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  • Alabama stays unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25 poll
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 29, 2020

    Alabama is the top-ranked team in college football for the fourth straight week, taking home the unanimous No. 1 in the The Associated Press college football poll.

    • Alabama received 62 first-place votes for the second consecutive week. Notre Dame (9-0) comes in No. 2 while Ohio State (4-0) is No. 3 and Clemson (8-1) at No. 4.

      The Crimson Tide posted a 42-13 win over No. 22 Auburn on Saturday to move to 8-0 on the season.

      Texas A&M (6-1) comes in at No. 5 in the top 25, while Florida (7-1) is ranked 6. Cincinnati, which is undefeated at 8-0, is ranked seventh and undefeated BYU (9-0) is eighth.

      Miami (7-1) moves into the top 10 at No. 9 with Indiana (5-1) at 10.

      Oregon (3-1) fell out of the top 10 after a 41-38 loss to Oregon State. The Ducks go from No. 9 to No. 21.

      Three teams dropped out of the top 25, Texas, Auburn and North Carolina. Each lost this past week for the third time this season.

      Washington (3-0) moves into the top 25 at No. 23, while Iowa (4-2) comes in at No. 24, and Liberty (9-1) sits at No. 25.

      -- Field Level Media

  • South Carolina LB Jones (ankle) misses second half
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    South Carolina leading tackler Ernest Jones sat out the second half of the Gamecocks' Saturday game against No. 9 Georgia after he sustained an ankle injury in the first half.

    • The junior middle linebacker was wearing sweatpants as he watched the second half of the Southeastern Conference contest.

      Jones had one tackle before exiting to increase his season count to 86. He also led the Gamecocks with 97 tackles in 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 football roundup: Lawrence stars in return for No. 3 Clemson
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who hadn't played in a game since Oct. 24, returned with a flourish Saturday, passing for 403 yards and two touchdowns as the third-ranked Tigers routed visiting Pittsburgh 52-17.

    • Lawrence missed two games, including the team's 47-40 double-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 7, while in quarantine for COVID-19. Expected to be the No. 1 selection in next year's NFL draft, he completed 26 of 37 passes for the Tigers (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

      Clemson's Travis Etienne gained 58 yards on 11 carries with a pair of short touchdown runs.

      Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett connected on 22 of 39 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times, twice by Mario Goodrich. The Panthers' (5-5, 4-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.

      No. 1 Alabama 42, No. 22 Auburn 13

      Led by Mac Jones' five touchdown passes, the Crimson Tide crushed the Tigers in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      Jones led Alabama, which now leads the all-time series 47-37-1, by completing 18 of 26 passes for 302 and tossing a pair of touchdowns each to receivers DeVonta Smith and John Metchie III. Smith caught seven passes for 171 yards while Metchie caught six passes for 55 yards.

      Alabama (8-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) prevailed despite playing without coach Nick Saban, who tested positive earlier in the week for COVID-19. Bo Nix completed 23 of 38 passes for 227 yards and two interceptions for Auburn (5-3, 5-3).

      No. 5 Texas A&M 20, LSU 7

      Isaiah Spiller rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Aggies stymied the Tigers' offense in a victory in College Station, Texas.

      Spiller provided enough offense to offset a sub-par performance by Kellon Mond, who completed 11 of 34 passes for 105 yards for the Aggies (6-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference). Texas A&M returned to action following a two-week absence caused by COVID-19 issues.

      The Aggies took away the running game from the Tigers (36 yards on 25 carries) and harassed both of LSU's freshman quarterbacks who filled in for injured Myles Brennan. TJ Finley started and completed 9 of 25 attempts for 118 yards with two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Max Johnson completed 14 of 22 for 113 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers (3-4, 3-4).

      No. 6 Florida 34, Kentucky 10

      Kyle Trask threw three touchdown passes to favorite target Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney scored on a trick play and the No. 6 Gators toppled the Wildcats in Gainesville, Fla.

      Trask found Pitts for TDs of 56, 2 and 7 yards to extend the quarterback's NCAA-leading touchdown total to 34. Pitts' three tallies give him 11 on the season. The junior tight end returned to action after being injured by Georgia defensive back Lewis Cine on a targeting hit in the teams' annual meeting in Jacksonville -- a 44-28 Florida victory on Nov. 7.

      The Gators (7-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) inched closer to the SEC East title behind Trask's outing of 21 of 27 passing for 256 yards and three scores. Pitts caught five passes for a game-high 99 yards.

      Michigan State 29, No. 8 Northwestern 20

      The Spartans upset the Wildcats in East Lansing, Mich., to all but eliminate Northwestern's outside chances of making the College Football Playoff.

      Northwestern (5-1, 5-1 Big Ten) came back from a 17-point second-quarter deficit for the second time this season, scoring 20 unanswered points to take the lead early in the fourth quarter.

      But the Spartans (2-3, 2-3) scored the last 12 points of the game, getting a pair of field goals from Matt Coghlin in the final 10:11 before recovering a fumble in the end zone as time expired.

      No. 9 Georgia 45, South Carolina 16

      James Cook and Zamir White each rushed for two touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled over the Gamecocks in their SEC matchup in Columbia, S.C.

      Cook gained 104 yards on just six rushes and White added 84 on 13 carries as the Bulldogs (6-2, 6-2 SEC) racked up 332 yards on the ground. JT Daniels completed 10 of 16 passes for 139 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Tre' McKitty and Arian Smith caught touchdown passes.

      Luke Doty completed 18 of 22 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first career start for South Carolina (2-7, 2-7), which lost its fifth straight game. Nick Muse had eight receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Kevin Harris tacked on a scoring run for the Gamecocks.

      No. 12 Indiana 27, Maryland 11

      Freshman Tim Baldwin rushed for 106 yards and Stevie Scott added 80 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns, lifting the Hoosiers to a win over the Terrapins in Bloomington, Ind.

      The Hoosiers (5-1, 5-1) led just 7-3 at halftime before pulling away in the second half for the win. D.K. Bonhomme sacked Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa in the end zone for a safety to put Indiana up 9-3 in the third quarter. Then, on the Hoosiers' following offensive drive, Scott plunged in for a 1-yard TD run, with a subsequent two-point conversion putting Indiana up 17-3.

      The drive came at a cost, though, as Indiana lost quarterback Michael Penix to an apparent leg injury. Penix had struggled throwing the ball up to that point, finishing the game 6 of 19 for 84 yards. Tagovailoa completed 17 of 36 passes for 241 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for Maryland (2-2, 2-2).

      No. 20 Coastal Carolina 49, Texas State 14

      CJ Marable ran for three touchdowns as the Chanticleers remained unbeaten by clobbering the host Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas.

      Coastal Carolina (9-0, 7-0 Sun Belt) clinched the conference's Eastern Division title. Marable had scoring runs of 14, 9 and 23 yards. He scored the game's first two touchdowns in the opening eight minutes, ending up with 157 rushing yards on 16 carries. Teammate Reese White added 72 rushing yards on seven attempts.

      Grayson McCall threw for two first-half touchdowns on just 14 passes, with both of the scoring completions going to Jaivon Heiligh. McCall finished 11-for-18 for 154 yards in the air. Brady McBride through for 201 yards and a touchdown for Texas State (2-10, 2-6).

      No. 23 Oklahoma State 50, Texas Tech 44

      Third-string running back Dezmon Jackson rushed for 235 rushing yards and three first-half touchdowns as the Cowboys withstood the Red Raiders' 639 total yards on offense in Stillwater, Okla.

      Sanders Spencer threw for 222 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted once, and the Cowboys (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) also scored on Jason Taylor's 48-yard kickoff return and Tre Sterling's 65-yard interception return.

      Alan Bowman went 31 of 46 passing for 384 yards and a touchdown and an interception for Texas Tech (3-6, 2-6). Seven of those completions went to Erik Ezukanma for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Sarodorick Thompson rushed for 133 yards and two scores, and Xavier White turned nine carries into 98 yards, one rush going 70 yards for a touchdown.

      --Field Level Media

  • Northwestern WR Holman carted off after hit to head
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Northwestern junior wide receiver Berkeley Holman had to be carted off the field during the Wildcats' Saturday game against Michigan State following a helmet-to-helmet hit.

    • On a third-down play with 6:22 left in the third quarter, Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey was flushed out of the pocket and tried to find Holman. Spartans defensive back Shakur Brown got to the ball first, colliding heads with Holman as he made the interception.

      Holman was on the ground for about 10 minutes after the hit, but ESPN reported that he was alert, moving and speaking after the hit. Brown was not hurt.

      Holman had returned from an injury last week to make his season debut against Wisconsin.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 10 Miami's Dec. 5 game at Wake Forest postponed
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    No. 10 Miami's Dec. 5 game at Wake Forest has been postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns in the Demon Deacons' program.

    • The Atlantic Coast Conference made the announcement Saturday, but no makeup date was announced.

      "The postponement follows positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Wake Forest football team," read a statement from the ACC. "The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report."

      It is the second straight schedule change for both teams.

      Wake Forest's Nov. 21 game at Duke was canceled as a result of coronavirus issues for the Demon Deacons (4-3, 3-3 ACC).

      The Hurricanes (7-1, 6-1 ACC) were set to face Georgia Tech on Saturday, but that game was postponed to Dec. 19 due to positive tests at Miami.

      --Field Level Media

  • More COVID-19 issues cause Boise State to cancel vs. San Jose State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    A key Mountain West contest between San Jose State and host Boise State was canceled Saturday due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the Boise State program.

    • The Mountain West announcement the cancellation and declared it a no-contest.

      "Due to an upward trend of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Boise State program, the Broncos are unable to participate in the game on Nov. 28 vs. San Jose State," the Mountain West said in a statement. "Therefore, the MW is canceling the game and declaring it a no-contest. There is no plan to reschedule."

      Boise State has had major COVID-19 issues in recent weeks. The Broncos played a game against Colorado State on Nov. 12 with 14 players out due to COVID-19 protocols and had 12 players sidelined for a Nov. 21 game at Hawaii.

      Leading up to the San Jose State game, reports had the Broncos with five players testing positive and four others out due to contact tracing.

      However, the number could be much higher as Boise State was still sorting through lab results late Friday night before deciding Saturday morning that it couldn't move forward with playing the game.

      "Because of a delay at the lab, our results from Thursday's tests didn't come back until late yesterday, which meant our staff were contact tracing until late last night," interim athletic director Bob Carney said in a statement. "Under the circumstances, and with limited numbers within specific position groups, our coaches, administration and medical personnel met this morning and determined that it was not in the best interest of our student-athletes' safety and well-being to play today's game.

      "I am disappointed for the student-athletes, coaches and fans, both at Boise State and San Jose State, and am hopeful the Broncos will be able to return to the field (on Dec. 4) against UNLV."

      The Spartans (4-0, 4-0 Mountain West), who are enjoying a surprisingly strong season, were dejected over the cancellation of the game against Boise State (4-1, 4-0).

      "We arrived in Boise on Friday and learned this news Saturday morning," San Jose State athletic director Marie Tuite said in a statement. "Our players and coaches were looking forward to this game with great anticipation. It is a big disappointment to everyone that we are not able to play this game."

      The Spartans are next slated to play at home on Dec. 5 against Hawaii.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buffalo RB Patterson ties NCAA mark with eight rushing TDs
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson tied an NCAA record with eight rushing touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Kent State on Saturday.

    • Patterson carried the ball 36 times for 409 yards and scored on runs of 3, 31, 42, 49, 1, 7, 11 and 58 yards. Five of those scores and 267 yards came in the first half at UB Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y.

      The 5-foot-9 junior from Glendale, Md., became the first player since Ricky Williams of Texas in 1996 to gain at least 300 yards in consecutive games following a 301-yard performance at Bowling Green on Nov. 17. He broke his own school rushing record for the second straight game.

      Howard Griffith of Illinois ran for eight touchdowns on Sept. 22, 1990.

      --Field Level Media

  • History: Fuller becomes first woman to play for Power Five team
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Sarah Fuller of Vanderbilt made college football history on Saturday when she became the first woman to play in a game for a Power Five team.

    • She got her opportunity when she kicked off to open the second half with Vanderbilt trailing 21-0. The squib kick traveled 30 yards and was covered by a Missouri player at the Tigers' 35-yard line.

      The 6-foot-2 Fuller is the goalkeeper for Vanderbilt's women's soccer team, which won the SEC championship last weekend.

      "Honestly, it's just so exciting," Fuller said after the Commodores' 41-0 loss. "The fact that I can represent all the girls out there that have wanted to do this or thought about playing football or any sport really, and it encourages them to be able to step out and do something big like this, it's awesome."

      She joined kickers Katie Hnida (New Mexico, 2003) and April Goss (Kent State, 2015) as the only women to play in a Division I college football game. Fuller did not get the chance to attempt a field goal or extra point.

      Fuller wore No. 32 for the Commodores (0-8, 0-8 SEC) and the phrase "Play Like A Girl" was stripped across the back of her helmet. She was pressed into service for the football team when the Commodores' kickers became unavailable because of COVID-19 protocols. She tried out for the team earlier this week and was the only kicker to travel with the team to Columbia, Mo.

      "She's got a strong leg," coach Derek Mason said earlier in the week. "We'll figure out what that looks like on Saturday."

      Fuller was amazed by the opportunity.

      "I think it's amazing and incredible," Fuller said Friday. "But I'm also trying to separate that because I know this is a job I need to do, and I want to help the team out and I want to do the best that I can. Placing that historical aspect aside just helps me focus in on what I need to do. I don't want to let them down in anyway. It's an honor they called on me to be able to do this and help them out."

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State not ruling out playing against Michigan State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Ohio State officials are hoping the Buckeyes will be able to take the field next weekend at Michigan State after being sidelined Saturday as COVID-19 spread through their locker room.

    • The Buckeyes called off their Saturday game at Illinois late Friday after more positive tests.

      It's unclear how many Buckeyes players tested positive. Head coach Ryan Day is the only member of the program with a positive test to be identified publicly.

      And while the program is shut down for now and Day is quarantining at home, athletic director Gene Smith said it is too early to rule out the possibility the Buckeyes could meet the Spartans next Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

      "It's kind of fluid, frankly," Smith said. "We're going to have to go day-by-day, see where we are today and test again tomorrow, see what we have with tests tomorrow. ... I wish I could say it's Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, but I really can't. We're going to have to [be patient], because there's too much uncertainty here. We're just going to have to look at each day and see what we got."

      This is the second cancellation of the season for the Buckeyes (4-0); their game against Maryland two weeks ago was canceled because of an outbreak in the Terrapins' program. Maryland lost two games amid their shutdown.

      Other teams, including Arizona State and Florida, have missed multiple games this season because of COVID-19.

      Day said he is doing well but feels for his players.

      "I'm resting comfortably," Day said. "I have an extremely heavy heart, though. The sacrifices have been made by so many, and the anxiety over months and months and months of every day getting test results back to make sure that the entire program is safe. Then to experience it this week, Thanksgiving week? I can't sit here and tell you anything other than it's really, really hard.

      "But like I told the team, it's just another opportunity to get through some adversity, work through adversity and learn more about yourselves. That's the only way that I can describe and put a positive spin on it right now because it isn't fun."

      The Buckeyes are scheduled to end the regular season Dec. 12 against Michigan. Teams must play at least six games to be eligible to compete for the Big Ten Championship. The College Football Playoff Committee said last week there is no minimum number of games required to be considered for a CFP berth.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia-Fla. St. game ppd. amid coronavirus issues
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    The Virginia-Florida State game scheduled for Saturday night was postponed after positive coronavirus tests and contact trace quarantines with the Seminoles, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced.

    • Per the ACC, the Florida State team is "adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report."

      Florida State athletic director David Coburn announced the following statement:

      "Our team underwent the mandated third-party testing yesterday and learned late last night that we had one positive test. Contact tracing this morning determined that, with opt-outs and injuries, we had just 44 scholarship players for the game, with some position groups depleted almost entirely.

      "We deeply regret that many Florida State and Virginia fans have already traveled to the game as well as Virginia's team. We simply had no way of knowing we would not be playing until this morning. We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players."

      This marks the second straight week that a Florida State game was postponed mere hours before kickoff. The Seminoles' clash against Clemson was also postponed after both schools could not agree about whether the game was safe to be played.

      Neither game involving Florida State has been rescheduled as of yet.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Oregon State tops No. 9 Oregon in final minute
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Chance Nolan scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 33 seconds remaining on his first career snap for Oregon State as the host Beavers recorded a 41-38 upset of No. 9 Oregon on Friday night at Corvallis, Ore.

    • Jermar Jefferson rushed for a season-best 226 yards and scored twice for Oregon State (2-2, 2-2 Pac-12). Tristan Gebbia produced 263 yards and a touchdown. He departed following a pair of failed sneak attempts led to a left leg injury on the second try, forcing his exit with 36 seconds to play in favor of Nolan, who was able to thrust himself over the goal line for the decisive score.

      Oregon State trailed by 12 points entering the fourth quarter and finished off a 16-play, 92-yard drive early in the stanza to move within 31-26. Gebbia capped off the excursion that lasted more than eight minutes on a 1-yard keeper with 13:26 left.

      Oregon's Tyler Shough completed 20 of 31 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, and he rushed for a score. The Ducks (3-1, 3-1) lost to Oregon State for just the second time in the past 13 meetings.

      No. 2 Notre Dame 31, No. 25 North Carolina 17

      The Fighting Irish held the Tar Heels' high-powered offense without a second-half point and Kyren Williams scored two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish posted a two-touchdown victory in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      The result was a significant accomplishment for the Irish (9-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who earlier in the week were slotted at No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. They have remaining games against Syracuse at home and a makeup game at Wake Forest, needing to win one of those to clinch a spot in the ACC championship game.

      North Carolina (6-3, 6-3) is 0-28 all-time against teams ranked in the top three nationally. Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell was 17-for-27 for 211 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for a TD.

      No. 15 Iowa State 23, No. 20 Texas 20

      Breece Hall scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:25 to play to lift the Cyclones to a come-from-behind victory over the Longhorns in a key Big 12 Conference dustup in Austin, Texas.

      It marks the first time the Cyclones (7-2, 7-1 Big 12) have defeated Oklahoma and Texas in the same season and all but guaranteed Iowa State a spot in the Big 12 championship game on Dec. 19 in Arlington, Texas. Iowa State has not won a conference title since 1912 and has never played in a conference championship game.

      Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy completed 25 of 36 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown, and Charlie Kolar had six catches for 131 yards. Texas (5-3, 4-3) got 298 passing yards and a touchdown from quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who also ran for 65 yards and a TD.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 3 Ohio State cancels game at Illinois
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    No. 3 Ohio State canceled its scheduled football game at Illinois on Saturday, the school's leadership announced late Friday night.

    • The cancellation came after another round of testing for COVID-19 on Friday released more positives within the program, Ohio State said in a release. The Buckeyes (4-0) were to have a noon start against the Fighting Illini at Champaign, Ill.

      Ohio State wasn't going to travel to Illinois until Saturday morning.

      The Big Ten Conference has no room in its calendar for a makeup date. The game will not be played this season.

      "We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. "The health, safety and well-being of our student-athlete is our main concern, and our decision on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff."

      The Buckeyes (4-0) were ranked fourth in the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday. However, Ohio State could be left out of the Big Ten's conference championship game if it is forced to cancel either of its final two games.

      The Big Ten's coronavirus protocols include the stipulation that teams must play a minimum of six games this season to be eligible for a division title and a spot in the conference title game. The Buckeyes' game at Maryland on Nov. 14 was already canceled due to COVID-19 issues with the Terrapins.

      Ohio State will need to play its final two games -- Dec. 5 at Michigan State and Dec. 12 vs. Michigan -- to remain eligible for the title game.

      Ohio State said the decision to cancel was made jointly by Smith, president Kristina M. Johnson and head team physician Jim Borchers in consultation with the Big Ten. The school announced an immediate pause to team activities, which will not resume until "medical staff determines it is safe to do so based on protocols established by the Big Ten Conference."

      Earlier Friday, Ohio State announced head coach Ryan Day would miss the game because of his own positive test for COVID-19 with assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson to serve in the head role on an interim basis.

      On Friday, several media reports indicated an unknown number of Buckeye players in more than one position group had tested positive for COVID-19. Ohio State had not confirmed any number of positive tests within the program or listed players or staff members affected except for Day.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State coach Day tests positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Ohio State football coach Ryan Day tested positive for COVID-19 and won't coach the No. 3 Buckeyes at Illinois on Saturday, the school announced Friday.

    • The school isn't planning to fly to Champaign until Saturday morning as it waits on more test results, according to reports.

      Defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who also is associate head coach, will run the squad in place of Day.

      "Coach Ryan Day is one of the individuals who has tested positive," the school said in a statement. "He is in isolation and will not travel to Illinois or coach the team. Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim head coach of the Buckeyes on Saturday."

      Day would reportedly need to isolate for 10 days and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before he can return to his coaching duties.

      One day earlier, there were reports that an unknown number of players in more than one position group have tested positive for COVID-19, leaving in doubt whether the Buckeyes (4-0) could play this weekend.

      Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith reiterated that the squad wants to play Saturday's game against Illinois (2-3).

      "I have spoken with coach Day, and he is doing well physically," Smith said. "I feel terrible for (Day) and for the members of the program who have been diagnosed with a positive test.

      "Coach Day and this team have been true leaders in handling things so well throughout this pandemic. Our team wants to play this game, and we're going to do everything we can to help make this happen. All of the decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes and staff members will continue to be guided by our medical staff."

      Day, 41, is the latest head coach to test positive for COVID-19. Alabama coach Nick Saban also tested positive earlier this week and won't coach the top-ranked Crimson Tide in Saturday's Iron Bowl clash against Auburn.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: SEC to adjust schedule, add LSU-Alabama game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Southeastern Conference is expected to shuffle the final weeks of the football schedule, making room for the previously postponed game between No. 1 Alabama and defending national champion LSU.

    • The teams were scheduled to play Nov. 14 in Baton Rouge, La., but the game was called off because the Tigers didn't have enough players amid a COVID-19 outbreak.

      Multiple media outlets reported Friday that the game now will be played on Dec. 5, with a formal announcement by the SEC still to come.

      The current schedule calls for Alabama to play at Arkansas and Ole Miss to visit LSU on Dec. 5.

      The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks both have open dates on Dec. 12, and that game is expected to be played then.

      Other games likely will be added to the schedule on Dec. 12. LSU already is set to play No. 6 Florida, but other teams could fill in the schedule, which was left as an open date.

      The conference championship game is slated for Dec. 19 in Atlanta.

      In 2019, LSU beat Alabama 46-41 en route to an undefeated season and a College Football Playoff title.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin CB Wildgoose opts out to prep for draft
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose is opting out of the rest of the season to chase his NFL dreams.

    • "I may be taking the next step in my journey but I will always love the University of Wisconsin. A piece of my heart will always remain in Madison," he posted Friday on Twitter. "Having said that, I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. I love you all and On Wisconsin!"

      A 5-foot-11, 197-pound junior from Miami, Wildgoose registered six tackles and two tackles for loss in two starts this season for the Badgers. He left last Saturday's loss at Northwestern with a shoulder injury.

      His three-year career totals at Wisconsin included 57 tackles, five tackles for loss, 15 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 25 games.

      This Saturday's Big Ten game between No. 16 Wisconsin (2-1) and Minnesota (2-3) was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, snapping the rivalry's uninterrupted 113-year streak.

      Wildgoose's primary assignment in that game would have been Golden Gophers star receiver Rashod Bateman, who announced earlier this week that he is also leaving college to prepare for the 2021 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NYC's Pinstripe Bowl canceled due to pandemic
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The 2020 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was canceled Friday due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    • The game featuring teams from the ACC and Big Ten was scheduled for Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

      "Due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases, which has led to the imposition of various travel restrictions and the cancellation of many college football games, including those in the Big Ten and ACC Conferences, we have made the decision out of an abundance of caution and in conjunction with both conferences to cancel the 2020 New Era Pinstripe Bowl," bowl officials said in a statement.

      "The priority of the Yankees, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Big Ten and ACC is the safety of players, coaches and staff, and this decision is consistent with that approach. We look forward to hosting the New Era Pinstripe Bowl with an enthusiastic crowd filling Yankee Stadium in 2021."

      Michigan State defeated Wake Forest, 27-21, in the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl.

      The game has been played annually since 2010.

      This is at least the eighth 2020 college football bowl game that has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Others include the Redbox Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Celebration Bowl, Fenway Bowl and Bahamas Bowl.

      --Field Level Media

  • USC out, SDSU in as Colorado's Saturday foe
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    The Colorado football team will play against San Diego State instead of No. 18 Southern California on Saturday after the Trojans were forced to drop out due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday.

    • USC wrote in a statement that it did not have "the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game at a specific position group as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols."

      The canceled game between the Trojans (3-0) and the Buffaloes (2-0), due to be played in Los Angeles, was declared a no-contest, and the Aztecs (3-2) stepped in to book a trip to Boulder, Colo.

      Last week, the Pac-12 abandoned its plans to have a conference-only schedule, allowing teams to pick up games against nonconference foes if the new opponent followed the Pac-12's COVID-19 protocols.

      Trojans coach Clay Helton said in a statement, "We are disappointed for our players and fans and those from Colorado that Saturday's game will not be played, but the health and safety of everyone in both programs is of the utmost priority.

      "Our players have worked hard since the summer not only to prepare for this season, but to do so in a safe manner by following all health protocols. I applaud their discipline and sacrifice in doing so. We will continue to test and monitor our players, coaches and staff and take guidance from health officials as we prepare for our remaining games."

      San Diego State was due to oppose Fresno State on Friday, but that game was canceled Friday because of COVID-19 contact tracing in the Bulldogs' program.

      The Colorado athletic department said in a statement that athletic director Rick George spoke with San Diego State AD John David Wicker earlier this week to set up a contingency plan.

      "It is unfortunate that our game at Southern California had to be canceled, but as we all continue to maintain, the most important concern we all have is the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," George said. "After the Pac-12 CEOs created some requirements for possible nonconference opponents to fill any vacancies created by cancellations, we moved earlier this week to find a possible opponent to replace the Trojans. When San Diego State's game at Fresno State was canceled for similar reasons, I spoke with John David and we put an agreement in place if USC could not play."

      In the only previous meeting between Colorado and San Diego State, the Buffaloes won 34-14 at home in 2002.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Oklahoma State QB Illingworth tests positive
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Oklahoma State backup quarterback Shane Illingworth tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday's home game against Texas Tech, The Oklahoman reported Thursday.

    • Illingworth has played in four games for the No. 23 Cowboys this season, including two starts when Spencer Sanders was injured.

      The 6-foot-5, 220-pound true freshman has completed 41 of 70 passes for 554 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Illingworth was just 5 of 21 for 71 yards in last Saturday's 41-13 loss at rival Oklahoma.

      Junior college transfer Ethan Bullock will be the No. 2 quarterback for Oklahoma State (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) against the Red Raiders (3-5, 2-5) on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Alabama LB Harrell dies in Florida crash
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    William "Rowdy" Harrell, a former linebacker at Alabama, was killed in a car accident on his honeymoon. He was 30.

    • Harrell and his wife, Blakely, married Saturday. The North Carolina residents were traveling in the Florida Keys and were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday evening, reported.

      Harrell walked on for the Crimson Tide and won three national championships with the team in his time there from 2009-12. After college, he went to work in motorsports.

      "Rowdy was the epitome of what (walk-ons) stand for -- he's a hard worker, he had great character," Alabama coach Nick Saban said on his weekly radio show. "...He had so much potential as a young person."

      He most recently worked as part of the pit crew for driver Alex Bowman's No. 88 team with Hendrick Motorsports.

      "Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley," crew chief Greg Ives said in a statement issued by the team. "They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match. Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance."

      Harrell posted photos of the couple's wedding on his Instagram account, he and Blakely smiling as their large wedding party surrounded them.

      "On behalf of my new wife and myself....I would like to thank every single person who had a hand in our special day, came to be there for it, or simply gave us well wishes," he wrote. "From the bottom of our hearts we love you all and feel how much you love us!! #whatablessing"

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Multiple Ohio State players positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    An unspecified number of Ohio State players in more than one position group have tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple media reports.

    • The No. 4 Buckeyes (4-0) are scheduled to play at Illinois (2-3) on Saturday. As of Thursday morning, the game was still scheduled, but reports said a final decision would not be made until another round of testing was completed.

      Ohio State's Nov. 14 game at Maryland was canceled because of an outbreak among the Terrapins. Under Big Ten rules, teams must play at least six games to be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship Game, set for Dec. 19 in Indianapolis.

      The Buckeyes' remaining scheduled games are at Michigan State on Dec. 5 and against Michigan in Columbus on Dec. 12.

      --Field Level Media

  • OU-WVU PPD to Dec. 12, Sooners pause activities
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    No. 11 Oklahoma paused all activities Wednesday due to COVID-19 concerns and its game Saturday at West Virginia was postponed to Dec. 12.

    • The Sooners (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) are on a five-game winning streak. They are scheduled to host Baylor on Dec. 5.

      Next up for the Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3) is a Dec. 5 contest at No. 13 Iowa State.

      The Big 12 said the time and television information for the rescheduled Dec. 12 game in Morgantown, W.Va., will be announced when available.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas State DB Winters killed in shooting
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    Texas State sophomore defensive back Khambrail Winters was fatally shot Tuesday night in San Marcos, Texas.

    • Two men have been arrested and charged in the killing, authorities said Wednesday.

      "Our Texas State University football team is deeply saddened by the death of our team member and friend, Khambrail Winters," Bobcats coach Jake Spavital said in a statement. "I met with players this morning to share this news about Khambrail. We will stand together as a team and support one another during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and condolences are with Khambrail's family and loved ones."

      Police responded to reports of shots fired at an apartment building in San Marcos on Tuesday night and found Winters with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the San Marcos Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

      Witnesses told police that Winters, Enalisa Blackman and Michael Ifeanacho went to the apartments to purchase marijuana and Winters was shot and killed during the deal, according to The Associated Press.

      Blackman and Ifeanacho were arrested and charged with capital murder and are being held at the Hays County Jail.

      Winters, a Houston native, earned 2019 honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a freshman after posting 52 tackles and four pass breakups in 11 games (nine starts) for the Bobcats. He sustained a torn ACL during fall camp and did not play in 2020.

      Spavital said he is meeting with the rest of the coaches and the team to discuss how they will proceed for the rest of this week.

      Texas State (2-9, 2-5 Sun Belt) is scheduled to finish the season Saturday against No. 20 Coastal Carolina.

      --Field Level Media

  • Minnesota WR Bateman opts out to pursue draft preparation
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    The Minnesota Gophers hope to resume season after a COVID-19 outbreak canceled Saturday's rivalry game at Wisconsin, but standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman won't be a part of it.

    • Bateman opted out of what remains of Minnesota's season on Wednesday with a Twitter announcement that he will skip the rest of the 2020 season to begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

      "After further dialogue with Coach Fleck and my family, we decided that after this most recent Covid-19 outbreak and the cancellation of this weekend's game, that it made the most sense to begin to focus on the next stage of my career," Bateman posted.

      The Gophers (2-3) halted practice Monday before formally shutting the team down for the week on Tuesday. The program has announced 15 positive COVID-19 cases, with nine players and six staff members, with more presumed positives possible on the way.

      Bateman was one of the first notable players to opt out of the season in August after becoming sick with COVID-19 during the summer. He changed his mind and returned to the team when the Big Ten announced it was resuming its season with new safety protocols.

      Bateman had signed with an agency and took money for housing and other expenses after opting out the first time, but received special dispensation from the NCAA that allowed him to return for the 2020 season.

      Bateman, projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, racked up 36 catches for 472 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season for Minnesota. Bateman was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2019 after catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vanderbilt women's soccer player 'an option' at kicker
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    Vanderbilt women's soccer player Sarah Fuller could be lending a hand, or more appropriately a foot, to the school's football team.

    • Commodores football coach Derek Mason said Fuller is an option when discussing the team's need for a kicker on 102.5 The Game in Nashville on Wednesday. Vanderbilt currently finds itself in need of a kicker due to COVID-19 quarantines.

      "For us, talking to Sarah, she's a champ, and no pun intended -- just coming off an SEC championship in soccer," Mason said. "... She's a complete competitor. She's an option for us. Right now, that's where we sit."

      The Vanderbilt Hustler, the school's student newspaper, first reported that Fuller was in full pads when she participated in Tuesday's practice with the football team.

      Should she play for Vanderbilt (0-7 overall, 0-7 Southeastern Conference) in Saturday's game at Missouri (3-3, 3-3), it is believed that Fuller will be the first woman to record a snap in a Power 5 game. New Mexico's Katie Hnida was the first woman to play in a Division I college football game in 2003.

      Fuller, a goalkeeper, posted a 7-2-0 record and allowed nine goals in nine matches this season for the Vanderbilt women's soccer team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama's Saban tests positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will sit out this weekend's game against Auburn.

    • "He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home," the school said in a statement.

      Saban, 69, will have to isolate for at least 10 days, thereby preventing him from coaching in the Iron Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

      Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian likely will coach the top-ranked Crimson Tide (7-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) when they host No. 22 Auburn (5-2, 5-2).

      Saban initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14 before receiving three consecutive negative tests. He was able to coach three days later in the Crimson Tide's 41-24 victory over Georgia.

      --Field Level Media