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Ducks chip away at Tide in coaches’ poll

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Thanks to a Weak Week 4 slate that featured just one matchup pitting ranked teams, and every other ranked team that played coming away with a win, we were searching for some type of angle for this weekend’s release of the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Thanks to Alabama’s sluggish victory, we’ve found one.  Barely.

As expected, the Top 10 of the coaches’ poll remained nearly the same as after Week 3, with every team with the exception Louisville and LSU remaining where they were a week ago.  The Cardinals dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 despite a 72-point win, while the Tigers replaced the UofL on the strength of an impressive win over previously-unbeaten Auburn.

While Alabama remained No. 1, they did see their lead over No. 2 Oregon erode ever so slightly.  The Tide received “just” 59 first-place votes, down from 61 seven days ago.  The Ducks picked up those two first-place votes and now have earned the top spot according to three coaches.  UA and UO are the only teams to receive first-place votes this week.

The swap of first-place votes helped the Ducks cut the Tide’s points lead from 72 to 67.

Michigan, meanwhile, continue to tumble in spite of maintaining an unblemished record.  Following a narrow Week 3 escape against woeful Akron, the Wolverines dropped from No. 12 to No. 14.  Following a three-point win against winless UConn last night, UM moved down three more spots to No. 17.

The only other teams to move up or down more than two spots this week were Miami (from No. 17 to No. 15) and Fresno State (No. 25 to No. 23).

Arizona State (then-No. 23) and Michigan State (No. 24) fell out of the Top 25, replaced by Wisconsin (No. 24) and Texas Tech (No. 25).

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Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Gamecocks still hope to host LSU Sat., but alternatives being evaluated

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The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.

The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.

Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.