Dan Wolken covers college football and occasionally other things for @USATODAY. Send news tips, story ideas and requests to dwolken@usatoday.com

Mississippi State finds its own recruiting trail and follows it to No. 1

sports.usatoday.com — The night before National Signing Day in 2011, Jermaine Whitehead, one of the top recruits in the state of Mississippi, called Mississippi State's coaching staff to inform them he was backing out of his months-long verbal commitment and would instead sign with Auburn.

What the selection committee signaled with its initial Playoff ranking

usatoday.com — There are four things we can immediately glean from the first College Football Playoff selection committee poll, which admittedly won't mean much by next week much less Dec. 7: 1) Head-to-head matters. 2) The committee has bought into the SEC West hype. 3) Road losses to quality teams are (somewhat) forgiven.

NCAA's Mark Emmert hopes members revisit rule on autographs

indystar.com — In light of the issues that have sidelined Georgia running back Todd Gurley and prompted questions about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, NCAA President Mark Emmert told USA TODAY Sports the next calendar year is a "good time to have a discussion" about whether the current rules related to college athletes and autographs are still proper.

Pac-12 adopts reforms aimed at benefiting its athletes

usatoday.com — Even before the NCAA tackles some issues related to athlete benefits in the new autonomous structure, the Pac-12 Conference announced Monday that its presidents voted to guarantee four-year scholarships for all athletes in all sports beginning in 2015-16. The Pac 12's decision follows the Big Ten, which adopted a similar measure earlier this month.

NCAA's Mark Emmert wants members to revisit rule on autographs

Misery Index Week 9: Promise unfulfilled in Provo

usatoday.com — Just a month ago, there was quite a bit of hyperventilation about what the College Football Playoff selection committee was going to do about Brigham Young. The Cougars were 4-0 with a strong-looking team but a "just OK" schedule, and it looked like they might provide a test case for the committee since they are independent and have no automatic route to a "New Year's Six" bowl game.

Bearing No. 1 weight but still bearing fruit at Mississippi State

sports.usatoday.com — LEXINGTON, Ky. - For two weeks, one of the Southeastern Conference's perpetual underdogs had lived under the specter of playing its first game as the nation's No. 1 team. But as much as Mississippi State delighted in occupying terrain typically reserved for royalty, it also weighed on the Bulldogs.

No. 1 Mississippi State puts away a relentless Kentucky team

sports.usatoday.com — LEXINGTON, Ky. - Breaking down No. 1 Mississippi State's 45-31 victory Satuday at Kentucky: THE FALLOUT: They weren't all going to be easy for Mississippi State. Coming off an idle week, playing with the No. 1 label for the first time and going on the road against a sneaky good Kentucky team was indeed the perfect setup for the Bulldogs to get tested.

Across the nation: Utah seeks consistent QB play

usatoday.com — Travis Wilson is expected to start No. 19 Utah's game Saturday night in Salt Lake City vs. No. 21 USC. Utes coach Kyle Whittingham would really like to see him finish the game, too. Utah is 5-1 despite quarterback play so inconsistent that the coaching staff has swapped signal callers the past two games.

Report: Athletes at UNC enrolled in 'shadow curriculum'

ksdk.com — An independent investigator found evidence directly tying years of no-show classes at the University of North Carolina to a scheme that helped hundreds of athletes - particularly football and men's basketball players - raise their grades and stay eligible over an 18-year period, according to a report released Wednesday.
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Oct 30, 2014

@lvillefan11 Not sure about the hate. Louisville is a pretty limited team. Good D, offense has struggled all year.

Oct 30, 2014

Uh, exactly RT @BDBUC: @DanWolken If you watched that game you would know Clemson didn't have an offensive touchdown

Oct 30, 2014

No offense to Cole Stoudt, but Louisville lost to Cole Stoudt.

Oct 30, 2014

@BlatantHomerism They probably won’t, but they *could* lose to three of their final five opponents. At some point, it catches up to you.

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