- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From combined dispatches

Ohio State will have its Beanie back for Southern California.

Buckeyes tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells has been given the OK to play in the showdown at No. 1 USC on Saturday night.

Wells, who rushed for 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago, went down with a foot injury in the second half of the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ opener against Youngstown State and did not suit up when Ohio State struggled to beat Ohio University 26-14 last week.

But coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that Wells definitely would play against USC.

“You know, Beanie ran well yesterday,” Tressel said. “In fact, he ran better than I thought he might.”

LSU: Athletic director Joe Alleva will announce Wednesday where the Tigers’ football game against North Texas will be played Saturday.

LSU officials continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Ike.

Contact has been made with Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., and the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans as possible backup locations.

SEC: All SEC football games on CBS this season also will be available to watch online.

Seventeen games, including the conference championship, will be shown for free on CBSSports.com, the network announced.

CBS has previously done the same with college basketball games during the NCAA tournament.

MINNESOTA: Running back Duane Bennett will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

The Gophers’ leading rusher and second-leading receiver tore a ligament in Saturday’s victory over Bowling Green, though coach Tim Brewster did not specify which knee was injured.

CINCINNATI: Former Bearcats quarterback Ben Mauk, who sued the NCAA after being denied a sixth season of eligibility, lost another appeal when a judge in his hometown of Kenton, Ohio, ruled against him.

Hardin County Judge William Hart refused to grant a permanent injunction allowing Mauk to rejoin the Bearcats.

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