Quarterbacks Caleb Williams of Southern California, C.J. Stroud of Ohio State and Hendon Hooker of Tennessee have been named finalists for the Maxwell Award as the player of the year in college football.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's defense has passed three tests against the nation's top quarterbacks.
A fourth looms Saturday when the 13th-ranked Fighting Irish visit No.
No. 13 Notre Dame (8-3, No. 15 CFP) at No. 5 Southern California (10-1, No. 6 CFP), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: USC by 5 1/2.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Caleb Williams passed for a career-high 470 yards, Austin Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards and No. 7 Southern California beat No. 16 UCLA 48-45 on Saturday night to reach the Pac-12 Championship game.
No. 7 Southern California (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) at No. 16 UCLA (8-2, 5-2, No. 16 CFP), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: USC by 2 1/2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many fans and other observers thought Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s performance against Southern California last year was an emphatic final chapter to his UCLA career.
California (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) at No. 9 Southern California (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: USC by 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 10 Southern California (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) at Arizona (3-4, 1-3), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: USC by 15 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Caleb Williams found a critic that's hard to please — himself.
Evaluating his performance six games into his Southern California career, the quarterback felt that he’s played "all right.”
His version of “all right” has the seventh-ranked Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) off to their best start since 2006.
Things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 7 Southern California at No. 20 Utah. The Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) have thrived in their first season under Lincoln Riley, who is the first USC coach to open 6-0 in his first season since Jess Hill in 1951.
Arizona State (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) at No. 6 Southern California (4-0, 2-0), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
LINE: USC by 26 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Caleb Williams found his favorite target when it mattered most.
Jordan Addison caught Williams' go-ahead 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left and No. 7 USC overcame a shaky performance for a 17-14 victory against Oregon State on Saturday night.
No. 7 USC (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Oregon State (3-0, 0-0), Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12)
Line: USC by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 7 Southern California's roaring start under Lincoln Riley has caught the college football world's attention and driven the Trojans to their highest ranking in five years.
Fresno State is exactly the type of opponent that could put the brakes on the excitement around a rebuilding project that's humming along smoothly.
Fresno State (1-1) at No. 7 Southern California (2-0), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
Line: USC by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw spends part of his offseason each year studying up for his side gig as a draft analyst so he knows very well what NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback.
No. 10 Southern California (1-0) at Stanford (1-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: USC by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Southern California at Stanford, Saturday. The first game of the Pac-12 season should be a good one.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — They’re all set in the quarterback department at USC and Arizona may have just found the answer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California scored on every one of its possessions in the first three quarters. The Trojans' defense also took three interceptions to the house, and a stadium filled with winning-starved fans went increasingly wild for each and every score.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California’s new era in football has been assembled like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.
The Trojans brought in a young upstart with a flashy track record in former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley to run the production.
Rice (0-0) at No. 14 Southern California (0-0), Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
LINE: USC by 32 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California spent the offseason loading up on offense, bringing in a group of transfers that included electric quarterback Caleb Williams, Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Jordan Addison and 1,200-yard rusher Travis Dye.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is anxious and excited, confident and poised — and more than ready to take the field with his new team at South Carolina.
After helping the Sooners win the Big 12 Conference title in 2020, Rattler lost his starting job midway through last season and became one of the top passers seeking a new home last December.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There is a different vibe around the Oklahoma program this year.
The Sooners’ run of conference championships ended at six last season with a loss to Oklahoma State that cost them a spot in the Big 12 title game.
Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams isn’t a typical transfer.
Rather than adapting to a new coach and an entirely new system, Williams followed Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to USC. So he’s playing for the same coach, albeit at a different school.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-American receiver Jordan Addison is transferring from Pitt to Southern California.
The Biletnikoff Award winner announced his decision Thursday on social media, ending weeks of speculation on where the top receiver in college football will play this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Williams missed the entrance to work on the first day of his new job at Southern California. He jogged out of the John McKay Center and headed the wrong way down McClintock Avenue before he got pointed to the right door for practice at Howard Jones Field.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst says he never personally spoke with Caleb Williams when the former Oklahoma quarterback was considering potential transfer destinations before choosing Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lincoln Riley says he didn't — and couldn't — talk to Caleb Williams between the day the coach left Oklahoma and the day his once-and-future star quarterback entered the transfer portal five weeks later.
The transfer portal remains remains packed as college football's second signing period arrives. a glut that has the sport's leaders pondering ways to clean up a roster management mess.
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin has pronounced himself the portal king, but Southern California's Lincoln Riley is aiming for that crown, too.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Caleb Williams is transferring to Southern California, following head coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to the Trojans.
Williams posted his long-awaited announcement on social media Tuesday with a video that included the former five-star recruit in a USC uniform and famous Trojans fan Snoop Dogg rapping.
Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams said Monday he is entering his name in the transfer portal so he can speak with other schools.
The freshman added he had not ruled out staying with the Sooners, but within hours of Williams' announcement, Oklahoma might have found his replacement.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bob Stoops and Oklahoma were winners together again, just like old times.
Kennedy Brooks ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns, Caleb Williams passed for three more scores and the 14th-ranked Sooners rode a dominant first half to a 47-32 win over No.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oklahoma heads into the Alamo Bowl against Oregon with all eyes on quarterback Caleb Williams, searching for answers about his future and whether it will be with the Sooners.
For now, the fact that he will play Wednesday night against the No.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Highly touted quarterback Spencer Rattler will try to restart his college career with South Carolina in a major acquisition for Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer.
Rattler, who threw for 28 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman for Oklahoma in 2020 before losing his starting job with the Sooners this season, tweeted Monday night that he had committed to the Gamecocks.
No. 15 Oregon (10-3, Pac-12) vs. No. 14 Oklahoma (10-2, Big 12), Dec 29, 9:15 p.m. ET
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, a preseason All-American who lost the starting job early in the season, announced on social media Monday that he will enter the transfer portal.
No. 10 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 10 CFP) at No. 7 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1, No. 7), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC).
Line: Oklahoma State by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The heat of Bedlam is on for Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams.
Oklahoma’s shot at its seventh straight Big 12 title is in jeopardy heading into Saturday's game at Oklahoma State. If Baylor beats Texas Tech and No.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's imperfect season still could end with a Big 12 championship, and possibly more.
Caleb Williams passed for a touchdown and ran for another, Jalen Redmond returned a fumble for a score, and No.
Iowa State (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) at No. 12 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1, No. 13 CFP), Saturday at noon EST (FOX Sports).
Line: Oklahoma by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Gerry Bohanon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores, Baylor’s defense constantly pressured Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler and the No. 18 Bears beat No. 4 Oklahoma 27-14 on Saturday to end the Sooners’ nation’s-best 17-game winning streak.
Things to watch in Week 11 of the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 18 Baylor. The six-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 8 CFP), after their open date, play the first of three games in a row against the teams closest to them in the standings.
The season is about to get serious for No. 4 Oklahoma and the Big 12.
The Sooners come off a open date to play the first of what could be their four toughest games of the season. They visit No.
—Kenneth Walker, Michigan State, ran for 197 yards and five TDs, lifting the No. 8 Spartans to a 37-33 comeback win over No. 6 Michigan.
—Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State, had four sacks and forced two fumbles to help lead the Wildcats to a 31-12 victory over TCU.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is starting to put it all together.
Caleb Williams threw for 402 yards and six touchdowns and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past Texas Tech 52-21 on Saturday.
The Sooners won six of their first eight games by 12 or fewer points, and the offense, defense and special teams had spent much of the season bailing each other out.
There is a developing College Football Playoff race between an outgoing Big 12 school and an incoming Big 12 school.
No. 2 Cincinnati, heading to the Big 12 at some point, and No. 3 Oklahoma, leaving the Big 12 at some point, remained undefeated Saturday, though neither was at its best.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Facing a far tougher test than expected against Kansas, Caleb Williams bailed out No. 3 Oklahoma with quick feet and quick thinking.
The freshman converted two crucial fourth downs in the fourth quarter, one with a 40-yard touchdown run, and Oklahoma rallied to avoid an enormous upset and beat Kansas 35-23 Saturday,