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Utah wins Pac-12, hurts USC's CFP hopes

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LAS VEGAS (AP) No. 12 Utah pounded a limping, bloodied Caleb Williams and roared past No. 4 Southern California 47-24 on Friday night to win the Pac-12 Championship and put USC's College Football Playoff hopes in doubt.

The loss by the Trojans (11-2) could open the way for Ohio State (11-1) to take their spot in the playoffs. USC is fourth in the CFP rankings, the Buckeyes are one step behind.

Ohio State had to be Utah's biggest fan. The Buckeyes move up in playoff consideration, with 12-0 Michigan at No. 2 with the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, that would give the Big Ten conference two playoff teams for the first time. It also would extend the Pac-12's playoff drought - Washington in 2017 is the last team from that conference to make the playoffs.


Notre Dame QB Pyne intending to transfer

Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne announced Friday on social media that he is putting his name in the transfer portal.

Pyne posted on Twitter that being a student-athlete at Notre Dame was "one of my proudest honors ..." as well as, "Now it's time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal."


Florida dismisses QB Kitna after arrest

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl.

The Gators scrubbed Kitna's name from their roster and his biography from their website late Thursday, just hours after Kitna's first court appearance. Kitna was released from jail on an $80,000 bond and ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and no internet access.


S. Carolina DB Smith declares for draft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina defensive back Cam Smith is leaving the 20th-ranked Gamecocks for the NFL.

Smith, the 6-foot, 188-pound junior, announced his decision on social media Friday. He is considered a first-round NFL draft pick.


UTSA wins 2nd straight C-USA title

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Frank Harris threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 49 yards and another score, lifting No. 23 UTSA to its second-straight Conference USA championship with a 48-27 victory over North Texas on Friday night at the Alamodome.

UTSA knocked off North Texas for the second time in six weeks. In a game on Oct. 21, it took Harris' 10-yard pass to De'Corian Clark with 15 seconds remaining to give UTSA a 31-27 victory.


Ex-Texas coach Herman takes over at FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Former Texas and Houston head coach Tom Herman will take over at Florida Atlantic as it heads into its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

The hire comes just days after FAU fired Willie Taggart, who went 15-18 in his three seasons with the Owls. Details of the contract with Herman were not immediately available.


Buffalo edges Akron, now bowl eligible

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Quian Williams scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter and Buffalo rallied past Akron 23-22 on Friday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons.

It was just the second catch of the game for Williams, who extended the ball over the line just before being knocked out of bounds for a 16-yard touchdown on fourth-and-10. The 2-point conversion was no good but Marcus Fuqua sealed it with his second interception of the game and conference-leading seventh of the season.


TCU, Ohio St. in familiar rankings spots

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU has been in this position before, third in the College Football Playoff rankings going into its last game before the final four teams are set.

And just like in 2014, there sits Ohio State in fifth, hoping for a chance to move up.


Texas St. hires UIW's Kinne as new coach

Texas State hired Incarnate Word coach G.J. Kinne on Friday to lead a Sun Belt program that has had only one winning season since moving up to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

The 34-year-old former Tulsa quarterback has made a fast rise in coaching since ending his professional career in 2017.


Iowa State parts ways with OC Manning

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning and strength and conditioning coach Dave Andrews will not return next season after the Cyclones finished 4-8 and last in the Big 12.

"Decisions such as these are never easy because of the impact they have on the lives of individuals and their families, however, in order for us to move the program forward, I felt it necessary to make these changes at this time." coach Matt Campbell said Friday. "Tom and Dave are tremendous men who have had a hand in our success over the last few years, and we wish them and their families all the best in the future."

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