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College football rankings: Mississippi State drops into The Bottom 25 after Mike Leach’s offense sputters

25. Kentucky 1-2 The Wildcats became the first team in history to hold a Mike Leach-coached offense without a single point. Obviously, the defensive performance the Cats put on against Mississippi State increased their overall rating quite a bit, as did their first win. This week they look for another one at Tennessee. (Last Week: 4) 24. Wake Forest 1-2 The Demon Deacons had the weekend off and are set to play Virginia on Saturday. (23) 23. Temple 0-1 Speaking of one-game teams entering late, hey there, Temple. The Owls didn’t look half-bad considering the delayed start to their season in a 31-29 loss to Navy. Of course, considering how Navy has looked this year, I’m not sure how much stock we should put in it. Maybe this week’s game against No. 5 South Florida will provide more information? (Not Ranked) 22. Missouri 1-2 So how is it that Missouri beat LSU, but remains in The Bottom 25 while — SPOILER ALERT — LSU isn’t ranked? Mostly LSU’s performance against Vandy. Also, the win didn’t wipe out the first two losses. As for Mizzou’s game against Vanderbilt to boost its numbers, that’s become the first SEC game to be postponed. Missouri’s next scheduled game is now at Florida on Oct. 24. (5) 21. UTEP 3-2 This is bittersweet. I’m not thrilled to see UTEP back in The Bottom 25 with a winning record, but at the same time, I’m never unhappy to see our two-time champions coming home to say hello. This week the Miners get No. 9 Southern Miss. (NR) 20. South Alabama 1-2 South Alabama had to postpone its game last week against Troy. It is currently scheduled to return this weekend against No. 16 Texas State. (20) 19. East Carolina 1-2 My Beloved Pirates took care of Chip Patterson’s South Florida Bulls on Saturday to get their first win of the season. Can they pick up a second against Navy? (7) 18. Mississippi State 1-2 We’ve had the whole Mike Leach experience through three weeks. First, there’s the incredible upset that nobody saw coming, and that was followed by a Leach team losing to a team it should beat. Then, to top it off, we got Leach publicly blaming his players for the loss to Kentucky, saying he might need to purge the roster. This week they’ll try to purge their two-game losing streak against Texas A&M. (NR) 17. Ole Miss 1-2 I bet this section of The Bottom 25 won’t show up on any message boards in the state of Mississippi. I’m probably being doxxed as you read this. Anyway, the Rebels are really fun to watch. They’re also 1-2 and allowing 52 points per game. That’s a great way to reach The Bottom 25. This week they get Arkansas. (NR) 16. Texas State 1-4 The Bobcats fell to Troy 37-17. I know I’ve said I like this team and think it’s better than its record, but its record is 1-4, and the lone win came

LSU drops out of college football poll for first time since 2017; Quakes fall

LSU is out of the Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2017 and is the first defending national champion to drop from the rankings in nine years.

No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia held steady at the top of the rankings Sunday, setting up a top-three matchup Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs.

Clemson received 59 first-place votes. Alabama got two and Georgia one. Notre Dame moved up to No. 4 and North Carolina is No. 5.

LSU dropped out from No. 17 after falling to 1-2 with a 45-41 loss at previously winless Missouri. The Tigers had been ranked in 43 straight polls, dating to Nov. 5, 2017. That was the seventh-longest active streak in the nation.


The last defending national champion to be unranked was Auburn in 2011. Following Cam Newton’s departure the Tigers spent much of the ’11 season outside the Top 25, finishing 8-5 and unranked.

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Earthquakes lose

3-0 at Portland

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored two goals shortly after halftime and the host Portland Timbers won their fifth straight match with a 3-0 victory over the Earthquakes.

Felipe Mora added a late goal for Portland (9-4-3), which is tied with the defending champion Seattle Sounders atop the West.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Quakes, who were coming off a 3-0 win at home Wednesday over Vancouver. The winning streak lifted San Jose (5-7-5) into the playoff picture.

• In other MLS games, Lee Nguyen had a goal and an assist to become the first player with 50 career goals and assists for New England in the visiting Revolution’s 2-1 victory over New York City FC. … Jamiro Monteiro and Sergio Santos scored in a nine-minute span and the host Philadelphia Union beat the Montreal Impact 2-1. … C.J. Sapong scored in his first start in nearly three months, Boris Sekulic had his first MLS goal and the host Chicago Fire beat D.C. United 2-1. … Danny Muskovski scored twice and LAFC edged the visiting Seattle Sounders 2-1 for its third win in four games. … Patrick Mullins scored his first goal of the season and Toronto extended its winning streak to five games with a 1-0 win over host Cincinnati. … Gerso Fernandes and Erik Hurtado scored and Sporting Kansas City rallied to beat visiting Nashville SC 2-1.

NHL: Buffalo became the surprise team to win the Taylor Hall free-agency sweepstakes by signing the 10th-year forward and six-time 20-goal-scorer to a one-year, $8 million contract. Hall joins his fourth NHL organization since being the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.

• In other moves, the Blues added forward Kyle Clifford on a two-year, $2 million contract; the Golden Knights re-signed forward Tomas Nosek, who returns for a fourth season after signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract; Detroit signed center Vladislav Namestnikov to a $4 million, two-year contract; and Dallas re-signed center Radek Faksa to a $16.25 million, five-year contract.

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NASA drops joyful Jupiter flyover video from Juno’s perspective

Take a moment to bask in the beauty of a Jupiter flyover.


NASA/Kevin Gill; video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

No Earth roller coaster could possibly compare to a 130,000 mph (209,000 kph) flyover of Jupiter. That’s what NASA’s Juno spacecraft experienced in June with a close pass of the gas giant. 

A striking new NASA video re-creates the scenery from this thrilling space adventure.

Citizen Scientist Kevin Gill, who also works as a software engineer at NASA, harnessed data from Juno’s JunoCam, the camera that’s been delivering lavish views of Jupiter since the spacecraft arrived at the planet in 2016.

“The sequence combines 41 JunoCam still images digitally projected onto a sphere, with a virtual ‘camera’ providing views of Jupiter from different angles as the spacecraft speeds by,” said NASA in a statement on Thursday.

The video is accompanied by an appropriately epic and lush soundtrack. The images come from Juno’s June 2, 2020, flyover — its 27th close flyby of the planet — where it skimmed to within 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) of the clouds. 

The Juno video offers a nice counterpoint to a recent Hubble Space Telescope portrait of Jupiter. It’s the short and the long of it. Any way you look at it, Jupiter is a delight to behold. 

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