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Clemson and Miami Players Nearly Get into Fight Before Game

Tensions were running high before the No. 6 Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes even kicked off Saturday.

Two players from the opposing teams appeared to be engaging in some sort of argument about an hour before the game when teammates joined the fray.

It's unclear what sparked the altercation, but it could make for a chippy game when the teams kick off at noon from Sun Life Stadium.

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Auburn vs. Arkansas: Live Score and Highlights

Arkansas 21, Auburn 14 - Late Third Quarter

Stay tuned for breaking news, commentary and analysis throughout the matchup as the Tigers visit the Razorbacks on the SEC Network. For more details, check out the NCAA box score HERE

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Clemson vs. Miami: Live Score and Highlights

The sixth-ranked Clemson Tigers look to continue their undefeated season Saturday, taking on a Miami Hurricanes team that is desperate for a marquee win.

Clemson (6-0) has only played one game on the road this season and needed a last-minute collapse from Louisville to avoid overtime in September. Nevertheless, Deshaun Watson leads a team favored by eight points, per Odds Shark.

Miami (4-2) is looking to build off a 10-point victory over rival Virginia Tech, and a win over Clemson would certainly help beleaguered coach Al Golden have an argument for saving his job. The program hasn't beaten a Top 10 team since 2009.

ABC will broadcast the ACC clash at noon ET. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates, highlights and analysis. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

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Daily Fantasy College Football Week 8: DraftKings Last-Minute Picks, Best Values

It's finally time for the weekend, which means daily fantasy college football is firing up a full slate again. Yeah, Thursday and Friday games are enticing, but there's nothing like staying in your sweatpants on a Saturday to watch seemingly endless amounts of college football action.

Why not make some money while partaking in that ritual? That's why DraftKings provides daily fantasy for the entire season. In anticipation of Saturday's action, here's a look at the best last-minute picks and a few value options peppered in.


Quarterback: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State ($8,300)

He's not exactly a great value, but for a No. 1 quarterback, J.T. Barrett is well worth the salary hit. After earning the starting role earlier this week for the Buckeyes, the training wheels are coming off for the 2014 Heisman hopeful.

Head coach Urban Meyer explained the reasoning behind his decision, per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports:

Even with limited playing time against Penn State and Maryland, Barrett averaged nearly 30 points per game. That's thanks to his mobility, amassing 164 yards and five touchdowns in the rushing game. At $1,100 less than the top option at QB, Barrett is an obvious choice on Saturday against Rutgers.


Running Back: Shock Linwood, Baylor ($6,800)

Being the running back for one of the most prolific offenses in the entire country has its perks. While Shock Linwood might not be considered the top running back in the nation, he's getting opportunities to shred defenses thanks to Baylor's passing game.

Linwood has cashed in on his touches, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. That's led to 803 rushing yards and eight touchdowns through just eight games. Playing at home against an Iowa State defense that has allowed 55.5 points per game over the last two weeks, expect a huge game from Linwood.


Running Back: Elijah Hood, North Carolina ($5,900)

Looking for a middle-tier running back who has a great matchup? Elijah Hood is your man.

UNC's lead running back isn't putting up the same eye-popping numbers as Linwood, but he has shredded ACC defenses this season. Coming off three touchdowns in the last two games against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, Hood is set to torch Virginia.

His 18.6 average points per game is hurt slightly by games against Delaware and South Carolina, where his legs were saved. Once because of a huge lead, the other because the game was out of hand. On a winning team that should throttle Virginia, look for Hood to run wild for fantasy owners.


Wide Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss ($6,100)

Laquon Treadwell got off to a good start to the season but has been sensational lately. While Ole Miss left Memphis with a disappointing loss, Treadwell did all he could to pull out a win. His 14 receptions for 144 yards were both career highs to go along with his receiving touchdown.

It isn't fair for owners to expect another 44-point outburst, but quarterback Chad Kelly clearly has confidence in Treadwell. In a huge matchup against No. 15 Texas A&M, Treadwell will be the workhorse in the passing game and a dependable start for DFS owners.


Wide Receiver: Kermit Whitfield, Florida State ($4,600)

Why exactly is Kermit Whitfield priced at $4,600 this week? Well, I can't answer that. Why should you leave him off your roster? I can't give a reasonable answer to that question either.

How about we stop with the questions and look at the facts. Whitfield has exploded onto the scene over the last two weeks, per Ryan S. Clark of

A healthy Kermit is simply not fair against a Georgia Tech team that has lost its last five games. Florida State will roll on Saturday night, and Whitfield will serve as a perfect compliment to any wide receiver corps on DraftKings. Pick him up as a WR3 or flex and expect WR1 production.


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Bowl Predictions 2015: Latest Projections for College Football Playoff

The first 2015 College Football Playoff rankings will be released in less than two weeks, so the postseason picture is becoming easier to project.

One team has reigned supreme all season in both the Associated Press and Amway polls—the last season's national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. But is OSU a lock to be in the top four? It hardly seems so despite the immense amount of NFL-caliber talent on the roster.

Below is a breakdown of the projected CFP games, based mainly on current rankings but also with some conjecture as to how the rest of the season will play out.


Orange Bowl: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Clemson

Yes, the Buckeyes still stay atop the NCAA football hierarchy in the end with a Big Ten title and an undefeated record still in tow. One big reason for that is coach Urban Meyer's decision to go with J.T. Barrett over Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback.

Despite superior arm talent, upside and a brief track record from last year that could have landed him in the NFL, Jones has lost the job. It might be because Barrett, a team captain, has outworked Jones in an effort to regain a job he lost to injury in the 2014 regular-season finale.

Barrett is a better fit for what Meyer is trying to do. He's a superior ball-carrier in the open field in terms of quickness and acceleration. He can process and read a defense faster and thus get the ball to the Bucks' myriad of playmakers in a more proficient way.

NFL Network's Albert Breer has heard of a comparison for Barrett that bodes well for the Buckeyes:

The OSU defense has been fine and will continue to be with the likes of Joey Bosa and Darron Lee headlining the front seven.

As for Clemson, its path to the playoffs goes through the ACC—an easier gauntlet to run through than the SEC, Pac-12 or even the Big Ten. The ACC Coastal division isn't exactly loaded with world beaters, and the Tigers' hardest remaining game is against Florida State at Death Valley.

ESPN's David Hale references how strong Clemson's playoff resume would be if it maintains a perfect record:

Despite losing first-round NFL draft picks in Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony on defense, Clemson is allowing less than three yards per carry and ranks 10th in total yards allowed per game.

Sophomore signal-caller Deshaun Watson is undeniably gifted. He lit up Boston College's vaunted D for 420 yards passing in a recent 34-17 victory. The only concern is the two picks he threw, bringing his total to seven on the year.

Watson has thrown at least one interception in all but one game thus far. In what would be a tight game against Ohio State in a prospective Orange Bowl showdown, it'd be hard to pick against the Buckeyes due to Watson's tendency to give the ball away.

Turnovers would do Clemson in, as its stellar front wouldn't be able to contain OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Prediction: Ohio State 27, Clemson 20


Sugar Bowl: No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 TCU

The Big 12 representative figures to be TCU. Despite a struggling defense, the Horned Frogs have stayed undefeated and are better suited to face adversity than rival Baylor. TCU also gets the Bears at home in the regular-season finale.

With the privilege of playing in the Sugar Bowl may come an encounter with an SEC powerhouse program. LSU figures to be the team the Horned Frogs face, thanks primarily to Heisman Trophy front-runner Leonard Fournette.

Horned Frogs QB Trevone Boykin has carried TCU when it has failed at keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The contrast of styles between LSU's gritty rushing attack and the Horned Frogs' pass-heavy spread is a dynamic a juxtaposition as a fan could ask for in a playoff matchup.

Road trips to Alabama and Ole Miss still loom for the Tigers, but Fournette gives them a chance to set the tone in both those contests by controlling possession and demoralizing the opposition with big runs.

What shouldn't be lost amid LSU's landmark win over Florida last week is how well Brandon Harris played under center. Harris was 13-of-19 passing for 202 yards and two scores. He just turned 20 this month, is evolving in a big way as a sophomore and has yet to throw an INT in 2015.

ESPN analyst Damien Woody was most impressed by Harris' performance and made a bold proclamation touting LSU as a legitimate challenger for the No. 1 ranking:

Tigers coach Les Miles emphasized how important it is for Harris to keep playing within himself and not be bothered by those who see him as the weak link for a playoff contender, per the Times' Glen Guilbeau:

The opinions that matter will all come from that room — that big building that we practice in. And he'll need not to worry about what others say. Others don't know. And all they have to do is watch the film. All they have to do is see him spin a couple of passes for them to realize that, no, this guy can throw it. So he needs to just do the things that he’s been doing and not try to exceed the play call.

About any QB would look to be leading an inferior element of an offense with Fournette running the ball. Miles is correct in stating all outsiders need to do is watch Harris throw some downfield passes to realize the high ceiling he has—one Harris hasn't come close to reaching yet.

As Harris continues to improve and gets more comfortable in the system, even when opponents key in on Fournette, it won't be hard for his quarterback to capitalize on favorable matchups.

Boykin would keep TCU close in a hypothetical College Football Playoff clash. He's a senior playing with a chip on his shoulder as well after not making the CFP in its inaugural edition.

The Tigers would ultimately prevail thanks to Fournette's ability to chew up yardage, clock and morale. It would put Boykin in a near-impossible situation to rally from—even with such a lethal weapon in wideout Josh Doctson on his side.

Prediction: LSU 34, TCU 24

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College Football Rankings 2015: Updated NCAA Week 8 Standings, Final Poll Review

The 2015 college football season has reached its midway point with no fewer than 15 teams still in the playoff mix. 

Week 8 is a transition time for many of the top-ranked teams, as they are coming off critical matchups last week and/or looking ahead to bigger things still to come. Yet that's also dangerous because upsets happen when teams let their guard down. 

Going over the Top 25 before the meat of this week's schedule happens on Saturday, there are many teams that need to make a statement 10 days before the College Football Playoff committee releases its initial standings. 


Week 8 Top 25 Rankings


Team on Upset Alert: Utah (at USC)

Things are not good at USC right now. Steve Sarkisian was fired as head coach less than two weeks ago, with Nathan Fenno and Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times reporting Sarkisian allegedly had problems with alcohol as a coach dating back to his time at Washington. 

On the field, the Trojans are just 3-3 with two losses in Pac-12 play against Stanford and Washington. Taking on an undefeated Utah team ranked third in the Associated Press Top 25 poll would seem to be a bad omen for USC. 

Yet it's not unfair to ask if the Utes are overrated. Their win over Michigan in the season opener looks better now than it did at the time, but they were pumped up thanks in large part to a 62-20 victory over Oregon. 

In most seasons, that kind of win against the Ducks would be impressive, but this is a 4-3 team right now. 

ESPN's Football Power Index is giving USC a 72 percent chance to beat Utah on Saturday, with Sharon Katz of explaining the rationale behind that number:

USC has a number of close losses, and Utah has a few close wins. Scoring margin is generally a better predictor of future performance than a team's win-loss record itself, and USC and Utah have the exact same scoring margin (plus-17 points per game) through six games. The Trojans may be playing with an interim head coach, but they have arguably more talent, particularly on offense, than any team in the Pac-12.

Talent doesn't always win out, but there are going to be games when it all clicks to remind the world why it was so highly regarded. USC started the season as a Top 10 team before losing two of its last three games by a combined 25 points. 

Utah is playing better football right now, but USC has faced a schedule that already includes Notre Dame and Stanford. Those two teams are better than anyone the Utes have defeated, preparing the Trojans for this kind of spotlight at home in a game that could salvage their season. 


Playoff Hopes Crushed: Texas A&M (at Ole Miss)

Texas A&M has a knack for teasing everyone. The Aggies start strong, climb up high in the polls and start generating national title buzz. Remember last year's season-opening 52-28 win over South Carolina?

That pattern continued in 2015, as head coach Kevin Sumlin got his team off to a 5-0 start. The Aggies looked like they found a defense that could play during that stretch, allowing 21 points per game. 

Last week, hosting Alabama at Kyle Field, Texas A&M proceeded to give up a season-high 41 points as Derrick Henry ran over the Aggies to the tune of 236 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Kyle Allen had three interceptions, and the midseason swoons continued. 

Mississippi isn't exactly coming into this game on a high note after getting dominated in a 37-24 defeat at Memphis. That makes both teams desperate to right the ship, though the Aggies have more at stake with an outside shot at still climbing back into the playoff mix. 

According to Odds Shark, Texas A&M is a six-point favorite on the road. Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports did note the Aggies have been successful against the spread this season.

"Why am I taking Texas A&M?" Fornelli wrote. "Well, the Aggies have been 6-2 against the spread on the road since last season, while Ole Miss is currently 1-3 ATS against SEC teams this season, and has failed to cover the spread in three of four games since the Alabama win."

There's also the question about how effective Ole Miss star defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche will be after suffering a concussion last week, if he's even able to play. 

Yet even with that potentially huge hole on defense, as noted by Daniel Paulling of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly has been terrific so far this season:

The junior has completed 154 of 235 passes (65.5 percent) for 2,234 yards and 16 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Kelly leads the SEC in passing yards per game (319.1), pass efficiency (161.9) and yards per completion (14.5) and is no worse than 12th in the country in seven categories.

Paulling did note that Texas A&M's pass defense ranks 25th in yards allowed per game (183.2), but it's also played games against teams like Ball State and Nevada. Even Alabama ran the ball so effectively that it only asked Jake Coker to throw 25 times. 

Putting the Aggies secondary against Kelly and big-play receivers like Laquon Treadwell, Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo will be its biggest test of the season. 


Most Necessary Change: J.T. Barrett Starting for Ohio State

After weeks of it seeming obvious, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer finally made the choice to bench quarterback Cardale Jones in favor of J.T. Barrett to start this week against Rutgers. 

Barrett is being given a fairly soft game for his return, which is likely by design. Rutgers has three wins this season, two of which have come against Norfolk State and Kansas. 

One reason Ohio State hasn't been as dominant this season as everyone expected is because Jones struggled in key spots, with Austin Ward of noting the red zone was a particularly problematic area:

Barrett was remarkably efficient inside the 20-yard line during the last two weeks, leading Ohio State to points on all 11 attempts with touchdowns on 10 of them. The move almost instantly solved a problem that had been clearly bothering Meyer. During first five games with Jones as the primary option, the Buckeyes were generating points, but they settled for field goals six times, missed one kick, twice had a half come to an end without getting points and Jones threw one interception.

One can understand why Meyer wanted to go with Jones before the season started. The strong-armed quarterback provided a downfield element with big-play threats like Devin Smith, preventing defenses from loading the box to stop Ezekiel Elliott as the Buckeyes won a national title. 

However, as Jones got more exposure, his lack of overall experience began to show, and he didn't make adjustments. Barrett isn't the same kind of quarterback, as he lacks the arm strength, but his ability to create in and out of the pocket is perfect for Meyer's offense. 

The change at quarterback was a long time coming. Meyer finally made it, and now Barrett will have a chance to lead the Buckeyes into the playoff like he was supposed to last season. 

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Kansas State vs. Texas: Live Score and Highlights

The Kansas State Wildcats and the Texas Longhorns are getting ready to do battle at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The game will kickoff at noon EDT and it will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

The Wildcats are looking to bounce back after an embarrassing 55-0 loss to Oklahoma. In order for that to happen, quarterback Joe Hubener will have to play lights out, which has been an issue for him as he has only completed 45 percent of his passes and has thrown only four touchdowns.

Last week the Longhorns were off, but they do have momentum as they are coming off a big win against Oklahoma two weeks ago. The player to watch is freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard who rushed for 115 yards and threw one touchdown in the 24-17 win over their rivals.

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

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College Football Week 8: Get Hyped for Saturday

College Football Saturday Week 8 is about to kick off, and there are tons of intense matchups and storylines to follow and get excited for. Continuing to watch the greatness of Heisman front-runner Leonard Fournette is just one of the many things to get hyped about for Week 8.

Will the Michigan State Spartans stay perfect after their miracle win last week? Will Utah survive a trip to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face USC?

Watch the video above as we preview all the action for this week of college football. 

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