Expected record at this point: 2–1. Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic previously reported on Oct. 6 that the Division I Council was expected to vote this week on the transfer rule. Jeff Hafley (27), Boston College. ), Last game: Beat Georgia, 41–24Next game: At Tennessee Saturday. The least-heralded Power 5 hire of 2020 has gotten off to the best start. State might well be 2–0 if Kylin Hill hadn’t left the game early Saturday, after just one touch from scrimmage, but that’s football. Sports Illustrated columnist Pat Forde blasted President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus and labeled him the destroyer of college football’s 2020 season, if it is indeed canceled. Coach did a great job of somehow keeping these guys happy and, you know, not feeling like they need to get ready for the draft with all these first-rounders. We are once again left wondering whether anyone in the ACC can even mildly stress Clemson. A Saturday date with defensively helpless East Carolina should help clarify that. Actual record: 1–1. But know this: Kiffin came within a blocked field goal on the last play of beating Alabama the only time he has faced the Tide as a head coach, in 2009 at Tennessee. A Joe Burrow supernova aside, the SEC continues to run through Tuscaloosa. Georgia earns the third spot in the SI Top 10 as much out of default as anything else. That is underway. Pittman broke the Razorbacks’ 20-game Southeastern Conference losing streak Saturday in a shocking upset of Mississippi State, a game in which the Hogs never trailed. (A pair of missed 49ers field goals and a fumble inside the Charlotte 20-yard line helped.) Last game: Beat Houston Friday, 43–26Next game: Texas State Saturday. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. And, wow, look what the cat dragged in: the only unbeaten Big 12 team, Oklahoma State, which hasn’t played since Oct. 3. The Herd figure to be heavily favored in each of their remaining regular-season games. The NCAA has introduced a one-time transfer exception proposal into the 2020–21 legislative cycle on Wednesday during the Division I Council's meetings. Perhaps. Expected record at this point: 1–1. Mike Leach (23), Mississippi State. Befitting the iconoclastic Leach, the Bulldogs are where they should be but the route has been the exact opposite—upset LSU on the road, then be upset by Arkansas at home. Those five sports require transfers to sit out for a year unless they are granted an immediate-eligibility waiver. The athletes must leave their previous school academically eligible to qualify, which makes sense given that the year to sit out was traditionally viewed as a way to help the player adjust academically to their new school. But Luke Fickell’s team remains the best defensive unit in the AAC, and that still likely makes them the team to beat in the league. Actual record: 1–1. © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. ... Pat Forde Publish date: Oct 18, 2020. I did not at the time for the simple reason that I had not seen it, but now I have and so I will comment. Coach must have had a great plan.” Incentive for Saban to try to hang 60 in Oxford Saturday? Clemson has laid waste to four Atlantic Coast Conference opponents by an average margin of 34.3 points. Aranda inherited a program due to take a significant step back from last season’s fate-kissed 11–3 season. The other glaring issue for Georgia: Stetson Bennett IV isn’t good enough to win a shootout. This proposal, if adopted, would extend the provisions of the one-time exception to all sports. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: collegefootball | pageType: stories | Expected record at this point: 0–2. That followed coach Dan Mullen’s absurd stance that he wanted to “Pack The Swamp” with 90,000 fans after the loss last Saturday to Texas A&M. Actual record: 1–2. Top 10 in rankings. Why not BYU? Actual record: 1–2. That’s your landslide 1–2, in whatever order you prefer. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. But the offensive anchor continues to be running back Isaiah Spiller, who turned in his third 100-yard rushing game of the season against the Bulldogs. Dave Aranda (25), Baylor. (Notre Dame or bust on Nov. All Rights Reserved. After that? There were at least two player opt-outs. Expected record at this point: 1–2. Ideally and objectively, we all would draw a line through the results of 2020 and set the odometer back to zero in 2021 for those coaches. Costello brought everyone in Starkville back down to Earth in rapid fashion. Additionally, the NCAA will not limit the number of transfers that a Division I program can accept in a year, though, per SI, "the committee agreed to study transfer trends in the sport of football to determine whether future modifications to counter limitations are warranted.". Jeff Scott (29), South Florida. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. Inconsistent transfer rules along with an arbitrary, and thus unfair, waiver system still remains a problem in college athletics. The biggest problem is that they’ve only scored four offensive touchdowns, and Scott still appears far from settled on his best offensive personnel at this point. The Bulldogs’ touted defense was shredded by Alabama’s passing game, giving up 417 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Alabama now has blown out the second-best and third-best teams in the Southeastern Conference, beating Georgia by 17 and Texas A&M by 28. It gets interesting. There are plenty of high rankings available. The Fighting Irish struggled unexpectedly against the 1–4 Cardinals. ... Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren might be the only person in college football who has had a more difficult transition year than Norvell. The top two college football teams in the country right now are clear. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. Several national media members have the Cougars in their top 10 following week 7 of the college football season. The Rebels are second nationally in pass efficiency, after Kiffin made the right call for his offense by going back to Matt Corral at quarterback and benching dual-threat John Rhys Plumlee They’re also dead last nationally by a wide margin in total defense, surrendering 600 yards per game. The Bearcats’ own COVID-19 outbreak forced postponement of their game against Tulsa, which means they will be 21 days between games when they visit undefeated SMU Saturday (assuming that game remains on the schedule). It was yet another showcase performance for quarterback Zach Wilson (25 for 35 for 400 yards and four touchdowns, plus 40 yards rushing), and a defense that had trouble stopping Houston much of the night rose up to make some big plays in the final quarter. The goal of the NCAA is to create uniformity across all sports. The Tigers were in virus purgatory for weeks and it showed—their first game in 28 days began with them falling behind SMU 24–3. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. It’s amazing. Last game: Beat Mississippi State, 28–14Next game: Arkansas Oct. 31. They arrived at their new institutions last winter, and shortly thereafter so did COVID-19. The Cougars will be heavily favored in their next two games (Texas State and Western Kentucky) before facing Boise State Nov. 6. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, coughed up a giant hairball against Florida State, had five touchdown passes before intermission. The week ended with Mullen publicly acknowledging that he, too, has the virus. Personal life and education. After that? Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren might be the only person in college football who has had a more difficult transition year than Norvell. Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated also ranked BYU number 4. All Rights Reserved. The Bears were 5–2 in games decided by one score last year, and thus far in 2020 they’re 0–1 after an overtime loss to West Virginia. Memphis eventually rallied to tie the game and had chances to pull out a stirring victory in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Brady White fumbled late to set up the Mustangs’ winning field goal. Kiffin is who we thought that he was: architect of an entertaining and efficient offense; indifferent toward defense; absolutely willing to stir the SEC pot. Marshall has a top-10 defense nationally, and freshman quarterback Grant Wells continues to impress—he was 19 of 24 for 227 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score Saturday against Tech. But this was a second straight impressive performance—offensively explosive against Florida last week, and defensively tough against the Bulldogs this week. Florida is such a mess from a numbers standpoint that its scheduled game for next week already has been pushed back to Halloween. Actual record: 1–0. After four straight at home, it’s now time for Notre Dame to go on the road. And Kiffin delighted Ole Miss fans (and much of the rest of the SEC) by slipping the needle to former boss Nick Saban with this comment Monday, five days ahead of facing Alabama: Kiffin was asked about one of his own players who opted out, and he turned the question around, pointing it toward Tuscaloosa: “I don’t know how Alabama did this. Mike Norvell (26), Florida State. BYU had it easy through its first four games, and then Houston made the Cougars work for this one. Maybe it would have been closer if Nick Saban had to stay home, but ‘Bama still looked like the better team once it tightened up defensively and got after Stetson Bennett IV. Credit new defensive coordinator Barry Odom (formerly the head coach at Missouri) with a competent gameplan against State. In two weeks, Mississippi State has gotten the full Pirate Experience: some good wins, some weird losses, some entertaining quotes, some churlish moments. Actual record: 1–1. It won’t be dull. 4:15 pm ET, Ross Dellenger and Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, Bowl projections: Notre Dame into New Year's Six, AP Top 25: Texas A&M back in top 10; UNC drops to No. The Bulldogs’ Red Zone travails and three interceptions by K.J. Sports Illustrated writer Pat Forde’s article yesterday called “Realigning America” throws out today’s college football structure and introduces an entirely new one, one that would ensure the Badgers’ spot in the College Football Playoff for years to come. Additionally, the NCAA will allow blanket bowl eligibility for all 127 FBS teams playing this fall, meaning a team can go winless and still be eligible for the 2020-21 bowl season. Trevor Lawrence had five touchdown passes before intermission, though he did throw his first interception since Oct. 19, 2019. Long story short, the Big Ten’s arrival this week is perfectly timed. Forde made his assertions in an op-ed blasting how President Trump has conducted policy during the COVID-19 hysteria. The one-time exception proposal developed by the NCAA Working Group on Transfers is expected to be voted on, and passed, in January, and the adopted proposal would then become effective on Aug. 1, 2021. There was a brief player protest in the summer over inaccurate comments Norvell made about being in touch personally with every player after George Floyd’s death. Last game: Beat USC 28–7 on Oct. 3Next game: at SMU Saturday. Last game: Beat Georgia Tech, 73–7Next game: Syracuse Saturday, The Tigers' offense dropped 52 points on Georgia Tech in the first half, the most in a half in school history against an ACC opponent—and that’s despite committing two turnovers. After that, it gets interesting. ‘Bama went on to win its first national title under Saban. Thus far, Drinkwitz has met them. Let’s check in on how this drinking-from-a-firehose year is going so far for these 10 men: Sam Pittman (21), Arkansas. Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (Busch Light sold separately—and sold out?—in Ames): MORE DASH: Texas Flop | Prove-It Saturday | Impressive Stats. The Cowboys’ game against Baylor was postponed by the Bears’ ongoing COVID-19 issues, so they are on the same schedule as Cincinnati—three weeks between games. MORE DASH: Texas Flop | Prove-It Saturday | Impressive Stats, © 2020 ABG-SI LLC.

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