First, sorry for not having a top-25 recap for you yesterday. Things happened, and your benevolent despot was very, very sleepy.
Speaking of the AP top 25, the top four remain the same, with Clemson again gaining ground on Alabama despite the Tide’s generationally unprecedented beatdown of Mississippi. But after their equally-unprecedented whipping of Tennessee, Georgia leapt over Washington into the top 5, taking the spot vacated by the fall of USC to 14th after losing to Washington State. The Cougars also hopped an elevator, climbing to 11 from 16, while North Carolina State entered at 24 after knocking off Florida State and Central Florida becomes the third G5 team in the poll after beating Memphis. The other biggish fall was Virginia Tech, sliding from 12 to 16 after losing to Clemson.
K-State is virtual-32nd, in a poll where only 36 teams received any votes at all. (Yes, that is a very low number.) The Big 12 is represented by Oklahoma at 3, TCU at 8, Oklahoma State at 15, and West Virginia at 23.
As for the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll, Washington slid up to 5th, well ahead of 6th-ranked Georgia. Washington State’s rise matched the AP poll, while USC’s fall was one spot further. Virginia Tech was punished much more severely in the coaches ballot, falling from 12 to 17. New entries: NC State and Central Florida, just as in the AP, and Notre Dame, which was already in the 20s in the AP poll but which debuted in the coaches poll at 22.
The coaches have K-State sitting at 27, which means a win Saturday would almost certainly get them back into the top 25. The same four Big 12 teams are ranked here, with Oklahoma 3rd, TCU 10th, Oklahoma State 14th, and West Virginia 23rd.
Kellis Robinett’s Sunday piece in the Star focuses on Matt McCrane and how the great day he had Saturday pumped up his spirits. McCrane was also named Diehards’ Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week by our pal Shehan Jeyarajah, who also gave Bryon Pringle honorable mention for the one good thing he did manage to to Saturday.
Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal, meanwhile, shines a light on Kendall Adams and his impact on the defense. Bill Snyder has the answer: Adams is always where he’s supposed to be.
Today’s Sports Extra with Corbin McGuire is all about the men’s basketball team and their pre-season workout regimen, where the players are being forced to depend on one another.
At the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi, the women’s golf team is tied for sixth place after one round of the Magnolia Invitational. The Cats are 23 strokes back of leaders and hosts Ole Miss. Connie Jaffrey and Niamh McSherry both shot even-par 72, and they’re tied for ninth, five strokes behind leader Anna Newell of Tennessee. Tee times started at 8:30 this morning for round two.