The Norman Transcript


November 17, 2013

Crimson Tide rolling, still on top



Moving in: Sorry Coach K, but Jabari Parker and your latest stellar Duke basketball team will have to share top billing in Durham, N.C., for a few weeks with David Cutcliffe and Blue Devils football.

No. 25 Duke moved into the rankings for the first time since 1994 after crushing Miami 48-30 on Saturday. The victory also puts the Blue Devils in control of the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal division race.

If the Blue Devils (8-2) win their last two games (at Wake Forest and at North Carolina), they’ll play Florida State in Charlotte for the ACC title on Dec. 7.

Just getting there would be enough to make a case for Cutcliffe as coach of the year.



Stanford dropped five spots to No. 10 after losing 20-17 to Southern California, which moved back into the rankings at No. 23.

The Cardinal relinquished control of the Pac-12 North to Oregon, a week after beating the Ducks, but a BCS at-large bid is still a possibility if don’t win the conference.

As for USC, interim coach Ed Orgeron has orchestrated quite a turnaround since Lane Kiffin was fired, going 5-1. Is Coach O a candidate to get the full-time gig? Highly unlikely. The Denver Broncos confirmed USC athletic director Pat Haden interviewed Broncos defensive coordinator and former Trojan Jack Del Rio about the job. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin also has been mentioned as a candidate, along with Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.



The last time Duke was ranked, Notre Dame wasn’t — just like this week.


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