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  • Arkansas State beats Troy to take control of Sun Belt race

    Arkansas State takes control of the Sun Belt race with a win against Troy. (AP)
    Arkansas State takes control of the Sun Belt race with a win against Troy. (AP)

    Hello and goodbye to the Sun Belt’s first-ever ranked team.

    Troy had been flying high this season; they were 8-1. Their only loss was to Clemson in a close game. But, the Trojans’ newly minted No. 25 status left as quickly as it arrived when Arkansas State came to town and defeated the Trojans 35-3 to take control of the Sun Belt race.

    Troy started the scoring off with a 43-yard field goal to end the first quarter. For the next two quarters, the Trojans would not score again as the Red Wolves scored 28 unanswered points. Arkansas State’s starting quarterback Justice Hansen was injured during the scoring run, but it mattered not as Pitt transfer Chad Voytik lead the offense for two touchdowns.

    Troy played unevenly all game. Representative of Troy’s night, the Trojans first play of the second half resulted in a forced fumble recovered in the end zone for a Red Wolves’ touchdown. The Trojans committed five

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  • A week after three of the top four teams lost, another top team suffered a similar fate and this one might have cost the season-long Heisman frontrunner his chance at the trophy.

    Louisville came into Thursday’s pivotal contest with aspirations of putting on a show worthy of a spot in the top four of the College Football Playoff standings, but what resulted was the exact opposite. The Cardinals came out flat against an inspired Houston team and were essentially run off the field in a 36-10 rout.

    Things started off poorly for the Cardinals from the start when Malik Williams fumbled the opening kickoff and Houston used one play to take a 7-0 lead.

    From there, things started to spiral on Louisville. Every time the offense would make a good play, a penalty would bring it back. The Louisville offensive line struggled against the speed of the Houston defensive line and allowed 11 sacks during the contest and countless hurries. Louisville committed 16 penalties, which were almost exclusively

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  • Fresno State beat Hawaii 42-14 in 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
    Fresno State beat Hawaii 42-14 in 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Hawaii has played Fresno State more than any other team, so Rainbow Warriors coach Nick Rolovich thinks the series should have a trophy.

    Turns out, the idea for a trophy for the series isn’t new. There already is one. It came up years ago from a Fresno radio station, which had a contest asking listeners to come up with a trophy idea for the rivalry. The winner of the contest was this beauty: the Golden Screwdriver Trophy.

    Fresno never got on board with the trophy, but Rolovich, in his first season as Hawaii’s head coach, is into it.

    “We’ve got to get that going,” Rolovich said per the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Heck, if we win I’d put that in the trophy case.”

    So why a golden screwdriver, you ask? It stems back from an alleged incident following

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  • Will the Big Ten and the Pac-12 each get three teams into New Year’s Six bowl games?

    Welcome to Dr. Saturday’s first installment of our 2016 bowl projections. Expect things to change over the next two weeks, but we’re thinking each conference is strong enough to net three teams in Big Bowl games. We like the Big Ten’s chances a bit more given the likelihood of a Penn State conference title. But the committee clearly likes USC. If the Trojans keep impressing over the next two weeks, they could head back to Dallas.

    New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 17
    Middle Tennessee State vs. Colorado State

    Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 17
    Arizona State vs. Boise State

    Camellia Bowl, Dec. 17
    Miami, Ohio vs. Arkansas State

    Cure Bowl, Dec. 17
    South Alabama vs. SMU

    New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 17
    Louisiana Tech vs. Troy

    Miami Beach Bowl, Dec. 19
    South Florida vs. Central Michigan

    Boca Raton Bowl, Dec. 20
    Central Florida vs. Western Kentucky

    Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 21
    BYU vs. San Diego State

    Potato Bowl, Dec. 22
    Ohio vs. Wyoming

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  • Western Michigan hosts 2-8 Buffalo at Waldo Stadium on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Western Michigan hosts 2-8 Buffalo at Waldo Stadium on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    With Western Michigan still undefeated at 10-0, #MACtion is getting some much-deserved love from “College GameDay” this week.

    ESPN’s famous Saturday morning pre-game show is setting up shop in Kalamazoo this week ahead of No. 21 WMU’s game against Buffalo at Waldo Stadium on Saturday. It’s a big deal when GameDay comes to town for any school, and the excitement is amplified for a mid-major program like Western Michigan.

    Predictably, folks around town are preparing accordingly. One local business, Bottoms Up Snacks & Spirits, is preaching responsibility. Well, sort of.

    Too funny.

    This is the first time Western Michigan is hosting the show and the second time for any MAC school. Coincidentally, the first time involved P.J. Fleck, too. Fleck, who is in his fourth

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  • Penn State coach Joe Paterno, left, watches as Wisconsin's DeAndre Levy (11) knocks Penn State's Andrew Quarless out-of-bounds during the second half of a football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, in Madison, Wis. Paterno was hurt on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
    Penn State coach Joe Paterno, left, watches as Wisconsin’s DeAndre Levy (11) knocks Penn State’s Andrew Quarless out-of-bounds during the second half of a football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, in Madison, Wis. Paterno was hurt on the play and left the game. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    DeAndre Levy had a pretty good career at Wisconsin.

    During his time in Madison, the Badgers twice won more than 10 games, won two bowl games and Levy was twice named an All-Big Ten selection. But none of those accomplishments register has the Detroit Lions linebacker’s “proudest college moment.”

    Instead, it’s when he collided with longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno on the sideline in 2006, leading to a broken leg for the then-79-year-old coach.

    The once-rosy reputation of Paterno has gone out the door amid the fallout of former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky’s conviction for child sexual abuse.

    Sandusky coached under Paterno from 1969 to 1999. Paterno, who died in January

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  • Lorenzo Harrison leads Maryland in rushing touchdowns. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)
    Lorenzo Harrison leads Maryland in rushing touchdowns. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

    Two Maryland players have been hit with multiple charges for their roles in an on-campus incident involving a BB gun.

    According to the Washington Post, running back Lorenzo Harrison and wide receiver D.J. Turner were each charged with three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. University of Maryland police confirmed the charges Wednesday.

    According to police, three students in three different locations reported being shot with BB pellets on campus on the evening of Nov. 6. From the Post:

    According to University of Maryland police, three students reported being struck by BB pellets in three separate locations on campus on the evening of Nov. 6. The first incident occurred at 7:25 p.m., when a student reported that he was hit by a BB pellet while riding a bike on Paint Branch Drive between the Kim Engineering and Bimolecular Science buildings. Roughly an hour later, a

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  • Darren Carrington (L) has 36 catches in 2016. (Getty)
    Darren Carrington (L) has 35 catches in 2016. (Getty)

    Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington is accused of pushing a man into a street, causing the man to break his arm.

    Mike Holland said Carrington pushed him into a Eugene, Oregon, street on Oct. 30. Per the Eugene Register-Guard, Eugene Police are investigating the accusation.

    Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick told the paper the team is “handling the incident off the field internally.”

    Holland, an Oregon graduate, told the Oregonian that he was in town that weekend for Oregon’s game vs. Arizona State. He said he and friends saw and didn’t get involved with a “commotion” involving football players while out after the game and said he was approached by Carrington and another man at about 2 a.m. near an apartment complex.

    They said Carrington yelled at the group that he’d “heard what you said about me” from a car. Holland said the group did not have a car that night and believes that Carrington confused Holland or his group with

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  • Robert Barber had 17 tackles in 2015 (Getty).
    Robert Barber had 17 tackles in 2015 (Getty).

    Washington State defensive tackle Robert Barber is once again a member of the football team.

    A judge granted a stay of Barber’s school suspension, allowing him to return to the field. Barber had been suspended from the school after he was initially expelled following the student conduct disciplinary process at the school.

    But a Whitman County Superior Court judge issued a stay in Barber’s suspension Wednesday morning because of the board’s conduct in the process. From the Spokesman-Review:

    Ultimately, [judge David] Frazier ruled in Barber’s favor because WSU had made record keeping errors, destroying evidence of questions submitted by Barber to be asked of witnesses and allegedly paraphrasing those questions.

    Barber was expelled from the school after he had admitted to punching another student at a house party over the summer. The expulsion was changed to a suspension after appeal, but the suspension lasted through the school year and

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  • Prosecutors said charges weren't filed after a review of evidence. (Getty)
    Prosecutors said charges weren’t filed after a review of evidence. (Getty)

    Four Purdue players accused by two women of sexual assault are not facing charges regarding the allegations.

    A law firm representing the women made the Oct. 13 allegations public Wednesday morning.

    Per police reports obtained by the Lafayette Journal-Courier, the women allegedly were drinking and one messaged a football player inquiring about a threesome. A player picked them up and drove them to a spot where they drank and smoked pot with four players. After going to a sorority house, they then went back to the apartment where they first started drinking.

    The women told police they began having sex with two of the football players in a bedroom upstairs. After several minutes, the other two footballs players who were in the room at the time initiated unwanted sex with them, they said. When questioned by police, the football players said they believed the sex was consensual but said, however, that one of the women

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  • West Virginia is No. 14 in this week's rankings. (Getty)
    West Virginia is No. 14 in this week’s rankings. (Getty)

    Why is No. 14 West Virginia below six teams with two or more losses in the latest College Football Playoff rankings?

    We attempt — and fail — to sufficiently answer that question in this week’s podcast. We also wonder why Boise State jumped over Western Michigan and if the Mountain West winner will usurp the Broncos at the end of the year in the Group of Five hierarchy.

    As always, you can listen to the podcast in the player below or via iTunes where you can subscribe right here.

    Read More »from The Dr. Saturday Podcast: Where's the love for West Virginia?
  • Farrar was named in text messages between another athletic department staffer and former OT Laremy Tunsil. (Getty)
    Farrar was named in text messages between another athletic department staffer and former OT Laremy Tunsil. (Getty)

    Ole Miss has reportedly made a personnel move regarding an assistant athletic director.

    According to Rivals’ Rebel Grove, assistant athletic director Barney Farrar has been placed on administrative leave. Per the Oxford Eagle, Farrar has been been a “key figure” in the NCAA’s probe of the school.

    The school told the Eagle it would not provide a comment on Farrar’s status. Ole Miss is 5-5 after beating Texas A&M on Saturday. Farrar is officially the assistant athletic director for high schools and junior college relations. Rebel Grove said Farrar didn’t travel to the A&M game and is not expected to be at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

    The investigation into the school has continued after text messages were made public between former Ole Miss OL Laremy Tunsil and another member of the athletic department. The texts included references to money for Tunsil’s bills and Farrar is

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  • Oregon WR Devon Allen is quitting football to become pro in track. (Getty)
    Oregon WR Devon Allen is quitting football to become pro in track. (Getty)

    Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen has decided to forego his remaining college football eligibility to become a professional track athlete.

    Allen represented the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympics and finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. After Rio, Allen returned to the football program and appeared in three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. It was the second season-ending knee injury of his three-year career with the Ducks.

    Allen had two years of football eligibility remaining.

    Allen said he would remain in Eugene to rehab while transitioning into his professional career.

    In football, Allen finishes with 50 catches for 534 yards and seven touchdowns.

    In track, he won the 60-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles at NCAA Indoors last year. Allen also won his second U.S. title in 110-meter hurdles with a personal best of 13.03 seconds.

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  • There haven’t been many constants in college football this season, but one constant has been the love for Lamar Jackson. Even when Jackson has a subpar game, he remains the Heisman frontrunner because subpar for him is a career day for someone else.

    While Jackson remains at the top of most Heisman ballots, many others are making moves, especially after the Nos. 2, 3, and 4 teams lost last week.

    Here’s this week’s Heisman Watch heading into Week 12:

    Last week’s shakeup in college football only strengthened Jackson’s hold on the Heisman race, which is a little funny considering Jackson had what would be called his worst game of the season against Wake Forest. He passed for a season-low 145 yards, but still managed 153 rushing yards and didn’t throw an interception.

    Donnel Pumphrey finally had a touchdowns last week after going the previous two weeks without. That was perfect timing as the Heisman seas parted for him to cozy up to Jackson for a seat in New York. Pumphrey rushed for 198

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  • Wake Forest is investigating a possible game-plan breach the Friday before the 44-10 loss to Louisville. (AP)
    Wake Forest is investigating a possible game-plan breach the Friday before the 44-10 loss to Louisville. (AP)

    Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said Wednesday that his university is investigating what he calls a “game-plan breach” prior to last week’s loss to Louisville.

    “There somehow was a breach and I’ve shared it with our AD and we are trying to figure out what happened, and how it happened,” Clawson said.

    “We’re trying to figure out what happened. We’re trying to figure out how information got out of our office and that’s where we are with it now. We’re trying to figure out how a breach happened and we’re doing everything we can internally to make sure that all of our information that pertains to us stays in-house.”

    Clawson, who noted the breach happened Friday, did not say which documents had gone missing. Athletic director Ron Wellman also declined to elaborate when the Winston-Salem Journal first reported the investigation.

    Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement he had

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  • Auburn defensive end Byron Cowart (9) underwent an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season. (AP)
    Auburn defensive end Byron Cowart (9) underwent an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season. (AP)

    Auburn defensive lineman Byron Cowart will miss the rest of the season after having an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning.

    “He did have an emergency appendectomy,” coach Gus Malzahn confirmed. “I don’t know the status of how long he’s out, but it went well and he’s recovering.”

    Cowart, a sophomore and the former No. 1 overall prospect in 2015, has played in 10 games as a reserve. He has six total tackles, including one for loss, and has forced a fumble.

    Cowart is the latest in a rash of injuries that has hit Auburn this season. The Tigers could be without as many as four starters for Saturday’s game against Alabama A&M, including running backs Kamryn Pettway (quad).

    Other backfield members Kerryon Johnson (ankle), Stanton Truitt (ankle), Chandler Cox (leg) and Malik Miller (knee) have gone down with injuries and receiver Marcus Davis (shoulder) has been

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  • Former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny was upset by the notion that Nike founder and Ducks superbooster Phil Knight would spend an obscene amount of money to oust coach Mark Helfrich.

    Earlier this month, ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted that Knight would be willing to shell out upward of $10 million a year for a new coach.

    Kilkenny joined the radio program “The Bald Faced Truth,” which is hosted by OregonLive columnist John Canzano, to debunk the tweet saying that Knight hasn’t told anyone “living or dead” that he would do that.

    “First of all, we have a football coach. Phil is the least intrusive significant donor probably in the history of the planet,” said Kilkenny, who was Oregon’s AD from 2007-10 and is now a booster. “That just creates real problems for [current AD Rob

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  • Charles Walker’s decision to leave Oklahoma and focus on his NFL future didn’t sit well with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who blasted the redshirt junior defensive end.

    Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach,” Stoops said. “That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him. He thought this was a better avenue so you would have to ask him for those (answers).”

    Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday that Walker was leaving the program. Walker, who was a preseason All-American, suffered a concussion against TCU on Oct. 1 and hasn’t played since. It was his second known concussion as a Sooner. He missed last year’s Orange Bowl because of the same injury.

    The Sooners also lost fellow defensive end Matt

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  • Gary Patterson's team can go to a bowl with one more win in 2016. (Getty)
    Gary Patterson’s team can go to a bowl with one more win in 2016. (Getty)

    If you’re a TCU student needing some advice, you can reach out to Gary Patterson on Twitter.

    The coach said Tuesday that he enjoys interacting with TCU students via Twitter in the evenings. He said students have messaged him after he tweets one of his standard TCU tweets late in the evening.

    “I talk to a lot of students on this campus,” Patterson said at his Tuesday press conference. “They all know I’m up late. Usually you see the ‘Go Frogs’ thing I put out, or ‘Calling All Frogs,’ usually it’s somewhere after 10 or 11 o’clock at night.

    “It’s substituted now for any TV watching that I used to ever do like Criminal Minds or any of those that I like to watch.”

    You’re probably wondering how in the world the topic of Twitter direct messages came up during Patterson’s press conference. The discussion started when Patterson — who has been at TCU 16

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  • There’s an all-Big Ten semifinal in the College Football Playoff. As of now, anyway.

    A week after the teams ranked Nos. 2, 3 and 4 lost, Ohio State vaulted to No. 2 in Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff rankings. Michigan, which was No. 3 last week, held serve in the same spot while Clemson fell from No. 2 to No. 4.

    The likelihood of Michigan and Ohio State facing each other in the Playoff is, of course, very small. The hated rivals face off on Nov. 26. Assuming neither team loses on Saturday, the winner will remain in the top four while the loser will likely fall out.

    Michigan’s loss Saturday came on the road at Iowa. CFP selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said shortly after the rankings were released that the committee viewed the Wolverines’ three wins over current top 10 teams favorably. Michigan has beaten No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 8 Penn State and No. 10 Colorado.

    Ohio State routed Maryland 62-3. (Getty)
    Ohio State routed Maryland 62-3. (Getty)

    Clemson lost at home to Pitt on Saturday and stayed ahead of No. 5

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