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Vols QB Maurer a game-time call vs. Tide

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer's status for the Volunteers' Saturday matchup at No. 1 Alabama will be a game-time decision after the freshman sustained a concussion last week.

Pruitt had said Monday that Maurer had taken some reps at the previous night's practice and added that "he's going to be fine, I'm sure." Pruitt updated Maurer's situation after Tennessee's Wednesday practice.

Maurer dove and landed head-first at the end of a 13-yard scramble late in the first half of a 20-10 victory over Mississippi State. He remained in the game for three more plays, went to the sideline after the end of that series and didn't play again the rest of the afternoon.

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No. 9 Florida opens decisive SEC stretch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida handled its last loss to a top-10 team poorly.

The Gators followed a 19-point setback to then-No. 7 Georgia last year with a 21-point drubbing against Missouri. It was a humbling, two-week stretch that threatened to derail coach Dan Mullen's first season in Gainesville.

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Irish still in CFP hunt, but need help

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) It isn't often that Brian Kelly has to get his team's attention.

Late in Saturday's 30-27 victory over Southern California that moved the Irish to 5-1, Kelly tried. He raced out onto the field to get a timeout from officials as the Trojans lined up to attempt an onside kick late in the game.

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Malzahn, Morris put friendships on hold

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) The last time Arkansas coach Chad Morris felt this much pressure to win was nearly 20 years ago.

His first year at Stephenville High School in East Texas resulted in the Yellow Jackets missing the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. When the season ended, Morris made a visit that changed his career path: He went to Springdale, Arkansas, where Gus Malzahn was doing things few had ever seen before. Having already turned Shiloh Christian into an offensive dynamo, Malzahn was developing a powerhouse of a program at Springdale High and was coming off a state championship game appearance in just his second season.

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FBS targeting penalties down 32 percent

The number of enforced targeting penalties is down 32% in the Football Bowl Subdivision compared with the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, the NCAA said Wednesday.

Targeting, the act of striking a defenseless opponent above the shoulders or using the crown of the helmet to contact an opponent, has been one of the college game's biggest player-safety concerns for a decade.

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Oregon's defense off to historic start

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio says Oregon's defense in practice is as good as - or even better than - some of the teams the Ducks have faced so far.

"It's like game day, every day out there in practice. Game day," he said.

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Burrow leads Midseason All-America Team

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who is on a record-breaking pace during the first half of the season, and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor highlight The Associated Press midseason All-America team released Tuesday.

No. 2 LSU, No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 12 Oregon each placed three players on the first team, tying for the most of any school on the team presented by Regions Bank.

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Clemson going with 2 kickers vs. Cards

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he will used kicker B.T. Potter on kickoffs and long field goal tries when the third-ranked Tigers play at Louisville this week.

Swinney angrily shouted at Potter after he missed a 24-yard kick right before halftime in a 45-14 win over Florida State on Saturday. Swinney followed Potter down the sidelines, yelling as he walked. Steven Sawicki kicked for Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) the rest of the game and Swinney said Potter was second string after the game.

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LSU WR Marshall not ready to return

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron says receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. won't be ready to return from a foot injury when the second-ranked Tigers visit Mississippi State on Saturday.

Marshall has missed two games since injuring his right foot during a victory at Vanderbilt on Sept. 21.

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MSU's passing woes hindering RB Hill

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State's lack of a consistent passing attack is hampering running back Kylin Hill's production.

With opposing defenses loading up to stop the ground game, Hill hasn't gained as many as 50 yards in either of the Bulldogs' last two games - steep drop from his 100-plus yards in each of his first four games this season.

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