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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's lack of a consistent passing attack is hampering running back Kylin Hill's production. With defenses loading up to stop the ground game Hill has been held below 50 yards rushing each of the last two games. Teams began focusing on Hill after he topped the 100-yard mark in the Bulldogs' first four contests.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA standout Jerry Stackhouse is back in school _ now as a coach. Stackhouse, who played for 18 years in the NBA, is a first-time college coach at Vanderbilt after receiving an offer he couldn't refuse.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU are in the process of turning long-held perceptions of the Southeastern Conference upside down. They are the two highest-scoring teams in the nation at the midway point of this college football season. That should shatter any lingering notions that the SEC features stifling defense and ball-control offenses heavy on smash-mouth runs.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and LSU's Will Wade are hoping to build on big seasons while dealing with a major potential challenge for their respective men's basketball programs off the court. Both programs were at the center of a federal corruption investigation into college basketball. Both Pearl and Wade are still coaching and trying to keep the winning ways going on the basketball court.

UNDATED (AP) — The number of enforced targeting penalties are down 32% in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision compared with the first seven weeks of the 2018 season. Targeting is the act of striking a defenseless opponent above the shoulders or using the crown of the helmet to contact an opponent. It has been a major player-safety concern for a decade.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says the status of quarterback Brian Maurer for the Volunteers' Saturday matchup with No. 1 Alabama will be a game-time decision after the freshman sustained a concussion last week. Maurer landed head first while diving at the end of a 13-yard scramble late in the first half of a 20-10 victory over Mississippi State.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Graduation rates for college athletes have hit another record, this time 89% overall, according to statistics released by the NCAA. That's up 1 percentage point from last year's previous one-year high and almost 10 percentage points of the goal established by the late Myles Brand when the measure was first introduced 17 years ago. This year's number tracks college athletes who first enrolled in college in 2012.

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson has slipped to No. 3 behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU in the AP Top 25. Some people believe the Tigers deserve better after two national championships in three seasons.

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