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100 days to college football – Top games, players, contenders

College football 2024 - What we're most excited to see

In exactly 100 days, Florida State and Georgia Tech will kick off the season on Aug. 24 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. With what’s unofficially dubbed “Week 0,” college football’s offseason drought will mercifully end with a game that has ACC title implications.

But this isn’t just a countdown to kickoff.

It’s a flare ahead of a 12-team College Football Playoff — the most historic change to the sport’s postseason since the BCS ended in 2014. It’s the start of a football season without the Pac-12 for the first time in more than a century. And it’s the beginning of historic conference realignment that includes moving the L.A. schools to the Big Ten and the Big 12’s biggest brands to the SEC.

It’s also the end of some eras, as former Alabama coach Nick Saban has retired, and former Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has moved onto the NFL after winning a national title.

To get you ready for 100 days from now, ESPN reporters compiled 10 lists of 10 (100! Even sportswriters can do that math). We’ve got you covered — from the best stories to the best games, Heisman hopefuls and upsets to watch, first-time playoff participants and first-time conference matchups. Just three more months and one week until it all unfolds.

Who’s counting?

Well, we are …

Jump to a Top 10:
Stories | Games
FCS upsets | New conference games
Coaches | Heisman
Breakout players | Playoff G5
Playoff first time | Playoff byes

Ten best stories

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CFP approves 5+7 model for 12-team playoff

Heather Dinich breaks down the 5+7 layout the CFP committee plans to use for the 12-team playoff starting this fall.

10. The Pac-2: What exactly will this season look like for Oregon State and Washington State as they embark on a new journey together as the Pac-2, left on the outside looking in during this latest round of conference expansion and realignment. Both teams took major hits in the transfer portal — losing their starting quarterbacks to the ACC (Cam Ward to Miami; DJ Uiagalelei to Florida State). Plus, Oregon State has a new head coach in Trent Bray.

9. Florida State after the CFP snub: The last time we saw Florida State take the field, the Seminoles played without the majority of their starters in a 63-3 loss to Georgia in the Orange Bowl, putting a damper on what was a 13-0 season filled with CFP hopes. So how does the team respond after such a devastating end to 2023? Coach Mike Norvell went into the transfer portal again to revamp his roster. Despite the new faces, this is an experienced team eager…

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