The Bruins found a new formula for combating the Cardinal, one predicated on matching Stanford at its own game. Once again, however, UCLA fell short.
Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer
There are still remnants of burnt toilet paper on one of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner more than two days after somebody lit it on fire following Auburn's 18-13 win over LSU.
Iowa WR Matt VandeBerg will miss Saturday's game against Northwestern with a foot injury, the school announced.
The offensive tackle, No. 12 in the ESPN 300, has a loaded top five but it starts with the Cardinal and Huskies, who meet on Friday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Three years in one meeting room and on the field with the same core unit has given the Huskies' secondary a seasoning that is the hallmark of their D.
From a quarterback making a splash to a coach going splat, the SEC has been full of surprises in September.
Big Ten matchups like No. 8 Wisconsin-No. 4 Michigan don't happen very often -- especially this early in the season.
While all committee members are given tons of data to help assess the nation's best teams, some, like Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez go deeper, using their own advanced metrics to rank teams.
The ACC will be the focus of the college football world again this weekend, led by the top-5 showdown between Louisville and Clemson.
LSU has three coaches that have experience dealing with a midseason coaching change led by iinterim coach Ed Orgeron, who filled that role at USC.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Is Deshaun Watson running less this year? Through 4 games in 2015, Watson had 35 rushes, not counting sacks. Through 4 games this season, he has 33. Doesn't seem like much of a change, but here's why that's actually a huge difference… In 2015, Clemson's offense had run 289 plays through four games. This year, that number is 323. In addition, just six of Watson's rushes last season were a scramble (as opposed to a designed run), while nine have been this year. When accounting for those differences, Watson ran by design once every 10 offensive plays last year. This year, he's doing so every 14 plays, or approximately 40 percent less. And while Watson is running less often, he's also running less effectively. Last year, he averaged 5.94 yards per run through four games. This year, just 4.03 — a 32 percent drop. That can almost entirely be explained by the offensive line. Watson's yards-per-rush (not counting sacks) average before contact has been cut nearly in half, from 4.09 per carry to 2.24. Taken together, Watson's overall rushing production — fewer attempts, less yards-per-rush — is down about 43 percent from the first four games of last season.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Against FBS teams, no program is worse defending the pass statistically than Pitt, which ranks 128th in yards per game (441.7). Oklahoma State and North Carolina can really sling the ball around, but Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi blames details in the secondary, too. "When you face a good football team, the attention to detail and fundamentals have to be perfect," Narduzzi said. He added Pitt will simplify defensively.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic share their thoughts on Notre Dame's firing of Brian VanGorder, chat with SEC Network's Paul Finebaum about LSU's coach search and more.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Does the name Andrew Brown ring a bell? To help jog your memory, Brown was the fifth-ranked player in the 2014 class and No. 1 defensive tackle, and he's finally emerging into a star, surpassing his career totals in sacks and TFLs in just four games for Virginia. "He continues to be just completely disruptive and teams that don't have some kind of plan to chip or double him, we end up sacking the quarterback pretty early and pretty often," coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
After finding a quarterback in Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin is looking a lot more dangerous.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen took hit after hard hit in Saturday's game but showed toughness in continuing to make the plays he needed to make.
Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss the LSU's decision to fire Les Miles, converse with ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark about Odell Beckham Jr.'s emotions and more.
The Gators' vaunted defense was shredded by Tennessee in the second half. They will need regroup fast if they're going to stay in the East race.
The Badgers could have had both Bo Schembechler and Bobby Knight coaching at Wisconsin at the same time but blew it in the interview process.
The struggles continue for Clay Helton and USC. After losing to Utah to fall to 1-3, the Trojans are one of 11 teams axed from CFP consideration by the Eliminator.
ACC making its CFP case
This week's Clemson vs. Louisville matchup could have playoff implications for the ACC, and Heather Dinich explains why the winner will be in the driver's seat.
The Big Ten Awards Tracker looks to be Ohio State dominated as the entire conference gets immersed into the conference schedule.
A lot of Irish eyes probably were doing more crying than smiling Saturday when Notre Dame lost to Duke, and we here at the Bottom 10 aren't here to hand out tissues.