Status quo for Top Five of AP poll

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For the second consecutive week, very few upsets has led to very few changes in the Associated Press‘ weekly poll.

In its release following Week 3 of the 2013 season, the media opted to keep the Top Five the way it was after Week 2: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Stanford.

There was movement when it came to first-place votes, however, as the Tide picked up two from a week ago and now carry 59 of the 60.  Those two votes came at the expense of Texas A&M and Clemson.  The other first-place vote went to the Ducks.

The Tide picking up support came at the expense of the Aggies, which dropped four spots to No. 10 following their home loss to the two-time defending BCS champions.

LSU took advantage of A&M’s slide, moving up two spots to No. 6.  Louisville (No. 7) and Georgia (No. 9) stayed in place from a week ago, while Florida State climbed one to No. 8 to round out the Top 10.

Matching the Aggies’ slide was Michigan, and that came after a win.  Thanks to the Wolverines’ close escape against woeful Akron in the Big House, AP voters pushed UM from No. 11 after a Week 2 win over Notre Dame to No. 15.  Ole Miss (No. 21) and UCLA (No. 13) moved up four and three spots, respectively, on the strength of non-conference road wins.

Nebraska, which coughed up an 18-point lead in Lincoln to the Bruins, tumbled completely out of the polls.  Fellow Big Ten member Wisconsin stayed inside the Top 25 despite its bizarre loss to Arizona State, moving down to No. 25 from No. 21.  The Sun Devils moved into the Top 25 (No. 23), as did Texas Tech (No. 25).

Interestingly, there are six teams in the current Top 25 with one loss, and four of them come from the SEC (Georgia, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Florida).  Three of those one-loss SEC teams are ranked in the Top 12.  The other two ranked teams with a loss are Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

Below is the complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 3 of the 2013 season:

AP Week Three Poll 2013

Ohio State OL Matthew Burrell transferring from Buckeyes

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For the third time this offseason, Ohio State has lost an offensive lineman to transfer.

The latest to leave the trenches in Columbus is Matthew Burrell (pictured, right), with the rising redshirt junior taking to Instagram to announce that, “after prayer and thought, I will be transferring from OSU.” While no specific reason for the decision to transfer was given, the lineman’s placement on the depth chart likely played a significant role.

A four-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2015 recruiting class, Burrell was rated as the No. 7 guard in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Virginia.  The past two seasons, the lineman had seen action in a total of 25 games, including 12 this past season.

In addition to Burrell, OSU offensive linemen Jack Wohlabaugh (HERE) and Kevin Feder (HERE) have all left the program since the end of the 2017 regular season.

UCF police go all in on national championship campaign

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Look, I get it. I know exactly how this game is played. They do it so that people like me will write about it and people like you will read it. It’s all a ploy to make everyone on campus puff their chests out just a little bit further and to keep their name on our lips just a little bit longer.

But doggone if it isn’t working.

More than three months after claiming its 2017 national championship, UCF has found a way to keep itself relevant, this time by having the campus police department get in on the act.

AD Danny White already committed to pay national championship bonuses for coaches who are no longer in the school’s employ, but that’s not even the end of this. There’s still a ring ceremony that is (or at least should) be forthcoming, and the banner reveal at Spectrum Stadium that’s surely coming at the 2018 season opener.

If you’re going to go all in on a publicity campaign, it’s best to go all the way in. As UCF has done here.

NCAA tables proposal that would allow players to play in up to four games and retain redshirt

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The NCAA’s Division I Council on Wednesday tabled a proposal that would allow players to compete in up to four games and retain their redshirts. Championed by AFCA executive director Todd Berry, the rule was touted as a necessary change in an era where teams play 14- and 15-game seasons.

The rule would allow redshirting players to replace injured players without personal cost to their careers. Presently, a coach with dwindling numbers at a given position is put in between the rock and the hard place of burning an innocent player’s redshirt or putting players at risk of injury through overuse.

Here’s how the NCAA presented the news:

The Council tabled a proposal that would allow football student-athletes to participate in up to four games per year without using a season of competition. Proponents argue that late-season injuries and other factors often require student-athletes who hadn’t played all season to burn a year of eligibility for a small number of games. Others wonder whether the proposal could be applied to other sports, as well, whether the number of games in the proposal is appropriate, and whether the timing of the four games matters.

It is not clear what opposition exists to the rule, though Big 12 commissioner, Council member and noted fear-mongerer Bob Bowlsby posited in January that teams could, for some unexplained reason, hold their best players back until the final four games of the season.

“I think it’s got a lot of merit,” he said, “but there are some hooks in it. I don’t know how comfortable people are with, suddenly in the last three games and a bowl game, you go from being a guy who’s on the scout team to [a prominent role].”

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The proposal is not all dead, as Miracle Max would say. The Council will now turn the tabled proposal over to the Football Oversight and Student-Athlete Experience Committees for discussion and feedback solicitation.

Former four-star Miami WR Dionte Mullins transfers to FCS Alabama State

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A little over five months after leaving a Power Five program, Dionte Mullins has stepped down a rung or two on the college football ladder.

A tweet earlier this week indicated that Mullins is now a member of the Alabama State football program.  Now, the wide receiver is listed on the FCS program’s official website as one of its 2017-18 football signees and is shown on the Hornets’ online roster.

In mid-November, Miami announced that Mullins “is leaving the football program to pursue more playing time opportunities at another program.”

As the Hornets play at the FCS level, Mullins will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.  Including the upcoming season, the receiver will have two years of eligibility remaining as well as a redshirt season to use if necessary.

A four-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class, Mullins was rated as the No. 50 receiver in the country and the No. 37 player at any position in the state of Florida.  After playing in three games as a true freshman, Mullins had seen action in all eight games last season before leaving. He finished his UM career with four catches for 53 yards, all of which came this season.