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Young and old, rivalry games remain important in Big Ten

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Barry Alvarez was pacing the sideline as coach the last time that Wisconsin lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Minnesota. It was 2003, but the empty feeling that comes with losing the rivalry game remains fresh. Losing stings. It’s all the education that younger fans and players need to understand why rivalry games remain important in the ...

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Missouri tries to finish on high note against Arkansas

The senior class that arrived at Missouri four seasons ago was joining a program that had reached back-to-back SEC title games, one that had surpassed just about every expectation after it bolted from the Big 12 for the powerhouse conference. They’ve experienced the collapse of the program, the hiring of a new coach in Barry Odom, and now the return ...

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Texas aims for Big 12 title game in return to Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tom Herman wasn’t on the Texas sideline two years ago, even if a bunch of his players were, when the Longhorns walked out of Memorial Stadium with a head-shaking loss to Kansas. The defeat ended a string of 13 consecutive wins over the Jayhawks, likely sealed the fate of embattled coach Charlie Strong and ultimately led ...

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Scott Frost’s Huskers get their first crack at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nebraska fired coach Bo Pelini in part because beating Iowa wasn’t good enough. The Huskers canned his replacement, Mike Riley in part because they weren’t good enough to beat the Hawkeyes. New coach Scott Frost will get his first crack at Iowa on Friday in a border rivalry that’s blossomed into something of annual referendum ...

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No. 1 Alabama tries for perfect regular season vs. Auburn

No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP) hosts Auburn (7-4, 3-4 SEC) at 3:30 p.m.  EST this Saturday. The Crimson Tide leads the series 45-36-1. MORE: College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama No. 1, UCF jumps Ohio State in new poll WHAT’S AT STAKE? Alabama wants to complete a perfect regular season and avenge a loss that kept the Crimson Tide from a ...

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College Football Playoff rankings: How does UCF get in?

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. MORE: College Football Playoff rankings analysis: Bama still No. 1, UCF jumps Ohio State in top 10 ...

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Burr-Kirven an unassuming leader for No. 16 Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Of all the impact players on the standout defense for No. 16 Washington, Ben Burr-Kirven might be the most unassuming. He doesn’t seek attention. Doesn’t celebrate every play he makes. All he does is make tackles, and make them at a rate rarely seen at Washington in the past three decades. “College football, there’s a ton of ...

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Status of most Big 12 coaches not in air even with KU change

David Beaty has already been replaced at Kansas as he gets ready to coach his final game with the Jayhawks. Former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury is again on the hot seat as coach of his alma mater. There is even uneasiness around 79-year-old Bill Snyder, who first got to Kansas State about three decades ago and has twice resurrected ...

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USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is ahead of the curve as a freshman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin told incoming freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown to learn all three wide receiver positions, it was intended for his future development. St. Brown would stay at one spot in his first season, the same approach Martin used successfully with former Trojan stars Nelson Agholor and JuJu Smith-Schuster as freshmen. Martin ...

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Kansas faces week of change as one coach leaves, one arrives

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Les Miles understood the inherent awkwardness of the situation the moment he accepted the job at Kansas, and he made every effort to keep from compounding it during his first week on campus. Yet he also wanted to meet the young men who might soon form the foundation of his turnaround. So limiting himself to just ...

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