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East Carolina, Mississippi St move into AP Top 25
East Carolina is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons after breaking a long losing streak against LSU....

Former Titans kicker Bironas killed in car crash
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL's most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36....

Winston returns, Florida State believes it's No. 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is back....

No. 2 Oregon holds off Washington State, 38-31
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Oregon coach Mark Helfrich had one word to describe Marcus Mariota's play against Washington State: "Ridiculous."...

Blake Sims, No. 3 Alabama top Florida 42-21
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Neither Florida's defense nor Alabama's mistakes could contain Blake Sims and Amari Cooper....

Mississippi St. stuns No. 8 LSU, 34-29
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Dak Prescott's dynamism put a dent in the Death Valley mystique and helped Mississippi State end some long, frustrating streaks....

No. 4 Oklahoma beats West Virginia 45-33
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- All that strength work is paying dividends for Oklahoma's bruising Samaje Perine....

Abdullah key in No. 24 Neb's 41-31 win over Miami
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska didn't let a few scuffles with Miami spoil the party at Memorial Stadium and the show Ameer Abdullah put on Saturday night....

Welker's return brings more concussion questions
DENVER (AP) -- Wes Welker's receiving stats over a productive NFL career are impressive. Still, there's another set of numbers associated with him that cannot be ignored: three concussions, nine months....

Sprint car driver killed in Wisconsin
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) -- Sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann was killed in a wreck during practice for a race Saturday night at Beaver Dam Raceway....

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