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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) breaks free for a touchdown against Auburn during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Ohio State still 4th in CFP rankings after cancellation

Dec. 1, 2020 9:08 PM EST

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week. The selection committee's top seven teams were unchanged from last week's rankings...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson (26) runs past Northern Illinois linebacker Daveren Rayner (9) during the first half of an NCAA football game, in DeKalb, Ill. There was a time no one was interested in recruiting Jaret Patterson, the under-sized running back, who finally accepted an offer to play at Buffalo. Some four years later, Patterson is the talk of the nation after generating 409 yards rushing and scoring eight touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Kent State last weekend. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Buffalo's under-recruited Patterson is hard to ignore now

Dec. 1, 2020 6:23 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jaret Patterson was nearly inconsolable upon learning how difficult it was going to be landing a football scholarship despite a decorated high school career. Turned down outright during a visit to Eastern Michigan, the undersized running back left his traveling party to hole up in one...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (6) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Southern California in San Diego. Smith-Marsette knew he messed up when Iowa City police pulled him over after clocking him driving 74 mph in a 30 zone in the wee hours of Nov. 1. His career was not over. In fact, coach Kirk Ferentz offered support, putting out a statement hours later saying the arrest was out of character and that Smith-Marsette was a great teammate. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

No. 24 Iowa's Smith-Marsette rebuilds trust after his arrest

Dec. 1, 2020 5:45 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ihmir Smith-Marsette knew he messed up when Iowa City police pulled him over after clocking him driving 74 mph in a 30 mph zone in the wee hours of Nov. 1. “I was thinking my football career was probably done,” the Iowa receiver said. Smith-Marsette's blood-alcohol...

Rutgers' Aron Cruickshank (2) gets past Purdue's Zane Greene (49) on his way to a touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Special teams blunders proving problematic for Boilermakers

Dec. 1, 2020 4:40 PM EST

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm watched the momentum swing in the blink of an eye Saturday. With two backups filling in for injured players on the kickoff coverage unit, Aron Cruickshank brought the ball out from the end, found a seam, split two defenders and outran the rest for a 100-yard touchdown. It cut a 10-point...

Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm directs his players against Arkansas-Pine Bluff during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

The Latest: WVA not allowing basketball fans in December

Dec. 1, 2020 4:11 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ West Virginia said Tuesday that no fans will be allowed at its men’s and women’s basketball games in December, except for essential personnel and the families of players and staff, due to recent spikes of COVID-19...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, reinstated former Penn State President Graham Spanier's conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy in a football team shower.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Ex-Penn St. president's Sandusky-related conviction restored

Dec. 1, 2020 2:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated former Penn State President Graham Spanier's conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy in a team shower. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of...

The Latest: Florida heads to 'Bubbleville' for hoop games

Nov. 30, 2020 9:15 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Florida's men's basketball team has signed on for a trip to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut for two midweek games in “Bubbleville.” The Gators will face Army on Wednesday and Boston College on Thursday night. Florida...

Minnesota linebacker Josh Aune (29) holds the ball after he intercepted a Purdue pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 34-31. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Virus forces Gophers to cancel game vs. No. 16 Northwestern

Nov. 30, 2020 5:02 PM EST

Minnesota announced Monday it has called off this weekend's game against No. 16 Northwestern, the second straight cancellation for the Gophers due to a spike in COVID-19 cases within the program. University officials made the decision in consultation with the Big Ten after seven additional positive cases were...

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) is chased by Maryland's Ruben Hyppolite II (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 27-11. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

No. 10 Hoosiers lose starting QB for Big Ten homestretch

Nov. 30, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Coach Tom Allen believes Michael Penix Jr. would do anything to keep No. 10 Indiana's magical season intact. Even if that means spending the final month of the season working from the sideline. Again. On Monday, Allen announced the Hoosiers starting quarterback suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate...

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) breaks free for a touchdown against Auburn during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Elite 8 gridlock for another week

Nov. 30, 2020 2:26 AM EST

For the fourth straight week, the top eight teams in The Associated Press college football poll were stuck in place, and a glance at the upcoming schedule suggests it could be a couple more weeks before this gridlock lets up. The elite eight runs down like this: Alabama at No. 1 followed by Notre Dame, Ohio...