The Big 12's marquee games this fall have finished with scores like 62-52, 50-39 and 49-42, with critics of the league's defensive aptitude coming out in force as a result. A deeper look inside the numbers suggests the criticism is overblown.
After being the target of many rants by coach Dabo Swinney, Ray-Ray McCloud has matured and is helping Clemson in all three phases of the game.
Whether it's for postseason placement, Heisman recognition or plain old bragging rights, the games this week matter. Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay pick the ones they'll be watching most closely for a variety of reasons.
The committee jumped Miami to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings ahead of rivalry week, which is sure to jumble the next rankings.
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson has 16 rushing TDs in nine games, thanks in part to his newfound patience and some summer work in the sand pit.
If there was minimal change in the CFP top 25 this week, anticipate seismic shifts during rivalry week. Here are the 10 games with the most playoff impact, beginning with the Iron Bowl.
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