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Sooners to 3rd, Iowa 4th in CFP rankings

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(AP) -- Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6 on Tuesday night.

Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the third-to-last selection committee rankings.

The Sooners (10-1) seem to be in solid shape with only one game to play. Oklahoma is at Oklahoma State on Saturday with a chance to win the Big 12. The Cowboys dropped to 11th after losing for the first time this season.


No charges in Nebraska rape allegations

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they decided not to charge anyone following an alleged rape at the home of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and receiver Jordan Westerkamp earlier this month.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong and Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said the evidence didn't support filing charges.


Baylor down to third QB for TCU matchup

WACO, Texas (AP) Chris Johnson was catching passes instead of throwing them for No. 7 Baylor until about a month ago.

Now the third-year sophomore is getting ready to become the third starting quarterback this season for the Bears, who go into Friday night's game at No. 15 TCU still with hopes for a third consecutive Big 12 title - and maybe even a spot in the College Football Playoff.


Miles sidesteps questions about future

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles considers talk about his job security "off limits" right now and he has no interest in retiring.

Miles also said Monday that Louisiana has become "home" to him and his family as he nears the end of his 11th season with the Tigers.


USC expects 3 key players back vs. UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California tailback Tre Madden, guard Viane Talamaivao and freshman defensive back Marvell Tell are all expected to return from injury Saturday against No. 22 UCLA.

Interim coach Clay Helton gave encouraging updates on all three players Tuesday as the Trojans (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) began their week of preparation for their annual crosstown showdown with the Bruins (8-3, 5-3). The winner will also claim the Pac-12 South title.


Dantonio: QB situation still unsettled

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) It wasn't until the start of last weekend's game that the severity of Connor Cook's injury became obvious for anyone watching.

Michigan State managed to upset Ohio State without its star quarterback, but now Spartans fans have to wait out another week without knowing whether Cook can contribute.


Ohio keeps NIU from clinching MAC West

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Greg Windham and J.D. Sprague each threw a touchdown pass, Josiah Yazdani kicked four field goals and Ohio kept Northern Illinois from advancing to the Mid-American Conference title game with a 26-21 win on Tuesday night.

A.J. Ouellette rushed for 140 yards on 30 carries for the Bobcats (8-4, 5-3), to help put the Huskies (8-4, 6-2) in a holding position. Northern Illinois has to hope Western Michigan beats Toledo on Friday, which would create a tie among those three, to advance to the title game against East Division champion Bowling Green. The Huskies beat both teams and would win a three-way tiebreaker.


WSU QB Bender might start vs. Washington

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Peyton Bender was somewhat of an unknown in high school when he traveled from sunny south Florida to chilly eastern Washington to throw the football for Mike Leach.

Now Bender may get the chance at his first college start on Friday when No. 20 Washington State (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) faces rival Washington (5-6, 3-5) in the Apple Cup.


Wisconsin RB Clement may return in 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin running back Corey Clement said on Tuesday that he will return for his senior season in 2016 if his NFL draft projection is third round or worse.

Clement was poised to take over the starting job this year in the Badgers' vaunted running attack after gaining 949 yards and nine touchdowns on 147 carries in 2014.


Henry, McCaffrey, Watson up for Maxwell

(AP) -- Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are the finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's best player.

Finalists for nine awards that will be handed out Dec. 10 during ESPN's college football award show were announced Tuesday.

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