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No. 4 Auburn-No. 7 Ole Miss: Playoff knockout game (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2014, file photo, Auburn's Jonathan Jones (3) intercepts a pass intended for South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland in the end zone during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala. Mississippi's Senquez Golson and Auburn's Jones have emerged as the Southeastern Conference's top thieves. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Auburn and Mississippi spent the week dismissing their standing in the first College Football Playoff rankings as mostly irrelevant. The fourth-ranked Tigers and seventh-ranked Rebels, both among the initial top four teams, meet Saturday night in what could amount to the first elimination round of the playoffs. ''We're focused solely really on one ranking and that would be on Dec. 7,'' said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, referring to the final rankings that set up the four-team field. Auburn (6-1, 3-1) is third in the CFP rankings, one spot ahead of the Rebels (7-1, 4-1).


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Football Polls - 10 (Oct. 26 - Nov. 1)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Mississippi State
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Alabama
  • 4. Auburn
  • 5. Oregon
  • 6. Notre Dame
  • 7. Ole Miss
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. TCU
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Mississippi State
  • 2. Florida State
  • 3. Alabama
  • 4. Auburn
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Oregon
  • 7. Notre Dame
  • 8. Georgia
  • 9. Ole Miss
  • 10. TCU

No. 5 Oregon looks to break Stanford's streak (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) takes a snap against San Jose State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif. It has become common for teams to line up in shotgun formation on short-yardage plays, forgoing the possibility of a quarterback sneak for the ability to use the entire playbook. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- If the Oregon Ducks want to use two straight losses to Stanford as motivation against the Cardinal this season, then so be it, coach Mark Helfrich said.


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Quarterbacks in the spotlight for TCU, WVU matchup (Yahoo Sports)

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) hands off to teammate Wendell Smallwood (4) in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. West Virginia won 34-10.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Most improved is a label that certainly fit quarterbacks Clint Trickett of West Virginia and Trevone Boykin of TCU. A year ago, Trickett looked lost at times trying to run the Mountaineers' offense after transferring from Florida State. Boykin was relegated to wide receiver until relieving injured quarterback Casey Pachall. Both Trickett and Boykin ended up throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions as their teams finished 4-8.


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Aggies could have new QB for La-Monroe (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014, file photo, Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kyle Allen (10) walks along the sideline during an NCAA college football game against SMU in Dallas. Kenny Hill may be headed for the bench. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said Tuesday, oct. 28, 2014, that Hill and freshman Kyle Allen have been taking snaps with the first team this week and a starter for Saturday's, Nov. 1, 2014, game against Louisiana-Monroe will be decided later this week. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas A&M might have a new starting quarterback when the Aggies host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. ''They've both gotten reps over the last week and will both continue to get reps,'' coach Kevin Sumlin said. The Aggies need a win on Saturday to avoid losing four games in a row for the first time since 2005. Hill beat out Allen in fall camp and got off to a great start, throwing for a school-record 511 yards in the season opener and helping the Aggies to their perfect start.


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Kentucky set to start season with platoon system (Yahoo Sports)

The Blue squads Trey Lyles, middle, shoots between teammate Karl-Anthony Towns (12) and the White squads Alex Poythress during Kentucky's intrasquad NCAA college basketball scrimmage, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

This year's Kentucky roster is unusually deep even for a program used to having an abundance of talent. Coach John Calipari has been cautious on projections, noting that his newcomers haven't played a game and he's not used to having so many players back for their second and third seasons. Then it becomes, OK, you've got to compete at a higher level.'' Kentucky's returnees say they are ready to take that next step. Their decisions make the Wildcats legitimate title contenders, especially with forwards Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee and 7-footer Dakari Johnson also back.


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Frankamp decides to transfer from No. 5 Kansas (Yahoo Sports)

Conner Frankamp and Kansas seemed like the perfect match, the high-scoring guard and one of the state's top recruits playing for the school that he grew up watching. His departure should help to alleviate a logjam in the backcourt of the fifth-ranked Jayhawks, where an influx of high-profile recruits is competing for playing time. I want to be at a place where I could play a bigger role.'' Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he met with Frankamp and his father, Martin Frankamp, to discuss his future on Wednesday. '' Frankamp, who broke Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis's city scoring record in Wichita, Kansas, played in 27 games as a freshman.

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Syracuse concludes hearing with NCAA (Yahoo Sports)

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim answers a question at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Syracuse has completed a hearing before the NCAA on potential NCAA violations. The two-day hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions concluded Friday in Chicago. School spokesman Kevin Quinn declined to offer details, but said none of the potential violations involves current student-athletes. ''The university is fully committed to ensuring compliance with all NCAA regulations and maintaining the highest standards of integrity and responsibility,'' Quinn said in a statement.


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