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No. 4 Michigan mum on Winovich's status

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say Monday if he expects star defensive end Chase Winovich to play at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday.

Winovich appeared to hurt his left shoulder Saturday against Indiana. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Harbaugh said Winovich will be evaluated every day, but gave no indication whether he will be on the field for the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Winovich posted on his Instagram account Sunday night, saying "To those who celebrated what they thought would be my demise, I'll be back."

Winovich was named an AP midseason All-American and is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which recognizes the nation's top defensive player.


Sooners D still struggling as WVU looms

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Every week, the story seems the same - Oklahoma gives up a ton of points, yet Heisman contender Kyler Murray puts up crazy numbers and the Sooners pull out a victory.

The sixth-ranked Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) have allowed at least 40 points in victories over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas the past three weeks. That winning formula that might not work against an offense the caliber of West Virginia's in a Friday showdown that will send the victor to the conference title game. The 12th-ranked Mountaineers (8-2, 6-2) have with their own Heisman candidate in quarterback Will Grier and an offense that ranks in the top 10 nationally in scoring, total yards per game and yards passing per game.


Tide chasing titles, rare perfect season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Perfection is elusive, even for Nick Saban's best teams at Alabama.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide heads into Saturday's regular season finale against rival Auburn still chasing Southeastern Conference and national titles. An unblemished record remains in play, too, though that's been even harder to obtain.


Texas DE Hager reprimanded for OU remark

Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager was publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 on Monday for violating the conference's sportsmanship and ethical conduct policy after he made a disparaging joke about Oklahoma to a reporter after the Longhorns' last game.

Conference rules prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making negative comments about other member institutions.


Orgeron plays up stakes of LSU's finale

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Coach Ed Orgeron makes it clear that he doesn't see LSU's regular-season finale at Texas A&M on Saturday as just another game on the schedule.

While LSU's hopes of sneaking into the College Football Playoff are slim at best, a victory would give the No. 8 Tigers their first 10-win regular season in six years while virtually assuring LSU a spot in a prestigious "New Year's Six" bowl game. The Tigers have not participated in one of these upper-tier post-season games since losing to Alabama in the national title game at the end of the 2011 season.


Gamecocks think gap closing on Clemson

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's last trip to Clemson was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Two years later, the Gamecocks believe the gap with their highly ranked rival is closing.

In 2016, overmatched South Carolina did about everything wrong and left Death Valley on the bad end of a 56-7 beatdown, one of the most lopsided losses in Palmetto State rivalry history .


Wisconsin RB Taylor ready for Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) All the carries were starting to get to Wisconsin's' Jonathan Taylor.

By his own admission, he wasn't at full speed late in a marathon game against Purdue, though it sure didn't look like it in triple overtime.


Terps get final shot at bowl eligibility

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) No matter how Maryland fares in the regular season finale against No. 15 Penn State, it won't change the pride that interim coach Matt Canada feels about how his players have performed under extremely difficult circumstances.

The death of teammate Jordan McNair, two external investigations involving the football program and the dismissal of head coach DJ Durkin combined to make this a season an emotional roller coaster for the Terrapins.


Red zone woes hurting Ole Miss offense

A glimpse at the statistics gives the impression that Mississippi's offense has been a dominant force this season.

A deeper look shows that's not necessarily the case.


Syracuse hopes QB Dungey can play at BC

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Dino Babers says he's hopeful quarterback Eric Dungey will be available for the 19th-ranked Orange's season finale at Boston College.

Dungey was injured Saturday in a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium . It was announced as an upper-body injury, with no more details provided.

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