No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Boise State and No. 7 Texas A&M were off this weekend, so their status is, um, quo (?).
And, with the exception of relatively close calls for the schools sitting at Nos. 10-12 in the rankings — Nebraska, Virginia Tech and South Carolina, respectively — the rest of the top dozen or so teams cruised with relative ease, so there was very little shakeup loss-wise among the top teams in the country.
In fact, the highest-ranked team to lose, No. 16 Mississippi State, was also the only ranked team to suffer a loss to an unranked team this weekend (No. 21 Missouri lost to unranked Arizona State Friday). The only other ranked team to lose was No. 23 Penn State, which was easily dispatched by No. 3 Alabama.
So, with very little change expected at the top to middle of the polls, who you got after Week 2? Who’s your No. 1 team at this very early juncture of the season?
Please, feel free to let your votes be heard below. And allow your voices in the comments section to do the same.
Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”