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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (3-2, 2-1 SWAC) VS. GRAMBLING STATE (0-5, 0-2) | 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Cotton Bowl COLLEGE BRIEFS

Teams’ historic rivalry heats up
Prairie View A&M now is formidable opponent for Grambling State
By KATE HAIROPOULOS
Staff Writer khairopoulos@dallasnews.com

IN THE KNOW Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic
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Texas expects quick AD hire
AMES, Iowa — Without giving a date, Texas president Bill Powers said Thursday he plans an “expeditious” search to find a new athletic director to replace DeLoss Dodds. “I think in the next month or two,” Powers said, “but that depends on who we talk to and what their situation is.” Powers said the search doesn’t have any “pre-existing conditions” and could include internal candidates as well non-traditional possibilities. “I think this is going to be very smooth,” Powers said. Powers declined to discuss individual candidates.
Chuck Carlton

When Grambling State and Prairie View A&M met from 1987-2008, suspense went missing. Grambling State always won. But as the programs prepare for Saturday’s annual State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl, it’s the Panthers who have won three of the last four meetings and are soaring after knocking off Stephen F. Austin last weekend, the program’s first win over a Southland Conference team since 1985. Grambling is 0-5 after firing coach Doug Williams in the second week of the season. “The biggest thing is it shows the commitment from the university side to give us the scholarships we need to go out and recruit,” said Prairie View coach Heishma Northern, who has been part of the rivalry as an assistant at Grambling and at Prairie View since the 1990s and is in his third season as head coach. “At one time, Grambling was fully funded, but Prairie View may have had walk-ons out there playing and only 20 guys on scholarship. “Now the tide has pretty much evened out. You don’t know who’s going to win.” Northern said few outside

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Prairie View A&M’s Johntá Hebert (3) eluded Grambling’s Naquan Smith while heading for a touchdown in their 2012 game at the Cotton Bowl. Hebert and Smith return this season.

Panther Power
2009: Prairie View 35, Grambling State 32 2010: Grambling State 34, Prairie View A&M 17 2011: Prairie View A&M 31, Grambling State 23 2012: Prairie View A&M 31, Grambling State 14

of the Panthers’ program expected Prairie View (3-2, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic) to top Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdo-

ches. Quarterback Jerry Lovelocke threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more scores in the 56-48 win. Stephen F. Austin rolled up 827 yards of offense, but Prairie View forced five turnovers. Northern said the win benefited not just the Panthers, but historically black colleges and universities and the SWAC. “It goes a long way for us,” Northern said. “It gives us a boost in recruiting. Those

Southland Conference schools cannot say you don’t want to go to a SWAC school because they can’t beat us … “We needed that to solidify HBCU, as well as our conference. It wasn’t just about Prairie View. I think it was a win for a lot of people.” Prairie View has won its last two games, over Alabama A&M and Stephen F. Austin, despite starting slowly. It fell behind 12-0 against Alabama

A&M and 14-0 against SFA. The Panthers answered with 28 straight points each time. “I told the team, ‘Imagine if we get off to a better start how good of a football team we can be,’ ” Northern said. The former defensive coach is also cringing at his team’s defensive play — which featured mistakes big and small under a new system and a first-year defensive coordinator. “We’re talking about ants and mosquitoes kill more people than elephants and rhinoceroses,” Northern said. “But we’re letting elephants and rhinoceroses kill us as well as ants and mosquitoes. We’ve got to shore up some things.” Grambling leads the series with Prairie View, 47-16-1. Northern said it’s important to continue Prairie View’s recent streak against Grambling The wins of 2011 and 2012 were the first since 1963 and 1964. “They’re looking at the film, and their guys may be licking their chops,” he said of Grambling’s offense. “I know those guys will come in fired up looking to knock us off our high horse.”

Smart named Big 12 men’s basketball preseason POY: Oklahoma State

Bill Nichols SATURDAY’S NOTABLE GAMES
Notre Dame (+51⁄2) vs. Arizona State
6:30 p.m., Ch. 5: Quarterback Taylor Kelly has the Sun Devils’ offense rolling. Although they needed an incorrect ruling to secure victory over Wisconsin, they held up well in their only loss, to No. 5 Stanford. But they have allowed 718 rushing yards the last three weeks, and the Fighting Irish can run the ball. Arizona State 32, Notre Dame 28

IN FOCUS Teddy Bridgewater
QB, Louisville

Louisville at Temple (+34) TCU (+10 ⁄2) at Oklahoma
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sophomore point guard Marcus Smart was chosen as the Big 12 preseason player of the year by conference head coaches. Smart, a former Flower Mound Marcus standout, returned to school after winning player of the year honors last season. He averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season. He was joined on the first team by Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, Baylor’s Isaiah Austin (Arlington Grace Prep) and Cory JeffersonIowa State’s Melvin Ejim and Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown.
Chuck Carlton

Kansas State (+14) at Oklahoma State
2:30 p.m., Ch. 8: This is a tough one to call because of Oklahoma State’s loss at West Viriginia last week. Was OSU that bad, or WVU that good? But the Cowboys should be a pretty safe bet playing at home with something to prove. They are 10-1 in regular-season games immediately following losses dating to 2007. Oklahoma State 41, Kansas State 23

6 p.m., Ch. 4: Despite offensive struggles in the first half, TCU’s defense took charge with six sacks in a 48-17 victory over SMU. The undefeated Sooners gathered more steam with a victory over Notre Dame. The Frogs lack the offensive punch to mount an upset in Norman. Oklahoma 33, TCU 17

Rutgers at SMU (+6)
11 a.m.: After a tough nonconference schedule, the 1-3 Mustangs enter their inaugural American Athletic Conference game hoping for a turnaround. They overcame a 1-3 start last season to finish with a bowl victory over Fresno State, which beat Rutgers in the 2013 opener. SMU 31, Rutgers 28

LSU at Mississippi State (+91⁄2)
6 p.m., ESPN: The Tigers are coming off an emotional 44-41 loss to Georgia. That’s unfortunate for Mississippi State, which has lost 20 of its last 21 to LSU. The Tigers have no reason for a letdown, considering their goal of a national title remains in reach. LSU 41, Mississippi State 27

11 a.m.: Bridgewater has completed 71.8 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and only one interception. Last year against Temple, Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes as Louisville broke a 17-17 tie to win, 45-17. He matched that career high in TD passes in this season’s opener against Ohio. The junior ranks third nationally in passing efficiency, 10th in passing yards per game (303.5), and 12th in yards per completion (15.4). Louisville 52, Temple 13.

Sims is Big 12 women’s basketball preseason POY:

West Virginia (+271⁄2) at Baylor
7 p.m., Fox 1: The Bears have outscored opponents 209-23 becoming the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to average at least 60 in the first three games. Although the Mountaineers pose a stiffer challenge, the Bears are at home after a bye week. Baylor 52, West Virginia 20

North Carolina (+71⁄2) at Virginia Tech
11:30 a.m.: The Hokies are 4-1 after beating Georgia Tech in their ACC opener. The Tar Heels are coming off a 55-31 loss to East Carolina at home. Comparing common opponents, the Hokies beat East Carolina and Georgia Tech; the Heels lost to both. Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 22

Texas Tech at Kansas (+17)
11 a.m., Fox 1: The Raiders are averaging 520 yards and 38.8 points per game. And Kansas is the Big 12’s lowest-scoring team (19.33 points per game). Tech, with an underrated defense allowing just 13.3 points per game, should emerge from this one with its first 5-0 start in five seasons. Texas Tech 43, Kansas 22

Ohio State at Northwestern (+7)
7 p.m., Ch. 8: The Buckeyes, coming off a 31-24 win over Wisconsin, hope to extend the nation’s longest active winning streak. But this one could be difficult. Undefeated Northwestern is a legitimate Big Ten threat. This promises to be a shootout with Ohio State ranked sixth nationally averaging 48.2 points to the Wildcats’ 41.2. Ohio State 36, Northwestern 27.

Baylor’s Odyssey Sims was named the Big 12 preseason player of the year in voting by conference coaches. The senior point guard from Irving MacArthur averaged 12.9 points and 5.8 points for a team ranked No. 1 for most of the season before losing in the regional semifinals. Sims was joined on the preseason all-Big 12 team by Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Imani McGeeStafford (Texas) and Asya Bussie (West Virginia).
Chuck Carlton

Report: Alabama coach gave money to player: Ala-

Line through Tuesday. LAST WEEK: 7-3 straight, 4-3-3 vs. line. SEASON: 38-13 straight, 25-21-4 vs. line

College picks
CHUCK CARLTON Colleges vs. Line Straight TCU (+101⁄2) at Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Rutgers at SMU (+6) Rutgers Rutgers Baylor Baylor West Virginia (+271⁄2) at Baylor Texas Tech at Kansas (+17) Texas Tech Texas Tech Kansas State (+14) at Oklahoma State Okla. St. Okla. St. North Texas at Tulane (+3) N. Texas N. Texas Notre Dame (+51⁄2) vs. Arizona State Arizona St. Arizona St. Rice (+3) at Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa Cincinnati Cincinnati at South Florida (+111⁄2) S. Florida Clemson Clemson Clemson at Syracuse (+131⁄2) Arkansas (+11) at Florida Arkansas Florida Maryland Florida St. Maryland (+151⁄2) at Florida State Georgia Georgia Georgia at Tennessee (+101⁄2) LSU LSU LSU at Mississippi State (+91⁄2) Illinois (+10) at Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Minnesota (+20) at Michigan Michigan Michigan Oregon Oregon Oregon at Colorado (+381⁄2) Kentucky (+21) at South Carolina S. Carolina S. Carolina Missouri Vanderbilt Missouri (+11⁄2) at Vanderbilt North Carolina (+71⁄2) at Virginia Tech Va. Tech Va. Tech Last week vs. line 16-2-2 (.889) Season vs. line 55-42-3 (.567) Last week straight 17-3 (.850) Season straight 82-18 (.820) Lines through Tuesday; shaded box indicates leader TIM COWLISHAW Columnist vs. Line Straight TCU Oklahoma Rutgers Rutgers W. Virginia Baylor Kansas Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Arizona St. Arizona St. Rice Rice Cincinnati Cincinnati Clemson Clemson Florida Florida Maryland Florida St. Tennessee Georgia Miss. St. LSU Illinois Illinois Minnesota Michigan Oregon Oregon Kentucky S. Carolina Missouri Missouri N. Carolina Va. Tech 8-10-2 (.444) 49-48-3 (.505) 14-6 (.700) 77-23 (.770) CORBY DAVIDSON The Ticket vs. Line Straight Oklahoma Oklahoma SMU SMU Baylor Baylor Texas Tech Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Arizona St. Arizona St. Rice Rice S. Florida Cincinnati Clemson Clemson Florida Florida Maryland Florida St. Georgia Georgia LSU LSU Nebraska Nebraska Michigan Michigan Oregon Oregon S. Carolina S. Carolina Missouri Missouri Va. Tech Va. Tech 10-8-2 (.556) 43-54-3 (.443) 15-5 (.750) 74-26 (.740) KATE HAIROPOULOS Colleges vs. Line Straight Oklahoma Oklahoma Rutgers Rutgers Baylor Baylor Texas Tech Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Arizona St. Arizona St. Tulsa Tulsa Cincinnati Cincinnati Clemson Clemson Arkansas Florida Florida St. Florida St. Georgia Georgia LSU LSU Nebraska Nebraska Michigan Michigan Oregon Oregon S. Carolina S. Carolina Missouri Missouri Va. Tech Va. Tech 11-7-2 (.611) 51-46-3 (.526) 15-5 (.750) 73-27 (.730) EMILY JONES Fox Sports Southwest vs. Line Straight TCU Oklahoma SMU SMU W. Virginia Baylor Kansas Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Arizona St. Arizona St. Tulsa Tulsa Cincinnati Cincinnati Syracuse Clemson Arkansas Florida Maryland Florida St. Georgia Georgia LSU LSU Illinois Nebraska Minnesota Michigan Oregon Oregon Kentucky S. Carolina Vanderbilt Vanderbilt N. Carolina Va. Tech 7-11-2 (.389) 44-53-3 (.454) 17-3 (.850) 77-23 (.770) BILL NICHOLS Colleges vs. Line Straight Oklahoma Oklahoma SMU SMU Baylor Baylor Texas Tech Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Notre Dame Arizona St. Rice Rice Cincinnati Cincinnati Clemson Clemson Arkansas Florida Maryland Florida St. Georgia Georgia LSU LSU Illinois Nebraska Minnesota Michigan Colorado Oregon S. Carolina S. Carolina Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Va. Tech Va. Tech 11-7-2 (.611) 58-39-3 (.598) 16-4 (.800) 78-22 (.780) KEVIN SHERRINGTON Columnist vs. Line Straight TCU Oklahoma Rutgers Rutgers W. Virginia Baylor Texas Tech Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Arizona St. Arizona St. Rice Rice Cincinnati Cincinnati Clemson Clemson Arkansas Florida Florida St. Florida St. Georgia Georgia LSU LSU Nebraska Nebraska Michigan Michigan Oregon Oregon S. Carolina S. Carolina Missouri Missouri Va. Tech Va. Tech 12-6-2 (.667) 59-38-3 (.608) 15-5 (.750) 82-18 (.820) BRETT VITO Denton Record-Chronicle vs. Line Straight Oklahoma Oklahoma Rutgers Rutgers W. Virginia Baylor Texas Tech Texas Tech Okla. St. Okla. St. N. Texas N. Texas Notre Dame Arizona St. Tulsa Tulsa S. Florida Cincinnati Clemson Clemson Florida Florida Florida St. Florida St. Georgia Georgia LSU LSU Nebraska Nebraska Michigan Michigan Colorado Oregon S. Carolina S. Carolina Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Va. Tech Va. Tech 10-8-2 (.556) 50-47-3 (.516) 16-4 (.800) 83-17 (.830)

bama has placed an assistant strength and conditioning coach on administrative leave for lending money to suspended player Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Tuscaloosa News, citing unidentified sources, reported that Corey Harris was put on administrative leave. The newspaper said that while the Alabama compliance office was looking into the loan of less than $500 that Harris made to Clinton-Dix it found that Harris also had a connection to a sports agent. The loan could violate NCAA rules.

AROUND THE NATION
College Football Playoff: A The Associated Press

reported a source said Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich are expected to be members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. CBS.com has reported that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and West Virginia AD Oliver Luck were expected to be on the committee.
The Associated Press

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