Dennis
Dodd
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Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's senior college football columnist. Get the latest college football stories from Dennis Dodd and CBSSports.com
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Oklahoma hasn't won the Big 12 outright since 2010. But after its win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, the Sooners are the pick to win the conference.
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There will be four playoff teams, and there are five power conferences. Without a conference title game (and its strength-of-schedule bump), the Big 12 begins this new era at a disadvantage.
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Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi was allowed to collect $50,000-plus from the NCAA to help pay for an insurance premium. A&M and Ogbuehi took advantage of a little-known rule that allows for the cash to be paid to protect a player's draft position.
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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby criticizes the NCAA at his annual address, saying 'cheating pays' and that financial stress is coming.
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The Atlantic Coach Conference will be allowed to use biometric vests this season but it was turned down by the NCAA rules committee in a request to experiment with helmet cams and quarterback-coach communications.
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Key language was removed from negotiations between the College Football Playoff and the Cotton, Peach and Fiesta bowls. That may clear the way for the New Year's Six to finally sing contracts with the CFP.
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When an NCAA steering committee relented on a voting threshold, it probably saved a Power 5 conference mutiny.
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Chris Conley has been outspoken about college athletes being compensated fairly. The times do seem to be changing.
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Leonard Fournette might prove pretty quickly that he's the chairman of the running back-by-committee at LSU.
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James Franklin, a native Pennsylvanian, left Vandy for Penn State in January. But a current Vanderbilt play says Franklin was disingenuous in telling the team he was going to stay.

Anyone in need of a credential from all the BCS title games? Dennis Dodd has them. In three decades in the business, he's covered everything from the Olympics to Stanley Cup to conference realignment. Just get him on campus in a press box in the fall. His heart lies with college football.
 
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