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Eliminator: More surprises from an unpredictable season

As Texas Tech, Arizona and Mississippi State make their exit from playoff contention, the Eliminator has its eyes on other teams that aren't where we expected.

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Brian Fremeau

Fremeau: Can anybody go unbeaten?

Only 20 unbeatens remain heading into Week 6 of the season. How many can actually stay that way? A surprising metric-based breakdown of the teams with the best -- and worst -- chances.

How good is Michigan after two shutouts? (1:06)

Why the Big 12 is primed for the playoff

While Ohio State and Michigan State were escaping on Saturday, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma asserted themselves and showed the Big 12 is playoff ready.

Drive Through: Weekend Reaction (7:25)
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21hRyan McGee

McGee: Ranking the 20 undefeated teams in college football

While the AP voters still aren't giving teams like Florida, Oklahoma and Northwestern the love they truly deserve, Ryan McGee rights that wrong, sizing up the top unblemished squads after Week 5.

Drawing Conclusions: Week 5's playoff impact (1:57)
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Nelson: Worst 'bad beats' of the weekend

ESPN Chalk's Rob Nelson recaps the worst bad beats of the weekend, including a tough break for bettors who had Clemson defeating Notre Dame by at least three points.

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Kanell: Georgia would regret firing Mark Richt

ESPN Radio's Danny Kanell discusses why Ohio State should stay No. 1 after several close calls, why Urban Meyer needs to switch to J.T. Barrett, why Mark Richt should keep his job and why Texas fans need to tread lightly.

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Dinich: Why the chaos is cool

Highly ranked teams piled up losses in Week 5, but that's OK in Year 2 of the College Football Playoff.

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Utes take over top spot in ESPN Power Rankings

Turns out, the best way to navigate chaos like the kind we had in Week 5 is to not play at all. Utah, which had a bye this week after destroying Oregon in Week 4, is the new No. 1 in the Power Rankings.

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Bowl projections: Shaking up the semifinal lineups

After each week of the season, Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy detail the bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff. They have several lineup changes this week after some Week 5 upsets.

College Football Top Plays: Week 5 (1:49)


Make your Week 6 College Pick 'em picks

A battle between surprise undefeated teams Utah and Cal highlights this week's slate of games. Which of these Pac-12 teams will stay perfect after this weekend? Play for free

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SVP's Week 5 college football bad beats

How Arizona State and Boise State made things interesting in the wrong ways during their victories on Saturday.


Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn WR D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team. "When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences," Gus Malzahn said. Williams had 12 receptions, 147 yards and one TD through the first five games.

Saban lashes out at media

Alabama coach Nick Saban when asked about what advice his gives his players on the noise surrounding the program: "Well I say the same thing as when you all buried us last week and all that. That it really doesn't matter what you think. ... Cause if it was up to you, we're six-feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone. Gone!"


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Recruiters thought ESPN Junior 300 OL Jack Anderson was Texas Tech's to lose, but still getting him to commit Monday is a big deal for the program. Anderson is one of the best interior linemen to come out of Texas in years, and he's the type of prospect that will help the Red Raiders lure other top recruits in the 2016 and 2017 classes.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

What kind of season is Baylor WR Corey Coleman having? Off 24 receptions, he has 11 TDs, which leads the country by a full 3 TDs. The Bears have enjoyed some talented WRs under coach Art Briles. Coleman has a chance to rank at the very top.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

It appears the door is open for Missouri true freshman QB Drew Lock to make his case to be the long-term starter. Gary Pinkel said Monday that Maty Mauk's suspension is indefinite and wouldn't specify details. Lock was 21-of-28 passing for 136 yards and 2 TDs in his starting debut, a 24-10 win over South Carolina. Now he gets the tall task of taking on 5-0 Florida and that tough defense. Lock might be the future, but is the future now for Mizzou?

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Hugh Freeze is hoping to hear something on Laremy Tunsil's status this week. The Ole Miss OT has sat out the first six games while awaiting word from the NCAA. "He's handled it as well as anybody could, but he's antsy. He's just hopeful for a finality to it, as are we."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has been cleared to practice this week after breaking his collarbone against Ohio State and missing the last four games. The school said his status against NC State on Friday "could potentially be a game-time decision."

Vote: Capital One Impact Performance

Who will win this week's Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week? That’s up to you! Cast your vote for Florida’s Will Grier, TCU’s KaVontae Turpin, Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici. Vote

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

As if Kansas didn't already have its work cut out facing Baylor as a 41-point underdog this weekend, the Jayhawks announced Monday that QB Montell Cozart is out indefinitely with a shoulder sprain and that his backup, Deondre Ford, will miss the rest of the season with a thumb injury. At least now the Jayhawks will get a good look at whether true freshman Ryan Willis can be the future at QB.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price had a simple message for anybody worried that the defending champions are losing their way: "I think everybody just needs to relax," he said. "We will handle our business."

Saban lashes out to the media

"If it was up to you, we're six-feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone! Gone!" said Alabama coach Nick Saban in an emotional outburst about the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia. 'Y'all buried us'

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Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin starting tight end Austin Traylor is not listed on the depth chart for this week's game against Nebraska (arm/shoulder injury). Head coach Paul Chryst says he is having "a procedure done today." Traylor has 10 catches for 156 yards and is tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said he's proud of the "statement" Alabama made beating Georgia. But he warned "you can look at teams all over the country that have big wins" and then have a letdown. No. 8 Tide get Arkansas on Sat., followed by Texas A&M.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Another blow to Ohio State's already thin depth at wide receiver: Urban Meyer announced that Corey Smith is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

Key Texas boosters support Strong

Despite a 1-4 start and a 7-11 record since starting with the Longhorns, head coach Charlie Strong has support from school officials and key boosters, sources told ESPN's Joe Schad. One source saying, "Charlie has a lot of breathing room."

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State began the season No. 10 in the AP Poll, and this week the Seminoles sit at No. 12 despite being undefeated. Through the five rankings since the preseason, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, LSU, UCLA, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida and one-loss Alabama have jumped FSU. Voters have been much less rigid this year as they too adapt to the playoff system, so it's not much of a surprise FSU, which has not looked like a top-10 team, has been repeatedly jumped.