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CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 5: Mike Williams #7 of the Clemson Tigers is tended to by the medical staff after being injured on a play during the game against the Wofford Terriers at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
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Clemson WR Mike Williams likely out for remainder of 2015

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Not surprisingly, Clemson is expected to be without one of its top returning receivers for the remainder of the 2015 season.

On the Tigers’ opening drive of the 2015 season, Mike Williams sustained a neck injury after crashing into the goal post following a touchdown reception.  The wide receiver was ultimately diagnosed with a “small fracture” in his neck.

At the time, it was thought there was a possibility, albeit a small one, that Williams could return.  While the door’s not completely closed, it appears highly unlikely Williams will return to the field at all in 2015.

“The most important thing is for him to heal up,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “At the very least, to be able to come back next year and have a great year, that’s probably what he’s focused on right now.”

Should Williams not play again, he would be a slam-dunk candidate for a medical redshirt. Such a waiver would then leave him with two years of eligibility.

Last season, Williams’ 1,030 receiving yards were tops on the team. His 57 receptions and six receiving touchdowns were second.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones

The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State

SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 all have 5 teams in coaches top 25 poll

Johnny Jefferson, Micah Awe

With multiple teams in the coach spill top 10 losing this week, there was bound to be some shaking up the rankings this week. The coaches poll still has Ohio State on top, followed by TCU, Michigan State and Baylor. Florida had the biggest jump in the rankings while Georgia had the biggest drop The coaches poll also welcomes some new additions this week.

The Florida Gators, fresh off a stomping of previous No. 3 Ole Miss (down to No. 13) moved up 11 spots in this week’s coaches poll. Florida is one of five SEC teams in this week’s coaches poll. The Big Ten has five as well. So does the Pac-12.

No. 23 Iowa, No. 24 Boise State and No. 25 Memphis make their debuts in the coaches poll this week, giving us our first glimpse on the national perception in the Group of Five race. I may have Boise State down a few pegs, but the coaches, or those who actually submit the votes, have the Broncos on top of the Group of Five pack. Memphis is right there as well, but not Toledo.

Here is this week’s coaches poll:

  1. Ohio State (50 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (4)
  3. Michigan State (1)
  4. Baylor (5)
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Clemson
  7. Utah (1)
  8. Florida State
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Alabama
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Florida
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Northwestern
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Georgia
  17. USC
  18. Stanford
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. UCLA
  21. Michigan
  22. California
  23. Iowa
  24. Boise State
  25. Memphis