The Illini (2-4) have taken baby steps forward in three seasons under coach Lovie Smith, but not much has changed this year.

Under fire: Some coaches need a strong finish to keep their jobs

Rutgers fired Chris Ash before the calendar flipped to October. Who else is a candidate to join Ash in buyout life?
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No. 19 SMU undefeated with Buechele and others who came home

Shane Buechele is having the kind of season so many envisioned after the quarterback started all 12 games as a true freshman in the Big 12 Conference three years ago.
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October 15

First-half surprises include stingy Wisconsin, LSU's Burrow

The same six teams occupied the first six spots in the Top 25 poll all the way up until Georgia lost 20-17 in overtime to…
Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss, right, drives the ball against Saint Mary's Dane Pineau (22) and Joe Rahon, center, during the first half of an NCAA co
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October 15

U.S. women's hoops announces college exhibition games

The U.S. women's national basketball team's college tour is set to tip off next month.
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October 14

AP Top 25 Reality Check: How to use head-to-head results?

Georgia beats Notre Dame in a close game at home. Georgia loses to unranked South Carolina in double overtime at home. Both Notre Dame and…
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October 14

STAT WATCH: Midseason leaders a mix of familiar, new names

A review of college football statistics at midseason shows a lot of familiar names at or near the top of the charts, and a few…
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October 13
Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship bends over dejected reacting to missing a field goal attempt in double overtime as South Carolina celebrates a 20-1

Smart wants Georgia players to look in mirror after loss

The first warning signs came in slow starts against Notre Dame and Tennessee.
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October 13

AP Top 25: LSU jumps to No. 2; Upset drops Georgia to No. 10

LSU moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the rivals meet in Tuscaloosa.
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October 13

At 3-3, Texas A&M and Fisher stuck in neutral

Texas A&M's $75 million plan with Jimbo Fisher is stuck in neutral.
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October 13

No. 14 Boise State loses Bachmeier, beats Hawaii 59-37

After holding a competitive contest for the starting quarterback job, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin has insisted that the Broncos are well stocked at the position.
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October 13

St. John's shuts out Bethel, takes MIAC lead

The victory gave the Johnnies (5-0, 4-0 MIAC), ranked No. 4 in Division III, sole possession of first place in the MIAC. The loss was the first of the season for sixth-ranked Bethel (4-1, 2-1).
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October 13
South Carolina defensive back Israel Mukuamu intercepted Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm three times in the Gamecocks' 20-17, double-overtime victory S

Mukuamu's 3 picks help SC shock No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in 2OT

Jake Fromm knew better than to blame Georgia's first loss on Rodrigo Blankenship's missed 42-yard field goal that ended the game.
Memphis wide receiver Tevin Jones (87) reaches for a pass in front of Tulsa cornerback Darrell Williams (6) in the first quarter of an NCAA college fo
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October 13

Concordia (St. Paul) ties Division II record for sacks with 14 in victory

Concordia (St. Paul) tied an NCAA Division II record with 14 sacks and held on for a 24-17 NSIC victory over visiting MSU Moorhead on…
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October 13

Burrow's 3 TDs lift No. 5 LSU over No. 7 Florida, 42-28.

The first thing Joe Burrow did after launching the longest — and most decisive — of his three touchdown passes against Florida was embrace a pair of offensive linemen who'd kept pass rushers at bay all night.
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October 13

No. 9 Irish ride Jones' 176 yards to 30-27 victory over USC

No. 9 Notre Dame survived upset-minded Southern California by staying grounded in chilly Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night.
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October 12

Rodney Smith, unbeaten Gophers run over Huskers 34-7

All week long at Minnesota's practice facility, players were doused with frigid water as they took the field. The thermostat was turned down to the max in the mid-50s. Fans were on full blast. Quarterbacks and receivers stuck their hands in ice buckets between drills. Footballs were soaked and frozen.
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October 12

Louisville earns wild 62-59 win over No. 19 Wake Forest

Louisville started piling up points early behind its quick-strike special teams and big-play receivers. Wake Forest's league-best offense joined in with a late flurry.
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October 12

No. 15 Utah routs Oregon State 52-7

Zack Moss declared his return in a striking way.
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October 12

No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12

On the road against one of the best defenses in America, 10th-ranked Penn State won the turnover battle and converted on third downs to survive yet another tough trip to Iowa.
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October 12

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Georgia becomes 1st major upset victim

A college football season truly starts with the first big upset.Game on.No. 3 Georgia became the highest-ranked team to lose to an unranked team this…
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October 12

No. 22 Baylor needs 2 OTs to beat Texas Tech 33-30

Backed up to his 1 after a sack and needing a field goal in the final two minutes to keep the Big 12's longest current winning streak alive, Charlie Brewer found a way to get Baylor another victory in its first game as a ranked team under coach Matt Rhule.