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Florida vs. Ole Miss Complete Game Preview

The No. 25 Florida Gators are ranked in the Associated Press poll for the first time since 2013, but unless they upset No. 4 Ole Miss in the Swamp on Saturday, their stay won't last more than a week.

The Rebels own one of the two strongest wins in college football this season (the other being what Utah just did to Oregon) after thoroughly beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa two weeks ago. They didn't look as sharp against Vanderbilt in Week 4, but that can be forgiven considering where the Commodores landed on the schedule.

Florida, meanwhile, beat Tennessee for the 11th consecutive time in dramatic fashion in Week 4, converting five fourth downs and erasing a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit. Receiver Antonio Callaway caught the game-winning 63-yard touchdown from quarterback Will Grier with less than 90 seconds left on the clock.

It was a stunning home debut for head coach Jim McElwain in SEC play. But Ole Miss won't be as gracious to the Gators if they struggle to move the ball for 50-plus minutes. Everything they did well in spurts against Tennessee must be done well from start to finish.

Otherwise, the magic will subside.


Date: Saturday, October 3

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium; Gainesville, Florida


Line: Ole Miss -7, according to Odds Shark

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Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Complete Game Preview

Texas A&M repeated history with a second straight comeback win over Arkansas in Arlington last weekend.

It hopes to avoid repeating history when it hosts Mississippi State on Saturday.

The Bulldogs roasted the Aggies in Week 6 last season, rebounding from an early 7-0 hole by running up 28 consecutive points and eventually leading by as much as 38 in a 48-24 win.

The loss was A&M's first of the year after a 5-0 start and knocked the Aggies from No. 6 to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll. Worse than that, it started their descent over the second half of the season, which started so promising but ended with five losses and a trip to the Liberty Bowl.

Can Kevin Sumlin's team exact revenge? LSU did in Week 2 after losing to the Bulldogs last season. But Dan Mullen's team rebounded with a solid win at Auburn and now finds itself at No. 21 in the AP rankings, contending for another SEC title.

Here's everything you need to know for gameweek.


Date: Saturday, October 3

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Kyle Field; College Station, Texas

TV: SEC Network

Line: Texas A&M -7, according to Odds Shark


Note: All advanced stats via SB Nation's Bill Connelly. All recruiting info refers to 247Sports' composite rankings.

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College Football Rankings 2015: Power Ranking All 128 Teams for Week 5

We've reached the end of the first month of the 2015 college football season, and more than two dozen of the 128 teams at the FBS level have yet to lose a game. On the other end of the spectrum, through four weeks we also have seven schools (from six different conferences) that have yet to claim victory.

And in between are a lot of teams moving in either direction. How do they all rank from top to bottom? That's what the power rankings are for.

Bleacher Report's power rankings are comprised of an average of five sources: B/R's weekly Top 25, the Associated Press Top 25, the Amway Coaches Poll, ratings guru Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings and the author's personal rankings for every FBS school. The top 50 teams are broken down individually, while the rest of the 128 FBS teams are summarized in a few easy-to-digest chunks.

Check out where everyone ranks after the first month, and then give us your thoughts in the comments section. 

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The College Recruitment of Rob Gronkowski

Mike White vividly remembers the first time he realized that Rob Gronkowski would play professional football.

Despite covering him as a senior tight end, the veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter didn't experience that light-bulb moment until he witnessed the eventual Super Bowl champion pick up a basketball during the winter of 2006. 

"When I saw Gronkowski on the court, that's when my jaw dropped," White said. "I'm watching the guy in warm-ups, and his athleticism was off the charts."

Already standing approximately 6'6" and 250 pounds, the Woodland Hills High School star delighted onlookers with an arsenal of awe-inspiring slams. White looked on as Gronkowski unleashed a 360-degree pregame dunk, sending an intimidating message to opposing players.

"It's a quarter into the game, and I turned to my wife and said, 'See that kid? He's going to be in the NFL,'" White said. "Did I know he was going to be this good? No. I don't think anybody did."

While Gronkowski's football abilities ultimately attracted attention across America, his athletic prowess transcended the game at an early age. He also anchored the lineup of his high school baseball squad, batting cleanup.

The 26-year-old NFL All-Pro affectionately known as "Gronk" wowed folks long before he landed on top of everyone's fantasy football rankings. 247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons recalls the buzz that surrounded the Buffalo product who transferred to a Pittsburgh-area powerhouse for his final high school campaign.

"Gronkowski was absolutely one of those guys whom some people looked at and saw an offensive tackle because of his size. He probably could have been a first-round pick at offensive tackle if he wanted to do that, but he was just so uniquely talented," Simmons said.

"You knew he was going to be a force in some capacity," he added. "It was just a matter of whether he was going to be a force as a pass-catcher or more of a line-of-scrimmage presence."

Now known for his reliable hands and record-setting production as a receiver at the position, opportunities through the air were rare for Gronkowski as a senior at Woodland Hills. He caught just eight passes in 2006, though he still managed to score four touchdowns and earn a spot in the Post-Gazette's "Fabulous 22" for his overall impact on games. 

That season nearly never occurred for the three-sport standout. The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League ruled Gronkowski ineligible shortly after his August transfer from Williamsville North High School in Williamsville, New York. 

The WPIAL initially declared his transfer to be motivated by athletic reasons. That decision was reversed less than a week later, clearing the way for Gronkowski to make an immediate impact at Woodland Hills.

His skills as a receiver were well-understood, despite offensive production that pales in comparison to the 324 receptions Gronkowski has racked up since New England drafted him 42nd overall in 2010.

Woodland Hills invested in a JUGS passing machine before Gronkowski's senior season, and the tight end quickly took ownership of it.

"Their football coach [George Novak] tells this story all the time. They had just bought it and went away to camp for a week. Before practice, Gronkowski would stand close to it and catch every pass," White said. "Then he'd get closer and tell them to turn it up as fast as it could go. He would just sit there and catch everything."

Tim Kish, an assistant college football coach since 1978, spearheaded Arizona's recruitment of Gronkowski. While he admits most players of that stature often end up playing on the offensive or defensive line, a Wildcats staff led by head coach Mike Stoops never doubted Gronkowski would make his biggest impact in the aerial attack.

"We anticipated he'd be successful. We just didn't know how good he could be," said Kish, who now coaches linebackers at Oklahoma. "He's a unique and rare athlete."

Beyond the physical tools, Kish admired Gronkowski's attitude. 

"He's got tremendous passion to play the game. He's fiery-competitive. Rob doesn't like to lose at anything, but at the same time, he's a happy-go-lucky guy after the game," he said.

This demeanor makes Gronkowski an endearing professional athlete, one who comes off at times as a big kid. Football fans have become accustomed to watching him dominate the red zone and the dance floor

He carried similar exuberance into the recruiting process.

"He was a guy who would enjoy the campus visits," Simmons said. "Pictures would emerge of him with coeds. He'd refer to himself as 'The Big, Bad Gronk' sometimes. The personality was always there, and that was clear from the beginning. In a lot of cases today, his persona would maybe raise some red flags, but he's managed it so well that if anything, it's a positive with him."

The younger brother of two FBS football players, Gronkowski followed their footsteps as another collegiate prospect in the family. 

His profile grew rapidly, due in large part to a dominant junior season at Williamsville North. Gronkowski earned second-team All-State honors in New York that year, wreaking havoc at tight end and defensive end. 

Considered a 4-star prospect by 247Sports, he was rated fourth nationally among tight ends and 84th overall in the 2007 class' composite rankings. Arizona was hardly alone in its pursuit of the premier talent. 

"He had 45 to 50 scholarship offers," Kish said. "We got our foot in the door with him, and he came out to campus. I think Rob looked around the university and saw it was a beautiful situation with great weather. He knew we were throwing the ball all over the place at the time and that he'd have an opportunity to compete to play right away."

Gronkowski verbally pledged to Arizona in January 2007, midway through a basketball season that saw him average a double-double per game. His decision didn't come with much fanfare or a memorable announcement ceremony but managed to send Kish into a personal celebration.

The Wildcats finished the season a few weeks prior, and the coach was enjoying an offseason trip with his family. He was chopping wood behind a cabin in the White Mountains of northern Arizona when the call came.

It was Gordon Gronkowski and his fourth-born son. Rob was ready to commit.

"Probably everybody in the White Mountains could hear me screaming after that conversation," Kish said. "It was a scream of excitement. We were so thrilled to get him on board. It was huge."

Gronkowski chose Arizona over dozens of options, including top contenders Clemson, Syracuse and Ohio State. He would play just two seasons for the Wildcats, catching 75 passes for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Back surgery cost Gronkowski his entire junior campaign, though it didn't prevent him from declaring early for the NFL draft. He ultimately landed with the Patriots and quickly developed into a primary target for future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. 

Gronkowski now seems well on his way to Canton. He holds the NFL tight end record for most consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdown grabs and became the all-time single-season positional leader with 1,327 receiving yards in 2011.

"He's had a major impact on the position," top-ranked 2016 tight end recruit Isaac Nauta said. "A lot of college coaches bring him up during conversations because they know plenty of prospects nowadays want to be the next Gronk."

But is there a "next Gronk" in college football recruiting?

Kish isn't so sure.

"I don't know if we'll ever see another one just quite like him," he said. "An athlete who looks like that and moves like that in high school is incredibly rare. Those kinds of players often end up moving to a different position. A decade ago, and obviously still today, Rob proves how unique he really is at tight end."


Editor's note: Throughout the 2015 football season, Bleacher Report will continue a series on the college recruitment of today's biggest sports stars. For previous installments, see below:


Quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue. Recruit ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake. 

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Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs Complete Game Preview

Trying to avoid a third straight loss, the Texas Longhorns travel to No. 4 TCU on Saturday in hopes of pulling off a big-time upset.

Both the Longhorns and Horned Frogs found themselves in similar situations in their Big 12 debuts. Each highly competitive game came down to the wire, with the entire narrative of the season hanging in the balance.

The difference is Gary Patterson's squad got it done. With under 30 seconds to go, Aaron Green bailed out Trevone Boykin with a diving touchdown catch off a deflection, keeping the Horned Frogs' early College Football Playoff hopes alive.

Texas, on the other hand, botched its second straight shot at overtime against a talented team. One week after a missed extra point cost the Longhorns against Cal, punter Michael Dickson fumbled a snap that allowed Oklahoma State to chip in the game-winning field goal.

It's been a brutal sequence for Charlie Strong and his team, who have yet to play a team that's lost. The Horns have found their quarterback in Jerrod Heard, but the team's inexperience has been a tragic flaw thus far.

Can the Horns finally get it right in one of the nation's most unforgiving environments? Or will TCU stomp out yet another upset attempt?


When Texas Has the Ball

Now three games into the Heard era, it's pretty clear what Texas wants to do on offense. The question is whether the Horns can get it done if one of their top linemen sits.

With Heard at the helm, the Longhorns have gone to a full-fledged spread attack. As evidenced by Heard's 10.9 yards per attempt (No. 2 in the nation, per cfbstats.com), they want to push the ball down the field and gets their athletes, namely Heard himself, into space.

That approach has worked well for the Horns, who had two touchdowns called back against Oklahoma State. Well, at least until Kent Perkins came out of the game.

With the right tackle out of the game, the Cowboys absolutely teed off on Heard for five sacks, including two on the final drive. The combination of Marcus Hutchins and Tristan Nickelson was simply no match for OSU's talented defensive ends.

Texas experienced similar results last season when Perkins went down against Kansas State. He left early in the first quarter, and the Horns were shut out 23-0 and finished with 90 rushing yards on the day.

Per Strong, Perkins is now considered day-to-day. If he misses this one, it might be enough for the TCU defense to get back on track.

As SB Nation's Kevin Trahan notes, Patterson's unit has been ravaged by injuries, attrition and a suspension. In its thrilling win over Texas Tech, safety Derrick Kindred was the only starter remaining from last season's Peach Bowl.

The Horned Frogs are still getting into the backfield with 10 sacks, but missed tackles and lapses in coverage have been a real problem. As Heard and the Horns showed us against Cal, it doesn't take much for them to make a big play. 

How Patterson addresses that will define the direction of this game.


When TCU Has the Ball

Patterson may be known for his defense, but it's his offense that will carry this team through the early part of the season.

Since moving to a spread attack last season, the Horned Frogs have averaged an incredible 47.5 points and 557.4 yards per game. Boykin has been the engineer of the offensive renaissance, accounting for 6,268 yards of offense and 57 touchdowns since the start of the 2014 season.

Though this season, Boykin's sharing the spotlight. Receiver Josh Doctson went bonkers against the Red Raiders, reeling in 18 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, while the tailback Green is enjoying a breakout of his own.

A week ago, you might have thought this group could put up 100 on the Longhorns. Strong's team had given up 4.8 yards per carry heading into last week's matchup with Oklahoma State and was offering very little resistance on the back end to boot.

But the Longhorns buckled down against the Pokes, harassing Mason Rudolph into three turnovers, including two that were returned for touchdowns.

The turnaround was sparked by the resurgence of Hassan Ridgeway (more on him later) and the insertion of freshmen corners Holton Hill, Kris Boyd and Davante Davis. Speaking to the media on Monday, Strong said (h/t ASAP Sposts) he really liked the energy they brought to the field:

You bring in the two freshmen with Boyd and Hill and even Davante, so we played all freshman corners . . . We're just going to continue to play a lot of guys and just let them play, because what happens when they play and you play enough of them, then they play with a lot of energy, and they enjoy being out there, and they'll compete, and then you don't have to worry about just sitting there worrying, hey, can I really depend on that person. Just let them play. They'll get it done.

Hill, who returned the interception for the touchdown, has a chance to be an X-factor in this one against Doctson. TCU's beastly 6'3" receiver abused Quandre Diggs last season and has since made his case as the best receiver in the country.

At 6'2", Hill's a much better matchup than Diggs because he can press and then run with Doctson. He can't be expected to handle TCU's top threat by himself, but the young corner has the ability to force Boykin into looking elsewhere. From there, it's up to Texas' pass rush to get after the Horned Frogs' star quarterback.


Key Player for Texas: DT Hassan Ridgeway

Hassan Ridgeway has been mentioned in this spot before, and he showed why last week. Now healthy, he's a game-changer for the Longhorns.

Ridgeway finally broke through against the Pokes, recording his first sack of the season and returning a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown. Most of all, the push he created up the middle finally closed the wide-open running lanes the Horns were giving up. As a result, the defense held OSU to 2.2 yards per carry, by far Texas' best showing of the season.

It took a while, but this the Ridgeway we expected all offseason. Now that he's worked his way back into shape, Strong is really impressed with what he's seeing:

What happened the first two [games] is just during the preseason camp he was just working back getting into shape and had a couple of nagging injuries. But then you watch him go out there and play this past week against Oklahoma State and had just a great game.

As Texas' best defensive lineman, Ridgeway will have to keep it up if the Horns have any chance of slowing down the Horned Frogs.


Key Player for TCU: DE Josh Carraway

In a game where we should see a ton of points, the team that gets the most from its defense will have the edge. For TCU, that means Josh Carraway has to come up big.

Oklahoma State had success spying, blitzing and mixing up coverages against Heard. But this TCU defense is much less experienced than what Mike Gundy has at his disposal. If Patterson asks too much of his guys, it could just as easily expose this team to the big play.

Given Texas' issues at tackle, the best course of action would be to try to turn Carraway loose. Even if Perkins plays, he'll be on a bad knee ,and lateral movement has never been his strong suit at 325 pounds.

And should Carraway get to match up with Hutchins or Nickelson, he's going to have a field day getting hits on Heard.


Prediction: TCU 35, Texas 31

The Horned Frogs aren't 18.5 points (per OddsShark.com) better than Texas right now, but there's no reason to believe Boykin will drop this one at home.

Assuming at this stage that Perkins can play, the Longhorns are more than capable of moving the ball on this TCU defense. The back seven is young and inexperienced, while Heard's just two weeks removed from a 527-yard performance. He'll bounce back, as will the rest of an offense that had two touchdowns called back last week.

Still, this is TCU's offense at home. The Horned Frogs have won their last nine games at Amon G. Carter Stadium, averaging over 51 points per game in those victories.

Texas' young offense will continue to fight and show improvement, but it'll be another tough loss for Strong's team.


Unless otherwise noted, all stats and information courtesy of TexasSports.com and GoFrogs.com.

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Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech: Complete Game Preview

The Pittsburgh Panthers (2-1, 0-0) are the last team Virginia Tech (2-2, 0-0) wants to see this week after the Hokies lost to the East Carolina Pirates for a second consecutive season. The Panthers beat the Hokies last fall behind 210 yards rushing.

Fortunately for the Hokies, Panthers running back James Conner and quarterback Chad Voytik—who combined for 203 yards on the ground—won't be in the starting lineup this time around. 

Conner, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, is out the for season with a knee injury. Voytik has ostensibly been replaced as Pitt's top quarterback by junior Nathan Peterman. Voytik is still receiving playing time, but Peterman is now the Panthers' top option under center. 

Pitt and VT are former Big East rivals, and this is the Panthers' second season in the ACC. Overall, the Hokies lead the all-time series, 8-6, but Pitt has won five of the past six meetings.

  • When: Saturday, October 3
  • Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: ACC Network, ESPN3
  • Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network. Here is a complete list of stations by area.
  • Spread: The Hokies are presently 4.5-point favorites, via Odds Shark

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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott Has Dog Stolen from His Home, Asks for Help

A family dog belonging to Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott was stolen, according to his Twitter account.

WSYX ABC 6 reported that Elliott's father found someone had "cut a giant hole in the fence at his house last night to steal the dog." The dog is named Chase after OSU's mantra last season (The Chase), per ABC:

It's sad that a person would pull something this low. Hopefully Zeke and his family are reunited with their dog soon.

Update: Sept. 29

Chase was returned to the Elliot family Tuesday, per WTTE Fox 28, after he was found chained to a fence. 

Suspects were reportedly apprehended, but Elliot did not press charges.


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NCAA Football Rankings 2015: Latest Polls, Underrated Teams Poised to Climb

Week 4 of the college football season didn’t look like much on paper. There were obvious mismatches, a dearth of games between ranked teams outside of the Pac-12 and plenty of last-minute cupcakes before conference season was in full swing.

Naturally, college football shattered expectations.

TCU needed a tipped-pass miracle to escape Texas Tech with a 55-52 victory, Ole Miss was challenged by hapless Vanderbilt, Kentucky stunned defending SEC East champion Missouri and the Pac-12 delivered three landscape-altering blowouts in the conference race.

USC eviscerated Arizona State, UCLA ran all over Arizona and Utah essentially ended Oregon’s College Football Playoff hopes with a 62-20 beatdown that left many wondering if the Ducks’ magic from the past few years had officially run out.

As a result, there were a number of changes in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll. Here is a look at the complete rankings, as well as a couple of underrated teams that will climb in the coming weeks.


Teams Poised to Climb in Polls

Utah Utes (No. 10 in Associated Press, No. 12 in Coaches)

Most of the attention focused on the Ducks after their 62-20 loss at the hands of Utah. That made sense considering Oregon played in the national title game last season and looked thoroughly outclassed on its home field Saturday, but don’t overlook Utah’s role in that blowout.

The contest was never in doubt, and the Utes never let Oregon’s dynamic offense score more than seven points in an individual quarter. Utah’s defense avoided the onslaught of game-breaking plays that the Ducks so often use to demoralize opponents and forced three turnovers in the process.

Quarterback Travis Wilson threw four touchdowns and added 100 rushing yards and another score on the ground. Devontae Booker tallied 98 rushing yards, and Utah simply imposed its will on both sides of the ball. It mixed in trick plays, timely turnovers and game-breaking special teams swings and had the Oregon fans heading for the exits well before the final whistle.

Utah has already beaten Michigan as well, which looks much better now after the Wolverines destroyed Oregon State and BYU.

The combination of a strong defense and a star running back in Booker, who ran for 1,512 yards last year, will carry the Utes all season. There were some quarterback questions heading into Saturday’s game, but Wilson dictated the tempo and was the star, even with a shoulder injury.

Clay Travis of Fox Sports believes Utah should be ranked higher than the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans in the Associated Press Poll following Saturday’s action:

I'm not going to focus on the coaches poll, because it's always a joke, but let's just use the AP Poll. Here's the most glaring flaw: Michigan State is presently ranked second in the country, and Utah is tenth. Michigan State owes its high ranking to the fact that it beat Oregon at home by three points. Utah just beat Oregon by 42 on the road. Oh, and Utah also beat Michigan, a team that is now ranked 22nd in the country. Michigan State has beaten Western Michigan, Air Force and Central Michigan, none of those teams in a dominant fashion.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports had Utah as the No. 1 squad in his four playoff picks and said “no team has a more impressive resume than the Utes.”

If the Utes perform like they did against Oregon in the coming games, they will shoot up the rankings. They get an undefeated California team at home next week and then an Arizona State squad that was exposed as overrated for the second time this year during its loss on Saturday. 

Then comes the Oct. 24 date at USC. The Trojans looked like world-beaters Saturday against Arizona State, but they were also already physically beat up by Stanford this season and will be coming off a showdown with Notre Dame the week before the Utah contest. 

The Utes’ physicality could be enough to clinch the critical victory and climb into the playoff discussion for good.


Michigan Wolverines (No. 22 in Associated Press, Unranked in Coaches)

Perhaps the Big Ten isn’t just Ohio State and Michigan State after all.

The return of Jim Harbaugh brought plenty of buzz to Ann Arbor and for good reason. Michigan was a dormant college football super power in need of energy and a boost, and the former quarterback and NFC champion coach was just the man to provide it. Now, Derek Jeter is on the sidelines, the Jordan Brand is sponsoring the Wolverines, and there is a legitimate future in place.

The Wolverines beat BYU Saturday to the tune of 31-0, which pairs nicely with their earlier 35-7 victory over Oregon State.

A stifling defense held BYU to 105 total yards and dominated the point of attack, and the running game racked up 254 yards, 125 of which came from De’Veon Smith, who now has 331 on the season.

Michigan's lone loss to Utah certainly looks a lot better after the Utes destroyed Oregon. In fact, Michigan only lost by seven points on the road against a Utes team that could be the best in the Pac-12 by season’s end (if they aren’t already).

There is clear excitement in Ann Arbor, although senior defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow put things in perspective, per Brian Bennett of ESPN.com: “I think we’re close. But you can’t think you've made it, because we haven’t. This is just one performance. We can’t think that just because we beat a ranked team that we’re one of the best teams in the Big Ten yet. We still have to work at it.”

That work will come against Maryland in the next contest that figures to be an easy win considering the Terrapins just lost 45-6 to West Virginia and dropped an earlier game to Bowling Green.

The Wolverines then get a home contest against nationally ranked Northwestern before their home showdown with bitter rivals Michigan State. Harbaugh’s team may be a year away from truly challenging the Spartans, but two wins in the games leading up to that will put the Wolverines in top-15 range.

That would put Michigan firmly back in the national spotlight for its clash with Michigan State.

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College Football Playoff Standings 2015: Week 5 Rankings, Bowl Game Projections

As hard as it is to believe, some teams across the country are already a third of the way home with their regular seasons.

There's still plenty—and we mean plenty—of college football to soak in over the rest of the year, but entering Week 5, the early part of the season has provided us with an opportunity to understand just how good some teams are and how bad others have become.

Thanks in part to several Week 4 games that helped separate some contenders from pretenders in several conferences, Bleacher Report's College Football Playoff and postseason bowl projections have returned and are ready to look ahead.

As with any prognostication on the postseason picture this early in the year, these projections are heavy on predicting a ton of coin-flip games, so keep that in mind before screaming to the high heavens.

Also note that the bowl picture is fluid because conferences can send teams that finish higher in the standings to bowls that might be considered lower in the pecking order.

With that in mind, here are a few takeaways heading into Week 5 of the season:

  • Here are the full AP Top 25 rankings. The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first rankings November 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • The College Football Playoff anticipates plenty of changes over the coming weeks, but it should come as no surprise that Ohio State is slated to be the top-ranked team when it reaches the postseason. The closer proximity to Dallas puts the Buckeyes in the Cotton Bowl semifinal against predicted Pac-12 champion UCLA.
  • Already holding a road win over Alabama plus a favorable schedule (Texas A&M and LSU in Oxford), Ole Miss is in prime position to win the SEC. This slots the Rebels in as the second-ranked team in the playoff standings—a spot they can capture even with a loss. Given how weak Baylor's schedule could be at the end of the year, the Bears would be slated in the fourth and final spot regardless of whether they run the table over the rest of the year. Things would shift if Baylor were to lose a game, but for now, that's not looking as likely as it was earlier in the year.
  • Memphis may be the leader in the clubhouse to capture the "Group of Five" bowl bid right now, but there's plenty of competition in its own conference. Because of the Tigers' iffy defense (see Cincinnati last Thursday with a backup quarterback), Houston gets the nod with a win over an ACC opponent (Louisville) already in the bag, a potential win over an SEC team (Vanderbilt) on the horizon and what could be two victories over Memphis. Thanks in part to the weakness of the Mountain West Conference, Boise State is on the outside looking in unless there's a lot of drama among the other Group of Five leagues.
  • Thanks in part to a high number of teams being selected for the "New Year's Six" bowls (in this scenario, Texas A&M as West Division runner-up and Georgia as East champion but SEC title game loser), there's some shuffling when it comes to the SEC bowl picture. Combined with the fact that some teams like Auburn and Arkansas will struggle to qualify for a bowl at all, a few bowls may be looking to select replacement teams from elsewhere.
  • Some juicy matchups could be in the cards, including powerhouses Alabama and Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, Tennessee and Florida State in the TaxSlayer Bowl and USC against Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.

Here's a look at the full postseason picture:


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Predicting Every Remaining Undefeated College Football Team's 1st Loss

Of the 128 teams in the FBS, only 29 boast undefeated records heading into Week 5 of the college football season. 

Some of these teams are bona fide national championship contenders that have already recorded big-time wins in the early season. Others are Power Five programs that haven't been tested yet. And there are some that have defied the odds multiple times to stay unbeaten through four weeks.

But let's bring everyone to a somewhat level playing field and predict when they all will join the 99 other squads that have already tasted defeat.

The following slides contain each undefeated team's highest chance at taking its first loss of the season. I came up with these losses based on location, potential matchup problems, where they land on the schedule and recent history between the two sides.

Of course, these are just one college football writer's opinions and predictions—they have been determined by how these teams look right now. There's still plenty of time for things to change for these undefeated teams between now and their problem matchups, especially in the crazy world of college football.

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Randy Moss' Son Thaddeus Moss Tweets Plan to Officially Visit Georgia

Charlotte, North Carolina, 3-star tight end Thaddeus Moss is one of those prospects who holds the recruiting world in the palm of his hand with every tweet because of minimal interaction with the media.

Last month, the flex TE and son of NFL great Randy Moss tweeted his top six of Arizona State, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina State, UCLA and USC. On Monday, the 6'3", 240-pound prospect tweeted his plans for his first official visit:

For Moss, the nation's No. 19-ranked tight end, the trip will mean an opportunity to meet with head coach Mark Richt, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, tight ends coach John Lilly and the rest of the Georgia staff.

It will give Moss a chance to see how the tight ends are used in a run-oriented offensive scheme.

The trip will also give Moss a chance to see the overall game atmosphere in Athens and how well the Bulldogs perform against Alabama, a team that will enter the game as an underdog for the first time since the 2009 SEC Championship Game, according to LVSuperBook (h/t ESPN's Brett McMurphy):

What would landing a player like Moss mean for Georgia's recruiting? For starters, having a player with his versatility in the lineup would be a plus.

Moss, who picked up his 30th offer on Sunday from Oklahoma, can line up as a receiving tight end, a blocking tight end, a wide receiver or an H-back.

He uses his body well in passing situations against smaller defenders, and when he catches the ball, he showcases soft hands and a long stride after the catch—similar traits to what made his father an exciting NFL receiver.

Moss also is a strong receiver option, a bruiser with finesse of sorts with the right mentality for picking up yards after the catch.

Georgia currently has 17 commitments in its 2016 class, including fellow 3-star North Carolina tight end Garrett Walston, who is ranked ahead of Moss nationally. In case Moss commits as a receiver and not a tight end, it should be noted that the Bulldogs also have four wide receivers committed.

This weekend, Georgia can set the bar high for official visits to come for Moss. He has a UCLA visit scheduled for Oct. 31 and a USC visit scheduled for Nov. 27. Rivals.com adds a scheduled visit to Arizona State on Nov. 21.

Georgia fans are hoping that this weekend will be all Moss needs.


Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Damon via Twitter @DamonSayles.

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Scooby Wright Injury: Updates on Arizona Star's Foot Injury and Return

University of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright faced adversity soon after the 2015 college football season began, and now the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is dealing with yet another injury.

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Wright Out Several Weeks with Right Foot Sprain Monday, Sept. 28

Wright was one of the most dominant players in college football on either side of the ball last season, but the 21-year-old star has struggled to stay on the field in 2015 thus far.

According to head coach Rich Rodriguez, via Zack Rosenblatt of the Tucson Star, the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award winner suffered a sprained foot against UCLA on Saturday and is expected to miss several weeks.

Expectations for Wright were huge entering the campaign after he registered 164 tackles and 15 sacks for the Wildcats. Those numbers established him as one of the most productive defensive players in college football in more than a decade, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Unfortunately, he hit a major speed bump in Arizona's first game of the season when he suffered a knee injury. It seemed to be quite significant, as the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner couldn't even walk under his own power, according to Bleacher Report's Bryan Fischer:

Despite that, Wright's father wasn't overly concerned with the severity of the injury, per Anthony Gimino of Tucson News Now:

Wright was eventually able to work his way back into the lineup, but there is undoubtedly concern among the Wildcats coaches and supporters now that he is on the mend for the second time this season.

Arizona entered the season as a Top 25 team with Pac-12 title hopes due largely to Wright and the defense as a whole. Without him on the field, though, the Wildcats will lose a great deal of dynamism and reliability defensively.

That is a bad combination in a conference with as much offensive talent as the Pac-12 has, and it could lead to the Wildcats' season entering a state of disarray if Wright isn't back soon.

The likes of Haden Gregory, Derrick Turituri and DeAndre' Miller will be looked upon to step up during his potential absence, but none of them brings the same all-around skill set and ability to take over games as Wright.


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Scooby Wright Injury: Updates on Arizona Star's Foot Injury and Return

University of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright faced adversity soon after the 2015 college football season began, and now the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is dealing with yet another injury...

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Can Alabama QB Jake Coker Win Between the Hedges at Georgia?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — There were a lot of messages being sent throughout the University of Alabama football team last week.

There was head coach Nick Saban having senior quarterback Jake Coker take all of the first-team reps in practices, which he had never done before. There was a player’s-only meeting during which the talk centered on everyone ignoring what was being said outside of the locker room and what senior center Ryan Kelly called “negative noise.”

There was also what senior running back Derrick Henry said to Coker after the interception in the second quarter of Saturday’s 34-0 victory against Louisiana-Monroe: Don’t press.

“[I told him to] keep his head in the game,” Henry described on Monday. “There was was a lot of game left to play, just got out and make plays and don't let it affect him."

It was good advice, which will likely be repeated before this week’s showdown at No. 8 Georgia, where No. 13 Alabama might be an underdog for the first time since the 2009 SEC Championship Game against Tim Tebow and Florida. It has fans wondering if Coker can win such a big game “Between the Hedges” at Sanford Stadium.

All they have to go on are his first four games, especially his ULM performance that was viewed as sort of a mixed bag. While the defense played lights out, the offense didn’t quite click as some hoped, and Alabama didn’t pound the ball as expected.

That was partly because of the primary running backs being limited. Henry was coming off having a 100-degree temperature from tonsillitis, senior Kenyan Drake got a little beaten up the previous week against Ole Miss, and Bo Scarbrough was serving the final game of his eligibility suspension.

So Alabama focused on working through some things in the passing game during Coker’s debut as the full-time starting quarterback.

“Eventually, I got things going and finished the way I wanted to finish,” he said.

“I thought I got better, but at the same time, I had some mistakes. There were guys in the wrong position, and it was my fault. I have a long way to go.”

There’s no doubt, though, that Coker played better and looked more comfortable as the game progressed. Specifically, after completing 10 of 21 passes for 80 yards in the first half, Coker was 7-of-10 for 78 yards in the second before being pulled.

One of the second-half incompletions was the dropped pass that should have been a touchdown by freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley, and Coker also didn’t get credit for the 13-yard completion to Stewart when left tackle Cam Robinson was flagged for being illegally downfield (although replay clearly showed that he wasn’t past the three-yard limit).

Alabama did a lot of crossing and slant routes and numerous times essentially ran the same plays over and over again with different personnel or with what Saban likes to call “window dressing.”

“We played it pretty tight to the vest today, and I think we probably need to do a little more,” Saban said after the game. “I thought Jake did a good job, and however you look at the stops, you’ve got to look at the drops. That wasn’t really his fault; he made some good throws. There was probably a couple times that he wishes he would have done it a little different, in terms of going to somebody else, and those are the things we need to work out and get better at.”

After reviewing the game film, Saban said there were six dropped passes. Sophomore ArDarius Stewart, junior Chris Black, sophomore Cam Sims and Ridley all had an obvious one, but part of the game plan was to get more players involved.

“We do take it to heart,” Stewart said about the drops.

Still, when Coker talks about improving, he’s mostly referring to things like not going through his progression and locking in on one receiver. A perfect example was the pass intended for O.J. Howard against Ole Miss that was picked off. Coker never took his eyes off the tight end.

On the ULM interception, Henry had just slipped out into open field, and had Coker noticed him, it could have resulted in a big gain. On 3rd-and-3, he tried to force a pass to Ridley for an incompletion. Senior wide receiver Richard Mullaney was open on a crossing route.


  • Alabama converted just two of 13 third-down opportunities against the Warhawks. Coker was 3-of-8 on the down, but only one pass resulted in a first down.
  • Yards after the catch were almost nonexistent. Senior tight end Michael Nysewander, a former walk-on, had 17 on his 19-yard touchdown, and Black had 12 on his 19-yard slant early in the fourth quarter. Those two plays accounted for 29 of Alabama’s 49 unofficial yards after the catch.
  • Coker’s longest completed pass downfield was caught 17 yards from the line of scrimmage on his final touchdown pass, a bootleg to the right during which Coker showed good patience despite a block being missed. Anything longer, and he was 0-of-3 with one interception.

Alabama’s offense, with nine new starters, also had trouble with the blitz, which Georgia has surely noticed, but one thing Coker didn’t attempt in the second half was another deep pass, which can only be taken as a sign of improvement. Despite his arm strength, he has yet to connect on a home run ball, while the receivers haven’t gotten separation or gone up to try to make a play.

“Obviously, we’ve got some young receivers out there playing who have not played much that need to develop more confidence,” Saban said. “I think Calvin Ridley is playing well, and I think ArDarius Stewart can be a really good player for us. We’ve just got to get a little more consistent with what we’re doing, and we’ve got to bring some of the young guys along. Richard has done a good job all year long.”

The key word there is confidence, which only comes through repetition and experience, yet there are two important things to keep in mind regarding the looming showdown in Athens: 

  1. Coker was the one to lead Alabama in its comeback back against Ole Miss, which, like Georgia, has a very good defense.
  2. If everything goes the way Alabama hopes, he won’t have to try to lead the team to a win. Although Saban wants the offense to be as balanced as possible, the Crimson Tide’s trademarks remain a powerful running back and imposing defense.

The coach never wants to have to put the game in the quarterback’s hands.

“The more games that he starts, the more reps that he gets, the confidence level is only going to go up, and I think people are starting to notice that,” Kelly summarized.

“If I know Jake, I know he’s going to be the most well-prepared that he can. The guy studies his [rear] off, and I just know that’s what he’s going to do. He’s going to give us the best chance to win.”


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Christopher Walsh is a lead SEC college football writer. Follow Christopher on Twitter @WritingWalsh.

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B/R CFB Committee: Playoff Predictions Heading into Week 5

Week 4 of the college football season is in the books, and as upsets loom larger, the playoff picture is becoming clearer by the week.

Who is the top team in the country? Which teams will fill the other three spots in the College Football Playoff?

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Barrett Sallee, Adam Kramer and Michael Felder examine the potential playoff scenarios heading into Week 5 in the video above.

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10 Names to Know from the 2016 Elite 11 QB Watch List

Annual Elite 11 action helps college football coaches and recruiting analysts evaluate the country's top quarterback prospects in a competitive environment. These premier high school passers may eventually evolve into stars at the university of their choice and, in some cases, beyond.

The folks at Student Sports released a "watch list" featuring quarterbacks in the 2017 class who've landed on Elite 11's national radar. The collection includes multiple committed athletes, while the vast majority remain undecided about their collegiate destination.

These talented juniors ultimately aim to join a prestigious group of Elite 11 alumni headlined by Andrew Luck, Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford. From an early list of more than 90 names, here's a closer look at 10 compelling quarterbacks who could claim the spotlight next summer at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

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College Football's Most Important Offers of the Week

While Georgia is focused on trying to capture its first SEC title since 2005, head coach Mark Richt and his staff are also busy trying to reel in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.

The Bulldogs currently sit at No. 7 in the 247Sports team rankings, but they are involved with a handful of high-profile prospects heading into the final months before signing day.

One player who has emerged on the Bulldogs' radar is 4-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons—who earned an offer from Georgia last week.

According to Kipp Adams of Dawgs247, Simmons is in the process of setting up a visit to Athens.

"It was a blessing and an honor to get an offer from Georgia," Simmons told Adams. "I spoke to [offensive line] Coach Rob Sale this morning, and he said he wants to get me on campus to see what Georgia is all about."

Simmons, who is the nation’s No. 3 strong-side defensive end and No. 38 player overall, is also the top-rated prospect from the Magnolia State.

Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are among the other programs in the running for the 6’4”, 262-pounder. 

However, with the Bulldogs in the picture and potentially getting a visit from him soon, the path of his recruitment could change in the coming months.


Irish, 'Canes Offer Rising 2017 ATH 

Notre Dame and Michigan may have halted their rivalry on the field, but it is very much alive on the recruiting trail.

Last week, the Irish went into the Wolverines backyard and offered 2017 athlete Antjuan Simmons.

The 6’1”, 205-pounder—who also received an offer from Miami last week—admits the offer from Notre Dame is one that caught his attention.

"It’s hard to explain," Simmons told Bleacher Report. "It’s a great program to be in and to be around. It’s a blessing for me just to have an offer from that program. The tradition, their academics and the football program, everything is top of the line there."

Simmons was on hand for Notre Dame’s win over UMass last weekend, and the Irish are working to build a strong bond with him moving forward.


Michigan State After 2017 QB

One of the top quarterback prospects in the 2017 class is 4-star Georgia passer Davis Mills.

Last week, his offer list expanded when Big Ten power Michigan State extended an offer to the 6’3”, 189-pound metro Atlanta product.

Mills, who threw for 2,267 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore, now has 21 offers to his credit.

Miami, Michigan, Stanford and UCLA are among the other schools who have offered Mills, but the Spartans are hoping to make a push for the nation’s No. 5 pro-style quarterback and No. 88 player overall in the 2017 cycle.


UCLA Offers Pair of 2017 Stud WRs

Under head coach Jim Mora Jr., UCLA has steadily gained momentum as a force on the recruiting trail.

Last week, the Bruins offered a pair of dynamic wide receivers in 5-star Tyjon Lindsey and 4-star Osiris St. Brown.

Lindsey is the nation’s No. 3 wideout and No. 19 player overall in the 2017 class. Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC are among the other schools involved with him.

Meanwhile, St. Brown—whose older brother Equanimeous is a freshman receiver at Notre Dame—already holds an offer from the Irish as well as other programs such as Miami, Michigan and Michigan State.


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Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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SEC Football: All-Conference Team for September

It seems like only yesterday when the assembled members of the media voted on the predicted order of finish for the 2015 SEC season at media days in Hoover, Alabama.

Yet here we are with four weeks in the books and the month of October looming this weekend. 

Several stars broke out during the first month of the season, many of whom came seemingly out of nowhere.

We pick the SEC's September all-conference team based on performance during the first month of the season in this slideshow.

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Florida Football: Can the Gators Hold on to Big Recruiting Momentum?

Last weekend’s thrilling win over Tennessee did more than just help Florida improve to 4-0.

Included among the 88,000-plus spectators inside the Swamp last Saturday were a throng of stud recruits—many of whom were getting their first look at the Gators under first-year head coach Jim McElwain.

Two touchdowns scored in the game’s final five minutes propelled the Gators to an improbable 28-27 win over the Vols—and turned the energy level inside the Swamp to a level last reached in the Urban Meyer era in Gainesville.

Now, as GatorBait’s Luke Stampini reports, the Gators are trending with several elite prospects—including 5-star defensive end Shavar Manuel, 5-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, 5-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers and 4-star defensive end Antonneous Clayton

“You can basically say ‘Go Gators’ right now,” Manuel told Stampini after the game. “It was fantastic. I enjoyed myself, man, from the time I got in to now leaving. I had a blast tonight, I really did.”

That sentiment was popular among the recruits in attendance, but can the Gators hold on to this momentum moving forward with a number of their top targets?

It’s possible, but there’s a lot of work to be done before labeling the Gators a lock to land a top-10 class in February.

As great as the win over Tennessee was, it’s simply a good first step in the right direction for McElwain and his staff.

Considering that Florida is preparing for a four-game stretch that includes games against Ole Miss, Missouri, LSU and Georgia—with the last three of those coming away from home—the big picture of the Gators program has the potential to look a lot different in a month.

With that said, recruits and fans alike have reason to be optimistic for the future under McElwain.

Given that McElwain’s background is on offense, the Gators' attack already seems to be leaps and bounds ahead of where it was a year ago.

Recruits are also likely to notice the performances of young talents such as redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier and true freshman receiver Antonio Callaway—who connected for a game-winning, 63-yard touchdown strike. 

The defense looks poised to still be one of the nation’s best under new defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.

Given the foundation he and his staff were able to build with top 2016 and 2017 targets during the spring and summer, the Gators are in position to capitalize in a big way over the next few months.

Wins like the one over Tennessee will only help foster the belief among recruits that Florida is on its way back toward the upper echelon of the SEC.


Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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7-Step Drop: Highly Paid College Football Coaches Feeling the Heat

As I was settling into the press box at Arizona Stadium prior to UCLA’s dismantling of the Wildcats on Saturday, I couldn’t help but pull up the Florida/Tennessee game on my laptop to see what was happening.


Like many around the country, I saw the Volunteers go up 26-14 with touchdown with just a few ticks over 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and assumed the game was over. Congrats to the Vols on finally turning the corner and ending the losing streak against the Gators.


Of course, that didn’t happen.


Curiously, although there was certainly a lot of time left, I was a little confused as to why Butch Jones opted to kick the extra point to make it 27-14 instead of going for two in this scenario. Yes there was a lot of time on the clock but that’s precisely why there was little downside in pushing the lead to a full two touchdowns instead of keeping things at a 13 point margin.


Naturally the decision came back to bite the Vols in the rear end as they allowed Florida to march down the field on the next possession, proceeded to go three and out, and then gave up the game winner on a wild 4th and 14 pass from Will Grier to Antonio Callaway that was about as big of a gut punch as you could get.


Even UF coach Jim McElwain was somewhat incredulous that his team had won based on comments after the game. Tennessee fans, no doubt, were in the same state of shock.


When you include the missed opportunity to go for two and the atrocious clock management and organization on the final drive, one can understand how Jones moved from hero to goat for the Vols fan base in about a half hour. The Florida game represented the second blown fourth quarter lead of the year after a big missed opportunity against Oklahoma and certainly turned up the heat on the supposed turnaround in Knoxville.


Both losses sit squarely on the shoulders of Jones at this point and call into question all of the momentum he had created by turning into an orange-clad bricklayer on signing day. Nobody wins games in February, you have to get things done in the fall.


For all the positive rhetoric around the Vols program recently, it still appears they can’t escape floating around .500 like they have been dating back to the end of the Phillip Fulmer era. That’s on Jones to get things done when the bullets start flying and is looking increasingly likely that this simply isn’t the team that was expected to make a big jump and contend in the SEC East.


While the pressure on Jones has been cranked up about 100-fold following Saturday’s loss, he’s not the only high-priced head coach in college football to be feeling the heat from the fans and the media. Heck, one doesn’t have to leave the league to find a collection of supposedly top-notch coaches who are struggling so far in 2015 despite lofty salaries.


Just a few miles to the West of Knoxville lies Bret Bielema, the biggest talker in college football coaching who just seems to not be able to cash any checks with the Razorbacks a very disappointing 1-3 on the year and an uphill climb to bowl eligibility following an overtime loss to Texas A&M that also included blowing a fourth quarter lead.


Correspondingly, one preseason storyline that came up a quite a bit around the time of SEC Media Days was the fact that some SEC West school would be paying their head coach $4 million-plus to finish last in the division. As we enter Week 5, few would be surprised if it was the coach who was also picked to win the league in Auburn’s Gus Malzahn.


The Tigers fell to 0-2 in the SEC after a 17-9 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday that further cemented their status as the country’s most disappointing team following preseason hype of reaching the College Football Playoff. Despite limiting the Bulldogs to 56 yards rushing (a vast improvement over the LSU game) and holding onto the ball for over 36 minutes, the quarterback change to Sean White produced just three field goals on offense in another anemic outing.


Malzahn has proven himself to be a good head coach in engineering a remarkable turnaround that ended just short of a national title but it seems we were all sold a bill of goods about the Tigers in 2015. And, let’s face it, it’s hard to pin the blame on anybody but the head coach when so many things go wrong early in the season.


The good news, if there is any, is that Malzahn is not alone. In the SEC alone, six head coaches are making over $3 million a year and are currently sitting at 0-1 or 0-2 in the league. Expand that further to include those like Arizona State’s Todd Graham, Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, and Oregon’s Mark Helfrich, and one gets the pictures that there are more than a host of highly paid coaches who are very much under fire by their fan bases.

Considering we’ve just wrapped up Week 4, that’s not exactly an encouraging sign for a number of teams.


Stats of the Week


- Crazy note from TCU: since 1980, Gary Patterson leads all college football coaches with the most 12-game winning streaks (6), breaking a tie with Bobby Bowden.


- TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson set or tied school records against Texas Tech with 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Doctson became the first Horned Frog with at least 10 receptions in a game since… his quarterback on Saturday, Trevone Boykin, had 11 catches against West Virginia in 2013.


- LSU noted that Leonard Fournette became the first player in LSU history to run for 200+ yards in two consecutive games.


-  Oregon’s 42-point loss to Utah is the worst for the Ducks since 2003 and the most points (62) they’ve given up since 1985.


- Penn State played San Diego State for the first time on Saturday, which according to the school, was the 155th different program the Nittany Lions have ever played. They have an 11 game win streak going against teams they’ve faced for the first time.


- USC has scored a touchdown in the first quarter in 18 straight games, longest streak in the nation.


- Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore threw for an American Athletic Conference-record 557 yards against Memphis… despite not starting and coming into the game to replace the injured  Gunner Kiel.


- East Carolina has won five straight against ACC teams.


- SMU after four weeks of 2015 has scored more points than they did all of last season.


- Tennessee’s lone win against conference rivals Florida, Georgia and Alabama since Phillip Fulmer left? It came courtesy of Lane Kiffin in his single season in Knoxville against the Bulldogs in 2009.

Per @ESPNStatsInfo, Kansas now owns the longest road losing streak since the FBS/FCS split in 1978 with 31 straight defeats

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 27, 2015

Painful #Vols fact. This season, teams are 188-3 when leading by at least 13 points in 4th Qtr. 2 of those 3 losses belong to Tennessee.

— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) September 26, 2015

Quote of the Week


"Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said after Utah dismantled the Ducks 62-20.


Tweet of the Week

Steve Sarkisian's insight was spot on at Salute to Troy: Arizona State sucks #USC

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 27, 2015

Play of the Week

It's a stunner for @GatorsFB! Florida pulls off a shocker in the @BestBuy highlight. http://t.co/hwLfhLUaSG

— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) September 26, 2015

Sound from Saturday


Pre-Snap Reads 

Notre Dame at Clemson

 Is this the game the injuries finally catch up to the Irish? On the road against a tough defense and a quality quarterback, it just might be. Tigers signal-caller Deshaun Watson hasn’t looked the sharpest so far this year but he could help out those that picked him to finish high in the Heisman voting with a breakout performance against a tough Notre Dame defense. 

Alabama at Georgia 

We’ve seen flashes from Georgia this season but there’s still not enough good opponents on the schedule so far to say they’re truly in the national title race until they can come through with a win against one of the boys in the SEC. Alabama will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start to league play and will be plenty motivated. Between the hedges anything can happen, including a Crimson Tide win.

West Virginia at Oklahoma

Easy candidate for most surprising unit of the year? It might be West Virginia’s defense, which suddenly looks like the best in the Big 12 even when you factor in their non-conference opponents. They’ll have their hands full with Baker Mayfield and the Sooners on the road but the good news is the offense should be able to help out and move the ball against a suspect unit on the home sideline. Since this is in Norman though, Bob Stoops should be able to squeak out a nice conference victory.

All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise noted. You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.

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