College Football NEWS ARCHIVE

» Friday, August 18, 2017

College football notebook: Ga. Tech dismisses RB Mills

7:04 PM

Sophomore running back Dedrick Mills was dismissed from the Georgia Tech football team on Friday for violating team rules.

Stars gone but Stanford set to roll on

4:32 PM

Losing two first-round NFL Draft picks is difficult, but Stanford is among the most stable programs in the country and is built to absorb the departures.

INSIDE SLANT

4:20 PM

Huskies face loftier expectations after CFP berth

Georgia Tech dismisses star RB

3:57 PM

Sophomore running back Dedrick Mills was dismissed from the Georgia Tech football team on Friday for violating team rules.

Penn State’s Franklin gets rich extension

3:48 PM

Penn State approved a six-year contract extension for head coach James Franklin through at least the 2022 season, the school announced Friday.

Mora’s future depends on offensive production

3:17 PM

This could be a season of unrest for UCLA, or at least it appears that way heading into Jim Mora's sixth season as the Bruins' coach.

Cougars more dangerous with balanced offense

3:00 PM

Washington State has reasons to think of big prizes because of the return of quarterback Luke Falk, nine starters returning on defense and a running game to finally boost the Cougars' chances.

Ex-Vanderbilt player Banks gets 15 years for rape

2:44 PM

Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for his role in the 2013 gang rape of an unconscious female student.

ASU’s Graham in win-or-else mode

2:22 PM

Arizona State coach Todd Graham hears the win-or-else cries from fans and, to another extent, from his own administration.

New coach Taggart begins Ducks’ revival

1:30 PM

How the mighty have fallen.

Whittingham endures with revamped Utes

1:14 PM

Times have changed in recent years for Utah football in more ways than one.

Colorado set to reload for another run

1:12 PM

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Steven Montez is by no means a wide-eyed, inexperienced rookie. So, Colorado's task of replacing its all-time leading passer, Sefo Liufau, might not be as daunting as it sounds.

Huskies face loftier expectations after CFP berth

1:10 PM

The pressure is now on Washington, and it will be interesting to see how the program handles heightened expectations.

To reach bowl, Beavers must put points on board

12:52 PM

Oregon State has a fairly simple and perhaps obvious goal for the third season under coach Gary Andersen: continued improvement that leads to at least six victories and a bowl game.

Rodriguez reboots in sixth year at Arizona

10:55 AM

Nobody disputes that this is a crucial season for Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.

Trojans looking for targets for QB Darnold

10:54 AM

Sam Darnold, you know. He's the early choice for top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He's the betting favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, unseating the current holder of the stiff-armed trophy, Lamar Jackson.

New Cal coach brings defensive mindset

10:53 AM

The phrase "Bear Raid" had become synonymous with Cal football in recent years.

» Thursday, August 17, 2017

INSIDE SLANT

7:47 PM

Mountaineers can make more magic in 2017

Rhule hits reset button on Baylor’s image

7:44 PM

New head coach Matt Rhule seems to be exactly what the Bears need.

Red Raiders attempting to strike balance

5:40 PM

Life after Patrick Mahomes II begins in September for Texas Tech, and that's a scary prospect.

Cowboys poised to make title run

3:37 PM

Oklahoma State is a somewhat fashionable pick to not only capture the Big 12 championship but advance to the College Football Playoff.

TCU has talent to rebound from rare losing season

3:01 PM

If college football pundits and media types are looking past TCU this season, they are doing so at their own peril.

K-State’s Snyder takes on cancer, another season

2:52 PM

The beginning of a second quarter-century as Kansas State head coach has arrived for Bill Snyder, and he will commemorate by kicking a habit.

Jayhawks building off Big 12 win

2:16 PM

It can be argued the lone Big 12 victory Kansas secured last season was mostly attributable to careless ball security by Texas.

Iowa State aims to surprise in 2017

1:40 PM

Iowa State won just three games in Matt Campbell's initial season as the Cyclones' coach, and not many expect much better in 2017. The team was picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 by the league media in July, ahead of only Kansas.

Mountaineers can make more magic in 2017

1:27 PM

West Virginia enjoyed a magical season in 2016, winning its first six games on the way to a 10-3 record, mixing a powerful, senior-laden team with a lot of luck and hard work.

New coach, same goals for Sooners

12:42 PM

Bob Stoops' late June retirement was unexpected.

Hungry ’Horns well-stocked for Herman’s debut

12:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- There's a certain hunger surrounding Texas as it begins its first season with Tom Herman as head coach, a desire fashioned by a series of losing campaigns and unmet expectations over the past three seasons.

Northwestern aims for run in Big Ten West

11:57 AM

The pieces are in place for Northwestern to have a successful season.

» Wednesday, August 16, 2017

INSIDE SLANT

11:00 PM

Fighting Irish hit reset button for 2017

Fighting Irish hit reset button for 2017

10:55 PM

Notre Dame is not used to bouncing back from sub-.500 seasons.

Nittany Lions back for more in 2017

5:58 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- To prepare for this fall, James Franklin asked his players to forget an unforgettable season.

Gophers’ Fleck: From reality show to reality check

5:06 PM

New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck undoubtedly raised the bar -- and the level of media attention -- for the program. And no, Fleck is not scheduled to suit up this season, even though by judging from the preseason media attention, including his own reality show, is receiving the bulk of attention.

Michigan, Harbaugh eye quick rebuilding process

4:57 PM

Michigan finds itself in rebuilding mode in Year 3 of the Jim Harbaugh era.

Major expectations for Ohio State in 2017

4:57 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer has set the bar so high at Ohio State that anything short of a Big Ten championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff is considered a disappointment.

Badgers eye spot in national playoffs

2:42 PM

Once again, Wisconsin enters a season capable of winning a Big Ten championship and playing in a New Year's Day or better bowl.

Iowa QB quandary: Who will win two-man battle?

2:25 PM

The major question for Iowa heading into the 2017 season is at quarterback and who will emerge as the winner of a two-man battle between sophomore Nathan Stanley and redshirt junior Tyler Wiegers.

New coach tries to push Hoosiers over .500

2:12 PM

The biggest change this season for Indiana comes at the top.

Young Illini hoping to surpass expectations

2:04 PM

Expectations aren't high for Illinois in 2017, nor should they be. The Illini graduated six starters offensively and seven more defensively from a team that wasn't good last season, going just 3-9 in coach Lovie Smith's debut season.

Cornhuskers eagerly turn to QB Lee

2:03 PM

Maybe one player can't decide the outcome of an entire football season. But Nebraska's addition of quarterback Tanner Lee certainly has changed the entire tone of preseason expectations for the Cornhuskers, who have endured wildly erratic quarterback play the past eight seasons.

Grant’s return is bright spot for Rutgers

2:02 PM

When you lose the last nine games and finish 2-10, there should be nowhere to go but up.

Michigan State moving past 2016 setback

2:01 PM

When Mark Dantonio took the podium at Big Ten media days in Chicago in late July, there was a different feel. No longer was the Michigan State coach talking about winning back-to-back conference championships or trying to get back to the College Football Playoffs.

Terrapins improved, but QB question looms

2:01 PM

There are a couple of proven runners, a premier wide receiver and an experienced, beefy offensive line working out in College Park these days. All eyes, though, are on the quarterback spot, where a four-way battle is raging.

Brohm looks to revive Boilermaker program

11:09 AM

Purdue hit the reset button this offseason, and no Big Ten football program needed it more.

» Tuesday, August 15, 2017

INSIDE SLANT

9:18 PM

Commodores' offense could be a strength

Missouri hopes to build on late success

9:07 PM

A 4-8 record in the 2016 may be nothing to celebrate, even in the Southeastern Conference, but two wins in the final three games gives coach Barry Odom something to build on at Missouri for 2017.

Commodores’ offense could be a strength

8:56 PM

Vanderbilt's offenses have generally been horrible for most of the past quarter-century.

Georgia eyes improvement in passing game

8:02 PM

The focus for coach Kirby Smart in his second season at Georgia is to make sure his team is considerably more offensive than it was a season ago.

INSIDE SLANT

7:26 PM

Demon Deacons ready to build on success

Aggies searching for stronger finish

5:41 PM

By the end of August, most folks in Texas long for the latter part of fall, when the fever breaks and a cool breeze can be felt even in a crowded football stadium.

Revamped Vols aim for elusive SEC East title

4:19 PM

Butch Jones is known for his somewhat unorthodox outlook toward the way he governs his football team, including the assertion that his Tennessee program is adept at producing players with "five-star hearts" and that they are "champions of life."

Auburn moves forward with Stidham at QB

3:40 PM

After two weeks of camp drama, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn picked the quarterback most everybody expected would win the job.

Gamecocks to face early challenges

3:18 PM

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp should find out rather quickly if his Gamecocks are going to continue the success they had late in his debut season a year ago.

Ball security a priority for Kentucky quarterbacks

2:45 PM

Stephen Johnson might have rescued Kentucky's 2016 season when he took over for injured quarterback Drew Barker, leading the Wildcats to seven wins in their last 11 games.

No. 1 Alabama to lean on talented backfield

2:26 PM

Alabama has the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, and the best part of the best team is its backfield.

SEC West edges ACC Atlantic as most talented division

1:10 PM

Due in large part to a seven-year reign from 2006 to 2012 in which teams from the Southeastern Conference won the national championship, the SEC is regarded by many as the toughest and most gifted league in college football.

Mississippi State focused on fixing defense

12:56 PM

Mississippi State backed into its seventh straight bowl game last season with a 5-7 record, thanks to its high APR score.

West Virginia WR Simms suspended following DUI arrest

12:07 PM

West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms has been suspended from the team's season opener following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Gator goal: get more offensive

10:42 AM

Through his first two years at Florida, coach Jim McElwain has won a pair of SEC East titles and recorded 19 victories, including 13 in conference play.

LSU’s Orgeron can lean on run game, defense

10:26 AM

LSU will start a season with someone other than Les Miles as its head coach for the first time in 13 years.

Bielema’s blueprint: Run to win at Arkansas

10:10 AM

There is no shortage of storylines for the Arkansas Razorbacks as they enter Bret Bielema's fifth season as head coach.

Rebels moving on from noisy offseason

10:05 AM

The season-opener on Sept. 2 can't come soon enough for Ole Miss' players.

» Monday, August 14, 2017

Virginia Tech goes with Jackson as starting QB

8:33 PM

Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente named redshirt freshman Josh Jackson the Hokies' starting quarterback on Monday.

Stidham to start at QB for Auburn

8:11 PM

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday that sophomore Jarrett Stidham will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers in their season opener against Georgia Southern on Sept. 2.

Fuente urges right perspective for Hokies

7:50 PM

Justin Fuente's successful opening season as Virginia Tech's head coach can be spun two ways.

Defense will be Clemson’s strong suit

7:46 PM

Clemson will embark on the 2017 season with a hard-earned but potentially burdensome tag -- defending national champion -- and coach Dabo Swinney doesn't particularly care for the description.

Pitt’s defense will start season short-handed

5:25 PM

Pitt had five players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, so the Panthers knew there would be a difficult transition at some positions.

No. 1 quarterback still undetermined for Hurricanes

4:38 PM

Miami came out of the spring with no established No. 1 quarterback. After two weeks of fall camp, only one thing has changed.

Demon Deacons ready to build on success

4:14 PM

Wake Forest finally realized some of the rewards after a series of rough seasons. Now, the Demon Deacons face the task of pushing further upward.

Demon Deacons ready to build on success

3:57 PM

Wake Forest finally realized some of the rewards after a series of rough seasons. Now, the Demon Deacons face the task of pushing further upward.

Legendary former Arkansas coach, AD Broyles dies

3:41 PM

Frank Broyles, the legendary coach who brought the University of Arkansas football program to prominence, died Monday. He was 92.

Tar Heels have holes to fill on offense

3:28 PM

North Carolina has won 19 games over the last two seasons and pushed then-No. 1 and undefeated Clemson to the max in the 2015 ACC Championship game, but coach Larry Fedora faces a major rebuilding project on offense as he heads into his sixth year in Chapel Hill.

Stacked Seminoles ready for epic opener

2:41 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It doesn't get better than Florida State vs. Alabama to start the season.

Louisville, Jackson look for more magic in 2017

2:14 PM

Louisville went 9-4 last season with a win over Florida State, and quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. And yet it didn't quite seem like enough.

Cavaliers pin bounce-back hopes on defense

1:22 PM

Optimism quickly turned into gloom last season as the first year of the Bronco Mendenhall era turned sour in the blink of an eye.

QB only missing piece for Yellow Jackets

12:47 PM

Georgia Tech, with 18 players returning who started games a year ago, could be ready to return to the ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2014.

Wolfpack looks poised for a breakthrough

11:19 AM

North Carolina State has been mostly flying under the radar going into the season, but there are reasons to tab the Wolfpack as having Top 25 potential.

Renewed focus might spark Blue Devils

11:01 AM

Duke slipped to a 4-8 mark last season after reaching a bowl game in four consecutive seasons, which had represented the best stretch for the Blue Devils in a generation.

Fuente urges right perspective for Hokies

10:46 AM

Justin Fuente's successful opening season as Virginia Tech's head coach can be spun two ways.

Orange must get defensive in Babers’ second season

10:31 AM

The irony of Dino Babers' first go-round with Syracuse was -- despite an overhaul in rhetoric, scheme and process -- that the Orange had the same record (4-8) as the previous season.

QB battle highlights BC’s fall camp

10:19 AM

Darius Wade or Anthony Brown?

» Sunday, August 13, 2017

Florida Gators suspend seven for season-opener

6:09 PM

The Florida Gators suspended seven players, including standout wide receiver Antonio Callaway, for their Sept. 2 season-opener against Michigan.

TSX’s preseason Top 25: Things get interesting after Alabama

5:03 PM

Alabama is No. 1. It just makes too much sense. Best program, best players, best coach. Yeah, Alabama.

Can South Florida overcome schedule, crash 2018 CFP?

11:00 AM

All the ingredients seem to be there for the USF Bulls to have a big season -- the biggest of the program's 21-year history.

» Saturday, August 12, 2017

College football notebook: Clemson’s defensive line dominates scrimmage

5:57 PM

Ohio State has a solid counter-argument, but Clemson might have the best defensive line in the country.

» Friday, August 11, 2017

College football notebook: Transfer Lee creating buzz at Nebraska

6:25 PM

There is buzz building about Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, even though he's never thrown a pass for the Cornhuskers.

» Thursday, August 10, 2017

College football notebook: Wisconsin can withstand loss of Cichy

6:05 PM

Wisconsin suffered a significant loss this week when senior linebacker Jack Cichy suffered a torn ACL in practice, but the Badgers are equipped to handle a setback at middle linebacker.

Wisconsin LB Cichy tears ACL, out for season

11:50 AM

Wisconsin senior linebacker Jack Cichy will miss the upcoming season after tearing his ACL in practice, the team announced Thursday.

Nutt’s lawsuit vs. Ole Miss will move to state court

1:34 AM

A U.S. District Court judge in Mississippi dismissed former Ole Miss football head football coach Houston Nutt's civil lawsuit against the university and its board of trustees on Wednesday.

» Wednesday, August 9, 2017

College football notebook: McMaryion to join Fresno St.

5:09 PM

Marcus McMaryion, who left Oregon State last week, has announced he will be joining Fresno State this season.

» Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Plenty of freshmen aiming to contribute for USC

6:08 PM

USC has any number of true freshmen who can contribute this season, including a few who will help star quarterback Sam Darnold ignite the offense.

Former Syracuse coach MacPherson dies at 86

6:07 PM

Former Syracuse coach Dick MacPherson, who revived the program and led the Orange to an undefeated season in 1987, died Tuesday in Syracuse, N.Y. He was 86.

» Monday, August 7, 2017

Report: Former Rutgers LB Liston charged with murder

8:37 PM

Former Rutgers linebacker Lester Liston was charged with murder and three other felonies, USA Today reported Monday.

College football notebook: Ohio State DT Hill suspended

5:42 PM

Ohio State senior defensive tackle Michael Hill will be suspended for "a few games," coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Miami C Linder leaves team

1:15 PM

Miami senior Nick Linder, who has started 21 games at center over the past two seasons, has decided to sit out this season and transfer, Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said Monday.

» Sunday, August 6, 2017

College football notebook: Iowa loaded at running back

5:00 PM

Only one college football team in the country has two running backs who each ran for 1,000 yards last season. That would be Iowa.

» Saturday, August 5, 2017

College football notebook: Penn State’s Barkley to see expanded role

5:45 PM

One of the lasting images of the 2016 college football season was Penn State's Saquon Barkley carving through the USC defense, slipping past six would-be tacklers, on his way to a 79-yard touchdown run in the Rose Bowl.

» Friday, August 4, 2017

Louisville secondary looks to tax its foes

5:30 PM

The Louisville secondary has one of the best defenders in the country and perhaps the nation's hottest new nickname.

» Thursday, August 3, 2017

College football notebook: Suspended LSU OL Teuhema given release to transer

3:10 PM

LSU offensive lineman OL Maea Teuhema is looking for a new home after being indefinitely suspended from the team due to a violation of team rules.

Alabama opens season No. 1 in coaches poll

2:10 PM

The Alabama Crimson Tide begin the college football season atop the Top 25 coaches poll for the second straight year.

Rutgers LB Maddox-Williams tears ACL, out for season

11:51 AM

Rutgers linebacker Tyreek Maddox-Williams will miss the entire 2017 season after sustaining a torn ACL during a non-contact drill in Tuesday's practice.

» Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Oklahoma dismisses freshman QB Robison

11:04 PM

Oklahoma Sooners freshman quarterback Chris Robison was dismissed from the team following a violation of team rules, coach Lincoln Riley announced Wednesday night.

College football notebook: Florida’s McElwain says QB competition even

6:49 PM

The Florida Gators open camp Thursday with much of the focus on their quarterback competition.

Notre Dame legend Parseghian dies at age 94

5:04 PM

Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian has died at the age of 94. He passed away after falling ill from hip surgery complications.

Alabama DL Hand reportedly asleep in car before DUI arrest

10:42 AM

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand reportedly was asleep in his parked car and not driving at the time of his DUI arrest over the weekend.

Notre Dame legend Perseghian dies at age 94

10:10 AM

Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian has died at the age of 94. He passed away after falling ill from hip surgery complications.