College Football Notebook: October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013, Vol. 128, No. 204

History. That’s what the latest Associated Press Top 25 college football poll represents after eight SEC teams made the rankings. According to the AP’s Ralph D. Russo, no conference has ever placed that many teams in the regular-season poll.

The SEC eight: 1 Alabama. 6. LSU. 7. Texas A&M. 11. South Carolina. 14. Missouri. 15. Georgia. 22. Florida. 24. Auburn.

Texas A&M plays a surprising Auburn team that has played well for first-year coach Gus Malzahn.

“They’re 5-1. They’re ranked 24th in the country. They’re very different from the team we played last year,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. “They’ve got a lot of energy. It might be a lot of the same guys, but it’s a completely different football team from an attitude standpoint. That shows up, not only in their record, but in their approach as well.”

The University of Memphis kicking game couldn’t be much better. Senior punter Tom Hornsey was named to the 2013 midseason college football All-America Team as voted on by the staff and writers at Through five games, Hornsey is averaging 47.0 yards per punt, which ranks third in the FBS punting rankings. As a team, Memphis leads the nation in net punting at 45.13 yards. Hornsey also has had 10 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line

True freshman place kicker Jake Elliott was named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for all 15 points in the Tigers’ 25-15 loss to Houston. Elliott kicked field goals of 33, 50, 24, 42 and 38 yards. He is 10-for-10 on field goals this season. Now, if he can just a get a few more opportunities to kick extra-points.

“I would love to,” Elliott said.

Quick Quotes …

The old ball coach Steve Spurrier always has something to say and after South Carolina went into Fayetteville and thumped Arkansas 52-7 was no exception. “I do feel badly for Arkansas,” Spurrier said. “It’s no fun getting your butt beat like this, on homecoming and all that.”

• “The respect level just went up a couple of notches.” So said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel after the Tigers upset Georgia. Now the undefeated Tigers get a shot at Florida. Missouri, however, will be without starting quarterback James Franklin, who injured his shoulder, and will start freshman Maty Mauk.

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley played against South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in grade school. This Saturday is the rematch. “He played running back for his elementary school team,” Worley said. “He was an animal back then, taller than all the rest of the kids. Faster than everybody.”