MONROE, La. -- Kolton Browning returned from a foot injury to throw for 324 yards and three touchdowns as Louisiana-Monroe defeated North Texas 42-16 Saturday to earn its first winning season as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.
Browning completed 25 of 34 passes for the Warhawks (7-4, 5-2 Sun Belt Conference), whose record is the program's best since going 9-3 in 1993.
Wide receiver Je'Ron Hamm caught seven of Browning's passes for a career-high 119 yards, including fourth-quarter touchdowns of 24 and 61 yards that stretched the lead to 35-10.
Brent Leonard had eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Warhawks, who had lost their previous two games after winning five straight.
The teams combined for 985 yards total offense.
Navigate Research explained that the Big 12's old model -- 12 teams, eight league games, a conference championship -- is best for maximizing the chance of reaching the CFP.
Satellite-camp season opens June 1 after the close of the spring evaluation period, during which time head coaches are not allowed on the road.
Arizona State and UCLA have talent and experience, while some other teams are in a moment of transition.
A former Syracuse football player has been indicted on first-degree assault charges in connection with the stabbings of two former teammates.
Cal and Washington stand out for their strength and depth on the offensive line.
In spite of heightened speculation about potential Big 12 expansion, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he is not receiving phone calls or emails from schools wanting to join the conference.