Lessons learned at home have propelled J.R. Reed to a leading role in Georgia's secondary. The fifth-year senior has started 32 consecutive games at safety for the No. 3 Bulldogs, who face a huge challenge this weekend when they host No. 7 Notre Dame. Reed is the son of former NFL receiver Jake Reed, who played in the league for a dozen seasons with Minnesota and New Orleans.
No. 1 Clemson is looking for consistency from quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne. The preseason Heisman Trophy candidates have been impressive at times but Lawrence has thrown five interceptions, more than the four picks he had all of last year. Etienne opened with a career best 205 yards rushing and three TDs against Georgia Tech. But he's gained 129 yards and no touchdowns since.
No. 6 Ohio State is making it look easy in the run up to the Big Ten slate. The Buckeyes overwhelmed FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana by a combined 138-31. They're again multi-touchdown favorites as they host Miami of Ohio on Saturday before they get into the meat of conference games. They are playing efficiently on both sides of the ball and are piling up some gaudy numbers.
The numbers say Oklahoma's defense has improved this season. Last season, Oklahoma ranked 114th out of 129 schools in total defense and 101st in scoring defense. This season, the Sooners rank 46th nationally out of 130 teams in scoring defense and 58th in total defense. An aggressive, ball-hawking unit led by new coordinator Alex Grinch has done its part in the fifth-ranked Sooners' 3-0 start.
Ken Powtak, Associated Press | Updated Sep 18th - 12:18am
Mike Yastrzemski rounded the bases to the cheers of the Fenway Park fans after hitting a solo homer for San Francisco — like his grandfather heard numerous times during his illustrious career with the Red Sox.
Dennis Georgatos, Associated Press | Posted Sep 17th - 9:46pm
Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso all homered in the sixth to break open a scoreless game and the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 Tuesday night to boost their flickering playoff hopes.
Justin Verlander picked up his major league-leading 19th win and Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez all homered to help the Houston Astros to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Charles Odum, Associated Press | Posted Sep 17th - 8:58pm
Rhys Hoskins and Jose Pirela hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel in Philadelphia's five-run fourth inning and the Phillies escaped in the ninth to beat Atlanta 5-4 on Tuesday night and prevent the Braves from moving closer to clinching the NL East.
Ronald Blum, Associated Press | Updated Sep 17th - 8:07pm
Luis Severino pitched four dominant innings and reached 98.8 mph in his injury-delayed season debut for the Yankees, an 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night that moved New York to the brink of clinching its 21st postseason appearance in 25 years.