Ducks drop to sixth in AP poll

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Oregon’s first loss of the season, as expected, proved to be costly, albeit not as costly as it could’ve been due to its vanquisher’s standing.

The Associated Press released its poll following Week 11’s action Sunday, with the media placing the Ducks at No. 6.  Oregon had been at No. 2 since Week 3 of the 2013 season.

Alabama is, of course, still No. 1 and carries 56 of the 59 first-place votes (one AP voter is on furlough and didn’t vote this week).  Florida State matched its Week 10 BCS standing by sliding into the No. 2 hole and garnering the remaining three first-place votes.

Ohio State is No. 3, just seven points ahead of No. Baylor; last week, the Buckeyes were 70 points to the good of the Bears.  Stanford moved up one spot to No. 5, a mere 31 behind No. 4 and 38 behind No. 3.

Auburn (No. 7), Clemson (No. 8) and Missouri (No. 9) all held steady from a week ago, while Texas A&M climbed to No. 10 to complete the Top 10.  The Aggies rise came at the expense of LSU, which dropped eight positions to No. 18 after its loss to Alabama.

Two of the three biggest risers serve as good news for the Buckeyes.  No. 17 Wisconsin (OSU beat them earlier this year) and No. 14 Michigan State (potential Big Ten title game opponent) each moved up four spots from a week ago, as did No. 15 UCF.  While the AP poll is not part of the BCS process, it serves as a reliable barometer for how the Harris poll , which is one-third of the BCS formula, will shake out later on today.

No. 12 Oklahoma State and No 13 UCLA each climbed three spots, while No. 11 South Carolina, No. 20 Northern Illinois and No. 21 Arizona State are each up two.

Texas (No. 23) and Georgia (No. 25) are back in the Top 25, replacing No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 25 Texas Tech.

A pair of teams from the SEC — LSU and Georgia — are the only three-loss teams in the rankings.

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Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Jonathan Giles announces transfer from Texas Tech

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Thursday may have been a high point for the Texas Tech football program upon learning that former quarterback Patrick Mahomes was taken in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

On Friday afternoon though, the Red Raiders dipped right back down as star wide receiver Jonathan Giles took to Twitter to announce that he was leaving the program and transferring out of Lubbock.

Giles was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist a season ago after catching 69 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers led the team in each category despite trailing off a bit down the stretch as Tech missed out on a bowl game.

Playing time could have been a big factor in the decision to leave the program as both Cameron Batson and Keke Coutee emerged as the top receiving targets and Giles was relegated to second-team status coming out of spring practice.

Tech’s Air Raid system and NFL quarterbacks had a lot to do with Giles’ big numbers but it’s fairly rare to see such highly touted and productive wideouts hit the transfer markets. While the decision probably isn’t what some Red Raiders fans wanted to hear on Friday, the receiver probably won’t be lacking for options when it comes to his next stop.

Pitt dismisses senior defensive tackle for disciplinary reasons

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Bad news in college football is typically reserved for Friday and it appears the Pitt Panthers just got a taste of some.

Per Pittsburgh Tribune-Review beat writer Jerry DiPaola, head coach Pat Narduzzi has dismissed starting defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary reasons.

Taleni emerged as a starter down the stretch for the Panthers and will be a big loss up front for the team as they already have to replace the stellar production from the soon-to-be-drafted Ejuan Price.

No further comments were given when the school confirmed the news so it might be a while before we find out what led to Taleni’s dismissal and whether he plays college football at all next season.

Today in Harbaugh being Harbaugh: Michigan coach sings opera, spars with offensive coordinator in gladiator ring

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Michigan’s trip to Rome this past week has probably not delighted fans of Michigan State and Ohio State but between the uniqueness of the whole thing to Jim Harbaugh’s antics, it’s been pretty entertaining to everybody else on this side of the pond.

Case in point on Friday, where Harbaugh and the team wrapped up their second-to-last practice in Italy. The Wolverines apparently went to the opera the night prior and let’s just say the old head coach could not get the experience out of his system.

He is seriously singing that with unbridled joy like a 10 year old. He probably won’t get many auditions based on those pipes but hey, Harbaugh’s gig is pretty good as is.

Michigan wasn’t done after that though, as the entire team went to gladiator training later in the afternoon. There, you guessed, Harbaugh decided to fight somebody and in this case, that would be the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.

All things considered, probably best that Harbaugh and company stick to sports more well known back in Michigan.

Peyton Aucoin tweets transfer from Texas

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Another day, another Twitter missive signaling a departure.

On the social media website Friday, Peyton Aucoin indicated that, “after lengthy discussions,” he has decided to transfer from Texas. “I wish nothing but the best for the Longhorn Nation and I will always have a special place in my heart for the fans,” the redshirt freshman wrote.

Aucoin stated that he has been given a release from his UT scholarship, but it does come with restrictions.  He will not be permitted to transfer to any member of the Big 12 as well as any team on the Longhorns’ non-conference schedule the next two years.  Those schools would include Maryland and USC in 2017 and 2018, as well as San Jose State (2017) and Tulsa (2018).

A three-star member of the Longhorns’ 2016 recruiting class, Aucoin was rated as the No. 48 tight end in the country and the No. 47 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. The 6-4, 243-pounder took a redshirt as a true freshman.