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Mariota: Excited to Play in Levi’s Stadium

Mariota: Excited to Play in Levi’s Stadium

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Oregon) -- Sixth ranked Oregon will get another test on the road when they travel to California on Friday night.

The Ducks come into the game 3-1 in the Pac-12 this season and the team is looking forward to playing in the newly built Levi's Stadium.

"It'll be exciting to play in Levi's Stadium," Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota  said Tuesday. "My brother and my dad are huge Niners fans, it'll be cool to take pictures and show them."

"Playing on a Friday night, there's not that much college games on, people will be tuning in," Mariota added. "It'll be a lot of fun."

Mariota has thrown 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,957 yards this season.

The Golden Bears are 2-3 in the Pac-12 so far this season.

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Archie Manning Leaves Playoff Committee

Archie Manning Leaves Playoff Committee

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Citing health reasons, Archie Manning has stepped down Monday from the College Football Playoff Committee that was designed to select the four teams in the 2014 NCAA Playoff, the first in collegiate football.

"It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead," Manning said. "My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible."

The 65-year-old underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and has begun to experience some discomfort while walking. Manning is scheduled to have another procedure done in the next month and will be unable to attend the committee's meetings.

Now a 12-member group, the committee will release its first rankings on Oct. 28. Should a 6-6 deadlock vote occur for the top two teams in the playoff, the group will continue to discuss and re-vote until a member changes their mind. There is currently no option where the committee's chair can break a tie.

With the departure of Manning, the committee has placed Mike Tranghese to work with the Mountain West Conference while Steve Weiberg will assist with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the latest Associated Press college football poll, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) reached a new level of dominance. Four of the top five teams in the country all reside in the SEC, the first time a single conference can boast such a feat.

Mississippi State (6-0) remained the number one team in the land while Ole Miss (7-0) remains third. Alabama (6-1) jumped up to fourth in the poll, thanks to a 59-0 rout over then 21st-ranked Texas A&M, with Auburn (5-1) rounding out the top-five.

The lone team not from the SEC in the top-five is Florida State (7-0) of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Seminoles held off Notre Dame on Saturday, which dropped to seventh with the loss.

The Oregon Ducks (6-1) sit at sixth in the nation while the Irish (6-1) dropped two spots to seventh. Michigan State (6-1), Georgia (6-1), and TCU (6-1) finish out the top-10 teams.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Stanford all fell from the AP Top-25 Poll after week seven.

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Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

BananaStock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Cody Kessler threw for a school-record seven touchdowns to lead No. 22 USC past Colorado 56-28 Saturday.

Kessler was on fire throwing all seven of his touchdowns in the first three quarters to break the record previously set by Matt Barkley in 2011.

"It's an honor for me to break his record," Kessler said."But I'm thankful he (Barkley) set the bar so high and taught me as much as he did."

Kessler threw three of those touchdowns to receiver Nelson Agholor, who had six catches for 128 yards in the win.

The game was never in doubt for USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The one bright spot for Colorado (2-5, 0-4) was receiver Nelson Spruce. He caught his 11th touchdown of the season, tying the school's record.

Javorius Allen ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and has now ran for over 100 yards in five of USC's first six games. He becomes the first Trojan's player to do that since Reggie Bush in 2005.

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(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Notre Dame's Everett Golson's potential game-winning touchdown was intercepted in the end zone as Florida State held on for a 31-27 win in a battle of top-five teams. For the second-ranked Seminoles (7-0), it was their 23rd straight win while the fifth-rated Irish are knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Notre Dame (6-1) jumped on the board early, scoring when Golson found Corey Robinson for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seminoles responded with a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston at the end of the quarter, starting an exciting contest on the right foot.

Both squads traded scores in the second, with the Irish taking a 17-10 lead into halftime. However, Winston came out of the locker room and immediately led Florida State down the field for the tying score when he found Rashad Greene for a 10-yard strike. After Notre Dame regained the lead on another pass from Golson, Karlos Williams answered with a game-tying touchdown run, making it a 24-24 game after three quarters.

Kyle Brindza would put Notre Dame back on top with his second field goal of the night, but the Irish defense could not hold a potent Seminoles offense. It would be Williams once again, scoring from 1-yard out, that gave Florida State their first lead of the night at 31-30 with under eight minutes to play.

After an Irish drive got stymied, the defense helped Notre Dame get one more chance at an upset. That seemed to have happened when Golson found Robinson for a third touchdown catch with less than 20 seconds remaining. However, an offensive pass interference penalty took the points off the board and forced the Irish in a 4th and goal situation. 

With time winding down, Golson scrambled to keep the play alive, but his pass to the end zone was picked off by Jacob Pugh. The Seminoles took a knee on the next play and celebrated their victory.

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(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- A blocked extra point and a pair of missed field goals helped the 14th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats knock off number 11 Oklahoma, 31-30, on Saturday. Sooners kicker Michael Hunnicutt missed a field goal that would have given Oklahoma the lead with less than four minutes to play.

"I feel for Michael," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "He's been an excellent kicker for us and a great young man. We all love him. I feel that for him, because unfortunately, the kicker, that just kind of sticks out."

"The youngster that missed the field goal, he will go another hundred years without missing another field goal," said Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. "So we were just lucky. That happens."

The contest went back-and-forth throughout, with the Wildcats (5-1) taking a 21-17 lead into halftime. Hunnicutt's first missed field goal, a 32-yard try that went wide left, came at the end of the first half. Kansas State come out of the locker room and added to their lead, a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17.

Both squads traded touchdowns in the third quarter, giving Kansas State a 31-24 lead heading into the final period. Oklahoma (5-2) was able to drive the ball and score Trevor Knight touchdown pass to Durron Neal. However, Hunnicutt's extra point was blocked by Travis Britz.

The Sooners eventually got the ball back and reached the Kansas State 1-yard line. After not being able to put the ball in the end zone for the win, Hunnicutt's 19-yard chip shot missed and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.

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(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

Football Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide scored 35 points in the second quarter on their way to a rout over 21st-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, 59-0. The seventh-ranked team in the country put up 602 total yards while keeping the Aggies from even attempting a field goal.

"I think this is as close as we can get to the Alabama football that we want to try to get from our players in terms of effort, toughness, emotional excitement and execution that we got throughout the game," said head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama (6-1) scored on ever possession in the first half, opening up the scoring on an Adam Griffith field goal in the first quarter. The first touchdown came a few minutes later when T.J. Yeldon scampered in from nine yards out. Yeldon finished the game with two running touchdowns and 114 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Blake Sims through for 268 yards, three touchdowns and ran for another score. Reserve Jake Coker also threw a touchdown pass late for the Crimson Tide. Both Amari Cooper and Derrick Henry had a pair of receiving touchdowns in the blowout.

While the offense dismantled Texas A&M (5-3), the defense was as impressive. The Aggies only managed 172 total yards en route to their third straight loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: West Virginia 41 (5-2) - (4) Baylor 27 (6-1)

(7) Alabama 59 (6-1) - (21) Texas A&M 0 (5-3)

(8) Michigan State 56 (6-1) - Indiana 17 (3-3)

(10) Georgia 45 (6-1) - Arkansas 32 (3-4)

(12) TCU 42 (5-1) - (15) Oklahoma State 9 (5-2)

(13) Ohio State 56 (5-1) - Rutgers 17 (5-2)

(14) Kansas State 31 (5-1) - (11) Oklahoma 30 (5-2)

(24) Clemson 17 (5-2) - Boston College 13 (4-3)

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West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Baylor

West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Bayloristockphoto(MORGANTOWN, WV) -- The Baylor Bears' college football playoff chances took a major blow today after losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers 41-27. Mountaineers quarterback Clint Tricket led the West Virginia aerial attack, completing 23 of...

Hugh Freeze: Team Needs to ‘Stay in the Moment’

Hugh Freeze: Team Needs to ‘Stay in the Moment’

University of Mississippi/Getty Images(OXFORD, MS.) -- Third ranked Ole Miss (6-0) will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) in an SEC matchup on Saturday.

Ole Miss comes into the game 3-0 in their conference and head coach Hugh Freeze doesn't want his team looking past the Volunteers.

Freeze said he wants the team to "stay in the moment [and] prepare for this game Saturday. It's the only one we should be worried or concerned about.  The other ones are in the trash; this is the only one that matters."

Mississippi is averaging 35.7 points per game, but the Tennessee defense is only giving up 19.2 this season.

"They're very active up front," Freeze said. "They're downhill players are very aggressive, they're going to commit people to stopping the run, [which is] very difficult to run the football on."

Tennessee is 0-2 on the road this year and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is looking forward to the task of handing Ole Miss their first loss.

"[Facing Ole Miss] is definitely a big opportunity," Reeves-Maybin said. "Everyone's been talking about their defense, but we're going to let everybody know that Tennessee's defense is here and we're going to make a statement."

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(5) Baylor Scores 24 Straight in Fourth to Rally Past (9) TCU, 61-58

(5) Baylor Scores 24 Straight in Fourth to Rally Past (9) TCU, 61-58

iStockphoto(WACO, Texas) -- Fifth-ranked Baylor scored 24-straight points, erasing a 21 point deficit with 11:38 left to play, to beat ninth-ranked TCU, 61-58 Saturday.

After Baylor tied the game on Bryce Petty's 25-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman, TCU had a chance to win. The Horned Frogs (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) drove it to the Bears 45 but turned it over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-three. Baylor then marched down the field before Chris Callahan delivered the game-winning 28-yard field goal with time expiring.

"I just knew, looking at guys' faces, that we were going to come back in that game," Petty said. "With our offense and the way that we play defense, 21 points isn't a big deal for us."

Petty finishes the game completing 28 of 55 passes for a career-high 510 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) has now won 13-straight home games.

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Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

iStockphoto(STARKSVILLE, MI) -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to lead thier charge towards the college football playoffs after defeating Auburn with a convincing 38-23 victory.

Quarterback Dak Prescott continued to carry the Bulldogs on his shoulders rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 246 yards and one touchdown pass. 

Auburn quickly fell behind commiting several turnovers early on. After the first quarter the Tigers were trailing by 21 points. They would mount a rally, pulling withing eight points in the third quarter, but Mississippi State continued to pound away and eventually sealed the victory.

After the victory Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen was beaming.  While holding his daughter, Breelyn, he stated "Every time we needed to make a play, a guy stepped up and made a play. We always wondered how to take the next step in this league ... that's it." 

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 6 - Baltimore Orioles 4 (Orioles Lead ALCS, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - St Louis Cardinals 0 (Giants Lead NLCS 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 38 (6-0) Syracuse 20 (2-4)

(3) Mississippi State 38 (6-0) - (2)Auburn 23 (5-1)

(3) Mississippi  35 (6-0) - Texas A&M 20 (5-2)

(5) Baylor 61 (6-0) - (9) TCU 58 (4-1)

(6) Notre Dame 50 (5-0) - North Carolina 43 (2-3)

(7) Alabama 14 (5-1) - Arkansas 13 (3-3)

(8) Michigan State 45 (5-1) - Purdue 31 (3-4)

USC 28 (4-2) - (10) Arizona 26 (5-1) 

(11) Oklahoma 31 (5-1) - Texas 26 (2-4) 

(12) Oregon 42 - (5-1) - (18) UCLA 30 (4-2)

(13) Georgia 34 (5-1) - (23) Missouri 0 (4-2)

(16) Oklahoma State 27 (5-1) - Kansas 20 (2-4)

(19) East Carolina 28 (5-1) - South Florida 17 (2-4)

Duke 31 (5-1) - (22) Georgia Tech 25 (5-1) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Wins Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NHL: Washington Captitals 4 (1-0-1, 3 pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (1-0-1, 3 pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (0-1-1, 1 pts)

New York Islanders 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Final/SO)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 - New York Rangers 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (1-1-0, 2 pts)- Calgary Flames 1 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (0-1-1 1pt)

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (1-1-0 2pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ OT)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (2-0-0 4pts)- Edmonton Oilers 4 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ SO) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-1-0 2pts)

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Stanford Bounces Back, Beats Washington State, 34-17

Stanford Bounces Back, Beats Washington State, 34-17

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(STANFORD, Calif.) -- (25) Stanford (4-2) found a way to limit Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday and beat Washington State (2-5), 34-17 on Friday night.

Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns in the victory and helped his team avoid a letdown at home.

"It was a hard, tough game on a short week. Another physical game honestly, like Washington State defensively, they're a physical group. So, a long week. Now an extra day, we're going to give our guys some rest, we got to recuperate," Cardinal head coach David Shaw said after the win. 

The Cardinal hasn't dropped consecutive games since October 2009 and are now 9-0 after losses under Shaw. 

"We got positive yardage. We got running backs running out of tackles. We didn't have you unblocked guys in the backfield. I thought our offensive line was steady," Shaw said.  "We talked about not just trying to kill guys, we talked about just keeping them blocking, staying blocking and let our runners be runners."

Remound Wright rushed for 98 yards and had a touchdown in the win.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals 8  -Baltimore Orioles 6 - 10 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0) NCAAF: Stanford Cardinal 27 (4-2) - Washington State Cougars 17 (2-5) NHL: New York Islanders 5 (1-0-0) - Carolina ...

Stanford Looks to Rebound Against Washington State

Stanford Looks to Rebound Against Washington State

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(STANFORD, Calif.) -- After a tough 17-14 loss to Notre Dame last weekend, the (25) Cardinal will look to get back on their winning ways against Washington State on Friday night.

The Cardinal defense has allowed 36 points this season and just four offensive touchdowns. Opposing teams have averaged 38 rushing attempts per game.

"An offense like that, you give them a lot of opportunities, they're going to throw for 700 yards, score 50 something points," head coach David Shaw said of the explosive Cougar offense.  "If you give them less opportunities then you make it almost impossible for them to do that and now you're playing in one of those close games."

Stanford is 39-4 at home since 2007, when the stadium opened.

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Michigan RB Derrick Green’s Season Is Over

Michigan RB Derrick Green’s Season Is Over

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) --Things keep getting worse for the University of Michigan football program.

The Wolverines leading rusher, Derrick Green, suffered a broken clavicle during the team's loss to Rutgers Saturday and will miss the remainder of the season, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced Monday.                                                                                                                                         In six games this season, Green has rushed for 471 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten) which is off to its worst start in Big Ten play since 1967.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Without Green the Wolverines will use sophomore De'Veon Smith, redshirt junior Justice Hayes and possibly sophomore Drake Johnson at running back."I'm very confident in the three guys that will be doing most of the work at running back," Hoke said. "I'm highly confident in what they bring and what they can do."

Green's three replacements have combined for 411 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.           Michigan hosts Penn State (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) Saturday night.                                                                                                                                Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

 

 

Alabama Loses RB Drake for at Least 8-10 Weeks

Alabama Loses RB Drake for at Least 8-10 Weeks istockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Alabama lost more than a football game last Saturday: running back Kenyan Drake has suffered a broken leg in the team's 23-17 loss at Ole Miss.

Alabama head Coach Nick Saban says it will be 8-10 more weeks before Drake can even think about playing football again. Losing Drake means the Crimson Tide loses versatility. Drake has rushed for 126 yards and four touchdowns while also catching four balls for 145 yards and two touchdowns this season."Kenyan has a lot of production for us and has done a really good job all year long," Saban said. "I don't think there's any question about the fact that when you do lose a player like that it does have some impact.

No. 7 Alabama (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will play Arkansas in Fayetteville on Saturday.

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Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5

Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5

istockphoto(NEW YORK) --  The state of Mississippi has two teams in the top 3 in the latest college football AP Coaches poll. 

In a week that saw 11 ranked teams lose, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied at number 3 after each team defeated a fellow SEC program.

While the value of the coaches poll has been significantly diminished with the inaugural college football playoff system that will choose four participants via a 13 person panel, the accomplishment is still a unique feat for the Magnolia State.

Other teams to make significant moves this week include TCU jumping from 25 to No. 9 after a victory over then-No. 4 Oklahoma, and Arizona moving from an unranked spot to No. 10 after a stunning upset against then-No. 2 Oregon.

 

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Rutgers Tops Michigan, 26-24 for 1st Big Ten Win

Rutgers Tops Michigan, 26-24 for 1st Big Ten Win

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) -- Scarlet Knights senior quarterback Gary Nova passed for a career-high 404 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers (5-1; 1-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan (2-4; 0-2 Big Ten), 26-24 on Saturday night for their first win over a Big Ten opponent.

With Michigan leading 17-12 with 1:43 left in the first half, Nova connected with sophomore wide receiver John Tsimis on a seven-yard touchdown to give Rutgers a 19-17 lead. The Scarlet Knights defense would take over, limiting the Wolverines offense to one yard in the third quarter.

Trailing by two, Michigan senior kicker Matt Wile attempted a 56-yard field goal with to 3:01 play in the game, but his attempt was blocked by Rutgers freshman defensive end Kemoko Turay.

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