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Happy Valley is pretty happy these days

At Penn State, a hard-to-believe Big Ten title is one win away, and the folks around State College can't stop smiling.

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Behind the scenes At CFP selection central (1:03)
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One final playoff push headlines Week 14's college football preview (1:28)
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Group 'concerned' over lack of minority hires

The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development said colleges are not adhering to a pledge signed to address the dwindling numbers of minorities hired for coaching jobs.

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New No. 1 in #CFBRank: Dede Westbrook (1:41)
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How Colorado can KO Washington's CFP hopes

Washington slid into the No. 4 spot in this week's CFP rankings, with one more shot to impress the committee Saturday in the Pac-12 title game. What can Colorado do to beat the Huskies?

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Colorado, Washington, set to clash for Pac-12 title (1:18)
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How Oklahoma State can win Bedlam

Oklahoma rolls into Bedlam on an eight-game winning streak, including an 8-0 mark in the Big 12. But our Scouts Inc. analysts see a way for Oklahoma State to KO the Sooners from CFP talk.

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Matt Barrie ESPN 

This is a look inside "Selection Central," in Grapevine, Texas where the College Football Playoff committee will deliberate, and make their Top 4 selections on Sunday.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Great news for Matt Campbell and Iowa State as 1,000-yard receiver Allen Lazard will return for his senior season. Lazard, who has a reception in a team-record 35 consecutive games, likely will break Todd Blythe's records for receptions and receiving yards in 2017.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State WR Allen Lazard will bypass the draft and return for his senior season. The 6-foot-5 wideout caught 69 passes for 1,018 yards and 7 TDs this season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin is a candidate for Nevada's coaching vacancy, according to sources. Baldwin is 83-31 at FCS Eastern Washington with a national title in 2010.

Matt Barrie ESPN 

I sat down with new Texas head coach Tom Herman tonight. He was very revealing about his emotions leaving Houston for his dream job in Austin. Of his new team Herman said, "If they buy in, we can do some special things." See it Friday on SportsCenter

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass and new head coach Tom Allen met with the media for about an hour, but many questions remain about the specifics of why Kevin Wilson was fired. Glass, who was a successful lawyer before becoming AD, continually referred to "philosophical differences" without going into many details.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said he had concerns about football coach Kevin Wilson's leadership style before giving him a new six-year contract in January. But Glass said the issues re-emerged in early November and he hired an outside law firm to conduct an internal investigation. Glass said there was no "smoking gun" in reaching the decision to ask Wilson to resign on Thursday. Glass said Wilson will be paid $542,000, equal to one year's base salary. He was owed more than $12 million for the final five years of his contract.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass hired current defensive coordinator Tom Allen as head coach on Thursday, replacing Kevin Wilson, who resigned earlier in the day. Glass called Allen a "leader of men" with high standard, but said he isn't "demeaning." Glass said Allen cares about his players and they care back.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Though he gave Kevin Wilson a six-year contract extension in January, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said he had some concerns over Wilson's leadership style. He said he thought those concerns had been addressed but recently found that "differences in leadership approach were maybe back."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I spoke with Tom Allen before the Michigan game about how much he loved being back in Indiana and what it meant to his family. These obviously aren't ideal circumstances to take over, but he always seemed like a strong candidate to succeed Kevin Wilson. Some also thought he would have returned to Ole Miss as defensive coordinator this offseason.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announces the firing of football coach Kevin Wilson, citing "philosophical differences." Defensive coordinator Tom Allen elevated to head coach.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II has won the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation's top passer. Mahomes ranks No. 1 in FBS in passing yards (5,052), total yards (5,312) and TDs (53) this season. His head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, won the same honor in 2002.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech has been named the winner of the Sammy Baugh Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the top passer in college football.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Football Focus reports that Colorado's Sefo Liufau is the second-rated QB nationally on deep passes. Washington has excellent CBs. The Buffs may need a defensive battle to win, but discount the importance of a deep strike or two in the Pac-12 title.