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Michigan State: Fifth in the Nation, Yet Still Second Fiddle to Michigan

The Spartans have always felt unappreciated in the shadow of the Wolverines, but with four double-digit victory totals in five years, Michigan State seems to have reason to complain.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Kansas Dismisses Player

Kansas dismissed the sophomore cornerback Matthew Boateng for an undisclosed violation of team rules just three days before the Jayhawks were to open the season.

Marquee Matchups Aim to Grab College Football Fans Right From Week 1

A national “kickoff game” in 2008 led to the creation of other high-profile season openers, which have turned the start of the season into a powerful national advertisement for the sport.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Rutgers Coach Expects to Be on Job

Kyle Flood said he expected to lead his team in its season opener despite an investigation into whether he improperly communicated with a faculty member about the academic status of a player.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Illinois to Broadcast Games in Chinese

University officials said the broadcasts would offer traditional play-by-play coverage as well as basic explanations of a game that is probably unfamiliar to many of the listeners.

In Return to Boise State, Former Coach Is Expected to Be Welcomed Warmly

Washington Coach Chris Petersen, who led Boise State for eight years, faces his former team on Friday.

With Rap Music and a Chopper, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin Is a Cool Customer

The Aggies’ Coach Sumlin knows how to have fun, but his goal is to teach his players “a sense of responsibility.”

On College Football: Any Plans for New Year’s Eve? The College Football Playoff Has Some

The two semifinal games of the College Football Playoff are scheduled to kick off in the afternoon and the evening of Dec. 31.

Junkyard Blawg marks its 10th birthday!

Ten years ago Saturday, on Aug. 29, 2005, the very first post on the Junkyard Blawg went up. To mark the anniversary, that very first Blawg has been posted again at the new DawgNation site,...

Fines for College Football Players? Not So Fast

Recent remarks from two prominent coaches revealed that confusion still exists about how to treat athletes who are ostensibly amateurs and yet now receive checks from their teams.

Here’s a new site to bookmark for the Junkyard Blawg!

DawgNation has created an author’s page for the Junkyard Blawg that you can bookmark. Here it is: Watch for a special 10th anniversary edition of the Blawg coming this weekend!

Conferences Try to Block Athletes Who Have Violent Pasts

The Big 12 is the second major conference to move to bar incoming transfers who had been disciplined for “serious misconduct” at their previous universities.

Rutgers Investigating Football Coach Over Possible N.C.A.A. Violation

The coach, Kyle Flood, was said to have emailed a faculty member about a star player’s grade.

Under Armour Seeks to Do for Maryland What Nike Did for Oregon

The University of Maryland is trying to emulate the University of Oregon, riding the largess of a multibillion-dollar apparel company to athletic prominence.

College Football Preseason No. 1s Have Gone 10 Years Without a Title

Ohio State, is the Associated Press poll’s first unanimous preseason No. 1, but no preseason favorite since U.S.C. in 2004 has finished in the top spot.

Ohio State Is First Unanimous No. 1 in Preseason A.P. Poll

The Buckeyes, the defending national champions, were followed by Texas Christian, Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State. The SEC led all conferences with eight teams in the top 25.

Junkyard Mail: Bulldog Country, black jerseys, Jacob Eason, more!

I answer letters from readers in the latest installment of Junkyard Mail at the Blawg’s new location, Included are questions about this season’s Blackout game and the ongoing QB battle, as well as...

Sports Briefing | College Football: Cameron Echols-Luper Leaves T.C.U.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Echols-Luper was transferring to Arkansas State, and Frogs Coach Gary Patterson said the move would allow him to play quarterback.

In Another Title Chase, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Plans to Enjoy the Ride

Meyer, the Buckeyes’ coach, learned hard lessons in 2009 when he was in a similar situation as the head man at Florida.

Sports Briefing | College Football: Prison Time for Baylor Player

Sam Ukwuachu, a defensive end for Baylor University, was sentenced to 180 days in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a female soccer player at the university.

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