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  • 01 Aug
    导出博客文章Many of college footballs best teams have already reached the halfway point of
    the 2016 season, and a clear top four in the College Football Playoff race has
    emerged.Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan are who we thought they were.
    What order would you put them in? Well, they may be interchangeable, depending
    on how you size each of them up at this point.Defending national champion
    Alabama looks like the best team, but dont tell Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban
    that. It might get you an ass-chewing normally reserved for offensive
    coordinator Lane Kiffin. The top-ranked Tide gave up too many points and far too
    many passing yards (400) in a 49-30 victory at Arkansas, their 18th consecutive
    win.Theres still plenty of room for improvement, and Alabama is about to find
    out if its really the best team in the country. The Tide play at No. 9 Tennessee
    next week, then host No. 8 Texas A&M on Oct. 22 and play at LSU on Nov.
    5.Were certainly not where we want to be, not in all facets of the game, Saban
    said. Sometimes we play great on offense, but weve just got to be more
    consistent when we play really good teams.No. 3 Clemson might have the best
    individual win this season -- a 42-36 victory over Louisville at Death Valley
    last week. But the Tigers havent beaten anybody else of real consequence, and
    theyll play only more ranked foe during the regular season: at No. 23 Florida
    State on Oct. 29.Ohio State might have the best overall collection of talent
    even if much of coach Urban Meyers rebuilt team is extremely young. The No. 2
    Buckeyes have won each of their first five games by at least 20 points,
    including Saturdays 38-17 win over Indiana. Well know more about Ohio State
    after next weeks trip to No. 11 Wisconsin.We cant say for sure if Ohio State is
    even the best team in the Big Ten. No. 4 Michigan demolished Rutgers 78-0,
    holding the Scarlet Knights to two first downs and only five passing yards.
    Rutgers punted 16 times in the game, and its longest play from scrimmage was 12
    yards.It was Michigans largest margin of victory since an 85-0 win over the
    University of Chicago in 1939. It was Rutgers worst loss since an 82-0 defeat
    against Princeton in 1888.It just feels like playing a video game, Rutgers
    safety Anthony Cioffi told reporters. Just got spanked.Michigan doesnt play a
    ranked opponent in its next five games and will be heavily favored to roll into
    its Nov. 26 showdown at Ohio State with an 11-0 record. A Big Ten title -- and
    potentially a spot in the CFP -- might be on the line.Given the competition the
    top four teams faced in Week 6, there wasnt much that happened that would have
    changed opinions about them. However, the second tier of playoff contenders
    beneath them changed dramatically.No. 6 Houston lost 46-40 at Navy, which all
    but knocked the Cougars out of contention for the playoff.?We didnt play very
    well in any phase of the game, and we still had a chance to win it there in the
    fourth quarter, Houston coach Tom Herman said. Youre not going to win very many
    games against really good teams on the road turning the ball over three times,
    one for a touchdown, snapping the ball over the punters head and letting them
    rush for 300 yards.With Houston falling, No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Texas
    A&M look like the best bets to challenge the top four teams for the playoff
    spots.The Aggies moved to 6-0 for the first time since 1994 after surviving a
    45-38 win over No. 9 Tennessee in two overtimes. Texas A&M blew a 21-point
    lead in the second half and then won in overtime after squandering two chances
    to put the Volunteers away in the final minutes.Texas A&Ms defense allowed
    684 yards against Tennessee, including 402 passing. Theyll have two weeks to
    clean things up before traveling to Alabama on Oct. 22.Its great, Texas A&M
    defensive end Myles Garrett said. We finally got over the hump, the little 5-0
    hill that weve been facing every year.Talk about getting over the hump.
    Washington ended a 12-game losing streak to bitter rival Oregon by demolishing
    the Ducks 70-21 at Autzen Stadium. It was the first time Oregon allowed 70
    points in a game since losing to Texas 71-7 on Dec. 6, 1941. The Japanese bombed
    Pearl Harbor the next day.Im just glad I dont have to talk about the streak, or
    have to answer that, Washington coach Chris Petersen said. Thats probably the
    No. 1 thing Ive been asked since the day I got to Seattle.There are plenty of
    questions about Oregons future after it dropped its fourth straight game. The
    Ducks are 11-9 in their last 20 games under coach Mark Helfrich since reaching
    the CFP National Championship at the end of the 2014 season.Its different than a
    normal loss, no question, Helfrich said. I apologize for that score.The Ducks
    arent the only team that has fallen dramatically. Notre Dame is also 2-4 after
    losing to NC State 10-3 on the road. The Fighting Irish offense managed only 113
    yards on 64 plays in the rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew. Quarterback
    DeShone Kizer was sacked five times and completed only 9 of 26 passes for 54
    yards.We dont have any excuses, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. We were
    atrocious offensively.Texas coach Charlie Strong is out of excuses as well.
    After Strong demoted defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and took over the
    defensive playcalling earlier this week, the Longhorns surrendered 672 yards of
    offense in a 45-40 loss to Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game in
    Dallas.Texas lost its third straight game and fell to 2-3 overall. It has
    allowed 45 points or more in four of its first five games.We lost the game, so
    there was no improvement at all, Strong said. We gave up 45 points and cant give
    up those big plays on defense.Playoff teams after Week 61. Alabama: Crimson Tide
    freshman Jalen Hurts keeps getting better every week. He completed 13 of 17
    passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and ran for two
    more scores in a 49-30 win at Arkansas. He has accounted for eight total
    touchdowns in the last three games.2. Ohio State: The Buckeyes slogged through a
    38-17 win over Indiana, which limited the Buckeyes to only 93 passing yards. But
    Ohio State ran for 290 yards and won their fifth consecutive game by 20 points
    or more, the longest active streak in FBS. The Buckeyes will have to play better
    when they travel to No. 11 Wisconsin next week.3. Clemson: The Tigers had a
    short week after last weeks thrilling win over Louisville, but they responded
    with a 56-10 rout at Boston College on Friday. Clemson has won 12 consecutive
    ACC games and eight straight road games, tying the school record set in 1978-79.
    Theyll get an extra day to rest before hosting NC State next week.4. Michigan:
    One day after the 100-year anniversary of Georgia Techs 222-0 win over
    Cumberland, Michigan steamrolled Rutgers 78-0 on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights
    had two first downs, five passing yards and were outgained 600-39 in total
    offense. Rutgers has been outscored 136-0 in its last two games.Next four in
    contention1. Washington: The Huskies took out 12 years of frustration on Oregon,
    crushing the Ducks 70-21 at Autzen Stadium. It was the Huskies first win in the
    series since beating Oregon 42-10 in 2003, and theyve now scored at least 35
    points in nine consecutive games. The Huskies get a week off before hosting
    Oregon State on Oct. 22.2. Texas A&M: The Aggies piled up 592 yards against
    Tennessee and had a 200-yard rusher and 100-yard rusher in the same game for
    only the second time since 1950. Tailback Trayveon Williams ran for 217 yards
    with one touchdown, and quarterback Trevor Knight ran for 110 yards with three
    scores.3. Louisville: The Cardinals had an extra week to stew over their 42-36
    loss at Clemson last week. They will host Duke on Friday.4. Tennessee: The
    Volunteers nearly put together another incredible comeback, rallying from an
    early 28-7 hole before falling 45-38 in two overtimes at Texas A&M. The Vols
    were undone by seven turnovers and 12 penalties, and now they have to bounce
    back to play No. 1 Alabama at home next week.Heisman candidates1. Deshaun
    Watson, QB, Clemson: Watson is starting to look like the player he was a year
    ago. He passed for 266 yards with four touchdowns at Boston College on Friday
    night and is now 24-2 as Clemsons starting quarterback.2. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio
    State: Barrett had a so-so day against Indiana. He ran for 137 yards with one
    touchdown on a career-high 26 carries while completing 9 of 21 passes for 93
    yards with one score and an interception. With 86 career touchdowns (rushing and
    passing), he moved past former Buckeyes quarterback Art Schlichter for second
    place in OSU history.3. Jabrill Peppers, LB/RB, Michigan: Peppers scored two of
    Michigans nine rushing touchdowns in a 78-0 rout at Rutgers. Peppers, who has
    played 12 positions this season, also had a 63-yard run to set up another score
    and had an electrifying punt return for a touchdown wiped out by a penalty --
    and he did it all without playing in the second half. Afterward, Michigan coach
    Jim Harbaugh said: In my humble opinion, were looking at a Heisman Trophy winner
    and candidate.4. Jake Browning, QB, Washington: Browning accounted for eight
    touchdowns in Washingtons 70-21 rout at Oregon. He completed 22 of 28 passes for
    304 yards with six touchdowns and ran for two more scores. In six games,
    Browning has thrown 23 touchdowns with only two interceptions.Best momentsTweets
    of the nightBest playsWorst playsQuotes of the night1. It shows the resiliency
    of our kids. I always say that it lets you know our country is in good shape
    because these are the leaders of our country in the future. -- Navy coach Ken
    Niumatalolo after the Midshipmens 46-40 upset of No. 6 Houston.2. Were tired of
    hearing about everybody else: North Carolina, Miami, Clemson, Louisville. Those
    are great teams, but we think we deserve to be mentioned in that category. --
    Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans, after the Hokies improved to 4-1 with a
    34-3 win at North Carolina.3. The game needs to be played, and we need to work
    to find a way to do that. This conference often describes itself as a family; a
    family has points of tension. I certainly understand the angst and frustration.
    I have my own level of angst, but we need to come together to play a football
    game and find the best way to do that. -- SEC commissioner Greg Sankey to CBS,
    on whether Florida and LSU will reschedule their game from Saturday, which was
    postponed because of Hurricane Matthew.4. If I had to do it over again at the
    end of the game, I probably still would have gone for it, but I would have
    called a different play. I felt the way the game was going, I felt like we could
    make a half-yard, and we didnt, so thats on me. Thats my responsibility, and Ill
    take the blame for it. - Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, on his decision to go
    for it on fourth-and-1 from Techs 34 with 1:47 to play. Pitts defense stuffed
    Dedrick Mills for no gain, setting up Chris Blewitts game-winning 31-yard field
    goal with no time left in the Panthers 37-34 victory.Stats that matter1. 9:
    Purdue snapped a nine-game losing streak with its 34-31 win in overtime at
    Illinois. It was the Boilermakers first road win since 2014. In its last 17 road
    games, Purdue is 3-0 at Illinois and 0-14 against everybody else.2. 31: Virginia
    Tech walloped No. 17 North Carolina 34-3 on the road on Saturday, its second
    largest road win ever against an AP-ranked opponent. The Hokies defeated No. 24
    Virginia 38-0 in 2011.3. 149-55: Since losing to FCS foe Eastern Washington and
    Mountain West Boise State in its first two games, Washington State has outscored
    its last three opponents by a combined score of 149-55. The Cougars won 42-16 at
    No. 15 Stanford on Saturday night. The Cardinal lost consecutive games for the
    first time under coach David Shaw.4. 232: Oklahomas Dede Westbrook had 232
    receiving yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches in the Sooners 45-40 win over
    Texas. It was an OU single-game record for receiving yards and the most by a
    player on either team in the Red River Rivalry.
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    Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive
    upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night,
    winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games.
    . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of
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    Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill
    went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden
    nugget variety. LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentuckys latest highly touted freshman class
    showed their expected potential, but only after a boost from the veterans.Isaiah
    Briscoe scored 17 points, Derek Willis added 15 and No. 2 Kentucky went on to an
    87-64 season-opening victory over Stephen F. Austin on Friday night.An opener
    expected to highlight the Wildcats latest group of talented freshmen instead saw
    veterans such as sophomore guard Briscoe and Willis, a senior forward, shoulder
    the load. They combined to make 11 of 18 from the field while their experience
    offset the newcomers early shooting troubles. Seven-foot sophomore Isaac
    Humphries (9 points, 8 rebounds) filled a big inside void with 6-10 freshman Bam
    Adebayo (five points) hampered by foul trouble.Senior guard Mychal Mulder, a
    transfer who scored just 12 points last season for the Wildcats, had eight on a
    team-high two 3-pointers.Before the game Coach (John Calipari) reminded us that
    theyre young and its their first game, so make sure everything out there is in
    order, said Briscoe, who worked out for several NBA teams last spring before
    deciding to return for a second season.Several freshmen did their part with
    forward Wenyen Gabriel scoring 10 first-half points off the bench. Guard DeAaron
    Fox added 12 points and broke a 36-year-old program record for assists in an
    opener with 12, while Malik Monk had 10 second-half points.Isaiah Traylor scored
    15 points and Leon Gilmore III had 12 with 11 rebounds for Stephen F. Austin,
    which lost the debut of coach Kyle Keller. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Kentucky
    36-28 but committed 28 turnovers leading to 32 points.BIG PICTUREStephen F.
    Austin: Despite losing eight players from last years team, the Lumberjacks early
    on resembled the competitive NCAA Tournament team that upset third-seeded West
    Virginia before losing by five points to No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the second.
    They slowed the pace before the Wildcats height and depth took over.Keller
    became first of three SFA coaches this century to lose his debut, but the
    Lumberjacks should make a strong push for their first straight Southland
    Conference regular season title.ddddddddddddWhen we look back on this game, were
    going to draw on it, said Keller, who took over after being a Texas A&M
    assistant. Were going to get a lot of confidence from this.Kentucky: Willis
    followed up last seasons breakout by being the steadying force early, making 3
    of 4 field goals with two blocks. He finished with five rebounds. Humphries was
    a pleasant surprise with Adebayo spending much of the first half on the bench.
    The Wildcats shot 50 percent but were still outrebounded.Were one of those teams
    that is so young, Calipari said, not disciplined enough defensively, should be a
    better rebounding team. We got outrebounded.POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky is likely
    to remain in position and wont face that question until after meeting No. 12
    Michigan State next week in New York.SELFLESS PLAYCalipari preaches
    unselfishness to players and brags about his succession of standout point guards
    that have set the tone, most recently by Tyler Ulis. Fox offered glimpses of
    being Kentuckys next floor general by breaking Dirk Minniefields old mark of 11
    assists against Butler on Nov. 27, 1982.I didnt even realize I was doing it, Fox
    said. I knew I wasnt shooting the ball well. Teammates were cutting and
    finishing when I was passing the ball to them, so all the credit is to them.BAMS
    ROUGH NIGHTAdebayo was expected to get most of the attention because of his
    NBA-caliber game and build. But his physical style drew two quick fouls and four
    overall, leaving him with just one rebound in 15 minutes.UP NEXTStephen F.
    Austin: Returns home to host Longwood on Tuesday and regroup from the
    loss.Kentucky: Hosts Canisius on Sunday in the first meeting between the schools
    since 1998. The Wildcats have won previous games against the Golden Griffins and
    seek a strong tuneup before facing No. 12 Michigan State on Tuesday in New
    York.---AP college basketball: ' ' '