Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Rankings After week 14: Keep changing FSU only undefeated team!

#1 FSU survived a challenge from the Florida Gators. Then #6 Mississippi State were upset by Ole Miss. #14 Georgia Tech took down Georgia in overtime.  #13 Marshall fell to Western Kentucky 67-66 in overtime.

Next week Championship games galore. #1 Florida State battles #!0 Georgia Tech for the ACC crown.#2 Oregon battles #11 Arizona in the PAC-12 Championship. #9 Missouri takes on #3 Alabama in the SEC Championship game. #5 Ohio State takes on #12 Wisconsin for the Big Ten title. #8 Kansas State at #6 Baylor should be fun!

Here are the rankings:

1) Florida State University Seminoles (12-0) survived the Florida Gators 24-19. The Seminoles will face Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game.

2) Oregon Ducks (11-1)  crushed Oregon State 47-19. The Ducks face Arizona in the PAC-12 Championship game on Friday.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (11-1) rolled back to top Auburn 55-44. The Crimson Tide will meet Missouri in Atlanta on Saturday in the SEC Championship.

4) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (10-1) stomped past Texas 48-10. The Horned Frogs entertain Iowa State on Saturday.

5) Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)  crushed Michigan 42-28. The Buckeyes will play Wisconsin on
Saturday in the Big Ten championship.

6) Baylor Bears (10-1) nipped Texas Tech 48-46. The Bears host Kansas State on Saturday.

7) Michigan State Spartans (10-2) whipped Penn State 34-10. The Spartans wait for a Bowl birth.

8) Kansas State Wildcats (9-2) blasted Kansas 51-13. The Wildcats visit Baylor on Saturday.

9)Missouri Tigers (10-2) topped Arkansas 21-14. The Tigers meet Alabama on Saturday in the SEC Championship.

10) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2) needed overtime to take down Georgia. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State for the ACC Championship next.

11) Arizona Wildcats (10-2) defeated Arizona State 42-35. The Wildcats will face Oregon on Friday.

12) Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) beat Minnesota 34-24. The Badgers will meet Ohio State on Saturday.

13) Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2) lost to Ole Miss 31-17. The Bulldogs are off until the Bowls.

14) Arizona State Sun Devils (9-3) fell to Arizona 42-35. The Sun Devils await a Bowl.

15) Mississippi Rebels (9-3) upset Mississippi State 31-17. The Rebels wait a Bowl invite.

16) Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) lost to Georgia Tech in overtime. The Bulldogs wait for the Bowl.

17) Oklahoma Sooners (8-3) did not play. The Sooners host the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.

18) Clemson Tigers (9-3) beat South Carolina 35-17. The Tigers await a Bowl.

19) UCLA Bruins (9-3) were shocked by Stanford 31-10.The Bruins are off until the Bowls. 

20) Louisville Cardinals (9-3) topped Kentucky 44-40. The Cardinals wait for a Bowl bid.

21) Boise State Broncos (10-2) crushed Utah State 50-19. The Broncos face Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship game on Saturday.

22) Marshall Thundering Herd (11-1) were upset in overtime 67-66 by Western Kentucky. The Thundering Herd will face Louisiana Tech on Saturday for the Conference USA Championship.

23) Minnesota Gophers (8-4) lost to Wisconsin 34-24. Next stop a bowl game.

24) Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) topped Iowa 37-34 in overtime. Searching for a bowl.

25) Auburn Tigers (8-4) lost to Alabama 55-44.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


I wish all my readers the best for Thanksgiving! I hope everyone was able to find something to be thankful for as I know sometimes in a world full of troubles that can be hard to find.

The news before thanksgiving was not pleasant. Children getting shot by police, granted the children were playing with toy guns that looked like the real things. The riots in the aftermath of the decision in Ferguson. I wanted to blog about it. However, nothing I could write could change the situation.
I almost fell through the trap door and started blogging about it.

I pray for healing in those communities. I pray for the riots to end and peace to prevail. I hope it wasn't a racial issue. I know the incident has widened the division between races in this melting pot we call America.

I truly hope those racial divides end. I am not a fan of dividing people up in politics the left and the right either. Then there is the religious divide. We are all different. We should celebrate these differences and enjoy living together in harmony.

I am thankful I have friends of different religions, races, and.backgrounds. I am thankful for the ones who have shared their traditions, their food, their culture and truly enriched my life.

That is why my thoughts are on peace and love! No, I am not trying to sound like an old hippy. However peace, love and together is a much greater alternative than what I see in the news. No more riots, no more injustice, no more big divides, lets come together and become something greater.

Maybe give the homeless shelter, maybe feed the hungry without being arrested, maybe lifting up instead of tearing down. If we all work towards that wouldn't we all be more thankful?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Rankings After week 13: The Big Shuffle

Arkansas shocked Ole Miss in a week where many top teams took on cupcake opponents. The week ahead is filled with many rivalry games.

#24 Auburn Tigers at #3 Alabama Crimson and #20 Ole Miss at #6 Mississippi State are games with a lot on the line this week. #4 TCU visits a Burnt Red Hot Texas Longhorns on Thursday. #14 Georgia Tech at #12 Georgia is my game of the week. #15 Arizona State at #16 Arizona on Friday is my second pick. Arkansas is a red hot upset machine and they tangle with #11  Missouri on Saturday. #19 Minnesota at #17 Wisconsin looks like fun!

Here are the rankings:

1) Florida State University Seminoles (11-0) topped Boston College 20-17. The Seminoles finish the regular season against the Florida Gators on Saturday.

2) Oregon Ducks (10-1)  crushed Colorado 44-10. The Ducks visit Oregon State on Saturday.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (10-1) rolled on past Western Carolina 48-14. The Crimson Tide host Auburn on Saturday.

4) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (9-1) did not play. The Horned Frogs visit Texas on Thursday.

5) Baylor Bears (9-1) crushed Oklahoma State 49-28. The Bears visit Texas Tech on Saturday.

6) Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-1) destroyed Vanderbilt 51-0. The Bulldogs visit Ole Miss on Saturday.

7) Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)  beat Indiana 42-27. The Buckeyes host Michigan on Saturday.

8) UCLA Bruins (9-2) rolled over rival USC 38-20. The Bruins host Stanford on Friday.

9) Michigan State Spartans (9-2) walloped Rutgers 45-3. The Spartans visit Penn State on Saturday.

10) Kansas State Wildcats (8-2) beat West Virginia 26-20. The Wildcats host Kansas on Saturday.

11)Missouri Tigers (9-2) defeated Tennessee 29-21.The Tigers host Arkansas on Friday.

12) Georgia Bulldogs (9-2) crushed Charleston Southern 55-9. The Bulldogs host Georgia Tech on Saturday.

13) Marshall Thundering Herd (11-0) topped UAB 23-18. The Thundering Herd hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday.

14) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2) did not play. The Yellow Jackets visit Georgia on Saturday.

15) Arizona State Sun Devils (9-2) blasted Washington State 52-31. The Sun Devils visit Arizona on Friday.

16) Arizona Wildcats (9-2) crushed Utah 42-10. The Wildcats host the Sun Devils on Friday.

17) Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) nipped Iowa 26-24. The Badgers host Minnesota on Saturday.

18) Colorado State Rams (10-1) stomped New Mexico 58-20. The Rams visit Air Force on Saturday.

19) Minnesota Gophers (8-3) topped Nebraska 28-24. The Gophers visit Wisconsin on Saturday.

20) Mississippi Rebels (8-3) were shutout by Arkansas 30-0. The Rebels host Mississippi State on Saturday.

21) Oklahoma Sooners (8-3) crushed Kansas 44-7. The Sooners have a week off.

22) Louisville Cardinals (8-3) beat Notre Dame 31-28. The Cardinals host Kentucky on Saturday.

23) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3) lost to Minnesota 28-24.Nebraska visits Iowa on Saturday.

24) Auburn Tigers (8-3) beat Samford 31-7. The Tigers visit Alabama on Saturday.

25) Clemson Tigers (8-3) shut out Georgia State 28-0. The Tigers host South Carolina on Saturday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. John!

Today is Dr. John's birthday. He was a participant in my first battle of the bands post this month which you can revisit here.

He turns 74 and with a long career that means a lot of great music. This is how we celebrate!

This song is probably my all time favorite Dr. John song..

I want to dig deeper maybe pull a clip of Dr. John playing with some Louisiana All Stars called The Voices of the Wetland All Stars featuring Tab Benoit, George Porter, and Cyril Neville...

Here Dr. John performs "There Must be a Better World Some Place"..

Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

R.I.P Mike Nichols

In his career Mike Nichols won the most desirable awards in show business. Awards such as a Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony helped create a legend. Kennedy Center Awards and a National Medal of the Arts recognized his legacy.

He won his Grammy Award being part of the Nichols and May duo,,

Theater wise he won nine Tony Awards from Barefoot in the Park, to Spamalot, to Death of a Salesman and many in between.

An Academy Award and a Golden Globe for The Graduate...

Throw in four Emmy Awards for works like Angels in America....

Here is a news report...

Diane Sawyer will miss her husband, the rest of his family will missh im and the world will miss his entertaining talents.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Books: A Man Without A Country

Over the weekend I read another library find. This time I returned to an author I have read in the past Kurt Vonnegut. This time instead of reading a classic fiction work like Slaughterhouse-Five I turned to a collection of his essays called A Man Without a Country.


Many of the essays revealed truths in the world that are still truth. His essays were bold written like a writer not afraid to write his mind. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I enjoyed Slaughterhouse-Five and after reading A Man Without a Country I look forward to reading more works by Kurt Vonnegut.

Thanks for visiting and I will be back soon with a new post!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Books: Secrets of St. Vincent

I said I would get back to blogging about books again this month and here I am. I finally signed up for my library card. The library has very strange hours and I could complain about that or wish it was larger. However, I will be grateful for what they have and they still have real books.

Anyway I found another mystery book set in Florida and today I found out it is part of a trilogy. No it is not Bob Morris again. I  discovered Charles Farley. Unfortunately, I unknowingly picked the middle book. The book I am writing about Secrets of St. Vincent.

What I liked about the book was that it took place in a different time. The panhandle of Florida was quite different in the 1930s and Farley captured my imagination with panthers and 15 foot long alligators. Then there was the mystery. The book had a bit of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird with an African American blues musician accused of a crime he did not commit.

Murders, wilderness, history, race relationships, a man's fate hanging in the cell of a prison are all ingredients in this mystery plus a few more twists.

I've liked other mysteries better. Perhaps if I read the first book in the series I would have enjoyed this one more. The book didn't grab me at times. However, the book delivered a lot and overall was a pleasant read!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Rankings After week 12: The Big Shuffle

The week was full of upsets Arkansas shut out LSU, Virginia Tech nipped Duke, Oregon State surprised Arizona State, Northwestern took down Notre Dame, and Alabama made sure Mississippi State wasn't undefeated. The rankings from 2 through 25 have been revamped.

#25 USC at #8 UCLA will be a key game this week. #22 Minnesota visits #21 Nebraska and #19 Arizona visits Utah.

1) Florida State University Seminoles (10-0) rallied to top Miami 30-26. The Seminoles host Boston College on Saturday.

2) Oregon Ducks (10-1)  did not play. The Ducks host Colorado on Saturday.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (9-1) beat Mississippi State 25-20. The Crimson Tide host West Carolina on Saturday.

4) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (9-1) topped Kansas 34-30. The Horned Frogs have a week off.

5) Baylor Bears (8-1) did not play. Baylor hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.

6) Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-1) lost to Alabama 25-20. The Bulldogs host Vanderbilt on Saturday.

7) Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) beat Minnesota 31-24. The Buckeyes host Indiana on Saturday.

8) UCLA Bruins (8-2) did not play. The Bruins host USC on Saturday.

9) Mississippi Rebels (8-2) did not play. The Rebels visit Arkansas on Saturday.

10) Missouri Tigers (8-2) defeated Texas AM 34-27. The Tigers visit Tennessee on Saturday.

11) Michigan State Spartans (8-2) crushed Maryland 37-15. The Spartans host Rutgers on Saturday.

12) Kansas State Wildcats (7-2) did not play. The Wildcats visit West Virginia on Saturday.

13) Marshall Thundering Herd (10-0) crushed Rice 41-14. The Herd visits UAB on Saturday.

14) Georgia Bulldogs (8-2) crushed Auburn 34-7. The Bulldogs host Charleston Southern on Saturday.

15) Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) ran over Nebraska 59-24. The Badgers visit Iowa on Saturday.

16) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2) beat Clemson 28-6. The Yellow Jackets enjoy a week off.

18) Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) lost to Oregon State 35-27. The Sun Devils host Washington State on Saturday.

19) Arizona Wildcats (8-2) nipped Washington 27-26.  The Wildcats visit Utah on Saturday.

20) Colorado State Rams (9-1) did not play. The Rams host New Mexico on Saturday.

21) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2) fell to Wisconsin 59-24. Nebraska hosts Minnesota on Saturday.

22) Minnesota Gophers (7-3) lost to Ohio State 31-24. The Gophers visit Nebraska on Saturday.

23) Duke Blue Devils (8-2) was upset by Virginia Tech 17-16. The Blue Devils host North Carolina on Thursday.

24) Auburn Tigers (7-3) lost to Georgia 34-7. The Tigers host Samford on Saturday

25) USC Trojans (7-3) beat California 38-30. The Trojans visit UCLA on Saturday.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Battle of the Bands Number Nine: Hope in a Hopeless World

I'm back for my ninth installment of Battle of the Bands. Here is how it works:

Listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer

Alex J. Cavanaugh

When I first heard this song, heartbroken wondering the wine country of California and then boom! Over the airwaves of what had to be one of the coolest public radio station came Widespread Panics "Hope in a Hopeless World." It became one of my favorite songs and the perfect song for me at the time.

Phil Roy- Original Artist Not in Battle

Phil Roy originally wrote the song and here he performs his masterpiece..

First Challenger Eric Bibb

Second Challenger Widespread Panic

Enjoy the battle. This time I have two studio versions against each other. Vote in the comments and enjoy! Sorry a bit late in the day. I didn't have to work today and my daughter dragged me out to an event she wanted to go to and got out of the house, unplugged, and enjoyed the sunshine with a book.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy Birthday to the late Toy Caldwell

It is a great week to celebrate Toy Caldwell's birthday since earlier in the week it was Veteran's Day. Usually I write a blog post about the holiday. This year I missed it due to life. The Veteran's Day Post I like the best is this one.

What does celebrating Toy Caldwell's birthday and Veteran's Day have to do with each other? Toy Caldwell was a veteran. He enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam where he was injured. He returned to service after his injury and served from 1966 to 1969.

Music is what Toy Caldwell is mostly known for and in our tribute to Toy we will post a few songs.
One of his best known songs is "Can't You See" which he did when he was in The Marshall Tucker Band. The song features Toy on vocals this version comes from 1973...

Here he performs "Midnight Promises" which features some session work from Greg Allman...

Here Toy performs "I Hear the South Calling My Name"

Hope you enjoyed the story and the music! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Neil Young!

Busy times for Neil Young personally and musically. I don't judge to much on this blog. His former band mates same to judge a bit more. It is safe to say Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young aren't getting together anytime soon to jam.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young..."Ohio"

Today is Neil Young's birthday is today and we celebrate it with music! Here is his latest song "Who is Gonna Stand Up"...

From now to way back with Buffalo Springfield performing with "Mr. Soul"..

Here he performs a vintage version of "Old Man"

To contrast here is something plugged in with Crazy Horse called "Like a Hurricane"

With Neil Young we could go on with songs heavy and light. Happy Birthday and thanks for the songs!

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Rankings After week 11: 1,2, stay the same, huge shuffle 1,2, and 18 last undefeated teams

The rankings are a little late this week due to me being away from the computer most of the weekend. FSU and Mississippi State remain in the top spots. TCU and Oregon rise and Alabama stay pat. Then there is a huge shuffle.

Rivalries are always fun so #1 Florida State visiting Miami on Saturday. The game of the week appears to be #2 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama. #7 Ohio State visits #24 Minnesota and #9 Nebraska visits #23 Wisconsin. #10 Missouri Tigers visit Texas AM which should be an interesting game. #11 Auburn Tigers visits #19 Georgia in a key SEC game.

1) Florida State University Seminoles (9-0) beat Virginia  34-20. The Seminoles visit Miami on Saturday.

2) Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0) beat Tennessee-Martin 45-16. The Bulldogs visit Alabama on Saturday.

3) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (8-1) walloped Kansas State 41-20. The Horned Frogs visit Kansas on Saturday.

4) Oregon Ducks (9-1)  smashed Utah 51-27. The Ducks host Colorado on Saturday.

5) Alabama Crimson Tide  (8-1) topped LSU 20-13 in overtime. The Crimson Tide host Mississippi State on Saturday.

6) Baylor Bears (8-1) crushed Oklahoma 48-14. Baylor does not play.

7) Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) beat Michigan State 49-37.The Buckeyes visit Minnesota on Saturday.

8) Arizona State Sun Devils (8-1) dropped Notre Dame 55-31. The Sun Devils visit Oregon State on Saturday.

9) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1) did not play. Nebraska visits Wisconsin on Saturday.

10) Missouri Tigers (7-2) did not play. The Tigers visit Texas AM on Saturday.

11) Auburn Tigers (7-2) lost to Texas AM 41-38. The Tigers visit Georgia on Saturday

12) UCLA Bruins (8-2) defeated Washington 44-30. The Bruins have a week off.

13) Mississippi Rebels (8-2) shut out Presbyterian 48-0. The Rebels have a week off.

14) Michigan State Spartans (7-2) did lost to Ohio State 49-37. The Spartans visit Maryland on Saturday.

15) Kansas State Wildcats (7-2) fell to TCU 41-20. The Wildcats visit West Virginia on Saturday.

16) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-2) was smacked around by Arizona State 55-31. Notre Dame hosts Northwestern on Saturday.

17) LSU  Tigers (7-3) lost to Alabama 20-13 in overtime. The Tigers visit Arkansas on Saturday.

18) Marshall Thundering Herd (9-0) destroyed Southern Miss 63-17. The Herd hosts Rice on Saturday.

19) Georgia Bulldogs (7-2) crushed Kentucky 63-31. The Bulldogs host Auburn on Saturday.

20) Arizona Wildcats (7-2) defeated Colorado 38-20.  The Wildcats host Washington on Saturday.

21) Duke Blue Devils (8-1) beat Syracuse 27-10. The Blue Devils host Virginia Tech on Saturday.

22) Clemson Tigers (7-2) defeated Wake Forest 34-20. The Tigers visit Georgia Tech on Saturday.

23) Wisconsin Badgers (7-2) beat Purdue 34-16. The Badgers host Nebraska on Saturday.

24) Minnesota Gophers (7-2) crushed Iowa 51-14. The Gophers host Ohio State on Saturday.

25) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-2) crushed North Carolina State 56-23. Georgia Tech hosts Clemson on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Furthur Calls it Quits

Furthur covering The Clash with "Train in Vain"

From the groups website:

 "Thanks for making the Furthur community a great place to hang out, and for coming out to the shows. We'll all be keeping very busy over the foreseeable future, and it's time to let Furthur take a bow" 

Source linked here.

Below is a HQ video of the group covering a Grateful Dead song "Jack Straw" of course Furthur includes both Bob Weir and Phil Lesh from The Grateful Dead.

Some might be saddened that the group is calling it quits but many Deadheads are being very optimistic about what might come next. Since the Grateful Dead will be marking their 50th Anniversary soon. Below the group performs "Alligator:

Here the band performs Pink Floyd's "Time"

Fitting to close with "Time" since the group is calling it time to quit. Thanks for the songs, and thanks for  keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead I look forward to what comes next! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November the month ahead

 Another month has rolled by and this blog continues to ramble on. Here I attempt to write a post about what this blog is going to be about, or do this month when in truth I haven't a clue. I can promise you it won't include pictures of me in my "No-shave" November. In a month could I look like a member of ZZ Top, Duck Dynasty, or Santa Claus. Because I am not a participant in that but I know a couple of people I could annoy by doing that maybe next year. .I won't be posting my excerpts from a novel I am hurriedly writing in a month.Though the novel might have some appeal to me at some point. Of course there is the procrastinator in me, who would wait till the 30th and write the novel pressed against the deadline. I'm sure it might break a rule or two.

I'm not knocking either one. I'm just not doing those this November. To those participating in the novel writing thing I wish you the best. Even if I had no day job, no family distractions, I don't think I could write one in a month. I am continuing to do the Battle of the Bands twice a month. A weekly football post. But what else? That is a good question. Well I am reading a book or two which could translate into a post or two about books. Something I have done before but not in quite a while.

Maybe the post about a birthday, death. or maybe I will share something I experience. Some of the blog is predictable other parts are a mystery. Maybe I will decorate the blog with holiday lights, wait I am already too late for that! Dang Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and every big box store decorated in August! Well you will see what comes out as you follow this blog this month!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Rankings After week 10: 1,2, stay the same, bif shuffle21 last undefeated teams

My #4 Georgia was upset by Florida, #5 Ole Miss fell again, and as you imagine the rankings were shuffled. Florida State, Mississippi State and Marshall remain the only undefeated teams left.

#3 Notre Dame visits #13 Arizona State this week. The game of the week #4 Kansas State at #6 TCU. #5 Alabama visits #15 LSU. #7 Oregon at #16 Utah. #9 Baylor at #14 Oklahoma as the big games keep coming. #12 Ohio State at #10 Michigan State.

1) Florida State University Seminoles (8-0) beat Louisville 42-31. The Seminoles entertain Virginia on Saturday.

2) Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-0) held off Arkansas 17-10. The Bulldogs host Tennessee-Martin  on Saturday.

3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) beat .The Navy 49-39.The Irish visit Arizona State on Saturday.

4) Kansas State Wildcats (7-1) crushed Oklahoma State 48-14. The Wildcats visit TCU on Saturday.

5) Alabama Crimson Tide  (7-1) did not play. The Crimson Tide visits LSU on Saturday.

6) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (7-1) edged West Virginia 31-30. The Horned Frogs host Kansas State on Saturday.

7) Oregon Ducks (8-1)  blasted Stanford 45-16. The Ducks visit Utah on Saturday.

8) Auburn Tigers (7-1) stopped Ole Miss 35-31. The Tigers host Texas AM on Saturday.

9) Baylor Bears (7-1) crushed Kansas 60-14. Baylor visits Oklahoma on Saturday.

10) Michigan State Spartans (7-1) did not play. The Spartans host Ohio State on Saturday.

11) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1) beat Purdue 35-14. Nebraska has a week off.

12) Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1) walloped Illinois 55-14. The Buckeyes visit Michigan State on Saturday.

13) Arizona State Sun Devils (7-1) topped Utah 19-16 in OT. The Sun Devils host Notre Dame on Saturday.

14) Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) did not play. The Sooners host Baylor on Saturday.

15) LSU  Tigers (7-2) did not play. The Tigers host Alabama on Saturday.

16) Utah Utes (6-2) lost to Arizona State in overtime 19-16. The Utes host the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.

17) Mississippi Rebels (7-2) fell to Auburn 35-31. The Rebels host Presbyterian on Saturday.

18) Missouri Tigers (7-2) doubled up Kentucky 20-10. The Tigers have a week off.

19) UCLA Bruins (7-2) defeated Arizona 17-7. The Bruins visit Washington on Saturday.

20) Marshall Thundering Herd (8-0) did not play. The Herd visit Southern Miss on Saturday.

21) Arizona Wildcats (6-2) lost to UCLA 17-7.  The Wildcats host Colorado on Saturday.

22) Georgia Bulldogs (6-2) fell to Florida 38-20. The Bulldogs visit Kentucky on Saturday.

23) West Virginia Mountaineers (6-3)  lost to TCU 31-30. WVU visits Texas on Saturday.

24) Duke Blue Devils (7-1) nipped Pitt in double OT 51-48. The Blue Devils visit Syracuse on Saturday.

25) Clemson Tigers (6-2) did not play. The Tigers visit Wake Forest on Thursday.