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How each top 2020 college football team becomes a national title contender

[ad_1] Every college football team begins a given season with questions to answer. Some just have far more than others. This time last year, we were wondering if Justin Fields was ready to dominate at Ohio State or if Joe Burrow's late-2018 surge at LSU meant something significant. He was, and it did.This year the questions shift, but the teams most well-positioned for a title run are about the same.The
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Buckeyes’ Seth Towns detained by police during George Floyd rally

[ad_1] Ohio State's Seth Towns, a graduate transfer from Harvard, was detained by local police officers at a protest Friday in Columbus, Ohio, the school confirmed.The protest came four days after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis."Say his name!" Towns repeats on a video posted by Eleven Warriors as officers put his hands behind his back. "Say his name!"Protesters responded by saying, "George Floyd!" Someone in the
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Flag gone wrong? A look at the most controversial calls in college football history

[ad_1] 4:38 PM ETBill ConnellyCloseESPN Staff WriterBill Connelly is a staff writer for ESPN.com.Mark SchlabachCloseESPN Senior WriterSenior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of GeorgiaOn the final play of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel's fourth-down pass in overtime fell to the turf.It looked as though Miami had won a 24-17 thriller to capture the BCS national championship. The
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College football’s strange but true historical facts for each Top 25 team

[ad_1] College football is a beautiful connection of sport and weird history. Using Mark Schlabach's Way-Too-Early Top 25 assembled in February and some help from my colleagues, I've collected each team's strangest historical fact, or simply a weird thing that happened.Some of these are going to be more recent (and surprising) than others, but the variation is representative of how random college football is. At the very worst, you could
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Our top college football teams that failed to win the national championship

[ad_1] College football is the ultimate small-sample sport. We determine champions and all-time greats and hirings and firings and massive salaries based on incomplete impressions and only 12-15 games.Combine that with the size of the FBS itself -- throughout its history, college football's top-division roster has typically featured well over 100 teams -- and you're going to end up with one heck of a list of amazing teams that never
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Ohio State Buckeyes add CB Denzel Burke to loaded recruiting class

[ad_1] Ohio State added ESPN 300 cornerback Denzel Burke to the fold on Sunday, beefing up a recruiting class already ranked No. 1 in the country.Burke is the No. 262-ranked prospect overall, out of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He had a top five of Colorado, Ohio State, Oregon, USC and Washington but ultimately chose the Buckeyes as his destination.Burke announced his decision on social media Sunday.God got me🤞🏾
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College football and basketball recruiting challenges during the coronavirus pandemic

[ad_1] From postponements to cancellations, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the sports landscape out of whack, and it isn't just sports that were in session. The current NCAA restrictions have left college coaches, both new and old, and recruits in limbo, but they're finding new ways to manage during the world crisis.New football coaches trying to build relationshipsWhen Lane Kiffin was hired by Ole Miss in December, he knew he
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Ohio State game models show potential for 20,000-50,000 fans

[ad_1] Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday that his athletic department has run several social distancing models to consider having fans in stands at games this fall, and Ohio Stadium, with a normal capacity of more than 100,000, would hold a crowd closer to 20,000-22,000 fans and up to 40,000-50,000 "if guidelines are relaxed.""We've played with that a little bit as a framework to start as we move
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College football players are training at home by pushing trucks and lifting books

[ad_1] Recently, Illinois center Doug Kramer and his two roommates were standing outside of their apartment in Champaign, Illinois, trying to figure out how to simulate a college football practice drill for offensive linemen. They spotted a small parking lot about 200 feet away. They eyed Kramer's black Dodge Ram.The answer seemed obvious -- and kind of fun.The 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior lowered his shoulders, grasped the back bumper with each
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Inside the latest chapter of former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett’s life turnaround

[ad_1] COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett is going to be late for the baby shower.He's dressed and ready. His fiancée, Ashley, and the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Jayden, are finishing hair and makeup. Family and friends soon will gather in Worthington, Ohio, just outside Columbus, to celebrate the couple's baby boy due in about a month.Then Clarett gets a call on FaceTime. It's Mike Tyson.The legendary boxer asks, or rather demands,