Friday afternoon Top 25 one-liners

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No. 1 Terrelle Pryor remembers Ohio State’s 2008 game with Wisconsin, describing the Buckeyes’ win as “lucky”.

No. 2 The reins to the Pac-10 have certainly shifted away from USC towards Oregon.

No. 3 This year, Boise State has surrendered just 14 first quarter points, while scoring 80 points itself.

No. 4 There will be another big stadium built in Texas after the season–this one belongs to TCU.

No. 5 The final Big 12 game between Nebraska and Texas shouldbe full of intensity, with the ‘Huskers thinking payback.

No. 6 DeMarco Murray has not had a break-out season while at Oklahoma,but he has been consistent enough to be close to breaking four big offensive career records.

No. 7 Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: “You can’t go to Walmart and buy team chemistry.”

No. 8 Alabama finalized a 2012 game with Michigan in the House That Jerry Built.

No. 9 Apparently LSU head coach Les Miles has his wife report to him “on all mediaoutlets“.

No. 10 Should South Carolina worry about an upset to Kentucky? Steve Spurrier is 17-0against the Wildcats, 5-0 coming as the Gamecocks’ head coach.

No. 11 Utah is actually thinking it could play for a national championship.

No. 12 When Arkansas takes on No. 7 Auburn tomorrow it will be the highest ranked matchupof the week.

No. 13 The previous two games for Michigan State–vs. Wisconsin, Michigan–haveprepared the Spartans for the offense it will see from Illinois tomorrow.

No. 14 With a career already promised as a professional athlete, Stanford defensive endBrian Bulcke is working towards his master’s in management science and engineering.

No. 15 Iowa may be in the best position to win the Big Ten championship, seeing as itstoughestremaining road game is against Michigan and Denard Robinson.

No. 16 Not too many players on Boston College’s offense are performing at a highlevel, so Florida State knows who to key on: Montel Harris.

No. 17 Arizona has played far above expectations sofar this year, but still needs its kicking game to catch up.

No. 18 If Wisconsin hopes to upset No. 1 Ohio State then it will need to comeout firing very early.

No. 19 Despite over 600 offensive yards and giving up just 13points to San Jose State, Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick feels his team couldperform better.

No. 20 A lot of people have Oklahoma State going downtomorrow afternoon against Texas Tech.

No. 21 HERE is a great preview of tomorrow’s Missouri-Texas A&M game.

No. 22 If you do not already know about Florida head coach UrbanMeyer‘s relationship with Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, then you ought to click HERE.

No. 23 Former quarterback and current running back Asher Clark is just one of a number of Air Force players to switchfrom taking snaps to carrying the ball.

No. 24 As good as Oregon State has been lately, the Beavers have not started out 3-0 in conference play since 1968!

No. 25 Sophomore quarterback Geno Smith played like a seasonedveteran last night against South Florida, making a ton ofgreat plays and good decisions.

James Franklin: I am not Keegan-Michael Key

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College GameDay was in Times Square on Saturday and decided to do the most New York thing possible: respond to a Mike Francessa rant.

Francessa ripped Penn State head coach James Franklin, calling him a “horses’s ass,” for trying to prevent a field goal to preserve the Nittany Lions’ 56-0 blanking of Georgia State last week. To respond, ESPN didn’t talk to Franklin, but instead asked comedian (and Penn State graduate) Keegan-Michael Key to speak for him.

This is not the first time Key has leverages his resemblance to Franklin for comedic purposes.

Nevertheless, Franklin addressed the bit to close his post-game press conference following Penn State’s 21-19 escape of Iowa in an answer that toed the line between seriousness and wry sarcasm.

Boston College loses WR Charlie Callinan for ‘an extended period of time’

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Boston College will be without wide receiver Charlie Callinan for “an extended period of time,” the program announced just before the Eagles’ date with Clemson on Saturday.

Callinan suffered a foot injury. The nature of the injury was not disclosed.

A senior from Westfield, N.J., Callinan was one of the most experienced players on the roster with 41 career appearances and 31 starts under his belt. He is the third BC player with at least 30 career games to be lost for an extended period of time this season.

Callinan posted the best game of his career in what may go down as the final game of his career, hauling in seven catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-20 loss to Notre Dame a week ago.

Without him in the lineup, BC passed for 141 yards on 34 attempts in a 34-7 loss to the second-ranked Tigers.

Don’t let Saquon Barkley distract you from the season Stanford’s Bryce Love is having

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Saquon Barkley is incredible. The Penn State running back is every bit a deserving Heisman front-runner, what with his 66 carries for 518 yards and four touchdowns, his team-leading 23 grabs for 335 yards and two touchdowns, and his 22.86-yard average on seven kickoff returns. This isn’t a criticism of him.

But I want to introduce an idea to you right now, and I want you to take a deep breath first: it’s possible Barkley is not having the best season of any running back in college football. At least not to this point.

Take a look at Stanford’s Bryce Love‘s first four games:

  • 13 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown in a 62-7 destruction of Rice
  • 17 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown in a 42-24 loss to USC
  • 13 carries for 184 yards and two scores in a 20-17 loss to San Diego State
  • 30 carries for 263 yards and a touchdown in last night’s 58-34 defeat of UCLA

Add it all up and you get 73 carries for 787 yards and five touchdowns, which not only means Love leads the nation in rushing yards per game — he leads the nation in rushing while averaging 10.78 yards per carry.

Love not only leads the nation in total rushing yards, he not only leads the nation in rushing yards per game, he leads the nation in yards per carry for all players anywhere in the neighborhood his carry total. Four players rank ahead of Love in yards per carry thus far, and those three players have toted the rock 76 times — combined.

The next closest player on the yards per carry rankings with at least 70 rushes is San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, who averages 7.87 yards on 91 carries. That’s an incredible number, and still 27 percent lower than Love’s average.

Stanford may not win enough for Love to join Barkley in the Heisman conversation, but right now it appears the two running back spots on every All-American team are locked up until further notice.

Georgia, TCU replace Ohio State and OK State in top 10 of latest AP poll

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Big wins over ranked opponents pushed Georgia and TCU into the top 10 of the latest Associated Press poll, released Sunday. Voters were apparently more impressed with Georgia’s 31-3 whipping of then-No. 17 Mississippi State in Athens than they were of TCU’s 44-31 upset of then-No. 6 Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Georgia moved up four spots while TCU jumped seven, but the Bulldogs remained ahead of the Frogs by two spots, No. 7 to No. 9.

Elsewhere, Washington creeped forward one spot, Washington State and Louisville nudged forward two, and South Florida, San Diego State and Utah leaped three spots forward. Notre Dame and West Virginia returned to this week’s poll at Nos. 22 and 23, replacing upset losers Florida State and Oregon. Unlike the Coaches’ Poll, voters remembered that Mississippi State hammered LSU by 30 points just eight days ago, keeping the Bulldogs one spot ahead of the Bayou Bengals.

The full poll:

  1. Alabama — 1,515 total points (52 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson — 1,458 (2)
  3. Oklahoma — 1,397 (1)
  4. Penn State — 1,304
  5. USC — 1,247
  6. Washington — 1,188
  7. Georgia — 1,136
  8. Michigan — 1,088
  9. TCU — 1,028
  10. Wisconsin — 1,023
  11. Ohio State — 1,016
  12. Virginia Tech — 828
  13. Auburn — 701
  14. Miami — 693
  15. Oklahoma State — 665
  16. Washington State — 551
  17. Louisville — 502
  18. South Florida — 406
  19. San Diego State — 365
  20. Utah — 356
  21. Florida — 342
  22. Notre Dame — 246
  23. West Virginia — 212
  24. Mississippi State — 148
  25. LSU — 92