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Notre Dame QB Pyne intending to transfer

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Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne announced Friday on social media that he is putting his name in the transfer portal.

Pyne posted on Twitter that being a student-athlete at Notre Dame was "one of my proudest honors ..." as well as, "Now it's time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal."

He took over as the starter after Tyler Buchner went out with a season-ending shoulder injury in the second game of the season against Marshall.

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No. 4 USC seeks CFP bid, revenge on Utah

The Pac-12 Conference championship game on Friday in Las Vegas offers no shortage of stakes.

No. 4 Southern California is looking both to avenge its lone loss of 2022 and remain in contention for the College Football Playoff, while No. 11 Utah seeks a second straight league title and a shot at Rose Bowl redemption.

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Florida dismisses QB Kitna after arrest

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl.

The Gators scrubbed Kitna's name from their roster and his biography from their website late Thursday, just hours after Kitna's first court appearance. Kitna was released from jail on an $80,000 bond and ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and no internet access.

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Ex-Texas coach Herman takes over at FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Former Texas and Houston head coach Tom Herman will take over at Florida Atlantic as it heads into its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

The hire comes just days after FAU fired Willie Taggart, who went 15-18 in his three seasons with the Owls. Details of the contract with Herman were not immediately available.

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Buffalo edges Akron, now bowl eligible

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Quian Williams scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter and Buffalo rallied past Akron 23-22 on Friday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons.

It was just the second catch of the game for Williams, who extended the ball over the line just before being knocked out of bounds for a 16-yard touchdown on fourth-and-10. The 2-point conversion was no good but Marcus Fuqua sealed it with his second interception of the game and conference-leading seventh of the season.

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Texas St. hires UIW's Kinne as new coach

Texas State hired Incarnate Word coach G.J. Kinne on Friday to lead a Sun Belt program that has had only one winning season since moving up to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

The 34-year-old former Tulsa quarterback has made a fast rise in coaching since ending his professional career in 2017.

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Iowa State parts ways with OC Manning

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning and strength and conditioning coach Dave Andrews will not return next season after the Cyclones finished 4-8 and last in the Big 12.

"Decisions such as these are never easy because of the impact they have on the lives of individuals and their families, however, in order for us to move the program forward, I felt it necessary to make these changes at this time." coach Matt Campbell said Friday. "Tom and Dave are tremendous men who have had a hand in our success over the last few years, and we wish them and their families all the best in the future."

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TCU, Ohio St. in familiar rankings spots

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU has been in this position before, third in the College Football Playoff rankings going into its last game before the final four teams are set.

And just like in 2014, there sits Ohio State in fifth, hoping for a chance to move up.

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Michigan RB Corum to have knee surgery

Michigan star running back Blake Corum is expected to have surgery on his injured left knee that would cause him to miss the postseason, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Michigan was not publicly disclosing Corum's condition.

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CFP finalizes 12-team expansion for 2024

Over the past 25 years, college football's postseason format for crowning a national champion has grown from two teams to four and now, starting in 2024, to 12.

For a sport that started in 1869 and spent most of the 20th century using bowls and polls to determine who was No. 1, evolution has hit warp speed, racing from Bowl Championship Series to College Football Playoff 2.0.

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