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Virginia Tech loses starting DE Vinny Mihota for rest of 2017

For the second straight week, Virginia Tech has lost a starting member of its defense. The school confirmed in a press release that Vinny Mihota will miss what’s left of the 2017 season because of a knee injury. The defensive end suffered the injury in the Week 12 win over Pittsburgh. This is the second consecutive season Mihota’s year has ended prematurely because of injury as he missed last year’s bowl game with a lingering shoulder issue that required surgery. “I share Vinny’s disappointment that he’ll miss the rest of the season,” a statement from head coach Justin Fuente began. “But based off last offseason, I also know no one will rehab more diligently than Vinny to get back on the field

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UCLA meets with Chip Kelly as potential replacement for Jim Mora

A contingent of UCLA athletics officials met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday as part of the search to replace football coach Jim Mora, a person with knowledge of the situation said on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. Kelly would represent the kind of big-name hire the Bruins have not historically made. He guided Oregon to three Pac-12 Conference titles and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011 while compiling a 46-7 record in four seasons. Kelly, 53, reportedly met with Florida officials on Sunday about their coaching vacancy and could be pursued by other schools. Texas A&M is on the verge of firing coach Kevin Sumlin after the Aggies play Louisiana State

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No 3 Oklahoma in Big 12 title game has to win for playoff

Some things to watch on the final weekend of the regular season in the Big 12 Conference, with two games the day after Thanksgiving and three more on Saturday: GAME OF THE WEEK West Virginia (7-4, 5-3) at No. 3 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1, No. 4 CFP). While the Sooners have already clinched a spot in the Big 12 championship game, they need to win to stay in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings . Since a 50-49 win over West Virginia in their first meeting as Big 12 rivals, the Sooners have increased their margin of victory while winning five in a row in the series, by 28 points last year. In what was going to be a matchup of top-notch quarterbacks, neither Baker Mayfield (punishment)

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No 22 Northwestern faces overmatched Illinois

For Illinois, it is a chance to avoid a 10-loss season and go into the offseason with something positive. The in-state Big Ten Conference rivals meet Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., and the direction each is headed couldn't be more opposite. While the No. 22 Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) are certainly playing their best football, the Fighting Illini (2-9, 0-8) have been wiped out by a perfect storm of injuries, inexperience and ineptitude.

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As Stanford and Washington State sweat out final weekend USC waits for Pac-12 championship game in comfort

Football coach David Shaw spoke with Stanford athletic officials this week to devise a plan for the Cardinal’s game against Notre Dame on Saturday. Not a game plan; Shaw could handle that just fine by himself. The plan was for the day’s other big game, one that might be more important for Stanford than its own: Washington vs. Washington State. Stanford and Washington State are vying to play USC in the Pac-12 Conference championship game next week, but only Washington State’s game matters. Stanford’s is nonconference. Both games start at 5 p.m. So Shaw tried to lay some ground rules. An announcement of the other game’s score here and there, during a timeout, would be OK, he said. He knows his

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Indiana at Purdue Preview

It is rare to think of the Bucket game as a big game. I mean yes, it is a rivalry. We all want to win the Bucket and beat IU, but it has rarely meant much nationally. The only year where it decided the Big Ten title was 1967. Only twice, in 1979 and 2007, have both teams gone to a bowl game after it (although both would have gone in 1967 had there been more bowls and if the Big Ten allowed more than just the conference title winner to go). If you look at recent history Indiana has clinched bowl bids in each of the last two seasons, while Purdue did the same in 2002, 2011, and 2012. That’s just clinching a bowl berth though. Getting to six wins is often not a huge achievement, especially with

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