Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven might be the most unassuming of all the impact players on the standout defense for No. 16 Washington. He doesn't seek attention and he doesn't celebrate every play he makes. All he does is make tackles. Burr-Kirven is No. 2 in the country in tackles heading into Friday's Apple Cup against No. 7 Washington State.
Missouri's senior class has gone through a rollercoaster the past four years. They joined a program coming off back-to-back SEC championships, went through two losing seasons and a coaching change, and have helped to restore the Tigers to respectability. Now, they are trying to finish on a high with a rivalry win over Arkansas.
Texas can clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game if it beats Kansas on Friday. It will be the first time the Longhorns have visited the Jayhawks since 2016, when they were upset at Memorial Stadium in a game that may have sealed Charlie Strong's departure as coach. Kansas will be playing its final game under David Beaty, who was fired two weeks ago. Les Miles has already been hired as his replacement.
The last week of the regular season in the Big Ten means a slate of rivalry games. Ohio State and Michigan usually gets the most attention, but for other schools, rivalry games mean a lot for a lot of reasons, including tradition, marketing and simple bragging rights. A couple rivalry matchups outside of The Game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines matter. Minnesota can become bowl eligible by upsetting Wisconsin. The Indiana-Purdue winner also becomes bowl eligible.
Bryce Brown scored 19 points, Malik Dunbar added 15 and No. 8 Auburn pulled away from Arizona to win the Maui Invitational third-place game 73-57. The Tigers took control with an 11-0 second-half run to bounce back from a semifinal loss to top-ranked Duke.
Third-ranked Gonzaga has beaten No. 1 Duke to win the Maui Invitational. Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and No. 3 Gonzaga blocked four shots in the final 46 seconds to complete an 89-87 win over the Blue Devils. Duke erased a 16-point, second-half deficit before losing in the tournament for the first time in 18 games.