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  1. Overrated, underrated in Steele's AP top 25

    Travis Haney

    I respect Phil Steele's ability to forecast a number of things, including what the initial Associated Press Top 25 poll will look like in August. That said, there's always wiggle room, and I had a few different takes than those in last week's post on...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Playoff contenders with easiest schedules

    Travis Haney

    Top 10 spring QB battles | Hardest schedules | Easiest schedules At Insider, we often talk about title tracks, and the paths are now somewhat wider for every team thanks to the advent of the four-team playoff format. One thing hasn't changed, thoug...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Biggest remaining coaching dominoes

    Travis Haney

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- After several days of being as much of the conversation here as Monday's national championship game, the Texas Longhorns have made their head coaching hire. Louisville's Charlie Strong is the new head coach, the college annou...

    Blog | January 04, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Under-the-radar coaching performances

    Travis Haney

    Whether it was Auburn's Gus Malzahn (the recently named AP coach of the year) or Missouri's Gary Pinkel resuscitating SEC programs, or David Cutcliffe winning 10 games and an ACC Coastal division title at Duke, there were some extraordinary coaching ...

    Blog | December 24, 2013
  8. Teams with most potential to improve

    Travis Haney

    Sometimes it takes a few weeks for a team to hit its stride. Whether the catalyst for improvement comes from a better understanding of offensive or defensive systems, rising players, game experience for underclassmen or an easier stretch on the sched...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  9. Ranking contenders with fewest flaws

    Travis Haney

    It's almost October, and there are still at least a half-dozen teams -- if not more -- that could make a solid claim that they deserve to be ranked No. 1. Why the lack of separation? Well, for the most part, it's because of the flaws each team has...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  10. Top 50 breakout players for 2013

    Travis Haney

    With camp just beginning and the countdown to the college football season now safely under one month, I've ranked my top 50 breakout candidates for 2013. A quarterback primed to do huge things in the Big Ten checks in at No. 1, and others that fol...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  11. Ranking the nation's top 10 QB battles

    Travis Haney

    Looking for a reason to keep tabs on college football's quarterback battles this August? How about the fact that a year ago Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and UCLA's Brett Hundley, among others, had not yet won their respective jobs? There are sev...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  12. Charles Sims leads list of impact transfers for 2013 season - Col...

    Travis Haney

    Travis Haney ranks the top 15 instant-impact transfers for the 2013 season.

    Blog | Conversation | July 18, 2013
  13. Identifying sleeper teams, players, units for Big 12 in 2013 - Co...

    Travis Haney

    Travis Haney makes his "sleeper picks" for the Big 12 -- teams, players and units that could surprise during the 2013 college football season.

    Story | Conversation | June 27, 2013
  14. Stoops' comments open up playoff debate

    Travis Haney

    Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops stirred the pot this week when he mused about the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference, saying college football fans have been subject to "propaganda" that the league is the best in the country just because the...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  15. Bob Stoops' comments on SEC are first case of playoff positioning...

    Travis Haney

    Travis Haney examines Bob Stoops' comments on the SEC, writing that while Stoops' argument falls apart rather quickly, it's the first instance of a coach attempting to position his conference and his team ahead of the upcoming playoff.

    Blog | Conversation | May 10, 2013
  16. Five QB battles that could produce stars

    Travis Haney

    A year ago, we were only beginning to hear about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. And Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was not a known commodity, really, until the 2012 season started -- or just before it, when he won the starting job. Much has...

    Blog | April 03, 2013