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Ray's Top 25: Baylor makes the cut

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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

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

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Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

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The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
 
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
 
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
 
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
 
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
 
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.