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Five New Teams Join The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

Five new teams joined this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Poll, including Southern Methodist University, which checked-in 18th this week following an exciting 30-27 victory over Memphis University

Shane Buechele concluded the SMU three-point victory with three touchdown passes and 474 passing yards while Reggie Robinson Jr. hauled in five catches for 243 yards and two scores. Chris Naggar connected on all six kicks, including a game-winning 43-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining. 

SMU will be idle this upcoming weekend but return to the gridiron on Friday, October 16 when they visit Tulane University for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Virginia Tech also joined this week’s list, checking in 19th overall – the Hokies own a pair of wins against Duke University and North Carolina State – while LouisianaIowa State, and Minnesota rounded out the final three spots, checking-in 23rd, 24th, and 25th, respectively. 

Clemson University remained number one follow by Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Notre Dame. Ohio State, which has yet to play a game this fall, secured the sixth position while garnering a pair of first-place votes, while MiamiNorth CarolinaPenn State, and Oklahoma State rounded out the top ten, checking in seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively. 

Biggest Mover: The Cowboys of Oklahoma State, which have won three straight and will look to continue their momentum later this month when they visit Baylor University.

Oklahoma State moved up seven positions following their 47-7 win over Kansas University.  

Also moving up seven spots, as well, the University of Tennessee (14th) and Brigham Young University (15).

We’ll do some more blogging later this week on the state of college football and more, so stay tuned for those other posts, Noontime Sports fans, and friends! 

Clemson Remains No. 1 In Latest AP Top 25 Poll

The Clemson University football team was picked first in the NCAA Coaches Poll posted Thursday, August 6. (PHOTO COURTESY: BART BOATWRIGHT/FOR THE STATE)

By Matt Noonan 

By no surprise, the Clemson Tigers remained the top team in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, which was released yesterday (Sunday, September 20, 2020). 

Currently, the Tigers, who were the top team in the land last week, boast a 2-0 record and will look to continue their early-season momentum in a few weeks when they host Virginia, which is currently receiving votes. 

AlabamaOklahomaGeorgia, and Florida rounded out the top five spots, while LSU remained in the sixth position for the second-straight week. 

Notre Dame, which checked-in seventh one week, improved to 2-0 last weekend when they beat Southern Florida by a score of 52-0. 

Texas and Auburn secured a two-way tie for the eighth position while Texas A&M occupied the tenth position for the second consecutive week. 

Miami was the biggest mover on this week’s poll as they slid up five spots to the 12th position after checking-in 17th one week ago. 

Further down the poll, Marshall secured the final spot – that would be the 25th position – after picking-up their second-straight win this past weekend. 

This week, we’ll see more teams in action, including a slew of the top teams with Alabama visiting Missouri and Arkansas hosting Georgia. 

For a complete schedule of the fourth week, HOP HERE!

The AP Top 25 College Football Poll Welcomes 10 New Teams

The University of Memphis joined this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Poll. (PHOTO COURTESY: The University of Memphis Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Two weeks of college football are in the books. Well, maybe three weeks to be exact if you want to count a Week 0 matchup between Central Arkansas and Austin Peay

On Sunday, the Associated Press (AP) unveiled its latest college football poll, which did not include either team but did feature 10 new squads that had not appeared on the previous Top 25 list. And one of those teams happened to be the Memphis Tigers, which checked-in 16th overall. 

Memphis was idle this past weekend – the Blue and White scored an opening day over Arkansas State earlier this month – and will return to action at the end of the month when the UTSA Roadrunners on Friday, September 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern. 

Other teams joining this week’s poll included the University of Miami, which checked-in 17th overall, Brigham Young University (21st), and Army (22nd). The Black Knights are the lone 2-0 team on this week’s poll following back-to-back wins against Middle Tennessee (42-0) and UL Monroe (37-7). 

This week, Army will host BYU in what should be a good test for the Black Knights before they cap their September schedule with a visit to No. 13 Cincinnati

Clemson remains the top team in this week’s poll – the Tigers topped Wake Forest this past weekend by a score of 37-7 – while Alabama and Oklahoma secured the second and third spots, respectively. Georgia secured the fourth position while Florida checked-in fifth overall. 

Noontime’s High School Football Stars Of The Week (Sept. 5, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week (and yes, weekend) of high school football is in the books.

A few new teams played their initial game of the 2020 season while others scored their third or fourth win, respectively. 

And just like last week when we unveiled our initial ‘High School Stars of the Week,’ it is time to highlight a slew of student-athletes from around the country that enjoyed a very successful day (or evening) on the gridiron.


Coaches, Athletic Directors, Fans, and Media Members are welcome to nominate players for our weekly ‘High School Stars of the Week’ by sending us an email to either MattNoonan@noontimesports.com or NoontimeSports@gmail.com. Please make sure to include statistics, too!


Noontime’s High School Football Stars of the Week (Sept. 5, 2020) 

Zayd Vestal (North Central | Indiana | Quarterback): Vestal led North Central to its first win over Warren Central in 21 years by completing 8 of 19 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown to Northwestern University commit Theran Johnson in the second quarter. 

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): For the second-straight week, McCahill earned our weekly honor by leading the Fighting Irish to a 52-7 win last Friday over Penn. McCahill concluded the game with four touchdowns, including three through the air.

Jaxson Dart (Corner Canyon | Utah | Quarterback): Dart led the Chargers to its fourth-straight win by completing 16 of 23 passes for 421 yards and six touchdowns. 

Noah Kjar (Corner Canyon | Utah | Wide Receiver): Against Jordan last Friday, Kjar registered 11 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns. 

Micah Wilson (Corner Canyon | Utah | Linebacker): The junior linebacker tallied 11 total tackles last Friday in his team’s win over Jordan. As noted by the Corner Canyon’s Twitter handle, Wilson leads the team with 10.5 tackles per game

Maddux Madsen (American Fork | Utah | Quarterback): The junior signal-caller made headlines for his nine touchdown performance last week during his team’s 69-49 win over East. Madsen completed 29 of 44 passes for 628 yards and nine touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 148.7. 

Fisher Ingersoll (American Fork | Utah | Wide Receiver): Fisher concluded his team’s fourth win of the 2020 season by catching nine passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 26.7 yards per reception. 

Cruz Hepburn (Lewiston | Idaho | Runningback): Hepburn rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahed and game-winning score to lead the Bengals of Lewiston past Lake City by a score of 58-50

Jack Prka (Coeur d’Alene | Idaho | Quarterback): Prka helped the Vikings score their first win of the 2020 season last Friday over Sandpoint. The senior quarterback threw three touchdowns while adding an additional score on the ground.   

J.J. McCarthy (IMG Academy | Florida | Quarterback): McCarthy provided first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White by completing 23 of 37 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. 

Reggie Davis (Robert E. Lee | Alabama | Runningback): Davis led the Generals to a 15 point win over Eufaula by rushing for 274 yards and two scores on 27 carries. 

Cole Jennings (Opp | Alabama | Defensive Line): Jennings highlighted the Opp Bobcats’ defensive effort last week against New Brockton by registering 10 total tackles and two sacks

We’ll have more high school football posts later this week, but for now, thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed a few highlights from this past weekend! 

Noontime’s Games To Watch (Friday, September 4, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to a LONG weekend – how did we get to Labor Day Weekend this fast?

While this weekend like many during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may look a bit different than previous LONG weekends, there will still be some football to watch, including a slew of high school games taking place in Florida, Georgia, and Utah, as well as other parts of the country.

Let’s highlight some games to watch this evening, as well as make some predictions, too.


Noontime’s Games to Watch for Friday, September 4, 2020

Ohio: Mentor at Euclid (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.): For Euclid to claim its second victory of the season, they will need to slow down Mentor’s quarterback Ian Kipp, who accounted for three touchdowns last week in the Cardinals’ season-opener against Medina. In addition to Kipp, Euclid must also find a way to stop halfback Riley Coughlin, who rushed for a pair of scores last week. Expect a big game from the Mentor front seven, including the defensive ends and linemen. PREDICTION: Mentor over Euclid 

Indiana: Cathedral at Penn High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. eastern): Nathan McCahill has enjoyed an extremely successful senior season with Cathedral thus far, throwing for 200 yards or more in back-to-back wins over Carmel and Westfield. McCahill and the Fighting Irish should have no problem continuing their early-season success against the Kingsmen, who earned their first win of the 2020 season last Friday against La PortePREDICTION: Cathedral over Penn 

Florida: IMG Academy at Venice (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): The top team in the country (IMG Academy) will commence its 2020 campaign with hopes of providing first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White. Prediction: IMG Academy over Venice 

Georgia: Valdosta at Warner Robins (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): Quarterback Jake Garcia, who transferred from La Habra (Calif.) to Valdosta, will have a chance to lead the Wildcats to its initial win of the season when they visit Demons in what should be a very enticing high school football contest. Garcia is committed to playing football next year at the University of Southern California, and will certainly be a player to watch this fall in Georgia. PREDICTION: Valdosta over Warner Robins

Utah: Corner Canyon at Jordan High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. eastern): The Chargers enter their fourth contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, posting 42 points or more in their last three outings. Quarterback Jaxson Dart has thrown 13 touchdowns, including six to Talmage HandleyPREDICTION: Corner Canyon over Jordan