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Heisman race narrows, with Tagovailoa in lead

Heisman race narrows, with Tagovailoa in lead

The Heisman Trophy race is separating into three tiers and continues to be led by Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook lists Tagovailoa at 5/7 odds, or minus-140, meaning someone would need to bet $140 to return $100 in profit. He is followed by LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, each at +300.Burrow and Hurts inched closer this week, improving from +350, while Tagovailoa fell from -160.After that trio, there is a drop to the second tier, where Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is +1400 and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is +2000.Many sportsbooks have a huge gap to the next group, including PointsBet, which lists Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at +8000.
WR son of Jerry Rice commits to Colorado

WR son of Jerry Rice commits to Colorado

Brenden Rice, the son of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, will play football at Colorado.Rice, a three-star wide receiver from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High School, announced his decision in a video posted on social media, picking the Buffaloes over Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon."Many say I'm living off someone else's name," Rice says in the video. "Yet I was the one pulling myself out of bed in the morning. I was the one going through double days. I was the one practicing in the heat."Times when I thought of quitting, then I see 'Rice' with an '80' on the back of a jersey and realize what I'm chasing."Jerry Rice is the NFL's all-time leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895) and touchdown catches (197).
No. 11 Auburn visits Arkansas coming off bye

No. 11 Auburn visits Arkansas coming off bye

Auburn looks to remain unbeaten under coach Gus Malzahn after an open date when it heads to Arkansas for Saturday's Southeastern Conference West matchup in Fayetteville.The No. 11 Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC), who are 8-0 under Malzahn coming off an idle week, have won the last three meetings with the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3 SEC) by an average of 31 points.Auburn, however, will be playing without leading rusher JaTarvious Whitlow (544 yards), who is out for a month after undergoing ankle surgery."First of all, you've got to be real," Malzahn said. "We're not going to Arkansas with one of the best tailbacks in our league -- that's the reality of the thing."But we do have confidence in our other guys, and we've got confidence in our offensive line. What we've been talking about is opportunity. We've got some guys that have opportunities."One of those guys could be freshman D.J. Williams, a much-heralded recruit has been limited by injuries. He had shoulder surgery after the spring drills and has had a hip issue this fall.Williams has appeared in three games but carried in only one, rushing seven times for 32 yards late in a 56-23 rout of Mississippi State on Sept. 28."He is going to get the opportunity to touch the ball," Malzahn said. "I think he has earned that and is healthy now, but we also have the other guys we are taking with us that will touch the ball, too."The starting job likely will go to senior Kam Martin, who has 34 carries for 174 yards playing behind Whitlow. Sophomore speedster Shaun Shivers (27-144) also has seen added time.Sophomore wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (five catches, 110 yards) also could see an increased role in the offense.
No. 11 Auburn visits Arkansas coming off bye

No. 11 Auburn visits Arkansas coming off bye

Auburn looks to remain unbeaten under coach Gus Malzahn after an open date when it heads to Arkansas for Saturday's Southeastern Conference West matchup in Fayetteville.The No. 11 Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC), who are 8-0 under Malzahn coming off an idle week, have won the last three meetings with the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3 SEC) by an average of 31 points.Auburn, however, will be playing without leading rusher JaTarvious Whitlow (544 yards), who is out for a month after undergoing ankle surgery."First of all, you've got to be real," Malzahn said. "We're not going to Arkansas with one of the best tailbacks in our league -- that's the reality of the thing."But we do have confidence in our other guys, and we've got confidence in our offensive line. What we've been talking about is opportunity. We've got some guys that have opportunities."One of those guys could be freshman D.J. Williams, a much-heralded recruit has been limited by injuries. He had shoulder surgery after the spring drills and has had a hip issue this fall.Williams has appeared in three games but carried in only one, rushing seven times for 32 yards late in a 56-23 rout of Mississippi State on Sept. 28."He is going to get the opportunity to touch the ball," Malzahn said. "I think he has earned that and is healthy now, but we also have the other guys we are taking with us that will touch the ball, too."The starting job likely will go to senior Kam Martin, who has 34 carries for 174 yards playing behind Whitlow. Sophomore speedster Shaun Shivers (27-144) also has seen added time.Sophomore wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (five catches, 110 yards) also could see an increased role in the offense.
Louisville QB Pass (toe) set for season-ending surgery

Louisville QB Pass (toe) set for season-ending surgery

Louisville junior quarterback Jawon Pass will undergo surgery on his right toe Wednesday and miss the rest of the season, coach Scott Satterfield announced Tuesday.Pass began the season as the team's starting quarterback but sustained a turf toe injury in the season-opening 35-17 loss to Notre Dame, played the next week in a 42-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky, then missed the past four games after aggravating the injury.In the two games this season, Pass completed 24 of 46 attempts (52.2 percent) for 330 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for 104 yards and two scores. In 2018, he completed 162 of 300 attempts for 1,960 yards and eight touchdowns but threw 12 interceptions.Pass had practiced on a limited basis and had been listed as day-to-day after the recurring injury. He has already used up his redshirt year.The Cardinals have been splitting QB duties between sophomore Micale Cunningham and freshman Evan Conley. Cunningham, who is 3-1 as a starter since Pass has been out, has completed 44 of 66 attempts for 816 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception. He was injured during the past two games, including Saturday against Wake Forest, but was able to return.
No. 2 LSU still wary of Mississippi State

No. 2 LSU still wary of Mississippi State

No. 2 LSU is 6-0 and has wins against two top-10 opponents this season.It defeated then-No. 7 Florida 42-28 on Saturday, which earned it a jump of three spots in The Associated Press poll.So the Tigers (2-0 in the SEC) are on a roll as they prepare to visit Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.The Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2) are struggling after getting routed by Auburn (56-23) and losing at Tennessee (20-10) on Saturday.But it was just two years ago that LSU was ranked No. 11, went into Starkville, Miss., and lost 37-7 to an unranked Mississippi State team. It was the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory in the 112-game series.So the Tigers aren't looking at their ranking or the Bulldogs' recent struggles as an indication of what to expect Saturday."I will remind (the Tigers) that we walked into a hornet's nest two years ago, and I didn't have them ready," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "That was one of the loudest stadiums we played in all year. Obviously, they played lights out."We did not play very well. They play very good at home. We're expecting a tough battle."LSU has scored 40-plus points in each of its first six games for the first time in school history. That streak extends through the final three games of last season, making LSU just the 13th team in college football history to score at that rate in nine straight games.The Tigers lead the nation in scoring (52.5 points per game), and they're second in yards per game (561).But their defense has had issues, giving up 38 points to both Texas and Vanderbilt and allowing Florida to drive 75 yards to a touchdown on four possessions to take a 28-21 third-quarter lead before the Tigers clamped down."That's not how we want to play football at LSU," Orgeron said. "We want to play great defense. That's not acceptable. It's not what we want to do. We've got to get better."
No. 2 LSU still wary of Mississippi State

No. 2 LSU still wary of Mississippi State

No. 2 LSU is 6-0 and has wins against two top-10 opponents this season.It defeated then-No. 7 Florida 42-28 on Saturday, which earned it a jump of three spots in The Associated Press poll.So the Tigers (2-0 in the SEC) are on a roll as they prepare to visit Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.The Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2) are struggling after getting routed by Auburn (56-23) and losing at Tennessee (20-10) on Saturday.But it was just two years ago that LSU was ranked No. 11, went into Starkville, Miss., and lost 37-7 to an unranked Mississippi State team. It was the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory in the 112-game series.So the Tigers aren't looking at their ranking or the Bulldogs' recent struggles as an indication of what to expect Saturday."I will remind (the Tigers) that we walked into a hornet's nest two years ago, and I didn't have them ready," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "That was one of the loudest stadiums we played in all year. Obviously, they played lights out."We did not play very well. They play very good at home. We're expecting a tough battle."LSU has scored 40-plus points in each of its first six games for the first time in school history. That streak extends through the final three games of last season, making LSU just the 13th team in college football history to score at that rate in nine straight games.The Tigers lead the nation in scoring (52.5 points per game), and they're second in yards per game (561).But their defense has had issues, giving up 38 points to both Texas and Vanderbilt and allowing Florida to drive 75 yards to a touchdown on four possessions to take a 28-21 third-quarter lead before the Tigers clamped down."That's not how we want to play football at LSU," Orgeron said. "We want to play great defense. That's not acceptable. It's not what we want to do. We've got to get better."
No. 22 Missouri seeks to add to streak at Vanderbilt

No. 22 Missouri seeks to add to streak at Vanderbilt

Missouri rides a five-game winning streak heading into Nashville, Tenn., where it meets host Vanderbilt on Saturday.The 22nd-ranked Tigers (5-1) breezed through the last five games, winning them by a combined margin of 144 points. Missouri, 2-0 in league play, leads the Southeastern Conference East Division standings.Vandy (1-5, 0-3 SEC), a 15 1/2-point home favorite last week, was humiliated 34-10 at home by UNLV on Saturday.Missouri's closest call in its winning streak came in Saturday's 38-27 win over Ole Miss on Saturday. Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 329 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and running back Larry Roundtree added 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns.All five wins were at home. Missouri's one loss was on the road, 37-31 at Wyoming on Aug. 31.That's a loss that coach Barry Odom said his team used as a learning tool."We talked about it immediately on that Sunday after that game that that's not going to define us," Odom said this week. "Our response from there, but also the fine line of winning a football game, how everything that you do throughout the week will get exposed."And then you gotta go execute. And if you prepare the right way but then you don't go execute or you walk out, you're minus-3 in the turnover margin, then we're not going to win a game."Minus-3 was what Missouri finished in turnovers at Wyoming. The average of 7.2 yards per rush Missouri yielded against the Cowboys was also a huge factor.Since then, Missouri is allowing 2.1 yards per carry and is plus-5 in turnovers.The Tigers' pass defense, which allows 5.0 per attempt, has also been stingy.
No. 22 Missouri seeks to add to streak at Vanderbilt

No. 22 Missouri seeks to add to streak at Vanderbilt

Missouri rides a five-game winning streak heading into Nashville, Tenn., where it meets host Vanderbilt on Saturday.The 22nd-ranked Tigers (5-1) breezed through the last five games, winning them by a combined margin of 144 points. Missouri, 2-0 in league play, leads the Southeastern Conference East Division standings.Vandy (1-5, 0-3 SEC), a 15 1/2-point home favorite last week, was humiliated 34-10 at home by UNLV on Saturday.Missouri's closest call in its winning streak came in Saturday's 38-27 win over Ole Miss on Saturday. Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 329 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and running back Larry Roundtree added 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns.All five wins were at home. Missouri's one loss was on the road, 37-31 at Wyoming on Aug. 31.That's a loss that coach Barry Odom said his team used as a learning tool."We talked about it immediately on that Sunday after that game that that's not going to define us," Odom said this week. "Our response from there, but also the fine line of winning a football game, how everything that you do throughout the week will get exposed."And then you gotta go execute. And if you prepare the right way but then you don't go execute or you walk out, you're minus-3 in the turnover margin, then we're not going to win a game."Minus-3 was what Missouri finished in turnovers at Wyoming. The average of 7.2 yards per rush Missouri yielded against the Cowboys was also a huge factor.Since then, Missouri is allowing 2.1 yards per carry and is plus-5 in turnovers.The Tigers' pass defense, which allows 5.0 per attempt, has also been stingy.
No. 18 Baylor seeks to stay unbeaten at Oklahoma St.

No. 18 Baylor seeks to stay unbeaten at Oklahoma St.

No. 18 Baylor visits Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday trying to avoid a repeat of what happened the last time it was unbeaten through six games.The Bears (6-0 overall, 3-0 Big 12) rallied for a 33-30 double-overtime victory over Texas Tech last Saturday to match the start of Jim Grobe's 2016 club, which promptly lost its next six games and 11 of 12 in 2017 during Matt Rhule's first year at the helm.Baylor now is bowl eligible for the second consecutive season, and Rhule couldn't be happier."I'll tell you the truth, first of all, it's a great thing. It's an honor to be bowl eligible," Rhule said."But one of our first goals every season is to be bowl champions. It's a tremendous honor any time someone invites us to come play in their bowl game. To be bowl eligible at this point in the season, I'll talk about it now since we did it. We achieved half of that goal. We want to be bowl champions. We go into bowl games to win."Charlie Brewer completed 24 of 37 passes for a season-high 352 yards vs. the Red Raiders and offset his first three interceptions of the season by rushing for three touchdowns."I just feel like that's when the quarterback has to be at his best, when the game's on the line," Brewer said. "I made my handful of mistakes earlier in the game. But as a quarterback you've just got to let it go and realize you've got a chance to win the game."Baylor enters Saturday's game without fifth-year senior linebacker Clay Johnston, who sustained a season-ending knee injury after reeling in an interception with 9:16 remaining in regulation.Johnston has collected 58 tackles, including eight for loss and 2.5 sacks, as well as five pass break-ups for the Bears, who are 17th nationally in scoring defense (17.8 points per game) and tied for 39th in total defense (340.2 yards per game).Johnston's absence likely will be felt against Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, who leads the nation by averaging 182.3 yards per game on the ground.
No. 15 Texas moves ahead, focuses on reeling Kansas

No. 15 Texas moves ahead, focuses on reeling Kansas

Halfway into the 2019 college football season, both 15th-ranked Texas and Kansas are about where pundits expected them to be. But the Longhorns and Jayhawks will have plenty to prove, and improve on, when they meet in a Big 12 contest on Saturday evening in Austin, Texas.The Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) have flirted with being very good in losing only to LSU, ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll, in Week 2 and fifth-ranked Oklahoma last week, both by just seven points.Texas was thoroughly outplayed by the Sooners in their annual Red River Showdown in Dallas, but kept it close enough to make it interesting at the end and to save some face against its biggest rival."It was the first time that I can remember that we got out-physicaled on both sides of the ball," Texas coach Tom Herman said Monday. "That's not us. I'm obviously disappointed in everything -- in the way that the game unfolded and the way that we played."There has to be some hangover from the loss to Oklahoma -- even for a Longhorns team that lives with its "1-0" mantra in each drill of every practice and each snap of every game."Our guys were eager to get back to work (Sunday)," Herman said. "(We had) good energy at practice. Obviously, there's a lot of things that we can learn from that game and need to improve on. We have completely turned the page as a team, and our sole focus, as it should be, is to do everything within our power to beat Kansas."The Longhorns, who have constantly battled injuries this year, especially on the defensive end, lost two more starters against the Sooners. Safety Chris Brown broke his right forearm and will be out for at least six weeks after surgery, and linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch dislocated his shoulder and will not play this Saturday.That puts the Texas defense at an even bigger disadvantage. Through its first six games, the Longhorns are surrendering 453.3 yards per game, and are on pace to allow the most yards per outing in school history, breaking marks set in 2015 (452.6) and 2016 (448.2).The Longhorns have given up 310 passing yards per game, which would also be the highest total in school history by a large margin. The record is 277.8 ypg allowed in 2007.Kansas (2-4, 0-3) heads to Austin after its first bye week of the season and on a three-game losing streak, most recently falling to Oklahoma 45-20 at home on Oct. 5.After that game, coach Les Miles fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning, and replaced him with Brent Dearmon, who had been on the staff as a senior offensive consultant."I thought the initial hire (of Koenning) was the best hire," Miles explained when asked last week about the move. "I felt like that there needed to be change. Les did a strong job -- I think he worked hard. We just needed a change. A change philosophically, as I saw it."
No. 1 Alabama stresses improvement as Vols visit

No. 1 Alabama stresses improvement as Vols visit

At this point in his tenure at Alabama, Nick Saban isn't necessarily coaching against opponents but against habits and sloppy execution.So as the No. 1 Crimson Tide welcome Tennessee to Tuscaloosa on Saturday night for what should be another lopsided Southeastern Conference game, Saban took some time Monday to express concern about his team's passing game.This, mind you, is the same passing game that racked up 293 yards and four touchdowns last week in a 47-28 win at Texas A&M. It's the same passing game whose triggerman, junior Tua Tagovailoa, has a 27-1 touchdown-interception ratio and is the Heisman front-runner. And it's the same passing game that features multiple receivers who eventually will play for pay.But after watching Tagovailoa's streak of passes without a pick end at 185 in the second quarter, and seeing other things that didn't pass muster, Saban sounded the alarm."There's some things we need to clean up," the coach said. "We had a couple of maybe missed executions in the passing game that has been uncharacteristic for us this year and far too many penalties in the game, some of which negated explosive plays that we really need to get cleaned up."Tagovailoa, averaging 335.2 passing yards per game and completing 73.6 percent of his passes, is on board with his coach's assessment of the situation. In fact, he wasted little time getting back to work after his 21-of-34 performance at Texas A&M.Instead of sitting back and relaxing on the plane ride home, Tagovailoa viewed game footage on a tablet."I still feel my accuracy -- I still have to work on that," he told reporters. "You know, the timing with guys on routes, in-breaking routes, out-breaking routes, crossers. I mean, throwing guys open. There's lot of things."While Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) seeks to fine-tune aspects of its game, the Volunteers (2-4, 1-2) are simply happy to enter this one on one of their rare good notes. Their defense held Mississippi State to 267 total yards and forced three turnovers last week in a 20-10 win.
No. 1 Alabama stresses improvement as Vols visit

No. 1 Alabama stresses improvement as Vols visit

At this point in his tenure at Alabama, Nick Saban isn't necessarily coaching against opponents but against habits and sloppy execution.So as the No. 1 Crimson Tide welcome Tennessee to Tuscaloosa on Saturday night for what should be another lopsided Southeastern Conference game, Saban took some time Monday to express concern about his team's passing game.This, mind you, is the same passing game that racked up 293 yards and four touchdowns last week in a 47-28 win at Texas A&M. It's the same passing game whose triggerman, junior Tua Tagovailoa, has a 27-1 touchdown-interception ratio and is the Heisman front-runner. And it's the same passing game that features multiple receivers who eventually will play for pay.But after watching Tagovailoa's streak of passes without a pick end at 185 in the second quarter, and seeing other things that didn't pass muster, Saban sounded the alarm."There's some things we need to clean up," the coach said. "We had a couple of maybe missed executions in the passing game that has been uncharacteristic for us this year and far too many penalties in the game, some of which negated explosive plays that we really need to get cleaned up."Tagovailoa, averaging 335.2 passing yards per game and completing 73.6 percent of his passes, is on board with his coach's assessment of the situation. In fact, he wasted little time getting back to work after his 21-of-34 performance at Texas A&M.Instead of sitting back and relaxing on the plane ride home, Tagovailoa viewed game footage on a tablet."I still feel my accuracy -- I still have to work on that," he told reporters. "You know, the timing with guys on routes, in-breaking routes, out-breaking routes, crossers. I mean, throwing guys open. There's lot of things."While Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) seeks to fine-tune aspects of its game, the Volunteers (2-4, 1-2) are simply happy to enter this one on one of their rare good notes. Their defense held Mississippi State to 267 total yards and forced three turnovers last week in a 20-10 win.
West Va. faces QB questions before game at No. 5 Oklahoma

West Va. faces QB questions before game at No. 5 Oklahoma

West Virginia's visit to No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman, Okla., figures to be a high-scoring affair for at least one team since the series has included some big offensive numbers in recent years.Oklahoma is one of three FBS teams averaging more than 50 points per game. The Sooners have scored at least 34 points in all six of their victories and average a nation-best 621.7 yards per game."Some of their numbers look like what our guys play on Madden -- 9.6 yards per play, 335 (yards per game) passing, 286 rushing," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. "I'd say it's the best offense in the country, and with those numbers, that goes without saying."For West Virginia, scoring might be a bit more of an issue.The Mountaineers have struggled with consistency in Brown's first year at the helm, scoring 44 points against North Carolina State in mid-September but averaging less than 14 points in games against James Madison, Missouri and Iowa State.The Mountaineers also could be without quarterback Austin Kendall, who spent three seasons with the Sooners.Kendall backed up Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray before transferring after OU coach Lincoln Riley told him of the intention to look outside for another QB.After a short standoff between Riley and Kendall over whether Kendall -- a graduate transfer -- could be eligible immediately if he transferred inside the Big 12, Kendall landed at West Virginia. Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts announced his decision to come to Oklahoma."It is strange? Yeah, a little bit," Riley said of the possibility of facing Kendall. "Guy was recruited and was here with us for three years, so it definitely feels a little strange."Kendall suffered a pectoral injury against Iowa State last week and is questionable to play against the Sooners."I'm sure he's champing at the bit to get back for this one," Riley said. "I would expect nothing less. I certainly hope he is healthy and always wish him the best."
No. 3 Clemson looks sharp heading to Louisville

No. 3 Clemson looks sharp heading to Louisville

Clemson believes it is again playing like an elite team.The visiting third-ranked Tigers look for their 22nd straight win Saturday against at Louisville, which is aiming for a third consecutive victory.After getting by North Carolina 21-20 on the road Sept. 28, Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) lost some support in the AP Top 25 and dropped from the top spot to No. 2. With two weeks to regroup from that close call, the Tigers responded with a 45-14 rout of Florida State on Saturday.Though Clemson totaled 552 yards, including 320 on the ground, forced four turnovers and allowed just 253 yards, it fell to No. 3 in the AP poll this week, surpassed by LSU, which vaulted to the second spot after beating Florida.That doesn't seem to matter as long as coach Dabo Swinney's squad feels good about its progression."Huge step in the right direction," Swinney said of dominating Florida State. "Good to see us look like a really confident team. ... That's really good."Quarterback Trevor Lawrence matched a season high with three touchdowns and also rushed for his fifth score despite throwing his sixth interception of 2019. Travis Etienne ran for 127 yards after averaging 64.3 in the previous four games, and Justyn Ross caught two touchdown passes -- double the total from his first four contests.Clemson's defense remained stout last season, holding an opponent to 14 or fewer points for the fifth time. It also returned an interception for a score."We're 6-0. Great start to October," Swinney said."I just want to see us keep the momentum and take what I saw (against Florida State) and take it on the road to Louisville and continue to play well."The Tigers look to make it 18 straight victories over ACC opponents when facing Louisville (4-2, 2-1), which has lost all five meetings in the series and has been outscored 124-37 in the past two. Etienne ran for 153 yards with a touchdown and was one of three Clemson players to rush for at least 100 in last season's 77-16 rout of the Cardinals.
No. 12 Oregon, No. 25 Washington ready for Pac-12 battle

No. 12 Oregon, No. 25 Washington ready for Pac-12 battle

Oregon has the Civil War and Washington has the Apple Cup with rivals in their respective states.But when it comes to interstate rivalries, there's nothing bigger for either school than Ducks vs. Huskies.No. 12 Oregon (5-1 overall, 3-0 in league play) travels to No. 25 Washington (5-2, 2-2) for a Pac-12 Conference showdown Saturday afternoon in Seattle.Of course, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal and Washington coach Chris Petersen both tried to downplay the importance of the matchup."When I first got here that was always the question (about beating Oregon)," Huskies coach Chris Petersen said. "Everywhere you go there is that question. So it's like, 'Really? You're good if we don't pay attention to Stanford? You're good if we don't pay attention to ...' I just don't think like that. To me it's like Arizona is the most important thing in our lives last week. Now we're on to this and that's just how we operate."The rivalry thing is great for fans and all those types of things. I think rivalries get going when teams have good games against each other and it's back and forth and we've had some good games here the last few years."The Huskies snapped a 12-game losing streak in the series with a 70-21 victory in 2016 in Eugene, Ore. They won 38-3 at home the next year before the host Ducks took a 30-27 overtime victory last season."They look like they always look," Cristobal said of the defending conference champion Huskies. "Really big and powerful guys up front on both sides of the ball, a lot of talent all over the field. As talented a team as you'll see in the country and very well-coached. Certainly, an opportunity that our guys are really excited about."The Ducks are coming off a 45-3 victory against visiting Colorado last Friday as Justin Herbert threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and Cyrus Habibi-Likio rushed for three more. CJ Verdell added 171 yards rushing as the Ducks finished with a season-best 288 on the ground.After a 27-21 loss in the season opener to Auburn, the Ducks have held their past five opponents to single-digit scoring.The Huskies re-entered the national rankings after scoring 38 second-half points in Saturday's 51-27 victory at Arizona.
No. 7 Penn State hosts No. 16 Michigan in Big Ten battle

No. 7 Penn State hosts No. 16 Michigan in Big Ten battle

Penn State coach James Franklin is banking on his home crowd to energize his offense and keep the team's record unblemished.The No. 7 Nittany Lions will host No. 16 Michigan on Saturday night in University Park, Pa., in a marquee matchup of Big Ten powers with championship aspirations."Hopefully, we can create an environment here that's the toughest environment in all of college football," Franklin said. "Saturday's a great opportunity for us to prove it."Penn State's offense sputtered at Iowa last Saturday following easy conference wins against Maryland and Purdue by a combined score of 94-7. The Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) grinded out a 17-12 victory behind a stout defense and running back Noah Cain, who rushed for 102 yards and a fourth-quarter score."Early in that game on offense, we played like a young team," Franklin said. "We made mistakes. Dropped some balls, we weren't clean with some protections, got a little bit of antsy feet at times. We just did some uncharacteristic things on the road in a tough environment against a really good opponent."Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford was held to 117 yards passing and was sacked three times. However, he didn't throw an interception.Clifford has passed for 13 touchdowns this season, just two interceptions, and also has run for two touchdowns. He'll face a pass rush that's averaging 3.17 sacks per game."Michigan and (defensive coordinator Don Brown) do as good of a job attacking people's protections as anybody over his time at Michigan," Franklin said. "Not only are we going to have to be ready for what we've seen on film, we're going to have to be ready for something that he pulls out of his bag that he hasn't shown yet specifically to attack us."The Wolverines (5-1, 3-1) nearly squandered a 28-point lead at Illinois over the weekend. They gave up 25 unanswered points before scoring two insurance touchdowns in a 42-25 victory. Quarterback Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another. He didn't throw an interception for the first time in four games.
Defense name of game as No. 17 ASU battles No. 13 Utah

Defense name of game as No. 17 ASU battles No. 13 Utah

Two of the Pac-12's top defensive teams will face off when No. 13 Utah hosts No. 17 Arizona State in Salt Lake City on Saturday.Both teams have earned five victories in their first six games by clamping down on opposing offenses.Utah enters the game as one of just five FBS teams that rank in the Top 25 in total offense and total defense. The Utes have outscored opponents 89-29 after halftime this season. Their opponents have scored on four total second-half possessions over six games."Our coaches have done a nice job of coming in at halftime on both sides of the ball and making adjustments that need to be made," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We are not playing a lot of snaps on defense, which is keeping the guys fresh. Our offense is doing a good job controlling the ball in the second half."The Utes are making their biggest impact along the line of scrimmage.Utah is one of just two FBS teams to hold every opponent under 100 rushing yards to this point in the season. Not surprisingly, the Utes lead the Pac-12 in rushing defense (52.8 ypg) and rank second nationally.Being stout against the run has led to success in other areas. Utah leads the Pac-12 in first-down allowed (87) and third-down conversion percentage defense (29.6).Arizona State has shown a similar knack for stifling opponents. The Sun Devils rank right behind Utah in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense.Arizona State is the only other Pac-12 team holding opponents under 100 rushing yards per game, yielding just 91.7 yards on the ground.It isn't a one-dimensional attack either. The Sun Devils had 12 pass breakups in a 38-34 win over Washington State -- the second-most in a game by an FBS team this season and the most for Arizona State in a single game since 2000.It helped the Sun Devils rally from a touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to get the win."That's who they are," Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. "They're a resilient bunch."
Big 12 fines, reprimands Texas Tech AD Hocutt

Big 12 fines, reprimands Texas Tech AD Hocutt

The Big 12 didn't take too kindly to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt releasing a statement about an officiating error in the Red Raiders' loss at Baylor on Saturday.The conference issued a $25,000 fine and a public reprimand to Hocutt, who said in a statement that the Big 12 acknowledged an officiating error on an illegal snap ruling during the first overtime period.The Big 12 said Hocutt violated league policy by speaking out publicly about officiating."The Big 12 Conference members have developed policies governing the officiating of our contests. It is vital that senior administration officials, especially the Directors of Athletics, adhere explicitly to these policies," commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement."It is very difficult to balance support for an institution's teams while fully complying with the imperative created by schools acting together to manage athletics competition. On this occasion, the required discipline was not exercised. Kirby Hocutt is one of the very best athletics administrators in the nation, and I am grateful for his assistance and support in resolving this matter."On the second play of overtime, a shotgun snap from Baylor center Jake Fruhmorgen went off his rear end and fell to the turf, quickly recovered by Texas Tech defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings. Instead of ruling a recovered fumble, however, officials threw a flag and penalized Fruhmorgen for an illegal snap.
No. 10 Georgia looks to rebound against Kentucky

No. 10 Georgia looks to rebound against Kentucky

It's back to the drawing board for No. 10 Georgia when the Bulldogs host Kentucky Saturday night (6 p.m., ESPN).Kirby Smart's squad was surprised at home last week by unranked South Carolina in double overtime 20-17, a defeat due largely to an uncharacteristic ugly game by quarterback Jake Fromm, who threw a career-worst three interceptions -- his first three of the season -- while also fumbling an exchange with center Trey Hill.Although the loss certainly stung, it didn't necessarily derail the Bulldogs' postseason plans -- providing, of course, they can beat the Wildcats (3-3, 1-3 SEC)."We have to correct those mistakes, and our guys have to focus on Kentucky. The most important thing for us is Kentucky. And that's us getting better," Smart said. "A lot of it has to do with us inherently looking at ourselves and saying, 'Okay, what can I improve upon?' But a lot of the things that we can improve upon are based on what Kentucky does -- offensively, defensively and special teams -- and that's where our focus will be."Kentucky coach Mark Stoops -- whose team topped Arkansas 24-20 on Saturday -- is expecting the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) to be at their best."Knowing Georgia, the way they're coached, the coaches that they have and the leadership they have on that team, the winning attitude, it will be a very difficult time going in there this week," Stoops said. "We have to make sure we elevate our game because I'm quite sure that Georgia is going to bounce back in a strong way and be ready to play."However, the Wildcats added a wrinkle last week that could cause the Bulldogs some problems.With regular starting quarterback Sawyer Smith banged up, Stoops turned to wide receiver Lynn Bowden to make his first career start. All he did was account for three touchdowns, rushing for 196 yards while throwing for 78, enabling Kentucky to snap what was a three-game losing streak."I have to recognize Lynn, his willingness to accept that role. Was really pleased, I guess somewhat surprised in some ways in the control and composure he had throughout the entire game," Stoops said. "I really (thought he was) exceptional under the situation that he was under. I appreciate him."