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.
UNDATED (AP) — In a conference best known for producing Heisman-winning quarterbacks and Biletnikoff Award-winning receivers, Big 12 freshmen are making their names running with the football. Four of the nation’s top nine freshman rushers from Power Five schools play in the Big 12: Iowa State’s Breece Hall, Texas Tech’s SaRodorick Thompson, Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders and Roschon Johnson of Texas.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Preseason All-Big 12 guard Desmond Bane scored 26 points with five 3-pointers and TCU opened its season with an 83-62 victory over NCAA Division III team Southwestern. Kevin Samuel added 17 points and 12 rebounds. They are the only returning starters for TCU.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia guard Tynice Martin has been reinstated to the women’s basketball team a day after she pleaded no contest to a battery charge. The Mountaineers announced Martin’s reinstatement in a news release Thursday. West Virginia faced St. Francis, Pa., in its season opener Thursday night. Martin entered a plea to the charge Wednesday and was sentenced to community service.