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Oklahoma State, Arkansas announce series in creative Twitter exchange

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Oklahoma State and Arkansas will rekindle their old Southwest Conference rivalry in 2024, and again in 2027. The two schools announced their upcoming home-and-home series courtesy of a fun dialogue that played out on Twitter for fans of both programs to follow along.

According to a released statement from Oklahoma State, Arkansas will visit Oklahoma State on September 7, 2024. Arkansas will host the second game in the arrangement on September 11, 2027. Barring any potential bowl matchups before the 2024 season, that will be the first time the two programs have played each other since 1980.

Now we just need these two programs to make this thing Facebook official with their relationship status.

Oklahoma State has matchups against power conference opponents lined up in 2019-2020 with Oregon State,2022-2023 with Arizona State, and now Oklahoma State in 2024 and 2027. The Razorbacks have power conference matchups in 2020 and 2025 with Notre Dame, Texas in 2021 and now Oklahoma State in 2024 and 2027.

Arkansas leads the all-time series, 30-15-1.

Alabama a massive Bovada title favorite, while Michigan, Texas make sizable moves upward

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One sportsbook is as impressed with Alabama as pretty much the rest of the college football world is at the midway point of the regular season.

A week ago, Bovada.lv had the top-ranked team in the country and the defending champ as a 4/5 favorite to win the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship. Following a curb-stomping of Arkansas in Week 6, ‘Bama is now a 5/7 favorite for this year’s title.

Of all the numbers you could use to illustrate the Crimson Tide’s utter dominance thus far, and impress the books in the process, this is my personal favorite: Alabama is averaging 37.9 points in the first half through six games. If they hadn’t played any second halves at all this season, they’d still be ranked 31st in the country in points per game, right behind No. 30 Michigan (38.2). As it stands now, they’re the highest-scoring team in the nation at an even 56 ppg and their starting quarterback hasn’t taken a fourth-quarter snap in any game; Appalachian State, at 51.8, is No. 2. The next-best Power Five teams are Penn State (49.6) and Ohio State (49).

Oh, and UA’s defense is a, ahem, “pedestrian” 11th in scoring defense at 16 ppg, so they have that going for them. Which is very nice.

As for the rest of Bovada‘s title odds? Clemson and Ohio State are up next at a distant 15/2; a week ago, both the Buckeyes and Tigers were at 11/2.

Michigan and Texas both made the most notable jumps as well, with the former moving from 25/1 to 16/1 and the latter from 85/1 to 33/1. Just five teams are ahead of the Wolverines now — the three already mentioned, plus Georgia (15/2, same as last week) and Notre Dame (12/1, up from 15/1) — while the Longhorns now have the same odds as the rival they just vanquished in spectacular fashion and just ahead of Penn State, which moved from 50/1 to 33/1.

Below are the rest of the current CFP championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Judge tosses lawsuit over Sports Illustrated’s 2013 report on Oklahoma State

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Remember when Sports Illustrated published a damning report accusing the Oklahoma State football program of payments to players, drug use and hostess programs on top of academic fraud? That report, which came out in 2013, has since been ripped to shreds with plenty of holes being poked at it, and now a lawsuit over the report is being tossed out of court.

According to The Oklahoman, a lawsuit filed by current state representative John Talley was dismissed by a judge in Oklahoma City last month after citing the report by Sports Illustrated based the report off recorded interviews. Talley filed a lawsuit arguing the magazine’s depiction of him was “wrongly portrayed as an overzealous booster who improperly paid OSU football players.”

“The audio recordings … establish that they accurately reported what OSU football players named in the article said about being overpaid for work, being paid for sham work, being paid for speaking engagements, and staying on plaintiff’s property rent-free,” the judge wrote, according to The Oklahoman.

The judge also referred to evidence Talley did, in fact, pay an Oklahoma State football player (Zac Robinson) for speaking in Oklahoma City.

As with most legal disputes, it is expected an appeal will be filed.

In 2014, the NCAA announced the evidence in the Sports Illustrated story was unfounded.

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

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

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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