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Heisman race features plenty of the unexpected

Lamar Jackson was a midseason lock to win the Heisman. But after Louisville's late-season stumble, that honor is no longer a foregone conclusion.

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17hBen Fawkes

Spreads for every CFB bowl game

Looking to bet on any college football bowls this holiday season? Whether it's the Belk Bowl, Cure Bowl or Sugar Bowl, all of the lines are here for your perusal.

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Champ. Drive: Applewhite Hired, Heisman Race For 2nd?

Matt Schick, Ivan Maisel and Adam Rittenberg discuss the ramifications of Houston hiring Major Applewhite, debate if it's a race for 2nd place with the Heisman Trophy & more. Plus they chat with '95 Heisman winner Eddie George as well as Steve Walsh and Tony Rice about "Catholics vs. Convicts."

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3dSharon Katz

FPI breaks down bowl season

Who does FPI have as the biggest favorite out of the 40 bowls this season? Check out its projections for every bowl game.

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James Madison advanced to the semifinal of the FCS playoffs with a large win over Sam Houston State.

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Sam Houston State picked up 46 yards passing on a hail mary right before halftime (tackled at the 4). On its first 30 pass attempts of the game, Sam Houston State totaled 34 yards passing.

Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator 

.@NDSUFootball has won 5 straight FCS titles. @CoachKli and @ahmadsangle chat about 'chips.

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Sam Houston State's Jeremiah Briscoe enters tonight's FCS quarterfinal against James Madison four touchdown passes shy of the NCAA all-division single-season record of 61, set by Brett Elliott of Linfield. Briscoe has thrown an FCS-record 57 touchdown passes this season, including at least five in each of his last five games.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Lamar Jackson, Dede Westbrook, Jabrill Peppers and Baker Mayfield have some fun for the television cameras.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Four happy Heisman finalists. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is in Baltimore for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm dinner and arrives Saturday.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield talks about trying to stay relaxed before the Heisman ceremony.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook on quarterback Baker Mayfield: "I call Baker LeBron James. He makes everybody around him better."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Mr. Versatility Jabrill Peppers first met Heisman winner Charles Woodson on his recruiting visit to the Big House for the spring game. "It was everything I thought it would be," he said. Has it sunk in their names are now linked as defensive players who became Heisman finalists? "It hasn't," Peppers said. "Right now I'm on cloud 9 trying to soak it all in."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about making his first trip to New York City.

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A month ago, the winner of tomorrow night's Heisman ceremony was all but a foregone conclusion. Is it still? es.pn/2gtj21f

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

If I'm Woody Johnson, I'd quietly see if I could land lucky KO punch (Nick Saban, Urban Meyer) & then stick w/ Bowles if I cant

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The line for Alabama against Washington in the College Football Playoff continues to rise. It's now Alabama -15.5 at Westgate, with some 16s out there in Vegas.