NFLUK College Football Poll 2014, Week 8

Last week’s marquee matchup lived up to the hype, as #2 FSU knocked off #7 Notre Dame 31-27 in a thriller in Tallahassee. The Irish hung with the Seminoles, and so only slipped two spots on this week’s rankings, which is more than could be said for last week’s #4.

The #13 Baylor Bears got stomped up and down by Clint Trickett his #21 Mountaineers, who announced themselves as a potential Big XII contender themselves, and hope to build on that when they travel to Stillwater on Saturday to face an Okie State side fresh off defeat to #10 TCU.

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College Football UK TV Listings – Week 9

After a mad, mad, mad few weeks of games where ranked teams have been facing ranked teams and the Top 25 has been shaken up completely, college football is taking a collective breath before an enormous five-Saturday November that will dictate “Who’s In”.

With the World Series in full swing, live games are limited this week, and with a quiet slate of games you can’t really argue with the two games chosen – one featuring the #1 team against a surprising in-conference foe, the other featuring the only team unbeaten in Big 12 play trying to prove their credentials.

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College Football UK TV Listings – Week 8

Saturday’s ESPN slate is a bit of a no-brainer this week. There’s only one all-ranked game not on Fox in each time slot, so that’s what we get. There’s another pivotal Big 12 game at 5pm and a return to Tuscaloosa for Texas A&M at 8.30, all leading up to the big unbeaten clash between Everett Golson and Jameis Winston.

Also, baseball is nearly over. We are just a couple of weekends away from having the late schedule entirely open for college football games rather than splitting time. The way things have been going, I’d be astonished if the ALCS goes seven games anyway this week, so that may free up Friday (1am) and Saturday (1am) slots.

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NFLUK College Football Poll 2014, Week 7

1 (LW #3, AP #1) Mississippi State Bulldogs – 172 (5 – Statto00, Chris Caulfield, dailywaffle, stu_t, oglalakev)
2 (2, 2) Florida State Seminoles – 165 (2 – Florida State, cleecougar)
3 (4, 3) Ole Miss Rebels – 163
4 (5, 4) Baylor Bears – 156
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NFLUK College Football Poll 2014, Week 6

Well, what an insane week that was. Eleven of our top 25 after Week 5 fell this week, including all of the top three teams. As a result, pollsters have pretty much had to rip up their vote sheets and start again, resulting in a brand new #1.

Six of this week’s seven pollsters feel that Auburn’s 41-7 crushing of then-#17 LSU is enough to give them the top ranking, and three of those six see this week’s encounter with #3 Mississippi State a 1-v-2 fight in the SEC West.

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College Football UK TV Listings – Week 7

This week was never going to live up to last week. With so many ranked-vs-ranked games including a bunch of upsets, last Saturday was one of those days when you set yourself in front of the television early and peeled yourself off the sofa happy the next morning.

Other sports take precedence on the BT family of channels this week, so we actually only get four live games in total including the Thursday and Friday night games, but the slate is still pretty solid.

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NFLUK College Football Poll 2014, Week 5


This is the 150th post on Thorpe’s Sporting Thoughts! Who’d have thought it, eh? Thank you for reading!

So, as predicted, Oregon held on to their #1 ranking by way of not actually playing a game, and Oklahoma stay at #2. Ironically, the gap between the two teams has been closed by the under-performance of two more of the top six – #6 Texas A&M losing their two top votes to the Sooners and the #3 Crimson Tide respectively.

At least the Aggies stayed where they were in barely beating Arkansas on Saturday. #5 Florida State slip two places in the poll (although they remain nonsensically #1 in the AP poll) after struggling against North Carolina State. A couple of plays different here or there, and this week’s poll could’ve looked very different.

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College Football UK TV Listings – Week 6

Yowzers. If there’s ever a week to make sure you’re glued to the television on Saturday night… This week the college football gods have given us a bevy of all-ranked encounters, and even been so kind as to put most of them on our screens for our enjoyment.

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College Football UK TV Listings – Week 5

Late posting this week because of the combination of the arrival of my nephew (hi, Noah) and BT Sport not releasing their schedules until Wednesday afternoon (which I bet the listings magazines love)… but onwards.

Yikes. It’s a scary bad slate of games this week. So much so that I’m not that bothered that family engagements will keep me busy all day on Saturday, and NFL Wembley will keep me busy on Sunday. There’s actually only one ranked-vs-ranked game on the entire schedule this week, and that is on the scourge to British viewers that is Fox Sports 1.

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NFLUK College Football Poll 2014, Week 4

We may not have a new #1 overall, but Oregon’s hold on the mantle is definitely slipping. In week three, every voter bar one had them in the top two including five top spots. This week, their count of #1s is down to three, and the gap to second place is down from 11 points to nine. Are the Ducks’ days on top of the pile numbered?

Obviously, it’s hard to see them going anywhere on the back of a bye this week, particularly when this week’s new #2 Oklahoma also have a vacant date in their schedule, but the sharks are circling and stranger things have happened; #3 Florida State would have to do something pretty spectacular at North Carolina State, however, to leapfrog both.

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