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Ohio State DE Bosa undergoes surgery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State's All-American defensive end Nick Bosa will be out indefinitely after having surgery for a lower-abdomen injury.

Coach Urban Meyer said on his radio show Thursday that Bosa had surgery on a "core muscle." Meyer didn't provide a timetable for his return.

Jonathan Cooper is expected to start in Bosa's place opposite Chase Young in Saturday's game against Tulane. Defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones also can play end, if necessary.

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FIU's ex-Hurricanes ready for Miami

MIAMI (AP) Among those who will attend the Miami-FIU game this weekend will be the coach who built the last Hurricanes team that won a national championship, the recruiting director for that team, the quarterback from that season and the person in charge of their strength and conditioning program at that time.

They'll all be in FIU colors.

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Alabama's offense overshadowing defense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) This is not usually a needed reminder, but Alabama's defense is still quite good.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide has flipped its usual persona this season with a Tua Tagovailoa-led offense putting up video game-like numbers and the defense going fairly low-key.

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Burrow's intangibles leading No. 6 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Joe Burrow's pedestrian completion percentage and passing totals might be more of an issue if sixth-ranked LSU were losing.

For now, the Tigers' transfer quarterback appears to get more criticism from himself than anyone else at LSU. Coaches and teammates rave about Burrow's mentality, football IQ, toughness, leadership and other intangibles.

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ND's Kelly toys with splitting QBs time

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) After No. 8 Notre Dame went indoors to dodge raindrops for its final preparations for Saturday's game at Wake Forest, coach Brian Kelly danced around the possibility of a new starting quarterback.

In his final meeting with the media before the game, Kelly would not say that junior Ian Book would start against the Demon Deacons or even if he had drawn even with senior Brandon Wimbush, last year's primary starter and No. 1 through Notre Dame's 3-0 start at home.

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Penn St. opens Big Ten play at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) No. 10 Penn State brings its high-powered offense to Illinois on Friday night, heavily favored against a young Illini team that is off to an encouraging start.

The Nittany Lions (3-0) are a 27-point favorite, not exactly a new situation for an Illini team that is used to being the underdog. But Illinois (2-1) nearly upset South Florida last week and shows little fear going into the Big Ten opener for both teams.

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UCF puts 15-game run on line vs. FAU

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Florida Atlantic entered the season with aspirations of playing its way into the debate about who is worthy of berths in the College Football Playoff.

While that is unlikely - the Owls have already suffered one set back, they still have plenty of motivation heading into a Friday night's nationally televised visit to No. 16 UCF.

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Nebraska to play Bethune-Cookman Oct. 27

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska will play Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 27 to make up for the game against Akron that was canceled because of inclement weather.

Bethune-Cookman is a Football Championship Subdivision team that's 1-2 after losing to Florida Atlantic last Saturday. FCS teams are allowed 11 regular-season games, but the NCAA granted the Wildcats a waiver that lets them play a 12th game to accommodate the Cornhuskers.

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Slumping USC faces showdown with Cougars

LOS ANGELES (AP) Slow starts and early-season upset losses are all-too-familiar occurrences for Southern California in recent years.

A September showdown with dangerous Washington State on a short week seems awfully familiar, too.

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Defense keys Kentucky's unbeaten start

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's defense has met early season expectations, making big plays while the offense adjusts to a new quarterback.

The Wildcats have shut out opponents in the third quarter this season and boasts the SEC's fifth-ranked defense heading into Saturday's matchup with No. 14 Mississippi State.

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