MANHATTAN - There was a period during the late 1990s, back in Bill Snyder's first tenure at Kansas State, when the Wildcats annually fielded one of the best defenses in the country.
Cam Newton is enough reason to tune into any NFL game. That Newton and Carolina come off an upset of New Orleans and now face the inconsistent defending Super Bowl champions on Thursday night on the NFL Network makes Giants-Panthers even more intriguing.
Raised stakes and contempt bred by familiarity. Conference play is different, and at this point it becomes the focus of the college football season.
NEW YORK (AP) - With the eye of an art history major, Steve Sabol filmed the NFL as a ballet and blockbuster movie all in one.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The running game has disappeared. Matt Cassel looks completely lost. The defense has struggled to stop anybody, and even the special teams are looking anything but special.
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STANFORD, Calif. - David Shaw came home late Saturday night and his wife, Kori, already wanted to watch the television replay of his Stanford team's 21-14 upset over Southern California.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alabama and LSU are back atop The Associated Press college football poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season.
NORMAN, Okla. - It's time for No. 6 Oklahoma to be put to the test.
The Big 12's big bore is about to finally come to an end.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Coach Chan Gailey had a pretty good idea of C.J. Spiller's potential when the Buffalo Bills selected the running back with the ninth pick in the 2010 draft.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - David Akers' mouth fell open and his eyes popped as he threw his arms into the air in both celebration and disbelief. Somehow, a field goal from 63 yards out had gone in - after bouncing off the crossbar.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning came up with a near-record performance in throwing for 510 yards, and Andre Brown scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left to lift the New York Giants to a wild 41-34 victory Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
STANFORD, Calif. - Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still had every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California.
MANHATTAN - Bill Snyder saw it coming all week in practice.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith took the snap in the shotgun, looked quickly to his left and flicked the ball to tight end Travis Kelce, who was pushed out of bounds after a gain of nearly 10 yards.
A few things to watch during Week 15, when the Big 12 finishes its regular season with two games that have title implications while the other four power conferences play championship games:
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After weathering a late comeback by Wichita State, the Utah Utes recovered just in time to earn their biggest win in 15 years - against a team that's not accustomed to losing.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.