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  • Week 4 preview: Saban-Fisher redux in SEC; Ducks face test (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   For the second straight year, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher will meet in a mentor-mentee matchup. All signs point toward Saban teaching him another lesson when top-ranked Alabama hosts 22nd-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday in one of two games between Top 25 teams. The other has No. 7 Stanford at No. ...
  • TNF: Browns beat Jets for first win since 2016 CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns won. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night for their first win since ...
  • Nine questions for NFL Week 3: Will Patrick Mahomes stay red hot? (PhazRadio Sports / AP / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   Heading into the third week of the NFL season, it’s time to begin wondering if we’re experiencing mere tremors to the league’s power structure or actual seismic shifts as unfamiliar players make claims to greatness and once unsung teams position themselves to overtake last season’s Super Bowl ...
  • College Football Picks: Stanford-Oregon, Heisman showcase (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Heisman Trophy winners need Heisman moments and at least a few big-stage games to bolster their resumes on the way to New York. The early season chatter has mostly been dominated by first-year starting quarterbacks from highly ranked teams: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. A couple ...
  • Bowl projections: Penn State back in, Wisconsin out of College Football Playoff field The preseason edition of bowl projections had Penn State in the College Football Playoff field. A close scare against Appalachian State led to the Nittany Lions being removed in favor of Wisconsin. A shocking loss by the Badgers to BYU last week opened the door back up to Penn State, which has posted dominant wins against Pittsburgh ...
  • College Football Playoff projection: Alabama, Ohio State and some goodbyes to others (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —    Ah, Week 3. Contenders are emerging (Is that you, LSU?), pretenders are falling away (what happened, Badgers?) and some positions are crystalizing (‘Bama. ‘Nuff said.). At least, for the moment. As always, remember we pick the Football Four Playoff bracket as if the season was over.* It could all change next week. ...
  • MNF: Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17 CHICAGO (AP) — Khalil Mack once again put on the sort of havoc-wreaking show the Chicago Bears envisioned when they traded for the superstar pass rusher. Even better for them, they came away with the victory this time. Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown ...
  • NFL Roundup: Lutz’s 44-yard field goal lifts Saints past Browns 21-18 (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    NEW ORLEANS – Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal for New Orleans with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the Browns’ winless ...
  • AP Top 25 Heat Check: Should LSU be No. 1 in rankings? (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   LSU should be No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. Yes, that is a thing you could argue after three weeks of the season. None of the 61 members of the AP Top 25 media panel held that opinion Sunday, but the Tigers did make a big leap from ...
  • Top 25 college football roundup: Squally Canada, BYU stun No. 6 Wisconsin (PhatzRadio Sports /Ap) —               Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and BYU handed mistake-prone Wisconsin its first nonconference home loss since 2003, giving the No. 6 Badgers fits with its motion offense in a 24-21 victory Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. The Cougars (2-1) tossed in a trick play, too, when receiver Aleva ...
  • NFL Week 2’s best matchups: Can Jaguars finally conquer Tom Brady, Patriots? (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   If there’s ever going to be a changing of the guard in the AFC, then Sunday’s visit to Jacksonville by the Patriots would seem a perfect time. Except when you look at the numbers that say Tom Brady doesn’t lose to the Jaguars. Ever. Jacksonville had a 10-point lead at New England in ...
  • AP Top 25 Takeaways: First major upset shakes Big Ten STARS __Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, threw for 605 yards and five TDs — three to Antoine Wesley who set a school record with 261 yards receiving — helping the Red Raiders beat Houston 63-49. __Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic, scored a school-record five rushing TDs in the first half in a 49-28 victory over Bethune-Cookman. —David Pindell, UConn, accounted ...
  • NFL keeps open pipeline for game officials NEW YORK (AP) — One NFL fan is enraged by a penalty flag he sees fly on TV. He turns to the woman next to him and asks, “Where do they get these guys?” Replay then proves the call was correct, and the fan just shrugs as the woman replies: “Guess they know what they are ...
  • College Football Playoff games of impact for Week 3 of the season (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   The Week 3 slate in college football has been truncated somewhat as Hurricane Florence threatens to wash over much of the southeast. There will still be a number of meaningful games, though some of them might be played in soggy conditions. Here are the five most impactful contests this ...
  • Week 3 preview: SEC West heats up with 2 top early matchups (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   The Southeastern Conference’s West Division commands the spotlight Saturday, with top-ranked Alabama opening league play at Mississippi, and No. 7 Auburn hosting No. 12 LSU. The Crimson Tide rolled Ole Miss 66-3 last year and head to Oxford as three-touchdown favorites. Don’t write off the Rebels, not with Jordan Ta’amu throwing ...
  • NFL ANALYSIS: New head coaches go 0-7 in Week 1 of NFL season (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   New coach. Familiar results. Teams with a new man in charge went 0-7 in Week 1, the worst start by a group of new head coaches in NFL history. The previous worst was 0-6 in 2001. It took Aaron Rodgers coming back from a knee injury and leading the Packers back from ...
  • College Football Playoff projection: Alabama in front, with Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)     —    While there weren’t any huge upsets to roil the Football Four Playoff projection in Week 2, there were some thrilling — and maybe telling — developments. There were also plenty of mismatches, to which we applied the ol’ eye test (meaning: hey, this team looks really good). The result, a slight reshuffling ...
  • AP All-America Watch: Kansas’ stopper; CU’s breakout star WR (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released a preseason All-America team and will put out a midseason team. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The first installment of the weekly All-America watch ...
  • College Football Picks: No. 17 Boise State gets a big chance (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    The ceiling for teams outside the Power Five in the College Football Playoff race seems to be set pretty low — as any Central Florida fan will be quick to point out. Maybe Boise State can bust through it this year. To do so, Saturday’s game at No. 24 Oklahoma State ...
  • NFL: Patriots, Eagles switch places in latest AP Pro32 poll NEW YORK (AP) — Well that didn’t take long. The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, who met in the Super Bowl, switched places on Tuesday in the latest AP Pro32 poll . The defending champion Eagles opened the season on top, with the Patriots a close second. After the first week of the regular season, it’s the ...
  • AP Top 25 Heat Check: Up with UGA; Down on Notre Dame (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Fooled you. There is a lot of that at the beginning of the college football season as teams shuffle in and out of the AP Top 25 . Good win? Bad loss? Hard to tell. South Carolina and Florida popped up in the poll last week and, poof, now they are gone. ...
  • MNF: Rams spoil Gruden’s return with 33-13 win over Raiders / Jets rout Lions OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Once Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams offense got started after sitting out the entire preseason, they couldn’t be stopped. Goff threw two touchdown passes, newcomer Marcus Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and the Rams used a dominant second half to spoil coach Jon Gruden’s much-anticipated return ...
  • College Football Playoff projection: Alabama in front, with Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   While there weren’t any huge upsets to roil the Football Four Playoff projection in Week 2, there were some thrilling — and maybe telling — developments. There were also plenty of mismatches, to which we applied the ol’ eye test (meaning: hey, this team looks really good). The result, a slight reshuffling ...
  • NFL Roundup: Rodgers Returns to Lead Pack Comeback (PhatzRadio Sports / REUTERS)    —    Green Bay overcame a franchise-record, 17-point fourth-quarter deficit after quarterback Aaron Rodgers revived the offense and guided his team to a 24-23 comeback win over visiting Chicago in both teams’ season opener. Rodgers, who briefly left the game due to a left knee injury, finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards ...
  • AP Top 25 Takeaways: Already looking ahead to Georgia-‘Bama / AP Top 25 (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Two weeks into the season and it is already tempting to ponder another Georgia-Alabama game in Atlanta with big stakes. The loudest statements are made on the road and No. 3 Georgia made quite a racket on Saturday. The Bulldogs coasted past No. 24 South Carolina in a game that was ...

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