Missouri back in bowl contention

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock looks for an open receiver between Florida defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, Mo. Missouri (4-5, 1-4) is building off of a 45-16 trouncing of Florida last weekend. Lock threw for 228 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 15-for-20 passing in the win, and the Tigers rushed for 227 yards. Missouri plays Tennessee this week. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lost its fifth consecutive game on Oct. 15, a 53-28 defeat at Georgia that sent the Tigers to 1-5 halfway through the season.

Texas A&M hosts New Mexico, Sumlin’s future in question

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin looks during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in College Station, Texas. Florida became the first Power Five program this season to make a coaching, but several more enter the last month of the season faced with what could be a hard choice. Texas A&M has a record of 5-3. (AP Photo/Sam Craft, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — Instead of talking about Texas A&M’s upcoming game against New Mexico when he met with the media this week, coach Kevin Sumlin spent a big chunk of his time discussing his future as rumors continue to swirl that his days at the school are numbered.

Stanford puts bad loss in past to prepare for UW

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016, file photo, Washington coach Chris Petersen, right, shakes hands with Stanford coach David Shaw after the Huskies 44-6 win in an NCAA college football game in Seattle. Stanford looks to use a short week before hosting No. 9 Washington to put last week's loss at Washington State and last year's defeat against the Huskies in the past. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

STANFORD, Calif. — There are few benefits with playing on a Friday night with one less day of preparation and recovery. For Stanford at least, it’s one less day to dwell on a late loss at Washington State that dealt a blow to the Cardinal’s hope of winning a conference title.

Led by S. Carolina, UConn, women’s hoops tips off Friday

FILE - In this April 2, 2017, file photo, South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) holds up the trophy as she celebrates with teammates after their 67-55 win over Mississippi State in the final of the NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. After a thrilling Final Four in April that ended with the Gamecocks winning their first national championship, women's college basketball is ready to get started Friday (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been five years since a team other than UConn started the season as defending champions. Coach Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks have that honor this year.

Debut for coach Mike Hopkins at rebuilding Washington

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, New Washington men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins addresses media members during the team's media day in Seattle. Hopkins can envision a day when the Huskies are back to being a premier program on the West Coast. For now, he will settle for getting the group of Huskies he inherited to play how he wants, beginning with Friday night's opener. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Hopkins is in the early stages of a remodel that won’t be completed soon.

Vols’ Williams seeks to build off his big freshman season

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017 file photo, Tennessee's Grant Williams answers questions during the Southeastern Conference men's NCAA college basketball media day in Nashville, Tenn. Williams knows he won't be able to sneak up on anybody this season. After significantly outperforming his recruiting ranking during a big freshman season, Williams knows he must play even better as a sophomore if Tennessee plans to contend for an NCAA Tournament berth. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams realizes he won’t sneak up on anybody this year.

Big 12 lead on line; No. 5 Oklahoma hosts No. 8 TCU

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, file photo TCU head coach Gary Patterson walks on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Patterson doesn’t recall ever before having to prepare to play a team averaging more than 600 yards a game. Well, he is now for a matchup of the Big 12 co-leaders with likely playoff implications. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during Week 11, with two of the five games Saturday being Top 25 matchups:

Imbalance puts Big Ten in tough spot

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The Big Ten may not have a team in the College Football Playoff for the first time since it started in 2014. No. 6 Wisconsin, the leader in the West Division, is 9-0 and still very much a playoff contender. But the playoff selection committee has the Badgers ranked eighth because of a resume light on marquee victories. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

The grind of playing in the East Division of the Big Ten has taken a toll on teams over the past four years, and this year the biggest hit may be on the conference itself.

Saint Mary’s faces high expectations as WCC leader

In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, photo, strength and conditioning coach Steve DiLustro looks over the Saint Mary's basketball team as they stretch in Moraga, Calif. On the floor from front to back are players Cullen Neal, Elijah Thomas, Jock Perry, Malik Fitts, Dan Sheets, Jordan Hunter and Kyle Clark. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)

MORAGA, Calif. — They were disgusted and downright embarrassed.

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