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Penn State football: Examining the similarities between the 1994 and 2017 Nittany Lions

Vincent Stewart — a senior leader of Penn State’s undefeated 1994 team — has a group text with former teammates, strictly for Saturdays. Over the years, there have been plenty “Yay!” and more than a few “Oh no!” messages. Nowadays, it’s much more of the former. Still, Stewart views himself as a “nervous parent.” “I can’t even say parent. More ...

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Boise State football: Virginia knows it has to keep up with Broncos early to compete

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is intimately familiar with Boise State’s mo’. The Broncos, college football’s winningest team since 2000 and one of its most recognizable outside the Power 5, are notorious for using any means necessary to get points on the board early in games. Trick plays, gimmicks, tempo changes — nothing, Mendenhall said, is off the table. Combine ...

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Oklahoma State vs. TCU preview: Mason Rudolph, Cowboys face tough test vs. Horned Frogs defense

Quarterback Mason Rudolph and Oklahoma State have put up crazy numbers in three nonconference wins this season. Now, the Cowboys face their first major test as they open Big 12 play. Sixth-ranked Oklahoma State will host No. 16 TCU on Saturday in a game that could affect the national championship race. Oklahoma State ranks third nationally in total offense with ...

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No. 4 Penn State faces road test at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Penn State’s James Franklin hasn’t coached at Kinnick Stadium before – but he knows how dangerous the Hawkeyes can be at home after dark. The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (3-0) open Big Ten play against one of their most vexing conference rivals on Saturday. Iowa (3-0) leads the series 9-8 since Penn State joined the Big Ten, ...

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No. 17 Mississippi St faces No. 17 Georgia in early SEC test

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Who’s the best team in the Southeastern Conferences? Once you get past top-ranked Alabama, that is? The answer should be a bit more apparent after a Saturday night between the hedges. In a game between unfamiliar rivals sharing little beyond a nickname, No. 11 Georgia hosts No. 17 Mississippi State in an early season showdown that will ...

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St. John’s-St. Thomas rivalry to break D3 attendance record

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) One of the longest-running rivalries in small college football has reached major league status. The 87th edition of the St. John’s-St. Thomas game will be played on Saturday at Target Field, and more than 35,000 tickets have already been sold. With the Twins making their push for the baseball playoffs this weekend on the road, the Johnnies and ...

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Mountaineers try to keep rolling, Jayhawks seek fresh start

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wouldn’t change much about the way things have been going lately for his Mountaineers, who bounced back from a close loss in their opener to Virginia Tech with a pair of lopsided routs. Kansas counterpart David Beaty is looking for a fresh start. The Jayhawks have followed a season-opening win over Southeast ...

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Struggling Arizona State opens Pac-12 play vs. resurgent Oregon

TEMPE, Ariz. — A little over a year ago, Oregon unceremoniously fell from the national rankings after years of being rated among the nation’s best. Now, after a 3-0 start in nonconference play, the Ducks are back at No. 24 heading into their Pac-12 opener at Arizona State. Oregon has been ranked at one time or another for 20 consecutive ...

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Jayhawks seek fresh start while Mountaineers hope to keep rolling

LAWRENCE, Kan. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wouldn’t change much about the way things have been going lately for his Mountaineers, who bounced back from a close loss in their opener to Virginia Tech with a pair of lopsided routs. Kansas counterpart David Beaty is looking for a fresh start. The Jayhawks have followed a season-opening win over Southeast ...

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