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Dodd: Independents Notre Dame and BYU are independents (mostly) by choice. With the college football playoff starting, their only real chance of reaching it is going undefeated.
What was supposed to be a light week imparts craziness in the Power Poll as our former No. 1 (Georgia) takes a fall, and so does USC after losing to Boston College, of all squads.
Oklahoma is one of the few teams that has lived up to preseason hype, allowing only 33 points in three games. The Sooners whipped Tennessee 34-10.
Steve Spurrier gets a chance to dampen the Georgia hype, something he has quite a bit of experience doing. Also, Bob Stoops' Sooners look to stomp an SEC opponent.
SOWWL is an occasional addendum to Friday's Weekend Watch List. This week we take a look at the departure of SMU's June Jones.
There's a reason why Charlie Strong is the coach at Texas, and he's just only begun to reshape and toughen up the Longhorns in his image. And he deserves the time to do it.
Autonomy takes the next step in January when representatives at the 65 power-conference schools and 15 student-athletes meet at the NCAA Convention. They will begin to move, in earnest, on the concept of cost of attendance.
He's been compared to Charles Woodson and one NFL scout called UCLA's two-way star the Pac-12's best athlete. One thing's certain: Myles Jack's future is bright.
NFL arm? Check. Size, speed and smarts? All that too. Marcus Mariota fits the mold of a No. 1 pick, but it's his unquantifiable instincts that make him truly great.
As Southern Cal's athletic director, was Pat Haden right to confront officials on the field? Yes. But it looks bad when he's also on the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Anyone in need of a credential from all the BCS title games? Dennis Dodd has them. In three decades in the business, he's covered everything from the Olympics to Stanley Cup to conference realignment. Just get him on campus in a press box in the fall. His heart lies with college football.
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