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Former SEC quarterback savoring HBCU experience at Grambling

DeVante Kincade was bouncing around a humid basketball gym in August, wiping sweat from his forehead while trying to sink 3-pointers. Grambling's senior quarterback was about to help lead a football practice on hardwood courts after torrential downpours the night before had left the Tigers' practice fields unplayable. This scene would certainly be unlikely at most Southeastern Conference schools - many have indoor football practice facilities.

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Freshman QBs step up as Big 12 season winds down

The final week of Big 12 play in 2017 might serve as a preview of what's to come in 2018. As many as five of the conference's 10 teams could have a freshman behind center this weekend, including title game hopeful TCU. Baylor, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State could also ask a rookie quarterback to step up as the regular season winds down. For the Horned Frogs, Shawn Robinson became the first true freshman quarterback to start for coach Gary Patterson in his 17 seasons as the head coach in last week's 27-3 win over Texas Tech. Robinson — a 6-foot-2, 225-pound native of Desoto, Texas, who won the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year award in 2016 — was an underwhelming 6 of 17 passing for 85 yards

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Big 12 defense isnt as bad as you think

Seth Walder Brian Burke Close Senior Analytics Specialist at ESPN Former consultant to NFL teams Pioneer of football analytics Follow on Twitter The incessant knock against the Big 12 this fall has been that the conference doesn't play defense. According to FPI, that criticism is vastly overstated. It's not that the teams in the Big 12 play the best defense or that the conference has stout units across the league. The Big 12 just isn't the worst at it -- not in the Power 5 -- and other conferences seem to skate by for their respective weaknesses by comparison. One way to make this comparison is to look at the average Football Power Index (FPI) ratings for every defense in a conference, which

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The playoff stakes for 10 biggest rivalry week games

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter Joined ESPN.com in 2007 Graduate of Indiana University Follow on Twitter With the exception of the switch between No. 2 Miami and No. 3 Clemson, the top 12 teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee's rankings stayed exactly the same Tuesday. Don't get too comfortable, not with rivalry week on deck. Three of the past five meetings between Ohio State and Michigan have been one-possession games. Nick Saban has never defeated an Auburn team that won nine games, going 0-6 (Auburn is 9-2 entering Saturday's showdown). Things are bound to change in Week 13. Here's a look at the 10 biggest games that will shape the committee's

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