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Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 for the second straight season. That is also the ninth time overall, second most in poll history. The Crimson Tide received 54 of 63 first-place votes. Ohio State is No. 2 with six first-place votes. Defending national champion Georgia is third with three first-place votes. Clemson is No. 4 and Notre Dame rounds out the top five. The Tide’s preseason No. 1 ranking is the seventh in 15 years. Since the preseason rankings started in 1950, only Oklahoma has been No. 1 in the initial poll more than Alabama.

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The old-school Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril has died. He was 92. A statement from Carril's family says he died Monday. The statement did not give a cause of death. Carril was a cigar-smoking Hall of Fame coach who led Princeton to 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. His teams gave big-time opponents fits with constant motion, quick passing and backdoor cuts. He coached Princeton for 29 years and won more than 500 games. In 1989, his Tigers nearly knocked off a No. 1 seeded Georgetown team. He later worked as an assistant with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

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The brother of retired NFL cornerback Aqib Talib turned himself in to authorities Monday after being identified by police as the suspect in the shooting death of a coach at a youth football game in Texas. Police in the Dallas-area city of Lancaster say that Yaqub Salik Talib is suspected in the Saturday night shooting that killed Michael Hickmon. Yaqub Talib’s attorney told The Associated Press that his client “regrets the tragic loss of life but self-surrendered this morning so that he may have the chance to say his side of the story.” Yaqub Talib is the brother of Aqib Talib, who announced his retirement in 2020.

With an experienced quarterback in Taulia Tagovailoa and a talented receiving corps, Maryland has built an exciting passing attack that has won its share of games in the Big Ten. Whether the Terrapins can be anything more than an afterthought to the league’s top teams remains to be seen. Maryland is coming off a winning season and a bowl victory, but when the Terps went up against Ohio State and Michigan, they lost 66-17 and 59-18.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is hoping his sixth season with the Nittany Lions is the charm. Clifford is looking to bounce back from an injury-filled 2021 season in which Penn State slogged to a 7-6 mark. Clifford says he spent the offseason “bulletproofing” his body. Clifford says working a second straight season with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has him feeling more confident as well. Penn State opens the season with a visit to Purdue on Sept. 1.

Coach Bret Bielema offered Illinois fans a ray of hope by going 5-7 in a 2021 debut campaign. Getting the Illini to a bowl game is among the next challenges for a team that returns just six starters on each side of the ball.  Bielema tapped former UTSA offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. to take over for Tony Petersen following a dismal passing attack in 2021.  The offense could look much different when Illinois opens the season at home against Wyoming on Aug. 27.

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The University of Texas says Steve Worster, the powerful fullback in a bruising wishbone offense that led the Longhorns to the undisputed national championship in 1969, has died. He was 73. Worster rushed for 2,353 yards and 36 touchdowns from 1968 to 1970. Texas won three Southwest Conference titles with a 30-2-1 record over that span. Worster was a consensus All-American in 1970 and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season. The school said Worster died on Saturday and did not give a cause of death.

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Atlanta and South Florida have been selected to host College Football Playoff national championship games for the second time. The CFP announced that Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, would be the site of the title game scheduled to be played in January 2026, the final game of the current 12-year media rights deal with ESPN. Miami Gardens hosted the 2021 game, following the 2020 pandemic-altered season. Attendance was limited to about 15,000 fans. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Atlanta would host the championship game in 2025. Mercedes-Benz was the site of the 2018 title game.

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LSU quarterback Myles Brennan has decided to end his college football career after five seasons with the Tigers. The 23-year-old Brennan announced his decision Monday. He spent his first three years at LSU as a backup. He was named the starter in 2020. But that season was cut short by an abdominal injury after three starts in which he passed for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brennan then missed all of last season because of a non-football arm injury that occurred at the end of August camp. Brennan was a prized recruit out of St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He graduated from LSU with a degree in sports administration in May 2021.

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Minnesota running back Mo Ibrahim has returned for a sixth season. Quarterback Tanner Morgan, center John Michael Schmitz and wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell have, too. They’ve nicknamed themselves the “Encore Four." These super seniors have been with the Gophers since coach P.J. Fleck arrived in 2017. Ibrahim's decision to come back after a torn Achilles tendon ended his 2021 season was the catalyst for the others to join him. The Gophers will be breaking in plenty of new starters this year on both lines. Minnesota opens the season on Sept. 1 against New Mexico State.

Michigan State is openly talking about winning a national championship. The Spartans lost three starters on defense and six starters on offense, including award-winning running back Kenneth Walker III.  Quarterback Payton Thorne and do-it-all Jayden Reed return to give the team a potent passing game that could open up the running game. The Spartans open at home Sept. 2 against Western Michigan.

Jim Harbaugh’s eighth team is his first at Michigan that is coming off a win over Ohio State. The Wolverines’ new challenge is to beat the Buckeyes on the road for the first time since 2000. The Wolverines went 12-2 last year, finishing No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll. They won the Big Ten title and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time.  The Wolverines are ranked eighth in the preseason AP Top 25. They open at home Sept. 3 against Colorado State.

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It’s make or break for Nebraska coach Scott Frost. Frost has failed to deliver the wins expected when he made his celebrated return to his home state and the school he quarterbacked to a share of a national championship. The Cornhuskers go into the 2022 season mired in their worst stretch of football in over 60 years. Athletic director Trev Alberts announced late in last year’s 3-9 season he would bring Frost back. The 47-year-old coach had to take a $1 million pay cut and fire four offensive assistants. Nebraska opens against Northwestern on Aug. 27 in Dublin, Ireland.

Iowa returns seven starters on a defense that not only was one of the best in the nation at forcing turnovers and also good at turning them into points. Coach Kirk Ferentz says there are some question marks on this year’s defense. Riley Moss is the only returning starter in the secondary. The Hawkeyes went 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten to win the West Division. The Big Ten schedule includes a home game against defending conference champion Michigan and a visit to Ohio State. The opener is Sept. 3 at home against South Dakota State.

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Indiana is looking to rebound from a two-win season in 2021. Jack Tuttle and former Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak are battling for the starting job. Coach Tom Allen is working with a new offensive coordinator and will again make the defensive calls. The opener is at home Sept. 2 against Big Ten foe Illinois.

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Purdue was a Big Ten division contender in 2021. The Boilermakers hope to win their first West Division title this season. First, Purdue must fill the holes of two departing All-Americans — receiver David Bell and defensive end George Karlaftis. Second-team all-conference quarterback Aidan O'Connell is back for his sixth season. Purdue gets an immediate test, facing Penn State at home in the season opener on Sept. 1.

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Clemson defensive end Xavier Thomas will miss up to six weeks with a foot injury suffered at the team's scrimmage Saturday. Defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin says Thomas will need surgery and could be back for the fourth-ranked Tigers before the end of September. Thomas is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound fifth-year senior who was a big contributor to Clemson's stacked defensive line. He started 10 of 12 games he played last season, with 3 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Wisconsin played in five of the first seven Big Ten championship games but has made it to Indianapolis just once in the last four years. The Badgers enter this season a Western Division favorite. Wisconsin needs more consistency on offense as the Badgers replace eight of the top 10 tacklers from a defense that led the nation last season. The season opener is Sept. 3 against Illinois State.

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The pain of Ohio State's loss to Michigan last season remains for the Buckeyes, who can't wait to try to avenge the loss. They have reason to be confident. Second-ranked Ohio State returns Heisman finalist quarterback C.J. Stroud, leading receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and 1,200-yard rusher TreVeyon Henderson. Coach Ryan Day fired every defensive coach except one and hired Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to restructure the unit. The Buckeyes open the season at home Sept. 3 in a nationally televised game against No. 5 Notre Dame.

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The realignment in the major conferences could lead to fewer opportunities in the future for Group of Five teams to play those bigger schools. Cincinnati was the first G5 team to make the College Football Playoff last year when its undefeated regular season included road wins over Notre Dame and Indiana. But the games most G5 and FCS schools play against the Power Five teams are about the paycheck they get to help finance their programs. The SEC and Big Ten are both set to expand to at least 16 teams over the next few seasons. The other Power Five leagues also are going through transitions.

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A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to bribing a Georgetown University tennis coach to get his daughter into the school has been sentenced to about a month in home detention. Prosecutors say Robert Repella, a former pharmaceutical executive, agreed to pay then-Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst at least $120,000 to have his daughter designated as a tennis recruit for the Washington D.C. university. Repella was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation, with home detention through Labor Day. He was also ordered to serve 220 hours of community service and pay a $220,000 fine.

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