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UNDATED (AP) -- Everybody at Clemson says this is just another game, but most folks don't take that at face value. The 11-0 and top-ranked Tigers know they can't afford a stumble against 3-8 South Carolina. A loss probably would boot the Tigers out of the four-team College Football Playoff.
For South Carolina, a team being coached by interim coach Shawn Elliott since Steve Spurrier retired, this is basically the Gamecocks national championship game. Knocking off the top-ranked Tigers would be a perfect way to salvage a disappointing season.
The Tigers have racked up at least 500 yards total offense in each of their last seven games.
In other AP Top-25 football:
-- Second-ranked Alabama takes its 10-1 mark on the road at 6-5 Auburn. The Crimson Tide can secure a spot in the SEC championship game against No. 10 Florida with a win or a Mississippi loss to Mississippi State. The Tigers can upgrade their bowl prospects and finish a disappointing regular season on a high note.
-- No. 3 Oklahoma State takes on No. 5 Oklahoma in a battle of 11-1 teams trying to stay alive for the College Football Playoff. The Sooners are Big 12 conference champions and look like a safe bet to reach the playoff with a win. Oklahoma State can still win its second conference title in five years with a victory.
-- Fourth-ranked Notre Dame hits the road to play at No. 13 Stanford in what is basically an elimination game for the College Football Playoff. The 10-1 Fighting Irish have lost only to top-ranked Clemson, but a loss to the 9-2 Cardinal would doom their playoff hopes.
-- Sixth-ranked Michigan State can improve to 11-1 with a victory at home against 7-4 Penn State. After upsetting unbeaten Ohio State despite an injury to QB Connor Cook, the Spartans can wrap up a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a victory.
-- Eighth-ranked Ohio State, coming off its stunning loss to Michigan State last weekend, travels to Ann Arbor to play No. 12 Michigan. The Buckeyes and Wolverines need a win and a Michigan State loss to earn a spot in next week's Big 10 title game.
-- Tenth-ranked Florida is home against No. 14 Florida State. The Gators are ranked 12th in the College Football Playoff rankings and need to beat the Seminoles and win the SEC Championship next week to crack the top four in the playoff rankings.
-- No. 11 North Carolina is on the road at 7-4 N.C. State. The Tar Heels already have wrapped up a berth in the ACC championship against Clemson, but the 10-1 Tar Heels can tie the school record for victories in a season with a win over their arch-rival.
-- No. 17 Northwestern has a date with 5-6 Illinois at Chicago's Soldier Field. Northwestern would tie its single-season record with its 10th win and put itself in position to break that mark with a bowl victory.
-- No. 18 Oregon is a whopping 35-point favorite against 2-9 Oregon State in the 119th Civil War rivalry game. The 8-3 Ducks didn't earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship so this will be their final game before they learn their bowl fate. Oregon can still reach 10 wins but the year has been marked by losses to Michigan State, Utah and Washington State. The Beavers have lost eight straight.
-- No. 19 Mississippi is at No. 23 Mississippi State in a battle of 8-3 teams. Egg Bowl bragging rights and a possible SEC Western Division title are on the line for Ole Miss. The Rebels must beat the Bulldogs on Saturday and then hope that Auburn can pull off an upset over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
-- No. 22 UCLA at 8-3 takes on 7-4 Southern California. The winners of Los Angeles' annual crosstown showdown get much more than the Victory Bell this time. They'll also claim the Pac-12 South title and a meeting with Stanford in next week's conference title game.
-- And No. 25 Temple can finish 10-2 with a victory over 6-5 UConn. A trip to the American Athletic Conference title game is on the line. The Owls also earn a berth in the championship game if South Florida loses.
UNDATED (AP) -- Fresh off their 86-83 victory over Rhode Island in the Cancun Challenge tournament in Mexico, second-ranked Maryland returns stateside to host Cleveland State tonight. The Terps are looking to improve to 6-0 on the young season
Elsewhere in AP Top-25 hoops:
Fourth-ranked Iowa State continues play in Florida, Purdue hosts Lehigh and No. 24 Cincinnati continues its play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
UNDATED (AP)-- The Golden State Warriors try to continue their record-setting start to the season. The 15-0 Warriors are huge favorites to make it 16-0 as they host Sacramento tonight.
In the rest of the seven-game NBA schedule tonight, Brooklyn is at Cleveland, Dallas hosts Denver, Atlanta is at San Antonio, Portland hosts the L.A. Lakers and New Orleans is at Utah.