Nicholls v Oregon

Ducks leapfrog Buckeyes to No. 2 in AP poll


Apparently, the media was more impressed with a Pac-12 school blowing out an FCS team than it was a Big Ten school outlasting a member of the MAC.

Oregon, which pounded Nicholls State 66-3 Saturday, moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the Associated Press’ first poll of the new season.  Ohio State, 40-20 winners over Buffalo, dropped down one to No. 2.

The Buckeyes, though, were still one of three teams receiving at least one first-place vote.  Alabama claimed the top spot on 58 ballots, while Clemson, up four to No. 4 this week, joined OSU with one first-place vote.

Stanford (No. 5), South Carolina (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 7), Louisville (No. 8), LSU (No. 9) and Florida State (No. 10) complete the Top 10.

Georgia tumbled the furthest of those that remained in the polls, falling to No. 11 from No. 5 following its loss to Clemson.  TCU dropped four to No. 24 thanks to its loss to LSU.

Washington (No. 20) and Baylor (No. 23) each made their Top 25 debuts following impressive season-opening wins.  Those two replaced No. 19 Boise State, which lost to UW by 32 points on the road, and No. 25 Oregon State.

AP Week One Poll 2013

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.