AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has lost its second center of the season with Tate Johnson slated for surgery on his left elbow.
Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said Monday that Johnson is scheduled for surgery on the elbow Thursday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but could be out for the season.
Not quite, Kansas.
A 4-0 start put the Jayhawks atop the others receiving votes pile Sunday in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank, 41 points behind No.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 25, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Tennessee and North Carolina State broke into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, and Florida State is back in the rankings for the first time in four years.
Michigan State blew up the market for college football coaches last season by giving Mel Tucker a massive 10-year contract as the Spartans charged out to a 9-1 start in his second campaign.
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Justin Miller completed 29 of 37 passes for 352 and two touchdowns, Elijah Burns and Bobby Cole each ran for a TD and Southern Utah beat Utah Tech 31-17 Saturday night.
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Alcorn State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 38-21 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference opener Saturday night.
The Braves (2-2) trailed the Golden Lions (2-2) by four points at halftime, took a 24-21 lead with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and closed out the win with a 14-0 fourth-quarter run.
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Ethan Long threw two touchdowns passes, Rovaughn Banks Jr. and Jermiah Dobbins each had more than 100 yards rushing and Abilene Christian cruised to a 34-7 victory over Division II-member Western New Mexico on Saturday night.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — D’Angelo Durham and Deonta McMahon each had more than 100 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead McNeese to its first win of the season, a 32-17 victory over Division II-member Mississippi College on Saturday night.
NACODOCHES, Texas (AP) — Trae Self threw four touchdown passes and four Stephen F. Austin quarterbacks combined to throw for eight scores as the Lumberjacks routed NAIA-Member Warner, shutting out the Royals 98-0 on Saturday night.
COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — Zadock Dinkelmann threw three touchdown passes to Andrew Armstrong and Texas A&M-Commerce staked NAIA-member North American University to a 3-0 lead before scoring 63 unanswered points for a 63-3 non-conference win on Saturday night.
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Layne Hatcher threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns and Texas State controlled from the outset in a 34-0 win over Houston Christian on Saturday.
Previously named Houston Baptist University, the school announced the name change to Houston Christian University on Wednesday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite an upper-body injury and the absence of his favorite target, Hendon Hooker was at his best Saturday night.
The Tennessee quarterback threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 112 yards and a score to lead the No.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Fred Payton threw three touchdown passes and Mercer rolled to a 45-14 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.
Payton was 15-of-23 passing for 187 yards. He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Devron Harper and one to Drake Starks.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Bryant passed for 314 of his 354 yards in the first half with a career-high four touchdowns, and Tyler Scott had career-highs with 185 receiving yards and three TDs, as Cincinnati defeated Indiana 45-24 on Saturday.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Nolan Henderson completed 30 of 43 passes for 296 yards and five touchdowns — three to Thyrick Pitts — to help Delaware beat Hampton 35-3 Saturday night.
Henderson connected with Pitts on touchdowns of 15 and 8 yards to give Delaware (4-0, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tazon Conley threw for a touchdown and ran for two scores and Prairie View A&M never never trailed as it beat Alabama St. 25-15 on Saturday.
Conley finished 14-for-19 passing for 180 yards with the touchdown and an interception.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Davius Richard threw three touchdown passes, Chris Mosley had a 58-yard touchdown run and North Carolina Central defeated Virginia Lynchburg 59-14 on Saturday.
Richard completed 12 of 17 passes for 148 yards and was intercepted twice.
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Dom Shoffner threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores, Kendi Young had 160 yards rushing and a TD on just eight carries and Eastern Illinois beat Murray State 35-21 Saturday night.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gevani McCoy completed 18 of 20 passes for 184 yards with a touchdown, Roshaun Johnson rushed for two scores and Idaho beat Northern Arizona 27-10 on Saturday.
Idaho (2-2) held NAU to just 15 first downs and 184 yards and the Vandals had the ball on offense for 41-plus minutes.
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Zion Webb passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to help Jacksonville State beat Nicholls 52-21 Saturday night.
Webb completed 9 of 11 passes for 252 yards — including TD passes of 76 yards to Sean Brown and 70 yards to Sterling Galban — and added seven carries for 79 yards.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Theo Day threw three touchdowns passes to lead Northern Iowa to its first win of the season, a 52-17 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cade Sexauer threw for three touchdowns, Gabriel Abel had 104 yards on the ground and St. Thomas-Minnesota defeated Lincoln University of California 43-6 on Saturday.
The Tommies got scoring help from their defense and special teams as Luke Herzog recorded a safety and Ty Barron scored on a 30-yard punt return.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Nic Baker threw four touchdown passes to lead Southern Illinois to a 34-17 win over North Dakota on Saturday as the Salukis showed no letdown after knocking off Northwestern a week earlier.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Cornerback Darnell Deas scored two touchdowns, Que’shaun Byrd had 162 yards rushing, and Bethune-Cookman defeated Grambling 36-19 in SWAC opener on Saturday.
After Grambling tied the score at 7 in the first quarter, Bethune-Cookman's Jimmie Robinson fielded the kickoff inside the 5-yard line and pitched to Deas who took it up the sideline for a 97-yard score.
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Jacob Saylors scored three touchdowns, East Tennessee State rolled up 297 yards on the ground and the Buccaneers routed Robert Morris 45-3 on Saturday.
The Buccaneers (2-2) scored 42 points in the first half and piled up 307 total yards, 451 for the game.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Shedeur Sanders threw four touchdown passes and Jackson State rolled to a 49-7 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.
Sanders completed 40 of 51 passes for 438 yards with a touchdown pass to four different receivers.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Reece Udinski threw a career-high five touchdown passes and Richmond opened its Colonial Athletic Association schedule with a 51-7 rout of Stony Brook on Saturday.
Udinski was 35-of-42 passing for 357 yards with a pair of scoring throws to Leroy Henley and one each to Jasiah Williams, Savon Smith and Connor Deveney.
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Hunter Luepke rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns and top-ranked North Dakota State rallied in the second half to beat South Dakota 34-17 on Saturday.
Luepke, with 20 carries, had a pair of short TD runs in the second half when the Bison outscored the Coyotes 24-0 to erase a first-half deficit.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Bowling Green coach Scot Loeffler will miss Saturday's game at Mississippi State because of “a personal health matter,” the school said Friday.
The school gave no details about Loeffler's condition, but did say he was expected to return to the sideline for the Falcons' next game against Akron on Oct.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Mudra, who won better than 70% of his games and two national championships in a career spanning the 1950s through the 1980s, has died.
BOSTON (AP) — All that talk about how the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference are making the rest of college football irrelevant?
Well, the Atlantic Coast Conference would like a word.
Winner of two national championships in the past six years — the only league other than the SEC to claim even one — the ACC is off to its best start in nonconference games in at least two decades.
If you want to break through at the top level of college football, it's essential to have skilled players, an established culture and time to get both.
Still, year after year, fans, boosters and administrators expect their team to celebrate a title, no matter how young the program is — even in the rugged Southeastern Conference.
After three weeks, there are 33 unbeaten teams left in major college football and eight of them are playing against each other Saturday.
There is a Pac-12 showdown, with No. 7 Southern California visiting Oregon State.
A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with felony battery after a fight outside a college football game in which he was accused of biting a man’s nose.
Doug Ramsey was also charged with making a terroristic threat after the attack Saturday in a parking garage outside a University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville.
The College Football Playoff is built to expand.
While only three games determine a champion, the current format is seven games: Two semifinals, a title game and four marquee bowls. To convert a four-team playoff into a 12-team version requires four more games and about three more weeks.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — College football coaches are notorious for hyping up their opponents with preposterous accolades.
Still, it was a bit jarring to hear Kent State's Sean Lewis sizing up the reigning national champion Georgia Bulldogs.
Three weeks into the season and there are still more than few teams ranked in The Associated Press college football poll that have a lot to prove.
The AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank was pretty much status quo this week after the first 10 teams swept on Saturday, almost untested.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sep. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories.
A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged.
Being a good, but definitely not great, quarterback can be a rough ride in college football.
Good enough to start and be successful, but not good enough to satisfy fans that see only a ceiling they wish was higher.
HONOLULU (AP) — Dedrick Parson ran for two first-half touchdowns, Penei Pavihi returned and interception 50 yards for a touchdown and Hawaii beat Duquesne 24-14 Saturday night.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Miles Hastings threw three touchdown passes, Trent Tompkins ran for two TDs and Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. broke UC Davis' all-time rushing record as the Aggies beat San Diego 43-13 Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak that dated to last season.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Hiers threw four touchdown passes, the last a go-ahead score with 25 seconds remaining, and Samford defeated Tennessee Tech 33-28 on Saturday.
Hiers hit Chandler Smith on a 26-yard scoring play to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Aaron Allen capped a 21-point second quarter with an 89-yard scoring strike to Monterio Hunt and Alcorn State turned back McNeese 30-19 on Saturday night.
Niko Duffey and Jarveon Howard added touchdown runs in the second period as Alcorn State (1-2) took a 21-3 lead into halftime.
HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Cephus Johnson III threw two touchdown passes and Carlos Washington Jr. scored two of Southeastern Louisiana's six rushing touchdowns as the Lions beat Central Connecticut 70-6 Saturday night.
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Patrick Shegog threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Division II-member Delta State to a 28-17 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.
The Statesmen also scored on four Nick Herber red-zone field goals and a safety.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Saturday's Oklahoma-Nebraska game was scheduled 10 years ago, the intention was to celebrate what once was among college football’s greatest rivalries.
It turned out to be further confirmation the Cornhuskers are just a shell of the program that decades ago battled the Sooners for conference titles year in and year out.