Thursday, April 19, 2018
Colleges

Miami ranked, Texas, USC drop from poll

NEW YORK — Texas and Southern California dropped out of the Associated Press poll Sunday after ugly losses and Miami jumped in at No. 15, its first ranking since November 2010.

FSU (10), Florida (18) and Miami are all ranked for the first time since Oct. 3, 2010.

Florida fell six spots after Saturday's loss at Miami. The Gators host Tennessee on Sept. 21. Coach Will Muschamp said there are a number of problems to address during the bye week, including a slow start against the Hurricanes and improving the defense.

It's the first time Miami's Al Golden has been the coach of a team ranked in the AP poll. Golden said it's time to move on from the victory: "Don't let this turn into Mardi Gras. We don't need a week's celebration here."

The Hurricanes next host Savannah State on Sept. 21 and visit USF Sept. 28. Savannah State has given up 143 points in its first two games.

Alabama is still No. 1 after an off week. The Tide visits No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Texas fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday, a day after allowing a school-record 550 yards rushing in a 40-21 loss to BYU. Diaz had replaced Muschamp when Muschamp became Florida's coach after the 2010 season.

Former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson will replace Diaz. Texas next faces No. 25 Mississippi, which is ranked for the first time since the final 2009 poll.

"Our performance on defense was unacceptable, and we need to change that," Texas coach Mack Brown said.

It was so bad to be Manny Diaz this weekend the University of Georgia tennis coach of the same name was bombarded by Twitter. "I'm getting tweets calling for my dismissal for running an ineffective football defense," the handle CoachMannyDiaz reported.

Southern Cal lost 10-7 to visiting Washington State. USC's 193 yards were its fewest since 1989 and the 54 yards passing were its fewest since 1998. "That's not a performance that anybody should have to pay to see," Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said, though he brushed off "Fire Kiffin!" chants. "When you don't play well, it falls on the head coach. We obviously weren't well-prepared on offense. … I've never seen stats as bad as we did (Saturday)."

Michigan Perspective: Devin Gardner was 21-of-33 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 82 yards and a rushing touchdown in host Michigan's 41-30 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, but he wasn't basking afterward.

He was asked about coach Brady Hoke's offseason challenge to him, to be the quarterback who wins the big game, and whether Saturday counted.

"Although this isn't the game that we want, the Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl game, this is a pretty big game, and I feel like with the help of my teammates, they helped me a lot," he said. "We still have unfinished business in the season. It's only the second game of the year. We have much bigger goals.''

Notre Dame's Tommy Rees threw two interceptions, the first helping Michigan take a 27-13 halftime lead.

"We have to play smarter and more disciplined," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "We're going to go back to work Tuesday with the emphasis ion a more disciplined approach to everything.''

Bruin Hit by Car, Dies: UCLA redshirt freshman receiver Nick Pasquale, 20, was struck by a car and killed while walking in the street in a residential area of San Clemente, Calif., at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The accident is under investigation; no arrests were made. Police said the driver called in and waited at the scene.

Duke: Quarterback Anthony Boone is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone. Brandon Connette, the Blue Devils' short-yardage specialist who also has played tight end, will start Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Michigan State: The Spartans, whose offensive struggles continued with Saturday's 21-6 victory over USF, had dual-threat freshman quarterback Damion Terry taking reps with skill players during an unusual Sunday practice called by coach Mark Dantonio. The competition for starting quarterback is open this week, Dantonio said.

Ohio State: Coach Urban Meyer said there is a chance QB Braxton Miller (left knee sprain) can play Saturday at Cal.

South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier said he would offer "some suggestions'' to defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward about being more creative. "Those three-and-out days, I'm hoping they come back some time before the season's over," Spurrier said. "It's sort of sad watching." Frustrated end Jadeveon Clowney said he wants to line up in different spots to make it harder to double-team or run away from him. Two defensive assistants had to be separated in a sideline argument during Saturday's loss at Georgia. "At least they care,'' Spurrier said of the argument.

TCU: Starting quarterback Casey Pachall is expected to miss at least two months after surgery for a left forearm fracture. Sophomore Trevone Boykin will start.

stat of the day: The last time Florida, USC, Texas and Notre Dame lost on the same day was Sept. 11, 1976.

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