There's usually no looking back in football, but for Syracuse a second straight lopsided loss can tend to linger, especially because the opponent was top-ranked Clemson.
The big rivalry games in the Big Ten are still a couple months away, but September nonconference meetings between teams from the same state also have a way of getting the juices of players and fans going.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan junior running back Davon Tucker was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering an upper body injury blocking on a kickoff return Friday against Syracuse.
He was the second college football player taken off the field on a stretcher after a kickoff play on opening weekend.
Tucker appeared to injure his head or neck when he lowered his head for a collision in the first quarter while blocking for the return.
In its first game after losing P.J. Fleck, Zach Terrell and Corey Davis, Western Michigan still looked plenty capable of competing against top competition.
That adds a bit of buzz to this weekend's game at Michigan State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Lester is among the thousands of football men who became big fans of Sam Darnold last season.
Just 11 days after Darnold's 453-yard, five-touchdown performance for Southern California in the last Rose Bowl, Lester got the head coaching job at Western Michigan — and Darnold became his first problem.
The No. 4 Trojans return from their Pasadena victory over Penn State to open a season of enormous expectations Saturday at the Coliseum against Lester's Broncos.
Western Michigan (13-1 in 2016) at No. 4 Southern California (10-3), Saturday 5:15 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Western Michigan wants to show it's not a one-hit wonder. But Mid-American Conference West rival Toledo, with one of the nation's best quarterbacks, seems to have all the right pieces to grab the spotlight back from the Broncos.