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  • CB Golson's improvement key for No. 10 Ole Miss

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi cornerback Senquez Golson's biggest claim to fame had been an embarrassing play against Alabama in 2011, when Trent Richardson faked him two different times during a 76-yard touchdown run. Now the senior is finally making some highlights that he's proud to have shown. The 5-foot-9, 176-pounder leads the Southeastern Conference with three interceptions so far this season, including one that was returned 59 yards for a touchdown in last weekend's 56-15 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. The 10th-ranked Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) are off this weekend before a home game against Memphis on Sept. 27. A big reason for the team's fast start is a productive secondary that already has eight intercepti

  • Vols focusing on pass protection during off week

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Now that Tennessee has found its quarterback, the Volunteers must figure out how to protect him. After using three different starting quarterbacks last season, the Vols have gained stability from the improved production and leadership of Justin Worley, who won a three-way competition for the job in training camp. Worley's biggest problem thus far has been finding enough time to throw. Tennessee (2-1) already has allowed nine sacks through the first three games of the season. Only nine of the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams have yielded more sacks. One of Tennessee's main objectives during its off week has been to improve its pass protection, particularly after Worley was sacked five times and pre

  • Arizona getting big boost from Wilson

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona running back Nick Wilson is right on the heels of two-time All-American Ka'Deem Carey so far in his short career. Carey, a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears, averaged 152.6 yards per game his last two seasons at Arizona. Wilson is at 149.7 through his first three games. Not bad for a true freshman. "I call him 'Little Ka'Deem,' with the way I see him run out there,'" Wildcats junior safety Will Parks said. "It's pretty awesome. The first play from scrimmage in camp, he took it about 40 yards. When I had seen it, I was like, 'We might have a little something right here.'" For Arizona, Wilson has been the right guy at the right time in the right offense.

  • WVU looks to eliminate mistakes against Sooners

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Turnovers and special teams mistakes are starting to pile up for West Virginia, and the Mountaineers are looking for a quick fix with a showdown looming with No. 4 Oklahoma. West Virginia lost three fumbles and had several issues on its punt and field goal units in a 40-37 win over Maryland on Saturday. Special teams coach Joe DeForest says the mistakes must be fixed as the Mountaineers (2-1) prepare to face Oklahoma (3-0) in their Big 12 opener Saturday night. In the fourth quarter, Jordan Thompson fumbled a punt that led to a Maryland field goal and he let another punt roll to the West Virginia 5-yard line. Maryland also returned a punt for a touchdown and blocked a West Virginia field goal

  • Jim Mora won't say who's throwing for No. 12 UCLA

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least UCLA coach Jim Mora acknowledges he'll need a quarterback in next week's Pac-12 opener at Arizona State. Although Mora concedes "someone has to go in" for the 12th-ranked Bruins next Thursday, he isn't saying whether it will be injured starter Brett Hundley, surprising backup Jerry Neuheisel or somebody else entirely. Hundley hurt his left elbow last Saturday in the first quarter against Texas, and Neuheisel came off the bench to throw the game-winning touchdown pass in a 20-17 win over the Longhorns. But Mora refused to discuss the status of Hundley's non-throwing arm, having closed all practices and restricting media availability leading up to the game against the No. 15 Sun Devils.

  • Syracuse's Shafer upbeat after 2nd win

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Syracuse coach Scott Shafer likes the way his Orange have rebounded after a sloppy start. Shafer says his Orange definitely improved and definitely upgraded their game in their 40-3 win at Central Michigan last week. Not letting up will be key with Maryland (2-1) visiting the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Shafer hopes that won't be a problem and doesn't expect it to be — even knowing that the Orange will be on a big stage in prime time the following week against 10th-ranked Notre Dame (3-0) at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

  • Texas A&M-SMU preview capsule

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    No. 6 TEXAS A&M (3-0) at SMU (0-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2) Line: Texas A&M by 33. Series Record: Texas A&M leads 44-29-7. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Aggies try for their first 4-0 start since 2006, and need only 37 points to reach 200 points in the first four games of a season for the first time since 1917. SMU's home opener is its first game since coach June Jones' sudden resignation Sept. 8, after the Mustangs were outscored 88-6 in their first two games. KEY MATCHUP Texas A&M defensive front against SMU offensive line, which has two sophomores and a freshman starting. The Aggies have three sacks in each of its games, while the Mustangs have given up 13 sacks their first two games.

  • Troy-Georgia Preview Capsule

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    TROY (0-3) at No. 13 GEORGIA (1-1), Noon (SEC Network) Line: Georgia by 40. Series Record: Georgia leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE Georgia is looking to bounce back from last week's 38-35 loss at South Carolina as it plays the first of three straight home games. Troy has lost its first three games for the first times since 1982 and a strong showing could help deflect criticism of longtime coach Larry Blakeney. KEY MATCHUP After giving up 271 yards passing and three touchdowns last week, Georgia's secondary will be tested again. Troy will spread the field with four receivers, putting a strain on Georgia's defensive backs, including freshmen Dominick Sanders and Aaron Davis.

  • Miami-Nebraska Preview Capsule

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Miami (2-1) at No. 24 Nebraska (3-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN2) Line: Nebraska by 7 ½. Series Record: Tied 5-5. WHAT'S AT STAKE Miami believes it's a better team than the one that lost at Louisville in its opener. There's no better way to find out than playing on the road in front of 90,000 fans, many of whom remember the days when the Hurricanes beat their Cornhuskers regularly in bowl games. Nebraska's best test came from FCS McNeese State, and it barely escaped. The Huskers could use a solid win over a quality opponent before Big Ten play begins. KEY MATCHUP Miami offensive line vs. Nebraska defensive line. The Hurricanes must keep freshman QB Brad Kaaya upright if they're going to win.

  • Florida-Alabama Preview Capsule

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    FLORIDA (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 3 ALABAMA (3-0, 0-0), 3:30 p.m. (CBS) Line: Alabama by 14-1/2. Series Record: Alabama leads 22-14. WHAT'S AT STAKE It's Alabama's SEC opener and a chance to make its biggest statement after wins over West Virginia, Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss. Florida could ice down coach Will Muschamp's hot seat after a disappointing 2013 season and assert itself as a contender in the wide-open SEC East. KEY MATCHUP Alabama WR Amari Cooper vs. Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III. Cooper has been one of the most prolific receivers in the country so far, leading the nation with 33 catches. Hargreaves is one of the SEC's top cornerbacks after earning first-team all-conference honors as a

  • UConn-Missouri agree to home-and-home series

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and Missouri have agreed to a home-and-home football series, the first meetings between the programs. The schools announced Thursday that UConn will visit Columbia, Missouri on September 19, 2015 and the teams will play September 23, 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The agreement completes the Huskies out-of-conference schedule for both seasons. UConn already has games scheduled with Villanova, Army and at BYU next season. They will play Massachusetts, Holy Cross and at Virginia in 2017. The Huskies 2016 non-conference slate includes games with Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia. Missouri adds UConn to a non-conference schedule next season that also includes Southeast

  • Cooper-Hargreaves duel in Alabama-Florida clash

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 4 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida at No. 3 Alabama: The Gators lead the nation in turnover margin, and they'll likely need to force more takeaways to have a shot at pulling the upset in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has won its last three meetings with Florida by an average margin of 24 points, and the Tide are favored by 14 ½ points in the latest matchup between two of the SEC's heavyweight programs. This game features a star-studded individual matchup between Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Cooper leads all Football Bowl Subdivision players with 33 catches and ranks third nationally with 454 yards receiving.

  • Clemson-Florida State headlines Week 4 in ACC

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 4 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State. Last year's showcase matchup of top-five teams in Death Valley quickly turned into a show of Seminoles' dominance on their way to winning the national championship. Saturday's rematch lacks the same hype with FSU (2-0) opening as a 19 1/2-point favorite in a key Atlantic Division matchup, but that was before the school suspended Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half as punishment for making an obscene public comment on campus this week. What must Clemson (1-1) do to avoid a replay of last year's 51-14 debacle? "Well, we've got a lot we've got to do better," c

  • Shane Ray starring at defensive end for Missouri

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Shane Ray turned to football to stay out of trouble. "My mom felt that I needed some structure," Ray said. "At the time, I was just trying to find a way to stay in school after high school." The national leader in tackles for losses, Ray grew up in a crime-riddled section of Kansas City. He lived with his mother, Sebrina Johnson, who pushed him into the game. Football demanded responsibility, and Ray quickly adapted, developing a work ethic that led to college scholarship offers once deemed unimaginable. He chose Missouri over Notre Dame to stay close to home. "My mom is my best friend," Ray said. "She's my everything. It's just been her and me basically my whole life.

  • Big 12 opener for Oklahoma, WVU part of light week

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Things to watch in Week 4 of the Big 12 season with a light schedule — a Thursday night game and only two games Saturday. GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 4 Oklahoma at West Virginia. While six Big 12 teams are getting the weekend off before conference play kicks into full gear, the Sooners (3-0) leave the state of Oklahoma for the first time this season to take on West Virginia (2-1) in a league opener for both teams. The last time the teams played in Morgantown two years ago, the Sooners pulled out a 50-49 victory after Landry Jones threw his sixth TD pass with 24 seconds left. The Mountaineers, who opened this season with a tough 33-23 loss to No. 3 Alabama, are coming off a 40-37 win over regional rival Maryland on Saturday.

  • Harvard's Murphy: New approach with same passion

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Tim Murphy has always been a do-it-yourself coach. With a hands-on approach, he has built an Ivy League empire during two decades at Harvard. The Crimson's first league championship under Murphy came in 1997. Last year, they won their seventh. After all that success, Murphy has decided to make a few changes. He wants to be more of a chief executive officer than a chief operating officer. Heart surgery can make a man reassess the way he works and start delegating more duties. "I just realized that's something I have to do, something I should do, and I'm very comfortable that we have the people in place to maintain our success," said Murphy, the winningest coach in Harvard history with 138 victories.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners will debut new uniforms Saturday at West Virginia

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The crimson helmets feature a wood grain throughout the helmet with a white stripe down the middle and an oversized white logo on both sides. There is also a white “Boomer” on a black background on the forehead just above the facemask. The facemasks of the helmets are anthracite, matching the gloves, socks and shoes the players will wear.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners 'sign' recruits Bobby Evans and Rodney Anderson

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Sooners announced, through Twitter, that offensive lineman Bobby Evans and running back Rodney Anderson had signed with the program. It’s the first time the Sooners have made public use of a new rule that allows players who plan on enrolling early to sign financial aid agreements beginning Aug. 1, allowing unlimited contact between the coaches and the recruits, as well as letting schools announce the signings.

  • Arkansas State: Players can restore helmet crosses

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University said Wednesday it was wrong for the school to place crosses on the back of its football helmets as a memorial to two students, but that it will allow athletes to add their own remembrances as long as they comply with NCAA rules. Liberty Institute, a Plano, Texas, law firm, had complained that Arkansas State violated its students' rights by modifying crosses intended to honor a player and equipment manager who died in the past year. The vertical post of the cross was removed, leaving only a horizontal bar with the pair's initials.

  • Auburn, K-State get early chance to make statement

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was busy revolutionizing the spread offense, and the idea of a run-pass quarterback, at college football's highest level during the 1990s. Gus Malzahn was watching it all transpire while coaching high schools in Arkansas. On Thursday night, two of the most innovative coaches of their respective generations will match wits under the lights with a national TV audience. Malzahn is coaching fifth-ranked Auburn (2-0) these days, and the Tigers will be visiting the No. 20 Wildcats (2-0) for a non-conference showdown.