There was not a whole lot of movement in the top portion of the Amway Coaches Poll this week, as most of the top teams maintained their positioning within the top 10. Alabama remains on top of the coaches poll, without much debate, ahead of Ohio State, Clemson and Louisville.
The Miami Hurricanes had the biggest rise in the coaches poll this week, jumping up five spots to No. 14 with a 3-0 record. The Hurricanes trail No. 13 Baylor, the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 in this week’s coaches poll.
No. 8 Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, joining Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan. No. 15 Nebraska moved ahead of No. 16 Michigan State this week.
Here is the full coaches top 25 for this week, with first-place votes noted;
Ohio State (2)
San Diego State
Racial graffiti triggers peaceful protest at EMU game; SMU band members kneel during anthem
During last night’s game, a 27-24 win over Wyoming, EMU students chanted “We stand up! We fight back, when black lives are under attack!” as play went on, with the university’ president talking to the students at one point during the second half of the contest. After the game, the protest bled onto the field as fans gathered peacefully around midfield to further drive home their message.
Friday night’s slate of college football games is not a bad one at all this week. SMU is playing metroplex rival TCU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet while Utah is hosting a big Pac-12 South battle against USC.
The Utes and the Mustangs must know they’re on national TV tonight because both teams tweeted out some slick new helmet designs.
Football uniforms have become as much about recruiting as they are for displaying the school name so kudos to both programs for unveiling such unique and good looking designs. The fire emoji is certainly appropriate to use for both.
TCU’s leading receiver/nation’s leading punt returner sidelined indefinitely
Thanks to one injury, TCU will take significant hits in two areas for the foreseeable future.
Head coach Gary Patterson allowed Tuesday that KaVontae Turpin will be sidelined indefinitely because of an unspecified injury sustained in the Week 3 win over Iowa State. There is, though, speculation making the rounds that the wide receiver/return specialist sustained a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in one of his knees.
Surgery on the ligament would likely sideline Turpin for at least six months, effectively ending his season. Fortunately for both the player and the program, it doesn’t look as if a medical procedure will be necessary as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that “[a]person close to the team said the injury does not appear to require surgery, which could mean Turpin is back after four to six weeks.”
If Turpin were to be sidelined for four weeks, he’d miss games against SMU (Sept. 23), Oklahoma (Oct. 1) and Kansas (Oct. 8) — TCU has a bye Oct. 15. At the long-end of that prognosis, he’d also miss games against West Virginia (Oct. 22) and Texas Tech (Oct. 29), returning for the Baylor game Nov. 5.
Turpin currently leads the Horned Frogs in receptions (16) and receiving yards (196). He also leads the country in punt returns (28.8 average on four returns) and is fifth in kick returns (32.8 average on five returns).
One of those punt returns he took back for a touchdown.
Oklahoma OL Cody Ford to miss most of season after leg surgery
A redshirt freshman from Pineville, La., Ford left the Sooners’ eventual 45-24 loss to Ohio State in the first quarter and did not return.
Ford was Oklahoma’s starter at left guard entering the game. Sophomore Ben Powers was listed behind Ford on the depth chart, though the Sooners patched his absence by sliding center Jonathan Alvarez over to guard and inserting Erick Wren at center.