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USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 13

Thanksgiving weekend typically is the time where team are crafting their final cases for inclusion into the College Football Playoff or playing for conference championships or bragging rights with rivals.

What the committee got right, and wrong, in first CFP rankings

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The season, of course, is different. There’s still three weeks to go after Saturday, meaning the weekend has a new feel. Those in-state showdowns of non-conference opponents are gone. Some of the bigger games of the season have been pushed later.

There’s still much to savor during the holiday.

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There’s the Iron Bowl, where No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 19 Auburn. It’s the last ranked opponent on the schedule for the Crimson Tide before a potential showdown in the SEC title game with Florida. The Tigers

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College basketball schedule today: Day-by-day TV coverage to watch 2020 NCAA tip-off games

The long wait for college hoops fans is finally over. After a spring without March Madness and an ensuing several months of uncertainty, college basketball returns just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As with college football, the schedules of teams are in constant flux adapting to COVID-19 concerns. Some of the game’s best coaches like Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim have tested positive over the offseason and forced temporary shutdowns of their team. As recently as this week, Scott Drew, the coach of No. 2 Baylor, tested positive for COVID-19, forcing his Bears to withdraw from this week’s 2k Empire Classic and eliminating a possible matchup with No. 3 Villanova.

While some of the best players from 2019 have left for the NBA, there’s still plenty of stars like Iowa’s Luka Garza, Arizona State’s Remy Martin or Kentucky’s Olivier Sarr returning that fans should be familiar with to go

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Tomorrow’s Top 25 Today: Northwestern crashes top 10 of new college football rankings

A week without too many surprises in top 25 action provides an interesting backdrop for AP Top 25 voters as they contemplate the new college football rankings after Week 12. This is, after all, the final balloting before the release of the first College Football Playoff Rankings of 2020.

The CFP Selection Committee and the AP voters have an interesting give-and-take relationship where Sunday’s poll serves as an instant reaction while the CFP Rankings on Tuesday nights involve more debate and deliberation. One can inform and/or influence the other from what we’ve seen over the last six seasons, but in this unique year, we’ve never had less involvement from the committee this deep into the season. 

Of course, we are also dealing with a season that has provided several disjointed resumes in the top 25. Teams like Wisconsin and Oregon have played as many games as Alabama and Notre Dame

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USA TODAY Sports’ preseason All-America teams for men’s college basketball: 15 must-watch players

With the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season set to tip off Wednesday  – two weeks later than scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic – USA TODAY Sports provides its preseason All-America list. 



a person holding a basketball: Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) gestures during the second half a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Breslin Center.


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Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) gestures during the second half a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Breslin Center.

After an unusual offseason, most of the first team is led by key returnees with the sport seeing an uptick in veterans this season. That’s especially true in the Big Ten, as five of the 15 players on the three preseason teams play in that league. 

There are still one-and-done freshmen on the list, although fewer than previous years. Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, a second-team selection, will be the must-watch freshman this season. The do-everything guard is expected to make an immediate impact on his way to the 2021 NBA draft. 

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Georgia, Auburn battle SEC foes

The stakes are ratcheting up this week in college football as teams jockey for positioning in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings that will be released Tuesday. The headliner is No. 3 Ohio State’s game with No. 9 Indiana, but several other teams with playoff aspirations will be in action as well.

While No. 4 Clemson’s game at Florida State was postponed hours before kickoff, No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Cincinnati, No. 8 BYU, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 11 Oregon will all be in action before the evening wave of games even arrives. It would likely take a significant upset at the top for someone other than the current top-four in the polls — Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson — to crack the debut top four in the CFP rankings. 

But it’s been a crazy year, and with a ton of ranked

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Florida, LSU in action early

The stakes are ratcheting up this week in college football as teams jockey for positioning in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings that will be released Tuesday. The headliner is No. 3 Ohio State’s game with No. 9 Indiana, but several other teams with playoff aspirations will be in action as well.

While No. 4 Clemson’s game at Florida State was postponed hours before kickoff, No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Cincinnati, No. 8 BYU, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 11 Oregon will all be in action before the evening wave of games even arrives. It would likely take a significant upset at the top for someone other than the current top-four in the polls — Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson — to crack the debut top four in the CFP rankings. 

But it’s been a crazy year, and with a ton of ranked

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College football schedule today: TV channels, start times for every Week 12 top 25 game

A telling week of college football is upon us: the last slate of games before the College Football Playoff rankings unveils its first rankings.

What will that first top 25 look like? It’s likely the usual suspects will be at or near the top, but there are several games worth monitoring this weekend that could affect those rankings. Of particular interest will be No. 9 Indiana and No. 3 Ohio State, which face off in a battle to help determine the Big Ten East champion.

The Hoosiers have already beaten Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, so a win over the Buckeyes — which hasn’t occurred since 1988 — could clinch the division for Indiana. Easier said than done: Ohio State, led by Justin Fields, looks to be the real deal not only in the Big Ten, but also in the Playoff race. Look for a similarly important race in

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USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 12

As much as this college football season has been different and ever-changing, the drama of the final weeks of the season remains the same. Teams are positioning for College Football Playoff or trying to push for conference titles as Thanksgiving weekend draws closer

Alabama remains at No. 1 followed by Notre Dame in Amway Coaches Poll

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The headline games of the Week 12 start in the Big Ten with division supremacy on the line in both the East and West. No. 3 Ohio State gets a visit from 10th-ranked Indiana in a game seen as a throwaway at the start of the season that is now the game that will likely decide one of the two teams in the conference championship game.



a group of baseball players playing a football game: Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis III tries to avoid the tackle of Northwestern defensive back Cameron Ruiz during their 2019 game at Camp Randall Stadium.


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Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis III tries to avoid the tackle of Northwestern defensive back Cameron Ruiz

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SpaceX, NASA set for historic Crew-1 launch today: Everything to know

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Inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft are NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. They constitute the crew of NASA’s Crew-1 mission.  


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Despite a global pandemic, a record hurricane season and problematic rocket engines that needed to be swapped out, NASA and SpaceX remain determined to get the historic Crew-1 mission off the ground from Florida on Sunday. At 1:30 p.m. PT, the four astronauts headed to the ISS were on their way to launch pad 39A. Their flight in a Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket follows the success of the Demo-2 mission and its historic splashdown and will set a few key spaceflight milestones. 

Here are the answers to your most pressing questions about the mission. 

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Florida vs. Arkansas, Oregon in action

A wave of postponements and cancellations related to COVID-19 issues raided the Week 11 college football schedule. But there are still 12 games on the Saturday docket involving ranked teams, and the stakes will be particularly high in the Big Ten. After cracking the top 10 for the first time since 1969 this week, Indiana will be in action during the early wave of games as the Hoosiers look to prove their merit as a contender in the Big Ten. But they will be facing a Michigan State team that showed a propensity for upsets two weeks ago when it beat then-No. 13 Michigan.

In addition to Indiana in action early on Saturday, another top 10-ranked team, No. 9 Miami, will take center stage as the Canes battle Virginia Tech in the noon ET slot. Also, playing under the lights Saturday will be No. 6 Florida, No. 11 Oregon and

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