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Big man’s game: USC needs more from O-line vs. No. 10 Utah

Southern California coach Clay Helton has no illusions about where the Pac-12 South showdown Friday against No. 10 Utah will be decided.


No. 5 Oklahoma’s improved defense supporting offense

It is a small sample size, but the numbers say Oklahoma’s defense has improved this season. An aggressive, ball-hawking defense led by new coordinator Alex Grinch has done its part …


All-America Watch: Georgia’s J.R. Reed relies on home lessons

J.R. Reed plays for one of the nation’s powerhouse programs, where the competition begins as soon as you step on campus. No problem. Family time prepared him well for what …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019

How we voted: Six Pac-12 teams earn Top 25 spots, but just five make our weekly ballot

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 62 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll this season. Every week throughout the 2019 season, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Big Sky football: No. 22 Boise State rolls past Portland State

John Hightower returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught another, and Hank Bachmeier threw for 238 yards as No. 22 Boise State beat Portland State 45-10 on Saturday night …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Top 25 football: No. 2 Alabama beats South Carolina in SEC opener

Tua Tagovailoa threw for a career-high 444 yards and tied his personal best with five touchdowns to help No. 2 Alabama open Southeastern Conference play with a 47-23 victory over …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Pac-12 football: Arizona State edges No. 18 Spartans 10-7 in wild last minute

Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Week 3 college football preview: No ranked matchups but plenty of intrigue

For the second time in three years, there isn’t a game in which ranked teams face each other, but there are still some interesting matchups as the season enters its …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Wyoming football honors black players dismissed from team in 1969

Fifty years after 14 black football players were kicked off the University of Wyoming football team for seeking to wear armbands to protest racism, eight of them returned to the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Pac-12 roundup:

Freshman Kedon Slovis passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns in an excellent debut start, and Southern California rolled to a 45-20 victory over No. 23 Stanford in Los Angeles …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Big Sky roundup: Weber State runs past Cal Poly 41-24

Josh Davis ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and Kris Jackson added two short scoring runs, powering Weber State to a 41-24 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday night …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Top 25 roundup: No. 7 Michigan escapes with 24-21 2OT win over Army

Jake Moody made a 43-yard field goal and No. 7 Michigan forced and recovered a fumble to hold on for a 24-21 double-overtime victory over Army on Saturday in Ann …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

College football roundup: Hank Bachmeier helps No. 24 Boise State beat Marshall 14-7

Hank Bachmeier threw for 282 yards and a touchdown and No. 24 Boise State held its second straight opponent scoreless in the second half to grind out a 14-7 victory …


Stanford QB K.J. Costello to miss game against USC

Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello will miss the 23rd-ranked Cardinal’s Pac-12 opener against Southern California with an injury. Coach David Shaw said Costello had been ruled out of the game against …


LSU-Texas a landmark game for Burrow on several levels

No. 6 LSU’s visit to ninth-ranked Texas this week brings the spotlight on quarterback Joe Burrow’s present and past. Burrow is coming off a prolific debut of LSU’s new spread …


Big Ten 1st impressions: Maryland, OSU look good at QB

The first week of play in the Big Ten carried plenty of mystery, from new quarterbacks to new schemes to new coaches, and a couple of transfers were the biggest …


USC’s Drake Jackson determined to show ability to finish plays

Southern California defensive end Drake Jackson had an impressive debut with three tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss, and 1/2 sack against Fresno State. The freshman could have had so …


Imperfect Big 12 start even after all 10 teams win openers

The Big 12 Conference got off to a 10-0 start this season. There were some struggles even though every Big 12 team won its opener for the first time since …


Tennessee aiming to continue BYU’s turnover troubles

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt built defenses that feasted on turnovers during his career as an assistant coach. He’s still waiting for his Volunteers to develop a similar knack. That opportunity …


No. 23 Stanford and USC headline Pac-12 this week

No. 23 Stanford and Southern California could both be missing starting quarterbacks in the renewal of their rivalry this weekend. The Trojans lost J.T. Daniels to a season-ending knee injury …


No. 9 Notre Dame pulls away from Louisville 35-17

Ian Book ran for one touchdown and threw for another, Jahmir Smith rushed for two scores and No. 9 Notre Dame beat Louisville 35-17 on Monday night.


USC quarterback J.T. Daniels out for season with knee injury

Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during the Trojans’ opener. Daniels was hurt on a blitz …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Big Sky football roundup: Dalton Sneed leads Montana past South Dakota in opener

Dalton Sneed threw for a career-high 430 yards and had three passing touchdowns and another rushing to lead Montana to a 31-17 win over South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Pac-12 football roundup: No. 16 Auburn rallies to stun No. 11 Oregon

Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 9 seconds remaining, and the 16th-ranked Tigers opened the season with a 27-21 comeback win …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Top-25 football roundup: Tua Tagovailoa helps No. 2 Alabama rout Duke 42-3

Tua Tagovailoa threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Alabama overcame a sluggish start to blow out Duke 42-3 Saturday in Atlanta.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Top 25 roundup: Jonathan Taylor scores 4 times, No. 19 Wisconsin routs South Florida 49-0

Taking up where he left off a year ago, when he lead the nation with 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns, Taylor scored on runs of 37 and 38 yards.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Pac-12 college football roundup: Michael Warren, Desmond Ridder lead Cincinnati to season-opening win over UCLA

Warren finished with 92 yards on 26 carries while Ridder was going 18 for 26 for 242 yards.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Top 25 college football: Travis Etienne leads No. 1 Clemson to 16th straight win

Travis Etienne ran for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns, including one from 90 yards out, and No. 1 Clemson overpowered Georgia Tech 52-14 Thursday night in Clemson, South …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Auburn’s Bo Nix getting tossed into fire, just like his Dad

Bo Nix is getting thrust right into the fire as Auburn’s new quarterback. When the 16th-ranked Tigers face No. 11 Oregon, Nix is set to become the first Auburn freshman …


Big Ten brotherhood: Family ties run deep across conference

Football players often refer to their teammates as brothers. In the Big Ten, a lot of them truly are. There are more than two dozen sets of brothers playing in …