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  1. Miami is a long-term threat in the ACC

    Travis Haney

    As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M's kickoff Aug. 28. Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, con...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  2. College Football Future Rankings 2014 - Projecting top 25 program...

    Travis Haney

    Travis Haney, along with Insider's college football experts, ranks the top 25 teams in college football over the next three seasons. The Alabama Crimson Tide lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | July 07, 2014
  3. Title windows for top 16 contenders

    Travis Haney

    As a part of ESPN.com's college football mock playoff, I thought I would evaluate the current title windows for each of the 16 participants. In 2014, are the teams in their prime for title contention? Are their windows closing (they'd better win n...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  4. Top 10 defensive 'prove-it' players for 2014

    Travis Haney

    Top 10 'prove-it' players on offense | Defense A year ago, Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss signed a recruiting class that caused head turning from the SEC to the Pac-12. It created a buzz. And it was a sensation that wasn't entirely unfamiliar to the Rebe...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  5. Top 10 offensive 'prove-it' players for 2014

    Travis Haney

    A year ago, coming off a drug-related suspension and a drop-off in production, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins was a prime example of a player with much to prove. And now? After helping Clemson to its first BCS bowl victory, Watkins is a vindicate...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  6. Why FSU's title odds could worsen

    Travis Haney

    Top QB battles | Teams whose odds could fall | Rising odds A year ago, I was floored to see Miami open at 25-1 to win the BCS title. Miami? 25-1? Did I slip into a wormhole and land in the 1980s Cane Dynasty? Vegas was banking on a number of ...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  7. Playoff contenders with hardest schedules

    Travis Haney

    Top 10 spring QB battles | Hardest schedules | Easiest schedules Begin analyzing 2014 schedules, and it takes only a minute or two to realize that the rising Pac-12 has created some real hurdles for its member schools to get through the regular sea...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  8. Recent classes that will have impact in '14

    Travis Haney

    The Ohio State Buckeyes came within roughly a quarter of making the BCS title game. Whether the Buckeyes deserved to be there, or however you'd like to argue that, is irrelevant. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs could have politicked through Chris...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  9. Top 10 impact redshirt freshmen for '14

    Travis Haney

    Redshirt freshmen have won the past two Heisman trophies. We saw one of them coming and the other was a surprise to pretty much everyone outside his own locker room. The bottom line is there most certainly is room in college football for impactful...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  10. Ten teams losing the most talent

    Travis Haney

    I got a look at the Senior Bowl rosters on Wednesday, and it made me wonder if anyone would even be left in college football in 2014. I'm assuming yes, but it's a really impressive compilation of talent for next week's showcase in Mobile, Ala. And...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  11. Takeaways: Picks for the 2014 playoff

    Travis Haney

    PASADENA, Calif. -- So long, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. That's where we begin the BCS version of Takeaways, after witnessing the Florida State Seminoles beat the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in a tremendous final game to send off the BCS. Wh...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  12. Grading my breakout players ranking

    Travis Haney

    A few people in the past month have asked me if I foresaw what Jameis Winston did as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, becoming the second consecutive first-year starting quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy. I'm pleased that I get to answer in...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  13. Top 10 Heisman candidates for 2014

    Travis Haney

    Jameis Winston ran away with the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Can he win it again? It seems this question is becoming more popular, going with the trend of younger winners. Who will be the Florida State quarterback's chief competition in 2014 as Winston t...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  14. Top recruiting 'what ifs' of 2013 season

    Travis Haney

    For every recruiting victory, there are always the ones that got away. Those misses are sometimes more haunting than others. "They always seem to have a great game against you," one coach said. "They like to remind you what you're missing." We ...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  15. Ranking college football's 'Real Top 10'

    Travis Haney

    For those who squawk about polls being released too early, creating undue bias, how's Nov. 20 suit you? Today's the day we unveil our "Real Top 10," produced with input from coaches, team metrics (more on that below) and Las Vegas. The goal is to ...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  16. Coaches' scouting intel on top-5 teams

    Travis Haney

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- We had planned to travel here, to Florida's capital city, even before Florida State's mauling of Clemson on Saturday. Given that result, it's only fitting to base this dispatch from the home of the nation's hottest team. In th...

    Blog | October 23, 2013