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GameDay crew talks Katy Perry, corn dogs and Les Miles-to-Michigan

Chris Fowler was confused when Katy Perry brought out that plate of corn dogs a few weeks ago, Desmond Howard side-stepped questions about Les Miles-to-Michigan and David Pollack called Tiger Stadium the best atmosphere in college football.

These are some of the nuggets during an hour-long interview session with a few members of ESPN’s College GameDay crew. GameDay will shoot live Saturday morning from LSU’s Parade Grounds.

Here are other nuggets from our chat with the GameDay crew:

Former Georgia linebacker David Pollack recalled Georgia’s 2003 IMG_2084game at Tiger Stadium, a wild and rowdy clash between two top-15 teams that resulted in a 17-10 LSU win.

Stupid environment. Unbelievable. I remember the fans. Remember driving in on the buses and getting flipped off by people. I remember coming into the stadium or locker room and the tiger being right outside and scaring the bejesus out of you. I remember the student section being packed when you get out there and they chant really nice things to you and I remember losing, which is the worst part of it.

I’ve said it, not just because I’m here, I think it’s the best atmosphere in college football. I think it’s the toughest. The fans are the rowdiest. It’s freaking awesome.”

And, now, to corn dogs. Katy Perry’s corn dog stunt a few weeks ago hqdefaultriled up LSU’s fan base. The GameDay crew didn’t understand the reference to the corn dogs. Fowler said he was “confused” and that Perry asked for several props the night before – one being a plate of corn dogs.

I had never heard of the corn dog thing. No one on our set had ever heard of the corn dog thing. Somebody coached her up. Her manager is an Ole Miss fan, had given her a plate of corn dogs. She asked for a large list of props on Friday and one of them was a plate of corn dog. We had no idea why. She showed us why.

I don’t get it. Never smells like corn dogs to me when I come around here. Smells like good food … and Bourbon.

Fowler was a young sideline reporter at LSU’s game against Auburn in 1988 - the Earthquake Game. 

They had been held scoreless the entire game and finally were able to wear out Auburn’s defense, get that touchdown. The bottles came flying out of the stands and the earth shook. That was a fun game to be a sideline reporter. It was unforgettable. Every time I walk back into Tiger Stadium, I have memories like that.

Michigan is heading toward a third straight mediocre season under fourth-year coach Brady Hoke. Les Miles, a former Michigan player and coach has been a candidate for the Wolverines job in the past. Could he be again?dt.common.streams.StreamServer

Desmond Howard, a former Heisman-winning receiver at Michigan, was asked that question: “I don’t know,” he said. Later, he was asked how Michigan could be fixed.

Fix the offensive line. That’s where you start. You got to win in the trenches in the Big Ten. Big Ten I would consider a physical conference. Some of the best coaches in your conference, in the SEC, are Big Ten coaches or former Big Ten coaches and they’ve brought Big Ten style of football to the SEC. Alabama, Nick Saban, big, nasty offensive linemen. Nice, heavy 225-pound running back. Same thing with LSU.

At their heart is being a physical team up front, winning the battle in the trenches and control the ball with the running game. That’s the first thing I’d try to fix. To me, that’s the type of style they play in that conference.

Fowler said GameDay plans on Saturday plays to feature more of LSU’s tailgating scene than the show has done in the past.

We’re going to focus on the preparations, the food, more tomorrow than we ever have. We’ve never really done it right, focusing on the tailgate delicacies. We’ve got a few things planned. We’ve got a great chef there right by the set.

This is the third time in four weeks that GameDay has originated IMG_2081from an SEC West schools. Is the show biased to the SEC West? Nah, just to good football, Fowler said.

We get accused by non-SEC fans of  being biased of this conference. We’re biased for good football and we’re biased for highly ranked teams. We find ourselves in the SEC West a lot to the dismay of people elsewhere. This is the logical game to be at this week. If Ole Miss wins this game, the logical place to be next week would be Auburn at Ole Miss unless Auburn stumbles.

Pollack gave a breakdown of the Ole Miss-LSU game, citing weaknesses for both and strengths.

The weakness for LSU is their defensive front seven is not as talented as it used to be. Well, Ole Miss’ front is not the greatest either. Their offensive line, I think, is their weakness on weakness and strength on strength. Their wide receiving corps is really good with Laquon Treadwell, but LSU still has got some DBs. Don’t get twisted. They can still cover. I think that’s the matchup on defense.

When LSU has the ball, I vividly remember the last drive watching Bama versus Ole Miss. They ran the ball almost every single play, ran it left almost every single play, drive down, score a touchdown. And I think LSU’s offensive line is better than Bama’s. Can they make holes?

Ole Miss is a little small on the defensive line but they’re hyper-active as can be. They’re tough. They fly around and play pretty hard. The passing game… can you get anything from LSU? Some kind of balance, big plays.

As a former Georgia great, Pollack takes the most flack from the Bulldogs’ fan base during his GameDay picks and comments. He’s OK with that, though.

I’m a traitor. I’m a turncoat. I get it worse from them than any fan base. It’s funny, because when I pick Georgia I’m a homer and when I pick against them I’m a traitor. My philosophy, I want to be right.

I get blasted back home, but, again, it’s fun.

 

Jalen Rose would like to see Les Miles back at Michigan

Former Michigan basketball star and current ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose was the subject of a lengthy Q and A on SI.com this week. While most of the questions centered on basketball, SI.com writer Richard Dietsch asked Rose about the embattled athletic director (Dave Brandon) and football coach (Brady Hoke) at alma mater. Rose brought up the name of another prominent Michigan alum, LSU coach Les Miles:

You follow the Michigan athletic program closely. Where do you stand on Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon?

First, I love Dave Brandon and I don’t think there will be any change at his position. I think the one thing that happened with Dave is when you come into a scenario like he did, and you are really successful at business and you have shown you can be a terrific leader, sometimes there is the little guy who feels like he has been pushed over and in Ann Arbor, those are the students. They are upset about their seats being moved. Protesting in front of the President’s house is never good. I think he deserves the opportunity to keep his job and I hope he continues to have his job, but things [mistakes] have to be acknowledged. For Brady Hoke, I can’t remember in my lifetime where the fans of the University of Michigan’s football team have been so down on the product they are seeing every Saturday. Because of that, I don’t see how he can be able to keep his job after this year. If there is a change — and I never root for any person to get fired — Les Miles. While the people in Baton Rouge appreciate everything he has done, they don’t seem like they have that new car smell with him anymore. 

“They don’t seem like they have that new car smell with him anymore.” Rose may have done a better job than anyone ever has of defining the LSU fan base’s prevailing feelings about Miles.

 

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Ole Miss

There probably isn’t another LSU rivalry that contains more memorable games that the Tigers’ series against Ole Miss. In fact, five isn’t the problem. The problem is keeping the list to just five:

Oct. 31, 1959 – LSU 7, Ole Miss 3: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Ole Miss was the game of the 20th century for the Tigers and Rebels. Billy Cannon’s 89-yard punt return is the most legendary single moment in LSU football history, but it would have been a mere footnote if Cannon and Warren Rabb hadn’t stopped Doug Elmore on a quarterback sneak in the closing seconds.

Nov. 1, 1969 – Ole Miss 26, LSU 23: Archie Manning passed and scrambled the Rebels to a second-straight three-point win over the Tigers, costing LSU a perfect season. The 9-1 Tigers eventually chose to stay home after the Cotton Bowl picked Notre Dame to face No. 1 Texas.

Dec. 5, 1970 – LSU 61, Ole Miss 17: As oranges rained down, the Tigers clinched their only SEC title under coach Charlie McClendon. Tommy Casanova returned two punts for scores, Craig Burns another, as the Tigers clinched an Orange Bowl bid. This was the last LSU-Ole Miss battle of ranked teams in Tiger Stadium before Saturday’s game.

Nov. 4, 1972 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 16: “Entering Louisiana,” read a sign put up on the Louisiana-Mississippi state line after this game. “Set your watch back four seconds.” Bert Jones some how got off two passes in the final four seconds, the second to Brad Davis for a 10-yard TD as time expired. Rusty Jackson’s PAT left the Rebels singing the “One Second Blues.”

Nov. 22, 2003 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 14: In a game in which the SEC West and the Tigers’ national title hopes were at stake, Matt Mauck threw a pick six on LSU’s first offensive play, before the Tigers rallied for a three-point lead. With 1:50 left, Ole Miss faced fourth-and-10 at its 42 when defensive tackle Chad Lavalais shoved left guard Doug Buckles backward, tripping up quarterback Eli Manning to end the Rebels’ last threat.

 

LSU bowl projections: Week 8

A two-game winning streak has opinions about LSU football – and its bowl prospects – trending up again.

The Tigers backed up a wild 30-27 win at Florida with a 41-3 rout of Kentucky last Saturday to run LSU’s record to 6-2 overall, 2-2 in SEC play and push the Tigers back into the top 25 at No. 24.

Six of 12 national bowl predictions have the Tigers aimed at the Taxslayer Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida. But one pick from USAToday.com has LSU returning to the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to face season-opening foe Wisconsin.

Two picks have LSU in the Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29 in Houston), two in the Belk Bowl (Dec. 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina) and another in the Texas Bowl (Dec. 29 in Houston).

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

After teams are selected for the six CFP bowls and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (formerly Capital One Bowl) makes its pick, the SEC will slot its remaining bowl-eligible teams into the bowls with which the conference has ties.

The first CFP rankings will be released Oct. 28.

The win over Kentucky made LSU bowl eligible for the 15th straight season since 2000, extending an ongoing school record. Before this current run, the Tigers had never made more than five straight bowl appearances.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • David Ching (LSU and SEC blogger) and Adam Rittenberg (Big Ten blogger): Taxslayer Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Rutgers
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Liberty Bowl vs. Baylor
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Iowa
  • USAToday.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

Don’t see the likelihood of LSU making a second straight trip to the Outback Bowl, especially for a rematch from the season opener with Wisconsin. Only slightly more likely is a trip back to Houston for the Texas Bowl.

If the Tigers could somehow win out and finish 10-2, they would likely earn one of the six CFP bowl berths, but with two top-10 opponents and two tough road games left, no one is predicting that.

If LSU could split its last four games to finish 8-4, the Taxslayer Bowl continues to look like a more and more likely choice. It’s a bowl that LSU hasn’t been to since 1987 and typically takes teams with less-than-stellar records, though.

But this is new ground with the CFP and SEC making almost all of the picks. What seems likely today could be way off base by the time bowl matchups are solidified on Dec. 7.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Outback Bowl, Jan. 1, Tampa
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

 

LSU in the NFL: Week 7

Here’s the complete list of LSU players on NFL rosters through Week 7:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 4, Status/stats, Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St., Louis, Rams, OT, Season: started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W7: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W7: 4 rec., 34 yds., 2 TDs, 1 rush, 13 yds., Season: 10-106 receiving, 3 TDs, 1-13 rushing

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W7: 5-14 rushing, 1-11 receiving, Season: 47-179 rushing, 4-37 receiving, blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, St. Louis Rams, WR, W7: Signed to practice squad

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W7: 5-84 receiving, Season: 19-279

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W7: 2 tackles, 1 PBU, Season: 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 PBU

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 5 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Injured reserve, Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 39 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU

Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco 49ers, DT, Injured reserve/Designated to return list

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 9 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W7: 0-2 passing, Season: 3-7, 22 yds., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W7: 4-15 rushing, Season: 40-170 rushing, 3 TDs, 9-83 receiving

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, TampaBay Buccaneers, WR/RS, W7: Signed by TampaBay Buccaneers

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W7: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QBH; Season: 15 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W7: Inactive, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W7: Bye, Season: 24 punts, 44.0 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W7: 4-55 receiving, Season: 19-337 receiving, 3 TDs

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W7: 4-46 receiving, 2 KR, 55 yds., 1 PR, 22 yds., Season: 22-232 receiving, 1 TD, 2 tackles, 16 KR, 433 yds., 11 PR, 73 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5-8: suspended, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W7: Bye, Season: 24 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W7: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR, 1 tackle

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W7: did not play, Season: 2-5, 17 passing, 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W7: 3 tackles, Season: 15 tackles

Kevin,Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W7: 3 tackles, Season: 16 tackles, 1 TFL

Sam, Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W7: pactice squad, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 16 tackles, 1, PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W7: 6-74 receiving, Season: 34-321 receiving, 3 TDs

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W7: no stats, Season: 13 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, Placed on Injured Reserve, Season: 94-340 rushing, 2 TDs, 4-20 receiving

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington, Redskins, LB, W7: Inactive, Season: 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFl

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W7: Bye, Season: 2-30 receiving, 6 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W7: no stats, Season: 5 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, Season: started all games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, Season: started all games

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo, Bills, DT, W7: 5 tackles, 1 QBH, Season: 16 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W7: 4 punts, 44.0 average, Season: 33 punts, 44.1 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 12 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W7: No stats, Season: 1-24 receiving, 1 tackle

On NFL roster in 2014, but not currently 

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, n/a, LB, P3: Waived by Titans

J.C. Copeland, 2010-13, n/a, FB, P4: Released by Cowboys

Chris Faulk, 2010-12, n/a, OL, Waived by Browns on July 29

Michael Ford, 2009-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Bears

Drake Nevis, 2007-10, n/a, DT, Waived by Panthers on Aug. 30

Craig Steltz, 2004-07, n/a, S, P3: Released by Bears

Curtis Taylor, 2004-08, n/a, S, P4: Waived by Cardinals on Aug. 30

Spencer Ware, 2010-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Seahawks on Aug. 30

Keiland Williams, 2006-09, n/a, RB, free agent

 

Twitter Mailbag: Growth of a QB; Running it on Ole Miss; The betting line

Leonard Fournette and LSU's run game is needed against Ole Miss. (Travis Spradling)

Leonard Fournette and LSU’s run game is needed against Ole Miss. (Travis Spradling)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

These two teams are drastically different – Ole Miss and Kentucky. The Rebels are No. 3 in the nation, and some folks believe they’re the best in the land. Kentucky had an impressive start to the season, but what kind of start would it have been had they not been named “Kentucky”?

LSU is on a bit of a hot spurt here. A dramatic SEC road win at Florida and a pounding home win over Kentucky has the Tigers feeling good heading into the duel against Ole Miss. Don’t expect another 38-point win, but LSU’s momentum might be enough to carry it to a victory as an underdog in Tiger Stadium – a rarity.

Not exactly sure what you mean by “classify,” but QB growth is something we haven’t quite seen – at least consistent growth. Anthony Jennings had, maybe, the best game against a power five conference team at Florida, but he followed it with a struggling performance against Kentucky.

Jennings had trouble with accuracy – even the short passes. Terrence Magee needed a one-handed catch to haul in a pass a yard behind him, and Jennings overthrew a would-be touchdown to FB Connor Neighbors.

So what needs to happen? I’m not sure. LSU has, as you mentioned, just four games remaining this season and all against SEC teams. The tinkering part of the schedule is over. Gotta play the hand you’re dealt. LSU coaches have lately given Jennings some easy, high-percentage passes to the running backs. Look for that to continue.

Bet your bottom dollar on that. No matter who the opponent and what the game, LSU will run the football. When they’re done running it, they’ll run it again. And guess what after that?

LSU runs the football more than any other team in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers run 68 percent of the time. Just three other SEC teams run more than 60 percent of the time. If there’s anything LSU will do against an Ole Miss team leading the nation in interceptions, it’s run the ball.

Next question.

Tennessee had zero rushing yards in a 34-3 loss to the Rebels in Oxford last week. That’s disheartening for LSU fans. Ole Miss ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense, averaging less than 100 yards on the ground game, and LSU is 120th nationally in pass attempts a game.

This is a key matchup in the game: Can LSU’s ground-and-pound offense have success against an Ole Miss defense that does everything well, namely stopping the run? Les Miles and Co. will try to run it no matter what – no doubt about that.

Well, sure, but will LSU coaches allow it? As a betting man, I’d say no. LSU will try to control the clock, pound the ball and play good defense. The Tigers will hope to rattle Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace and force turnovers. LSU’s best defense might be the best offense in this one.

LSU isn’t gonna all of the sudden chunk the ball around just because an opponent’s front seven is good. Don’t expect that to happen. Jennings hasn’t thrown more than 26 passes this season – and that was in a game LSU trailed 17-0 early.

I’d expect most of them to stay, and I haven’t heard any rumblings of anyone leaving, though that always happens.

Here’s something you might not know: LSU is 45-4 in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium under coach Les Miles. That explains part of the low spread for the Rebels.

Remember, too, that Ole Miss was an underdog at Texas A&M. Basically, Vegas isn’t sold on the Rebels just yet, despite their 7-0 record.

This is such a broad question, I don’t know where to start. I’ll say this though: I’d be surprised if Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris were both here in 2016.

Sione Teuhema. I know, crazy right? Teuhema is a true freshman defensive end who sees limited snaps, but they’re big ones. LSU has a new package featuring Teuhema at defensive tackle in the Mustang, the Tigers’ six DB unit with three defensive linemen.

LSU got QB pressure against Kentucky, in part because of Teuhema’s inside pressure. Watch out for him against Ole Miss.

It won’t be easy, but it’s been done before. Louisiana-Lafayette and Alabama both ran for more than 165 yards against Ole Miss. The Tigers might need to run for 200-plus against the Rebels to get the win. That’d be unprecedented this season.

How I Voted: Week 8

QB Jameis Winston and Florida State remained undefeated with a win over Notre Dame. (AP)

QB Jameis Winston and Florida State remained undefeated with a win over Notre Dame. (AP)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking.

1. Mississippi State

2. Florida State (UP 1)

3. Ole Miss (DOWN 1)

4. Alabama (UP 4)

5. Auburn (UP 2)

6. Georgia

7. Oregon (UP 5)

8. Notre Dame DOWN 3)

9. Kansas State (UP 5)

10. Michigan State (DOWN 1)

11. Ohio State 

12. Baylor (DOWN 8)

13. TCU 

14. Nebraska (UP 1)

15. Arizona State (UP 2)

16. Southern Cal (UP 2)

17. Arizona (UP 2)

18. Duke (UP 3)

19. Utah (UP 3)

20. Oklahoma (DOWN 10)

21. East Carolina (DOWN 1)

22. Clemson (UP 1)

23. LSU (NR)

24. West Virginia (NR)

25. Marshall

  • Others considered: Minnesota, Maryland, Louisville, UCLA, Missouri, Colorado State.
  • Biggest jump: Kansas State and Oregon both moved up five spots. The Wildcats won at Oklahoma, and the Ducks beat Washington.
  • Biggest fall: Oklahoma, after that home loss to K-State, fell 10 spots to No. 20.
  • Questionable move: TCU beat then-No. 16 Oklahoma State in resounding fashion (42-9), but we didn’t move the Horned Frogs at all. It’s tough.
  • Newbies: LSU (23), West Virginia (24)
  • Dropped out: Oklahoma state (16), Rutgers (24)