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Best of Week 8: The return of Battle of the Bones, a Manning family party and more

College football is never short of drama, and just this week we got more action on the conference realignment side of things with FAU, Rice, Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA and UAB set to join the American Athletic Conference. So if we got a bit of a shake-up early in the week, there’s no telling what else will be shaken up on Saturday.

Check out all the results, reaction and revelry from throughout the land.

Game of the moment: No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN App)

It would take a mammoth upset for a top-two team to lose for a third straight week, but any chance to watch the take-no-prisoners Bearcats in action is worthwhile.

Read more from Bill Connelly’s Week 8 preview (ESPN+).

Full schedule: All teams | Top 25

GameDay antics

Bill Walton was the guest picker this Saturday, and you know with him there’s always a guaranteed golden gif or meme like this one.

How about Bill Walton shows up every week?

And Lee Corso’s pick is …



Lee Corso makes his headgear pick for the Pac-12 matchup between No. 10 Oregon and UCLA.

Next Manning up

Ole Miss will retire Eli Manning’s No. 10 on Saturday, and in tribute it painted the end zones with “Manning” instead of “Rebels.” Surely that has nothing to do with the fact that the nation’s most sought-after recruit is Eli’s nephew, class of 2023 QB Arch Manning. Arch will be on hand for Saturday’s game as Lane Kiffin & Co. make a pitch for a third-generation Manning quarterback to go to Oxford.

For more on the life of Arch, check out this piece by Mark Schlabach. And Tom VanHaaren has you covered with the latest updates on his recruitment.

Scene in the stands

We’re definitely hyped for the Space Game.

Juwan Howard came out to support Michigan.

Did Arkansas State win? No. So sadly, these fans will definitely need to show up like this again next weekend.

Maybe someone was out just a little past their bedtime.

Nothing to see here … quite literally.

It’s all fun and games

And sometimes it’s work and parental duty. But hey, Nick Saban didn’t seem to mind the slight interruption to his news conference.



Alabama coach Nick Saban shares an adorable moment with a reporter who is holding his baby while posing his question.

Battle of the Bones!

With UAB moving to the AAC soon, one of the greatest rivalry trophies to exist is making a comeback for any future UAB-Memphis games on the horizon.

Mascot check-in

Rice, Temple and FAU, all backed by the mighty owls, will soon all be in the AAC, and sure, three might be a crowd, but it looks like a fun party anyway.

Uniform updates

Walking on eggshells it seems, huh, Oregon?

So long as this thing stays upright, sure, we’ll ride with Oklahoma.

Yes, Coastal Carolina lost, but the Chants went out in style, at least.

For more on the best uniforms, check this out.

More must-see

App State took down No. 14 Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, and the fans couldn’t wait to celebrate.



After Appalachian State notches a game-winning field goal, fans storm the field to celebrate a close 30-27 win over Coastal Carolina.

Sourced from ESPN

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