Marcus Murphy, Gary Pinkel

Coaches show Mizzou respect in latest poll release


Even as they were undefeated through the first six weeks of the season, Missouri had failed to crack USA Today‘s Top 25 poll.

After Week 7, and a road win over a highly-ranked opponent, the Tigers have finally earned a modicum of respect from the coaches.

In the latest release of the coaches’ poll, Mizzou went from unranked all the way up to No. 14.  Georgia, which had been No. 7 entering the weekend, tumbled all the way down to No. 16.  The Bulldogs are, however, the highest-rated two-loss team.

Stanford, which was upset by unranked Utah, took its own tumble, dropping eight spots to No. 13.  The third in the Top-10 triumvirate of Week 7 upsets, Oklahoma, also fell eight to No. 18 thanks to the loss to Texas, which remains unranked.

Alabama, Oregon, Clemson and Ohio State remained unchanged at Nos. 1-4, with Florida State moving into the Top Five at No. 5.  That means that, officially and as expected, next Saturday’s game in Death Valley between the Tigers and Seminoles is officially a Top-Five matchup.

Louisville (No. 6) and Texas A&M (No. 7) each moved up two spots, while LSU (No. 8), South Carolina (No. 9 and behind Mizzou in the SEC East standings) and UCLA (No. 10) all climbed three each to round out the Top 10.

Florida, Michigan and Washington remained inside the Top 25 despite suffering their second losses of the season, coming in at No. 22, No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.

Northwestern, No. 18 last weekend, is the only team to fall out of this week’s poll.  They were replaced, of course, by Mizzou.

(Writer’s note: USA Today is currently experiencing technical difficulties in updating its poll database.  As soon as the final numbers are released, we’ll update this post.)

Coaches' Poll Week 7

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.