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(16) Georgia Tech Take Down (9) Georgia, 30-24 in Overtime

(16) Georgia Tech Take Down (9) Georgia, 30-24 in Overtime

Thinkstock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- In what might be the program's best win of the year, 16th ranked Georgia Tech defeated 9th ranked Georiga 30-24 in overtime.

This was the Yellow Jackets' first win over Georgia since 2008 and only the second in the last 14 seasons.

"I have a lot of respect for Georgia's program," said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. "That makes it even that much more impressive for us to be able to come in here and get a win."

While Yellow Jackets' quarterback Justin Thomas had a tough game, completing just 6 of 16 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown, the running game powered Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Running back Zach Laskey carried the ball 26 times for 140 yards while scoring three touchdowns while teammate Synjyn Days ran for 94 yards on just 16 carries.

"We kind of felt like we had them where we wanted," Laskey said. "So this year it was special, especially for the seniors."

With the win, Georgia Tech improved to 10-2 while Georgia now sits at 9-3.

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J.T. Barrett Injury Spoils Ohio State’s Win over Michigan

J.T. Barrett Injury Spoils Ohio State’s Win over Michigan

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Despite a win over their arch rival, Ohio State players, coaches, and fans had bittersweet celebration as Buckeyes starting quarterback J.T. Barrett suffered an ankle injury during their 42-28 win over Michigan.

Barrett, who is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, had to leave the game after hurting his ankle early in the fourth quarter.

It has been announced that Barrett will in fact miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle.

Barrett was thrust into the starting role at the start of the season after an injury to quarterback Braxton Miller knocked him out for the entire season.

As his replacement, Barrett flourished as he led the nation with 42 total touchdowns entering the game.

Taking his place will be backup Cardale Jones. He will make his first start of the season during the team's biggest game of the season  in next Saturday's Big Ten championship game.

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Ohio State Senior Missing

Ohio State Senior Missing

American Football Field Yard Lines iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Oh.) -- Ohio State senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge has been declared missing by the Columbus police.

Karageorge has was last seen Wednesday and his last known contact was with his mother via a text message. According to a missing-persons report filed with police, he was complaining to his mother about concussions he has suffered.

In the report, his mother had said that he had had several concussions and a few instances of being confused.

Sophia Karageorge, his sister, told The Columbus Dispatch that he was last seen at his apartment around 2 a.m. Wednesday. She also said that his roommates described him as upset and that he went to take a walk.

The 6'5" 285lb, 22-year-old was a walk-on for the Buckeye football program. He also wrestled for the school.

 

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Stanford Crushes No.8 UCLA’s Playoff Dream

Stanford Crushes No.8 UCLA’s Playoff Dream

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca.) -- Stanford rectified a lackluster season as they took apart No. 8 UCLA, Friday, with a 31-10 victory.

The Cardinal were led by senior quarterback Kevin Hogan who put forth a splendid effort, completing 16 of 19 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

"We wanted to finish the season strong and show that we had fight in us," Hogan said. "It's tough for all the seniors to go out with a season like this."

The Cardinal (7-5) didn't have nearly as much on the line as the Bruins (9-3) did. Stanford not only crippled any chance UCLA had of making the playoffs for the college football championship, it took away the Pac-12 South title and gave the rights to the Arizona Wildcats. 

"We had higher expectations than that," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "To put a performance together like that, it's shocking." 

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Western Kentucky Upsets Marshall’s Perfect Season

Western Kentucky Upsets Marshall’s Perfect Season

iStockphoto(HUNTINGTON, W.V.) -- Marshall's attempt at a perfect season fell flat as they lost 67-66 to Western Kentucky in overtime Friday.

The No.24 Thundering Herd allowed a Conference USA record eight passing touchdowns to Hilltoppers' quarterback, Brandon Doughty. Marshall lost in overtime when Doughty found Willie McNeal for the game winning two-point conversion. 

The two teams combined to throw 15 touchdown passes; another Conference USA record.

The loss puts Marshall at a huge disadvantage towards playing in either the Fiesta, Peach or Cotton bowl games. The College Football Playoff selection committee chooses one team from outside of the "Power Five" conferences to play in one of the preeminent games.  Before the loss sent Marshall's record to 11-1, the Thundering Herd trailed Boise State in the committee's rankings. 

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Civil War Preview

Civil War Preview

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Second-ranked Oregon (10-1) will travel to Oregon State (5-6) in the 118th edition of the Civil War on Saturday.

The Ducks hold a 61-46-10 advantage in the all-time series and have a 29-9-1 (.756) mark vs. the Beavers since 1975, including wins in six straight.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off a three touchdown pass game in their 44-10 win over Colorado last weekend and has thrown a touchdown in all 37 games of his career.

"Somebody was talking to me the other day about how easy he makes it look sometimes," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "What he's doing is really difficult. His decision making, competitiveness, his command of the team is so outstanding. It's great to be around him because he makes you want to work harder as a coach. The other guys feed off of him."

Oregon is averaging 45.8 points per game and are allowing just 23.6 points on the defensive front.

"The Civil War's always a big game. We always talk about taking one game at a time. But we understand it's a huge part of this community and a huge part of this state," Mariota said. "To play in it, it's truly special."

The Beavers are averaging 26.3 points per game and fell to Oregon 36-35 last year.

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No. 5 TCU Races Past Texas

No. 5 TCU Races Past Texas

iStockphoto(AUSTIN, Tx.) -- Trevone Boykin and the Horned Frogs carved up the Texas Longhorns on Thanksgiving Thursday 48-10.

Boykin finished the day completing 20 of 34 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards and another touchdown.

TCU's defense befuddled Longhorns quarterback Tyrone Swoopes all day as they intercepted the Texas signal caller four times. Defensive lineman Terrell Lathan also capitalized on a Swoopes fumble; scooping up the loose ball and running it back 40 yards for a touchdown.

The Horned Frogs are 10-1 as they prepare to host their regular season finale against Iowa State.  TCU is currently No. 5 in the college football playoff selection poll.  While they continue to put up impressive scoring and defensive efforts they will likely have to hope Alabama, Oregon, Florida State or Mississippi State stumbles in one of their final games to make it to the final four.

This has been a tough season Charlie Strong in his first year as head coach of the Longhorns. The team will finish 6-6 as he attempts to turn around a program that has fallen into mediocrity. 

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Florida Prepares for Florida State

Florida Prepares for Florida State

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) -- Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

"[They're a] really good football team. [I've] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he's done and his staff," Muschamp said. "They've won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They've done a outstanding job."

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

"We're going into battle," Fisher said. "These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose."

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year.  The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama is hoping to avoid another shocking defeat to Auburn this year in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

In the final play of last year's game, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Alabama for a 100-yard touchdown run, stunning top-ranked Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban said Monday that this is what the game is all about.

"We all kind of remember what happened," he added. "I think that it was very disappointing to all of us here, not just the last play, but the last five minutes of the game, that we never finished the game like we needed to and it was a tough way to lose a game."

"The Iron Bowl is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and means a lot to people in the state, regardless of which side you're on," Saban continued.  "As a competitor it's a great opportunity because this game has had a lot of significance over the last few years."

Alabama currently sits in the number one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Meanwhile, Auburn is 4-3 in their SEC matchups this year and are 8-3.

"Their offense is one of the most productive in the country," Saban said. "They got a very good scheme. [Auburn quarterback] Nick Marshall does a fantastic job of executing that on the field."

Marshall has tossed 15 touchdowns this year and thrown for 1,859 yards.

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Arkansas Blanks No. 8 Ole Miss

Arkansas Blanks No. 8 Ole Miss

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ak.) -- The Arkansas Razorbacks embarrassed the (8) Ole Miss Rebels, Saturday, with a 30-0 shutout.

The Razorbacks forced six turnovers as they earned bowl eligibility with the win. Arkansas's defense harassed Rebels' quarterback Bo Wallace all game, intercepting him twice; including a 100 yard interception return for touchdown by Rohan Gaines.

"The thing I like about our defensive players is that they just shake things off. They make a mistake, and they’ll lineup and play again," said Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema. "Those two turnovers, they let them get all the way down into the end zone and then made the big play." 

Earlier this season, Ole Miss was ranked as the number one team in the country. They have now dropped three of their last four (All losses in the SEC).

Head coach Hugh Freeze was crestfallen and searching for answers after the latest loss.

"I just think we came out probably a little not sharp for sure, and we did some things that you can’t do to be an elite team," Freeze said. "We’ve been a good team this year but we haven’t been elite at times and that’s where we want to get to."

 

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Oklahoma’s Perine Breaks Gordon’s Single-Game Rushing Record

Oklahoma’s Perine Breaks Gordon’s Single-Game Rushing Record

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Sooners running back Samaje Perine holds the new single-game rushing record after breaking Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon's record in Oklahoma's 44-7 win over Kansas on Saturday.

Perine finished the day with 427 rushing yards on 34 carries and five touchdowns in four quarters of work.

Gordon set the record in last week's win in the third quarter, but sat following setting the record.

Oklahoma finished with 510 total yards on the ground and quarterback Cody Thomas was 3 for 13 with 39 yards in the air.

Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings threw a pick and finished 8 for 22 with 89 yards in the loss.

Kansas only touchdown of the day came on an 11-yard fumble return.

The Sooners improved to 5-3 in the Big 12 and Kansas fell to 1-7 in their conference.

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Georgia Pounds Charleston-Southern, 55-3

Georgia Pounds Charleston-Southern, 55-3

BananaStock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- (9) Georgia (9-2) cruised past Charleston-Southern (8-4) 55-3 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on the first three snaps including running back Nick Chubb's 83-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and never looked back.

Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason tossed three touchdown passes and had 187 yards in the first half and sat the rest of the game.

Brice Ramsey replaced Hutson and threw a touchdown pass and an interception in the second half, but the game was already over.

Georgia rushed for 270 yards on Charleston-Southern and their defense allowed 211 total yards with only one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Todd Gurley, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury, was in attendance on the sidelines with a brace and crutches.

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Ohio State Cruises Past Indiana, Clinches Big Ten Title Berth

Ohio State Cruises Past Indiana, Clinches Big Ten Title Berth

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- (6) Ohio State clinched a Big Ten title berth in their 42-27 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Buckeyes running back Jalin Marshall scored four second-half touchdowns, including a 54-yard punt return in the third quarter.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Marshall for the other three touchdowns and finished with four touchdown passes of his own and 302 yards.

"We're conference division champions, we've won a bunch of games (nine) in a row," said Meyer. "We have some work to do. Sometimes in college football, things don't go exactly as scripted."

Ohio State will wait on the winner of Minnesota and Wisconsin next week to decide their opponent for the title.  

In the meantime, the win could increase their chances of getting one of the top spots in the College Football Playoff rankings that will be released on Tuesday.

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Report: Gurley Tore ACL

Report: Gurley Tore ACL

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATHENS, Ga.) -- Georgia running back Todd Gurley appears to have suffered a torn ACL, according to Bryant McFadden of 120 Sports.

McFadden reports that an MRI revealed that Gurley suffered no damage to the MCL in the left knee he injured in a non-contact play in Georgia's 34-7 win over Auburn.

Gurley returned to the field Saturday after serving a four game suspension while being investigated for illegally receiving payment for his autograph. Gurley was alleged to received at least $3,000 over two years as compensation for the autographed items.

He was considered a Heisman favorite this season, as he had run for 911 yards and had nine rushing touchdowns before his suspension. 

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(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- For the third time in its last four games Florida State found itself down at halftime, and as it did every other time, FSU won.

Dalvin Cook ran for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining in the game, giving FSU its first lead of the contest and the No. 3 Seminoles held on from there as they avoid the upset and beat rival Miami, 30-26 Saturday night.

"They love each other and it gets down to that," Florida State head coach Jeff Fisher said. "They play for each other. They don't panic. This is a heck of a Miami football team. Give them credit ... but our kids just execute when they have to."

Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) came to play. It scored twice in the first quarter and got a field goal early in the second quarter to put them up 16-0 before Florida State did anything. The Seminoles would end up scoring on a 44-yard run by Cook but the Hurricanes answered right back when true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a 61-yard touchdown to Clive Walford. Roberto Aguayo would hit the first of his three field goals before the end of the quarter to go into halftime with Miami up by 13.

The second half was a different story.

This time it was Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC) that played the aggressor outscoring the Hurricanes 20-3 in route to its 26th-straight victory.

Miami was still alive with 39 seconds to play. It had the ball on the Florida State 43 but Kaaya's pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey to seal the Seminoles fifth-straight win over the Hurricanes.

Florida State will try to keep its undefeated record intact next Saturday when it hosts Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC).

 

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Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Alabama handed Mississippi State their first loss of the season Saturday as the Crimson Tide won a tight one 25-20.

Alabama confused and stymied Dak Prescott all game as they contained the dual threat quarterback and forced him into costly mistakes.

Prescott threw three interceptions on the day, none more costly than a pick thrown late in the third quarter.  The Bulldogs had marched down to the Alabama 15 yard line, trailing by 13. Prescott forced a pass to his left and Crimson Tide corner Cyrus Jones was waiting on the pass: stealing possession of the ball.

Alabama's offense was methodical. The Tide ran for 124 yards and threw for 211 yards; 88 of which were caught by star wide receiver Amari Cooper. He also added a touchdown reception.  T.J. Yeldon ground out 72 yards on 16 carries and punched in a touchdown. 

The loss certainly comes at a bad time for Mississippi State as the college football regular season winds down and four teams will be selected for college football's inaugural playoff. The win will boost Alabama's chances of contending once again for the grand prize of collegiate football.

 

 

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TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The TCU Horned Frogs moved to No. 4 in the latest Colllege Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.

While the Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0) still are sitting at No. 1, TCU (8-1) is followed by Florida State (9-0) and Oregon (9-1) with the Crimson Tide ranking No. 5 in the playoffs.

"For the third consecutive week, the committee looked at the overall body of work, their strength of schedule, and looked at the number of top 25 wins," committee chairman Jeff Long said.

"TCU has two top 25 wins and Baylor has one. And TCU's loss is a top-10 loss. When you put all those factors together, we still think at this time TCU has a better resume and was voted that way ahead of Baylor," he continued.

"I think that our rankings will send the message," Long added. "We as a committee are not charged with sending messages to coaches and ADs about scheduling, but I think it's likely that they will see the factors that we take into account and will take a message from that. But we're not trying to send a message about that. We've said from the beginning, strength of schedule, total body of work, complete resume, all of those are factored into this decision to get to the best four teams and rank our 25."

Mississippi State will travel to Alabama (8-1) on Saturday.

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(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- It was another battle to remember as 5th-ranked Alabama survived against 16th-rated Louisiana State (LSU), winning 20-13 in overtime at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (8-1) rallied twice for the win, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

The Tigers (7-3) kept Alabama off the scoreboard for the entire first quarter, while taking a 7-0 lead when Anthony Jennings found Malachi Dupre for a 14-yard touchdown pass. LSU's defense continued to be dominant until Blake Sims connected with Amari Cooper for a game-tying 23-yard score. Alabama then took the lead on a field goal with nine seconds to play before the half.

Both offenses struggled to break through in the second half with LSU tying the game on a field goal in the third quarter, the lone score of the frame. The Tigers then went up 13-10 on Colby Delahoussaye's 39-yard field goal with 50 seconds left in regulation. With the game seemingly in hand, Delahoussaye shanked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving Alabama the ball on their own 35-yard line.

Sims then led the Crimson Tide down to LSU's 10 before relying on Adam Griffith to send the game into overtime. Griffith converted on a 27-yard field goal and Sims hit DeAndrew White on a 6-yard fade route in overtime to take the lead. On LSU's possession, Jennings scrambled on fourth down but his pass into the end zone was knocked to the turf.

The win, coupled with Auburn's loss at Texas A&M, puts Alabama alone in second place in the SEC West.

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(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

iStockphoto(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- Trevone Boykin racked up 322 total yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading 6th-ranked TCU to a 41-20 drubbing of 7th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win was important not only to the Horned Frogs playoff aspirations, but also to their hopes of a Big 12 Championship.

TCU (8-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to Boykin's two yard touchdown run and 10 yard scoring pass to David Porter. The Wildcats (7-2) did not get on the board until the final minute of the first quarter when quarterback Jake Waters connected with Tyler Lockett on a 70-yard scoring strike.

The Horned Frogs added a field goal in the second quarter, taking a 10-point lead into halftime. Out of the break, Boykin added to his impressive day with a 19-yard touchdown scamper, flipping over a defender at the goal line. Boykin tallied a career high 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns, scoring again on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter that made it 41-14, while also adding 219 yards through the air.

Waters threw for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Kansas State, but was also picked off as the Wildcats mustered just 34 rushing yards. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Kansas State and created a three-way tie atop the Big 12. Both Kansas State, TCU and 12th-ranked Baylor are all 5-1 in conference with three games to play.

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Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 21-point second quarter helped the 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to a 49-37 win over Big 10 rival Michigan State on Saturday night. Quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Buckeyes upset the 8th-rated Spartans.

After Michigan State (7-2) went up 7-0 early, Barrett capped off a 4-play, 71-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run to knot the score. He would do the same early in the second quarter, rushing in from one yard out to make it a 14-14 contest. The Spartans would eventually regain the lead on Jeremy Langford's touchdown run, but Barrett connected with Michael Thomas on a 79-yard scoring pass on the following play. The Buckeyes (8-1) would get another big play before the half when Barrett found Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown strike, giving Ohio State a 28-21 lead at halftime.

The second half was more of the same as the Buckeyes offense rolled over one of the top defenses in the country. After a Michigan State field goal cut the deficit to 28-24, Ohio State scored 14 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Although the Spartans were able to get a quick touchdown, cutting the lead to 42-31, the Buckeyes marched right down the field for another score just two minutes later.

With the win, Ohio State avenges a loss to the Spartans in last year's Big 10 Championship Game while also re-affirming their spot as the dominant team in the conference.

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