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Dinich: How Ohio State might test the value of not having a conference title

Could a team without a conference title -- say, Ohio State -- sneak into the College Football Playoff committee's top four? It's possible, albeit murky.


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.

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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.

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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1dMark 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.

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.

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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.


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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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!"

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

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

The bowl matchups will be set this weekend, but you can start preparing for the season by signing up for the game now, then coming back to make your picks for all the bowl games and the College Football Playoff championship. Pick all 41 games correctly and you could win $1 million. Play for free

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.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State's Carl Nassib was named Big Ten defensive player of the year. Nassib leads nation with 15.5 sacks despite missing almost all of the last two games with a shoulder injury. Incredible season for the senior, who is a former walk-on.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

With the official NCAA determination on 5-7 bowl teams and Missouri's decision to decline a bid, Nebraska and Minnesota are in line to receive invites. Illinois needs Georgia State and South Alabama to lose this week.

USC players ecstatic over Helton's hiring

When Clay Helton was announced as USC's permanent head coach during a team meeting, the players reacted exactly how you would want them to.


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USC wanted to interview Bengals OC Hue Jackson for head coach job, but timing did not and could not work out during NFL season, per sources.

Missouri won't accept bowl bid

Despite finishing 5-7, the Tigers had a chance to participate in a bowl game, but Missouri AD Mack Rhoades released a statement saying "our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process." Gary Pinkel, the all-time winningest coach in school history, announced earlier this season he would resign at the end of this campaign.

Eight teams still have a chance ...

Entering the last week of games before the CFP committee makes its final decisions, six teams are still in contention and two more are on the fence. Eliminator: Who's in?


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook were the only unanimous selections to the ACSMA All-ACC first team. Now the big question -- who will win ACC Player of the Year honors when the award is announced Wednesday? The two Heisman candidates figure to be the front-runners.

Did USC get it right with Clay Helton hire?

"Today, the decision feels questionable. Hiring Helton isn't going to be judged a sure-thing by anyone. ... Yet that immediate, emotional reaction can have a short shelf life when a coach starts leading his team," writes Ted Miller. Hire lacks pizzazz

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Drawing Conclusions: Week 13's impact

Matt Schick recaps Week 13's biggest storylines, including rivalry-week winners Alabama and Clemson, Oklahoma's Bedlam victory and Iowa's undefeated season.