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GameDay Kickoff: How rivalry week impacts the College Football Playoff

Sure, there are bragging rights on the line this week. But rivalry week can also be make or break for teams in contention for the College Football Playoff.

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FSU official: Special treatment for accused players

The Florida State University official once in charge of the office that counsels campus rape victims told lawyers suing the school that football players receive special treatment, and that most o

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The best of rivalry week

Rivalry week is here. Take a look back at the top moments from the best rivalries around the country.

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Jay Boice, Reuben Fischer-Baum and Andrew Flowers

FiveThirtyEight: Notre Dame is running out of time

The Irish's playoff odds took a noticeable hit, down to 21 percent. Both a strong one-loss Big 12 champ and an undefeated or one-loss Big Ten winner are better bets to make the playoff over Notre Dame.

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Huard QB ratings: Chaos reigns at the top

Deshaun Watson still leads the QB pack, according to Insider Brock Huard. But after Clemson's star passer, it's another week of turbulence and overhaul, mostly due to a rash of QB injuries.


Tech scores TD on fake victory formation

The Red Raiders lined up like they would kneel the ball and run out the clock against Texas. Instead, Jakeem Grant surprised everyone, took the ball and raced 40 yards for the score.


Texas Tech scores TD on miracle tipped pass

Texas appeared to have a certain interception, but in the spirit of giving, a collision popped the ball into the hands of Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant, who took it 65 yards to the house.


No one can bring down Chris Warren III

Texas lost a wild one to Texas Tech, but may have found a star in RB Chris Warren III, who went off for 276 yards and 4 TDs, including this 91-yard score in which he broke about a hundred tackles all the way down the field.


The meaning of thanksgiving ...

It's something the UCF Knight and USF Bull are having a hard time figuring out.


How did he hold on to that?

UCF may have finished the season 0-12, but you can't blame WR Justin Holman, who made the catch and did a full flip in the air before landing.


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Texas RB Chris Warren rushed for a school freshman record 276 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries against Texas Tech. In his first career start, with three of the Longhorns' top four backs injured, Warren was unstoppable. He became the fourth back to rush for 200+ yards against Tech this season.

Texas Tech holding on late vs. Longhorns

Texas Tech and Texas are lighting up the scoreboard, with the Red Raiders leading 41-38 late in the 4th quarter. The Longhorns have the ball and have a chance to tie or take the lead. Follow live

USF steamrolls UCF

South Florida defeats UCF 44-3 to drop the Golden Knights to 0-12 on the season.


Warren III keeps running over Tech defense

Texas' Chris Warren III broke another handful of would-be tackles for a 21-yard TD against Texas Tech.


Fan sign: 'Beat somebody'

Down double-digits, UCF QB Justin Holman threw an interception, which left a solitary fan's sign hanging a little bit lower.


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Unusually shaky night so far from Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. He completed 12 of 24 first-half passes for 182 yards and an INT. His lone TD came on a pass that was briefly intercepted, too. The Red Raiders have failed to convert on 7 of their first 8 third downs.

Chris Warren III will not be stopped

Texas RB Chris Warren III broke tackle after tackle on his way to a 91-yard touchdown against Texas Tech.


It's not easy being a UCF fan

When you're team is the winless Central Florida, this is what gameday is like.


How did he hold on to that?

UCF's Justin Holman made the catch and did a full flip before landing with the ball.


Texas Tech scores TD on miraculous tipped pass

Texas appeared to have a certain interception, but in the spirit of giving, a collision popped the ball into the hands of Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant, who took it 65 yards to the house.


Flowers extends South Florida's lead

South Florida's Quinton Flowers plunged into the end zone to give his team a 21-3 win over in-state rival Central Florida on ESPN.


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Weather could have an impact across the Big 12 this weekend including the highlight games at TCU and Oklahoma State. Cold rain is expected throughout the game on Friday night when No. 7 Baylor takes on No. 19 TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile freezing rain is expected in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday night when No. 3 Oklahoma visits No. 11 Oklahoma State.

South Florida leading rival UCF on ESPN

South Florida took the lead with this TD pass from Quinton Flowers to Chris Barr. (Live on ESPN)