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Watch: (4) Baylor at SMU on ESPN

Baylor has 11 straight wins against SMU. History doesn't favor SMU snapping the Bears' streak. The last time SMU beat a team ranked in the top five of the AP poll was in 1980 when the Mustangs defeated No. 2 Texas. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Watch: (5) MSU vs. W. Michigan

Michigan State has won nine straight series meetings, and it has won at least 11 games in four of the last five seasons -- will the Spartans get their first of 2015-16 tonight? Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

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Baylor turns to QB Seth Russell

Russell replaced Bryce Petty as Baylor’s quarterback. He saw action in eight games last year, compiling an impressive 81.3 QBR with eight TDs and only one interception. Is he starting the season on the right foot? Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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A bobbling football? No problem

Lenoir-Rhyne University DB Cliff Barrett intercepted a pass ... while falling down ... while the ball was twirling end over end. Someone check his gloves for duct tape.



15 minutes until kickoff. The Bears are ready to #SicSMU.

Player delivers Jadeveon Clowney-like hit

Montana State LB Mac Bignell decleats a Fort Lewis running back with a vicious hit in the second quarter.


Nick Arbuckle's sweet pass to Bateman

Georgia State QB Nick Arbuckle threw it 24 yards to Taz Bateman in the end zone to cut into Charlotte's lead 23-13.


Bobby Baker recovers another turnover

Charlotte QB Matt Johnson fumbled the ball, and Georgia State's Bobby Baker -- who already had two picks -- recovered it late in the third quarter. The 49ers lead 23-13 in the fourth quarter on ESPNU.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Suspended Baylor star defensive end Shawn Oakman dancing and cheering on his teammates during stretching. Oakman out tonight for team rules violation, will make his season debut next week against Lamar.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

One newcomer to keep an eye on for Baylor's season opener against SMU: QB Jarrett Stidham. The true freshman was impressive enough in fall camp that Baylor coaches gave him the No. 2 job and moved fellow backup Chris Johnson to receiver. That means Stidham, ESPN's No. 37 overall ranked recruit for 2015, will get lots of second-half snaps in Baylor's blowout victories. Tonight's game could be the first of many.

From The Mag: Eric LeGrand still believes

Five years after a hit left him paralyzed, the former Rutgers standout says his lifelong love of football still sustains him: "Football made me who I am. I don't miss practice, I'll tell you that. But playing the game of football -- oh, I'd do anything to go back to it." His daily grind

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Fun tailgating scene along The Boulevard here at SMU. Both fan bases represented for season opener. Still pretty hot but should cool down after first quarter.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Who takes over for suspended Baylor DE Shawn Oakman tonight against SMU? Expect to see K.J. Smith, who should have no trouble making the start on short notice. Smith started eight games last season for the Bears after Jamal Palmer's season-ending ACL tear and racked up five sacks and 10 TFLs as a redshirt freshman. The other late addition to Baylor's lineup, safety Taion Sells, is making his first career start in place of suspended junior Orion Stewart.

30-yard strike sets up field goal for 49ers

UNCC extended their lead with a short field goal to make it 23-6 midway through the third quarter. The drive got a big spark from this beautiful 30-yard pass from Matt Johnson to Workpeh Kofa.


Charlotte turnover leads to field goal

QB Matt Johnson has a pass intercepted by Bobby Baker, which led to a field goal from Georgia State, making it 20-6 early in the third quarter on ESPNU.


Elijah Holyfield's unique announcement

Evander Holyfield was "The Real Deal" ... and so was his son's verbal commitment to play football at the University of Georgia on Friday. Bring on the puppies

Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

It's a cool 97 degrees on Mockingbird Ave. kickoff between Baylor-SMU in 90 minutes. Chad Morris begins his attempt to build in Dallas what Art Briles has built in Waco.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State coach Todd Graham, discussing playing quality non-conference games and its effect on a team's College Football Playoff chances said "I'd love more weight to be put on being a conference champion." If the playoff expands, Graham said he would favor an automatic bid for conference champions.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State coach Todd Graham said "top to bottom, we have the best offensive line we've had." Graham did note it was "hard to simulate" in practice how good Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is. The battle between the Aggies' DEs vs. Arizona State's tackles will be a key matchup to watch on Saturday night.

Scout's Take: Elijah Holyfield

Holyfield should fit well within a Georgia offensive system that is not afraid to ride running backs -- like Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, writes Tom Luginbill. Well-rounded (Insider)

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Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

"I am disappointed because I know we can do better but with a win I am always satisfied." -- TCU QB Trevone Boykin on the Horned Frogs 23-17 win over Minnesota

49ers in control at halftime vs. Panthers

Charlotte took a commanding 20-3 lead into halftime against Georgia State, thanks in part to this rainbow touchdown from Matt Johnson to Austin Duke for a 63-yard touchdown.


Charlotte explodes for long touchdown

Charlotte officially busted this one open when QB Matt Johnson found Austin Duke for a 63-yard bomb and a touchdown to extend their lead, making it 20-3 before half.


Georgia State gets on the board with FG

Georgia State's drive came up short, but it did manage to cut into Charlotte's lead and make it 13-3 with just a little time left before half.