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Immediately after Clemson’s James Skalski speared Justin Fields on New Year’s Day – we dress it up as “targeting” these days – Pablo Fields took a phone call. A friend of the family, a doctor, was reaching out to Fields’ father, bearing a scrap of cold comfort. “She said he should be fine, the spleen is on the other side,” Pablo recalled. Plenty of other internal parts were still in play, ...

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The Big Four made it to the Final Four of the college football season, as expected, ending one chapter of the most contentious, controversial and unpredictable years in the history of the sport. The College Football Playoff selection committee avoided chaos Sunday, pitting No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Notre Dame in one semifinal game and No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State in the other. The ...

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Lovie Smith was introduced in March 2016 as the coach who would turn around the Illinois football program after years of mediocrity and embarrassment. After five seasons, the Illini still are spinning their wheels, and without seeing significant progress under Smith, the university announced Sunday that it has cut ties with him. Smith never had a winning season in Champaign, going 17-39 ...

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If you believe the latest Heisman Trophy straw polls and betting lines, Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is becoming a clearer favorite for college football's most prestigious award. Here's an updated look at how Trask compares to the rest of the field: ___ Kyle Trask, Florida quarterback (seven games) Touchdown passes: 31 (first nationally) Interceptions: 3 Completion percentage: 70.7 ...

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Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman tested positive for COVID-19. He'll miss Saturday's game at Florida. A Mississippi State outbreak has forced postponement of its game with Auburn, which announced Tuesday a pause in activities after nine positive tests.

There's not much left to say now, because what's done is done. And the fact that Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines keep doing this, flinching in the face of their rivals and forcing Michigan fans to reconcile the reality of their program with its mythology, shouldn't come as a surprise anymore. It is what it is, as coaches and players like to say. And at the end of the day, to borrow another ...

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