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LSU, Michigan, and Texas all vault into top 10 of coaches poll

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After a chaotic Week 7 around college football, the Amway Coaches Poll saw a few teams catapult up the rankings and into the top 10 this week. LSU, Michigan, and Texas all had big gains up the ladder into the top 10 while Oregon was left just on the outside looking in.

Alabama remained a firm No. 1 with 61 first-place votes, and No. 2 Ohio State moved up one spot this week with one first-place vote received. No. 3 Clemson received a pair of first-place votes on their bye week as they also moved up one spot to stay just ahead of No. 4 Notre Dame. At No. 5, LSU re-entered the top 10 this week shortly after being dropped out of the top 10 the previous week. The Tigers moved up seven spots to fall ahead of No. 6 Georgia, who fell four spots this week.

No. 7 Michigan and No. 8 Texas each moved up six spots in the coaches poll this week following their wins and a plethora of losses by others. UCF remained at No. 9, staying ahead of No. 10 Oklahoma, who re-joined the top 10 this week. No. 13 West Virginia was knocked down seven spots after suffering its first loss of the year, and No. 14 Washington fell seven spots and No. 16 Penn State dropped eight spots after a second consecutive loss at home. No. 15 NC State came between the Huskies and Nittany Lions after being moved up four spots.

No. 19 Wisconsin took the biggest tumble, falling nine spots after a road loss at Michigan for the second loss of the year. Newcomers to this week’s coaches poll include No. 22 Iowa and No. 23 Washington State. They fill the vacancies left by Miami and Auburn.

Here is this week’s coaches poll:

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Ohio State (1)
  3. Clemson (2)
  4. Notre Dame
  5. LSU
  6. Georgia
  7. Michigan
  8. Texas
  9. UCF
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Oregon
  12. Florida
  13. West Virginia
  14. Washington
  15. NC State
  16. Penn State
  17. Kentucky
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Wisconsin
  20. South Florida
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Iowa
  23. Washington State
  24. Stanford
  25. Colorado

Report: Ed Oliver expected to play for Houston vs. Memphis

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It appears college football hasn’t seen the last of Ed Oliver.

A knee injury suffered last month has sidelined Oliver for four straight games, leading some to speculate that the All-American defensive tackle was sidelining himself in order to protect his draft stock.  A heated sideline dustup with his head coach last week, for which Oliver later apologized, led some to opine that Oliver would indeed shut it down for good at the collegiate level.

Monday night, however, ESPN reported that Oliver is expected to play in Friday’s game against Memphis.  The website cited a source close to the player as the basis for its report, although, officially, Oliver is day-to-day according to the football program.

The winner of that game will claim the AAC West crown and a spot opposite UCF in the conference championship game the following weekend.

Double-teamed most times — and even triple-teamed on occasion — Oliver was held sack-less through the first five games of this season.  The last two in which he played, however, he was credited with three — two against East Carolina, one against Navy.  It was in that latter game in which he was injured.

In March of this year, Oliver announced that the 2018 season would be his last at the collegiate level as he will leave the Cougars early and make himself available for the 2019 NFL draft, where he is widely projected to be a Top Five selection at worst.

After a consensus Freshman All-American season that saw him land on numerous first-team All-American squads, Oliver was a consensus All-American in a 2017 season that saw him become the first underclassman to win the Outland Trophy in the 70-year history of the award.

In his first two seasons with the Cougars, the 6-3, 290-pound Oliver had totaled 39.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.  In addition to the three sacks, Oliver has 13.5 tackles for loss this season; his 1.9 tackles for loss were tied for third nationally prior to his injury.

Virginia Tech’s second-leading receiver in 2017 to transfer

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Another day, another Hokie hightailing it out of Blacksburg.  Possibly.

Sunday, linebacker Rico Kearney announced via Twitter that he would be transferring from Virginia Tech. A day later, teammate Sean Savoy took to the same social media vehicle to announce that he too will be transferring from Tech.

The wide receiver said he came to his decision after discussions with his parents.

The tweet announcing the transfer, though, has since been deleted.  It’s unclear if that’s an indication of a change of heart on Savoy’s part, although Justin Fuente addressed both departures Monday.

“We’ve been through a lot with both of them, quite honestly, more than most people know. Nothing bad with their behavior, but just been through a lot and helping them grow up and mature,” the head coach said. “And sometimes it’s hard on young players when they’re forced into action before they’re ready, out of necessity or whatever the reason may be. Like I said, that’s a tough deal and we wish them nothing but the best

Savoy, a three-star 2017 signee, started 11 games as a true freshman, catching 39 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns. The Washington D.C. native was second on the team in all three categories last year.

This season, however, Savoy had totaled 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 receptions. He started three of the 10 games in which he played.

Arkansas WR Jordon Curtis recovering after being hit by car

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A potentially serious, or even deadly, situation involving one member of the Arkansas football team has turned out okay for all involved.

According to multiple media outlets in the area, defensive back Jordon Curtis was hit by a car after leaving practice Sunday night. Curtis was walking in a crosswalk near the Razorbacks’ practice facility when he was struck.

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

According to UAPD, officers were dispatched to the scene at 5:26 p.m. Sunday. The officer reported that Curtis was bleeding from a wound above his right eye, but was able to answer cognitive questions about his date of birth and hometown. An ambulance transported Curtis to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

The driver of a blue 2007 Hyundai Veracruz was issued two citations for failure to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk and for speeding too fast for conditions. The report states that four witnesses observed the driver never hit his brakes, but the driver stated he tried to stop but was unable to avoid hitting Curtis.

Thankfully for all involved, Cutis was treated and released from the hospital not long after the incident.

“We’re very fortunate, and our thoughts and prayers will be with him and his recovery,” head coach Chad Morris said Monday. “He will not be around this week, but is doing good. We’re very, very, very fortunate. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

A redshirt freshman, Curtis played in the 2018 season opener but hasn’t seen any game action since.

Reports: Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant scraps planned Miami visit

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We don’t know yet to where Kelly Bryant will transfer.  Based on the most recent intel, though, we can divine one destination that has been taken out of play.

It was reported last week that, after rumored interest, the former Clemson quarterback would be visiting Miami on Nov. 24, with a decision on a future college football home coming on Dec. 4.  While the decision date is still the same, the visit to the Hurricanes reportedly won’t take place.

Miami was supposed to be the fifth of five official visits the graduate transfer can take.  Instead, that fifth visit will go to Auburn at some point next week.  Bryant has already taken an unofficial visit to Auburn earlier this month.

Officially, Bryant has taken visits to North Carolina (HERE), Missouri (HERE), Arkansas (HERE) and Mississippi State (HERE).

As a graduate transfer, Bryant will be eligible to play in 2019 regardless of where he ultimately lands.  Next season would be his final year of eligibility.

Bryant had started 18 games in a row at quarterback for the Tigers, winning 16 of those contests, before he was benched in favor of five-star 2018 signee Trevor Lawrence in September.  Bryant labeled Dabo Swinney‘s decision to bench him as “a slap in the face.”

That perceived slap triggered the much-discussed decision to transfer on Sept. 26.