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Senior digital producer @USATODAYsports helping with coverage of college football and other sports. On two wheels in my free time.

Bowl projections: Ohio State in position for final playoff spot — The biggest revelation of the latest College Football Playoff rankings wasn't the move of Alabama to No. 1. It was the rise of Ohio State past Baylor into the sixth spot. That adjustment opens the door for the Buckeyes to claim the final playoff spot if they win out.

Bowl projections: Alabama falls out; Baylor moves in to College Football Playoff — First things first. Bowl projections attempts to predict how the College Football Playoff committee will choose its teams. It is not an indication of which teams SHOULD be in the playoff. Alabama survived LSU last weekend, but asking the Crimson Tide to come back and beat Mississippi State and Auburn and likely Georgia in the SEC title game is too much.

College football winners and losers for Week 11 — No. 10 Baylor had never won in Norman, Okla. And the Bears' last defeat of a ranked opponent on the road came in 1991. Baylor erased both of those blemishes by pounding Oklahoma. After trailing early, the Bears scored the final 45 points in a 48-14 victory.

Bowl projections: TCU grabs place away from second SEC team — How crazy has the first two months of the season been? TCU was an afterthought during preseason talk about the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs have a great opportunity to make the field with a defeat of Kansas State this week.

Bowl projections: Names change, but SEC still has two playoff teams — Mississippi may have lost to LSU, but the SEC's road to the College Football Playoff still runs through Oxford. The Rebels will play Auburn and Mississippi State at home with a trip to Arkansas sandwiched in between those two games. Three wins puts Ole Miss in Atlanta for a likely meeting with Georgia.

Bowl projections: Mississippi makes its move into playoff — Another weekend of change in college football has caused adjustments to this week's bowl projections. After an impressive win at Texas A&M, Mississippi has the inside track on the SEC West with both Auburn and Mississippi State coming to Oxford next month.

Bowl projections: For second week in row, Florida State barely hangs on — Florida State found itself down 17 points in the first half before a come-from-behind win at North Carolina State that kept the Seminoles as part of this week's College Football Playoff projection. The one change to the six major bowls is the addition of East Carolina as the representative from the best team outside the Power 5 conferences.

Bowl projections: Florida State barely hangs on to its place — With or without Jameis Winston, it didn't matter if Florida State lost at home to Clemson. The Seminoles would have been on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff picture. But FSU survived and advanced and the only damage was a drop in its seeding.

LSU's Les Miles takes shot at Notre Dame QB Gunner Kiel — Les Miles isn't pulling any punches about the decision of Gunner Kiel to renege on his commitment from LSU. The Tigers coach was speaking about his recruiting class Wednesday and touched on the subject of Kiel, a quarterback from Columbus, Ind., who enrolled early last month at Notre Dame after being pledged to LSU in December.

College football's Week 2 winners and losers — With the way Notre Dame dominated Michigan in a 31-0 win Saturday, you have to wonder why the Irish decided to end this series. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was outstanding with a pair of first-half touchdowns to put his team comfortably ahead.
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Nov 22, 2014

We're going to a scoreless overtime in Winston-Salem.

Nov 22, 2014

Oklahoma's Samaje Perine now almost at 300 yards after first carry of third quarter goes for 66-yard touchdown.

Nov 22, 2014

We're just 2:43 from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech ending four quarters scoreless. #riveting

Nov 22, 2014

Michael Brewer today is unrecognizable from the player that beat Ohio State in Week 2.

Nov 22, 2014

Illinois and Northwestern will play next week for bowl eligibility.

Nov 22, 2014

Tevin Coleman on a really good team would easily be in New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation.

Nov 22, 2014

Tevin Coleman ... 90 yard touchdown. Indiana leads Ohio State.

Nov 22, 2014

Ohio State punting again. Still hasn't scored since 8:28 left in first quarter. Indiana confidence growing.

Nov 22, 2014

@kinghulyo2 They're going to win. No doubt. But this is not an impressive effort at all.

Nov 22, 2014

Ohio State-Indiana taking on TCU-Kansas feel. Buckeyes very sloppy when they need an impressive performance for committee.

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