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Alabama to get ambushed? Don’t bet on it

Root for Alabama to win a third straight national title in football? Please, let’s just get it done and move on to 2014 when Nick Saban still will be crabby but the Bowl Championship Series will be no more.

Falcons cut LB Brian Banks

The Atlanta Falcons waived Brian Banks, the linebacker who was attempting to make a late start to his NFL career after spending five years in prison on a conviction that was later overturned.

Hauck must surrender special teams reins

Uncle Si of “Duck Dynasty” is 65 and struggles staying on task, so he often takes midday naps and plays with the security equipment around the family business. I officially am nominating him as special teams coach for UNLV’s football team.

PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Bonanza’s depth the difference

Kevin Volcic wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in his first game as Bonanza’s coach Friday, but he did know he had a key number working in his favor.

Epic run highlights Mojave win

The first Boulder City defender met Mojave’s Ty Flanagan 5 yards deep in the end zone, but the junior running back kept on chugging. He shrugged off an attempted arm tackle at the 5 and then bulled past another tackler at the 10, and there was no catching him, as he was off for a 99-yard touchdown run.

LSU’s loaded backfield should overpower TCU

After 10 underclassmen left for the NFL and eight players from the defense got drafted, few publications put LSU in the preseason top 10. But it says here the demise of the Tigers is greatly exaggerated.

Brigham Young heads east to face new-look Virginia

The young Virginia Cavaliers will debut their new look in their opener today against Brigham Young. The Cougars are coming off an 8-5 season and a school-record fourth consecutive bowl win.

Polian has hands full in debut as UNR coach

Coach Brian Polian already knew Chris Ault would be a tough act to follow at UNR this fall. With a season opener at the Rose Bowl against No. 21 UCLA, the task is even tougher.

Opening-night lightning has bettors praying

Lightning strikes lit up the opening night of the college football season, and there was a threat of point-spread shenanigans after a severe weather delay chased Steve Spurrier off the field.

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