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Michigan State's Jayden Reed (5), Jalen Nailor (8) and Tyler Hunt (97) celebrate Reed's touchdown reception against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan St holds off No. 11 Northwestern for a 29-20 win

Nov. 28, 2020 7:43 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and Michigan State handed No. 11 Northwestern its first loss of the season with a 29-20 victory Saturday. The Wildcats (5-1, 5-1) were coming off a 17-7 victory over Wisconsin that put them in contention for a...

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day talks to his players during an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 3 Ohio State cancels game at Illinois after virus spike

Nov. 27, 2020 11:50 PM EST

No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week, leaving the the Big Ten's best team precariously close to being ineligible to play for the conference title. The cancelation Friday night came about seven hours after Ohio...

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) takes a snap during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Texas A&M won 48-3. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 5 A&M looks for fifth straight win in matchup with LSU

Nov. 27, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LSU (3-3, 3-3 SEC) at No. 5 Texas A&M (5-1, 5-1, No. 5 CFP), Saturday at 5 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Texas A&M by 14 1/2. Series record: LSU leads 34-21-3. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Aggies have won four in a row but have had their last two games postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak. They’ll...

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald talks to players on the bench during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Unbeaten Northwestern rolls into matchup with Michigan State

Nov. 27, 2020 1:42 PM EST

On the 25th anniversary of Northwestern's run to the Rose Bowl, Pat Fitzgerald is working on another remarkable story at his alma mater. This one is still in progress, however. “We’ve got a bunch of chapters left to write on this group before I’m ready to kind of look and give an overview of...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Week 13: Notre Dame-N Carolina; Iowa St-Texas top game menu

Nov. 26, 2020 9:18 PM EST

The jockeying for position begins in earnest now that the first College Football Playoff rankings are out. Among the four teams at the top, only Notre Dame (No. 2 CFP) is expected to face a strong challenge this week. Alabama (No. 1) hosts Auburn in the Iron Bowl rivalry, Clemson (No. 3) is at home against...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame visits No. 25 UNC in pivotal ACC matchup

Nov. 26, 2020 9:33 AM EST

Second-ranked Notre Dame is moving closer to playing for its first-ever conference championship and returning to the College Football Playoff. The next challenge is slowing No. 25 North Carolina’s high-scoring offense. The Fighting Irish enter Friday’s game sitting alone atop the Atlantic Coast...

Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith looks on during the second half of an NCAA college football game against California in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Oregon State won 31-27. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

No longer the Civil War, Oregon plays Oregon State on Friday

Nov. 26, 2020 1:31 AM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Although it's no longer called the Civil War, the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State is still heated even in a short and unusual season. The two teams will meet Friday for the 124th edition of the rivalry, which dates back to 1894. This season and going forward, however, the...

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) heads for a long gain as coach Nick Saban watches during the team's NCAA college football game against Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Playoff rankings: 'Bama, ND, Clemson, Ohio St; Cincinnati 7

Nov. 24, 2020 10:38 PM EST

Alabama was No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference three of the top six teams. Alabama is No. 1 in the CFP rankings for a record 19th time. ...

Alabama is No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State.

Nov. 24, 2020 7:15 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State.
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a catch against Kentucky defensive back Brandin Echols (26) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Hints at what's to come from CFP

Nov. 23, 2020 5:37 AM EST

The College Football Playoff rankings will be released for the first time this season Tuesday. Combine the latest AP Top 25 with a little history and you can find hints about what to expect. Never has the selection committee's initial top four precisely matched the top four of the AP poll that preceded it. Only...