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.
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.
No. 7 LSU’s defense secures 13-10 road win over Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Harold Perkins Jr. had four sacks and two forced fumbles to help No. 7 LSU to a 13-10 win over Arkansas. Perkins stripped Razorbacks’ third-string quarterback Cade Fortin with just over a minute left in the game and the Tigers recovered to clinch the victory. LSU’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter when Josh Williams, who ran for 122 yards, scored from 1 yard out. Fortin entered in the third quarter and pulled Arkansas within three early in the fourth.
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.
NHL suspends Capitals’ Aube-Kubel 3 games for illegal check
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been suspended for three games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cal Foote. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with its players, Aube-Kubel will forfeit $16,216.23, based on his average annual salary. Aube-Kubel was ejected and assessed a match penalty for the hit on Foote at 1:52 of the second period during Washington’s 5-1 victory Friday night. Foote did not return to the game after the play. The suspension takes Aube-Kubel out of Sunday night’s return game between the teams at Tampa Bay.
Troy’s Martial sets NCAA tackles record in win over Army
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Linebacker Carlton Martial became the NCAA all-time leader in tackles when the sixth-year senior notched the 546th of his career and Troy went on to beat Army 10-9. Martial finished with 22 tackles for Troy, passing the FBS career record of 545 set by Northwestern’s Tim McGarigle from 2002-05. McGarigle did it in 48 games. Army took the lead over Troy 3 seconds into the second quarter on Tyhier Tyler’s 3-yard touchdown run, but Quinn Maretzki missed the extra-point kick. Troy took the lead with 8:04 left to play when Gunnar Watson capped an eight-play, 57-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tez Johnson.
Steelers activate LB T.J. Watt off IR; S Fitzpatrick out
PITTSBURGH (AP) — T.J. Watt is officially back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has activated Watt off injured reserve in time for a visit from the New Orleans Saints. Watt hasn’t played since tearing his left pectoral muscle in a Week 1 win over Cincinnati. While Watt is back, the Steelers will be without safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh ruled Fitzpatrick out with an appendix issue.
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.
Goodell: More NFL games likely for Germany, possibly soon
MUNICH (AP) — The NFL plans to play more regular-season games in Germany, possibly sooner than expected. Commissioner Roger Goodell told a fan forum in Munich that the NFL will stage “at least” four games in Germany through 2025. The current agreement includes Sunday’s first game in Germany plus an annual game over the next three seasons — with Munich and Frankfurt each hosting twice. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, featuring quarterback Tom Brady, play the Seattle Seahawks at Allianz Arena on Sunday.