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Bengals rookie gets teeth fixed after Browns game

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

Carl Lawson shows off his fixed smile in a photo posted to his Twitter account @carllawson55.
Carl Lawson shows off his fixed smile in a photo posted to his Twitter account @carllawson55.

UPDATE: Oct. 2, 2017, 4:45 p.m. — Cincinnati Bengals rookie Carl Lawson has his smile back after breaking two teeth in Sunday’s win at Cleveland.

Lawson took the accident in stride, joking about it after the game and showing off his sense of humor on Twitter earlier Monday when he posted a photo of his teeth in a jar with the caption, “Does the tooth fairy grant sacks, tackles, Tfls and wins.”

The Bengals official Twitter account tweeted a message commending Lawson for “leaving it all on the field,” to  which the rookie replied “I have no idea what you guys are talking about” with an accompanying photo of him showing off his fixed smile.

First Report: Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m.   — Even in helping the Cincinnati Bengals secure their first win of the season, defensive end Carl Lawson took a loss.

The rookie chipped his front top teeth when he hit Cleveland quarterback DeShone Kizer on a fourth-and-10 play in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 31-7 win against Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“The one time I got him down, I ended up missing my teeth,” said Lawson, who didn’t get credit for a sack on the play when the officials said Kizer’s arm was moving forward and ruled an incomplete pass.

“I guess it’s a give and take,” Lawson said. “I just know I got around the edge and I thought I got a sack, but they said the ball was going forward. I just remember seeing my teeth in the air for like two seconds. I was like, ‘Oh, crap.’”

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Lawson wasn’t wearing a mouthpiece, and as he was talking to the media about his teeth, teammate Kevin Minter chimed in from two lockers away.

“You’ll listen now,” Minter said. “I’ve been telling him since training camp. He looks like a fool now.”

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Lawson, who said he was hoping to find an oral surgeon to work on him when the team returned to Cincinnati Sunday night, shrugged off the accident.

“If they’d got knocked out on any other play, I’d probably have been upset,” Lawson said. “It was a good rush, but I sacrificed my teeth for it.”

N.C. State moves up to No. 15 in Amway Coaches Poll

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 1:14 PM

The N.C. State Wolfpack didn’t play in Week 8 but still moved up to No. 13 in the Amway Coaches Poll. The poll, which included four ACC teams, was released Sunday.

In the ACC, the Wolfpack is behind Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech in the coaches poll. Clemson also had a bye week and stayed in the top 10 at No. 7, but N.C. State is ahead of the Tigers in the Atlantic Division standings.

N.C. State improved to 6-1 last week after beating Pitt 35-17. The game was tied at halftime, but the Wolfpack pulled away in the third and fourth quarters to seal a solid victory.

Three weeks ago was the first time N.C. State was included in the Top 25 of the coaches poll. The Wolfpack became ranked a week after beating then-No. 12 Florida State 27-21. Although neither team is ranked anymore, that victory and a win against Louisville in Week 6 give N.C. State two top-20 victories this season.

Behind strong quarterback play from Ryan Finley, the Wolfpack have won six straight since dropping the season opener at a neutral site against South Carolina. Finley had 198 passing yards and a touchdown versus Pitt after passing for 367 yards and a score against Louisville. The junior is averaging more than 281 passing yards per game and has thrown 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions.

Finley had plenty of help in Pittsburgh. Junior running back Nyheim Hines had a huge first quarter and ended up leading the team with 135 rushing yards, which included an 83-yard score. He also returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown. Tight end Jaylen Samuels also sparkled, hauling in 6 catches for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns.

With the victory at Pitt, N.C. State is in first place in the Atlantic Division at 4-0, and the Wolfpack already have met two of the top three teams from the division a year ago.

This week, the Wolfpack probably face their toughest test yet, as they will visit No. 10 Notre Dame, who just demolished formerly No. 10 USC. Then after that, N.C. State will host the defending champion Clemson Tigers.

Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Washington
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. South Florida
  15. N.C. State
  16. Washington State
  17. UCF
  18. Michigan State
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Michigan

College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Top 25 after Week 8

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Much of the country — including five Top 25 teams — rested up this weekend, leaving a thinned-out schedule that didn’t provide much drama. But the college football rankings should still see a shake-up after dominant wins by Notre Dame and Penn State.

Here is our best guess at how the AP Top 25 will shake out after Week 8:

College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Top 25 after Week 8

Dropped out: Michigan (previously No. 19)

25. Iowa State ⬇️
24. Memphis ⬇️
23. LSU ⬇️

What a turnaround. Ed Orgeron’s Tigers have now won three straight — including an upset of then-No. 10 Auburn — after dispatching a feisty Ole Miss team in Oxford. The best part of the night was Derrius Guice’s performance; the beat-up running back went for 279 yards on just 22 carries against the Rebels. Louisiana State has now produced three unbelievable individual single-game rushing performances under Coach O.

22. West Virginia ⬇️
21. Stanford ⬇️
20. Auburn ⬇️

Arkansas was no match for an angry Auburn team. The Tigers completely shut down Hogs backup quarterback Cole Kelley while re-establishing their dominant rushing attack. Kamryn Pettway punched in three scores while Kerryon Johnson and Jarrett Stidham both ran in touchdowns. Up next: A bye, and then a tough two-game stretch vs. Texas A&M and Georgia.

19. UCF ⬇️
18. Michigan State
17. USC ⬆️
16. N.C. State ⬇️
15. USF ⬇️
14. Washington State ⬇️
13. Virginia Tech ⬇️
12. Washington
11. Oklahoma State ⬆️
10. Oklahoma ⬆️
9. Miami ⬆️
8. Notre Dame

The most impressive win of the weekend belongs to the Fighting Irish, who decimated No. 11 USC in South Bend. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush was back in the starting lineup, which means Notre Dame is close to full strength again for its final College Football Playoff push. All eyes are on a Nov. 11 matchup with Miami.

7. Clemson
6. Ohio State
5. Wisconsin
4. TCU
3. Georgia
2. Penn State
1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide didn’t destroy the rival Vols quite as badly as some expected, but they still covered a crazy five-touchdown spread with a 45-7 victory in Tuscaloosa. ‘Bama gets a week off before its annual rivalry game against LSU.

What do you think the college football rankings will look like? Let us know in the comments section below.

Virginia Tech moves up to No. 13 in Amway Coaches Poll

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

The Virginia Tech Hokies completely demolished North Carolina, 59-7, in Week 8, and as a result, the Hokies moved up to No. 13 in the Amway Coaches Poll. That moves them up one spot since last week.

The poll, which includes four ACC teams, was released on Sunday. Virginia Tech is ranked behind only Clemson and Miami but ahead of N.C. State in the conference.

Justin Fuente’s squad scored the first 59 points of the blowout victory versus North Carolina. The 52-point Hokies win is the largest margin of victory in the history of the Virginia Tech-North Carolina rivalry, which dates back to 1895. The Hokies are now on a 2-game winning streak since losing at home to then-No. 2 Clemson.

The Hokies have steadily climbed the rankings this season before suffering that first loss. Virginia Tech was ranked 22nd in the preseason coaches poll but moved up four spots, to No. 18, after beating West Virginia in the season opener.

Then, the Hokies climbed two spots to No. 16, after shutting out Delaware 27-0 in their second game. After beating East Carolina 64-17 in Week 3, coach Justin Fuente’s bunch jumped another three spots, to No. 13.

Virginia Tech headed into the matchup with Clemson at No. 12. After losing 31-17 to the defending champions, the Hokies fell to No. 19.

Virginia Tech will face Duke, who is coming off a loss against Pitt, next Saturday.

Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Washington
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. South Florida
  15. N.C. State
  16. Washington State
  17. UCF
  18. Michigan State
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Michigan

Clemson Tigers moves up to No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

With their bye week, the Clemson Tigers rested this weekend and watched the rest of the country duke it out in college football. There weren’t any major upsets, but the Tigers still managed to move up one spot to No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll after Week 8. The poll, which included four ACC teams, was released Sunday.

The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Clemson. The Tigers were No. 2 in the poll heading into Week 7, but they suffered their first defeat of the season, falling 27-24, to the Syracuse Orange. That dropped Clemson to No. 8 in the poll last week.

Prior to that, the Tigers were one of the hottest teams in the nation, having started 6-0 for the third straight year. Starting quarterback Kelly Bryant didn’t play in the second half versus Syracuse after sustaining a concussion, but still, it was a tough loss for the defending national champions.

The Tigers opened the season at No. 5 in the preseason coaches poll. In that poll, Clemson received seven first-place votes.

Clemson jumped two spots to No. 3 (with three first-place votes) after beating Kent State 56-3 in the season opener, then climbed another spot to No. 2 (with two first-place votes) after defeating Auburn 14-6 in Week 2.

They remained at No. 2 only behind Alabama for four weeks. During that stretch, the Tigers picked up two more Top 15 victories. Clemson beat Louisville and Virginia Tech, both of which were hyped matchups with College GameDay in attendance, by an average of 20 points.

The Tigers will continue to regroup this week and prepare to host their cross-divisional rival, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, this Saturday, Oct. 28.

Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Washington
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. South Florida
  15. N.C. State
  16. Washington State
  17. UCF
  18. Michigan State
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Michigan