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C.J. Prosise Injury: Updates on Notre Dame RB's Concussion and Return

With No. 5 Notre Dame just outside the College Football Playoff were the season to end today, the Irish were dealt a blow Saturday with an injury to running back C.J. Prosise. 

Continue for updates.

Prosise Suffers Concussion Saturday, Nov. 7

According to Scout's Pete Sampson, Prosise suffered a concussion and possibly a shoulder injury toward the end of the first quarter against Pitt. 

"He's day-to-day," head coach Brian Kelly said, per J.B. Long of Pac-12 Networks. "We think we'll get him back next week."

Prosise is the team's leading rusher, with 947 yards entering Saturday's game. But he has been nicked up this season, and it has been a concern of head coach Brian Kelly. 

At the end of October, Kelly had Prosise wearing a red no-contact jersey during Notre Dame's practices to ensure that he stayed healthy, according to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Skrbina

Freshman Josh Adams filled in for Prosise upon his exit. Adams had seen action in each of the Irish's first eight games and gained 265 yards on the ground. 

Notre Dame has already had to go to backup quarterback DeShone Kizer following an injury to Malik Zaire, and its national championship hopes will surely take a hit if Prosise is out for an extended period of time. 


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Arkansas vs. Ole Miss: Live Score and Highlights

Arkansas 14, Ole Miss 14—2nd Quarter

Chad Kelly ties this one up again, scrambling for an 11-yard touchdown.

Catch Saturday's over on CBS. Follow this page throughout for live updates and analysis as these two teams play for their seasons.

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Rutgers vs. Michigan: Live Score and Highlights

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 17th-ranked Michigan Wolverines are hosting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Big Ten Network is broadcasting the conference tilt. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates, highlights and analysis. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

Michigan 28, Rutgers 10 — Mid 2nd Quarter

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Purdue RB Markell Jones Lowers the Boom and Trucks Defender for 1st Down

A word of advice to anyone bold enough to get in Markell Jones’ way: Run.

Toward the end of the first half against Illinois on Saturday, Purdue's 207-pound freshman running back lowered his shoulder and dropped helpless defensive back Clayton Fejedelem:

Jones kept on rumbling and picked up the first down. His team was down 27-7 at halftime, so perhaps the Boilermakers should keep on feeding the beast.

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Christian Morris Retires After Sustaining Neck Injury vs. Texas A&M

Two weeks after suffering a neck injury against Texas A&M, Ole Miss sophomore offensive lineman Christian Morris announced Saturday that his career is over. 

Morris sent out a series of tweets regarding his status, including this one about his playing future:

The Memphis, Tennessee, native then lamented the fact that the game he loves was taken away from him so abruptly:

At the same time, Morris suggested that he expected it to happen to some degree:

Morris collapsed after walking off the field just prior to halftime of the Rebels' clash with the Aggies on Oct. 24. According to David Collier of, he was diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion, and no timetable was given for his return.

The 6'6", 313-pound offensive tackle was primarily utilized as a backup as well as a part of the Rebels' special teams unit.

Although the University of Mississippi has yet to make a statement regarding the exact severity of Morris' injury or his status moving forward, every indication is that the Rebels will be forced to move forward without him.


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TCU vs. Oklahoma State: Live Score and Highlights

Oklahoma State 28, TCU 9. Currently in Second Quarter.

The TCU Horned Frogs are taking on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Fox in a pivotal Big 12 battle as both teams look to remain undefeated.

Stay here for live updates and reactions from this vital contest. Feel free to join the discussion in the comments section.

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News Station Picks Steelers to Take Down Notre Dame, Also Misspells Pittsburgh

With star running back Le'Veon Bell out for the year, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to rally around Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game to take down Notre Dame on Saturday.

Wait...what? They’re not playing the Fighting Irish?

Somebody should probably tell this local news station then.

Just to be clear, it's the Pittsburgh Panthers who get a crack at Notre Dame, not Big Ben and the Steelers.

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TCU to Wear Decal Honoring Victims of OSU Homecoming Tragedy vs. Cowboys

During its game against Oklahoma State on Saturday, TCU will honor victims of the Cowboys’ homecoming parade tragedy.

The Horned Frogs will wear a decal sticker that features an orange cowboy genuflecting in respect:

Adacia Chambers, 25 years old, was formally charged with four counts of second-degree murder and 46 counts of felony assault after reportedly running a red light and driving around a police barricade before crashing into a crowd.

This is a really classy move from TCU’s end. Life is a lot bigger than sports.

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Rick Ross Appears on 'College GameDay,' Receives Pears Because of Course

Rick Ross' affinity for pears has gone wild on the Internet ever since he gave them props in May of 2014 (Warning: Video contains NSFW language).

The MMG rapper made an appearance during ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, and Lee Corso made him feel right at home.

The 80-year-old analyst, rocking a sweet beard, handed Ross a pair of pears:

It was a moment for the ages.


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Greyson Lambert Named Georgia Starting QB over Faton Bauta vs. Kentucky

It looks like the Faton Bauta experiment at Georgia is over, at least for Week 10. According to ESPN College Football, quarterback Greyson Lambert will start for the Bulldogs against Kentucky on Saturday. 

Lambert started the first seven games of the season, leading Georgia to a 5-2 record. His inconsistencies over the past few weeks, however, which saw the team lose two consecutive games to Alabama and Tennessee, left the door open for Bauta. 

But in Bauta's lone start against Florida, he struggled mightily, going 15-of-33 for 154 yards and four interceptions as Georgia lost 27-3 to drop to 5-3 on the season. 

Despite Bauta's horrific outing, it looks like the decision to start Lambert came down to the wire, according to's Radi Nabulsi:

Lambert, who is a junior, hasn't necessarily put up bad numbers this season. He has completed 64.1 percent of his passes to go with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.

While Georgia still needs one more win to become bowl eligible, any sort of SEC aspirations have been lost with this recent stretch of play. 

But if the Bulldogs want one more season of productive play out of Lambert next year, it's better to keep him in and try to finish the season strong. 


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Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg Drills Ref in Head with Pass vs. Northwestern

Either Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was really upset with the referees, or this was just an unfortunate pass.

Being that it was his first attempt of the game, let's go with the latter.

During the first quarter against Northwestern on Saturday, the junior fired a bullet over the middle that knocked right off an official.

Don't worry, the ref looked fine—no Longest Yard moments here.


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Alabama Releases Statement Condemning Sign Mocking LSU Using Hurricane Katrina

Ahead of Saturday's crucial clash between LSU and Alabama, the University of Alabama spoke out against a sign at an off-campus apartment in Tuscaloosa that made light of Hurricane Katrina.

As seen in this photo posted by Travon Williams on Twitter, a large sign that read "Finish what Katrina started" was prominently displayed:

Hurricane Katrina ravaged southeastern Louisiana in 2005, claiming 1,833 lives, according to Bruce Alpert of

It didn't take long for the University of Alabama to become aware of the sign, and it released a statement:

The Crimson Tide-Tigers rivalry is one of the biggest in college football, and Saturday night's game has huge implications. LSU and Alabama are No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, in the College Football Playoff rankings.

But there are some lines that simply shouldn't be crossed, and the University of Alabama deserves credit for taking a stand.


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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' from Week 10 in Alabama

Week 10 of ESPN’s College GameDay is centered around a heavyweight matchup between No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Alabama.

The teams are elite, and so are the signs.

Let's look at some of the best:

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Notre Dame vs. Pitt: Live Score and Highlights

Notre Dame 14, Pitt 3—Middle of the 2nd Quarter

Notre Dame hits the road this week to take on Pitt in another test for the Irish, who are looking to continue to build on their College Football Playoff résumé.  The Irish (7-1) found themselves at No. 5 in the initial CFP rankings while Pitt (6-2) was unranked but sits just outside the AP Top 25.

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Vanderbilt vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

Vanderbilt 7, Florida 6 — Late 2nd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 10 Florida (7-1) and Vanderbilt (3-5). ESPN is televising the matchup nationally from Gainesville, Florida.

We are watching the game, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

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Daily Fantasy CFB Week 10: DraftKings Last-Minute Picks, Best Values

Daily fantasy college football owners shuffling lineups late before the weekend slate of Week 10 begins need value plays to separate themselves from the pack.

Obvious names such as Trevone Boykin, Josh Doctson and more aren't the problem for owners.

The problem is finding those lesser-known names or guys who are much cheaper than they should be with favorable matchups in projected high-scoring affairs—the guys who can go for triple or more their value at a somewhat low ownership percentage.

With the games inbound, let's take a moment to pick out some of the top values.


Quarterback: Connor Cook, Michigan State ($6,700)

It's almost impossible to ignore Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook at this price.

In fact, despite posting a season-high 36.72 points in Week 8, Cook's price hasn't moved ahead of a showdown with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a game with an over/under of 54.5.

Not only are Cook and the Spartans coming off a bye week, but those Cornhuskers have already allowed 16 passing scores this season.

Cook has thrown just two interceptions this year and has posted 25 or more points three times, with most of his strong numbers coming against bad defenses. This weekend is another chance for Cook to further his NFL aspirations and carry value-hunters along for the ride.


Running Back: Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia ($6,400)

Get this price while it remains a thing, owners.

West Virginia's Wendell Smallwood now has 19 or more carries in four of his last five outings, even taking 20 in a 40-10 loss to TCU last time out, helping him post 15.4 points.

Smallwood is one of the best every-down backs around for fantasy purposes. He's the team leader in carries but also comes in third on the team with his 19 catches, quite the alluring usage going into a matchup with Texas Tech, a game Las Vegas has at an over/under of 81.

That's a huge number and one that's sure to help Smallwood triple his value and then some. It helps that Texas Tech is absolutely miserable against backs, too, as it allowed Oklahoma State to run for 184 yards and three scores on a 5.1-yard-per-carry average in Week 9.


Running Back: DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech ($5,500)

On the other side of the projected 81-point explosion, owners will find another viable value option in Texas Tech's DeAndre Washington.

Washington continues to fly under the radar for one reason or another, but he's seen 19 or more carries four times this year, including in three consecutive games.

Thanks to his prowess in the passing game, Washington has scored 17.6 or more points six times this year and looks on track to perhaps post a season-high mark this week with such a wild over/under.

Owners don't need much from Washington to get triple value, at least in the context of what looks like a silly shootout.


Wide Receiver: James Washington, Oklahoma State ($4,500)

For one reason or another, the price on Oklahoma State big-play threat James Washington continues to rise at a slow pace.

Washington's play on the field moves much quicker, as one can glean from a recent highlight the Big 12 Conference shared:

While Washington has a dud every now and then, he's been on fire as of late with 25.3 or more points in three of his last four, including a whopping 39 points his last time out.

When Oklahoma State and TCU get together, Las Vegas has the tilt at an over/under of 76.5. It's simply another chance for Washington to post jaw-dropping numbers in a shootout against a defense that won't have an easy time accounting for all of the opposition's weapons.


Wide Receiver: Kolby Listenbee, TCU ($4,800)

Like the above approach at running back, it's best to look at both sides of an impending shootout.

The aforementioned Doctson is a must-play option, of course, but Kolby Listenbee will see plenty of chances to contribute as the Oklahoma State defense centers its attention on the Horned Frogs' top receiver. 

Three of Listenbee's last four outings reinforce the idea, as he's grabbed at least four passes in those three and scored 25.1 or more points twice. Considering Listenbee averages better than 20 yards per catch, those aren't terrible numbers.

Oklahoma State allowed six Texas Tech receivers to record at least three catches and four total touchdowns in Week 9. Two of the receivers scored once apiece and went for 122 yards or more.

Listenbee's next in line, especially with all the attention on Doctson.



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College Football Rankings 2015: Final NCAA Overview of Week 10 Standings

The College Football Playoff committee released its first rankings Tuesday to muddled consternation—particularly with one-loss Alabama included in its initial final four as the lowest seed. 

But fans need not worry. There are still four weeks of regular-season football followed by conference championship games that will play into the committee’s final rankings released on Dec. 6. 

Last year’s final four featured three teams with a loss, including eventual champion Ohio State, which ranked 16th in the committee’s initial poll. 

There is more politicking in determining a college football champion than any other major American sport, but the competition usually sorts itself out in a sensible, albeit dramatic, manner. 

That didn’t prevent some conjecture, as highlighted by USA Today Sports:

With four weeks to go, eight of the top 11 CFP teams still play opponents within those ranks, starting in Week 10 with Alabama hosting No. 2 LSU. 

Here is a guide to what should be a revealing week.


Matchups with Playoff Implications

No. 2 LSU at No. 4 Alabama

LSU’s tilt with Alabama marks the first regular-season meeting between two CFP Top Four teams since the committee was established last year. 

It's usually the regular-season game of the year namely because of its championship implications in the SEC and beyond. These two have combined to win the conference crown seven of the past 14 years and the national title five times in that span. The winner will remain firmly in the playoff mold. 

More than just title implications, this year’s Alabama-LSU installment will likely have a hand in the Heisman Trophy race, with two contending running backs squaring off. 

LSU's Leonard Fournette has been the distinct front-runner since Week 1, churning out an FBS-best 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to an unblemished record. But Alabama's Derrick Henry has quietly crept into the conversation with 1,044 yards and 14 rushing scores, including four games with at least 140 yards. 

Alex Scarborough of noted Henry is in prime position to make up ground given the magnitude of the stage:

Fournette’s lead in the Heisman race may seem insurmountable now, but Saturday’s matchup of No. 4 LSU and No. 2 Alabama could give Henry the stage he needs to state his case.

Both players will be running for a win and a chance to keep their teams' playoff hopes alive, but they'll also be competing for their own legacies.A decade from now, we’ll only remember one. 

Who will it be?

Lost in this monumental matchup is that lurking Ole Miss could still win the SEC West by winning out, including a Nov. 21 game against LSU.

Should LSU beat Alabama and the two-loss Rebels run the table, they would play in the SEC title game with a 7-1 SEC record and head-to-head tiebreaker. Alabama could win out and not even win its division should No. 18 Ole Miss go unbeaten the rest of the way. 

But the Crimson Tide have won the national title before under those constraints, losing to then-No. 1 LSU in the 2011 regular season to miss the SEC Championship Game and later defeat the Tigers in a BCS title rematch. 

Though unprecedented then, a similar scenario could manifest. The committee currently deems Alabama among the elite ahead of three unbeatens in the Big 12. Yahoo's Pat Forde offered a stern assessment of the panel's decision:

Part of the beauty of being Alabama is that you never have to apologize for a loss. There's always an explanation for why it shouldn't be held against the Crimson Tide.

There seems to be someone ever-ready to offer a rationalization for the occasional Tide stumble. Or, in the latest case, a committee of someones.

Have we mentioned the politicking of college football yet?


No. 16 Florida State at No. 1 Clemson

Logic says Florida State’s loss to 3-6 Georgia Tech, albeit in a miraculously chance fashion, would eliminate the Seminoles from playoff contention. But FSU ranks in the exact spot Ohio State started its title run a year ago. 

A win over top-ranked Clemson would certainly woo the committee, but how much is speculation. 

The Tigers are arguably the most complete team in college football, with a fifth-ranked defense and high-octane offense anchored by Heisman-contending quarterback Deshaun Watson. 

There was little dispute for perching them among the CFP polls, as ESPN Stats & Info showed:

Clemson can lock up the ACC Atlantic with a win Saturday, but a Florida State upset would allow the Seminoles to control their own conference destiny—and perhaps beyond.

Consider the Seminoles, despite defeat to mediocre Georgia Tech, could still win the ACC, knock off the No. 1 team and have another redemption in the regular-season finale against a 10th-ranked Florida team that will likely play for the SEC crown. 

This is the fifth straight meeting between the two where they both enter with one combined loss or fewer, and a defeat for either team will likely knock it out of the playoff race. 


No. 8 TCU at No. 14 Oklahoma State

TCU and Oklahoma State are two of three Big 12 unbeatens, yet both trail one-loss Alabama and Notre Dame in the first CFP polls.

TCU and Baylor, also undefeated, were left out of the playoff last year because of a weak schedule—a carryover that continues in 2015.

But the three Big 12 contenders all have backloaded schedules beginning this weekend, and Adam Rittenberg of offered optimistic consolation:

Patience is hard, but is a virtue that will pay off in the long run. You watched the inaugural playoff from the outside after the committee pushed you out in its final vote. You sat there as everyone mocked your "One True Champion" mantra, while your commissioner, Bob Bowlsby, handed out two trophies on the same day. You waited for this season and a chance to join in the party. The November schedule should give you every opportunity to impress the committee.

Breathe, Big 12. It should all work out in the end.

With no conference championship game, the Big 12’s playoff fate lies in the hopes that one of its unbeatens remains unblemished. And with a round robin of sorts beginning this weekend in Stillwater—both TCU and Oklahoma State still each play No. 6 Baylor—much is on the line between these two 8-0 squads.

TCU's offense averages 7.7 yards per play, second to Baylor in the FBS, per TeamRankings, and quarterback Trevone Boykin has been on the heels of Fournette in the Heisman race with 3,344 all-purpose yards and 34 total touchdowns in eight games. 

According to's Lance Zierlein, the junior has been compared to former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel for his dual-threat versatility, even drawing sideline props from opposition, courtesy of SB Nation: 

Boykin and the Horned Frogs meet their biggest defensive test since slamming Ole Miss 42-3 in the Chic-fil-A Bowl last year. Oklahoma State’s pass rush has nine sacks and set a school record for quarterback hurries with 14, according to Cliff Brunt of the Associated Press.

The Horned Frogs are riding a 16-game winning streak and seeking redemption after falling from third to fifth in the CFP’s final rankings last year. 

With all the chatter surrounding Baylor in the Big 12, TCU is in prime position to capture the nation’s attention on Saturday.

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Bowl Projections 2015: CFP Predictions for Biggest Playoff Sleepers

Although the creation of a four-team playoff creates a more inclusive national championship race, you can already cross off a handful of teams in the initial College Football Playoff ranking as serious title contenders.

You can view the CFP poll below:

The likes of UCLA, Temple, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Michigan and Mississippi State are already out of the playoff discussion as a result of defeat(s) they have already accrued.

However, a few schools sit further back in the ranking but could continue to sneak up the poll as the season goes on.

Utah, Stanford and Iowa fall under that designation but shouldn't really qualify as sleepers because the Hawkeyes are unbeaten, while the Utes and Cardinal are the two best teams in the Pac-12.

The two teams below, on the other hand, still have quite a bit of work to do in order to impress the committee. By no means are they favorites for the top four, but they may control their own destiny the rest of the way.


Oklahoma Sooners

When discussing the Big 12 teams most slighted by the committee in the initial rankings, TCU and Baylor receive most of the attention. Then, Oklahoma State is a distant third.

As a result of its defeat to Texas, Oklahoma isn't even in the conversation right now, nor does it deserve to be. But the beauty of the Big 12 is that everybody plays everybody else, so the Sooners will get their shot at the Horned Frogs, Bears and Cowboys in due time.

The schedule favors Oklahoma to a certain extent.

It plays Baylor on the road on Nov. 14. While the Bears will be extremely difficult to beat in Waco, Texas, the game will also be Jarrett Stidham's first significant test as a starting quarterback.

The Sooners then face off with TCU at home and Oklahoma State on the road, so they at least have the more difficult of those two matchups at Memorial Stadium.

Because of Oklahoma's lackluster loss to the Longhorns and Bob Stoops' record in big games, counting on the Sooners is somewhat perilous. The Sooners could've easily lost to Tennessee earlier in the year, and that victory over West Virginia looks worse and worse with each passing week.

But Oklahoma ranks eighth in Football Outsiders' F/+ rating, which is a combination of the Fremeau Efficiency Index and S&P+ rating and aims to provide the most accurate ranking system possible.

Bleacher Report's Ben Kercheval analyzed some of the advanced metrics at BCF Toys, which measure points per drive in certain situations. The numbers show the Sooners have one of the stronger defenses in the Big 12, which Kercheval believes is the key to the team's playoff push.

"Oklahoma's success on defense is important because Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State rank first, second and fifth in the Big 12 in points per game, respectively. All average at least 44 points per game," he wrote.

Whoever wins the Big 12—and there will actually be one recognized champion this year—should be headed to the playoff this year.

As long as Oklahoma doesn't play to type and crumble in its biggest regular-season games, the Sooners could by vying for the national championship by season's end.


Ole Miss Rebels

If Ole Miss wins out, there's a chance the Rebels win the SEC championship. They own the tiebreaker over Alabama should the two teams finish with identical conference records. Ole Miss has also yet to play LSU, and a win over the Tigers would mean climbing to sole possession of first in the SEC West.

With an 11-2 record, Ole Miss would have wins over Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU and Mississippi State. The Rebels would also presumably beat Florida in the conference championship, thus avenging their sole SEC defeat.

Ole Miss looked on the way to securing a top-four spot last year, but the defeat to Auburn was the end of the Rebels' playoff bid. They also lost Laquon Treadwell in that game, which really seemed to have a big effect on the rest of the team.

"We want a championship," Treadwell said Thursday, per's Greg Ostendorf. "We wanted that last year, but the loss, with me going out, it kind of ... it was all mental. The game is mental. And a team going through that? It’s hard to bounce back from something like that."

If Ole Miss' key players can stay healthy, the playoff isn't outside the realm of possibility for Hugh Freeze's team. While the Rebels defense isn't as dominant as it was a year ago, the offense has improved with Chad Kelly at quarterback.

Any team that can go into Tuscaloosa, Alabama and beat the Tide is capable of winning a national championship.

The question is whether the committee would include a two-loss Ole Miss in the playoff even if it wins the SEC.'s Heather Dinich believes the Memphis Tigers, who beat the Rebels on Oct. 17, would have a stronger case should they go unbeaten:

Maybe this is all it would take to see the CFP expand overnight. The more realistic scenario is that Memphis would garner serious consideration for a playoff spot from the selection committee. The Tigers would have had a win over the SEC champs, not to mention a win over a ranked Houston team and possibly two wins over a ranked Temple team. That résumé could trump a two-loss SEC champ that lost to Memphis.

Memphis has games against Houston and Temple ahead, so the Tigers would have a strong argument for the playoff if they're unbeaten by season's end.

Still, college football anarchists or those angling for an eight-team playoff surely must be rooting for Ole Miss to win the SEC to throw everything into disarray.

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Kentucky vs. Georgia: Live Score and Highlights

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats

TV: SEC Network

Time: 12 p.m. ET

In an early SEC matchup, the Georgia Bulldogs (5-3) will try to get off the schneid against the Kentucky Wildcats (4-4) in Athens. 

Both teams are looking to make some late noise in the second tier of the SEC, and this tilt is bound to have bowl implications at the end of the year, so expect a dogfight on both sides. 

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College Football Week 10: Get Hyped for Saturday

It's shaping up to be one intense week for college football, and we have just the video to hype you up.

Which games are you most excited to see? Who do you think is going to win?

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