AP Top 25 Takeaways: Tide out; Fab frosh; Ducks can’t close
No reason to hedge anymore: Alabama is out of the College Football Playoff race. The 10th-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 11 Mississippi, but all that did was clinch the SEC West for No. 7 LSU, which beat Arkansas earlier in the day. Without a path to the Southeastern Conference championship game, the slim chance Alabama had to reach the CFP for the eighth time in its nine-year history is now none. LSU’s fabulous freshman linebacker, Harold Perkins, had a lot to do with knocking out ‘Bama. After harassing Tide QB Bryce Young last week, Perkins had four sacks against the Razorbacks.
Some fans bummed no beer sold at NFL pregame fest in Munich
MUNICH (AP) — For Buccaneers fan Martin Stelzer, football and beer go hand in hand. On Sunday, the Austrian and anyone else looking for a cold one at the NFL’s pre-game fan festival outside Allianz Arena struck out. The NFL sold plenty of merchandise at its fan fest and vendors offered coffee, soft drinks and water, but thirsty fans had to wait to get inside the stadium to buy beer. Stelzer says “Here in Munich in the home country of beer?” Some fans had brought beer with them to the fan fest. The NFL says consistent with standard stadium protocol, there are no beer sales outside of the Allianz Arena.
No. 24 Washington rallies late, topples No. 6 Oregon 37-34
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Peyton Henry kicked a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left and No. 24 Washington snapped No. 6 Oregon’s eight-game winning streak with a 37-34 victory. The loss dealt a blow to the Ducks’ chances for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Michael Penix Jr. threw a 62-yard scoring pass to Taj Davis to tie it at 34 with 3:07 to go after Oregon quarterback Bo Nix limped off the field on the previous series. Nix returned after Henry’s field goal and got the Ducks to the Washington 38, but the final drive fizzled with a penalty. The Huskies won in Eugene for the first time since 2016. Washington is 8-2. Oregon is 9-2.
Philipp Lahm says it was ‘mistake’ to award WCup to Qatar
BERLIN (AP) — Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm says it was “a mistake” to award the World Cup to Qatar. Lahm is the head of Germany’s organizing committee for the 2024 European Championship. He writes in a column for Zeit Online that the World Cup “does not belong” in Qatar and he has criticized the human rights situation in the nation. Lahm says “homosexuals are still being criminalized, women do not have the same rights as men, and there are restrictions on freedom of the press and expression.” He adds that conditions for migrant workers are “devastating.” Lahm won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. He slammed FIFA for awarding the tournament to Qatar in 2010 when he says there were better candidates available.
Pereira upsets Adesanya, wins UFC middleweight title at MSG
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Pereira defeated Israel Adesanya by TKO in the fifth round to win the UFC middleweight championship on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Pereira rocked Adesanya in the final round of the main event and improved his overall against his rival to 3-0. The 35-year-old Pereira defeated Adesanya twice in their old kickboxing days. Adesanya was still the betting favorite but could not finish the job after a pair of close calls earlier in the bout.
de Laura leads Arizona to road upset over No. 9 UCLA 34-28
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jayden de Laura accounted for three touchdowns and had his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season as Arizona upset ninth-ranked UCLA 34-28 Saturday night, snapping an eight-game road losing streak against ranked teams. Michael Wiley ran for 97 yards and scored two touchdowns while Jacob Cowing caught nine passes for 118 yards. Zach Charbonnet rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns for the Bruins, whose chances of making the Pac-12 title game took a big hit.
Top-ranked Georgia cruises to 45-19 win at Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw for three touchdowns and No. 1 Georgia overcame a first-half surge by Mississippi State for a 45-19 victory. With the victory, the East Division champion Bulldogs secured a spot in the SEC championship game. Georgia will face LSU in Atlanta on Dec. 3. It was a dominating effort by the undefeated Bulldogs, who put up 468 yards of offense. Bennett led the way, going 25 for 37 for 289 yards with two interceptions. Georgia also rushed for 179 yards. MSU struggled to consistently produce against Georgia on the offensive side. Will Rogers went 29 for 51 and threw for 263 yards and a touchdown. Mississippi State rushed for just 47 yards on 15 carries.
No. 4 TCU tops No. 18 Texas 17-10 to earn Big 12 title berth
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kendre Miller rushed for 138 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter that broke open a tense defensive struggle, and No. 4 TCU beat No. 18 Texas 17-10 to clinch a berth in the Big 12 championship game. TCU quarterback Max Duggan, who was sacked four times in the first half and hounded all game, connected with Quentin Johnston for a 31-yard touchdown over broken coverage in the fourth quarter. The TCU defense turned in its best game of the season. The Horned Frogs held Texas running back Bijan Robinson to 29 yards.
Blues win 3-2 to snap Golden Knights’ 9-game win streak
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues rallied to beat Vegas 3-2, snapping the Golden Knights’ nine-game winning streak. Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad also scored to help St. Louis get its second straight win after an eight-game skid. Jordan Binnington stopped 35 shots. Reilly Smith and Phil Kessel had goals for Vegas. Adin Hill had 25 saves while taking his first loss of the season.
Corpuz grabs LPGA lead, faces top competition at Pelican
BELLEAIR, Fla. (AP) — Allisen Corpuz has a chance to cap off her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in style. Corpuz shot another 65 in the Pelican Women’s Championship and has a one-shot lead going into the final round of the 54-hole event. But she has some big names right behind her. Lexi Thompson was among those one behind. Nelly Korda was two back. Also in the mix is Maria Fassi. The 24-year-old Mexican needs a big week to be among the 60 who qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. Maja Stark is another rookie. She shot 63 and was one back.