LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jason Bean threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns in place of injured star Jalon Daniels as Kansas overcame a slow start to beat Missouri State 48-17 on Friday night. Devin Neal had touchdowns on the ground and through the air while Dylan McDuffie and Daniel Hishaw also reached the end zone for the Jayhawks. The Bears made it tough on Kansas much of the way, leading 10-7 early and closing within 27-17 in the fourth quarter. But the Jayhawks took advantage of two picks over the final 15 minutes to put the game away. Jacob Clark threw for 143 yards and a touchdown for the Bears.
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has voted to add Stanford, California and SMU next year. The move provides a landing spot for two more schools from the disintegrating Pac-12 and creates a fourth super conference in major college sports. The additions make the ACC the latest power conference to expand its membership and footprint westward. Starting in August 2024, the ACC will increase its number of football schools to 17 and 18 in most other sports. The Pac-12 will be left with just two members, Oregon State and Washington State.
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UNDATED (AP) — The Power Five has been whittled down to a Super Four in college sports. The Pac-12 was the victim. Beyond dollars moving from one bank account to another it’s hard to see the overall benefits, but the most destructive round of conference realignment at the highest levels of college sports appears to be over — at least for the near future. The ACC now joins the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC as the super conferences of college sports, all with at least 16 members by August 2024.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Quinn Ewers ditched the fried and fast food from his diet and shed about about 20 pounds. The once-flowing mullet hairstyle was shorn months ago. Still there is the mesmerizing arm talent with its effortless release. Now it’s time for leaner, cleaner and lighter Texas quarterback to deliver on the promise that he can be one of the best in the country, and deliver the Longhorns back to the top of the Big 12. Ewers and No. 11 Texas open the season Saturday at home against Rice in a long but lopsided rivalry the Longhorns have dominated.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — No. 7 Penn State starts a new era with quarterback Drew Allar with high expectations after returning many stars from last season’s Rose Bowl winning team that went 11-2. Coach James Franklin believes the strong-armed sophomore is ready to take over what could be one of the more explosive offenses in the country. No. 7 Penn State hosts West Virginia in the season opener for both teams on Saturday. The Mountaineers are hopeful for a better season after missing out on a bowl game and finishing ninth in the Big 12’s 10-team configuration last season.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Colorado is about to find out if it is ready for prime time with new coach Deion Sanders after nearly nine months of extreme hype. There has also been an unprecedented roster overhaul for the Buffaloes. They will have 87 new players and only three returning starters when they play their season opener Saturday at 17th-ranked TCU, last season’s national runner-up. The Frogs were 13-2 last season, which began with a 38-13 win at Colorado. They had an undefeated regular season, but now play for the first time since a lopsided loss to Georgia in the national championship game.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma opens its final season as a Big 12 member before leaving for the Southeastern Conference when it hosts Arkansas State. The Sooners seek a strong start after finishing 6-7 last season under first-year coach Brent Venables. Oklahoma needs to make its biggest jump on defense. The Sooners ranked towards the bottom of the nation in points and yards allowed per game. Arkansas State is coming off a 3-9 season under Butch Jones.
UNDATED (AP) — Houston and UTSA open the season against each other for a second straight year after Houston escaped with a 37-35 triple overtime win last season. Both teams moved to new conferences this year. The Cougars went from the American Athletic Conference to the Big 12 and the Roadrunners moved to the American from Conference USA. Donovan Smith, a Texas Tech transfer, will make his debut at quarterback for Houston. UTSA QB Frank Harris returns after throwing for a career-high 4,063 yards with 32 touchdowns last season.
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