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Vanderbilt coach starting to reap benefits of experience

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Mason and his Vanderbilt Commodores are showing that experience matters. Yes, even in the mighty Southeastern Conference where so many 5-star recruits make an instant impact. A year ago, Mason’s job security was shaky after a 2-4 start to his third season. Since then, the Commodores have gone 7-3, Mason picked up a contract extension and ...

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Alabama LB: ‘The season’s officially here’ with SEC play

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama can now officially begin its quest for a fourth straight Southeastern Conference title. The top-ranked Crimson Tide has conquered one highly ranked team, Florida State, and produced lopsided wins over a pair of Mountain West Conference opponents. Alabama is gearing up this week for its first SEC game and true road game Saturday at Vanderbilt, which ...

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Florida QB Franks gains fame, trophy after improbable throw

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks walked into his American History class Monday and was handed a trophy, an award professor Steve Noll gives to students for asking really good questions. Franks got it for delivering the ultimate answer – against Tennessee. Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as time expired Saturday, giving Florida a 26-20 ...

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Back to work: No. 12 Florida State prepares for long grind

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is glad to get back to a normal game-week schedule after Hurricane Irma forced the 12th-ranked Seminoles to take two weeks off. They are facing an upcoming stretch that is becoming quite familiar. Starting with Saturday’s game against North Carolina State, the Seminoles will be playing at least 10 consecutive weeks. It ...

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Texas offensive woes start with absent run game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Tom Herman shed no tears after losing in overtime to Southern California. His emotional outlets, he says, were a couple of ”primal screams” once the team got home. There may be a more of those echoing around Austin as Herman and his staff try to rebuild a running game behind an offensive line struggling with injuries. In ...

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Mike Stoops has Oklahoma defense rolling after rough ’16

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) A year ago, Mike Stoops was a very unpopular man. Oklahoma’s fans were looking for scapegoats after the Sooners lost two of three to start the season and allowed at least 40 points to Ohio State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech. Stoops, the Sooners’ defensive coordinator, took most of the blame. Even though the defense improved the ...

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Florida QB Feleipe Franks gains fame after unbelievable touchdown pass

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks walked into his American History class Monday and was handed a trophy, an award professor Steve Noll gives to students for asking really good questions. Franks got it for delivering the ultimate answer — against Tennessee. Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as time expired Saturday, giving Florida a ...

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LSU’s Orgeron looks to address mistakes, restore confidence

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Just three games into his first full season in his ”dream job” as LSU coach, Ed Orgeron finds himself having to explain a historically lopsided loss to his fellow Louisiana natives. He’s also trying to maintain the belief in the future of his regime, having been in the coaching business long enough to know how things ...

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