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Charles Barkley to serve as College GameDay’s guest picker ahead of huge Iron Bowl showdown

Really, could there be anybody else? As it’s the last full Saturday of the 2017 college football season, there are a handful of huge matchups with significant implications both nationally and conference-wise.  Given where each stands in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, however, there’s none bigger than No. 1 Alabama traveling to No. 6 Auburn in the latest edition of the Iron Bowl. Not surprisingly, ESPN‘s wildly popular College GameDay pregame show had previously announced that it would set up shop on The Plains for the rivalry game.  And just as much of a non-surprise is the show’s designated guest picker. Charles Barkley, of course, played his college basketball at Auburn and has

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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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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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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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Miami Hurricanes Matchup of the Week Pittsburgh Panthers

One more game. That is all that remains of the 2017 regular season for the Hurricanes. Miami makes a trip up north to the giant ketchup bottle that is Heinz Field to take on the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. A victory secures Miami’s first undefeated regular season since 2002. With plenty of factors working against Miami, including a short week of preparation, chilly weather and a road game on senior day for Pitt, Miami does not have the luxury of taking this game for granted. One vs. One Matchup By all measures, it’s has been a miserable season for the Panthers, particularly on offense. The primary culprit for their struggles goes back to Pitt finding an answer at quarterback. Freshman

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