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Ohio State's Braxton Miller, the Big Ten's top offensive player the past two years, is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Someone is destined to step into that vacancy.
The first true bye in three years prompted Stanford coach David Shaw to cull through old practice plans in search of the proper course of action this week. "I looked through all the practice plans to remember what I liked and didn't like,'' Shaw said of the week of Sept.
The Tigers were ranked No. 3 in the nation and the No. 5 Seminoles went to Death Valley and handed Clemson its worst home loss since the series began in 1970.
Most bye weeks are quiet, a rare respite from the weekly grind of the college football season. But the silence this week might only make for some anxious UCLA fans.
Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a slight fracture in his foot suffered during Saturday's victory over Tennessee, coach Bob Stoops said Monday. Ford will miss Saturday's road game at West Virginia, but has a chance to return following the team's bye week and in time for an Oct. 4 game against TCU.
OU's Julian Wilson celebratres after he makes a 100 yard touchdown return on an interception during the Sooners' game against Tennessee at Owen Field Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
The two tailbacks for No. 5 Auburn so far have complemented each other nicely and helped the Tigers' running game remain one of the nation's best despite losing Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason.
Injured Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner's status is uncertain for Saturday's game against San Jose State, but the Spartans will still have to prepare for the player who last year powered the Golden Gophers' win over SJSU. Leidner crushed the Spartans on the ground in a 43-24 win in Minneapolis a year ago when he rushed 24 times for 151 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that remain career highs for the 6-foot-4, 237-pound sophomore.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he does not expect rookie cornerback Nevin Lawson to return this season after he went down with dislocated toes Sunday and needed immediate surgery. The Lions drafted Lawson in the fourth round this year out of Utah State.
The junior quarterback for the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, already among the favorites for college football's biggest individual postseason honor, had four touchdowns in Oregon's 48-14 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.
Outside of the Southeastern Conference's footprint, it's become commonplace to hope for stumbles by college football's most dominant league. Led by Arkansas' dismantling of Big 12 Conference member Texas Tech in a 49-28 win on Saturday, the SEC West turned in its second straight undefeated weekend in the season's third week.
UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, top right, is carried off the field after UCLA's 20-17 win over Texas in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
The Southeastern Conference's dominant status had taken a hit since Nick Saban wrapped his hands around the national championship trophy in 2013, following Alabama's second straight title. The conference had its run of seven straight national championships end when Florida State beat Auburn in January, and some thought that the Pac-12 had become the better top-to-bottom league.
Christian Hackenberg orchestrated the game-winning, six-play, 80-yard, drive with passes of 53 and 23 yards to Geno Lewis after the Nittany Lions took over with 3:02 to play. Nova scrambled 14 yards for a touchdown and Kyle Federico added a 32-yard field goal for Rutgers , whose conference debut brought a record 53,774 fans to High Point Solutions Stadium.
Blake Sims passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and might have staked his claim as No. 3 Alabama's undisputed starting quarterback in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.
Taylor Kelly's productive night was cut short by injury, and it was uncertain when he'll be back on the field. Kelly threw for three touchdowns and ran 50 yards for another score before leaving with a right foot injury, and No.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 02:31 am
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