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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington will reunite with former head coach Steve Sarkisian, now an Alabama assistant, in the CFP. Sarkisian recruited several of the Huskies' key players. His last UW recruiting class signed John Ross, Keishawn Bierria, Kevin King, Elijah Qualls, and others in 2013.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington has won 15 of 16 games since blowing a 17-0 lead at ASU last November. Many Husky players tell me that that loss provided the final fuel necessary to motivate Washington and push it into the realm of the elite -- and now the College Football Playoff.

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Filed to desk: LSU's Leonard Fournette will enter the 2017 NFL draft, but plans to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. Fournette is the nation's No. 1 overall prospect according to ESPN's Todd McShay and No. 2 according to Mel Kiper Jr.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Brohm's passer-friendly offense will have a good building block at Purdue in rising junior David Blough. He led the Big Ten this season with 3,352 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, though he also threw a whopping 21 interceptions. Brohm is an outstanding developer of quarterback talent, and Blough has all the tools to succeed under his tutelage.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I've heard Troy coach Neal Brown would have interest in the Western Kentucky job. Brown was Kentucky's offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2014. Idaho coach Paul Petrino should get a look, along with Western Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Tony Levine, the former coach at Houston.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

For those wondering: Westgate would've made Washington a 4.5-pt favorite over Penn State on a neutral field.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

There are currently 1,473 upper level seats to the Fiesta Bowl (Ohio State-Clemson) selling for below face value.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

FPI chances to win national title: Alabama 42%, Ohio State 26%, Clemson 19%, Washington 13%

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama has scored 14 non-offensive TDs this year; Washington one of only 11 teams to not allow a non-offensive TD. (ESPN Stats & Info)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama opened as a 14-point favorite over Washington, which would be the biggest spread in the 3-year history of the playoff, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

UNC coach Larry Fedora on Stanford: "Being on this side of the country, we don't get to stay up late enough to watch their games. My wife doesn't let me."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffery quietly rushed for 1,603 yards and led the country with 211 all-purpose yards per game, but he didn't have the same spotlight after Stanford struggled early and he battled injuries. He could jog viewers' memories in the bowl against North Carolina, which is 113th in rush yards per game.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford's current run of 8 straight bowl games started at the Sun Bowl in 2009 -- Andrew Luck's first season as QB. David Shaw was Stanford's offensive coordinator then, and his starting QB in that game -- Tavita Pritchard -- is not QB coach.