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Turpin ignites No. 16 TCU in rainy 42-12 win over rival SMU

DALLAS (AP) — If No. 16 TCU was looking ahead to a showdown with Ohio State, KaVontae Turpin snapped his fellow Horned Frogs back into the present with another speedy dash to the end zone. Turpin ignited a sluggish team by returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdownbefore adding a 42-yard scoring catch, and the Horned Frogs pulled away for ...

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Ole Miss encouraged by defense heading into home opener

Mississippi’s shaky defense was easily the program’s biggest concern heading into the season. An opening-weekend 47-27 victory over Texas Tech helped ease those worries a little , but coach Matt Luke said there’s still plenty of room for growth when Ole Miss (1-0) hosts Southern Illinois (1-0) on Saturday in Oxford. “I don’t want to sound cliché when I say ...

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Georgia’s Smart preps No. 3 Bulldogs for big-game atmosphere

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart is not worried about the loud, raucous atmosphere his team faces this week at No. 24 South Carolina. After spending plenty of time talking to the third-ranked Bulldogs about how to properly handle their first big test and Southeastern Conference opener, Smart believes they’re ready. “You either control it or it controls ...

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Nevada has Vanderbilt’s attention after scoring 72 points

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scoring 72 points in a single football game catches a coach’s attention, so Nevada lost any chance of sneaking up on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first ever game between the programs. “Anytime that you see somebody hang up points and you look at it and man, they’ve got good skilled players,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason ...

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Wake Forest looks to keep Hartman rolling vs Towson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — No Wake Forest quarterback had a better starting debut than Sam Hartman. The freshman wants to keep it going in Week 2. The Demon Deacons (1-0) play host to Towson (1-0) of the FCS on Saturday, and they hope Hartman will be just as effective against the Tigers as he was in his first college start. ...

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No. 14 West Virginia to work on depth vs. FCS Youngstown St.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 14 West Virginia has the opportunity to shore up its depth with a Championship Subdivision opponent looming and the Big 12 opener just two weeks away. The defense in particular could use a few more linebackers as the Mountaineers (1-0) prepare for their home opener Saturday night against Youngstown State (0-1). Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson ...

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Seth Green emerges as new weapon as Gophers host Fresno State

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck prepared himself for a difficult conversation when he sat down during the offseason with Seth Green about switching positions. Green was going to be the third-string quarterback, behind Zack Annexstad and Tanner Morgan. If he preferred to stay in his natural spot, he’d have Fleck’s blessing to transfer. Or he could put his agility, ...

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No. 12 Hokies battle short work week with W&M up next

Virginia Tech’s season got off to a very strong start with a decisive victory against Florida State in Tallahassee. For the No. 12 Hokies to keep it going, they need to master a short work week. The Hokies (1-0) open their home season on Saturday against William & Mary (1-0). The Tribe is an FCS-level opponent, but one for which ...

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Fitzgerald leads No. 18 Mississippi State into Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald was the first one to ask Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead for this week’s scouting report, and he’ll probably be the first one to have his cleats on Saturday. That’s what happens when you haven’t stepped on the field since last year’s Egg Bowl. The Heisman Trophy candidate dislocated his right ankle against Ole ...

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