College football

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2104, file photo, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Atlanta. There are signs a program is heading in the right direction. Then there are victories that have the potential to change a season, accelerate the rebuilding process and ease the pressure on a coach who was facing heavy scrutiny. Florida has a chance for that kind of breakthrough at No. 3 Alabama on Saturday. Same goes for West Virginia. The Mountaineers host No. 4 Oklahoma. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Florida, WVU with chance for breakthrough wins

Some victories can be a sign that a program that has hit hard times could be heading for better days. Florida and West Virginia are coming off those types of wins. Then there are victories […]

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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2014, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston  searches for teammates to interview during NCAA college football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will […]

12 hours ago

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) hands off to running back Barry Sanders (26) against Southern California in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

No. 16 Stanford using bye week to rest, recruit

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — David Shaw had to search through his practice plans from 2011 to determine how he wanted to approach Stanford’s two-week stretch between games. Forgive the coach for needing a refresher. After […]

09/16/2014

South Carolina cornerback Chris Lammons (3) celebrates with fans in the student section after South Carolina defeated Georgia 38-35 during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Top 25 Capsules

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina’s maligned defense stood strong on a fourth-quarter goal line stand to topple No. 6 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night. The […]

09/14/2014

Drum Major from the Southern California's Trojan leads the band with place kicker Andre Heidari, left, after the NCAA football game against Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Top 25 Preview capsules

No. 9 SOUTHERN CAL (2-0) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1-1), 8 P.M. ESPN Line: Southern Cal by 17 Series Record: Southern Cal leads 4-0. WHAT’S AT STAKE Coming off an emotional victory at Stanford, USC is […]

09/12/2014

UCLA offensive linesman Jake Brendel, left, battles Memphis defensive lineman Terry Redden during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won 42-35. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

No. 12 UCLA Bruins more centered headed to Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley felt so much better taking snaps from Jake Brendel, the center who now gets to go home with the 12th-ranked Bruins. Hundley has accounted for a touchdown […]

09/12/2014

The Brigham Young team takes the field at the start of their NCAA college football game with Houston Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Provo, Utah.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Unclear future for guarantee games in playoff era

These first few weeks of the college football season feature dozens of so-called “guarantee games” with smaller programs collecting big paychecks by hitting the road for games against major-conference teams. For instance, South Carolina State’s […]

09/12/2014

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) stiff-arms Florida Atlantic linebacker Robert Relf (43) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Alabama’s Amari Cooper off to scorching start

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No joke, an Alabama player is leading the nation in receiving. Amari Cooper has produced the numbers of touches and yards normally reserved for the third-ranked Crimson Tide’s running backs through […]

09/12/2014

Baylor players gather at the beginning of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

No. 8 Baylor presents daunting test for Buffalo

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — It makes no difference to University at Buffalo football coach Jeff Quinn if Baylor elects to rest its banged-up offensive starters for one more week. The eighth-ranked Bears’ backups are a […]

09/11/2014

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won 42-35. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

UCLA’s Myles Jack prepared for bigger two-way role

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Myles Jack admits he still doesn’t always know exactly what he’s doing with the football in his hands. Jack is a linebacker by nature and training, and No. 12 UCLA’s dual […]

09/11/2014

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