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FSU tops preseason Amway coaches' poll

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(AP) -- Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll.

Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.

Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth and Baylor 10th.

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Wake Forest suspends RB Gibson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest running back Dominique Gibson has been suspended from the team for violating undisclosed team rules.

Team spokesman Steve Shutt confirmed Gibson's status Thursday, one day before the Demon Deacons begin their first preseason camp under new coach Dave Clawson.

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Winston held at gunpoint over pellet gun

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say.

Officer Anthony Gioannetti responded to a call and found the pair near a campus bike path with a long-barreled pistol. He drew his gun, pointed it at the players and shouted several times for them to get on the ground, police say.

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Auburn to play Clemson in 2016 and 2017

ATLANTA (AP) Auburn and Clemson have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.

The schools announced the deal on Wednesday.

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QB questions abound in SEC

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league.

Big names, not so much.

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Stanford's Montgomery rehabbing shoulder

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Stanford receiver and All-America kick returner Ty Montgomery said he's in the final stages of his rehabilitation from right shoulder surgery and hopes to play in the opener against UC Davis on Aug. 30.

Montgomery said Wednesday he played through the shoulder injury part of last season before having surgery in February. He also hurt a knee in the Cardinal's loss to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, an injury he said was "minor."

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Lobos OL Price suspended after arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A University of New Mexico football player has been suspended from the team following his arrest in a domestic violence case.

Head coach Bob Davie says offensive lineman Jamal Price was suspended Tuesday after he was charged with breaking into his girlfriend's apartment.

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Iowa offers free tuition promotion

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa is offering a year's worth of free tuition to five randomly selected students who've purchased season tickets for the 2014 football season.

The move is designed to boost a sharp decline in student sales since 2012. The Hawkeyes have seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years. Any unsold season tickets allotted to students will be made available to the general public and students on Friday.

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NCAA settles head-injury lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough.

The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports.

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Manziel A&M jersey may auction for $100K

CLEVELAND (AP) One of the jerseys Johnny Manziel wore during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Texas A&M will be auctioned off this week.

The No. 2 jersey, with an estimated value of $100,000, was worn for six games in 2012 by Manziel, the dazzling quarterback who became the first freshman to win college football's most prestigious award. It will be up for auction online starting on Aug. 6 through the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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