From Alabama's defense to Johnny Manziel to talk about running backs, quarterbacks and more, there's plenty to chew on this Wednesday:
- Alabama's defense has allowed opponents only 11 trips into the red zone this season, tied for the fewest in the country.
- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel spoke earlier this week of the late Don James, the former longtime Washington coach who died Sunday, and why he's proud to be a coaching disciple of James.
- After Auburn's recent win over Texas A&M, Gus Malzahn was pretty jubilant. He's making it clear that it wasn't about vindication but instead happiness for the Tigers.
- A first-quarter fumble led to time on the bench for LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the first half on Saturday. He said he "can't let it happen again."
- An injury and the emergence of other quarterbacks aren't helping Johnny Manziel's chance at another Heisman Trophy.
- With Connor Shaw out because of a knee injury, Dylan Thompson will get the start at quarterback for the Gamecocks on Saturday.
- The chances of Georgia running back Todd Gurley returning soon appear good based on his showing at practice on Tuesday.
- Based on its recent performances against Georgia and South Carolina, it's clear that Tennessee's secondary is showing improvement.
- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was not pleased with the Rebels' practice on Tuesday.
- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and the Commodores defense are preparing for the unique challenge of Johnny Manziel, should the Heisman Trophy winner play on Saturday.
- Gus Malzahn and Butch Jones are among the new head coach hires deserving of high grades so far this season.
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35