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Ray's Top 25: Boise State bouncing back

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Ray's Top 25: Boise State bouncing back

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 Seven, 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 Seven rankings

1 Alabama Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. 2 Oregon If you just took first halves, an easy No. 1. Second halves, they'd be 63rd. 3 Kansas State Taught West Virginia a valuable lesson about moving costs. 4 Florida Edged South Carolina by almost five scores. 5 Oklahoma Kansas remains un-good. 6 Florida State At Miami is a good win. A very good win. 7 Louisiana State Texas A&M gave the Tigers all they could eat, but the Tigers ate all they needed. 8 Notre Dame The wins are nice, the opponents strong, the margins unsettling. 9 Oregon State Not their best game, but good enough. 10 Mississippi State The last gimme. 11 Rutgers They continue to decline the opportunity to be exposed. 12 Texas Tech Scored more in their overtime than Notre Dame did all day. 13 Southern California They're not back yet, but they can see it from where they're standing. 14 Georgia Kentucky by five? This is not an inspirational moment. 15 Clemson Virginia Tech must not be very Virginia Tech this year. 16 Ohio State Purdue in overtime, plus a catastrophic injury doesn't make anyone in Columbus happy. 17 South Carolina Quite the comeuppance for the Ol' Ball Coach. 18 Louisville Barely beat South Florida. 19 Texas A&M Doesn't deserve to drop after performance against LSU. 20 Toledo Second-best team in the state maybe? 21 Ohio Or is it these guys, who were off this week? 22 Boise State Quietly winning since early stumble. 23 Northern Illinois One loss, to Iowa. You make room for that. 24 Louisiana Tech 70 against Idaho is probably running it up, but sometimes it can't be helped. 25 Cincinnati This could have been lots of teams (Tulsa, West Virginia), but Toledo loss is no shame.

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.