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(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.

"We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Now I think we can relax and go play football."

Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around. 

The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State's P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.

 

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Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.

That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.

The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn't get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.

"I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game," said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. "We dug a hole early, and you can't do that against a team like Michigan State. They've got a team that's going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that."

The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. 

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Ohio State’s Miller Re-Injures Shoulder

Ohio State’s Miller Re-Injures Shoulder

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ohio State football fans had cause to be excited about the upcoming 2014 season. That excitement has been put on hold after it was revealed quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right shoulder during practice Monday.

According to a source, Miller sustained a non-contact injury and was helped off the field by medical staff. Earlier in the day, the senior declared himself 100 percent cleared to play. Miller underwent offseason shoulder surgery, a minor procedure, in February and was slowly being eased back into football.

The Buckeyes were picked fifth in the preseason AP poll, while Miller was projected to be a Heisman trophy finalist. In his last full season in MLB, Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 12 more.

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Defending Champion Florida State Tops the Preseason Poll

Defending Champion Florida State Tops the Preseason Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since 1999, the Florida State Seminoles will begin the season number one in the  Associated Press preseason college football poll.

Florida State received 57 out of a possible 60 first-place votes. Alabama came in at No. 2, No.3 Oregon, No. 4 Oklahoma, and Ohio State came in at No. 5.

The defending national champions will be led by sophomore quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. As a redshirt freshman Winston led the team to a 14-0 season capped off by their BCS championship over Auburn.

The Bowl Championship Series has now been replaced by a playoff system. A selection committee will pick the the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.

Rounding out the top ten was Auburn at No. 6, UCLA at No. 7, Michigan State at No. 8, South Carolina at No. 9, and Baylor at No. 10.

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Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The University of Notre Dame is investigating four football players for allegedly violating the university's honor code by receiving improper help on classwork.

ESPN is reporting the two players are wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and linebacker Kendall Moore were among the players involved, along with some non-student-athletes.

"Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame," Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, said in a statement posted on the school's website. "If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do.

"We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating."

Williams and Moore are seniors this season, Daniels and Russell are juniors. Notre Dame are ranked 17th in the USA Today/Coach's poll.

The university have also come out and said that they will vacate any wins as a result of the investigation, if necessary.

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Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- After missing all off last season due to suspension, Everett Golson is Notre Dame's starting quarterback once again.Golson, who in 2012 led the Fighting Irish to the BCS national title game, beat out redshirt freshman Malik Zaire to reclaim the job. The decision was announced Wednesday by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly."Generally when you look at making that decision, I'm using from January through right now as the basis of that decision, so winter workouts, how he handled himself with the team, our workouts, his spring practice and then his leadership in the summer and in camp here," Kelly said. "I think he's put himself in a position to get that opportunity to be our starter against Rice."Golson, 21, was suspended for the 2013 season for what he called "poor academic judgement."In 2012, the 6-foot, 200-pound Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 298 yards and six touchdowns. Golson and Notre Dame start their season August 30 at home versus Rice.

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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men's basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics' governing body was in violation of the nation's antitrust laws. 

"The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools," Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA's defense "do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means".

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There's a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.

Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron's dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.

A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring. 

Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.

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Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

BananaStock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Nate Craig, the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 6 player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, verbally committed to play football for the University of Auburn on Monday night.

Craig chose the Tigers over USC, Ohio State, and Alabama.

"I just thought Auburn was the best fit for me," Craig said. "I got to go up there this weekend and spend some time with coach [Dameyune] Craig and coach [Gus] Malzahn and that just sealed the deal for me."

"I was at Alabama for the whole week, but just building a relationship with the Auburn coaches and coach Craig was a big impact on my recruitment and did a great job. With coach Malzahn I got to spend some time with him and then I sat down with my mom and decided to make a decision," he continued.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Craig caught 37 passes for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for Tampa Catholic High School this past season. 

Auburn now has three commits for the class of 2016.

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First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.

Bowlsby said Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the field during Kansas' home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.

The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, "she is just a darned good official."

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Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- During his annual state of the league address at the Big 12 media day, commissioner Bob Bowlsby proclaimed Monday that "cheating pays" in intercollegiate athletics.

"Enforcement is broken. The infractions committee hasn't had a hearing in almost a year," said Bowlsby. "It's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions."

Bowlsby continued by saying he does not believe cheating is a widespread epidemic, but that he fears for the future of the NCAA and its student-athletes.

"We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits," explained the commissioner. "I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated."

While slamming college sports' governing body, Bowlsby did come to the defense of the collegiate model, saying that he was against the unionization of student-athletes.

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Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.

The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.

The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.

"Arguably, they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "If the recruiting services are correct, and they're pretty much correct."

Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.

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Jameis Winston Wants to Play Two More Years at Florida State

Jameis Winston Wants to Play Two More Years at Florida StateGrant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) --  NFL teams eying Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for the 2015 draft may have to wait another year. Head coach Jimbo Fisher claimed earlier this year that the Heisman Trophy winner might p...

Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting Class

Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting ClassStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) --  The University of Alabama had yet another successful signing day.  Head coach Nick Saban and his staff received letter of intent from 19 players on Wednesday.  If you include the eight ea...

QB Max Wittek to Transfer from USC

QB Max Wittek to Transfer from USCiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) --  USC quarterback Max Wittek has informed the team's coaching staff that he will transfer after the end of the spring semester. Wittek told the Los Angeles Times that he intends to skip spring practice, gradua...

Record Underclassmen Enter NFL Draft

Record Underclassmen Enter NFL DraftDoug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A record 98 underclassmen have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May. The NFL released the list of early entrants on Sunday, which include Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina ...

Vanderbilt Introduces New Head Football Coach Derek Mason

Vanderbilt Introduces New Head Football Coach Derek MasonBanana Stock/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Vanderbilt has been an up-and-coming program in recent years with James Franklin as the team's head football coach. With Franklin now at Penn State, the program has turned to Derek Mason to keep their mome...

Clemson Rewards Head Coach Dabo Swinney with Contract Extension

Clemson Rewards Head Coach Dabo Swinney with Contract ExtensionStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Coming off an 11-2 season and an Orange Bowl win over Ohio State, Clemson has rewarded head football coach Dabo Swinney with an eight-year contract extension. Swinney's new deal is worth $27.15 million, and will...

Malzahn Receives Bear Bryant Award

Malzahn Receives Bear Bryant AwardKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- When people in Alabama talk about Paul "Bear" Bryant they are almost certainly referring to the University on Alabama. Well, fans of the Crimson Tide will have to live with the head coach of their biggest rival bei...

LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill to Enter the NFL Draft

LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill to Enter the NFL DraftRonald Martinez/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) --  LSU running back Jeremy Hill announced Monday that will enter the 2014 NFL draft and not return for his junior season. "I am a Tiger for life. I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, c...

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