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Top seven remains the same in latest CFP rankings

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The third edition of the 2019 College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday, and the top seven teams remained the same from last week’s rankings. This means, as expected, Alabama remained No. 5 following the devastating loss of Tua Tagovailoa.

Minnesota remained in striking distance following their loss to Iowa (now at No. 17) at No. 10, with No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 2 Ohio State (potentially) still on their schedule. Oklahoma and Penn State moved one spot apiece, keeping the Top 10 stagnant.

Auburn fell three spots to No. 15, one spot behind No. 14 Baylor, who will spend the week wondering how high they would’ve climbed if the rankings were taken at halftime on Saturday night.

Memphis swapped spots with Cincinnati as the highest-rated Group of 5 team at No. 18; the Tigers and Bearcats SMU rejoined the rankings after falling out last week. They were joined by Iowa State at No. 22, who replaced then-No. 19 Texas, and USC at No. 23.

The full rankings:

1. LSU
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Georgia
5. Alabama
6. Oregon
7. Utah
8. Penn State
9. Oklahoma
10. Minnesota
11. Florida
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan
14. Baylor
15. Auburn
16. Notre Dame
17. Iowa
18. Memphis
19. Cincinnati
20. Boise State
21. Oklahoma State
22. Iowa State
23. USC
24. Appalachian State
25. SMU

Expanded NFL schedule could bring games to college stadiums

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Browns-Steelers at The Horseshoe in Columbus? Colts-Texans at Notre Dame Stadium? Lions-Bears at the Big House in Ann Arbor? Nick Saban’s former NFL team playing in his current college team’s home stadium?

The latter might be a stretch, but the others certainly would be in the realm of possibility, depending on how the next several months play out.

The NFL and its ownership groups are in the midst of negotiations with the NFL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement.  One of the main talking points, in addition to finally relaxing its archaic marijuana policy, is expanding the regular season.

Currently at 16 games, the push is on for a 17-game regular season that could potentially (and mercifully) see the preseason cut in half.  A report from CBS Sports over the weekend noted that “[t]he additional game for each club would be played out-of-market, the sources said, with a heavy emphasis on key international locales like the United Kingdom (London and Ireland, in particular), Germany, Mexico and Brazil.”

In that same report, it’s briefly noted that the out-of-market games for NFL teams could be played at college stadiums as well.

The NFL has also talked internally about playing games in other cities in the U.S. which do not have pro teams, with some buzz about playing a game at Notre Dame or Alabama, as well as Hawaii and cities in Canada. It is viewed as a unique and profound way to grow the game globally and extend the reach of sales, merchandising and broadcast rights around the globe, with there only so much more room for growth within America.

The current CBA does not expire until 2021, meaning any NFL games in college stadiums wouldn’t happen until 2022 at the earliest (if at all).  There’s little doubt, though, that most, if not all, college stadiums would more than welcome the additional revenue — revenue that could go to overpaying head coaches and not paying players — that would come with hosting an NFL game.

AP Poll: Georgia moves past Alabama; Texas A&M, Virginia Tech join top 25

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Voters are still struggling with what to do with Alabama after Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending hip injury but it’s pretty clear that the immediate effect for the Tide is to drop behind their SEC rival Georgia in the polls.

After doing so in the Coaches Poll earlier Sunday, the new No. 4 Bulldogs flipped places with the No. 5 Crimson Tide, following the example set by the CFP Selection Committee last Tuesday as well.

Elsewhere in the poll, previously undefeated Baylor and Minnesota dropped several spots after taking their first L’s of the year. The Bears were only down one place however to No. 13 while the Gophers were punished a little harsher by moving from No. 7 to No. 11. That latter spot is, it should be noted, two places behind the team it just beat a week ago in No. 9 Penn State.

No. 17 Cincinnati remained the top Group of Five team in the poll but there was some movement at the bottom of the rankings following a number of losses in the 20-25 range. No. 23 Appalachian State returns to the rankings after thumping Georgia State while No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Virginia Tech also earned an appearance.

The full AP Top 25 entering Week 13:

  1. LSU (54 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State (5)
  3. Clemson (3)
  4. Georgia
  5. Alabama
  6. Oregon
  7. Utah
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Penn State
  10. Florida
  11. Minnesota
  12. Michigan
  13. Baylor
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Auburn
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Memphis
  19. Iowa
  20. Boise State
  21. SMU
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. Appalachian State
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Virginia Tech

Baylor drops to No. 13 in latest Coaches Poll, Alabama slides behind No. 4 Georgia

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Two more Power Five teams fell from the ranks of the unbeatens this weekend and that predictably resulted in some big drops to their place in the latest Coaches Poll.

Following their rather historic second half collapse against new No. 7 Oklahoma, Baylor slipped three spots down to No. 13 on Sunday, falling behind two loss programs like No. 10 Florida and No. 12 Michigan.

That three spot drop wasn’t quite as bad as the four that Minnesota found themselves down, moving to No. 11 just ahead of the Wolverines after their loss to No. 20 Iowa on Saturday night. Auburn was the highest-ranked three loss team in the poll at No. 16 while Alabama flipped spots with new No. 4 Georgia.

Navy, Texas and Indiana all dropped out of the top 25 and were replaced by No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 San Diego State.

The full Week 12 Coaches Poll:

  1. LSU (55 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State (6)
  3. Clemson (4)
  4. Georgia
  5. Alabama
  6. Oregon
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Utah
  9. Penn State
  10. Florida
  11. Minnesota
  12. Michigan
  13. Baylor
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Auburn
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Memphis
  19. Boise State
  20. Iowa
  21. SMU
  22. Appalachian State
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Texas A&M
  25. San Diego State

No. 16 Notre Dame hammers No. 23 Navy

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The first Notre Dame-Navy game between ranked opponents did not live up to the hype. No. 16 Notre Dame used three first-half fumble recoveries to build a 38-0 second quarter lead, then cruised to a 52-20 win over No. 23 Navy.

The Irish accepted the ball to open the game and rolled 75 yards in 11 plays, as Ian Book found Chase Claypool for the first of four touchdowns, this one from seven yards out. Navy then responded by pushing to a 1st-and-10 at the Notre Dame 24, but quarterback Malcolm Perry committed the first of his three first-half fumbles and Book hit Claypool for a 47-yard touchdown two plays later, giving the Irish an insurmountable 14-0 lead at the 3:11 mark of the first quarter.

Perry was sacked and fumbled on Navy’s next touch, and the short-field drive ended the same way the first two did: a scoring strike from Book to Claypool, this one just a 3-yard toss.

In all, Notre Dame (8-2) scored on its first seven possessions, six of them touchdowns. Book closed the day 14-of-20 for 284 yards and five touchdowns, which is about what you’d expect him to put up practicing against the November air in South Bend. He also led the Irish on the ground with a modest 31 yards on nine carries, as Notre Dame mustered only 105 yards on the ground on 31 total carries. Claypool hauled in seven passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns.

Perry led all runners for 117 yards on 25 carries, but his three first half fumbles washed away much of that progress. As a team, Navy (7-2) ran for 281 yards, but needed 64 carries to get there, more than a yard and a half below the Middies’ yards per carry average (6.08) this season.

After dropping three of four meetings between 2007-10, Notre Dame has now won eight of nine in this series and four straight. The Irish lead the all-time series, 77-13-1.