UNDATED (AP) — All eyes are on LSU-Alabama this week. It’s the first matchup of Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Associated Press Top 25 since the Tigers and Crimson Tide met in 2011. The loser still has a path to the playoff if it wins out and a one-loss Georgia falls in the Southeastern Conference championship game. The other big game Saturday is in Minneapolis, where fifth-ranked Penn State plays No. 13 Minnesota in another battle of unbeatens. No. 18 Iowa visits No. 16 Wisconsin in a key Big Ten West game.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Chase Claypool has become Notre Dame’s best wide receiver this season and the go-to target for quarterback Ian Book when a clutch play is needed most. No. 15 Notre Dame heads into its game Saturday at Duke with Claypool as the team leader in receiving yards and receptions. The 37 catches are only eight fewer than all other Irish wide receivers have combined for this season. Claypool also has four touchdowns.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 16 Notre Dame will be without 6-foot-3 junior center Mikayla Vaughn for 4-6 weeks because of a right knee sprain. Vaughn was injured Tuesday night during the season-opening win at Fordham. Notre Dame has just seven scholarship players heading into Friday night’s home opener against Loyola.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia is recovering from cancer surgery on Wednesday. The university made the announcement on Twitter. The 24-year-old Australian star was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in June. Mangakahia, who led Syracuse in scoring last season, will sit out this season. She plans to petition the NCAA for an extra season of eligibility.