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Ray's Top 25: Stanford jumps

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Ray's Top 25: Stanford jumps

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 Two, 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 Two rankings

1 Alabama Widened their advantage over the field to the point that the next ranked team should be No. 5 2 Florida State Boxed a nice set of ears in Wake Forest. 3 Oregon Having finished the Hostess Cakes portion of the schedule, they now get down to business. 4 LSU Idaho really is too beneath them. 5 Georgia Waiting for the other shoe to drop, but until it does . . . 6 Texas So. Mississippi is the lesser of the three Mississippis, but it's a Mississippi nonetheless. 7 Stanford David Shaw says he likes the school very much. He's about to find out how much is much. 8 Oklahoma Resting comfortably. 9 Notre Dame Navy, Purdue and Michigan State. All wins. Hard to argue so far. 10 Florida Tennessee was ranked by some folks. No more. 11 Ohio State Either Cal is better than we thought, or the Big Ten is exactly as bad as we think. 12 South Carolina East Carolina is still the best win. 13 UCLA Houston has been seen quite enough, thank you. 14 Clemson Florida State will tell us everything we need to know next week. 15 Kansas State Oklahoma is next, and unlike Missouri State, Miami or North Texas in every way. 16 Southern California Stanford didn't win, Stanford dominated. 17 Michigan State Notre Dame didn't win, Notre Dame dominated. 18 West Virginia Dana Holgerson said James Madison was a tougheropponent than Marshall. It wasn't. 19 Rutgers South Florida was a worthy win in a shrinking conference. 20 TCU I'm pretty noncommittal about this team. Well, most teams, in fact. 21 Mississippi State Moved up because Virginia Tech took the pipe. Other than that, not a lot to gush about either way. 22 Michigan Massachusetts. That's all. 23 Iowa State The conference schedule begins next week, and doesn't get easy until November 17. They do this, they're good. 24 Arizona Just making a cameo until Oregon gets hold of them. 25 Ohio Interchangeable with Louisville; their best wins were against disgraced Penn State and disgraced North Carolina.

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.