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EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Corey Clement #6 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball during the game against the Michigan State Spartns at Spartan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan.  (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Coaches Poll: Alabama No. 1, Wisconsin and Miami continue to climb

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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;

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Ohio State (2)
  3. Clemson (1)
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan
  6. Stanford
  7. Houston
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Washington
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Tennessee
  12. Florida State
  13. Baylor
  14. Miami
  15. Nebraska
  16. Michigan State
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Utah
  19. TCU
  20. Georgia
  21. Florida
  22. Arkansas
  23. North Carolina
  24. San Diego State
  25. Texas

Racial graffiti triggers peaceful protest at EMU game; SMU band members kneel during anthem

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  A member of the against the Southern Methodist Mustangs marching band kneels during the playing of the national anthem before the Southern Methodist Mustangs take on the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 23, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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An off-campus incident in Ypsilanti earlier in the week prompted an on-field reaction from Eastern Michigan students Friday night.

Wednesday, someone spray painted the letters “KKK” in red, white and blue on a campus building.  Another message that read “Leave N******” was left on a courtyard wall.

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.

The protests weren’t limited to Ypsilanti as several members of the SMU marching band took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the game against TCU.

Utah, SMU debut slick new helmets for Friday night games

Utah football's newest helmet design was unveiled before the team played USC.
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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.

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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

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  KaVontae Turpin #25 of the TCU Horned Frogs carries the ball against Fish Smithson #9 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the third quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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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

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 3:  The Oklahoma Sooners take the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers October 3, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 44-24.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma’s struggling offensive line got a bit worse on Monday when guard Cody Ford underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his leg.

Head coach Bob Stoops said Ford will likely miss the rest of the season.

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 centeJonathan Alvarez over to guard and inserting Erick Wren at center.

OU is off Saturday before visiting TCU on Oct. 1.