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Stanford-Cal game postponed by wildfires

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The annual Big Game between Stanford and California scheduled for Saturday was postponed two weeks because of the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area from a wildfire some 150 miles to the north.

Cal announced Friday that the game would be played Dec. 1 with a noon kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

"First and foremost our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the tragic California wildfires," Golden Bears football coach Justin Wilcox said in a Twitter post. "While we realize the importance of the Big Game right now, our thoughts are centered around so many who have been so deeply affected. Our primary factors in making the decision to postpone the game were centered around the health and safety of our student-athletes, fans and everyone involved in putting on the game. We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley on Dec. 1."


Houston QB King to miss rest of season

Houston quarterback D'Eriq King is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Cougars' victory against Tulane, a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Friday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not planning an official announcement about King's injury.


Oliver: Outburst was 'misunderstanding'

HOUSTON (AP) Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver says his sideline outburst at Cougars coach Major Applewhite was the result of a "misunderstanding" and he looks forward to "moving forward with his teammates."

Houston released short statements from Oliver and Applewhite on Friday night.


Modster catches 3 TDs, No. 23 Boise wins

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Any talk of a trap game did not get much attention from No. 23 Boise State in practice this week.

The Broncos went out and played against a struggling New Mexico team as if a huge game was not looming on their schedule next week against No. 14 Utah State.


Notre Dame, Syracuse ready for NY stage

NEW YORK (AP) Pinstripe uniforms. The Empire State Building shining blue and gold. The marching band performing at Bryant Park and the drummer's circle at Rockefeller Center.

When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with fanfare and pageantry.


No. 7 WVU not looking past Oklahoma St.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) No. 7 West Virginia hopes for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game and possibly a berth in the College Football Playoff.

The next challenge for the Mountaineers (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) comes Saturday when they visit Oklahoma State (5-5, 2-5), which is coming off a 48-47 loss at No. 6 Oklahoma last week.


Cincy-UCF clash puts AAC in spotlight

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) UCF and Cincinnati are Top 25 teams eager to show the college football world what they and the American Athletic Conference are all about.

The undefeated, 11th-ranked Knights and once-beaten No. 19 Bearcats are ready to state their case Saturday night in a prime time, nationally televised matchup with league championship implications.


Red-hot UAB draws Texas A&M's attention

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Normally a break from Southeastern Conference play with a game against a Conference USA team might be seen as a nice breather for Texas A&M before the Aggies wrap up the regular season by hosting No. 10 LSU on Nov. 24.

However, Saturday's game against UAB (9-1) doesn't fall into that category. The Blazers have won a school-record eight straight games and clinched their first C-USA West Division title with an overtime win against Southern Miss last week.


Maryland prez warned of Durkin backlash

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said Thursday that he told the school's governing body that "all hell will break loose" if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player's death, a warning that went unheeded.

Loh told a panel of state lawmakers that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin's reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn't do that after the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on a practice field in May and died two weeks later.


LSU, Miles reach $1.5M buyout settlement

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU and Les Miles have completed a $1.5 million lump-sum settlement that relieves the university of paying its former coach an additional $5 million through 2023.

Vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva says the agreement allows both parties to "move on."

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