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Big 12 says hit on Notre Dame receiver was not targeting

usatoday.com — A Big 12 replay official reviewed a controversial no-call in Texas' victory against Notre Dame and determined it was not targeting, according to the league's supervisor of officials. Texas defensive back DeShon Elliott's helmet-to-helmet collision with Notre Dame's Torii Hunter Jr. left the wide receiver lying motionless in the end zone for several minutes Sunday evening.

Thrilling victory vs. Notre Dame marks 'Texas' U-turn'

12news.com — AUSTIN - The young guys started it. Everyone was celebrating, and there was the head coach. And the next thing anyone knew, Charlie Strong was riding a wave of his players. "I was trying to get away from them," he said later, but unconvincingly, because in the immediate aftermath of Texas 50, Notre Dame 47 in double overtime, Strong celebrated right along with the rest of them.

Thrilling victory vs. Notre Dame marks 'Texas’ U-turn'

usatoday.com — AUSTIN - The young guys started it. Everyone was celebrating, and there was the head coach. And the next thing anyone knew, Charlie Strong was riding a wave of his players. "I was trying to get away from them," he said later, but unconvincingly, because in the immediate aftermath of Texas 50, Notre Dame 47 in double overtime, Strong celebrated right along with the rest of them.

Texas upsets No. 9 Notre Dame in two-overtime thriller

usatoday.com — AUSTIN - Texas surprised No. 9 Notre Dame 50-47 in a double-overtime in a thrilling Sunday night special, filled with big plays, mistakes and strong performances. Longhorns freshman Shane Buechele, the first true freshman to start at QB for the Longhorns since Bobby Layne in 1944, made some rookie mistakes but delivered when it mattered.

Freshman QB Shane Buechele starts for Texas against Notre Dame

usatoday.com — AUSTIN - Texas has hung its hopes, at least for now, on a true freshman quarterback. Shane Buechele started for the Longhorns ahead of senior Tyrone Swoopes. The former five-star recruit from Arlington, Texas, had enrolled last January and went through spring practice, exciting fans with a strong performance in a spring game that was cut short by bad weather.

Schroeder: Alabama's offense a work in progress, defense already looks dominant

usatoday.com — ARLINGTON, Texas - It's easy to look at Alabama's 52-6 victory against what might be a decent USC team and conclude college football's current dynasty will continue to roll. That's not a bad takeaway, really, even though the usual caveat must be applied right here, as everywhere in a wacky opening weekend: "You can win the first game and lose the next 11," Nick Saban said.

Jalen Hurts, No. 1 Alabama roll over No. 17 USC

usatoday.com — ARLINGTON, Texas - Analyzing No. 1 Alabama's resounding 52-6 victory Saturday against No. 17 USC: THE BIG PICTURE: The focus inevitably will be on a true freshman quarterback. And although Jalen Hurts did not start, he clearly was Alabama's quarterback by late in the second quarter.

Alabama starts freshman Blake Barnett in opener vs. USC

usatoday.com — ARLINGTON, Texas - Alabama's new quarterback, at least initially, is the youngest to start for Nick Saban since his arrival. Blake Barnett, a redshirt freshman, got the nod Saturday over fourth-year junior Cooper Bateman. He made his college debut against USC at AT&T Stadium after winning a competition that began last spring with four contestants.

Houston quickly becomes Playoff contender that can't be ignored

12news.com — The hashtag - and if you didn't already know it, it's time - is #HTowntakeover. The Houston football program began using it shortly after Tom Herman arrived. At the time, it referenced the goal of owning their market. But after a 33-23 ambush of Oklahoma, it might signal a whole lot more.

Houston coach's strong words about Playoff possibilities

usatoday.com — Houston coach Tom Herman understands the narrative for his football team, at least until the Cougars play Oklahoma in their 2016 season opener - not to mention what will unfold if they beat the Sooners - is about what might be possible.
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Sep 26, 2016

RT @TheFootballFour: One top 25 team's coach avoided the hot seat Saturday. One former top 25 team's coach is now on it. Latest pod: https://t.co/g1tnmXixUs

Sep 26, 2016

Special Envoy for Football. Make this happen. MT @RLenziCMG: Harbaugh on possibility of bringing Les Miles in as analyst: "Good suggestion."

Sep 26, 2016

I knew things might change when he wrote "Death to the Marrio—oh, I’m getting my crusades mixed up.  https://twitter.com/JonSolomonCBS/status/780429453889527808 

Sep 26, 2016

@p_frey @Marriott Haha. It’s @DanWetzel — who is actually referenced in the AP article I linked.

Sep 26, 2016

Les Miles will coach again soon—but in the interim we need a weekly news conference to get his thoughts as a Special Envoy for Football.


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