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Committee delays vote on CFP expansion

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

A plan to expand the College Football Playoff stalled Wednesday when the college sports administrators who oversee the postseason system were unable to reach consensus on whether to grow the postseason format from four to 12 teams.

The 10 major college conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director who make up the CFP management committee met to share feedback from their members and address concerns about the expansion proposal that was unveiled in June.

"There's still issues that need to be discussed," CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock told AP.


Miami QB King doubtful to face CCSU

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami is planning to play without quarterback D'Eriq King on Saturday when it takes on Central Connecticut State.

King injured his shoulder in last weekend's 38-17 loss to Michigan State, an outcome that knocked the Hurricanes (1-2) out of the AP Top 25 and sent the Spartans into the poll at No. 20. King did not miss a play in that game, even after needing to go the locker room in the second half for treatment and evaluation.


Irish, Wisconsin face off in Chicago

When it comes to producing NFL-quality offensive linemen, Notre Dame and Wisconsin have been among the best programs in the country.

The Fighting Irish have 12 offensive linemen on NFL rosters to start this season and the Badgers have eight.


Arkansas out to reset Texas A&M rivalry

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Arkansas coach Sam Pittman knows what the resurgent Razorbacks have to do to make their series against seventh-ranked Texas A&M a real rivalry again.

Things have been a bit one-sided since the Aggies joined Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference.


Peoples, Noel lead App State by Marshall

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Camerun Peoples ran for three touchdowns and Nate Noel rushed for 87 of his 187 yards on a game-saving drive and Appalachian State defeated Marshall 31-30 on Thursday night.

After Chandler Stanton's 45-yard field goal put the Mountaineers on top with 5:45 to play, the defense held but Robert Lefevre's 45-yard punt pinned Appalachian State on its 8-yard line with four minutes remaining.


SEC refs under microscope after mistakes

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was still being asked his thoughts Wednesday about the bizarre punt play in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to Memphis, and two apparent mistakes - one of them acknowledged - by SEC officials.

Leach still wasn't sure he wanted to pay to discuss them.


Northwestern venue to get $480M upgrade

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern is set to renovate its football stadium thanks to a $480 million donation from the family of Patrick and Shirley Ryan.

The school said Wednesday that the gift will also help fund other university projects. But it's the lead donation to renovate the stadium - Ryan Field - bearing the family's name.


Rutgers bans 2 after paintball shooting

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Two Rutgers players have been suspended from the football team after they were charged in an incident in which three people were struck by paintballs fired from a passing vehicle.

Coach Greg Schiano took the action Tuesday, shortly after defensive backs Malachi "Max" Melton and Chris Long were each charged with three counts of aggravated assault and a weapons count. The charges stem from an incident Monday night in the area of the school's Livingston Campus in Piscataway. It's not known if either player has retained an attorney.


QB Brewer leaves Utah after demotion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Quarterback Charlie Brewer has left the Utah Utes after losing his starting job to Cameron Rising, the team said Tuesday.

Brewer, a four-year starter at Baylor, transferred to Utah for his final season and won the starting job following a heated competition with Rising in the preseason camp. But the Utes struggled with Brewer under center. He went 1-2 in three starts and was benched late in the third quarter of Utah's 33-31 triple OT loss to San Diego State last weekend.


Dart out, Slovis takes 1st-team reps

LOS ANGELES (AP) The quarterback competition at Southern California might be over before it even started.

Jaxson Dart did not practice Tuesday after the freshman sustained a knee injury in the Trojans' 45-14 win at Washington State, while three-year starter Kedon Slovis took first-team reps after being knocked out of the game because of a neck injury.

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