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  • Experienced Hawkeyes full of optimism

    August 27, 2014

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's biggest concern could be at kicker. Or maybe punter.However, for the first time in a long while, the Hawkeyes enter a season with more answers than questions.Iowa opens the season Saturday against Northern Iowa with a remarkably settled depth chart. Aside from the kicking game and a bit of jostling at linebacker, the Hawkeyes know exactly who they'll be counting on in 2014.

  • Texas Tech's Williams moves from RB to LB

    August 27, 2014

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - After Texas Tech's Holiday Bowl win, the Red Raiders' leading rusher approached coach Kliff Kingsbury to ask if he could switch positions.Kenny Williams saw how depleted the Red Raiders were going to be at linebacker this season, so he offered to help out by heading to the other side.

  • College football begins with low-key opening game

    August 27, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome back, college football!The season begins Wednesday night with a game that won't have any impact on the national championship race: Georgia State, starting its first year as a full-fledged FBS member, takes on Division I newcomer Abilene Christian at the Georgia Dome.

  • No. 8 Michigan St readies defense for opener

    August 27, 2014

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio cares more about how No. 8 Michigan State plays than how many plays Jacksonville State can run with its fast-tempo offense in Friday's season opener for both teams.The Spartans' coach said Tuesday he likes what he sees in a retooled defense after a 13-1 season that included Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships. But he stressed the importance of playing a sound game against a Football Championship Subdivision title hopeful.

  • TCU will play both QBs, not saying who is starting

    August 27, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Trevone Boykin is in the same position he was last year with TCU, again part of the unanswered question of who will be the starting quarterback only days before the season opener.Texas A&M graduate Matt Joeckel, who spent the last four years with the Aggies behind NFL draft picks Ryan Tannehill and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, will use his final season of eligibility at TCU. He joined the Horned Frogs with some familiarity of their new up-tempo offense.

  • Jayhawks' Reagan hired by Weis to replace - Weis

    August 27, 2014

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace - Charlie Weis.Weis had a chance to see what Reagan could do firsthand the past couple of seasons, when his Rice offenses helped engineer two wins over the Jayhawks. So when Weis decided after last season that he wanted to hire an offensive coordinator and spend more time overseeing the entire program, he reached out to the up-and-coming coach with the Kansas ties.

  • Auburn, Oregon dealing with key injuries

    August 27, 2014

    Braxton Miller's season-ending shoulder injury has the potential to shake up the national title race, leaving a loaded Ohio State team without one of the country's most dynamic quarterbacks.While Miller's injury has drawn the most attention this preseason, the Buckeyes aren't the only ones trying to replace a key player who went down with an injury.

  • Cal needs more from its running game

    August 26, 2014

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California quarterback Jared Goff sent multiple school passing records as a freshman in 2013. He's looking forward to a lighter workload this year.Coming off a season in which their running game ranked 101st nationally, the Golden Bears hope to be more balanced to alleviate pressure on the rest of the offense.

  • Sarkisian: USC looking into Shaw's heroic story

    August 26, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw's claim that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning.Sarkisian said USC has received several calls contradicting Shaw's story about the circumstances leading to his two high ankle sprains. Shaw's story was told in a detailed post on the Trojans' website Monday hailing the team captain's heroism, but Sarkisian acknowledged USC isn't exactly sure what happened.

  • Gamecocks LB Moore won't start opener

    August 26, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the team's leading tackler last season, won't start the season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday night after missing a treatment session for a shoulder injury.Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said sophomore Jonathan Walton would start over Moore, who led No. 9 South Carolina with 56 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman. Ward said the move was to make sure that Moore does what he's supposed to in the future.

  • UNC probing report of alleged hazing incident

    August 26, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is investigating a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.''We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month,'' team spokesman Kevin Best said in a statement Tuesday. ''We take this allegation seriously and the university is conducting a thorough review.''

  • MSU's Lewis a threat to run, catch and throw

    August 26, 2014

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - It's easy to lose Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis on the football field. At just 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, he can often slice through creases in the defense or slip behind the offensive line undetected.And when that happens, the other team is usually in trouble.

  • Justin Thomas takes over at QB for Georgia Tech

    August 26, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas is ready to take plenty of hits as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback.It's all part of the job in coach Paul Johnson's spread option offense.Quarterbacks carry the ball as much as running backs. They are tackled lightly in practice, even during the season, to get ready for the hammering they take in games.

  • Georgia, Clemson look to make early splash

    August 26, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - College football's inaugural playoff is more than four months away.Still, it's never too early to start impressing the selection committee.For No. 12 Georgia and No. 16 Clemson, that opportunity comes the very first week of the season.

  • SMU adds Kevlar-fortified liners to helmets

    August 26, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) - SMU has added Kevlar-fortified liners designed to lower the risk of concussions to the inside of its football helmets.The Mustangs on Tuesday announced a multiyear partnership with Unequal Technologies for the helmet liner and other body protection gear.

  • Vanderbilt coach plans low-key approach for debut

    August 26, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Derek Mason knows exactly where he will be when it's time for his Vanderbilt Commodores to run onto the field Thursday night.Bringing up the rear, letting his captains lead their teammates through the tunnel.''That's their football team,'' Mason said Tuesday. ''We are Vanderbilt. Our captains will come out, they'll lead that team out the tunnel. I'll be in the backdrop. Let's go play football.''

  • Mannion embarks on final season with the Beavers

    August 26, 2014

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - The difference in Sean Mannion is marked: The once soft-spoken and reserved quarterback for Oregon State has blossomed into a confident full-fledged leader in his senior season for the Beavers.''I think it's just growing older and getting more comfortable in your surroundings,'' said Mannion, a fifth-year senior. ''At this point I've been here four, going on five years. You get comfortable with everyone and you get a feel about how to talk with your teammates about whatever is going on, good or bad. It happens with experience.''

  • Notre Dame will count on freshmen on defense

    August 26, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expects some teeth-gnashing while watching the Fighting Irish defense this fall.The 17th-ranked Irish already were expected to be young on defense in the season opener against Rice on Saturday. That's before learning they'd be without four players, three of them on defense, who are under investigation by the university to determine whether they received improper assistance from others on papers and homework.