Let’s go random thought format for this one shall we? No? Well who cares what you think, it’s my blog…
- What were the Northwestern defenders thinking? KNOCK IT DOWN! They must be told that a hundred times at least a season. Nebraska’s season and division title hopes were saved with that Hail Mary victory. And Bo almost smiled. Speaking of coaches who make me laugh…
- Dana Holgorsen (despite looking like the uncle who’s had too much Red Bull and vodka at every family function ever) has firmly planted himself in Bo Pelini/Will Muschamp territory. I thought he was just going to start filling QB Clint Trickett with lefts and rights and haymakers and uppercuts during one of those timeouts in the game against TCU. So entertaining to see coaches get that livid over something.
- I was fooled again…kind of. I look forward to a Florida State Saturday night mega-matchup and come away with a mediocre game. At least Miami stayed in it for the first 35 minutes, unlike Clemson. Still, other than showing Florida State is a very good challenger to King Saban and the reigning champion Tide, it wasn’t a great game to watch. And Jameis Winston is looking more and more like your next Heisman Trophy winner.
- When’s the last time the top 2 teams in the BCS standings were off on the same week? I can’t remember that happening during the regular season ever.
- Virginia Tech’s perplexing loss to a not-so-good Boston College team confirmed a Miami-FSU rematch a month from now even before both teams took the field. It would take the Canes or the Noles to lay a massive egg to stop it from happening.
- Does anyone see Northern Illinois not winning the MAC? Yes they have Ball State and Toledo coming up. But get through those, they have an easy finishing game and then probably either Buffalo or Ohio in the MAC title game. And speaking of undefeateds…
- Could we see SEVEN undefeated teams at the end of the regular season? Oh wouldn’t that be fun. I thought Louisville being undefeated would be bad enough. This will be much, much worse and a whole lot more fun to figure out how the BCS handles it since all but one of FSU, Oregon, Ohio State, and Baylor would be left out of the BCS championship and either Fresno State or NIU would be out of the BCS altogether. Crazy! And I so hope it happens (although there’s almost no chance of it actually happening).
- Notre Dame is starting to do the same thing they did last year: squeak by in games. They barely beat Navy. If they can somehow beat Stanford they could run the table and be back in the BCS, causing even more chaos.
- Michigan State looks like they have the best defense in college football and it’s not even close. They could make things difficult for tOSU in the Big Ten title game.
- Now where does one-loss Stanford, Auburn, Clemson, Missouri, and Oklahoma land? It’s almost a guarantee one of these teams makes the BCS but all of them could cause a whole bunch of chaos as each of these teams has at least one game that could put the BCS in turmoil the rest of the way. Which leads us to…
- The best college football Thursday ever! Oklahoma-Baylor and Oregon-Stanford. Wow! Sometimes the college football gods make things right.
Best/Worst Coaching Jobs This Season
Let’s look at which coaches have done the best and worst jobs this season. I am not including already-fired coaches since they have had their punishment handed out already. Also, these are in no particular order.
Steve Addazio, Boston College – It’s about time college football was relevant again in Chestnut Hill. For the first time since Matty Ice left, the Eagles are fun to watch and could be headed bowling, partially thanks to the great job Addazio has done.
Curtis Johnson, Tulane – Tulane could win Conference USA. Read that last sentence again. It could happen. They need help but if they can beat Rice down the stretch they have a great chance to do it. And they are going bowling. Guaranteed. Yes, that Tulane.
Bobby Hauck, UNLV – I came down hard on Hauck before the season saying he had done terrible in his tenure with the Runnin Rebels so far. And he had. But finally he is turning the program around. Took three seasons but he is starting to weave the magic he did at Montana many moons ago.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Wow, what a difference a year makes. I always thought Gene Chizik looked like he never belonged in the class of coaches who have won a national title. Other than that season, I don’t think he was much more than a .400 ball coach. Malzahn has made believers out of the Tigers and they are one absolutely massive upset in the Iron Bowl from putting the BCS on its head.
Jeff Quinn, Buffalo – Another team who has made a shocking turnaround this season. The Bulls could somehow pull out the rather average MAC East again. And remember what happened last time they did that? They shocked Ball State causing the Cardinals to miss out on the BCS. Could they do it again?
Gary Pinkel, Missouri – Still in the driver’s seat but holding on by a thread. They need to beat at least one of Ole Miss and Texas A&M to represent the East in the Alabama-squash game, I mean, um, SEC Title game. The SEC getting the Tigers and Aggies for last season now looks like a massive coup compared to any other conference pickup ever.
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern – My how the mighty have fallen. Can’t blame Fitzgerald fully on this one as the team seems to have quit and may not even go bowling. At one point, he was in the conversation for every big coaching opening. Now he may be sitting in Evanston on the hot seat come the start of next season.
Bill Blankenship, Tulsa – Tulsa was in the conversation of BCS buster at the start of the season. I didn’t think they would be that good but no one figured they would be this bad. They have to run the table to be in a bowl game this season.
Will Muschamp, Florida – Kind of pains me to put him here. Yes, they lost Jeff Driskel for the season and that hurt them a lot. But they are looking at barely being .500 this season. No reason for any Gator team to be this far down the standings.
Paul Haynes, Kent State – Now that’s the Kent State we know and love. Then again…
Darrell Hazell, Purdue – He has done a sub-par job with the Boilermakers as well. They’ve looked borderline-awful in most of their games.
I probably missed a few. David Cutcliffe of Duke could easily be put in the Best column while Paul Rhoads of Iowa State could be in the Worst. Can’t please everyone, plus Iowa State wasn’t going to be very good anyway and Duke probably won’t win more than one game the rest of the way.
Early games on TV this week! The MAC is starting their annual “Saturday is for pussies, we play any day of the week” November schedule. It starts tomorrow night with Bowling Green-Miami (OH) in a showdown on the specialty packs. Tuesday also has a game with huge MAC East implications as Ohio plays Buffalo, again on the specialty pack schedule. Wednesday we get Ball State hosting Central Michigan. And unfortunately it looks like we will miss out on OU-Baylor on Thursday night as it’s a Fox Sports One game so unless Sportsnet or TSN picks it up, we will have to see the highlights during the Oregon-Stanford match.