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Pac-12 starts Nov 6, MWC targets Oct 24

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A major college football season that was in peril six week ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about COVID-19 is reconstituting.

The West Coast got back in the game Thursday night, The Pac-12 set Nov. 6 to start a seven-game season, joining the Big Ten in overturning August decisions to punt on fall football. The Mountain West followed up a few hours later by announcing it is aiming to kick off Oct. 24.

Nine of the 10 FBS conferences are now ready to have their seasons completed by Dec. 20, the day the College Football Playoff selection committee is scheduled to pick teams to play for the national championship and in the most lucrative bowls.


Vols give Pruitt raise, extension to '25

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job.

Tennessee announced the two-year extension Thursday that also will increase Pruitt's pay $400,000 from this season to $4.2 million in 2021.


Purdue WR Moore opting back into season

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Brown runs for 3 TDs as UAB wins easy

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Spencer Brown rushed for three touchdowns in setting a UAB career record, fellow senior Austin Watkins Jr. had a career-high 183 yards receiving with a score, and the Blazers defeated South Alabama 42-10 on Thursday night.

Brown, the second-leading active career FBS rusher behind Clemson's Travis Etienne, finished with 105 yards on 20 carries with his third score giving him 36 rushing touchdowns, passing Pat Green (1991-94). Watkins made seven catches including a 56-yard reception and a 15-yard fourth-quarter score.


Boston College WR White out for season

BOSTON (AP) Boston College receiver Kobay White will miss the entire season after having surgery on his ACL.

White was the team's leading receiver last season, with 29 catches and five touchdowns. He did not play in the Eagles' season-opener against Duke on Saturday.


Ex-UGa player says he experienced racism

ATLANTA (AP) Former Georgia defensive back Otis Reese says he left the school because of racist treatment on campus, and contends that coach Kirby Smart manipulated him to continue playing for the Bulldogs last season after he expressed his intention to transfer.

Reese transferred to Mississippi in January after two seasons at Georgia and is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey on his request for a waiver to play immediately.


Houston-N. Texas canceled due to COVID

The Houston Cougars are again without an opponent and still waiting to play their season opener as COVID-19 issues wiped out three more major college football games Wednesday.

The latest team to bail on Houston was North Texas, which said it would not be able to field a team for Saturday's road game after four positive tests this week. The school didn't specify an affected position group or how many additional people needed to self isolate because of contact tracing.


SEC teams set to open 10-game schedules

Southeastern Conference football games won't have their normal scenes of packed stadiums and partying tailgaters.

Gone, too, are some of the league's best players, including LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and much-anticipated new Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman. In the season of COVID-19, SEC teams finally open their 10-game league only schedule on Saturday.


Duke loses CB Blackwell indefinitely

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has lost starting cornerbacks Josh Blackwell and Mark Gilbert indefinitely due to surgeries.

The school announced both injuries Wednesday. Blackwell was injured during Sunday's practice and needed surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The redshirt junior also served as the team's primary punt returner.


Arkansas St-Tulsa ppd for positive tests

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