In addition to all-conference teams, here are the top players, coaches and freshmen from each Power 5 league.
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Washington State athletic director Pat Chun says the Cougars should have been safely off to a New Year's Six bowl -- most likely the Fiesta -- but instead they will play No. 24 Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl.
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From Dec. 15 through Jan. 7, the Celebration Bowl through the CFP National Championship, Adam Rittenberg picks his winners for bowl season.
Ryan McGee, Jake Trotter & Chris Low discuss Texas Tech's new coach (1:45), Rob Mullens' response to Mike Leach 7:00), preview championship weekend (16:25) and more. Plus, Walk-Ons (37:40) and Extra Points (44:21).
Matt Schick, Ivan Maisel & Adam Rittenberg close the loop on some coaching news (1:35), discuss Mike Leach's gripes with the CFP Selection Committee (8:10), the ramifications of Championship Weekend (17:15) and more. Plus, Phil Steele's picks (32:22), "Talk Nerdy To Me" (44:15), Walk-Ons (50:52) and Extra Points (59:41).
After three weeks of the same top four, Georgia enters the semifinals, while Michigan tumbles out after a loss to Ohio State.
Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer
With Washington's win in the Apple Cup, the Pac-12's playoff hopes are over, as the conference champion (Washington or Utah) will have three losses. The Big 12, though, is still alive and Oklahoma has a second chance this season to show the selection committee it can beat Texas, this time in the conference championship game. OU's best-case scenario would be for Ohio State to win the Big Ten because the Sooners have a better chance to get in at the expense of the Buckeyes than Michigan — though nothing is a guarantee.
Myles Gaskin broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and No. 16 Washington won its second Pac-12 North Division title in three years, beating No. 7 Washington State 28-15 on a snowy Friday night.
Joel Anderson ESPN
Washington RB Myles Gaskin becomes the first player in Pac-12 history to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons on a possibly back-breaking 80-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
This is shaping up to be one of the most memorable Apple Cups in history. It's only the eighth time ever the game has been a matchup of ranked teams and how this ends, in the snow, in Pullman, will be a fixture in Apple Cup highlights for years.
Joel Anderson ESPN
It probably was a long shot because of the driving snow and *college kickers* but you wonder if Washington State is going regret not even attempting a FG at the end of the half. It'd have been a 41-yarder and kicker Blake Mazza is 10 of 15 this year, with a long of 50. Instead Gardner Minshew virtually punted it into the end zone and the Huskies escaped the scoring threat.
Joel Anderson ESPN
We're now at the point in the Apple Cup where players are trying to kick the snow off the turf here at Martin Stadium, hoping to make it a little less slick. They're not having much luck so far.
Washington State's marching band performed its rival's fight song in a poignant pregame tribute a day after several members of the Washington marching band were injured in a bus rollover.
Ohio State dominates Michigan to start a lively playoff debate a day after Oklahoma earned a rematch with Texas. What else have we learned in Week 13?
The Washington marching band will not attend Friday's Apple Cup against Washington State after a bus carrying members of the band rolled over on an icy highway Thursday night.
Who wins when No. 4 Michigan goes to No. 10 Ohio State? Our reporters pick that game, plus Oklahoma-West Virginia, Auburn-Alabama and Washington-Washington State.
Undefeated UCF jumps into the CFP's top 10, claiming the highest ranking by a Group of 5 contender in the rankings' history.
Washington State, ranked No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, will face Houston in the AdvoCare Kickoff on Sept. 13, 2019, at NRG Stadium in Houston, it was announced Tuesday.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
The 2018 Broyles Award semifinalists (nation's top assistant coach): UAB defensive coordinator David Reeves, Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, Army DC Jay Bateman, Cal DC Tim DeRuyter, UCF O-line coach Glen Elarbee, Clemson co-OC Jeff Scott, Georgia OL coach Sam Pittman, LSU D-coordinator Dave Aranda, Michigan DC Don Brown, Mississippi State DC Bob Shoop, Notre Dame OC Chip Long, Oklahoma co-OC/OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh, Utah State OC David Yost, Washington State DC Tracy Claeys, West Virginia OC Jake Spavital.
The stakes are always high in season-ending rivalry games, but this year, rivals are standing in the way of three Power 5 teams looking to go undefeated.
The Crimson Tide have six finalists for this season's College Football Awards, with Tua Tagovailoa and Quinnen Williams finalists for two of them.
At No. 23, Army makes its first appearance in the AP poll since 1996, but things at the top of the rankings remain largely unchanged.