Sunday, May 27, 2018
Colleges

Texas A&M, Alabama set to replay drama of 2012

The last blockbuster of the summer is set in Texas.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 Texas A&M. Johnny Football trying to derail the Crimson Tide dynasty. Who is the hero and who is the villain depends upon perspective. And, of course, it's a sequel.

The Tide and Aggies meet today in the most anticipated and talked-about game of the season.

Just how big is this game, Tide coach Nick Saban?

"Obviously this is an exciting game for our team, the players in our program," Saban said.

Okay, so Saban isn't much for hype, but there's no doubt this is huge.

Looking online for a last-minute ticket to Kyle Field? Be prepared to shell out $700, give or take a hundred. A hotel room in town? Better have a plan B. Most of the space was booked not long after the Aggies upset Alabama 29-24 in November in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M was expecting a crowd of around 50,000 at the stadium Friday for midnight yell practice, the Aggies' version of a pep rally.

Last year's victory propelled A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to the Heisman Trophy. For the Tide, the loss was a detour on the way to a second straight national championship.

But not all is perfect even for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

Alabama's rebuilt offensive line was one of the few areas of concern coming into the season. The opening victory over Virginia Tech did nothing to soothe the worriers. The Tide didn't crack 100 yards rushing against Hokies.

"After Virginia Tech everybody is talking about being disappointed in us," guard Anthony Steen said, "and we've got a chip on our shoulder … and we're ready to prove something."

Flooding postpones Colorado-Fresno State

The game scheduled today between Fresno State and Colorado in Boulder was postponed Friday because of flooding that's devastating Colorado.

No makeup date was announced.

"Even though the weather is improving, Boulder is still designated as a national emergency site," Chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a statement. "Our community is hurting. … This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game that would put pressure on the community, both in terms of security/emergency personnel, but also in diverting attention from people in need."

The area has been hit hard in recent days by torrential showers, leading to flooding in northern Colorado, especially mountain communities around Boulder. The university has canceled classes through at least Friday.

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said the team has moved several players into hotels after they had to leave their homes because of flooding.

Athletic director Rick George said in a conference call that he will begin discussing rescheduling options with Fresno State in the next few days. The contest could be made up at the end of the season or possibly even canceled if no dates work out.

About an hour's drive north in Fort Collins, the game between Colorado State and Cal Poly was still set for this afternoon.

Legaux surgery: Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee. He was injured during last weekend's 45-17 loss at Illinois. The senior is finished for the season, but hopes to play eventually. Coach Tommy Tuberville said there's optimism he could get a redshirt and return next year.

Vol sorry: Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch apologized on Twitter after being ruled ineligible for today's game at No. 2 Oregon. Coach Butch Jones said Couch wouldn't play as the university investigates allegations he received improper benefits.

Kansas: The NCAA ruled that cornerback Kevin Short, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College, is academically ineligible and will have to redshirt.

Texas: Quarterback David Ash will miss today's game against No. 25 Mississippi with head and shoulder injuries. The school said senior Case McCoy will start.

West Virginia: Redshirt freshman Ford Childress, the third-string quarterback in preseason who has yet to play, will start today against Georgia State, coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Friday's game: Jay Ajayi rushed for four touchdowns and Joe Southwick threw for one score and rushed for another to lead host Boise State (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West) past Air Force 42-20. Quarterback Jaleel Awini, in his second career start, led the Falcons (1-2, 0-2) with 107 yards on 23 carries but only attempted nine passes, completing four.

Ex-basketball star, politician guilty

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former Kentucky star turned politician Richie Farmer entered a guilty plea to government corruption charges in a deal with prosecutors. Farmer, 44, faces about two years in prison for misdeeds while serving as Kentucky's agriculture commissioner. Farmer was a shooting guard for the Wildcats from 1988-92, a team known as "The Unforgettables." His jersey hangs as a monument in the rafters of Rupp Arena. Farmer was accused of using Department of Agriculture employees to work on his Frankfort home and hiring special assistants who did little or no work for the agency.

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