Showdown in Tuscaloosa…Streaking Seminoles face Miami…TCU visits chilly Kansas

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Top-ranked Mississippi State visits No. 5 Alabama in an SEC showdown of College Football Playoff contenders. The 9-0 Bulldogs are No. 1 the CFP rankings while Alabama is fifth. The winner will be assured of solidifying its chances for earning one of the coveted four CFP berths.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — No. 2 and unbeaten Florida State takes its 25-game winning streak into a rivalry game against Miami. The unbeaten Seminoles led by Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston are 9-0, but still dropped a spot to No. 3 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — TCU is the newest addition to the College Football Playoffs’ top four spots after moving up this week. The 8-1 Horned Frogs take the No. 4 ranking on the road to Kansas, where the temperature is expected in the 30s with snow showers.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis takes an NBA-best 8-1 record into its home game against Detroit. The Grizzlies have won 18 straight regular-season home games including Thursday when they rallied from 26 points down to beat Sacramento at the buzzer.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Penguins will be looking to settle a score when they return home from a five-game road trip to host the Rangers. New York snapped the Penguins’ seven-game winning streak emphatically Tuesday 5-0.