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article November 9, 2017

The Key To TCU's Dominant Defense

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Gary Patterson has fielded many great defenses over the years at TCU, and this year's Horned Frogs have been one of his best. His secret? Shorten the game. It's worked so far this season, and TCU hopes it works Saturday at Oklahoma. More»
GettyImages-870237952 article November 5, 2017

Bedlam Lives Up To Name in OU Win

No. 5 Oklahoma beat No. 11 Oklahoma State 62-52 in a win in Stillwater that featured plenty of weirdness, nearly 1,500 yards of total offense and yet another memorable performance in a big game from Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. More»
GettyImages-867608816 article November 2, 2017

Campbell's Coup: Iowa State Arrives

Iowa State has won four in a row -- including games vs. Oklahoma and TCU -- and showed up at No. 15 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, as it has rapidly changed its identity and reputation under second-year head coach Matt Campbell. More»
GettyImages-867608764 article October 29, 2017

Rising Cyclones Topple TCU

Three weeks ago, Iowa State upset one undefeated team in the top five when it beat Oklahoma in Norman. On Saturday, the Cyclones did it again, taking down No. 4 TCU 14-7 at home in Ames to shockingly move to the lead in the Big 12. More»
GettyImages-861451180 article October 26, 2017

Arkansas Heading Toward Crossroads

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long pulled off an impressive hire when he landed Bret Bielema from Wisconsin, but the Bielema era hasn't worked out as hoped. With his 10-26 SEC record -- 0-4 this year -- Bielema is suddenly under significant pressure. More»
overcoming_injury article October 19, 2017

Big Injuries Don't Always Mean Doom

What happens when a sports team loses a star? The results have been mixed -- sometimes the team can fall into ruin, but often a new star emerges or the season ends up better than expected. Maybe the Packers and Celtics can look at some history. More»
GettyImages-856065704 article October 19, 2017

Knight and Day: UCF's Fast Turnaround

No college football team has been on a roller coaster in recent years quite like UCF, which went from the Fiesta Bowl in 2013 to winless in 2015 to a promising 2017 campaign that has the Knights 5-0, ranked 20th and scoring 50 points per game under coach Scott Frost. More»
GettyImages-861396178 article October 15, 2017

Mayfield Leaves Rivalry On High Note

Baker Mayfield felt some sadness knowing that his days in the Red River Rivalry are over, but the star senior Oklahoma quarterback was able to celebrate one more win vs. Texas, a 29-24 victory over the Longhorns in which he passed for 302 yards. More»
GettyImages-858749700 article October 12, 2017

Kempt Rises as Iowa State Upset Hero

Before Saturday, Kyle Kempt was an unknown QB, despite being a fifth-year senior who has had stints at two Power Five schools. After a long journey, Kempt finally got his shot, leading Iowa State to an upset at Oklahoma in one of the biggest wins in school history. More»
GettyImages-858770908 article October 8, 2017

Horned Frogs Have Leg Up On Big 12

Presented with a golden opportunity after Oklahoma's upset loss earlier in the day, No. 8 TCU capitalized on Saturday afternoon, beating No. 23 West Virginia 31-24 to move forward as the last unbeaten team remaining in the Big 12. More»
USATSI_10316010 article October 6, 2017

Cougars Raiding Pac-12 With Defense

Every team coached by Mike Leach is going to be known primarily for its offense thanks to his Air Raid attack. However, this year's Washington State team appears to be Leach's best yet, and it's because of an energized defense coached by Alex Grinch. More»
LynxWNBA-Champs article October 5, 2017

Lynx Sink Sparks, Win WNBA Title

In Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Sparks, the Minnesota Lynx never trailed and held off a late rally to win the clinching contest, 85-76, and earn their fourth title in seven seasons. More»
GettyImages-664237174 article September 28, 2017

Can College Basketball Be Saved?

As a wide-ranging scandal unfolds, change is coming to college basketball, and, likely, college sports as a whole. So what should change? The sport's underbelly may never be eradicated completely, but it can be addressed. More»
GettyImages-499082356 article September 25, 2017

Life on the College Football Hot Seat

There's an old adage in college football that says there are two types of coaches: Those who have been fired and those who will be. In the middle, there are coaches on the hot seat. How do they handle it? Les Miles and other former coaches explain. More»
GettyImages-852444628 article September 23, 2017

Aggies Call Off The Hogs In Overtime

Faced with immense pressure after its season-opening collapse against UCLA, Texas A&M started off SEC play on the right foot. Led by Christian Kirk, the Aggies pulled off a thrilling 50-43 win in overtime against SEC West rival Arkansas. More»
Curry-NFLProtests article September 23, 2017

Sports World Reacts To President

President Donald Trump criticized NFL player protests on Friday night, then said the Warriors wouldn't get an invitation to the White House to celebrate their NBA title after Stephen Curry made it clear he would vote against his team attending. More»
GettyImages-611835392 article September 22, 2017

Origins of the OK State Offense

Oklahoma State has built arguably the best offense in college football, with star quarterback Mason Rudolph throwing to a deep receiving corps. Who's behind it all? Coordinator Mike Yurcich, who coach Mike Gundy found in an unexpected place. More»
GettyImages-846228928 article September 15, 2017

Texas Still Chasing Glory Days

Twelve years ago, Texas beat USC for the national title in the greatest college football game ever. As the two prepare to meet for the first time since then, Longhorns coach Tom Herman attempts a turnaround that won't happen overnight. More»
MNF-Broncos article September 12, 2017

Talk of MNF: Beth, Sergio & a Block

Many will be buzzing about the last seconds of Denver's 24-21 win over LA in the nightcap of the MNF doubleheader on ESPN, but the call was just as important with Beth Mowins on the mic. Sideline reporter Sergio Dipp was a star too ... in a different way. More»
TimDuncan-Irma article September 11, 2017

Duncan and Others Help During Irma

Hurricane Irma is touching down on Florida's coast after wiping through America's outlying islands. Its ramifications and damage are widespread, and athletes around the country are doing their best to both help people cope. More»

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