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College football rankings: Mississippi State drops into The Bottom 25 after Mike Leach’s offense sputters

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25. Kentucky 1-2 The Wildcats became the first team in history to hold a Mike Leach-coached offense without a single point. Obviously, the defensive performance the Cats put on against Mississippi State increased their overall rating quite a bit, as did their first win. This week they look for another one at Tennessee. (Last Week: 4) 24. Wake Forest 1-2 The Demon Deacons had the weekend off and are set to play Virginia on Saturday. (23) 23. Temple 0-1 Speaking of one-game teams entering late, hey there, Temple. The Owls didn’t look half-bad considering the delayed start to their season in a 31-29 loss to Navy. Of course, considering how Navy has looked this year, I’m not sure how much stock we should put in it. Maybe this week’s game against No. 5 South Florida will provide more information? (Not Ranked) 22. Missouri 1-2 So how is it that Missouri beat LSU, but remains in The Bottom 25 while — SPOILER ALERT — LSU isn’t ranked? Mostly LSU’s performance against Vandy. Also, the win didn’t wipe out the first two losses. As for Mizzou’s game against Vanderbilt to boost its numbers, that’s become the first SEC game to be postponed. Missouri’s next scheduled game is now at Florida on Oct. 24. (5) 21. UTEP 3-2 This is bittersweet. I’m not thrilled to see UTEP back in The Bottom 25 with a winning record, but at the same time, I’m never unhappy to see our two-time champions coming home to say hello. This week the Miners get No. 9 Southern Miss. (NR) 20. South Alabama 1-2 South Alabama had to postpone its game last week against Troy. It is currently scheduled to return this weekend against No. 16 Texas State. (20) 19. East Carolina 1-2 My Beloved Pirates took care of

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College football rankings: Oklahoma falls into The Bottom 25 after losing second straight game

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25. Louisville 1-2 The Cardinals had last weekend off and hung steady on the edge of our rankings. This week it’s a road game against No. 19 Georgia Tech. (Last Week: 25) 24. Oklahoma 1-2 I wrote a bit about my biggest problem with Oklahoma during its loss to Iowa State on Saturday already. Here, I’ll just say that I do not expect Oklahoma to hang around The Bottom 25 for long, but it’s also not out of the question to think this team could lose its next two games against Texas and TCU if it doesn’t get its act together. (Not Ranked) 23. Wake Forest 1-2 The Deacs got into the win column by beating up on Campbell 66-14, but that’s not enough to get out of The Bottom 25. A win this weekend against Virginia might be. (10) 22. Texas State 1-3 My Beloved Bobcats had the weekend off and will be back on the road Saturday against Troy. This game will be the third of five consecutive road games for the Bobcats. (23) 21. Arkansas State 1-2 The Red Wolves returned to action against Coastal Carolina after having two games postponed, and looked like a team that hadn’t played in a while. The Chanticleers put a 52-23 beatdown on them. This week it’s a makeup date with Central Arkansas. (NR) 20. South Alabama 1-2 The Jaguars’ game against Troy was postponed due to COVID-19 (boy, I’m getting sick of having to type that) but this week, they’ll be on a scheduled bye before playing No. 22 Texas State on Oct. 17. (21) 19. Georgia Tech 1-2 The Yellow Jackets had the week off to think about their two losses since beating Florida State. This week they’ll square off with No. 25 Louisville in an ACC Bottom 25

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There’s a giant ‘Green Banana’ off Florida’s coast, and researchers have finally gotten to the bottom of it

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If you haven’t heard of the “Green Banana blue hole” you might imagine a tropical cocktail you can order in Key West, or a dessert you ordered after a night on Bourbon Street.


Forget that. This Green Banana is actually a mysterious sink hole. More specifically, it’s a huge, underwater cavern off the coast of Florida that humans had never fully explored—until last month.

Scientists say the Green Banana could hold clues to the formation of toxic red tides, algae blooms that are devastating to Florida’s shoreline, and the extent of the aquifer that supplies the state with most of its drinking water.

Maybe even the origins of life.

Blue holes—sink holes that form under water—are not unusual in the Gulf of Mexico. In the mid-1970s, a boat captain sailing about 60 miles west of Sarasota spotted one about 160 feet under water, and an unripe banana peel floating above it. It became known as the Green Banana.

Scientists believe it may have formed more than 10,000 years ago when a sink hole opened to form a cavern 265 feet deep and 425 feet below the surface of the Gulf, further than typical scuba divers are capable of reaching.

It’s not just the depth of the Green Banana that’s a challenge for explorers. It’s wide base created by an hourglass shape had never been fully explored until advanced diver Marty Watson did it in August with a team of scientists and researchers.

“What’s it like?” Watson asked. “I’m not an astronaut, but it’s got to be the closest thing in the world next to it.”

Blue holes are thought to be ecological hot spots whose nutrients help supply the food chain around the world. It starts with the phytoplankton that feed on those nutrients, which attracts