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Miller: Did USC make the right choice in hiring Helton?

Clay Helton's hire has an emotional component that will be welcomed by players and staff. But take away the goodwill: Did USC get this decision right?

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Mel & Todd: Heisman candidates in the NFL

Who deserves to be in primary consideration for the Heisman Trophy, and how will those candidates fare in the NFL? Mel Kiper and Todd McShay issue their ballots -- and next-level assessments.

Drive Through: Weekend Reaction (8:01)
Trojans' great reaction to Helton being named head coach (0:33)
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11hMark Schlabach

The Eliminator wins big during Rivalry Week

Baylor, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are eliminated from CFP consideration with only one week to go before the actual selections are announced.

10hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

In this year's Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, Paul Lukas provides some cool sports-themed gift ideas for the rabid fan in your life -- from books to bottle openers to drinking straws.

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Ching: What's next for LSU?

Les Miles will definitely be back in 2016, but the same can't necessarily be said for the team's top assistants.

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3hMark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy

Bowl projections: Looking ahead after Week 13

After each week of the season, Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy detail the bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff.

CFB playoff: Who's in? (1:59)
College Football Top Plays: Week 13 (1:54)


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa and Michigan State have met four times before this week with both teams ranked in the AP poll. The Hawkeyes are 4-0, most recently winning 37-6 in 2010 over No. 5 MSU, the Spartans' worst loss ever as a top-5 team.

How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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W. Michigan-MTSU to meet in Bahamas Bowl

The first of the 41 bowl matchups this postseason is set, as a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that Western Michigan (7-5) will face Middle Tennessee State (7-5) in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 24. Middle Tennessee accepted its bowl bid Saturday, and Western Michigan will get the official invite later this week.

Rice RB gives powerful postgame speech

Rice senior RB Luke Turner, who received just one Division I offer after he broke his leg in high school, gave a powerful reminder of how strong the coach-player relationship can be when speaking to reporters Saturday. Watch his emotional speech

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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State's Carl Nassib was named Big Ten defensive player of the year. Nassib leads nation with 15.5 sacks despite missing almost all of the last two games with a shoulder injury. Incredible season for the senior, who is a former walk-on.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

With the official NCAA determination on 5-7 bowl teams and Missouri's decision to decline a bid, Nebraska and Minnesota are in line to receive invites. Illinois needs Georgia State and South Alabama to lose this week.

USC players ecstatic over Helton's hiring

When Clay Helton was announced as USC's permanent head coach during a team meeting, the players reacted exactly how you would want them to.


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USC wanted to interview Bengals OC Hue Jackson for head coach job, but timing did not and could not work out during NFL season, per sources.

Missouri won't accept bowl bid

Despite finishing 5-7, the Tigers had a chance to participate in a bowl game, but Missouri AD Mack Rhoades released a statement saying "our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process." Gary Pinkel, the all-time winningest coach in school history, announced earlier this season he would resign at the end of this campaign.

Eight teams still have a chance ...

Entering the last week of games before the CFP committee makes its final decisions, six teams are still in contention and two more are on the fence. Eliminator: Who's in?


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook were the only unanimous selections to the ACSMA All-ACC first team. Now the big question -- who will win ACC Player of the Year honors when the award is announced Wednesday? The two Heisman candidates figure to be the front-runners.

Did USC get it right with Clay Helton hire?

"Today, the decision feels questionable. Hiring Helton isn't going to be judged a sure-thing by anyone. ... Yet that immediate, emotional reaction can have a short shelf life when a coach starts leading his team," writes Ted Miller. Hire lacks pizzazz

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Drawing Conclusions: Week 13's impact

Matt Schick recaps Week 13's biggest storylines, including rivalry-week winners Alabama and Clemson, Oklahoma's Bedlam victory and Iowa's undefeated season.


Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Optimistic preseason expectations for Florida State were for the Seminoles to finish 10-2. After a rout of Florida, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher expressed his pleasure that FSU grew into the team he believed it could become by season's end. While there is still a chance for 11 wins and a major bowl in 2015, this "rebuilding" year has the Noles poised to pursue another ACC and national championship in 2016.

Clay Helton signs 5-year deal with USC

USC AD Pat Haden gave a five-year guaranteed deal to Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford on Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.

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Fuente: You don't replace a legend

Justin Fuente said he had many offers to leave Memphis but turned them down until Virginia Tech contacted him to fill the vacancy left by the retiring Frank Beamer: "We all know you don't replace a legend in coaching. You hope to build on what he's done." Fuente went 9-3 this season.


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The Big Ten Championship is the first Top 5 Big Ten matchup GameDay has attended since No. 1 Ohio State vs No. 2 Michigan in 2006.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

When North Carolina and Clemson play in the ACC championship game, Broyles Award finalists Gene Chizik and Brent Venables will be faced with a similar task: slowing down a high-powered offense. Both coordinators have been so impressive, it is tough to say who has done a better job. Is it Chizik, who transformed one of the worst defenses in the country a year ago into a group giving up an average of 100 yards and 19 points fewer per game? Or is it Venables, who replaced eight Clemson starters and still has the No. 8 defense in the country?

Saban's shadow looms large over SEC

Mark Richt is out at Georgia, and Les Miles was nearly let go at LSU, even though both have won more than 70 percent of their games. The reason: Nick Saban, who is 35-5 in his last 40 games against SEC foes. Beat 'Bama or bust

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Oklahoma now alone at No. 3

The Sooners own sole possession of third place in ESPN's rankings after sharing with Michigan State last week. That's a product of their 58-23 thumping of Oklahoma State, which ended their regular season. Power Rankings

Schad: Clay Helton earned this

USC chose not to hire a big name from outside the program, which shows Joe Schad just how well the players have embraced Helton.


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USC QB Cody Kessler told me today: We dont need a big-name coach. We need someone who will get the job done.