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No. 25 Washington St hosts No. 12 Oregon in key Pac-12 game

No. 25 Washington State hosting No. 12 Oregon has more significance than many may have expected early in the season. The game will be key in determining which program stays alive in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title, which appeared to be a race between Washington and Stanford when the season began. All four programs now seem to be ...

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Cowboys’ draft gamble paying off in emerging LB Jaylon Smith

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jaylon Smith makes himself presentable for the cameras, then turns to his locker to grab one last thing before starting an interview: the neck pad given to him by hard-nosed defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to acknowledge the Dallas linebacker’s physical style of play. The former Notre Dame standout is proud of the memento. It still hangs ...

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Who will start at quaterback for Texas Tech vs. Kansas?

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jett Duffey is coming off a road win in his first career start, and Alan Bowman is now three weeks removed from a crunching hit that led to a partially collapsed lung. Toss in McLane Carter briefly replacing Duffey in Texas Tech’s last game, and there’s no telling who might start at quarterback Saturday when the ...

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APNewsBreak: Kickoff fair catches not catching on

The new college football rule rewarding teams for making fair catches on kickoffs has not caught on like officiating supervisors expected and more changes could be made in 2019 to further reduce kick returns or make them safer. If a fair catch is made on a kickoff anywhere between the goal line and 25 this season, it is ruled a ...

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Wisconsin Badgers-Illinois Fighting Illini pregame notes

Notes, tidbits and stats heading for Saturday night’s game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini at Camp Randall Stadium: — This is the 85th meeting between Wisconsin and Illinois with the Badgers holding a 41-36-7 edge, including 22-16-4 in Madison. The Badgers have won the last eight meetings, dating back to 2008. — Under Paul Chryst, Wisconsin is ...

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Arizona QB Rhett Rodriguez makes first start against UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Sumlin’s last trip to the Rose Bowl was a nightmare as UCLA rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Texas A&M. The first-year Arizona coach now faces a return without his best player as the Wildcats face UCLA. Quarterback Khalil Tate, a Los Angeles native who many saw as a Heisman Trophy contender at the ...

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One losing streak will end when Oregon St hosts Cal

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The California Golden Bears are looking for a boost after a three-game losing streak. The last thing the team wants is a repeat of last season, when Cal lost four of its last five games to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North above only Oregon State — the team that the Bears face on Saturday with ...

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Stanford beats Arizona State 20-13 for key road victory

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Stanford controlled the ball on offense, prevented big plays on defense. The Cardinal put together a couple of key scoring drives and limited Arizona State’s chances for a comeback. It’s just the way Stanford wins games — and just what the Cardinal needed after a two-game losing streak. K.J. Costello threw for 231 yards and a ...

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Week 8 Preview: ACC showdown; Heisman Herbert; Auburn slump

Follow-ups can be difficult in college football. Backing up a big victory with another one the next week is usually the sign of a true championship contender. A few ranked teams and playoff hopefuls will be trying to do just that Saturday. No. 6 Michigan visits rival No. 24 Michigan State after walloping Wisconsin in a national televised home game. ...

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