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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Brad Edwards, Jake Trotter & Heather Dinich react to the stagnant CFP rankings (4:15), discuss Oklahoma's defensive deficiencies (8:00), delve into "What-If Wednesday" (22:05) and more. Plus, Walk-Ons (34:49) & Extra Points (45:26).
- CFP's top 10 unchanged for 1st time in rankings
- Notre Dame plans to start QB Book vs. Syracuse
- Northwestern ranked in AP Top 25 poll after win
- Notre Dame QB Book out vs. FSU, source says
The College Football Playoff's top 10 is unchanged from last week -- the first time that has happened in the rankings' history.
Peter Burns, Ryan McGee & Chris Low discuss a great finish at Bedlam (1:58), the top-10 taking care of business (7:00), Bobby Petrino getting the axe (24:40) & more. Plus, "Talk Nerdy To Me" (33:06), Walk-Ons (39:36) and Extra Points (46:47).
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Assume Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma and Georgia all win out, Alabama finishes 12-1 and Notre Dame finishes 11-1. In that scenario, Playoff Predictor makes Clemson and Georgia virtual locks and considers Michigan very likely to get in. The decision for the last spot would be almost a toss-up between Oklahoma and Alabama, but our model thinks the committee is more likely to select the Sooners, by a hair. Notre Dame would be the least likely of the six to get in.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that quarterback Ian Book will practice Tuesday and, if there are no setbacks, reclaim his starting spot over Brandon Wimbush.
No Notre Dame position group has had a more impactful turnaround than the defensive line this season, and it all started at burger night at a local steakhouse.
The day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game, Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season.
Everything went according to plan for the top 10 teams this weekend, but the schedule doesn't get easier from here for the teams jockeying for that final top-four ranking.
This week's top four is unanimous, from No. 1 Alabama to No. 4 Michigan. But if history has taught us anything, chaos is right around the corner.
Brandon Wimbush threw three-first half touchdown passes, Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards and No. 3 Notre Dame took advantage of Florida State turnovers to rout Florida State 42-13 on a frosty Saturday night.
Alabama earned another shutout, Michigan kept rolling with an easy win over Rutgers and Northwestern (!) will play for the B1G title. What else did we learn?
For every team in the College Football Playoff hunt, the path forward remains an arduous one, filled with peril at every turn.
Matt Schick, Adam Rittenberg & Peter Burns discuss the implications of the injury to Ian Book (2:05), Fill In The Blanks for Week 11 (18:00) & more. Plus, Phil Steele's picks (36:12), Talk Nerdy To Me (47:04), Walk-Ons (53:15) & Extra Points (59:08).
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book is not going to play against Florida State on Saturday because of a rib injury, a source told ESPN.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
SOURCE: Notre Dame QB Ian Book is out this week against Florida State. The Athletic first reported the news, noting that Book sustained a rib injury this past week against Northwestern. A source tells me Book is expected back next week against Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. Senior Brandon Wimbush, who began the season as the starter before Book replaced him at Wake Forest, is expected to start Saturday.
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.