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  • TCU DT Broadnax's career likely over
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    TCU senior defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax Jr. is not likely to play again because of an undisclosed medical condition.

    • While coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday he couldn't say exactly what ails Broadnax, he did disclose that it was related to something originally found in a preseason screening.

      The Horned Frogs have been using the screenings as part of a study on concussions, and something not concussion-related showed up for Broadnax. Patterson was talking as if the illness could be life-threatening.

      Broadnax missed the West Virginia game on Saturday because symptoms had surfaced.

      "As a young person, I think he's going to have an opportunity to live a lot longer because they caught it," Patterson said. "He started showing signs, weakness in his arm and different things. It's one of those things you just don't have any control over. You feel badly.

      "He's starting to have some signs. Now you have to be smart and you've got to take care of it."

      Broadnax, 6-foot and 294 pounds, had nine tackles, one for loss, and two quarterback hurries in seven games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Buckeyes' Meyer denies report of slur
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Ohio State's administration, head coach and players blasted a report Tuesday that said former Buckeyes wide receiver Trevon Grimes transferred because of a racially charged disagreement with his one-time position coach, Zach Smith, and that head coach Urban Meyer covered it up.

    • College football reporter Brett McMurphy wrote a story, posted Tuesday on Stadium, that detailed allegations Grimes' father made that Smith called his son a "bitch ass [N-word]" during a late September practice in 2017.

      McMurphy reported that the father, LeBron Grimes, said Meyer knew of the altercation between Smith and the player, and that the Buckeyes coach helped to keep it from getting out.

      "My first reaction was irate," Meyer said while speaking on a conference call with reporters. "My players were over-the-top irate. They were extremely upset that kind of accusation would be made about something that would not be tolerated."

      --The College Football Playoff rankings made history by doing nothing. For the first time since its inception, the CFP rankings included the identical top 10 as the previous week. The announcement was not a surprise as each of the top 10 teams won a week ago.

      Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan maintained their spots in the top four with the end of the regular season rapidly approaching. Georgia and Oklahoma are fifth and sixth, respectively, with both programs seeking a shot at the four-team playoff.

      The rest of the top 10 includes LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. LSU is the only two-loss team in the group.

      --Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the final two games of the season, interim coach Matt Canada announced.

      This is his second consecutive season-ending ACL injury. Last year, he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the season. Hill suffered the latest injury Saturday in a 34-32 loss at Indiana.

      Tyrrell Pigrome will start Saturday at home against No. 9 Ohio State.

      --Oklahoma defensive end Jalen Redmond won't play again this season because of a recurrence of blood clots, head coach Lincoln Riley confirmed.

      Riley had announced in July that Redmond wouldn't play at all this season because of the condition, but he did return to play three games in October after being medically cleared.

      Redmond will not lose a year of eligibility because he played in fewer than five games. Under the NCAA's new rule, players who don't play in more than four games may redshirt.

      --John Emery, one of the top-ranked running backs in the country, has committed to LSU.

      The five-star back had been committed to Georgia but announced last month that he had changed his mind and was reopening his recruitment. From Destrehan, La., Emery is ranked as the nation's No. 2 running back prospect and the No. 21 overall player by the 247Sports composite.

      Emery, who is 5-foot-11, had scholarship offers from more than half of the schools in the Southeastern Conference. His high school team, Destrehan, is 10-1 this season and will play in the second round of the playoffs this weekend. He has carried the ball 142 times for 1,191 yards and 17 touchdowns, according to The Advocate.

      --An Indiana college has canceled its 2019 football season, leaving the future of the program in question.

      Officials at Earlham College, located in Richmond, Ind., announced the Division III school had called off the season. Interim president Avis Stewart said officials had authorized "a review to examine the factors that are necessary to build and sustain a viable and competitive football program that would potentially attract significant numbers of student-athletes to enroll in our College."

      The Earlham team ended its fifth consecutive season without a win on Saturday to extend its NCAA Division III consecutive-loss record to 53. The Quakers have not won since Oct. 26, 2013.

      --A former Michigan State football staff member has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, contending he was unlawfully arrested and wrongfully terminated in the spring of 2017.

      Curtis Blackwell, who was the football recruiting director, also said he was falsely accused of covering up for three football players involved in an alleged sexual misconduct case.

      Named in the lawsuit were head coach Mark Dantonio, former university president Lou Anna Simon, former Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis and two university police detectives. He is seeking more than $150,000.

      --Field Level Media

  • CFP rankings feature same top 10
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The College Football Playoff rankings made history by doing nothing Tuesday night.

    • For the first time since its inception, the CFP rankings included the identical top 10 as the previous week. The announcement was not a surprise as each of the top 10 teams won a week ago.

      Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan maintained their spots in the top four with the end of the regular season rapidly approaching. Georgia and Oklahoma are fifth and sixth, respectively, with both programs seeking a shot at the four-team playoff.

      CFP committee chairman Rob Mullens said Georgia deserved credit for its recent performance.

      "Obviously their last three wins were extremely impressive, and the bounce-back from the loss at LSU," Mullens told reporters after the rankings were released. "You look at those, coupled with their only loss to a ranked LSU team, we see a very competitive team, strong defense. Offense continues to make strides. That's why the committee has them fifth."

      Michigan remained ahead of Georgia because of its nine-game win streak -- and its only loss coming to No. 3 Notre Dame -- Mullens said. Meanwhile, Oklahoma is slotted behind Georgia in part because of a defense that shows vulnerabilities.

      "We talk about Oklahoma in total, so we look at their whole resume, and you start off by saying they're 9-1 and their only loss is to a Texas team at a neutral site in a very close game," Mullens said. "But as you dig deeper, you see a great quarterback, one of the top offenses in the country with a lot of playmakers, but you also notice particularly in the last two weeks that the defense has struggled and that their offense is carrying them. That's all part of the conversation."

      The rest of the top 10 includes LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. LSU is the only two-loss team in the group.

      The biggest fall involved Kentucky, which dropped from No. 11 to No. 17 after losing 24-7 at Tennessee. The Wildcats' defeat allowed several other teams to move up, with UCF seizing the No. 11 ranking and Syracuse climbing to No. 12 as it prepares to face the Fighting Irish this week.

      "We saw (UCF's) game against Navy and the win, but obviously offense continued to perform," Mullens said. "McKenzie Milton is a special talent, but strength of schedule continues to be part of the discussion for the committee."

      The top-25 rankings are as follows:

      1. Alabama

      2. Clemson

      3. Notre Dame

      4. Michigan

      5. Georgia

      6. Oklahoma

      7. LSU

      8. Washington State

      9. West Virginia

      10. Ohio State

      11. UCF

      12. Syracuse

      13. Florida

      14. Penn State

      15. Texas

      16. Iowa State

      17. Kentucky

      18. Washington

      19. Utah

      20. Boston College

      21. Mississippi State

      22. Northwestern

      23. Utah State

      24. Cincinnati

      25. Boise State

      --Field Level Media

  • 5-star RB Emery commits to LSU
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    John Emery, one of the top-ranked running backs in the country, has committed to LSU, he announced Tuesday.

    • The five-star back had been committed to Georgia but announced last month that he had changed his mind and was reopening his recruitment. From Destrehan, La., Emery is ranked as the nation's No. 2 running back prospect and the No. 21 overall player by the 247Sports composite.

      On Tuesday, he tweeted: "Proud to say I'm staying home. COMMITTED. #God1st #GoTigers."

      Emery, who is 5-foot-11, had scholarship offers from more than half of the schools in the Southeastern Conference.

      His high school team, Destrehan, is 10-1 this season and will play in the second round of the playoffs this weekend. He carried the ball 142 times for 1,191 yards and 17 touchdowns, according to The Advocate.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former MSU staffer sues Dantonio, other officials
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    A former Michigan State football staff member has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, contending he was unlawfully arrested and wrongfully terminated in the spring of 2017.

    • Curtis Blackwell, who was the football recruiting director, also said he was falsely accused of covering up for three football players involved in an alleged sexual misconduct case.

      Named in the lawsuit were head coach Mark Dantonio, former university president Lou Anna Simon, former Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis and two university police detectives. He is seeking more than $150,000.

      The lawsuit contends that Michigan State violated Blackwell's constitutional rights because he declined to be interviewed about what he knew regarding a sexual abuse allegation made against three former Spartan football players.

      The lawsuit alleges that leaders at Michigan State were "feeling the heat from the Larry Nassar cover-up, and eager to prove they were tough on cover-ups, ran roughshod over (Blackwell's) rights when he was wrongly accused of covering up for MSU athletes involved in an alleged sexual assault of a female co-ed in January 2017.

      "With no evidence, none, that (Blackwell) covered up for the athletes, the MSU Police Department, in stormtrooper fashion cuffed (Blackwell); seized his personal and MSU cell phones and hauled him off to the MSU Police station."

      Blackwell was suspended in February 2017, the same day the three players were suspended. The players -- Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance -- were kicked off the team and eventually pleaded guilty to seduction charges and were sentenced to 36 months probation.

      Three months later, Dantonio didn't renew Blackwell's contract.

      MSU police arrested Blackwell in February 2017 on grounds he interfered with their investigation. The lawsuit contends he wasn't covering up for the players, rather fulfilling a job duty to mentor student-athletes.

      The lawsuit also alleges Blackwell wasn't read his Miranda rights before his arrest and also that Michigan State leaders were "greatly displeased" that Blackwell invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and retaliated against him by not renewing his contract.

      Blackwell's lawsuit contends that the situation with Nassar, a former university and USA Gymnastics physician convicted of sexually abused hundreds of women and girls, put pressure on Michigan State leaders to handle Blackwell in this manner.

      Simon and Hollis resigned amid the Nassar scandal, and the school agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 victims.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indiana college suspends football after 53 straight losses
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    An Indiana college has canceled its 2019 football season, leaving the future of the program in question.

    • Officials at Earlham College, located in Richmond, Ind., announced the Division III school had called off the season. Interim president Avis Stewart said officials had authorized "a review to examine the factors that are necessary to build and sustain a viable and competitive football program that would potentially attract significant numbers of student-athletes to enroll in our College."

      The Earlham team ended its fifth consecutive season without a win on Saturday to extend its NCAA Division III consecutive-loss record to 53.

      The Quakers have not won since Oct. 26, 2013.

      "It can reasonably be argued that our inability to field competitive teams has significantly hampered our ability to recruit a sufficient number of student-athletes who seek a positive, quality intercollegiate athletics football experience," Stewart said in a statement. "Therefore, I have decided that our community needs to take a fresh approach to building and sustaining a competitive football program. It is my sincere hope that the approach ... will help us discern the appropriate next steps for intercollegiate football at Earlham College."

      Earlham's Football Review Committee is set to begin in January.

      It was announced last week that head coach Nick Johnson would leave the position and take a new job in the athletics department at the school, which has a little more than 1,000 undergraduate students. There are 42 players on the roster -- just three are seniors -- and Earlham said it will help with transfer requests for students who would like to play elsewhere.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maryland QB Hill tears ACL, out for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the final two games of the season, interim coach Matt Canada announced Tuesday.

    • Hill suffered the injury Saturday in a 34-32 loss at Indiana.

      This is his second consecutive season-ending ACL injury. Last year, he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the season.

      "It's very disappointing. There's no words to say to make it any better," Canada told reporters of Hill. "Great kid, a kid who worked so hard and battled his way back [from the first ACL]. He will again, but certainly a very, very hard situation for him and his family. He will be back, and he'll be stronger and he'll have two really, really strong knees."

      Tyrrell Pigrome will start Saturday at home against No. 9 Ohio State.

      Hill addressed the injury Sunday on social media, writing, "Never thought I'd have to attack this process all over again, but the Lord has more adversity for me to overcome."

      "He's already done it once, which should help him understand it," Canada said. "He's going to have those days, ‘I'm doing this again.' But I don't have any doubt he'll do it. He's got great family support. Great teammates. He'll come back and he'll be really, really good."

      In 13 career games at Maryland, Hill has completed 102 passes for 1,313 yards. He has thrown 11 touchdown passes and been intercepted four times.

      Pigrome will be making his third career start for Maryland (5-5). In 21 career games for the Terrapins, he has thrown for 692 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State disputes report about fired coach Smith
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Ohio State's administration, head coach and players blasted a report Tuesday that said former Buckeyes wide receiver Trevon Grimes transferred because of a racially charged disagreement with his one-time position coach, Zach Smith, and that head coach Urban Meyer covered it up.

    • College football reporter Brett McMurphy wrote a story, posted Tuesday on Stadium, that detailed allegations Grimes' father made that Smith called his son a "bitch ass [N-word]" during a late September practice in 2017.

      McMurphy reported that the father, LeBron Grimes, said Meyer knew of the altercation between Smith and the player, and that the Buckeyes coach helped to keep it from getting out.

      Meyer called the report "the most preposterous thing," while speaking on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

      "My first reaction was irate," Meyer said. "My players were over-the-top irate. They were extremely upset that kind of accusation would be made about something that would not be tolerated."

      Grimes left Ohio State last fall and signed with Florida in December. At the time he left the Buckeyes, Meyer said Grimes departed for "family health issues." He now plays for Florida.

      On Tuesday, Ohio State, Smith and others said the Smith-Grimes altercation didn't occur.

      "I've never said [the N-word] in my entire life. I've never been in a fight with a player in my life. Never. That never happened," Smith stated.

      Smith was fired last summer after allegations regarding domestic violence came to light. Meyer subsequently was suspended for three games to start the 2018 season for his handling of the Smith situation.

      Athletic director Gene Smith also denied the allegations from the report.

      "The accusations made today by Brett McMurphy regarding our coach and the reasons for the transfer of Trevon Grimes are unequivocally false," Gene Smith said. "Urban Meyer embraces diversity and would absolutely never support an environment of racism. It simply isn't tolerated here. And as an African-American, football player and collegiate administrator, I personally can say that our coaches, student-athletes and support staff know there is no place for any such behavior within our programs, at The Ohio State University or anywhere."

      Grimes declined to answer questions from McMurphy.

      Ohio State issued the following statement on Tuesday, which acknowledged that it previously investigated reports of the dustup between player and coach.

      "The Ohio State University unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy. Any allegations of racism are outrageous and false. The university told McMurphy that we have found no evidence to support these allegations. Reporting in this manner is irresponsible, inflammatory and a severe invasion of privacy of a student athlete and his family as well as a baseless personal attack on Coach Meyer. It is regrettable that McMurphy and his employer would use such poor judgment in running this inaccurate story," the statement read.

      Several players chimed in on Twitter, criticizing McMurphy, who was the reporter who broke the story of Zach Smith and domestic violence accusations earlier this year.

      Wide receiver Austin Mack: "Wow... so you really think a room filled with Black athletes would still be apart of this University if any racial slurs were used to degrade another Black man!! Every one of us Wide Outs we're right there and saw the whole thing. @Brett_McMurphy you continue to lie everyday!"

      Wide receiver Parris Campbell: "There's no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what's said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense."

      Quarterback Tate Martell: "Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then... and is still my best friend to this day. This report about 'racially-charged practice altercation' is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen."

      In December, when he signed to play for the Gators, Grimes alluded to family issues keeping him near his hometown when he told the Sun Sentinel, "I just felt like [Florida] fit for me. It's close to home. Of course, being in my situation that I'm in right now, I have to be close to home."

      Meyer told reporters Tuesday that he and other members of the football program visited Grimes in Florida last September to check in on Grimes and his mother, who he said had been diagnosed with cancer. Meyer also took issue with the characterization of Grimes' mother in McMurphy's report.

      "To call out his mother and list some of the things that have happened in her past, I just don't understand what that's all about," he said. "...I think they were trying to say we made up a story about cancer or something. Again, I've never heard of anything like this in my life."

      --Field Level Media

  • Oklahoma DE Redmond out for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Oklahoma defensive end Jalen Redmond won't play again this season because of a recurrence of blood clots, head coach Lincoln Riley confirmed.

    • Riley had announced in July that Redmond wouldn't play at all this season because of the condition, but he did return to play three games in October after being medically cleared.

      Redmond will not lose a year of eligibility because he played in fewer than five games. Under the NCAA's new rule, players who don't play in more than four games may redshirt.

      Part of the Class of 2018, Redmond was a four-star signee. He was the No. 8 weakside defensive end in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.

      --Field Level Media

  • Saban not planning to rest Tagovailoa against Citadel
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Alabama coach Nick Saban said he doesn't plan to rest star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa when the No. 1 Crimson Tide host The Citadel on Saturday.

    • "No," Saban said Monday when asked if he would give Tagovailoa time off due to a sore right knee. "Why would we do that? I mean, to say this was not an important game or he doesn't need to play?"

      Alabama (10-0) is an overwhelming favorite at home against The Citadel (4-5), an FCS program that sits in seventh place in the Southern Conference.

      Tagovailoa, a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, sat out the fourth quarter of Saturday's 24-0 victory over Mississippi State after getting hit on his troublesome knee. Saban said he could have played if the Crimson Tide needed him.

      The Alabama sophomore has completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 2,525 yards with 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 10 games this season. Tagovailoa has also rushed for 148 yards and three scores.

      --Field Level Media

  • Purdue's Brohm focused on current job, not Louisville
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm said he is focused on the Boilermakers and not on the vacancy at Louisville.

    • "It's important for me to not comment on any speculation. Right now, I have a job to do," Brohm said on the Big Ten media conference call Monday morning. "I'm going to stay focused on that. I'm very appreciative of the job I have right now."

      Brohm's name was funneled into the rumor mill almost immediately after the Cardinals fired Bobby Petrino on Sunday. Louisville is 2-8.

      Brohm, 47, was born in and played quarterback for Louisville. He was an assistant coach for UL from 2003-08.

      Brohm has Purdue in position for a second straight winning season since taking over, which makes the rumors a natural connection.

      "I've heard the noise just like everyone else," Brohm said.

      Purdue holds a $4 million buyout to be cashed in if Brohm leaves after this season, but Louisville would likely be willing to pay the freight considering Petrino had $14 million remaining on his deal when he was terminated.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke S Singleton undergoes ankle surgery
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Duke junior safety Dylan Singleton underwent surgery to repair a fractured left ankle on Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely.

    • Singleton suffered the injury in the first half of Saturday's victory over North Carolina.

      According to Duke, Singleton is the 15th Blue Devils' player with starting experience to miss at least one game this season due to injury.

      Singleton had 73 tackles while starting all 10 games. He had 10 or more tackles on four occasions.

      The Blue Devils visit Clemson on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Washington State rises to No. 8 in AP Top 25
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Washington State made a small move up the rankings, while the top seven teams remained in their previous places in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday.

    • Washington State is looking to bolster its College Football Playoff aspirations, and it rose two spots to No. 8 with Saturday's 31-7 road victory over Colorado. The Cougars have home contests with Arizona and Washington remaining.

      Alabama remains at No. 1 and received all 61 first-place votes. Clemson sits at No. 2 with Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia rounding out the top five.

      Oklahoma is No. 6, followed by Big 12 foe West Virginia. The two schools are set to square off on Nov. 23 at West Virginia.

      Ohio State (No. 9) and LSU (No. 10) round out the top 10. Both schools dropped one place despite victories.

      Central Florida is No. 11 to remain the highest ranked of non-power conference programs.

      Utah State (No. 14) and Boise State (No. 23) are the other such schools in the rankings. Boise State moved back into the rankings for the first time since September after beating Fresno State on Friday.

      Florida moved up four spots to No. 15, Penn State jumped five spots to No. 16, Washington moved up three to No. 17, Iowa State went up five to No. 18 and Cincinnati leaped six spots to No. 19.

      Kentucky plummeted eight spots to No. 20 after losing to Tennessee. It was the Wildcats' second straight setback.

      Utah moved back into the rankings at No. 21, while Boston College fell five spots to No. 22 after losing to Clemson.

      Northwestern moved into the rankings for the first time this season. The Wildcats are No. 24 after beating Iowa to clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game.

      Mississippi State tumbled seven spots to No. 25 after getting shut out by Alabama.

      Fresno State (No. 16 last week), North Carolina State (22nd) and Michigan State (24th) fell out of the rankings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan State RB Scott elects to redshirt
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    An injury-filled 2018 season won't be the final one at the college level for Michigan State running back LJ Scott.

    • Scott has elected to take advantage of the new NCAA redshirt rule that allows a player who appears in four of fewer games to take a redshirt season and preserve a year of eligibility.

      Spartans coach Mark Dantonio revealed the decision after Saturday's 26-6 loss to Ohio State.

      "It's one of those things -- you have an opportunity for him to come back, get his degree," Dantonio told reporters. "He wants to do that and get himself right to play his final season at Michigan State. So that's the decision we made with three games left."

      Scott nearly departed for the NFL after the 2017 season before deciding to remain in school. However, an ankle injury during a Sept. 8 loss to Arizona State -- the Spartans' second game -- derailed his 2018 season.

      Scott missed the following four games before returning against Michigan on Oct. 20. He was reinjured the following week against Purdue and has sat out the last two games.

      Leading up to the Ohio State game, Dantonio laid out the options for Scott.

      "We put it on him, 'Hey, this is it. If you play in this game and you get hurt, this is it,'" Dantonio said. "After sitting down and thinking about it, he and his family made the decision to redshirt, which I support."

      Scott rushed for just 180 yards and no touchdowns on 55 carries this season. He rushed for 699 and 11 touchdowns as a freshman in 2015, 994 yards and six scores in 2016 and 898 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017.

      Scott ranks 10th in school history with 2,771 career rushing yards.

      --Field Level Media

  • Petrino fired at Louisville
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Head football coach Bobby Petrino was fired Sunday following a 2-8 start to the season, effective immediately.

    • "We want to thank Bobby for guiding our football program to some of the better seasons we have had historically at UofL during his two separate tenures here," Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said. "However, at this time we feel the program needs different leadership and we owe it to our student-athletes and fans to get this turned around."

      The Cardinals have gone winless in ACC play and have lost seven in a row. The Cardinals are coming off a 54-23 loss to No. 13 Syracuse on Saturday, following a 77-16 blowout by No. 2 Clemson the week before.

      Fans reportedly have pushed for the school to hire former quarterback Jeff Brohm, who is the coach at Purdue. Brohm was born in Louisville and held several coaching positions with the team during a six-year stint from 2003 through 2008.

      Petrino has a 77-35 record in his career at Louisville, which has spanned two stints. From 2003-06, his teams compiled a 41-9 record. From 2014 through this season, he was 36-26.

      He reportedly has a buyout of $14.1 million, according to ESPN.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Alabama blanks No. 16 Mississippi St.
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Running back Josh Jacobs scored two touchdowns and Alabama's defense racked up five sacks in harassing the Mississippi State offense as the No. 1 Crimson Tide shut out the No. 16 Bulldogs 24-0 on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    • Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC), which entered the game averaging 565 yards of total offense, picked up only 305 on Saturday, thanks in part to the Bulldogs' defense, which entered allowing only 12.3 points and 278 yards per game, second- and sixth-best in FBS, respectively.

      The Bulldogs (6-4, 2-4) forced two Crimson Tide turnovers and sacked quarterback Tua Tagovailoa four times, once sending him hobbling into the injury tent late in the third quarter, but they couldn't overcome the Tide's overwhelming first quarter.

      Tagovailoa, who passed for 164 yards and a touchdown, appeared to take a hit on his injured right knee on a sack by Cameron Dantzler. He emerged from the tent, rode a stationary bike for a while, and didn't return. Mack Jones finished at quarterback.

      No. 2 Clemson 27, No. 17 Boston College 7

      After early struggles, the visiting Tigers pulled away late to beat the Golden Eagles and claim their fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division title and the opportunity for a fourth straight ACC Championship.

      Clemson (10-0, 7-0) will play the ACC's Coastal Division winner at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Dec. 1. Boston College slipped to 7-3 and 4-2 in the ACC.

      The victory, which was Clemson's eighth in a row against the Eagles, also earned the Tigers an eighth consecutive season with 10 or more victories, extending a program record. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 29 of 40 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown (one interception) for the Tigers, who have outscored Boston College 117-24 in their last three meetings.

      No. 3 Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13

      Dexter Williams rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and the Fighting Irish cruised past the Seminoles in South Bend, Ind.

      Alize Mack caught two touchdown passes for the Fighting Irish, and Miles Boykin hauled in a touchdown pass for the sixth consecutive game. Notre Dame (10-0) moved within two games of posting an unbeaten regular season.

      Cam Akers rushed for two scores for Florida State (4-6), which must finish its regular season with back-to-back wins to preserve its 36-year bowl streak. The Seminoles allowed 40-plus points for the third game in a row.

      No. 4 Michigan 42, Rutgers 7

      Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes, two to Nico Collins, and Karan Higdon scored on two short runs to lead the visiting Wolverines past the Scarlet Knights at Piscataway, N.J.

      Patterson went 18-for-27 for 260 yards. Higdon gained 42 yards on 15 carries, the first time in eight games he's been held under 100 rushing yards. Chris Evans scored on a 61-yard run and gained 75 yards on six carries.

      The Wolverines (9-1 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) maintained a one-game lead in the East Division over Ohio State, which defeated Michigan State earlier in the day. Rutgers (1-9, 0-7) has lost nine straight. Isaih Pacheco scored on an 80-yard run and rushed for 142 yards on 16 carries for the Scarlet Knights.

      No. 5 Georgia 27, No. 24 Auburn 10

      Bulldogs running back D'Andre Swift did another number on the Tigers in Athens, Ga., a year after helping the Bulldogs upend the Tigers in the SEC title game.

      It was just last season when a 64-yard touchdown run by Swift helped punctuate Georgia's 28-7 win. Saturday, he did it again, ripping off a 77-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter to break open what was still a manageable game for Auburn (6-4, 3-4 SEC).

      Swift finished the game with 17 carries for a career-high 186 yards, the third straight game which has seen the Philadelphia native surpass 100 yards for Georgia (9-1, 7-1), who will play No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 1 in Atlanta for the SEC Championship and likely a shot at the College Football Playoff.

      No. 6 Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 47

      The Sooners' defense came up with a big stop on a two-point conversion try for the second consecutive week, dropping the visiting Cowboys in Norman, Okla.

      Oklahoma State scored a touchdown with 1:03 remaining and Cowboys coach Mike Gundy elected to go for the lead. But Taylor Cornelius' pass was knocked to the ground by cornerback Tre Brown.

      Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) clinched its fourth consecutive win over its in-state rivals when Oklahoma State (5-5, 2-5) failed to recover the onside kick, keeping the Sooners' hopes for a College Football Playoff berth alive.

      No. 7 LSU 24, Arkansas 17

      A week after being shut out at home by Alabama, the Tigers rebounded as quarterback Joe Burrow threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson, and Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire each ran for scores to lift them over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.

      LSU (8-2, 5-2 SEC) held Arkansas to just 61 yards in total offense in the first half and 216 yards overall. The Tigers will close out the season with a home game next Saturday against Rice and a road game against Texas A&M. LSU is 8-0 under coach Ed Orgeron following a loss.

      The Razorbacks (2-8, 0-6) converted just 2-of-12 third down conversions. Quarterback Ty Storey and tight end Cheyenne O'Grady hooked up twice late in the game to get within a touchdown, but LSU ran out the clock on the final series.

      No. 8 Washington State 31, Colorado 7

      Gardner Minshew passed for 335 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score, and the Cougars beat the Buffaloes in Boulder, Colo.

      Washington State (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12), which has won six straight and came into the weekend No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, bolstered its case with a convincing win. James Williams ran for 60 yards and a touchdown to boost the Cougars.

      Laviska Shenault Jr. had 10 receptions for 102 yards in his return to the lineup for Colorado (5-5, 2-5) after missing four games with a foot injury. The Buffaloes have lost five in a row after a strong start.

      No. 9 West Virginia 47, TCU 10

      After a sleepy start, the Mountaineers awoke for three second-quarter touchdowns in less than four minutes to race past the Horned Frogs in Morgantown, W.Va., as Will Grier threw for 343 yards and three scores.

      West Virginia (8-1, 6-1) remained tied atop the Big 12 standings with two weeks left in the regular season. Tight end Trevon Wesco finished with a team-high 86 yards receiving. His career-long 32-yard touchdown put West Virginia ahead 24-3 with 1:39 left in the half.

      Jalen Reagor caught 11 passes for 150 yards for TCU (4-6, 2-5), which sustained its worst loss of the season and needs to beat Baylor and Oklahoma State to become bowl-eligible.

      No. 10 Ohio State 26, No. 18 Michigan State 6

      The Buckeyes maintained pace in the Big Ten East with a win over the Spartans in front of 74,633 in East Lansing, Mich., as Dwayne Haskins threw for 227 yards and a touchdown.

      Parris Campbell scored on a 1-yard reception for Ohio State, while Mike Weber added a late 2-yard touchdown run. Dre'Mont Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for another Ohio State touchdown. Weber finished with 104 yards rushing.

      The Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) head to Maryland next week before hosting Michigan in the season finale. Michigan State (6-4, 4-3) gained just 54 yards on the ground, 47 coming on one run from backup QB Rocky Lombardi, who relieved an ineffective Brian Lewerke in the second quarter.

      Tennessee 24, No. 11 Kentucky 7

      The Volunteers, the last-place offense in the SEC, racked up 412 total yards to upset the Wildcats in Knoxville, Tenn.

      The Vols (5-5, 2-4 SEC) extended their home win streak against rival Kentucky to 17 games in a row, dating back to 1984, as Tennessee limited the Wildcats (7-3, 5-3) to 77 yards rushing, forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks.

      Jarrett Guarantano completed 12 of 20 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns while the running game, ranked last in the SEC, piled up 215 yards. Ty Chandler had 89 yards, and Tim Jordan added 63 yards and a touchdown.

      No. 12 Central Florida 35, Navy 24

      McKenzie Milton threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to help the Knights extend their winning streak to 22 games by beating the Midshipmen in Orlando, Fla.

      Milton was 17-for-21 for 200 yards, giving him 2,309 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He rushed seven times for 62 yards and a touchdown, and he now has 285 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

      UCF (9-0, 6-0 AAC), which leads the nation in scoring offense, amassed 497 yards against Navy. The Midshipmen (2-8, 1-5) got 85 yards on 26 carries from quarterback Zach Abey, who scored twice. Navy rushed for 374 yards, but lost its seventh straight game.

      No. 15 Florida 35, South Carolina 31

      Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks' second rushing touchdown -- a fourth-down sneak with 4:09 to go -- finished the rally from a 17-point deficit to beat the Gamecocks in Gainesville, Fla.

      Lamical Perine ran for two scores and Kadarius Toney caught a TD pass from Franks for the Gators (7-3, 5-3 SEC), who broke a two-game losing streak and increased their all-time record to 27-9-3 over South Carolina.

      Jacob August and Kyle Markway caught touchdown passes from Jake Bentley, and Bentley and Rico Dowdle rushed for a score for the Gamecocks (5-4, 4-4), whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

      No. 19 Texas 41, Texas Tech 34

      Quarterback Sam Ehlinger hit Lil'Jordan Humphrey for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds to play to lift the Longhorns to a wild win over the host Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.

      Ehlinger threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns in the victory while lengthening his team-record streak and setting a Big 12 Conference mark for passes without an interception to 280, supplanting the mark established by former West Virginia signal-caller Geno Smith.

      Texas (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak and stayed in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 championship game. Texas Tech (5-5, 3-4) lost its third straight game but is still in position to be bowl eligible if it can find a win in its final two contests.

      No. 20 Penn State 22, Wisconsin 10

      Trace McSorley passed for 160 yards and a touchdown, and the Nittany Lions' defense forced four turnovers against the Badgers at State College, Pa.

      Despite leaving the game briefly in the first half with a leg injury, McSorley completed 19 of 25 passes, and running back Miles Sanders carried the ball 23 times for 159 yards and scored a touchdown as Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) shrugged off last week's disappointing defeat to Michigan.

      Without injured quarterback Alex Hornibrook, the Wisconsin offense relied on running back Jonathan Taylor for most of its offense. Taylor ran the ball 20 times for 185 yards and a touchdown, but quarterback Jack Coan was unable to get any rhythm for the Badgers (6-4, 4-3).

      Northwestern 14, No. 21 Iowa 10

      Bennett Skowronek caught the go-ahead 32-yard touchdown with 9:27 remaining, and the Wildcats clinched their first Big Ten West Division title with a win in frigid Iowa City.

      Needing to win along with losses by Wisconsin and Purdue, the Wildcats (6-4, 6-1 Big Ten) received help from Penn State and Minnesota, respectively, and did just enough offensively while coming up with key defensive stops.

      The Wildcats pulled ahead of the Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-4) thanks to some acrobatics by Skowronek. On first-and-10, Skowronek raced down the left sideline, gained separation on defensive back Michael Ojemudia and made the diving catch with his arms stretched out and landing face-first. Northwestern forced fumbles on Iowa's final two possessions to seal it.

      No. 22 Iowa State 28, Baylor 14

      Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy threw for a touchdown, ran for another and even caught a two-point conversion pass to lead the Cyclones to a wild win over the Bears in Ames, Iowa.

      Purdy hit on 18 of 23 passes for 230 yards in the fifth straight win for the Cyclones (6-3, 5-2 Big 12). The victory keeps Iowa State in the mix for a spot in the league championship game.

      Charlie Brewer led Baylor (5-5, 3-4) with 288 passing yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a career-high 72 yards on 12 carries. Brewer was ejected from the game for a second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during a Bears' drive with less than six minutes left in the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Francois to start for Seminoles
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Deondre Francois will be back at quarterback when the Florida State Seminoles take the field at No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday night, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

    • Francois was held out of last week's game following a concussion he suffered in a 59-10 loss to No. 2 Clemson the week before.

      James Blackman, a sophomore, started last week against the North Carolina State Wolfpack and threw for a career-high 421 yards and four touchdowns, but Florida State lost 47-28.

      Francois, a redshirt junior, started the first eight games of the season for FSU (4-5) and has thrown for 2,039 yards and 13 touchdowns.

      The Seminoles have surrendered 106 points in their last two games against Clemson and North Carolina State, and coach Willie Taggart recently handed play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Walt Bell.

      According to the report, Taggart informed the team of the move back to Francois after Friday's practice.

      --Field Level Media

  • Utah RB Moss lost for season with knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    Utah junior running back Zack Moss will require season-ending knee surgery following a practice injury he sustained earlier this week.

    • The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Moss suffered a torn meniscus during Wednesday's practice. The university hadn't confirmed the injury as of Friday.

      However, Moss tweeted about his injury on Thursday night.

      "So many emotions. So many tears. I'm coming back stronger. God's plan," Moss wrote on Twitter.

      Moss rushed for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games this season to become the fourth player in school history to record two 1,000-yard seasons. Moss rushed for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns last year as a sophomore.

      Moss ranks fourth in school history with 2,647 rushing yards.

      Junior Armand Shyne is expected to be Utah's primary running back on Saturday against Oregon. Shyne has 166 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.

      The injury is the second big blow for the Utes (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12), who are in first place in the Pac-12 South. Junior quarterback Tyler Huntley is out for the season after breaking his collarbone in a loss to Arizona State last Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Notre Dame great Brown's Heisman to be auctioned
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    The Heisman Trophy awarded to former Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown after the 1987 season is set to be sold at auction beginning later this month, according to ESPN.

    • Brown, who went on to a Hall of Fame career spent mostly with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, won't receive any of the proceeds as he sold the trophy to an unnamed buyer last year.

      He was the first wide receiver to win the award, earning the honor after a season that saw him gain 990 yards from scrimmage with four touchdowns and return three punts for touchdowns on 34 returns.

      The Irish went 8-4 that season, which ended with a loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

      Goldin Auctions will host the sale. Bids will be taken from Nov. 19 through Dec. 8.

      --Field Level Media

  • QB Perry to start for Miami
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry will start at quarterback for Miami on Saturday, head coach Mark Richt announced Thursday.

    • The Hurricanes (5-4, 2-3 ACC) will play at Georgia Tech (5-4, 3-3).

      Richt has employed a revolving door at quarterback this season. Fifth-year senior Malik Rosier started Weeks 1 through 4, then Perry started the next three games, and Miami returned to Rosier the past two weeks. The Hurricanes have lost three games in a row.

      This will be the fourth career start for Perry, who most recently started Oct. 13 in a loss to Virginia.

      On the season, Rosier is 77-of-144 passing (53.5 percent) for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. Perry has completed 55 of 105 pass attempts (52.4 percent) for 701 yards and 11 scores. Both have been intercepted five times.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 15 Gators expect test from South Carolina
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    The Florida Gators are coming off a pair of rough weeks and first-year head coach Dan Mullen has a decision about what to do at quarterback.

    • The Gators ( 6-3, 4-3 SEC) lost to rival Georgia in Jacksonville two week ago, struggled in a 38-17 home loss to Missouri last week and fell to No. 15 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings this week.

      Missouri quarterback Drew Lock passed for 250 yards and three touchdowns on some fantastic throws, and that kind of production at quarterback is what Mullen is searching for in his signal-caller.

      Starter Feleipe Franks was pulled from last Saturday's loss to Missouri. Backup Kyle Trask, who played well, is out this week with a foot injury. But backup Emory Jones could be an option for the noon ET kickoff against the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-3, 4-3) at Florida Field this Saturday.

      Mullen wasn't revealing any answers before the game. The starter will be a surprise to Gator fans in attendance.

      "Just like it's been every week, they've done a good job of digging into the plan, understanding the different checks. The quarterbacks have done a good job (with) the game plan this week," Mullen said. "I'm not going to share which of the three will play. I haven't done that all year, don't plan on doing that now."

      For South Carolina third-year coach Will Muschamp, it's a chance to return as head coach against his former team in a familiar environment: The Swamp, where he was affectionately known as Coach Boom during his tenure from 2011 to 2014.

      The Gamecocks rallied last week behind the play of quarterback Jake Bentley in Oxford, Miss., to beat the Ole Miss Rebels 48-44 in a wild contest. Bentley passed for 363 yards and two touchdowns and rushed in with the game-winning score as USC scored the game's final 14 points in the win in the interdivisional game.

      "It didn't really matter because our guys were going to grab the momentum in the fourth quarter. That's what they do," Muschamp said in his press conference after the game of the late deficit and ensuing rally.

      Muschamp lost his first meeting with Florida in Gainesville 20-7 in 2016, but the former University of Georgia player beat the Gators 28-20 in a home game in Columbia last season.

      Bentley has been strong in the last two weeks in wins over Tennessee and Ole Miss.

      The quarterback from Opelika, Ala., has passed for 1,666 yards and 13 touchdowns in his junior year.

      "I thought he was outstanding," Muschamp said of Bentley against the Rebels. "He was accurate with the football, and he's a tough competitor."

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin loses NT Sagapolu for season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Wisconsin senior nose tackle Olive Sagapolu will miss the rest of the season after undergoing arm surgery, coach Paul Chryst told reporters after Thursday's practice.

    • Sagapolu underwent the procedure on his right arm on Wednesday. He suffered the injury during a loss to Northwestern on Oct. 27.

      "He has been great in how he is handling it," Chryst said. "But you feel bad for him -- any time guys miss games, but particularly seniors."

      Sagapolu, who started 26 of 44 games played for the Badgers, had 23 tackles and two sacks this season.

      Meanwhile, junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook remains in concussion protocol and is considered questionable for Saturday's game at No. 20 Penn State.

      Hornibrook suffered a concussion against Illinois on Oct. 20 and missed the following week's game against Northwestern. He was cleared to play in last Saturday's win over Rutgers, but a first-half hit knocked him out of the contest and he went back into concussion protocol.

      Sophomore Jack Coan is being prepared to make his second start of the season. Coan is 25-of-38 passing for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

      "The protocol, the steps of it are such that you can do some things," Chryst told reporters of Hornibrook. "But at the same time, you don't want to be in that the whole season. So we'll see if he can, and if not, then obviously Jack will go, and we feel good with the preparation that he's had."

      Hornibrook has passed for 1,343 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Notre Dame QB Book out vs. Florida State
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book is out for Saturday's game against Florida State.

    • According to multiple reports, Book has an undisclosed injury but should be ready to return Nov. 17 when the No. 3 Fighting Irish face No. 13 Syracuse.

      Brandon Wimbush, who started the first three games of the season before Book replaced him, will stand in while Book is injured. Wimbush had one touchdown and four interceptions before being benched.

      Notre Dame (9-0) has three games left on its schedule: Florida State on Saturday, Syracuse and Nov. 24 at Southern Cal.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 8 WSU carries 5-game win streak into Colorado
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    The Washington State Cougars have been one of the top defensive teams in the country over the last couple of years, and it's not hard to understand why.

    • They tend to hire good coordinators.

      For the second consecutive year, the Washington State defensive coordinator is nominated for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation's top assistant. Cougars defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is one of 53 finalists in his first year on the job.

      Last season, Alex Grinch was the Cougars' nominee before he moved on to Ohio State.

      Claeys and the eighth-ranked Cougars will take that strong defense into Boulder on Saturday to face the struggling Colorado Buffaloes. Washington State (8-1, 5-0 Pac-12) is riding a five-game winning streak.

      The Buffaloes (5-4, 2-4) have lost four straight after a fast start to the season. Colorado's last home game was the lowlight of its season. The Buffaloes led Oregon State 31-3 in the second half but lost in overtime with a chance to become bowl-eligible.

      Coinciding with Colorado's struggles has been the loss of dynamic wideout Laviska Shenault Jr. The sophomore was tearing up the competition before going down with a toe injury in a defeat against Southern California that started the losing streak. He had 60 receptions for 780 yards and six touchdowns as well as five rushing touchdowns before getting hurt.

      The Buffaloes haven't been the same since.

      "Well, I think when you take a Heisman Trophy candidate out of your picture, it's a big deal," Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said earlier this week.

      Shenault is considered day-to-day, and his return would be a big help going against the Cougars' formidable defense. Washington State is allowing 23.8 points per game, which ranks in the middle of the pack in the conference. However, the Cougars are allowing just 325.4 yards per game, which ranks 23rd nationally.

      Colorado's defense took a hit when strong safety Evan Worthington sustained a concussion against Oregon State and didn't play at Arizona last week. The Wildcats' Khalil Tate had 350 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 42-34 win over Colorado.

      Even with the injuries, Washington State coach Mike Leach isn't taking the Buffaloes lightly.

      "They've got quality players every year," Leach said. "There's a lot of guys running around from Colorado that are pretty good players. So they're kind of like they always are. They have some good players at some key positions."

      Washington State's high-powered offense is looking for a rebound after the Cougars eked out a 19-13 win over Cal last week. The Cougars were held 16 points under their season average but still were able to get the victory.

      "I thought that it would be a war, and it was," Leach said after the game. "We hung in there, kept our composure and did it."

      They want to keep that momentum going into their last road game of the season. If Shenault can't play, it would make the job a little easier, but Colorado can be tough to beat at home -- despite the collapse against Oregon State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dustup between No. 22 Iowa State, Baylor captures attention now
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Dustup between No. 22 Iowa State and Baylor has everyone's attention now

    • Four games into the season, this Saturday's dustup in Ames, Iowa, between Iowa State and Baylor would have barely registered as a game of interest in the college football world outside the programs' respective fan bases.

      But that was then, and this is now.

      The Cyclones (5-3, 4-2 in Big 12 play), winners of four straight games after a 1-3 start, are now up to No. 22 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings and are the new "it" team in the Big 12 since freshman quarterback Brock Purdy's infusion into the starting lineup.

      And Baylor, which was 1-11 last season, stands at 5-4 and 3-3 in Big 12 play and on the cusp of bowl eligibility with one more win.

      So there will be plenty of people watching and plenty on the line when the two teams square off at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium.

      Iowa State, which also needs one more win to be bowl eligible for the second straight year, comes into the game on the heels of a dominating 27-3 win at Kansas last Saturday.

      Even in that victory, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell found plenty of areas that needed to be improved on, stressing better tackling even as the Jayhawks offense never found the end zone last week.

      "There's a lot of work to do -- we know that," Campbell said. "And the great thing is, so does the leadership in that locker room, and I think their value is, 'Man, I've got to get better -- and we've got to get better.'"

      Purdy's rise as one of the Big 12's most-talked about players comes from the fact that he's been tough to rattle and that he does a lot of things well: He's an accurate passer, he has a strong arm and he has the ability to scramble.

      "He's just Brock," Campbell explained. "He just goes about his business. He's very matter-of-fact in how he goes about it, and really doesn't fall for all the other fluff stuff. He's been able to do a really good job of managing that.

      "The one thing that does make him special is that he doesn't want to disappoint his coaches, and he doesn't want to disappoint his teammates."

      With their last-second 35-31 win over Oklahoma State last weekend, Baylor has nearly completed its run from the bottom of the league's pecking order to the postseason.

      The Bears have three games remaining, including a home date against TCU on Nov. 17 and a regular season-ending game against Texas Tech on Nov. 24 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, to get back to a bowl.

      Iowa State will be the fourth straight Top 25 team the Bears will face in a Big 12 road game after losing to Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.

      "Iowa State is a tough place to play," Baylor coach Matt Rhule told reporters. "I just think we need to be completely focused on Iowa State this weekend. This defense we are going to face is either one or two in every defensive category (in the Big 12). They also have an elite receiver and running back, as well as a great young quarterback."

      Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston was named Big 12 defensive player of the week after collecting 17 tackles against Oklahoma State. Wide receiver Jalen Hurd was named the league's newcomer of the week by snagging seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 27 yards on nine carries against the Cowboys.

      Baylor leads the all-time series versus Iowa State 9-7; the series is tied at 4-4 in games played in Ames. Iowa State ended a four-game losing streak to the Bears with a 23-13 win in Waco last year.

      The Bears narrowly escaped with a 45-42 victory in the last game played in Ames. ISU led 42-28 with 4:31 left in the third quarter before the Bears scored the final 17 points.

      --Field Level Media