FSU climbs two in coaches’ poll

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Seeing as none of the Top 14 teams from last week’s USA Today coaches’ poll lost, there was very little change, as expected, in this week’s release.

What change there was, though, was at least mildly interesting.

Florida State, on the strength of its 63-0 pasting of previously unbeaten Maryland, climbed over Georgia and Louisville into the No. 6 spot in the Week 6 coaches’ poll.  The Seminoles have seen a steady rise in the polls this year, starting the season at No. 12 before moving to No. 10 after the opener; No. 9 after Week 2; and into the No. 8 hole for the past three weeks.

No. 1 Alabama again had the most first-place votes, although the Tide lost two more to No. 2 Oregon and now holds 57 of them.  The Ducks garnered four first-place votes while No. 4 Clemson had the lone remaining.

No. 3 Ohio State, despite winning on the road against a ranked and undefeated team in Northwestern, saw their point total drop from 1,397 to 1,356.

Stanford, thanks to its 3-point home win over unbeaten Washington, remains at No. 5, with Texas A&M and Oklahoma holding serve at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.  Georgia and Louisville, despite winning, dropped one spot each to No. 7 for the former and No. 7 for the latter.

The coaches actually showed respect to Northwestern and Washington in their losses to higher-ranked teams.  The Wildcats only dropped three spots to No. 18 after the three-10-point loss to the Buckeyes, while the Huskies slipped just one to No. 19.

Florida was the only team other than Florida State and Northwestern to move up or down more than one spot, exiting Week 6 at No. 17 after entering No. 19.

Just one team fell out of the Top 25, with Arizona State dropping out after its loss to Notre Dame.  The Sun Devils were replaced by Virginia Tech (No. 25),  The Hokies returned to the coaches’ poll for the first time since the Sept. 23 release last year.

There are currently 10 one-loss teams in the Top 25, with five coming from the SEC alone.  Those five also serve as the highest-ranked of the one-loss teams.  The Big Ten is the only other conference with more than one one-loss team in the rankings.

Conversely, there are just two undefeated teams that are unranked and, surprisingly, one of them comes from the SEC: 5-0 Missouri.  The AAC’s Houston is the only other of the 17 unbeaten team that is left out of the coaches’ poll.

(Writer’s note: Apparently, there was a glitch in USA Today’s online poll. Ohio State and Clemson are not tied at No. 3. The body of this post has been changed to reflect their error, although we’re still waiting to get the proper point totals to plug into the full set of rankings. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.)

(Updated writer’s note: USA Today has indeed updated its poll and the totals you see below are now correct. We apologize for any inconvenience and/or angst this may have caused you.)

Coaches' Poll Week Six

WATCH: Mark Richt takes annual backflip off the high dive

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It’s been quite the summer for Mark Richt. His 2018 recruiting class is one of the best in the nation, he taught the nation the most efficient way to eat a sandwich, and on Friday he executed his annual high-dive backflip at a Hurricanes pool party.

(In case you haven’t seen the sandwich bit, watch it below. It’ll change your life.)

As SB Nation catalogues, Richt has made these backflips an annual thing since he was at Georgia in 2015. It was a skill he learned, he says, to impress the ladies after watching Greg Louganis (yes, that Greg Louganis) do it while they were students at Miami.

Richt and Louganis both enrolled at the University of Miami in 1978, and the future Hurricanes’ coach and his teammates would hang out at the university’s pool, where Louganis and the diving team would practice.

“We would watch him,” Richt said. “You’d go to the pool, because that’s where the girls were, right? So we’d watch the divers work out and say, that guy’s pretty good. Turns out he was the best in the world, like, ever. I had a lot of respect for him.”

Here’s this year’s effort.

Not bad for a guy pushing 60.

Nick Saban thinks skipping bowl games could lead to recruits doing same thing in high school

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Grand Poobah of college football and Alabama head coach Nick Saban has had some interesting ideas about the sport over the years that conflict with the general consensus of his peers. The latest subject to fit that mold? How players like Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey skipping their bowl games could filter down to the high school level with recruits.

“Same thing will happen in high school if they make the signing day before the season,” Saban told CBS Sports. “It will take a few years, then some kid will say, ‘Hey, I’m going to Notre Dame. I’m not playing my senior year.'”

The Crimson Tide coach is referencing not only the two tailbacks skipping bowl games but also the possibility that upcoming December signing date could be moved up on the calendar. Big 12 commissioner (and chairman of the Football Oversight Committee) Bob Bowlsby said at his conference media days that the date for signing could be changed or even extended to a longer signing period as part of ongoing discussions about the recruiting process.

Talk of players signing with a college prior to their senior season in high school has not been broadly talked about by coaches or administrators but it does seem like everything is on the table when it comes to NCAA reforms in this area. It remains to be seen if any recruit will actually go as far as sitting out a full year in order to protect himself from injury in order to play in college… just as it remains questionable as to whether Fournette and McCaffrey’s decisions will develop into a broader trend at the college level.

Coaches are no fans of dramatically altering the status quo and it seems Saban is among the group who want to stem the postseason defection of players before things turn into a regular occurrence at any level of football.

Coastal Carolina coach Joe Mogila has precautionary surgery on trachea

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Coastal Carolina is one of the newest members of the FBS ranks and the program’s first ever Sun Belt conference media day was supposed to be one of the highlights for the school transitioning the ranks in college football. Unfortunately for the Chanticleers, their head coach won’t be able to make it following a health scare.

The Sun Belt released a statement Friday afternoon saying that Coastal Carolina assistant Jamey Chadwell will represent the team at media day after head coach Joe Mogila “had a precancerous nodule on his trachea and doctors wanted it removed as a precaution.”

The 68-year-old Mogila is perhaps best known to those outside the sport for his time on Wall Street, including a productive stint as CEO of the company now known as TD Ameritrade. He got the itch to coach college football however and has been in charge of the Chanticleers since 2012, leading the program to a 51–15 record at the FCS level.

Chadwell was named CCU’s offensive coordinator this past January after previously serving as head coach at Charleston Southern. Neither the school or the conference indicated any timetable for Mogila’s recovery but based on the release it seems the operation was a success and the coach is now recovering.

Coastal Carolina opens the season on September 2nd against UMass in what will be the school’s first game as a FBS program.

So it begins… Ole Miss recruit decommits after Hugh Freeze departure

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It didn’t take long before Ole Miss to suffer on the recruiting trail from the abrupt departure of Hugh Freeze as head coach on Thursday evening.

In what was probably only a matter of time (just a few hours as it turns out), Rebels 2019 Houston (Tex.) cornerback recruit Bobby Wolfe confirmed to ESPN that he had decommitted from the program on Thursday night following Freeze’s resignation. Several other recruiting services also confirmed the news and noted that many of Ole Miss’ 2018 commitments are starting to have second thoughts about the situation in Oxford.

That the team is struggling to pull in recruits like they were in Freeze’s heyday when the Rebels were a regular in the top 10 of the recruiting rankings is not exactly surprising. Even before the head coach was shown the door, the school was dealing with the fallout from an ongoing NCAA infractions case and are facing the possibility that their bowl ban will extend beyond the self-imposed sit-out of the 2017 season.

With Wolfe no longer committed, Ole Miss doesn’t have a single 2019 pledge according to 247Sports and has just 10 players in the 2018 class — all of whom are three-stars or lower — that currently sits 11th in the conference team rankings. As for the Texas cornerback, he recently picked up an offer from SEC rival LSU and had Baylor extend a verbal scholarship offer not long after re-opening his recruitment.