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CFP RELEASES FIRST TOP 25

The College Football Playoff released its first top 25 ranking of the season, and the Clemson Tigers checked in at No. 1 — which means exactly nothing at this point. Remember last year, when TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in the final week of the season despite beating Iowa State 55-3? Until every single game has been played and all of the data is available, the ranking is worthless. But, of course, that won’t stop the CFP from releasing it each week — and it won’t stop folks from overreacting to it, either.

BEEN CAUGHT STEALING

Arizona State’s last two opponents, Oregon and Utah, have each accused the Sun Devils of stealing their signals from the sideline. And ASU coach Todd Graham says that yes, ASU does steal signals, and that they’re not going to stop because they’re not breaking the rules. There is one simple solution to this, of course: If you’re playing against ASU, change your signals. Or, you know, just beat them, like four of the Sun Devils’ first eight opponents already have.

UTAH AN UNDERDOG AGAIN

Many were surprised when Utah, then ranked No. 3 in the country, was installed as an underdog for its game two weeks ago against USC. It turned out Vegas had the right idea, because the Trojans won that game 42-24. Now the 13th-ranked Utes visit Husky Stadium for a game against unranked Washington, and again Utah is an underdog, this time by about 2.5 points. When was the last time the oddsmakers sensed so little faith in a top-15 team?

OHIO STATE QB PUNISHED

As punishment for his citation last week for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will be suspended for a game and lose his scholarship for the 2016 summer term. Why? Because Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is apparently so desperate to show everyone just how serious he is about discipline that he’s willing to essentially fine a player who doesn’t receive a salary. Yeah, that’ll show him.

THIS WEEK’S TOP GAMES

There are three games this week with potentially huge CFP implications: No. 2 LSU visits No. 4 Alabama, No. 1 Clemson hosts No. 16 Florida State, and No. 8 TCU visits No. 14 Oklahoma State. TCU, Oklahoma State, Clemson and LSU are each undefeated. At least one will lose on Saturday.

CFP RELEASES FIRST TOP 25

The College Football Playoff released its first top 25 ranking of the season, and the Clemson Tigers checked in at No. 1 — which means exactly nothing at this point. Remember last year, when TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in the final week of the season despite beating Iowa State 55-3? Until every single game has been played and all of the data is available, the ranking is worthless. But, of course, that won’t stop the CFP from releasing it each week — and it won’t stop folks from overreacting to it, either.

BEEN CAUGHT STEALING

Arizona State’s last two opponents, Oregon and Utah, have each accused the Sun Devils of stealing their signals from the sideline. And ASU coach Todd Graham says that yes, ASU does steal signals, and that they’re not going to stop because they’re not breaking the rules. There is one simple solution to this, of course: If you’re playing against ASU, change your signals. Or, you know, just beat them, like four of the Sun Devils’ first eight opponents already have.

UTAH AN UNDERDOG AGAIN

Many were surprised when Utah, then ranked No. 3 in the country, was installed as an underdog for its game two weeks ago against USC. It turned out Vegas had the right idea, because the Trojans won that game 42-24. Now the 13th-ranked Utes visit Husky Stadium for a game against unranked Washington, and again Utah is an underdog, this time by about 2.5 points. When was the last time the oddsmakers sensed so little faith in a top-15 team?

OHIO STATE QB PUNISHED

As punishment for his citation last week for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will be suspended for a game and lose his scholarship for the 2016 summer term. Why? Because Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is apparently so desperate to show everyone just how serious he is about discipline that he’s willing to essentially fine a player who doesn’t receive a salary. Yeah, that’ll show him.

THIS WEEK’S TOP GAMES

There are three games this week with potentially huge CFP implications: No. 2 LSU visits No. 4 Alabama, No. 1 Clemson hosts No. 16 Florida State, and No. 8 TCU visits No. 14 Oklahoma State. TCU, Oklahoma State, Clemson and LSU are each undefeated. At least one will lose on Saturday.

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