Gary Pinkel

Unbeaten Mizzou back in AP poll for first time in two years


For those looking for a little respect for 5-0 Missouri, here ya go.

Left outside the coaches’ Top 25 poll, the unbeaten Tigers are inside the Associated Press‘ rankings (barely) at No. 25.  It marks the first time Mizzou has been in the AP poll since the second week of the 2011 season.

Whether or not Mizzou’s stay in the Top 25 will be short-lived or not remains to be seen; next Saturday, they travel to Athens to take on No. 7, but injury-ravaged, Georgia.

Aside from a team that’s part of a university known more for its renowned journalism school cracking the rankings, there was very little notable change exiting Week 6.

Alabama and Oregon, of course, are still 1-2.  As was the case last week, the Tide received 55 first-place votes while the Ducks received the other five.

Florida State, as it did in the coaches’ poll, leapfrogged a pair of teams to go from No. 8 to No. 6.  UCLA (No. 11) and Oklahoma (No. 12) as well as Miami (No. 13) and South Carolina (No. 14) flipped positions from a week ago.

Baylor (No. 15) and Fresno State (No. 21) each climbed two spots.

Washington, which lost by three on the road to No. 5 Stanford, took one step back to No. 16.  Northwestern, which lost by 10 at home to No. 4 Ohio State, dropped three to No. 19.

Arizona State (No. 22), Ole Miss (No. 24) and Maryland (No. 25) all dropped out, replaced by, in addition to Mizzou, No. 23 Northern Illinois and No. 24 Virginia Tech.

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Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah