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Appalachian State cracks AP Top 25 for first time in FBS history

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers have accomplished a new milestone in their brief history in the FBS. the former FCS juggernauts made their debut in the AP top 25 today, checking in at No. 25 in the latest poll. Now, how far can they climb?

They will have quite a way to go to reach the top of the polls the way they were accustomed to doing in the FCS. Alabama once again dominates the top spot in the latest AP poll by claiming all 61 first-place votes available. The Crimson Tide are followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma. All of those teams moved up one spot in the poll this week. At No. 9, Florida moved into the top 10 and passed No. 10 UCF in the process. The Knights remained in the same spot as a week ago, however they did come in one spot ahead of No. 11 Ohio State, who tumbled nine spots. Ohio State stayed one spot ahead of UCF in the coaches poll.

No. 14 Washington State is now the highest-ranked team from the Pac-12 in the AP poll after moving up 11 spots this week. They are just ahead of rival Washington (No. 15) and No. 19 Oregon fell seven spots after their loss to the Cougars.

No. 22 NC State also took a fall in the AP poll by dropping six spots after losing to Clemson.

Here is this week’s full AP Top 25:

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

Clemson moves back to No. 2 in coaches poll as Buckeyes tumble

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The Clemson Tigers are back to where they started the season in the Amway Coaches Poll. The defending ACC champions moved back into the second spot in the poll behind No. 1 Alabama this week following a big win and a big loss suffered by previous No. 2 Ohio State. Notre Dame, LSU and Michigan all moved up at the expense of the Buckeyes as well.

Alabama remains in firm control of the first-place votes, receiving 60 of a possible 62 votes from the coaches poll. Clemson is the only other team to receive first-place votes, picking up the remaining two. No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 LSU each moved up one spot this week, with the Tigers being the highest-ranked one-loss team according to the voters in the coaches poll. No. 5 Michigan continues to climb the rankings after a second-straight win against a ranked opponent. The Wolverines are also the last team in the Big Ten without a loss in conference play as they ride a seven-game winning streak into their bye week.

No. 6 Georgia stayed where they were this week, but No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Oklahoma each came in front of Ohio State, who fell seven spots to No. 9 this week after their blowout loss at Purdue. Ohio State actually caused No. 10 UCF to be bumped down a spot this week despite the Knights remaining undefeated.

Big movers up in the poll this week included No. 15 Washington State. The Cougars moved up eight spots in the coaches poll this week after a big win over No. 21 Oregon (the Ducks fell 10 spots). No. 18 Iowa also moved up four spots and Utah entered the poll this week at No. 24, moving up nine spots in the total voting from last week. At No. 25, the Miami Hurricanes were welcomed back to the coaches top 25 after previously falling out and having a bye week this weekend.

Here is this week’s full coaches poll, with first-place votes noted accordingly:

  1. Alabama (60)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Notre Dame
  4. LSU
  5. Michigan
  6. Georgia
  7. Texas
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Ohio State
  10. UCF
  11. Florida
  12. West Virginia
  13. Washington
  14. Kentucky
  15. Washington State
  16. Penn State
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Iowa
  19. Wisconsin
  20. South Florida
  21. Oregon
  22. NC State
  23. Stanford
  24. Utah
  25. Miami

One-time starting LB Manny Bowen taking grad transfer from Penn State

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The roller coaster college football career of Manny Bowen has taken yet another turn, although this one was at least expected.

On his personal Twitter account late Wednesday morning, Bowen confirmed that he will be transferring from Penn State.  The linebacker is set to graduate from the university in December, writing that he is “open to all options in the process of searching for a new University.”

In late August, James Franklin confirmed that Bowen had left his football program; that move came a little over three weeks after the fourth-year senior rejoined the team and was practicing with the rest of the Nittany Lions in preparation for the 2018 season.  Bowen was suspended late last season and then dismissed in late December for what were described as violations of team rules.

Bowen had started the first nine games of the 2017 season, before the disciplinary issues hit, after starting a dozen contests during the 2016 campaign.  He didn’t play in the Rose Bowl that season because of, you guessed it, unspecified violations of team rules.

At the time of his 2017 suspension, Bowen was third on the team with 51 tackles and tied for second in quarterback hits with four.

AP Top 25 shuffles the deck after chaotic Week 7

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The votes are in, and Alabama remains a wide favorite among college football’s AP voters. The Crimson Tide took home 61 first-place votes to remain firmly atop the latest AP Top 25 released on Sunday, with No. 2 Ohio State claiming the only other AP first-place vote in the country. The Buckeyes, No. 3 Clemson, and No. 4 Notre Dame each moved up one spot this week after No. 8 Georgia fell six spots this week.

Passing Georgia in the top 10 was No. 5 LSU, who defeated the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge, No. 6 Michigan, and No. 7 Texas. The Tigers, Wolverines, and Longhorns, in addition to No. 9 Oklahoma all made moves into the top 10 this week in the AP Top 25. No. 10 UCF remained in the same spot as a week ago despite so many changes in the poll.

No. 11 Florida and No. 12 Oregon each made their moves closer to the top 10 following wins this weekend, while No. 13 West Virginia dropped seven spots, No. 15 Washington fell eight spots and No. 10 Penn State tumbled 10 spots in the poll this week. No. 23 Wisconsin also took a big drop of eight spots but remained in the poll.

Colorado, Miami and Auburn each fell out of the AP Top 25 this week, making room for new appearances by No. 19 Iowa, No. 24 Michigan State, and No. 25 Washington State.

Here is this week’s AP Top 25:

  1. Alabama (60)
  2. Ohio State (1)
  3. Clemson
  4. Notre Dame
  5. LSU
  6. Michigan
  7. Texas
  8. Georgia
  9. Oklahoma
  10. UCF
  11. Florida
  12. Oregon
  13. West Virginia
  14. Kentucky
  15. Washington
  16. NC State
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Penn State
  19. Iowa
  20. Cincinnati
  21. South Florida
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Michigan State
  25. Washington State

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