22mRyan McGee

McGee: Why Ohio State, Notre Dame should go ahead and accept their playoff fates

After a dust-settling Week 13, Ryan McGee writes that Ohio State, Notre Dame and others have no argument to be in the CFP. (As for Stanford, a lot -- a lot! -- of things have to fall its way.)

38mMark Schlabach

The Eliminator wins big during Rivalry Week

Baylor, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are eliminated from CFP consideration with only one week to go before the actual selections are announced.

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11hMark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy

Bowl projections: Looking ahead after Week 13

After each week of the season, Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy detail the bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff.

CFB playoff: Who's in? (1:59)
College Football Top Plays: Week 13 (1:54)
Where are the minority coaches in college football? (1:08)
Saturday scores make committee's life easy (1:24)
Frank Beamer celebrates Virginia Tech victory with team (0:56)


Clay Helton, USC sign multi-year deal

USC AD Pat Haden announced a multi-year agreement with Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.

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Ted Miller @TedMillerRK

Clay Helton officially announced as USCs next head coach, dropping interim from title in advance of Pac-12 championship game vs. Stanford

Mark Richt: 'I'm really at peace'

Richt joined Georgia AD Greg McGarity at a press conference to discuss the coach's firing: "Expectations have been built to the point if you don't win a championship, things are miserable around here," said Richt, who demonstrated class and grace in the face of bad news.

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Oklahoma now alone at No. 3

The Sooners own sole possession of third place in ESPN's rankings after sharing with Michigan State last week. That's a product of their 58-23 thumping of Oklahoma State, which ended their regular season. Power Rankings

Watch: Mark Richt press conference

Richt addresses the media after he was fired as Georgia's football coach Sunday. The Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech Saturday to finish the regular season at 9-3. Live on SEC Network, WatchESPN

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Rice RB gives powerful postgame speech

Rice senior RB Luke Turner, who received just one Division I offer after he broke his leg in high school, gave a powerful reminder of how strong the coach-player relationship can be when speaking to reporters Saturday. Watch his emotional speech

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech will introduce Justin Fuente as head coach Monday, a hire that many have applauded because he will bring a more dynamic approach to offense -- something that is desperately needed in Blacksburg. But just as important is his decision to ask Bud Foster to stay on as defensive coordinator. Foster worked side by side with Frank Beamer to build Virginia Tech into a power. He can help Fuente get Virginia Tech back, while also bridging the link between the past and the future.

ICYMI: Les Miles hits the dab after LSU win

LSU topped Texas A&M and Les Miles will return as head coach. That calls for some dabbing.


Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Black Sunday so far in Big Ten: Rutgers dumped head coach Kyle Flood and AD Julie Hermann. Purdue let go both its offensive and defensive coordinators. Penn State and Minnesota also fired their offensive play callers.

Todd Gurley on Mark Richt firing

The former Georgia RB said: "That hurt. That definitely hurts. I heard that before the game. I'm kind of pissed off. He's just a great dude, great coach. Man, and I just hate to see that happen."

Mitch Sherman @mitchsherman

If Michigan State makes the top four after this week, its chance, according to current FPI, would be 12 percent.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how he would explain the South Carolina loss to the selection committee, No. 14 North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said he would point to the schedule, the three turnovers and the Tar Heels' 11-game winning streak since the loss. "It was the first game of the season," he said.

Mitch Sherman @mitchsherman

ESPN's FPI gives Oklahoma a 48-percent chance to win the title, followed by Alabama (28), Clemson (24) and Iowa (7).

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Jim McElwain was asked about Alabama RB Derrick Henry. "All I can say is, Wow. Just wow," he said. He praised Henry's size and speed, ability to fall forward and pick up extra yards. McElwain's Gators will have a tall task against No. 2 Alabama and its Heisman Trophy-caliber RB on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.

College football playoff -- Who's in?

Heather Dinich says the committee should book their plane tickets home early, because nothing's going to change in the top four this week.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on C.J. Beathard's emergence after the transfer of Jake Rudock: "They say if you have two quarterbacks, you dont have any. Thats the old axiom. In this case, we did have two." Beathard's leadership since the promotion has "just taken off," Ferentz said.

Virginia Tech hires Fuente as coach

Virginia Tech has hired Justin Fuente to succeed Frank Beamer as coach. Fuente, 39, has a 26-23 record in four seasons at Memphis. The Tigers are 9-3 this year after going 10-3 last season and ending a six-year bowl drought. Story

Rutgers fires AD, football coach

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann and football coach Kyle Flood have been fired, sources tell ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Flood, whose Knights finished the season 4-8, told NJ.com Saturday night: "I fully expect to be the head coach here for a long time." Story

May: Why not Mack Brown for Georgia?

Mark May says Georgia should look to the Longhorn state -- and Network -- for its next coach: "Mack Brown. ... There's a lot of coaching left in him, and I think he can carry them over the barrier."