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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Saturday's matchup between Oklahoma State and Texas figures to be a massive swing game for both teams. Oklahoma State has never started out 2-3 under Mike Gundy. Texas is currently an FPI in three of its next four games, not including its trip to Stillwater.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Increasingly, you hear references to the "Nick Saban effect" and the way his four national championships in the past seven years has ratcheted up pressure on coaches like never before. Well, with Les Miles' firing at LSU, that means there have been a staggering 24 head coaching changes in the SEC since Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007. And seven of the coaches leaving or being fired had won either a national title or SEC title during their career.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Since joining the Big 12, West Virginia has defeated every member of the Big 12, with the exception of Oklahoma and Kansas State. The Wildcats are 4-0 against the Mountaineers in Big 12 play.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

In four meetings as Big 12 opponents, the average margin of victory between Oklahoma and TCU is 3.8 points. No team has won by more than a touchdown, either.

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The Kentucky-Alabama series is one of the most lopsided in SEC history. The Crimson Tide hold a 36-2-1 all-time record in the series. The Wildcats head to Tuscaloosa this weekend, a place where they've never won. Although the programs don't share much resemblance, they do have one thing in common: Bear Bryant is the winningest coach at each school.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC RT Zach Banner was disappointed to see former players trashing the program. He got into a lengthy back-and-forth with LenDale White over the weekend and was asked about it on Tuesday. "Don't abandon ship," he said in a message directed at former players.

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Tennessee heads to Georgia this week for another battle for positioning atop the SEC East. Each of the last five meetings between these schools have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Volunteers have not won in Athens since 2006.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC defensive lineman Noah Jefferson is not expected to rejoin the team until November. He has been nursing a shoulder injury, but the primary reason for his delayed return is so he can focus on academics.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska is 4-0 on the season, gaining momentum on the field and the recruiting trail. The Huskers are hosting Illinois on Saturday as well as a few top recruits in the 2017 class. ESPN 300 defensive back Jaylon Johnson confirmed he is visiting Nebraska as well as ESPN 300 Iowa commit Chevin Calloway, and linebacker Rahyme Johnson among others.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin running back Corey Clement says he's "feeling good" for Michigan week, discusses the Wolverines defense and being a huge underdog despite being a top-10 team.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

The power of sport: Andy Hoffman, father of Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer who scored a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game in 2013, started the Team Jack Foundation. He explains the impact of that moment as the foundation has raised $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research and is one of four finalists for NASCAR's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that will be announced tonight. Jack just turned 11 this week.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Remember Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer who scored a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game in 2013? His health battle continues as he just turned 11. A foundation his father started, the Team Jack Foundation, has raised $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research and is one of four finalists for NASCAR's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that will be announced tonight.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan is hosting a ton of top recruits this weekend for its top 10 matchup with Wisconsin. The biggest name making the trip to Ann Arbor is five-star Alabama offensive line commit Alex Leatherwood. The No. 9 ranked prospect will be joined by seven other recruits ranked in the top 150 of the ESPN 300, including linebacker Baron Browning, offensive linemen Cesar Ruiz, Jedrick Wills and Chuck Filiaga, athlete Markquese Bell, defensive back Chris Henderson and linebacker Jordan Anthony.

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford head coach David Shaw, a big fan of defense himself, had some high praise for what Washington has been able to do on the defensive side of the ball. The top 10 teams meet Friday night at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN: "They are built very smartly with size and a physical nature up front. The secondary guys are long and athletic with linebackers that can run and hit. That's a great combination when you throw a budding superstar like Budda Baker in the mix, who continues to grow and can be one of the top defensive players in our conference. It's the idea of having both of those extremes -- the speed and athleticism on the offensive side -- the size and physical nature up front with length in the secondary. That's how we all try to build them."

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of the older Oregon players have voiced concern that there might be a sense of entitlement in some players. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said that every coach always fights that. Last Saturday after the Colorado loss he had used the example that the "O" in Oregon also represents the number of extra points the team is given...0.

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Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he would support his players should their raise their fist or take any other action during the national anthem, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said: "It's a free country, and if you have a desire to express yourself in a way that's not detrimental to the team, we're not going to hold anybody back. As for my own feelings, I don't really delve into that. I keep my opinions to myself on that type of thing."

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen, who faces Colorado this week, gave a very thoughtful answer when asked about the parallels between where he wants his program to be and what CU coach Mike MacIntyre has gone through rebuilding the Buffs: "For Colorado and Coach Mac it's awesome to see it happen. How many times were people ready to say 'This isn't going to work' blah, blah, blah. The bottom line is the kids stuck to the plan, and I have tremendous respect for them. Coach Mac stuck to the plan and I have tremendous respect for him competing back to the days when we were in the WAC together ... In my opinion, it's the most gratifying thing as a head coach in football when you can flip a program. I felt that way as an assistant, but not even as close to the way you feel as a head coach. I know he feels they aren't close to arriving yet. But they are playing a brand of football they haven't played in years."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton was asked about statistical analysis as it pertains to when to go for it on fourth down. Here's what he said: "One, it depends on what time of the game it is. Are you up? Are you down in the football game? There's all types of decisions that have to be made. Typically, being an offensive guy, I like to be aggressive by nature and go for it on fourth down, but there are times that dictate in the ballgame that you don't. "We've gone for it, I think, four times already this year on fourth time and have been pretty successful with it. Had one in the past game vs. Utah where we had a fourth down and a long three, almost four, on our 38-yard line [Note: it was the Utah 37], but we're up three in that game with a great punter that can pin a team deep and he kicks it to the minus-seven. If you're down in that game, you're probably going for it in that situation. I think situationally, you have to make those decisions as a head coach in that. But in the normal flow of a game, once you get in that four-down territory, depending on whether you're down or up you can be aggressive."