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Can Christian McCaffrey survive nation's heaviest workload?

Heading into the No. 7 Cardinal's showdown with No. 10 Washington (9 p.m. ET, ESPN), star running back Christian McCaffrey has nearly 60 percent of Stanford's carries and catches.

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NCAA clarifies rules on helmet-to-helmet hits

The NCAA has issued two new interpretations to guide how officials should identify targeting fouls, one of which is meant to clarify the exact location of the "crown" of the helmet.

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Three top-10 conference clashes headline Week 5's college football preview (1:18)
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Can trendy Huskies dethrone Cardinal in Seattle? (0:35)
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Who has to step up more between Watson and Jackson? (1:16)
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The successful unorthodox start for Wisconisn (3:05)
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Wisconsin, Michigan ready for big matchup (0:43)
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Baylor is good, and that could be a problem

The season at Baylor is uncomfortable and its scandal still simmers. On the field, the Bears are as good as ever. As they become Big 12 favorites, how will the college football world react?

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Finebaum thinks Saban is being a hypocrite (1:56)
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Old Dominion head coach focused on unity (2:07)
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How one second defines Les Miles (1:11)
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The Resurrection of Bobby Petrino (4:45)
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Cold Hard Facts: Three college games to watch this weekend (0:38)
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Can Jackson sustain his hot start and win the Heisman? (1:07)
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Trio of top-10 matchups set to provide playoff clarity (1:18)
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Will Wisconsin's momentum carry into the Big House? (0:35)
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Surprise teams set to crash CFB's playoff party (1:06)
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Former USC LB sues NCAA, Pac-12 for wages

A lawsuit against the NCAA and Pac-12 filed Monday alleges that ex-USC LB Lamar Dawson was "repeatedly paid a substandard wage insofar as he was denied full pay for all hours worked."

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Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pac-12 has three live mascots (including Stanford...). Here's Washington's Dubs, giving a high five during a pregame event.

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Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

All around town in Baton Rouge, there are signs thanking former LSU coach Les Miles, who was fired Sunday after winning 114 games, two SEC championships and one national championship.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

You'd be hard pressed to find a more unique tailgate scene in the Pac-12. Boaters find their way into Lake Washington and then the grilling and drinking begins.

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Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

The Huskies' mascot Dubs' best trick: He's asked whether he'd prefer to be a Washington State Cougar or a dead dog. Dubs howls and plays dead (and is then told by his handlers "Good boy!").

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA's new "interpretation" of the definition of a helmet's crown is, in effect, a midseason rules change, since the crown had been so vaguely defined before. Now, officials should call targeting on any helmet-to-helmet hit initiated from any area above the top of the facemask to the top of the helmet.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington fan Roger Anderson's RV celebrates the Huskies many Rose Bowl berths. You might notice that it's been a while since he added a leaf to his rose (2001). Thus the hope of taking a step toward that tonight against Stanford.

Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

Tonight's game may be a referendum on what kind of schedule to play in September. No. 7 Stanford has beaten three Power 5 teams -- Kansas State, USC and UCLA. No. 10 Washington has opened with Rutgers, Idaho, FCS Portland St., and Arizona. That foursome is a collective 3-8 against FBS opponents, 0-6 vs. Power 5 teams.

Shelley Smith ESPN Reporter 

Sports Center on the road for Stanford-WASHINGTON. Jay Crawford said someone came by to take his order!

Shelley Smith ESPN Reporter 

Dawgs walking the field! Very cool!

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Pregame at Husky Stadium and it certainly is the best view from a press box that I've ever seen. Lake Washington to the right, UW's campus to the left.

Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

The view from the Husky Stadium press box never gets old. Game time is less than 2 1/2 hours away.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington is rolling out the -- purple -- carpet for its recruits for tonight's game.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN has obtained Northern Illinois' presentation packet for leagues considering expansion. It highlights the football program's MAC-record eight consecutive bowl games and three league titles since 2011. There are charts comparing NIU with other MAC programs in on-field success, academic success, bowl TV ratings and local TV market size. NIU didn't make the first cut in the Big 12's expansion process but could be a candidate for the American Athletic Conference if the league loses members to the Big 12.

Shelley Smith ESPN Reporter 

Stanford organized! Team bus should be here in about 30 mins.

Shelley Smith ESPN Reporter 

Stanford brought it covenant to Husky Stadium. WASHINGTON Sid says it's the only covenant ever to be here.

Sharon Katz ESPN Analytics 

Stanford heads to Washington tonight in a game that could very well decide the Pac-12 North. Entering this game, the Cardinal and Huskies have a combined 94 percent chance to win the division, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. It doesn't take an advanced statistical projection to figure out that whoever wins this game will be in a great position going forward. FPI favors the Huskies (61 percent chance to win) at home.

Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

Marty desperately seeking shade before his live shot. The struggle is real

Mike Corey ESPN Commentator 

Wyoming @ Colorado State tomorrow in the 107th meeting of the Border War! Winner gets the Bronze Boot, which has been held by CSU the last three straight years. William Bakemeyer and Nathan Anderson from the CSU ROTC guard the boot that was once worn in Vietnam. Saturday night showdown from Fort Collins at 10:15pm EST on ESPNU.