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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Hugh Freeze loves the fact that his Ole Miss team will be in the national spotlight when they play Florida State next Monday. But Freeze said "top-to-bottom, the [Seminoles] are one of the better teams we've played in my tenure here." That's quite a compliment.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"Christian McCaffrey has been locked in since about 10 minutes after the Rose Bowl," David Shaw said.

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Good and bad Stanford injury updates: TE Dalton Schultz will play against Kansas State, but David Shaw said that RB Bryce Love, who has a lower body injury, is doubtful.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford named Bobby Okereke as a first-time starter at inside linebacker. "He's had the best camp of all our inside linebackers, and that's saying something," David Shaw said. The Cardinal plan to rotate 4-5 players through two inside linebacker spots.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh says Michigan knows it's starting quarterback, but won't share that with the public before Saturday.

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Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey knows they'll have to account for WR Juju Smith-Schuster, saying he gets 70 percent of the targets. Humphrey was very complimentary, calling him one of the best at adjusting on the ball.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Boulware is expecting to see multiple QBs when his Clemson defense takes on Auburn on Kickoff Weekend. "We'll be prepared for anything," Boulware said. "I don't really care who they play."

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly came dressed to impress for today's press conference. "It's finally game week. It's going to be a great game, great atmosphere, and it's time to start the season off on a good note."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher isn't sure whether a tough opener helps or hurts in the playoff era but he thinks about it a lot. He said scheduling is about money and exposure some, but it should primarily about "what [schedule] gets me to the playoff and national championship game."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

There isn't much clarity in the secondary in Florida State's depth chart for Ole Miss. The Seminoles have a lot of blue-chip defensive backs, but they're looking to find the right combination. The biggest battle is at cornerback between sophomores Marcus Lewis and Tarvarus McFadden.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Preseason All-American center Pat Elflein estimates he's at "85 or 90 percent" strength as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, but it won't keep the Ohio State captain off the field Saturday against Bowling Green. "I'm strong enough to go out there and do what I need to do," Elflein said.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Saban says quarterbacks Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett will have a chance to play against USC.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Saban on USC: Very, very good offensive team. Juju Smith-Schuster is as good of a wide receiver as we are going to play all year.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss safety Tony Conner, who said last week he's at 90 percent, is listed as the first-team Nickel on defense. "Him at 90 percent makes us a lot better," Hugh Freeze said. Conner could still be limited in certain situations when the Rebels play Florida State next Monday (8 pm ET, ESPN).

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

They're getting the windows ready here at Oklahoma's renovated Memorial Stadium


Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Smart says the quarterback situation should sort itself out over the next couple of days. Right now Jacob Eason and Greyson Lambert are taking the most reps. They've out-performed Brice Ramsey of late but Ramsey has done well. Smart adds that he isn't concerned with possibly starting Eason as a true freshman. "I have no reservations about a guy's age. If he's old enough to play, he's old enough to start."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

New Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente announced another classy gesture in continuing Frank Beamer's legacy at the school. Each week, a special teams player will wear Beamer's No. 25 as a tribute to the groundbreaking work he did with that unit during his Virginia Tech career. "When opposing coaches and fans hear the term Hokies, the first thing that pops into many of their minds is blocked punts and big plays in the kicking game," Fuente said. "Coach Beamer revolutionized the college game by putting such a priority on special teams. With his blessing, we'll honor a player every week and pay homage to the tradition of excellence at Virginia Tech."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia coach Kirby Smart says that Nick Chubb has been cleared to play (knee) against UNC. He added that Chubb won't necessarily be on a "pitch count" this weekend with his carries. Backup Sony Michel (fractured forearm) has been practicing, but "He hasn't been cleared to tackle live." Smart added that Michel's situation is being monitored "day-to-day."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlie Strong won't announce his decision for the Texas quarterback competition. "I know who we're gonna start," Strong said. "Sunday, we'll see who runs out there." He has said senior Tyrone Swoopes and freshman Shane Buechele will both play against the Irish.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer said he does not agree with the suspension of Ohio State WR Torrance Gibson. The Buckeyes coach said it was not a football program or athletic department decision.