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USC's playoff hopes will have to wait another year

The struggles continue for Clay Helton and USC. After losing to Utah to fall to 1-3, the Trojans are one of 11 teams axed from CFP consideration by The Eliminator.

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LSU's Godchaux suspended after arrest

LSU starting defensive end Davon Godchaux has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested following an incident with his girlfriend at his apartment.

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1hAdam Rittenberg

What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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Lamar Jackson's amazing start to season (1:30)
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SVP has harsh words for LSU AD (0:58)
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Marty Smith goes inside the program with Clemson (2:53)
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Saban dumbfounded over Les Miles' firing (0:50)
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Can Louisville sustain its success? (0:57)
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Finebaum: Les Miles firing provides 'new axiom in football' (1:19)
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LSU boosters fueled reactionary decision to fire Miles (0:49)
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Finebaum says LSU news conference felt like a 'coup' (2:18)
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How tough will it be for Miles' replacement at LSU to have success? (1:31)
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2dAdam Rittenberg

Ed Orgeron living in the moment at LSU

With Les Miles out, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron brings a lifetime love and knowledge of Louisiana to the job -- even if it may be temporary.

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McFarland not surprised by Miles' firing (2:27)
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SEC turned upside down on Saturday (1:13)
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Week 4 filled with big hits, big plays and big wins (1:55)

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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

There are still remnants of burnt toilet paper on one of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner more than two days after somebody lit it on fire following Auburn's 18-13 win over LSU.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Deshaun Watson running less this year? Through 4 games in 2015, Watson had 35 rushes, not counting sacks. Through 4 games this season, he has 33. Doesn't seem like much of a change, but here's why that's actually a huge difference… In 2015, Clemson's offense had run 289 plays through four games. This year, that number is 323. In addition, just six of Watson's rushes last season were a scramble (as opposed to a designed run), while nine have been this year. When accounting for those differences, Watson ran by design once every 10 offensive plays last year. This year, he's doing so every 14 plays, or approximately 40 percent less. And while Watson is running less often, he's also running less effectively. Last year, he averaged 5.94 yards per run through four games. This year, just 4.03 — a 32 percent drop. That can almost entirely be explained by the offensive line. Watson's yards-per-rush (not counting sacks) average before contact has been cut nearly in half, from 4.09 per carry to 2.24. Taken together, Watson's overall rushing production — fewer attempts, less yards-per-rush — is down about 43 percent from the first four games of last season.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Against FBS teams, no program is worse defending the pass statistically than Pitt, which ranks 128th in yards per game (441.7). Oklahoma State and North Carolina can really sling the ball around, but Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi blames details in the secondary, too. "When you face a good football team, the attention to detail and fundamentals have to be perfect," Narduzzi said. He added Pitt will simplify defensively.

ESPN Chalk @ESPN_Chalk

Per Westgate SuperBook's CFB Games of the Year, Ohio State is currently -8 vs. Michigan on Sat., Nov. 26.

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QB Steven Montez in 1st start threw for the most yds by any Colorado QB vs Oregon in their 20 meetings (333). Prev high Steve Vogel 282 '84

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Does the name Andrew Brown ring a bell? To help jog your memory, Brown was the fifth-ranked player in the 2014 class and No. 1 defensive tackle, and he's finally emerging into a star, surpassing his career totals in sacks and TFLs in just four games for Virginia. "He continues to be just completely disruptive and teams that don't have some kind of plan to chip or double him, we end up sacking the quarterback pretty early and pretty often," coach Bronco Mendenhall said.

ACC making its CFP case

This week's Clemson vs. Louisville matchup could have playoff implications for the ACC, and Heather Dinich explains why the winner will be in the driver's seat.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Understandably, UCLA coach Jim Mora was not happy with how the running game operated against Stanford. The Bruins ran for just 77 yards, but after watching the game back Mora said "the game plan was as sound as it could be." The problem, he said, was that there were some "enormous" holes that just weren't hit. It appears Bolu Olurunfunmi could be in line for more playing time after averaging 4.6 yards per carry (51 yards on 11 carries). Nate Starks (10 carries, 24 yards) and Soso Jamabo (7 carries, 17 yards) weren't nearly as effective. "You'll still see all three, but you'll see less of two and more of one," Mora said.

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dalvin Cook broke out against USF with a career-high 267 yards, but he didn't share the fan base's angst about his slow start. Cook said it was a matter of time before he broke loose, and that too many were caught up in the numbers.

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David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Ever wonder what open in-season practice periods looked like at LSU? Honestly, me too. The Tigers' new interim coach Ed Orgeron offered a glimpse, opening 30 minutes of his first practice since replacing Les Miles to reporters. The last time LSU held an open practice during the season? That's up for debate, but it has apparently been at least a decade.

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State cornerback Marquez White said North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky is the most accurate passer he'll likely face this season. He's completing 74.5 percent of his passes, which ranks second nationally.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State's defense is struggling right now as it ranks 108th in points per game. The group is struggling against uptempo offenses, and they will play another Saturday against North Carolina. Coach Jimbo Fisher said the key is making a stop on first down to stunt the offensive rhythm.

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