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September has been better to some teams than others.

Duke is 4-0 going into a huge home game against Miami this Friday night while Florida State has yet to win a game, in part because of the buzzsaw in Alabama it ran into to begin the season, with Mother Nature and Deondre Francois’ season-ending injury also being contributing factors.

USC has suffered some early scares but is still undefeated, although that could change this week when it hits the road to face an also-unbeaten Washington State squad. Washington coasted through another soft non-conference slate before pounding Colorado in its Pac-12 opener a week ago and is also 4-0. In the SEC, Alabama seems to still be in league of its own, although Georgia has impressed thus far with wins over Notre Dame and Mississippi State. Nobody else in the conference is unbeaten.

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In a new series, BearsIllustrated will ask you the fans to answer one question each week. The question will be something that concerns or puzzles us on how the Bears should play their opponent. This week, the question is who should be the primary spy on quarterback Jesse Ertz?

Ertz is a true dual threat weapon for the Wildcats, leading the team in rushing last year with over 1,000 yards on the ground. He is also their leading rusher through three games in 2017. A capable thrower, Ertz is at his best when he tucks it and runs.

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What: No. 24 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. No. 13 Auburn Tigers

When: Saturday, September 30 at 5 p.m (ESPN)

Where: Auburn, Ala.; Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)

Series Record: AU leads, 62-26-2

The Last Time: AU 38, MSU 14; 2016 in Starkville

The loss of starting tailback Kerryon Johnson was no problem when Auburn brought in Kamyron Pettway in this game a year ago. The sophomore bruiser bulldozed the Bulldog defense in the first half and the Tigers breezed through.

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On Thursday, Denton Ryan beat Denton 42-13. Four-star Oklahoma State commit Spencer Sanders was 20-25 passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 36 yards and a score on nine carries. Four-star Texas Tech commit Gabriel Douglas caught six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown while Chritauskie Dove had one reception for a 36-yard touchdown. Freshman Billy Bowman caught six passes for 27 yards. In the loss, sophomore Landry Kinne was 13-25 passing for 195 yards while running for 56 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

***Colleyville Heritage defeated Fort Worth Dunbar 56-36. Jagger LaRoe finished 6-11 passing for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Linebacker prospect Caleb Murphy ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Four-star junior UCLA commit Kam Brown caught five passes for 158 yards and four touchdowns. Ke’von Ahmad added two receptions for 22 yards. In the loss, junior defensive back prospect Leonte Cooper was 7-12 passing for 106 yards and two touchdowns while running for 174 yards and two more scores on 26 carries.

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WACO, Texas — Baylor receiver Chris Platt is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury.

Coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday defensive end Xavier Jones also is likely done for the year because of a broken bone in his foot.

Both Platt and Jones were hurt in the Bears’ 49-41 loss to third-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday in their Big 12 opener.

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WACO, Texas — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield had a bit more respect for Baylor after the game. He also had another victory.

After being caught on video before the game with some smack talk directed at winless Baylor , Mayfield threw three touchdowns and the third-ranked Sooners overcame the feisty Bears 49-41 Saturday night to stretch the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games.

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Our Big 12 Week 4 power rankings:

1. Oklahoma (previous ranking: 1): There was no blowout in Waco, but Oklahoma’s ground game took over in the fourth quarter, and the Sooners held on to beat Baylor 49-41. On a day that featured several upsets, holding on for a win was just fine for the Sooners.

2. TCU (3): After losing seasons in 2004 and 2013, Gary Patterson’s teams went a combined 23-2 the following year. The Horned Frogs also had a losing season last year. Which means the rest of the Big 12 better watch out — especially after TCU’s 44-31 upset of Oklahoma State.


After years of work, on the longest day of the year, Mike Foley sent Chris Sharma’s Dreamcatcher (5.14d) on the Cacodemon Boulder in Squamish, British Columbia. Foley’s is the fifth-known ascent of the route.

“I knew it would happen someday. I definitely felt physically capable of doing it a long time ago. I knew I just needed to be patient and wait for the right moment,” Foley said in an interview with Squamish Climbing magazine.

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Three Mount Everest climbers were reported dead Sunday, with a fourth climber missing after getting separated from his guide.

Roland Yearwood, a 50-year-old Alabama doctor, was among those who died, Nepal tourism officials told The Washington Post. Yearwood had taken on the world’s highest mountain before, surviving a massive earthquake during his 2015 attempt to scale Everest, according to His wife, Amrita Yearwood, described her husband at the time as “adventurous” and someone who “doesn’t get freaked out.”

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A baby bald eagle was rescued Thursday in dramatic fashion as wildlife experts raced against the setting sun and an approaching storm after it got a leg stuck in a branch in its nest at the U.S. National Arboretum.

Known as DC4, the eaglet had gotten its leg “lodged in a Y-shaped stick” in part of the nest, according to wildlife experts from the American Eagle Foundation. The group helps to managea live camera feed of the eagle nest at the arboretum and because of the video, experts realized Thursday afternoon that something was wrong.

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