A couple of weeks ago, it was same old, same old at Arkansas. The Razorbacks couldn’t handle Auburn in the second half of the opening game, when the Tigers’ suspended starting quarterback, Nick Marshall, returned.
Auburn will be without its most experienced defensive back when it takes on Kansas State. Jermaine Whitehead, a senior with 12 tackles and two interceptions in the Tigers’ first two games, did not travel with the team to Manhattan, according to multiple reports.
Whenever Bill Snyder addresses Kansas State fans in a public setting he likes to remind them of a 27-20 victory over Southern California in 2002. The Trojans were ranked 11th at the time, and the Wildcats rode the momentum of that win to an 11-2 record.
Alabama and Florida don’t have a rivalry as much as they do a series. So goes Southeastern Conference football scheduling. But the teams, which meet Saturday in Tuscaloosa (2:30 p.m. on CBS), came to define the early years of the modern SEC.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, whose campaign against college sexual assault has received national attention, questions the Oklahoma coach’s decision to pick up star wide receiver following alleged abusive incident.
The decision was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Florida State interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus Tuesday and shouted a lascivious comment about female anatomy that may have derived from an internet meme.
Missouri impressed in a 38-10 dismantling of Central Florida on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Knights controlled the clock for three quarters with a deliberate game plan, but the Tigers’ strengths — quarterback Maty Mauk’s playmaking and a relentless pass rush — eventually turned the tide permanently.
If there is any positive to be gleaned from a 41-3 loss at Duke, it is this: Kansas was never really expected to win that game. Not before the season. Not when the betting line opened at close to 20 points early in the week.
Missouri moved up two spots Sunday in the Associated Press Top 25 after knocking off Central Florida 38-10 a day earlier at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers, 3-0, leapfrogged Kansas State, 2-0, which had a bye and slipped one spot to No. 20.