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Who won the Notre Dame game today?

No. 8 Notre Dame survived a massive scare from upset-minded Toledo on Saturday afternoon in South Bend in a 32-29 win. CBSSports.comNotre Dame vs. Toledo score: Fighting Irish overcome turnovers and late scare to survive and advance

Play of the Week: Georgia Week 4, Florida Week 3

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Tom Murphy explains his AP Top 25 ballot

WholeHogSports 13 September, 2021 - 02:20am

Did I rank the Arkansas Razorbacks? Yes.

Snuff a top-15 team as handily as the Razorbacks disposed of No. 15 Texas in a rivalry matchup and you reap the benefits of some poll votes. That 40-21 final could’ve been even more lopsided if not for Texas’ red zone defense.

Arkansas was one of three newcomers in my poll, along with Pittsburgh and Michigan, who are all 2-0. I’d rather rank 2-0 teams in the final segment of the poll than 1-1 teams, but I do have 1-1 Wisconsin, Iowa State and North Carolina among the final six spots this week.

SEC powers Alabama and Georgia remained solid in the first two slots on my ballot after overpowering performances. Oklahoma jumped up to No. 3 after shaking off its uneven performance against Tulane with a blasting of Western Carolina.

Oregon didn’t look super smooth in its opener, either, and look what the Ducks did. Their 35-28 upset on the road at Ohio State meant a jump to No 6 for me, and the thought of ranking the Ducks even higher, and a fall to No. 12 for the Buckeyes.

I think there’s a lot of proving to do for the rest of the top 10, including Clemson, which notched a blowout win after its defensive slugfest against Georgia and is No. 7 on my ballot. The same could be said for Cincinnati and Florida, which have been cruising against over-manned opponents.

Iowa’s road win at Iowa State meant a spot at No. 8. Texas A&M clearly has some offensive issues, so the Aggies’ skin-of-their-teeth win at Colorado led to a fall to No. 9.

What is going on with Notre Dame? Now that Florida State has also fallen to Jacksonville State, perhaps that cheapens the Irish’s overtime win in Tallahassee? Notre Dame edged Akron on Saturday but has greater challenges ahead.

BYU’s big rivalry win over No. 21 Utah led to a hop of three spots to No. 16 for me.

Stanford also thumped a top-15 team in No. 14 Southern Cal, on the road no less, but the Cardinal lost in Week 1, so they have a little more work to do to make my ballot.

Also in strong consideration for me: TCU, UCF, Michigan State, Boston College, Virginia, Baylor, Liberty, Nevada and a few others.

Dropped out: Texas, Utah, North Carolina State

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Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.

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Tom Murphy explains his AP Top 25 ballot

CBSSports.com 13 September, 2021 - 02:20am

Did I rank the Arkansas Razorbacks? Yes.

Snuff a top-15 team as handily as the Razorbacks disposed of No. 15 Texas in a rivalry matchup and you reap the benefits of some poll votes. That 40-21 final could’ve been even more lopsided if not for Texas’ red zone defense.

Arkansas was one of three newcomers in my poll, along with Pittsburgh and Michigan, who are all 2-0. I’d rather rank 2-0 teams in the final segment of the poll than 1-1 teams, but I do have 1-1 Wisconsin, Iowa State and North Carolina among the final six spots this week.

SEC powers Alabama and Georgia remained solid in the first two slots on my ballot after overpowering performances. Oklahoma jumped up to No. 3 after shaking off its uneven performance against Tulane with a blasting of Western Carolina.

Oregon didn’t look super smooth in its opener, either, and look what the Ducks did. Their 35-28 upset on the road at Ohio State meant a jump to No 6 for me, and the thought of ranking the Ducks even higher, and a fall to No. 12 for the Buckeyes.

I think there’s a lot of proving to do for the rest of the top 10, including Clemson, which notched a blowout win after its defensive slugfest against Georgia and is No. 7 on my ballot. The same could be said for Cincinnati and Florida, which have been cruising against over-manned opponents.

Iowa’s road win at Iowa State meant a spot at No. 8. Texas A&M clearly has some offensive issues, so the Aggies’ skin-of-their-teeth win at Colorado led to a fall to No. 9.

What is going on with Notre Dame? Now that Florida State has also fallen to Jacksonville State, perhaps that cheapens the Irish’s overtime win in Tallahassee? Notre Dame edged Akron on Saturday but has greater challenges ahead.

BYU’s big rivalry win over No. 21 Utah led to a hop of three spots to No. 16 for me.

Stanford also thumped a top-15 team in No. 14 Southern Cal, on the road no less, but the Cardinal lost in Week 1, so they have a little more work to do to make my ballot.

Also in strong consideration for me: TCU, UCF, Michigan State, Boston College, Virginia, Baylor, Liberty, Nevada and a few others.

Dropped out: Texas, Utah, North Carolina State

Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.

Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.

Hayden Henry was named the Walter Camp Foundation national defensive player of ...

Better to build on a dream with a theme than a scheme.

Nine months after Steve Sarkasian helped Alabama beat Arkansas 52-3 as the ...

Sam Pittman’s earliest jobs included construction work and raising hogs with his ...

Fayetteville linebacker Mani Powell’s physical style of play was on full display ...

Hayden Henry was named the Walter Camp Foundation national defensive player of ...

Better to build on a dream with a theme than a scheme.

Nine months after Steve Sarkasian helped Alabama beat Arkansas 52-3 as the ...

Sam Pittman’s earliest jobs included construction work and raising hogs with his ...

Fayetteville linebacker Mani Powell’s physical style of play was on full display ...

Hayden Henry was named the Walter Camp Foundation national defensive player of ...

Better to build on a dream with a theme than a scheme.

Nine months after Steve Sarkasian helped Alabama beat Arkansas 52-3 as the ...

Sam Pittman’s earliest jobs included construction work and raising hogs with his ...

Arkansas linebacker Hayden Henry was awarded Sunday following the best performance of ...

Florida Gators Move Up Two Spots to No. 11 In AP Top 25

CalBearsMaven 12 September, 2021 - 02:58pm

The completion of the second weekend of the college football season brings an update of the AP Top 25 rankings.

This week, the Florida Gators received a bump up in the rankings, moving up two spots to No. 11 in the second poll of the 2021 season.

Following a 42-20 rout of USF in Tampa this past Saturday, the Gators jumped Iowa State and Notre Dame due to their respective struggles.

Florida is will take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in The Swamp on Saturday at 3:30 with a chance to catapult themselves into the top ten with an upset victory. With question marks surround the Gators quarterback position, Florida enters the matchup as a 13.5-point underdog to the Tide.

You can find the top 25 rankings in their entirety below, with previous rankings in parenthesis.

Gators move up two spots in AP Top 25 Poll

247Sports 12 September, 2021 - 08:39am

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The Gators continue to develop their roster as they head into this young season and in the early going there is somewhat of a quarterback controversy with upstart Anthony Richardson playing out of his mind so far this season and forcing head coach Dan Mullen into some tough questions and answers about Richardson and starter Emory Jones.

“It'll bore you actually, but I mean we're pretty lucky,” Mullen started Saturday after the win over USF. “We have two quarterbacks that are pretty talented guys, can make plays happen out there on the field. But there's a lot of things. You got to read, there's a lot that the quarterback has to do, a lot of different reads that are out there on the field, so if that makes sense, I mean a lot. And you're like, 'oh what a spectacular run.' The long touchdown was a great read. He read it properly, broke a tackle, scored a touchdown...”

Richardson supposedly doesn’t know the playbook like Jones does, but he continues to make spectacular plays on the field that the fans see with their own eyes.

“I have great appreciation, our fans, have great appreciation of, you know, watching things and watching great athletes out there on the field,” Mullen continued. “And great guys make great plays out there on the field. We're pretty fortunate, we have two quarterbacks right now that can make great plays out there on the field, play both of them. Both of them, I thought were pretty efficient in the first half. Both of them were so-so at times with different situations in the second half with things that go on. You know, it's a long season and we have young quarterbacks that I got to continue to grow and continue to develop into being really good football players." 

While Mullen continues to try and sort things out with his quarterbacks the Gators are in for a tough contest this week with Alabama who remains No. 1 in the Associated Press Poll. There are seven SEC teams in the latest AP Poll including Alabama (1), Georgia (2), Texas A&M (7), Florida (11), Ole Miss (17), Arkansas (20), and Auburn (22).

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