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Tide preseason No.1 for 3rd year in row

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Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat.

The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.

No. 2 Clemson received 18 first-place votes. Georgia is No. 3 and Wisconsin is fourth. The Badgers received one first-place vote. Ohio State was ranked No. 5.

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Michigan QB Patterson to start vs. Irish

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame.

Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Monday. He had earlier said Patterson was simply one of four quarterbacks competing to take the first snap, along with Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton.

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Cephus leaves Wisconsin, expects charges

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus says he is taking a leave of absence from the team because he believes prosecutors intend to file criminal charges against him for an incident in April involving what he calls a "consensual relationship."

In a tweet late Saturday, Cephus didn't specify what he is accused of but denied any wrongdoing and said he has been wrongfully accused.

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Coach Moglia returns to Coastal Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

For the Chants, though, it's hard to contain their excitement about having Moglia back in charge after he missed last season because of health problems.

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LB Allen gets 2nd chance at Texas Tech

Dakota Allen went from thinking that one huge mistake would keep him from ever playing football again to "Last Chance U" - and then an unexpected second opportunity at Texas Tech.

"I feel like redemption is important for me," Allen said. "A lot of people that did give me this second chance, I really don't want to let them down."

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Vols' transfers bring winning experience

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has added players from some of the nation's most successful programs in an attempt to jump-start the Volunteers' return to Southeastern Conference contention.

The Vols' roster includes graduate transfers from Alabama (offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy ), Michigan State (running back Madre London ) and Stanford (quarterback Keller Chryst ). Those three teams posted a combined 32-9 record last season, while Tennessee went 4-8 and set a school record for losses .

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Terps to wear helmet sticker for McNair

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died.

In an announcement Monday morning, the school said no player will wear his number for the next three years - the time during which he would have been eligible to play.

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FSU AD Wilcox leaving for role with NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox is leaving for the NCAA, filling the job vacated when Oliver Luck left to run the new XFL.

The NCAA announced Monday that Wilcox will serves as executive vice president of regulatory affairs. Luck, the former West Virginia athletic director, filled that role for four years before stepping down in June.

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Cheez-It becomes sponsor of Cactus Bowl

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Cactus Bowl is now the Cheez-It Bowl.

The multiyear title sponsorship deal was announced Monday.

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Georgia RB White suffers 2nd ACL injury

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia freshman tailback Zamir White suffered his second anterior cruciate ligament injury in less than a year Saturday, likely ending his hopes of playing this season.

Georgia confirmed tests showed White tore the ACL in his left knee injury in a scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

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