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College football notes: Washington fourth in playoff rankings

November 9, 2016 GMT

Washington moved into fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the four remaining unbeaten teams from the Power Five conference at the top of the selection committee’s second top 25.

Alabama, Clemson and Michigan still hold the top three spots.

The committee’s first ranking of the season caused a bit of a stir because the unbeaten Huskies were behind Texas A&M last week. The Aggies then went out and lost at Mississippi State to clear up the mini-controversy.

Ohio State is behind Washington, but the Buckeyes still are in fine shape. Ohio State plays Michigan on Nov. 26 in a game that could decide the Big Ten’s East division.

Louisville moved up a spot to sixth, followed by Wisconsin and Texas A&M.

No. 21 WESTERN MICHIGAN 37, KENT STATE 21 (at Kent, Ohio) — Jarvion Franklin rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and Fabian Johnson added a career-high 125 yards as the Broncos (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) rallied over the Golden Flashes (3-7, 2-4) to become the nation’s first 10-win team.

Franklin’s 19-yard TD with 8:27 helped the Western Michigan finally put away upset-minded Kent State, which jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 48, BALL STATE 41 (at Muncie, Ind.) — Brogan Roback completed 37 of 71 passes for a career-high 468 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles (6-4, 3-3) overcame a 21-point, first-quarter deficit to top the Cardinals (4-6, 1-5).

KNIGHT OUT FOR SEASON: Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight will miss the rest of the regular season with a right shoulder injury.

Knight was injured Saturday in the 11th-ranked Aggies loss to Mississippi State. Coach Kevin Sumlin announced that he wouldn’t return for the regular season, but said they expect him to return for Texas A&M’s bowl game. Sumlin added that Knight does not need surgery, but did not provide further details on his injury.

With Knight out the Aggies will go with Jake Hubenak, a junior who has appeared in three games this season. Hubenak was 11 of 17 passing for 222 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Texas A&M’s 35-28 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

CLEMSON STARS LEAVING: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said quarterback Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott, all juniors, are heading to the NFL after this season.

Swinney said that the four are graduating in December and indicated this college season would be their last. The group will be honored at Senior Day on Saturday when the second-ranked Tigers face Pitt.

Watson, a Heisman Trophy candidate, is expected to be among the first quarterbacks taken in next year’s NFL draft. Williams, at 6 feet 3, also is considered a first-rounder. Gallman and Scott also are expected to be drafted.

“All those guys are planning on moving on,” Swinney said. “Definitely want to honor them while we have an opportunity to do it. They’ve earned that.”