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College football: FSU postponed second straight week on game day; Ohio State on pause

Florida State had a home football game postponed on the day it was to be played for the second straight week, and Ohio State officials said it was impossible to say when the third-ranked Buckeyes could get back on the field as they deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Saturday the Seminoles’ game against Virginia would not be played because of COVID-19 issues within Florida State’s program. The game was to have started at 8 p.m.

Florida State Athletic Drector David Coburn said after one positive test on Friday night, contact tracing – along with previous opt-outs and injuries – left the team with only 44 scholarship players and some position groups “almost entirely depleted.”

“We deeply regret that many Florida State and Virginia fans have already traveled to the game as well as Virginia’s team,” Coburn said. “We simply had no way of knowing we

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College Football’s Top Plays: Week 13 – Saturday

If Friday wasn’t enough, there’s another day chock-full of college football for you to enjoy!

Trevor Lawrence makes his return for the No. 3 Tigers, while top-ranked Alabama will do battle with No. 22 Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

Let’s check out all the top plays from Week 13’s Saturday slate.

Her-story made

Sarah Fuller became the first female to play in a Power 5 football game when she kicked off for the Vanderbilt Commodores to start the second half.

That’s an oops

The onside kick went horribly wrong for Texas Tech, as Oklahoma State instead scooped it up for a score.

Wait, what?

The interception, the fumble, and then the recovery? It’s Maryland’s football!

Patterson off to the races

On the first play of the game, Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson took it 62 yards deep into Kent State territory.

And he didn’t stop there. 

Kyle Squared

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College football schedule, games 2020: What to watch in Week 13, TV channels, Saturday kickoff times

The timing may seem a bit odd, but rivalry weekend for the 2020 college football season is upon us despite the fact that there’s a good chunk of the season left. The weekend is headlined by the SEC on CBS Game of the Week between No. 1 Alabama and No. 22 Auburn in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Even though the Tigers have disappointed the pundits this year, they have the chance to top the Tide for the third time in four seasons.

Let’s help you navigate through a great weekend of college football with a handy viewer’s guide. 

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The biggest games

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama — Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS and CBSSports.com: Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones can continue his Heisman Trophy run and running back Najee Harris could make a big statement against the the Tigers in the best rivalry in sports. Meanwhile, Auburn

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Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller first woman to play in Power 5 game

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday.

Fuller kicked off the turf with a holder rather than using a tee, and she sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was pounced on by Missouri’s Mason Pack. Fuller didn’t get any opportunities in the first half as the Tigers opened a 21-0 lead over the Commodores.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Vandy football coach Derek Mason with a limited number of specialists available against Missouri. Mason reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose for some help.

Fuller agreed to give football a try and practiced with the winless Commodores before

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Why Ohio State’s COVID-19 outbreak, game cancellation may impact its College Football Playoff chances

No. 2 Ohio State announced late Friday that it had to cancel its game with Illinois on Saturday due to a COVID-19 outbreak of some scale within the program.  The only person we know for sure to have contracted the coronavirus is coach Ryan Day as the university does not allow for the release of names or even the total numbers of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

What we do know is that the Buckeyes have now had two games canceled — the other was Nov. 14 against Maryland — and that is the most they can have drop off their schedule and still remain eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game.  We also know that the first two Big Ten teams to have a game canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on their own squads did not just have one game drop off their schedules but two.

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Watch Sarah Fuller kick off for Vanderbilt and make college football history

At the start of the third quarter of the Vanderbilt-Missouri game Saturday, Sarah Fuller made college football history. By taking the field for the opening second-half kickoff for the Commodores, Fuller became the first woman to play in an SEC and Power 5 game.



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Winless Vanderbilt has struggled with kicking this season. Some of the team’s specialists were not available to play because of COVID-19 protocols, so it turned to Fuller, a 6-foot-2 Wylie, Texas native and senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s soccer team, which finished its season last Sunday with its first SEC Tournament title since 1994. And not long after that, Fuller was with the football team practicing kicking through the uprights this week.

Related: 5 things to know about Sarah Fuller

And, as The Tennessean‘s Adam Sparks reported Saturday, Fuller was the only kicker to travel with Vanderbilt for the Missouri

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Ohio State’s Best Path to the College Football Playoff

Ohio State fans across the country woke up Saturday morning playing the what-if game. How could the Buckeyes still manage to play in the College Football Playoff if they can’t get on the field in the next week or so?

Obviously, this week’s game against Illinois was cancelled at roughly 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday night. That’s hard to swallow, because it’s Ohio State’s second cancelled game over it’s first six scheduled contests. If the Buckeyes can’t play either one of the next two weeks for any reason (whether its their own issues with the virus or if either Michigan State or Michigan have similar outbreaks in their own locker rooms), they won’t meet the minimum threshold of games to qualify to play in the Big Ten championship game.

According to Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network, assuming that the four remaining games across the league today are played,

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Boston College Defeats UMass 4-3 in Return to the Ice

Jack McBain recorded his third career multi-goal game and Matt Boldy netted the game-winner early in the third, as Boston College opened the season with a 4-3 victory over UMass.

The Eagles had to wait a little longer than expected to start the 2020-21 season, but that seems normal in the Covid-19 world. They were slated to open the season against New Hampshire last weekend before an inconclusive test postponed the two games. This weekend was expected to feature a home-and-home with Providence, but some schedule shuffling saw the 1-0-1 Minutemen arrive at the Heights for the Friday night game.

The matchup between the top two teams in the Hockey East preseason poll did not disappoint. Despite the high-scoring result, goalies Matt Murray and Spencer Knight played well in net, recording 28 and 30 saves apiece. Murray was particularly strong in the late stages of the game, allowing the Minutemen

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest NCAA Week 13 Standings, Final Poll Review | Bleacher Report

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Notre Dame’s critical road victory over North Carolina on Friday afternoon kicked off a busy Week 13 in college football.

But as the Irish improved to 9-0, Oregon suffered its first letdown with a 41-38 loss to rival Oregon State. Elsewhere on Friday, Iowa State notched a key Big 12 triumph, while Iowa edged Nebraska to earn its fourth straight win.

Ten ranked programs will be in action Saturday, and the most notable game is the Iron Bowl between top-ranked Alabama and No. 22 Auburn. Trevor Lawrence is expected to make his much-anticipated return as No. 3 Clemson hosts Pitt.

The ranking below reflects the College Football Playoff poll.

                  

Top 25 Review

1. Alabama (7-1) vs. No. 22 Auburn
2. Notre Dame (9-0) W 31-17 at No. 19 North Carolina
3. Clemson (7-1) vs. Pitt
4. Ohio State (4-0) IDLE
5. Texas A&M (5-1) vs.

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Pope inducts Archbishop Wilton Gregory to College of Cardinals

Nov. 28 (UPI) — Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, making Gregory the first Black American to hold the rank of cardinal.

Gregory was presented with a ring and a scroll, as well as a skullcap called a zucchetto and a four-cornered silk hat called a biretta.

Thirteen men became new cardinals at the induction, called a consistory. This year’s ceremony has special health requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including quarantines for the men, who are all in the at-risk age for complications from the virus.

Two of the appointees, Cornelius Sim of Brunei and Jose Fuerte Advincula of the Philippines, participated via a special live stream because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

Gregory, a Chicago native, was formerly the Archbishop of Atlanta between 2005 and 2019. Gregory has focused on diversity in the church, including welcoming members

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