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Road to the College Football Playoff

The start of the college football season is upon us, and the journey to the College Football Playoff starts tonight. Are you ready?


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern announces several potential starters -- WR Cameron Dickerson, OL Matt Frazier, DT Greg Kuhar -- out for Saturday's opener against Stanford.

Matt Hinton @MattRHinton

Thumbs up to UNC's triangle-patter helmet stripe, too. Anything to remind people of the basketball team.

Watch: UNC vs. South Carolina on ESPN

It's officially college football season as North Carolina takes on South Carolina for just the third time since 1992. South Carolina has won two straight and five of the last six meetings. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Harbaugh in for long haul at Michigan?

Mike & Mike didn't expect Jim Harbaugh to eschew the NFL for Michigan, but since he did, they expect him to stick around.


Oklahoma State Football @cowboy_fb

Pokes got a warm welcome in Mount Pleasant when they arrived at the stadium just a short time ago. Thanks to all the #OKState fans at today's Road Rally!

Is Steve Spurrier too old?

The College Football Live crew goes back and forth whether the South Carolina has any gas left in the thank. Says Paul Finebaum: "I think tonight is one of the most important games in Steve Spurrier's career."


David Pollack @davidpollack47

South Carolina and UNC both fielded horrible defenses a year ago. Whoever improved the most this offseason will prob win tonight.

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

3 things I'm keeping an eye on for TCU tonight: Is Trevone Boykin even better or has he stagnated? How do the linebackers look? Who is going to fill the leadership and playmaking void on defense with Sam Carter and Paul Dawson no longer around? Those 3 things could be key in the Horned Frogs chase for a title.

Think TCU will roll against Minnesota?

Not so fast, or at least that's what ESPN Chalk's Will Harris believes. Among his best ATS bets in Week 1, he's got the Golden Gophers covering against the Big 12 powerhouse. Your best bets (Insider)

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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Gamecocks and Tar Heels out for early warm-ups at Bank of America Stadium for the first game of the year.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota needs to be careful early on tonight, because TCU's offense had a knack for fast starts last season. The Horned Frogs ranked No. 2 in FBS in first-quarter scoring at an average of 13.3 per game. The Air Raid attack put up at least 7 points in every first quarter last year and 14 or more in eight games.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

They've come from all over to see Jim Harbaugh's first game as Michigan's head coach. The Shields family is in town from Arizona.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

One newcomer to watch tonight for TCU: KaVontae Turpin. The true freshman from Louisiana will return punts, get snaps at inside receiver and packs a ton of speed (and a 42-inch vertical) into his small 5-foot-9, 152-pound frame. Gary Patterson has frequently praised Turpin during camp and likes that he "never gets tired."

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ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

With college football's long-awaited kickoff upon us, it's never too early to make playoff picks. Choose your top four contenders in Thursday's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.


Players love FSU's Jimbo

In a players' poll conducted by ESPN, Jimbo Fisher was named as one of the coaches they would most like to play for. How did he stack up against rival coaches? Poll

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Minnesota game a must-win for TCU?

No. 2 TCU opens its season tonight at Minnesota. Would a loss end the Horned Frogs' College Football Playoff hopes? Paul Finebaum says: "If they lose tonight, forget about them."


Upsets on the horizon on opening week?

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg examines a slate of football games on opening weekend and narrows down his three biggest games for the first week in college football.


Five Rutgers players arrested

The players were charged Thursday with assaulting a group of individuals, including one student whose jaw was broken during an unprovoked attack, the New Brunswick PD announced.