College football Week 5 highlights

For close to 15 minutes Saturday afternoon, it seemed like Alabama was doomed. Bryce Young was hurt. Arkansas had all but erased a huge Crimson Tide lead. The college football world held its collective breath. For more than three quarters of action Saturday night, it seemed as if the kings had been dethroned. Georgia’s offense … Read more

College football Week 4 highlights

There are Saturdays when the true playoff contenders emerge with such ferocity and dominance they cannot be ignored. There are Saturdays when the whole system feels rigged, and upsets knock one team after another from the ranks of the elite. And then there are Saturdays like Week 4, where the goal is simply survival. In … Read more

Bettors flock to Oregon State after sportsbook’s initial line favors USC by nearly two touchdowns

An outlier opening line on USC-Oregon State prompted a flood of bets on the underdog Beavers this week and left one sportsbook with more money at stake on the Pac-12 tilt than any of the week’s NFL games. Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened USC as a 13.5-point favorite over Oregon State. Minutes later, oddsmakers at … Read more

Mandel’s Final Thoughts: Leipold brings Kansas to life, how high is the Jayhawks’ ceiling?

And now, 20 Final Thoughts from Week 3, which began Friday evening and, thanks to the weather in Iowa, threatened to bleed into the early NFL games on Sunday. 1. No doubt this column will be full of thoughts later this season about Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and their blueblood friends. This week, however, I … Read more

College football Week 3 preview

The games seem closer. The crowds seem louder. The energy is palpable. The ratings are obviously up. The first two weeks of the 2022 college football season have been an absolute blast. We always grade chaotic periods on the “How does it compare to 2007?” scale, and while it would have felt a lot more … Read more

AP Top 25 college football poll reaction

The AP Top 25 college football poll is out after a wild weekend of games. Week 1 saw USC return three interceptions for touchdowns, Michigan and Ole Miss keep their quarterback competitions open, the return of the Backyard Brawl, a triple-overtime thriller, then-unranked Florida upsetting a then-top-10 Utah team and much, much more. But what … Read more

With ‘a lot of confidence,’ USC Trojans open Lincoln Riley era with easy win over Rice Owls

12:02 AM ET Paolo UggettiESPN LOS ANGELES — The grand opening of the Lincoln Riley era at USC began with a new logo on his familiar visor and plenty of fireworks on the field from new and old faces alike. USC scored its most points in a game since 2008 thanks to a clinical debut … Read more

The 2022 college football preseason All-America team

Just a few more days before we have honest-to-goodness college football games and the 2022 season is here. ESPN’s preseason All-America team includes some familiar names and some new ones. Included are four players who made ESPN’s 2021 postseason All-America team — Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, USC receiver Jordan Addison … Read more

Big Ten media rights: What we know as negotiations enter final stretch

The Big Ten is poised to deliver a stunner when it finalizes its media rights negotiations at some point in the coming days. Barring a last-minute surprise, ESPN is not expected to land one of the Big Ten’s packages, a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Athletic. In addition to Fox, … Read more

Pac-12 commissioner on USC, UCLA: ‘I think they are already regretting’ exit

LOS ANGELES — It’s been about a month since the news that USC and UCLA are bolting for the Big Ten, and the disappointment and anger toward the two LA schools from inside the Pac-12 haven’t eased up much — if at all. “It’s clear that UCLA and USC made a decision for short-term financial … Read more