Monday morning BcS Top 25 one-liners

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Here you go America, your new No. 1 team–the Auburn Tigers.

Could a win over Southern California boost No. 2 Oregon over No. 1 Auburn?

Two teams have played both No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU, and both head coaches havedodged the question: ” Who is a better team?

Head coach Gary Patterson is very pleased with the No. 4 Horned Frogs’ mentality.

The count for games with fake punts is now up to twofor No. 5 Michigan State.

The No. 5 scoring defense–No. 6 Missouri–will be without its starting defensive nose tackle thanks to a broken ankle.

This one writer has No. 7 Alabama in his No. 5 spot, with an interesting group of teamsrounding out his Top 10.

Utah is patiently waiting for the top ranked teams to make mistakes. The Utes sit at No.8 in the latest BCS poll.

It was a short-lived stay at No. 1 for Oklahoma, which dropped to No. 9 with Sunday’ s new release of theBCS rankings.

No. 10 Wisconsin used a fake punt to win the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007.

After losing to Wisconsin two Saturday’ s ago, Ohio State sits behind the Badgers at No. 11 inthe nation, and Terrelle Pryor does not like it.

It seems weird to have a team ranked–No. 12 LSU–that at one point gave up 440 yardsrushing in a game.

Remember No. 13 Stanford? Its only loss was to No. 2 Oregon, and the Cardinalhas its best start in 40 years.

Niles Paul went from zero to hero for No. 14 Nebraska in itsroad win over undefeated Oklahoma State.

Here is No. 15 Arizona’ s report card from Saturday night’ s gameagainst Washington, a game in which Wildcats’ starting quarterback Nick Foles wassidelined because of an injury suffered the week before.

No. 16 Florida State had this weekend off to prepare for a Thursday showdown with N.C. State.

No. 17 Oklahoma State will take on Kansas State this weekend. The Cowboys are just 2-10 against theWildcats in the previous 12 games.

Iowadropped in the polls–to No. 18 in the BCS–but can make some major jumps if it defeatsMichigan State this weekend, which is certainly possible and may even be likely.

Arkansas had previously been 0-2 against Houston Nutt and Ole Miss,before a 38-24 victory propelled them to No. 19 in the BCS rankings.

One of the quietest games from this past weekend was No. 20 South Carolina’ s 21-7 win overVanderbilt. The Gamecocks should expect more impressive victories now that running backMarcus Lattimore is expected to return.

Saying that No. 21 Mississippi State survived a scare on Saturday would be an understatement.

Miami (FL) popped into the BCS standings for the first time this year, coming in at No. 22,thanks to a powerful — and important — win over North Carolina.

No. 23 Virginia Tech is currently leading the ACC, and it does not appear that the Hokies will slowdown.No. 24 Nevada should be favored in each of its games heading into aNovember 26th bout with Boise State.

For the first time since 1993, Bayloris ranked in the BCS. The Bears come in as the No. 25 team in the country. The last time theBears went to a bowl game was 1994, surprise surprise.

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson frowns upon Group of Five playoff idea

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The chances a team from the Group of Five ever gets selected to play in the College Football Playoff range from slim to none. As such, talk from within the Group of Five has kicked up from time to time, especially over the last year, about a possible Group of Five-only version of the College Football Playoff. The reactions to that idea has been mixed, but add Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson to the group of people who thinks that idea should be tossed aside.

While attending meetings for the College Football Playoff, Benson told reporters he would prefer to see conference champions from the Group of Five (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) receive better bowl bids instead of playing in a minor version of the College Football Playoff.

It’s time to have a realistic conversation about creating a playoff for the Group of 5,” NIU athletic director Sean Frazier told Brett McMurphy, then of ESPN.com, back in December. “Why not?”

Well, there are a number of reasons. First, not everybody seems to be on board with playing the college football version equivalent of the NIT. Sure, it would be on TV and would get ratings, but the reward at the end of the JV playoff would mean little. Nobody would consider it a national championship. That’s what the FCS is for.

Benson is not alone in his anti-Group of Five playoff stance. MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher also has been on record saying he is not interested in such a plan, and he oversaw a member from his conference go undefeated last season and play in the Cotton Bowl (Western Michigan).

My initial reaction is that’s not something I’m interested in,” Steinbrecher said, according to MLive.com in December. “We’re part of the (College Football Playoff) system, and it’s done a lot of very good things for the Mid-American Conference.”

Without the support from two of the Group of Five commissioners (and you can almost be guaranteed you can add Mike Aresco of the American Athletic Conference to the list given the conference’s push to be considered a power conference), this idea is pretty much dead on arrival.

LSU’s Arden Key: I am not sitting out my junior year

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After taking a little time off from the LSU football program this spring, Arden Key calmed the nerves of Tigers fans on Wednesday with a simple message on his Twitter account.

Key announced to his Twitter followers he will be on the field for the Tigers this fall. Back in February, LSU released a statement saying Key would be stepping away from the program “for personal reasons.” What those personal reasons were is unknown, but he did so with the support of head coach Ed Orgeron and the entire football program at the time.

Key earned second-team All-SEC honors last season after leading LSU with 14.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, a school record. With news, he would be stepping away from the program and the age of top NFL Draft prospects opting out of bowl games, the mere thought that Key might become the first potential NFL Draft pick the following season sitting out the entire football season was difficult to completely ignore. Fortunately, especially for LSU and not so much for LSU’s opponents, Key is choosing not to break that barrier at this time.

Texas A&M removes WR Kirk Merritt from roster

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After being charged for allegedly exposing himself to tutors at Texas A&M, wide receiver Kirk Merritt is no longer an Aggie. Merritt has been removed from the Texas A&M football program, according to a report from The Eagle. Though there has been no official statement confirming such news, Merritt’s name has been wiped off the team’s online roster.

Merritt pleaded not guilty to a pair of indecent exposure charges against him stemming from an incident last October. Merritt allegedly exposed himself to female academic tutors. Merritt was suspended by Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin a few days after the alleged incidents. The suspension was expanded to indefinite status following Merritt’s arrest on November 8. The suspension has since been lifted after the university’s conduct process wrapped up in January.

It has been a bit of a bumpy year for Merritt. Merritt left Oregon for Texas A&M last summer due to family reasons. He participated in Texas A&M’s spring practices but did not play in the spring game.

Big 12 revenue eclipses $300 million mark

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When it comes to revenues, the SEC and Big Ten continue to set the pace and leave the rest of the competition in the dust. That said, the Big 12 saw a second straight sizable revenue bump, according to recent tax returns.

As reported by USA Today, the Big 12 recorded a revenue of $313 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 on its tax return. The figure is up roughly $40 million from last year’s revenue, and the conference has now doubled its revenue since the 2012 fiscal year amid conference realignment changes. As for the revenue shares for each Big 12 program, the numbers ranged from $28 million to West Virginia to $28.9 million for Oklahoma. This marked the first time West Virginia and TCU were eligible to receive their full conference revenue shares as Big 12 members.

The biggest reason for the big jump in revenue came from increased bowl revenue. The Big 12 pulled in $114.5 million in bowl revenue in 2016, which was just $74.5 million in 2015. The 2015 season, which was included in the fiscal year outlined by this tax return, saw Oklahoma advance to the College Football Playoff and Oklahoma State be selected to play in a New Years Six bowl game (Sugar Bowl), which led to a larger bowl game distribution for the Big 12. The previous year saw no Big 12 team in the College Football Playoff (TCU, Baylor).

The Big 12 still lags well behind the SEC. Most will, of course. The SEC announced a revenue of $584.2 million for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, with each SEC member receiving a revenue share of $40.4 million. The SEC and Big 12 are the only conference revenue numbers currently on record for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, but expect the Big Ten to be a solid second in the pecking order, with the ACC likely to come in front of the Big 12 and the Pac-12 to be toward the bottom of the pack.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a pay increase as well. Bowlsby reportedly earned a little more than $2.6 million in 2015, earning more than $70,000 than the previous year.