College Football

NEW YORK | Peyton Manning says he takes his role as an ambassador for the University of Tennessee seriously and looks forward to supporting the Volunteers’ next football coach. Tennessee’s search for a replacement for Butch Jones has resulted in turmoil, with fan protests, the firing of athletic director John Currie and the hiring of former Vols coach Philip Fulmer as AD. After being turned down by several coaches, Tennessee is still searching.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY | Fisher DeBerry wants to clear the air: His triple-option Air Force teams were very much passing oriented. “About every play,” the retired coach said. “The only difference is it happened to be a pitch behind the line of scrimmage.” DeBerry loves that jest, and used it all the time whenever his Falcons followers complained the team didn’t throw enough.

SALT LAKE CITY | Six wins isn’t exactly what Colorado or Utah were shooting for at the beginning of the season but that’s what the two programs are desperate for in the season finale. The two meet Saturday in a do-or-die game of sorts with bowl eligibility on the line. The loser goes home without a postseason and the valuable extra practices that come with it.

FORT COLLINS | Back home in Georgia, Michael Gallup finds a way to fish nearly every day. In Fort Collins, there’s just no time for the Colorado State senior receiver to cast a line into the local streams. He’s way too busy reeling in big catches on the field. Gallup leads the nation with 1,298 yards receiving. Even hearing that out loud — nation’s leading receiver —is hard for him to fully fathom.

BOULDER | The Colorado Buffaloes adopted the phrase “The Rise is Real” when they stormed through the Pac-12 South last year on their way to their first bowl berth since 2007. The slide is sincere, too. Coming off their first shutout in 60 games, the Buffaloes (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) find themselves navigating a quarterback quandary and scrambling to qualify for a bowl bid as they kick off the final month of the season with a homecoming game against Cal (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday at Folsom Field.