College football 2014 preview

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



A playoff is the right formula for college football

A sport long associated with pageantry and passion will add another “P”: playoff. For years, the power brokers of major college football treated the idea of a playoff as if it were an infectious disease, but they have finally recognized it’s the cure for a championship process that was frustrating, mystifying, and often unsatisfying.

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.


ESPN excited about playoff possibilities

The four-team college football playoff is the latest broadcast-rights bauble in ESPN’s stunning collection. The network reached a 12-year, $5.6 billion deal— roughly a rights fee of $470 million a year — in November 2012 for exclusive rights to broadcast the two semifinal games as well as the championship game. That deal begins this year and runs through 2025.

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

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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.