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-Matt Scott, Arizona, had 469 total yards and accounted for four TDs in the Wildcats' 39-36 win over No. 10 Southern California.

-Marqise Lee, USC, caught 16 passes for a Pac-12-record 345 yards and two TDs in the Trojans' 39-36 loss to Arizona.

-AJ McCarron, Alabama, passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns to help the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 38-7 victory over No. 13 Mississippi State.

-Braxton Miller, Ohio State, rushed for 134 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the ninth-ranked Buckeyes to a 35-23 win at Penn State.

-Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, ran for 101 yards and a touchdown to power the Cornhuskers to a 23-9 victory over No. 20 Michigan.

-Ray Holley, Louisiana Tech, had 130 yards rushing in the Bulldogs' 28-14 victory against New Mexico State.

-Collin Klein, Kansas State, threw for 233 yards and accounted for four TDs as the No. 4 Wildcats roughed up No. 15 Texas Tech 55-24.

-Brett Hundley, UCLA, threw for 274 yards and four TDs and set up Ka'imi Fairbairn's 33-yard field goal as the game ended in the Bruins' 45-43 shootout victory over Arizona State.

-Connor Shaw, South Carolina, threw for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to help the No. 17 Gamecocks overcome the loss of tailback Marcus Lattimore for a 38-35 victory over Tennessee.

-Tyler Bray, Tennessee, passed for 368 yards and threw three of his four TDs to Zach Rogers in the Vols' 38-35 loss to No. 17 South Carolina.

-Gio Bernard, North Carolina, returned a punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and ran for 135 yards and two more scores, helping the Tar Heels stun rival North Carolina State 43-35 to end a five-year losing streak in the series.

-Ryan Griffin, Tulane, threw for 466 yards and five TDs to help the Green Wave defeat Alabama-Birmingham 55-45.

-Mike Glennon, North Carolina State, threw for a career-high 467 yards and five TDs in a 43-35 loss to rival North Carolina.

-Jeff Mathews, Cornell, threw for 525 yards and four TDs a 37-35 victory over Princeton.

-Jamaal Williams, BYU, scored four TDs in 41-17 victory over Georgia Tech.

-Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, ran for 212 yards and two TDs as the Seawolves blew out Presbyterian 56-17.

-Trae Heeter, Butler, rushed for 231 yards and two TDs to lead the Bulldogs over Davidson 31-20.

-Rob Hollomon, Central Connecticut State, rushed for 207 yards and three TDs in a 32-30 win over St. Francis (Pa.).

-Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw four TD passes, ran for two more and had 410 total yards in a 48-34 victory over Western Michigan.

-Kain Colter, Northwestern, ran for 166 yards and three TDs and threw for another score in a 28-17 win over Iowa.

-David Fluellen, Toledo, ran for a career-high 228 yards and two TDs in a 25-20 win over Buffalo.

-Richard Cue, South Carolina State, threw for 366 yards and four TDs to different receivers in a 41-23 victory over Howard.

-Grant Enders, Towson, passed for four TDs and rushed for another in a 49-35 win over Villanova.

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MAKING A STATEMENT

Manti Te'o and No. 5 Notre Dame don't care whether people believe in them or not. They're just out to keep winning.

Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and plunged in for the decisive 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Te'o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception and No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 on Saturday night to remain undefeated.

Despite winning their first seven games for the first time in a decade, the Fighting Irish came in as the underdogs but certainly didn't play like it.

Te'o, the standout linebacker who has a penchant for causing turnovers, dove when Landry Jones' pass ricocheted off Jalen Saunders and got his gloved hands under it. Kyle Brindza tacked on his third field goal soon after, and Theo Riddick added a late touchdown run as the Fighting Irish (8-0) put it away with 20 fourth-quarter points on the road.

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LATTIMORE INJURED

South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore was taken to a hospital after injuring his right knee against Tennessee.

Lattimore was running through the left side when he was struck around the knees by defensive back Eric Gordon, whipping his right leg around and slamming it against the turf. South Carolina trainers immediately rushed to his side, keeping Lattimore flat on his back as the junior running back attempted to sit up and see the injury.

He was taken off the field on a cart and went to the hospital for further evaluation, the school announced.

Lattimore missed the final six games last season after tearing ligaments in his right knee against Mississippi State.

This injury looked like it might be just as bad.

After several minutes lying on the field, Tennessee's players came out to wish Lattimore well. South Carolina's entire team followed as the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium chanted Lattimore's name.

Lattimore's mother, Yolanda Smith, joined her son in the locker room.

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DUCKS RUNAWAY

The Oregon Ducks spent all last week saying they weren't looking past Colorado to next weekend's Pac-12 showdown at USC.

So after the second-ranked Ducks easily dispatched the Buffaloes 70-14 at Autzen Stadium, it was OK to finally talk about the Trojans.

Well, sort of. USC was still just another ``faceless opponent'' to undefeated Oregon, especially after the Trojans lost to Arizona 39-36.

Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while De'Anthony Thomas rushed for another score and added a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against the overmatched Buffs. Most of Oregon's offensive starters were pulled by the midway point of the second quarter.

The Ducks (8-0, 5-0) built a 56-0 lead by halftime and their 70 points were the most they'd ever scored against a conference opponent. It was Oregon's 11th straight overall victory dating to a 38-35 loss at home to USC last season.

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NUMBERS

7-Turnovers forced by Kent State in its 35-23 win over No. 18 Rutgers.

16-Straight Big 12 losses by Kansas after Texas rallied for a 21-17 win in the closing seconds.

21-Games for the home winning streak by Wisconsin that ended with a 16-13 loss to Michigan State.

512-Yards rushing by Navy in its 56-28 rout of East Carolina.

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GEORGIA'S BIG WIN

Georgia's defense was far from soft against rival Florida.

And now the Gators are no longer undefeated and no longer in charge in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.

The 12th-ranked Bulldogs stuffed No. 3 Florida from every angle, forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 victory that left them on the cusp of the SEC championship game.

Call it the World's Largest Outdoor Turnover Party, and it gave Georgia consecutive wins in the series for the first time since 1989.

The Bulldogs can clinch the East and a spot in the conference title game with wins against Mississippi and Auburn the next two weeks.

If they play defense like they did against Florida, getting to Atlanta should be a mere formality.

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

The Ravens have reportedly agreed in principle to a new contract extension with head coach John Harbaugh, a move already being praised by national pundits everywhere. 

It was nearly a month ago that the Ravens announced Harbaugh would be returning as the team’s head coach in 2019, which was noteworthy considering his status as a potential lame duck head coach.

In the same release, the team announced they were working towards a contract extension with Harbaugh, whose current deal was set to expire next year.

Despite reports from national NFL insiders, including Jason La Canfora and Peter King, that Harbaugh might prefer to hit free agency as a highly sought-after head coach after the 2019 season, it appears the Ravens will keep him in Baltimore for the foreseeable future. 

This news comes on the heels of a busier-than-usual coaching carousel, with a quarter of the 32 NFL teams changing head coaches in the last month, including two AFC North rivals. Harbaugh almost certainly would have been the cream of the crop among coaching free agents no matter when he became available, so the Ravens were looking to lock him up long term.

After a tough November home loss to the Steelers that put the team at 4-5, Harbaugh was asked about his job security, and he remained steadfast and confident.

"I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," Harbaugh said. "It's always been, for me, [about] doing the job. I've got a bunch of great coaches and a bunch of great players that bust their tails every day to do the best job they can. I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks we've been in the season. So, there are no regrets. Never been any regrets here with me."

After that game, the Ravens rattled off six wins in seven games to make the playoffs, and many players credited Harbaugh with keeping the team together. It was prior to Week 16 when the front office announced Harbaugh would be returning no matter how the season ended, but the strong finish and AFC North title certainly made the decision easier.

A coach with a special teams background, Harbaugh is an anomaly in the current era of young, offensive-minded head coaches. He won Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and holds a 104-72 career record in Baltimore.

The terms of the new deal have not yet been released, but it will be interesting how many years the team is committing to Harbaugh.

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Bradley Beal's agent says guard's not looking for a trade: 'He wants to win'

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Bradley Beal's agent says guard's not looking for a trade: 'He wants to win'

Bradley Beal, his agent Mark Bartlestein told Bleacher Report, would like to stay in Washington - even as he's a hot topic among front offices as the trade deadline approaches.

From Bleacher Report:

His agent, Mark Bartelstein, is not looking for a trade. "Brad wants to win, Bartelstein told B/R. "He wants to win at the highest level, and he wants to compete for championships. I think he's seeing progress, and he's going to do everything he can to lead this team. They got themselves into a huge hole, and he's going to do his best to get them out of it.

The Wizards are facing tough decisions when it comes to the future of the franchise as this season's trade deadline approaches. Beal, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig detailed this week, is among the most tradable assets they have, especially when it comes to their three major contracts. But owner Ted Leonsis took a firm stance against tanking while speaking to reporters in London, and Beal is integral to their playoff hopes with John Wall sidelined. 

This isn't the first time this season that Beal has denied wanting to be anywhere but DC. When drama swirled around the team earlier this season, Beal denied a report that he had requested a trade.

"That's nonsense," he said at the time. "I heard it earlier before the game and I was like, 'If it didn't come from the horse's mouth, it wasn't me.' I got this Washington jersey on and I come here and work everyday, you know, until otherwise. This is where I wanna be."

Earlier this season, it was reported that the Raptors were interested in Beal but couldn't afford what the Wizards were asking for him. According to the latest report on Beal from Bleacher Report, there are a number of teams who may still be interested. 

Again, from Bleacher Report:

There are so many teams in the mix trying to make that extra push that want Beal," a Western Conference executive told B/R.

But even if some fans are clamoring for a big trade at the deadline, the price tag for Beal - who had 26 points in the Wizards' comeback win over the Knicks this week - only seems to be rising. 

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