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No. 14 Michigan knows Michigan State can still be dangerous

Nov. 11, 2019 7:46 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Even a stumbling Michigan State team represents a threat to Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. That's something the Wolverines surely understand by now. "On high alert for everything," Harbaugh said Monday. "We understand coach (Mark) Dantonio's a master motivator. There could be trick...

After ending Top 25 drought, No. 24 Indiana chases new goals

Nov. 11, 2019 5:20 PM EST

Coach Tom Allen walked into Indiana's team meeting Monday and congratulated his players for ending one streak. He quickly urged them to start a new one. One day after No. 24 Indiana cracked the Top 25 for the first time in more than a quarter-century, the Hoosiers spent some time talking about what needs to be...

Illinois joins list of bowl eligible with huge comeback

Nov. 10, 2019 3:37 PM EST

Several more teams became bowl eligible this week — none with more flair than Illinois. The Illini beat Michigan State 37-34 after trailing 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 at the start of the fourth. It's the first time Illinois has been bowl eligible since 2014, and it was the biggest comeback in...

No. 7 Minnesota seeks new era for long-languishing program

Nov. 10, 2019 2:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 12-point lead Minnesota held with less than four minutes left was down to a five-point cushion, when Penn State forced a three-and-out and regained possession with plenty of time to finish the rally. Three consecutive completions later, the Nittany Lions were suddenly at the 11-yard...

AP Top 25: LSU landslide No. 1; Minnesota jumps into top 10

Nov. 10, 2019 2:09 PM EST

LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota moved into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years. After two weeks of historically close voting at the top of poll, LSU received 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Just being 'Bama might not be enough

Nov. 10, 2019 2:00 AM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's DeVonta Smith was a blur, streaking past an LSU defender down the sideline for an 85-yard touchdown that gave the Tigers and their fans one last thing to be nervous about. The Crimson Tide's final offensive play made it 46-41 with 1:21 left in the fourth quarter of a 1 vs....

Northwestern State pulls away in 2nd half, beats Lamar 34-13

Nov. 9, 2019 11:02 PM EST

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Shelton Eppler threw four touchdown passes to lead Northwestern State to a 34-13 victory over Lamar on Saturday night. Northwestern State (2-8, 2-5 Southland Conference) has won two of its last three games while Lamar (4-6, 2-5) has lost three straight. Eppler completed 24 of 35...

Taylor's big day helps No. 16 Badgers edge No. 18 Iowa 24-22

Nov. 9, 2019 10:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The best players close out games, and that's what Jonathan Taylor did Saturday night. Taylor rushed for 130 of his season-high 250 yards in the fourth quarter, and Danny Davis ran for a touchdown and caught another as No. 16 Wisconsin outlasted No. 18 Iowa 24-22. Taylor became the...

Illinois storms back to beat Michigan State 37-34

Nov. 9, 2019 9:48 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lovie Smith and Illinois are now eligible for a bowl after the biggest comeback in school history. The Illini did it by forcing turnovers — no surprise there — and when that wasn't enough, Brandon Peters and Josh Imatorbhebhe were there to keep the rally going....

No. 13 Minnesota stays unbeaten vs No. 5 Penn State, 31-26

Nov. 9, 2019 6:23 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The progress made by Minnesota in coach P.J. Fleck's third season had been met by natural skepticism outside the long-languishing program, with even the most ardent fans in full prove-it mode for this game of unbeaten teams against Penn State. From start to finish, the Gophers matched...