UNDATED (AP) — Alabama long-snapper Kneeland Hibbett doesn’t figure to rake in a lot of lucrative endorsements. But what he does earn from name, image and likeness deals he wants to put to good use. Hibbett has pledged to donate a share of what he earns to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. It works with former football players and others who developed traumatic brain injuries from repeated hits to the head. Hibbett’s grandfather may be one of them. Dennis Homan was a receiver on Bear Bryant’s top-ranked 1965 team who went on to play in the NFL.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 20 Florida has failed to throw a touchdown through three games. That makes the Gators just one of three Football Bowl Subdivision teams without a touchdown. It’s the kind of early season passing ineptitude not witnessed from the Southeastern Conference program in more than four decades. Quarterback Anthony Richardson, who was instrumental in upsetting then-No. 7 Utah in the opener, has struggled mightily the last two weeks. The Gators want and need more from him when they play at 11th-ranked Tennessee on Saturday.
UNDATED (AP) — The College Football Playoff is built to expand. While only three games determine a champion, the current postseason format is seven games: Two semifinals, a championship game and four marquee bowls. To convert a four-team playoff into 12 requires four more games and about three more weeks. Expanding for the 2024 and ’25 seasons largely hinges upon whether the already-scheduled semifinals and championship game can be pushed back. The NFL schedule will play a big role, too. College football fans should be prepared to watch playoff games on weeknights.
UNDATED (AP) — Three weeks into the season and there are still more than few teams ranked in The Associated Press college football poll ranked that have a lot to prove. No. 4 Michigan is the prime example. The Wolverines have scored at least 50 in each of their first three games, but those opponents are a combined 0-9 against other FBS teams. But where it is ranked is based more on faith than accomplishments. Reality check rolls through the rankings this week, looking for mystery teams.
UNDATED (AP) — Four running backs rushed for at least 200 yards in the Football Bowl Subdivision over the weekend. Eastern Michigan’s Samson Evans carried 36 times for 259 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State. UNLV’s Aidan Robbins ran for 227 yards and three TDs against North Texas. UAB’s Dewayne McBride had 223 yards and four TDs against Georgia Southern. Minnesota’s Mohammed Ibrahim had 202 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado. Ohio State scored 77 points for the third time since 2016. Georgia has allowed seven points or less in each of its first three games for the first time since 1954.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — College football coaches are notorious for hyping up their opponents with preposterous accolades. Still, it was a bit jarring to hear Kent State’s Sean Lewis sizing up the reigning national champion Georgia Bulldogs. He calls them “the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on a football team.” OK, maybe it was just the desperate ramblings of a coach looking to plant the seeds of complacency in the top-ranked Bulldogs before Saturday’s game. But three games into a new season, Lewis’ assessment doesn’t seem that out of line. Seriously, could this Georgia team be even better than the last one?
UNDATED (AP) — Will Reichard points to the sky every time he makes a kick for Alabama, and he’s made many. The second-ranked Crimson Tide’s kicker is honoring God with the gesture and also his late father, Gary. That includes Reichard’s game-winning kick against Texas last weekend, his first game winner since the third grade when he lifted his Hoover Raiders past Clay-Chalkville. Gary Reichard died of cancer in March 2016. He had spent countless weekend hours coaching his son.
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