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2hHeather Dinich

Dinich: How brand names figure into the College Football Playoff

If the early-season polls are any indication, brand names can give the college football bluebloods a benefit of doubt.

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43mSteve Palazzolo

Is Fournette really CFB's most elusive RB?

Leonard Fournette's incredible rushing numbers have been well documented, but is he the nation's most elusive running back? Using their own "elusive rating" Pro Football Focus ranked the backs.

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57mJeremy Crabtree

Crabtree: Ranking the top recruiters

As we approach midseason, some coaches have picked up major steam on the trail. USC's Tee Martin and Florida State's Tim Brewster top the recruiter rankings.

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Heisman Watch: Fournette a unanimous No. 1

LSU running back Leonard Fournette received all 10 first-place votes from ESPN's panel of Heisman experts for the first time, while TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin moved up to No. 2.

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2hSam Khan Jr.

Why Texas A&M is different this year

Why will the remainder of this season play out differently than 2014 for Texas A&M? Here are four reasons why Aggies fan should be optimistic.

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3hBrian Fremeau

Fremeau: Can anybody go unbeaten?

Only 20 unbeatens remain heading into Week 6 of the season. How many can actually stay that way? A surprising metric-based breakdown of the teams with the best -- and worst -- chances.

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Adam Rittenberg

Rittenberg: So is Michigan any good?

We asked opposing coaches to assess the Wolverines' progress in Year 1 of the Jim Harbaugh era. So is Michigan good? Short answer: Yes... but the QB situation is not so great.

How good is Michigan after two shutouts? (1:06)

Why the Big 12 is primed for the playoff

While Ohio State and Michigan State were escaping on Saturday, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma asserted themselves and showed the Big 12 is playoff ready.

Drive Through: Weekend Reaction (7:25)
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1dRyan McGee

McGee: Ranking the 20 undefeated teams in college football

While the AP voters still aren't giving teams like Florida, Oklahoma and Northwestern the love they truly deserve, Ryan McGee rights that wrong, sizing up the top unblemished squads after Week 5.

Drawing Conclusions: Week 5's playoff impact (1:57)
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22hRob Nelson

Nelson: Worst 'bad beats' of the weekend

ESPN Chalk's Rob Nelson recaps the worst bad beats of the weekend, including a tough break for bettors who had Clemson defeating Notre Dame by at least three points.


The Big Ten’s student manager Super Bowl

In a league known for trophy games, there are none as intense as the battle for the Rusty Toolbox. Winners get unique tattoos

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Fournette's path to SEC best season

Assuming LSU plays a 12-game schedule, Leonard Fournette would have to average 128.4 yards per game over the remaining eight games to top Herschel Walker’s SEC season record (1,891 rush yards). He’d need 220.5 yards/game to tie Barry Sanders’ FBS record (2,628 in 1988). Can he do it?

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No quick fix for Huskers

Mike Riley was supposed to calm things in Nebraska. Instead, after five bizarre games, things are wilder than ever for the Huskers. The coach said, "We’ve had a string of games like I’ve never seen." No relief coming

Heisman Watch: Fournette unanimous No. 1

It shouldn't be a surprise since the LSU running back became the first player in SEC history to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games. List is RB-heavy

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FSU DB back 2 years after stomach rupture

Jared Shanker writes: "Trey Marshall was pleading with doctors to sedate him. Minutes earlier he had been wildly swinging at trainers and biting his coach’s collar as he laid on a HS football field in Tallahassee. Now, he just wanted relief from the intense pain in his stomach. Doctors told Marshall’s mother the stomach 'literally burst like a balloon.'" Long road back

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Desmond Howard @DesmondHoward

Charlie Strong needs time to get kids there that love, not like, football and don't have a country club mentality. Former players agree.

25 years ago: The Fifth Down Game

The famous Colorado and Missouri game on this date 25 years ago ended with fans chasing officials into an equipment room and with one spectator suffering a heart attack. Five things to know

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New No. 1 in Brock Huard's QB Rankings

TCU's Trevone Boykin is the new No. 1 on a list that is 100 percent Buckeyes-free. Top 10 (Insider)

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Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU QB Trevone Boykin has been outstanding this season, particularly in close games. Boykin is 64 of 103 for 1,040 with 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions when the score is within 7 points. The Horned Frogs are 17-1 since Boykin took over as TCU's starter before the 2014 season.

High School RB Jukes Entire Defense

You can't tackle what you can't touch, as all the defensive players on this play found out, much to their dismay. Check it out


Make your Week 6 College Pick 'em picks

A battle between surprise undefeated teams Utah and Cal highlights this week's slate of games. Which of these Pac-12 teams will stay perfect after this weekend? Play for free

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SVP's Week 5 college football bad beats

How Arizona State and Boise State made things interesting in the wrong ways during their victories on Saturday.


Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn WR D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team. "When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences," Gus Malzahn said. Williams had 12 receptions, 147 yards and one TD through the first five games.

Saban lashes out at media

Alabama coach Nick Saban when asked about what advice his gives his players on the noise surrounding the program: "Well I say the same thing as when you all buried us last week and all that. That it really doesn't matter what you think. ... Cause if it was up to you, we're six-feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone. Gone!"


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Recruiters thought ESPN Junior 300 OL Jack Anderson was Texas Tech's to lose, but still getting him to commit Monday is a big deal for the program. Anderson is one of the best interior linemen to come out of Texas in years, and he's the type of prospect that will help the Red Raiders lure other top recruits in the 2016 and 2017 classes.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

What kind of season is Baylor WR Corey Coleman having? Off 24 receptions, he has 11 TDs, which leads the country by a full 3 TDs. The Bears have enjoyed some talented WRs under coach Art Briles. Coleman has a chance to rank at the very top.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

It appears the door is open for Missouri true freshman QB Drew Lock to make his case to be the long-term starter. Gary Pinkel said Monday that Maty Mauk's suspension is indefinite and wouldn't specify details. Lock was 21-of-28 passing for 136 yards and 2 TDs in his starting debut, a 24-10 win over South Carolina. Now he gets the tall task of taking on 5-0 Florida and that tough defense. Lock might be the future, but is the future now for Mizzou?

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Hugh Freeze is hoping to hear something on Laremy Tunsil's status this week. The Ole Miss OT has sat out the first six games while awaiting word from the NCAA. "He's handled it as well as anybody could, but he's antsy. He's just hopeful for a finality to it, as are we."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has been cleared to practice this week after breaking his collarbone against Ohio State and missing the last four games. The school said his status against NC State on Friday "could potentially be a game-time decision."

Vote: Capital One Impact Performance

Who will win this week's Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week? That’s up to you! Cast your vote for Florida’s Will Grier, TCU’s KaVontae Turpin, Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici. Vote

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