2018 College Football Schedule

AIR FORCE

Sept. 1 Stony Brook, TBA

Sept. 8 at FAU, 2 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Utah St., TBA

Sept. 29 Nevada, TBA

Oct. 6 Navy, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 12 at San Diego St., 9 p.m.

Oct. 19 at UNLV, 10 p.m.

Oct. 27 Boise St., 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Army, Noon

Nov. 10 New Mexico, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Wyoming, TBA

Nov. 22 Colorado St., 3:30 p.m.

AKRON

Sept. 1 at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Morgan St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Iowa St., TBA

Oct. 6 Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Buffalo, TBA

Oct. 20 at Kent St., TBA

Oct. 27 Cent. Michigan, TBA

Nov. 1 N. Illinois, 7 p.m.

Nov. 10 at E. Michigan, TBA

Nov. 17 Bowling Green, TBA

Nov. 23 at Ohio, TBA

ALABAMA

Sept. 1 Louisville, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Arkansas St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Mississippi, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Texas A&M, TBA

Sept. 29 Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA

Oct. 6 at Arkansas, TBA

Oct. 13 Missouri, TBA

Oct. 20 at Tennessee, TBA

Nov. 3 at LSU, TBA

Nov. 10 Mississippi St., TBA

Nov. 17 The Citadel, TBA

Nov. 24 Auburn, TBA

APPALACHIAN ST.

Sept. 1 at Penn St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Charlotte, 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 Southern Miss., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Gardner-Webb, TBA

Sept. 29 South Alabama, TBA

Oct. 9 at Arkansas St., 8 p.m.

Oct. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA

Oct. 25 at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Coastal Carolina, TBA

Nov. 10 at Texas St., TBA

Nov. 17 Georgia St., TBA

Nov. 24 Troy, TBA

ARIZONA

Sept. 1 BYU, 10:45 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Houston, Noon

Sept. 15 S. Utah, 11 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Oregon St., TBA

Sept. 29 Southern Cal, TBA

Oct. 6 California, TBA

Oct. 12 at Utah, 10 p.m.

Oct. 20 at UCLA, TBA

Oct. 27 Oregon, TBA

Nov. 2 Colorado, 10:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Washington St., TBA

Nov. 24 Arizona St., TBA

ARIZONA ST.

Sept. 1 UTSA, 10:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Michigan St., 10:45 p.m.

Sept. 15 at San Diego St., 10:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Washington, TBA

Sept. 29 Oregon St., TBA

Oct. 6 at Colorado, TBA

Oct. 18 Stanford, 9 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Southern Cal, TBA

Nov. 3 Utah, TBA

Nov. 10 UCLA, TBA

Nov. 17 at Oregon, TBA

Nov. 24 at Arizona, TBA

ARKANSAS

Sept. 1 E. Illinois, 4 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Colorado St., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 North Texas, 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Auburn, TBA

Sept. 29 Texas A&M, TBA

Oct. 6 Alabama, TBA

Oct. 13 Mississippi, TBA

Oct. 20 Tulsa, TBA

Oct. 27 Vanderbilt, TBA

Nov. 10 LSU, TBA

Nov. 17 at Mississippi St., TBA

Nov. 23 at Missouri, 2:30 p.m.

ARKANSAS ST.

Sept. 1 SE Missouri, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Alabama, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Tulsa, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 UNLV, TBA

Sept. 29 at Georgia Southern, TBA

Oct. 9 Appalachian St., 8 p.m.

Oct. 18 Georgia St., 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA

Nov. 3 South Alabama, TBA

Nov. 10 at Coastal Carolina, TBA

Nov. 17 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA

Nov. 24 at Texas St., TBA

ARMY

Aug. 31 at Duke, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 Liberty, Noon

Sept. 15 Hawaii, Noon

Sept. 22 at Oklahoma, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Buffalo, TBA

Oct. 13 at San Jose St., TBA

Oct. 20 Miami (Ohio), Noon

Oct. 27 at E. Michigan, TBA

Nov. 3 Air Force, Noon

Nov. 10 Lafayette, Noon

Nov. 17 Colgate, Noon

Dec. 8 Navy, 3 p.m.

AUBURN

Sept. 1 Washington, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Alabama St., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 LSU, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Arkansas, TBA

Sept. 29 Southern Miss., TBA

Oct. 6 at Mississippi St., TBA

Oct. 13 Tennessee, TBA

Oct. 20 at Mississippi, TBA

Nov. 3 Texas A&M, TBA

Nov. 10 at Georgia, TBA

Nov. 17 Liberty, TBA

Nov. 24 at Alabama, TBA

BYU

Sept. 1 at Arizona, 10:45 p.m.

Sept. 8 California, 10:15 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 McNeese St., 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Washington, TBA

Oct. 5 Utah St., 9 p.m.

Oct. 13 Hawaii, TBA

Oct. 27 N. Illinois, TBA

Nov. 3 at Boise St., TBA

Nov. 10 at UMass, TBA

Nov. 17 New Mexico St., TBA

Nov. 24 at Utah, TBA

BALL ST.

Aug. 30 CCSU, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Indiana, Noon

Sept. 22 W. Kentucky, TBA

Sept. 29 Kent St., TBA

Oct. 6 N. Illinois, TBA

Oct. 13 at Cent. Michigan, TBA

Oct. 20 E. Michigan, 3 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Ohio, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Toledo, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 W. Michigan, 6 p.m.

Nov. 20 at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.

BAYLOR

Sept. 1 Abilene Christian, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 at UTSA, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 Duke, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Kansas, TBA

Sept. 29 at Oklahoma, TBA

Oct. 6 Kansas St., TBA

Oct. 13 at Texas, TBA

Oct. 25 at West Virginia, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 Oklahoma St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Iowa St., TBA

Nov. 17 TCU, TBA

Nov. 24 at Texas Tech, TBA

BOISE ST.

Sept. 1 at Troy, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 UConn, 10:15 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Oklahoma St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Wyoming, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 San Diego St., TBA

Oct. 13 at Nevada, 10:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 Colorado St., 9 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Air Force, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 BYU, TBA

Nov. 9 Fresno St., 10:15 p.m.

Nov. 16 at New Mexico, 9 p.m.

Nov. 24 Utah St., TBA

BOSTON COLLEGE

Sept. 1 UMass, 1 p.m.

Sept. 8 Holy Cross, 1 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Purdue, Noon

Sept. 29 Temple, TBA

Oct. 6 at NC State, TBA

Oct. 13 Louisville, TBA

Oct. 26 Miami, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Virginia Tech, TBA

Nov. 10 Clemson, TBA

Nov. 17 at Florida St., TBA

Nov. 24 Syracuse, TBA

BOWLING GREEN

Sept. 1 at Oregon, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Maryland, 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 E. Kentucky, 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 Miami (Ohio), TBA

Sept. 29 at Georgia Tech, TBA

Oct. 6 at Toledo, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 W. Michigan, 3 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Ohio, 2 p.m.

Oct. 30 Kent St., 8 p.m.

Nov. 10 at Cent. Michigan, TBA

Nov. 17 at Akron, TBA

Nov. 23 Buffalo, TBA

BUFFALO

Sept. 1 Delaware St., 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Temple, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 E. Michigan, 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Rutgers, TBA

Sept. 29 Army, TBA

Oct. 6 at Cent. Michigan, TBA

Oct. 13 Akron, TBA

Oct. 20 at Toledo, TBA

Oct. 30 Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m.

Nov. 6 Kent St., 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 14 at Ohio, TBA

Nov. 23 at Bowling Green, TBA

CALIFORNIA

Sept. 1 North Carolina, 4 p.m.

Sept. 8 at BYU, 10:15 p.m.

Sept. 15 Idaho St., 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 Oregon, TBA

Oct. 6 at Arizona, TBA

Oct. 13 UCLA, TBA

Oct. 20 at Oregon St., TBA

Oct. 27 Washington, TBA

Nov. 3 at Washington St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Southern Cal, TBA

Nov. 17 Stanford, TBA

Nov. 24 Colorado, TBA

CENT. MICHIGAN

Sept. 1 at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Kansas, 3 p.m.

Sept. 15 at N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Maine, TBA

Sept. 29 at Michigan St., TBA

Oct. 6 Buffalo, TBA

Oct. 13 Ball St., TBA

Oct. 20 W. Michigan, 3 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Akron, TBA

Nov. 3 at E. Michigan, TBA

Nov. 10 Bowling Green, TBA

Nov. 23 at Toledo, TBA

CHARLOTTE

Sept. 1 Fordham, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 Appalachian St., 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 Old Dominion, 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 at UMass, TBA

Sept. 29 at UAB, TBA

Oct. 13 W. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Middle Tennessee, 3 p.m.

Oct. 27 Southern Miss., 2 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Tennessee, TBA

Nov. 10 at Marshall 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 FIU, 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 at FAU, TBA

CINCINNATI

Sept. 1 at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 Alabama A&M, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Ohio, TBA

Sept. 29 at UConn, TBA

Oct. 6 Tulane, TBA

Oct. 20 at Temple, TBA

Oct. 27 at SMU, TBA

Nov. 3 Navy, TBA

Nov. 10 South Florida, TBA

Nov. 17 at UCF, TBA

Nov. 23 East Carolina, TBA

CLEMSON

Sept. 1 Furman, 12:20 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 Georgia Southern, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Georgia Tech, TBA

Sept. 29 Syracuse, TBA

Oct. 6 at Wake Forest, TBA

Oct. 20 NC State, TBA

Oct. 27 at Florida St., TBA

Nov. 3 Louisville, TBA

Nov. 10 at Boston College, TBA

Nov. 17 Duke, TBA

Nov. 24 South Carolina, TBA

COLORADO

Aug. 31 at Colorado St., 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 New Hampshire, 5 p.m.

Sept. 28 UCLA, 9 p.m.

Oct. 6 Arizona St., TBA

Oct. 13 at Southern Cal, TBA

Oct. 20 at Washington, TBA

Oct. 27 Oregon St., TBA

Nov. 2 at Arizona, 10:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 Washington St., TBA

Nov. 17 Utah, TBA

Nov. 24 at California, TBA

COLORADO ST.

Aug. 25 Hawaii, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Florida, 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 Illinois St., TBA

Oct. 6 at San Jose St., 10:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 New Mexico, TBA

Oct. 19 at Boise St., 9 p.m.

Oct. 26 Wyoming, 10 p.m.

Nov. 10 at Nevada, TBA

Nov. 17 Utah St., TBA

Nov. 22 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.

DUKE

Aug. 31 Army, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Northwestern, Noon

Sept. 15 at Baylor, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 NC Central, TBA

Sept. 29 Virginia Tech, TBA

Oct. 13 at Georgia Tech, TBA

Oct. 20 Virginia, TBA

Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh, TBA

Nov. 3 at Miami, TBA

Nov. 10 North Carolina, TBA

Nov. 17 at Clemson, TBA

Nov. 24 Wake Forest, TBA

E. MICHIGAN

Aug. 31 Monmouth (NJ), 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Purdue, Noon

Sept. 15 at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 at San Diego St., 10:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 N. Illinois, 6 p.m.

Oct. 6 at W. Michigan, Noon

Oct. 13 Toledo, TBA

Oct. 20 at Ball St., 3 p.m.

Oct. 27 Army, TBA

Nov. 3 Cent. Michigan, TBA

Nov. 10 Akron, TBA

Nov. 23 at Kent St., TBA

EAST CAROLINA

Sept. 1 NC A&T, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 North Carolina, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Virginia Tech, 12:20 p.m.

Sept. 22 at South Florida, TBA

Sept. 29 Old Dominion, TBA

Oct. 6 at Temple, TBA

Oct. 13 Houston, TBA

Oct. 20 UCF, TBA

Nov. 3 Memphis, TBA

Nov. 10 at Tulane, TBA

Nov. 17 UConn, TBA

Nov. 23 at Cincinnati, TBA

FAU

Sept. 1 at Oklahoma, Noon

Sept. 8 Air Force, 2 p.m.

Sept. 15 Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m.

Sept. 21 at UCF, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 Old Dominion, 5 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Marshall, 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 Louisiana Tech, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at FIU, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 W. Kentucky, 5 p.m.

Nov. 15 at North Texas, 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 Charlotte, 6 p.m.

FIU

Sept. 1 Indiana, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Old Dominion, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 UMass, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Miami, TBA

Sept. 29 Ark.-Pine Bluff, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Rice, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 at W. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 FAU, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 at UTSA, 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Charlotte, 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 Marshall, Noon

FLORIDA

Sept. 1 Charleston Southern, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Colorado St., 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Tennessee, TBA

Sept. 29 at Mississippi St., TBA

Oct. 6 LSU, TBA

Oct. 13 at Vanderbilt, TBA

Oct. 27 Georgia, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 Missouri, TBA

Nov. 10 South Carolina, TBA

Nov. 17 Idaho, TBA

Nov. 24 at Florida St., TBA

FLORIDA ST.

Sept. 3 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Samford, 7:20 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Syracuse, Noon

Sept. 22 N. Illinois, TBA

Sept. 29 at Louisville, TBA

Oct. 6 at Miami, TBA

Oct. 20 Wake Forest, TBA

Oct. 27 Clemson, TBA

Nov. 3 at NC State, TBA

Nov. 10 at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 Boston College, TBA

FRESNO ST.

Sept. 1 Idaho, 10 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at UCLA, 10:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 Toledo, TBA

Oct. 6 at Nevada, TBA

Oct. 13 Wyoming, TBA

Oct. 20 at New Mexico, TBA

Oct. 27 Hawaii, TBA

Nov. 3 at UNLV, 10:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 at Boise St., 10:15 p.m.

Nov. 17 San Diego St., 10:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 San Jose St., TBA

GEORGIA

Sept. 1 Austin Peay, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Middle Tennessee, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Missouri, TBA

Sept. 29 Tennessee, TBA

Oct. 6 Vanderbilt, TBA

Oct. 13 at LSU, TBA

Oct. 27 Florida, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Kentucky, TBA

Nov. 10 Auburn, TBA

Nov. 17 UMass, TBA

Nov. 24 Georgia Tech, TBA

GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Sept. 1 SC State, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 UMass, 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 Arkansas St., TBA

Oct. 6 South Alabama, TBA

Oct. 11 at Texas St., 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 at New Mexico St., 6 p.m.

Oct. 25 Appalachian St., 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Louisiana-Monroe, TBA

Nov. 10 Troy, TBA

Nov. 17 at Coastal Carolina, TBA

Nov. 24 at Georgia St., TBA

GEORGIA ST.

Aug. 30 Kennesaw St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at NC State, 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Memphis, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 W. Michigan, TBA

Sept. 29 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA

Oct. 4 at Troy, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Arkansas St., 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Coastal Carolina, TBA

Nov. 3 Texas St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA

Nov. 17 at Appalachian St., TBA

Nov. 24 Georgia Southern, TBA

GEORGIA TECH

Sept. 1 Alcorn St., 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at South Florida, Noon

Sept. 15 at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Clemson, TBA

Sept. 29 Bowling Green, TBA

Oct. 5 at Louisville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 Duke, TBA

Oct. 25 at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at North Carolina, TBA

Nov. 10 Miami, TBA

Nov. 17 Virginia, TBA

Nov. 24 at Georgia, TBA

HAWAII

Aug. 25 at Colorado St., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 1 Navy, 11 p.m.

Sept. 8 Rice, 11:59 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Army, Noon

Sept. 22 Duquesne, 11:59 p.m.

Sept. 29 at San Jose St., 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 Wyoming, 11:59 p.m.

Oct. 13 at BYU, TBA

Oct. 20 Nevada, 11:59 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Fresno St., TBA

Nov. 3 Utah St., 11:59 p.m.

Nov. 17 UNLV, 11 p.m.

Nov. 24 at San Diego St., TBA

HOUSTON

Sept. 1 at Rice, Noon

Sept. 8 Arizona, Noon

Sept. 15 at Texas Tech, 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 Texas Southern, 8 p.m.

Oct. 4 Tulsa, 8 p.m.

Oct. 13 at East Carolina, TBA

Oct. 20 at Navy, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 South Florida, TBA

Nov. 3 at SMU, TBA

Nov. 10 Temple, TBA

Nov. 15 Tulane, 8 p.m.

Nov. 23 at Memphis, TBA

IDAHO

Sept. 1 at Fresno St., 4 p.m.

Sept. 8 W. New Mexico, TBA

Sept. 22 at UC-Davis, 10 p.m.

Sept. 29 Portland St., TBA

Oct. 6 at Idaho St., TBA

Oct. 13 at Montana St., TBA

Oct. 20 S. Utah, TBA

Oct. 27 at E. Washington, TBA

Nov. 3 North Dakota, TBA

Nov. 10 Montana, TBA

Nov. 17 at Florida, TBA

ILLINOIS

Sept. 1 Kent St., Noon

Sept. 8 W. Illinois, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 South Florida, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 Penn St., 9 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Rutgers, TBA

Oct. 13 Purdue, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Wisconsin, Noon

Oct. 27 at Maryland, TBA

Nov. 3 Minnesota, TBA

Nov. 10 at Nebraska, TBA

Nov. 17 Iowa, TBA

Nov. 24 at Northwestern, TBA

INDIANA

Sept. 1 at FIU, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 Virginia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Ball St., Noon

Sept. 22 Michigan St., TBA

Sept. 29 at Rutgers, TBA

Oct. 6 at Ohio St., TBA

Oct. 13 Iowa, Noon

Oct. 20 Penn St., TBA

Oct. 26 at Minnesota, TBA

Nov. 10 Maryland, TBA

Nov. 17 at Michigan, TBA

Nov. 24 Purdue, TBA

IOWA

Sept. 1 N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Iowa St., 5 p.m.

Sept. 15 N. Iowa, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Wisconsin, TBA

Oct. 6 at Minnesota, TBA

Oct. 13 at Indiana, Noon

Oct. 20 Maryland, Noon

Oct. 27 at Penn St., TBA

Nov. 3 at Purdue, TBA

Nov. 10 Northwestern, TBA

Nov. 17 at Illinois, TBA

Nov. 23 Nebraska, Noon

IOWA ST.

Sept. 1 S. Dakota St., 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Iowa, 5 p.m.

Sept. 15 Oklahoma, Noon

Sept. 22 Akron, TBA

Sept. 29 at TCU, TBA

Oct. 6 at Oklahoma St., TBA

Oct. 13 West Virginia, TBA

Oct. 27 Texas Tech, TBA

Nov. 3 at Kansas, TBA

Nov. 10 Baylor, TBA

Nov. 17 at Texas, 8 p.m.

Nov. 24 Kansas St., TBA

KANSAS

Sept. 1 Nicholls, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Cent. Michigan, 3 p.m.

Sept. 15 Rutgers, Noon

Sept. 22 at Baylor, TBA

Sept. 29 Oklahoma St., TBA

Oct. 6 at West Virginia, TBA

Oct. 20 at Texas Tech, TBA

Oct. 27 TCU, TBA

Nov. 3 Iowa St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Kansas St., TBA

Nov. 17 at Oklahoma, TBA

Nov. 23 Texas, Noon

KANSAS ST.

Sept. 1 South Dakota, 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 8 Mississippi St., Noon

Sept. 15 UTSA, 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 at West Virginia, TBA

Sept. 29 Texas, TBA

Oct. 6 at Baylor, TBA

Oct. 13 Oklahoma St., TBA

Oct. 27 at Oklahoma, TBA

Nov. 3 at TCU, TBA

Nov. 10 Kansas, TBA

Nov. 17 Texas Tech, TBA

Nov. 24 at Iowa St., TBA

KENT ST.

Sept. 1 at Illinois, Noon

Sept. 8 Howard, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Penn St., Noon

Sept. 22 at Mississippi, TBA

Sept. 29 at Ball St., TBA

Oct. 6 Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Miami (Ohio), TBA

Oct. 20 Akron, TBA

Oct. 30 at Bowling Green, 8 p.m.

Nov. 6 at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 Toledo, 6 p.m.

Nov. 23 E. Michigan, TBA

KENTUCKY

Sept. 1 Cent. Michigan, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Murray St., Noon

Sept. 22 Mississippi St., TBA

Sept. 29 South Carolina, TBA

Oct. 6 at Texas A&M, TBA

Oct. 20 Vanderbilt, TBA

Oct. 27 at Missouri, TBA

Nov. 3 Georgia, TBA

Nov. 10 at Tennessee, TBA

Nov. 17 Middle Tennessee, TBA

Nov. 24 at Louisville, TBA

LSU

Sept. 2 Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 SE Louisiana, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Auburn, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Louisiana Tech, TBA

Sept. 29 Mississippi, TBA

Oct. 6 at Florida, TBA

Oct. 13 Georgia, TBA

Oct. 20 Mississippi St., TBA

Nov. 3 Alabama, TBA

Nov. 10 at Arkansas, TBA

Nov. 17 Rice, TBA

Nov. 24 at Texas A&M, TBA

LIBERTY

Sept. 1 Old Dominion, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Army, Noon

Sept. 15 Norfolk St., 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 North Texas, 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 at New Mexico, TBA

Oct. 6 at New Mexico St., 8 p.m.

Oct. 13 Troy, 2 p.m.

Oct. 20 Idaho St., 2 p.m.

Nov. 3 at UMass, TBA

Nov. 10 at Virginia, TBA

Nov. 17 at Auburn, TBA

Nov. 24 New Mexico St., 2 p.m.

LOUISIANA TECH

Sept. 1 at South Alabama, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 Southern U., 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 at LSU, TBA

Sept. 29 at North Texas, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 UAB, 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 at UTSA, 7 p.m.

Oct. 20 UTEP, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 at FAU, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Mississippi St., TBA

Nov. 10 Rice, 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Southern Miss., 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 W. Kentucky, Noon

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Sept. 1 Grambling St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Mississippi St., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Coastal Carolina, TBA

Sept. 29 at Alabama, TBA

Oct. 6 at Texas St., TBA

Oct. 13 New Mexico St., TBA

Oct. 20 at Appalachian St., TBA

Oct. 27 Arkansas St., TBA

Nov. 3 at Troy, TBA

Nov. 10 Georgia St., TBA

Nov. 17 South Alabama, TBA

Nov. 24 at Louisiana-Monroe, TBA

LOUISIANA-MONROE

Aug. 30 SE Louisiana, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Southern Miss., 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Troy, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Georgia St., TBA

Oct. 6 at Mississippi, TBA

Oct. 13 at Coastal Carolina, TBA

Oct. 20 Texas St., 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 Georgia Southern, 3 p.m.

Nov. 10 at South Alabama, TBA

Nov. 17 at Arkansas St., TBA

Nov. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette, 3 p.m.

LOUISVILLE

Sept. 1 Alabama, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Indiana St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 W. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Virginia, TBA

Sept. 29 Florida St., TBA

Oct. 5 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Boston College, TBA

Oct. 27 Wake Forest, TBA

Nov. 3 at Clemson, TBA

Nov. 9 at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 NC State, TBA

Nov. 24 Kentucky, TBA

MARSHALL

Sept. 1 at Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 E. Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 NC State, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 at W. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 FAU, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Southern Miss., 3 p.m.

Nov. 10 Charlotte, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 UTSA, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 at FIU, Noon

MARYLAND

Sept. 1 Texas, Noon

Sept. 8 at Bowling Green, 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 Temple, Noon

Sept. 22 Minnesota, TBA

Oct. 6 at Michigan, Noon

Oct. 13 Rutgers, Noon

Oct. 20 at Iowa, Noon

Oct. 27 Illinois, TBA

Nov. 3 Michigan St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Indiana, TBA

Nov. 17 Ohio St., TBA

Nov. 24 at Penn St., TBA

MEMPHIS

Sept. 1 Mercer, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Navy, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 Georgia St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 South Alabama, 8 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Tulane, 8 p.m.

Oct. 6 UConn, TBA

Oct. 13 UCF, TBA

Oct. 20 at Missouri, TBA

Nov. 3 at East Carolina, TBA

Nov. 10 Tulsa, TBA

Nov. 16 at SMU, 9 p.m.

Nov. 23 Houston, TBA

MIAMI

Sept. 2 LSU, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Savannah St., 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Toledo, Noon

Sept. 22 FIU, TBA

Sept. 27 North Carolina, 8 p.m.

Oct. 6 Florida St., TBA

Oct. 13 at Virginia, TBA

Oct. 26 at Boston College, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 Duke, TBA

Nov. 10 at Georgia Tech, TBA

Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech, TBA

Nov. 24 Pittsburgh, TBA

MIAMI (OHIO)

Sept. 1 Marshall, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Cincinnati, 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Bowling Green, TBA

Sept. 29 W. Michigan, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Akron, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 Kent St., TBA

Oct. 20 at Army, Noon

Oct. 30 at Buffalo, 8 p.m.

Nov. 7 Ohio, TBA

Nov. 14 at N. Illinois, TBA

Nov. 20 Ball St., 7 p.m.

MICHIGAN

Sept. 1 at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 W. Michigan, Noon

Sept. 15 SMU, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Nebraska, TBA

Sept. 29 at Northwestern, TBA

Oct. 6 Maryland, Noon

Oct. 13 Wisconsin, TBA

Oct. 20 at Michigan St., TBA

Nov. 3 Penn St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Rutgers, TBA

Nov. 17 Indiana, TBA

Nov. 24 at Ohio St., Noon

MICHIGAN ST.

Aug. 31 Utah St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Arizona St., 10:45 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Indiana, TBA

Sept. 29 Cent. Michigan, TBA

Oct. 6 Northwestern, Noon

Oct. 13 at Penn St., TBA

Oct. 20 Michigan, TBA

Oct. 27 Purdue, TBA

Nov. 3 at Maryland, TBA

Nov. 10 Ohio St., TBA

Nov. 17 at Nebraska, TBA

Nov. 24 Rutgers, TBA

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Sept. 1 at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 UT-Martin, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Georgia, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 29 FAU, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 at Marshall, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at FIU, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Charlotte, 3 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 W. Kentucky, 8 p.m.

Nov. 10 at UTEP, 4 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Kentucky, TBA

Nov. 24 UAB, 3 p.m.

MINNESOTA

Aug. 30 New Mexico St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 Fresno St., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Maryland, TBA

Oct. 6 Iowa, TBA

Oct. 13 at Ohio St., TBA

Oct. 20 at Nebraska, TBA

Oct. 26 Indiana, 8 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Illinois, TBA

Nov. 10 Purdue, TBA

Nov. 17 Northwestern, TBA

Nov. 24 at Wisconsin, TBA

MISSISSIPPI

Sept. 1 at Texas Tech, Noon

Sept. 8 S. Illinois, 4 p.m.

Sept. 15 Alabama, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Kent St., TBA

Sept. 29 at LSU, TBA

Oct. 6 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA

Oct. 13 at Arkansas, TBA

Oct. 20 Auburn, TBA

Nov. 3 South Carolina, TBA

Nov. 10 at Texas A&M, TBA

Nov. 17 at Vanderbilt, TBA

Nov. 22 Mississippi St. 7:30 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI ST.

Sept. 1 Stephen F. Austin, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Kansas St., Noon

Sept. 15 Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Kentucky, TBA

Sept. 29 Florida, TBA

Oct. 6 Auburn, TBA

Oct. 20 at LSU, TBA

Oct. 27 Texas A&M, TBA

Nov. 3 Louisiana Tech, TBA

Nov. 10 at Alabama, TBA

Nov. 17 Arkansas, TBA

Nov. 22 at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

MISSOURI

Sept. 1 UT-Martin, 4 p.m.

Sept. 8 Wyoming, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Purdue, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Georgia, TBA

Oct. 6 at South Carolina, TBA

Oct. 13 at Alabama, TBA

Oct. 20 Memphis, TBA

Oct. 27 Kentucky, TBA

Nov. 3 at Florida, TBA

Nov. 10 Vanderbilt, TBA

Nov. 17 at Tennessee, TBA

Nov. 23 Arkansas, 2:30 p.m.

N. ILLINOIS

Sept. 1 at Iowa, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Utah, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Cent. Michigan, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Florida St., TBA

Sept. 29 at E. Michigan, 6 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Ball St., TBA

Oct. 13 Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 at BYU, TBA

Nov. 1 at Akron, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7 Toledo, TBA

Nov. 14 Miami (Ohio), TBA

Nov. 20 at W. Michigan, 7 p.m.

NC STATE

Sept. 1 James Madison, Noon

Sept. 8 Georgia St., 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 West Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Marshall, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Virginia, TBA

Oct. 6 Boston College, TBA

Oct. 20 at Clemson, TBA

Oct. 27 at Syracuse, TBA

Nov. 3 Florida St., TBA

Nov. 8 Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Louisville, TBA

Nov. 24 at North Carolina, TBA

NAVY

Sept. 1 at Hawaii, 11 p.m.

Sept. 8 Memphis, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Lehigh, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at SMU, TBA

Oct. 6 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 Temple, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Houston, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Notre Dame, 8 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Cincinnati, TBA

Nov. 10 at UCF, TBA

Nov. 17 Tulsa, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 at Tulane, TBA

Dec. 8 Army, 3 p.m.

NEBRASKA

Sept. 1 Akron, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Colorado, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Troy, Noon

Sept. 22 at Michigan, TBA

Sept. 29 Purdue, TBA

Oct. 6 at Wisconsin, TBA

Oct. 13 at Northwestern, Noon

Oct. 20 Minnesota, TBA

Nov. 3 at Ohio St., TBA

Nov. 10 Illinois, TBA

Nov. 17 Michigan St., TBA

Nov. 23 at Iowa, Noon

NEVADA

Aug. 31 Portland St., 9 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Vanderbilt, Noon

Sept. 15 Oregon St., 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Toledo, TBA

Sept. 29 at Air Force, TBA

Oct. 6 Fresno St., TBA

Oct. 13 Boise St., 10:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m.

Oct. 27 San Diego St., TBA

Nov. 10 Colorado St., TBA

Nov. 17 at San Jose St., TBA

Nov. 24 at UNLV, 9:30 p.m.

NEW MEXICO

Sept. 1 Incarnate Word, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Wisconsin, Noon

Sept. 15 at New Mexico St., 8 p.m.

Sept. 29 Liberty, TBA

Oct. 6 at UNLV, TBA

Oct. 13 at Colorado St., TBA

Oct. 20 Fresno St., TBA

Oct. 27 at Utah St., TBA

Nov. 3 San Diego St., TBA

Nov. 10 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 Boise St., 9 p.m.

Nov. 24 Wyoming, TBA

NEW MEXICO ST.

Aug. 25 Wyoming, 8 p.m.

Aug. 30 at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Utah St., TBA

Sept. 15 New Mexico, 8 p.m.

Sept. 22 at UTEP, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 Liberty, 8 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA

Oct. 20 Georgia Southern, 4 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Texas St., TBA

Nov. 3 Alcorn St., 4 p.m.

Nov. 17 at BYU, TBA

Nov. 24 at Liberty, 2 p.m.

NORTH CAROLINA

Sept. 1 at California, 4 p.m.

Sept. 8 at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 UCF, Noon

Sept. 22 Pittsburgh, TBA

Sept. 27 at Miami, 8 p.m.

Oct. 13 Virginia Tech, TBA

Oct. 20 at Syracuse, TBA

Oct. 27 at Virginia, TBA

Nov. 3 Georgia Tech, TBA

Nov. 10 at Duke, TBA

Nov. 17 W. Carolina, TBA

Nov. 24 NC State, TBA

NORTH TEXAS

Sept. 1 SMU, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Incarnate Word, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Arkansas, 4 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Liberty, 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 at UTEP, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 Southern Miss., 2 p.m.

Oct. 20 at UAB, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Rice, 4 p.m.

Nov. 10 at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 FAU, 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 at UTSA, 7 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN

Aug. 30 at Purdue, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Duke, Noon

Sept. 15 Akron, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 Michigan, TBA

Oct. 6 at Michigan St., Noon

Oct. 13 Nebraska, Noon

Oct. 20 at Rutgers, Noon

Oct. 27 Wisconsin, TBA

Nov. 3 Notre Dame, TBA

Nov. 10 at Iowa, TBA

Nov. 17 at Minnesota, TBA

Nov. 24 Illinois, TBA

NOTRE DAME

Sept. 1 Michigan, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Ball St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Wake Forest, TBA

Sept. 29 Stanford, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Virginia Tech, TBA

Oct. 13 Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Navy, 8 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Northwestern, TBA

Nov. 10 Florida St., 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 Syracuse, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 at Southern Cal, TBA

OHIO

Sept. 1 Howard, 2 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Virginia, 3 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Cincinnati, TBA

Sept. 29 UMass, TBA

Oct. 6 at Kent St., 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Bowling Green, 2 p.m.

Oct. 25 Ball St., 7 p.m.

Nov. 1 at W. Michigan, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7 at Miami (Ohio), TBA

Nov. 14 Buffalo, TBA

Nov. 23 Akron, TBA

OHIO ST.

Sept. 1 Oregon St., Noon

Sept. 8 Rutgers, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 TCU, 8 p.m.

Sept. 22 Tulane, TBA

Sept. 29 at Penn St., TBA

Oct. 6 Indiana, TBA

Oct. 13 Minnesota, TBA

Oct. 20 at Purdue, TBA

Nov. 3 Nebraska, TBA

Nov. 10 at Michigan St., TBA

Nov. 17 at Maryland, TBA

Nov. 24 Michigan, TBA

OKLAHOMA

Sept. 1 FAU, Noon

Sept. 8 UCLA, 1 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Iowa St., Noon

Sept. 22 Army, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Baylor, TBA

Oct. 6 Texas, TBA

Oct. 20 at TCU, TBA

Oct. 27 Kansas St., TBA

Nov. 3 at Texas Tech, TBA

Nov. 10 Oklahoma St., TBA

Nov. 17 Kansas, TBA

Nov. 23 at West Virginia, 8 p.m.

OKLAHOMA ST.

Aug. 30 Missouri St., 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 South Alabama, 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 Boise St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Texas Tech, TBA

Sept. 29 at Kansas, TBA

Oct. 6 Iowa St., TBA

Oct. 13 at Kansas St., TBA

Oct. 27 Texas, TBA

Nov. 3 at Baylor, TBA

Nov. 10 at Oklahoma, TBA

Nov. 17 West Virginia, TBA

Nov. 24 at TCU, TBA

OLD DOMINION

Sept. 1 at Liberty, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 FIU, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Charlotte, 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 at East Carolina, TBA

Oct. 6 at FAU, 5 p.m.

Oct. 13 Marshall, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 at W. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 North Texas, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 17 VMI, 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 at Rice, 1 p.m.

OREGON

Sept. 1 Bowling Green, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8 Portland St., 2 p.m.

Sept. 15 San Jose St., 5 p.m.

Sept. 22 Stanford, TBA

Sept. 29 at California, TBA

Oct. 13 Washington, TBA

Oct. 20 at Washington St., TBA

Oct. 27 at Arizona, TBA

Nov. 3 UCLA, TBA

Nov. 10 at Utah, TBA

Nov. 17 Arizona St., TBA

Nov. 23 at Oregon St. 4 p.m.

OREGON ST.

Sept. 1 at Ohio St., Noon

Sept. 8 S. Utah, 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Nevada, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Arizona, TBA

Sept. 29 at Arizona St., TBA

Oct. 6 Washington St., TBA

Oct. 20 California, TBA

Oct. 27 at Colorado, TBA

Nov. 3 Southern Cal, TBA

Nov. 10 at Stanford, TBA

Nov. 17 at Washington, TBA

Nov. 23 Oregon, 4 p.m.

PENN ST.

Sept. 1 Appalachian St., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 Kent St., Noon

Sept. 21 at Illinois, 9 p.m.

Sept. 29 Ohio St., TBA

Oct. 13 Michigan St., TBA

Oct. 20 at Indiana, TBA

Oct. 27 Iowa, TBA

Nov. 3 at Michigan, TBA

Nov. 10 Wisconsin, TBA

Nov. 17 at Rutgers, TBA

Nov. 24 Maryland, TBA

PITTSBURGH

Sept. 1 Albany (NY), 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Penn St., 8 p.m.

Sept. 15 Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at North Carolina, TBA

Sept. 29 at UCF, TBA

Oct. 6 Syracuse, TBA

Oct. 13 at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Duke, TBA

Nov. 2 at Virginia, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 Virginia Tech, TBA

Nov. 17 at Wake Forest, TBA

Nov. 24 at Miami, TBA

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Chiefs overtake Patriots as Super Bowl favorite

Chiefs overtake Patriots as Super Bowl favorite

New England is now

Chiefs overtake Patriots as Super Bowl favorite

New England is now the runner-up to the Kansas City Chiefs in updated Super Bowl odds at Westgate’s Superbook in Las Vegas.

The defending champion Patriots (6-1), who defeated the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship, are a close second to claim the Super Bowl in Miami in February 2020. Kansas City is 5-1.

Several books are still running with New England as the Lombardi Trophy best bet. Many of them put Bill Belichick’s bunch narrowly ahead of the Chiefs, including PointsBet, Fan Duel and DraftKings.

One of the most popular tickets is on AFC underdog Cleveland, with the Browns climbing from 22-1 in March all the way 8-1 this week at MGM. A dramatic offseason transformation that brought Pro Bowl talent in Odell Beckham Jr. and an insanely stocked defensive line has bettors flocking to the Browns and second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield.

PointsBet has taken more than half of its Super Bowl bets on Cleveland.

“We get absolutely throttled if [the Browns] win the Super Bowl,” said Matthew Chaprales, head of content for PointsBet, told ESPN. “It’s the biggest liability on the books since we came online in the U.S., and, frankly, it’s not even close.”

At Caesars, only the Chicago Bears are a more popular Super Bowl LIV bet than the Browns. The Bears are currently offered anywhere from 8-1 to 12-1 at major sportsbooks.

One team whose odds are dipping best on limited action is the NFC champion Rams. Los Angeles, 6-1 in March, can be had for as low as 15-1 at some books. The Rams are still running No. 6 at DraftKings and Sugarhouse.

–Field Level Media

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Chargers GM: Team tabling Gordon contract talks

Chargers GM: Team tabling Gordon contract talks

Chargers GM: Team tabling Gordon contract talks

The Los Angeles Chargers informed running back Melvin Gordon’s representation that talks regarding his contract extension have been postponed until the end of the season, general manager Tom Telesco announced on Sunday.

“When or if Melvin reports, he’ll play this season under his current contract, and we’ll just revisit it after the season,” Telesco said on a conference call.

Telesco’s comments come one day after multiple media outlets reported that the Chargers had given Gordon permission to look for trade options.

Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in 2019 on the fifth-year team option of his rookie deal. The two-time Pro Bowl selection wants more than the roughly $10 million the Chargers have reportedly offered for this season.

Telesco also said the Chargers will rely on fellow running backs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson in the absence of Gordon.

“Those two guys are going to work in tandem with each other,” Telesco said. “I think the day and age of having to have one running back to carry it 300 times is probably not the smartest thing in the world anyways.

“Even if you have a big, bell-cow back, you’d like to have another back to come in and spell them, give them some rest and have a different dimension. So right now we’re very happy with Austin as an every-down back.”

Gordon has rushed for 3,628 yards and 28 touchdowns in four seasons. He also has 182 receptions for 1,577 yards and 10 scores.

Gordon’s best season was in 2017, when he played all 16 games and rushed for a career-high 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 58 passes for 476 yards and four scores.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Steelers CB Haden signs two-year extension

Report: Steelers CB Haden signs two-year extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed cornerback Joe

Report: Steelers CB Haden signs two-year extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed cornerback Joe Haden to a two-year, $22 million extension, according to a published report on Sunday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Haden will receive the new contract as well as a $16.8 million signing bonus.

Haden, 30, had one year and $10 million left on his current deal. His new contract will lock him up through the 2021 season.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and 2014, Haden recorded 63 tackles, 12 passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 15 games last season.

Haden has collected 453 tackles, 22 interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries in 116 career games since being selected by the Cleveland Browns with the seventh overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Colts sign veteran Hoyer as backup QB

Reports: Colts sign veteran Hoyer as backup QB

The Indianapolis Colts signed former

Reports: Colts sign veteran Hoyer as backup QB

The Indianapolis Colts signed former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer to back up Jacoby Brissett, according to reports on Monday.

ESPN”s Adam Schefter said Hoyer agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with $9 million in guarantees.

With Andrew Luck’s retirement a week ago, Brissett assumed the starting role but without a proven backup.

The Patriots released Hoyer, 33, opting to have rookie Jarrett Stidham as Tom Brady’s backup and potential heir apparent.

Hoyer started his career with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State, then had stops with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers before returning to the Patriots in 2017.

For his career, Hoyer has completed 838 passes for 9,902 yards with 48 touchdown and 30 interceptions. In 37 starts, he has a 16-21 record.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Falcons sign FB Smith

Reports: Falcons sign FB Smith

The Atlanta Falcons signed fullback Keith Smith to a one-year contract,

Reports: Falcons sign FB Smith

The Atlanta Falcons signed fullback Keith Smith to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old started his career with the Dallas Cowboys (2014-17) and was on the Oakland Raiders roster in 2018.

He played collegiately at San Jose State and has appeared in 63 NFL games (seven starts). He has touched the ball sparingly, gaining just 74 yards from scrimmage.

–Field Level Media

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Dolphins cut 14-year LS Denney

Dolphins cut 14-year LS Denney

The Dolphins continued their roster

Dolphins cut 14-year LS Denney

The Dolphins continued their roster overhaul Monday, releasing long snapper John Denney, a fixture in Miami since 2005.

Denney, 40, made 224 consecutive appearances for the Dolphins, not missing a game in his 14 seasons.

He issued a statement Monday morning.

“Today, unfortunately, marks the end of my time with the Miami Dolphins,” Denney said in a statement. “I want to thank the Dolphins for giving me a chance back in 2005. Over the last 14 years I have had many wonderful, hard working teammates, all of whom I would like to thank.

“I also want to thank all of the coaches I have worked with in Miami.”

There were plenty of those: Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Joe Philbin and Adam Gase.

Denney did not announce if he would retire or pursue a new team.

The decision to cut Denney came as a surprise since he had beaten undrafted free agent Wesley Farnsworth for the job. The Dolphins cut Farnsworth when trimming the roster to the league-mandated 53 on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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Report: WR Thomas returns to Patriots

Report: WR Thomas returns to Patriots

The New England

Report: WR Thomas returns to Patriots

The New England Patriots brought back wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Monday, two days after he was released as rosters were cut to the NFL-mandated 53, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

He’ll take the spot of N’Keal Harry, a first-round selection in the 2019 draft who will be placed on injured reserve. An ankle injury limited Harry during much of training camp.

Harry will be eligible to return to the active roster later this season.

The Patriots signed the 31-year-old Thomas in April.

In nine seasons with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, Thomas has hauled in 688 catches for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns. The Broncos traded him to the Texans last season, and he finished the year with 59 catches for 677 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games overall.

Thomas’ season ended Dec. 23 when he tore his left Achilles against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Last season’s production marked a decline for Thomas, who surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in five straight seasons from 2012-16. He was part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl championship team during the 2015 season and has scored six touchdowns in 10 career playoff games.

The New England receiving corps now consists of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewzki and Thomas.

–Field Level Media

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Jets hire ex-Steelers great Ward as a coach

Jets hire ex-Steelers great Ward as a coach

Retired NFL wide receiver

Jets hire ex-Steelers great Ward as a coach

Retired NFL wide receiver Hines Ward has joined the New York Jets as a full-time offensive assistant coach.

Ward, 43, was a coaching intern with the Jets during training camp, assisting wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. He’ll continue in that role.

“I think that’s a great addition for us,” head coach Adam Gase said, per the team website. “He’s done a lot of really good things with that group, helping out with those guys. It’s the right time for him. He’s excited about the opportunity.”

Receiver Robby Anderson said he’s happy to have the chance to work with someone with Ward’s experience.

“He’s a great resource because he’s done it at a high level consistently,” Anderson said. “He’s a future Hall of Famer, so what more can I ask for? I’m picking his brain, and he’s more so telling me than I’m asking him, and I’m just staying on top of him. He’s just trying to find ways to get me better in each way.”

The Steelers selected Ward, a Georgia product, in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and was the MVP of Super Bowl XL.

Ward, who retired after the 2011 season, is the Steelers’ all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and receiving touchdowns (85).

–Field Level Media

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Jaguars cancel practice, help players evacuate ahead of hurricane

Jaguars cancel practice, help players evacuate ahead of hurricane

Jaguars cancel practice, help players evacuate ahead of hurricane

The Jacksonville Jaguars canceled Wednesday’s practice and are working to make sure players and staff are safe as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Florida coast.

Coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Monday that he is focused on helping those who live in evacuation areas to find safe housing.

“People who have been through this before know that things can change and you have to be ready,” said Marrone, whose family must evacuate. “And we will be. There’s been a lot of discussions about a lot of different things. I think the first thing was, the priority was, to make sure everyone’s safe and have a plan and then once we know that everyone is safe and has a plan of what they’re doing, then I think we’ll just take things as they come.”

After battering the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm on Sunday, the slow-moving Hurricane Dorian is headed toward Florida as a Category 4. The track of the storm isn’t certain, and when it approaches the region late Tuesday, it either could skirt the Jacksonville area or make a devastating impact.

The storm is expected to be out of the Jacksonville area by Wednesday night, and practice is scheduled for Thursday.

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone to make sure everyone’s safe and everyone has a plan,” Marrone said. “… Hopefully, weather permitting and safety permitting, we’ll bring the team back Thursday at noon. We feel good about our plans for the players and the safety for our players.”

The Jaguars open the season Sunday at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Marrone said a lot of the game preparation has been accomplished.

“… Most of the work is done, which is not to say, ‘If there’s ever a good time (for this to happen),’ but obviously in the beginning you have a chance to have more done than obviously if something happened during the middle of a season,” he said.

–Field Level Media

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NFL transactions roundup: Notable names claimed, added to practice squads

NFL transactions roundup: Notable names claimed, added to practice squads

With the 53-man

NFL transactions roundup: Notable names claimed, added to practice squads

With the 53-man roster limit deadline cleared, NFL teams on Sunday began scrambling to claim some of the more than 1,000 players off waivers.

And for those players who cleared waivers, there are more than 300 practice squad spots up for grabs. Below is the latest on notable players claimed off waivers or added to practice squads around the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals: Among players claimed by the Cardinals are defensive end Jonathan Bullard, a third-round pick by Chicago in 2016 who had 62 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in 46 games over three seasons, and offensive lineman Brett Toth. An offensive tackle, Toth made headlines earlier this month when the Department of Defense granted the recent West Point grad a waiver to delay the remainder of his military requirements to pursue an NFL career.

Carolina Panthers: Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., son of the former All-Pro linebacker, was signed to the Panthers practice squad a day after the team cut him. Carolina also claimed receiver Ray-Ray McCloud from Buffalo after getting a look at him during joint practices with the Bills during camp.

Cincinnati Bengals: With Rodney Anderson out for the season, the Bengals added some running back depth by claiming Samaje Perine from the Redskins. Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, who made the Pro Bowl as a returner in 2017 but has been cut by the Rams and Cardinals since then, was also claimed by Cincinnati.

Cleveland Browns: Linebacker Malik Jefferson, a third-round pick by Cincinnati in 2018, won’t have to leave Ohio to join his new employer. He played in only 12 games as a rookie last season and didn’t see much action this preseason. The Browns also claimed tight end Ricky Seals-Jones from Arizona and receiver Khadarel Hodge from the Los Angeles Rams.

Dallas Cowboys: After failing to make the Eagles final roster despite being selected in the fifth round by Philadelphia, quarterback Clayton Thorson is moving on to a different NFC East team, being signed to Dallas’ practice squad.

Denver Broncos: After cutting loose Kevin Hogan and leaving starting quarterback Joe Flacco with only injured rookie Drew Lock backing him up, Denver claimed Brandon Allen from the Rams. The team also added undrafted rookie Brett Rypien to the practice squad they cut him Saturday and he cleared waivers.

Indianapolis Colts: A day after cutting quarterback Phillip Walker, who showed some promise during the preseason, the Colts signed him to the practice squad. Indianapolis also claimed running back Quinton Flowers from the Bengals, three days after Flowers ran for 47 yards against the Colts in the preseason finale.

Los Angeles Chargers: With star running back Melvin Gordon holding out and reportedly seeking a trade partner, the Chargers scooped us Detrez Newsome and signed him to the practice squad after he cleared waivers following his release from the team Saturday.

New York Jets: The long, winding summer of Kaare Vedvik continues, with the Norwegian-born kicker now in the Big Apple. Less than three weeks ago, Minnesota sent a fifth-round pick to Baltimore for Vedvik, a player whom scouts said could win a job as a placekicker and/or a punter. Despite Vedvik making only 1 of 4 field-goal attempts in the preseason with Minnesota, the Jets think enough of him to release kicker Taylor Bertolet to make room for him. The Jets also claimed former Patriots receiver Braxton Berrios.

Oakland Raiders: One of the more heavily covered angles from Raiders camp on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” is the competition between Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman to be David Carr’s backup at quarterback. Add DeShone Kizer to that mix after the team claimed the former Cleveland Brown and Green Bay Packer.

Philadelphia Eagles: After cutting fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson on Saturday, the Eagles passed on bringing him back to the practice squad and instead signed former Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta. The 2018 fourth-round pick was cut loose by New York after failing to beat out veteran Alex Tanney.

Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Logan Woodside, whose path to the NFL included a tour in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, was signed to the Titans’ practice squad after the team cut him a day earlier.

Washington Redskins: If you can’t beat them, pick up their leftovers? Losers of four straight to NFC East rival Philadelphia, the Redskins claimed running back Wendell Smallwood. The fourth-year back was second on the Eagles in rushing yards last season while leading all Philadelphia running backs with 28 receptions.

–Field Level Media

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Chiefs’ Reid on RB McCoy: ‘He still has the great feet’

Chiefs' Reid on RB McCoy: 'He still has the great feet'

Andy Reid

Chiefs’ Reid on RB McCoy: ‘He still has the great feet’

Andy Reid coached the younger version of LeSean McCoy over four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach likes what he sees of the older version, too.

“There are not a lot of 31-year-old running backs running around out there,” Reid told reporters on Monday. “But he still has the great feet and the vision.”

The Buffalo Bills released the six-time Pro Bowl back on Saturday, and Kansas City quickly snapped him up. McCoy agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.

The Chiefs open the season on Sunday at Jacksonville, and Reid said he expects McCoy to see action behind starter Damien Williams.

“He knows what to expect,” Reid said of McCoy. “I’ve been very honest with him about Damien and how good of a football player he is. I think it’s a great situation for both of them and for the team. For where he’s at in his career, you’re talking about potentially a future Hall of Famer with the numbers and stats he’s put together here. Here he has an opportunity to come to what potentially is a good football team as we go forward and be a part of that.”

Reid said McCoy’s only limitation will be how long it takes him to become familiar with the Chiefs’ playbook.

“This is different than what we did in Philadelphia. There will be some familiar things but it’s quite a bit different,” Reid said.

McCoy gained the fewest yards of his 10-year career in 2018, rushing for 514 yards and averaging 3.2 yards per carry. He spent the past four seasons in Buffalo after six with the Eagles. For his career, he has 10,606 yards and 69 rushing touchdowns in 147 games.

He led the NFL with a career-high 1,607 rushing yards in 2013, one of his six 1,000-yard seasons.

–Field Level Media

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Texans coach O’Brien address Clowney trade fallout

Texans coach O'Brien address Clowney trade fallout

Two days after trading away Jadeveon Clowney and adding Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills in a pair of trades that included numerous other players and draft picks -- and garnered plenty of outside criticism -- Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien on Monday explained the team's

Texans coach O’Brien address Clowney trade fallout

Two days after trading away Jadeveon Clowney and adding Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills in a pair of trades that included numerous other players and draft picks — and garnered plenty of outside criticism — Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien on Monday explained the team’s logic behind the moves.

In the simplest of terms, O’Brien said, “in the end, we just could not come to an agreement on a long-term deal” with Clowney, the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher.

The club put the franchise tag on Clowney in March, but he did not sign his franchise tender before the July 15 deadline, meaning the Texans could no longer negotiate a contract with him until after the season.

O’Brien insisted there were discussions within the organization and with Clowney and his agent Bus Cook, but “we just couldn’t come to an agreement.”

After discussing a Clowney trade with multiple teams — most notably highly publicized talks with Miami regarding Tunsil, their offensive tackle — the Texans on Saturday morning sent the 2014 No. 1 overall pick to Seattle. In return, the Texans got a 2020 third-round pick and linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin. The Texans also reportedly paid Clowney a $7 million signing bonus while the Seahawks pick up his $8 million salary.

“I understand everybody’s going to dissect how we did it and what we received back and what we gave Seattle,” O’Brien told reporters Monday. “In the end, we did what we felt was in the best interest of our organization and of our team moving forward.”

Later Saturday, the Texans did get the lineman they wanted in Tunsil — and added a vertical threat in wide receiver Kenny Stills — but that, too, came at a price.

Houston gave Miami first-round picks in 2020 and ’21, as well as a second-round pick in 2021, plus offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport and cornerback Johnson Bademosi. The Texans got a 2020 fourth-round pick and 2021 sixth-round pick in return.

“We feel really good about being able to get a proven left tackle to protect Deshaun Watson,” O’Brien said in defending the ransom they paid for Tunsil. “Laremy Tunsil is an excellent player.”

O’Brien would not talk about whether the Texans talked about a contract extension with Tunsil before making the trade.

Drafted 13th overall out of Ole Miss in 2016, Tunsil has played in 44 of a possible 48 games with Miami, starting all of them. He has two years and roughly $13.5 million remaining on his contract, after the Dolphins exercised his fifth-year option this offseason.

He now will protect the blind side of Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson, who missed the second half of his rookie season in 2017 with a torn ACL, then suffered a bruised lung and injured ribs severe enough that the team bussed him to Jacksonville for a game last season rather than have him fly with the team over concerns of what changes in air pressure could have on his lungs.

Despite the injuries, and though he was sacked an NFL-high 65 times last season, Watson did not miss a game in 2018.

–Field Level Media

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Garrett: No time frame on Zeke availability when he returns

Garrett: No time frame on Zeke availability when he returns

Whenever

Garrett: No time frame on Zeke availability when he returns

Whenever Ezekiel Elliott does join the Dallas Cowboys, don’t expect the team to spend much time getting him to speed before getting him back on the field.

Speaking to the media Monday in advance of his team’s season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he has no set time frame for how long Elliott would have to wait to play after joining the team.

“Zeke is as capable as anybody I know. He’s an experienced player, he’s been a really good player for us, he knows our system of football,” Garrett said. “I don’t think they’ll be a lot of learning there. He’s a smart guy, an instinctive guy. But again, that’s a hypothetical. We’re just focused on the guys we have right now. We’re going to go practice as well as we can the right way to prepare for the Giants.”

Elliott has been holding out all camp in search of a new contract. He has been in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, working out, reportedly training with Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk.

According to reports over the weekend, negotiations between the team and Elliott are “intensifying.”

Any game missed would cost Elliott more than $225,000 in base salary, and he could be fined for each day he misses practice or meetings. According to the collective bargaining agreement, failing to report for the first game could also make Elliott subject to the Cowboys seeking a return of some of his prorated signing bonus.

Elliott has already racked up more than $1 million in fines for missing camp.

Multiple outlets also reported Monday that the Cowboys will bring running back Jordan Chunn off the practice squad, giving them three tailbacks plus a fullback on the active roster. Chunn would be joined by tailbacks Alfred Morris and Tony Pollard, along with fullback Jamize Olawale.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Vikings sign WR Doctson to one-year deal

Reports: Vikings sign WR Doctson to one-year deal

The Minnesota

Reports: Vikings sign WR Doctson to one-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Washington Redskins wideout Josh Doctson to a one-year deal, according to a report Monday by ESPN.

The move, subsequently confirmed by other outlets, reunites Doctson, the No. 22 overall pick out of TCU in the 2016 draft, with former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. Doctson recorded his best season as a pro with Cousins as his quarterback in 2017, finishing with 35 catches, 502 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 16 games (14 starts).

Last season, Doctson caught 44 passes for 532 yards and two touchdowns, but while some of those numbers were career highs, it wasn’t enough for the Redskins to pick up his fifth-year rookie option earlier this offseason.

“I think I’m hitting free agency next year. I won’t be the first, won’t be the last,” Doctson told ESPN in July. “It’s nothing to be sad about, be mad about. Someone wants you there, so it’s all love.”

The Redskins made Doctson’s departure official on Saturday when they included the 26-year-old among their finals cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit.

Doctson finishes his time with the Redskins with 81 catches for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

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LeBlanc signs 1-year extension with Eagles, put on IR

LeBlanc signs 1-year extension with Eagles, put on IR

LeBlanc signs 1-year extension with Eagles, put on IR

The Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc to a one-year contract extension Monday.

The team followed up the move by placing the 25-year-old on injured reserve. LeBlanc is recovering from a foot injury sustained during training camp and can return to action after Week 8.

LeBlanc had 24 tackles in eight games (four starts) for the Eagles last season. He also started one of playoff game and had an interception against the New Orleans Saints.

The Eagles claimed LeBlanc midseason off waivers from the Detroit Lions, where he played in three games before moving on to Philadelphia. He appeared in 28 games for the Bears in 2016 and 2017.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Colts sign Brissett to two-year, $30M extension

Reports: Colts sign Brissett to two-year, $30M extension

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed

Reports: Colts sign Brissett to two-year, $30M extension

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a two-year, $30-million contract extension with new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, according to multiple reports on Monday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that Brissett will earn $20 million guaranteed at signing.

Brissett was in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, and was set to earn $2 million in 2019. He was named the Colts starting quarterback following the retirement of Andrew Luck on Aug. 24.

Brissett is 5-12 as a starter, including 4-11 with the Colts in 2017 when Luck was out for the season with a shoulder injury. He has 3,500 yards passing in his career with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The move came just hours after the Colts signed former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer as back up to Brissett. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Hoyer agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with $9 million guaranteed.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Colts sign QB Brissett to 2-year extension

NFL notebook: Colts sign QB Brissett to 2-year extension

NFL notebook: Colts sign QB Brissett to 2-year extension

The Indianapolis Colts agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract extension with new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, according to multiple reports on Monday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that Brissett will earn $20 million guaranteed at signing.

Brissett was in the final year of his four-year rookie contract and was set to earn $2 million in 2019. He was named the Colts’ starting quarterback following the retirement of Andrew Luck on Aug. 24.

Brissett is 5-12 as a starter, including 4-11 with the Colts in 2017, when Luck was out for the season with a shoulder injury. He has 3,500 yards passing in his career with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

–The Colts signed former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer to back up Brissett, according to reports on Monday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Hoyer agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with $9 million in guarantees.

The Patriots released Hoyer, 33, opting to have rookie Jarrett Stidham as Tom Brady’s backup and potential heir apparent. Hoyer started his career with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State and has spent time with five other teams.

–Andy Reid coached the younger version of LeSean McCoy over four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach likes what he sees of the older version, too.

The Chiefs open the season on Sunday at Jacksonville, and Reid said he expects McCoy to see action behind starter Damien Williams. The Buffalo Bills released the six-time Pro Bowl back on Saturday, and the Chiefs quickly snapped him up.

–The Patriots brought back wide receiver Demaryius Thomas two days after he was released as rosters were cut to the NFL-mandated 53, Schefter reported.

He’ll take the spot of N’Keal Harry, a first-round selection in the 2019 draft who will be placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury.

Harry will be eligible to return to the active roster later this season.

–The Minnesota Vikings signed former Washington Redskins wideout Josh Doctson to a one-year deal, according to a report from ESPN.

Last season, Doctson caught 44 passes for 532 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Redskins to pick up his fifth-year rookie option earlier this offseason.

–Whenever Ezekiel Elliott ends his holdout and joins the Dallas Cowboys, don’t expect the team to spend much time getting him up to speed before getting him back on the field.

Speaking to the media in advance of his team’s season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he has no set timeframe for how long Elliott would have to wait to play after joining the team.

“He’s an experienced player, he’s been a really good player for us, he knows our system of football,” Garrett said.

–The Cowboys released linebacker Rolando McClain several days after the NFL conditionally reinstated him from suspension, according to multiple reports.

Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, McClain was suspended indefinitely in 2016 after he repeatedly failed drug tests. The 30-year-old last played in 2015 with the Cowboys, who maintained his rights.

–Two days after trading away Jadeveon Clowney and adding Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills in a pair of deals that included numerous other players and draft picks — and garnered plenty of outside criticism — Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien on Monday explained the team’s logic behind the moves.

In the simplest of terms, O’Brien said, “In the end, we just could not come to an agreement on a long-term deal” with Clowney, the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher who was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks.

–Retired NFL wide receiver Hines Ward has joined the New York Jets as a full-time offensive assistant coach.

Ward, 43, was a coaching intern with the Jets during training camp, assisting wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. He’ll continue to help Jefferson.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars canceled Wednesday’s practice and are working to make sure players and staff are safe as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Florida coast.

Coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he is focused on helping those who live in evacuation areas to find safe housing.

–The Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc to a one-year contract extension.

The team followed up the move by placing the 25-year-old on injured reserve. LeBlanc is recovering from a foot injury sustained during training camp and can return to action after Week 8.

–The Dolphins continued their roster overhaul by releasing long snapper John Denney, a fixture in Miami since 2005.

Denney, 40, made 224 consecutive appearances for the Dolphins, not missing a game in his 14 seasons.

–The Atlanta Falcons signed fullback Keith Smith to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old started his career with the Cowboys (2014-17) and was on the Raiders’ roster in 2018.

–Field Level Media

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Film Study: Early assessment of QBs Murray, Jones

Film Study: Early assessment of QBs Murray, Jones

Film Study: Early assessment of QBs Murray, Jones

It’s dangerous to draw sweeping conclusions from the preseason.

The field is littered with backups, and most teams do zero game-planning. Many even call plays against poor looks on purpose, just to see how players respond.

That said, we can glean tidbits from how players execute in given circumstances. With those caveats in mind, we dissected every preseason snap from the top four quarterbacks drafted in April.

Kyler Murray — First overall, Arizona Cardinals

After his second game, Murray was shown on HBO’s Hard Knocks asking Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown, “Why they bringing the house on me, bro?”

“That’s what people gonna do to you,” Brown responded. “You gotta get used to that cause you so fast.”

Brown is right: Murray will be blitzed early and often — though not necessarily because he’s fast. Defensive coordinators will try to speed Murray up mentally so he becomes erratic physically. Pressure — perceived or real — often forces him to drop his eyes or trigger “escape mode” too early.

More importantly, Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme features wide O-line splits and limited protection calls, making blitzes lethal. That was an issue against the Raiders and Vikings, who also exploited the splits by stunting D-linemen regularly. If Kingsbury maintains wide splits against Aaron Donald and others, Murray could be running for his life all season.

The best antidotes are quick, defined throws that Kingsbury’s designs provide. Murray has been sharp there, flaunting his whip of an arm and deadly accuracy on perimeter strikes in Minnesota, including a pair converting third-and-7s.

Murray also showed mental progress mid-game against the Vikings. After failing to see a wide open corner route in the end zone against Cover-2 in the second quarter, he recognized the same coverage a drive later and attacked the corner void (called a “holeshot”) with a bullet.

Murray has shown both his tantalizing talent and some concerns from college. We’ll learn a lot more once Kingsbury’s scheme is unveiled this week.

Daniel Jones — Sixth overall, New York Giants

Derided as a major reach, Jones was so sharp during preseason that coach Pat Shurmur is already gloating to the QB’s doubters.

The numbers (29 of 34, 416 yards, two TDs) were terrific, and the film mostly matched. Jones showed excellent mechanics, diligence with presnap reads and eye discipline at Duke, all of which have translated. While rarely working deep into progressions, he executed Shurmur’s staples — rub routes, flood concepts, deep play-action designs — very well.

Perhaps most encouraging is Jones’ accuracy, which was good but not stellar at Duke. He has often hit open receivers with perfect ball placement, maximizing yards after the catch. That said, receivers bailed Jones out despite poor placement occasionally, most notably on two deep shots against the Bengals.

Jones showed pocket toughness in spades in college, but he hasn’t needed it much so far. He played five of his 11 series behind the Giants’ starting O-line against primarily backups (and was still strip-sacked twice). Giving Jones extra support early was smart, but he’ll face more pressure when games count.

One minor trend to watch: At Duke, Jones was sharper with mechanics and accuracy in games played on turf compared to on grass. All four preseason games were on turf, but the Giants do play five games on grass this season.

Dwayne Haskins — 15th overall, Washington Redskins

It should be no surprise the inexperienced Haskins, learning a complex scheme, lost the starting job to Case Keenum, but he’ll claim it before long.

Haskins has had plenty of rookie mistakes, most notably inaccuracy stemming from lazy footwork. Often sharp despite poor feet at Ohio State, he missed too many easy throws during the preseason while stepping in the bucket or not following through.

That included his first interception against the Browns, when he way underthrew a wheel route with static feet. The pick was also the product of a predetermined read, as Haskins failed to see that the linebacker avoided the rub route and was reading him (not the receiver), and threw it anyway. Those sorts of mistakes make head coaches lose trust.

But Haskins has also shown his tremendous ceiling, highlighted by his touchdown against the Bengals. After his hard count revealed the safeties’ rotation, he changed the protection to account for a blitz. The line failed to pick it up cleanly, but Haskins threw a gorgeous post for a 55-yard score while getting hit. Even more impressive, the post was not the primary route — Haskins recognized the safety sitting low in the Bengals’ Cover-4 and took advantage.

It was likely the single most impressive play by any rookie QB all preseason. That combination of high-level processing and physical talent is rare, especially for a one-year college starter.

Add in the surprising mobility Haskins has shown since shedding the knee brace he wore at Ohio State, and there’s a lot to like.

Drew Lock — 42nd overall, Denver Broncos

Lock’s preseason was cut short by a thumb injury in his third game, robbing him of critical opportunities for experience he sorely needs.

A talented but raw prospect, he has had more deer-in-the-headlights moments than the three aforementioned QBs combined.

Narrow vision and shaky field-reading were expected, but Lock rarely looked settled in the pocket, and his highly-touted arm surprisingly lacked zip at times. He made a few “wow” throws, but some fluttered, a significant concern given it should be his greatest strength.

Now on injured reserve for 8-plus weeks, Lock has a long way to go just to operate an offense. It’s hard to see him pushing Joe Flacco until at least 2020.

–David DeChant (@DavidDeChant), Field Level Media

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Cowboys, RT Collins agree to five-year deal

Cowboys, RT Collins agree to five-year deal

Cowboys, RT Collins agree to five-year deal

Right tackle La’el Collins agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

The deal includes $50 million in new money, with the first two years and $20 million fully guaranteed and $35 million guaranteed against injury, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB.

With skill-position stars Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper pining for a payday of their own, the Cowboys locked up another young starter by extending Collins’ deal and solidifying their offensive line.

Collins, 26, signed as an undrafted free agent out of LSU after NFL teams passed on him in the draft days after he was questioned in the murder of a former girlfriend. By the time the investigation showed Collins wasn’t involved, he was already a member of the Cowboys’ roster, signing a three-year, $1.5 million contract.

Owner Jerry Jones promised to redo that initial deal, and followed through with a two-year, $15.4 million contract in 2017.

Collins began his NFL career at guard but has solidified the right side of the line as a bookend to All-Pro Tyron Smith on the left side.

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Reports: Cowboys release reinstated LB McClain

Reports: Cowboys release reinstated LB McClain

The Dallas Cowboys released

Reports: Cowboys release reinstated LB McClain

The Dallas Cowboys released linebacker Rolando McClain on Monday, days after the NFL conditionally reinstated him from suspension, according to multiple reports.

His release was set to become official later in the day, and his reinstatement finalized on Tuesday. He will be an unrestricted free agent.

Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, McClain was suspended indefinitely in 2016 after he repeatedly failed drug tests. He last played in 2015 with the Cowboys, who maintained his rights.

McClain, now 30, spent three seasons with the Raiders. The Raiders released him because he didn’t perform on the field as expected and because he found himself in legal trouble.

The Baltimore Ravens signed McClain in 2013 but he decided to retire. He returned to the sport with Dallas in 2014.

In five NFL seasons, McClain has played in 65 games (61 starts). He recorded 412 tackles, 9.5 sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles

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