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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said defensive end Austin Bryant (foot) is close to being at full strength headed into the Florida State game Saturday. "Best he's been since camp, so it sure is good to have him back," Swinney said. He added running back Wayne Gallman took every rep in practice Tuesday and is "ready to go."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall gave a nod to Duke's approach against Louisville, when the Blue Devils decided to milk the play clock as much as possible to keep the ball away from Lamar Jackson. It nearly worked. "That gives us the best chance, a similar approach," Mendenhall said.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia has provided a tough challenge to Louisville in the two years they've played in the ACC, winning in 2014 and losing by a touchdown in 2015. Though coach Bronco Mendenhall wasn't a part of those games, he's heard his players discuss the success they've had against the Cards going into their game Saturday. "I was not a part of it, but to the players it's real," Mendenhall said. "I will do everything I can to build the momentum off that."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami gave up eight sacks last week in a loss to Virginia Tech, while Notre Dame has struggled to get after the passer (six sacks in seven games). Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he is not reading too much into the Hurricanes' performance last week as an indicator his team might get more sacks Saturday. "Virginia Tech can be an avalanche," Kelly said. "Bud Foster does a great job of doing that against everybody. He's been doing that for 30 years."

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."