Falcons’ funk has Sarkisian searching for answers

FILE - In this July 28, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian tosses a football during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga. The Falcons' offense is misfiring with many of the same key pieces which produced the NFL's top-scoring attack in 2016. That puts the heat on first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, especially with the team trying to snap a three-game losing streak in Sunday's game at the New York Jets. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The dramatic decline in the Atlanta Falcons’ scoring has left the heat on first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to orchestrate a quick turnaround.

Carrington motivated for return to Oregon

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington II looks on during the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Salt Lake City. Carrington returns to his former school Saturday when Oregon hosts the Utes. The dynamic receiver downplays the significance, but admitted there is a little extra motivation to beat the program that dismissed him during the offseason. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah receiver Darren Carrington said all the right things this week as the Utes prepared to play his former team, Oregon.

Have ball, will travel; QBs leading running games in ACC

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Louisville's Lamar Jackson gets past Florida State's Matthew Thomas to score in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee Fla. The ACC's two leading rushers as November nears are quarterbacks: Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Georgia Tech's Taquon Marshall. If it holds up, it'll be the first time in conference history the leading rusher wasn't a running back. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Darrin Hall broke through the line of scrimmage and saw nothing but green grass in front of him. Finally.

Iowa State hosts undefeated TCU

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) scrambles to avoid a Texas Tech defensive lineman Eli Howard (53) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va. Grier, in his first season starting for the 22nd-ranked Mountaineers, has thrown for 352 yards per game with only five interceptions. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

Some things to watch during Week 9 of the Big 12 Conference, when two of the league’s five games Saturday are matchups of Top 25 teams:

College Picks: Big games, then playoff rankings

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Penn State's Saquon Barkley (26) gains control of a pass and takes it in for a touchdown against Michigan during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Three days before the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are released Penn State and Ohio State will play a game, Saturday, Oct. 28, that could complicate the selection committee’s task down the road, if the Buckeyes win. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)

Three days before the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are released, No. 2 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State will play a game that could complicate the selection committee’s task down the road — if the Buckeyes win.

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