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.)

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Jalen Hurts speculation about to run wild after shaky spring game at Alabama

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If Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was looking to build a case for taking the starting job for the Crimson Tide in 2018, he may have to rely on more than his performance in the spring game. Hurts turned in a sub-par performance in Alabama’s spring game on Saturday afternoon, leaving the door wide open for some speculation about his future as Alabama’s spring comes to a close.

Hurts completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 195 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He also was sacked seven times. With Tua Tagovailoa out of action due to injury, Hurts was outperformed by redshirt freshman Mac Jones, who completed 23 of 35 passes for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jones was also intercepted once and was sacked six times. Of the two quarterbacks, Jones had the more inspiring performance.

Rumors speculating Hurts may end up looking to transfer will only continue to ignore following this spring, especially with Tagovailoa going into the offseason as the new hero in town after guiding Alabama back in the national championship game. It should be worth noting, however, a transfer for Hurts is not guaranteed to happen. That won’t stop fans and media from figuring out what will be next for Hurts.

Hurts’ dad recently suggested his son would be college football’s biggest free agent on the transfer market if he ended up losing the quarterback battle in Tuscaloosa. That may be a slight exaggeration, but there is no question Hurts would have plenty of potential and skill to offer any program he would potentially move to if he decides to leave Alabama. Alabama head coach Nick Saban tried to cool the tension by suggesting there is no reason to be concerned about the whole situation.

But this is Alabama we’re talking about. The Hurts watch is now in full force in Tuscaloosa, whether Saban likes it or not.

WATCH: Penn State fan with down syndrome runs for TD in spring game

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Early in Penn State’s spring game on Saturday afternoon, the Nittany Lions sent Brooke Fisher out to the field for the chance to score a touchdown. Fisher, a young girl with down syndrome, took the handoff from quarterback Trace McSorley and ran right up the middle 22 yards for a touchdown.

We’ll excuse the fact Fisher spiked the football prior to crossing the goal line. It doesn’t matter here.

McSorley ended up playing more in the first half than many likely expected, with three series on the field. He helped open the spring game with a touchdown drive capped with a pass to Mac Hippenhammer. McSorley passed for 107 yards and rushed for 41 yards in the first half.

No word on whether or not Fisher has any eligibility.

Alabama gets commitment from Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s younger brother

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa may not be playing in the spring game due to an injury, but there is still plenty of Tagovailoa news coming out of Tuscaloosa today. Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of the national championship game hero, has reportedly committed to play for the Crimson Tide.

The newest commitment for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide is a four-star dual-threat quarterback and will be a part of Alabama’s Class of 2019. Alabama won the recruiting battle against schools like Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, and Michigan among others. According to, Lane Kiffin made a push to lure Tagovailoa to FAU as well.

Tagovailoa will go down as an in-state recruit for Alabama because the Tagovailoa moved to Alabama after Tua Tagovailoa enrolled at Alabama. If Tua wins the starting job at Alabama, then it is possible Alabama’s offense could be run by a Tagovailoa for the next six years. A dynasty within a dynasty? That’s dynasty inception, not to put too much pressure on either Tagovailoa brother.

WATCH: Nebraska football players celebrate after student wins $25,000 at spring game

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A record-setting crowd at Memorial Stadium had plenty of reasons to cheer on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. Aside from a good amount of highlights from Nebraska’s football players, including freshman Adrian Martinez, Nebraska fans celebrated as a student in attendance was given a chance to win $25,000. All he had to do was field a punt during a break in the action.

He nailed it, and the celebration following was pretty good too. After getting his hands on the ball to secure the $25,000 prize, players from both sidelines rushed the field to celebrate.

File this away with all of those fun spring game moments.