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AP Top 25 college football rankings, Week 4

AP Top 25 college football rankings are in for week 4.

After a solid 3-0 start, last week’s No. 10 Arkansas battled No. 1 Alabama at home until the final minutes but a Ryan Mallett interception killed their chances for an upset and dropped the Razorbacks down five notches to No. 15.

As anticipated, No. 1 Alabama (4-0) retained the top spot after that tough road win. The Top 25 also has a surprise newcomer, No. 25 Nevada, who joins the elite group for the first time in several decades.

 The top three spots have remained the same with No. 2 Ohio State (4-0) and No. 3 Boise State Broncos (3-0) staying in their spots after winning over the weekend.

The Big Ten is represented by six teams, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn State, Denard Robinson’s Michigan and Michigan State. (Nebraska who is joining the Big Ten next season is ranked No. 6).

The SEC also has a strong representation in the AP Top 25 with Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, LSU, Auburn, and South Carolina making it to the list.

No. 21 Texas Longhorns who suffered an embarrassing loss to the unranked UCLA Bruins spiraled down 14 slots from the No. 7 spot.

Below is the list of all Top 25 teams:

Associated Press Top 25

  1. Alabama (57) 4-0
  2. Ohio State (2) 4-0
  3. Boise State (1) 4-0
  4. Oregon (4-0)
  5. TCU (4-0)
  6. Nebraska (4-0)
  7. Florida (4-0)
  8. Oklahoma (4-0)
  9. Stanford (4-0)
  10. Auburn (4-0)
  11. Wisconsin (4-0)
  12. LSU (4-0)
  13. Utah (4-0)
  14. Arizona (4-0)
  15. Arkansas (3-1)
  16. Miami (FL)  (2-1)
  17. Iowa  (3-1)
  18. USC (4-0)
  19. South Carolina (3-1)
  20. Michigan (4-0)
  21. Texas (3-1)
  22. Penn State (3-1)
  23. North Caroline State (4-0)
  24. Michigan State (4-0)
  25. Nevada (4-0)

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Carroll bolts USC, NCAA hammer comes down

When I picture USC execs standing to face the music and have to accept the sentences for their NCAA crimes, a caricature scenario runs through my mind that includes ex-Trojans football coach Pete Carroll driving off in the getaway car leaving his fellow cronies behind to take the beating.

Carroll’s name has come up around the NFL regarding coaching vacancies several times over the years since he returned to an NCAA bench but he never took any offers seriously enough to leave until this off-season.

When it was announced Carroll would be leaving USC to return to the NFL, the NCAA allegations against USC were long out there with investigations dragging out over several years, so the timing of him shedding his Cardinal and Gold comes into question.

Being behind the Trojans bench this year would have been a disaster since the sanctions include a two-year ban from participating in a bowl game, the loss of 20 scholarships and sacrificing wins over the past several years. The L.A. Times has all the sanctions listed here.

Good luck recruiting with your hands tied like that.

The records for top NCAA football programs after being issued harsh sentences have produced grim results in the past. The five-year conference records for Alabama Crimson Tide was (21-14), OU (17-15-2) and Auburn (18-22) after being penalized by the NCAA and after an impressive winning run, the University of Miami took several years to dig out of a hole after they were slammed with sanctions.

It’s all about recruiting in college ball which is basically the minor league of the NFL. Elite high school players get lured to whatever schools can get them the most exposure to the NFL scouts.

So what’s going on in Knoxville then? Where Lane Kiffin left the University of Tennessee hanging just as the team was making its way around the corner from a dark, dingy alley they had been stuck in for several years.

Be assured there will be some heavy partying at that campus when Kiffin learns his recruiting has suddenly become so difficult.

Kiffin is known as one of the kings of recruiting and even went as far as sending hot looking babes in skimpy outfits to high school games and events trying to lure top prospects to UT during his short stay.

While all this is happening in Southern California, the caricature comes back to mind and I picture Carroll glancing back in the rear view mirror of the getaway car, well out of danger, heading toward sunnier skies in Seattle.

MORE: L.A. Times Lists All Sanctions Here

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Alabama Beats Texas 37-21 in BCS Championship

PASADENA, CA. – The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide defense knocked Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy out of the BCS title game early Thursday night, then made a big play to save the win late, going on to a 37-21 victory for their first national title since 1992.

McCoy injured his throwing shoulder on the Longhorns fifth play and watched most of the loss from the sideline. “I would have given anything to be out there,” said McCoy. “Because it would have been different.”

Garrett Gilbert, a highly recruited freshman who is the Longhorns’ quarterback of the future, had only thrown 26 college passes coming into the game and was thrown into a pressure-packed situation, stepping in for McCoy in the national spotlight. He responded well, throwing two touchdown passes to All-American Jordan Shipley to trim the deficit to 24-21 with 6:15 left.

After an Alabama punt, Gilbert and his Longhorns had the ball at the 7-yard line, 93 yards away from one of the most incredible comeback stories in the history of the game. But that changed when Tide linebacker Eryk Anders forced a fumble on a blindside sack of Gilbert with 3:02 to play and the ball was recovered by the ‘Bama defense.

Three plays later, Ingram, the offensive MVP, took it in from the one yard line for a 10-point ‘Bama lead. A few minutes later, after Gilbert threw his third interception of the night, Richardson scored another to make it 37-21, making a close game look like a blowout on the scoreboard.

Ingram finished with 116 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Richardson had 109 yards and two scores, earning the fourth straight national title for the SEC.

“I don’t think anybody in the country worked harder than us,” Ingram said. “We played a great game today.”

Texas (13-1) went into the game ranked No. 2 and got there due to the play of McCoy. After the injury, McCoy was asking to go back in to finish his last college game but Texas coach Mack Brown decided to err on the side of caution, and McCoy spent the second half wearing a headset on the sideline while Gilbert took the snaps.

“It’s a hard learning curve but [Gilbert] learned fast,” Brown said. “At one point, I thought he was going to win the ballgame.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban became the first coach since the polls began in 1936 to win national titles with two schools. He won the 2003 BCS championship with LSU.

“Everybody has made a great team and that’s why this team is good,” Saban said. “It’s not just because of me. I’m proud of the team and proud of the way they played today and I’m really proud of the state of Alabama.”

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Mark Ingram Wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK – In the tightest vote in the 75-year history of the Heisman Trophy, Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark 2009-heisman-candidatesIngram, shown in center of photo, won the award.

Ingram, the Flint, Michigan native may have gathered several votes last week after he led his team to a lopsided 32-13 victory in the SEC Championship game over Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.

Running Back Toby Gerhart of the Stanford Cardinals came in second, just 28 votes behind Ingram.

Texas Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy was considered the favorite but would leave New York without hardware on this night but will be vying for a bigger prize on January 7 when his team plays in the national championship game against Ingram’s Tide.

Other nominees were past Heisman winner, Tebow and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

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2009-2010 College Football Bowl Schedule

After defeating Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators 32-13, quarterback Greg McElroy, running back Mark Ingram and their Alabama Crimson Tide will make a trip to the BCS Championship game against the Texas Longhorns and Colt McCoy. The full 2009-2010 college football bowl schedule is here.

Citi BCS National Championship Game NCAA Football
Texas vs. Alabama Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 7
8 p.m. ABC

Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. TCU Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium Jan. 4
8 p.m. FOX

Allstate Sugar
Florida vs. Cincinnati New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. FOX

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Dec. 20
8:30 p.m. ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas
Oregon State vs. BYU Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 22
8 p.m. ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah vs. Cal San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 23
8 p.m. ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii
Nevada vs. SMU Honolulu
Aloha Stadium Dec. 24
8 p.m. ESPN

Little Caesars
Marshall vs. Ohio Detroit
Ford Field Dec. 26
1 p.m. ESPN

Meineke Car Care
Pitt vs. North Carolina Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium Dec. 26
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Boston College vs. USC San Francisco
AT&T Park Dec. 26
8 p.m. ESPN

Gaylord Hotels Music City
Kentucky vs. Clemson Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field Dec. 27
8:30 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence
Texas A&M vs. Georgia Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium Dec. 28
5 p.m. ESPN2

Army or UCLA vs. Temple Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium Dec. 29
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports
Miami vs. Wisconsin Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Dec. 29
8 p.m. ESPN

Roady’s Humanitarian
Bowling Green vs. Idaho Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium Dec. 30
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday
Arizona vs. Nebraska San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 30
8 p.m. ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Houston vs. Air Force Fort Worth, Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium Dec. 31

Brut Sun
Oklahoma vs. Stanford El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl Dec. 31
2 p.m. CBS

Navy vs. Missouri Houston
Reliant Stadium Dec. 31
3:30 p.m. ESPN

Minnesota vs. Iowa State Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium Dec. 31
6 p.m. NFL Network

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee Atlanta
Georgia Dome Dec. 31
7:30 p.m. ESPN

Northwestern vs. Auburn Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium Jan. 1
11 a.m. ESPN

Capital One
Penn State vs. LSU Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Jan. 1
1 p.m. ABC

Konica Minolta Gator
West Virginia vs. Florida State Jacksonville, Fla.
Municipal Stadium Jan. 1
1 p.m. CBS

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
Ohio State vs. Oregon Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1
4:30 p.m. ABC
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois Toronto, Canada
Rogers Centre Jan. 2 Noon ESPN2

South Carolina vs. UConn Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field Jan. 2
2 p.m. ESPN

AT&T Cotton
Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium Jan. 2
2 p.m. FOX

AutoZone Liberty
Arkansas vs. East Carolina Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl Jan. 2
5:30 p.m. ESPN

Valero Alamo
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech San Antonio
Alamodome Jan. 2
9 p.m. ESPN

FedEx Orange
Iowa vs. Georgia Tech Miami
Land Shark Stadium Jan. 5
8 p.m. FOX

Central Michigan vs. Troy Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium Jan. 6
7 p.m. ESPN

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