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Coaches Poll sees Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia moving on up in top 10 shuffle


Alabama remains No. 1 in the latest coaches poll, with 61 first-place votes going to them after another easy week of college football for the defending national champions. But after Alabama, there were some changes within the top 10 after a couple of top 10 matchups offered a chance to mix things up a bit.

Despite a win at home against an undefeated conference opponent, Clemson fell two spots in the latest coaches poll from No. 2 down to No. 4. Taking advantage of their drop was No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Ohio State, with the Bulldogs and Buckeyes each moving up one spot this week. Ohio State even picked up a first-place vote in the coaches poll. Clemson received two first-place votes.

No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 LSU remained in their positions from last week, while No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 West Virginia, No. 9 Auburn and No. 10 Washington all moved up at least one spot (WVU moved up four spots) to round out the top 10 in the coaches poll this week.

No. 11 Penn State dropped two spots after missing on a chance to slam the door on Ohio State Saturday night, but they stayed ahead of No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 UCF, each moving up one spot this week. Joining Penn State in falling out of the top 10 was No. 14 Stanford, who fell seven spots after a blowout loss at Notre Dame.

Mississippi State and Duke each fell out of the top 25 with losses this week, making room for No. 22 Colorado and No. 25 NC State to join the ranking this week.

Here is this week’s coaches poll:

  1. Alabama (61 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia
  3. Ohio State (1)
  4. Clemson (2)
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. West Virginia
  9. Auburn
  10. Washington
  11. Penn State
  12. Wisconsin
  13. UCFR
  14. Stanford
  15. Kentucky
  16. Michigan
  17. Miami
  18. Oregon
  19. Michigan State
  20. Texas
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Colorado
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Boise State
  25. NC State

Virginia Tech transfer QB Josh Jackson tweets move to Maryland

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For the third time this offseason, first-year head coach Mike Locksley has pulled in a Power Five transfer to his Maryland program.

On his personal Twitter account Monday night, Josh Jackson announced that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career for Locksley at Maryland.  Nearly four weeks ago, it was confirmed that Jackson would be leaving Virginia Tech as the quarterback had placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.

As Jackson is expected to graduate from Tech in May, he would be eligible to play for Maryland this coming season.  Not only that, but he will have another year of eligibility he can use in College Park in 2020 as well.

After going through a tumultuous offseason, Jackson began 2018 as the Hokies’ starting quarterback only to suffer a season-ending injury in mid-September.

As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Jackson started all 13 games for the 9-4 Hokies. He passed for 2,991 yards and ran for another 324 yards while accounting for 26 touchdowns — 20 passing, six rushing.  The passing yards were the most for an FBS freshman that season, while the touchdowns passes were the second-most at this level.

Given the fact that he’ll be immediately eligible, Jackson will head into summer camp as the favorite to lay claim to the Terrapins’ starting job under center.

In addition to Jackson, Maryland has landed transfers from wide receiver Sean Savoy and linebacker Keandre Jones.  The former comes to College Park from Virginia Tech, the latter from Ohio State.

Ex-Arizona State LB Jalen Bates announces transfer to Colorado State

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Not long after declaring he was looking to transfer, ex-Arizona State linebacker Jalen Bates has found his landing spot. Bates is heading to Colorado State.

On Monday, Bates announced to his Twitter followers he is a Ram. The message was posted with a Photoshopped image showing him in a Colorado State football uniform. Bates started 10 games for Arizona State last season, and he has appeared in 18 games during his college career with the Sun Devils. That’s a nice addition for the Rams.

Having already earned his degree from Arizona State, Bates will be eligible to p[lay right away for the Rams this fall.

Oklahoma State OT Arlington Hambright announces transfer to Colorado

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Former Oklahoma State offensive tackle Arlington Hambright is ready for his final season of college football. He’ll play it at Colorado, Hambright announced via Twitter.

“I give all glory and praise to God, without him I would be nothing but I will be spending my last year in Boulder, Colorado playing in the Pac-12 under some GREAT coaches and for [an] amazing University,” Hambright announced, via Twitter. “Now let’s get to work!”

Reports of Hambright potentially transferring from Oklahoma State surfaced earlier this month as the player transfer fun has continued to run wild this offseason. While no specific reason for his reason for transferring has been made public, he will certainly be looking to close out his college football career on a high note. An ankle injury brought an early end to Hambright’s 2018 season after starting the first five games of the season. He did return for the Liberty Bowl against Missouri, but Hambright will look to get in a full season as a potential starter in the Pac-12 this fall.

E.J. Price, Kentucky OL with starting experience, leaves Wildcats

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Coming off one of the most successful seasons in recent memory in Lexington, Kentucky now has a hole to plug on the offensive line. Starting offensive tackle E.J. Price has reportedly left the football program. According to a report from Kentucky Sports Radio, Price will pursue other opportunities and a university spokesperson confirmed he is no longer with the program.

Price transferred to Kentucky from USC in 2017, but it was about a year ago Price suggested he was ready to leave Kentucky too. However, Price stuck with the Wildcats in 2018. He started 11 of 13 games for Kentucky as the Wildcats turned in a 10-win season capped with a victory in the Capital One Bowl against Penn State. It was Kentucky’s first 10-win season since 1977 and their first bowl victory since the 2008 season.

What’s next for Price remains to be seen. He will be required to sit out the 2019 season if he transfers to another FBS program unless he applies for a waiver and receives approval to be eligible in the fall.

As for Kentucky, the spring will open with a starting job up for grabs on the offensive line, although the return of Landon Young from a season-ending injury a year ago should help solidify the efforts up front.