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Pick Six: Top college awards could feature repeats

Aug. 14, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

The race for the top individual awards in college football this season will have some standout players seeking repeats. Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back last season, while Alabama's Jerry Jeudy earned the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the most outstanding...

Huskers overrule parking penalty against governor's vehicle

Aug. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska's parking referees have thrown a flag after spotting Gov. Pete Ricketts' official vehicle illegally parked outside the Cornhuskers' football practice facility. But after further review, the penalty called Wednesday for parking in a reserved area was...

Michigan's Harbaugh says he wouldn't lie about transfer

Aug. 14, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh lashed out Tuesday night at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who said Michigan did not support a transfer's attempt to immediately play for the Bearcats. Harbaugh said he told Fickell months ago he wouldn't lie about what he knew regarding the transfer of James Hudson....

Bahamas Bowl sponsorship pays off again for Illinois village

Aug. 14, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chad Bruner is a huge football fan. One day last December, he was sitting in a big leather chair in his Oklahoma City home when the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl caught his attention. It wasn't anything about the play on the field. Looking back, Bruner couldn't even remember which schools were...

After strong 2018 finish, Gophers enter pivotal season

Aug. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The long-languishing football program at Minnesota has experienced plenty of potential breakthroughs over the last half-century, only to plateau or regress in the games and years that followed. Well, the Gophers have arrived at another pivotal season. With Paul Bunyan's Axe returned to...

Northwestern searches for new QB after division title

Aug. 13, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — As he listened to his team's introduction during last month's Big Ten media days, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was a bit surprised by what he heard. "Clayton Thorson leaves as the winningest quarterback in Northwestern history," a Big Ten network announcer said, reading from a...

Harbaugh seems set up for success in 5th season at Michigan

Aug. 13, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh seems set up for success at Michigan in his fifth season, leading a program that's a popular choice to win the Big Ten . "That's where I would pick us," Harbaugh said. Some are taking another step, predicting the Wolverines will earn a spot in the College Football...

Changes abound as Michigan State tries to fix offense

Aug. 13, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven months ago, Mark Dantonio shook up his offensive staff, keeping his assistants but switching their roles around. It was a move that reflected the state of the Michigan State program — not necessarily panicking, but certainly aware of some recent shortcomings. The...

With Brohm back, Purdue's hopes remain on the rise

Aug. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jeff Brohm likes what he sees at Purdue. The offense can rely on an experienced quarterback and a game-breaking receiver. The defense can build around a stout defensive line and some playmaking linebackers. There's even a manageable schedule. With that combination, it's no...

Hoosiers pin bowl hopes to finding knockout punch in 2019

Aug. 13, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Receiver Nick Westbrook senses this season will be different at Indiana. He hears coaches debating how to use their suddenly deep roster. He sees players holding teammates accountable and brimming with confidence. The fifth-year senior figures it's about time the Hoosiers develop a...