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  1. The Aggies are not a playoff-caliber team

    Travis Haney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- I learned something Saturday during my first trip to Jerry World: The Arkansas Razorbacks are better than we thought, and the Texas A&M Aggies are overrated. Those were my suspicions entering Saturday's SEC showdown, and they were...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  2. Are Texas A&M Aggies overrated?

    Travis Haney

    ARLINGTON, Texas - Here is the question everyone might not be asking but many are wondering as we head into Saturday: Is Texas A&M a legit playoff contender or just a Week 1 wonder? The Aggies are being penciled into the playoff by most pundit...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  3. LSU, other contenders will evolve

    Travis Haney

    HOUSTON -- Let's set something straight about the new College Football Playoff: The only teams in real danger of being out of contention after Week 1 are the ones that lost. UCLA looked bad -- really bad in spots -- but it won. Ohio State missed B...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  4. Coaches reveal their playoff picks

    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 | August 26, 2014
  5. Alabama's Jake Coker, LSU's Leonard Fournette lead top 50 breakou...

    Travis Haney

    Who could make a Jameis Winston-type jump this season? Travis Haney ranks his top 50 breakout players for 2014. Alabama's Jake Coker and LSU's Leonard Fournette are 1-2, but the SEC doesn't dominate the entire list.

    Story | Conversation | August 07, 2014
  6. Tempo debate in SEC not going anywhere

    Travis Haney

    BRISTOL, Conn. -- Nick Saban likened the debate over uptempo offense and defense in the SEC to "Democrats and Republicans ... who controls the House and Senate." After hearing from 12 of the league's 14 coaches on ESPN's campus on Monday and Tuesd...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 10 QBs with most to gain this summer

    Travis Haney

    I talked a couple of weeks ago with a coach about the new rule that allows for summer "practice" hours. "We're not going out there in pads or anything," he said, "but we can add a couple of hours watching film. It's a good thing, but it's not a ga...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Updating top post-spring QB battles

    Travis Haney

    Quarterback battles do not always resolve themselves in the spring -- in fact, it's somewhat rare -- but this cycle provided some news and emerging figures from notable programs across the country. Starting with an open-but-refined race to replace...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  11. Sleeper national title contenders for 2014

    Travis Haney

    Unless you are a fan of Auburn or Notre Dame, and maybe even if you are, chances are you did not correctly predict the participants in the past two BCS title games. So there has been room for surprise title contenders in recent years, and that tre...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 2014 breakout players watch list

    Travis Haney

    Catch your breath from the national title game yet? Good, let's project what's next. Or put another way, who is next. As with my 2013 breakout player list, I'll outline my full look at 2014 breakout stars later in the year, but it's never too earl...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  15. Succession plans for top departing QBs

    Travis Haney

    Including two of the six Heisman finalists, Alabama's AJ McCarron and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, the SEC quarterback landscape will look dramatically different in 2014. About half of the league will be breaking in new quarterbacks, and some of t...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  16. 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