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Arizona...QB Nick Foles injured his back and had to leave the action late in last Saturday's game at ASU, with backup Bryson Beirne's only completion of the night a game-winning 23-yard TD to Juron Criner in Cats' 31-27 upset at Tempe. Cats have also announced that former West Virginia and Michigan HC Rich Rodriguez will assume the same position with UA next year. Cats have been operating with an inter HC, defensive coordinator Tim Kish, since dismissing Mike Stoops at midseason.

Arkansas...SEC scouts report RB Knile Davis, LY's leading rusher but out all of 2011 to date due to ankle injury, has been practicing and could be available for upcoming SEC West showdown vs. LSU.

Oft-injured QB Trent Steelman was KO's with a right leg injury on the second play of last week's 42-14 loss at Temple. Steelman, who had missed recent action with a left ankle sprain, hurt the other leg vs. the Owls. Backups Angel Santiago and Max Jenkins went the rest of the way at QB for West Point.

Boise State...Top rusher Doug Martin returned from injury last week at SDSU and gained 129 YR, although sidekick D.J. Harper was sidelined with an ankle injury vs. Aztecs.

Bowling Green...QB Matt Schilz exited last Wednesday's game vs. Ohio with a sore knee, check status for Buffalo this week.

Cincinnati...Bearcat "O" in trouble now that QB Zach Collaros is sidelined for rest of season with leg injury. Bearcats not moving behind backup Munchie Leagaux, who completed only 12 of 31 passes in last week's 20-3 loss at Rutgers.

Clemson...Frosh sensation WR/KR Sammy Watkins missed last week's NC State game with a shoulder injury but hopes to be ready for South Carolina finale this week.

Colorado State...Starting QB Pete Thomas missed last week's 34-10 loss at TCU with knee problems. Backup Garrett Grayson was not too bad in relief, however, completing 14 of 24 passes for 248 yards with a TD and pick at Fort Worth.

Georgia...Star frosh RB Isaiah Crowell was KO'd in the early going of last week's 19-10 win over Kentucky with an ankle injury, status unknown for Ga. Tech this week. Backup Brandon Harton rushed for 101 yards for Dawgs in sluggish win over Cats.

Hawaii...QB Bryant Moniz is lost for the season with a leg injury. Warriors alternated soph David Graves (who took majority of snaps) with senior Shane Austin in 24-21 loss to Fresno last week. UH still depleted a t receiver spots with slotback Justin Clapp (ribs) and WR Allen Sampson (ACL) out for season, although WR Royce Pollard did return from knee injury vs. Bulldogs. Pollard is playing at less than 100%, however, and caught only 3 passes vs. Fresno.

Illinois...Under-fire HC Ron Zook was alternating QBs Nathan Scheelhaase and frosh Riley O'Toole last week vs. Wisconsin.

Kentucky...Frosh QB Maxwell Smith, who had been starting in recent weeks, was KO'd late in last week's 19-10 loss at Georgia with a shoulder injury. Former starter Morgan Newton came on in relief of Smith, whose status is questionable for Tennessee this week. Run-plugging DT Mister Cobble is also listed as questionable for Volunteers.

La Tech...Bulldogs won 24-20 at Fresno without top rusher Lennon Creer, sidelined by ankle injury. He could return this week vs. NM State. Bulldogs only rushed for 57 yards in Reno but rallied for late win behind QB Colby Cameron's 355 YP and 3 TDs, all in the 4th Q.

Memphis...Tigers' frosh QB Taylor Reed went down early in 3rd Q of last Thursday's 23-22 loss to Marshall with an ankle injury, with former starter Andy Summerlin on in relief down the stretch for Tigers.

Miami-Fl...RB Lamar Miller left last week's game at USF with a shoulder injury.

Middle Tennessee...HC Rick Stockstill has benched starter Logan Kilgore, with RS soph Jeff Murphy taking all of the snaps in last week's 45-19 loss to Ark State. Kilgore had tossed 6 picks in his previous 90 throws after splitting time with Murphy the previous two weeks vs. Tennessee & ULM.

Missouri...HC Gary Pinkel was suspended for last week's game vs. Texas Tech due to a DUI arrest. Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel filled in as the interim coach vs. Red Raiders, but Pinkel is due back on the sidelines for this week's border war vs. Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

North Carolina...RB Gio Bernard was KO'd by a concussion during last week's 24-21 loss at Virginia Tech, check status for Duke this week.

San Diego State...Star RB Ronnie Hillman was limited to just 3 carries on Saturday vs. Boise due to leg injuries. Backup Adam Muema did run for 119 yards but most of the damage was done late after Boise had surged to a 42-14 halftime edge.

South Florida...QB B.J. Daniels went out in the 3rd Q of last week's ugly 6-3 loss vs. Miami-Fla. with a shoulder injury. Backup Bobby Eveld was 5 for 9 thru the air but could not punch Bulls into endzone.

Stanford....Cardinal receiving corps continues to betray Heisman hopeful QB Andrew Luck. Injuries to WR Chris Owusu (concussion) and TEs Zach Ertz (knee) and Levine Toilolo (shoulder) have removed some of the best hands from the Stanford receiving corps, reflected in several drops by other targets in the past few weeks.

Tennessee...Soph QB Tyler Bray, out since early October with a thumb injury, returned to lineup last week vs. Vandy. Bray completed only 16 of 33 passes but helped end a late rally to force OT, then watched DB Eric Gordon win the game for Vols with a 90-yard TD interception return in overtime. UT can get bowl-eligible with a win this week over Kentucky, which hasn't beaten the Vols since 1984!

Texas...Longhorn offense stalling after numerous injuries to skill position weapons. Sr. RB/KR Fozzy Whittaker is now out for the season with a knee injury, joining frosh stars RB Malcolm Brown (toe) and WR Jaxon Shipley (knee) on sidelines. A desperate HC Mack Brown pulled struggling frosh QB David Ash in 3rd Q last week vs. K-State, with Case McCoy leading a belated rally that fell four points short of Wildcats in 17-13 Texas loss.

Texas A&M...RB Cyrus Gray hurt a shoulder last week vs. Kansas and status is questionable for Texas showdown on Thanksgiving. A&M was already down top rusher Christine Michael due to injury.

Toledo...QB Austin Dantin suffered a concussion last week at CMU, but Rockets still in good hands as long as co-QB Terrance Owens remains available.

UTEP...QB Nick Lamaison missed last week's game vs. Tulsa with a groin injury. Backup Carson Meger and other relievers Tate Smith and Jay hall could not keep pace with Golden Hurricane in Tulsa' 57-28 romp at Sun Bowl.

Washington State...QB Connor Halliday has been hospitalized with a lacerated kidney after last week's 30-27 overtime loss to Utah. Senior Marshall Lobbestael, who has started most of the season for the Cougars and has 16 TD passes, will get the call at QB for Saturday's Apple Cup finale vs. the Washington Huskies in Seattle at the Seahawks' Century Link Field (U-Dub's Husky Stadium now undergoing renovations).

Washington...Huskies opted to start Joe Montana's son Nick at QB last week at Oregon State in wake of starter Keith Price's knee injuries. Montana was very so-so, completing 11 of 21 passes for 2 TDs but only 79 yards passing in fading Huskies' 38-21 loss. Price made a surprise appearance in game in 4th Q.

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