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Saturday afternoon one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— First-year Cal head coach Sonny Dykes: “I went to WAC media day last year and I interviewed myself. I asked some hard-hitting questions of myself.”

— All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be on the field with his Washington teammates when camp opens next month.

— After pontificating on zombies and Geronimo, Mike Leach acknowledged that Connor Halliday is the frontrunner to become Washington State’s starting quarterback.

— A bump pay was not part of the contract extension Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops signed.

— Mississippi State won’t be affected by Oklahoma State playing “I’ve got a secret” at the quarterback position.

— Washington’s Steve Sarkisian proclaims his Huskies to be “a better football team” entering 2013.

— After a challenging first season in the Pac-12, Utah will come into the 2013 season with a chip on their collective shoulders.

Salt Lake Tribune: modifying Utah State agreement shows BYU wants meaningful November games

Mark Dantonio says he and his staff “can’t make a mistake on character” when bringing recruits to Michigan State.

— Injuries aside, Jerry Kill is satisfied with how Minnesota’s offensive line is shaping up.

— The Des Moines Register asks if there will be enough footballs to satisfy Iowa State’s plethora of running backs. Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue looking to stay healthy, take Owls to new heights.

Larry Coker is relishing the challenge of building a football program at UT-San Antonio. takes a look at some of the changes/additions made to South Carolina roster.

— As he failed to qualify academically, Cal won’t have defensive end and 2013 signee Takkarist McKinley at its disposal.

— Texas Tech adds a JUCO defensive lineman to its 2013 recruiting class.

Malzahn not ready to name Sean White Auburn’s starter vs. Kentucky just yet

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Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn  is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”

White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.

Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State