Monday November 14th, 2011

Polls 'n bowls. Your new BCS top five, after 11 weeks of play, in descending order: LSU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma. The Tigers are the first unanimous regular-season No. 1 in the AP Poll since 2008. Stewart Mandel's latest bowl projections would pit the third undefeated team in the FBS, 11th-ranked Houston, against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Dispatches from State College. The latest CNN roundup of the Jerry Sandusky case encompasses a curious possible conflict of interest on the part of the judge who set Sandusky's bail, and the resignation of the CEO of the Second Mile charity. Police address the subject of the district attorney who went missing after investigating early allegations against Sandusky.

Fresh coaches, bought and sold. Urban Meyer has "no plans to return to coaching at this time," which is totally binding and permanent, and Fresno State's defensive coordinator has been demoted.

Here's a headline you don't see every day: "Illinois' Henry out for season with gunshot wound." Illini linebacker Trulon Henry, brother of Arrelious Benn, was shot in the hand at a house party over the weekend, reportedly just after showing up to give teammates a ride home. Henry had surgery Sunday; no word yet on his possible availability for a bowl appearance.

Home for the ruptured. Hoo boy, where to begin today. In no particular order: Mizzou's Henry Josey, leading rusher in the Big 12, has a torn ACL, MCL and patellar tendon, from which he's actually expected to make a full recovery, eventually. Texas RB Fozzy Whittaker nearly matched him tear for tear in the same game, with injuries to his right ACL and MCL expected to end his career as a Longhorn. Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros has a broken ankle, but could potentially return for a bowl game. Other quarterbacks felled in an astonishingly injury-rampant weekend: Maryland's Danny O'Brien (broken left arm), Washington's Keith Price (left knee injury), Hawaii's Bryant Moniz (ankle), and BYU's Riley Nelson, who "wins" the QB injury derby with rib and lung injuries (rib and lung injuries!) sustained against Idaho. Auburn cornerback T'Sharvan Bell will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee on a collision with a teammate. Arizona State freshman cornerback Rashad Wadood is out for the season with an ACL tear. In slightly better news: Clemson phenom Sammy Watkins' shoulder injury is not thought to be serious, and T.J. McDonald should be back in action for USC against Oregon after being hospitalized for migraines.

Roster blotter. Matt Huene, freshman OT for Purdue, was arrested for public intoxication over the weekend. • Monday whimsy: Presenting the World Cup of college football. GameDay's bound for C-USA. Read Pablo Torre's feed for more context on the Yale quarterback who's skipping his Rhodes interview. They could've just stopped with "Ohio State offense struggling."  SNL takes on Penn State. Mandel, your blog cred is skyrocketing. And it only took seven years.

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