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The biggest question remaining for each Top 25 college football team

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What is the biggest question for each Top 25 team as it hits the home stretch of the season? From injuries to depleted defenses to weak schedules, each contender has something it needs to answer. No. 1 Alabama: Can Tua stay healthy?The youth on defense took a back seat the...
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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney tops salary list at $9.3M, passing Alabama’s Nick Saban at $8.85M

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took over the top spot in the annual coaches salary database, published by USA Today on Tuesday. Swinney made $9.3 million in total pay, surpassing Alabama‘s Nick Saban at $8.85 million. Swinney agreed to a 10-year, $93 million contract extension in April, after winning his second...
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LSU QB Joe Burrow goes from 200-1 long shot to Heisman co-favorite

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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has gone from a giant long shot to one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts are co-favorites to win the Heisman, at 5-4, at Caesars Sportsbook. Burrow, a senior in his second season as LSU’s starter, was listed...
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Nick Saban — There’s ‘no real timeline’ for Tua Tagovailoa’s return from ankle injury

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban said on Monday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had successful surgery on his ankle and will participate in only non-weight bearing activity for several days before beginning traditional rehab. Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain during this past Saturday’s win over Tennessee and had surgery...
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College football’s biggest 2019 surprises, led by Ohio State and Oregon

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Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald looked a little punch-drunk. Asked about the adjustments Ohio State made or the surprises it threw at the Wildcats’ defense while the Buckeyes were racking up 52 points and 7.6 yards per play, Fitzgerald interrupted and said, simply, “No, I think they’re really good.” Northwestern...
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Clemson CB Andrew Booth Jr. rides bus, not plane, after throwing punch

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Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. was ejected for throwing a punch in the third quarter of the Tigers’ 45-10 win at Louisville on Saturday. According to Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, Booth had a long time to think about what he did. Swinney told reporters in his weekly teleconference on Sunday...
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Louisville Cardinals Football: Child with Down syndrome becomes honorary band conductor at Clemson game

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Allen Norton may only be four years old, but he is already a dedicated Louisville Cardinals football fan. During Saturday’s game against Clemson, the child — who was born with Down syndrome — stole the halftime show when he got to be an honorary conductor for the Cardinal Marching Band. ...
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FAU coach Lane Kiffin fined $5,000 for blind refs tweet

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Conference USA fined Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin $5,000 and publicly reprimanded him on Sunday for violating the league’s sportsmanship policy one day after he tweeted a photograph that depicted on-field officials as being blind. Kiffin was upset about the officiating in the Owls’ 36-31 loss to Marshall on Saturday,...
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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa undergoes surgery for high-ankle sprain

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss Saturday’s game against Arkansas after undergoing surgery to help repair a high-ankle sprain he suffered against Tennessee. Tagovailoa suffered the injury during last night’s win over the Volunteers. He had surgery Sunday morning. “Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle...
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Dancing by Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina players leads to penalties

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Who doesn’t love some good dancing? Apparently the referees in the Georgia Southern–Coastal Carolina game. The two teams played each other Saturday, and in between the third and fourth quarters, the referees issued unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to the entire bench of both teams for dancing and jumping around to the...
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College Football Playoff picks after Week 8

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How will Saturday’s injury to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa impact the race for the College Football Playoff? How will Saturday’s top games affect the College Football Playoff chase? What are the current odds for making the top four? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has the answers. Check back every week as...
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Underdogs thrive, the Pac-12 survives and more in a chaotic Week 8

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Lovie Smith has the look of a man who has lived a full life. A man doesn’t grow a beard with that many grays unless he has had some real highs (he coached in a Super Bowl) and lows (with Rex Grossman as his QB). Smith, Illinois‘ coach, has seen...
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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa suffers high ankle sprain vs. Tennessee

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The right ankle injury that knocked Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of the No. 1 Crimson Tide‘s 35-13 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night likely will keep him on the sideline for next week’s home game against Arkansas, according to coach Nick Saban. Saban called the injury...
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Cancer survivor Casey O’Brien makes debut for Minnesota

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After Minnesota went up 27-0 against Rutgers in the fourth quarter Saturday, Casey O’Brien walked onto the field to hold the snap for the extra point. Typically a mundane event, but for O’Brien, a four-time cancer survivor, it was an emotional moment that he’ll never forget. O’Brien made his collegiate...
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Badgers forced to regroup after ‘signature win’ for Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wisconsin hadn’t trailed all season. The Badgers hadn’t allowed a first-half touchdown all season. Heisman Trophy contender Jonathan Taylor hadn’t lost a fumble all season. The sixth-ranked Badgers hadn’t lost a game, either. They had five wins by 21 points or more and four shutouts. All that...
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Gamecocks’ Will Muschamp laments ‘gutless’ official

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South Carolina coach Will Muschamp sidestepped several questions about the officiating during his team’s 38-27 loss to No. 9 Florida on Saturday. But Muschamp couldn’t help but answer when asked about an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received with about four minutes to go, after he passionately argued with officials on...
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Auburn Tigers’ PATs made streak ends right after record setter

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Auburn’s impeccable timing beat its NCAA-record kicking on Saturday. Not long after setting the FBS record for the most consecutive made extra points with 303 — and naturally celebrating it on Twitter with an emoji and exclamation point — Auburn missed the following PAT. “We’re a kicking school,” one fan...
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Auburn Tigers set PATs made record; streak ends on next kick

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Auburn’s impeccable timing beat its NCAA-record kicking on Saturday. Not long after setting the FBS record for the most consecutive made extra points with 303 — and naturally celebrating it on Twitter with an emoji and exclamation point — Auburn missed the following PAT. “We’re a kicking school,” one fan...

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