TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) is starting for No. 2 Alabama against No. 1 LSU, 20 days after having a surgical procedure on his sprained right ankle. The junior quarterback was injured against Tennessee on Oct. 19 and had surgery the next day. He sat out against Arkansas the next week and then Alabama was off, giving him an extra week to recover for the biggest game of the season. Alabama coach Nick Saban had described the Heisman Trophy runner-up’s status a game-time decision.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has pulled off its first win over a top-five team in 20 years. The 13th-ranked Gophers topped fifth-ranked Penn State 31-26, improving to 9-0 and staying on track for their first trip to the Big Ten championship game. Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns and Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by the Penn State quarterback.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half as No. 3 Ohio State romped over Maryland 73-14. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns as the Buckeyes built a 42-0 halftime lead and the backups added to it in the second half. A team that gave the Buckeyes headaches last season was no trouble this time, even without the fierce pass rushing of suspended defensive star Chase Young.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Trask threw for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Gators overcame a lackluster start to thump Vanderbilt 56-0. It was the best passing performance by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow’s college finale. The Gators beat the Commodores for the 28th time in the last 29 years and sixth time in a row.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won the pole spot for tomorrow’s NASCAR race at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix. All eight title contenders qualified in the top 10 for the final race to decide the championship field. Busch’s first pole of the season puts him one spot ahead of reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano on the starting grid.