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.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Defensive-minded coach Gary Patterson knew he was going to make changes after TCU's first two seasons in the Big 12 Conference. What a difference they made in year three.
LAWRENCE (AP) - When David Beaty was hired to coach wide receivers at Texas A&M, it was not a popular choice.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 22 points, Fred VanVleet added 18 points and eight assists and No. 11 Wichita State handed Seton Hall its first loss of the season, 77-68 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Now the Big 12 Conference has a real debate to settle after both of its co-champions were left out of the four-team playoff.
Kansas State suffered a letdown the only other time it played in the Alamo Bowl, falling to a Drew Brees-led Purdue on the heels of having its national championship hopes dashed in the Big 12 championship game.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Marcus Foster had 13 points as Kansas State (5-4) defeated Bradley 50-47 on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas forward Jamari Traylor has been suspended for tonight's game at Georgetown after he was arrested over the weekend for interfering with a police officer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.
WACO, Texas (AP) - No. 5 Baylor did what it had to do keep alive its chance for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Bryce Petty and company grabbed a share of a second consecutive Big 12 title.
LAWRENCE (AP) - After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 18 points, and No. 8 Wichita State beat Saint Louis 81-52 on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee played good enough defense at the start of Saturday's game to withstand Kansas State's frantic finish.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Kansas Chiefs have dropped two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the AFC playoff race. The Arizona Cardinals have lost two straight and are clinging to a one-game lead in the NFC West.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Last year, Wayne Selden Jr. might have let a lousy shooting performance in Kansas's previous game affect his confidence in a high-profile matchup with Florida on Friday night.