History was made after the most recent unveiling of the College Football Playoff rankings. Elsewhere in NCAA football, one of the most prominent coaches in the sport has been fired, and a top class of 2019 recruit has made his decision. Here are the latest college football news and notes.
Top 10 unchanged
The latest College Football Playoff rankings were released, and the top 10 is unchanged from the previous week. It is the first time in the history of the rankings that has happened, with all 10 teams claiming victory last week.
Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Michigan stayed in the top four in that order, with Georgia and Oklahoma on the outside at No. 5 and No. 6. The rest of the top 10 remained the same, with LSU, Washington State, West Virginia, and Ohio State rounding out the group.
As for the rest of the rankings, there were some changes. UCF moved up one spot to No. 11, Syracuse climbed to No. 13, and Penn State shot up six spots to No. 14. No. 16 Iowa State and No. 15 Texas each rose multiple spots as well. Washington was the biggest climber, shooting up seven spots to No. 18.
Petrino Fired From Louisville
In the midst of a 2-8 season, Louisville fired head coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino’s firing was announced on Sunday, two days after the Cardinals lost their seventh game in a row.
Athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement:
“We want to thank Bobby for guiding our football program to some of the better seasons we have had historically at U of L during his two separate tenures here. However, at this time we feel the program needs different leadership and we owe it to our student-athletes and fans to get this turned around.”
Petrino was in his second stint as Louisville coach. He previously coached the Cardinals from 2003 to 2006, going 41-9 before leaving to coach the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. He returned to Louisville in January 2014, signing a seven-year deal. According to his contract, the school owes Petrino more than $14 million in a buyout.
Over the last five seasons, Petrino and the Cardinals lost at least four games in each of the past five seasons. This most-recent losing streak in highlighted by a five-game stretch of ACC losses by at least 18 points, including blowouts to Clemson and Syracuse.
Emery Commits to LSU
John Emery, ESPN’s No.14-ranked prospect in the class of 2019 and No. 1 running back, committed to LSU on Tuesday. Emery, a running back out of Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana, is staying in-state.
The commitment comes less than a month after Emery de-committed from Georgia. He previously chose Georgia in July over LSU, Mississippi State, Florida State, and more. He had been on the campuses of both LSU and Georgia, as well as Tennessee, before announcing the new commitment to the Tigers.
With Emery’s commitment to LSU, the Tigers’ 2019 class includes 10 ESPN 300s and 12 four-star recruits.
Week 12 of college football is highlighted by No. 12 Syracuse vs No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium. In other ranked matchups, No. 24 Cincinnati is at No. 11 UCF, and No. 16 Iowa State is at No. 15 Texas.