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Ray's Top 25: Stanford climbs, UCLA makes cut

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Ray's Top 25: Stanford climbs, UCLA makes 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 Nine, 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 Nine rankings

Alabama An enduring test, but it always helps to have the best players with the ball late Oregon If the Ducks play USC 100 times, the final score would 62-51 every time Kansas State Still very much in the hunt as they plow remorselessly through the Big 12-ish Notre Dame How much finer can one cut a piece of salami before it just becomes coldcut dust? Ohio State Leaders and Legends can fight it out for spots 2-12 Louisville They simply never lose Florida State The week off didn't make the rest of the ACC look any better except No. 9 Georgia Ole Miss thought about it for a little bit, then went predictably supine Clemson This is the exception in the Florida State remarks Florida Missouri shouldn't have been that hard Louisiana State If the Bayous had held for 51 more seconds, this could be Alabama South Carolina Steve Spurrier was thinking of witty sayings, and playing 90 holes of speed golf Oregon State Good second half at home against ASU keep them in place Texas A&M This SEC ain't so hard to figure out . . . heh heh heh Oklahoma This is their true place, though they may end the season higher Toledo Idle Kent State Not idle, but Akron comes pretty damned close Texas Gave Lubbock the back of its hoof Stanford Colorado scored zero, which is probably a touchdown more than it deserved Northern Illinois Umass is new, but getting older Mississippi State This was coming for awhile Rutgers Needed the week off to deal with bigger issues Ohio Kent State on Thanksgiving weekend is the showdown UCLA Arizona was supposed to a lot better than -56 Louisiana Tech Still chugging along with just the one loss

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.