Utah State football coach Gary Andersen, who had been contacted by Cal about its vacant head coaching job, announced that he will remain with the Aggies.

The fourth-year Utah State coach made the announcement via news release Friday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Media reports had surfaced in recent days linking Andersen -- who engineered the Aggies' best-ever regular season with a 10-2 record -- to job openings at Kentucky and Colorado as well as Cal.

The Tribune learned that Andersen had talks with Cal but the discussions never reached the stage where an offer was made. Andersen also spoke once with Colorado about the Buffs' opening.

MAC championship: Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and No. 19 Northern Illinois (12-1) beat No. 18 Kent State (11-2) 44-37 in a stirring Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit.

Lynch finished with 160 yards rushing and has 1,771 for the season, a major-college record for a quarterback. Michigan's Denard Robinson had the old mark with 1,702 yards in 2010.

SEC championship: The national championship could be decided with a dream matchup between two of college football's most storied programs: Notre Dame vs. Alabama.

Of course, Georgia might have something to say about that. The third-ranked Bulldogs are eager to wake up some echoes of their own.


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Coach Mark Richt's team will take on No. 2 Alabama in a Southeastern Conference title game that essentially serves as a national semifinal. The winner of Saturday's contest at the Georgia Dome will surely land a spot against top-ranked Notre Dame in the BCS title game at Miami on Jan. 7.

While Alabama (11-1) is a favorite to remain on course for its third crown in four years, Georgia (11-1) wants to carve out its own legacy, something beyond the great teams of the early 1980s led by Herschel Walker.

"We respect and honor those guys that played ahead of us, but we really need to give the fans something else to talk about," linebacker Christian Robinson said. "If that's all we have to talk about, we must not be doing anything special."

LSU: Former Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu will enter the NFL draft. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year but was suspended, then dismissed from the 2012 team because of a substance abuse issue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.