Top 25 Heat Check: Fallout and falling out at LSU

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer leads his team onto the field for an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Meyer and the Buckeyes coaches did new Rutgers coach Chris Ash a solid this past summer by satellite camping at the Scarlet Knights camp the same day Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in New Jersey. Meyer won’t be doing Ash any favors this weekend. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The firings have begun. That’s what happens when a preseason top-10 team finds itself out of the AP Top 25 at the end of September.

Preliminaries done in Big 12, focus on conference

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury cheers after Jonathan Giles scored a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech in Lubbock, Texas. With all the non-conference games completed, there will be only head-to-head matchups in the Big 12 over the last 10 weekends of the regular season. “That’s the fun that's the fun part about conference. It doesn’t matter what you do those first three games,” Kingsbury said Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, File)

All of the preliminaries are over, and it’s time for Big 12 coaches to focus on trying to win a conference title.

STAT WATCH: Trubisky, Finley combine for 16 TDs

North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Two of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks play in the same conference for schools less than an hour apart in the same state.

Unranked Sooners set sights on Big 12 title

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops iwatches an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Monroe in Norman, Okla. The Sooners are 0-0 in the quest to repeat as Big 12 champions and win the league for the 10th time under Stoops. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It’s still September and Oklahoma already is out of the Top 25 and the national championship race. That is unfamiliar and surprising territory for the Sooners, especially considering they entered the season on the short list of potential College Football Playoff teams.

LSU fires Miles, Cameron, promotes Orgeron

This Sept. 24, 2016 file photo shows LSU head coach Les Miles reacting to a call during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Auburn, Ala. Two people familiar with the decision say LSU has fired Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. Miles firing comes one day after LSU lost 18-13 at Auburn. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, file)

Les Miles has finally been done in by one of the frantic finishes that came to define the Mad Hatter’s tenure at LSU.

Air Force beats Utah St. 27-20 in Mtn. West opener

Air Force's Nate Romine pitches the ball off to Jacobi Owens during an NCAA college football game against Utah State, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Logan, Utah. (John Zsiray/Herald Journal via AP)

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the Mountain West Conference season with a 27-20 win over Utah State on Saturday night.

Bengals hold off Hornets

Sacramento State’s Demetrius Warren gets through the grasp of Idaho State’s JonRhyeem Peoples (94) for a short gain during Saturday’s game at Holt Arena in Pocatello. Doug Lindley / Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO — Despite opening the game with 21 unanswered points, the Idaho State University football team needed big defensive plays down the stretch to hold off Sacramento State 42-34 on Saturday at Holt Arena to open the Big Sky Conference schedule with a win.


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