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    Troy Brown, Ole Miss Rebels. (Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports) Check out the biggest winners and losers from the latest AP Top 25 Poll in these batch of college football rankings. There were massive changes in the most recent college football rankings, as the AP Top 25 Poll has a new No. 1, as well as several new entrants heading into the Week 6 slate. Two teams formerly ranked inside of the top 10 lost in Kentucky, and later North Carolina State. A few others were pushed, most notably Georgia, and to some extent, Alabama. While everybody ranked inside of the top 10 is undefeated, a few teams who we have not seen inside of the top 25 for a minute have made their triumphant returns. However, some wins way are bigger than others. Here are the biggest winners and losers from the latest AP Top 25 Poll heading into Week 6.College football rankings: AP Top 25 Poll, Week 6 winners 1 Alabama Crimson Tide SEC (5-0) A strong fourth quarter pushed Alabama past Georgia back into the No. 1...
    The AP Top 25 Poll has Alabama two votes ahead of Georgia for the No. 1 spot in these latest college football rankings. A strong fourth quarter over Arkansas propelled Alabama past Georgia for the No. 1 spot in the latest batch of significant college football rankings: The AP Top 25 Poll. Even though the Crimson Tide were briefly on upset alert in Fayetteville, the great ground game from Georgia Tech transfer Jahmyr Gibbs boosted Alabama past the Hogs. Although Stetson Bennett IV and the Dawgs overcame a disastrous first half in CoMo to beat Mizzou, Georgia did not look sharp at all on Saturday night. Thus, the AP voters decided to knock them down a peg. While there was some change at the top, so many teams ranked in teens lost on Saturday as well.College football rankings: AP Top 25 Poll, Week 6: Alabama reclaims top spotHere is what the latest AP Top 25 Poll looks like heading into the Week 6 slate of games. Alabama Crimson Tide Georgia Bulldogs Ohio State Buckeyes Michigan Wolverines Clemson Tigers USC Trojans Oklahoma State...
    Recapping the Pac-12 action in Week Five … Theme of the week: Blowouts The six games were decided by 8, 17, 18, 19, 23 and 26 points. And the only single-digit affair, UCLA’s win over Washington on Friday night, was lopsided until the Huskies scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. We cannot remember a weekend of conference play with so little drama. Theme of the season: L.A. success The Bruins and Trojans are 10-0 (combined), the only unbeaten teams in the conference and just two of 14 unbeatens in the Power Five. Are they for real? Yes, although our definition carries some nuance. They’re good enough to contend, but we aren’t yet convinced either team can win the conference and compete for a playoff berth. In a few weeks, our  view might change. Team of the week: UCLA After gorging on cupcakes through September, the Bruins took full advantage of their opportunity and stomped Washington with a superb all-around performance. They held a 40-16 lead entering the fourth quarter against the same head coach, Kalen DeBoer, who beat them...
    Highlights from the ballot … — The top four were reconfigured, with Georgia dropping from the top spot and Alabama and Clemson ascending. The reason: a disparity in quality wins. Alabama: Texas (road), Arkansas (road) Clemson: Wake Forest (road), N.C. State (home) Georgia: Oregon (neutral) We also have Ohio State in the mix, one spot ahead of the Bulldogs. OSU has posted more impressive results against mediocre opponents (Rutgers and Wisconsin) than have the Bulldogs, who struggled against Missouri and were less than dominant against Kent State. Georgia looks bored. — Oklahoma State climbed three spots, to No. 6, after defeating Baylor, while Mississippi jumped four, to No. 7, after beating Kentucky. — Wake Forest entered my top-10 for the first time since who-knows-when after the victory over Florida State. The Demon Deacons’ only loss came in overtime against Clemson. — New to the ballot: UCLA, LSU and Mississippi State — Removed from the ballot: Texas A&M, Washington and Arkansas (Note: The AP requested ballots be submitted at the usual time. The result of the Florida-Eastern Washington game, which was...
    Instant reaction to Pac-12 developments on the field … 1. The state of L.A. The numbers don’t lie, but do they exaggerate? UCLA is 5-0 for the first time since 2013. USC is 5-0 for the first time since 2006 (excluding the disrupted 2020 season). And UCLA and USC are both 5-0 for the first time since 2005. They are the only undefeated teams left in the Pac-12. The Trojans will be in the AP top-10 again next week, and the Bruins should enter the poll. And yet, the resumes still feel flimsy. Let’s examine the opponents. UCLA has beaten: — Bowling Green, a Mid-American Conference team that lost to Eastern Kentucky. — Alabama State, an FBS team that lost to Prairie View. — South Alabama, a Sun Belt team that had the Bruins on the ropes — Colorado, the worst team in the Power Five — Washington, which is better than average but not close to elite. USC has beaten: — Rice, which is Rice — Stanford, which hasn’t beaten an FBS team in 364 days — Fresno State,...
    Syracuse Orange quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson. (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports) Projecting the Week 6 AP Top 25 college football rankings after losses to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Minnesota and others shook up the standings. If you thought things were too steady last week, the college football slate for Week 5 showed up intent on giving fans something to talk about. A total of 10 teams from the last AP Top 25 lost games this week. That’s just one shy of the record for ranked teams losing. That means the rankings for this week will look quite a bit different.Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 5: No. 25-2125. Syracuse Orange Syracuse blasted Wagner, 59-0, this week. That may not be a signature win but it was win No. 5 and that’s got to count for something. 24. Florida State Seminoles Florida State lost to Wake Forest but they were in that game and gave a decent accounting of themselves. Meanwhile the LSU team they beat in the season opener is now 4-1. 23. Arkansas Razorbacks Give Arkansas credit where...
    The Spartans opened up conference play with a convincing 33-16 win over Wyoming on the road. San Jose State moves to 3-1 overall, their sole loss coming against Auburn in their second game of the year. Strong chemistry between junior quarterback Chevon Cordeiro and his receivers fueled the lead in the first half. The Spartans’ strong defensive front extinguished any flicker of a Cowboys comeback in the second half. Cordeiro had no trouble finding his receivers in wide open space and often exploited favorable man coverage match-ups against the Cowboys’ secondary. But they had initial trouble converting in the red zone. In a first quarter drive, Cordeiro found Elijah Cooks for a 23-yard pass on third-and-21. A Wyoming hands-to-face penalty cut the distance to goal in half. But the Spartans couldn’t find the end zone, and their 26-yard field goal attempt missed wide left. A few minutes later, the Spartans stopped Wyoming on a fourth-and-one play, a defensive stop made easier because the Cowboys started the play in shotgun formation. Cordeiro found a wide-open Cooks in the middle of the...
    Seems the Cal offense hasn’t been fixed after all. One week after scoring 49 points in a win over Arizona, the Bears managed just one touchdown against nine punts in a 28-9 loss to Washington State on Saturday at Gesa Field in Pullman, Washington. And things could be tougher still if quarterback Jack Plummer is seriously injured. The senior transfer from Purdue, who had played every snap all season, left the field with just 5 minutes left apparently injuring his right knee. Plummer remained in the game to begin the next drive but was back on the sideline with 3 minutes left, giving way to redshirt freshman Kai Millner in his first collegiate appearance. The Bears have a bye next week before visiting Colorado on Oct. 15. Cal (3-2, 1-1) still hasn’t started the Pac-12 with a 2-0 record since 2015. Freshman running back Jaydn Ott, after erupting for 274 rushing yards against Arizona, was held largely in check, limited to 69 rushing yards and 41 more on seven catches. Setting aside its scoring outburst against Arizona, the Bears are...
    Texas A&M football fans must come to terms with the possibility that Jimbo Fisher may be starting to lose his grip. Another Saturday, another tough loss for Jimbo Fisher and his overrated Texas A&M Aggies. Things are not going well in College Station for the football program or its highly compensated head football coach. After losing an unthinkable one at home to Appalachian State three weeks ago, the Aggies suffered their second loss of the season, falling on the road to Mississippi State to the tune of 42-24. They still have to play the likes of Alabama and Ole Miss this year. Good luck! People are starting to tune out the fast-talking Fisher, as he is being revealed as a bit of a fraud.Texas A&M football fans are starting to see the real Jimbo Fisher for what he isWe all know that Fisher can recruit with the best of them, but there is a reason why Texas A&M is not Alabama or Georgia on the gridiron. Although Fisher won prolifically at his previous stop at Florida State, the former quarterback...
    No. 7 Kentucky falling at No. 14 Ole Miss will have a huge impact on the next college football rankings. Expect for the next batch of college football rankings to be heavily impacted by the incredible game played down in Oxford between No. 7 Kentucky and No. 14 Ole Miss. The Rebels more than held their own at Vaught-Hemingway, as Lane Kiffin and the boys improved to 5-0 on the season with a thrilling 22-19 victory over Mark Stoops’ squad. In time, this win might signify Ole Miss being the third best team in the SEC behind only No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama. Regardless, beating Kentucky is a massive deal and should be celebrated big time. With a few more windows left to be played on Saturday, the top 10 will look different on Sunday.College Football Rankings: Projected AP Top 10 after Kentucky lost to Ole MissHere is what the top could look like once the latest AP Top 25 Poll is released Sunday afternoon. Georgia Bulldogs Alabama Crimson Tide Ohio State Buckeyes Clemson Tigers Michigan Wolverines USC...
    STANFORD AT NO. 13 OREGON Records: Stanford 1-2, 0-2 in the Pac-12; Oregon 3-1, 1-0. Kickoff: 8 p.m., Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon Radio: KNBR 1050 AM Television: FS1 Series history: Stanford leads 50-34-1. David Shaw is 6-5 against Oregon, including three wins when the Ducks have been ranked in the AP’s top 3. Stanford storylines: Stanford is facing its third straight top-20 opponent after losing to No. 6 USC (41-28) and No. 15 Washington (40-22) … The Cardinal has lost nine straight against FBS competition dating back to last year’s overtime upset of No. 3 Oregon … In order to pull another huge upset over the Ducks, it needs to hold on to the ball (it has an FBS-worst 11 turnovers in three games) and get some pressure against an Oregon offensive line that has not allowed a sack all season. Oregon storylines: After getting blown out by No. 1 Georgia to open the season, Oregon has rebounded with wins over BYU and Washington State … It scored 29 points in the fourth quarter against the Cougars, with senior QB...
    SAN JOSE STATE at WYOMING Records: San Jose State 2-1, 0-0 in the Mountain West; Wyoming 3-2, 1-0 Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming TV: CBS Sports Network Radio: KTRB 860 AM Series history: Wyoming leads 7-5, but San Jose State won last year’s Oct. 30 matchup at CEFCU Stadium, 27-21. The Spartans have won four of five games since joining the Mountain West in 2013. San Jose State has won every game in series decided by one possession or less, while Wyoming has won every game decided by more than a touchdown. San Jose State storylines: The Spartans are 14-25 in Mountain West play under Brennan, but 10-5 since 2020 … Have won four of their past six road MW games after losing first 12 under Brennan … Opened conference play last season with a 17-13 win at Hawaii … Have won past two MW openers, including 17-6 vs. Air Force in 2020 when they went unbeaten in the regular season (7-0, all conference games) and went to the Arizona Bowl … Linebacker Jordan Pollard...
    College Gameday took their crew to Clemson on Saturday for the first time in several years, but minus Lee Corso. Still, the signs were as great as ever. Dabo Swinney and Co. play host to North Carolina State on Saturday in a top-10 ACC matchup. The Tigers are favored, and rightly so, as they’ve dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference for the majority of the last decade. However, could a changing of the guard be in order? Even with Hurricane Ian moving up the East coast, the Tigers will play host to the Wolfpack in Death Valley on Saturday. While NC State coach Dave Doeren was initially concerned about travel, his team was able to make it unscathed.Clemson vs NC State series historyClemson leads the all-time series 59-29-1. North Carolina State won their last meeting, however, 29-21. These two teams will battle it out for far more than bragging rights, as the ACC Atlantic division could very well come down to their head-to-head matchup.Clemson vs NC State: How to watchThe game will be available on local cable via ABC, with kickoff...
    CAL at WASHINGTON STATE Records: Cal 3-1, 1-0 in the Pac-12; Washington State 3-1, 0-1 in Pac-12 Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Gesa Field in Pullman, WA TV: Pac-12 Networks Radio: KGO (810 AM) Series history: Cal leads 48-29-5 with the teams trading wins over the past six meetings. WSU won 21-6 last season in Berkeley. Their most recent scheduled game in Pullman, in 2020, was canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Cal program. Cal storylines: The Bears will try to start 2-0 in the Pac-12 for the first time since 2015. A victory sends them into a bye week before they hit the road to face Colorado, the Pac-12’s worst team, on Oct. 15 . . . Cal is coming off a 49-31 win over Arizona in which the Bears outscored the Wildcats 28-7 in the second half. The 49 points matched the most Cal has scored in a Pac-12 game in six seasons under coach Justin Wilcox . . . Cal ran for a season-high 354 yards last week but WSU’s defensive front is stout so the...
    Getty Eddie George looks for a big win by his TSU squad. Eddie George’s Tennessee State squad takes on Lane College on Saturday, October 1.Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageThe game (2 p.m. ET start time) won’t be on TV, but anyone in the US can watch Lane College vs Tennessee State live on ESPN+ right here: Get ESPN+ ESPN+ includes hundreds of live college football games in 2022, dozens of other live sports, every 30-for-30 documentary and additional original content (both video and written) for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year (or $13.99 per month for a bundle of all three of ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu). Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch Lane College vs Tennessee State live on the ESPN app or ESPN.com. Compatible devices for the ESPN app include Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia...
    No. 10 NC State hopes to expose No. 5 Clemson in the early stages of ACC play once again. The biggest game of the weekend will take place at Clemson, as the No. 5 Tigers will host the No. 10 NC State Wolfpack in primetime. These are the two crown jewels of the ACC this season. While the Tigers have been the preeminent power in the ACC throughout the College Football Playoff era under Dabo Swinney, Dave Doeren has a Wolfpack more ferocious than Alan Garner’s. If this game were being played in Raleigh, no doubt Zach Galifinakis would have let the dogs out as College GameDay‘s guest picker. Pat McAfee has no idea what he is walking into, as the Textile Bowl is about to lay the smackdahn!When was the last time NC State beat Clemson?It might come as quite the shock for those not in the know, but NC State beat Clemson last year in double overtime in Raleigh, 27-21. Although the Wolfpack had already suffered a loss earlier in the season, it was their first win over...
    The first in her family to attend college, Karen Beltran Lopez plans to graduate from Minneapolis College in spring 2024 and then pursue a career as a software developer. She has big goals, but it wasn’t always that way. Karen started taking college classes several years ago. She “wanted to finish,” but also had to support herself. She worked two jobs for a while, and she stopped attending classes. Once she had a higher paying job a few years later, she discovered Minneapolis College, and the time was finally right. Too many students like Karen are forced to give up their dreams in order to pay their bills. That is why Minneapolis College delivers affordable higher education options that support students, employers, communities and taxpayers. Our mission is to provide access to the transformative power of education, yet this has been increasingly difficult in recent years. Since 1995, despite repeated requests to the Minnesota Legislature, the share of the state’s General Fund committed to higher education has fallen by 47%. The most recent supplemental budget request submitted to the Legislature included...
    A COLLEGE gymnast handed a football player 'two Ls in one night' after he fired his shot on social media. LSU star Olivia Dunne had a brilliant response when she was mentioned by Mississippi State player Jordan Morant. 6Mississippi State player Jordan Morant took his shot with Olivia DunneCredit: TIKTOK 6College gymnast Olivia Dunne responded to the messageCredit: INSTAGRAM Morant's team took on the LSU Tigers in a college football showdown earlier this month. Before the game, safety Morant tried to shoot his shot with Olivia. He said in a TikTok video: "When we play LSU tomorrow and Livy Dunne is out there somewhere." But the gymnast responded immediately, saying: "Good luck but geaux tigahs.” Read More Sport StoriesBEAMING SUCCESS Meet Olivia Dunne, gymnast who became a millionaire at 18 after TikTok fameFOOTBALL RELIEF Bucs pledge $1m to help victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida LSU Tigers beat Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-16. And Morant later joked: “Two Ls in one night." Dunne is the new sporting sensation taking college gymnastics by storm. The 19-year-old rising star became a millionaire at...
    In the hope of making the post-presidential-election period less stressful and chaotic in 2024 than it was in 2020, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to strengthen and reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced his support of the bill. But one far-right GOP senator who vehemently opposes the bill is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Libertarian Andy Craig, known for his work with the Cato Institute, calls Cruz out in an op-ed published by the Daily Beast on September 30 and tears his arguments apart. “The Senate Rules Committee took an important step Tuesday to avoid a repeat of the 2020 election crisis,” Craig explains. “The Committee, after making a few technical amendments, voted to send the Electoral Count Reform Act to the full Senate with strong bipartisan support. The bill was produced by a group of senators from both parties — led by Susan Collins and Joe Manchin — to overhaul the vague, crisis-prone Electoral Count Act...
    Growing up in Lake Oswego, 100 miles north of the University of Oregon, it didn’t seem anything would keep Casey Filkins’ family from cheering for the Ducks. Until this Saturday. Maybe. Filkins will be the starting running back when the Cardinal visits Oregon Saturday night (8 p.m. FS1), and Filkins expects about 25 friends and family members at Autzen Stadium. “They’ve all told me that they’ll be rooting for me on Saturday,” Filkins said. “They obviously want to see me do well and have success. So that’s cool to hear that. I know they’re still gonna be rooting for the Ducks a little bit, honestly, but I’m just looking forward to going out there and playing in front of them.” Filkins gave his supporters a lot to cheer about in his first start for the Cardinal ((1-2, 0-2 Pac-12) last week against Washington. The redshirt sophomore had 100 yards on 20 carries filling in for E.J. Smith, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2 against USC. “Casey’s just got so many abilities,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “He’s got...
    SAN JOSE – The San Jose State running game is a work in progress. But Kairee Robinson could play an important role in speeding up that development. SJSU (2-1) opens Mountain West Conference play on Saturday at Wyoming, and the senior tailback is coming off his biggest performance in two seasons. Robinson rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns in SJSU’s 34-6 win over Western Michigan. The Antioch native helped set the tone for the Spartans with a bone-rattling five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put San Jose State up 10-0. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 1: San Jose State Spartans’ Kairee Robinson (32) ends up one-yard away from the end zone against the Portland State Vikings in the first half of their season opener at San Jose State Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)  On the play, Robinson, listed at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, plowed through a Broncos cornerback and dragged him and a couple more defenders with him into the end zone. He added a 23-yard TD...
    Cal shuffled its offensive line before facing Arizona last week and the results were spectacular: Freshman Jaydn Ott rushed for 274 yards and the Bears totaled 599 yards in a 49-31 victory. “The O-line starts everything,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. “To play good offense you’ve got to play well up front.” That line, which had two new members and two starters in different positions, gets a stiffer test at Washington State on Saturday afternoon. The Bears (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) and Cougars (3-1, 0-1) have traded victories in their past six meetings, and both bring a lot to the table in this one. Cal will have to contend with WSU quarterback Cameron Ward, a sophomore transfer from Incarnate Word who is attracting the attention of NFL scouts. And the Cougars will have to deal with the nation’s most prolific freshman running back. WSU coach Jake Dickert called Ott “a budding star,” and said his ability to make the first man miss and his speed create are a dangerous combination. “The biggest thing is one guy just can’t tackle him. We...
    Welcome to The Top 25, a weekly rundown of the best of college football. Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down the top games, players and teams to watch, from the Power Five to the Group of Five. Here’s what to know for Week 5: 5 games to watch No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Ole Miss (Saturday, noon, ESPN): While quarterbacks Will Levis and Jaxson Dart will deservedly get most of the attention, it might be the running backs who decide this one. Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez, the leading returning rusher in the SEC, is back from his suspension, while Ole Miss’ Quinshon Judkins and Zach Evans look to continue their hot start after combining for nearly 800 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in the first four games. No. 2 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS): The Razorbacks were a fumble at the goal line away from beating Texas A&M and staying undefeated. They’ll have to regroup quickly against an Alabama team that is rounding into form after an early-season scare against Texas. No. 9 Oklahoma...
    Our college football coverage map highlights the biggest and most intriguing games to watch for each time slot in Week 5. A new week of college football action promises to thrill fans with wave after wave of ranked matchups and upset specials. It starts on Thursday night and stretches all the way to Sunday because of Hurricane Ian forcing games backwards and forwards. There are a lot of games to keep track of so here’s your strategy guide to getting the most bang for your college football buck this weekend:College football coverage map: Fan guide and what to watch on the Week 5 slateBest college football games to watch on ThursdayUtah State at No. 19 BYU — 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN South Carolina St. at South Carolina — 7:00 p.m. ET on SEC Network Whether you’re just a college football fan or you’re a Notre Dame fan and you want to scout the next Irish opponent, it’s an easy pick to watch BYU take on Utah State on Thursday night. Those who like options can also now check out...
    Thursday Women’s Basketball 2:30 a.m. FIBA World Cup semifinal (early Fri.) ESPNU College Football 4 p.m. South Carolina State at South Carolina SEC 5 p.m. Utah State at BYU ESPN Golf 9:30 a.m. LPGA: The Ascendant LPGA GOLF 12:30 p.m. PGA: Sanderson Farms Championship GOLF 4 a.m. DP World: Alfred Dunhill Championship (early Fri.) GOLF Horse Racing 10 a.m. America’s Day at the Races FS2 MLB 11 a.m. Phillies at Cubs or Royals at Tigers MLB 3 p.m. Rays at Guardians or Marlins at Brewers MLB 6:30 p.m. Rockies at Giants NBCBA 6:30 p.m. A’s at Angels NBCCA 6:30 p.m. Dodgers at Padres or Rangers at Mariners MLB Motorsports 2:55 a.m. F1: Singapore Grand Prix practice (early Fri.) ESPN2 NFL 5 p.m. Dolphins at Bengals PRIME NHL Preseason 4 p.m. Devils at Rangers NHL 6:30 p.m. Kraken at Canucks NHL College Soccer 3 p.m. Women: Notre Dame at Boston College ACC 3 p.m. Women: Nebraska at Purdue BTN 4 p.m. Men: Butler at Providence FS1 5 p.m. Women: North Carolina State at Clemson ACC 5 p.m. Women: Michigan at Minnesota...
    An 1887 law would be reformed to prevent radicals in state government and Congress from subverting the popular vote for president. Efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act, an 1887 law whose quirks and ambiguities became a roadmap for Donald Trump and his allies to try to subvert congressional certification of 2020’s Electoral College vote, moved a step closer in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. The Senate Rules Committee, in a bipartisan 14-to-1 vote, approved a bill that clarified state and congressional procedures for the final stages of certifying presidential election results. The bill explicitly seeks to prevent the abuses that led to the insurrection on January 6, 2021. “I’m pleased that we are where we are today,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who voted to send to the full Senate. “Assuming that we make no changes here today, or, at most, technical changes, I’ll be proud to vote for it and to help advance it.” The Electoral Count Act (ECA) was...
    Each week, the Hotline ranks the best major college football teams across the western third of the country — not only the Pac-12 but the Mountain West and Independents — using a formula that’s partly results-oriented and partly subjective. We will publish a similar ranking once the basketball season begins, incorporating the top teams from the West Coast Conference, Big West, Big Sky and Western Athletic, as well. Here’s our assessment through the results of Week Four … (All times Pacific) 1. USC (4-0/2-0 Pac-12)Last week: 1Result: won at Oregon State 17-14Next up: vs. Arizona State (7:30 p.m. on ESPN)Line: USC -26.5Comment: The Trojans have a 34-percent chance of winning the Pac-12 and a 21-percent chance of making the College Football Playoff, according to the website fivethirtyeight.com. That delta seems about right. 2. Utah (3-1/1-0 Pac-12)Last week: 3Result: won at Arizona State 34-13Next up: vs. Oregon State (11 a.m. on Pac-12 Networks)Line: Utah -10.5Comment: The Utes haven’t lost to a conference opponent in 340 days, since they had no answers for the Beavers running game. 3. Oregon (3-1/ 1-0 Pac-12)Last...
    Michigan Wolverines. Mandatory Credit: Detroit Free Press/USA Today Sports Oklahoma, Miami and Texas suffered brutal upsets last week while USC and Michigan got real scares. Now, it’s time for our Week 5 college football upset picks. Through the first four weeks of the 2022 college football season, it’s felt like one week off, one week on when it comes to upsets. Weeks 1 and 3 were all but wholly tame in terms of the results but Weeks 2 and 4 brought a multitude of chaos, most recently with Oklahoma getting downed by Kansas State, Miami being stunned by Middle Tennessee State, and Texas falling to Texas Tech. However, I don’t expect that pattern to continue has we move into Week 5. With conference matchups starting to heat up and multiple highly ranked teams facing their biggest challenges yet of the year, our college football upset picks for this week are preparing us for a quick return of the calamity that makes us love this sport so damn much. There are plenty of other upsets that could potentially come from the...
    College football can be a cruel mistress, and Week 4 in 2022 proved that for some big-time teams and yet another dismissed coach.  The 2022 college football season is beginning to take some real shape, and we’re finding out sooner rather than later who some of these teams truly are. It’s gut check time in Week 5 for a few teams who had big expectations (looking at you, Miami). Week 4 was not a good week for Top 25 teams playing an underdog opponent with “State” in the college name. Oklahoma saw their schooner toppled by Kansas State once again, USC struggled to a narrow win over upstart Oregon State, Oregon was nearly upset by Washington State, and in what was probably the shocker of the week, Miami was soundly defeated by Middle Tennessee State. Week 4 also saw the third coach firing of the year before October 1 when Georgia Tech showed Geoff Collins, as well as AD Todd Stansbury. Collins joins both former Nebraska coach Scott Frost and former Arizona State coach Herm Edwards on the list of...
    Several college football games and one NFL game could be affected by Hurricane Ian this weekend as the storm bears down on Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s Sunday Night Football showcase spot. But Ian is expected to wreck the Tampa area beginning Wednesday. The Bucs have already left town and will practice in Miami all week. Last year, the NFL moved a Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints game to Jacksonville in Week 1 because of Hurricane Ida. As of Tuesday night, the NFL hasn’t announced any changes to the game plan for Chiefs at Bucs. If any are in store, the league will make a decision by Friday at the latest, according to USA Today. Three colleges have already made decisions. The Florida Gators were scheduled to host Eastern Washington on Saturday at noon in Gainesville, but pushed the game back 24 hours, to Sunday. South Carolina was also supposed to play at noon on Saturday, against South Carolina State. Instead, the Gamecocks and Bulldogs will move...
    The gaffe was deeply regrettable, the subsequent furor entirely predictable: An intentional grounding call on first down followed by a missed second down, then a punt on what should have been third down and, eventually, a public admission of error by the conference office and scorn from coast to coast. The situation would have been an abject embarrassment for the Pac-12, except that what we described above happened to the SEC, during a major intersectional showdown between Auburn and Penn State early last season. That’s right. A gaffe nearly identical to what occurred in the Washington State-Oregon game three days ago struck SEC officials in Sept. ’21 and left Penn State coach James Franklin apoplectic. At least the Pac-12 corrected its mistake Saturday during the ensuing media timeout and gave Washington State a second chance to complete third down. SEC officials never gave the Nittany Lions a mulligan. After the game, the conference office offered a public mea culpa — just as the Pac-12 did Sunday when it admitted “a mistake was made with the down indicator” in Pullman. Major...
    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day. (Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch) College football referees get things wrong every week. In Week 4, Michigan benefitted, Ohio State got a bad break and Notre Dame got screwed. It wouldn’t be a college football weekend without needing to scream at the television because the officials made a bad call. It’s part of the experience, even if it’s one of the worst parts. So let’s have a look at the worst calls from this week in college football. But first, we begin with an honorable mention to the Pac-12 refs in charge of the Oregon vs. Washington State game. The conference had to release a statement acknowledging their refs messed up by skipping a second down belonging to the Cougars. After a punt on not-fourth down, they went back and gave Wazzu a new down. It was a mess.Flag on the play: 3 worst calls from college football Week 43. Phantom pass interference on Ohio StateBogus pass interference call against Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/9VyIJUh2DQ — Swapty Sports (@SwaptySports) September 25, 2022 Ohio State was...
    Perhaps to a greater extent than in any season in Pac-12 history, the misses matter this fall. The nine-game conference schedule rotation could have a major impact on the title chase and potential postseason bids. It’s about who you play and who you don’t play. Why do the misses matter more this year than any other? Because the 2022 season is the first since the conference expanded to 12 teams (in 2011) that divisions won’t decide the participants in the championship game. There are no more divisions. Instead, the teams with the highest winning percentage in conference play will advance to Las Vegas on Dec. 2. Also, there appear to be more than one or two good teams. Largely because of improved coaching and quarterback play, the top of the conference is stronger than it has been in years. For the first time since late in the 2016 season, the Pac-12 has four teams ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll — more than any league except the SEC. That means missing the right combination of opponents could...
    LeBron James was pondering the idea of his college eligibility if he played another sport and Ohio State AD Gene Smith made sure to shoot his shot.  Ohio State football didn’t look like it needed much help this season in Week 4 as they ran through Wisconsin like a hot knife through butter in a rout. But if they do want some truly veteran assistance moving forward, athletic director Gene Smith is doing his part to try and make that happen by recruiting one of this generation’s greatest athletes, LeBron James. Now, I know what you’re thinking: LeBron James has been a professional athlete for two decades at this point. There’s no way he could go back to Ohio State or any college. Well, that was something the King was pondering himself this weekend while assumedly watching college football as he tweeted about what the eligibility rules would be for the Lakers superstar if he went to school to play another sport. Do I have college eligibility if I went to play another sport besides basketball? How does that rule...
    Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud. (Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch) The newest college football rankings are out and after another thrilling week, we’ve got the biggest winners and losers from the AP Top 25 for Week 5. The AP Top 25 for Week 5 dropped on Sunday as usual with all the shuffling you’d expect from a wild slate of college football action. Big upsets saw CFB powers plummet while undefeated Top 25 hopefuls continued to make their case. Who were the winners and losers from the polls this week?College football rankings: Biggest winners from AP Top 25 Poll, Week 5 3 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten (4-0) Ohio State is getting first-place votes and deserves themThe perception of Ohio State took a hit each week their Week 1 opponent, Notre Dame, stumbled while the Buckeyes could only beat up on cupcakes. They had six first-place votes in the preseason. By Week 4 they had just one. The Wisconsin beatdown (simultaneous with Georgia’s inexplicable struggles with Kent State) gave Ohio State some new momentum in the polls. They’re back up to...
    Submitted to the Associated Press late Saturday night … One general note on voting philosophy: I have never believed that a loss by a ranked team automatically should result in that team dropping down, or off, the ballot. The circumstances must be considered. If No. 18 loses a close game to No. 12, at home or on the road, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer worthy of a spot on the ballot. In fact, No. 18 might deserve to move up under those circumstances. At the same time, a victorious team doesn’t necessarily deserve to climb — or to be included on the ballot in the first place. The quality of opponents must be taken into account. 1. Georgia 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. USC 7. Florida State 8. Tennessee 9. Oklahoma State 10. Kentucky 11. Mississippi 12. Oregon 13. Cincinnati 14. Washington State 15. Brigham Young 16. Baylor 17. Florida 18. Utah 19. Wake Forest 20. Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Arkansas 23. N.C. State 24. Penn State 25. Kansas Related Articles College...
    Recapping the Week Four action across the Pac-12 … Theme of the week I: Northwest thrillers The most anticipated matchups of Week Four exceeded expectations, with Oregon scoring 22 points in the final four minutes to repel Washington State and USC converting with just over a minute remaining to beat Oregon State. The biggest winners — other than the Ducks and Trojans — were ESPN and Fox, which passed on USC-OSU in order to preserve access to USC later in the season. Theme of the week II: blowouts If not for the thrillers in Corvallis and Pullman, Week Four would have been completely devoid of drama. The other four winners (Cal, Utah, UCLA and Washington) outscored their opponents by an average of 21.3 points and held double-digit leads entering the fourth quarter. Theme of the season: Top heavy Break the conference into three geographic regions, and it’s clear the power lies in the Pacific Northwest, where all four teams claim 4-0 or 3-1 records. Next up would be the California zone, where only Stanford looks to be among the meek....
    Instant reaction to Pac-12 developments on the field … 1. An unrecognizable top  The final Saturday of September closed with riveting games in Pullman and Corvallis and blowouts everywhere else. We’ll get to some details momentarily, but let’s first address the bigger picture: A strange, unforeseen situation is developing, one we haven’t seen from the Pac-12 in many years. A conference long defined by its eat-your-own parity looks to have its strongest top in many years. Four weeks in, Utah, Washington, USC and Oregon can all make a case as the best team in the conference. Their combined record against teams not named Georgia is 14-1. All four will be ranked in the AP top-25 poll when it’s released Sunday morning. And at least three remain in contention for a playoff berth if they finish 13-0 or 12-1. (More on that in a minute.) This is what the top of a Power Five conference is supposed to look like, folks. For a variety of reasons, the Pac-12 simply hadn’t cleared that threshold in recents seasons. It’s funny what happens when...
    San Jose State showed more electricity Saturday night than it had flashed in either of the previous two games in the Spartans’ young season, earning a 34-6 home win over Western Michigan. No play was more electric than wide receiver Justin Lockhart catching a Chevan Cordeiro pass in the first quarter and jetting 82 yards, setting up a Taren Schive field goal to open the scoring for the Spartans (2-1). That play was the biggest chunk of a 116-yard day for Lockhart and a 17-of-27, 250-yard showing by quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. It was the longest offensive play of the year for San Jose State, sparking a rout in the Spartans’ final game before Mountain West play kicks off. The Spartans’ two other wide receivers to transfer from Nevada, Elijah Cooks and Charles Ross, also scored touchdowns in the blowout win. The Spartan defense did its part, too. The Broncos had two drives in the first half traversing deep into Spartan territory, but came away with nothing both times, thanks to fourth-down stops by San Jose State. First, cornerback Kenyon Reed...
    The USC Trojans saw Caleb Williams play his worst game of the season but still survived an upset bid from Oregon State and college football media reacted big time. From everything that we’d seen from the USC Trojans leading into Week 4 of the 2022 college football season, it was going to be Caleb Williams at the helm of Lincoln Riley’s offense that was going to guide them to victory in hopes that the defense didn’t give up just too many points. But weird things happen in Corvallis when Oregon State is trying to pull off an upset. USC was not immune to that. Williams looked like he could barely start for a Power Five program, much less be a Heisman contender, from basically start to finish in the game. But meanwhile, the Trojans defense under Alex Grinch stepped up in the biggest way possible to force turnover after turnover. After Oregon State took a late 14-10 lead, though, Williams and Travis Dye moved the ball downfield and the quarterback finally found his superstar receiver, Jordan Addison, to run into...
    Kansas Jayhawks (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images) Projecting the Week 5 AP Top 25 college football rankings after a wild Saturday with Oklahoma, Texas and Miami all being upset while Ohio State rolled.  It feels like the college football universe is on a see-saw right now. One week, we have a ho-hum Saturday in which everything goes as expected. Then the next week, everyone gets smacked in the face with a heavy dose of chaos. Saturday in Week 4 fell into the latter category. Whether it was Miami getting their doors blown off by Middle Tennessee, Florida ending its dominance over rival Tennessee, Texas slipping up in overtime against Texas Tech, a field goal hitting the top of the upright to give Texas A&M a win, or Oklahoma getting clipped again by Kansas State, it was just a wild Saturday for teams involved in the college football rankings. So where does that leave us? Let’s take a look at our projections for the Week 5 AP Top 25 college football rankings.Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 4:...
    Miami football got completely humbled by giant underdog Middle Tennessee State and the college football media let them have it. Miami football is definitely not back. We pretty much knew that last week when the Hurricanes dropped a game to Texas A&M but things got much, much worse this week. Middle Tennessee State came to town and walloped Miami, 45-31. It was not that close either as the Blue Raiders led by 21 in the second quarter and never let the Hurricanes get close enough to threaten them.College football media reacts to Miami upset vs. Middle TennesseeMiami fans were ruthless ripping head coach Mario Cristobal in the first half. Once the game was over, the college football media on Twitter went in on the Hurricanes as well. Middle Tennessee State is now 3-0 all-time against Miami. Thats the most wins without a loss by any team against Miami in its programs history. Massive day for the Blue Raiders. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 24, 2022 Middle Tennessee’s win vs. Miami is their first ranked win EVER. They were...
    Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward made an incredible, improvised throw against the Oregon Ducks in Week 4. The 2022 college football season is four weeks in, and there have been plenty of plays that have stood at as some of the best. When it comes to throws, there should be consideration given to Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward. With the Cougars leading in the fourth quarter, Ward avoided defensive pressure in the pocket, but he lost his balance. As he was falling to the turf, Ward threw a pass to running back Nakia Watson, who took it for a gain of 25 yards. OH MY WARD ???? What a play by the @WSUCougarFB QB ???? pic.twitter.com/xPtJCy3x7N — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 24, 2022 Another look at that unreal hustle play by Cameron Ward [email protected] pic.twitter.com/wD9oiKTTWv — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 24, 2022 Cameron Ward makes potential pass of the year vs. Oregon The presence of mind for Ward to notice Watson open and throw him the ball while falling to the turf. Truly incredible. On that...
    Taking a look at the projected college football rankings after Tennessee got past Florida but Texas and Miami weren’t so lucky with upset losses. With some of the matchups on the books for Week 4, it figured that there were going to be some big shakeups in the college football rankings after Saturday. Part of that was inevitable with some ranked opponents going toe-to-toe, but others were less obvious. In the mid-afternoon slate, the headliner was No. 11 Tennessee trying to exorcise its demons against No. 20 Florida in Knoxville. The Vols, though they tried to give every one of their fans heart palpitations in the process, got the job done to win for the just the second time in the last 18 years of that rivalry. Elsewhere in the country, though, we saw Texas try to sleepwalk in Lubbock but get clipped by Texas Tech. The most embarrassing loss, however, was Miami at home getting worked by Middle Tennessee State, an upset absolutely no one saw coming. So where does that leave us with the night games still to...
    Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell was furious at the referees over a penalty call in their Week 4 game against the Baylor Bears. The Iowa State Cyclones entered Week 4 looking to continue their undefeated season by beating the No. 17 Baylor Bears. One area that did hurt Iowa State’s chances were penalties, but one got a prominent figure on the team heated with the officiating. In the second quarter, the Cyclones were penalized 15-yards for illegal blocking. Specifically, the officials believed that Iowa State defensive back Anthony Johnson Jr. dished out a block below the waist. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was livid on the sidelines, screaming at the officials over the call. His anger only increased after watching the replay on the screen at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell had this reaction after a penalty call. pic.twitter.com/eIXE5pXu8L — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2022 Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell furious at officials over penalty call Yeah, Campbell was very angry and did not like that call. It was a controversial penalty,...
    San Jose State vs. Western Michigan Records: SJSU (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West); Western Michigan (1-2, 1-0 Mid-American) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., CEFCU Stadium Television: CBS Sports Network Radio: KTRB (860 AM) Series history: The Spartans lost the only meeting between the schools, 23-3 last season in Kalamazoo. Storylines: Last season’s loss to the Broncos was particularly painful because quarterback Nick Starkel, who had the Spartans off to a 2-1 start, was injured during the game, significantly altering the trajectory of SJSU’s season. Starkel missed the next five games and wasn’t 100 percent when he returned. SJSU ended the season losing six of its final nine games, starting with Western Michigan. … Both mid-major programs are coming off encouraging showings against Power Five teams. The Spartans led Auburn at halftime on the road in a 24-16 loss two weeks ago; Western Michigan trailed No. 24 Pittsburg by a touchdown in the fourth quarter in their 34-13 home loss last week.  …  SJSU should be slightly fresher than the Broncos — the Spartans are coming off a bye. The Broncos opened the...
    STANFORD AT WASHINGTON Records: Stanford (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12); Washington (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12). Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Husky Stadium, Seattle. Television: FS1 Radio: KNBR 1050 AM Series history: The series is tied, 44-44-4. Storylines: No. 18 Washington hasn’t experienced any growing pains under new coach Kalen DeBoer and Indiana transfer QB Michael Penix Jr. After beating then-No. 11 Michigan State 39-28 last Saturday, the Huskies are looking to start 4-0 for the first time since 2017. Every game has been at Husky Stadium.  … Following an early open week, Stanford hits the road for the first time during a stretch of three straight games against Top-20 teams. The Cardinal lost to No. 7 USC 41-28 and travels to No. 15 Oregon next Saturday. Stanford has beaten a Top 20 opponent on the road in eight of coach David Shaw’s 11 seasons. Stanford will need to overcome the absence of injured RB E.J. Smith, the second-leading rusher in the Pac-12. Related Articles College Sports | What to know before Cal’s home game against Arizona College Sports | Mailbag: Odds...
    Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. (David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports) There are 33 undefeated teams heading into Week 4 of the college football slate. That number could be cut in half with first losses destined this week. The fourth week of college football action is pitting a slew of undefeated teams against each other, making for strong matchups and lots of intrigue. Who will prove themselves? Who will be exposed? Saturday will do the telling. Ahead of all the chickens coming home to roost, here’s how it could all go down for the thinning ranks of college football’s undefeated.Predicting which undefeated college football teams will lose in Week 4Undefeated G5 teams Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (at Georgia State) James Madison Dukes (at Appalachian State) Tulane Green Wave (vs. Southern Miss) Coastal Carolina already notched their fourth win of the season at Georgia State on Thursday night. So they’re safe. Tulane is favored by 12-points at home to Southern Miss. Their undefeated reign should continue for another week. The team in danger is James Madison, who has to take on an Appalachian State program...
    The college football Week 4 best bets from our expert picks that you can feel comfortable backing on a loaded Saturday slate. While the season might have gotten off to a less-than-ideal start as we went winless in Week 0, things have been white hot lately. So as the football world heads into a loaded Saturday slate, you might want to pay attention to my college football Week 4 best bets as we are trying to keep this run going. Last week, the best bets went 4-1-0 on the week with the only loss being the SMU/Maryland over, which was definitely a trap that I fell into. But still, that makes us 7-2-1 over the past two weeks and moves the overall record to 7-5-1 on the season. Now with a tasty Week 4 slate on deck, we’re targeting our best bets for Saturday, a collection that features backing some of the best teams in the country. And if you’re reading this on Friday, be sure to take Syracuse -9.5 against Virginia as a bit of a bonus pick....
    The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Please note: Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. In the unlikely scenario that the University of California Board of Regents forces UCLA to stay in the conference, do you think the top choice for expansion remains San Diego State? Or is the Southern California location no longer needed for the Pac-12? — @JohnBanister3 What is the percentage likelihood of UCLA not going to the Big Ten? — @SoCal_Pony Let’s address the second question first, because it has been a hot topic since Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said the Bruins would be better off financially in the Pac-12 than moving to the Big Ten. (That math only starts to work if you make a big assumption, as we laid out on Wednesday.) The Hotline has always believed the chance of a UCLA reversal, enforced by the regents, is slim. That said, it’s not zero, which makes this an issue worth monitoring. Much more likely, but still not near 50 percent, is...