running backs lead week 12’s best performers


USA TODAY Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon spoke with Paul Myerberg about the 2020 college football bowl season.


This week’s top performances feature multiple career-best games, including a running back going for more than 300 yards and wideouts racking up 200 yards apiece.

Indiana players shined in what was a losing effort and three defensive players across college football gave quarterbacks fits in some ball-hawking outings. Still, three signal callers didn’t do too bad after they threw for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns to make an appearance on this week’s list.

Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 12:

1. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, RB: In the 42-17 win over Bowling Green, Patterson racked up 301 yards on the ground and found the end zone four times. He carried the ball 31 times in the career performance.

2. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, QB: Known a dual-threat quarterback, the junior

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Women’s basketball rankings: South Carolina, Stanford, UConn lead

After a sudden end to the 2019–20 women’s basketball campaign, the offseason brought change to rosters and—more unexpectedly—on sidelines.

Former Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw shocked many when she announced her retirement from the Fighting Irish after 33 years as head coach in April. Three months later, Duke coach Joanne McCallie resigned after 13 seasons with the program while Vic Schaefer left Mississippi State to join Texas.

While unanticipated, the suddenly-available positions allowed for impactful hires to be made. Notre Dame was quick to name former player and assistant coach Niele Ivey as McGraw’s successor, while Duke brought on Kara Lawson, a former Celtics assistant and the Blue Devils’ first Black head coach. Additionally, former WNBA player and South Carolina assistant Nikki McCray-Penson will head the Bulldogs’ program.

The new hires headlined an offseason that also saw the exits of three faces of the college basketball: Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, Texas

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Ruocco is new lead ESPN announcer for women’s college hoops

Published 2:19 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is turning to a familiar face to women’s basketball fans for its top college broadcast team.

Ryan Ruocco is joining Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe for the lead announcing team this season. Ruocco has worked with Lobo and Rowe on the network’s WNBA coverage for the past eight years.

“It means a lot,” Ruocco said of announcing college women’s basketball now as the lead play-by-play voice. “One thing I’ve really come to appreciate, calling the WNBA in the lead role I have, is the value of calling championships and the importance of that, the responsibility of that and the excitement.

“Being able to call games and have your voice attached to those ultimate crowning moments it’s amazing. It’s something that I’ve really come to love in regards to the WNBA. I’m pumped to do it with the

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College football: Zaven Collins, Brin Davis lead No. 25 Tulsa to stunning double OT win over Tulane

Zaven Collins returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give No. 25 Tulsa a 30-24 comeback victory over Tulane on Thursday night.

Tulsa (5-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) forced overtime with a 37-yard Hail Mary completion as time expired, with third-stringer Brin Davis connecting with Juan Carlos Santana.

Davis entered with 2:09 left in the third quarter after backup Seth Boomer was carted off the field because of a left leg injury. Starter Zach Smith left with a torso injury late in the first quarter.

Playing its first game as a ranked team since 2008, outgained Tulane 522 yards to 302, but turned the ball over three times. Tulsa trailed 14-0 entering the fourth quarter — the fourth game this season the Golden Hurricane have overcome a 14-point-or-more deficit to win.

Davis, in his first meaningful collegiate action, completed 18 of 28 passes for

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The Six Pack: Ohio State vs. Indiana, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State lead best Week 12 college football picks

We’ve reached a point where it no longer feels like I’m betting solely on the outcome of games. It now feels like I’m betting on which games will even be played. The last few weeks have seen an alarming increase in postponements and cancellations. In each of the last two weeks, one of the games I’ve included in The Six Pack has been canceled after I’ve turned in the column.

It could happen again this week, and if it does, like the last two weeks, I’ll find a replacement game. Still, I want to offer you some advice. It’s the same advice I gave early in the season, but it feels like a good time to reshare it. I don’t recommend betting on any of these games until shortly before they begin. That way, you know which players will and won’t be available.

With how quickly things can change, that

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Kyle Trask, Justin Fields lead Lawrence


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


Florida quarterback Kyle Trask is the talk of college football.

Through six games, the senior has thrown 28 touchdowns in 211 attempts, putting him ahead of the record-setting pace set last season by LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who would win the Heisman Trophy in a landslide.

The competition for the Heisman is a bit stiffer in 2020. In terms of college production, in fact, this year’s quarterback class is ramping up to be one of the best in recent history.

Here’s a look at the best of the best — the 10 best Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks during a season when two dozen or more passers are under consideration.

1. Kyle Trask, Florida

Burrow played 15 games last season. Trask won’t play as many during this unique year. But if his current pace is extrapolated across

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WGU Receives $4.8M Grant to Develop and Lead Character Education Curriculum

Character Education for a Better Society project will fund program to help educators teach character in schools nationwide

Western Governors University (WGU) today announced that the university will prepare and support teachers and education leaders to build schools and classrooms of character nationwide with help from The Kern Family Foundation. The university received a $4.8 million grant to integrate character education into two graduate degree programs within WGU’s Teachers College and create the Character Education Profession Learning Program (CEPL), to be housed in the Center for Professional Learning at the Teachers College.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with The Kern Family Foundation and are eager to join the initiative to prepare and support teachers and leaders in building and strengthening classrooms and schools of character across the nation. Character education is essential and vital content that should be present in each and every classroom across the nation,” said

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Bo Melton continues career season, gives Rutgers early lead over Illinois with TD

Rutgers is off to a blazing start against Illinois.

The Scarlet Knights found the endzone in less than two minutes at SHI Stadium on Saturday, with quarterback Noah Vedral finding wide receiver Bo Melton with a perfect pass for the 26-yard score.

The play was a gamble by head coach Greg Schiano, who elected to go for it on 4th-and-3 deep inside Illinois territory. It paid off with an early lead in a game Rutgers entered as a six-point favorite, the first time the Scarlet Knights are in that position since the season-finale in 2015 against Maryland.

The score is Melton’s third of the season, setting a personal best for the senior wide receiver. It’s the latest success in what’s been a career year for the South Jersey native.

Melton entered Saturday leading Rutgers in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns after his most consistent three-game stretch in college. He already 

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Pavlak, Kazan, Duffy Still Lead In Wayne Board Of Education Race

WAYNE, NJ — In a close Wayne Board of Education race, three front-runners have materialized, but only a couple hundred votes separate the four candidates.

According to unofficial results from Passaic County, Donald Pavlak, Jr. is leading all candidates with Catherine Kazan and Sean Duffy currently in position to claim the remaining two seats.

Here’s the unofficial tally so far:

  • Donald Pavlak, Jr. — 16,135

  • Catherine M. Kazan — 15,486

  • Sean Duffy — 15,190

  • Abigail Giordano — 14,782

Passaic County posted a note on their website with a bit of guidance for folks seeking updated results.

“Due to the high volume of mail-in ballots in the primarily vote-by-mail November 3, 2020 General Election, the mail-in ballot count will continue after Election Day. The County Clerk’s Office will be posting unofficial election results as they become available and these results will be updated on a continual basis. Ballots postmarked on

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The Six Pack: Notre Dame vs. Boston College, Michigan vs. Wisconsin lead best Week 11 college football picks

The weekend’s schedule was already light on matchups between heavy hitters, and it’s gotten even thinner with as many cancelations or postponements that there’ve been in college football this week. With Ohio State’s game against Maryland, as well as Georgia’s game against Missouri both being nixed on Wednesday, that means we’re now up to five games featuring a ranked team being off the board this week. That makes it a bit more difficult to find our “Games of the Week,” but thankfully there were two games remaining that I’d already been planning on including in the column.

Now they’ll just be found higher up the page than previously planned.

As for everything else, there’s still a lot of value left to be found out there, but we better hurry up and get to it before they’re canceled as well.

Odds below provided via William Hill Sportsbook

Games of the Week

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