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Clemson's Artavis Scott Walks the Tightrope Down Sidelines for TD

Clemson freshman wide receiver Artavis Scott showed off some incredible balance as he scampered in for a touchdown against South Carolina. 

The 70-yard catch and run put the Tigers up 28-10 in the third quarter.

You can check out the entire run here, thanks to SB Nation


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Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Live Score and Highlights

Minnesota 17, Wisconsin 10 — Late 2nd Quarter

Much more than Paul Bunyan's Axe is on the line for No. 22 Minnesota and No. 14 Wisconsin as the two rivals descend upon Camp Randall Stadium Saturday afternoon.

As if the heated rivalry isn't enough to get the blood boiling, the Big Ten West championship is on the line. The winner of Saturday's contest will face Ohio State next weekend for the conference title.

The Golden Gophers overcame tough odds to even get this shot, rallying back from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Nebraska without star running back David Cobb, who injured his hamstring during the game. His status remains a talking point entering the game, as the Star Tribune's Joe Christensen reported he's unlikely to play against Wisconsin.

With it being almost 50 years since Minnesota claimed a share of the conference title, and going up against Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Minnesota will need everything it can get from Cobb and Co.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network, but check below for live updates as they happen.

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Florida vs. Florida State: Live Score and Highlights

Florida State 21, Florida 16 - Halftime

Rivals Florida and Florida State are underway in Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon.

The matchup will be televised on ESPN. We here at B/R will be watching and posting in-game updates and providing instant analysis for all the action.

Keep it locked here.

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Notre Dame vs. USC: Live Score and Highlights

Notre Dame 7, USC 35—HALFTIME

One of the most storied intersectional rivalries adds an 85th chapter today as Notre Dame travels to Los Angeles to take on Southern California in a battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh.

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Baylor vs. Texas Tech: Live Score and Highlights

Baylor 28, Texas Tech 17—Halftime

Baylor will take an 11-point lead into halftime thanks to big first half from Shock Linwood. The Red Raiders have had opportunities, but three first-quarter fumbles have really hurt their chances in this one.

Today's game will be shown on ABC, and be sure to follow the box score at

Follow this page throughout today's action to see updated highlights and analysis, and stick around after the game as we grade the positional units for both teams.

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Iron Bowl 2014: Odds and Storylines to Watch in Auburn vs. Alabama Showdown

The Iron Bowl is something that gets talked about every day in the state of Alabama. For every other college football fan, this year's showdown between Auburn and Alabama has been 364 days in the making. 

It will be impossible for the 2014 showdown to match what happened last year. You had a rare spot where both teams were fighting for a shot in the SEC Championship Game and potential national championship matchup with Florida State. 

When you combine that with the way Auburn wound up winning last year's Iron Bowl, this year will be like a sequel to an all-time classic movie. No matter how good it is, it will always be unfairly judged by its predecessor. 

However, since we are talking about one of the great rivalries in sports, don't underestimate the chances for something shocking happening in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. Whatever goes down, here are how the oddsmakers see things shaking out and the storylines to keep an eye on. 


Auburn's Spread-Option Offense vs. Alabama's Defense

Even though it often seems like nothing can crack the walls of Nick Saban's defense, there has been one thing that's given it problems in the past: fast, up-tempo, spread-option offenses. 

We saw it when Johnny Manziel was the quarterback at Texas A&M and in last year's Iron Bowl. Alabama gave up 393 total yards and 296 rushing yards to Auburn in 2013. For perspective on how much of an anomaly that was, look at Alabama's overall defensive stats from last season, via StatMilk:

It's no surprise, then, that Saban was one of the head coaches who was in favor of the proposed rule change that would have made it mandatory for teams to wait at least 10 seconds between plays before snapping the ball. The proposal was eventually shot down. 

While Alabama hasn't gone against a spread-option offense as good as Auburn's this season, the closest comparison on the Crimson Tide schedule is Mississippi State. 

Mississippi State was able to move the ball against Alabama in that game, racking up 428 yards, but it was ultimately undone by three interceptions from quarterback Dak Prescott.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall may not have the number of Heisman moments that Prescott has had this season, but he's been every bit as efficient, with 26 total touchdowns and six interceptions. The senior had only 97 passing yards in last year's Iron Bowl, yet he still managed to throw two touchdown passes. 

Saban has praised Marshall's development as a passer this season, per Marquavius Burnett of The Anniston Star:

Because opposing teams have to sell out against Auburn's rushing attack, the play-action passing game opens up. Gus Malzahn doesn't want to be in a spot where he must rely on throwing to win, but at least he knows Marshall is capable of shouldering the load if the Tigers need to eat up a lot of yards through the air. 

Everything Alabama does on defense works through the defensive line. So if Auburn is able to exploit that like it did last year, there will be a lot of worried faces in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night. 


Will Auburn Stop The Big Plays?

Going to the other side, with Alabama's offense against Auburn's defense, Malzahn has a lot of work to do with his team. The Tigers' problems this season have come because they struggle to stop opposing teams from moving the ball. 

In fact, when you look at the defensive ratings for both teams, it's not even close. Here's how they stack up head-to-head, via StatMilk:

When it comes to points allowed, Auburn is giving up 23.5 points per game compared to 14.5 for Alabama. If you want to look deeper than that, the Tigers have allowed 179 points in their last five SEC games. Alabama has allowed 159 points all year. 

Considering Auburn will be going against the dual-threat quarterback in Blake Sims and the country's best deep threat in Amari Cooper, this defense can't afford another lackluster showing. 

Joel A. Erickson of noted that Auburn will look to change up some of its defensive plans because of how many wide receivers have given the defense problems:

Wide receivers who play with a lot of strength have given Auburn fits. Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson caught four passes for 72 yards, South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper piled up seven catches for 127 yards, Ole Miss receiver LaQuon Treadwell had 10 grabs for 103 and Texas A&M's Josh Reynolds came away with six catches for 88 yards.  

Amari Cooper has had only one game this year in which he was held without a reception of at least 20 yards. It's no surprise that was also Alabama's lowest-scoring game of the year, against Arkansas on October 11. 

It's no secret that Auburn has to contain Cooper if it wants to pull off the upset, Sims has 20 touchdown passes this year. Cooper has caught 11 of them. As a team, Alabama has 3,079 passing yards. Cooper enters the game with 1,349 receiving yards. No one else on the roster has more than 319 yards. 

Alabama doesn't have a quick-strike offense, but Cooper can rack up a lot of yards in a hurry. Auburn needs to play its best defensive game of the year against the nation's best receiver to have a shot in this game. 


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Georgia's Damian Swann Returns Fumble 99 Yards for TD vs. Georgia Tech

Georgia came up with a huge defensive touchdown that resulted in a 14-point swing for the Bulldogs vs. Georgia Tech.

With the Yellow Jackets driving and on the 1-yard line, Damian Swann somehow came out of a pile with the ball and returned it 99 yards for a score. 

The play resulted in a huge momentum change and put the Bulldogs up 14-7. 

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Reggie Bonnafon Injury: Updates on Louisville QB's Leg and Return

Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was taken out of Saturday's game against Kentucky in the second quarter with a leg injury. 

According to Jeff Greer of The Courier Journal, Bonnafon was taken back to the locker room with the help of trainers:

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that the signal caller would not return:

Louisville was already down one quarterback, as Will Gardner is out for the season after injuring his knee in a win against Boston College on November 8. Bonnafon took the reins last week against Notre Dame, helping to lead the Cardinals to a 31-28 win against Notre Dame despite completing just 8-of-21 passes. 

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fact: The winner of the Iron Bowl (Alabama vs Auburn) has played for the national championship each of the last 5 years.

Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light.

Source: ESPN Stats and Info

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J.T. Barrett Breaks Drew Brees' Big Ten Single-Season Record with 43 Touchdowns

Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is the new single-season touchdown king in the Big Ten after tallying his 43rd total touchdown early in the Buckeyes' rivalry clash with Michigan.

ESPN Stats and Info confirmed the mark:

College GameDay noted former Purdue and current New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees previously held the record at 42:

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today noted that Barrett's touchdowns have come at the perfect time for the Buckeyes:

Barrett set the new standard with a six-yard strike to Nick Vannett, who was wide open in the flat and waltzed across the goal line. It gave the freshman 34 passing touchdowns to go along with nine more on the ground in his first collegiate season.

Barrett has emerged as a legitimate playmaking star this season for Ohio State, although his starting spot in 2015 is still far from assured. With senior Braxton Miller returning from a shoulder injury next year, Barrett will have to further prove to Buckeyes fans and coaches that he's the man for the job. 

Not bad for a player who was only installed as the starter approximately two weeks before the 2014 season opener.

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Lee Corso Joins Joe Namath with Massive Fur Coat on 'GameDay'

Broadway Lee?

"Broadway" Joe Namath was College GameDay's celebrity guest picker Saturday, and Lee Corso welcomed him by wearing a fur coat similar to Namath's.

The outfit was completed when Corso picked Alabama over Auburn and wore Big Al's head.

College Spun has video of the Corso selection.

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Louisville and Kentucky Players Scuffle Before Game, Coaches Involved

The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky square off in Week 14, with the Wildcats gunning to earn a spot in a bowl game. Things got heated prior to kickoff. 

College football analyst Desmond Howard went on to call them "fake tough guys," but the photo of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and Kentucky assistant coach Dan Berezowitz shows how "heated" it was. 

The Big Lead captured video of Petrino and Berezowitz's involvement.

[The Kentucky Kernel, h/t The Big Lead]

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 14

ESPN's College GameDay crew came live from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to provide coverage from the Iron Bowl for the second year in a row, and the signs did not disappoint for this year's rivalry week.

Here are some of our favorites, including signs that didn't make it to air.

His anaconda don't...

This is how they roll.

Not surprisingly, Jameis was targeted for yet another week.

"Saban uses MySpace."

Poor Lou.

One of these teams has cable and the other has DirecTV.

Oh my!

A Thanksgiving edition for Gus Malzahn.

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College Football Week 14: Live Scores, Highlights and Reaction

Keep it locked right here as we bring you live coverage of Week 14 of college football!

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Georgia Tech vs. Georgia: Live Score and Highlights

Early Third Quarter

Georgia Tech 7, Georgia 7

Georgia controlled the first half, but turnovers cost the Bulldogs 14 points.  Will Georgia Tech capitalize in the third quarter?

Follow along for live updates and analysis.

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Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss: Live Score and Highlights

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Ole Miss Rebels are getting ready to do battle in the annual Egg Bowl. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on CBS.

Mississippi State is in a must-win situation after losing to Alabama two weeks ago. The Bulldogs need to beat the Rebels and Alabama needs to lose to Auburn in order for the Bulldogs to face Missouri in the SEC Championship Game next week. But even if the Bulldogs don’t go to the SEC title game, if they beat Ole Miss, they will still have a chance to play in the College Football Playoff since they are the No. 4 team in the country.

Ole Miss started the season strong, winning its first seven games. But since then, the Rebels have lost three of their last four, including a 30-0 loss to Arkansas last week. A win against the Bulldogs would give the Rebels their first nine-win season since 2009. It would also give them a chance to get to 10 wins for the first time since 2003.

Be sure to come back to this blog when the game kicks off for the latest scoring updates and highlights.


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SEC Championship 2014: Bold Predictions for Missouri in Title Game

The Missouri Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 21-14 Friday, clinching a berth in the SEC championship game. The Tigers were the better offensive team throughout the contest, and then their defense clamped down to seal the game; they established themselves as legitimate SEC title contenders.

Of course, they'll have their hands full with the winner of the SEC West. That side of the conference has been highly competitive this season, and Missouri will be awaiting their fate as Saturday will decide if the Tigers will face the Alabama Crimson Tide or Mississippi State Bulldogs.

While we may not know which team Missouri will be facing just yet, we do know the Tigers' tendencies on the field. This allows some speculation into some bold predictions for the team that will undoubtedly be considered the big underdog in the SEC championship game.


Bold Predictions

Maty Mauk Passes for 300 Yards, Three Touchdowns

The Tigers had a rough stretch in the middle of the season due to some down performances from their signal-caller; however, Mauk got back on track and played well over the last five games of the regular season. He's poised to come away with a big game in the championship, and here's why.

Missouri has begun to rely more often on the sophomore quarterback. He's attempted at least 40 passes in two of the team's last three games. The only other time he reached that mark was in September against Indiana in a shootout.

Expect that high volume of passes to continue against either Alabama or Mississippi State due to the strength against the run of both defenses. The Crimson Tide ranks second in the nation, allowing an average of just 85.3 yards per game and just two rushing touchdowns all season long. The Bulldogs are ranked 18th, allowing 119.4 rushing yards per game and just eight touchdowns on the ground this year.

SEC Network tweeted another great reason why this team will continue to rely on Mauk, especially late in the game:

If the Tigers are to keep up with those teams, they will have to do so through the air. Missouri will lean heavily on its quarterback, and Mauk will answer the call.


Marcus Murphy Tallies 100 Yards from Scrimmage, Touchdown

The senior running back earned his second consecutive SEC East title, and he'll be an instrumental part of Missouri's game plan against its opposition from the other half of the conference. So, here's the question you may be asking: Why Murphy instead of Russell Hansbrough?

Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted the answer:

Hansbrough was injured in the waning seconds of Missouri's clash with Arkansas. He needed to be carted off the field as time expired, and that's never a good sign for any running back. Even if his injury doesn't turn out to be overly serious, it's fair to assume he may be limited in the championship game.

Enter Murphy.

Last year, Murphy only carried four times against Auburn in the championship game, but he did record three receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. Expect him to produce in the same fashion this time around.

Both Alabama and Mississippi State are good at sitting back in coverage and looking for a potential takeaway. The Crimson Tide have accumulated nine interceptions this season, and the Bulldogs have notched 14. To protect from these ball-hawking secondaries, watch for the Tigers to throw underneath.

Murphy has seen increased usage in this department late in the season, catching five passes against Texas A&M and four against Arkansas. In those two games, he tallied 111 and 85 yards, respectively. If his role does increase, there's no reason to think he can't do the same against a very stout SEC West defense.


Missouri Defense Holds Opposing Quarterback Under 200 Passing Yards

The Tigers have been very good against the pass this season. Through 11 games, they allowed an average of just 210.5 passing yards per game, ranking 37th in the nation. That number will get even lower following Friday's contest against Arkansas.

Missouri gave Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen fits. He completed just 13 of his 30 passing attempts for 133 yards, averaging just 4.4 yards per attempt. He did tally two touchdowns, but both were early in the game.

After entering halftime completing seven of his 10 passing attempts for 77 yards and two scores, Missouri clamped down. Allen completed just six of his 20 passing attempts for 56 yards in the second half.

Mizzou Football tweeted a comment on the team's best player in its secondary during the game:

One big reason for this team's success in this department this year has been the addition of Kenya Dennis. The 6'1" cornerback has the tools to keep up with talented receivers, and that will go a long way against the likes of either Amari Cooper or De'Runnya Wilson.

While Blake Sims and Dak Prescott have succeeded as passers this season, there's reason to believe Missouri can limit their yards through the air.

Sims hasn't eclipsed 222 passing yards in his three November contests, and Prescott only threw for more than 206 yards in November just once due to a season-high 48 passing attempts against Alabama. Considering the recently limited amount of production through the air from these signal-callers, and the fine play by Missouri's secondary of late, this isn't an unattainable feat.


All defensive rankings courtesy of and current as of November 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Michigan vs. Ohio State: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan 14, Ohio State 14 — Early 3rd quarter

Game action is now underway between Michigan (5-6) and No. 6 Ohio State (10-1). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Ohio Stadium.

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

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South Carolina vs. Clemson: Live Score and Highlights

South Carolina 10, Clemson 21 ; Early 3rd Quarter

The battle for The Palmetto State takes place today, as the Clemson Tigers (8-3) play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-5). 

While both teams don't have a ton to play for from a bowl perspective, there's a lot of pride on the line. Steve Spurrier's team has beaten Dabo Swinney's bunch five straight times. This is the 106th consecutive year both programs have played each other. 

The game will begin at noon ET. It can be seen on ESPN. 

Odds Shark has Clemson as a 6.5-point favorite. A full box score can be found here, courtesy of 


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Bowl Projections 2014: Playoff Predictions, Odds Before Rivalry Clashes

Friday saw UCLA’s College Football Playoff hopes go up in smoke, and we are bound to see more flames Saturday with a number of rivalry showdowns on the immediate horizon. 

Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Mississippi State and Oregon all square off with their bitter rivals as significant favorites, but rivalry games have a tricky way of eliciting surprising results. After all, Ohio State and Oregon beat overmatched Michigan and Oregon State squads, respectively, by a combined two points last season.

With that in mind, read on to see the latest playoff projections from StatMilk, championship odds from Odds Shark and my own playoff predictions before Saturday’s schedule kicks off.

(Note: As the table header indicates, the logo shown at the far right of each team's row is for that team's next opponent and not for the ranked team itself.)


StatMilk and Odds Shark Playoff Projections and Odds

*Odds to win national championship courtesy of Odds Shark, as of Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.


Scott Polacek's Playoff Projections

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Oregon

Championship Bowl (in Arlington, Texas): TBD (semifinal winners)


Non-Rivalry Playoff Game to Watch: Baylor vs. Texas Tech

Five of the top six teams in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings will be taking on their archrival Saturday, and TCU already beat Texas on Thanksgiving. Baylor’s battle with Texas Tech won’t draw the headlines that those rivalry clashes will, but it is just as important in the playoff rankings.

The Bears’ clash with the Red Raiders will take place in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium Saturday, which seemed to work for Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, according to The Associated Press, via

"It's where the Cowboys play. It's always cool to play in that place because of what it brings and who plays there. That's where we all want to be, playing on Sundays. You're playing on the same field they are, so you love the whole emotion and the setting."

The fact that the game is indoors with no weather conditions could be a problem for Texas Tech’s defense. Baylor boasts the nation’s top scoring offense at a ridiculous 50 points a game and has scored 60 or more points four times already this year. By contrast, the Red Raiders have allowed more than 30 points nine times this season. 

A major reason why Baylor has put up points like it has is the wide receiver corps, which impressed Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, via Baylor Football:

Texas Tech is 125th in the nation in scoring defense at 40.6 points allowed per game. That number is bound to go up against the Bears Saturday.

On the other side, the Red Raiders are sixth in the country in passing yards per game, so they should be able to put up some points, but it won’t be nearly enough to match Baylor’s production.

Style points will be important for the Bears because they are No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings. They need to catch up to TCU, especially after the Horned Frogs racked up an impressive showing Thursday against Texas. If Baylor continues to win, its head-to-head victory over TCU could come into play when deciding the final rankings.

Baylor also needs more style points in the race for the No. 4 seed with Ohio State because the Buckeyes have the chance to be outright Big Ten champions with a win over Wisconsin or Minnesota in Indianapolis.

The selection committee will give more credence to conference titles at the end of the season, so Baylor needs to impress as much as possible during the regular season.

It will start Saturday in a blowout win over Texas Tech. 

Prediction: Baylor 61, Texas Tech 27


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