Dennis Dodd

CBS Sports Senior Writer /

25 Things to Watch: The 2016 College Football Playoff race starts immediately

Checking in with what you should know ahead of the start of another exciting college football season

No pressure: Sterlin Gilbert tries to save Longhorns' offense, Charlie Strong's job

The new Texas offensive coordinator has a lot on his shoulders entering 2016

Building a monument to insensitivity: UCF plans George O'Leary statue

O'Leary is a pillar of UCF football, but also has a muddled history

Why isn't Lane Kiffin getting another shot as a head coach? It's not an easy answer

Just now entering prime coaching age, Kiffin continues to wait for his next opportunity

No. 13: TCU, Gary Patterson not satisfied with 2015 results, pushing for more

The Horned Frogs return nearly their entire starting defense from 2015 for this season

Houston battles through hype and humidity to cement its arrival as a power

The Cougars have everything to gain from a great season -- they can break into the playoff and help their program earn a Power Five conference bid

The Birth of Swag: 30 years into the launch of college football's new era

Swag is synonymous with college football these days but that wasn't always the case

No. 16: Baylor can win in spite of scandal, depth issues in the short term only

The Bears had a tumultuous offseason but still have a talented team ... well, at least those scholarship players left on the roster

Big 12 expansion: Ranking the top 10 candidates and breaking down the latest

Expansion is heating up for the Big 12 and there are plenty of irons in the fire

From high school to college head coach in four years: Mike Jinks preps for big-time

Jinks' journey has been a short yet fulfilling one, and it has culminated in him having loads of responsibility squarely on his shoulders

Nineteen first-year college football coaches settling in to new responsibilities

It's not easy being a college football coach in general, but first-year coaches have it even rougher

Iowa returns for 2016 season hungry for more after near perfection

The Hawkeyes are looking to do even better in 2016

Graduate transfer hand-wringing screams of coaches' competitive fear

It's time to give college football players the same rights as the students they represent, especially after they finish their undergraduate degrees

'I've seen the dark side:' Bill Hancock's long journey from tragedy

One of college sports' most important figures details his grieving process in the years following his son's death

New Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk comes with pedigree from San Diego State

Sterk had a bunch of success with the Aztecs that the Tigers hope carries over to their Power Five conference team

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment as well as the start of the College Football Playoff. He's dabbled in NFL, MLB and NHL and believes the College World Series is severely underappreciated. A Missouri grad and former award-winning FWAA president, he previously worked for numerous outlets including The National and the Kansas City Star.