GAINESVILLE, Fla. - No. 6 Florida will have its starting quarterback back in the starting lineup against one of its biggest rivals.
Coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that sophomore Jeff Driskel will return to the starting lineup for Saturday's game at No. 10 Florida State (10-1).
"Jeff Driskel looked very good at practice (Tuesday) and he'll be ready to go," Muschamp said in a teleconference.
Driskel sprained his right ankle Nov. 10 against Louisiana-Lafayette and sat out last weekend's 23-0 win over lower-division Jacksonville State. Jacoby Brissett started in his place and completed 14 of 22 passes for 154 yards.
Driskel was on the sideline during the game without a walking boot, worked out Sunday and was cleared to practice Tuesday.
Driskel has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Playoffs to be shown on ESPN for 12 years
NEW YORK - The playoff system will be televised on ESPN for 12 years once it starts after the 2014 season, the network said Wednesday.
The title game will be played on a Monday, at least a week after the semifinals.
"Folks are going to love this playoff and the attention ESPN will give to it," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement.
ESPN will own the rights to all six bowls involved in the four-team playoff system. Conference commissioners had decided that the two semifinals would rotate among those half-dozen sites; the four not involved each year will host major bowl games similar to the current BCS contests. The title game will be bid out each season through a separate process, as the Super Bowl is for the NFL.
Judge: NCAA report
on USC coach flawed
LOS ANGELES - The NCAA was "malicious" in its investigation of a former USC assistant coach who was linked in a report to a scandal surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush, a judge said Wednesday.
The NCAA's report on ethical breaches by Todd McNair was flawed, and the former coach has shown a probability he can win his defamation claims, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said.
The NCAA had sought to have the case dismissed, but Shaller disagreed. His 10-page ruling states emails between an investigative committee member, an NCAA worker and a person who works in the agency's appeals division "tend to show ill will or hatred" toward McNair.
• Miami's decision to ban itself from the postseason may have a few bowl executives squirming. With the Hurricanes out of the picture, there are now 61 bowl eligible teams - and 70 available spots in the 35 bowls. A handful of teams still have a chance to reach six wins and join the list of qualifiers, but there may not be enough when it's all said and done. Before the season, the NCAA announced contingency plans for exactly this type of scenario. There's even a way for 5-7 teams to be selected - it's tied to academic performance - if other alternatives have been exhausted.
• Auburn coach Gene Chizik declined to comment on reports that the NCAA is investigating alleged improprieties involving the football program.
"I'm not going to comment on speculation," Chizik said Wednesday. "It won't be a distraction to me. I'm just focused on the Iron Bowl" against Alabama.
• Washington State's best defensive player may miss Friday's Apple Cup game against Washington. Linebacker Travis Long has not practiced all week, a team spokesman said.