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Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite rival USC's recent struggles, Notre Dame senior Sam Mustipher expects a difficult regular-season finale at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

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Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman describes one of his two interceptions in Saturday's victory over Syracuse.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Les Miles to Kansas is official. He agrees to a five-year contract that will pay him $2.775 million annually, with additional retention bonuses due in November 2020 and November 2022. News conference scheduled for 5 p.m. CT today.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike MacIntyre's firing is official. He will not coach this week at Cal, and an interim coach will he named. Colorado owes him $10.3 million, which can be offset if he obtains a job in the NFL or as a college head coach. Colorado will hire a search firm. Athletic director Rick George: "There's no doubt that the 2016 season was magical, and it appeared we were headed back to taking our place among the nation's elite. However, analyzing the direction of the program over the last two years, I felt this is the necessary time to make a change."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm hearing Colorado athletic director Rick George wants a recognizable name with previous head-coaching experience. Possible candidates include Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, former Oregon coach and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, and West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who may be interested in making a move. Syracuse coach Dino Babers also could be an interesting option.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said this Clemson team is the best team he's faced in his 11 seasons in Durham. "They are a great football team, every position. They are the best team that we've faced since I've been at Duke from a physical standpoint." And that would include the 2013 Florida State national championship team that Duke played that year in the ACC championship game.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney said receiver Hunter Renfrow seemed to be OK after taking a hit to the head and leaving the game in the win over Duke but would be evaluated further.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State's 24-10 loss at Texas means the Cyclones are eliminated from Big 12 championship game contention. They took it on the chin on Saturday, going 5-for-15 on third downs and QB Brock Purdy was under pressure for much of the night.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

A big night in Austin: Texas' win over Iowa State coupled with West Virginia's loss means the Longhorns are in a win-in-they're-in the Big 12 championship game scenario in Week 13 when they face Kansas. It's a big step for the Longhorns in their second year under Tom Herman.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

UCF made a convincing case to move up from No. 11 in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, with its dominant performance against Cincinnati. But what is the ceiling on the Knights' ranking? They are playing better than Ohio State -- is the eye test, plus a win over a ranked opponent enough to get UCF higher than No. 10?

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the most obvious advantages UCF has in its game over Cincinnati is its team speed. Need proof? Turn on Adrian Killins Jr.'s 42-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Killins, known for his top-level speed, easily raced past everyone on the Cincinnati defense for the score. It's the type of play that has come to symbolize the "fast" in the team's UCFast motto.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

UCF defensive tackle Joey Connors is having a career day, with a sack, fumble recovery and field goal block, leading an inspired performance among the defensive line. Titus Davis has two sacks and three tackles for loss, and Randy Charlton just made a huge fourth-down stop.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

RB David Montgomery missed the first half vs. Texas due to suspension but Iowa State wasted no time getting him involved upon return. Montgomery touched the ball 7 times on the Cyclones' first drive of the second half.