Movement aplenty in first in-season AP Top 25

Thanks to some upsets — and a couple of high-profile near-misses– shakeup was the name of the game as the Associated Press released its first poll of the 2014 season Tuesday afternoon.

In that Top 25 poll, Florida State, coming off a closer-than-expected win over unranked Oklahoma State, remained No. 1, although the defending FBS champs did see an erosion in their support. After receiving 57 first-place votes in the AP‘s preseason poll, the Seminoles claimed just 46 in Week 1.

A whopping six teams were on the receiving end of first-place votes from the media: No. 2 Alabama (one), No. 3 Oregon (five), No. 4 Oklahoma (two), No. 6 Georgia (two), No. 9 Texas A&M (two) and No. 12 LSU (one).

While the top four teams remained the same from a week ago, every position but No. 10 (Baylor), No. 20 (Kansas State) and No. 24 changed.

Below are the four biggest movers, of the week, both up and down:

UP
No. 9 Texas A&M (No. 21 last week)
No. 6 Georgia (No. 12)
No. 15 Ole Miss (No. 18)
No. 19 Nebraska (No. 22)
No. 25 Louisville (No. 31 last week)

DOWN
No. 21 South Carolina (No. 9)
No. 23 Clemson (No. 16)
No. 11 UCLA (No. 7)
No. 18 Wisconsin (No. 14)
No. 8 Ohio State (No. 5)

The only team to fall out the Top 25 this week was Washington, which was ranked 25th entering Week 1.

How did the Aggies move so far up the polls? Have a look again:

 

FSU still sits atop coaches’ poll

With Week 1 officially in the books, the first wave of Top 25 polls has commenced in earnest, with the newly-dubbed Amway Coaches’ Poll the first to do the in-season 2014 honors.

Not so unexpectedly, preseason No. 1 Florida State remains at the top of the coaching poll. The Seminoles also stretched its lead on No. 2 Alabama, going from 88 points up on the Tide to 109 as well as picking up a first-place vote.

FSU now has 57 of the 62 first-place votes.

Three other teams received first-place votes: No. 3 Oklahoma (two), No. 4 Oregon (two) and No. 8 Georgia (one), which was ranked No. 12 in the initial preseason poll. The other team that received a first-place vote in the poll released last month, South Carolina, lost to Texas A&M and tumbled all the way to No. 21 from No. 9.

UCLA, with a sloppy road win over Virginia, also fell out of the Top 10, from No. 7 to No. 11. Replacing the Bruins in the Top 10 was Stanford at No. 10.

Ohio State also dropped despite a win, moving down two from No. 6 to No. 8. Michigan State, on the other hand, moved into the No. 6 hole vacated by their Big Ten foe after entering Week 1 No. 7.

The Top 10 was rounded out by Auburn (No. 5, same as last week) and Baylor (No. 9, No. 10 last week).

Thanks to its dominating win over South Carolina Thursday night, A&M made the biggest move up in the coaches’ Top 25. Ranked No. 20 entering Week 1, the Aggies climbed all the way up to No. 13 entering Week 2.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, dropped five spots to No. 19 following its loss to LSU. The Tigers, though, moved up just one spot to No. 12.

Oklahoma State, which nearly knocked off FSU, is the first team in the “Others Receiving Votes” with 106 points; in the preseason poll, the Cowboys totaled just 37.

Unlike in the past with the BCS, and as we will remind you every week moving forward, neither the coaches’ poll or the Associated Press rankings, which will be released this afternoon, will have any bearing on which teams qualify for the College Football Playoff.

1. Florida State 1,541
2. Alabama 1,432
3. Oklahoma 1,407
4. Oregon 1,358
5. Auburn 1,289
6. Michigan State 1,141
7. Ohio State 1,114
8. Georgia 1,108
9. Baylor 1,018
10. Stanford 999
11. UCLA 964
12. LSU 912
13. Texas A&M 895
14. USC 713
15. Notre Dame 605
16. Arizona State 502
17. Ole Miss 438
18. Nebraska 384
19. Wisconsin 373
20. Kansas State 370
21. South Carolina 272
22. Missouri 189
23. North Carolina 189
24. Clemson 155
25. Texas 150

Yes the seasons are turning, it’s time for NFL Football!

So it begins. Another season of the great game of NFL Football. My friend Les Fitzsimmons and I were talking about the Oakland Raiders earlier and it brought back memories of when the NFL seemed like it played on another level. Les is a 49ers fan, but we both laughed about his story on John Matuszak. What a player he was. Sit back, and enjoy a few minutes of what it was like back in the day.

Here ya go Les, I know you remember what football was like back in the day. Hope you enjoy remembering it.

 

With two cracked bones in his spine, Baylor QB Bryce Petty listed as day-to-day

The main story line to emerge from No. 10 Baylor’s 45-0 thumping of SMU on Sunday night was not the sharp teeth and elongated claws of the Bears’ defense, but the back of Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Bryce PettyPetty was lifted at halftime of a 31-0 game after grabbing his left hip and noticeably grimacing multiple times throughout the first half. The senior connected on 13-0f-23 throws for 161 yards and rushed twice for 21 yards and an additional score, but missed a handful of deep throws to open Bears receivers.

One day later, we officially know why.

After undergoing an MRI on Monday morning, Petty was diagnosed with two cracks in the transverse processes of his back, as first reported by Dennis Dodd CBSSports.com.

“I’m bummed out because it’s never fun being hurt,” Petty told CBSSports.com. “Bummed out because I just watched tape and everything is off. You never want to make any excuses. When you’re throwing and I can’t torque [it's frustrating]. Every time I went to throw it would jolt. It felt like somebody was punching me in my side.”

Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com also reported that Petty’s injury is one that heals on its own. If so, it just comes down to Petty finding a way to manage the pain.

Petty is listed as day-to-day and plans to play Saturday versus Northwestern State. Should it so choose, Baylor has both the time and the opportunity to rest its star gunslinger before the meat of the schedule arrives. The Bears visit Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 12 and then take a week off before opening Big 12 play at Iowa State on Sept. 27.

Rams claim Case Keenum off waivers from Texans

The Rams have another quarterback, just in case.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Ramsclaimed Case Keenum off waivers from the Texans.

Keenum was squeezed out in Houston when the Texans traded for Ryan Mallett, and he’ll slot in with the Rams behind Shaun HillAustin Davis was the only other quarterback on the Rams roster after the season-ending knee injury to Sam Bradford.

Keenum got eight mop-up starts for the Texans last year, and was the loser in each of them. But that’s hardly his fault, as he was merely the guy holding the wheel after the ship hit the iceberg and Matt Schaub was thrown overboard to save weight.

Houston Astros fire Bo Porter

HOUSTON — The Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for a “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.”

Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston’s minor league system. Lawless’ first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Angels.

Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.

Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Washington Nationals. The Astros went a franchise-worst 51-111 in his first season for their third straight 100-loss season.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said the decision was not based on “our current level of competitiveness.” The Astros entered Monday in fourth place in the American League West and with the second-worst record in the league.

“I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible,” Luhnow said in a statement. “Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.”

Owner Jim Crane said the firing was “not an easy decision to make.” It comes following recent reports citing sources who said Luhnow and Porter were not getting along.

Porter did not immediately respond to a call from The Associated Press.

Whoever is hired as full-time manager will be the team’s fourth since 2007, not including those who held the job on an interim basis.

“What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization,” Luhnow said. “It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the major league level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed.

“Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so — even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.”

Lawless worked in Houston’s minor league system and was the interim manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season when manager Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave.

Adam Everett, who was also working in the minors, will replace Trembley as bench coach.

Baylor students trampled running onto field prior to football game (Video)

 

Baylor officially opened its brand new McLane Stadium on Sunday with a 45-0 victory over SMU. Robert Griffin III was in attendance for the unveiling of a statue in his honor and so was George W. Bush, who handled the pregame coin toss.

baylor-line-tramplePrior to Baylor taking the field at home games, a tradition by the Baylor Line takes place. Freshmen gather in one of the end zones, charge onto the field, and create a tunnel for the Bears football team.

Unfortunately, some of the group had a memorable time for the wrong reason.

As the students rushed the field, a few ended up on the ground and were subsequently trampled. Thankfully, no one appears to have been seriously injured.

The Baylor Line has its own section behind the opponent’s bench and got a visit from the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner during halftime.

‘College GameDay’ Is Back And We Can Confirm That Lee Corso Is Still Nuts

ESPN’s pre-game and post-game and halftime shows usually suffer from a lack of, shall we say, interesting things happening. Personalities are dialed back and everyone wears the same suit and says the same things and it’s generally a boring affair.

Not “College GameDay.” That show is awesome, and we’re so glad it’s back, if only so we can watch Lee Corso go nuts. This morning, he drank some beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin:

Drinking beer and shooting guns and watching football — is there anything in this world more American than Lee Corso? If so, it’s probably this guy:

The Kings Have Traded Jason Terry To The Rockets

hich would be a really big deal, if this were 2011. But since it isn’t, Sacramento in return will get Alonzo Gee and his non-guaranteed contract, some other, not-named non-guaranteed contract players, and draft picks — two second-rounders, including one via the Knicks. The intent seems to be for the Kings to clear cap space. Terry had been making $5.6 million.

 

For those keeping score, the teams are Houston, Sacramento, Brooklyn and Dallas.