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Harbaugh Meme: Michigan Must Produce

Brian Hamilton, Sports Illustrated

Getting Fat on Cupcake Schedules

Bruce Feldman, Fox Sports

Florida St. Has Hype But Lacks Promise

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

For Coaches, Toughness in, Meanness Out

Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman

Why Petersen Stands to Run Off the Rails

Mike Piellucci, Vice Sports

Of course Jim Harbaugh brought a bag with him to the main stage early Friday morning. And of course that bag contained a No. 89 Bears jersey with DITKA stitched across the back. ...(full article)

Last week's Top 10 was about 2015's toughest non-conference schedules in college football. Time to examine who has the softest non-conference schedules among Power 5 conference tea...(full article)

Did anybody ever stop to think that maybe Paul Finebaum is right when he says Florida State and new quarterback-in-waiting Everett Golson may be overrated? It's ...(full article)

Tough love isn't dead in college football. But it's sure a lot softer. Or it better be. There was a reminder of that last week, courtesy a familiar face. Former Oklahoma State de...(full article)

Media day quotes invariably fall into one of two categories: things that are intentionally unenlightening, and things that are inadvertently insightful. Predictably enough, the f...(full article)

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