Messy Michigan slips 3 spots in AP Top 25 - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Messy Michigan slips 3 spots in AP Top 25

Posted: Updated:
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Themes for WaterFire Sharon announced

    Themes for WaterFire Sharon announced

    SHARON, Pa. - WaterFire Sharon will return this summer to the Shenango River. The three big events will have several themes.  The theme on July 19th will be "Elements", August 23rd's theme will be "Origins"More >>
    SHARON, Pa. - WaterFire Sharon will return this summer to the Shenango River. The three big events will have several themes.  The theme on July 19th will be "Elements", August 23rd's theme will be "Origins"More >>
  • Hundreds expected to help with clean up of Dave Grohl Alley

    Hundreds expected to help with clean up of Dave Grohl Alley

    WARREN, Ohio - Hundreds are expected to show up in Warren on Saturday to take part in clean-up effort, after a vandal was caught on camera damaging a tribute to a Warren-born musician.From noon until 4More >>
    WARREN, Ohio - Hundreds are expected to show up in Warren on Saturday to take part in a clean-up effort, after a vandal was caught on camera damaging a tribute to a Warren-born musician.More >>
  • Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

    Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

    LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County.  Vehicles are often using the same lanes as Amish buggies and localMore >>
    LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County.More >>

Breaking down The Associated Press college football poll after Week 4 of the regular season.

___

MESSY MICHIGAN. During a weekend filled with blowouts in the AP Top 25, Michigan's second consecutive close call against an inferior opponent dropped the Wolverines in the rankings and sent them into an off week trying to figure out how to hold onto the football.

Alabama stayed No. 1 in the latest poll, but lost some support from the media panel. The Tide received 56 out of 60 first-place votes after getting 59 last week. No. 2 Oregon received four. Alabama's 31-6 victory against Colorado State on Saturday was less than dominant, but the Tide sat some key starters. Not a lot to worry about in Tuscaloosa, Ala., though with No. 21 Mississippi coming to town Saturday, the Tide needs to get better and healthier.

Michigan's problems seem to be far more disconcerting. The Wolverines (4-0) fell three spots to No. 18 after a 24-21 victory at Connecticut, the second straight week Michigan won and dropped in the rankings. Last week four Michigan turnovers kept Akron in the game, and the Wolverines came away with a 28-24 victory.

Four more turnovers, three by quarterback Devin Gardner, had UConn leading 21-7 early in the third quarter before Michigan rallied in East Hartford, Conn.

Gardner now has thrown eight interceptions, and much of the optimism Wolverines fans had in him following his excellent performance against Notre Dame has dried up. On a windy night in Connecticut, his throws were inaccurate, he too often scrambled into traffic and he was careless carrying the ball.

"You can't be loose with the ball, and we do that a little too much," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "But we just try to keep working and be conscious of how we are handling the situation at times. Throwing the ball out of bounds is pretty good because we get the ball back. Or you can punt."

The Wolverines' inexperienced interior offensive line was spotty again, though the Michigan defense looked good all-around against a UConn offense that ranks as one of the worst in a BCS automatic qualifying conference.

But Gardner's issues are most troublesome. Freshman Shane Morris is the backup. For Michigan, it's Gardner or bust.

MOVING UP. The first 14 teams in this week's AP poll held their spots from last week. No ranked team moved up more than one spot. That's what happens when only two ranked teams play each other - No. 5 Stanford beat Arizona State 42-28 - and most of the others romped over heavy underdogs.

MOVING IN. No. 25 Fresno State (3-0) is ranked for the first time since Sept. 28, 2008. The Bulldogs have won two of the craziest games of the season, beating Rutgers 52-51 in overtime and Boise State 41-40. After snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Broncos on Friday night, Fresno State launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Derek Carr, including the website www.dc4heisman.com . Carr has passed for 12 touchdowns and one interception. Off the field, he and his wife, Heather, got a huge scare in August when their newborn son needed surgery to correct a problem with his intestines. Heather and little Dallas were at the Boise State game Friday night.

MOVING OUT. Arizona State dropped out of the rankings after losing to Stanford - a week after some incompetent officiating helped the Sun Devils beat Wisconsin.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Four ranked teams scored at least 70 points Saturday: Louisville beat FIU 72-0; Ohio State beat Florida A&M 76-0; Miami beat Savannah State 77-7; and Baylor beat Louisiana-Monroe 70-7. Since the rankings went to 25 teams in 1989, never before have more than two ranked teams scored at least 70 in the same weekend.

The Ohio State and Miami routs are perfect examples of a game that should not be scheduled. Power FBS schools against weakling FCS schools.

Louisiana-Monroe played a close game against Baylor last season, but the Bears' offense is functioning at a level that ULM couldn't keep pace with this season.

The FIU situation came with some controversy. Conference USA released a statement after the game saying officials misunderstood FIU coach Ron Turner and believed he requested a running clock in the second half. The league said there were five times in the second half when the clock should have been stopped but wasn't.

___

Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • YSU NewsMore>>

  • YSU Press Release

    Oakland evens series with the Penguins

    Oakland evens series with the Penguins

    NILES, Ohio - Three Oakland pitchers combined to limit the Youngstown State baseball team to three hits, and the Golden Grizzlies evened the three-game series with a 4-1 victory over the Penguins on Friday evening at Eastwood Field.Oakland starter Tim Koons went seven innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits and four walks while striking out nine batters. Collin Gee and Logan Sparkman both retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. The Penguins were held...More >>
    NILES, Ohio - Three Oakland pitchers combined to limit the Youngstown State baseball team to three hits, and the Golden Grizzlies evened the three-game series with a 4-1 victory over the Penguins on Friday evening at Eastwood Field.Oakland starter Tim Koons went seven innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits and four walks while striking out nine batters. Collin Gee and Logan Sparkman both retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. The Penguins were held...More >>
  • YSU Press Release

    Penguins battle back for 5-4 walk-off win over Oakland

    Penguins battle back for 5-4 walk-off win over Oakland

    NILES, Ohio - Kris Moules singled home Kevin Hix with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Youngstown State baseball team to a come-from-behind walk-off 5-4 win over Oakland on Thursday night at Eastwood Field.YSU (7-23 overall and 2-7 in the Horizon League) trailed on three different occasions before Moules's heroics in the ninth. The Golden Grizzlies (6-20 and 1-9) led 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3, but each time the Guins were able to rally.After working out a jam in the top of the ninth as OU stran...More >>
    NILES, Ohio - Kris Moules singled home Kevin Hix with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Youngstown State baseball team to a come-from-behind walk-off 5-4 win over Oakland on Thursday night at Eastwood Field.YSU (7-23 overall and 2-7 in the Horizon League) trailed on three different occasions before Moules's heroics in the ninth. The Golden Grizzlies (6-20 and 1-9) led 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3, but each time the Guins were able to rally.After working out a jam in the top of the ninth as OU stran...More >>
  • With a new QB, running backs become more of a focus for the YSU Penguins

    With a new QB, running backs become more of a focus for the YSU Penguins

  • Around the WebMore>>

  • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black president.The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1kIkFmQ ) the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday to fire science teacher Gil Voigt.Voigt didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him.Voigt, who is white, says what he actually told the teen was th...More >>
    CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black president.The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1kIkFmQ ) the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday to fire science teacher Gil Voigt.Voigt didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him.Voigt, who is white, says what he actually told the teen was th...More >>
  • 13-1/2 pound boy born at southeastern Pa. hospital

    13-1/2 pound boy born at southeastern Pa. hospital

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:54:06 GMT
    DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) - A woman has given birth to a more than 13-pound baby at a southeastern Pennsylvania hospital.Officials at Delaware County Memorial Hospital say Brian and Danielle Dwyer's son born Monday is the largest baby they can recall there.Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer tipped the scales at 13 pounds, 8-1/2 ounces.The couple loved the "Where's Waldo?" books as children, so that's where they got their son's first name.Brian Dwyer said the middle name Mysterious is because Waldo was ...More >>
    DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) - A woman has given birth to a more than 13-pound baby at a southeastern Pennsylvania hospital.Officials at Delaware County Memorial Hospital say Brian and Danielle Dwyer's son born Monday is the largest baby they can recall there.Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer tipped the scales at 13 pounds, 8-1/2 ounces.The couple loved the "Where's Waldo?" books as children, so that's where they got their son's first name.Brian Dwyer said the middle name Mysterious is because Waldo was ...More >>
  • Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:44:23 GMT
    YORK, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.School officials heard about Farves' plan in...More >>
    YORK, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.School officials heard about Farves' plan in...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms