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Kansas State vs. Baylor: Live Score and Highlights

Baylor 7, Kansas State 0, Middle of 1st Quarter

The No. 6 Baylor Bears (10-1) are battling the No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats (9-2) at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas for a share of the Big 12 title tonight. 

The Bears' only loss of the season came on the road at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers on Oct. 18, and a win tonight could put them back into the running for a playoff spot.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are looking to finish the season with their win column hitting double digits for the 10th time in head coach Bill Snyder's tenure.

Baylor has the top-ranked offense in the country and averages nearly 50 points per game, while Kansas State's defense is holding opponents to 20.3 points per game.

Will the Bears move the ball with the same ease they've had all season, or will the Wildcats dictate the tempo and slow down Baylor's lethal passing attack led by quarterback Bryce Petty

Stay right here for lives updates and analysis as the game progresses. 

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Samaje Perine Injury: Updates on Oklahoma RB's Ankle and Return

Giving up a game-tying touchdown in the final minute of an eventual overtime loss to Oklahoma State was bad enough for Oklahoma. Losing Samaje Perine in the process only compounds the Sooners' frustration.

Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World provided an update from head coach Bob Stoops after the game:

The freshman running back exited the game in the third quarter after fumbling. Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman reported that Perine would be out for the rest of the game:

The good news was that he walked to the locker room under his own power. Carson Cunningham of KOCO 5 in Oklahoma City videoed Perine as he left the field:

Even though his evening ended prematurely, he ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

The Sooners are headed to a bowl game at some point in the coming weeks, so the health of Perine will be an ongoing storyline for Oklahoma.

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Cardale Jones' Athleticism Will Propel Ohio State to Slim Win over Wisconsin

Do not envy Cardale Jones. Sure, staring at quarterback for Ohio State University in the Big Ten Championship Game against the University of Wisconsin Badgers might seem like a dream gig, but the pressure he faces is difficult to imagine.

Jones has been thrust into the starting role after starter J.T. Barrett was lost for the season with a broken ankle in the Buckeyes' 42-28 win over rival Michigan in Week 14. With only 19 career pass attempts to his name, all eyes will be on Jones as he attempts to win the championship and earn No. 5 Ohio State a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

That being said, don't pity Jones either. He's an uber-athletic, dual-threat signal-caller who has flashed potential in limited opportunities as a Buckeye.

No. 13 Wisconsin is too good of a team to let a Buckeyes offense led by a third-string quarterback run rampant, but Jones should be able to make good enough use of the myriad of physical gifts he has to propel Ohio State to a win in the Big Ten championship and a shot at making the College Football Playoff.

Ted Ginn Sr. coached Jones at Glenville High School and notes the sophomore pivot has plenty of experience running Ohio State's offense. With a week to prepare as the starter, Jones should be comfortable in his role.

"He's been there. He's been running the scout teams. He's been second in line, and I'm quite sure he knows how to run the offense. He's not totally green. One thing I know, he's not scared. And he's going to be prepared. He's an intelligent guy. I don't know what will happen, but I know he'll be prepared," Ginn said, via Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson.

ESPN 850's Bruce Hooley trusts the system to help Jones produce on Saturday:

Ohio State's up-tempo attack should serve Jones well. If he can sustain drives and push the pace, wearing out the Wisconsin defense should allow him to use his big frame and powerful legs to pick up crucial yardage on the ground. 

"The first thing that strikes you is his size," said Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, via Genaro C. Armas of The Associated Press (h/t Minneapolis Star Tribune). "One of their top plays is the quarterback sweep, and he's awfully good at it. ... He lowers his shoulder, runs over guys [and] runs around guys."

At 6'5" and 250 pounds, Jones is indeed tough to bring down with just one defender. He's carried the ball 26 times this season for 206 yards, which comes out to a robust 7.9 yards per carry.

However, few would be surprised if the Buckeyes got off to a slow start against the Badgers.

Wisconsin is ranked second in the nation in total defense, allowing just 260.3 yards per game. The Badgers are especially robust against the pass, allowing opposing quarterbacks to throw just 10 touchdown passes and post a 104.85 passer efficiency rating, per NCAA.com.

It's a tough task, but it's not like Jones is going it alone. Head coach Urban Meyer notes Jones' teammates will be instrumental to his success as well.

"I've said it at least a couple hundred times since the beginning of the week that the quarterback is a product of those around him," said Meyer, via Jackson.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott is a fine player to have in the backfield alongside Jones. Elliott has rushed for 1,182 yards this season, and their combined threat could stretch the Badgers defense on read options. He has solid options in wide receivers Devin Smith and Michael Thomas, as well as a sturdy offensive line.

With all this talent, it's little wonder Barrett was able to step into a starting role for an injured Braxton Miller this season and run an offense that put up 44.1 points per game.

Jones' is also gifted with excellent arm strength. Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman gave an off-the-charts rating for his throwing power, via Scout.com's Ryan Ginn:

Unfortunately, he hasn't had many opportunities to show it off this year. Jones has completed 10 of 17 pass attempts for 118 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, mostly in garbage time. The most passes he's thrown in a single game is nine, which came during a 55-14 Ohio State win over Illinois. 

The lack of game reps is disconcerting, but it could work in Jones' favor. Wisconsin may be unprepared for his elite arm strength, and Jones could test the Badgers downfield with a few big throws and engineer some quick scoring drives. If the Badgers do come to respect his abilities, then it could open up more underneath routes—not to mention the rushing attack.

Jones will have some success against Wisconsin, and Ohio State's own defense will shut down Badgers quarterback Joel Stave, limit Melvin Gordon and ensure the Buckeyes come out on top. However, the lack of experience will hurt the Buckyes early, and the win won't be pretty.

If Ohio State loses, it will have no chance of making the College Football Playoff. A slim win might get the Buckeyes in, but they will have to hope for a Florida State loss in the ACC championship or a lame-duck performance from No. 3 TCU against Iowa State. Should Jones and company beat down the Badgers rather easily, they could slip past the Horned Frogs, but the Seminoles' No. 4 ranking serves as a buffer zone of sorts in that scenario.

All in all, it will be a memorable season for the Buckeyes if they capture the Big Ten championship despite losing Miller for the season back in August. Few programs in the country would be able to survive such adversity, but Meyer has proved his worth as a coach and built a thriving program that should be well set up for future success.



All rankings via CollegeFootballPlayoff.com.

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FCS Playoffs 2014: Round 2 Results, Quarterfinals Schedule and Bracket Update

Even though the eyes of most college football fans are on conference championship games, the Football Championship Subdivision is busy settling its champion the old fashioned way: tournament style. 

The second round of the 2014 FCS playoffs took place on Saturday with eight games around the country, including top-ranked New Hampshire. Even though the Wildcats are the No. 1 seed, all eyes are focused on North Dakota State. 

The Bison, who have grown in popularity thanks to ESPN's College GameDay taking its show to Fargo, have won three consecutive titles and are looking to break a tie with Appalachian State as the only schools to win four straight FCS championships.  

Here's a look back at the action from the second round of the FCS playoffs and a look at the bracket heading into the quarterfinal round next week. 

 

Round 2 Recap

The best game of the day took place in Fargo, as North Dakota State got a late touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to RJ Urzendowski to secure a 27-24 victory against the rivals from South Dakota State. The thrilling nature of the game isn't a surprise, as these two schools have built a tremendous rivalry. 

The Bison had their backs up against the wall on that final touchdown drive. Their defense a go-ahead touchdown pass with just over three minutes to play. Wentz is in his first year as the starting quarterback for North Dakota State, so you never know what can happen in this situation. 

With less than one minute to play and the length of the field to go, South Dakota State's drive never really got started. The Jackrabbits had a false start penalty that made it 1st and 15. On the next play, Austin Sumner threw an interception to Tre Dempsey, via Mike McFeely of 790 KFGO Radio:

The runner-up for game of the day came in Pennsylvania, as Villanova needed 15 points in the fourth quarter to avoid an upset on its home field against Liberty.

The Wildcats aren't a huge passing team, nor did John Robertson have a great game with eight completions on 19 attempts, but he made a big play in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Gulyas and converted a two-point conversion to tie the game. 

Robertson used his legs for the go-ahead score with just over one minute to play. Along the way, the junior quarterback became Villanova's all-time leader in yards, via the team's official Twitter:

The biggest takeaway from the early games is how easily chalk held. It's not surprising to see New Hampshire, Chattanooga and Illinois State winning, but Fordham, Indiana State and Northern Iowa looked beaten as soon as the opening kickoff in their respective games. 

New Hampshire got a season-best 110 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Nico Steriti in a 44-19 victory over Fordham. The senior running back came into the game with 396 yards on 101 carries, though he has been used in plenty of scoring situations, as evidenced by his 12 touchdowns. 

It's no surprise that the Wildcats used the ground to secure this victory, as they average 177.7 yards per game on the ground and have picked up 35 of their 60 touchdowns this season via the run. 

Despite the final score, New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell had praise for Fordham before the game, telling Tim O'Sullivan of The Concord Monitor that the undefeated Rams were among the best he's seen:

“This is the most skilled team I’ve seen out of the Patriot League in my 16 years of coaching,” McDonnell said.

“(And) they’re not just an offensive football team, their defense can play.”

While the respect may have been there, the gap in talent was evident. Speaking of talent, No. 5 Illinois State was all over Northern Iowa, 41-21, behind 382 passing yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Tre Roberson. 

Mike Hlas of The Cedar Rapids Gazette rubbed salt in the wound for fans of Indiana football, noting that Roberson used to play for the Hoosiers:

While he didn't get a lot of playing time with Indiana, Roberson was effective for the Hoosiers in 2013 with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions on 138 attempts. The Hoosiers could have used that production with an offense that ranked 121st in passing. 

The win provided the Redbirds revenge for their only loss in the regular season, a 42-28 defeat at Northern Iowa on November 1. 

The first upset of the day came courtesy of Sam Houston State, which went to Florida and knocked off No. 3 Jacksonville State, 37-26. It was an unusual game, as the two teams combined for 50 points in the first half. 

After the coaches were able to make adjustments at halftime, things calmed down, but not before Sam Houston State put up 13 points in the third quarter.

Jacksonville State didn't score in the second half, and the 26 points it put up ties its second-lowest total of the year against FCS competition. Michigan State held the Gamecocks to seven points in the season opener. 

The Bearkats used a dominant rushing attack in their victory, carrying the ball 53 times for 241 yards. Four players had at least 10 carries, though none of them broke 100 yards.

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Lane Kiffin Calls Touchdown to DeAndrew White Right After Snap vs. Missouri

He did it again.

Last week, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffincalled an Amari Cooper touchdown before it happened.

It worked out so well before, he thought he'd do it again.

In Saturday's SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Missouri, Kiffin raised his arms as soon as he knew DeAndrew White was going to get open for the score.



That 58-yard bomb put Alabama up 14-0 in the title game.

[Vine, Twitter]

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Missouri Defensive End Shane Ray Ejected for Targeting vs. Alabama

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was ejected for targeting during the 2014 SEC Championship Game vs. No. 1 Alabama.

Early in the second quarter, with the Crimson Tide clinging to a 7-0 lead, quarterback Blake Sims completed a 58-yard touchdown bomb to DeAndrew White. Right after Sims fired the scoring toss, Ray launched at him while leading with his helmet, earning the ejection.

The pass from Sims was quite significant from a historical standpoint:

With that pass, Blake Sims passes AJ McCarron for the most yards by an Alabama QB in a season. McCarrron had 3,063 in 2013. #SECChampionship

— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 6, 2014

Ray is one of the top playmakers on the Tigers defense, so this is a huge loss. What do you think—was the right call made?

[Vine]

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4-Star QB Sheriron Jones Decommits from Florida, Names Tennessee Front-Runner

Four-star quarterback Sheriron Jones has decommitted from the University of Florida in the wake of Will Muschamp's firing.

"With the coaching change, I don't feel it will be the same at Florida," Jones said, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports (subscription required). "With a coach that hasn't recruited me at all, I don't think things would be the same."

According to Gator Country's Andrew Spivey, Jones said he "isn't sure if he will consider Florida or not."

Jones, ranked the nation's No. 8 dual-threat quarterback, told Bartow that Tennessee currently leads for his services.

"They are the front-runner right now," Jones said of the Volunteers.

Bartow notes UT coach Mike Bajakian visited the quarterback this week and that Jones plans to officially visit but has not scheduled the date.

Tennessee is currently led by sophomore Josh Dobbs, who gained a hold on the starting position following a superb performance against top-ranked Alabama.

Behind Dobbs, however, the Vols are relatively thin at quarterback, so Jones could enter a favorable situation in Knoxville. Justin Worley is a senior, and Nathan Peterman has failed to impress during scattered appearances over the last two seasons.

Ole Miss recently offered Jones, who also said Nebraska has ramped up its recruiting efforts, per Mike Schaefer of Huskers Illustrated (subscription required). However, the impact of Bo Pelini's dismissal is unclear at this time.

After attending the Elite 11 camp in Oregon this summer, the Rancho Verde High School (California) product guided his team to a 10-3 season record. Jones has accepted an invitation to participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Florida now holds just eight verbal commitments for the 2015 class. The school officially announced Jim McElwain as their new head coach Thursday afternoon, so its recruiting efforts should increase shortly.

Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue lists 3-stars Chason Virgil and Lamar Jackson as potential Gators targets. Luke Stampini of 247Sports writes Drew Hughes, UF's director of player personnel, told Jackson, "While he's still there, Florida still wants me."

McElwain may ultimately elect to stand firm at quarterback with Treon Harris, Jeff Driskel and highly touted 2014 prospect Will Grier returning next season. However, Driskel's eligibility will expire in 2015, so look for McElwain and Florida to add one player under center in the upcoming class.

 

Recruit rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

Follow Bleacher Report college football writer David Kenyon on Twitter: @Kenyon19_BR.

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Ball Boy at Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois Game Shows off Great Hands

Red Lightning set the standard for ball boys, but soon he will join the ranks of past college football legends. As with all legacies, there must be a changing of the guard.

When Bowling Green and Northern Illinois faced off Friday night, a mysterious new ball boy prodigy caught a glimpse of screen time and made the most of it.

He's clearly been watching Odell Beckham Jr. highlights lately.

[YouTube, h/t Reader Ethan Brown]

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