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Olson: Texas seniors seek more stability and less drama

As Texas heads into the Red River Rivalry, with more calls for coaching change and criticism for Charlie Strong, Texas' seniors -- the ones who have seen all the upheaval -- just want an end to the drama.

8hEdward Aschoff and Alex Scarborough

Take 2: What's caused the Rocky Top tumble?

This week's SEC Take 2 looks at Tennessee's surprisingly disappointing 2-3 start, who is to blame, and where the program will go from here.

Irish not out of the playoff picture yet (0:42)
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Kiper: Paxton Lynch on latest Big Board

A handful of new names dot Mel Kiper's latest Big Board, but Paxton Lynch of Memphis is the biggest mover. A quarterback with good size, he could end up as a first-round pick someday.

Matich on Goff: Insane the things he does (1:30)
Drive Through: Pac-12 Problems (11:17)
Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown (3:05)
Herbstreit reflects on CFB season heading into Week 6 (3:14)
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Debate: Is Utah the No. 1 team in the country?

After receiving seven first place votes in the latest AP Poll, does Utah deserve to be ranked No. 1 -- the spot currently occupied by Ohio State?

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Is Fournette really CFB's most elusive RB?

Leonard Fournette's incredible rushing numbers have been well documented, but is he the nation's most elusive running back? Using their own "elusive rating" Pro Football Focus ranked the backs.

Bigger surprise: OSU's struggles or UM's resurgence? (1:01)
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Huard QB ratings: TCU's Boykin is new No. 1

Brock Huard's QB Power Rankings feature lots of turnover, including a new No. 1. And if you scan through his entire top 10, you may notice the omission of a certain No. 1 school's No. 1 QB.

Drive Through: Heisman and playoff race (9:31)
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Heisman Watch: Fournette a unanimous No. 1

LSU running back Leonard Fournette received all 10 first-place votes from ESPN's panel of Heisman experts for the first time, while TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin moved up to No. 2.

Big Man On Campus: Jared Goff (2:22)
A lot on the line for Georgia and Tennessee (1:12)


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All ticket sale proceeds for LSU-South Carolina game, minus expenses for hosting game, will be given to South Carolina

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Tee Shepard, the Ole Miss CB playing through a hearing impairment, has decided to give up football and pursue his degree. "The injuries and challenges I have overcome the last few years have taken away my love for playing the game of football," Shepard said. "I will always love this team and [will] cheer them on as they compete for a championship."

Chase Herbstreit's upset pick of the week

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit may have to ask his son for picks advice on Saturdays from now on if he keeps getting them right.


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas DC Vance Bedford said freshman CB Kris Boyd's biggest punishment for using Twitter at halftime of the loss to TCU was all the negative media attention he received. He's learned from his mistake. "These kids today, they really don't understand when you put something out there how it can be blown up," Bedford said.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Oklahoma State and West Virginia will be without their defensive leaders Saturday, and for the rest of the season. OSU LB and three-year starter Ryan Simmons suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend. S Karl Joseph, who injured his knee in a non-contact drill Tuesday, was on pace to break the WVU record for most career defensive starts. Joseph's injury is especially devastating. He had emerged as the early Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year favorite. The Cowboys will miss Simmons' presence, too. But they have a ready-made replacement in former Cal transfer Chad Whitener.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU's profile will look odd with 11 regular-season games and only four road games, but the Tigers' Playoff prospects shouldn't be overly harmed. Road games against both Alabama and Ole Miss will resonate one way or the other, and home games with Florida and Texas A&M can boost LSU's profile. Think it's important for LSU to look good against struggling South Carolina team, but the schedule shouldn't hurt LSU in committee's eyes.

Herbstreit: TCU loss hurts Texas' legacy

Kirk Herbstreit wonders if Texas will show up for the Oklahoma game after Saturday's embarrassing loss to TCU. "Is there anyone in that locker room that has a shred of pride?"


Matich: Alabama looks unbeatable

Trevor Matich believes after a loss to Ole Miss, Alabama has figured it out and the Crimson Tide are now the most unbeatable team in the country.


Is Florida the favorite to win the SEC?

The numbers say the Gators' schedule sets up favorably but Mark Schlabach thinks Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M might be better bets to win the SEC title. Man vs. Metric

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Spurrier: We wanted to do the right thing

Steve Spurrier told SportsCenter that he believes the decision to move Saturday's game from South Carolina to Baton Rouge because of flooding is the right one.


Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Austin American-Statesman, roughly 2,400 tickets on the Texas side of the Cotton Bowl remain unsold for Saturday's Red River Showdown.

4-0 Navy with shot to crash a big bowl

Dan Hawkins gives Navy a 13% chance of playing in a New Year's Day bowl game but its road schedule makes it extra tough.


South Carolina-LSU game moved

In light of the flooding in the Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday's game against LSU will take place in Baton Rouge. Said South Carolina president Harris Pastides, “Yesterday, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region’s recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll."

Polynesian players provide Utah backbone

Said Utah DT Viliseni Fauonuku: "I think -- I know for sure -- we are a warrior race. Our generation is a warrior generation. We're fun loving, but as soon as you step at my brother in any type of way, it's a whole different person." The No. 5 Utes are prepping to host Cal and College GameDay this weekend. Polynesian pipeline

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Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin's top receiver, Alex Erickson, is still going through concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury Saturday against Iowa. He leads the team in receptions (26) and yards (350) for a second straight season. "I'm just taking it one day at a time," he said. "I've just got to make sure that as I progress, the symptoms don't come back and my head feels good."

This Day In SEC History: Hobnail Boot Game

On Oct. 6, 2001, Larry Munson made his legendary "hobnail boot" call in Georgia's win over Tennessee.


Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn addressed his decision to dismiss D'haquille Williams: "Any time you have to make a tough call and dismiss a player, it's not easy. At the same time, this is a team sport and you're always going to think about the team first."

Becht: Not on the Gators bandwagon

ESPN's Anthony Becht isn't sold on Florida being a national title contender, but does believe they are good to win the SEC East.


Is Alabama the favorite again in the SEC?

ESPN's Danny Kanell and Paul Finebaum both say Alabama is back as a slight favorite in the SEC, but expect the likes of Texas A&M and Florida to challenge the Tide.


Fournette: The best kind of different

The LSU running back is the best kind of different, writes ESPN's Ivan Maisel. Like LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Bryce Harper, Fulfilling expectations

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