Ray's Top 25: Baylor makes the cut


Ray's Top 25: Baylor makes the cut

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 Three, 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 Three rankings

1 Alabama Ole Miss is going to get dramatically ol'er 2 Florida State Slow start became overwhelming finish against Clemson 3 Oregon They look pretty, but they mostly defend nasty 4 Georgia Vanderblt is not a high bar to clear, but the Dawgs cleared it by 45 5 Kansas State Didn't beat Oklahoma, beat Oklahoma up. Two decisive wins over 3-1 teams 6 LSU We were under the impression that Auburn was down, so this was not an inspiring win 7 Texas Prepped for Cowboys-Bucs 8 Stanford Prepped for 49ers-Vikings 9 Notre Dame Did not please the eye in beating Michigan. Still, they beat Michigan 10 Florida If only beating Kentucky meant something 11 South Carolina Missouri got another helping of "This Ain't The Big 12 Anymore" 12 West Virginia Maryland best test to date, but Baylor and Texas back to back are better still 13 Rutgers First team with three road wins this year 14 Oregon State Two wins over ranked teams, and they still haven't gotten their crack at Nicholls State 15 Oklahoma Kansas State may be their annual stinker; then again, it may not be 16 USC Rallied to control, if not pound Cal 17 Ohio State One step below SC because it had to work harder to beat Cal 18 Michigan State Eastern Michigan brought a nice picnic basket to the party 19 TCU The Toads continue to not lose to teams they shouldn't lose to 20 Mississippi State South Alabama, what can you say? Nothing. 21 Clemson Stuck around early, but Florida State wore the Tigers down 22 UCLA Losing at home does very little to help a team's national profile 23 Iowa State Still unbeaten against Bye 24 Wisconsin Lost to Oregon State; Nebraska lost to UCLA; you see how this works, right? 25 Baylor Can't believe I'm saying this, but the Louisiana Monroe win carries a bit of weight

Efforts of Darnold, Jones lead USC over Cal


Efforts of Darnold, Jones lead USC over Cal


LOS ANGELES -- Sam Darnold threw five touchdowns passes, Ronald Jones rushed for a career-high 223 yards and Southern California downed California 45-24 on Thursday night.

Darnold threw for 231 yards, with Darreus Rogers making six catches for a career-high 97 yards, as the Trojans rolled up a season-high 629 yards of total offense. Aca'Cedric Ware contributed a career-high 130 yards rushing to USC's total of 398.

USC (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) scored on three of its first four possessions, with Darnold finding Rogers, Jones and Deontay Burnettfor touchdowns. Rogers added a second touchdown catch with 28 seconds left, but two fumbles by Darnold allowed Cal (4-4, 2-3) to maintain a modicum of hope despite allowing 451 yards on 46 plays in the first half.

Webb threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, throwing a ball up for grabs that was intercepted by safety Marvell Tell in the first quarter. Webb also rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter that cut USC's lead to 28-17 before Jones had a 37-yard touchdown run and Daniel Imatorbhebhe caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Darnold.

Jones had 149 yards on eight first-half carries, as the sophomore broke out of a funk with starter Justin Davis (ankle) not in uniform.


Cal: The Bears have now lost 13 in a row to the Trojans since handing Pete Carroll's 2003 national championship team its only loss in triple overtime that season. Cal was always going to have trouble defending Darnold and USC's plethora of skill players, and that task was even tougher with a short week to prepare and mounting injuries. But with three home games left, Cal has a good chance at becoming bowl eligible if it can maintain its strong play in Strawberry Canyon.

USC: The Trojans are white-hot, with Darnold leading the way. The freshman quarterback has now thrown 16 touchdown passes in leading USC to four consecutive wins, playing with a fearlessness and fire that the team was missing at the start of the season, though his ball security must improve. The Trojans are more than capable of turning the conference race upside down when they travel to No. 4 Washington on Nov. 12.


Cal: The Bears host the Huskies on Nov. 5, a potential trap game for Washington.

USC: The Trojans host faltering Oregon on Nov. 5, seeking their first five-game winning streak since 2013.

Harbaugh could make over $10M in 2016, more than Saban


Harbaugh could make over $10M in 2016, more than Saban

When USA Today released their annual series on college football coaching salaries, it wasn’t a complete shock to see Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh top the list given how much the school has invested in him since he returned to Ann Arbor from the NFL.

What was a little surprising was the total compensation figure listed for the Wolverines’ head coach at a whopping $9,004,000. That’s a figure that’s more than $2 million more than the second highest paid coach (Nick Saban) and $3 million more than Big Ten rival Urban Meyer.

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