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The defensive mastermind who engineered Texas A&M's turnaround

In an era of job-hopping coaches, John Chavis has had only three gigs since 1989. His current one may be his most impressive -- making the Aggies a defensive power and helping save Kevin Sumlin.

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16hPaula Lavigne and Nicole Noren

Ex-UVa receiver alleges hazing, abusive culture

Ex-UVa receiver Aidan Howard is suing the school, alleging that a freshman hazing ritual left him with a broken eye socket and that its football team suffers from a culture of bullying and abuse.

Inside the Program: Marty and Marcus take Alabama (1:32)
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11hBrett McMurphy

The upset-makers who will shake up Week 8

Wisconsin gave everything it had in last week's loss to Ohio State. Expect the Badgers' beleaguered defense to succumb to an Iowa team with a point to prove -- and a hot RB in Akrum Wadley.

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2hJake Trotter

The Baker Mayfield Bowl has arrived

Lubbock could get extra rowdy Saturday. A nasty breakup and a long game of "he said, they said" comes full circle when Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield returns to play Texas Tech, his former team.

Boise State wins on dramatic blocked field goal (0:55)
Warner fights through all the tackles for incredible BYU pick-six (1:38)
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1hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information

Numbers show that Alabama is in a league of its own

The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in all three of ESPN's metrics, and their defense is especially dominant. Here are the numbers behind Alabama's season.

Texas A&M's Myles Garrett is not like any other 20-year-old (3:19)
All Access: Inside Texas A&M's football program (1:27)
Hokie makes spectacular diving interception (1:01)
Battle for SEC supremacy headlines Week 8's college football preview (1:18)
Two scenarios that could create playoff chaos (1:24)

Champ. Drive: Could Two Teams From One Conference Be In?

Adam Rittenberg, Heather Dinich and Chris Low debate if two teams from one conference could get in the playoff, break down Bama-Texas A&M and more. Plus, a chat with Syracuse coach Dino Babers and Phil Steele with an eye on the weekend.

Cold Hard Facts: Alabama's offense rolling (0:54)

A&M's upset bid, Tom Herman & Ed Orgeron

The crew discusses how Texas A&M can upset Alabama, what Houston must do to keep Tom Herman and if Ed Orgeron will become the permanent Head Coach of LSU.

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1dAdam Rittenberg

Coaches hand out midseason honors

Which coaches are doing the best job? Which teams are for real? Who is the best player? We asked coaches from across the country their takes, and there are some surprising answers.

Does Orgeron control his own destiny at LSU? (2:01)
Jalen Hurts' poise is sensational for a freshman (1:48)


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

BYU's fake punt on fourth-and-19 from its own 5-yard line went … well, it did not go well. Punter Jonny Linehan made it out of the end zone, but was tackled before reaching the line of scrimmage. BYU coach Kalani Sitake offered the following explanation before going to the locker room at halftime: "Well, on film we thought we had it. We wanted to be aggressive. We came to win the game and it just didn't work out. They made a great adjustment – something that we haven't seen in prior games. But we wanted to be aggressive and it didn't hurt us. Our defense had our backs."

Boise State regains lead on third TD pass

Cedrick Wilson snatches Brett Rypien's 36-yard pass for a touchdown despite double coverage 35 seconds before halftime. The Broncos lead BYU 21-17 at intermission.


BYU takes lead on second pick-six

Brett Rypien's pass is tipped and intercepted by Dayan Lake, who runs it 50 yards down the left sideline for a TD. BYU leads Boise State for the first time in the game, 17-14 late in the half.


BYU narrowly avoids bizarre safety

Facing fourth-and-19 at BYU's 5-yard line, punter Jonny Linehan takes over and makes it to only the 2. Boise State took over at the Cougars' 17 following a penalty, and the possession ended with a missed field-goal attempt.


BYU gets spark with pick-six

On Boise State's first snap following a BYU field goal, linebacker Fred Warner returns an interception of Brett Rypien 59 yards down the left sideline for a score. BYU is within 14-10 a minute into the second quarter.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when it looked like Boise State had a good chance to run away with this game, BYU is right back in it. First, the Cougars blocked a FG attempt. Then, after a field goal of its own, BYU got a highlight-reel interception return for a touchdown from Fred Warner to make it 14-10.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

BYU has clarified that RB Jamaal Williams is dealing with a right ankle injury. His status for the rest of the game has yet to be determined.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It does not appear running back Jamaal Williams will play tonight for BYU. He was not on the field during first two drives of the game and it is unclear why. Williams, who ranks second in the country with 942 rushing yards, was seen on a stationary bike on the sideline. Squally Canada, a one-time Boise State commit, started in his place. Canada came into the game with 124 yards rushing this year.

Broncos build lead with second TD

Brett Rypien connects with Thomas Sperbeck in the middle of the end zone for a 12-yard score. Boise State increases its lead over BYU to 14-0 midway through the first quarter.


Broncos get jump-start with 76-yard TD

On the third snap of the game, Boise State goes deep when Brett Rypien finds RB Jeremy McNichols over the middle for the score. The Broncos lead BYU 7-0 only 51 seconds in.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy McNichols didn't have to wait long before extending his FBS-best streak of games with a touchdown to 19. He caught a 76-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game to give Boise State an early lead over BYU. The touchdown brings him within two of former Wisconsin RB Montee Ball for the longest streak in the last decade, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech racked up 523 yards of offense and sacked Brad Kaaya eight times in a 37-16 win over Miami that effectively ended the Hurricanes division hopes and put the Hokies in the Coastal Division driver's seat.

Evans, Hokies pull away late

After Virginia Tech stopped Miami on downs, Jerod Evans finds a gap and adds a 34-yard TD run with 2:45 left to his two touchdown passes. Virginia Tech beat Miami 37-16.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Going into tonight's game against BYU, No. 14 Boise State ESPN's Football Power Index gives the Broncos a 29 percent chance to win out. The toughest game left on the schedule? BYU. FPI gives Boise a 65 percent chance to win. BYU last year's meeting between the teams in Provo.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

BYU has not won a road game against a ranked team since 2006, when it won at No. 17 TCU, according to ESPN Stats and Information. It has won three games against Power 5 teams this year – Arizona, Michigan State and Mississippi State – with the 31-14 win against Michigan State coming in East Lansing.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Boise State's Jeremy McNichols needs to score a touchdown in the next three games to match former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball for the most consecutive games with a touchdown (21) in the last 10 years, according to ESPN Stats and Information. McNichols and BYU's Jamaal Williams are two of the six players in FBS with at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage this year.

Virginia Tech FB extends lead with TD pass

Fullback Sam Rogers takes the handoff and passes to a wide-open Steven Peoples for a 13-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. The Hokies lead Miami 30-16.


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech has sacked Brad Kaaya five times so far, the most by a Hokies defense in a conference game since it recorded 7 against Wake Forest in 2014 in the infamous 6-3 double OT game.

Hurricanes strike back with TD

Brad Kaaya's second touchdown pass of the game is 35 yards to Christopher Herndon IV midway through the third quarter. Miami cuts Virginia Tech's lead to 23-16.


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

The wave has officially taken over Lane Stadium...