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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Practice is a late scratch from the schedule today at Nebraska. Nine days before the opener against BYU, looks like Mike Riley is intent to get the Huskers healthy and fresh.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

No one said the trip to see the wizard would be easy. Florida State's yellow brick road, a motivational ploy by coach Jimbo Fisher, is getting a little chewed up outside the Seminoles' practice facility. The sixth-year coach has played coy when asked the meaning of the road and what the Seminoles must do to reach the wizard, who remains unidentified.

Harbaugh starstruck by MJ's call

Need evidence that Michael Jordan still carries weight in today's sports world? Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in shock when he got a call from Jordan in July. 'The real Michael Jordan?'

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Ross Dzuris -- Mustache of the Year?

The Nebraska junior walk-on's official media guide photo includes a bow tie and a fantastic mustache.

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Gene Wojciechowski @GenoEspn

I'm all for fining college players, as long as they get to fine their coaches for knucklehead decisions, changing jobs, having 1 too many...

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford, with its grind-it-out style, is a team that typically plays many close games, so field goals are particularly important to the Cardinal. Conrad Ukropina will likely be Jordan Williamson's successor in the placekicker role, according to my chat with special teams coordinator Pete Alamar. Versatile freshman Jake Bailey is the favorite to win punting and kickoff duties, but Stanford will go with a veteran at a position that may ultimately decide more than a few contests:

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern puts an end to its 3-way QB race by announcing that redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson will start Week 1 vs. Stanford. He was ranked as the seventh-best QB in the 2014 class.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern announces redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson will start opener against Stanford. Think it's a smart choice by Pat Fitzgerald to go with the younger guy. Has the most upside of size, speed, arm strength. Fitzgerald often leans toward veterans but decided future is now with Thorson.

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

There might be some logistical headaches this season as the NCAA adds independent medical observers with the ability to stop games if they witness unaddressed head injuries. Tommy Stich, who held the job last season in Florida's pilot program, said it will be worth the trouble.

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Some interesting developments on Oklahoma State's depth chart including a pair of true freshmen, HB Jeff Carr and WR Jalen McCleskey, as No 1 punt and kick returners. Both freshmen have gotten plenty of preseason praise and could factor in on offense as well.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd is a preseason All-American but will sit out the opener against Youngstown State next week after an offseason DUI. Said Boyd, "I have to control everything that I'm doing and make all great decisions. I owned up to everything. I can assure and promise it probably won't happen again."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he will name a starting quarterback in Monday for his team's first game. Harbaugh says Utah will send its depth chart Monday, so he plans to reciprocate in the spirit of fair, honest competition.

Pac-12 North winner: Oregon or Stanford?

ESPN's Danny Kanell and Rod Gilmore make their picks on whether Oregon or Stanford will win the Pac-12 North. Says Gilmore: "November 14 in Palo Alto, that's when the division will be decided."


2015 Uni Watch college football preview

Nearly 80 of the 128 FBS teams have made some sort of uniform change, and that's not even counting all the blackout, whiteout, camouflage, and other uniforms that will likely be unveiled throughout the season. See changes

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott fumbled just twice over 301 touches last year while playing with only one healthy wrist. What might he do now that he's at full strength -- and finally able to use his vaunted stiff arm again?

Mike & Mike: Hokies' fining idea is awful

Virginia Tech DC Bud Foster had the idea to fine players for disciplinary issues. Mike Greenberg called it "the worst idea and one of the dumbest things I've ever heard a person in as significant a position as he has, say out loud."


Fainting Goat is ready for his encore

His role in a fake punt last season turned him into an Internet -- and international -- star. Arkansas State's Booker Mays is ready for more fun this year. Embracing underdog role

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Tulane remembers Katrina: An oral history

Former Tulane coach Chris Scelfo: "At the time, I thought it was a good idea [to play]. In retrospect, I wish we wouldn't have. I wish that season would have just been a season of letting those guys [recover]." Memories

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Texas, Bama youngsters could be stars

ESPN's Travis Haney breaks down why Longhorns LB Malik Jefferson could break out this season and wonders whether Calvin Ridley can replace Amari Cooper's production.