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Andy Staples

Senior Writer — Sports Illustrated

Writing about college football at Sports Illustrated and talking about it at SiriusXM College Sports Nation. Also posting occasional culinary erotica.

Mike Riley, Nebraska ready to escape their 2015 nightmare; Punt, Pass & Pork — LINCOLN, Neb. - More cameras than usual swarmed in just as Nebraska's practice wrapped Friday. The people toting those cameras did not come to hear how the Cornhuskers could improve on a 6-7 season-including a 5-7 regular season record-that followed the firing of a staff that had won at least nine a year for seven consecutive years.

How Jabrill Peppers, Derwin James are changing college football — This story appears in the Aug. 15, 2016 issue of Sports Illustrated. Read the rest of the college football preview and subscribe to the magazine here. As Jim Harbaugh describes all the ways he could use Jabrill Peppers on a football field, the Michigan coach starts to sound like Forrest Gump's pal Bubba, enumerating the myriad ways to prepare shrimp.

Auburn football faces huge pressure due to Alabama success — Let's play a blind resume game: School A has won multiple conference titles in the past six years. School B has won multiple conference title in the past six years. School A has won a national title in the past six years. School B has won a national title in the past six years.

The SEC got it right by letting Maurice Smith transfer, but it alienated Nick Saban — TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The SEC owes Nick Saban a favor. Had someone in the conference office told the Alabama coach that the league would let recent Alabama grad-and former Crimson Tide defensive back-Maurice Smith transfer to Georgia and play immediately, Saban probably would have released Smith immediately instead of getting painted as a villain for weeks.

No-win situation in Antonio Callaway case — University of Florida officials could have avoided looking shady. They could have avoided a choice that made it appear to the outside world that the school cares more about winning football games than it cares about its female students.

ESPN and Fox are digging in against Big 12 expansion — As the Big 12 ponders expansion, ESPN and Fox executives find themselves struggling with a much higher stakes version of the dilemma faced by subscribers to the old Columbia House CD Club. The Big 12 is evaluating expansion candidates, and the networks are examining their options so they don't get...

Alabama-LSU? USC-Stanford? A look at the 'pivot points' of the 2016 season — brightcove.createExperiences(); The coaches and players have to abide by their one-game-at-a-time cliché because that's the best way for them to handle their jobs. We, however, do not. We can skip ahead to the one game on your team's schedule that can send a season soaring or spiraling. That is t...

College Football Playoff gets it right by changing semifinal schedule — Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.

Ranking BYU, UConn, more candidates — Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was answering a question last week about the fallout from the scandal at Baylor when he spoke these words, but they could be repurposed to serve as the Big 12's motto. "To say that we have a vision for what the end game is," Bowlsby said, "would not be accurate."

When will Texas contend for a national title? — DearAndy has moved to Facebook. SI's Andy Staples will now take your questions live every week in a Facebook Live video chat on Wednesdays from Campus Rush's Facebook page. In this week's #DearAndy, Andy answered your questions on... How long until Texas is back in the national title hunt?
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Aug 23, 2016

There's a difference between running a razor thin margin and deciding to put waterfalls in unnecessary buildings. 

Aug 23, 2016

@leilarahimi A smoker basically is an oven with smoke. You'd probably have to get it up to 350 for a pie, though.

Aug 23, 2016

@leilarahimi Think that's more for a creme brûlée-type dish. This would be lower temp and indirect heat.

Aug 23, 2016

I've been doing this all wrong. i need to start writing songs for every player I interview. 

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