Two-a-days are over.
The college football season is 10 days away.
Fifteen games will be played Sept. 1, a Thursday, followed by the Big 12 opener the following night, Sept. 2, when Baylor hosts TCU.
The past two weeks' story lines have emerged throughout the conference and across the country.
Teams have suffered injuries. Some have been plagued by defections, suspensions or eligibility issues.
Ongoing quarterback battles will decide who starts the season opener.
Incoming freshmen are trying to make a quick impression to get on the field.
Miami has experienced a scandal some say could lead to the death penalty.
The Oklahoman provides updates on teams on the Sooners' and Cowboys' schedules and teams around the nation.
The Wildcats have faced lingering questions from the late-season fade of a year ago, when they lost their final five games, including 36-10 setback to OSU in the Alamo Bowl.
Arizona has talented skill players, including pro prospects in quarterback Nick Foles and wideout Juron Criner. The main focus of preseason has been readying an all-new offensive line. Wildcats coach Mike Stoops reports encouraging progress from the group – a must if the team is to survive a demanding early schedule that includes a trip to OSU and games against Stanford, Oregon and USC in the first month.
The offense could benefit from the addition of touted true freshman running back Ka'Deem Carey, who has impressed in camp.
Pete Lembo, who turned Elon (N.C.) into a Football Subdivision playoff contender, spent much of his first fall camp at Ball State trying to instill team chemistry after emphasizing hitting the weights in the offseason.
The Cardinals are bigger, stronger and faster. But they must upgrade their talent. Ball State returns 11 starters from a team that won just six games the past two seasons.
Ball State lost its seven leading rushers. Northern Illinois transfer Barrington Scott is the favorite to earn the starting job. And there's hope for the future. Tennessee sophomore Toney Williams announced last week he is transferring to Ball State. Williams, though, will have to sit out this season.
The Bears are trying to build on the program's first bowl game in 16 years. Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright will help as a premier pass-and-catch duo. But any improvement is likely tied to the defense, which ranked 114th in passing defense and 104th in total defense a year ago.
That's been the August focus, with the addition of Phil Bennett as defensive coordinator bringing optimism. Still, overhauls take time, as the Bears have shown in workouts, with the offense dominating frequently. In a Friday scrimmage, the offense scored on five plays of at least 21 yards.
The Bears lost a big-play threat when wideout Josh Gordon, the team's second-leading receiver in 2010, left the program.
Quarterback EJ Manuel had some success in two-a-days despite playing behind a patchwork offensive line that was abused daily by Florida State's veteran defensive line.
Jermaine Thomas, FSU's leading returning rusher, returned to practice on Thursday after missing a week with migraines. Senior running back Ty Jones has had a good camp because he has a better plan to deal with Type 1 diabetes.
The Seminoles signed the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in February. Several true freshmen are expected to contribute immediately, including wide receiver Rashad Greene, defensive tackle Tim Jerrigan and tight end Nick O'Leary, the grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus.
In Ames, one major question has been answered. Steele Jantz will be the quarterback.
Jantz, a big run-pass quarterback who transferred from City College of San Francisco, emerged from a tight three-man race. Not that the news ends there. One of the three, veteran Jerome Tiller, was simultaneously ruled academically ineligible, leaving Jared Barnett as the backup.
Next on the To-Do List for the Cyclones: finding playmakers to aid Jantz. The receivers and running backs are largely unproven. Senior wideout Darius Reynolds recently broke a toe in workouts, and sophomore wideout Donnie Jennert was also ruled academically ineligible.
ISU does return seven starters on defense, including five in the back seven.
Redshirt sophomore Jordan Webb, who started seven games last season, has won Kansas' quarterback job. But the big news is coach Turner Gill believes several newcomers will give the Jayhawks much needed speed.
Adonis Saunders, a freshman defensive back, won state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Safety Victor Williams, one of the top players in Kansas, won the 400-meter dash.
Other new speed burners are freshman running back Anthony Pierson, freshman wide receiver JaCorey Shepherd and junior college linebacker Tunde Bakare.
“Speed is an equalizer,” Gill said. “You want size and speed. But if you're going to give me one or the other I'm going to go with speed.”
Bryce and Arthur Brown, the two prized transfers who sat out last season, both received impermissible benefits (hotel rooms and meals) from the Miami booster serving a 20-year prison term, according to a Yahoo Sports report. K-State officials said they've talked to the NCAA and are confident both will play this season.
Bryce Brown, a running back viewed as the best player on Kansas State's roster, already was in coach Bill Snyder's doghouse. Brown skipped several voluntary summer workouts. Instead of spending most of the summer in Manhattan, Kan., Brown worked out on his own in his hometown of Wichita.
The other big development is former wide receiver Collin Klein, a junior who played sparingly last season, is expected to be K-State's starting quarterback.
The Ragin' Cajuns return 11 total starters, yet from a 3-9 team – a record that resulted in a change in the head coach. Expectations remain the same for ULL, which was pegged for a bottom-feeder finish in the Sun Belt Conference.
Lafayette does return senior quarterback Chris Masson, entering his third year as the starter. And in Ladarius Green, he's got the league's top tight end to throw to.
Still, the offense is in overhaul, after the Cajuns struggled to run the ball a year ago, allowed 39 sacks and returns no starting wideouts.
One feel-good story from camp has been the transition of oft-injured La'Marcus Gibson from backup safety to starting linebacker, after he gained nearly 20 pounds.
Missouri has a veteran team. The biggest variable is how first-year starter James Franklin plays at quarterback. Franklin produced mixed results in a scrimmage. He threw an interception for a touchdown but finished 16 of 23 for 187 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers received some good news, then some horrible news on two in-the-trenches players.
Less than a week into fall camp, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was ruled academically eligible. Richardson signed with Missouri out of high school but attended the College of Sequoias (Calif.) before re-signing with the Tigers.
A couple of days later, Elvis Fisher, a three-year starter at offensive left tackle, was lost to a season-ending knee injury.
The two intriguing story lines: (1) Who will be the Longhorns' starting quarterback? (2) How much of an impact can running back Malcolm Brown have as a true freshman?
Coach Mack Brown essentially shut off interviews. But when senior veterans were finally allowed to talk, they praised David Ash, a dual threat true freshman. Ash appears to have a shot among four quarterback candidates. Malcolm Brown has been hampered by an undisclosed injury.
The Longhorns will have to rely on young receivers. Talented but inconsistent senior Malcolm Williams left the team for personal reasons. Marquise Goodwin quit to concentrate on being a long jumper in the 2012 Olympics.
Excitement is buzzing around College Station, with a veteran team drawing high expectations – and a No. 8 national ranking – and continued flirtations with the SEC drawing potential for distraction.
With 18 starters back from a squad that won six of its last seven games, the preseason has been more about fine tuning than finding answers. Still, injuries, mostly minor, have ruled the preseason, with running back Christine Michael and wide receivers Jeff Fuller and Kenric McNeal all missing the latest scrimmage, along with four defenders.
Gray returned in a limited role after a hamstring held him out since Day 1 of camp.
The injuries aren't so much a concern of availability, as one that threatens continuity.
Tommy Tuberville seems committed to maintaining the Air Raid offense that the Red Raiders used to climb in status in the Big 12 and nationally. And from the some-things-never-change department, the Raiders appear to have the quarterback to keep it humming.
Seth Doege, a junior who has emerged from a quarterback battle to win the starting job, “unofficially” hit on 20-of-22 passes for some 200 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception in Tech's latest scrimmage.
Along with Doege, the Raiders must break in a new set of receivers but returns the entire offensive line intact.
Enough, about the offense. The everlasting question from the West Texas plains remains: can the Raiders stop anybody?
Quarterback G.J. Kinne led Tulsa in rushing last season. That should change. Three running back prospects — Trey Watts (all purpose), Ja'Terian Douglas (speed) and Alex Singleton (power) — could all play a role in the running game.
TU offensive line coach Denver Johnson is so pleased with his depth that the Golden Hurricane is contemplating playing the second team O-line once every three series.
Darnaris Johnson, the nation's top returner, ranked in the top 25 in punt and kickoff returns last season. Johnson became the NCAA career leader for all-purpose yards. Johnson has looked sharp in camp, a sign he could have another monster season.