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No. 2 Alabama’s defense absorbs tough hits before opener

The hits keep on coming for Alabama’s defense before the Crimson Tide’s 2019 season opener. The latest blow to the second-ranked Tide defenders was Tuesday’s knee injury to star middle …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian prompts move of Boise State-FSU game

The season opener between Boise State and Florida State will be played in Tallahassee because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian. Officials moved the game out of Jacksonville two days …


Pick six: Minnesota, Baylor among college football’s dark horse league contenders

Parity tends to be found in the middle class. The favorites usually win the championships.


Analysis: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and … Washington to College Football Playoff

Four years of Alabama-Clemson dominance have made the college football season seem like a foregone conclusion.


Hugh Freeze may make Liberty debut from coaching box

New Liberty coach Hugh Freeze still doesn’t know if he will be on the sidelines for his debut with the Flames against No. 22 Syracuse.


Pac-12 to make statements on potentially controversial calls

The Pac-12 says it will make public statement this football season on certain potentially controversial officiating calls as part of the conference’s efforts to provide more transparency.


NCAA places Mississippi State on three years probation

Mississippi State has been placed on three years’ probation by the NCAA after an investigation determined a part-time student tutor completed coursework for 10 football players and one men’s basketball …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team.


Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts cramming for only year with Sooners

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is cramming as he prepares for his only year with the Sooners. Before transferring from Alabama, he played in three national title games. He lost his …


Pick Six: Toughest schedule? South Carolina can make the claim

South Carolina has the type of brutal schedule that could help the Gamecocks be a better team that winds up with a worse record than last year.


Pick Six: UCF again heads list of Group of Five standouts

Central Florida again shapes up as the nation’s top Group of Five program heading into the season. Just not by nearly as wide a margin as the last couple of …


Pick Six: Top college awards could feature repeats

The race for the top individual awards in college football this season will have some standout players seeking repeats.


Seems like old times: Boise State, Fresno State top MW teams

Boise State and Fresno State are the preseason Mountain West favorites. It’s no surprise considering the two teams met in the league’s title game last season. Utah State quarterback Jordan …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Pac-12 has no clear favorite, but plenty of potential

The Pac-12’s national championship drought hits 15 years this winter, and there are few signs of a respite. Several of the conference’s traditional powers are in states of rebuilding or …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh says he wouldn’t lie about transfer

Coach Jim Harbaugh is lashing out at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who says Michigan didn’t support a transfer’s attempt to play for the Bearcats right away. Harbaugh says he told …


Big Ten preview: Michigan, Nebraska look set to make breakthroughs

The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup this season. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough. Two-time defending conference …


ACC preview: It’s 4-time champion Clemson and everyone else

Reigning national champion Clemson is chasing a fifth straight football championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers are the preseason favorites and made up nearly half of the preseason …


Pick Six: USC’s Clay Helton leads coaches on hot seat entering 2019

Clay Helton avoided the axe after the Trojans went 5-7 last season, much to the chagrin of a good chunk of the fan base.


Big 12 preview: Red River rematch could happen again with Texas-OU

Oklahoma and Texas could be on the course for another Red River rematch in the Big 12. The Sooners have won the last four Big 12 titles. They got their …


SEC preview: Georgia leads pack in hot pursuit of Alabama

Alabama is still king in the Southeastern Conference, if not nationally. Nothing that happened in the national championship game changed that, beyond serving as a heartening reminder that the Crimson …


Pick Six: QBs not the only transfers expected to make impact

Most of the attention surrounding transfers this offseason justifiably has focused on the high-profile quarterbacks who have switched schools. But the first college football season since the arrival of the …


Tennessee receivers say they want to follow Tee Martin’s example

Tennessee’s wide receivers savor the opportunity to play for their new position coach because they appreciate what Tee Martin accomplished during his own playing career. Martin was the starting quarterback …


‘Redemption’ is word for revamped Ohio State defense

The Ohio State defense is seeking redemption after an uneven season. Lackluster play became evident when the Buckeyes were walloped by Purdue Oct. 21, an inexplicable loss that kept them …


Ducks’ Justin Herbert wants to see continued growth in last season

Justin Herbert is in fall camp for a final season at Oregon, looking to continue the team’s upward trajectory since his freshman season. The Ducks’ ongoing growth is one of …


Veteran quarterbacks abound in SEC, led by Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm

It is the year of the veteran quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm are the headliners, but the league is loaded with experienced passers with double-digit …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Clemson football flagged for 8 secondary NCAA violations

Clemson’s national championship football program was flagged for eight secondary NCAA infractions in the past year ending July 1st. The athletic department self-reported 14 NCAA violations in the period from …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

NCAA says no football injury reports this season

Standardized injury reports will not be implemented across college football this season after the NCAA explored the possibility in response to the rise of legalized sports betting. The NCAA’s Board …


Jake Fromm, Georgia adjusting to huge turnover at wide receiver

Georgia lost its top five receivers from 2018 and quarterback Jake Fromm is breaking in a large group of newcomers. He is leaning heavily on senior Tyler Simmons during preseason …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Making Micah: Parsons primed to be Penn State’s next star LB

Last year, Micah Parsons put together the greatest freshman season for a linebacker in Penn State’s long history. He says he learned that earning a starting spot takes more than …


Nebraska aide relishing practices following cancer treatment

Jovan Dewitt’s happy place is on the practice field. He’s never appreciated being there as much as he does now. Dewitt is back at his job as Nebraska’s outside linebackers …