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Dana Holgorsen in the CFP hunt? This should be fun

The College Football Playoff race just got a little livelier with West Virginia undefeated and its wild-haired, Red Bull-chugging offensive mastermind leading the way.

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2hJeremy Crabtree

Rival recruiters ready to pounce on Texas

Questions about Charlie Strong's job have cratered Texas' recruiting. Changing coaches might help, but the Horns have yet to pick up recruiting steam.

Can Huskies continue winning ways in Salt Lake City? (0:38)
More deserving of playoff spot: Louisville or Washington? (1:01)
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Perfect Tide: Is Alabama unbeatable?

How good can Alabama be? Could it be the best yet under Nick Saban? And does freshman QB Jalen Hurts belong in the Heisman Trophy discussion? Let's see what analytics and the eye test say.

Greeny thinks college coaches are underpaid (1:14)
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Which coach has the hottest seat?

Charlie Strong continues to have the hottest seat in college football, but Mark Helfrich might not be far behind in Oregon. We update the top 10 jobs in jeopardy after Week 8.

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'What happens if my team wins? Or loses?'

Using FPI, we can approximate the long-range impact of a team winning or losing its next game. And there are some big swings in play this week.

Chesney's allegiance to Tennessee has never wavered (1:33)
Fisher updates injuries, offers keys heading into Clemson showdown (4:39)
Who wins Big Ten West showdown: Badgers or Huskers? (0:37)
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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.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah and BYU announced they have extended their football series two additional years through the 2022 season. The game will be in Provo in 2021 and Salt Lake City the next year.

Mike Couzens ESPN College Football 

Ever wondered if penalties correlate to success? Not necessarily. ECU and UConn are tied for 4th fewest (28 flags) in FBS and have a combined one conference win. Ohio State, Utah, and UNC are all in the Top 25 and rank 103rd or worse in total penalties.

Mike Couzens ESPN College Football 

Intriguing offensive disparity in Saturday's ECU-UConn game (12ET, ESPNews): UConn's Noel Thomas and ECU's Zay Jones, respectively, have the two largest gaps between them and their next closest teammate when it comes to catches. Thomas is 60 ahead of his next teammate, and Jones' FBS-leading 95, is 59 ahead of his next closest teammate.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Seemingly good news for Nebraska on wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, who has missed the last two games with a back injury. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said after today's practice, "I think that he's looking good running around, and I think they're going to make sure and check him out fully before they clear him for 100 percent contact, but he looks good moving around." Nebraska visits Wisconsin on Saturday.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley said his team is trying to "create its own juice" at practice this week. The Nittany Lions aren't pumping crowd noise in this time -- and it's probably no coincidence that's because they're headed to Purdue, whose crowd will be about one-third the size of Saturday's White Out. PSU's started out slow on the road so far this season, so it's trying to change things up.

John Vassallo ESPN 

Coach Warren Keller addressing his California School for the Deaf high school team at practice: Thursday night 8ET on espn2


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

With Wednesday's practice in the books, Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett and position coach Tim Beck talk some shop. Is this the week the Buckeyes break out again with their passing attack?

John Vassallo ESPN 

California School for the Deaf begins practice for their high school football game on espn2 on Thursday. 8ET


Dr. Jerry Punch ESPN Commentator 

Prepping for USC/Cal at 10:30pm Thursday. Meeting w USC offensive Coordinator Tee Martin. Trojan HC Clay Helton describes him as "one of the most complete coaches I've ever been around; quality person, great coach and outstanding recruiter." Helton's Trojans on roll!

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer has heard some talk about still being in the College Football Playoff, but with signs all over the practice facility that simply say "Beat Northwestern," he's trying to keep Ohio State focused on one game. "Everything is still out there," Meyer said. "But you have to beat Northwestern."

Anthony Holeman ESPN Producer 

USC Head Coach Clay Helton breaking down the Trojans for our ESPN crew. Cal @ USC Thursday 10:30 ET on ESPN.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Talked to Ole Miss RB Eugene Brazley about the Rebels' locker room after back-to-back SEC losses. He said the team is disappointed but the spirits are high going into the Auburn game. Assures there is no quit in the Rebels' locker room. "We're gonna fight, that's what we do. We're a family, we're not going to quit on each other. We're always looking for another opportunity ... we're not gonna back down."

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU senior DB Dwayne Thomas is not short on confidence entering the Nov. 5 game against top-ranked Alabama. He said LSU's senior class won't be the first to go winless against Alabama -- the Crimson Tide has won five in a row against LSU -- and predicted that "we are going to dominate this offense."