College football games on CBS Sports Network — Watch Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas live stream, TV channel

Buffalo jumped into the driver’s seat in the MAC’s East division with a 70-41 win over Kent State last week and will look to stay there on Saturday when the Bulls play at Ohio in one of six games on CBS Sports Network this weekend. But the 2-1 Bobcats should have a pretty good idea of how to slow Buffalo down, because it’s a recipe that has worked for them the past two seasons. It’s all about stopping Jaret Patterson.

A junior running back coming off a 1,799-yard season, Patterson made his name known around the country last week when he tied an FBS record with eight rushing touchdowns against Kent State. In all, he finished with 409 yards on the ground, falling just short of another FBS record. But in two career games against Ohio, Patterson has run for just 75 yards on 21 carries.

The Bobcats will be looking to replicate that success against Patterson and get back into contention for the league title. With a 2-1 record, Ohio is just a three-point loss to Central Michigan away from being 3-0, and beating a Buffalo team that is enjoying the national spotlight would make quite a statement. That matchup is just one of the storylines that will be at play on CBS Sports Network during week 14 of the college football season.

North Texas vs. Louisiana Tech

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3 | Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Apogee Stadium — Denton, Texas
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: After playing seven straight weeks to open the season, Louisiana Tech (4-3) has been off since Oct. 31. The hiatus has cost them two key playmakers, as leading receiver Adrian Hardy and veteran Justen Henderson have opted out of the season’s final stretch. The Mean Green (3-4) dealt with a three-week break of their own and are 1-1 since.

Air Force vs. Utah State

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Maverik Stadium — Logan, Utah
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Both teams beat New Mexico in their most recent game, so they should be able to use film from those games to get a reasonable gauge of what to expect. For Utah State, it was the first win in a season that’s already featured a coaching change. Co-defensive coordinator Frank Maile is two games into his stint as interim coach following Gary Andersen’s departure. Things have been a bit more stable at Air Force, where the Falcons are 2-2, including a huge 40-7 win over rival Navy in the opener.

UNLV vs. Boise State

Date: Friday, Dec. 4 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium — Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: The Broncos are 4-1 with their only loss coming to BYU when they were without their top two quarterbacks. So, in essence,

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College football rankings: Oklahoma works its way into top 10 of new CBS Sports 127

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While the top eight spots remain unchanged after Week 13, some shake up in the middle of the rankings has opened the door for Oklahoma to make it back into the top 10 of the CBS Sports 127, our comprehensive ranking of every active FBS team, for the first time since late September. 

The Sooners have run the table since dropping back-to-back games to Kansas State and Iowa State. With every victory, they have slowly worked their way a little bit higher up the rankings. Saturday’s game against West Virginia wasn’t played, but losses by Northwestern and Oregon have opened the door for Oklahoma to make its return to that top 10 status that we’re used to seeing from Lincoln Riley’s program. 

There’s still work left to be done, but if Oklahoma can close out the regular season in similar fashion, it will set up a rematch against Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship Game. The Cyclones moved up three spots to No. 13 after beating Texas, which was one of our biggest movers of the week with its drop out of the top 25 to No. 30. For more on the biggest one-week adjustments, check out the Mover’s Report below. 

Elsewhere in the rankings, we see Northwestern’s fall limited by its win against Wisconsin while Oregon nearly dropped out of the top 25 after losing to Oregon State. The CBS Sports 127 voters also showed some apparent influence from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee with a major adjustment on the ranking of Iowa, a team that was not in the top 25 in the polls or our rankings heading into the week but then showed up at No. 24 in the College Football Playoff Rankings last Tuesday. The Hawkeyes did their part to hold on to that top-30 status with a victory against Nebraska that makes four straight wins after starting the season 0-2. 

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-127 on our rankings page.

Biggest movers 

  • No. 25 Colorado (+15): The Buffaloes were not able to play USC this week but quickly adjusted. Colorado not only got San Diego State on the schedule but won the game to improve to 3-0 in year one with Karl Dorrell. 
  • No. 32 Buffalo (+15): Stop sleeping on the Bulls! It took a historic performance by Jaret Patterson to get a little buzz going behind a Buffalo team that is dominating everyone in its way in the MAC. Saturday’s game against Kent State was for the lead in the East, and there was never a doubt who would come out victorious once Patterson got rolling in the first half. 
  • No. 24 Iowa (+14): Our voters were quick to penalize Iowa for its 0-2 start and slower to return to the Hawkeyes to their top 25 status, but four straight wins have them surging in the
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College football TV schedule, Week 14: Alabama-LSU, Florida-Tennessee set for SEC on CBS doubleheader

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The SEC announced scheduling changes on Friday that included finding a spot for No. 1 Alabama at LSU on Dec. 5 after the game was initially postponed from its Nov. 14 date amid positive COVID-19 tests and tracing protocol within the Tigers program. That’s a huge win for college football fans, as the game will not only be played but take place in prime time as the second part of an SEC on CBS doubleheader. 

No. 6 Florida vs. Tennessee will kick off the doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. ET with the Gators looking to impress the College Football Playoff Selection Committee after showing up in the top six of the first set of rankings. Florida beat Kentucky 34-10 on Saturday and has all but clinched the SEC East as it heads into a road context in Knoxville, Tennessee. Carter Blackburn, Aaron Murray and Jenny Dell will be on the call from Neyland Stadium.

Our attention will turn to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the evening for Alabama at LSU with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. and feature the Crimson Tide as they look to close out their SEC West title and cement themselves as the nation’s top team.

Since the Tigers already had their game against the Gators moved to Dec. 12 and Alabama is likely to face Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 19, there was not an obvious option to get the SEC West rivals together during the 2020 regular season. But the SEC, with efforts to try and allow for all 14 teams to play 10 games, made adjustments that included moving Alabama at Arkansas and Ole Miss at LSU off their previously scheduled Dec. 5 date to allow the Crimson Tide and Tigers to play. 

Both games will air live on CBS and can be streamed live on CBSSports.com, through the CBS Sports app. They are also available via authentication through CBS All-Access.

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College football games on CBS Sports Network — Watch Buffalo vs. Kent State live stream

Two of three remaining undefeated teams in the MAC will square off on Saturday when Buffalo plays host to Kent State on CBS Sports Network to highlight the network’s holiday slate that spans three days and includes five games. The action begins Friday night with a battle of teams from The Great Lake State and concludes Saturday night when Navy hosts Memphis.

But the headliner arguably comes early on Saturday, when Buffalo and Kent State square off. The teams are tied atop the league’s East division standings at 3-0 at the halfway point of the MAC’s conference-only schedule, and they can ill-afford to lose if they hope to appear in the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 18.

The projected point total of 68 suggests it will be a high-scoring affair as do the recent results of both teams. The Golden Flashes are averaging 52.7 points per game and 616 yards per game. Buffalo is averaging 44.3 points and a comparatively meager 461 yards per game.

Kent State vs. Buffalo

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: Noon ET
Location: UB Stadium — Buffalo, New York
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: After 11 losing seasons in 12 years, Kent State made it back to 7-6 last season under second-year coach Sean Lewis. Now Lewis has guided the Golden Flashes to a 3-0 start with some explosive offense. Kent State put up 69 points against Akron on Nov. 17 and 62 against Bowling Green on Nov. 10. That offense will be tested against a 3-0 Buffalo team that has yet to allow more than 400 yards in a game. The Bulls aren’t bad offensively, either, as they have scored 40 or more in all three of their games.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium — Murfreesboro, Tennessee
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: FAU is not in the headlines as much now that the entertaining Lane Kiffin is no longer its head coach. But the Owls have quietly put together a 5-1 start under Willie Taggart as the former Oregon and Florida State coach has started his redemption tour with a splash. FAU’s only loss came on the road against undefeated Marshall. No one has scored more than 20 points against the FAU defense, which is coordinated by former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt. MTSU’s defense, by contrast, has been bad during the team’s 3-6 start. But the Blue Raiders have won two of their past three games.

Memphis vs. Navy

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium — Annapolis, Maryland
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: The high-flying Memphis offense could have a field day against a Navy defense that allowed a combined 88 points to SMU and Houston in its last two games. But the Midshipmen have not

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College football games on CBS Sports Network — Watch Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan live stream

Two of three remaining undefeated MAC teams will square off on Saturday when Buffalo hosts Kent State on CBS Sports Network to highlight the network’s holiday slate that spans three days and includes five games. The action begins Friday night with a battle of teams from The Great Lake State and concludes Saturday night when Navy hosts Memphis.

But the headliner arguably comes early on Saturday, when Buffalo and Kent State square off. The teams are tied atop the league’s East division standings at 3-0 at the halfway point of the MAC’s conference-only schedule, and they can ill-afford to lose if they hope to appear in the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 18.

The projected point total of 68 suggests it will be a high-scoring affair as do the recent results of both teams. The Golden Flashes are averaging 52.7 points per game and 616 yards per game. Buffalo is averaging 44.3 points and a comparatively meager 461 yards per game.

Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan

Date: Friday, Nov. 27 | Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Rynearson Stadium — Ypsilanti, Michigan
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Former Florida and Colorado State coach Jim McElwain has done a nice job getting Central Michigan back to competitiveness after the Chippewas struggled to a 1-11 record in 2018 before he was hired. Now after winning the MAC West last season, CMU (2-1) is back in the race for a league title. EMU, on the other hand, is still looking for its first win after an 0-3 start that included a pair of one-possession losses to quality foes in Kent State and Ball State.

Kent State vs. Buffalo

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: Noon ET
Location: UB Stadium — Buffalo, New York
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: After 11 losing seasons in 12 years, Kent State made it back to 7-6 last season under second-year coach Sean Lewis. Now Lewis has guided the Golden Flashes to a 3-0 start with some explosive offense. Kent State put up 69 points against Akron on Nov. 17 and 62 against Bowling Green on Nov. 10. That offense will be tested against a 3-0 Buffalo team that has yet to allow more than 400 yards in a game. The Bulls aren’t bad offensively, either, as they have scored 40 or more in all three of their games.

Florida Atlantic vs. Middle Tennessee

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium — Murfreesboro, Tennessee
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: FAU is not in the headlines as much now that the entertaining Lane Kiffin is no longer its head coach. But the Owls have quietly put together a 5-1 start under Willie Taggart as the former Oregon and Florida State coach has started his redemption tour with a splash. FAU’s only loss came

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College football rankings: Northwestern makes huge move, Indiana enters top 10 of CBS Sports 127

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While the top eight all remained in order in the new CBS Sports 127, our comprehensive ranking of every FBS team in college football, there are some shake ups in the top 25 following a busy Week 12. Northwestern was one of the big stories of the weekend and one of the biggest movers within the top 30, rising 10 spots to No. 11 after taking down Wisconsin on Saturday. The Wildcats are 5-0 and in the driver’s seat of the Big Ten West thanks to wins against the Badgers, Purdue and Iowa, bringing them into the debate as a top 10 team and potential darkhorse for the College Football Playoff.

While Northwestern did fall one spot short of the top 10 this week in the CBS Sports 127 — our voters actually moved Indiana up two spots to No. 10 after an impressive rally came up short at Ohio State — it does have back-to-back road games against Michigan State and Minnesota forthcoming. Then the regular season concludes with the rivalry game against Illinois at home. For the Wildcats to give up their hold on the division, it would require two losses at minimum in those three games with Wisconsin winning out.

Naturally, the Badgers stumbled after the loss to Wildcats, down nine spots to No. 18. They fell behind the likes of Coastal Carolina and USC but ahead of undefeated Marshall and a trio of two-loss teams in the 20s in Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Texas. For more on the biggest adjustments not just in the top 30 but throughout the rankings, check out the Mover’s Report below. 

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-127 on our rankings page.

Biggest movers 

  • No. 27 Nevada (+30): Undefeated and now with a win against one of the top teams in the Mountain West, the Wolf Pack showed out in the spotlight opportunity against San Diego State. Romeo Doubs looks like one of the best wide receivers in the country, and the Nevada defense was stellar in the second half. No surprise to see a big surge here for Jay Norvell’s squad. 
  • No. 35 NC State (+13): After a couple of weeks with positive results on the offensive side of the ball, NC State needed a strong effort from its defense to keep Malik Willis bottled up and hand Liberty its first loss of the season. The Wolfpack are now 6-3 with Georgia Tech and Syracuse left on the schedule, set up to finish with one of the best records in the ACC at the end of the season if they can take care of business down the stretch.  
  • No. 26 Washington (+11): It’s a small sample size, but the Huskies do seem to have an identity of physicality and elite defense that has carried over in the transition from Chris Petersen to Jimmy Lake. Washington
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College football games on CBS Sports Network — Watch Boise State vs. Hawaii live stream, TV channel

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Two of the Mountain West’s three teams that are undefeated in conference play will be in action this weekend on CBS Sports Network against quality foes as the league’s schedule surpasses the midway point and the conference title races blow wide open. Those contests are among a loaded slate of games scheduled for CBS Sports Network as the college football season reaches Week 12.

After a busy week of games on the network, things are set to wrap up late on Saturday night when Boise State (3-1) travels to Hawaii (2-2) as the Broncos seek to continue proving that their nonconference loss to BYU earlier this month was merely an aberration resulting from the absence of their top two quarterbacks.

Hawaii vs. Boise State

Date: Saturday, Nov. 21 | Time: 11 p.m. ET
Location: Aloha Stadium — Honolulu, Hawaii
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: With starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier back after missing two games, Boise State recovered from its loss to BYU with a convincing 52-21 win over Colorado State last week. Hawaii is off to a 2-2 start under former Arizona State coach Todd Graham, who is in his first season.

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College football rankings: Alabama jumps Clemson for No. 1 spot in CBS Sports 127

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As the season rolls in November, the debate for “best team in college football” will only get more intense. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee is still two weeks away from making its initial thoughts public, so until then, we have other rankings to use as the launching point for discussion. The major polls stuck with Clemson as their No. 1 after Week 9, but our voters in the CBS Sports 127 — a comprehensive ranking of every college football team playing in 2020 — have ushered a change at the top. 

Alabama has jumped Clemson for the No. 1 spot after showing total domination in a 41-0 win against Mississippi State on Saturday. Clemson didn’t fall far after its narrow comeback win against Boston College, checking in at No. 2 ahead of Ohio State at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4. The rankings only heighten the excitement for the week ahead with Clemson traveling to Notre Dame along with Georgia and Florida, No. 5 and No. 6 in our rankings this week, set to square off in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. 

One of the biggest results of Week 9 did lead to a shake up in the rankings with Oklahoma State dropping outside the top 10 following its first loss of the season. Texas, the winner in that Big 12 showdown, made one of the biggest jumps, moving up nearly two dozen spots after the road victory. For more on the biggest adjustments for this week, check out the Mover’s Report below. 

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-127 on our rankings page.

Biggest movers 

  • No. 24 Texas (+23): Longhorns back? For Tom Herman, the pressure has been relieved for the week (at least) as this 2020 Texas team was able to buy back into the Big 12 race with the overtime win against Oklahoma State. Now the attention turns to a four-game finish with three of those opponents (West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas State) all equally likely to be wins or losses. If Texas wins out, it would mark one of the biggest turnarounds of the season. If the Longhorns lose all three then we’re right back to the Herman hot seat conversation that was temporarily silenced this weekend.  
  • No. 19 Auburn (+11): Bo Nix had one of the best performances of his college career and Auburn picked up a huge win at LSU. The Tigers have two losses already and a couple of controversial finishes, but they are racking up wins against SEC West opponents and surging in our rankings. 
  • No. 20 Boise State (+7): The return of Mountain West football has brought Boise State back onto our radar but also given us a great opponent to judge BYU, which continues its march up the rankings. Next week’s showdown
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College football games on CBS Sports Network — Colorado State-Fresno State: TV channel, live stream

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Two of the favorites to win the Mountain West will be in action Saturday on CBS Sports Network — including No. 25 Boise State — as the league enters its second weekend of play. The Broncos travel to play Air Force in a critical tune-up before a nonconference showdown with No. 11 BYU on Nov. 6. Meanwhile, San Diego State will be looking to prove that it remains one of the league’s top teams amid its coaching transition from Rocky Long to Brady Hoke as the Aztecs travel to Utah State in Saturday’s nightcap. 

Both Boise State and San Diego State won last week as they opened their abbreviated conference campaigns with comfortable victories. But if they are going to meet in the conference championship game on Dec. 19 like many expect, their margins for error will be slim amid a schedule that features just seven scheduled conference games for both.

That heightens the sense of emphasis on their respective games this week, which are among the four that will be shown on CBS Sports Network in Week 9 of the college football season. The weekend kicks off Thursday night with Fresno State hosting Colorado State.

Colorado State vs. Fresno State

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
Location: Bulldog Stadium — Fresno, California
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Both the Rams and Bulldogs finished last season 4-8 and are looking to bounce back under first-year coaches. Fresno State lost its opener under Kalen DeBoer to Hawaii 34-19 last week, while Colorado State had its opener under Steve Addazio against New Mexico canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Colorado State has won three in a row and six of the last seven in the series. 

Boise State vs. Air Force

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31 | Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Falcon Stadium — Colorado Springs, Colorado
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Air Force is 1-1 with a 40-7 win over Navy in its opener followed by a 17-6 loss to San Jose State last week. So the Falcons remain an enigma entering an all-important showdown with Boise State. The Broncos are once again the Mountain West favorite and enter 1-0 after an easy 42-13 win against Utah State last week. Boise State carries a three-game winning streak in the series into Saturday’s meeting, but Air Force won three straight from 2014 to 2016.

Utah State vs. San Diego State

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Maverik Stadium — Logan, Utah
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Utah State snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series last season by upsetting San Diego State on the road. Replicating that performance this season will require slowing an Aztecs rushing attack that averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 46 tries in a 34-6 win over UNLV last week.

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College football rankings: Wisconsin enters top 10 as Big Ten makes it mark on CBS Sports 127

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The first weekend of Big Ten action provided several shake ups to the college football rankings near the top, but even more importantly, it brought clarity to the positioning of 14 key schools in the entire FBS landscape. The CBS Sports 127 ranks every team in the FBS, and so the absence of data for those Big Ten schools left plenty of unknowns that impacted the placement not only of those teams but of the others in the rankings.

The league saw big boosts after the weekend for Wisconsin (up six spots to No. 9) and Michigan (up nine spots after beating Minnesota) to give the Big Ten three of the top 12 teams in our rankings. We were uncertain about how quarterback changes at both schools would go, and after impressive opening weekend performances, adjustments have been made. 

But adjustments were also necessary down the line for teams like Indiana and Northwestern, who each moved up more than 30 spots following wins on the first weekend of Big Ten action. While it may seem like a clerical error, Rutgers did indeed move up 58 spots to No. 60 after winning at Michigan State. Expectations are also being adjusted for Penn State and Minnesota after losses, along with the aforementioned Spartans, which fell 10 spots to No. 84 after losing to the Scarlet Knights. 

Ranking the entire country requires data for team comparison, so it’s great to have the Big Ten and the Mountain West back to help brings some clarity even with the small sample size at this point in the year. Soon the same can be said for the Pac-12 and MAC, giving us a full 127-team set to rank without having to take preseason expectations into consideration. Of course, there will be more overreactions and dramatic adjustments to week-by-week results, but when you’re ranking the entire country the volatility is part of the fun. Check out the top 25 and more of the biggest adjustments in our Mover’s Report below.  

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-127 on our rankings page.

Biggest movers 

  • No. 36 Northwestern (+42): The Wildcats ranked No. 126 in FBS last season averaging 16.3 points per game and broke the 30-point barrier just twice, against UNLV and UMass. Saturday’s 43-3 win over Maryland ushers in new optimism for the Northwestern offense, making the staff change and arrival of transfer quarterback Peyton Ramsey look like some of the most impactful offseason moves in the conference. 
  • No. 19 Indiana (+36): Our voters had the Hoosiers ranked at No. 55 coming into the season, which for my money is way too low considering the overall trajectory of the program under Tom Allen. But we are quick to adjust when provided with new information and now have Indiana up in the top 20 after its historic win against Penn State. 
  • No. 35 LSU
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