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Malzahn: Auburn's offense, fortunes to both rise

Gus Malzahn addressed talk about his job security after Auburn's first bowl practice Thursday. He also expressed enthusiasm about reclaiming the role as offensive playcaller that propelled him to that position in the first place.

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has won the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The award, which began in 2014 and went to Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, recognizes the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that “epitomizes great ability and integrity.” Tagovailoa, who grew up in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and is of Samoan descent, has led the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record and a spot in the CFP semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. The sophomore has throw for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions this season.

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The one-stop shop for every bowl game

Before we get beyond Christmas to the playoff, there will be plenty of action worth watching, including Fresno State's Marcus McMaryion against Arizona State and a Wisconsin-Miami matchup in which both teams have a lot to prove.

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Mizzou's Williams charged with domestic assault

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a probable cause statement alleges Tre Williams and his girlfriend argued early Sunday and that he hit her several times while she was driving and at one point began choking her.

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North Carolina is hiring Ole Miss offensive coordinator Phil Longo for the same position, a source tells ESPN. The Athletic first reported the move, as Mack Brown now has both of his coordinators in place. Longo spent the past two seasons at Ole Miss, which now will be replacing both coordinators following a 5-7 season.

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Former Tennessee and Houston quarterback Quinten Dormady is transferring to Central Michigan, he announced today on Twitter. Dormady appeared in only one game at Houston, attempting five passes, and redshirted the season after transferring from Tennessee in April. He started the first five games for Tennessee in 2017 before being replaced by Jarrett Guarantano. Dormady said he's 100 percent healthy and will have one year of eligibility for new CMU coach Jim McElwain in 2019.