Even with the College Football Playoff selection committee's Top 25 still battling for semifinal and New Year's Six bowl positions, it's never too early to look ahead to next season.
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Brad Edwards, Jake Trotter & Heather Dinich react to the stagnant CFP rankings (4:15), discuss Oklahoma's defensive deficiencies (8:00), delve into "What-If Wednesday" (22:05) and more. Plus, Walk-Ons (34:49) & Extra Points (45:26).
- CFP's top 10 unchanged for 1st time in rankings
- Saban says Tagovailoa will play vs. Citadel
- Northwestern ranked in AP Top 25 poll after win
- Michigan steps into CFP's top 4; Bama still No. 1
Fifty years ago, Nick Saban won his first title, at West Virginia's Monongah High. His teammates remember a determined, cerebral leader who always thought three steps ahead. Sound familiar?
Duke's Daniel Jones makes Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest ranking of the top prospects for next year's draft. Plus, Kiper picks the top 10 at every position.
The College Football Playoff's top 10 is unchanged from last week -- the first time that has happened in the rankings' history.
Adam Rittenberg, Brad Edwards & Chris Low discuss the rumors swirling around Mike MacIntyre & Colorado (3:06), the impact of Tua's health (9:30), whether Bama or OU has a more potent offense (19:35), Mike Gundy's comments on transferring snowflakes (27:10) and more. Plus, Walk-Ons (34:05) and Extra Points (50:14).
The Tide and Tigers might be closer than you think. And because the top 10 teams all won this week, we could see how close the committee thinks they are.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says he has no plans not to play quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this week against The Citadel.
Peter Burns, Ryan McGee & Chris Low discuss a great finish at Bedlam (1:58), the top-10 taking care of business (7:00), Bobby Petrino getting the axe (24:40) & more. Plus, "Talk Nerdy To Me" (33:06), Walk-Ons (39:36) and Extra Points (46:47).
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Assume Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma and Georgia all win out, Alabama finishes 12-1 and Notre Dame finishes 11-1. In that scenario, Playoff Predictor makes Clemson and Georgia virtual locks and considers Michigan very likely to get in. The decision for the last spot would be almost a toss-up between Oklahoma and Alabama, but our model thinks the committee is more likely to select the Sooners, by a hair. Notre Dame would be the least likely of the six to get in.
The day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game, Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has watched highlights of No. 1 Alabama, saying, "They're a great team every year. They're really good, really well-coached, athletes everywhere." Does Lawrence want to play Bama? "Yeah, we'd love to. We'll play whoever comes in front of us."
Everything went according to plan for the top 10 teams this weekend, but the schedule doesn't get easier from here for the teams jockeying for that final top-four ranking.
This week's top four is unanimous, from No. 1 Alabama to No. 4 Michigan. But if history has taught us anything, chaos is right around the corner.
Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass and No. 1 Alabama had its second straight shutout in a 24-0 victory over No. 18 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer
Alabama has scored two TDs in two possessions against a Mississippi State defense that had allowed nine TDs all season. What's more, the Tide has rushed for 89 yards against a defense that allows 111.4 per game. So much for the post-LSU letdown theory.
Alabama earned another shutout, Michigan kept rolling with an easy win over Rutgers and Northwestern (!) will play for the B1G title. What else did we learn?
Malinda Adams ESPN Producer
Bryant Denny Stadium is empty now, but soon it will be packed with fans.
It's the hypothetical scenario that will always remain hypothetical -- would a dominant college team beat a terrible pro team?
Ryan McGee, Chris Low & Jake Trotter discuss NC State stubbing its toe (again) (3:10), the chaos potential of Week 11 (7:40), the magnificent Kyler Murray (13:44) and more. Plus, Walk-Ons (23:07) and Extra Points (36:15).
Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer
Per the SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas, the Buffalo Bills would be 28.5-point favorites over the Alabama Crimson Tide on a neutral field.