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No. 2 Buckeyes seeking playoff spot against No. 10 Badgers

No. 10 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) at No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 9-0, No. 1), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (FOX). Line: Ohio State by 16 1/2. Series record: Ohio State leads 60-18-5. WHAT’S AT STAKE Wisconsin: The Big Ten West Division champions have a lot to prove Saturday. After winning the league’s first two title ...

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Clemson’s Swinney, Cavs’ Mendenhall on similar ACC paths

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Bronco Mendenhall had only said a few words and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney realized the new Virginia coach was more than a colleague: this was someone who understood how to lead a team to success. Mendenhall and the 22nd-ranked Cavaliers (9-3; No. 23 College Football Playoff) will square off against Swinney and No. 3 Clemson (12-0; No. ...

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No. 3 Clemson, No. 22 Virginia vying for ACC championship

No. 22 Virginia (9-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. No. 3 Clemson (12-0, 8-0; No. 3 CFP), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Clemson by 28. Series record: Clemson leads 38-8-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Clemson is looking to become the first program with five straight championship game victories, keeping alive its 27-game win streak and run to a fifth consecutive College ...

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No. 16 Memphis, No. 21 Cincinnati face off for AAC title

No. 21 Cincinnati (10-2, 7-1 AAC, No. 20 CFP) at No. 16 Memphis (11-1, 7-1, No. 17), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Memphis by 9. Series record: Memphis 22-13. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The American Athletic Conference title is on the line as these teams meet again in the same stadium eight days apart. If Memphis wins, the Tigers ...

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No. 19 Boise State hosts Hawaii in Mountain West title game

No. 19 Boise State (11-1, 8-0 Mountain West) vs. Hawaii (9-4, 5-3), Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Boise State by 13 1/2. Series record: Boise State leads 13-3. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Mountain West title will again be decided on Boise’s blue turf and with it any chance the Broncos have of sneaking into the New Year’s Six ...

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Team effort makes No. 16 Memphis productive on kick returns

Tony Pollard set the standard on kickoff returns during his career at Memphis. He turned kickoffs into scoring threats and Pollard scored seven touchdowns in three seasons on kickoffs. Now that Pollard has moved on to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys the Tigers are using a group effort to continue that success. Antonio Gibson, Gabriel Rogers and Chris Claybrooks all have ...

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Utah, Oklahoma, Baylor need LSU to win SEC championship game

LSU will have plenty of fans on the campuses of Oklahoma, Baylor and perhaps Utah this week. If No. 4 Georgia (No. 4 CFP) upsets the top-ranked Tigers (No. 2 CFP) in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta, both are expected to make the four-team College Football Playoff field. That likely would knock out the Big 12 champion ...

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Column: Coach O turns out to be the perfect choice for LSU

ATLANTA (AP) — He comes at you with that raspy Cajun timbre, his words delivered from deep in the throat in rapid-fire succession, often requiring subtitles for those not raised in the backwaters of southern Louisiana. Ed Orgeron’s portly, weathered face reveals every line and wrinkle of a man who would surely be most comfortable in some dive bar, grasping ...

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NFL or college? Alabama’s Tagovailoa still weighing options

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa said being assured he’d likely remain a high NFL draft pick could make “the biggest decision of my life” a little easier. The Alabama quarterback is still weighing his options and going through rehab for the right hip injury that ended his junior season — and potentially his career with the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide. ...

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NFL or college? Alabama’s Tagovailoa still weighing options

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa said being assured he’d likely remain a high NFL draft pick could make “the biggest decision of my life” a little easier. The Alabama quarterback is still weighing his options and going through rehab for the right hip injury that ended his junior season — and potentially his career with the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide. ...

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