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  1. Top trap games remaining for contenders

    Travis Haney

    Oregon didn't see Arizona coming. Baylor was blindsided by West Virginia. Now those teams' playoff hopes are damaged, if not totaled. It's often the surprising losses -- the trap games -- that derail promising seasons. Just ask Oklahoma State (Iow...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  2. How bad can it get for Alabama?

    Travis Haney

    Alabama isn't a top-10 team. It isn't a playoff contender. Let's face it: Alabama just isn't Alabama in 2014. We pondered this through the first month of the season. We suspected it after Alabama's 23-17 loss at Ole Miss. Now we know it after a sl...

    Blog | October 12, 2014
  3. Pac-12 unlikely to have a playoff team

    Travis Haney

    It's Oct. 5, and there's one remaining undefeated team in the Pac-12: the Arizona Wildcats. Cal, which didn't beat a single Power 5 team a year ago, is leading the Pac-12 North, despite giving up more than 100 combined points in its past two wins....

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Big changes coming for the Wolverines

    Travis Haney

    Quarterback Devin Gardner will be the first change for the Michigan Wolverines. Coach Brady Hoke will be the second, and probably by December. Athletic director Dave Brandon will be the next, and probably shortly after Hoke. It's time to sta...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  7. College Football Playoff's new problem

    Travis Haney

    What do you know, a supposedly weak week in college football turned out to be meaningful. You'd think the public, and some media members, would learn not to judge the week by its schedule. Losses by the Georgia Bulldogs, USC Trojans and Virginia T...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  8. Spartans' playoff hopes all but gone

    Travis Haney

    Fast-forward to Tuesday, Oct. 28. The first College Football Playoff rankings have just been released. Here's an important, precedent-setting question for the 13-person committee: Where will you have the highest-ranked Big Ten team in your top 25?...

    Blog | September 07, 2014
  9. Ranking Week 1 overreactions

    Travis Haney

    It's just one game. That single sentence is a handy guide to avoid a very natural reaction -- which is to overreact. There was plenty of that after Week 1. In several cases involving playoff contenders, it didn't matter whether a team won or lo...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Michigan State rises in playoff stock watch

    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 on Aug. 28. Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  13. Should playoff include eight teams?

    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 on Aug. 28. Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, co...

    Blog | August 16, 2014
  14. Which teams will be left out of the playoff?

    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 on Aug. 28. Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  15. No room for error in Baylor's playoff bid

    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 on Aug. 28. Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, co...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  16. Helfrich thinks Ducks can sustain success

    Travis Haney

    BRISTOL, Conn. -- When we compiled our Future Power Rankings earlier in July, the Oregon Ducks -- a very popular playoff pick in 2014 -- came in at just 13th. Seem low for such a big college football brand? A lot of the skepticism surrounding the ...

    Blog | July 28, 2014