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3hMark Schlabach

U-turn: Miami's playoff hopes head in the wrong direction

Miami got off to a good start under Mark Richt, but a three-game losing streak ended any CFP hopes. The Hurricanes and Houston were the only teams booted from playoff contention this week.

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11hNicole Noren and Paula Lavigne

UVa confirms police probe into alleged hazing

A spokesman for Virginia confirmed there is an active police investigation into the hazing and harassment allegations made by former football player Aidan Howard in his recently filed lawsuit.

Ohio State down but not out of CFP (0:42)
Lamar Jackson still dominating Heismanology poll (2:03)
Fournette looks at Alabama matchup (2:12)
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23hAdam Rittenberg

What is wrong with UCLA?

UCLA might have the most-talented roster in the Pac-12 but the Bruins are in danger of missing a bowl for the first time since 2010. What gives?

Ohio State upset shakes up AP's top 10 (0:59)
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2dHeather Dinich

The CFP trickle-down effect of Ohio State's loss

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.

2dMark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy

Bowl projections heading into Week 9

Our experts expect to see the same four teams in the College Football Playoff semifinals, though there is a difference of opinion on which ones will make the championship game.

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Rhiannon Walker & Donald Hunt

HBCU Week 8 wrap: N.C. A&T romps; D leads S.C. State

Tarik Cohen reached 5,000 career yards and has his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season for North Carolina A&T, while Darius Leonard led a suffocating defensive effort by South Carolina State.

A shake-up in the top three highlights of Week 8 (1:59)
Fournette makes a record-breaking statement in his return (0:59)


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer isn't planning to address the possibility of running the table to get back to the College Football Playoff, but he probably doesn't even need to since Ohio State already has experience doing just that in 2014. "I'm actually trying not to go there," Meyer said. "I hear that, and a lot of players like to say things and talk afterwards, and that's fine. I don't usually bring that up, but I also don't stand in the way of leaders to get people's attention. I think that's out there, but I'm trying to avoid that."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

When 7-year-old Maddox McCollum dressed as Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware for Halloween, the picture went viral. Boulware saw it and wanted to meet McCollum for himself. So Boulware showed up early last Saturday before McCollum's 8-and-under football team played their game and spent time visiting with all the players, taking pictures and signing autographs. He even gave the team a pep talk. "It made Maddox's day," said dad, Marlin McCollum.

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron is in New Orleans today to speak at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club meeting along with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and several other local coaches. Orgeron spent much of his time during a media Q&A before the luncheon discussing his friendship with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Of the upcoming Alabama-LSU game on Nov. 5, Orgeron said the matchup between Kiffin and LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will pit "two of the best in the business" against each other.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

After rushing for 543 yards this past Saturday, Auburn now leads the SEC in rushing. The scary part? The offense is still improving. "We're still green now," Gus Malzahn said. "We're playing some guys out there -- they still need some more experience. We haven't arrived. There are a lot of areas we can improve on."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on AD Jack Swarbrick giving him a vote of confidence last week: "Well I was disappointed actually. But anytime that your athletic director has to come out and say that, as a head coach you're disappointed that any kind of comments like that have to be made. So I didn't ask him, that was his decision, but I clearly understand what he was doing. He was probably sick and tired of being sick and tired, too. But for me it's disappointing, certainly, that you have to make those comments."

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn expects running back Kerryon Johnson to play this Saturday at Ole Miss. "We'll know more as we get into practice. The good thing was we didn't have to play him last week. I thought that was very important moving forward."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald signs off on the Big Ten coaches call by saying, "Go Cubs! Go 'Cats!" Fitzgerald has been known as a rabid White Sox fan but is cheering on Chicago's other team in the World Series.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Clemson as strong of a team as many predicted preseason? The Tigers are undefeated but have survived several close calls. Florida State's Dalvin Cook said those close wins remind him of the Seminoles' 2014 season. They received every opponent's best shot each week.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State receiver Gabe Marks provided a thoughtful response when asked why there are fewer college football players involved in the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick. "College football players are more, if you could believe it, they're more of a number than NFL players are even. You know what I mean?" Marks said. "The NCAA and schools kind of like can monitor everything that college athletes do. Twitter and stuff like that. It would be kind of scary if you are a college athlete and you tried to take a stand and then the athletic director or something like that, or your coach comes and says, ‘Hey, what are you doing? That's super un-American,' or something like that. "You'd probably be scared of the consequences that could be enforced on you at that point and a lot of guys in college and in the NFL don't really want to get into the trouble of it, you know what I mean? Because it's a pretty big stance you take and there's a lot of backlash that comes with that. Kids don't want people hating them, let's be honest. A grown man has more of a ability to be just like ‘Whatever, I believe what I believe in.'"

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State has been using RB Jamal Morrow for the coin toss for about two and a half years, but does not name traditional captains. Here's Mike Leach explaining the process that led to the selection of Morrow for this role: "He's gotta be smart enough to call either heads or tails, that's it. So I thought about should I get the biggest guy on the team or the littlest guy on the team? And then I thought, well, Jamal Morrow was on The Price is Right and was fairly lucky and went to the final round and almost won the sucker. And was closest to the price, but was over by like three dollars. The other person was under by like sixty dollars, but since he's over he loses. "So I figured, well, Jamal Morrow is a lucky guy plus he's got pretty good energy to him and stuff like that. So why not Jamal Morrow? So Jamal Morrow goes out and did have an amazing knack for winning the toss. Wins it almost all the time. I mean literally. I'm serious about that. I don't know what his record is, but it's something incredible."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

At the end of Dalvin Cook's media session, DeMarcus Walker forcefully plopped in a chair he pulled up behind Cook. The Power 5 running back with the second-most rushing yards was asked about the play of Walker, who has the second-most sacks nationally. After it was all done, Walker said it's been concluded Cook, after several chances, is too scared to block Walker.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State coach Mike Leach has weighed in on who he will be cheering for in the World Series (the Indians) and why (Cubs fans bother him). Summed up, Leach thinks there are too many Cubs and doesn't like when the team is referred to as "My Cubbies." "Every yuppie with a BMW or with some special attachment to his computer or some designer set of jeans or something like that is a Cubs fans and refers to them as ‘My Cubbies,'" Leach said. "And I think there are too many out-of-the-woodwork people that like them that like them because they like the uniforms. Don't know the first thing about baseball. Probably have never even attended a Cubs games."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah's opponents average 3rd down and 8.3 yards to go. Only Michigan, Miami, and Alabama have put offenses in a tougher position than the Utes have, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington has more sacks than any other team in the nation (96) when sending 4 or fewer pass rushers since Chris Petersen took over in 2014, five more than Alabama (91), according to ESPN Stats and Info.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

How good is Washington's offense? Myles Gaskin leads Pac-12 in rushing, backup RB Lavon Coleman is leading the nation at 8.5 yards per carry (min 50 attempts), a nation-best 10 receivers have caught a TD, and QB Jake Browning's rating is over 30 points higher than second place in the Pac-12.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Jake Browning and Washington is scoring a TD on 15 percent snaps out of the shotgun -- best in the nation, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA coach Jim Mora acknowledged that quarterback Josh Rosen is dealing with a shoulder injury and he is waiting for "the nerve to start firing again and once it starts firing again, [Rosen] should be fine." He also explained that the reality in football is that teams will target injured players, which is why he does not like to disclose injury information.