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Vols' Pruitt: May be Saban's best team

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks from experience when he says this may be the best Alabama team of Nick Saban's 12-year tenure.

Pruitt was part of Saban's staff for four national championship teams at Alabama and spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator . Now he's a first-year head coach preparing to face the top-ranked Tide.

Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) leads all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring this year with 53.6 points per game.


'Gameday' wait over for Washington State

Long before the sun rises over the rolling hills of the Palouse, the fans in crimson and gray will make their pilgrimage. They'll come stumbling out of RVs parked the night before in nearby lots. They'll walk through campus past the Bryan Clock Tower or make the hike up College Hill

They'll don jerseys bearing the names Leaf, Thompson, Bledsoe, Gleason and they'll display the number "3" in memory of quarterback Tyler Hilinski. They'll carry signs disparaging Dawgs to the West and Ducks to the South. They'll celebrate the "Popcorn Guy" and the "Fireball Chugger."


WR Harmon a big part of NC State's rise

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) It doesn't matter to North Carolina State's Kelvin Harmon whether he's wide open downfield or tussling with a defensive back as the ball comes his way.

Just get the ball close, and he's going to make that catch.


Surprising Texas, among Big 12's best

There is a Big 12 surprise deep in the heart of Texas.

Since the Longhorns lost their season opener to Maryland for the second year in a row, coach Tom Herman's team has a six-game winning streak and is ranked in the top 10 after September for the first time since 2009 - when they were the national runner-up after winning their last Big 12 title.


Rosier regains Miami starting QB job

Malik Rosier has his job back.

Miami has changed starting quarterbacks again, with Rosier returning to the first-string spot that he lost to N'Kosi Perry three games ago. Rosier led Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division championship last season, and he'll be back under center when the Hurricanes (5-2, 2-1) resume this year's title race at Boston College on Oct. 26.


Michigan defense a test for Lewerke, MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) This season has had its ups and downs for Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke.

All of that may be forgotten if he can guide the Spartans to another victory over Michigan.


Injured Bosa leaves OSU to prep for NFL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Injured defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to leave school to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft in the spring, Ohio State said Tuesday.

The junior All-American from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, already had four sacks this season when he suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 in the third game of the season. He had surgery five days later, and no timetable was set for his return to the team.


Cards TE threatened to kill girlfriend

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville football player Kemari Averett was charged Tuesday with putting a gun to his girlfriend's head and threatening to kill her. The tight end was suspended from the team.

The 20-year-old sophomore remains in Louisville Metro jail on $10,000 bond after pleading not guilty and faces an Oct. 26 hearing. University police charged him with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault.


Tide lead midseason AP All-America team

Tua Tagovailoa and four of his Alabama teammates highlight The Associated Press midseason All-America team.

Tagovailoa, the prolific quarterback of the top-ranked Crimson Tide, has 21 touchdown passes and no interceptions without having to attempt a pass in the fourth quarter because Alabama has been so thoroughly dominant. The Tide is averaging 53.6 points per game.


USC LB Gustin undergoes ankle surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California outside linebacker Porter Gustin underwent surgery to repair a broken ankle Tuesday.

He is looking at a four-month recovery after having a metal plate and screw inserted in his right ankle, Trojans coach Clay Helton said Tuesday night, a timetable that would likely allow the talented pass rusher to participate in workouts ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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