College Football

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Alabama's Najee Harris reaches for the end zone during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson, in Santa Clara, Calif. Najee Harris has been a presence in Alabama’s backfield pretty much since he arrived as one of the nation’s top recruits. Now, he's finally the lead runner. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 20, 2019 - 6:08 am
Voting in the AP Top 25 is a mix of art, science and hunch, and it's especially tricky when it comes to the preseason poll. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , ESPN's Rece Davis joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss filling out a ballot when nobody has played yet. Davis explains how he...
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Former Wisconsin Badger football player Quintez Cephus speaks during a press conference to reiterate his request for reinstatement to the university in Madison, Wis. Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The former wide receiver was acquitted earlier this month of sexual assault charges stemming from a campus incident in his apartment. He was expelled from the university in March after the university's own internal investigation. He is pictured with his attorneys, Stephen Meyer and Kathleen Stilling, as well as a group of current team members were on hand to show support for Cephus at the event. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 19, 2019 - 3:38 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus was cleared Monday to return to school after a jury acquitted him of sexual assault charges, though it was unclear when he will be eligible to play in a game. The school announced Chancellor Rebecca Blank's decision in a statement that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Justin Fields enters Sanford Stadium before an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Athens, Ga. New Ohio State quarterback Fields says he is ready for the hype and expectations that come with the job. He transferred from Georgia after being a backup to Jake Fromm last season. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)
August 19, 2019 - 12:45 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Monday made official what most people figured was a foregone conclusion: Georgia transfer Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback when the No. 5 Buckeyes open the season Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic. Day had lured the talented sophomore...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2004 file photo Texas running back Cedric Benson is shown in the bench area during the fourth quarter of his team's 56-35 victory over Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas. Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. He was 36. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, file)
August 18, 2019 - 4:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, left, talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. Best to expect the unexpected in the AAC. The league has been fertile ground for fast turnarounds since it rose from the ashes of the old Big East in 2013. SMU under second-year coach Sonny Dykes was in the thick of the West Division race last season until losing its last two. The Mustangs add former Texas quarterback Shane Buechele, among several transfers who could give SMU more staying power. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
August 18, 2019 - 8:41 am
Sonny Dykes has spent most of his career coaching and recruiting football players in his home state of Texas and around the South. When he became a head coach in the Pac-12, he found an unfamiliar environment at some high school games in California. "Kids have their phones during warmup and they're...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 12, 2019 file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts gestures during the NCAA college football team's spring game in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is cramming as he prepares for his only year with the Sooners. Before transferring from Alabama, he played in three national title games. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
August 16, 2019 - 11:51 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jalen Hurts has had all the answers since transferring from Alabama in January. One question had the new Oklahoma quarterback stumped. When asked what he does besides football and studying, he paused. "Um. I don't know," he said. Football and studying, that pretty much it? "...
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August 15, 2019 - 2:21 pm
Oregon is on the rise. Utah might have its best team since joining the Pac-12. Washington has a new former five-star quarterback. And USC has a coach planted firmly on the hot seat. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News and Pac-12 Hotline joins...
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) runs the ball against Clemson during the NCAA Cotton Bowl semifinal playoff football game, in Arlington, Texas. Upon his return to campus last winter, Book immediately worked on his leadership skills and also making the difficult and tight downfield passes. Book was rewarded when he was named one of the team’s seven captains. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
August 15, 2019 - 10:52 am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — For Notre Dame to reach its second straight College Football Playoff, it may have to run the table behind quarterback Ian Book. "When you step into being the quarterback at Notre Dame, high expectations come with it," said coach Brian Kelly, who has twice in nine seasons...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and his team prepares to take the field prior to their game against the BYU during an NCAA college football game, in Salt Lake City. The Utes were selected to win the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll and they're also ranked in the preseason coaches' poll. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pac-12's national championship drought hits 15 years this winter, and there are few signs of a respite. Several of the conference's traditional powers are in states of rebuilding or disarray heading into a season that's murkier than a Mike Leach metaphor. Even the preseason...
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FILE- In this April 13, 2019, file photo Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis talk during the team's annual spring NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Harbaugh seems to be set up for success at Michigan in his fifth season, leading a program that is a popular choice to win the Big Ten. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 14, 2019 - 9:09 am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh lashed out Tuesday night at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who said Michigan did not support a transfer's attempt to immediately play for the Bearcats. Harbaugh said he told Fickell months ago he wouldn't lie about what he knew regarding the transfer of James...
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