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  • Oregon State defensive back Treston Decoud was coherent and moving all of his extremities after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit by a teammate during the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Colorado.

    Decoud did not show any signs of movement when he was initially injured as his head and neck were stabilized on the field. He was ultimately transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for evaluation.

    Oregon State officials later announced the positive news regarding Decoud's condition.

    Decoud, a junior transfer from Northwest Mississippi Community College, has started six of the Beavers games this season. He has 28 tackles and four pass breakups.

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  • USC ruins Utah's perfect season with 42-24 win

    Utah’s dream undefeated season is over thanks to the team many originally predicted to be the power in the Pac-12 South.

    USC, a team that has lost its last two games and its head coach, played inspired Saturday night and defeated the Utes 42-24.

    It was the first win by an unranked USC team over a Top 3 program since 1975 when the Trojans defeated Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl.

    While on the surface, the number No. 3 team losing to a 3-3 USC team would appear like an upset, but the Trojans actually came into this game almost favored by a touchdown. That’s probably because despite Utah’s 6-0 record coming in, its best win came against Michigan at the beginning of the year.

    It barely scraped by a Cal team that was thrashed by UCLA this week and its 62-20 win against Oregon — the win that got the nation to take notice of the Utes — doesn’t look nearly as good now as it did at the time.

    Utah’s strength all season had been its defense. And while the defense did play well against the Trojans,

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  • Duke's 4OT win against Virginia Tech keeps it in ACC Coastal hunt

    Duke is not ready to concede its position in the ACC Coastal race.

    After four hours of football, Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk weaved his way through a host of Virginia Tech defenders to score a two-point conversion and give the Blue Devils a 45-43 four-overtime win against the Hokies.

    The win ensured that Duke would keep pace with Pittsburgh and North Carolina in the ACC Coastal Division race. All three teams are 6-1 after wins on Saturday.

    Pitt needed a late field goal for a victory against Syracuse and North Carolina shook off some early struggles to defeat Virginia 26-13.

    Pitt has the edge in the Coastal because it’s 4-0 in conference play while Duke and North Carolina are both 2-0, but none of the three teams have played each other yet.

    That will change Thursday when Pitt and North Carolina meet.

    The ACC Coastal race is far more interesting than the Atlantic between Clemson and Florida State simply because Pitt has been an unexpected player in coach Pat Narduzzi’s first season.

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  • Baylor quarterback Seth Russell suffered a broken neck injury late in Saturday’s 45-27 win against Iowa State.

    The injury, which occurred on a four-yard run on third down with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter, didn’t initially look serious. Following the game, coach Art Briles didn't know the extent of the injury, but said it was severe enough that the Bears would not have put Russell back in the game had the contest been closer.

    Backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham played the next series.

    "We're going to evaluate Seth in the next few days," Briles said. "If he's cleared, he'll play, because he's a tough hombre now."

    The Bears have a bye next week before traveling to Kansas State for a Thursday night game on Nov. 5. Russell has 29 touchdown passes to just six interceptions this season.

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  • Al Golden's time in Miami is running short after 58-0 loss to Clemson

    Al Golden’s time as Miami’s head coach is running short.

    Even though Miami athletic director Blake James said last week that he would wait until the end of the season before evaluating whether Golden should remain the Hurricanes’ coach, Saturday’s 58-0 blowout loss to Clemson might force him to evaluate a little earlier.

    It was the worst loss in school history, but Blake isn't wavering on his earlier message.

    "My heart goes out to Miami, because I've been on the other side of that, too," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. "They're a much better team than they played today."

    The team also might have lost starting quarterback Brad Kaaya, who suffered a head injury in the second quarter and did not return.

    Miami was outmatched from the opening snap. It gave up 42 points in the first half,

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  • What to Watch, Week 8: The midseason doldrums offer upset potential

    There are always a few weeks during the season where the schedule isn’t pretty.

    This is one of those weeks.

    There’s only one game bewteen ranked teams and both of those teams are coming off tough losses.

    Still, there are a few games worth highlighting and a lost of upset potential across the board.

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    Game of the week:
    No. 3 Utah at USC, 7:30 p.m. ET
    These two teams are trending very different directions.

    Utah is 7-0 and has its eyes on a Pac-12 title and one of the coveted spots in the College Football Playoff. USC has lost its last two contests and its head coach and is struggling to make something positive out of what is already a disappointing season.

    USC’s offense rolls into this game beaten up on the offensive line and could be missing receivers Darreus Rogers and Steven Mitchell Jr. The Utah defense is plus-12 in turnover margin, which will be key against quarterback Cody Kessler, who has thrown four

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  • UCLA beats Cal, but potentially loses three more star players to injury

    UCLA might have won last night’s game against Cal, but that victory might have cost the program three more star players.

    Running back Paul Perkins, linebacker Isaako Savaiinaea and receiver Devin Fuller all left the 40-24 win against Cal win various injuries. Perkins reportedly had a knee injury, Savaiinaea suffered an injury to his foot and Fuller had his head squashed during a tackle, which resulted in a neck injury.

    All three were removed from the game and none returned.

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    Coach Jim Mora offered little update following the game except: “They’re not good. They’re not good.”

    Perkins appeared to be on his way to a fantastic day with 11 carries for 73 yards and two catches for 13 yards before he was injured in the second quarter. Fuller was second in receiving with seven catches for 100 yards and two scores.

    Savaiinaea is just another injury in an already beaten up defense. The team already lost three defensive

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  • Temple beats ECU 24-14 for first 7-0 start in school history

    Temple is 7-0 for the first time in school history.

    After squeaking out a 24-14 win against East Carolina on Thursday, the Owls made history and guaranteed it would remain in the Top 25 for yet another week.

    The win was the Owls' first as a ranked team since prior to World War II.

    Yeah, it’s been a long time and it did not come easy.

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    The Owls were down 14-10 until quarterback P.J. Walker found receiver Robby Anderson for a 23-yard score to take a 17-24 lead with 3:31 remaining in the game.

    The Owls blocked a punt on East Carolina’s next drive and turned it into a 14-yard touchdown run by Jahad Thomas.

    The Owls have seven wins for just the fourth time since 1980.

    The win means the undefeated Owls will host Notre Dame next weekend for a chance to keep their record perfect. The two teams have only met once — a 28-6 Notre Dame win in 2013 — and the Irish are 6-1 heading into a bye this week.

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  • Georgia's beloved mascot Uga IX to retire

    Uga IX, Georgia's beloved Bulldog mascot that is known to his friends and fans as “Russ,” is officially retiring, the school announced Thursday.

    Russ is 11 years old and has appeared at 63 total games from 2009-2014.

    Uga X, know as “Que,” will formally be introduced as Georgia’s new living mascot at the Georgia-Georgia Southern football game on Saturday, Nov. 21.

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    “Uga is cherished by University of Georgia fans worldwide,” university president Jere W. Morehead said. “We are grateful for Russ’s dedicated service, and we look forward to welcoming Que as our new mascot.”

    All of Georgia’s mascots have come from the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family of Savannah, Ga., since 1956. Que has spent three months auditioning for the role of the Bulldogs’ new mascot and has enjoyed all seven football games already this season.

    “We are thrilled to have Que join our long line of mascots and he has already proven to be up to the task

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  • Jalen Watts-Jackson didn’t realize the enormity of his play at the end of the Michigan-Michigan State game until he was lying in a hospital bed, post surgery.

    “It first hit me after I got surgery. My family came, and I was just in my room, the hospital room by myself, looking at ESPN,” Watts-Jackson said in his first meeting with the media since Saturday’s game. “And they just kept playing it back and kept playing it back. I'm like, ‘Wow, like, that really happened.’”

    Watts-Jackson was the main figure in one of the most exciting plays in Michigan football history. Michigan punter Blake O’Neill dropped a snap with 10 seconds remaining. He still tried to get the ball off and had it blocked by Michigan State defenders. Watts-Jackson picked the ball up and ran it 38 yards into the end zone.

    But as Watts-Jackson explained Wednesday, that run wasn’t as exciting to him as it was to everyone watching. Instead, it was stressful and ultimately painful.

    “I knew I couldn't be tackled, or (we)

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