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City of San Diego entering negotiations for San Diego State to purchase Qualcomm Stadium site

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You are reading the words of a person who cares not one lick about most of the creature comforts we have convinced ourselves are now necessary features of the modern football stadium. You’re there to watch a football game, after all. What more do you need besides a bleacher seat, maybe some popcorn, and a restroom close enough that will let you return to your seat before the second half kickoff? In my mind, the best place in the world to watch a football game is the Cotton Bowl — no, not AT&T Stadium during the Cotton Bowl Classic, the actual Cotton Bowl.

That said, I’m also not someone who believes that the past was always better, just because it was the past.

So, with all that said, Qualcomm Stadium is the worst football venue these eyes have ever seen. The upper decks might as well be in space, and if you’re sitting in the corner of the end zone, game action taking place just yards away is completely obstructed from view.

That’s why it’s a good thing that, according to the Times of San Diego, the San Diego city council on Monday authorized the city’s negotiators to proceed with discussing the sale of Qualcomm Stadium — sorry, SDCCU Stadium — to San Diego State.

The school originally offered to purchase the stadium site for $68.2 million back in 2017, but the city now has an offer for $86.2 million.

“The city currently spends about $11 million a year to maintain and operate the Mission Valley stadium site,” City Councilwoman Barbara Bry told the paper. “That’s over $30,000 a day in taxpayer money every day that we delay this transaction with San Diego State. We can’t afford not to move the project along in a timely manner.”

Negotiations are expected to begin in earnest in January, with closing happening by the end of the year. Once San Diego State takes possession of the site, the school would raze SDCCU Stadium and replace it with a 35,000-seat stadium that will serve as the anchor to what will be known as SDSU Mission Valley, home to a satellite campus, a park and commercial and residential space.

“The project is about the transformation of a community and the revitalization of public land,” San Diego State president Adela de la Torre said. “With your support, this can go down in history as one of the most meaningful San Diego milestones of the 21st century.”

The new SDSU stadium would be expected to open in time for the Aztecs’ 2022 stadium. Not one moment too soon.

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

SMU drops to No. 23 after loss in latest AP Poll; Cincinnati is top Group of Five team

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The final AP Poll before the release of the first set of College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings didn’t see many changes among the top 25 but did feature a little shuffling ahead of Tuesday’s big release show.

As expected, the bulk of the top 10 remained the same after numerous off weeks and the top four of No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson didn’t move at all. New No. 6 Georgia did become the top one-loss team in the poll following their win over Florida, which remained in the top 10 despite falling in Jacksonville.

Most of the AP Poll movement was devoted to the Group of Five following a big weekend at that level of college football. SMU predictably dropped quite a bit from No. 15 to No. 23 after their first loss of the year at Memphis. The Tigers climbed almost as much, going from No. 24 the week prior to No. 19 overall heading into Week 11. Fellow AAC member Cincinnati was the highest ranked Group of Five team however, surviving a big test at ECU on Saturday to stay put at No. 17. Navy made for the fourth member of the league to earn a ranking, replacing Appalachian State and checking in at No. 25.

The poll sets up a juicy set of matchups between the top two teams in Tuscaloosa between the Tide and Tigers as well as a pivotal top 13 meeting between Minnesota and No. 5 Penn State in the Twin Cities.

Here’s the full AP Top 25 heading into the 11th week of the season:

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

Florida falls to No. 11 in latest Coaches Poll, Georgia top one-loss team in rankings

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We’re only a few short days away from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings being released but until that time rolls around, we’ll still have to rely on the old faithful combination of the AP and Coaches Polls being released every Sunday.

After a quiet Week 10, there was little movement in the latter, with the most notable move likely belonging to that of Florida, which fell five spots to No. 11 after their loss to new No. 6 Georgia on Saturday at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Both of the SEC East teams can lay claim to being the top one- and two-loss programs in the poll respectively.

The top otherwise remained unchanged with all but No. 3 Clemson off last week. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU combined for 48 first place votes ahead of their meeting in Tuscaloosa next Saturday.

Also notable is the fall of SMU, which dropped like a rock to No. 23 (nine spots) after losing a close one at new No. 19 Memphis in primetime. The Tigers are actually not the top Group of Five team in the poll as fellow AAC rival Cincinnati moved up to No. 17.

No. 24 San Diego State and No. 25 Navy also joined the rankings replacing Appalachian State and Texas after the latter two lost their most recent games.

The full Coaches Poll heading into an action-packed Week 11:

  1. Alabama (37 first place votes)
  2. LSU (11)
  3. Clemson (9)
  4. Ohio State (8)
  5. Penn State
  6. Georgia
  7. Oregon
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Utah
  10. Baylor
  11. Florida
  12. Auburn
  13. Minnesota
  14. Michigan
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Iowa
  19. Memphis
  20. Wake Forest
  21. Boise State
  22. Kansas State
  23. SMU
  24. San Diego State
  25. Navy

LSU dethrones Alabama as new No. 1 in the AP Poll, Notre Dame falls to No. 16 after loss to Michigan

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Alabama-LSU in two weeks will indeed be a top two matchup but according to the AP Poll, the order isn’t what some fans in crimson were expecting going into the meeting.

The Tigers assumed the top spot in the latest AP Top 25 on Sunday, moving past the Crimson Tide after netting another impressive win over Auburn this past Saturday. Ed Orgeron’s team became the new No. 1 team in the country by virtue of just two points over Nick Saban’s crew, which is a razor-thin margin that will no doubt be used as a motivating factor for the latter going into the massive game with huge SEC and national implications.

Elsewhere, Oklahoma dropped five spots but remained in the top 10 after their loss at No. 22 Kansas State while Notre Dame was the biggest faller in going from No. 8 to No. 16 after getting throttled at the Big House by new No. 14 Michigan. That’s a spot behind No. 13 Minnesota, which remains undefeated and sets up a huge matchup of their own in two weeks when they host No. 5 Penn State.

SMU remains the highest ranked Group of Five team at No. 15 and are joined in the ranks by No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 20 Appalachian State, No. 21 Boise State, No. 24 Memphis and the latest addition to the poll in the form of No. 25 San Diego State. For what it’s worth, the Aztecs took the place of no-longer-ranked Texas.

Here’s the full AP Poll heading into Week 10:

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