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Navy vs. Houston: Live Score and Highlights

Navy 7, Houston 7—Late 1st Quarter

The Navy Midshipmen, No. 15 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, take on the Houston Cougars, unranked in the CFP poll but No. 21 in the AP Top 25, in what amounts to an American Athletic Conference West Division title game


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Notre Dame Football: 5 Best Moments for the Fighting Irish from Stanford Rivalry

For a series that first began when Notre Dame football and Stanford met in the Rose Bowl in 1925 and, recently, has featured a couple of ranked opponents battling with national implications at stake, the Notre Dame-Stanford rivalry is relatively understated, at least according to Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

“It’s a shame because both of them have incredible graduation rates as well,” Kelly said. “I think it should be talked a lot more about. … We’ve got to make up a name. I think it’s up to you guys to come up with a name for this game so we can get in with the in-crowd, and then I think people will pay more attention to it.”

Kelly jokingly mentioned Bedlam and the Iron Bowl. Yet few series can match the output of Notre Dame-Stanford in recent years. Saturday marks the fifth consecutive meeting both the Irish (No. 6) and the Cardinal (No. 9) will be ranked. Each of the last three meetings has been decided by seven points or fewer.

Let’s look back at five of the best moments for Notre Dame in the 29-game history of its rivalry with Stanford, from dramatic wins to pivotal victories to standout individual performances.

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Michigan Football: The 5 Best Moments for the Wolverines from 'The Game'

"The Game" will always bring Michigan football lasting memories, but five moments in particular stand out for the Wolverines.

Although Ohio State has dominated recent matchups, Michigan leads the all-time series, holds the largest victory and owns the longest winning streak.

To be clear, the list is not a ranking of the five best games that favored the Wolverines. Significance of the result, legendary plays and promises each factored into the compilation.

Nevertheless, with 111 meetings in series history, there are certainly other moments deserving of inclusion. Head to the comments section and add your thoughts there.

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Miami vs. Pittsburgh: Live Score and Highlights

Miami 10, Pittsburgh 0- Mid 1st quarter

The Miami Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Panthers has kicked things off at Heniz Field. The game is being televised on ESPN 2.

The Hurricanes will look to get their eighth win of the season while the Panthers look to finis the ACC with a 7-1 record. 

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

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College Football Picks Week 13: Latest Top 25 Odds and Final-Score Predictions

Week 12 proved to be treacherous for two of the nation's Top Four teams despite one of them winning, as two new schools have made their way into the playoff spots with one week to go in the regular season.

With one more chance to impress the College Football Playoff committee before conference championship play, good impressions are vital for teams along the Top 10 that aren't competing for a conference.

Here are the current College Football Playoff rankings:

Oklahoma and Iowa made their debuts in the Top Four at three and four, respectively. Ohio State, originally No. 3, dropped to eighth after losing to Michigan State, while Notre Dame sunk to sixth from fourth after a close win over Boston College. 

Each school, excluding Iowa, has a big-time game to play that is worthy of Game of the Week honors. Only one can grab that title, but first, let's take a look at the upcoming Week 13 schedule for the Top 25 teams in the CFP rankings with the latest odds, courtesy of OddsShark.com, and predictions for the final score of each game.

Game of the Week

No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State

This game could have been even larger had Oklahoma State defeated Baylor, but regardless of last week's results, this edition of Bedlam might be the biggest ever, as it will decide who wins the Big 12 Conference. 

If Oklahoma wins, it will cement itself in the Top Four and in the playoff. If Oklahoma State wins, it will need Baylor to lose to TCU to win the conference. 

History is in favor of the Sooners, as ESPN College Football points out:

Both offenses can put up points at will. Oklahoma scores over 44 points per game, while Oklahoma State tallies over 42. Just take a look at their offensive statistics heading into Week 13:

With a shootout in the Midwest expected, it's going to come down to which defense can come up with more stops. It's Oklahoma that looks like it has a better chance to do so, allowing six points and 80 yards less per game. 

Add that to a more balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Samaje Perine, and the Sooners will pull this game out on the road. 

Prediction: Oklahoma defeats Oklahoma State 40-37

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ESPN College GameDay 2015: Week 13 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions

The big loser from the first College Football Playoff was the Big 12. The conference’s teams were left on the outside looking in, even though TCU and Baylor had impressive resumes at year’s end. 

The Oklahoma Sooners have a golden opportunity to change that script this season as the No. 3 team in the current rankings. First, they must get past their archrivals from inside the state.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor are part of the one-loss logjam atop the Big 12 standings with limited time remaining to create separation and make statements to the selection committee. The Sooners and Cowboys have the chance to do just that with their head-to-head showdown Saturday.

ESPN’s traveling pregame show, College GameDay, will set the table Saturday from Stillwater. It shared the news on Twitter:

Here is a look at everything you need to know for the Week 13 edition of the show as well as a prediction for the playoff-shaping contest.


ESPN College GameDay: Week 13 Info

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28

Time (ET): 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN


Preview and Prediction

There is never a shortage in pressure when Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State, but this year’s matchup features two teams in the Top 12 with playoff aspirations. The Sooners are No. 3 in the selection committee's rankings, while the Cowboys are No. 11, which is unfortunate news for the home team based on the history of the rivalry:

With no conference championship game in the Big 12, these teams must make impressions in highly anticipated showdowns like this if they want to reach the playoffs. 

If the Sooners take care of business, they will have victories over Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State on their resume. Even without a true league title game, it will prove difficult to deny Bob Stoops’ squad a playoff shot with that resume. Joel Klatt of Fox Sports suggested as much:

If the Cowboys win, they may need Baylor to lose to either TCU or Texas to realistically make the playoffs because the Bears hold the head-to-head advantage over Oklahoma State.

At least head coach Mike Gundy isn’t worried about his team bouncing back from that Baylor loss with so much still at stake, per the Associated Press, via Fox Sports: “Bedlam takes care of anything that would have happened. I would like to think that our team has been prepared mentally for, at any time, whether it's a big win or a disappointing loss—you have to get ready to go to work on Sunday. I think they understand that.”

Even if Oklahoma State is ready, the best news for the Sooners is the fact quarterback Baker Mayfield passed his concussion test. His team nearly lost a 30-13 lead against TCU Saturday after he left the game, and his Heisman Trophy candidacy could depend on a memorable final impression in Saturday's rivalry.

He is one of the best players in college football with 3,209 passing yards, 343 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns with only five interceptions. Oklahoma State’s defense is a dismal 95th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game and has little hope of slowing down a healthy Mayfield based on past performances this season.

The Cowboys are also 71st in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, which means Mayfield’s partner in the backfield, Samaje Perine, should also turn in impressive numbers. Perine has 1,160 rushing yards this year after he notched 1,713 rushing yards a season ago and is a bowling ball up the middle and in the open field.

Oklahoma State’s best opportunity to knock off its rivals is by outscoring the Sooners from the opening kick with an offensive onslaught. The Cowboys are seventh in the nation in points per game and must counter Oklahoma’s powerful offense (which is third) with consistent touchdown drives and time of possession.

Quarterback Mason Rudolph has 3,591 passing yards and 22 total touchdowns on the season and is fresh off one of the best performances of his career with 430 passing yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the loss to Baylor. If he carries that momentum into the Oklahoma showdown, the Cowboys could pull the upset.

Unfortunately for Rudolph and the Cowboys, Oklahoma is one of the only teams in the Big 12 that actually plays defense.

The Sooners are 23rd in the nation in yards allowed per game and 25th in points allowed per game. Even though they won’t completely shut down the mighty Cowboys attack, they will slow it down enough for Mayfield and Perine to clinch the victory.

It won’t take many defensive stops for the Sooners to win with their powerful offense going up against the vulnerable Oklahoma State defense. Oklahoma will put the final line on its playoff resume Saturday. 

Prediction: Oklahoma 44, Oklahoma State 27

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Texas Tech vs. Texas: Game Grades, Analysis for Red Raiders and Longhorns

Behind some big performances from its seniors, Texas Tech held off the Texas Longhorns in Austin by a 48-45 score on Thanksgiving.

DeAndre Washington led the way for the Red Raiders, running for 173 yards and two touchdowns. With him doing steady damage, receiver Jakeem Grant broke the Longhorns' back for 147 offensive yards and two touchdowns on just four touches.

Still, Texas showed some fight in the form of running back Chris Warren. On a night when five starters succumbed to injury, the freshman brought the Horns back almost single-handedly, setting freshman records with 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns. 

In the end, the Texas defense just couldn't stop Kliff Kingsbury's Red Raiders. 


Grade Analysis for the Red Raiders

Passing Offense

Patrick Mahomes has had better games. We saw some of his usual magic on the scramble drill, but he definitely felt the heat at times and airmailed a few throws. The sophomore finished with one interception, and was bailed out on a miraculous play by Grant on his 65-yard touchdown.


Rushing Offense

Washington ran all over a depleted Texas front, seeming to find the big run every time Tech needed it. Mahomes deserves more credit for what he does as a dual-threat. Jakeem Grant crushed the Longhorns with his 40-yard sprint out of the fake kneel.


Passing Defense

Texas got 64 yards on 23 dropbacks, but that's mostly a product of one of the nation's worst aerial attacks. There were receivers running free and the Horns couldn't hit them. Nigel Bethel made a tremendous play on his first-half interception.


Rushing Defense

Texas ran for 406 yards and six touchdowns. The Red Raiders knew what was coming, and they were hopeless to stop it. Some better play-calling from Texas, and the run defense costs the Red Raiders a huge road win.


Special Teams

Clayton Hatfield connected on both of his field-goal attempts, including a 51-yarder. Kickoff and punt return yardage was awful in the second half.



The Red Raiders are still a nightmare on defense, but Kliff Kingsbury's offense got it done. His call on the fake kneel basically destroyed Texas' chances at a comeback.

What matters is that the third-year coach got it done against an in-state rival on national television. That will give him something to build on while he makes the recruiting rounds over the next few months.


Grade Analysis for the Longhorns

Passing Offense

Texas got 64 yards and an interception on 23 dropbacks. The receivers dropped everything Jerrod Heard gave them, and Tyrone Swoopes couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. There were plays to be made, but the Horns don't have the personnel to turn those opportunities into yardage.


Rushing Offense

Warren set a freshman record with his performance on the ground, and his 276 rushing are the sixth-most in school history. His four touchdowns covered 143 of those yards, including a ridiculous 91-yarder. At 6'2", 232 pounds, he has an incredibly bright future in Texas' backfield.

When Warren was tired of bullying people, Swoopes took over and churned out 98 yards with two scores. This running game has a chance to enter elite territory in the near future.


Passing Defense

The Horns got decent pressure on Mahomes, forcing several errant throws. Dylan Haines picked one of those off, and Holton Hill got the worst of breaks when his would-be pick got popped loose right into Grant's hands.

Overall, coverage was fine, but it was way too easy for the Red Raiders to pick up big yardage after the catch.


Rushing Defense

It was a brutal night for the run defense. A lot of this can be chalked up to Malik Jefferson, Peter Jinkens, Hassan Ridgeway and Poona Ford all going down along the front seven. All four of those guys could be counted among the Horns' best defensive players, and Texas doesn't have great depth behind them.

Without them, the whole defense fell apart.


Special Teams

Daje Johnson had a great night in the return game, getting 194 yards on kickoffs and punts. Michael Dickson was solid punting the ball, and Nick Rose connected on his one field-goal attempt.



You can't blame Charlie Strong for injuries. Texas lost five starters in this game, and the four it lost on defense torpedoed a group that wasn't giving up much to the Red Raiders early on. Had the injury bug not hit so hard, you have to think the outcome would have been different.

Once again, it's very clear that Jay Norvell needs to be relieved of his play-calling duties at the end of the year. He asked Swoopes to throw far too much against the nation's worst run defense, including a baffling shot downfield on a crucial 4th-and-7. Strong's future depends on making a good, if not great, hire at this spot during the offseason.

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Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant Scores on Fake Kneel Play Against Texas

With a three-point lead and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game, Texas Tech looked as if it was about to take a knee vs. Texas in Austin.

But it didn't.

Instead the Red Raiders executed the perfect play, deceiving the Longhorns as wide receiver Jakeem Grant took off for the end zone. He ran it in for a 40-yard touchdown, helping to extend the Red Raiders' lead to 48-38.

Texas scored on the ensuing drive, but Texas Tech held on to win, 48-45.


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Ohio State Needs Ezekiel Elliott to Justify His Rant Against Michigan

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott made headlines last Saturday when he called out the coaching staff and play-calling following the Buckeyes' 17-14 upset loss to Michigan State.

The Spartans came in with an ultra-aggressive defensive game plan—loading the box and daring Ohio State to beat them over the top.

J.T. Barrett wasn't called to consistently challenge Michigan State down the field as the Buckeyes stayed conservative, and that worked early when they leaned on Elliott, who ran eight times on a 10-play touchdown drive early in the second quarter.

But in the final 42 minutes of the game, Elliott got just three carries and Ohio State produced only two first downs in a historically poor performance for an Urban Meyer-coached team.

Elliott blasted the play-calling after the game, via Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com:

I'm disappointed in the play-calling. I'm disappointed in the situations that we were put in, and I wish it all played out differently. It is very disappointing. In the one drive that we had where we kind of had some momentum after we scored on the strip-sack, the plays we ran, we ran a lot of gap schemes and we were gashing them. You guys saw that on that drive. We had a lot of momentum. 

Honestly, we didn't see those plays for the rest of the game. Those plays weren't called anymore. I asked for those plays to be called, and they weren't. It just hurts. It hurts a lot because of how we lost. I feel like we just weren't put in the right opportunity to win this game. We weren't put in the right situations to win this game.

Was this a sign of an eroding locker room or honest disappointment from Ohio State's star running back? Meyer indicated that it was the latter and everything was resolved leading into Ohio State's huge showdown with rival Michigan this Saturday.

"If we find a way to win this game, I imagine we won't be talking about this much longer," Meyer said, according to Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com. "It's sealed, as far as our team and the team room is concerned in the locker room."

And for Ohio State to win this game, it'll need Elliott to shine against an even stingier Michigan defense.

Statistically speaking, the Wolverines defense is considerably better than the Spartans', which held Ohio State to a season-low 132 total yards and 14 points. Under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan ranks second nationally in total defense and fourth in both rushing and passing defense.

Elliott went into the Michigan State game as the most dependable back in the country, eclipsing 100 rushing yards in 15 straight games dating back to the 2014 season. And as Ohio State was bouncing back and forth between Cardale Jones and Barrett at quarterback this year, Elliott was Ohio State's steady hand guiding the offense through tough times.

The Buckeyes would be smart to turn back to him against Michigan because not only is he their best offensive option, he also has a lot to prove against the Wolverines.


David Regimbal is the Ohio State football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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Georgia Football: 5 Best Bulldogs Moments from Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Rivalry

On Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs will do battle with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the 108th time. Georgia has won 64 of the matchups, but this rivalry has heated up the last couple of years as the last two games went into overtime. The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs last year for the first time since 2008.

The Bulldogs are looking to get back to their winning ways in the rivalry on Saturday to not only “run the state” for the rest of the year, but end a rough regular season on a high note.

Here’s a look at the five best Bulldog moments from the rivalry called “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.”

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Texas Tech vs. Texas: Live Score and Highlights

Trying to keep their bowl hopes alive, the Texas Longhorns host Texas Tech in the battle for the 2015 Chancellor's Spurs.

Now 4-6, Charlie Strong's team is fighting for its postseason life on Thanksgiving night. Luckily, the Horns get a Red Raider team that they've beaten six times in a row. Texas also gets to play at home, where its outscored its opponents 195-132

But Texas Tech has been tough this season, trailing only Baylor nationally in terms of scoring offense. If Patrick Mahomes comes out dealing, these Red Raiders have a great chance to ruin their rival's postseason chances.

You can catch tonight's Big 12 matchup over on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Follow this page throughout for live updates and analysis, then be sure to check back afterward as we grade both teams' positional units.



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Daily Fantasy CFB Week 13: DraftKings Optimum Lineup, Matchup Advice

Week 13 of action focuses primarily on the rivalry matchups. In these games, emotions run high—with even more of an impetus on performing well and putting up quality production. 

In addition, one has to look at the recent form of the potential selections. This doesn't just include last week's performance—but rather a trend of multiple games in a row. 

Lastly, there isn't much in the way of surprises at this point in the season. One essentially knows what one will get when analyzing a team and its opponents. 

As such, here's an optimum lineup for Week 13. 



Nick Stevens, Colorado State: $5,900 

Jake Coker, Alabama: $5,500


Both Coker and Stevens have favorable matchups ahead of their games against Auburn and Fresno State, respectively. Each also has a relatively low money total. 

Auburn's defense has been inconsistent at best throughout the year. It ranks No. 83 overall from a national perspective and allowed 34 points at home last week to Idaho. 

While he hasn't put up gaudy numbers, Coker should be able to exploit the Tigers defense downfield with the likes of Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart. 

Colorado State has won three games in a row, which is in large part due to Stevens' play. He's accrued five touchdown tosses in his last two games and has been efficient with his throws. 

Look for Stevens to continue this momentum against a struggling 3-8 Fresno State team. 


Running back

Royce Freeman, Oregon: $7,500

Jacobi Owens, Air Force: $5,000


Freeman's price tag is a bit high, but Owens' relatively low total helps to balance things out when making running back selections. 

On the year, Oregon's stud running back has rushed for 1,539 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of 11 games—including seven games in a row of hitting the century mark. Freeman gets a tasty matchup in the Civil War—getting a beleaguered 2-9 Oregon State team. 

Owens is coming off of a game in which he rushed for a season-high 145 yards against Boise State. Rushing to the tune of a 5.2 yards-per-carry average, Owens could have a big day against a 6-5 New Mexico squad this weekend. 


Wide Receiver

Fred Ross, MSU: $5,100

Ryan Switzer, UNC: $5,100

Bryce Treggs, Cal: $4,900


For his paltry money total, Ross is a potential big steal. 

The Mississippi State pass-catcher has three straight games of at least 114 yards receiving. Ross has hauled in three touchdowns during this period and has been the favorite target for MSU signal-caller Dak Prescott. 

Switzer is an electric player for the Tar Heels and is often lined up in multiple spots all over the field. His quickness and deep speed make him a potential home run threat on every single play. He also has a low money total for his overall talent level.

Treggs is currently in the midst of his most productive four-game stretch of the season. He's averaging 92.5 receiving yards during this period and has hauled in three touchdown catches. 

Playing in a pass-happy offense, expect him to get plenty of opportunities in what should be a high-scoring affair against ASU this weekend. 



Jordan Payton, UCLA: $6,000

Zack Langer, Tulsa: $5,000


This may come as a surprise to some, but Tulsa running back Zack Langer has 16 touchdowns and 700 rushing yards in only nine games of action. 

A big back, his bruising style works exceptionally well in goal-line opportunities. He had two touchdowns last week in the loss to Navy and is primed to collect a few more this week against a 3-8 Tulane squad.

Langer's low money total also necessitates a look. He may not accrue a ton of yardage on the ground, but he's a big threat to collect at least one touchdown.

Payton is unquestionably the top target for UCLA freshman sensation signal-caller Josh Rosen. On the year, Payton leads the team with 71 grabs for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns. In the win over Utah last week, he became UCLA's all-time leader in receptions.

Against crosstown rival Southern Cal, look for Payton to be a focal point of the passing attack. 


Money Total: $50,000

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Ranking the Best ACC Matchups of Week 13

It's rivalry week in the ACC!

While you're feeling stuffed from Thanksgiving, why not enjoy a great slate of games on the new television you bought amid a crazy rush of crazed people on Black Friday?

There are plenty of tasty and tantalizing matchups littered throughout the weekend in ACC land. Due to the fact that the rivalries span across the country, there are multiple intra-conference games with considerable implications on both postseason play and in terms of regional perception (especially when it comes to recruiting). 

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Chris Petersen, Washington Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The University of Washington and head football coach Chris Petersen have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2020 season, per Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, and pay him $4 million a year in 2019 and 2020. The school confirmed the deal on its website Thursday.

Petersen, 51, is in his second season as Washington's head coach after taking over for Steve Sarkisian. He's gone 13-12 with the Huskies, and the team heads into its Apple Cup matchup against Washington State at 5-6 on the year, looking to secure bowl eligibility. 

Petersen would assuredly prefer his team finished the year at .500. When asked about the possibility of a 5-7 team making a bowl this year, he expressed some distaste with the current landscape.

“Ugh. … I think there’s too many bowls," Petersen said Monday, per Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. "I’ll say that, if we’re talking about that.”

He added, "I will say this—everybody likes to play football. So to get a chance to play another game and all those things, that’s one issue. But again, a long time ago, when Washington was playing in Rose Bowls, it was like the Rose Bowl or nothing, I think, way back when. So that’s kind of how I grew up, as well."

The hope going forward is that Washington will be doing more than qualifying for lower-tier bowl games. Petersen led Boise State to two BCS bowl wins during his tenure with the Broncos and, with many premier jobs expected to open up this offseason, likely would have been a hot name on the market.

His continued commitment to Washington is an excellent sign for the school, however, as the Huskies look to build a program as consistently excellent as the one Petersen constructed with Boise State.


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Florida State Official Details Sexual Assault Claims Against Football Players

According to a report from Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, the former director of the Florida State University’s victim advocate program detailed 20 claims of sexual assault and said “she was concerned that athletes get preferential treatment during investigations of misconduct.”

Melissa Ashton held the victim advocate position until August and “made the statement in a deposition given this past June in an ongoing civil lawsuit” filed by a former student against the university. Fineout also reported that Ashton said “most of the 20 victims who alleged sexual assaults by team members during the past nine years declined to press student conduct charges.”

The student who brought the civil lawsuit to the school did so because she said Florida State did not respond to her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by former quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a national title during his college career, but he was often under the public microscope because of these allegations.

Winston was cleared of any wrongdoing by Florida State following a hearing, and a Florida prosecutor didn’t press criminal charges and said there wasn’t enough evidence for a conviction.

Fineout added “Ashton estimated that her office had probably dealt with as many as 40 cases involving football players and other incidents of ‘intimate-partner violence.’”

Ashton suggested many who said they were sexually assaulted by football players did not go through with the process because of fear of retaliation based on what happened in prior cases.

A Florida State spokeswoman said the school “could not confirm or deny Ashton’s figures because her ‘communication with victims is confidential,’” per Fineout.

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College Football Picks: Week 13 Predictions for Every Game

Final full week of the 2015 college football season, what have you got for us?

Let's see, there are the annual rivalry games, some that transcend their regions and others that only matter to the local fans. There are the clashes that will further shape the playoff picture as well as ones that will clinch division or conference titles for the winners. And there are 14 matchups featuring a team that's a win away from being bowl-eligible.

It starts with some post-Thanksgiving dinner appetizers and continues with a healthy helping of Black Friday action, then we finish with 43 more games on the last full Saturday of competition. Who will win each one? Check out our predictions for every Week 13 game, then give us your thoughts in the comments section.

NOTE: All rankings used are based on the College Football Playoff standings.


Last week: 40-18 (.690)

Season: 564-188 (.750)

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Comparing Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer's Quarterback Coaching in 2015

Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer have observed drastic differences in quarterback performances at Michigan and Ohio State, and the mixed results are a direct result of coaching.

Michigan boasts Harbaugh, who played 14 NFL seasons at the position, and Jedd Fisch, a career assistant who coached the Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks in 2010 and molded Stephen Morris into an above-average college gunslinger at Miami.

Ohio State, on the other hand, has felt the effects of Tom Herman's departure both in the quarterback coaching and play-calling departments.

Earlier in 2015, Christopher Jason of Land-Grant Holy Land warned that co-offensive coordinators Ed Warinner and (QBs coach) Tim Beck were on the verge of crashing Ohio State's Ferrari. According to Jason, they totaled it during the loss to Michigan State.

Although weather didn't help, the Buckeyes strayed from attempting downfield shots against MSU. However, it was a bad season-long trend becoming glaringly obvious in a loss.

"It's shocking—especially with the speed at the skill positions—how little Ohio State has thrown the ball downfield. That's what's most shocking to me," Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer said. "It's clear the offense has needed a jolt, and yet, it's almost like the coaches refuse to test that aspect of the offense."

Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett have few problems throwing the deep ball, and they have great weapons. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller considers wide receivers Michael Thomas a first-round talent and Braxton Miller a second-rounder.

Instead of utilizing those standouts—as well as Curtis Samuel, Jalin Marshall and a slew of young wideouts—downfield, the Buckeyes have looked for yards after the catch instead of air yards.

At Michigan, it seemed like Jake Rudock couldn't connect on a deep throw if his career depended on the pass. Rudock's inability to find a speedy Jehu Chesson heavily contributed to the Maize and Blue losing the season opener at Utah.

Despite the consistent failure to hit open receivers, though, the Wolverines stuck with the calls and have started to reap the rewards.

Now, that doesn't mean Harbaugh and his staff have avoided adjustments and stubbornly stuck with what wasn't working because "This is how we do things, execution be darned."

Michigan relied on the running game during September, but the team's attack has shifted toward a dependence on Rudock. Put simply, the offensive line is significantly better in pass protection than at run blocking.

Rudock's improvement is largely a product of game-planning.

Against Rutgers in particular, the Wolverines used screens and misdirection calls to create passing lanes. Rudock isn't an elite quarterback, but these throws are simple for him, and he's regularly performing.

Although the Buckeyes have tried to manipulate a few parts of their offense, the biggest change is a larger focus on Barrett's dual-threat prowess and sending him on designed runs. The passing game itself has lacked productive tweaks.

"It's hard to say exactly what adjustments have been made because nothing has really stuck," Kramer said. "While Ohio State has made a conscious effort to run both—something that was evident against Michigan State in the elements—the offense has been unable to find a complete balance."

Fortunately for OSU, the vast amount of talent elsewhere on the roster gives the Buckeyes a wider margin of error.

Whether it was Miller spinning a defender out of his shoes, Ezekiel Elliott ripping off a long run or the defense rising up late, Ohio State has atoned for consistently mediocre quarterback play. That's the sign of a great program, but it doesn't mean a specific team is invincible.

The unimpressive campaigns from Jones, Barrett and the Buckeyes' staff have essentially dropped the defending champions out of title contention, while Michigan is a botched snap on a punt away from a Top Five ranking thanks to its quarterback.

Player performance is a reflection on the coaching staff, and the Wolverines have clearly held the edge behind center in 2015.


All recruiting information via 247Sports. Stats from cfbstats.com or B/R research. Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bleacher Report CFB Writer David Kenyon on Twitter @Kenyon19_BR.

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Virginia Tech vs. Virginia: Complete Game Preview

The Virginia Tech Hokies (5-6, 3-4 ACC) head north to Charlottesville on Saturday to face in-state rival Virginia in head coach Frank Beamer's final regular-season game. 

It's the 97th installment in the battle for the Commonwealth Cup, with the Hokies leading the series, 54-37-5.

For the Hokies, a win makes them bowl-eligible for the 23rd consecutive season. Officially, that is the nation's longest current streak. 

On the other side, Virginia (4-7, 3-4 ACC) looks to finish the season with a two-game winning streak and a little positive momentum heading into 2016. And, of course, spoiling Beamer's final game would give UVA bragging rights for the foreseeable future. 

The Hokies have won the past 11 meetings and 15 of 16 in this rivalry. Virginia Tech defeated Virginia last season, 24-20, on a last-second drive to become bowl-eligible. 

  • When: Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Time: Noon ET
  • Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network. Here is a complete list of stations by area.
  • Spread: The Hokies are 3.5-point favorites, via Odds Shark

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5 Bold College Football Predictions for Rivalry Weekend

Things have a tendency to get weird on rivalry weekends, and why would we expect anything different from a season that has already had plenty of unpredictability?

This is the time of the season for something—or somethings—out of the ordinary. Championship contenders could watch their dreams go down the drain thanks to their most hated of rivals. Playoff pictures can get turned upside down.

It's prime time for chaos. 

I've already made my against-the-spread picks this week for each of the Top 25 games, and the flavor of my predictions was quite vanilla. But, faced with the task of marking out some bold predictions for rivalry week, I decided to walk more on the wild side.

Have any bold predictions for rivalry weekend that you could see coming to fruition? Shout them out in the comments below.

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Why Raleigh Texada, Younger Brother of TCU CB, Committed to Baylor

When Frisco, Texas, cornerback Raleigh Texada saw his older brother, TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada II , commit on July 16, 2012, he knew that experience was something he wanted for himself when the time was right.

March 5 was Raleigh's big day, and when the announcement officially dropped, it did two things.

It made Baylor fans extremely happy, and it made fans of college football rivalries scratch their heads.

Raleigh Texada, the athlete with the big brother making his name for himself as a shutdown corner for TCU, committed to the Horned Frogs' biggest budding rival, Baylor.

Wait, what? Why? How?


"I get that a lot," Raleigh said. "but it's probably more from the fans of the schools than anything. It's not from my brother. He was the first one happy for me."

While the TCU-Baylor rivalry is a big deal to fans of the Horned Frogs and Bears (it'll be relived on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas), the Texada brothers see things differently in their household. Both schools were big in recruiting Ranthony, and TCU ultimately won the recruiting efforts. Raleigh was recruited by TCU but was never offered.

Baylor, on the other hand, put an offer on the table. Consider Raleigh's commitment an opportunity to show what he's made of at the next level.

And consider everybody in the family happy for Raleigh. Even those who have become TCU fans because of his older brother.

"The thing about Raleigh is, he was a kid who was always compared to his big brother," said Ranthony Texada I, the father of the brothers. "A lot of people said he was just trying to follow in his big brother's path, but he had big shoes to fill with his brother being [high school] all-state and [a second-team freshman] All-American.

"I told Raleigh to just be who you are to where you can achieve some of the same goals, but not come across it the same way. He went out and put in the work. He got his speed up, lived in the weight room and became something no one thought he could be."

The younger Texada shined as a defensive back and special teams returner and made it routine to play on an island for Centennial High School. He finished the season with 40 tackles, two interceptions and six pass deflections, according to MaxPreps.com. He also scored five touchdowns during the season—three as a punt returner, one off an interception and one on offense as a rusher.

"I'm a playmaker," Raleigh said. "I go out and take care of my assignment. All year, I've locked down my side of the field [at cornerback] and played special teams as a punt returner. On kick returns, nobody kicked to me. On the field, I feel like I can make big-time plays at the next level."

His ability to be an electric athlete reminds a lot of people of Ranthony II, who had nearly 20 offers out of high school. Ranthony II currently is recovering from a season-ending knee injury in September against SMU. Before that, he was a reliable member of the secondary who started all 13 games as a redshirt freshman for the Horned Frogs' Peach Bowl-winning squad last season.

Raleigh played well enough in high school to earn offers from Baylor, Washington, Purdue, Duke and Cal. TCU liked Raleigh but not enough to offer him. He never took it personally; if anything, he used it as motivation.

"I went to a camp there going into my junior year," Raleigh said of TCU. "They really never showed any interest. They never really recruited me, but Baylor did. My brother likes Baylor for how they recruited me."

Ranthony I added: "Baylor jumped on Raleigh early. TCU saw Ranthony at a camp and spent a lot of time on him. I told Baylor if they really like Raleigh, spend a lot of time with him. They didn't leave any stones unturned. Now, Raleigh's grown into someone they're very excited about."

Recruited by both linebackers coach Jim Gush and cornerbacks coach Carlton Buckels, Raleigh finished his high school as a three-year varsity football player. The 5'11", 165-pound athlete also is a standout sprinter for the Centennial track and field team. He's advanced to regional competition as a sprinter and has a personal-best time in the 100-meter dash of 10.54 seconds.

Raleigh said having the opportunity to run track also played in his decision to choose. But when asked about the primary reason for his choice, he pointed to the coaching staff, led by head coach Art Briles.

"I feel like he's a real player's coach," he said. "He's really cool; I like him a lot. My family loves him and the whole coaching staff. I've built good relationships with all the coaches."

Raleigh is excited about the future and putting on a Baylor uniform. But just because he looks up to his big brother doesn't mean he's ready to give the rival team as many losses as possible.

"It is a rivalry, and they do take shots at each other," Ranthony I said. "They love each other, but they've criticized each other based on the Baylor-TCU thing. I hate it as a dad, but it's in their blood. Plus, with a lot of my family, TCU is their first love because of Ranthony. They're slowly transitioning into liking Baylor, too, because of Raleigh."

As the Horned Frogs prepare to host the Bears on Friday, expect the brothers to root for their respective teams. But for 364 out of 365 days a year, look for them to be each other's biggest fans.

Look, also, for Raleigh to become the best he can be. To him, it's all about making a name for himself, rather than being known as the little brother of the TCU standout.

"I'll be rooting for Baylor, and he'll be rooting for TCU," Raleigh said of his brother. "I know he wants TCU to win bad, too. But at the end of the day, I know that he's excited for me and has nothing but love for me."

Ranthony I added: "The love they've shown for each other, I can't ask for anything more. My dream as their father is to have TCU and Baylor line up with both of my boys on the field at the same time."


Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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