Minimal change in coaches’ poll as Tide again unanimous No. 1


As expected, and thanks to the utter dearth of upsets, the latest USA Today coaches’ poll has a very similar look to its predecessor.

On the strength of its come-from-behind road win over LSU, Alabama is once again the No. 1 team on the ballots of all 59 coaches (winkwink nudgenudge) who vote in the USA Today poll.  It’s the 10th consecutive week the Tide has been No. 1 according to the coaches, and the fourth week in a row they’ve been a unanimous selection.

The entire Top 10 from a week ago, in fact, didn’t change, although there was a bit of shuffling of positions thanks to LSU’s loss to the Tide.  The Tigers, ranked No. 5 last week, dropped four spots to No. 9.  As a result, Georgia (No. 5), Florida State (No. 6), Florida (No. 7) and Clemson (No. 8) all moved up one spot apiece.

Oregon (No. 2), Kansas State (No. 3) and Notre Dame (No. 4) all held serve, as did unbeaten Louisville (No. 10 and sandwiched between a pair of two-loss SEC teams) in rounding out the Top 10.

A total of four teams took the biggest jumps of the week, moving up five spots each: Nebraska (No. 16), Texas (No. 17), Louisiana Tech (No. 18) and Rutgers (No. 20).

Boise State took the biggest hit of those that still remain ranked, tumbling all the way from No. 14 to No. 24 after its loss to unranked San Diego State.  USC (No. 22) and Mississippi State (No. 23) each fell five spots from a week ago.

Conference-wise, the voters — with the inexplicable exception of the Longhorns — really had it in for the Big 12.  Three teams dropped out this week, and all three were from the Big 12: West Virginia (No. 19), Texas Tech (No. 20) and Oklahoma State (No. 24).  They were replaced by teams from the Pac-12 (UCLA, No. 19), Big Ten (Northwestern, No. 21) and MAC (Toledo, No. 25).

Report: departing Miami DL coach could be headed to Alabama

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And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story.

Just a short time ago, Miami announced that defensive line Craig Kuligowski was leaving the football program after two years to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere.  Subsequent to that announcement, Bruce Feldman of tweeted that Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa could be the assistant’s ultimate destination.

Kuligowski and Saban have a previous connection as the former played defensive line under the latter at Toledo in 1990.  Saban is searching for a replacement to Karl Dunbar, the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach who left for a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month.

Other names floated as possibilities have included former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge and former UA assistant and current South Carolina line coach Lance Thompson.

DL coach Craig Kuligowski leaves Miami ‘to pursue other opportunities’

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At one point it appeared that Mark Richt had dodged a coaching-departure bullet.  In the end, however, his Miami staff has been hit.

Reports surfaced earlier in the day Monday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had interviewed UM defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for the same job.  Not long after the initial speculation first appeared, the NFL club confirmed that it had hired someone other than Kuligowski for the position.

Tonight, however, the Hurricanes announced in a press release that Kuligowski “is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities.” What and where specifically that opportunity is wasn’t divulged by the football program.

Kuligowski had spent the past two seasons with the Hurricanes and is widely considered one of the top line coaches in the country.

Mark Your Calendars: KU, Wazzu reportedly set for 2027-28 home-and-home series

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Are you ready for some good news? Kansas and Washington State are (finally, FINALLY!) going to meet on the gridiron.

Are you ready for some bad news? You’re going to have to wait nearly a decade to see it.

The Jayhawks and Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2027-28, according to documents obtained by FBSchedules. Washington State is set to host the first game on Sept. 11, 2027, with Kansas returning the favor on Sept. 9, 2028. The programs have met 10 times previously, but not since 1977. Kansas holds a 7-2 all-time advantage.

Washington State is also set to visit Boise State in 2027, but does not have any other games lined up for ’28. Kansas does not have any other agreements for either season.

Interestingly, Wazzu’s Kansas home-and-home is sandwiched around a home-and-home with Kansas State in 2026 and ’29. Washington State has not faced a Big 12 opponent since a 65-17 loss at Oklahoma State to open the 2010 season.

Kansas, who also has future games with Rutgers, Boston College, Duke and Illinois on the docket, has not squared off with a Pac-12 foe — not counting former Big 12 bunk mate Colorado — since a 41-17 loss to UCLA on Sept. 8, 2001.

Cincinnati, Western Michigan ink home-and-home series

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Cincinnati and Western Michigan have agreed to a 2-game home-and-home series, it was announced Monday.

The Bearcats will host WMU on Sept. 12, 2020, and Western Michigan will host Cincinnati on Sept. 10, 2022.

The programs have met three times prior. Cincinnati and Western Michigan also played a home-and-home in 1949-50; the Bearcats won both games by scores of 27-6. Cincinnati also won their meeting in the 2007 International Bowl in Toronto,  a 27-24 triumph.

Cincinnati already has road games lined up with Miami (Ohio) and Nebraska in 2020, with a Sept. 5 opener still to fill. Considering the Bearcats already have two MAC opponents and a Big Ten trip lined up, that game will almost certainly be a home game and likely against an FCS opponent. In 2022, Cincinnati will host Indiana and play Miami (Ohio) at the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, with their Sept. 3 opener still unfilled.

Western Michigan also has a road trip to Notre Dame on the schedule for Sept. 19, 2020, and does not have any other games slated for 2022.