Non-Power 5 schools seek major bowl bid

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, file photo, Houston head coach Tom Herman stands on the stand after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Florida State in Atlanta. Houston won 38-24. The 15th-ranked Cougars are the clear favorites to get the New Year’s Six bid from the Group of Five. Herman enters his second year at Houston as arguably the nation’s hottest coaching prospect after leading the Cougars to a 13-1 record last season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The schools not from Power Five conferences are making the most of their inclusion in the New Year’s Six bowl lineup.

BSU women’s cross country sixth in national poll

Both Broncos’ teams received their highest preseason rankings in program history Tuesday, when the USTFCCCA rated the women sixth and the men 16th. Boise State returns Allie Ostrander, the 2015 NCAA runner-up and No. 1 runner in the FloTrack preseason ranking; and fellow sophomore Brenna Peloquin (No. 6 on FloTrack), an outdoor track and field All-American.

Garretson ready to take reins for the Beavers

FILE - In this March 29, 2016 file photo, Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson throws a pass during spring NCAA college football practice in Corvallis, Ore. The transfer from Utah State who sat out last season will lead the Beavers when they visit Minnesota on Thursday Sept. 1, 2016.(Godofredo Vasquez/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

Quarterback Darell Garretson already has something that Oregon State lacked at the position at this point last season: Experience.

A look at Penn State scandal legal fallout

FILE - In a Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa. Its been nearly five years since retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges. The scandal has produced new state laws regarding child abuse, millions in civil settlements to his victims and significant changes to Penn States policies and procedures. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It’s been nearly five years since retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges, and earlier this month he testified as he seeks to have his 45-count criminal conviction overturned. The scandal has produced new state laws regarding child abuse, millions in civil settlements to his victims and significant changes to Penn State’s policies and procedures.

Vandals happily carry a plethora of pass-catchers

Associated Press file Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan throws a pass during Idaho’s first practice of fall camp earlier this month at Moscow. Associated Press file

MOSCOW — The Vandals return three of their top four receivers from 2015, and right off the bat, that may be the best way to explain why Idaho’s best position group is rich beyond its wildest dreams entering year No. 4 under Paul Petrino.

Some walk-ons reach dream, most quit trying

In this Aug. 23, 2016, photo, Nebraska walk-on, linebacker Brad Simpson (56) stands between Tre Bryant (18) and Luke Gifford (12) as they listen to special teams coach Bruce Read, during NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb. Simpson had to think long and hard about saying no to offers of partial scholarships from Division II Nebraska-Kearney and Northwest Missouri State and saying yes to the walk-on opportunity presented by the former Nebraska staff. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Finally, Brad Simpson can call himself a scholarship player at a big-time football school. It’s taken him four years, and he’s run up student-loan debt into the tens of thousands of dollars. With one season to play, he says his walk-on experience at Nebraska has been worth every penny.

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