UNDATED (AP) — A couple of conference games are the only ones matching ranked teams in week two of the college football season. No. 3 Georgia faces what could be its toughest SEC East test when it goes to newly ranked and No. 24 South Carolina. Stanford star Bryce Love tries to get his Heisman campaign revved up against USC, and Kansas coach David Beaty looks to break the Jayhawks’ long road losing streak
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald will be back under center when No. 18 Mississippi State visits Kansas State on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ star quarterback was hurt late last season, then was suspended for the season opener. Kansas State counters with a pair of quarterbacks, Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson, who have experience from last season.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — There seems little debate that Jake Fromm is No. 3 Georgia’s starting quarterback, but questions linger about how much playing time freshman Justin Fields will get. Both played in a season-opening victory over Austin Peay, but the level of competition steps up significantly for this week’s SEC opener at South Carolina. Coach Kirby Smart says there’s “no plan” for how he’ll use his quarterbacks against the Gamecocks, calling it a decision that will be based on the flow of the game.
UNDATED (AP) — College football sidelines across the country are featuring everything from wrestling-style robes to boxing gloves as teams try to mimic the success Miami had last season with its turnover chain. Miami started handing out a gaudy gold chain to players who forced turnovers last year. Now teams are getting more creative in the sideline props they use to reward players.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes has received a three-year contract extension and raise that will enable him to make a total of $21 million over the next six years. Barnes’ original contract paid him $2.25 million annually and was set to expire in April 2021. He now will make an average of $3.5 million per year.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Crimson Tide running back Josh Jacobs proclaimed himself back from an injury-plagued season while wide receiver Jaylen Waddle announced his arrival at Alabama with equal flair. Both managed to stand out even amid a deep crop of more heralded playmakers in the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s opening rout of Louisville. Their performances did not come as a surprise to their teammates.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt credits East Tennessee State’s Randy Sanders for helping his development during their year working together as assistants on Florida State’s 2013 national championship team. Pruitt now has a chance to show him just what he’s learned in the five years since. Tennessee hosts ETSU this week in a matchup of first-year head coaches and former colleagues.