This week in the Big 12, Baylor takes aim at Texas after a week off, West Virginia faces a tough matchup at Oklahoma State and more.
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Phil Steele gives his best Week 9 picks, including a major upset on the horizon and thoughts on Tennessee-South Carolina and Clemson-Florida State.
The polls are open! Cast your vote for one of the 10 teams we've identified as having the best chance to win college football's national championship.
Matt Schick, Ivan Maisel and Heather Dinich discuss which undefeated programs are getting too much respect and which ones aren't getting enough at this point of the season.
The chances are slim that Baylor and West Virginia will meet with both undefeated; Texas and Texas Tech both continue to struggle on defense.
West Virginia is unbeaten and threatening to earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs. What opponent could be the Mountaineers' stumbling block?
Ohio State was the consensus No. 2 team for weeks, but how do our handicappers rank the Buckeyes among the top 25 after their stunning loss to Penn State?
Thanks largely to their defense (wish a push from their offense), the Mountaineers look like the Big 12's best playoff hopeful.
West Virginia faces a challenge from Oklahoma State's high-flying offense, and Baylor travels to face a desperate Texas team.
In Week 8, the top-ranked players in the 2017 and 2018 classes saw Bama's big win while Washington worked to bring the best in-state talent to Seattle and Michigan landed another d-lineman.
West Virginia trending up in rankings
The Mountaineers forced TCU into three turnovers and allowed the Horned Frogs to convert only two of their 11 third-down attempts. Undefeated West Virginia will face a tough challenge on the road against Oklahoma State next weekend. Power Rankings
Will OU or WVU be in the New Year's Six?
Entering Week 9, Mark Schlabach projects the Sooners, but Brett McMurphy believes the Mountaineers will represent the Big 12 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Nov. 19 matchup in Morgantown could determine who will go to New Orleans. Bowl Projections
Mountaineers building CFP resume
Skyler Howard threw four TD passes and the Mountaineers' defense shut out TCU in the second half of a 34-10 victory. West Virginia is 6-0 (3-0 vs. Big 12), its best start since winning its first seven games in 2006. GameDay Final
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
The seven undefeated teams all play on the road this week, and five lost to their Saturday opponent in their last meeting. Second-ranked Michigan and No. 7 Nebraska are on three-game losing streaks to Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively. The undefeateds (and their fans) might want to make it through this weekend before thinking playoff.
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Poll watching: No. 2 Michigan achieved its highest ranking in the AP Poll since the 2006 season. No. 4 Washington has its highest ranking since 2000. No. 7. Nebraska is at its highest rank in the poll since 2010. West Virginia is ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2012. Penn State is ranked No. 24 for the first time since 2011.
After the Mountaineers' convincing 34-10 win over TCU, we're projecting West Virginia to represent the Big 12 in a New Year's Six bowl.
Now 6-0 and with five victories against Power 5 opponents, West Virginia climbs into the top spot this week in the Big 12 Power Rankings.
With Ohio State's loss, a spot opened up in the Power Rankings' top four this week, so we looked to the West Coast to fill it.
The Sooners and Red Raiders had a record-setting night, combining to set new marks for the most yardage and passing yardage in a game.
Michigan saw its chances of an undefeated regular season more than double this weekend and it joins a pack of five teams that have separated themselves as the clear favorites to run the table.
Is Auburn the biggest threat to Bama's perfect season? Is Penn State back? And are Leonard Fournette and Baker Mayfield in the Heisman mix again? We look at Week 8 storylines to see what's real.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
After watching West Virginia today, I wonder whether Kliff Kingsbury can take a page from his close friend Dana Holgorsen, who has built an offense that functions with the defense in mind -- changing speeds, slowing down with a lead. Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson work so well together in shaping game plans. It just seems like Texas Tech's approach will never accommodate the defense, which continues to combust.
After Penn State let chaos in the door with its win over OSU, Louisville is back in the playoff mix, West Virginia is no joke and Washington State -- Wazzu! -- could have a major playoff impact.
West Virginia @ Oklahoma State Cowboys
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