Even with the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25 still battling for semifinal and New Year's Six bowl positions, it's never too early to look ahead to next season.
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The College Football Playoff's top 10 is unchanged from last week -- the first time that has happened in the rankings' history.
- CFP's top 10 unchanged for 1st time in rankings
- Michigan steps into CFP's top 4; Bama still No. 1
- Huskies expect star LT Adams to play fifth year
- Washington QB Browning to start after benching
Mel and Todd pick their ultimate college football defensive backfield, as well as 2019 draft prospects rising up the boards and sailing under the radar.
Michigan is up to No. 4 in the CFP rankings this week after Saturday's big win over rival Penn State and LSU's shutout loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Washington coach Chris Petersen says indications are that left tackle Trey Adams intends to return for a fifth season after missing most of this one because of a back injury.
Myles Gaskin returned after missing two games due to a shoulder injury to rush for 148 yards and one touchdown, and Washington built a big early lead before needing Taylor Rapp's interception on the final play to beat Stanford 27-23 on Saturday night.
Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer
Remember Bryce Love? Tonight may be he closest we get to see the Stanford tailback's 2017 form. Love practiced at full speed Wednesday, and sat out the last two days to get the soreness out. The Cardinal needs him for more than the obvious reason. Backup Trevor Speights is hurt and didn't make the trip to Washington.
Washington quarterback Jake Browning will remain the Huskies' starter in the wake of a mid-game benching in a 12-10 loss at Cal on Saturday, coach Chris Petersen said.
Matt Schick, Ivan Maisel & Ryan McGee discuss the best (2:52) and worst (9:00) of Week 9, weigh in on UK continuing to defy the odds (15:25), Willie Taggart's damning comments (17:35) and more. Plus, Talk Nerdy To Me (29:50), Walk-Ons featuring Mike Gundy (36:36) & Extra Points (45:30).
Linebacker Evan Weaver scored on a 36-yard interception return in the third quarter after Washington made a change at quarterback, and California overcome a sluggish day offensively to beat the No. 15 Huskies 12-10 on Saturday.
Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer
Cal came away with a big win over No. 15 ranked Washington in a 12-10 game. The Bears held the Huskies' offense to just 250 total yards on offense and even saw Washington starting quarterback Jake Browning replaced by backup Jake Haener in the third quarter to try to jump start the offense. The Bears are now 5-3 on the season while Washington falls to 6-3 with two conference losses.
Clemson -- with Christian Wilkins in the backfield -- rolls, West Virginia bounces back in a big way and more. What else have we learned in Week 9?
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
A loss to Purdue didn't eliminate the Buckeyes, but Ohio State's chance to reach the playoff dropped 47 percentage points. Meanwhile no one improved its playoff outlook yesterday more than Michigan, who is now the fourth-most likely team to reach the CFP.
Jake Browning threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller on fourth down with less than four minutes remaining, and No. 15 Washington held off Colorado 27-13 on Saturday.
Alabama dominated again, while the Wolverines look like CFP contenders after taking down Michigan State. Ohio State? Not so much. What else have we learned in Week 8?
From Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor to Houston DT Ed Oliver and everyone in between (including some guy named Tua), these are the first half's best players.