Can Ohio State crash the Alabama-Clemson party, and more burning

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After what easily was the most drama-filled decision-making process of any major conference in college football, the Big Ten will kick off its long-awaited season at 8 p.m. ET Friday night when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois.No, really.On Aug. 5, the league announced its revamped schedule (the first time) with great fanfare. Six days later,…

What happened to the Cowboys, Vikings and Texans? Barnwell ranks

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If an NFL team is out of the playoff picture in Week 7, it's probably not going to make its way back in by January. Last year, 10 of the 12 teams that were in playoff positions as we entered Week 7 made it into the postseason. The only exceptions were the Raiders (who missed…

Is Mexico’s CONCACAF dominance in jeopardy with so many young

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MEXICO CITY -- It's no secret that the United States has a generation of players that is garnering genuine attention beyond the country's borders. The explosion of U.S. stars at top European clubs has grown in 2020, and the trend hasn't gone unnoticed in Mexico, either.- Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only)"We…

Texans releasing J.J. Watt offers peek into racially coded language

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J.J. Watt was more than just a football player for the city of Houston.Image: Getty ImagesWhen the Texans decided to release J.J. Watt on Friday, it marked the end of an era in Houston — and the continuation of an era in media’s use of coded language.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that while Houston might…

How former NBA star Nate Robinson ended up boxing on

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Oct 22, 2020Eric WoodyardESPN Nate Robinson's alarm goes off before the sun rises. The NBA's lone three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion rolls out of bed -- no snooze button allowed -- to get ready to train. He isn't currently focused on returning to the basketball court but is instead pursuing a new endeavor that has…

Can Joe Milton put a stop to Michigan’s quarterback carousel?

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When Michigan plays Minnesota on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC), it will mark the first time Jim Harbaugh opens a season as head coach of the Wolverines with a starting quarterback he recruited out of high school.Let that sink in.Harbaugh has had holdovers from the previous staff and transfers brought in in an attempt to…

A pair of unbeatens in the Group of 5 face

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Oct 22, 2020David M. HaleCloseESPN Staff WriterACC reporter.Joined ESPN in 2012.Graduate of the University of Delaware.Harry Lyles Jr.The biggest college football game on Saturday? It's happening in Dallas between No. 9 Cincinnati and No. 16 SMU -- two of the nine unbeaten teams left in the FBS.If you're eager for the Big Ten's return, the…

NFC East doormat: Giants trying to shed ugly label vs

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are looking to do something Thursday they haven't done often in recent years -- beat the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox).The Eagles (1-4-1) have won seven straight in the series. Injured Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and several teammates' houses might as well have Giants…

Darnold: Want to be ‘Jet for life,’ but not my

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As he prepares for the final three games of the season -- and perhaps his New York Jets career -- Sam Darnold said Monday that he still envisions himself as the franchise's long-term solution at quarterback.Despite his personal struggles and the team's 0-13 record, Darnold said he has no desire for…

Seeking to end skid, Jags to start QB Minshew

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gardner Minshew is back as the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback. Whether he holds onto the job for more than a week depends on how well he plays, beginning with Sunday's game at Baltimore.The Jaguars (1-12) have lost 12 games in a row, and coach Doug Marrone said he's going to do whatever…