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Orgeron hopes targeting rule changes

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron hopes coaches will band together and demand changes to NCAA football's targeting rule and how it is enforced.

Orgeron's suggestion comes just days after a target foul called last weekend LSU linebacker Devin White, a penalty which triggered White's suspension for the first half of the fourth-ranked Tigers' next game against No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 3.

Orgeron said he favors rules designed to protect players' heads, however, he said the current rule was enforced in a "very unfair" way against White after linebacker leveled Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter of LSU's 19-3 victory Saturday night.


TCU dismisses Turpin after second charge

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU receiver and returner KaVontae Turpin was dismissed from the team Tuesday after a second charge surfaced against him following his weekend arrest on an assault charge for an alleged altercation with his girlfriend.

Coach Gary Patterson initially suspended Turpin after the senior was arrested by Fort Worth police following an incident Saturday night. But Turpin was kicked off the team after Patterson later learned of a battery charge pending against him in New Mexico from last March.


Dantonio moves past spat with Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Mark Dantonio is letting Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh have the last word after Saturday's dustup.

The Michigan State coach opened his news conference Tuesday saying he was done talking about the pregame flap when several Wolverine players on the field were caught up in the Spartans' traditional stadium walk. Dantonio then tried to direct attention to Michigan State's game this Saturday against Purdue.


Babers: Orange don't have QB controversy

Syracuse coach Dino Babers is in a good place, with two quarterbacks who have excelled in this turnaround season. He doesn't buy the notion a controversy is brewing.

"The quarterback is no different than any other player," Babers said Monday. "We've got two good quarterbacks. I think we should treat that position like any other position."


Rosier has Miami starting QB job back

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) There are two distinct truths about Miami quarterback Malik Rosier, and they don't go together.

His passing percentage is mediocre.


Ohio State loses WR Mack to foot injury

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State receiver Austin Mack is out indefinitely following foot surgery.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Tuesday that Mack would be sidelined after injuring his foot Saturday in a loss to Purdue.


No. 9 Florida thriving behind offense

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Dan Mullen pretended he was on a game show, slapping the podium like it was a buzzer.

It was Mullen's way of demonstrating how quickly he probably would have jumped at winning six of his first seven games with the Gators and being in position for much more as November nears.


Georgia's path to SEC title still clear

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Jonathan Ledbetter and Elijah Holyfield say No. 7 Georgia got just what it needed from a lopsided loss at LSU.

The defeat kept the Bulldogs humble during last week's bye and allowed time to reflect on what went wrong and how to keep it from happening again.


Brooks is latest star OU freshman RB

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Like clockwork, Oklahoma has developed yet another star freshman running back.

Kennedy Brooks is the latest off the assembly line. He ran for 168 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 52-27 win at TCU , the most yards rushing for an Oklahoma freshman since Samaje Perine set the FBS record against Kansas in 2014.


Erratic Pitt still in contention in ACC

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi doesn't spend a lot of time focusing on the big picture. He prefers to stay attuned to the little one. It's why he tries to divide each season into 12 separate but equal tests, one no more important than another.

Yet Narduzzi also understands he's not a perpetually plugged in 20-year-old player. Which is why he hasn't felt the need to remind the Panthers (3-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) where they're at heading into the stretch run.

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