BOZICH | Top 20 (Bama, U of L, Fournette); Bottom 5 (Tom Herman; yes, Charlie Strong)
Louisville is positioned to move from seventh to fifth when the AP Top 25 is released Sunday at 2 p.m. The Cardinals have already made the move in Rick Bozich's Top 20/Bottom 5.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — This is the address for University of Louisville football coaches, fans and players to address the Thank You Notes, Derby tickets and bourbon balls to coach James Franklin and his Penn State football program:
State College, Pa. 16801
That’s it. Two lines.
I’m sure the Nittany Lions would appreciate hearing from Bobby Petrino, Lamar Jackson, Keith Kelsey and The Crunch Zone after they sacked second-ranked Ohio State, 24-21, by scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night.
Just like that the Buckeyes were no longer unbeaten, although you should be advised Ohio State can still win the Big Ten by winning out. (See 2014 for details.)
Combine that with no-longer-flawless Texas A&M burping at top-ranked Alabama and Louisville is primed to move from seventh to fifth when the Associated Press Top 25 is released Sunday at 2 p.m. That's still one spot outside the four spots reserved for the college football playoff teams, but it's a start.
I’m not a patient person. There is no reason to wait. Here’s my Top 20 & Bottom 5 because losers need recognition, too.
1. Alabama (8-0) — The Crimson Tide could not cover the spread against Kentucky, but Nick Saban’s team has cruised in its last three games. Warning: Trips to Louisiana State (Nov. 5) and Auburn (Nov. 26) are looking a bit more dangerous than they looked a month ago. A bit.
2. Michigan (7-0) — I wonder if Ohio State fans are wondering how the Wolverines beat Penn State, 49-10?
3. Clemson (7-0) — The Tigers will be Florida State’s Super Bowl in Tallahassee on Saturday. Both the Tigers and Seminoles were off this week. Apparently, the ACC thought this would be a big game.
4. Washington (7-0) — The Huskies’ game at Utah will kickoff about the time that Louisville’s game at Virginia ends Saturday.
5. Louisville (6-1) — Looking for style points? Lamar Jackson gave you style points.
6. Ohio State (6-1) — The Buckeyes’ stumble against two-loss Penn State is worse than Louisville’s stumble against unbeaten Clemson. Advantage (for now), Louisville.
7. Baylor (6-0) — Bye week, Kansas, bye week. The Bears have been off the last three weekends.
8. West Virginia (6-0) — One of these days more people are going to take the Mountaineers seriously, but their best win is ... TCU?
9. Boise State (7-0) — Boise’s one-point win over BYU was this team’s third win by five points or less.
10. Western Michigan (8-0) — If you’ve been paying attention, you know I’ve been in love with the Broncos all season.
11. Theo Epstein (4-2) — I promised to take the high road with what’s going on in Chicago.
12. Nebraska (7-0) — Only beating Purdue by 13 in Lincoln is a loss in the court of public opinion, Cornhuskers.
13. Texas A&M (6-1) — It’s no crime to lose to Alabama. Everybody does it.
14. Auburn (5-2) — Bill Lynch, Tim Brewster, Barry Alvarez and anybody who thought Bret Bielama was a blowhard obsessed with running up the score at Wisconsin wishes the Tigers would have added one more touchdown to their 56-3 win over Arkansas.
15. Navy (5-1) — Guess who’s the last unbeaten team in conference play in the American Athletic Conference?
16. Fox Sports (0-0) — A Cubs-Indians World Series? With Pete Rose, Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas on the pre- and post-game shows? Can’t wait.
17. Leonard Fournette (284 yards) — Lamar Jackson better keep his eye on the Louisiana State halfback. Fournette averaged 17.8 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns against Ole Miss. A massive game against Alabama puts him back in the Heisman race, at least with SEC voters.
18. Washington State (5-2) — I’m pretty certain my friend and WDRB’s Gilbert Corsey would stuff me in a trash can if I didn’t mention Mike Leach and the wonderful work he’s doing with the Cougars.
19. Gunner Kiel (1-0) — Strangely buried with the third team on the Cincinnati depth chart, Kiel finally got his chance against East Carolina — and looked like the 5-star recruit he was five years ago, throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
20. Austin MacGinniss (4-3) — Your fourth field goal made Mark Stoops and Kentucky very, very, very, very happy.
5. Big 12 Football — Oklahoma and Texas Tech each gave up at least 854 yards as the Sooners won, 66-59, getting 31 points from Buddy Hield. I know the Texas Tech AD is the chairman of the playoff committee, but shouldn’t the other committee members wonder if the league is playing flag or tackle this season?
4. Michigan State/Oregon (2-5) — Loss. Loss. Loss. Loss. Loss. The tiebreaker is the first former Top Five team to lose six straight.
3. Tom Herman (6-2) — I guess Texas could hire a guy that lost to SMU, 38-16 — unless somebody thinks hiring the SMU coach (Chad Morris) makes more sense than hiring a Houston coach who has been upset twice in three weeks.
2. Charlie Strong (3-4) — Tom Jurich never said, “No comment,” when asked about the work you did at the University of Louisville, Charlie. Just sayin'.
1. Ohio State fans (like LeBron James) — You’ve got more resources than Bill Gates, more 4- and 5-star recruits than the rest of the Big Ten, the best college football coach not named Nick Saban and a 21-7 lead with 14 to play — and you’re crying about not getting a pass interference call?
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