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College football rankings: LSU, Mississippi State losses see SEC West teams tumble in CBS Sports 76

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One of my favorite parts about the month of October in college football is how quickly the rankings adjust to those initial reactions from the opening weeks of the season. In “normal” seasons this, would still be the point where teams have finally have a couple conference games in the books and whatever kind of overreaction we made from the few September results worth noting has been put to the test by the grind of league play. 

Even in a “normal” year, this is the point where we identify an early-season result that has been proven to be wildly misleading. In 2020, that game is Mississippi State’s 44-34 win at LSU. The biggest game on the SEC’s opening-week schedule had everything fans could want, from the intrigue of seeing how the defending champs would replace Joe Burrow and more than a dozen starters to the SEC debut of Mike Leach. By the time K.J. Costello and the Bulldogs (who entered the game as 18-point underdogs) were done carving up LSU for 623 passing yards in the upset win, a new era was proclaimed in the conference. Mike Leach was here, we thought, and the league would never be the same. 

Well, while we did see scoreboard-breaking totals in the SEC this past weekend, none of it came from Mississippi State. The Bulldogs did not even score an offensive point in a 14-2 loss to Kentucky, a result that was preceded by a 21-14 loss to Arkansas. Ever since the Leach era started with lighting up LSU, Costello has thrown the ball 114 times and the Mississippi State offense has scored just two touchdowns.   

Now at 1-2, Mississippi State finds itself at the bottom of the SEC West standings with LSU. That same LSU team that started in

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PCL Construction Teams with University of Denver, Citizen Care Pod Corporation and WZMH Architects on COVID-19 Testing Facility

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CCP Mobile COVID-19 Testing Pod Provides A Safe All-Weather Space for Health Professionals to Conduct COVID-19 Tests with Students and Staff Year-Round

PCL Construction is pleased to announce its work with the University of Denver and WZMH Architects to design, build and deliver a smart screening and testing facility – Citizen Care Pod Corporation’s (CCP) Mobile COVID-19 Testing Pod (Care Pod) to support the return of students to the University of Denver campus during the coronavirus pandemic. From concept to completion, the entire process took three weeks and is providing COVID-19 testing professionals with a permanent facility that provides a secure and comfortable environment.

Having used tents for COVID-19 testing, the university turned to PCL Construction for a more permanent solution to safely conduct testing through changing weather conditions. The 40-foot pod can test individuals who either walk or drive-up. Unlike tents, the pod offers a secure, safe and comfortable environment with climate control, HEPA filters, heating, air conditioning and positive air pressurization. It also is ADA compliant.

“We really needed to look for a solution that would last through the summer and winter,” said James Rosner, Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management and Planning. “Tents really weren’t a good long-term option. The Care Pod solution was a perfect fit for the university to be able to test students, faculty and staff by providing both drive-up and walk-up options, and an ADA accessible window.”

The testing pods are easily modified for future use in administering a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as for flu and other viruses. Click here to see a video of the Care Pod’s installation.

“This is a safe space that is easily accessible for university students, faculty and staff to receive COVID-19 tests to ensure they study and work in a virus-free campus environment,” said Zenon Radewych, CCP’s

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The Meet Group Teams with ConnectSafely to Further Safer Dating Education

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To Provide Consultation on Safety, Privacy, and Security Issues Related to Technology

The Meet Group, Inc., a leading provider of interactive dating solutions, announced it is collaborating with ConnectSafely, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating technology users about safety, privacy, and security.

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“We’re proud to be joining forces with ConnectSafely, an organization we have known for many years as a leader in creating a safer and better internet,” said Geoff Cook, Chief Executive Officer of The Meet Group. “Educating our members about how to date safely is core to our safety initiatives. Earlier this year we introduced a safety education pledge requirement, released safer dating tips for dating in a pandemic with our Safer Dating Advisory Board of epidemiologists and infectious disease experts, and shared full-screen reminders of our content standards to streamers before they go live.”

“ConnectSafely is pleased to be helping The Meet Group assure that people who use its services are doing so as safely as possible,” said Larry Magid, Chief Executive Officer of ConnectSafely. “There is a long history of people successfully finding partners through online dating and the vast majority have done so safely. But, as with all online activities, there are risks that can be avoided by knowing how to protect your privacy, security and personal safety while enjoying the many benefits of online dating. User education, along with best practices by dating services are the keys to safer use of dating services like the ones operated by The Meet Group.”

A leader in promoting online safety, The Meet Group collaborates actively with industry partners, peers, NGOs, and law enforcement. Earlier this year, The Meet Group announced it is collaborating with several online safety and dating organizations, including the Online Dating Association, the

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, Week 5: LSU bounces back, eight ranked teams fall

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Eight ranked teams lost on Saturday as the crazy beginning to the 2020 college football season continued with a handful of upsets. But No. 20 LSU and No. 17 Oklahoma State were two teams that showed resiliency in blowout victories against league opponents after both dealt with disappointing starts to their seasons. The Tigers handled Vanderbilt 41-7 on Saturday, while the Cowboys blasted Kansas 47-7.

Oklahoma State looked underwhelming in victories against Tulsa and West Virginia to open the season. But after Saturday’s impressive offensive showing against the lowly Jayhawks, the Cowboys are the only undefeated team remaining in the Big 12 and have a clear path toward a league title. LSU’s path to an SEC title remains murky, but the Tigers actually bested last year’s national title team in one way against the Commodores as the 34-point margin of victory bested the 28-point margin of victory that last year’s team posted against Vanderbilt.

Both fanbases can take a sigh of relief, especially when they look around the country and see what happened to many of their ranked peers. CBS Sports covered all the upsets and action from another exciting day in college football, and you can view all the highlights below. 

College football scores, schedule — Week 5

No. 21 Tennessee 35, Missouri 12 — Box score
TCU 33, No. 9 Texas 31 — Recap
No. 3 Florida 38, South Carolina 24 — Box score
No. 2 Alabama 52, No. 13 Texas A&M 24 — Recap, takeaways
No. 12 North Carolina 26, Boston College 22 — Box score
No. 17 Oklahoma State 47, Kansas 7 — Box score
SMU 30, No. 25 Memphis 27 — Box score
Iowa State 37, No. 18 Oklahoma 30 — Recap
Arkansas 21, No. 16 Mississippi State 14 — Recap
No. 20 LSU 41,

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COVID-19 delays create challenges for college football teams

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The last time North Carolina went this long between games during a football season was in 1952, when a polio outbreak on campus forced the Tar Heels to cancel two games.

For No. 25 Memphis, 28 days will separate its season-opener from Saturday’s game at SMU because of a COVID-19 outbreak that shut down its football facility.

One way or another, the coronavirus has caused the postponement or cancellation of 24 games involving major college football teams since Aug. 26. The latest came Thursday, when Appalachian State postponed next week’s game against against Sun Belt rival Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mountaineers’ next game is scheduled for Oct. 14, while the Ragin’ Cajuns are idle until Oct. 17.

The delays and disruptions have created long layoffs, unusual practice schedules and short-handed rosters, leaving coaches wracking their brains for ways to keep players engaged mentally and physically.

“Does it still hold true that you improve the most between your first and second game if there’s two weeks between them, really three weeks between them?” North Carolina coach Mack Brown asked. “I think probably not. We’re starting over.”

No. 12 North Carolina got its opener in on Sept. 12, beating Syracuse. The next week a nonconference game against Charlotte was postponed a couple of days before it was supposed to be played because the 49ers could not play.

North Carolina had an open date the following week, but couldn’t find a game. The Tar Heels will play at Boston College on Saturday, three weeks after the opener without having had an outbreak of their own.

North Carolina could conduct practices as usual, but Brown dialed it back. The staff suggested holding a scrimmage on what would have been game day, but Brown wasn’t keen on that.

“I was concerned that if we had a scrimmage

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