- Hank Aaron steps to fundraising plate for Democrat Michelle Nunn
- ISIL terrorists blow up burial site of Jonah, vow more of same
- Impeach Obama, say 35 percent in new poll
- Taliban yank 14 Shiites off bus, bind and shoot them on Afghan road
- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
Top 25 Preview Capsules
Question of the Day
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oklahoma: RB Dominique Whaley. After a surprising emergence as the Sooners’ running back a year ago, the former walk-on broke his ankle in late October and missed the rest of the year. He had been averaging 104.5 yards rushing per game up to that point.
UTEP: QB Nick Lamaison. The preseason All-Conference USA first-team selection has his two top receivers, Michael Edwards and Jordan Leslie, back from last season and will be breaking in a new running back, Nathan Jeffery, after the team’s top three rushers departed.
FACTS & FIGURES
The game offers Oklahoma QB Landry Jones a homecoming of sorts. It’s the closest he’ll get to play to his Artesia, N.M., home, at about 200 miles away. … UTEP is 4-47 all-time against Top 25 teams, with its best win coming against No. 7 BYU in 1985. … The Sooners’ only previous games in El Paso were in bowl games, including the 2009 Sun Bowl. … The most recent game in the series was won 68-0 by Oklahoma, in Norman in 2002.
Arkansas State at No. 5 Oregon, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Oregon by 33,
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Oregon is 2-1 in season openers under coach Chip Kelly, the Ducks’ lone loss came in the 2011 Cowboys Classic against LSU last year. Oregon has sold out Autzen Stadium for 82 games, but that streak has been threatened against Arkansas State. The Ducks have gone to Groupon to sell remaining tickets. Arkansas State will debut new head coach Gus Malzahn.
Oregon’s speedy spread offense against Arkansas State’s defense. The Ducks quick-strike offense tends to tire defenses out, and it is likely that they’ll do the same against the Red Wolves. Oregon lost prolific running back LaMichael James to the NFL, but they shouldn’t lose a step with senior RB Kenjon Barner. The Red Wolves’ defense held six opponents to under 20 points last season. They allowed under 350 yards in total offense five times last season, and allowed opponents an average of 4.7 yards per play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arkansas State: QB Ryan Aplin. The senior QB threw for 3,588 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, and also rushed for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. He threw 16 interceptions. He needs six TDs to become Arkansas State’s career leader. He also needs 154 yards of total offense for the school record.
Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- PRUDEN: The Democratic-wannabe mice under Hillary Clinton's feet
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- Norway expects imminent 'concrete threat' from ISIL terrorists 'within days'
- Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq