Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker is the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. was named the top defensive player for the second straight year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alabama and newly crowned Big 12 champion Kansas State will meet for the first time at the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Eve.
The Crimson Tide (10-2, No. 5 CFP) is headed to the Sugar Bowl for the 17th time after narrowly missing out on the four-team College Football Playoff because of losses at Tennessee and LSU on the last play of each game.
No. 20 South Carolina (8-4, Southeastern; No. 19 CFP) vs. No. 19 Notre Dame (8-4, FBS Independent, No. 21 CFP), Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. ET
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Orange Bowl will be the most aptly named bowl of all this year.
Clemson and Tennessee — two schools with orange as their predominant uniform color — are headed to the Orange Bowl on Dec.
Tennessee (10-2, SEC, No. 6 CFP) vs. Clemson (11-2, ACC, No. 7 CFP), Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — South Florida hired Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh as its new head football coach on Sunday.
Golesh, who came to Tennessee with head coach Josh Heupel in 2021 after the two were at Central Florida in 2019, takes over a USF program that went 1-11 this year.
South Florida is hiring Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh to be its head football coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal with the 38-year-old Golesh was still being finalized.
Quarterbacks Caleb Williams of Southern California, C.J. Stroud of Ohio State and Hendon Hooker of Tennessee have been named finalists for the Maxwell Award as the player of the year in college football.
Tennessee finished the regular season as the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in total offense and scoring while Washington and Air Force were first in the other major offensive categories.
The Volunteers' 56-0 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday left them with season averages of 538.1 yards and 47.3 points per game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.J. McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, Donovan Edwards busted the game open with two long fourth-quarter TD runs and No. 3 Michigan beat No. 2 Ohio State 45-23 on Saturday, taking down the Buckeyes with stunning ease for the second straight season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Heupel walked into a mess at Tennessee with players running for the transfer portal after the university fired the previous coach and nine others in January 2021.
Tennessee is defending itself against the NCAA's Level I charge of failing to monitor the football program, saying former coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others fired “repeatedly deceived” administrators and compliance staff overseeing the program.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Coffey Field, capacity 7,000 on the campus of Fordham University, is a long way from the Southeastern Conference — literally and figuratively — right up until the home team's offense takes the field.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Heupel faces perhaps the biggest challenge yet at Tennessee.
The coach has to remind his ninth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers they have plenty left to play for — possibly even a New Year's Day bowl game— keep the nation's top offense humming with a new starting quarterback and not take in-state rival Vanderbilt for granted Saturday night.
No. 9 Tennessee (9-2, 6-2 SEC) at Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST (SEC Network)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Tennessee by 14 1/2
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney can't think of a better time to face rival South Carolina.
“They played their best game and we played our best game,” Swinney said. “We're two good teams coming off big wins.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Josh Heupel declined Monday to address what kept linebacker Jeremy Banks out of the Volunteers' loss at South Carolina.
“We anticipate Jeremy being with us here this week.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in the fourth quarter of the ninth-ranked Volunteers loss to South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Spencer Rattler had the best day of his unpredictable career, throwing for 438 yards and six touchdowns as South Carolina beat No.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker left the Volunteers' game Saturday night against South Carolina after injuring his leg while running in the fourth quarter.
The senior came into the game as a Heisman Trophy hopeful.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer had a message for those wondering why Tennessee receiver Jalin Hyatt left town to star for the fifth-ranked Volunteers.
“I have certainly heard from people about what an idiot I am that I didn’t recruit Jalin Hyatt,” said Beamer, the second-year coach who was an Oklahoma assistant when Hyatt was a standout for Dutch Fork High Schoo, about 20 miles from the Gamecocks' campus.
No. 5 Tennessee (9-1, 5-1 SEC) at South Carolina (6-4, 3-4), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Tennessee by 21 1/2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Miyan Williams rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury late in the first half, C.J Stroud threw five TD passes and No. 2 Ohio State buried Indiana 56-14 on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If style points are important to No. 5 Tennessee, the Volunteers scored 66 of them Saturday.
Hendon Hooker threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score to lead the Volunteers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No.
Neither top-ranked Georgia nor coach Kirby Smart buy the notion that their toughest test is behind them.
The challenges never really stop for Smart's Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) — the target is always there as defending national champions and being No.
Missouri (4-5, 2-4 SEC) at No. 5 Tennessee (8-1, 4-1, No. 5 CFP), Saturday, noon EST (CBS)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Tennessee by 20 1/2.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Tennessee still has plenty left to play for if the Volunteers take care of business down the stretch.
First up is trying to finish off a perfect record at home Saturday against Missouri.
A look at Week 11 in the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Alabama (7-2, 4-2, No. 9 CFP) at No. 11 Mississippi (8-1, 4-1, No. 11 CFP).
Georgia was the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.
The Bulldogs' rise from No. 3 was no surprise after their dominant victory against previously top-ranked Tennessee on Saturday.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart was obviously in a hurry to get through his postgame news conference and join his recruits after Saturday's win over Tennessee.
At one point, the Georgia coach asked longtime sports information director Claude Felton if he was trying “to set some kind of record” for the longest news conference after a game.
Georgia has aspired to be Alabama.
Not just a national champion. The Bulldogs did that last year, going through the Crimson Tide to snap a 41-year title drought.
Georgia wants to set the standard in college football, the program that contends for national titles every season and wins them routinely.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 1 Georgia shut down No. 2 Tennessee’s high-powered offense, dominating the Volunteers 27-13 on Saturday in an SEC showdown of the nation’s top-ranked teams.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — In the biggest games, Stetson Bennett seems to rise to the occasion and above his often more heralded counterparts.
Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No.
No. 2 Tennessee (8-0, 4-0 SEC) at No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 5-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).
Line: Georgia by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Kentucky (5-3, 2-3 SEC) at Missouri (4-4, 2-3), noon EST (SECN)
Line: Kentucky by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 2 Ohio State (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) at Northwestern (1-7, 1-4), Saturday, noon EDT (ABC)
Line: Ohio State by 37 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart just smiled and shook his head when asked if he has stressed conditioning in preparation for Saturday's visit from Tennessee and its fast-paced offense.
Tennessee's rise this season has set the table for one of the best treats in college football: No. 1 vs. 2.
By climbing into a tie with Ohio State, the Volunteers will play No. 1 Georgia on Saturday in just the 25th regular-season meeting between the top two teams in the AP Top 25.
The showdown between Big Ten powerhouses in a few weeks is looming for No. 2 Ohio State. Until then, the schedule takes a lighter turn.
The Buckeyes open what looks like an easier stretch when they visit struggling Northwestern on Saturday.
A look at Week 10 in the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 2 Tennessee (8-0, 4-0; CFP No. 1) visits No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 5-0 SEC; CFP No. 3)
Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson were the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season released Tuesday night, four days before the Volunteers and Bulldogs square off on the field.
Just in time for its biggest test of the season against No. 2 Tennessee's top-ranked offense, top-ranked Georgia's defense has lost outside linebacker Nolan Smith to a season-ending injury.
Smith, who leads Georgia with three sacks and is fifth with 18 tackles, suffered a torn right pectoral muscle in last week's 42-20 win over Florida.
Tennessee scores so many points so fast that the defense tends to be overshadowed, ignored until someone wonders how the Volunteers can play so many minutes a game.
Turns out the second-ranked Vols actually can play some defense too, despite being on the field more than all but five other FBS teams.
The chances of having a 1 vs. 2 matchup go up if there are two No. 2s in The Associated Press college football poll.
Tennessee and Ohio State were tied for No. 2 Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank.
Tennessee moved into a tie with Ohio State for No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday to set up a 1 vs. 2 matchup next week with top-ranked Georgia.
Georgia-Tennessee will be the 25th regular-season game matching the top two teams in the AP poll, and the third straight involving Southeastern Conference teams.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No looking ahead for Jalin Hyatt and No. 3 Tennessee.
The Volunteers were ready for Kentucky.
Hyatt caught five passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 44-6 victory over No.
In their final games before the first College Football Playoff rankings are released, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee made compelling cases Saturday to start the race for the national championship in pole position.
ATLANTA (AP) — Vince Dooley, the football coach who carried himself like a professor and guided Georgia for a quarter-century of success that included the 1980 national championship, died Friday. He was 90.