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  • No. 10 Baylor shows off dominant defense in opener

    September 1, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) - Offensive-minded Baylor coach Art Briles spent a lot of time during the offseason trying to convince everyone how good he expected the Bears to be on defense.There are plenty of reasons to start believing him after a strong defensive performance by the No. 10 Bears in their season-opening 45-0 win over SMU.

  • Mizzou RB Russell Hansbrough takes starting role

    September 1, 2014

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - As Missouri opened its season with an inconsistent 38-18 win against South Dakota State on Saturday, Russell Hansbrough appeared to be in top form.The junior running back rushed 20 times for 126 yards - both career highs - and scored a touchdown that proved to be the game-winner.

  • Baylor QB Petty has 2 cracked small bones in back

    September 1, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has two cracked small bones in his back.Petty had an MRI on Monday, a day after taking an early shot to his back and playing only the first half of the 10th-ranked Bears' season-opening 45-0 win over SMU.

  • Coach: Virginia starting QB a game-day decision

    September 1, 2014

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Quarterback Greyson Lambert's tenure as the face of Virginia football didn't even last until halftime of the season-opener. He was replaced by Matt Johns, and Johns played the entire second half.Virginia coach Mike London insists there's no quarterback controversy, but said who starts will be a game-day decision. The coach said both quarterbacks will play on Saturday when the Cavaliers (0-1) host Richmond (1-0) hoping to end a 10-game losing streak.

  • Washington turns to Miles at QB for Week 2

    September 1, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) - After a lackluster offensive showing in its opener, No. 25 Washington will have a different quarterback for coach Chris Petersen's home debut.Cyler Miles gets the start against Eastern Washington, Petersen announced on Monday. The sophomore replaces Jeff Lindquist, who struggled to move the offense for most of Washington's 17-16 win at Hawaii. Miles was suspended for spring camp and the season's first game for his involvement in two assaults the night of the Super Bowl in February. He wasn't charged in the incidents.

  • Oklahoma State confident after loss to Florida St.

    September 1, 2014

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - It isn't often a team gains confidence following a defeat, but for Oklahoma State, being able to compete on a level playing field with No. 1 Florida State last Saturday night provided a nice boost.Despite falling 37-31 to the defending national champion Seminoles at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. - after trailing 17-0 midway through the second quarter - the Cowboys (0-1) feel good about themselves heading into their home opener this weekend against Missouri State.

  • Oklahoma Sooners defense in midseason form

    September 1, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma said all summer it expected to field a better defense than the unit that led the Big 12 in total defense last year.The Sooners are off to a good start. They shut down Louisiana Tech for much of a 48-16 win Saturday night. Oklahoma held the Bulldogs to just 245 yards, including 54 yards rushing on 29 attempts.

  • Sun Devils preparing for Lobos' triple option

    September 1, 2014

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Despite his small-program background, Todd Graham is not a proponent of facing schools from college football's lower ranks now that he's at Arizona State.Win and, well, you were supposed to. Lose or even play poorly, things can get ugly. And, regardless of the outcome, the games almost always get sloppy in the second half.

  • No. 18 Mississippi looks to improve running game

    September 1, 2014

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze likes his four running backs, praising them for their depth, toughness and versatility.Now, he says, all they need is a little room to run.Ole Miss struggled on offense for three quarters before finally pulling away for a 35-13 victory over Boise State on Thursday. The 18th-ranked Rebels looked uncomfortable from the start - earning two false starts before the first play was run - and gained just 71 rushing yards the entire night.

  • No. 1 Florida State down a pass rusher; WR returns

    September 1, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State's Chris Casher remained listed as the starting outside linebacker on Monday's depth chart, but coach Jimbo Fisher said his status remains unknown.Fisher said the Seminoles are waiting for further information on the sophomore.

  • Big 12 teams play top foes unexpectedly close

    September 1, 2014

    There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams.Then there were those games against the nation's top two teams - and most recent national champions - that weren't as lopsided as predicted.''I don't think anyone really that's involved in the Big 12 finds that as a big surprise,'' said Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who got to watch a lot of games since his was the only Big 12 team that didn't play. ''Maybe people in others parts of the country think it's a big surprise, but we all know that this is a loaded league.''

  • Buckeyes make mistakes but say they'll get better

    September 1, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Urban Meyer has heard others say his team is too young, or that it was crippled by the loss of two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller.He doesn't buy it.After the fifth-ranked Buckeyes came back from a slow start to beat Navy 34-17 on Saturday, Meyer said he doesn't want to hear anything more about inexperience or adversity.

  • Michigan power running game looks like glory days

    September 1, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - It's been a few years, but Michigan might have a running attack again.One game against isn't enough to make anything official, especially against an Appalachian State team that is a shadow of the 2007 Mountaineers who stunned the Wolverines at the Big House.

  • Kentucky prepares for bigger challenge vs. Ohio

    September 1, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky fans should enjoy the Wildcats' dominating season debut against Tennessee-Martin - just not too much. At least not yet.Sure, the Wildcats looked unstoppable at times in rolling up 656 yards and scoring the game's first 52 points before yielding a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 59-14 rout. And offensive improvement was expected as players become more comfortable with coordinator Neal Brown's pass-oriented Air Raid scheme.

  • For 1 game, No. 23 UNC's defense provides spark

    September 1, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - An offseason spent pushing the defense to force turnovers paid off in No. 23 North Carolina's season-opening victory.Now the Tar Heels must prove those defensive improvements were something more than just a one-time burst against a lower-division opponent, starting Saturday night against San Diego State.

  • Iowa State football off to another awful start

    September 1, 2014

    AMES, Iowa (AP) - One of the defining qualities of Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is his ability to generate optimism in lieu of success.It's going to be tough to keep selling hope after another awful start.The Cyclones (0-1) didn't just drop their first game for the second year in a row. They fell at home, 34-14, to North Dakota State - an FCS program with 22 fewer scholarships, a new coach and a new quarterback.

  • Idaho, Florida still working on suspended game

    September 1, 2014

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida expects to know what will happen with its postponed season opener in the next two days.The Gators don't need nearly as much time to decide what to do about the suspensions of receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick.

  • Nebraska DE Randy Gregory doubtful for McNeese St.

    September 1, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is doubtful for this week's game against McNeese State because of a knee injury, putting junior Jack Gangwish in line for his first start.Gregory, who led the Big Ten in sacks last season, left the Florida Atlantic game after the Cornhuskers' first defensive series Saturday. Coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Gregory had a basketball injury from several years ago ''flare up,'' and it caused a clicking sensation in his knee.

  • No. 16 Clemson seeking to regain offensive spark

    September 1, 2014

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris laid things out as clearly as he could for the Tigers after their dismal, scoreless second half in a 45-21 loss at No. 12 Georgia this weekend: They are either part of the Tigers' problem, or they'll be out.

  • Nebraska DE Randy Gregory doubtful for McNeese St.

    September 1, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is doubtful for this week's game against McNeese State because of an injury to his left knee.Gregory left the Florida Atlantic game after the Cornhuskers' first defensive series Saturday. Coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Gregory had an old basketball injury ''flare up,'' and it caused a clicking sensation in his knee. Gregory, who led the Big Ten in sacks last season, underwent a procedure Sunday to remove scar tissue.

  • Saban: No. 2 Alabama's QB competition continues

    September 1, 2014

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama quarterback competition continues, even though the opener was all Blake Sims.Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday that the battle for the No. 1 spot remains open between first-game starter Sims and Jake Coker, who mostly watched the second-ranked Alabama's 33-23 win over West Virginia from the sidelines. Expect Coker to get his first significant action Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

  • Vols defense wants to build on its early momentum

    September 1, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is accustomed to kicking off the year with a dominant defensive performance.This time, the Volunteers want to keep that momentum going the rest of the season for a change.Tennessee held Utah State star quarterback Chuckie Keeton in check and forced three turnovers Sunday in a 38-7 rout of the Aggies. The performance offered reason to believe Tennessee could have an improved defense, even though all-Southeastern Conference linebacker A.J. Johnson is the only returning starter from last year's front seven.

  • Boston College platoon replaces Heisman finalist

    September 1, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) - Boston College doesn't have one player who can replace Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, so the Eagles are trying to do the job with three or four.BC coach Steve Addazio is platooning three running backs in 2014, one year after Williams' record-setting season. And that's not even counting quarterback Tyler Murphy, who was the leading rusher in BC's season-opening victory over UMass on Saturday.

  • Texas QB David Ash to miss BYU game

    September 1, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, will not play this week against BYU after getting headaches and feeling dizzy in the hours following the Longhorns' season-opening win over North Texas.