Let the Carousel Begin
Ok, so, officially it started a couple weeks ago with Western Kentucky and UNLV. With the addition of Louisville and Virginia the annual coaching carousel is picking up speed.
More and more coaches are will find themselves out of a job in the coming weeks and some may move on quickly to another position others may be done with coaching altogether.
Oh the spectrum.
The SEC will do what it normally does and match up two highly ranked teams, the two highest in fact.
The ACC game just lost all luster and appeal with both participants losing to middle tier SEC teams in their rivalry games.
The Big XII will favor the South division Texas again. Nebraska could make the game somewhat interesting though.
Lou Holtz Needs to Wake Up
Notre Dame is not the best job in the nation. It is not the same job it was when he was there. Not every coach will sell out from their current position to take on the Notre Dame job should it become open. Jobs that once were probably never even considered to be mentioned in the same conversation as Notre Dame will see their coaches tell Notre Dame thanks but no thanks.
Look for the Pac 10 to Continue Upward
It has been argued that the recent success of USC has forced the rest of the Pac 10 to improve. In my eyes I feel as though this is true. Last season the conference went 5-0 in bowls. This season even more teams became bowl eligible and every game really did matter in the race for the Rose Bowl. There is still one more to go with the winner of the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State going to the Rose Bowl.
My suspicion is that next year will be no different. Many key players on most of the teams will be returning. I am sure that USC will be picked at the top with Oregon right with them. Arizona and Oregon State should get some top votes as well. All in all thought the conference should for at least another year increase their value.
Well except Washington State.
BCS at large
By my count there should be two at large bids to go out. The six automatic bids and TCU by virtue of their ranking will take seven spots. The loser from the SEC title game should get to the Sugar Bowl. I would be surprised if the Big 10 doesn’t get an at large for either Iowa or Penn State.
One scenario is what if Nebraska beats Texas in the Big XII title game? Nebraska will get the automatic to the Fiesta Bowl. It seems likely that Texas would get an at large bid.
Another is what if Pitt beats Cincinnati? Split title but Pitt would win the tie breaker and get the automatic bid.
If that doesn’t happen and there is still an at large bid some would argue for Boise State to get it, many would still argue against it but I don’t know how strong of an argument you would have with the other teams likely to be eligible.
It Isn’t Over Yet
There were close games all weekend.
There were 23 games that were one possession games. One score away from going the other way or going beyond regulation. Four more games went to overtime.
Then there was DIAA Montana vs. South Dakota State
South Dakota State took a first quarter lead of 14-0.
At the half it was 34-14. South Dakota State was still in the lead.
They traded scores in the third to make it 48-27 heading into the final 15:00.
From there, Montana scored five more touchdowns. Unanswered. Montana won 61-48. From the end of the third quarter the Grizzlies scored 40 unanswered points including a kick return, a passing touchdown, a running touchdown, and an interception returned for a touchdown.