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No. 13 Utah travels to face Arizona State, new coach Aguano

The Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils both enter conference play in vastly different situations. Utah is coming off two lopsided wins and is expected to be among the Pac-12's elite this season. Arizona State is coming off an embarrassing loss to Eastern Michigan and fired head coach Herm ...

No. 16 Mississippi bracing for Brin, Tulsa’s passing offense

Mississippi's defense is justifiably flush with confidence heading into its biggest challenge so far. The 16th-ranked Rebels, who have only allowed 13 points in the first three games, are set to host Tulsa and the nation's leading passer Davis Brin on Saturday. "This is a totally different ...

Patriots look to continue recent home dominance vs. Ravens

The Ravens fell apart late in a loss to Miami last week, spoiling another big day by quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baltimore will look to bounce back with a trip to New England, where the Patriots have won three of the past four meetings. New England has a 9-2 overall edge in the regular-season ...

No. 15 Oregon at Washington St. promises offensive fireworks

Two of the best teams in the Pac-12 open the conference season against each other Saturday. No. 15 Oregon, which beat No. 12 BYU last weekend, is looking to continue its surge after an opening loss at No. 1 Georgia. Undefeated Washington State (3-0) looks to knock off a second ranked team this ...

California hosts Arizona in Pac-12 opener for both teams

Arizona and California are both looking for a fast start in conference play when they meet in their Pac-12 opener. Both teams won two of three in nonconference play. The Wildcats have already exceeded their win total from the previous two seasons combined. The Golden Bears have won five ...

No. 16 Mississippi aims to slow down Brin, Tulsa offense

No. 16 Mississippi's stingy defense is bracing for Tulsa and the nation's top passing offense. The Rebels have allowed only 13 points through three games. They face a different kind of challenge this weekend at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Hurricanes are led by national passing leader Davis ...

Back in the rankings, No. 18 Washington hosts Stanford

Ranked for the first time this season, No. 18 Washington closes out a four-game homestand against Stanford on Saturday. It's the Pac-12 opener for the Huskies, who have seen their expectations change drastically after last week's impressive 39-28 win over Michigan State. Washington is now ...

Parade and parties over, Avs focus on Stanley Cup defense

DENVER (AP) — Erik Johnson just didn't have enough hours in the day for all of the plans he had for his new companion, the Stanley Cup. The veteran Colorado defenseman made the rounds the best he could this month as he celebrated the Avalanche's first title since 2001. For starters, there ...

No. 22 Texas visits Texas Tech in Big 12 opener for both

No. 22 Texas visits Texas Tech in the third consecutive Big 12 opener for the longtime rivals. It's the first trip to Lubbock for Texas coach Steve Sarkisian. Texas Tech's Joey McGuire is set for his first game against the Longhorns as a head coach. The former Baylor assistant is a lifelong ...

Chiefs roll with Harris in Indy as Gay begins suspension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Ammendola was essentially signed off the street to serve as the Kansas City Chiefs' kicker while Harrison Butker was dealing with a sprained left ankle, and he was perfect on field goals and extra points in a win over the Chargers. The Chiefs hope their ...

No. 6 Oklahoma to face nemesis Kansas State

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables always has spoken highly of Kansas State — his alma mater where he played linebacker and got his coaching start as an assistant under Bill Snyder. He will face the Wildcats as head coach for the first time on Saturday, and he's focused solely on getting the win ...

South Carolina looks to gain rhythm against Charlotte

South Carolina hopes to get itself back on positive footing when it faces Charlotte of Conference USA at home on Saturday night. The Gamecocks dropped their first two Southeastern Conference games to No. 10 Arkansas and No. 1 Georgia by a combined score of 92-37. Neither side of the ball has ...

North Carolina aims for 4-0 start in meeting with Notre Dame

North Carolina hosts Notre Dame looking for its first 4-0 start in 25 years. The Tar Heels have lost 20 of 22 meetings with the Fighting Irish. That includes each of the past two seasons. UNC hasn't been 4-0 since 1997 during Mack Brown's first stint with the program. Notre Dame beat California ...

No. 14 Penn State’s Adisa Isaac ready for Central Michigan

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Last season was supposed to be a breakout campaign for Adisa Isaac, but Penn State's top defensive end spent it on the sideline with a busted ankle. Now he's back and his coaches and teammates realize the wait was worth it. The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder has upped his ...

Titans, Raiders mired at 0-2, eye each other for 1st victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders are in an NFL group no team ever wants to be mired in: 0-2 and stuck at the bottom of their divisions. If these teams can avoid a tie Sunday in Music City, at least someone will walk away with the first victory of the season ...

Back in the rankings, No. 18 Washington hosts Stanford

SEATTLE (AP) — The first three games of Kalen DeBoer's tenure at Washington were about proving to the Huskies that they had successfully left the trouble from the past couple of seasons behind. Now that the 18th-ranked Huskies have earned some attention, the next step is proving it to the ...

Panthers look to continue to fluster Winston, get first win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are looking for their first takeaway — along with their first win — and history suggests New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston could help them solve both problems on Sunday. Winston has struggled mightily throughout his career versus ...

Former goalie Pekka Rinne rejoins Preds as special adviser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have brought back former goaltender Pekka Rinne in a new role as a special alumni adviser. General manager David Poile announced the move Thursday. Rinne is the only player in franchise history whose number has been retired. Rinne, a native of ...

Henley leads Cougars vs No. 15 Oregon to open Pac-12 play

Through his first three games at Washington State, linebacker Daiyan Henley is proving to be one of the most important transfer portal additions in the country. Much like his team as a whole, Henley gets another big stage to show both he and the Cougars are worthy of even more attention ...

Colts face daunting challenge in rebound attempt vs. Chiefs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts understand the predicament. They're winless after two games and have the NFL's fewest points. They've struggled to protect quarterback Matt Ryan or produce turnovers. And they've lost six of their past eight home openers as Patrick Mahomes and the ...