Derrick Rose made a big impact as he returned to Portland for the first time since tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee almost two years to the day from when it occurred.
Here's where the CFP stands
Clemson and Alabama are 1 and 2, again. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Iowa have moved up to 3 and 4, respectively, as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.
Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler says he plans to ask Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee "nicely" at first to pay his impending fine after Butler was called for a technical foul in Tuesday's game.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Derrick Rose added 17 in his return to the lineup and the Chicago Bulls held off the Portland Trail Blazers 93-88 on Tuesday night.
Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
For what it's worth to Notre Dame: Last year's No. 6 at this time was eventual national champion Ohio State. (In other words, Irish, just win at Stanford 59-0 on Saturday and leave no doubt.)
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Why are No. 16 Northwestern and No. 9 Stanford so far apart in CFP rankings? Northwestern beat Stanford 16-6 in the season opener. Both teams are 9-2. Record of Northwestern's opponents: 52-47. Record of Stanford's opponents: 47-55. Northwestern has losses to No. 4 Iowa and No. 10 Michigan. Stanford has losses to No. 16 Northwestern and No. 17 Oregon.
Tre Demps and Bryant McIntosh scored 13 points apiece, and Northwestern survived after blowing most of a 20-point first-half lead for a 67-62 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night.
With just one week left in the regular season, there's still a lot that can change in the Big Ten bowl picture. Here are projections as things stand.
A North Carolina team that beats Clemson and wins out to take the ACC would have a strong case for the College Football Playoff.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
Derrick Rose getting ready for his return in Portland.
Can Notre Dame crack the top four?
Notre Dame's only loss came against No. 1 Clemson. But with No. 9 Stanford still left on the horizon, they could easily finish the season 10-2. A statement win over the Cardinal paired with a loss from one of the top teams, however, could change the conversation entirely.
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A win by Oklahoma State over No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday could potentially help the playoff hopes of Notre Dame, which fell to No. 6 in the rankings.
CFP rankings: 1-6
- 1. Clemson
- 2. Alabama
- 3. Oklahoma
- 4. Iowa
- 5. Michigan State
- 6. Notre Dame
Northwestern starting hot vs. Missouri
With the help of shots like this from Alex Olah, Northwestern is rolling against Missouri in the first half on ESPNU.
Who gets the last two spots?
Oklahoma and Iowa grabbed playoff spots this week, but Michigan State and Notre Dame are right on their heels. The Sooners have the strongest resume of the four teams. But are the Hawkeyes' two wins against FPI top 40 schools enough to hold off the Spartans?
CFP rankings: Who's in?
There's a shakeup at the top of the latest playoff rankings, as Iowa and Oklahoma join the playoff picture alongside Clemson and Alabama. But with another weekend of football ahead, will either No. 5 Michigan State or No. 6 Notre Dame muscle its way in?