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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook said he had no idea he was going to be a Heisman finalist until his name was announced Monday night. He said his jaw dropped. "This wasn't part of the plan," Westbrook said. Teammate Baker Mayfield was much more certain. "I knew Dede would be there."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson said he was pumped to be a Heisman finalist, and said his teammates have told him to "bring it home." As for being the first player in Louisville history to be a Heisman finalist, he said, "That's amazing."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor players are here at the Ferrell Center for Matt Rhule's introductory press conference.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh labeled Florida State's Dalvin Cook and Penn State's Saquon Barkley as the best backs he's seen in 2016. Barkley is "nifty," he said, and Cook is a "slasher at the highest level."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor getting ready to introduce new football coach Matt Rhule to the public at the Ferrell Center.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

One of Jim Harbaugh's signature life moments -- knocking a coconut from a tree after hours of trying and then finally cracking it open and eating it before the 1976 Orange Bowl.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh was asked how he's gotten over the loss to Ohio State. He answered by saying it was tough and then quoted an English folk song about Andrew Barton: "I am hurt but I am not slain I'll lay me down and bleed awhile Then I'll rise and fight again"

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU's Ed Orgeron received a one-time payment of $675,000 to serve as the Tigers' interim head coach for two months according to documents released by the school on Wednesday. In addition, interim offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger received a one-time payment of $75,000 upon his temporary promotion from tight ends coach and defensive line coach Pete Jenkins was paid roughly $25,000 per month after joining the staff as a temporary employee on Sept. 25.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama backup QBs Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell are transferring, but a source told ESPN that Bateman will stay on through the College Football Playoff. Seeing as Jalen Hurts runs the football as much as he does, keeping an experienced backup on the roster is pivotal. No word yet on whether Cornwell will finish out the season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on Washington's selection to the playoff: "I wasn't surprised. Once they were ranked fifth, the talk around the office was that they control their own destiny."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Houston Chronicle first reported, Oklahoma offense coordinator Lincoln Riley is no longer in the running for the Houston head coaching job, according to a source. Houston's search is now focused on the two in-house candidates, defensive coordinator and interim head coach Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, as well as Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The Cougars could have a coach named by the end of the week.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on the playoff selections and process: "Around the edges, there's always going to be an argument. There was in Year 1, maybe there wasn't in Year 2, there was in Year 3. So there was a cluster there, and the committee resolved it as they saw best. We wanted the human element, we got the human element, we created a document with some standards, but they're flexible. Everybody wants to know, what's the algorithm? Well, there is no algorithm. There's standards applied by people for the facts of the day."

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama reserve quarterback David Cornwell announced via Twitter that he is transferring out of the program. He is the third quarterback who chose to transfer since midseason, following Blake Barnett (now at Arizona State) and Cooper Bateman planning to (according to AL.com). Cornwell was the No. 57 overall player in the 2014 ESPN 300.

Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

B1G commish Jim Delany, when told NCAA President Mark Emmert prefers an 8-team CFBPlayoff: "Everyone has an opinion. He doesn't have a vote though."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford strength coach Shannon Turley with some thoughts on Christian McCaffrey's lasting impact.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to the headline awards, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, Alabama's Cam Robinson wins the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and Arkansas' Brooks Ellis named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama dominates the SEC's superlative awards: Jalen Hurts named Offensive Player of the Year, Jonathan Allen named Defensive Player of the Year and Nick Saban named Coach of the Year.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Video of Christian McCaffrey making his NFL Draft statement.

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"Bryce Love will be one of the most dynamic running backs in college football... he tries to emulate Christian," Shaw said of next year's featured Stanford back. The Cardinal also expect Cameron Scarlett's playing time to increase.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"I would be surprised if [Christian McCaffrey] isn't taken in the first round," Stanford coach David Shaw

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaw says McCaffrey compares to LeSean McCoy, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk, and Reggie Bush

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"Vision, quickness, toughness, physical speed, and the ability to finish tackles... there are a lot of teams right now that are licking their chops on a guy who is a Swiss Army knife of a human being," David Shaw says of Christian McCaffrey