Ray's Top 25: UCLA making moves


Ray's Top 25: UCLA making moves

Every week, our Senior Decider votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which of course makes all other opinions both superfluous and valueless (hey, dont say you never get your moneys worth here).

So here, after Week Two, is the world of college football, whether you like it or not. And if you dont, theres a new one next week you might like better.

RELATED: Ratto's Week One rankings

1 Alabama No news is no news. Still the best team, although Western Kentucky isn't exactly a barometer. 2 Southern California Syracuse was a tougher out than people thought. 3 Florida State Not a good team after a rain delay. Fortunately had a 55-point lead on Savannah State at the time. 4 Oregon Second week in a row with a big lead that shrinks when the dogs are kenneled. 5 LSU Looked better against a better team. 6 Georgia Blooded Missouri but good. 7 Michigan State Central Michigan is often a tougher out than this. 8 Oklahoma Beating Florida A&M isn't the same as deserving to move up. 9 Ohio State Central Florida could end up being pretty good, thereby making this a tidy win 10 Texas New Mexico couldn't have needed the money this badly. 11 South Carolina Stuffed East Carolina, which is as it should be. 12 UCLA Beating Rice? Meh. Beating Nebraska? Not meh at all. 13 Clemson Auburn may not be as big a win as it seems, but Ball State is exactly as big as it seems. 14 Notre Dame Nobody will be happy with their beating Purdue by three, but any non-loss should make them happy. 15 Florida Texas A&M's first SEC backhand was not a decisive one. 16 Virginia Tech Only moved because Nos. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 disappeared. 17 Kansas State Beat Miami of Florida. We need to say "Of Florida" because the days of "The U" are over. 18 TCU Opened with a big win against archrival Grambling. God, when does October get here? 19 West Virginia Didn't play at all and gained five spots, proving the value of doing nothing. 20 Louisville Missouri State is no Kentucky. 21 Stanford Duke is no San Jose State. 22 Mississippi State Methinks Auburn is going to have a down year. 23 Iowa State Beat Tulsa and Iowa, which means zero wins against cupcake schools. 24 Ohio Beat Penn State and New Mexico State, which is the same thing. 25 Michigan Sitting proudly but tenuously between Alabama and Air Force.

Inactives: Amerson, Riley ready to re-join Raiders starting lineup


Inactives: Amerson, Riley ready to re-join Raiders starting lineup

OAKLAND – The Raiders knew they were going to be without some interior defensive linemen on Sunday against Buffalo, with Stacy McGee and Darius Latham ruled out earlier in the week.

There were several other key defender with an uncertain playing status, and the Silver and Black got good news on all of them. Cornerback David Amerson (knee) said he was ready to return after missing last week, and he will play against the Bills.

Interior linebackers Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley Jr., both questionable with hamstring injuries, are active and ready to go. They are key cogs in a run defense that must operate well to slow the NFL’s best run game.

The Raiders will move on without DJ Hayden, who is now on injured reserve, and will look to either Dexter McDonald or Keith McGill, a safety with professional experience at cornerback, as the No. 4 option. TJ Carrie will take on Hayden’s job at slot corner.

There was a curious inactive, with DeAndre Washington a healthy scratch for a second straight week as the Raiders consolidate their running back rotation. Latavius Murray has become a true lead dog, with Jalen Richard as an accent back and return man.

Menelik Watson will be the extra lineman moving forward, meaning Denver Kirkland was a tolerated inactive against Buffalo.

The Bills are missing some key players, including tight end Charles Clay, receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Wood and cornerback Ronald Darby.


Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Los Angeles Rams have given coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead contract extensions.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman confirmed the moves before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The deal for Fisher was first reported by the NFL Network, which said it was a two-year extension through 2018.

Twyman said he couldn't comment on terms of the deals. He said, "I think that's something coach Fisher will discuss after the game."

In his fifth season with the Rams, the first four in St. Louis, Fisher has presided over a 31-43-1 record. They have yet to finish above .500 in his tenure and they haven't made the playoffs since 2004.

Snead also became the Rams' general manager in 2012, taking over a 2-14 team.

Both Fisher and Snead were in the final month of their deals. Owner Stan Kroenke, who moved the franchise from St. Louis to Los Angeles this year, has praised Fisher, a Southern California native, for capably shepherding the team's move.

Fisher was in a similar position in 1997 when the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville. He oversaw that transition during his fourth season in charge of that franchise, and by 1999 the Titans were AFC champions, losing, coincidentally, to the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Fisher coached the Titans through 2010, then was hired by the Rams after sitting out the 2011 season.

Fisher also has been a co-chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, which helps set the rules.

Before joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 seasons in the Falcons' front office.