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Never too late: Fournette, Mayfield and a season of comebacks

Leonard Fournette and Baker Mayfield have bounced back big time. The same goes for Washington and Auburn. What other players and teams are the biggest wild cards down the home stretch?

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The CFP trickle-down effect of Ohio State's loss

After Penn State let chaos in the door with its win over OSU, Louisville is back in the playoff mix, West Virginia is no joke and Washington State -- Wazzu! -- could have a major playoff impact.

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Bowl projections heading into Week 9

Our experts expect to see the same four teams in the College Football Playoff semifinals, though there is a difference of opinion on which ones will make the championship game.

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Wolverines dust off unique formation for TD (0:20)
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Lamar Jackson's latest Heisman worthy performance (0:53)
Queiro joins ranks of greatest college football INTs. (1:32)


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's Wayne Gallman said "I wanted someone to hurt him" after NC State's Dravious Wright delivered a hit that knocked Gallman unconscious. Gallman said he thought the hit was targeting, but he was told the ACC reviewed the play and said otherwise.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Can Ohio State bounce back quickly? Historically, Urban Meyer's teams have proven pretty resilient, losing consecutive games just four times during his 15-year career. The Buckeyes have done that just once since he arrived, losing to Michigan State and Clemson at the end of the 2013 season.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas coach David Beaty is not buying into talk about the demise of Oklahoma's defense. Defending Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes, who torched the Sooners on Saturday, Beaty said, "would have been a challenge for the Dallas Cowboys. "I really believe it," Beaty said.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Wayne Gallman says Dravious Wright's hit on him that resulted in a concussion was, in his mind, intentionally dirty. "He led with his helmet," Gallman said. The play did not result in a penalty. Gallman said he was knocked unconscious and does not remember anything until he got back to the training room.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson RB Wayne Gallman says he'll be ready to play vs Florida State. "I'm fine, I'm ready to go," he said. Gallman says he went through the concussion protocol last week and expects to be full-go in pads for Thursday's practice.

Chris Fowler @cbfowler

Now 9 CFB unbeatens. ALL have ROAD games next. Saturday's best: CLEM-FSU, UDUB-UTAH, NEB-WISCO, MICH-MSU, BAY-TEX, WVU-OKST. How many lose?

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back Royce Freeman said he was fine after the Ducks' loss to Cal, but he certainly didn't look fine. He rushed the ball 15 times for 10 yards. The junior hasn't really looked like himself since the Nebraska loss (with the exception of the Wazzu game when he rushed for three TDs and 138 yards on 19 carries).

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Davis did not practice with USC on Sunday and is "50-50 at best" to play Thursday against Cal, coach Clay Helton said. Davis suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Trojans' 21-17 win against Colorado on Oct. 8 and did not play the next week against Arizona. Without him Aca'Cedric Ware (103 yards), Dominic Davis (89) and Ronald Jones II (77) combined for 269 yards rushing.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin has been suspended indefinitely from team activities due to a student-conduct issue, coach Clay Helton announced Sunday. "I don't have a crystal ball about when he could return," Helton said. In six games this year, Ruffin has made two tackles.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, a defensive mind, asked if he saw Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes' numbers (734 yards, 88 attempts). "Yeah. I had a heart attack when I saw it."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Some more unbelievable stats from Oklahoma-Texas Tech last night: check out Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes' productivity on third down. Mahomes went 16-of-19 for 263 passing yards and 3 for 39 rushing to gain 17 first downs and score 3 TDs. His QBR on third down was a perfect 100.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

A reminder of just how much football is left: The AP top five at Week 9 last season was Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson, LSU, and TCU. They were a combined 36-0. Only one made the College Football Playoff, and the other four ended the regular season with a combined record of 9-9. Don't expect chalk over the final few weeks.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

The seven undefeated teams all play on the road this week, and five lost to their Saturday opponent in their last meeting. Second-ranked Michigan and No. 7 Nebraska are on three-game losing streaks to Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively. The undefeateds (and their fans) might want to make it through this weekend before thinking playoff.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado's DBs openly told the media that they knew what play Stanford was going to run on the game-ending INT. "Right before the play, Chido Awuzie told me the route," Tedric Thompson said. "Right before the play, Chido called my name and told me the route he was going to run."