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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Check out the new bleached blonde look the Auburn secondary will be sporting this season. Said safety Tray Matthews: "We just wanted to change things up. This is a whole new defense. I want the world to know that. It's going to be a big difference."

High-tech dummies are the real MVPs

Engineer students at Dartmouth College created the MVP, also known as the "Mobile Virtual Player," to reduce head and neck injuries to players during practice.


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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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

With Ohio State's depth at WR about to be tested in the opener at Virginia Tech, pressure could be on Braxton Miller to deliver early. Early in the week, Urban Meyer said he was "getting real close," but he wasn't ready to name Miller a starter at H-back. "I want him to be," Meyer said. "My plan is to have him ready to do that."

Kanell and Gilmore's Week 1 game to watch

Kanell on Texas A&M-Arizona State, "Whoever wins this game, the hype train is going to take off."


Money madness for two teams

Cincinnati and Virginia Tech are firmly in Ivan Maisel's crosshairs after taking a controversial stance on an NCAA issue. What is it?

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Bob Stitt, your coach's favorite coach

Mike Leach, Kevin Sumlin and Dana Holgorsen have studied the elusive Stitt for years, and now the man sometimes referred to as Sasquatch or mad scientist is hitting the mainstream. A football junkie

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Bobby Petrino: "We already have an advantage at home and that's a credit to our fans. Now, it's going to be louder and even more exciting."

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Recruiting Scorecard: ESPN300 commits: Conference: SEC: 64 Big Ten: 40 ACC: 31 Pac12: 29 Big 12: 17 Team: LSU: 12 Ohio State: 11 USC: 11 Penn State: 10 Ole Miss/Alabama: 9

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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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida losing LT Martez Ivey for possibly a month because of this knee injury hurts but the good news is that Fordham transfer Mason Halter (33 career starts) can move right in to help David Sharpe (moves to LT). Coach Jim McElwain called Mason his "ace in the hole" because he can play LT and RT. Freshman Fred Johnson can also help at both tackle spots

Freshman Josh Sweat to play in opener

The Florida State DE, once the top-ranked high school recruit in the nation, is scheduled to play against Texas State less than a year after major reconstructive knee surgery.

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Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the plan is to get two quarterbacks ready for Wisconsin and have a third on standby. The three in the mix are Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman. "I've been pleased with the way all three guys have played this week," Saban said.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly named five captains Thursday for the 2015 season: OL Nick Martin, DL Sheldon Day, LB Joe Schmidt, LB Jaylon Smith and DB Matthias Farley. Kelly said he could've named 10 players as captain this year.

Ivey sidelined indefinitely with leg injury

Martez Ivey is Florida coach Jim McElwain's first prized recruit, but he may not see the field for a while after he was sidelined with a leg injury that will require surgery. Details

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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking for a breakout candidate in the SEC? Look no further than Auburn WR Ricardo Louis. Known for his part in the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare," Louis wants to be remembered for more than just that play. "People call me a legend because of that play, but I want to become a legit legend for doing great things consistently, outside of just that play."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Another name to consider for Ohio State as it moves on from Noah Brown's injury at WR: Torrance Gibson. The converted QB has been limited at times by a foot injury, but Urban Meyer name-dropped Devin Smith when talking about Gibson's ability earlier in training camp. The versatile freshman has crazy athleticism and could stretch the field like Brown was expected to this fall.

Wisconsin poised for success with Chryst

ESPN's Tom Luginbill: "You're coming into an offense that has essentially been born of you and you know the ins and outs and the dynamics of the program."


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

If you're looking for some movement in Alabama's QB race, you're out of luck. Watching today's practice, the top three in the rotation is the same as it's been for a while with Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman leading the pack, trailed by David Cornwell and Blake Barnett. That said, you have to think the coaching staff narrows the field to two by the start of next week in preparation for Wisconsin.