1hMark Schlabach

From The Mag: That time Herschel Walker trucked Bill Bates

Thirty-five years ago, Georgia running back Herschel Walker ran over Tennessee's Bill Bates, scoring his first touchdown and storming into college football lore.

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Olson: Texas seniors seek more stability and less drama

As Texas heads into the Red River Rivalry, with more calls for coaching change and criticism for Charlie Strong, Texas' seniors -- the ones who have seen all the upheaval -- just want an end to the drama.

Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl

Mock draft: Picking CFB's top 20 skill guys

If you could have any college skill guy, who would you take? We asked Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl to do a mock draft of QBs, RBs and WRs, and their picks were surprising.

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Take 2: What's caused the Rocky Top tumble?

This week's SEC Take 2 looks at Tennessee's surprisingly disappointing 2-3 start, who is to blame, and where the program will go from here.

Irish not out of the playoff picture yet (0:42)
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4hMel Kiper

Kiper: Paxton Lynch on latest Big Board

A handful of new names dot Mel Kiper's latest Big Board, but Paxton Lynch of Memphis is the biggest mover. A quarterback with good size, he could end up as a first-round pick someday.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It's going to be a beautiful night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where No. 17 USC is set to host Washington (9 p.m, ET, ESPN). Who to watch: JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree' Jackson. When targeting either of them, USC QB Cody Kessler has connected on 34-of-39 passes (87.5 percent) for 730 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception this year.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (left hamstring) practiced the last two days, but Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said it's still up in the air if Cook plays against Miami on Saturday. The fact Cook has practiced is probably a good sign he'll be able to play in some capacity for the No. 12 Seminoles. Senior linebacker Terrance Smith (ankle) is out, but safety Nate Andrews (knee bruise) could see a limited role.

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor RB Shock Linwood has been the Big 12's best runner this season. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Linwood is averaging 4.42 yards after contact per rush. His ability to run through tackles has helped him average 9.42 yards per carry. Even in a conference full of stars at QB and WR, Linwood will deserve Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year consideration if he continues to put up big numbers.

Arizona gets its starting QB back

Arizona QB Anu Solomon will start against Oregon State Saturday, a source told ESPN. He missed the Wildcats' last game but has thrown for 11 TD and 0 interceptions this season.

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Horned Frog leaps onto Kiper's Big Board

TCU WR Josh Doctson continues to exceed expectations everywhere he goes. Will he continue to do the same on Sundays? Kiper's Big Board (Insider)

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Ex-UCLA RB Jack: I'd like to get paid

Former UCLA RB Myles Jack on his decision to declare for the NFL draft after his season-ending knee injury: "When you see people making money off of your likeness and your name ... Nobody else wears No. 30 at UCLA. That jersey is mine. I would like to receive compensation for what I've done." (via Mike & Mike)


Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Warren has taken over as Iowa State's primary RB and has ignited the running game. The Cyclones rushed for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2013 with Warren leading the way. The redshirt freshman rushed for 126 yards against Toledo and 175 yards against Kansas. He could be important against Texas Tech on Saturday as Iowa State looks to limit the chances it gives the Red Raider offense.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

The University of Oregon is offering free tickets to this Saturday's Washington State game to Umpqua Community College students and staffers. Oregon has already added decals to their helmets to honor the victims and community of the UCC shooting but it's great to see Oregon continuing to reach out in different ways.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

In surrendering more than 40 points a game right now, it's not unthinkable that Kansas could challenge Louisiana-Lafayette’s 1997 defense for the ignominious FBS season record of 50.3 points allowed per game. Especially given the Jayhawks' remaining schedule includes the nation's top three scoring teams, including Baylor this weekend.

Maryland says Edsall will coach vs. OSU

With rumors swirling about Randy Edsall's job status, Maryland announced he will be on the sideline when the Terrapins take on the top-ranked Buckeyes. Edsall, who is 22-33 during his tenure with Maryland, is likely to be fired following Saturday's game as the Terps enter a bye week, according to a report by InsideMDSports.

Vols: No inappropriate conduct by Jones

Tennesee Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek addressed rumors that football coach Butch Jones fought and punched OL Mack Crowder during a fall practice, saying in a statement obtained by Joe Schad there was no inappropriate conduct: "There's been a lot of rumor and misinformation ... It's not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we've done our due diligence."

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

Rams RB Todd Gurley is overcoming the hurdles of being an NFL rookie, whereas he used to hurdle collegiate defenders. Take a look back with Throwback Thursday in the latest edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Week 6 college football best bets

Phil Steele is 28-21-1 against the spread this season and thinks LSU will be ready to show up with Steve Spurrier coming to town Saturday. More picks (Insider)

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35-year anniversary of epic Walker run

Screamed Larry Munson: "Herschel [Walker] ran right over two men! They had him dead away inside the 9! Herschel Walker went 16 yards! He drove right over orange shirts just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!” The full story


Jack: I deserved compensation at UCLA

Former Bruins LB Myles Jack on Mike & Mike: "When you see people making money off of your likeness and your name ... Nobody else wears No. 30 at UCLA. That jersey is mine. I would like to receive compensation for what I've done."


Move to Baton Rouge shuffles TV lineup

In light of the on-going recovery from flooding in South Carolina, the Gamecocks' game vs. No. 7 LSU, originally scheduled for noon ET will now be played in Baton Rouge and televised live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Five other games affected

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer on his radio show: "If you take care of the football and score in the red zone, life is a little better." The Ohio State coach continues to stress that he believes his offense is "close" to hitting high gear again.

Darkhorses could shake up the rankings

Which teams outside the top 10 could make some noise in the College Football Playoff? Cal has a chance to rise this weekend when the Pac-12's only remaining unbeatens square off in Utah. GameDay Kickoff

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TBT: Todd Gurley hurdles defender

Gurley is starting to make noise in the NFL but in college, he helped make his name with this hurdle over a Tennessee defender. Latest Georgia Heisman hopeful Nick Chubb and the Bulldogs take on Tennessee again Saturday.


Myles Jack: I felt like I did enough for UCLA

The Bruins RB, who decided to declare for the 2016 NFL draft after his season-ending knee injury, tells Mike & Mike: "It was definitely a tough [decision], because if it was up to me, I'd be out there playing right now."


Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Accuweather, it is expected to be 74 degrees and mostly sunny for kickoff at the Red River Showdown in Dallas.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert has nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss already. Only one FBS player since 2000 has had more through five games of a season: Louisville's Elvis Dumervil, who had 15 sacks and 16.5 TFLs in the first five games of 2005.

Herbstreit: TCU loss hurts Texas' legacy

Kirk Herbstreit wonders if Texas will show up for the Oklahoma game after Saturday's embarrassing loss to TCU. "Is there anyone in that locker room that has a shred of pride?"


Spurrier: We wanted to do the right thing

Steve Spurrier told SportsCenter that he believes the decision to move Saturday's game from South Carolina to Baton Rouge because of flooding is the right one.


Bevo to miss Red River Rivalry with illness

Texas says longhorn steer mascot Bevo XIV has a "life-threatening condition" and won't travel to Dallas for the team's rivalry game Saturday against No. 10 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl. Full story

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