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AP Top 25 sees Kentucky reach highest ranking since 2007

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The SEC still holds the top two spots in the latest AP Top 25, but the top 10 had some sorting to do after this weekend’s action. Similar to the coaches poll that was released earlier in the day, Ohio State, Notre Dame and West Virginia all made some of the more notable changes within the top 10 of the poll this week. Toward the bottom of the poll, a brand new batch of five schools appeared in the poll after not being ranked a week ago.

Alabama continues to dominate the AP poll with 58 first-place votes to firmly keep them sitting atop the poll once again. They are followed by No. 2 Georgia, but No. 3 Ohio State swapped spots with No. 4 Clemson this week. Both the Buckeyes and Tigers received one first-place vote to prevent Alabama from being a unanimous No. 1.

No. 5 LSU stayed where they were a week ago as the changes were flying around them. No. 6 Notre Dame moved up two spots, skipping over No. 7 Oklahoma and benefitting from their win over previous No. 7 Stanford (the Cardinal fell to No. 14). No. 8 Auburn was followed by No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Washington, with both the Mountaineers and Huskies cracking their way into the top 10 this week. No. 11 Penn State fell two spots this week after losing to the Buckeyes Saturday night.

No. 13 Kentucky continues to climb the poll. This week marks the highest ranking in the AP poll by Kentucky since reaching as high as No. 8 in 2007.

No. 21 Colorado, No. 22 Florida, No. 23 NC State, No. 24 Virginia Tech, and No. 25 Oklahoma State all appear at the bottom of the ranking this week after not being ranked last week. Colorado and NC State are among the last 14 teams without a loss this season.

Here is this week’s full AP Top 25:

  1. Alabama (58)
  2. Georgia
  3. Ohio State (1)
  4. Clemson (1)
  5. LSU
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Auburn
  9. West Virginia
  10. Washington
  11. Penn State
  12. UCF
  13. Kentucky
  14. Stanford
  15. Michigan
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Miami
  18. Oregon
  19. Texas
  20. Michigan State
  21. Colorado
  22. Florida
  23. NC State
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. Oklahoma State

Jalen Hurts undergoes procedure for sprained ankle suffered vs. Tennessee

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Jalen Hurts suffered a high ankle sprain during No. 1 Alabama’s 58-21 destruction of Tennessee on Saturday, head coach Nick Saban revealed on Monday.

Alabama is off this week, and it’s not believed he will have to miss the Tide’s Nov. 3 game with No. 4 LSU (8 p.m. ET, CBS).

“They did a minor procedure to try to help the healing,” Saban said, via AL.com. “I think he will be out for one week, probably this bye week and he will probably be ready to start working again next week.”

Hurts sprained his ankle during his 21-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of Saturday’s game. He remained in the game until he was replaced by third-string quarterback Mac Jones in the fourth quarter.

Hurts finished the game 2-of-3 passing for 21 yards and an interception (which was returned for Tennessee’s third and final touchdown) and rushed twice for 24 yards, including the 21-yard touchdown.

The junior from the Houston area has appeared in all eight games this season for Alabama. He’s 39-of-53 passing for 589 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing 28 times for 136 yards and an additional touchdown.

Two days later, Jim Harbaugh still lobbing barbs toward Mark Dantonio

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No. 5 Michigan beat Michigan State 21-7 on Saturday in a game that, thanks to a weather delay, lasted close to five hours. But the grudge between the Wolverines and Spartans well before the game and continues well after.

We all saw Michigan linebacker Devin Bush tear at the Spartans’ midfield logo, but Wolverines players and staffers exited the game accusing Michigan State players of clothes lining Michigan defensive lineman Lawrence Marshall and ripping the headphones out of defensive back Lavert Hill‘s ears during the Spartan Walk.

Jim Harbaugh said the alleged acts were “bush league” and Mark Dantonio responded in kind.

On Monday, Harbaugh fired back directly at Dantonio.

“I’ll go one step further and use Coach Dantonio’s words from a few years back,” Harbaugh said. “‘It’s not a product of the team, but their program.’ Again, that’s using his words. That could’ve been an unfortunate deal. I’m proud of our guys for keeping their cool.”

This now marks the second time in three trips to East Lansing that’s ended with hurt feelings on one side or the other, to put it mildly. Michigan players drove a stake into the Spartan Stadium turf in 2014; the Spartans got the last laugh in that game, beating Michigan 35-11 as part of a run of eight wins in 10 games that ended Saturday.

Sam Ehlinger working his way back into lineup for No. 6 Texas

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After the most well-timed bye week of all time, No. 6 Texas is back on the practice field to prepare for a trip to Oklahoma State on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, ABC). Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the team’s previous outing, a 23-17 win over Baylor, during the first drive with what was later diagnosed as a Grade 1 AC sprain in his throwing shoulder.

Ehlinger began throwing again over the weekend, and Texas head coach Tom Herman on Monday outlined the club’s plan to work its starting quarterback back into the lineup.

“I think he’s scheduled to do 25 or 30 (throws) with a regular football today,” Herman said. “He was out there at practice yesterday, doing everything in the run game, all the handoffs and run game checks and reads. Being very cautious with how we accelerate his throwing. There’s a protocol, if you will, for overhead throwers with AC sprains that we want to make sure we adhere to as aggressively as possible while making sure we don’t have any major setbacks that could be lingering.”

Texas does not practice on Mondays, so any real update as to Ehlinger’s availability for Saturday will have to wait until Tuesday. Ehlinger will throw 25 full-padded throws on Tuesday with the aim of “ratcheting” it up to 50 later in the week, Herman said. A normal practice day calls for 75 to 80 throws.

“Barring any setbacks from (a) pain standpoint or if we see something mechanically that’s just not right, we’ve got to make some decisions,” Herman said. “Probably won’t know anything as far as game status until Thursday, I would imagine.”

Herman said if Ehlinger feels healthy, he will start.

If Ehlinger does not start, Texas will go with backup Shane Buechele. A junior, Buechele is among the most experienced backups in the country. He started all 12 games as a true freshman in 2016 and threw for 1,405 yards and seven touchdowns in on-again/off-again duty last season. Against Baylor, his only action thus far this season, Buechele completed 20-of-34 throws for 184 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

In six games plus one drive, Ehlinger is completing 65.7 percent of his throws for 1,534 yards (7.4 yards per attempt) with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. His ongoing streak of 168 passes without an interception is a school record. Crucially, Ehlinger has also run 76 times for 230 yards and six touchdowns, including 72 yards and three scores against No. 8 Oklahoma on Oct. 6. Herman said Ehlinger’s health and willingness to be a factor in the run game will be a data point in Texas’s decision this week.

TCU QB Shawn Robinson to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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It has been a rough morning for TCU football news. On top of news of an arrest of wide receiver KaVontae Turpin (who has now been suspended by TCU) on Sunday comes injury news that will impact the quarterback position for the rest of the season.

Shawn Robinson, who had been TCU’s starting quarterback this season, will see his season come to a premature ending after head coach Gary Patterson announced he will be undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Michael Collins, a transfer from Penn who stepped in to provide a spark on offense on Saturday against the Sooners, will take over as the starting for the Horned Frogs moving forward.

Robinson, a sophomore, played in all seven games for TCU up to this point in the season, in which he passed for 1,334 yards and nine touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to being taken out of the Oklahoma game on Saturday, Robinson had completed just three of eight passes for 21 yards. Robinson started against Oklahoma, although Robinson appeared to have injured his shoulder in a previous game against Iowa State.

Collins came into the game in the second quarter and quickly led TCU to an offensive flurry before halftime, but the magic seemingly ran out in the second half as Oklahoma pulled away from the Horned Frogs in the Big 12 contest. Collins ended the day completing seven of 17 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

With Robinson unavailable and Collins taking over as the team’s starter, senior Grayson Muehlstein will be the new backup option for TCU. Muehlstein has appeared in two games this season, completing one of three pass attempts for 11 yards. He has appeared in just seven games for TCU during his college career.

TCU also has former four-star recruit Justin Rogers on the roster. The freshman has not seen any game action this season and the new redshirt rule could allow for the possibility of seeing what he can do in a total of four games without sacrificing a year of eligibility. But his status remains questionable according to recent updates offered by Patterson. Rogers was limited in training camp and has yet to be completely cleared by medical staff members as he is coming off a torn ACL from the season opener of his senior year of high school football last year.