Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Unbeaten FSU stays on top of both polls

Florida State continued its hold of the No. 1 spot in this week's college football top 25 polls as the Seminoles remained the top team in both rankings Tuesday.

In the USA Today coaches' poll, FSU received 1,541 points and 57 of the 62 possible first-place votes in securing the top spot for the second week in a row. FSU defeated Oklahoma State 37-31 Saturday for its 17th straight victory.

In the Associated Press poll, Florida State remained No. 1 with 1,456 points, but lost some support. The Seminoles only garnered 46 of the 59 possible first-place votes. Alabama (one), Oregon (five), Oklahoma (two) and Auburn rounded out the top five. Georgia was sixth and earned two first-place votes. Texas A&M, which moved up to No. 9 after its upset win at South Carolina, received two first-place votes.

Florida, who's season-opener against Idaho was terminated due to weather Saturday, found itself on the outside looking in on both polls. The Gators received 87 votes in the coaches' poll.

UF hosts Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

TENNESSEE: Senior offensive tackle Jacob Gilliam will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sunday during a 38-7 victory over Utah State. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said junior college transfer Dontavius Blair, redshirt freshman Brett Kendrick and freshman Coleman Thomas would compete for the open spot. The Vols host Florida on Oct. 4.

LSU: Tigers coach Les Miles isn't ready to outright abandon a two-quarterback system after one game. He only accepts that, "right now," sophomore Anthony Jennings is No. 1 in the rotation. Freshman Brandon Harris played one series against Wisconsin on Saturday. Jennings led the Tigers to 21 unanswered points in a 28-24 victory.

BAYLOR: Quarterback Bryce Petty says he plans to play in Saturday's night game against Northwestern State despite two cracked small bones in his back. Petty said he felt "great" a day after an MRI revealed the injury. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year took a shot to the back in a 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. Bears coach Art Briles said Petty won't play if he's not 100 percent.

MICHIGAN STATE: Quarterback Connor Cook accused Jacksonville State's Folo Johnson taking of a cheap shot on the Spartans' left knee in Friday's game. "I've watched a lot of football growing up — watching NFL, watching college — and I've never seen a dirtier hit than that," Cook said. Michigan State won 45-7.

MINNESOTA: Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe, who suffered a significant injury to his right knee in the opener last week, will likely miss the rest of the year, coach Jerry Kill said. Ekpe was hurt in the first quarter in Minnesota's 42-20 win over Eastern Illinois.

SYRACUSE: Quarterback Terrel Hunt will not receive additional punishment after he was ejected for punching Villanova linebacker Dillon Lucas in Syracuse's 27-26 double-overtime win on Friday, an ACC spokesman said.

UCLA: Running back Steven Manfro left the practice field on a cart after apparently injuring his knee. Manfro will undergo an MRI exam.

CONCUSSION SUIT: Former Portland State linebacker Zach Walen filed a $5 million suit against the school, the NCAA and Oregon Health Sciences University claiming he was not treated properly for a concussion he suffered in a 2012 game.

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