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COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 42-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines by performing their alma mater song Carmen Ohio at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: The Playoff Begins Now

The College Football Playoff will determine college football’s first national champion in the new playoff model in January, but the real playoff begins this weekend.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2014

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Mariota, Gordon Leading Race Down Stretch

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota looks to be the favorite this season, but Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon also has a decent shot to win the award.

CBS Chicago–11/26/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 8: Jalin Marshall #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes returns a punt 26 yards in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CFB Spotlight: Championship Races Come Down To Final Stretch

College football’s regular season is coming down the final stretch, which means it is crunch time in the conference and division championship races.

11/18/2014

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers rushes 2 yards for a touchdown against Chief Brown #8 of the Mississippi Rebels as the Rebels held a 24-21 lead in the third quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Oxford, Mississippi. Auburn defeated Mississippi 35-31. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Nick Marshall’s Campaign Fueled By Road Victories

Auburn has three Heisman Trophy winners in school history. Quarterback Nick Marshall is a rising candidate in this year’s race.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2014

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Devin Chafin #28 of the Baylor Bears runs the ball against Ben Heeney #31 of the Kansas Jayhawks at McLane Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

CFB Spotlight: Big Games In November Separate Contenders From Pretenders

Our expectations before the start of the season can quickly be tarnished in a flash.

CBS Chicago–11/03/2014

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 18: Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs throws against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: TCU’s Trevone Boykin Is This Year’s Hidden Gem

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has been the face of a dynamic offense taking the Big 12 by storm.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2014

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 18: Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hits Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CFB Spotlight: Get Ready To Debate 1-Loss Playoff Contenders

Which one-loss team has the edge? So many pivotal games are still to come.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2014

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 04: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs for yards against the Texas A&M Aggies during the fourth quarter of a game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. Mississippi State won the game 48-31. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott Is More Than Tim Tebow 2.0

As the season has seen the rise of Mississippi State football, quarterback Dak Prescott has emerged on the scene as one of college football’s best. Is Prescott the best player in college football?

10/09/2014

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 04: Brandon Holloway #10 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reaches for the goal line over Armani Watts #23 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the third quarter of a game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. Mississippi State won the game 48-31. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: You Can’t Script Drama As Good As This

Each week of college football should be seen as a chapter, and the season the full novel.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2014

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 27: Deante' Gray #20 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs for a touchdown against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

CFB Spotlight: October Will Get Started With A Bang

October is the best month for college football.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2014

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Justin Worley #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to throw under pressure from linebacker Eric Striker #19 of the Oklahoma Sooners September 13, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Conference Perception Key As Big 12 Makes Statement

Conference play will begin picking up this week, but there will also be some key non-conference match-ups as well. Defending SEC champion Auburn heads to Kansas State for a Thursday night match-up. This could be the Big 12’s last chance to leave a huge impression on the selection committee.

CBS Chicago–09/16/2014

SEC commissioner Mike Slive. (Getty Images)

NCAA Board Hands 5 Biggest Conferences More Power

The power conferences will now have the ability to create their own rules.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2014

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Big 12 Commissioner: ‘Cheating Pays’

“There’s a lot of change coming,” Bob Bowlsby says.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2014

SEC commissioner Mike Slive. (Getty Images)

SEC Commissioner Slive Continues Push For Big Five Autonomy

“Things are different and expectations of student-athletes are different,” Mike Slive said.

CBS Chicago–07/14/2014

Northern Illinois football coach Rod Carey. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Wisch: NIU Should Push For Big 12 Membership

In the money-driven culture of collegiate athletics, the Chicago market and continued gridiron success make NIU appealing.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2014

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 2: Andre Williams #44 of the Boston College Eagles breaks a touchdown run against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second half at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles won the game 34 to 27. November 2, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Boston College’s Andre Williams Rushes In To The Mix

With the competition wide open for the Heisman Trophy, Boston College running back Andre Williams has become a bit of a rising contender.

11/28/2013

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 16: Quarterback Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks for help during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Biggest Question Now Is Michigan State Or Oklahoma State?

The easy question is to ask if Ohio State is better than Baylor, but the real question should ask if Michigan State is better than Oklahoma State. That is the most important question over the next few weeks, but it will not matter if Alabama and Florida State run the table to collide in Pasadena.

11/18/2013

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears drops back to throw a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Baylor’s Bryce Petty Keeps Bears In BCS Hunt

Baylor’s Bryce Petty is probably on the outside looking in on the Heisman Trophy, but a trip to New York for the ceremony is well within reach.

11/14/2013

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26: Byron Marshall #9 of the Oregon Ducks runs against Tyler Foreman #23 of the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: The Week We Have All Been Waiting For

This is the week college football fans have had circled on the calendar for quite some time. This is the week that will begin to truly shape the BCS Championship picture. This is the week we have been waiting for.

11/05/2013

Ryan Kelly (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Previewing The 9 Major Conference Tourneys With Predictions

Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.

03/13/2013

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