AUBURN — A goal-line fumble recovery kept Auburn near the top of the polls and in the College Football Playoff hunt for another week.After a thrilling 35-31 win at Ole Miss on Saturday night, Auburn moved to No. 3 in both the Associated Press poll the Amway Coaches poll.Auburn (7-1, 4-1 SEC) received 1,345 points in the AP poll, up from 1,267 last week, and moved ahead of Alabama, which saw its points drop from 1,290 to 1,281 during its off week.Mississippi State (8-0, 5-0) remained No. 1 after defeating Arkansas. The Bulldogs received 1,484 points, down from 1,486, and lost a first place vote (45) from last week.No. 2 Florida State (1,452) added a first place vote (15) from a week ago.No. 5 Oregon (1,275), TCU (1,148), Michigan State (1,120), Notre Dame (1,096), Kansas State (1,049) and Baylor (961) round out the top 10 in the AP poll.Auburn’s remaining road games – Georgia (Nov. 15) and Alabama (Nov. 29) – are against ranked teams and the Tigers have wins over three ranked teams – Kansas State, LSU and Ole Miss – thus far. The Rebels dropped from No. 7 to No. 12.Five teams from the SEC West – Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and No. 14 LSU – are ranked in the AP poll and No. 17 Georgia is the only ranked SEC East team.Auburn received 1,355 points, up from last week’s 1,276 and leapfrogged Alabama (1,349) to be the top one-loss team in the coaches poll.Mississippi State (1,526 points) saw its lead over Florida State (1,508) grow slightly despite losing a first place vote down to 40 this week, in the coaches poll. The Seminoles gained the vote, receiving all 22 remaining first place votes.Oregon (1,289) moved ahead of Michigan State (1,241) to take over at No. 5 – the Ducks defeated the Spartans earlier this season. TCU (1,150), Notre Dame (1,121) and Kansas State (1,087) round out the top 10 in the coaches poll.
SALT LAKE CITY — A couple of weeks ago, Utah State coach Stew Morrill complained prior to his annual game with Utah that the Utes were unlikely to play his Aggies in the future because of their impending Pac-12 schedule.It was kind of ironic for Morrill to gripe about scheduling when he has feasted upon a schedule of preseason patsies for years, something Utah might be preferring to do more of with a tougher 18-game Pac-12 schedule on the horizon. Why go to Logan and lose when you can play Montana Tech at home and win?But I agree with Morrill that the Utah-USU series should continue without interruption. I’ve always said the local schools should make a point of playing each other more often rather than less.I remember back in the 1980s when Utah State only had nine non-conference games with an 18-game PCAA schedule, yet played six of them in home-and-home series against BYU, Utah and Weber State. Rather than complain, USU coach Rod Tueller just went out and beat his in-state foes the majority of the time.Those home-and-homes with in-state opponents went by the wayside in the early 1990s when some of the local teams started worrying more about too many L’s piling up in the preseason.However, with athletic budgets so tight these days, doesn’t it make sense to play games closer to home? Why shouldn’t Utah take a bus ride to Logan rather than jet to various parts of the country several times for non-league games?For that matter, why doesn’t Utah schedule Southern Utah or Utah Valley, which are close and have a bunch of local players, rather than play the likes of Oral Roberts or Grand Canyon at home? Southern Utah is in the same Summit Conference as Oral Roberts, but 700 miles closer. However, the Utes and T-Birds haven’t played for four years.Sure, it’s fun to go to new places and bring in some interesting opponents occasionally, but I believe first priority in scheduling for local teams should always be other local teams.WYNN OUT: I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Or at least everybody that has asked me in the past two months, “what is wrong with Jordan Wynn?”My answer about the Utah quarterback always was, “I think his injured throwing shoulder is worse than he’s letting on.” I also wondered in last week’s column whether Wynn’s various injuries had led to his poor second half of the season.I had watched Wynn consistently underthrow receivers on long routes, misfire on short ones and not have his usual zip on the ball in the last few games when the Utes have all but given up throwing long passes.Wynn clearly hasn’t been the same quarterback since the Iowa State game when he completed 23 of 31 of his passes for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns and hurt his shoulder sometime during the game.The following week against a poor Wyoming team, he threw for just 230 yards, including three interceptions. The week after that, he did have a good game against an even worse Colorado State team at home, but passed for only 148 against Air Force, 148 against TCU, 194 against Notre Dame with four interceptions in the three games. He had a good game against San Diego State before going 13 for 30 for 199 yards and an interception against BYU.That’s two good games in his last seven. But now he’s undergoing surgery that will keep him out for a few months.Sitting out the bowl game as well as spring practice should give Wynn time to be back to 100 percent when the Utes take on their 2011 Pac-12 schedule.GOLLY GEE: Gordon Gee seems like a good guy. He’s a native of Vernal, a graduate of the University of Utah and was a professor at BYU for a short time. He is smart enough to have been the president at five major universities, more than any other living American.However, the Ohio State president didn’t sound too smart when he denigrated TCU and Boise State a couple of weeks ago for playing the “Sisters of the Poor” every week. Gee was trying to make the case for his Big Ten Conference and his former conference, the SEC, saying they faced a “murderer’s row” every week.I didn’t agree with Gee at the time and he got blasted by a few fellow media folks for his disparaging comments about successful non-BCS teams.However, I have to give Gee credit for backtracking last week, something most people in the spotlight have a hard time doing when they say something stupid.Rather than try to defend himself against widespread criticism, Gee apologized and took the self-deprecating approach, saying, “What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.”Nice recovery, President Gee.e-mail: [email protected]
The Monday night clash between AEK and Omonia is by far the most intriguing in Round 4 of the Cyprus football championship. Leaders AEL have a tricky game in Pafos while champions Apoel will play for the first time this season in front of their home crowd.Top of the table AEL are away to Pafos FC and will be aiming to maintain their perfect start to the season especially after their impressive away win against Anorthosis last week. AEL manager Dusan Kerkez did a fine job over the summer bringing in players full of athleticism and passion that suit his high-press style of play. Their media spokesperson Ariadne Genethliou though was quick to point out that the season has just begun and they should be wary of their opponents, who despite their lowly position are more than capable of posing a tough test for the Limassol side.Despite investing heavily over the summer Pafos FC have just one point from their opening two games and were easily beaten by Apollon last week. There were rumours throughout the week that their Scottish manager Steven Pressley was under pressure and that only a good performance and result against AEL would ensure his stay at the coastal team. Pressley is expected to ring the changes against AEL with Karo, Angulo and Policci all expected to start the game.Apoel were very fortunate to pick up six points from their opening two games against Ermis and Nea Salamina and their newly-appointed manager Giorgos Kosti knows that they cannot afford another poor display against Doxa Katokopias at the GSP stadium.Carlao and Efraim are both ruled out through injury while the only bright note in Apoel’s opening two games, the Jordanian Al Tamari, will face a late fitness test.Doxa made 17 signings this summer and this may be the reason for their slow start to the season. However last week they picked up their first three points after hitting four past Alki showing that they are on track for another good season.Alki who are pointless and without a goal face Anorthosis. Both sides lost their last games and will be looking to get back on track with Anorthosis firm favourites to win the game.The second team without a point, Enosis Neon Paralmniou, are at home to Ermis Aradippou with both sides capable of victory. The visitors though have a strong team and Paralimni will need to up their game if they are to get anything out of this clash.The final two games will take place on Monday due to Apollon and AEK’s involvement in the Europa League.Both play at home with Apollon entertaining Nea Salamina while at the Arena stadium AEK host Omonia.Saturday: Paralimni vs Ermis (18.00), Pafos FC vs AEL (20.00)Sunday: Apoel Doxa (18.00), Alki vs Anorthosis (20.00)Monday: AEK vs Omonia, Apollon vs Nea Salamina (both at 19.00)
MOJAVE – The Mojave-built GlobalFlyer’s preparations for another record-setting around-the-world flight have been delayed after the aircraft’s wing was damaged during a ground accident. The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer received “considerable damage” when its wing tip collided with a fuel truck at the airport in Salina, Kan., on Wednesday. The aircraft had just been fueled for a test flight when the accident occurred. It was not immediately known what impact the incident would have on the GlobalFlyer team’s plans to set a record for the longest flight. The accident canceled a planned flight today to Florida to begin preparations for the record attempt. “Everyone involved in the record attempt is as disappointed as I am that repositioning could not take place as planned,” said pilot Steve Fossett. “We are currently assessing the damage for how long the repairs will take to see when we can get back on track.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The GlobalFlyer team is shooting to break the distance records of 24,987 miles for the longest aircraft flight, set by the Voyager airplane in 1986, and the 25,361 mile mark set by the balloon Breitling Orbiter 2 in 1989. GlobalFlyer was designed by Burt Rutan and built by his Scaled Composites company in Mojave. Rutan also designed the Voyager aircraft. Virgin Atlantic Airways signed an agreement with NASA to use Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the starting point for the flight, which is to cover 29,000 miles and end in London. No exact date has been set, but the flight was expected to take place in February. The flight will be piloted by Fossett, who made a 20,373-mile solo nonstop flight around the world in the GlobalFlyer that concluded on March 3. During the attempt for the longest flight, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. During Fossett’s around-the-world flight, GlobalFlyer had a mysterious loss of more than 3,000 pounds of fuel. Despite that, Fossett was able to complete the flight and still had 1,500 pounds of fuel when he landed. Engineers established that the fuel escaped through vents in the fuel tank behind the engine. Scaled Composites has since modified the aircraft. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!