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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Lincoln Riley on Baker Mayfield's suspension: "This is not going to define him."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Seven of the last eight years, the winner of the Iron Bowl has appeared in the national championship game. "As a coach, it's always a big game," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "It always means a lot. ... Everybody knows what's at stake."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama OL Ross Pierschbacher is day-to-day and has not been cleared to practice yet, according to Nick Saban. He suffered a high-ankle sprain two weeks ago against Mississippi State. At the time of the injury, there was optimism that he would be available to play against Auburn.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

A good sign for Alabama as it prepares to play Auburn for a right to appear in the SEC Championship Game: star DB Minkah Fitzpatrick will practice today. He did not play against Mercer on Saturday recovering from a pulled hamstring.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA interim coach Jedd Fisch on Jim Mora's dismissal: "Its never good, it's very emotional." As expected, he would like to be considered to be the permanent head coach.


Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Baker Mayfield will not start and will not be a captain for the West Virginia game, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Monday. Mayfield will play.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the 4-7 Cornhuskers prepare for Black Friday against Iowa: "I really don't see any need to be angry" at anyone about the struggles of this season. The coach's tenure in Lincoln appears headed to an end this week, but Riley has remained upbeat at every turn. He's focused this week, he said, on his players. "I don't need to reflect on the big picture yet."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Big week in Orlando. The USF-UCF winner goes to the American Athletic Conference championship game.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero will not hold a press conference or comment about the coaching search until the process is complete.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's quarterback for its game against Ohio State this weekend remains a question mark. Brandon Peters is going through concussion protocol and will be evaluated again Monday. Jim Harbaugh says he's not sure if Wilton Speight will be cleared for contact in practice this week.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

It's the holiday season at Alabama's football facility, and there's a new ornament on the tree which pays homage to Nick Saban's straw hat.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley called the handshake snub "a lightning rod" for how tensions escalated in the Kansas game.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois announces it will build a statue of former star Dick Butkus at the entrance to its new football performance center, expected to be completed before the 2019 season. Butkus was an All-America linebacker and center for the Illini, and won Big Ten MVP honors in 1963. "Usually when you get a statue you are in the dirt, so this will be very different," Butkus said in a statement. "I appreciate the tribute, but it is very humbling."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

David Beaty said he talked to OU coach Lincoln Riley over the weekend and apologized for the handshake snub.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas coach David Beaty on the handshake snub: "We let them know it was unacceptable and will never happen again."

Adam Schefter @

Talk about a rough year: Former Broncos OC and Chargers HC Mike McCoy now has been fired twice in the past 10+ months.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The top four teams in last week's CFP Selection Committee Rankings remain the four most likely teams to finish with a top-4 Strength of Record.