It remains to be seen if Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller -- who sustained a sprained knee ligament last week against San Diego State -- will play very much or at all Saturday at Cal.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that no decision will be reached on Miller's availability until game time. Kenny Guiton stepped in for Miller last week, leading No. 4 Ohio State to a 42-7 rout.
Less than 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium. For more information go to www.calbears.com or call 1-800-GO BEARS. Nick Montana threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns to help Tulane (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) rally for a 24-15 win at Louisiana Tech (1-2, 0-1). The son of former 49ers star Joe Montana finished 20-for-36 passing. Freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 left to lead host Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) to a 20-10 win over No. 24 TCU (1-2, 0-1). Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield left in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch was ruled ineligible for Saturday against No. 2 Oregon while the school investigates allegations he received improper benefits. Yahoo Sports reported Couch received $1,350 from former Alabama player Luther Davis, who served as a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers. Jones wouldn't discuss Couch's status for the rest of the season. Former Vanderbilt player Jaborian McKenzie, who's facing rape charges in Nashville, Tenn., was kicked off Alcorn State's team less than a day after his presence on the team attracted attention. School president M. Christopher Brown II said McKenzie was removed "until further notice." Coach Jay Hopson had said earlier that McKenzie was playing because he believed the freshman is "100 percent innocent" of the charges. McKenzie was one of four players dismissed from Vanderbilt. Olympic great and former Houston star Carl Lewis will be a volunteer assistant at his alma mater. He's joining Leroy Burrell's track and field staff.
Victor Manuel Vucetich was hired as coach of the Mexican national team as it tries to recover from two straight losses in World Cup qualifying. He was fired by Monterrey last month. Jose Manuel De la Torre was dismissed after Mexico's 2-1 loss to Honduras on Friday and replaced on an interim basis by Luis Fernando Tena, who led El Tri in Tuesday's 2-0 loss at the United States.
Joey Logano defended his place in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Logano said if anybody helped him Saturday at Richmond (Va.), he had no clue.
He learned Wednesday that radio traffic appeared to show Front Row Racing's crew talking about David Gilliland giving Logano a pivotal spot on the track in exchange for something unidentified from Penske Racing. There's nothing in Penske transmissions to indicate wrongdoing, but NASCAR is still looking into the incident. The first Chase race is Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.