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Heisman Watch: Henry closes in, top 5 unchanged

Alabama running back Derrick Henry remains a firm No. 1 in this week's Heisman Watch after his 271-yard outing against Auburn, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey remaining at Nos. 2 and 3.

Dinich: What to expect from tonight's rankings (4:45)
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Sherman: How loyalty paid off for Iowa, Ferentz

Through all the good times and bad, the big wins and tough losses, Iowa and Kirk Ferentz have stuck together. Now they sit one win away from a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Richt a good fit for Miami? (2:39)

Clay Helton on new role, USC's expecations

USC coach Clay Helton dishes on player reaction to the Trojans' decision to name him permanent head coach, how the team has changed since playing Stanford in Week 3 and expectations for the squad.

Freshmen who made the biggest impact in Week 13 (5:38)
Drive Through: Weekend Reaction (8:01)
'Killer instinct' propels Michigan State (4:02)
Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)
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Mel & Todd: Heisman candidates in the NFL

Who deserves to be in primary consideration for the Heisman Trophy, and how will those candidates fare in the NFL? Mel Kiper and Todd McShay issue their ballots -- and next-level assessments.

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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.

1dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

In this year's Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, Paul Lukas provides some cool sports-themed gift ideas for the rabid fan in your life -- from books to bottle openers to drinking straws.

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Ching: What's next for LSU?

Les Miles will definitely be back in 2016, but the same can't necessarily be said for the team's top assistants.


Booger McFarland not apologizing to Iowa

Is SEC Network's Booger McFarland ready to apologize for calling out the Big Ten prior to the first College Football Playoff ranking? Only to Michigan State and Ohio State.


Dabo's turn to dab

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows how to dab, even if he doesn't quite know what it means.


Best landing spots for Mark Richt

Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell believe the recently-fired Georgia coach would be a great replacement for the Miami Hurricanes.


Mark Richt interviews with Miami

Richt, fired on Sunday by Georgia, interviewed today for Miami's vacant head-coaching job. Miami is Richt's alma mater. Current Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, former Rutgers and Bucs coach Greg Schiano, and former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis have all interviewed as well. Miami is looking to replace Al Golden, who was fired in October. (via ESPN sources and multiple reports)

Heisman Watch: Henry still tops

The top Heisman contenders, including Alabama's Derrick Henry, all had strong games this past weekend. As such, there was no change in the top 5. Rankings

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Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of the CFP committee members will remain at their meeting HQ in Grapevine, Texas following tonight's ranking because they will meet again Friday afternoon and watch the MAC title game together. They will meet again Saturday a.m., break to watch the games, and meet again Sat night after the last game ends. They will meet again Sunday morning -- Selection Day.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama QB Jake Coker isn't overlooking Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, calls the Gators the best defense they've faced all year.

Finebaum: 'Iowa has no chance'

Danny Kanell is picking the Hawkeyes to win the Big Ten over Michigan State, but Paul Finebaum thinks otherwise: "[The Hawkeyes] have a nice team, but they're running up against the big boys Saturday."


Kirk Ferentz: This is 'a special group'

The Iowa coach sat down with Jeannine Edwards to discuss his team's undefeated season and if it bothers him Iowa isn't being embraced as an underdog. Said Ferentz: "We're 12-0. So it's hard to put a damper on that one."

Dabo Swinney named ACC coach of the year

Swinney led Clemson to a perfect 12-0 regular season, and the Tigers will face North Carolina in Saturday's ACC title game. "It's really special," Swinney said of the perfect regular season. "I think everybody should take time to embrace that from a Clemson standpoint."

How does UNC make the Playoff?

Trevor Matich says if 1-loss North Carolina beats 12-0 Clemson in the ACC title game, UNC should replace the Tigers in the CFP. Heather Dinich disagrees: "It's certainly not that simple."


Will Ohio State sneak into the CFP?

The College Football Playoff selection committee has every statistic imaginable at its fingertips, writes ESPN's Heather Dinich. There's also one more very important detail at the top of the page, where it reads "Conference champion" -- followed by a yes or no. And it's a "no" for Ohio State. So how do they get in?

Michigan State has PSA for recruits

Tweeted the Spartans' football staff: "We apologize to talented recruits all over the nation. Our coaching staff will not be able to visit this week. We are preparing for the Big Ten championship game. Thanks for you patience and understanding. Indy here we come! Go Green!"

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Down to 13 FBS openings: Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Mizzou, North Texas, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Toledo, Tulane, ULM, UVA

Florida seniors to decide Robinson's fate

Gators leading receiver Demarcus Robinson missed Saturday's game after breaking a team rule, and coach Jim McElwain said his seniors will decide if Robinson can return for this week's SEC title game: "He made a choice. Our family needs to make this decision and those guys are the leaders of our family."

Sign up for Capital One Bowl Mania now

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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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SVP's bad beats of the week

Scott Van Pelt and Stanford Steve look back at bad beats from Week 13 in college football, including Alabama's late cover over Auburn.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa and Michigan State have met four times before this week with both teams ranked in the AP poll. The Hawkeyes are 4-0, most recently winning 37-6 in 2010 over No. 5 MSU, the Spartans' worst loss ever as a top-5 team.

How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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W. Michigan-MTSU to meet in Bahamas Bowl

The first of the 41 bowl matchups this postseason is set, as a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that Western Michigan (7-5) will face Middle Tennessee State (7-5) in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 24. Middle Tennessee accepted its bowl bid Saturday, and Western Michigan will get the official invite later this week.