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Portals, waivers and the future of college football free agency

Justin Fields is college football's next catalyst, helping the sport become either more progressive and player-friendly or dragging it toward the perils of free agency, depending on whom you ask.

Fields on Friday became the latest high-profile transfer quarterback to gain immediate eligibility at his new school, Ohio State, after the NCAA approved his waiver request. The top-rated recruit in the 2018 class left Georgia after a frustrating freshman season and now likely will be Ohio State's QB1 as the Ryan Day era begins this fall.

On Nov. 30, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry will feature a quarterback pairing -- Fields and Michigan's Shea Patterson -- who both benefited from this new transfer reality.