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Lamar Jackson firm Heisman Watch front-runner

Can anyone knock Lamar Jackson off the top spot in the Heisman Watch? As the unanimous No. 1 among our voters, he isn't likely to be bumped.

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NCAA says UNC's argument 'without merit'

The NCAA says North Carolina's argument that the governing body lacks jurisdiction in the school's ongoing academic case is "without merit."

Lamar Jackson still dominating Heismanology poll (2:03)
Ohio State down but not out of CFP (0:42)
Five Tide in #CFBRank top 20; Jackson still No. 1 (1:45)
Think outside the box Heisman voters (2:56)
Fournette looks at Alabama matchup (2:12)
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1dAdam 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)
Western Michigan's 'row the boat' mantra (1:10)
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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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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)


David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron worked under Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin at both USC and Tennessee and makes no secret of his respect and affection for his former boss. But he said Tuesday that their typical contact is cut off until after their teams meet on Nov. 5. "I talk to him two or three times a week. But we're going to take a hiatus these next two weeks," Orgeron laughed. "Now I know he's going to want to talk to me, but I ain't answering back man. I know how he is."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

There is a bit symmetry between this and Stanford's 2012 QB change, but also many differences. Four years ago, the Cardinal replaced the struggling Josh Nunes with Kevin Hogan. But back then, Stanford's run game was still performing decently well. This time, they've been held to under 3 YPC in three of four games.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said he hopes DL Jonathan Allen would get consideration for the Heisman Trophy, but he noted that "sometimes linemen get left out or overlooked." Allen has played well this season with six sacks and two fumble recoveries he took back for touchdowns.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban reports that safety Eddie Jackson's surgery went well and "he should have no future problems." Jackson was lost for the season with a fractured leg he sustained against Texas A&M.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban addresses the media during the bye week: "You can't fall in love with what you've done. You've got to focus on the future."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimbo Fisher said he doesn't know who is playing Deshaun Watson on Florida State's scout team. "Ain't nobody gonna simulate him anyway. If they did he'd be on my field."

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone discussed his relationship with Nebraska's Sam Foltz tonight. Gaglianone is out for the season but plans to honor Foltz before Saturday's Nebraska game. Foltz died this summer in a car accident after attending a kicking camp in Wisconsin.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez isn't saying who will start at quarterback against Stanford on Saturday, but he's happy that he finally has some options, as both two-year starter Anu Solomon and his backup Brandon Dawkins should be available to play. Solomon started the opener against BYU, but then suffered a knee injury in practice. Dawkins started the next five games before suffering a concussion against Utah on Oct. 8, forcing true freshman Khalil Tate into action against USC. The Wildcats were off last weekend. Rodriguez intimated that both Solomon and Dawkins are likely to play. "They've been able to practice fully this week," Rodriguez said. Arizona also has been hit hard by injuries at running back, as starter Nick Wilson apparently will be out for some time due to a knee injury. Receiver Samajie Grant has moved to running back and is listed as a co-starter with Zach Green.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford WR Trent Irwin says excess blame was unfairly directed at Ryan Burns, who has been replaced by Keller Chryst as starting QB. Irwin, like coach David Shaw, emphasized that the entire Cardinal offense has been failing -- not just the QB position.


Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said QB Manny Wilkins will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game at Oregon. Wilkins left in the first quarter of last week's loss against Washington State and did not return with what is believed to be a shoulder injury. Graham said this is not a long-term injury and said expects Wilkins to be "close" to playing. Freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole replaced Wilkins and went 7 of 16 for 86 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the 37-32 loss to the Cougars.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Bama CB Marlon Humphrey said there will be changes in the secondary given the loss of safety Eddie Jackson for the season. Minkah Fitzpatrick and Tony Brown cross-trained at safety during the spring, Humphrey said.

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."