UNDATED (AP) — The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be released Tuesday night. LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Penn State and more will be watching closely to see where they are slotted. Over the last five years, 11 of the 20 teams to appear in the top four in these initial rankings went on to reach the four-team playoff. There are four weeks left before championship weekend, when the playoff berths are awarded.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — When schools run afoul of the NCAA, they no longer blindly accept whatever punishment is meted out. They close ranks and hunker down, hire outside counsel and vow to fight the penalties, no matter how big or small. It’s a marked change from even 30 years ago, when schools would often accept whatever sanctions were handed down by the governing body. The biggest reason for the change? The increased stakes in big-time college sports.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — If recent history is an indicator, Oklahoma is about to go on a run. The Sooners have won 17 consecutive November games dating back to 2014. The annual late-season surges have fueled four consecutive Big 12 titles and three College Football Playoff berths. The ninth-ranked Sooners hope to keep it going Saturday against Iowa State.
NEW YORK (AP) — As soon as Sabrina Ionescu announced she was returning for her senior season at Oregon, the women’s college basketball landscape changed. The Oregon Ducks became the favorite to win the championship after falling in the Final Four last season to Baylor _ the eventual title winners.
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard turned in his fourth 200-yard rushing performance of the season, and it came against an unlikely opponent. Hubbard carried 20 times for 223 yards and became the first player to go for 200 against TCU since Gary Patterson took over as head coach in 2000. His 178.2 yards per game put him on pace to run for 2,317 in 13 games, assuming the Cowboys don’t play in the Big 12 championship game. That would be the highest total by a player since 2014.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Shaka Smart says guard Andrew Jones is ready for “significant” playing time after missing most of the last two seasons because of cancer treatments. Jones was Texas’ leading scorer when he was diagnosed with leukemia in early January 2018 and missed the rest of that season. He practiced with the team last year but played only a few minutes in two games. Smart says Jones is medically cleared to play and will play a lot. Texas opens the season Tuesday night against Northern Colorado
UNDATED (AP) — The college basketball season tips off with the top ranked teams squaring off. The Champions Classic features No. 1 Michigan State against No. 2 Kentucky followed by No. 3 Kansas taking on No. 4 Duke Tuesday night. The Jayhawks and Blue Devils meet in the first game in New York, with the Spartans and Wildcats next. The week also includes No. 5 Louisville, No. 9 North Carolina and No. 11 Virginia opening the season with Atlantic Coast Conference games to start the ACC’s first 20-game schedule.