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Oklahoma ahead of Ohio State in pivotal playoff rankings

Oklahoma is on the doorstep of the College Football Playoff. The Sooners were No. 5 in the pivotal second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, ahead of Ohio State heading into championship weekend when the final four will be set. The biggest question facing the selection committee this week was how much to value Ohio State’s 62-39 blowout of ...

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Hurricane, bowl season has Gamecocks, Hokies still playing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence and the looming bowl season have South Carolina and Virginia Tech closing their football seasons against teams that were never on their schedule. Both schools canceled games on Sept. 15 because of the Category 4 storm heading for the Virginia and Carolina coastlines. Now they’ve scheduled replacement games. The Gamecocks (6-5) will host Akron ...

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Badgers’ targets, penalties and plus-territory punts in 2018

Wisconsin‘s 2018 season obviously did not go as planned. In the offseason, two of the receivers thought to be a key part of the Badgers were Quintez Cephus and Zander Neuville. Cephus missed the entire season due to a suspension and Neuville was injured early and played only a handful of snaps. A.J. Taylor emerged as the No. 1 receiver ...

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No. 10 Washington getting boost with return of Hunter Bryant

SEATTLE (AP) — If there was any question whether tight end Hunter Bryant was back to being the kind of difference-maker Washington expected before injuries derailed most of his first two seasons, a two-play sequence against Washington State told the story. In a span of just seconds, Bryant flashed across the middle for a 59-yard catch-and-run in a key third-down ...

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No. 2 Clemson settles into familiar ACC title game routine

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson safety Denzel Johnson is very familiar with the routine leading up to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Like most of his Tiger teammates, he’s been through it before. No. 2 Clemson (12-0, CFP No. 2) is seeking its fourth consecutive ACC crown and the Atlantic Division champ has a big edge in experience over ...

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Family of UCF’s Milton says QB recovering from nerve damage

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The family of Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton says he has nerve damage in his right leg, but “blood flow has been restored” and he is recovering from the injury suffered during UCF’s last game. Milton was carted off the field during the first half of the Knights‘ victory at rival South Florida on Friday after ...

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No. 24 Iowa State, like Drake, happy for 12th game

AMES, Iowa (AP) — No matter that the opponent is a small private school with an FCS team that does not offer athletic scholarships. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and his players are just happy to be playing a 12th game. The No. 24 Cyclones will host Drake on Saturday to replace the season opener with South Dakota State that ...

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No. 5 Oklahoma’s explosive offense carries shaky defense

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma’s offense is statistically one of the best in college football history. It still might not be good enough to get the Sooners a Big 12 title or a slot in the College Football Playoff. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team leads the nation in total offense and scoring offense. The Sooners average 8.9 yards per play, ahead ...

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