College football 2014 preview

Tyler Murphy gives BC dual threat at quarterback

The fifth-year transfer from Florida is a throwback to the Doug Flutie days at Chestnut Hill.

Coach Mark Whipple, who led UMass to the NCAA Division 1-AA national title in 1998, will try to guide quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and the Minutemen to new heights once again.

UMass coach Mark Whipple ready for next challenge

Whipple is in charge of turning the Minutemen, 2-22 the past two seasons, around again.

The new top prize in college football’s highest level is a gold football-shaped trophy.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

A playoff is the right formula for college football

At last, the BCS nonsense has been ditched for the only system that makes sense: a playoff.

Predicting the college football playoff chase

Michael Vega predicts the top contenders, sleepers, and potential surprises in the race for this season’s four playoff spots.

SPORTS MEDIA

ESPN excited about playoff possibilities

Chris Fowler and his team are ready to tackle a full slate of games, plus a two-round playoff.

Harvard football captain Norman Hayes was named to the All-Ivy League first team last season.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Memory of sister inspires Harvard’s captain

Norman Hayes II, a hard-hitting cornerback, always has his late sister Olivia on his mind, on the field and off.

New England Football Preview

Casey DeAndrade, New Hampshire football keep focus on next challenge

The 5-foot-11-inch, 203-pound DeAndrade emerged as a ball hawk, and dogged defender for UNH.

New England football players to watch

A glance at the names likely to make headlines in 2014.

New England football games to watch

Get out the calendar and circle the dates for these fall classics.