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AP TOP 25
The preseason AP Top 25 poll will move Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m.
FBC--TOP 25-WHAT TO WATCH
NEW YORK - A look at the top stories to watch for in the teams ranked in the AP's preseason Top 25 poll. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Last year was one long learning experience for Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg on how to deal with disappointment. He lost the coach who recruited him, played behind an offensive line that could not protect him and spent much of the season futilely trying to fix things he could not even control. The former five-star recruit enters what could be his last season in Happy Valley knowing he has grown from the adversity, and hoping the worst is behind him. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. MOVED: 800 words, photos, on Monday, Aug. 10.
OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan cycled through a handful of plays in about a minute, checking his receivers, deciphering defensive coverages and making split-second reads based on actions after the snap. Then, he took off his headset. Getting a few ''mental reps'' has never been easier at Ole Miss: The program is one of a growing number in the NCAA and NFL dabbling in virtual reality technology to help supplement work on the field. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video on Monday, Aug. 17.
TUCSON, Ariz. - Football teams have come to rely on bye weeks to recharge, recover from injuries or get ready for a rivalry game. With a reduction in dates to schedule games, the opportunities to for byes have become far fewer, forcing some teams to play 12 straight weeks to start the season. By College Football Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words by Wednesday, Aug. 19.
FBC-HARBAUGH TAKES OVER
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It felt at times like Jim Harbaugh's every move was being monitored this offseason, such is the level of excitement and anticipation surrounding his arrival at Michigan. Now Harbaugh will finally begin coaching the Wolverines in some actual games - but no matter how this first season in Ann Arbor goes, the quirky, khaki-wearing coach has unified a fractured Michigan fan base. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by Thursday, Aug. 20.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Urban Meyer's team was the defending national champion, a loaded squad that was everybody's preseason No. 1. The 2009 Florida Gators should have been a pleasure to coach. The Tim Tebow-led squad that only lost once, but for Meyer that season was a mental and physical grind that helped drive him away from coaching. Now Meyer is facing a similar challenge. His Buckeyes are defending champs and favorites to do it again. Since taking over at Ohio State, Meyer has insisted he is a changed man, just as intense but better able to enjoy success. This season, even Meyer admits, will put Urban's new outlook to the test. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by Friday, Aug. 21.
FBC-COST OF ATTENDANCE
The cost of attendance figure colleges and universities are obligated to make public by the federal government were never intended to be used by to determine extra compensation for athletes. But here we are. Some schools are increasing the amount of an athletic scholarship by more than $5,000 to cover cost of attendance. Others are only upping the scholarship by about $1,500. What goes into determining those numbers? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos, by Monday, Aug. 24.
League previews move in a things to know format, include predicted order of finish, and run 700 words.
Aug. 10: Southeastern Conference, Pac-12 conference.
Aug. 11: Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference.
Aug. 12: Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference.
Aug. 13: American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference.
Team previews will move in a things to know format and run 650 words.
Aug. 17: SEC-West, Pac-12 North teams.
Aug. 18: SEC-East, Pac-12 South, Big Ten-East teams.
Aug. 19: ACC-Coastal, Big 12, Big Ten-West teams.
Aug. 20: ACC-Atlantic teams, Notre Dame.