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.

AP Week 11 Poll

Beer sales approved for Marshall home football games

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Let the beer taps start flowing at the next home Marshall football game. The University announced today that beer sales at Joan C. Edwards Stadium have been approved by the Board of Governors starting this fall.

This is the latest decision in an evolving stance on alcohol sales at Marshall. Last year, the school began expanding the sale of alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine from the Big Green Room to chairback seating. Now, the majority of fans attending a football game in Huntington will be able to purchase alcohol. The expanded alcohol sales plan will help to build the infrastructure of Marshall’s facilities moving forward.

“This is a continuation of our goal to provide more amenities for our fan base that makes attending Marshall Football games a more enjoyable experience,” Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said in a released statement. “We have played a lot of winning football in our stadium over the past five years and we have great opponents such as Pittsburgh, Boise State, North Carolina State, and Navy just to name a few over the next five years, and it is imperative that the investment in our fan experience matches our football brand.”

Marshall will keep some sections of the football stadium free of alcohol for those fans who wish not to be near the booze-loaded fans.

The announcement was coupled with some other stadium news regarding the future renovation plans for the football stadium.  Construction on the west side of the stadium should be completed by August, in time for the start of the 2017 college football season. The southwest side of the stadium will have a new retail location for fans.

Suspended Oklahoma DB Will Sunderland turns himself in for felony burglarly charge

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Days after an arrest warrant was issued, Oklahoma defensive back Will Sunderland turned himself over to authorities. According to The Oklahoman, Sunderland turned himself in on Tuesday and has since been released after posting a bond of $5,000. He was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony.

Sunderland will have to appear in court at a date to be determined. In the meantime, he remains suspended from the Sooners and all football activities under new head coach Lincoln Riley.

According to previous reports, Sunderland is accused of selling an XBox One and PlayStation 4, accessories and games to an electronics store in Oklahoma City for nearly $500. The merchandise reportedly was stolen from an Oklahoma dorm in March and sold later the same day.

Sunderland previously turned himself in for the misdemeanor charge for the stolen property. He does have a court date scheduled for the misdemeanor charge of possessing stolen property set for July 20.

Notre Dame to travel to Northwestern for first time in 40 years in 2018

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When news hit that Northwestern was going to host Notre Dame for a football game, you can be excused for automatically thinking the game would be transplanted to Soldier Field in Chicago. But the Wildcats will get the chance to entertain the Fighting Irish in Evanston for the first time in 40 years when Notre Dame comes to Northwestern’s campus in 2018.

Northwestern is scheduled to host Notre Dame on November 3, 2018, as locked in and confirmed by Northwestern’s 2018 schedule today. the last time Notre Dame played at Northwestern was in 1976. There have been five meetings between the two schools since, including two games played in Chicago. Notre Dame’s last win against Northwestern was in 1994, in Chicago.

For the Wildcats, it should be a loaded home schedule in 2018 that also includes home games against Duke from the ACC, division foes Wisconsin and Nebraska, in-state rival Illinois, and Michigan.

Northwestern has a two-game winning streak in the series with Notre Dame, including a 43-40 overtime victory in South Bend, Indiana in 2014.

Texas Tech gets commitment from ex-Arkansas WR Jojo Robinson

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JoJo Robinson‘s winding college football road will apparently take him next to Lubbock.

Using his Twitter account as a microphone, Robinson announced that, “with a lot of prayer and support,” he has decided to continue his playing career at Texas Tech.  The wide receiver had spent the 2016 season at a junior college, thus making him eligible to play immediately in 2017.

Including this season, Robinson will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Originally a Florida State verbal, Robinson ultimately flipped to Arkansas to become a four-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2014 recruiting class. He was suspended for one game his first season in Fayetteville after he was arrested for armed robbery after signing with UA; that charge was ultimately dropped.

In 2015, Robinson was dismissed by head coach Bret Bielema, reportedly for not going to class. Prior to that dismissal, he caught six passes for 53 yards as a redshirt freshman.

The Red Raiders had lost at least two wide receivers to transfer this offseason, including their top pass-catcher, Jonathan Giles, in late April.  Tech’s leader in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,158), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (16.8) last season ultimately opted for LSU a month later.

In early May, Tony Brown announced his decision to transfer as well.  Earlier this month, he revealed that he would be moving on to Colorado.