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  • Michigan on the outside looking in as four Big Ten teams fight for the CFP

    Michigan’s loss to Ohio State created a little bit of shakeup in the College Football Playoff rankings ahead of this weekend’s conference championship games.

    The Wolverines, which were ranked No. 3 in the CFP, dropped to No. 5 and find themselves needing some help to get back into the top four. Alabama remained No. 1, the Buckeyes No. 2, Clemson No. 3 and Washington moved up a spot for No. 4.

    Alabama, Clemson and Washington all play in conference championships this weekend. Ohio State will not play in its championship thanks to a loss to Penn State earlier in the year. The No. 7 Nittany Lions will be the East Division representative against No. 6 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday. However, Ohio State already has asserted that it still should make the playoff despite not playing on championship weekend. The Buckeyes are one of just five teams with one or fewer losses in the Top 25. However, no non-conference champion has ever played in the CFP.

    Ohio State defeated Michigan last week to stake their claim as the No. 2 team in the College Football Playoff. (Getty)
    Ohio State defeated Michigan
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  • Reports: Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire to seek graduate transfer

    Malik Zaire, Notre Dame's former starting QB, will pursue a graduate transfer. (Getty)
    Malik Zaire, Notre Dame’s former starting QB, will pursue a graduate transfer. (Getty)

    Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is expected to meet with head coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday to gain his release and pursue a graduate transfer, per a report by Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson.

    Zaire will graduate in December with one year of eligibility remaining.

    Zaire was the starting quarterback for Notre Dame’s 2015 season-opener against Texas, but then suffered a season-ending injury against Virginia. He competed with DeShone Kizer in the spring to regain his starting role, but after playing sparingly in the season opener, Zaire ultimately became the Irish’s backup.

    Zaire finished the 2016 season completing just 11 of 23 passes for 122 yards a touchdown. The touchdown came against USC last weekend in what would be his final pass at Notre Dame. Zaire never threw more than 40 passes in any of his three seasons with the Irish.

    According to Irish Illustrated Florida, Pittsburgh, Michigan State

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  • Reports: DC Dave Aranda agrees to three-year deal with LSU

    LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has agreed to a three-year contract. (Getty)
    LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has agreed to a three-year contract. (Getty)

    Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will stay with LSU, according to multiple reports.

    Aranda has accepted a three-year contract to remain the Tigers’ defensive coordinator under new head coach Ed Orgeron.

    During Saturday’s news conference, Orgeron and athletic director Joe Alleva were adamant that one of their first priorities was keeping Aranda on staff.

    “We have some great coaches on our staff right now, led by Dave Aranda,” Orgeron said Saturday. “He is the best coordinator in football, and we plan on him being with us. I spoke to him this morning. We’re happy that Dave’s an LSU Tiger, I promise you that.”

    Despite some struggles by LSU this season, Arnada’s defense ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (16.4 PPG) and 12th in total defense (323 YPG).

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  • Why Lamar Jackson might be the weakest potential Heisman winner in some time

    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson lost a fumble late against Kentucky and the Wildcats turned it into a game-winning field goal. (Getty)
    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson lost a fumble late against Kentucky and the Wildcats turned it into a game-winning field goal. (Getty)

    Lamar Jackson will probably win the Heisman.

    That bears stating before you read any further.

    Jackson’s overall statistical body of work is far superior to that of any other player in college football this year. He set the ACC single-season record for touchdowns responsible for. He set the single-season school record for rushing. He became the sixth player in FBS history with 20 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs in a season. And there are probably several other records not mentioned here.

    He’s a damn good player and he’s had the benefit of a fairly easy schedule.

    However, Louisville’s 41-38 loss to Kentucky on Saturday did him no favors.

    Yes, Jackson had 281 yards passing and two touchdowns, and 171 yards rushing and two scores, but he also had four turnovers. Kentucky turned two of those turnovers into 10 points, including the game-winning field goal

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  • Indiana QB Zander Diamont on quitting football: 'I need my brain'

    Indiana backup QB Zander Diamont has chosen to forgo his final season in part because of concussions.
    Indiana backup QB Zander Diamont has chosen to forgo his final season in part because of concussions. (Getty)

    Indiana backup quarterback Zander Diamont has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility in part because he’s concerned about head injuries.

    “To be honest, I’ve had a lot of concussions in my career, a lot of which were in high school,” Diamont said Saturday. “With the way that I play and my size, I’m not going to start being the guy who slides and steps out of bounds. It’s just not my style.”

    Diamont, a junior, will graduate from Indiana in the spring. His final game will be the Hoosiers’ bowl game. He said he discussed his future with his family before informing coach Kevin Wilson of his decision last week.

    “One of his gifts is his ability to run but he’s a small guy and he plays with a lot of heart and a lot of courage,” Wilson said of Diamont. “I think some of those hits are adding up on him.”

    During his three years at Indiana, Diamont had 837 passing yards and one

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  • Florida Atlantic fires Charlie Partridge after another 3-9 season

    Florida Atlantic has fired coach Charlie Partridge after three seasons. (Getty)
    Florida Atlantic has fired coach Charlie Partridge after three seasons. (Getty)

    Florida Atlantic has fired coach Charlie Partridge.

    Partridge, who finished 3-9 in each of his three seasons with the program, struggled to bring the Owls back to the relevance they saw under coach Howard Schnellenberger. The Owls season ended the season with a 77-56 loss to Middle Tennessee.

    “I want to thank Charlie Partridge for putting his heart and soul into Florida Atlantic University for the past three years,” said FAU athletic director Pat Chun. “He led our program with integrity and character. Most importantly, he impacted the lives of our student-athletes and that will have a lasting effect.”

    Partridge was an assistant on Bret Bielema’s staffs at Arkansas and Wisconsin before taking the FAU job.

    According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell should be among the candidates for the job.

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  • South Carolina players says Clemson players used racial slurs on the field. (Getty)
    South Carolina players says Clemson players used racial slurs on the field. (Getty)

    UPDATE 5 p.m. ET

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responded to the allegations.

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    Following Clemson’s 56-7 win against South Carolina, Gamecocks defensive lineman Bryson Allen-Williams said a Clemson offensive lineman called him a racial slur, according to a report in The State.

    “They used the n-word, one of their offensive linemen. I don’t know which number,” Allen-Williams told The State. “We are going to get our get-back. We definitely have this game circled next year.”

    Allen wasn’t the only player upset about the language on the field. A couple other South Carolina players took to Twitter to complain about racial slurs.

    “racism still alive in Clemson i see.. classless sobs, still calling people [racial slur] is crazy,” South Carolina defensive

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  • Colorado beats Utah 27-22 to claim first Pac-12 South title

    Colorado is the Pac-12 South champion.

    Just writing those words seems surreal simply because the Buffaloes came into the season having won five conference games during their first five years in the conference. However, the Buffs have been one of the nation’s best turnaround stories this year and their dream regular season culminated in a 27-22 win against Utah that secured a trip to Santa Clara to face Washington for the Pac-12 title.

    Back-to-back turnovers in the fourth quarter, including a fumble recovered for a touchdown by Kenneth Olugbode, helped the Buffs secure the win in a sloppy, yet tightly contested game.

    The Colorado defense was the story of the game as it kept the Utah offense relatively quiet. The Utes’ running game, which had been the strength of its offense in the latter half of the season, amassed just 179 yards and star running back Joe Williams, who had rushed for at least 100 yards in every game since his return from retirement, had just 97 yards and averaged 3.7

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  • Jabrill Peppers shoves an Ohio State fan following loss (Video)

    Jabrill Peppers shoved an Ohio State fan following the loss to Ohio State. (Getty)
    Jabrill Peppers shoved an Ohio State fan following the loss to Ohio State. (Getty)

    Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers was understandably upset following Saturday’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to rival Ohio State, but he probably could have found a better outlet for his emotion.

    As Peppers was walking off the field, he got into a shoving match with an Ohio State fan who crossed his path.

    Now, it’s difficult to see exactly what prompted the terse interaction, but slowing the video down helps.

    In this slo-mo video, it looks like Peppers is walking off the field when Ohio State DB coach Kerry Coombs (not a crazy old guy) grabbed his arm to speak to

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  • Texas hires Tom Herman as next head coach

    Houston coach Tom Herman will reportedly be Texas' new coach. (Getty)
    Houston coach Tom Herman will reportedly be Texas’ new coach. (Getty)

    Texas has hired Houston coach Tom Herman.

    The news came less than an hour after Texas announced it was parting ways with Charlie Strong after three seasons. The school officially announced Herman’s hire Saturday afternoon and said a press conference with the new coach would be forthcoming on Sunday.

    “The opportunity to come back to Texas is a dream come true for me and my family, and I can’t thank President [Greg] Fenves and [athletic director] Mike Perrin enough for providing me with this incredible opportunity,” Herman said in a statement. “Longhorn football has been – and always will be – a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base.”

    Here’s what Houston had to say about Herman’s departure.

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