Smith relying on youth to turn around Illinois

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Illinois running back Mike Epstein, right, pulls in a 21-yard touchdown pass in front of South Florida safety Devin Abraham during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla. When Lovie Smith became coach at Illinois, it was clear that he was taking over a struggling program. In his first year of his rebuilding project Smith relied heavily on upperclassmen, but this time around he's placed a lot of responsibility in the hands of his youths. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Lovie Smith became the head coach at Illinois, it was clear that he was taking over a struggling program.

Turnovers a concern as Spartans eye Big Ten opener

Michigan State's LJ Scott tries unsuccessfully to recover his fumble in the end zone during the second quarter against Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in East Lansing, Mich. The ball was recovered by Notre Dame. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — LJ Scott is an experienced running back, a player Michigan State is counting on to provide consistent production on offense.

Washington State’s defense prepares to face Darnold

Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa (50) sacks Nevada quarterback Kaymen Cureton during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

The Air Raid offense gets most of the attention at No. 16 Washington State but the Cougars’ defense is also pretty good.

Utah QB Huntley injured, backup Williams ready

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley watches from the side line after getting injured in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Utah defeated Arizona 30-24. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It’s not clear when Utah will get starting quarterback Tyler Huntley back, but the Utes have a more than capable backup.

Washington loses WR McClatcher to broken ankle

Washington wide receiver Chico McClatcher, center, is stopped by Colorado defensive backs Isaiah Oliver and Evan Worthington, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SEATTLE (AP) — Sixth-ranked Washington will be without starting wide receiver Chico McClatcher for the rest of the season after he broke his left ankle, taking away one of the most electric options in the Huskies’ offense.

Clemson prepares for test vs 12th-ranked Hokies

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) rushes for a first down with blocking help from Tavien Feaster during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 34-7. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The tests just keep coming for No. 2 Clemson. The Tigers will face its third top-15 opponent in four weeks when it heads to 12th-ranked Virginia Tech this weekend.

Harbaugh, Meyer: Big Ten needs locker room reform

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from the sideline against UNLV during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer may not see eye-to-eye on much, but they agree on one thing — something needs to be done about locker rooms for visiting football teams in the Big Ten.

Heat Check: TCU, UGA move up — but no far enough

Georiga running back Nick Chubb (27) celebrates after scoring during second half against Mississippi State, as he is lifted by offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (77) as quarterback Jake Fromm (11) watches, during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Athens, Ga. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)

The effects of preseason rankings are still lingering in the AP college football poll, and probably holding back the two newest members of the top 10.

Wyoming beat Hawaii in overtime 28-21 on INT

Wyoming running back Trey Woods (6) makes a run for the end zone as Hawaii defensive Back Keala Santiago (13) chases him during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Laramie, Wyo. (Josh Galemore/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Linebackers don’t get their hands on the ball very often, and Wyoming linebacker Cassh Maluia had just one good hand when he saw the ball fluttering in the air.

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