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Darnold, Barkley lead All-America team

(AP Photo/Doug Benc, File)

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put on a show at the Rose Bowl last season and established themselves as two of the biggest stars in college football coming into 2017.

The two Heisman Trophy contenders highlight the first preseason All-America team in the history of The Associated Press.

Darnold passed for 453 yards and five touchdowns in USC's 52-49 victory over the Nittany Lions. The sophomore comes into this season leading No. 4 USC on a nine-game winning streak.


No. 18 Miami picks Rosier as starting QB

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Malik Rosier's only previous start for Miami was out of necessity.

This time, he earned the job.


NC State dismisses 2 players, suspends 3

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren has dismissed two players from the team and suspended three others for violating athletics department and team rules pertaining to marijuana and alcohol.

The team announced the dismissals and suspensions Tuesday. The school issued a separate release saying the violations were discovered amid an ongoing investigation by university police into allegations of sexual assault during a campus party last month.


Pitt tabs USC transfer Browne as top QB

PITTSBURGH (AP) Max Browne's cross-country gamble paid off.

The former Southern Cal quarterback will be the starter when Pittsburgh opens the 2017 season against Youngstown State on Sept. 2, earning the job over Ben Dinucci following a battle through spring drills and training camp.


Minshew beats out Sirk for ECU QB job

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Gardner Minshew will begin the season as East Carolina's starting quarterback after beating out Duke transfer Thomas Sirk.

Coach Scottie Montgomery announced the decision following practice Tuesday.


Wisconsin, UCLA set series for 2029, '30

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin and UCLA have scheduled a home-and-home series with games in 2029 and 2030.

The two teams will meet at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 15, 2029. UCLA will visit Wisconsin on Sept. 7, 2030.


Iowa suspends starting CB for opener

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa will open the season against talented Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen without one of its starting cornerbacks.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday that sophomore Manny Rugamba will be suspended for the Sept. 2 home game against the Cowboys because of an offseason violation of team policy. Rugamba is one of two new starting cornerbacks this season for Iowa (8-5 in 2016), which lost Desmond King and Greg Mabin to the NFL.


Shaw: Team effort to replace McCaffrey

Two big questions for Stanford this college football season were answered not long after coach David Shaw arrived Down Under.

And he did it with a most appropriate, Australian-style response: No worries.


Army-Navy play 4 in Philly from 2018-22

With a chance to try something different, Army and Navy instead chose to stick with tradition.

The annual Army-Navy football game will be played in Philadelphia four times from 2018-2022, returning to its most frequent host city.


Alabama clear AP No. 1 ahead of OSU, FSU

No need to overthink it: Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25.

The Crimson Tide became the first program in 12 years to take the top spot in The Associated Press preseason media poll two straight years, and will start the season ranked in the top five for the ninth consecutive time.

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