I think it is 95% certain that the Pac-12 is out of playoff contention.
That Notre Dame v. UGa was a throw back game. Give credit to Bulldog Nation for causing 7 false start penalties. I do not see Notre Dame getting back in the playoff race with their remaining schedule. I do not see enough quality potential wins on the remaining schedule especially with Michigan imploding.
If you look at the box score Bo Nix had 106 yards on 13 for 21 and 38 yards rushing. One would think he stunk but he had zero turnovers and an effective game manager.
Schadenfreude Moment of the Week: Michigan great Charles Woodson shell shocked at halftime of Wisconsin's beat down of his alma mater: Video
Tennessee has a partner in race to the bottom for SEC Worst. Arkansas lost to San Jose State. I have heard that when the SEC admitted TAMU that destroyed Arkansas’ recruiting base. Previously Arkansas was able to recruit Texas talent who wanted to play in the SEC but obviously these kids can stay home at TAMU.
In other news, while one huge Ohio state university was running up the score on a tiny Ohio state university, its players were prancing around as though they were whomping the Patriots.
My disgust for OSU athletics was reinforced thereby, and it only took about ten minutes of viewing same.
Fox sports Woodson was an embarrassment. Wisconsin spanked Michigan and it’s storied coach. Go Bucky
Well half way through the 3rd quarter of late last night’s UCLA vs WA St. game I’d say Tenn. was saying well at least we aren’t UCLA. Well on there way to starting the season 0-4 a funny thing happened after being down by 32 points. Final score UCLA 67, WA ST. 63. Chip Kelly lives to see another day, for now!
No love for Philip Fulmer or UT but this writer gives it to Fulmer in the neck - after complaining that Fulmer would like to do just the same to his coach.
He, of course, provides no evidence that Fulmer wants the coaching job again (especially at his age), would take it or would be permitted to take it. But the media are now above trifles such as sources, facts and corroboration.
The question I pose at the start of every season - and one which remains unanswered - is: ‘If all these fans expect their team to go 11-1 every year exactly which 50% of the teams will be losing those games? It’s simple math.’
It’s hilarious to see scorelines now with XYZ State listed with a 2-2 record. You think - ‘Hey they’re a .500 team they can’t be that bad’ until you recall that the 2 wins were against the equivalent of junior colleges. Which means they lost their first 2 real games. But coaches and ADs certainly know it - but keep quiet about it. Easier to sit at the year end press conference and say ‘We were 2 games above .500’ or ‘We had a .500 record in our league.’
The NFL has more problems that it can shake a stick at but the one thing it has is (enforced) regional rivalries and an extensive - and mostly fair - playoff system. The talk has been growing of 64 D-I aka FBS schools breaking away from the NCAA and forming the university equivalent of the NFL with regional divisions and the prospect of matching division A against division B as they do in the pros in order to cross-pollinate the sport.
This would resolve all the conference high jinks and would put regional/historical rivals back on each others’ schedules eg Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland et al. It would eliminate the silliness of having Clemson and South Carolina in different conferences - ditto for Florida, Florida St and Miami, Texas/Texas A&M, Nebraska/Oklahoma and so on. Traditional rivalries, especially those most important to the Big Ten and SEC would be retained. A wild card system similar to the pros would still allow good teams that don’t finish in first place to enter the playoff(s) and set up additional potential matchups with rivals in the playoff(s).
The one major problem with a closed shop is that it’s a closed shop. Although they were upset yesterday, UCF, for example, is an up-and-comer in football but would possibly be locked out of a 64-team league of old-line schools. Why should Rutgers enjoy the fruits of others’ labor? A relegation/promotion system might work but would require agreement between NCAA and the top tier system, whatever it’s called.
Anyone who hires Lane Kiffin as head coach should be fired for incompetence.
Did you see what happened in the UCLA - Washington State game?!?!?!?!?!?!
Jeremy Pruitt is #1 on the Coaches Hot Seat.