College Football Coaches in Danger of Being in the Hot Seat After Week 7 | Bleacher Report

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    Many teams are several games into the 2020 season, so that means there are a bunch of fanbases weeping and gnashing their teeth. After all, in college football, there are equal parts angst and elation.

    Coaches get paid big bucks, and the stakes are high. So, when they don’t win games, the sweat begins to roll, and there’s the possibility they’ll be put on the hot seat. 

    In other cases, there are coaches who will be under immediate pressure when their teams finally suit up. In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the sport, things can change week to week.

    Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was lauded at halftime of last week’s Georgia game, and then the Bulldogs thrashed the Vols. On Saturday, Kentucky embarrassed UT 34-7 in Neyland Stadium. Pruitt may be edging closer to a temperature check. But he just signed a contract extension,

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NCAA Football Rankings 2020: Top Reaction to Week 8 College Polls and Standings | Bleacher Report

Georgia running back Zamir White (3) catches a pass during warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Tennessee Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Two teams ranked in the top five of the AP Top 25 lost in Week 7, but only one of them fell multiple positions in the Week 8 poll.

The Georgia Bulldogs dropped a spot from No. 3 to No. 4 after their loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. While it may seem like an odd ranking, the voters were put in a unique situation, with five teams beneath the Bulldogs not playing in Week 7.

The North Carolina Tar Heels were not as fortunate as Georgia, as they experienced the largest drop of nine spots down to No. 14.

The inactivity of the Big Ten and Pac-12, combined with the losses of a few programs, allowed some Group of Five schools to make a splash at the back end of the Top 25.

The Marshall Thundering Herd and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were rewarded for their undefeated

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest Polls, Predictions for Week 8 Standings | Bleacher Report

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields runs a drill during their NCAA college football practice Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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The latest shakeups in the AP Top 25 will occur in Week 8, when the Big Ten begins its conference-only schedule.

Over the past few weeks, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions have been jumped by teams on the ascendancy in the top 10.

Ohio State did not move in front of the Georgia Bulldogs ahead of its season debut despite the SEC East side dropping its first game of the season to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Penn State moved up a position to No. 8, but it was vaulted by the Texas A&M Aggies after they produced their second consecutive win.

How the Big Ten’s top two teams perform in Week 8 could sway votes for higher positions in their directions.

While the Big Ten will get most of the Saturday spotlight, there are two other games involving undefeated top-10 teams that could

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Dark-Horse Teams Who Could Make the College Football Playoff in 2020 | Bleacher Report

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    Is this going to be the year that a dark-horse team sneaks into the College Football Playoff?

    With uneven scheduling, seasons starting and ending at different times, players opting out and expected CFP contenders like LSU, Oklahoma and Auburn falling off early, the college football landscape is primed for a shake-up.

    Ahead we took a closer look at the dark-horse teams most likely to crash the playoff party, based on their current body of work and remaining schedule.

    Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame were viewed as the clear-cut contenders, so they were off limits in this conversation.

    What’s left is a combination of unexpected contenders from Power Five conferences, the cream of the Group of Five crop and an independent that is making some serious noise.

    Let’s get to it.

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    The BYU

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AP College Football Poll 2020: Week 8 Rankings Unveiled for Top 25 Teams | Bleacher Report

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, in New Orleans. Lawrence is on a streak of 314 pass attempts without an interception, a run dating back to last Oct. 19 when he was picked off twice at Louisville in Clemson's 45-10 victory. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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Losses for two Top Five teams led to significant movement in the latest Associated Press poll. 

Alabama outlasted Georgia in a battle of Top Three teams, while North Carolina suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Florida State. Clemson was the only top team that didn’t have a scare with a blowout victory over Georgia Tech.

Voters were left with significant question marks beyond the top two, especially with the Big Ten and Pac-12 still yet to begin their seasons.

Here is a look at the Top 25 going into Week 8.


AP Poll

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Notre Dame

4. Georgia

5. Ohio State

6. Oklahoma State

7. Texas A&M

8. Penn State

9. Cincinnati

10. Florida

11. Miami (Florida)

12. BYU

13. Oregon

14. North Carolina

15. Wisconsin

16. SMU

17. Iowa State

18. Michigan

19. Virginia Tech

20. Kansas

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College Football Rankings: B/R’s Top 25 After Week 7 | Bleacher Report

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    After a brutal afternoon for the SEC saw Auburn and Tennessee both upended by unranked foes, Saturday’s slate ended with a heavyweight showdown between title contenders Alabama and Georgia.

    Following a shaky performance against Ole Miss last week, when they allowed 48 points, the Crimson Tide reasserted itself as one of the nation’s elite with a convincing 41-24 victory over the Bulldogs.

    Meanwhile, Clemson flexed its muscles in the ACC with a staggering 73-7 victory over Georgia Tech, then watched North Carolina suffer its first loss of the season in a 31-28 shocker against a previously floundering Florida State team.

    Those losses mean that Group of Five standouts Cincinnati, BYU and SMU should continue to climb the rankings, while still-undefeated Coastal Carolina, Marshall and Liberty have an increasingly compelling case for national attention.

    Our five-man panel of B/R expertsDavid Kenyon, Adam

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Bowl Predictions 2020: Projecting College Football Playoff Field After Week 7 | Bleacher Report

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, center, celebrates with teammates DeVonta Smith, left, and John Metchie III, right, after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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After missing out on both the SEC Championship Game and College Football Playoff last year, Alabama has returned to asserting its dominance atop the SEC. The Crimson Tide are rolling, and there might not be a team in the conference that can stop them this season.

On Saturday night, Alabama, the No. 2-ranked team in the country, defeated No. 3 Georgia 41-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium to improve to 4-0 on the season.

But don’t count out the Bulldogs. Not only could they end up facing the Tide again in the SEC Championship Game in December, but they are also still a contender for a spot in the CFP this season depending on how the rest of the season shakes out.

The 2020 season is now seven weeks old (four for the SEC), and the Big Ten (Oct. 24) and Pac-12 (Nov. 7) are set to join in

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NCAA Football Rankings 2020: Week 8 College Top 25 Standings Shakeup Predictions | Bleacher Report

Georgia coach Kirby Smart congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Burton (7) after he scored a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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The Georgia Bulldogs failed to cash in on a halftime lead against the Alabama Crimson Tide for the third time under Kirby Smart.

As a result, the SEC East side is expected to fall a few positions in the latest AP Top 25, which will be released Sunday.

Georgia will not be the only team dropping a few spots from a top-five position after Week 7, as the North Carolina Tar Heels were upset on the road by the Florida State Seminoles. The problems facing voters is how far to drop Georgia and North Carolina and which teams are worthy of sliding into their positions.

No teams ranked from No. 6 to No. 10 played in Week 7, either because of their conference’s late start date or postponed games.

In fact, only three programs listed from No. 6 to No. 16 captured victories Friday and Saturday, which

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China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report

The Chinese government has repeatedly warned American officials that they could possibly detain United States nationals in China due to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

a flag on the side of a building: China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report

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China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report

The sources said that the message, which has been issued through the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and multiple other channels, says that until U.S. officials drop charges against the scholars, Chinese officials may arrest Americans currently residing in the country.

According to the Journal, the sources confirmed that over the summer, the U.S. began detaining Chinese scientists conducting research at American universities over charges of concealing to U.S. immigration authorities their active duty statuses with the People’s Liberation Army.

The Journal had reported on the arrests in August, along with allegations from U.S. officials

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Warm, dry winter ahead, NOAA report says

Coloradans can expect a warmer, drier, and less snowy winter than average according to a new report out on Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released their annual winter outlook in collaboration with the agency’s Climate Prediction Center.

The forecast calls for a drier-than-average winter season for much of the southwest, including the southern half of Colorado. The outlook calls for “equal chances” of below average, near average, and above-average precipitation for northern Colorado.

To put it plainly, there are very few signals that show Colorado benefiting from wetter-than-average weather from December through February. This will likely lead to an intensification of the ongoing drought here in Colorado, and an expansion of drought over much of the western United States.

It is disappointing news for water supply concerns and the Colorado ski resorts, as the region continues to suffer through its driest year overall since 2006.


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