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Ray's Top 25: Baylor makes the cut

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Ray's Top 25: Baylor makes the cut

Every week, our Senior Decider votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which of course makes all other opinions both superfluous and valueless (hey, dont say you never get your moneys worth here).

So here, after Week Three, is the world of college football, whether you like it or not. And if you dont, theres a new one next week you might like better.

RELATED: Ratto's Week Three rankings

1 Alabama Ole Miss is going to get dramatically ol'er 2 Florida State Slow start became overwhelming finish against Clemson 3 Oregon They look pretty, but they mostly defend nasty 4 Georgia Vanderblt is not a high bar to clear, but the Dawgs cleared it by 45 5 Kansas State Didn't beat Oklahoma, beat Oklahoma up. Two decisive wins over 3-1 teams 6 LSU We were under the impression that Auburn was down, so this was not an inspiring win 7 Texas Prepped for Cowboys-Bucs 8 Stanford Prepped for 49ers-Vikings 9 Notre Dame Did not please the eye in beating Michigan. Still, they beat Michigan 10 Florida If only beating Kentucky meant something 11 South Carolina Missouri got another helping of "This Ain't The Big 12 Anymore" 12 West Virginia Maryland best test to date, but Baylor and Texas back to back are better still 13 Rutgers First team with three road wins this year 14 Oregon State Two wins over ranked teams, and they still haven't gotten their crack at Nicholls State 15 Oklahoma Kansas State may be their annual stinker; then again, it may not be 16 USC Rallied to control, if not pound Cal 17 Ohio State One step below SC because it had to work harder to beat Cal 18 Michigan State Eastern Michigan brought a nice picnic basket to the party 19 TCU The Toads continue to not lose to teams they shouldn't lose to 20 Mississippi State South Alabama, what can you say? Nothing. 21 Clemson Stuck around early, but Florida State wore the Tigers down 22 UCLA Losing at home does very little to help a team's national profile 23 Iowa State Still unbeaten against Bye 24 Wisconsin Lost to Oregon State; Nebraska lost to UCLA; you see how this works, right? 25 Baylor Can't believe I'm saying this, but the Louisiana Monroe win carries a bit of weight

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.