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Polynesian players provide backbone of Utah's Pac-12 surge

They are the muscular beating heart of Utah's football team. Polynesian players have been the cornerstone of the Utes' success for many years.

Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown (3:05)
Herbstreit reflects on CFB season heading into Week 6 (3:14)
19hDavid Lombardi and Kyle Bonagura

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?

1dSteve Palazzolo

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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19hBrock Huard

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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11hAdam Rittenberg

Rittenberg: So is Michigan any good?

We asked opposing coaches to assess the Wolverines' progress in Year 1 of the Jim Harbaugh era. So is Michigan good? Short answer: Yes... but the QB situation is not so great.

Auburn dismisses D'haquille Williams (2:28)
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20hJeremy Crabtree

Crabtree: Ranking the top recruiters

As we approach midseason, some coaches have picked up major steam on the trail. USC's Tee Martin and Florida State's Tim Brewster top the recruiter rankings.

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1dSam Khan Jr.

Why Texas A&M is different this year

Why will the remainder of this season play out differently than 2014 for Texas A&M? Here are four reasons why Aggies fan should be optimistic.


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."

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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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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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.


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.


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?"


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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USC still has a chance for CFP

ESPN's Trevor Matich says despite USC being somewhat written off with the loss to Stanford, they still have the talent of a top-4 team.


Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is still day to day. Cook hasn't practiced yet, but Fisher said Cook wouldn't have to practice to be able to play. FSU hosts Miami on Saturday.

Who is Coach of the Year so far?

ESPN's Danny Kanell and Paul Finebaum both have Jim's as their Coach of the Year in college football so far, but one captains Michigan and the other Florida.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA LB Myles Jack tweeted out the following statement regarding his decision to declare for the NFL draft: "After long discussions with my family, teammates, coaches and friends, I have made the tough decision to leave UCLA and start preparation for the next step in my journey. While I wish I could be on the field playing with my brothers, I'm ready to fulfill a childhood dream. Nothing in my life can compare to the roar of Bruins Nation and the UCLA 8-Clap heard in the Rose Bowl. I will never forget that feeling. Thanks for all your support, I'll always bleed blue and gold."

Matich: Jack making right move going pro

ESPN's Trevor Matich agrees with UCLA LB Myles Jack's decision to declare for the NFL Draft after he will miss the season with a knee injury.


Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma has scored at least 55 points four different times against Texas during the Bob Stoops era (2000, 2003, 2011, 2012). The Sooners never reached the 55-point mark in the previous 93 meetings prior to Stoops arrival. Oklahoma's offense is averaging 40.25 points per game and Texas defense is allowing 37.8 points per game heading into their Red River Showdown meeting on Saturday.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Wednesday, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will turn 76 years old. But don't count on him having any big celebration. "It will be like every Wednesday for the past 26 years. They are all the same. I will not do anything, and I never really have except when I was a little toot (when) my mother made me blow out the candles on the cake."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Over the last 20 years there have been six double-digit underdogs in the Red River Showdown. Four times those underdogs have covered. And twice, they have won outright, including two years ago when Texas defeated Oklahoma 36-20 as a 13-point underdog. The 1-4 Longhorns are 17-point underdogs heading into Saturday against the Sooners.

Kanell: Coaches need to take a stand

Danny Kanell says Auburn coach Guz Malzahn had to take a stand early in the season, which is why he believes D'haquille 'Duke' Williams was dismissed.


Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

The hurricane warning flags are flying this week above the Seminoles' practices. It's a Florida State tradition to raise the flags the week of the Miami game. The Canes come to Tallahassee to play No. 12 FSU at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Toughest tests yet to come for Cowboys

Oklahoma State is still unbeaten but has yet to face the big names in the Big 12 and could prove themselves a legitimate threat with a win over West Virginia on Saturday.


How are Michigan, Northwestern clicking?

Michigan has established Harbaugh's brand of football and Northwestern has the playmakers, but who has the edge Saturday?