Ray's Top 25: Stanford returns, edges USC

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Ray's Top 25: Stanford returns, edges USC

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 Eight, 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 Eight rankings

1 Alabama Just sucking the fun out of everything, every week. 2 Oregon And then there was one left of the 12, and the Ducks are it. 3 Kansas State Bill Snyder might be good at this until he's 115. 4 Notre Dame Stanford can say it got squeezed at the end. Oklahoma just got crushed. 5 Florida State Will have a very nice January. Just not the one they dreamed of. 6 Ohio State The Big 10 is down, very down, but the Buckeyes can't be responsible for everyone else. 7 Louisiana State Idle hands are the devil's workshop. See Mathieu, Tyrann. 8 Louisville When you never lose, eventually you hang around the thin-air types. 9 Georgia A very impressive win over a slightly overrated Florida bunch. 10 Clemson You don't have to like them. You have to beat them. And nobody does. 11 Florida Overrated at 2. Maybe underrated at 11. But these are treacherous times. 12 South Carolina Cut it a bit fine again, but ended up on the right side of the blade. 13 Oregon State Washington is a hard out in Seattle. But they're also very maddening. 14 Mississippi State No shame in losing to Alabama. You just lose a few brownie points. 15 Oklahoma When someone figures this team out, please alert the authorities. 16 Texas A&M I suppose getting Gene Chizik fired will make someone happy, though I can't see the joy. 17 Toledo Beating Buffalo is not your standard signature win. 18 Kent State Rutgers went as far as it could, but these are the freaking Gloden Flashes we speak of here. 19 Texas Tech Deserves to drop after performance against Kansas State, but we're running out of other candidates. 20 Rutgers Kent State will hurt for a good long time. 21 Boise State You don't have to like them. They have one loss. They always have one loss. 22 Stanford Washington State another closer-than-it-should-be shave. 23 Southern California Lane Kiffin is no longer winning friends and influencing alums. 24 Northern Illinois They may not get much higher than this, but they don't look like they'll go much lower, either. 25 Louisiana Tech The next Boise State in training, perhaps?

EWU head coach leaving to become Cal’s new offensive coordinator

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EWU head coach leaving to become Cal’s new offensive coordinator

Newly announced Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox has his offensive coordinator just two days into the job. Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin is stepping down and is on his way to run the offense in Berkeley, EWU announced on Monday.

"I’m excited for the great opportunity that’s ahead but I’ll miss an amazing place," Baldwin said at a press conference held at EWU to announce his decision to leave the school.

Under Baldwin, EWU turned into a powerhouse at the FCS level, posting an 85-32 record in nine seasons. The Eagles won five Big Sky Conference titles and were crowned national champions in 2010.

Baldwin has never coached at the Division I FBS level, but has posted success in the past against those teams. Last season, Baldwin and the Eagles started off the year with a 45-42 win on the road against Washington State.

To open the 2013 season, Baldwin received national attention as EWU pulled off a huge upset by taking down No. 25 Oregon State, 49-46.

In 2016, EWU averaged 42.36 points per game. The Eagles rushed for 112 yards per game and gained 238 yards per game through the air.

With Dykes out, ex-Cal OC returns to West Virginia

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With Dykes out, ex-Cal OC returns to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jake Spavital is returning to West Virginia as offensive coordinator.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced Spavital's hiring Saturday. He'll also coach the quarterbacks.

Spavital was interim coach at Cal after Sonny Dykes was fired last Sunday. Spavital had finished his first season as Cal's offensive coordinator. Under him, Davis Webb threw for 4,295 and 37 touchdowns.

Spavital was the quarterbacks coach in 2011 and 2012 under Holgorsen at West Virginia, where Geno Smith set numerous school records. Spavital spent three years after that at Texas A&M.