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How Justin Crawford left Taco Bell to lead WVU in rushing

Justin Crawford left his night shift fast-food job only when West Virginia coaches made him. He's determined to support his wife and two kids, and now Crawford is the Mountaineers' top rusher.

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Former USC LB sues NCAA, Pac-12 for wages

A lawsuit against the NCAA and Pac-12 filed Monday alleges that ex-USC LB Lamar Dawson was "repeatedly paid a substandard wage insofar as he was denied full pay for all hours worked."

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Jackson, McCaffrey clear Heisman favorites

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey are by far the top two candidates for the Heisman Trophy after four weeks.

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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Key matchup to watch in the Wisconsin-Michigan showdown: the Badgers' secondary vs. the Wolverines' receivers. None of Wisconsin's starters in the secondary is over 5-foot-11, while Michigan can throw to Amara Darboh (6-2) and Jehu Chesson (6-3), not to mention 6-6 TE Jake Butt. Wisconsin's defense has been impossible to run against, so the passing game will be crucial for Michigan.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU is rolling out a new black helmet on Saturday for its game against Oklahoma and is asking fans to "Blackout The Carter." That oversized purple Frog outline is a pretty sharp look.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin is not on the hot seat, according to athletic director Sandy Barbour. She told the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror on Wednesday that, "He's not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December." Penn State is currently 2-2 with upcoming games against Minnesota and Maryland.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Wake Forest's Dave Clawson on the team's 4-0 start: "We've found different ways to win. I like that. We've come from behind twice, we played two games with the lead, there was a game we won by seven points and a game we had to score 33 points to win. We've had three games that have come down to the fourth quarter."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC linebacker Cam Smith said the Trojans plan to blitz more against Arizona State, but blitzing hasn't paid off for the team through four games. USC ranks No. 10 in the Pac-12 in yards per play allowed while sending pressure. The Trojans blitz 18.6 percent of the time, which is the sixth highest percentage in the Pac-12. Here is the full list of yards per play allowed which blitzing in the conference: 1. UCLA 2.42 (43 plays) 2. Colorado 3.8 (40) 3. Oregon 4.39 (82) 4. Utah 4.62 (61) 5. Washington 6.4 (5) 6. Cal 6.84 (19) 7. Arizona 7.12 (58) 8. Oregon State 7.5 (20) 9. Arizona State 8.37 (43) 10. USC 8.59 (22) 11. Washington State 9.33 (18) 12. Stanford 10.94 (18)

Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

Last practice of the week ends shortly, and then the truck will get loaded and head up I-5 to Husky Stadium for the game Friday night.

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

The Coke label printer people were quick on the draw. These bottles are on the desk where LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron and host Chris Blair will sit in when Orgeron's first call-in show starts in 20 minutes. Orgeron took over for fired coach Les Miles on Sunday.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Penn State coach James Franklin had to say when asked about the Big Ten's statement today saying officials should not have ejected PSU LB Brandon Smith for targeting Saturday:


Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame safety Drue Tranquill talks about coach Brian Kelly's heavier involvement on defense:


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Did Urban Meyer see Tim Tebow's home run? "I did," Meyer said with a big smile. "Don't bet against him."

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin said he did not "want to go down that road" when asked about the Big Ten's statement earlier today saying officials should not have ejected PSU LB Brandon Smith for targeting Saturday. He said officials told him one thing during the game -- which he reiterated during his post-game remarks -- and another thing later on. He did say he appreciated the statement, however.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State's mantra for this season is front and center in the team meeting room. Urban Meyer's latest motivational trick -- The Edge -- has certainly worked well for the young Buckeyes so far.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ray Rice, from the Big 12 forum: "I was so concerned with being THE man. Instead of being A man."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has been charged with a misdemeanor for failure to obey a traffic device for his part in the crash that included hitting a bicyclist last week. Schiano is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 5 and is facing a $55 fine and $97 in court fees after the collision early last Thursday during Ohio State's bye week. Schiano hasn't missed any work and will be coaching Saturday against his old team, Rutgers.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 forum "Campus Violence – Finding Solutions" is about to begin. Ray Rice one of the panelists.