The silver lining for the Cowboys
Yes, Tony Romo is hurt once again, but it could be worse. Fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott has dazzled in the preseason, accounting for seven of the team's nine touchdowns.
Dak Prescott was the 135th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Tough act to follow (again) for Denver
The 2016 Broncos will become the sixth Super Bowl champion to start a different QB the following Week 1. Three of the previous teams ('71 Colts, '72 Cowboys, '01 Ravens) went on to win at least one playoff game, but the '99 Broncos fell to 6-10.
Texas coach Charlie Strong has made his choice for starting QB, between freshman Shane Buechele and senior Tyrone Swoopes, but he's keeping it a secret.
People who doubt Tony Romo can come back "don't know who Tony Romo is," said Jason Witten, who expects a quick and successful return from his QB.
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
For those counting out Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo now that he is dealing with a compression fracture in his back, Jason Witten offers up some caution: "He's had a great offseason, he's built on a lot of those things. He had his best season after the back injury '13 going into '14. People are going to bet against him, that's fine, and I don't think that's unfair to do so. But if you know what he's about, which everybody in this building does, he's going to be back sooner than probably expected and he'll play better than anybody thought he would because I know that's what he's about. He's going to prepare himself. This is a minor setback for him, and he's done it his entire life and that gives us all a lot of confidence."
Experts can't agree on playoff teams
Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy project four entirely different teams to make the College Football Playoff. They only agree on one thing: the Pac-12 will be left out again. Bowl projections
Ezekiel Elliott, who was criticized by the Cowboys for visiting a marijuana store before their game in Seattle, says he's learning to handle the scrutiny.
ESPN Stats and Information
If Trevor Siemian, Jimmy Garoppolo and Dak Prescott all start Week 1, it will be the first time since 2001 that 3 QBs drafted outside the 1st round will all make their first career start in a season opener, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Ezekiel Elliott for MVP? It could happen
Elliott has been a popular choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year. But one of our experts thinks Elliott could be an MVP candidate if he can carry the offense in Tony Romo's absence. Insider predictions
Eric Karabell wraps up a busy football weekend, focusing on the new Cowboys QB and his 2016 fantasy potential.
December headline: Better luck in Big 12?
Remember when the Big 12 thought it might lock up half of the four-team playoff field but was shut out entirely? This time, Ryan McGee predicts a better outcome. McGee: Late-season headlines
Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott says this is not the first time he has gotten an opportunity to start due to an injury to the incumbent quarterback.
Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer
Charlie Strong won't announce his decision for the Texas quarterback competition. "I know who we're gonna start," Strong said. "Sunday, we'll see who runs out there." He has said senior Tyrone Swoopes and freshman Shane Buechele will both play against the Irish.
Dez Bryant has some house rules you will need to follow if you're watching a game with him.
Jameill Showers knows the Cowboys are likely to add another quarterback, but it won't affect how he prepares to potentially be Dak Prescott's backup.
The Cowboys quarterback suffered a compression fracture in his back on Thursday night and could miss six to 10 weeks. Stephania Bell breaks down Romo's prognosis and possible treatment.
Rangers rise in Power Rankings
After beating the Indians in three of four, Texas is now the No. 1 AL team in our rankings. Even if the Rangers played .500 baseball the rest of the way, they'd finish with at least 92 wins. Week 21 Power Rankings
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
Charlie Strong added he won't be naming a QB starter before the Notre Dame game.