PHOENIX (AP) – Ky Thomas ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, Mar’Kiese Irving added 129 rushing yards and Minnesota closed West Virginia to win the Guaranteed Rate Bowl 18-6. Thomas and Irving became the Gophers’ 1-2 punch after Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts suffered late-season injuries. Both running backs carried most of the load offensively against West Virginia, accounting for 273 of Minnesota’s 358 total yards. The Gophers overwhelmed the Mountaineers defensively, holding them 206 yards overall to win their fifth consecutive bowl game, third under coach PJ Fleck.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Jim Harbaugh has been the most scrutinized coach in college football for seven seasons, defined by his failures despite a successful CV. Now he has kept his promise to his alma mater, leading the Wolverines to the college football playoffs and a semi-final showdown against Georgia. In 17 seasons as a college and NFL head coach, Harbaugh is 156-65. The traits that make Harbaugh seem a little odd, his followers will tell you are resourceful.
NO DATE (AP) – Stetson Bennett has the full support of Georgia’s No.3 coaching staff, although he continues to hear the same doubts from observers who have followed him since he took over. joins the Bulldogs for the first time as a replacement. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Monken has ended all remaining questions about Bennett’s status as the starting quarterback in Georgia College Football Playoff Semifinal against Michigan’s No.2 in Orange. Bowl. JT Daniels, who opened the season as a starter from Georgia, has joined the squad after missing time last week. Even so, Bennett’s lockdown on the position seems to be stronger than ever.
NO DATE (AP) – Arizona State and Wisconsin will look to inexperienced players at the Las Vegas Bowl due to exclusions and injuries. The Sun Devils are missing their top two running backs, their top two cornerbacks and their top linebacker, while the Badgers may need to reshuffle their offensive line. This will be the first Las Vegas Bowl played at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders.
NO DATE (AP) – Virginia Tech and Maryland are scheduled to play the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Virginia Tech tries to oust interim coach JC Price with a win before he relents to former Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry. Maryland are trying to break a winning record for the first time since going 7-6 in 2014. The Terps haven’t won a bowl game since 2010. Virginia Tech has not won a bowl game since 2016. Virginia Tech has been wiped out by the transfer portal and must look to Texas A&M junior quarterback Connor Blumrick for the start,
NON DATE (AP) – This basketball season is starting to look a lot like the last. Matches are postponed or canceled apparently down to the minute. Planners are scrambling to find replacements. Dozens of teams have gone on COVID-19 hiatus. But the week in the Top 25 AP still has some renowned clashes, if they are actually played. The SEC has two on Wednesday, with # 14 in Tennessee at # 19 in Alabama and # 11 Auburn at # 16 LSU. Top-ranked Baylor are also facing what could be their biggest test of the season, playing No.8 at Iowa State in an undefeated team clash.
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Las Vegas Bowl moves to Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders, with a showdown featuring the Big Ten’s Wisconsin Badgers and Arizona State Sun Devils of the Pac-12. Both teams started the season with conference title aspirations, but fell short. Badgers rookie Braelon Allen was a star with 1,109 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Quarterback Jayden Daniels is a double threat to the Sun Devils and will have to use his legs after main runner Rachaad White withdraws from the game.
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