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Arkansas hoping new-look defense brings improvement

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema grew up playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment before eventually moving to the defensive line and enjoying success there as a player at Iowa.

Now entering his fifth season as the Arkansas coach, Bielema is about to pass those 3-4 lessons forward as the Razorbacks begin spring practice on Tuesday while looking for a quick fix to what was nothing short of an abysmal defensive performance last season.

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Beavers get a look at QB transfer Luton in the spring game

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State fans were buoyed by last season's Civil War victory over Oregon, which snapped an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry and provided a sense of momentum.

There might be reason for continued optimism after Saturday's spring game.

Running back Ryan Nall galloped for big gains as expected — and threw a 60-yard touchdown on the first play — but the Beavers also flashed more of a vertical passing game after being run-heavy last season.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 10
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Clemson (60)14-11,5003
2Alabama14-11,4401
3USC10-31,2929
4Washington12-21,2774
5Oklahoma11-21,2527
6Ohio State11-21,2402
7Penn State11-31,1305
8Florida State10-31,10510
9Wisconsin11-31,0328
10Michigan10-31,0016
11Oklahoma State10-392013
12Stanford10-373016
13LSU8-465119
14Florida9-464020
15Western Michigan13-161912
16Virginia Tech10-461018
17Colorado10-458511
18West Virginia10-336814
19South Florida11-235825
20Miami (FL)9-4338-
21Louisville9-427715
22Tennessee9-4253-
23Utah9-4222-
24Auburn8-520617
25San Diego State11-3113-

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