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Mike Leach explains why you shouldn’t storm Area 51

Mike Leach has a lot of thoughts on aliens and why people should stay away from Area 51 on Sept. 20.


Jackson State mascot makes this the perfect touchdown

Warren Newman stretched out all the way to make a gorgeous grab. And then his team's mascot earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.


Top 100 players of the 2019 college football season

Who will be the best players on the college football field this fall? See SI's full list here.


The seven biggest snubs from 2019's Top 100 Players

Just because they didn't crack SI's list of 2019's top 100 players doesn't mean these guys aren't in for big years.


September stumbling blocks for 2019's CFP hopefuls

It only takes one early-season trap to throw a wrench into the playoff picture. Who's most at risk?


The Group of Five teams with top-10 ceilings in 2019

Will a Group of Five team crack the playoff for the first time this year? Probably not. But can any come close again? Definitely.


How mad should Notre Dame be about bye weeks?

The Irish are set to play seven(!) teams coming off of open dates in 2019, but is fan unrest over opponents' rest misguided?


The case for allowing scholarship offers to be public

The rules that restrict schools from commenting on players they're recruiting allow coaches and recruits to jerk each other around.


The search for the most SEC person in the universe

No conference swaps coaches and ADs like the SEC, where knowing the league goes a long way. But who's the Most SEC of Them All?


#DearAndy: Which old games would've broken CFB Twitter?

The Kick Six produced one of the great moments in Twitter history. Could any all-time great finish have topped it?


The Bama-UGA rivalry will only get more epic from here

In their words and actions, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart are playing a different game from the rest of college football right now.


The four reasons ADs spend money on search firms

Rounding up names can be done for free with Google. But discretion costs money.


The complex reasons why FSU wasn't an overnight fix

Willie Taggart's Seminoles must improve in year two, but it's becoming clear how complicated things are in Tallahassee right now.


#DearAndy: Pairing past QBs with 2019 play-callers

Mike Vick with Gus Malzahn? Dan Marino with Mike Leach? The possibilities are endless.


Mike Leach grades his students' trick play designs

For their final project in Mike Leach's seminar, Washington State students had to draw up some plays. Now the pirate-professor weighs in.


College football's noncon schedule wars are worth the wait

Georgia, Florida and others are beefing up their future schedules, but the reason it took this long is the same reason we have to wait another half-decade to watch.


Jonathan Taylor adds track to his heavy workload

This spring, the nation's leading rusher cut short his spring practice to live out a college dream for Wisconsin's track team.


The vacation spot where Saban and Swinney can disappear

Boca Grande’s locals have created a culture to accommodate the rich and famous, which appeals to both of college football's best coaches.


DJ Uiagalelei, 2020's No. 1 QB, has a supersized future

A cannon-armed QB in an edge rusher's body, DJ Uiagalelei's college decision is only the next step in his fascinating football journey.


Mike Locksley has Maryland reflecting, looking forward

The Terps' spring game was a welcome celebration for a football program less than a year removed from Jordan McNair’s tragic death.


AD shuffle adds more fuel to LSU-Texas A&M rivalry

Scott Woodward's abrupt jump from Texas A&M to LSU is the latest spark between two schools in a neverending talent war.


Clemson and Notre Dame are more alike than you think

Who better to compare this year's two Cotton Bowl participants than someone who attended both Clemson and Notre Dame?


Ranking the SEC's non-Alabama playoff contenders

Alabama feels like a safe bet to make its fifth College Football Playoff appearance, but which fellow SEC schools are most likely to join the Tide?


The top 10 championship performances of the BCS era

Whose stat-stuffing performances on the biggest stage are still ingrained in our memories?


#DearAndy: Which HCs will see the biggest year two bump?

Tom Herman and Matt Rhule are in very different situations just 90 minutes apart, but both their teams could be much better in 2018.


Dave Clawson has Wake's big turnaround cooking now

The Demon Deacons' culinarily curious head coach knows that in food and football, some of the sweetest rewards take patience.


Saban will likely benefit from transfer rules he fought

Even when Nick Saban loses a battle over a rules change, Alabama usually wins in the long run.


#DearAndy: Which Star Wars film should Les Miles be in?

The Mad Hatter has a sizzle reel now, and the movie pitches are rolling in within this week's mailbag.


Nick Saban wants you to know he doesn't make the rules

At the center of another transfer restriction controversy, Nick Saban is calling on Alabama's SEC colleagues to make a choice.


Can college football take notes from the WWE's TV deal?

There are some signs that broadcast networks may soon be even more interested in college football than they already are.


#DearAndy: Who will be the next CFP first-timer?

Nine teams have made the final four in the College Football Playoff's first four years of existence. Who will be next?


The latest proof that Saban is in everyone's head

Does anyone really think allowing fewer headsets on the sidelines will slow down the college game's preeminent coach?


The issues that keep Urban Meyer up at night

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has become consumed with managing the mental health of his players, even as he climbs college football's all-time wins list.


Blake Barnett leaving Arizona State as grad transfer

Barnett threw just five passes as a Sun Devil after transferring from Alabama.


Without J.T. Barrett, will Ohio State's WRs lead?

For logistical reasons, receivers aren't often front-and-center leaders, but Parris Campbell & Co. will have to set the tone until Ohio State's new QB settles in.


Scott Frost's quest to reclaim Nebraska's identity

The beloved Huskers QB-turned-coach has a lot to say about where Nebraska went wrong in recent years—and how he intends get it back on track.


Tommy Stevens explains why he's staying at Penn State

Tommy Stevens looked around and ultimately decided to remain Trace McSorley's backup for one more year: 'This is the best place for me.'


Michigan, Amazon Prime doing docuseries on 2017 season

The Wolverines are doing an eight-episode documentary series on the 2017 season with Amazon Prime.


Why are so many top teams turning to freshman QBs?

A rash of injuries and a wave of transfers have left some of the best-stocked programs in the country starting true freshman quarterbacks. How did this happen?


Power Rankings: Oklahoma, Clemson jump after Week 2

Oklahoma's big win over Ohio State wasn't the only result to impact this week's power rankings. Here's how things stand heading into Week 3.


Ohio State's QB quandary: Should J.T. Barrett sit?

After a deflating loss to Oklahoma, the Buckeyes’ offense is looking for answers. The most direct fix—replacing a beloved QB—would also be the most complicated.


Mock Draft: NFL fan's guide to 2017's college stars

The draft is less than eight months away, but we have a whole college football season to play first. Here are the names NFL fans should know.


One state, two star QBs and a Big 12 arms race

Thanks to Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph, the two star quarterbacks in Oklahoma battling for state and conference supremacy, there's Bedlam in the forecast of this season's playoff picture.


Preseason bowl projections: Forecasting all 39 games

As Week 1 arrives, we’re getting a head start on the bowl speculation game before most teams have a chance to bury their national title hopes.


Chris Petersen's system is working at Washington

When Chris Petersen moved from Boise State to Washington, we wondered if he could duplicate the same kind of consistency and unearth as many underrecruited gems. It turns out he can.


Which Group of Five teams can make the playoff?

Can a Group of Five team finally make its way to the playoff? They're all long shots, but here are the ones with the best shot.


The 13-year-old USC QB commit turned West Virginia WR

A USC commit at age 13, David SIlls V was molded by attendant parents and private coaching to become the next great Trojans quarterback. But there was a catch.


Texas's tall task: Build an Air Raid-proof defense

From new pressure schemes to color-coded pee charts, Texas will try anything to get its defense ready to stop the Air Raid.


2017 Crystal Ball: Experts pick the playoff and more

Who will be standing on the podium in Atlanta? Who will accept college football's highest honor in New York? Our college football experts make their predictions for the 2017 season.


Power Rankings: Why each team will/won't make CFP

These 25 teams have the strongest playoff cases in the country entering Week 1, but there are two sides to every argument.