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Remembering the memes and madness of Michigan State's miracle win over Michigan

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said he had no further updates on the status of injured defensive linemen Nigel Williams (ankle) and Ken Ekanem (upper extremity). Both missed last week's game. On this week's injury report, Williams is listed as questionable and Ekanem is probable for Thursday night against Pitt.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina has had to deal with its fair share of injuries on the offensive line, including last week against Virginia. Coach Larry Fedora said this about their performance last week, "We got the job done. I thought the kids overcame the adversity that was created by that situation. What you're lacking is constituency and continuity and those things always make it hard on you. Hopefully we'll be healthier as we go the rest of the season."

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama coach Nick Saban on Leonard Fournette's 284-yard performance vs. Ole Miss: "I haven't really seen a guy dominate a game like he did a long, long time...He looks as good as ever and maybe better."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is hopeful his whole contingent of offensive linemen will be healthy and available against Duke on Saturday for the first time this season. With improving health and freshmen starters Jahaziel Lee and Parker Braun gaining more experience, Johnson is hopeful his team can improve in the run game moving forward.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said quarterback Kendall Hinton's status for Army remains up in the air as he comes back from a knee injury. Hinton has been able to practice but Clawson said, "There are times he looks good, and there are times he doesn't look like he's quite ready." Clawson anticipates starting John Wolford and then making a determination whether Hinton can play.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was asked about the possibility that Virginia will try to play keep away on offense Saturday. "(Bronco Mendenhall) mentioned it a couple times now, so there's a possibility I would say," Petrino said.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said defensive end Austin Bryant (foot) is close to being at full strength headed into the Florida State game Saturday. "Best he's been since camp, so it sure is good to have him back," Swinney said. He added running back Wayne Gallman took every rep in practice Tuesday and is "ready to go."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall gave a nod to Duke's approach against Louisville, when the Blue Devils decided to milk the play clock as much as possible to keep the ball away from Lamar Jackson. It nearly worked. "That gives us the best chance, a similar approach," Mendenhall said.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia has provided a tough challenge to Louisville in the two years they've played in the ACC, winning in 2014 and losing by a touchdown in 2015. Though coach Bronco Mendenhall wasn't a part of those games, he's heard his players discuss the success they've had against the Cards going into their game Saturday. "I was not a part of it, but to the players it's real," Mendenhall said. "I will do everything I can to build the momentum off that."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami gave up eight sacks last week in a loss to Virginia Tech, while Notre Dame has struggled to get after the passer (six sacks in seven games). Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he is not reading too much into the Hurricanes' performance last week as an indicator his team might get more sacks Saturday. "Virginia Tech can be an avalanche," Kelly said. "Bud Foster does a great job of doing that against everybody. He's been doing that for 30 years."

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron worked under Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin at both USC and Tennessee and makes no secret of his respect and affection for his former boss. But he said Tuesday that their typical contact is cut off until after their teams meet on Nov. 5. "I talk to him two or three times a week. But we're going to take a hiatus these next two weeks," Orgeron laughed. "Now I know he's going to want to talk to me, but I ain't answering back man. I know how he is."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

There is a bit symmetry between this and Stanford's 2012 QB change, but also many differences. Four years ago, the Cardinal replaced the struggling Josh Nunes with Kevin Hogan. But back then, Stanford's run game was still performing decently well. This time, they've been held to under 3 YPC in three of four games.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said he hopes DL Jonathan Allen would get consideration for the Heisman Trophy, but he noted that "sometimes linemen get left out or overlooked." Allen has played well this season with six sacks and two fumble recoveries he took back for touchdowns.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban reports that safety Eddie Jackson's surgery went well and "he should have no future problems." Jackson was lost for the season with a fractured leg he sustained against Texas A&M.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban addresses the media during the bye week: "You can't fall in love with what you've done. You've got to focus on the future."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimbo Fisher said he doesn't know who is playing Deshaun Watson on Florida State's scout team. "Ain't nobody gonna simulate him anyway. If they did he'd be on my field."

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone discussed his relationship with Nebraska's Sam Foltz tonight. Gaglianone is out for the season but plans to honor Foltz before Saturday's Nebraska game. Foltz died this summer in a car accident after attending a kicking camp in Wisconsin.