Friday, December 15, 2017
Colleges

Top four remain the same in College Football Playoff rankings

There was little change at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night.

Clemson remained No. 1, Alabama No. 2, Ohio State No. 3 and Notre Dame No. 4. Unbeaten Iowa stayed put at No. 5.

The biggest change in the poll was Oklahoma State's move to No. 6 from No. 8 a week ago. Baylor, last week's No. 6, dropped to 10th.

Florida leaped three spots to eighth, and Florida State moved up two to 14th.

USF keeps its focus

TAMPA — After one of its most resounding upsets in years, it might be easy to classify USF's matchup with Cincinnati on Friday as a trap game.

But the Bulls insist there will be no hangover from Saturday's 44-23 victory over Temple, or looking ahead to their Thanksgiving game at rival UCF.

Senior linebacker Zack Bullock, a Sebring native, said the team isn't satisfied with only reaching bowl eligibility for the first time in five years. It still has its eye on the American Athletic Conference title.

"I don't see how it can be a trap game," he said. "We haven't necessarily won anything. We have everything still in front of us, so we're excited. We've got everything to play for.

"The Temple deal was just something we had to do in order to reach our goal. It's just like this game, it's something we had to do. It's something that had to be done."

GRIER APPEAL: Florida quarterback Will Grier's appeal took another step Monday when he presented his case to the NCAA, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Grier received a one-year suspension last month for violating the NCAA's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

RAPE ACCUSATION: Police said they were investigating a report of a sexual assault at the residence of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and receiver Jordan Westerkamp. A 20-year-old woman went to a Lincoln, Neb., hospital Sunday afternoon and said she had been raped, officer Katie Flood said.

NO. 1 CLEMSON: Coach Dabo Swinney said a medical official would have to "sign off in blood" for the Tigers to play injured receiver Mike Williams this season.

NO. 9 MICHIGAN ST.: Quarterback Connor Cook said his throwing shoulder feels fine, and he expects to play Saturday against No. 2 Ohio State. Cook was hurt last week against Maryland.

AUBURN: Jeremy Johnson will likely remain the starting quarterback with Sean White still nursing a left knee injury, coach Gus Malzahn said.

DUKE: Starting receiver Johnell Barnes, his backup Terrence Alls and linebacker Chris Holmes were kicked off the team for failing to meet program standards, coach David Cutcliffe said.

Times correspondent Jeff Odom contributed to this report.

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