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The Texas A&M football team released a tentative two-deep lineup Thursday for the season opener that has only one senior listed first on offense or defense, cornerback Charles Oliver.

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LINCOLN — The defensive side of the ball has more proven, vocal leaders than the offense. The line is stacked, the corners are among the best in the conference, the linebackers are trash talkers, and the safeties are young, but fierce and talented.

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For the second consecutive year, Texas A&M’s football team will kick off its season on a Thursday night — and Texas A&M Transportation Institute officials said Wednesday they view Aug. 29’s combination of a full A&M class day and a football game as “two days in one.”

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When all seven of Arizona’s junior college football teams dropped the sport after the 2018 season, it meant that Utah’s Snow College was the lone remaining team in the old WSFL.

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1. Utah: The Utes probably have the league’s top defensive line, eight returning starters on offense and two difference makers — QB Tyler Huntley and receiver/return man Britain Covey — and, in my opinion, the top coaching staff in the league.

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Becoming a head coach in Pac-12 football has rarely been a refuge for the Young Guns, although, ironically, the man who has coached more victories in the league than anyone else, UCLA’s Terry Donahue, was hired by the Bruins at age 32.

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Last year’s three Pac-12 powers — Utah, Washington and WSU — do not play a single Power 5 conference opponent this season. The league plays a combined total of 10 games against Power 5 foes. That’s absurd. No wonder tickets are often slow to move in Pac-12 cities.

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Colorado’s first-year coach Mel Tucker delivered the most bold quote among his Pac-12 peers during the offseason.

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1. Utah at BYU, Aug. 29, 8:15 p.m., Tucson time, ESPN. It doesn’t get the attention of the Apple Cup, Civil War, Territorial Cup or Big Game, but the Utes and Cougars have a rivalry that makes the term “bitter” seem mild.