KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite an upper-body injury and the absence of his favorite target, Hendon Hooker was at his best Saturday night.
The Tennessee quarterback threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 112 yards and a score to lead the No.
Things to watch in Week 4 of the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 20 Florida (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at No.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Steve Spurrier surely would have changed quarterbacks by now. Maybe even a few times.
No. 20 Florida has failed to throw a touchdown through three games, a head-scratching drought for an offense once nicknamed the Fun ‘n’ Gun and the kind of early-season passing ineptitude not witnessed from the Southeastern Conference program in more than four decades.
Three weeks into the season and there are still more than few teams ranked in The Associated Press college football poll that have a lot to prove.
The AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank was pretty much status quo this week after the first 10 teams swept on Saturday, almost untested.
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington emphatically stated its case as a contender in the Pac-12 with a 39-28 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Richardson nearly cost Florida another victory.
He can thank cornerback Tre’Vez Johnson, running back Trevor Etienne and South Florida's late gaffes for getting him off the hook.
Youngstown State (2-0) at No. 9 Kentucky (2-0), Saturday, noon EDT (SEC Network)
Line: No line on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch in Week 3 of the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said that leading rusher Chris Rodriguez Jr. will return from an unspecified absence on Oct. 1 for the No.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Much of the hype surrounding Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson was dashed, or at least diminished, in the Swamp on Saturday night.
No. 20 Kentucky intercepted Richardson twice, including one Keidron Smith returned 65 yards for a touchdown, and the Wildcats toppled the 12th-ranked Gators 26-16 to notch consecutive wins in the series for the first time in 45 years.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After dropping a heartbreaker to Florida in the season opener, Cameron Rising said Utah didn’t want to leave anything to chance against Southern Utah.
“The game plan was just to come out and dominate,” Rising said.
The Utah Utes reserve each Tuesday throughout the season for their longest and most physical practice. It’s a chance to fix things at near game speed — and then turn the page.
The 13th-ranked Utes (0-1) aren't looking back at their 29-26 loss at Florida last weekend, the one that dented their College Football Playoff hopes.
No. 20 Kentucky (1-0) at No. 12 Florida (1-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Florida by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Southern Utah (1-0) at No. 13 Utah (0-1), 1:30 p.m. ET. (Pac-12 Networks)
Line: No early line on FanDuel Sportsbook
Opening weekend in college football is always a chance for teams to show that the expectations for them are warranted or perhaps a bit too optimistic.
Such was the case last weekend, and a predictable jumbling of the AP Top 25 rankings followed.
Things to watch in Week 2 of the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 20 Kentucky visits No. 12 Florida in a matchup of ranked SEC teams. The league opener for both teams matches schools picked to finish second and fourth respectively in the East Division in preseason media poll.
Week 2 is a quick turnaround for college football fans.
With the Labor Day Weekend games going through Monday night, you don't have much time to recoup before it ramps back up.
The five most intriguing games of Week 2, with lines from FanDuel Sportsbook:
Florida entered The Associated Press college football poll with a jolt.
The first regular-season AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank didn't have much turnover Tuesday because only one ranked team lost to an unranked team.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bentlee Sanders intercepted two passes, returned one for a touchdown and forced a fumble in Nevada's 38-14 win over Texas State to earn Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors and take the NCAA lead in interceptions.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Defensive tackle Tyreak Sapp finally got to bed around 4 a.m. following Florida’s season opener.
He woke up a few hours later still reveling in a 29-26 victory against seventh-ranked Utah that set the tone for coach Billy Napier’s tenure and provided validation for a new regime that spent nine months tweaking and tuning nearly every aspect of the program.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — C.J. Stroud threw two touchdown passes and Ohio State’s revamped defense gave its vaunted offense time to find its groove as the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 5 Notre Dame 21-10 on Saturday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standing in the tunnel and waiting to run into the raucous Swamp for the first time, Florida coach Billy Napier turned to an assistant and summed up the moment.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Besean McCray threw for two scores and ran for another and Southern built a 42-0 first-quarter lead before beating NAIA member Florida Memorial 86-0 on Saturday.
Kendric Rhymes and Jerrod Sims mirrored each other in the backfield each gaining 84 yards on 10 carries and two scores apiece for Southern.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No more pregame backflips. No more hotel dances. No more unnecessary hits.
Anthony Richardson is now Florida’s unchallenged – and still unproven — starting quarterback, a budding star who’s already become a popular name found near the top of several 2023 NFL mock drafts.
No. 7 Utah (0-0) at Florida (0-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Utah by 2 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Utah linebacker Mohamoud Diabate knows what awaits in Florida — sweltering heat, stifling humidity and deafening noise.
He experienced everything the Swamp has to offer during his three seasons in Gainesville.
The first big weekend of college football is bursting with storylines and intrigue.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in Atlanta. As nonconference games go, it doesn't get much bigger in the Pac-12 than one of the conference's best teams facing the reigning national champions.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Billy Napier says his wife was “burning me up” over the weekend with questions about Florida’s most daunting season opener in school history.
ATLANTA (AP) — Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, who wears No. 15, has shed the nickname “AR-15” because he doesn’t want to be linked to the semiautomatic rifle used in mass shootings.
Richardson said Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference Media Days he is “just trying to rebrand myself and become a better person.”
ATLANTA (AP) — It's no easy task to live with expectations at the top of the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama's 2021 season has been described as a disappointment even though the Crimson Tide won the SEC title and played in the national championship game.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is paying each of coach Billy Napier's three coordinators $1 million annually.
Offense coordinator Rob Sale and co-defensive coordinators Sean Spencer and Patrick Toney will make seven-figure salaries, according to contracts the Gators shared Friday.
Tim Tebow, who led Florida to two national championships and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy, is among the former players making a first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
The National Football Foundation announced on Monday the players and coaches eligible for election into the Hall of Fame, and 11 of the 80 FBS players are debuting on the ballot.
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference's slogan, “It just means more,” could soon refer to the number of football games the league schedules.
SEC coaches and athletic directors have been meeting this week at a resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Emory Jones is leaving Florida after just two days of spring practice.
Jones announced Saturday he is entering the NCAA transfer portal, an about-face for a fifth-year senior who said earlier this week he wanted to give new coach Billy Napier and his staff a chance.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins has hired former Florida assistant David Turner as assistant head coach for defense.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hired New York Giants offensive line coach Rob Sale to a similar position Tuesday, leaving new Gators coach Billy Napier with just two staff spots remaining to fill.
A mere 37 days after they last played, Alabama faces Georgia again with a national championship on the line.
History shows how tough it is to win again in the rematch.
Nick Saban knows that first-hand — from the losing side.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michigan defensive back Dax Hill started against No. 3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl.
Hill’s status was uncertain after he did not join the second-ranked Wolverines in South Florida until Thursday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban had a message for his players ahead of their week in Texas preparing for the College Football Playoff.
“You’re not going to remember what you did on Tuesday night in Dallas three months from now, three weeks from now or three years from now," Saban said.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin received a three-year contract extension that nearly doubled his salary and made him one of the highest-paid administrators in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Bowser ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns, Ryan O’Keefe had 85 yards on seven receptions, and Central Florida earned Sunshine State bragging rights by beating Florida 29-17 in the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — UCF’s long wait for another shot at Florida is over.
The neighboring programs haven’t faced each other on the football field since Florida won 42-0 during its 2006 national championship season.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gasparilla Bowl: Central Florida (8-4) against Florida (6-6), Dec. 23, 7:00 p.m. Eastern (ESPN).
Line: Florida by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette senior quarterback Levi Lewis turned in one last memorable performance to help new Ragin' Cajuns head coach Michael Desormeaux get off to a winning start.
Lewis passed for 270 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 74 yards, and No.
Through all the changes to the college sports landscape with money-making opportunities for athletes and open transfers, one thing remains the same.
A bunch of Southeastern Conference schools along with venerable programs like Ohio State and Texas are at or near the top of the national recruiting rankings.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end Zach Carter is opting out of the team’s bowl game to begin preparing for the NFL draft.
Carter made his announcement on social media Friday, thanking coaches from two regimes, fans, teammates and relatives.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Veteran defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is leaving LSU for Florida, a big-time coup for new coach Billy Napier.
Napier officially announced Raymond as the team's cornerbacks coach and assistant head coach for the defense Thursday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Billy Napier's staff is starting to take shape.
Napier hired four assistants who spent the last four years with him at Louisiana-Lafayette, including Patrick Toney as the team's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach and Mark Hocke as the team's associate head coach and director of strength and conditioning.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Billy Napier had heard the expression countless times before, mostly while playing poker in his youth.
“Scared money don’t make money.”
Napier never expected it to become his catchphrase, one that would follow him from Lafayette, Louisiana, to Gainesville.