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Top 10 holds steady in latest Coaches’ Poll


In a week when all top-10 teams were in action and none of them lost, the top 10 remained the same in the latest edition of the Coaches’ Poll.

(Weekly reminder, at least in every week I post the poll numbers: The Coaches’ Poll is easily the lesser of the two weekly human polls and should largely be ignored.)

Clemson lost a tiny amount of grip on its No. 2 ranking, slipping from 1,498 points a week ago to 1,481 today. Georgia was the beneficiary, bumping from 1,414 points to 1,437. Virginia Tech rose three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, while Oklahoma State was the largest riser, leaping five spots from No. 23 to No. 19.

Michigan State plummeted from No. 11 all the way to No. 24. USC dropped nine spots after its loss at Stanford, falling from No. 9 to No. 21.

Meanwhile, Arizona State joined the poll at No. 25, one spot behind Michigan State after last night’s 16-13 upset. Let’s see if the coaches bump the Sun Devils ahead of the Spartans next week. (Spoiler alert: They won’t.)

The full poll:

1. Alabama — 1,571 total points (59 first-place votes)
2. Clemson — 1,481 (3)
3. Georgia — 1,437
4. Ohio State — 1,391 (1)
5. Oklahoma — 1,319
6. Wisconsin — 1,252
7. Auburn — 1,221
8. Notre Dame — 1,029
9. Stanford — 1,010
10. Penn State — 930
11. Virginia Tech — 862
12. Washington — 852
13. LSU — 850
14. TCU — 743
15. West Virginia — 727
16. Mississippi State — 650
17. Boise State — 507
18. UCF — 438
19. Oklahoma State — 325
20. Miami — 296
21. USC — 295
22. Michigan — 270
23. Oregon — 255
24. Michigan State — 152
25. Arizona State — 92

And why is the Coaches’ Poll largely regarded as a joke? Look no further than Florida State, who still received 17 votes after getting waxed by Virginia Tech and needing a rally to beat Samford.

Top 10 stands pat in third edition of CFP rankings

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The third edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday night and the top ten remained exactly the same from a week ago. Such a holding pattern was expected after the entire top 10 won a week ago.

It is the first time in the history of the CFP rankings the top 10 has remained the same from one week to the next.

Most notably, Oklahoma did not fall from No. 6 after being pushed to the limit by 5-4 Oklahoma State at home.

Kentucky was the highest-ranked team to lose, a 24-7 loss at Tennessee, and the Cats fell from No. 11 to No. 17.

UCF moved up to No. 11 and Syracuse to No. 12 ahead of their showdown with the Irish. UCF’s No. 11 ranking is the highest a Group of 5 team has ever appeared in 28 sets of CFP rankings.

Mississippi State remained the highest-ranked 4-loss team, edging out Northwestern at No. 21. Utah State, Cincinnati and Boise State joined the rankings in the final three spots.

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. LSU
8. Washington State
9. West Virginia
10. Ohio State
11. UCF
12. Syracuse
13. Florida
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. Iowa State
17. Kentucky
18. Washington
19. Utah
20. Boston College
21. Mississippi State
22. Northwestern
23. Utah State
24. Cincinnati
25. Boise State

Oregon grad transfer WR to redshirt, pursue second graduate transfer

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The two major rule changes in college football over the past decade have combined into one on the Oregon wide receiver depth chart.

Oregon wide receiver Tabari Hines, who arrived in Eugene by way of a graduate transfer out of Wake Forest, has announced he will take this season as a redshirt year and pursue a second graduate transfer elsewhere.

“Tabari Hines is not on roster right now,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal told The Oregonian.  “He is on the transfer portal. He will use this year to redshirt and transfer out.”

A native of Florence, S.C., Hines signed with Wake Forest as an early enrollee and caught 32 passes for 366 yards, a school record for a true freshman. Hines’s production increased from there, catching 38 balls as a sophomore and 53 as a junior — the most on the team.

However, Hines decided to try his luck elsewhere and left for Oregon, but has caught only three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown, all of them in a 62-14 win over Portland State in September. He has appeared in three games, none since Pac-12 play began.

Given that, Hines will use the new redshirt rule to take a mulligan and now find a third school to play for — or perhaps he realizes the grass wasn’t really greener and returns to Wake Forest.

Virginia Tech loses leading sacker to torn ACL

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Virginia Tech’s embattled defense has taken yet another hit.

Justin Fuente confirmed Monday Houshun Gaines will miss the remainder of Virginia Tech’s 2018 season because of a knee injury.  Defensive coordinator Bud Foster had previously stated that the defensive end had suffered a torn ACL.

Gaines suffered the injury in Saturday’s blowout loss to Pitt.

“House plays extremely hard and will be missed, but he’ll be very quickly on the road to recovery and we look forward to having him out there next year,” the head coach said by way of the Roanoke Times.

The redshirt junior currently leads the Hokies in sacks with 4½, while his five tackles for loss are tied for fourth.

Maryland QB Kasim Hill suffers second torn ACL in last 14 months

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Last September, Kasim Hill‘s season came to a premature end thanks to a torn ACL in his right knee.  During Saturday’s loss to Indiana, Hill suffered what appeared to be a significant injury to his other knee.

In fact, in an Instagram post Monday, the Maryland starting quarterback intimated that it was yet another torn ACL as he alluded to  “attacking the process all over again.”

Tuesday, acting head coach Matt Canada confirmed that Hill had indeed suffered another torn ACL.  Obviously, the sophomore’s season has come to an end.

Hill had started all 10 games under center for the Terrapins this season.  He completed under 50 percent of his 170 passes for nine touchdowns and four interceptions.  His passing efficiency rating of 115.7 is 10th in the Big Ten and 100th nationally.

Sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome is expected to take over for Hill as the Terps’ starting quarterback.