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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was cleared to start Saturday against Oklahoma after missing last week's game.

Golson suffered a concussion in the Fighting Irish's win over Stanford and didn't play last Saturday against Brigham Young.

Coach Brian Kelly said Golson passed post-concussion tests last week but didn't practice. Kelly waited until Golson went through a workout before he declared him ready to play.

"He feels great, very confident," Kelly said at his weekly news conference. "We wanted to do that more because he hadn't had really the opportunity to get out and run, and we didn't want to wait until Saturday where he's out there and we have some setbacks. So he's good, 100 percent."

Tommy Rees started at quarterback against BYU. Golson has started five games this season.

--Oklahoma will have the services of a previously suspended defensive tackle for the Notre Dame game.

Senior Stacy McGee was reinstated to the team Monday after violating team rules during the summer, coach Bob Stopps announced. McGee, a 6-foot-4, 299-pounder has made 14 career start, including 11 as a sophomore and three as a junior.

McGee will play for the first time this season. He has worked with the scout team during practice.

Senior defensive end David King has moved inside on the defensive line during McGee's absence.

--Missouri coach Gary Pinkel doesn't expect injured quarterback James Franklin to play Saturday against Kentucky.

Franklin had hoped to return this week, but Pinkel told reporters Monday that Franklin hasn't been running during practice. Franklin sprained his left knee in the Tigers' loss to Vanderbilt on Oct. 6. He also has been bothered by a shoulder injury suffered during the spring.

Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser has started in Franklin's place but has completed just 21 of 59 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown in losses to Vanderbilt the Alabama in Missouri's past two games.

--The BCS championship game will always be played on Mondays starting with the 2014 game.

The first title game under the new four-team playoff system was switched from its originally scheduled date of Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, to Monday, Jan. 6, in the Rose Bowl, the BCS announced.

"Moving the game closer to the weekend makes it a little more fan-friendly in terms of travel," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. "Plus, although the national championship game always enjoys blockbuster television ratings, moving it to Monday night may provide even more people a chance to watch the game."

The 2013 game will be played Monday, Jan. 7, in the Orange Bowl.

--Five quarterbacks from Big 12 teams were among the 16 finalists for college football's Davey O'Brien Award.

Oklahoma's Landry Jones was one of five returning semifinalists from last year. Other Big 12 quarterbacks on the list were Kansas State's Collin Klein, Baylor's Nick Florence, Texas Tech's Seth Doege and West Virginia's Geno Smith.

The repeat semifinalists included USC's Matt Barkley, Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Doege and Michigan's Denard Robinson.

Three SEC quarterbacks and two each from the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten made the cut.

The award is presented annually to the top quarterback in the country.

--When the Longhorn Network was launched last year in partnership with ESPN, it was hailed as a coup for Texas football that would give the program more exposure. Now, coach Mack Brown isn't so sure it's such a great thing.

Brown voiced concerns this week about the time investment that's required of him during the season and the competitive advantage that opponents might gain from having television access to the team's practices.

"Like I said, I didn't ask for it," Brown said. "We were given a deal we had no input in, and we've been trying to make it the best we can."

Brown estimated that he spends six hours a week taping shows for the network.

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