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Reiss' Pieces -- Week 5 college football recap

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Reiss' Pieces -- Week 5 college football recap

Another Saturday, another Stanford blowoutThe Cardinal has the nations longest win streak at 12games. The last seven of those wins havecome by at least 26 points. So why thecontinued slide down the AP poll?...The answer is two-fold.The obvious part: Oklahoma State and Wisconsinhave leapfrogged Stanford after beating top-10 teams, while the Cardinal waseither on a BYE or beating lightly-regarded UCLA. But then theres the perception problemStanford is methodical, not explosive. This team doesnt run and gun anybody out ofthe building; it merely pounds opponents into submission over fourquarters. And thats just not sexyFrankly, Im tired of hearing about the lack of big-playoptions at wide receiver. The Cardinaloffense is as potent as any in the nation.You know whats coming, you still cant stop it. But the defense is less convincing than itwas a year ago, and that could prove to be costly once legit foes begin to dotthe scheduleFortunately for Stanford, that wont happen for another fourweeks at USC on October 29thAndrew Luck remains the Heisman favorite, not because of hisstats, but because nobody in the nation runs an offense as efficiently andadeptlyRobert Griffin III might have overtaken Luck in the strawpolls had his first interception of the season not resulted in Baylors firstloss of the season at Kansas StateThe guy moving up the charts with a massive bullet isWisconsin QB Russell Wilson. His numbersare better than Lucks across the board, and his team might well run the BigTen tableHow bout them Tigers?Clemson is the first ACC team ever to beat three straight rankedopponents. And theyve done it with theanti-Stanford offense (read: explosive, sexy, chuckin it downfield withreckless abandon). But before you gopenciling Dabo Swineys guys into the BCS, might want to wait for their game atGeorgia Tech on October 29thThe Yellow Jackets are second in the nation in points andyards per game, and theres simply no way to prepare for the speed at whichTevin Washington and company run that triple-option offense Ohio State. YeeeeechThe Buckeyes came within seconds of being shut out at homefor the first time since 1982I heard a Texas A&M fan on sports radio after the Aggiesgacked away a second consecutive big lead against a ranked opponent (Arkansas). The caller said it was a worse choke job thanthe Red Sox. Clearly he had just imbibedhimself into a post-game stupor, but his point is well-taken: A&M hasBCS-level talent yet has already eliminated itself from that equation Of course, that guy wont get any sympathy from South Carolinafans. The Gamecocks are a cautionarytale of how an abundance of star power can be derailed by shoddy quarterbackplay Stephen Garcia has thrown nine interceptions in fourgames. Steve Spurrier would probablytrade his superstar tailback, wideout, and defensive end for a guy capable ofthrowing the ball to his teammatesAuburn managed to beat South Carolina in spiteof its own QB. Couldnt be much lessimpressed with Barrett Trotter, but couldnt be much more impressed withMichael Dyer. The reigning BCS titlegame MVP played through a lot of pain to lead his team to victoryOther week five props: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones, Illinois QBNathan Scheelhaase, Michigan QB Denard Robinson, West Virginia RB DustinGarrison, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, the Michigan Statedefensive front seven.

Week six feature games: Oklahoma-Texas, Florida-LSU, Ohio State-Nebraska, Arizona State-Utah and of course, Cal-Oregon.

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.