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Ray's Top 25: Oregon separates from Pac

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Ray's Top 25: Oregon separates from Pac

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 Five, 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 Five rankings

1 Alabama The bye only reminds us what we already knew about what's what and who's who 2 Oregon The separation between the Ducks and the Pac-11 grows exponentially 3 Kansas State Like watching a boa constrictor eat 4 South Carolina There may be a comedown for the Gamecocks, but it's harder to see where 5 West Virginia A great game tells us that Geno Smith could also help the defense 6 Florida Probably scored enough points to beat LSU twice 7 Notre Dame Convincing Miami to stop thinking well of itself was its own reward 8 Oklahoma Strong work at Texas Tech revivifies the Sooners 9 Florida State This probably represents their national place better than 2 10 Texas Horns only lose three places for losing so entertainingly 11 Ohio State Nine scores on Nebraska overwhelms all the anti Big-10 evidence 12 Louisiana State Tigers score like they're in the English Premier League 13 Georgia Religion has been gotten 14 Rutgers Slipped a couple of spots simply because of the chaos above them 15 Oregon State The Civil War may be the best game left on the Pac-12 schedule 16 Mississippi State Solid but not wonderful against Kentucky. This is about their acme. 17 Clemson Georgia Tech isn't exactly a high point of their list of wins 18 Iowa State Beating TCU at TCU ought to remove most of the doubters 19 Stanford A week ago, they couldn't score. This week they couldn't stop the other guy from scoring. 20 Southern California Utah was more work than the Trojans thought they should be 21 Louisville Having a bye left as much of an impression as the rest of their season 22 Louisiana Tech This is a couple of weeks late, but they got here 23 Cincinnati Louisville in three weeks, but they shouldn't sleep on Toledo 24 Ohio Still unbeaten, though Buffalo was a harder task than it should have been 25 Texas Christian Holding on by a very thin reed

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.