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USC's Helton 'secure' despite hot seat

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Clay Helton believes his job at Southern California is secure as he heads into two games that could determine whether he's right.

The coach addressed the pertinent topic of his future with the Trojans in a meeting this week, and he did it again when asked about it Tuesday night after practice. While he recognizes the fan unrest created by USC's 5-5 season, Helton told his players to focus on their upcoming rivalry games against UCLA and Notre Dame, not on whether he is about to make a sudden departure.

"I feel very secure in where I'm at," Helton said. "Like I told them, my plan is to be here for another 15 years. I'd like to do it `til I'm 60, right here. That's my plan. Know this, I'm not going anywhere. I want them to know my jaw is set."


Alabama NT Williams a Nagurski finalist

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and LSU safety Grant Delpit give the Southeastern Conference three of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player.

The other finalists announced Wednesday were Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.


CFP top 10 unchanged for first time

The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week.

The third rankings of the season were drama-free Tuesday night after every top-10 team won last weekend. In fact, the selection committee's entire top 10 stayed the same, the first time that has happened in the five seasons since the CFP was born.


Auburn star DE Coe out vs. Liberty

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive end Nick Coe will miss Saturday's game against Liberty with an unspecified injury.

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that Coe has "got kind of a wrist-type situation." He says he's not ready to speculate on Coe's status for the regular season finale against No. 1 Alabama.


Maryland loses QB Hill for season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) During a harsh season in which the Maryland football team has been forced to deal with an array of setbacks - none worse than the death of player Jordan McNair - the Terrapins have repeatedly showed their resiliency.

With No. 9 Ohio State next on the schedule, Maryland has yet another obstacle to overcome. Interim coach Matt Canada announced Tuesday that starting quarterback Kasim Hill tore the ACL in his left knee during last week's game at Indiana, making this the second straight season he's had cut short by an ACL tear.


TCU DT Broadnax out with medical issue

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU starting senior defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax isn't expected to play again because of an undisclosed medical condition initially discovered during a preseason screening.

Coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he couldn't elaborate but that an MRI during the summer found something in the early stages that was OK then. But the 6-foot, 294-pound Broadnax didn't play Saturday at West Virginia after showing signs related to the condition, including weakness in his arm.


USC dismisses LB Jones for violations

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California linebacker Levi Jones has been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Coach Clay Helton announced Jones' departure from the Trojans after practice Tuesday night.


SEC may get 9 teams with 1st-round picks

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Alabama set an SEC record with 12 players taken in the 2018 NFL draft, including four in the first round.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide are sure to have several high draft picks in next year's draft, too, but there are players at many other SEC schools that are also likely to hear their names called in the first round of the 2019 draft.


TE Fant quiet in Hawkeyes' losing streak

Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant is one of the most talented players that Kirk Ferentz has ever coached in his 20 years.

So why isn't Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) getting Fant the ball more?


Oklahoma dismisses OL Moore

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Offensive lineman Tramonda Moore has been dismissed from No. 6 Oklahoma for violating team rules.

The school made the announcement in a news release Tuesday.

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