West Virginia's sneaky tweak off the jet sweep. Alabama's double play-action and bomb. Hey, NFL teams: Put these in your playbook.
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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists: Kentucky LB Josh Allen, Michigan LB Devin Bush, LSU S Grant Delpit, Clemson DT Christian Wilkins, Alabama NT Quinnen Williams.
- CFP's top 10 unchanged for 1st time in rankings
- Ex-Giants RB, Michigan captain Johnson dies at 71
- Northwestern ranked in AP Top 25 poll after win
- Michigan steps into CFP's top 4; Bama still No. 1
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.
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).
The College Football Playoff's top 10 is unchanged from last week -- the first time that has happened in the rankings' history.
Former New York Giants running back Ron Johnson, who was the first black player to be a captain of the Michigan football team, has died. He was 71.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Former Michigan All-America halfback & Giants All-Pro Ron Johnson died Sat. at 71. A former Natl. Football Fndtn. chairman, Johnson was "everything you wanted in a player, teammate, and most importantly as a person," said his NFF successor Archie Manning in a statement Mon. A 1992 College Football HoF inductee, Johnson was a Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Mich.'s 1st African-American captain & NY's 1st 1,000-yard rusher (1970 & ‘72). His late brother Alex won the ‘70 AL batting title as a Calif. Angel.
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.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
If Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma all win out, Playoff Predictor thinks Michigan (65%) is more likely to take that last spot and get in the playoff than Oklahoma (40%).
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.
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.
Shea Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and No. 4 Michigan kept its national championship hopes intact with a 42-7 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
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?
Doug Kezirian gets 5 plays from Phil Steele and they also break down other high-profile college football games. Plus, John Murray of the SuperBook shares plays from wise guys (19:20). And is Duke basketball beatable?
LSU's loss to Alabama dropped the Tigers to No. 7, and Michigan's dominant victory over Penn State slid the Wolverines into the top four.
Michigan is up to No. 4 in the CFP rankings this week after Saturday's big win over rival Penn State and LSU's shutout loss to No. 1 Alabama.