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College football Power Rankings for Week 13

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With Nick Saban watching from home, Alabama continued its dominance this season with a 42-13 rout of Auburn on Saturday to remain atop ESPN’s Week 13 college football Power Rankings. 1 Related Saban was isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, but Alabama didn’t miss a beat without its......

Colorado vs. USC Canceled After Positive COVID-19 Tests

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc3MTAyMjI3MjQ3MjEyMjgx/usc-colorado-postponed.jpg Michael Shapiro Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports USC’s matchup against Colorado on Saturday has been canceled, the Pac-12 announced on Thursday.  The contest was canceled due to numerous positive tests within the Trojans’ program, per the Pac-12. Saturday’s game will not be rescheduled. “Not contesting this game is very disappointing to......

Colorado at No. 19 USC canceled due to virus

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No. 19 USC’s game against Colorado (2-0) that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled, the Pac-12 announced Thursday. The conference said USC (3-0) did not have enough scholarship players available in a position group due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. The position group is the offensive line,......

USC cancels practice again as player gets tested

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USC football canceled in-person activities Thursday and will continue preparations for Saturday’s game against Colorado virtually after a player showed symptoms for COVID-19, the school announced Thursday. Two players tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and another five are in quarantine for contact tracing. USC canceled practice and closed......

The best college football player you don’t know, a different kind of rivalry week and more for Week 13

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8:00 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. Mack Brown was standing on the sideline at Kenan Stadium in April 2019, watching his new North Carolina football team run through a spring scrimmage.......

Bama, Irish, Clemson, OSU lead first CFP rankings

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Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State, while BYU debuts at No. 14 despite a 9-0 start to its season. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide are among four SEC teams appearing in the top-9 of the initial rankings,......

AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What’s next for each ranked team?

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The new AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and while there’s not much movement at the top, one new team (North Carolina) joins the party. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team. No. 1 Alabama (7-0) It’s been a while since Alabama has been tested. You have to......

College football Power Rankings for Week 11

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The college football schedule absorbed its biggest blow yet from COVID-19 issues this week, meaning there was very little movement in ESPN’s Week 11 Power Rankings. 1 Related The SEC alone had four games postponed, and five of the top six teams in last week’s Power Rankings either had open......

A mind-boggling Big Ten, QB drama and fake spikes are all we needed in Week 11

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There have been Saturdays with more drama. Look no further than last week’s Clemson-Notre Dame thriller. There have been Saturdays with bigger games. This week lacked a single matchup between top-25 teams, with four of the top five squads sitting out. With 15 games postponed or canceled because of the......

Late drama lifts undefeated Southern Cal again

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Southern California had too many penalties, struggled in the red zone and found itself in a late hole for the second straight week. The Trojans rallied to win a week ago, and they did it again with another pair of late scoring drives. Resiliency has been the......

Undefeated USC vs. 1-loss Notre Dame? Breaking down potential College Football Playoff decisions

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Let’s talk head-to-head matchups. Except these won’t be played out on the field. The two-team battles we’re discussing today will be waged behind the closed (Zoom?) doors of the College Football Playoff selection committee. We’re asking the question: If it came down to these two teams, in these exact scenarios,......

The Pac-12’s playoff chances, Indiana’s surprising start and more to watch in Week 11

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7:00 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. Back in August, the college football world wondered if a season would be played at all, and the resounding chorus from fans was simple: Any......

How USC, Arizona State and the Pac-12 pulled off a 9 a.m. local time kickoff

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When phones started buzzing in Los Angeles hotel rooms in the hour before Saturday’s 6:19 a.m. sunrise, it was the sound of relief. After months of delays and concern that the Pac-12 football season could be ripped away by the global coronavirus pandemic, players from Arizona State and USC finally......

Bama extends streak, 13th straight year at No. 1

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Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this year, extending its record of consecutive seasons with at least one week on top of the rankings to 13. Notre Dame moved up two spots to No. 2 on Sunday after upsetting Clemson in......

Who has the best chance to make the College Football Playoff?

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Notre Dame upended Clemson on Saturday night in one of the true classics of this unusual season to date. What does the result mean for both teams’ 2020 College Football Playoff chances? The Fighting Irish took a giant step toward the program’s second CFP appearance, increasing their playoff odds in......

College football Power Rankings for Week 10

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The Clemson-Notre Dame showdown was so good and so entertaining that it would be great to see those teams go at it again. Well, we just might be treated to a rematch in the ACC championship game after Notre Dame took down Clemson 47-40 in two overtimes Saturday to vault......

Notre Dame’s epic win, the Big Ten’s confounding season and the CFP’s thrilling race for No. 4

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Before the game, the story was about Clemson‘s superstar quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who was sidelined by a virus and league protocols. During the game, the story was about Clemson’s freshman quarterback, D.J. Uiagalelei, who stepped in, rallied the Tigers from a double-digit deficit for the second straight week and, in......

USC rides two late TDs for win in Pac-12 opener

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Drake London caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:20 to play, and No. 20 USC rallied from a late 13-point deficit for a 28-27 victory over Arizona State on Saturday in the Pac-12’s long-delayed season opener. Bru McCoy caught a deflected 26-yard touchdown pass with 2:52 left for the Trojans......

Throwing to Travis Etienne, trusting USC, testing BYU and more to watch in Week 10

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Week 10 of the college football season is the first official fire hose weekend of the season, where the information is coming at us faster than we can take it in. We inhaled six MAC games simultaneously on Wednesday night. On Friday night, we’ll watch unbeaten playoff sleeper BYU take......

Finding respect will be harder than ever for Pac-12 this season

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On the morning of Sept. 13, handicapping the probability of a Pac-12 football season happening in 2020 would not have been a straightforward exercise. It had been more than a month since the conference announced it was postponing all athletic competition until at least January because of the coronavirus pandemic.......

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