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UNDATED (AP) — The new world of college athletes getting paid for endorsements has created a rapidly expanding pop-up industry: Nonprofit collectives are being formed to set up athletes with deals and pay them to promote charities. The collectives are pitched as feel-good partnerships. But they also raise questions of whether their mission it to support charities or exist primarily to funnel money to athletes for a tax deduction. A bill has been filed in Congress to limit some of those tax breaks.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Spencer Rattler threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead South Carolina to a 50-10 victory over South Carolina State in a game moved up from Saturday to Thursday night to avoid Hurricane Ian. The Gamecocks overpowered the FCS Bulldogs, limiting them to just 12 passing yards in the opening half and 216 for the game. Both schools agreed to change the game’s day early this week before Ian’s path was fully known. The system was expected to enter the Palmetto State as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday.
UNDATED (AP) — The days of postseason bans and crippling scholarship reductions being used to punish schools for breaking NCAA rules appear to be winding down. Last month, the Division I Board of Directors adopted three proposals to modernize the infractions process. It also is looking for penalties that do not include postseason bans. There are limited options for that.
UNDATED (AP) — Not since 1958 have No. 7 Kentucky and No. 14 Mississippi faced each other while ranked. The visiting Wildcats have won their last eight and are ranked in the top 10 for the third consecutive week. Will Levis has passed for at least 300 yards three times in four games, but the good news offensively for Kentucky is the return of All-SEC back Chris Rodriguez Jr. from a four-game suspension. The Rebels have won their last 12 home games and feature the SEC’s top ground attack at 280.75 yards per contest. The home team has won four of the past six in the series.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Georgia has one of college football’s prolific offenses, triggered by one of its most dynamic quarterbacks, so of course the topic of conversation as the top-ranked Bulldogs head to Missouri on Saturday would be the run game. They struggled by their standards in an underwhelming win over Kent State last week, and their relative ineffectiveness has led to more field goals than Georgia coach Kirby Smart would like in the red zone. Now, the Bulldogs face a rebuilt Missouri defense that allowed Auburn just 11 yards rushing over the final three quarters and overtime last week.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — No. 20 Arkansas hosts second-ranked Alabama this weekend in an SEC West Division clash. It will be the Crimson Tide’s first SEC road challenge of the season. The Razorbacks are coming off their first loss of the season to Texas A&M. They now face Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who threw for 559 yards against Arkansas last year. The Hogs are not much better so far this season, giving up the sixth-most passing yards per game in the Bowl Subdivision.
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky versus Mississippi is a bigtime matchup in the Southeastern Conference these days. It’s a game of two teams with ambitions of challenging for division titles. The seventh-ranked Wildcats visit No. 14 Ole Miss on Saturday in a matchup of undefeated teams. It’s the first time they have met when both are ranked since 1958. It’s the SEC opener for the Rebels, who have mostly breezed through early opponents. Kentucky has a 26-16 win over then-No. 12 Florida on its resume.
UNDATED (AP) — Having seen his team regain its swagger since an upset loss, Jimbo Fisher now wants consistency from No. 17 Texas A&M. That will be important on Saturday when the Aggies visit Mississippi State. Last fall’s 26-22 loss in College Station showed the Bulldogs can take advantage of chances. The Aggies have moved past being upset by Appalachian State this year but knocking off Miami and Arkansas. MSU rebounded from losing its SEC opener at LSU by routing Bowling Green.
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