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Low: Bob Stoops and Sooners proving resilient

This might not be Bob Stoops' best Oklahoma team, but these Sooners are proving as resilient as their longtime head coach.

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FiveThirtyEight: Notre Dame is running out of time

The Irish's playoff odds took a noticeable hit, down to 21 percent. Both a strong one-loss Big 12 champ and an undefeated or one-loss Big Ten winner are better bets to make the playoff over Notre Dame.

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Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown (2:43)
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Moyer: Big Ten enjoying its impressive playoff rankings haul

Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan all featured in the top 10 of the latest rankings. The best news for the Big Ten is that the Hawkeyes and Spartans have a clear path to the playoff.


Oklahoma, Iowa make jump into CFP Top 4

Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway and Kirk Herbstreit react to the latest College Football Playoff Rankings. Plus, Selection Committee chair Jeff Long joins the show.

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The best of rivalry week

Rivalry week is here. Take a look back at the top moments from the best rivalries around the country.

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Outsiders: CFB's craziest 2015 upsets

The College Football Playoff committee weighs good wins and bad losses when they evaluate the resumes of candidates. This list -- which includes at least three CFP hopefuls -- is for the latter.

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Sherman: Why Iowa isn't boring

Safe to say TMZ won't be staking out the Iowa campus. But while the Hawkeyes might not be the most exciting team, there's nothing boring about 11-0.

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Huard QB ratings: Chaos reigns at the top

Deshaun Watson still leads the QB pack, according to Insider Brock Huard. But after Clemson's star passer, it's another week of turbulence and overhaul, mostly due to a rash of QB injuries.

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Bedlam has added rivalry for Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield is preparing for his first Bedlam. Even with a playoff berth on the line, the rivalry has some extra drama for the OU QB and his girlfriend, a former Oklahoma State soccer player.

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Heisman Watch: Henry firm at No. 1, Watson to No. 2

Alabama running back Derrick Henry remains a firm No. 1 in this week's Heisman Watch, but a shake-up behind him includes Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as a new No. 2 and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey at No. 3.

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Sources: NCAA unsure of 5-7 teams in bowls

With a looming possibility that there will not be enough eligible teams to fill the record 80 bowl slots, the NCAA is still unsure how it will place teams with 5-7 records, sources told ESPN.


#StillwaterStrong remains a rallying cry

A month after the homecoming crash that killed four people, Oklahoma State is still healing and the Cowboys' community still gets a needed dose of perspective from the tragedy. A daily endeavor

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Harbaugh smashes buckeye at Bo's grave

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is getting ready for this week's game against rival Ohio State by smashing a buckeye at the grave of former Wolverines head coach Bo Schembechler.


Bennett: A new Ten Year War?

A new coach at Michigan. Ohio State as the defending champions. But before you go declaring the Jim Harbaugh-Urban Meyer era the new Bo Schembechler-Woody Hayes rivalry, don't forget to consider Michigan State. Parallels

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Playoff apocalypse: A CFP nightmare

Ready for more ultimate head-spinning, scenario-scrambling, conference-crushing playoff possibilities? It all starts with North Carolina beating Clemson to win the ACC title. Doomsday scenarios

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Nebraska after announcement of no charges in rape case: "We are aware of this mornings announcement by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster County Attorney. There is no change in the status of any student-athletes. We will continue to follow University policies.

Notre Dame needs help to get into Playoff

Brad Edwards says there are specific rules for the CFP committee that will make it very hard for No. 6 Notre Dame to reach the top four.


Top WR prospect commits to Auburn

Kyle Davis, the No. 1-ranked WR in the country and 28th player overall, picked Auburn over in-state Georgia or Tennessee. Davis has 773 receiving yards and 6 TDs this season. He was previously committed to South Carolina, but backed off prior to the season. 2016 ESPN 300

Can Florida win its way into the Playoff?

Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit agree that even a win vs. Alabama in the SEC Championship Game wouldn't tip the scales for the Gators.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

No one will be charged or arrested, according to Lincoln police, after investigation into Nov. 15 report of a sexual assault at the home of three Nebraska football players, including QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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.

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Golic: 'Difficult' for ND to get into top 4

Mike Golic explains why Notre Dame would have to rely on Oklahoma if the Irish want to get back into the College Football Playoff.


South Carolina's Cooper to enter draft

Pharoh Cooper, the team's leading receiver, will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft, his dad told The State: "He wants to ride the wave at its high point." Cooper has 887 yards and 7 TDs this season; he has 2,077 yards in his career with the Gamecocks.

Ohio has FG blocked, gets 1st down instead

Ohio K Josiah Yazdani's FG attempt was blocked, but lineman Kent Berger picked up the loose ball and headed upfield to pick up the unconventional first down.


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.)

Ohio knocks off Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois failed to clinch a spot in the MAC title game as it fell to Ohio 26-21. That opens the door for No. 24 Toledo to win the MAC West title later this week with a victory.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

At No. 9 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, Stanford is still very much alive. The easiest path to the final four appears to involve both No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor losing on the road this weekend. But Cardinal coach David Shaw is more interested in his own team's remaining games, the next of which comes against Notre Dame. Instead of spending my time trying to guess whats going to happen, Id rather just play our games and see what happens," Shaw said today.

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.

Northern Illinois fails on onside dropkick

Northern Illinois needed an onside kick to keep its hopes alive against Ohio. However, Christian Hagan went a little different by going for a dropkick, but was recovered easily by Ohio.


Ohio holds on against Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois' Tommy Fiedler hit Kenny Golladay for a late TD, but failed to recover the onside kick, giving Ohio a 26-21 win. With the result, Toledo can clinch a spot in the MAC title game with a win over Western Michigan.


Domer TD caps off Bowling Green win

Matt Domer's 95-yard TD run with less than a minute left capped off Bowling Green's 48-10 win against Ball State.


Huskies score on pretty 27-yard TD

Northern Illinois cut Ohio's lead to 20-14 with this 27-yard strike to Kenny Golladay for the score. (Live on ESPNU)


Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

The committee preached patience with regard to the Big 12, saying the conference was saving its best games for last. Those words are coming true with tonights rankings of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor representing the clear amount of respect for both teams. The third-ranked Sooners seem set to land a playoff spot, particularly with No. 11 Oklahoma State as their final test. Baylor seems in perfect position to strike if any of the six teams above them falter and Fridays road trip to No. 19 TCU providing another chance to add to the resume.

Joe Schad @schadjoe

In a year in which it scheduled Texas, USC, Clemson and GTech, that Notre Dames best wins are vs. Navy and Temple is a problem.

Dieter does it again with TD catch

With this TD, Bowling Green's Gehrig Dieter caught his 4th TD in two weeks. (Streaming live on ESPN3)