules of Engagement
New Rules
Thinking about calling for the firing of your coach on a message board? More familiar with the stadium's tailgate lot than the campus library? Stop. Reevaluate. And read Pat Forde's new rules. Story

New rules for '06have many coaches angry
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