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Sun Bowl 86-year streak ends, another Big Ten game off amid COVID-19


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Published 4:08 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020 | Updated 7:04 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020

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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.

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The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, played every year since Jan. 1, 1935, has been canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

KFOX14/CBS4 in El Paso, Texas, site of the game that was to pit the Pac-12 against the ACC, said it confirmed the news with the Sun Bowl Association. The Stadium first reported the cancellation of the nation’s second-longest-running bowl game.

Earlier this year, when the Pac-12 announced a return to the field, executive director Bernie Olivas said the bowl still planned on pitting a Pac-12 and ACC team.

The bowl schedule for the 2020 season started at 43 games with the College Football Playoff championship game included. Seven games have officially announced cancellations – Redbox, Hawaii, Bahamas, Holiday,

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In Big 12 college football title race, not all losses count the same

Oklahoma State has had some heartbreaking Bedlam losses recently: 48-47 in 2018, 62-52 in 2017, overtime in 2012.

Clemson passes Ohio State in Amway Coaches Poll

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The Cowboys also have had some let’s-get-this-over-with Bedlam losses: 41-13 a week ago, 58-23 in 2015, 27-0 in 2009.

Doesn’t really matter how you lose, they all count the same. Until they don’t.

From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day.

And they might not all count the same in 2020. In this crazy season, it might come down not just to whether you won or lost, but how many you lost by.



a football player running on a baseball field: Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) stiff-arms Oklahoma State cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse during the first half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.


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Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) stiff-arms Oklahoma State cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse during the first half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The Big 12 football race hits the homestretch, with

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Big Ten power rankings: Conference’s College Football Playoff hopes are now slim

COVID-19 might be the only thing that can slow down Ohio State. For Northwestern, it was one-win Michigan State.

And just like that, the Big Ten’s playoff hopes may be close to vanishing.

It’s unclear when the Buckeyes will return to the field, and even though the eye test may say yes, their resume will be a few games short than others, at least. An unbeaten Wildcats’ team probably carries the conference’s flag into the CFP, but not after losing as a double-digit favorite to the Spartans.

On to this week’s rankings:

14. NEBRASKA (1-4)

The Cornhuskers hung in there against Iowa, even tied at halftime, but ultimately lost, 26-20. After the game, the storyline was Scott Frost complaining about Iowa’s sideline clapping to throw off his quarterbacks’ snap counts. Maybe what kept Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey out of rhythm was the constant rotation. Just a thought. After struggling

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Why Big 12 football title contenders need to keep making their points

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman
Published 2:24 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020 | Updated 2:24 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020

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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State has had some heartbreaking Bedlam losses recently: 48-47 in 2018, 62-52 in 2017, overtime in 2012.

OSU also has had some let’s-get-this-over-with Bedlam losses: 41-13 a week ago, 58-23 in 2015, 27-0 in 2009.

Doesn’t really matter how you lose, they all count the same. Until they don’t.

And they might not all count the same in 2020. In this crazy season, it might come down not just to whether you won or lost, but how many you lost by.

The Big 12 football race hits the homestretch, with just two Saturdays left before the championship game. Consider this scenario:

Oklahoma wins out to finish 7-2. The Sooners will be a

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The College Athletes Who Are Allowed to Make Big Bucks: Cheerleaders

During the three years Jamie Andries spent as a member of the University of Oklahoma cheerleading team, she cheered at two Big 12 championship football games, the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the 2016 Final Four.

And while the star football and basketball players in those games — including the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield and the future N.B.A. guard Buddy Hield — were forbidden to make money from their athletic fame beyond what the university provided to cover their attendance, Andries was receiving thousands of dollars through sponsorship deals with Crocs, L’Oréal, American Eagle and Lokai.

“Coming to OU for college was a big milestone for me but it has given me so many amazing opportunities like being able to cheer for the Sooners,” Andries said in an Instagram post in February 2016 that shows her wearing her cheer uniform and holding up her left

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How Northwestern’s loss impacts Ohio State, Big Ten, College Football Playoff race

Ohio State, which was ranked No. 4 in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings this week, canceled its game Saturday against Illinois because of positive COVID-19 tests within the team.   

The Buckeyes have paused team activities and their hopes of reaching the Big Ten championship game for a fourth consecutive season have taken a hit because of the conference’s games-played standard for qualifying for the game.

MORE: Why was Ohio State-Illinois canceled?

None of that might matter. Michigan State did the Buckeyes a huge favor by knocking off No. 8 Northwestern 29-20 on Saturday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 5-1, leaving Ohio State (4-0) as the lone unbeaten team left in the Big Ten.  

What does the result mean for the conference race and the College Football Playoff rankings over the next two weeks? We take a closer look: 

Northwestern isn’t out yet

The Wildcats can still

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BIG NOON KICKOFF Announces Big Ten Championship Game Kickoff Time, Discusses College Football Playoff Rankings and More

On today’s edition of BIG NOON KICKOFF, host Rob Stone, analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Urban Meyer and Charles Woodson and reporter Bruce Feldman look at the Big Ten’s Championship Game criteria, break down the first College Football Playoff rankings and more.

FOX Sports announced on today’s show that the Big Ten Championship Game moves to the network’s premier BIG NOON SATURDAY time slot, at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, Dec. 19. That weekend, BIG NOON KICKOFF will be live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 10:00 AM ET.

Feldman reports on the criteria for teams to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game:
“Even though the Buckeyes sit there at 4-0, if they are not able to play the next two games in the regular season, then they would fall behind the Big Ten criteria for the minimum six games

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College football odds, picks for Week 13 in Big 12: Iowa State upsets Texas on road to conference title game

The Big 12’s playoff picture is dim, but not non-existent. It rests solely on No. 11 Oklahoma. But first the Sooners need to win out. That won’t be easy. In fact, the top four teams with the most realistic shots to win the league are all 6-2 or 5-2. As such, the final two, maybe three weeks of the season could yield several possibilities. 

It won’t be worth getting into all of them now, but there is one game taking center stage this weekend that will shape the race: Friday’s noon ET matchup between Iowa State and Texas. For the Cyclones, it’s the first of two tough games to end the year, and this one comes on a short week. But Iowa State has a lot going for it. It’s a top-15 defense in points per drive allowed among teams that have played at least five games. The running game

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College football picks, odds for Big Ten in Week 13: Ohio State, Northwestern look to stay unbeaten

The Big Ten has looked quite a bit different this season with normal powerhouses like Michigan and Penn State having their fair share of struggles. However, there’s still plenty of teams at the top that have gotten off to impressive starts this season.

One of the biggest surprises in the Big Ten has been the stellar play of No. 8 Northwestern. The Wildcats are coming off of an upset win over Wisconsin and are making their case for the Big Ten title game. Northwestern is getting it done with a stout defense that is only yielding 12.6 points per game with veteran quarterback Peyton Ramsey running a methodical offensive attack. Now Northwestern will face a Michigan State team that has been the definition of inconsistent throughout the season. 

Meanwhile, Ohio State remains one of the top teams in college football and came in at No. 3 in the first reveal

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Hockey East Matchups Headline Big Weekend Of College Sports On NESN Networks

If you love college sports, then you’ll want to tune in to the NESN networks this weekend.

It all starts Friday with a women’s Hockey East matchup between Providence College and No. 7 Boston College, followed by a pair of men’s Hockey East tilts, both of which will feature nationally ranked clubs in UMass-Amherst and Boston College.

All of NESN’s Hockey East coverage is brought to you by Rockland Trust, where EACH relationship matters.

Next up is a loaded Saturday, headlined by two additional Hockey East matchups between No. 11 UMass Lowell and No. 16 Northeastern, and No. 2 Boston College versus No. 7 UMass.

Also included in this weekend’s slate of games is college football between Duke and Georgia Tech, as well as ACC men’s basketball.

Check out the full weekend schedule for college sports on NESN networks below (all times Eastern), and find out where to catch NESNplus

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