ASU Football: Graham says No. 5 Washington QB Jake Browning ‘sets the standard’ for Pac-12 quarterbacks

The last time the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) beat a ranked team isn’t out of reach — in September against No. 24 Oregon. Their last top-10 win came just two years prior in Pasadena, beating UCLA on 38-23 in October of 2015.

But the last time the Sun Devils beat a top-5 ranked opponent: Sept. 21, 1996 against No. 1 Nebraska.

On Saturday, the No. 5 Washington Huskies (6-0, 2-0 Pac-12) venture into Sun Devil Stadium equipped with a sound defense, veteran coach and most notably, talented quarterback Jake Browning.

“He’s a winner,” ASU head coach Todd Graham said. “He’s a championship quarterback, and as far as I’m concerned, he sets the standard in our league because you prove it on the football field every week.”

Browning, who is 25-8 overall as a starter, is 18-2 since the start of his sophomore season. From 2015 to 2016, Browning nearly tripled his touchdown total from 16 to 43 and almost doubled his team’s wins, from 7 to 12. He put the Huskies in the College Football Playoff last season, proving himself closer to a “championship quarterback.”

But what is most mind boggling is Browning’s efficiency. He won’t try to outpass teams.

His 244.3 passing yards per game rank seventh in the conference, and light years behind Pac-12 leading UCLA QB Josh Rosen who averages 427 passing yards per game. Even ASU QB Manny Wilkins is a major leap ahead, averaging 290.4 passing yards per performance.

But again, it isn’t about how much he throws it. In 2016, Browning had the 10th best quarterback rating in the country (81.3). His 2017 QBR (79) is 13th best in the nation and No. 1 among all current starting Pac-12 quarterbacks. He’s completed 123 of 173 pass attempts this season with a 70.5 percent completion rate, which is good for a Pac-12 best besides Luke Falk.

“Really solid decision maker. Extends plays a lot better than what you think he does. There’s a lot of guys who get a lot more attention, but he just wins football games,” Graham said. “Doesn’t require a lot of credit for it. That’s what I like about him. I really like his demeanor and his personality. You can tell he’s a high character kid.”

What has protected and complimented Browning’s Huskies to championship contending play are the men directly in front of him and sometimes beside of behind him. The offensive line has propelled the Huskies into a so far undefeated season.

Washington has given up just six sacks all season. The Sun Devils on the other hand, gave up seven sacks in a game alone against New Mexico State.

Defensively, Arizona State failed to record a single sack against Stanford, doing very little damage to the offensive line, and making easy leg room for Stanford running back Bryce Love, who had a career day with 301 yards on the ground.

Compared to Arizona State’s 647 rushing yards, the Huskies have attained over 1,000 yards on the season thanks not only to leading rusher Myles Gaskin (559 yards, eight touchdowns), but an extra push from its offensive line.

“They’re offensive line is very good. Very physical,” Graham said. “You gotta stop the run. I mean Gaskin is a really good back. Coleman is a really good back as well. I think where they’ve really matured is the offensive line.”

Going into Saturday’s matchup, Graham is well aware of the state of the Sun Devils. At 2-3, he admitted his team got off to a “slower start” than he’d like, but see’s the end of the season far more important than the beginning.

“Where everybody thinks everybody is in week one, it’s not. It’s where you are as you progress through the season. Where you are in November and you know how you’re team develops,” Graham said. “I think we played our best game against Oregon. We did some good things against Stanford. We didn’t tackle enough to win that game and they were the better team. But I feel confident in where we’re at.”

Ohio State is rolling as they head into the heart of Big Ten play

Say what you want about Ohio State’s quality of opponent since their loss to Oklahoma, but the Buckeyes have trucked through the last month, winning their four games by an average score of 52-10. Both the offense and defense have been top-notch (we’ll get to the special teams later), and they’ve managed to avoid serious injuries for the most part as they head into the second half of the season.

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Patrick Mayhorn talk Ohio State’s improvement over the last month, and what they think of the Buckeyes taking over the No. 1 spot of the new S&P+ rankings. They also break down everything about Ohio State’s 62-14 win over Maryland, including:

  • What impressed them most about J.T. Barrett’s game versus the Terps.
  • Binjimen Victor’s growth, and whether he’s taken the leap to being the Buckeyes’ go-to receiver.
  • Replacing Branden Bowen on the offensive line after his season ending injury.
  • Giving props to the defense, talking up Chase Young, Jalyn Holmes, and Nick Bosa, plus a celebration of Jerome Baker’s breakthrough game.
  • Wondering what the hell happened on special teams, and why that’s the biggest concern for the team moving forward, and more!

The guys also take a look at what happened around college football this week, make fun of Michigan’s loss to Michigan State, and talk about why you shouldn’t worry about Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State.

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Notre Dame Football VS North Carolina: Stats That Lie and Stats That Don’t

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish used a combination of a dominant run game and a solid, opportunistic defense to come away with lopsided win over a power five program on the road. Sound familiar? It shouldn’t. It’s this year’s theme.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at North Carolina

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at North Carolina

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As with every other game, some stats told the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Others, not so much. Let’s take a look.

The Fighting Irish Offense was 5-16 on third down. Ian Book went only 17-31 through the air for 146 yards and two interceptions. The fact that Notre Dame even threw the ball 31 times suggests that maybe things didn’t go swimmingly for the Irish in Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at North Carolina

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at North Carolina

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But that wasn’t the case. It turns out that when your outstanding running back stable, behind yet another game in which Josh Adams went over 100 yards in the first half, and with the help of the as-usual outstanding offense line play the way they do, you have room for error. The margin increases when you consider the depletion due to injury on the other side of the ball; the North Carolina Tar Heels were missing what seemed like a million players on defense, and more just kept dropping as the game went on.

341 yards rushing (Adams had 118 on 13 carries and one touchdown, Deon McIntosh led the Irish with 124 on 12 carries, Ian Book added 45 yards on 12 carries, and C.J. Holmes and Tony Jones Jr. chipped in 32 and 31 respectively) affords you the luxury to experiment and open up the play book with a pass-first quarterback making his first start. Thanks to the running game, Ian Book got plenty of chances.

Stat’s That Don’t

Which brings me to my next point. 17/31 for 146 yards isn’t bad given the weather conditions, but two interceptions to one touchdown and a QBR 27.7 tell me all I need to know. Ian Book should not be starting over Brandon Wimbush and you are completely out of your mind if you think otherwise.

Brandon Wimbush’s potential as a passer combined with his current abilities as a runner are going to outweigh Book’s potential as a passer and his limited ability on the ground any day. I think 14 more points against the Tar Heels is the difference between having a healthy Wimbush in the game vs. Book. Simply because, instead of two interceptions, you more than likely have 50-60 more yards on the ground from Wimbush and the opportunity for two more scores. I don’t think you see the pass-heavy play calling in those conditions if Wimbush is your quarterback.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at North Carolina

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at North Carolina

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Here’s some more truthful stats: 265 yards of offense. Three turnovers. 13 first downs to Notre Dame’s 27. The North Carolina offense was shut down by an outstanding Notre Dame defensive effort. The defense continues to improve which is yet another luxury that will the passing offense to evolve regardless of who the quarterback moving forward is.

Ohio State’s defense finally found the endzone

“We’ve had a few turnovers in other games, but it’s sweet to finally get in the end zone.”

Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker, via Tim Bielik, Cleveland.com

By comparison, it took a long time for the Ohio State Buckeyes defense to get their first defensive touchdown of the season. Perhaps it’s because, in 2016, the secondary collectively had three Pick-6’s in the first two games of the season. Or perhaps it seems a long time coming, since defensive tackle Robert Landers appeared to have a fumble return for a touchdown in the team’s opener against Indiana, which was ultimately called back.

While the unit has done a good job of forcing turnovers this season, taking away 12 through six games, including two against Maryland, they hadn’t managed to find the end zone until the first quarter Saturday. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa got to Maryland’s Max Bortenschlager for the sack, forcing a fumble by the quarterback. Junior linebacker Jerome Baker did the rest, scooping the ball up and returning it 20 yards for the touchdown.

The defensive touchdown was indicative of the way the unit played as a whole against Maryland. Though formidable against previous opponents, including Rutgers, against whom they pitched a shutout, the defense utterly shut Maryland down in every category Saturday. The secondary emerged in earnest, holding the Terps to just 16 yards passing on three completed passes. Overall, the defense held Maryland to 66 total yards of offense to the Buckeyes’ 584–the fewest yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since 1960. Five sacks on the day further eroded Maryland’s rushing numbers as the defensive front seven showed their aptitude up front. Moreover, J.T. Barrett, Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins individually had more rushing yards than the whole of Maryland’s offense. And when it counted, Maryland was not able to convert first downs, going just 1-for-15 on third downs. The Terps had just six first downs on the day to Ohio State’s 33.

“If I’m evaluating this play, I’m telling my on-field officials that this is not targeting, and certainly if it goes to replay, we want to overturn this and keep the player in the game.”

Dean Blandino, FOX Sports

The 107,000-plus folks at the Horseshoe collectively (vehemently) disagreed with the targeting call made against junior quarterback Denzel Ward in the first quarter against Maryland Saturday. Ward made contact after Maryland receiver Taivon Jacobs turned to run after catching a pass from quarterback Max Bortenschlager. It was certainly a juggernaut of a hit, flipping Jacobs on his back and knocking the ball loose. Ward picked up the ball and began to return the ball for what would have been the Buckeyes’ second defensive touchdown of the game and season, but officials ruled the pass as incomplete, and called targeting on Ward.

The NCAA has an expansive definition and description of targeting, and yet the penalty manages to remain ambiguous. While defined as a player taking “aim at an opponent for the purpose of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball,” notes also reference launching, thrusting and leading with the helmet, shoulder forearm, fist, hand or elbow. This definition, naturally, expands beyond helmet-to-helmet contact specifically when there is a dangerous hit to a player’s head.

All targeting fouls go to the booth for review. If enforced, the offending player is ejected and that player’s team charged a 15-yard penalty. If overturned, there are no such consequences. Ward’s call managed to be called on the field and upheld in review, which indicated that some part of the hit met some component of the NCAA’s definition of targeting. Even so, rules analyst Dean Blandino did not think that Ward’s tackle met the mark for the penalty, given that he led with his shoulder into the receiver’s upper chest.

Fans can appreciate the need to make the game safer for players, but in order for the targeting rule to effectively contribute to that effort, it needs to be enforced consistently.

“I don’t fumble that much so it kind of got to me a little bit. I knew I had to make up for it for my teammates.”

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins, via Ryan McGlade, Buckeye Sports

It is expected that freshmen will make mistakes, which is why it is a rare thing to see a true freshman earning serious playing time as a starter. For any other freshman, perhaps, it would not be shocking to commit a turnover. For true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, however, that sort of mistake is utterly out of character.

After fumbling in the second quarter Saturday, Dobbins estimated that he had only ever lost the ball a handful of times his entire playing career, dating back to peewee football.

In many ways, it’s lucky that Dobbins saw the field at all again after his turnover versus Maryland. Urban Meyer is not one to forgive and forget such on-field atrocities so quickly, often sitting players for the remainder of the game after coughing the ball up. While sophomore running back Mike Weber took the next series, Dobbins was back in before the end of the half, and eventually ran in a three-yard touchdown in the third quarter. At the end of the day, Dobbins finished with a team-high 96 yards rushing.

Weber himself ended the day with 59 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Sophomore Antonio Williams also got in on the action, racking up 22 yards and yet another touchdown. With such wealth at running back (and that’s not including Demario McCall, who has been steadily recovering from a groin injury) and a massive lead, Meyer could have kept Dobbins on the bench for the rest of the day without any adverse effects for the rest of the team.

Instead, Dobbins showed that he would make up for his mistakes as quickly as he could. “I know Coach Meyer has a lot of trust in me so I kind of let him down with that fumble,” said the freshman. “But I made sure I would make up for it.”

STICK TO SPORTS

Tennessee releases depth chart for South Carolina game

Tennessee released their two deep depth chart for this week’s game against South Carolina. Quinten Dormady is still listed as the starter at quarterback, although Butch Jones didn’t name a starter at his press conference today. He said that Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano will continue to compete throughout the week, which does seem like some sort of development.

Here’s a look at the full chart.

Brett Kendrick stays at left guard for now. Kyle Phillips is listed as the starter with Darrell Taylor suspended indefinitely. DeAndre Johnson and Matthew Butler are listed as the reserves at defensive end.

Cheyenne Labruzza has moved from cornerback to free safety with Eric Berry and Todd Kelly Jr. dealing with injuries. Shaq Wiggins is still listed as a second teamer despite his recent uptick in playing time.

Everything else looks about the same. Butch Jones mentioned that all starting positions were open following the 41-0 loss to Georgia, but it doesn’t appear much has changed — yet. We’ll see what happens on Saturday against South Carolina.

Oregon State Beavers part ways with head coach Gary Andersen

Gary Anderson is out as head coach of the Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12), effective Monday per an announcement by the university. A decision that may have been brewing for quite some time arrived after the Beavers were dropped 38-10 by No. 14 USC, the fourteenth road loss in-a-row during Andersen’s tenure.

Assistant Cory Hall was named the interim coach replacing Andersen, who led OSU to a 7-23 overall record since taking over at the start of the 2015 season. Hall has been with the Beavers program since 2016 as a defensive back coach with stints at Weber State, Wisconsin, Clovis North HS (Fresno, CA) and Washington State going back to 2006.

The Colorado Buffaloes hit the road to face Oregon State this weekend (2 p.m. MT/ TV: Pac-12 Network). CU is looking to make it three straight wins over the Beavers after dominating last year’s game at Folsom Field, 47-6. The 41-point win is the largest margin of victory for the Buffs over a conference opponent in the past decade.

Oklahoma Sooners Football – Big 12 Football Power Rankings: The Sooners take a bit of a tumble

Well… here we go.

I’m still in a very bad mood after Saturday, and I’m not alone. I fully expected the Oklahoma Sooners to just take care of business against the Iowa State Cyclones. I expected to continue to feel good about Oklahoma’s chances at a title despite the defense’s flaws. I expected to be excited about my trip to Dallas. Above all, I expected to be excited for a trip to Dallas for OU-Texas weekend. But sometimes life throws you a curveball. Sometimes college football makes you feel like crap.

Anyway, enough with the moping. I’m going to try to be positive about things in the lead-up to one of the greatest rivalry games in all of sports. I’m going to try to not let Mike Stoops ruin my week for seemingly the 50th time.

Here are my Big 12 Power Rankings through Week 6:

  1. TCU (5-0, 2-0) – Not much to debate here. The Horned Frogs didn’t look perfect against WVU, but I’m still of the opinion that the Mountaineers are pretty damn good. TCU’s pass defense isn’t exceptional, but there isn’t a pass defense in the league that is, and the Frogs excel at pretty much everything else.
  2. Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1) – Is Oklahoma State actually better than Oklahoma? They both have significant defensive issues, but the nature of said issues seems to differ. Oklahoma State’s defense probably isn’t as talented as OU’s, but I’d take Glenn Spencer over Mike Stoops at this point. I’ll flip OU and OSU if the Sooners beat Texas, but OU needs to show me something first. Is OU’s offense better than Oklahoma State’s as a whole? Baker Mayfield and the OU offensive line are still great, but the losses of CeeDee Lamb and Abdul Adams made the Sooners waaaaay less effective on Saturday. If they’re out against Texas, the Sooners are in trouble. I’ll flip these two teams in next week’s rankings if OU beats Texas, but they have to show me something first.
  3. Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1) – I don’t like the chances of OU’s defense righting the ship in 2017, which is unfortunate considering the fact that there’s more talent on that side of the ball than there was in 2016. This team could end the regular season with an 11-1 record, win the Big 12 and make the CFP, or they could finish 8-4 and end up in San Antonio or Orlando.
  4. West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) – The Mountaineers were very close to beating TCU in Ft. Worth last weekend, and out-gained the Frogs by over 100 yards in the process. OU hasn’t lost to WVU since they joined the Big 12, but it could definitely happen this season if they can’t right the ship. They host Texas Tech this week for what will probably be a pretty damn good football game.
  5. Texas (3-2, 2-0) – Sam Ehlinger looks looks like he’ll be a problem for Big 12 defenses for years to come. The defense looks alright, too. Is Texas back? Not yet, but we’ll see what happens this weekend.
  6. Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) – Texas Tech’s defense looks better than Oklahoma’s. That’s just sad.
  7. Iowa State (3-2, 1-1) – Iowa State’s backup quarterbacks took home Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors this week. That’s also just sad.
  8. Kansas State (3-2, 1-1) – The Wildcats probably shouldn’t fall this far just for losing at Texas in overtime, but here they are anyway. If they beat TCU in Manhattan this week (which could definitely happen), they’ll be back in the top half and the Big 12 will be a bigger mess than it already is.
  9. Baylor (0-5, 0-2) – I usually root for any team that plays OSU, but not this week. I hope Baylor finishes 0-12.
  10. Kansas (1-4, 0-2) – This team will prevent Baylor from going 0-12.

Week 7 Big 12 Schedule

Kansas at Iowa State – 11 a.m. CT (Fox Sports Net)

Texas Tech at West Virginia – 11 a.m. CT (ESPNU)

TCU at Kansas State – 11 a.m. CT (FS1)

Baylor at Oklahoma State – 2:30 p.m. CT (FS1)

Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas) – 2:30 p.m. CT (ESPN)

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Texas sticking with struggling K Josh Rowland… for now

The start of the 2017 season for the Texas Longhorns has featured the tale of two Josh Rowlands.

The junior college transfer who quickly won the starting place-kicking job this spring has been Bad Josh Rowland in games, hitting on only 4-of-9 attempts and missing a 27-yard field goal against Kansas State and a 45-yarder that would have won the game at the end of regulation.

Known only as “The Kicker” to head coach Tom Herman, Rowland has also been Good Josh Rowland in practice.

“The hard part with the kicker is if you or if my grandma was at practice, she could tell you who the starting kicker should be because the kid had that good of a fall camp,” Herman said in September. “So we’ve got to figure out a way for him to translate how well he did in fall camp to game day.”

Herman still hasn’t figured it out, but Sunday was more of the same — according to the head coach, Rowland hit all 15 of his attempts, including six from more than 50 yards.

And so Herman is still saying the same thing now that he’s been saying for weeks.

“We’ve got to figure out why we’re inconsistent in games but so dead-on in practice,” he said.

The team will try to simulate a game-like environment this week by having Rowland kick while surrounded by screaming teammates, but as Herman noted, there’s no replacement for kicking in front of 100,000 fans.

Even with all the misses, Herman isn’t ready to give up on the kicker that he personally recruited out of Mississippi Gulf Coast CC shortly after arriving in Austin. However, the Texas head coach knows that continued struggles could well cost the ‘Horns a critical game this season.

Nationally, Texas ranks No. 118 in the country in hitting only 44.4 percent on field goals.

The back-up kicker is senior Mitchell Becker, who was largely a kickoff specialist last season, but did hit both of his attempts against TCU. The longest of those was only 31 yards, but Rowland is shaky even at that distance right now.

Based on Rowland’s body language, his confidence in games is at a low ebb right now and unless that changes quickly, the ‘Horns will have to give the fifth-year senior a chance.

“We’ve got to change something on game day,” Herman said. “But for now we’ve got to exhaust all available avenues to prepare him for that moment. If we’re out of ideas and out of avenues, then we’ll have to make a change at some point. But right now we have to trust that we can get him better and more prepared for those moments.”

Florida State opens as a single-digit favorite over Duke

Florida State is 1-3 on the season for the first time since 1976. FSU’s tangible goals are no longer obtainable but there’s seven confirmed weeks left in the season and plenty of pride to play for. The last time these two teams met was in the 2013 ACC Championship game which Florida State won 45-7.

Normally this would be a look-ahead game with Louisville on deck but this FSU team can’t afford to overlook anyone left on its schedule as it will be a fight to get to bowl eligibility.

The status of injured wide receiver Keith Gavin remains in question but for the most part FSU is just as healthy for the Duke game as it was for the Miami game. Jimbo Fisher’s teams have not fared well outside of Florida and following an emotional loss to Miami one has to wonder about the psychological morale of this team.

Looking at Duke, they have some issues of their own as they’re 116th in the country averaging 4.4 yards per play on offense but the defense has been adequate allowing 4.9 yards per play good for 32nd in the country.

West Virginia Falls Out of Polls Again After Another 31-24 Loss

AP Top 25 – Week 7

Rank Team Previous Movement
Rank Team Previous Movement
1 Alabama (43) 1
2 Clemson (18) 2
3 Penn State 4 +1
4 Georgia 5 +1
5 Washington 6 +1
6 TCU 8 +2
7 Wisconsin 9 +2
8 Washington State 11 +2
9 Ohio State 10 +1
10 Auburn 12 +2
11 Miami 13 +2
12 Oklahoma 3 -9
13 USC 14 +1
14 Oklahoma State 14 +1
15 Virginia Tech 16 +1
16 Notre Dame 21 +5
17 Michigan 7 -10
18 South Florida 18
19 San Diego State 19
20 NC State 24 +4
21 Michigan State NR
22 UCF 25 +3
23 Stanford NR
24 Texas Tech NR
25 Navy NR
Others Receiving Votes Georgia Tech 39, West Virginia 26, Louisville 25, Utah 17, LSU 9, Florida 9, Kentucky 6, Iowa State 5, Texas A&M 4, Memphis 2

Another week and the “Curse of Number 3” befell the Oklahoma Sooners. Hosting the supposedly lifeless Iowa State Cyclones, who were down their starting quarterback Jacob Park, due to undisclosed personal health issue, the Cyclones upset the Sooners in Norman 38-31. The Sooners, who were the darlings of the Big 12 after their upset win over the Ohio State Buckeyes, jumped out early but failed to put away the pesky ‘clones. As a result, the Sooners fell the now “standard” 9 spots from #3 to #12.

The other top ten team to lose this week was the Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan Wolverines who lost their eighth game to “little brother” Michigan State Spartans. Mark Dantonio continues to be underrated as a head coach and gets less credit despite being 94-43 as a head coach at MSU. The Spartans enter the rankings this week at 21, four spots behind Michigan even though the Spartans now own a road victory over the Wolverines. Voters, I tell you what.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, whose victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels jumped 5 spots into the top 20. The Tar Heels, who fell to 1-5, managed just 265 yards against the Irish. Notre Dame had two rushers, Deon McIntosh and Josh Adams, both break 100 yards on 12 and 13 carries respectively.

USA Today Coaches Poll Week 7

Rank Team Previous Movement
Rank Team Previous Movement
1 Alabama (57) 1
2 Clemson (8) 2
3 Penn State 4 +1
4 Washington 5 +1
5 Georgia 6 +1
6 Wisconsin 8 +2
7 TCU 10 +2
8 Ohio State 9 +1
9 Washington State 11 +2
10 Miami 12 +2
11 Auburn 13 +2
12 Oklahoma 3 -9
13 USC 15 +2
14 Oklahoma State 14
15 South Florida 16 +1
16 Michigan 7 -9
17 Virginia Tech 19 +2
18 San Diego State 21 +3
19 Notre Dame 22 +3
20 NC State 24 +4
21 Central Florida 25 +4
22 Michigan State NR
23 Utah 18 -5
24 Navy NR
25 Stanford NR
Others receiving votes Louisville 85, Georgia Tech 47, Kentucky 41, West Virginia 29, Texas Tech 29, Florida 23, Texas A&M 14, Troy 10, Memphis 9, LSU 9, Wake Forest 5, Virginia 5, Iowa State 4, Mississippi State 3, Iowa 3, South Carolina 3, Texas 2, Colorado State

Over in the Coaches Poll, the Stanford Cardinals, who have two losses to ranked teams, re-enter the polls this week after taking down #18 Utah Utes in Salt Lake City. Utah dropped five spots to #23 this week after the home loss to unranked Stanford.

The Louisville Cardinals dropped out of the polls after their Thursday night loss to NC State Wolfpack. The Cardinals, behind reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson continue to be dangerous on offense but fail to give Jackson any real defense to go along with his exploits. As a result, Jackson remains one of the most electrifying players in college football but his teams record is likely pushing him out of contention for the 2017 Heisman.

The Florida Gators once again resemble a high school offense, managing barely 300 yards against the LSU Tigers. The Gators, who seemed to find themselves against Vanderbilt last week, didn’t show up against LSU and lost 17-16 in The Swamp. Florida joins West Virginia and Louisville outside the polls.