DALLAS (AP) — Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes to push his nation-leading total to 29, ran for another score and No. 21 SMU dominated the first half in a 55-26 victory over Tulane on Thursday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — N’Kosi Perry set up three touchdowns on as many drives in a breakaway third quarter and Florida Atlantic held Charlotte scoreless for all of the second half for a 38-9 victory Thursday night, just hours after each university announced it will be leaving Conference USA.
No. 10 Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at UCLA (5-2, 3-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: UCLA by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A football game between Drake and Stetson set for Saturday in Des Moines was canceled Thursday due to coronavirus concerns among Drake personnel.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, died of a an accidental drug overdose caused by fentanyl, the family said Thursday.
RUSTON, La. (AP) — Now that UTSA has its first Top 25 ranking in program history at No. 24, , the next question is how the Roadrunners will handle it.
“We are going talk about it because we have to know how to handle it and answer the question," said UTSA coach Jeff Traylor, whose Roadrunners (7-0, 3-0 Conference USA) visit Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1) on Saturday night.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin originally planned to practice with two quarterbacks this week, neither named Sean Clifford.
But the third-year starter, who is nursing an unspecified upper body injury, participated with some passes.
Lane Kiffin texted with his former assistant Ed Orgeron about a wild weekend because a call would have seemed “a little strange” with their teams about to play.
The past week has been more than a little strange for both programs heading into Kiffin and No.
A glance at the American Athletic Conference's six new members:
Wisconsin (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 25 Purdue (4-2, 2-1), Saturday at 3 p.m. EDT (Big Ten Network).
Line: Wisconsin by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 24 UTSA (7-0, 3-0 Conference USA) at Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (Stadium).
Line: UTSA by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Clemson (4-2, 3-1 ACC) at No. 23 Pittsburgh (5-1, 2-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Pittsburgh by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Major college football is settling into a strange period with lame duck memberships and frayed allegiances that could last another season or even two as conferences sort out the latest shifts and turns of realignment.
No. 22 San Diego State (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) at Air Force (6-1, 3-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (CBS).
Line: Air Force by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When No. 10 Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux returned for the second half against California on Friday, the standout defensive end helped rally the team to a vital win with a goal line stand.
No. 18 N.C. State (5-1, 2-0 ACC) at Miami (2-4, 0-2), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: N.C. State by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
South Carolina (4-3, 1-3 SEC) at No. 17 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2), Saturday at 6:30 p.m. EDT (SECN).
Line: Texas A&M by 19 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Army is at the end of a two-game stretch that's as tough as it gets for a service academy.
The Black Knights (4-2) host No. 16 Wake Forest (6-0) on Saturday, a week after losing at Wisconsin by six points in a game decided by a late Army turnover.
No. 16 Wake Forest (6-0) at Army (4-2), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (CBS Sports Network).
Line: Wake Forest by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville emerges from its bye ready to break a two-game losing streak.
The Cardinals’ challenge against Boston College is making sure the Eagles don’t break through their defense in the clutch as others have in recent weeks.
No. 3 Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at Kansas (1-5, 0-3), Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN).
Line: Oklahoma by 38 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Alabama-Tennessee series has been one-sided since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, but don't ask him if it still qualifies as a rivalry.
The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's 14 wins in a row in what was traditionally a Third Saturday in October staple hasn't changed the passion level entering Saturday night's meeting.
USC (3-3) at No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (NBC).
Line: Notre Dame by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LSU (4-3, 2-2 SEC) at No. 12 Mississippi (5-1, 2-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).
Line: Ole Miss by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona played its worst game under first-year coach Jedd Fisch a week ago, a 34-0 loss to Colorado that left the Wildcats searching for answers.
Their bid to end a school-record 18-game losing streak doesn't get any easier this week.
After a disappointing start and unspeakable tragedy, Utah has found its footing.
The Utes (4-2, 3-0 Pac-12) are the only undefeated team in conference play and sit atop the South Division. If they follow this trajectory, they could be in position to vie for a first-ever Rose Bowl appearance.
No. 8 Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (4-2, 2-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (FOX).
Line: Iowa State by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Even though his team has lost five of its first six games, California coach Justin Wilcox has been encouraged by how the Golden Bears have responded to the adversity.
Cal is off to its worst start since Wilcox took over in 2017 and will need to make a remarkable turnaround over the final month and a half to avoid missing out on a bowl game for a second consecutive season.
Illinois (2-5, 1-3 Big Ten) at No. 7 Penn State (5-1, 2-1), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Penn State by 23 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Senior quarterback Lucas Johnson's reward for delivering a double-overtime win for No. 22 San Diego State is the starting assignment Saturday at Air Force.
“Lucas finished the other night on a high note," Aztecs coach Brady Hoke said.
Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 6 Michigan (6-0, 3-0), Saturday at noon EDT (FOX).
Line: Michigan by 23 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — After months of dealing with uncertainty, Washington State finally has clarity about who will lead the program.
Nick Rolovich and four assistants are gone, fired when they failed to comply with the governor’s mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
No. 5 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (2-4, 0-3), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Ohio State by 21 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Tennessee (4-3, 2-2 SEC) at No. 5 Alabama (6-1, 3-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Alabama by 24 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 2 Cincinnati (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) at Navy (1-5, 1-3), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: Cincinnati by 27 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — There will be no Heisman Trophy favorites on the field and no national championships on the line when Southern California and No. 13 Notre Dame meet for the 92nd time Saturday night.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida State prepares for Saturday’s game against UMass, it would be easy to expect the Seminoles to focus their attention instead on a rivalry game with Clemson on Oct.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most of Minnesota's regular offensive linemen might have expected to be done with college by now, with five of them in their fifth year or more.
The guys up front for the Gophers have found a groove at just the right time, as several of them enter the final stretch of their unglamorous, unforgettable experience as blockers in the Big Ten.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former graduate assistant coach-turned-quarterback Zeb Noland returned to the field on South Carolina’s final drive last week against Vanderbilt to lead the Gamecocks to a win that snapped a nine-game Southeastern Conference skid.
1907 — Jim Thorpe makes his Carlisle (Pa.) debut dazzling a crowd of 22,800 in a 26-6 defeat of No. 4 Penn at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field. Thorpe rushes, returns kicks and does all the kicking in putting on a one-man show.
1933 — Primo Carnera retains the world heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Paolino Uzcudun in Rome.
1950 — The Los Angeles Rams beat the Baltimore Colts 70-27.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will face an in-state school for the first time since 1944 when the Razorbacks host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a nonconference game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday.
LAWRENCE, Kan (AP) — Caleb Williams is the starting quarterback at No. 3 Oklahoma. The freshman hopes to go out and be himself.
Coach Lincoln Riley put Williams in two weeks ago against Texas and he led a comeback for a 55-48 victory.
Georgia Tech doesn't have much to show for its recent visits to Virginia.
The Yellow Jackets have lost their last three games on Cavaliers' home field, and 12 of 14 since 1992. Coach Geoff Collins hopes that is about to change.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami has never gone through something quite like this.
Back-to-back losses, each by three points or less, and both coming when the Hurricanes had the ball inside the opponents’ red zone with a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds.
Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente sounds envious when he talks about the challenge his struggling Hokies will face on Saturday against Syracuse.
“This is a team that’s found their identity,” Fuente said of the Orange (3-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores are back home with the chance to show much they've learned from a missed opportunity.
The Commodores blew a lead in the final minute with a chance to hand first-year coach Clark Lea his first Southeastern Conference victory.
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell's unbeaten Bearcats handled their first two conference tests with ease.
Up next is Navy — and although the Midshipmen aren't having a good season, they always present some challenges for whoever is preparing to face them.