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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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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.


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.


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.


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?


Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly updated the status of injured players Tyler Luatua (concussion) and Quenton Nelson (high ankle sprain) at his Tuesday press conference, saying Luatua has been cleared for contact and Nelson will have a boot taken off Wednesday.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer on the high standards being placed on Ohio State as it defends the national title: "It's impossible to live up to expectations, but that's not our job. Our job is to win games."

Richt: 'You wish you're coaching baseball"

Mark Richt appreciates the passion of his fans and wishes he could play another game ASAP so Georgia can redeem themselves from the Alabama loss.


Is Oklahoma good enough to make playoff?

With the high-octane offense Oklahoma boasts, they can keep up with anyone in the country, but will it be enough to make the College Football Playoff?


Swinney: Watson is our heart and soul

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says QB Deshaun Watson is the key to Clemson's success going forward. "I can't say enough good things about him."


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said QB Nate Sudfeld and RB Jordan Howard were dressed at practice but limited as they deal with injuries that kept them out in the second half last week. "We'll see how the week progresses," Wilson said. "They've played enough, we don't have to over practice them."

Spurrier: 'We're gonna make some changes'

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier didn't sound too hopeful about the adjustments he's hoping to make to the 2-3 Gamecocks' gameplan.


Heisman Watch: Fournette unanimous No. 1

It shouldn't be a surprise since the LSU running back became the first player in SEC history to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games. List is RB-heavy

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