Wisconsin to pay fired football coach Paul Chryst an $11 million buyout

Former Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst will receive a reduced buyout of $11 million, the school said Monday. Chryst, fired Sunday following a 2-3 start to the season, had approximately $20 million left on a contract that paid him through January 2027. But athletic director Chris McIntosh said Sunday that Chryst had agreed to take … Read more

Wisconsin fires football coach Paul Chryst, names defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard interim

Wisconsin has fired coach Paul Chryst after the team’s 2-3 start. “After a heartfelt and authentic conversation with Coach Chryst about what is in the long-term best interest of our football program, I have concluded that now is the time for a change in leadership,” athletic director Chris McIntosh said in a news release Sunday. … Read more

What a 12-team College Football Playoff would mean for Week 4’s biggest matchups

It’s a dreary week for the College Football Playoff race. And it has us wondering: What if it were 2026 already? Throughout the entirety of college football there is not a single game on this week’s slate in which both teams have at least one percentage point of playoff leverage, according to the Allstate Playoff … Read more

College football Week 4 – Florida-Tennessee, Clemson-Wake Forest highlight the biggest games

7:32 PM ET ESPN staff College football’s last weekend in September is officially here, meaning conference rivalries move to the forefront of Saturday’s slate. Sure, we’ll miss the nonconference battles like Appalachian State upsetting Texas A&M in College Station or Georgia proving why the title still runs through Athens, but conference play is where seasons … Read more

No, Texas is not back (yet), but it was no joke Saturday

Texas is not back. Not on Saturday, anyway. Not without its burgeoning star QB, Quinn Ewers. Not on Nick Saban’s watch. But for 59 minutes against Alabama, Texas seemed astonishingly close to turning the page on a decade of heartbreak, embarrassment and jokes before falling to the Tide 20-19. It was, it turns out, a … Read more

College football Power Rankings after Week 1

11:30 PM ET ESPN staff The Week 1 college football slate was loaded with top-tier matchups to officially kick off the season while ushering fans back into stadiums and onto message boards. Some games lived up to the hype — No. 5 Notre Dame went toe-to-toe with No. 2 Ohio State for three quarters and … Read more

College Football Playoff expansion — Answering the biggest lingering questions

6:30 PM ET ESPN staff Tired of waiting for the commissioners to make a decision about expanding the College Football Playoff, the 11 presidents and chancellors who comprise the CFP’s board of managers took control on Friday with a unanimous vote to expand the field to 12 teams in 2026. The presidents have strongly urged … Read more

Predicting every college football Power 5 conference for the 2022 season

As much as college football has changed over the past few seasons through the transfer portal, conference realignment and NIL money, the lopsided nature of the sport has largely remained unchanged. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are still the most dominant teams in the FBS, and it’s difficult to find any other program that … Read more

Big Ten completes 7-year, $7 billion media rights agreement with Fox, CBS, NBC

The Big Ten has completed a new seven-year media rights agreement with Fox, CBS and NBC that is set to bring in more than $7 billion to one of the nation’s most powerful athletic conferences. The deal will begin July 1, 2023, and run through the end of the 2029-30 athletic year. Specific terms were … Read more

College football’s top 100 players for 2022

7:30 AM ET ESPN staff After an offseason spent constantly ranking and reranking college football players on NIL deals and transfer portal moves, the impending kickoff of actual football games means that the time has come to rank players on their actual football abilities. Not by unit, conference or where they might or might not … Read more