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Another first for Clemson: No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

Aug. 19, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football's newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Tigers won the program's second national title in three seasons behind freshman quarterback...

Irish hope to ride Book's arm to second straight CFP berth

Aug. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — For Notre Dame to reach its second straight College Football Playoff, it may have to run the table behind quarterback Ian Book. "When you step into being the quarterback at Notre Dame, high expectations come with it," said coach Brian Kelly, who has twice in nine seasons directed...

Michigan, Nebraska look set to make breakthroughs in Big Ten

Aug. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough, and two-time defending conference champion Ohio State is transitioning from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day and replacing a first-round NFL draft pick at quarterback. Momentum Nebraska...

New faces, same sky-high expectations at Ohio State

Aug. 13, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Unlike last year at this time, Ohio State's preseason camp is being conducted without public drama over misbehaving assistant coaches, domestic violence allegations and questions about the limits of a head coach's responsibility. It's been all about football, and nobody could be...

Column: Georgia can't be top dog until it conquers the Tide

Aug. 2, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — If you're looking for a terser-than-usual response from Kirby Smart, just bring up how the last two seasons ended. The Georgia coach will shoot you a steely eyed glare that falls somewhere between disgust and disdain, then respond with a banal cliche that makes it clear you're just...

Oklahoma coach Riley wants more after playoff appearance

Aug. 2, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Lincoln Riley could take a few moments to stop and soak it all in. But that's not how he got so far, so fast. Riley has accomplished more at age 35 than most coaches do in a career. Barely two years into his run at Oklahoma, he has been to the College Football Playoff twice and coached...

Kelly, Notre Dame ready to wash out taste of playoff loss

Aug. 2, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's latest run at a national title under coach Brian Kelly ended with another rude awakening. "We got a taste of what it's like to be in the playoffs," said Kelly, whose 10th Irish squad begins preseason drills Sunday morning at Culver Academy, 45 miles south of the Notre...

Clemson confident CFP drug suspensions were outlier

Jul. 25, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson officials are confident the athletic department's practices and policies will prevent a repeat of the failed performance-enhancing drug tests that caused three players to be suspended before last season's College Football Playoff. The Tigers were riding into a fourth straight...

AP Top 25 Podcast: Alabama, Georgia heading for SEC showdown

Jul. 24, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

Alabama and Georgia appear to be heading toward another high-stakes showdown in the Southeastern Conference. Or the College Football Playoff. Or both. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the SEC. What teams could stand in the way of a...

Big Ten's Delany says old mistakes to blame for college woes

Jul. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany kicked off his final Big Ten football media days Thursday by saying he thinks some serious mistakes made in the 1970s created problems today in college athletics. Delany, who is in his 31st and final year as commissioner, said the loss of the...