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Past articles by Matt:

AP Top 25 rankings: Alabama No. 1, Georgia No. 2; Florida leaps into poll at No. 12

Alabama remains No. 1 in the AP Top 25 college football poll, earning 44 of 63 first-place votes in the new rankings released Tuesday. Georgia, which dominated Oregon 49-3, swapped places with Ohio State and moved up to No. 2, receiving 17 first-place votes after it had only three in the preseason. → Read More

AP Top 25: Michigan State climbs to No. 5; Wake Forest in top 10 for first time

Georgia, Cincinnati, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State are in the top five of the new AP Top 25 college football poll. Wake Forest moved into the top 10. → Read More

AP Top 25: Georgia, Iowa, Cincinnati take top 3 spots as Alabama falls to No. 5

Georgia moved up to No. 1 in the latest AP Top 25 college football rankings, while Alabama dropped to No. 5. Iowa and Cincinnati are in the top three. → Read More

College football Week 1 preview roundtable: Georgia-Clemson, upset picks, under-the-radar games and overreactions – The Athletic

What to watch in college football's opening weekend: Clemson-Georgia, LSU-UCLA, Alabama-Miami, upset predictions and more. → Read More

Early rankings of all 130 college football teams for 2018.

There is no offseason in college football. As soon as the 2017 season ended with Alabama's walk-off win for the national title against Georgia, the 2018 preseason began. That's right: It's time to start ranking teams already. All 130 of them. → Read More

Predicting the Georgia-Alabama national title game.

The 2017 college football season is down to one game in Atlanta on Monday, an all-SEC national championship showdown between Alabama, led by Nick Saban, and Georgia, led by former Saban assistant Kirby Smart. Here's what to watch. → Read More

UCF again shows it belonged in playoff conversation.

Auburn was the hottest team in college football in November, but Monday provided a reminder that no team has been hotter throughout the entire season than UCF. The Knights finished off a perfect season, topping Auburn in the Peach Bowl. → Read More

The best plays of the 2017 college football season.

A national champion has yet to be crowned, but the holiday season is a good time to look back at all the fantastic moments the 2017 college football season has provided so far. Here's a list of the best plays we've seen this year. → Read More

Grades and awards for the SEC football season.

A lot of coaching turnover made 2017 look like a frustrating, down year for the SEC, and yet the conference still produced intrigue at the top. Auburn rebounded, Georgia won its first SEC title since 2005 and Alabama gave the league two playoff teams. → Read More

Grades and awards for the Pac-12 football season.

It wasn't exactly a return to the golden ages of John McKay and Pete Carroll, but USC did return to the top of the Pac-12 in 2017, winning its first conference championship since 2008 to earn a second straight trip to a major bowl game. → Read More

Grades and awards for the Big Ten football season.

The Big Ten season had plenty of memorable moments, from Saquon Barkley's heroics to Ohio State's comeback win over Penn State to Wisconsin's perfect regular season. But while three teams made major bowls, the Big Ten is out of the playoff for the first time. → Read More

Michigan makes bold QB addition with Patterson.

Faced with pressure to return to the top of the Big Ten, Michigan is bringing in reinforcements. Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson announced on Monday that he intends to transfer to Ann Arbor, where he'll provide a spark, if ruled eligible for 2018. → Read More

Five takeaways from Week 12 in college football.

Week 12 in college football lived up to the relative lack of hype: Miami and Wisconsin pulled away for double-digit wins, and teams ranked in the top 12 of the playoff rankings finished a perfect 12-0, ensuring that the top 25 won't change much. → Read More

CFB Professor: Miami makes long-awaited return to national stage.

Miami's win over Virginia Tech was one of the biggest stories of Week 10 for many reasons. It was a resume-booster that puts the Canes at the front of the ACC, and it also set the stage for a long-awaited return to the national stage moving forward. → Read More

Spartans upset Penn State, crash Big Ten East race.

It took all afternoon and some of the evening because of a long weather delay, but Michigan State added to the Big Ten's playoff misery and vaulted into the conference title race with a 27-24 win over No. 7 Penn State on a last-second field goal. → Read More

Iowa humiliates Ohio State in stunning upset blowout.

Everybody knew that a trip to Kinnick Stadium could be a trap for Ohio State, but nobody knew just how bad things could go. Iowa crushed the No. 6 Buckeyes 55-24, dealing a massive blow to their chances of a third playoff bid in four seasons. → Read More

10 things to know about the first CFB playoff top 25.

The selection committee has spoken, and as easy as it is to complain about any rankings, the first College Football Playoff top 25 of the 2017 season produced logical results that set the stage for what could be a wild November. → Read More

CFB Professor: J.T. Barrett roller coaster hits new high point.

J.T. Barrett has packed the ups and downs of a 15-year NFL veteran's career into five college seasons at Ohio State. Saturday, he reached a new high, becoming the biggest story of the week in a comeback win over Penn State. → Read More

Florida, McElwain will both benefit from moving on.

Before he could even finish his third season, Jim McElwain is out as Florida's head football coach. Despite winning back-to-back SEC East titles, McElwain struggled to fix the Gators' offense and had a growing rift with the school's administration. → Read More

Predicting every key Week 9 college football game.

Before the first College Football Playoff top 25 is released, there's one more week of October football to be played, headlined by a loaded afternoon slate that includes Penn State at Ohio State, N.C. State at Notre Dame and Georgia vs. Florida. → Read More