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Friday night college football coverage: K-State upset, Texas Tech guns down SMU

We didn't quite get that smoking scoreboard we expected in Dallas, where air raid Texas Tech outran run 'n' raid SMU. But we did see the reigning Big 12 co-champions lose to a FCS team. A really good FCS team. Full weekend TV schedule here. Thursday night's scores.

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Say hello to Baker Mayfield

Who's this true freshman walk-on setting fire to the college football world? Just the next in a long line of prolific Texas Tech QBs.

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FAU unleashes "4th down spike" play

The 4th-down spike represents the boldest new wave of college football thinking in decades.

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Michigan State tops Western Michigan in opener

Michigan State improved to 13-2 in its last 15 season openers with a home win over the MAC's Broncos.

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Red Raiders dominate Mustangs late, win big

Baker Mayfield lit up the SMU Mustangs in the fourth quarter, leading his Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 41-23 victory on Friday.

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FCS champs take down K-State

North Dakota State is literally the last team you want to open your season against. Here's why.

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Hurricanes knock off FAU

Miami got its season off to a strong start with a convincing win over Florida Atlantic.

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SMU RB hurt by Texas Tech horse collar

The Mustangs' Traylon Shead was carted off in the third quarter after this collision.

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WMU-MSU delayed by lightning

This is the second college football game in two days to have been delayed by lightning.

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Two crazy INTs by Michigan State

These could be Michigan State's best offensive plays of the night.

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MSU's killer defense on display vs. WMU Week 1

P.J. Fleck's debut at Western Michigan puts him up against a buzzsaw. The Spartans are expected to roll against WMU, but Michigan State has questions to answer on offensively.

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Miami vs. Florida Atlantic game preview & TV info

Miami opens the season against an in-state opponent.

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Texas Tech vs. SMU game preview and TV info

The Mustangs look to stop a 14-game losing streak against their in-state rivals as two high octane offense take the field Friday night.

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What to watch all weekend long

The college football schedule is littered with viewing options. Some are better than others, so let's walk you through your options.

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Houston's a promising mess

Fortunes aren't supposed to change rapidly (and change again and again) for most schools, but most schools aren't Houston. What can second-year head coach Tony Levine make of a team so young a year ago that it's still pretty young? Can the Cougars take advantage of a schedule built for wins?

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SMU, transition, and the Raid 'n' Shoot

This feels like a transition year for SMU, with major turnover on the offensive line and defensive front seven and a quarterback who still doesn't quite seem to match the scheme. For now just let's just enjoy the June Jones-Hal Mumme partnership and look for fireworks in 2014.

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Miami finds traction

With a young squad, Miami looked pretty damn good last November. If the Hurricanes can escape a further postseason ban when (or if) the NCAA finally announces its sanctions for the Nevin Shapiro scandal, they could certainly continue that momentum and find themselves in the ACC title game this December. For more Canes, visit State of the U.

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Stats say Spartans are ready

With what should be one of the two or three best defenses in the country and a mostly easy home slate, Michigan State should easy place in the top 20 and win 8-9 games. The numbers suggest the ceiling could be much, much higher, but the eyeballs saw a little too much of last year's offense to buy it. For more Spartans, visit The Only Colors.

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Arizona has gains to sustain

Arizona made the transition to Rich Rodriguez's offense and Jeff Casteel's defense better than expected in 2012; after a shaky offseason, can the Wildcats navigate a pretty easy schedule and sustain last year's improvement in the win column? For more on the Wildcats, visit Arizona Desert Swarm.

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Pros, cons, and Kansas State

Go ahead. Bet against Kansas State. Bill Snyder dares you. For more on the Wildcats, visit K-State site Bring on the Cats.

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Fun comes back to Lubbock

New Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has probably already been embraced by a larger portion of the fanbase than Tommy Tuberville ever was. Now we have to find out if he can coach. Fun comes back to Lubbock in 2013; will wins follow in a brutally deep Big 12? For more Red Raiders, visit Texas Tech site Viva the Matadors.

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Welcome to Double-A, FAU

FAU's late promotion to Conference USA was based mostly off of potential instead of recent production. But while the offense will probably hold the Owls back, a late-2012 surge (and an outright stud at receiver) makes them worth watching, just in case.

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A youth movement on the sideline

Western Michigan took a chance by hiring 32-year old former MAC star P.J. Fleck as its head coach. Can he and his new staff make something of spread personnel on offense and iffy personnel on defense?

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