College football

USC running back Javorius Allen (37) is tackled by Boston College defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel (97) and linebacker Steven Daniels, left, during the first quarter of their NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

No. 17 USC faces heat wave, regroups in bye week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The heat is on for No. 17 Southern California. Morning practices are not early enough to allow the Trojans to avoid a September heat wave during their bye week, and those […]


LEFT: Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, III (AP Photo/John Raoux) RIGHT: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Hargreaves, Cooper provide All-American matchup

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For two guys who have never met, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper sure know a lot about each other. It helps that they follow one another […]


Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrates with Oregon Ducks wide receiver Johnathan Loyd (10) after Loyd scored a touchdown during the third quarter of the college football game against the Wyoming at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Pac-12 waters muddled under Ducks

PHOENIX (AP) — Three weeks into the season, No. 2 Oregon has proven to be the class of the Pac-12, a legitimate national-title contender. Below the Ducks, the water gets a bit more murky as […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Drum Major from USC. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]