NCAA Football Thoughts and Opinions Week 12: It's All Almost Over

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 22, 2010

HONOLULU - SEPTEMBER 02: Fans on the sidelines cheer as Kealoha Pilares #21 of the University of Hawaii Warriors runs into the end zone for a touchdown during first half action at Aloha Stadium September 2, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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While I watched a lot of games this weekend, I just don’t feel like I have a lot to say. Also, I had computer issues this weekend.


Not really anything to do with this past weekend's games in the WAC that caught my attention, but news that came out this past week about the future of the conference is what I am talking about.

It has already been established that Boise State will move to the Mountain West next season. The year after that Fresno State and Nevada will join them. The WAC moved in on a couple of Texas teams moving up to the FBS level to fill the ranks.

It had been rumored that Hawaii would look to go Independent. Instead Hawaii now appears to be moving to the Mountain West as well, but only for football. This would put the Mountain West to 11 teams, one short of the required 12 for a conference championship game.

If the Mountain West decide to go for another team, they will likely continue to raid the WAC or take a team out of the Conference USA. I believe if a team from Conference USA is taken then Louisiana Tech will look to leave the WAC for the open spot in the Conference USA.

Even if the WAC survives, I think the strength of the conference will drop well below any other conference.


Bo Pelini

A lot has been made of his actions from this past weekend. He was a very animated and outspoken on the sidelines. He clearly made his feelings known to a number of players and the officials.

I don’t see what the big deal is. In every major sport the most vocal person on the field or court is normally the head coach. From what I saw, he was a bit more intense than normal but it was a highly emotional game with highly emotional situations. I don’t fault him one bit.


More luck vs. good. I still haven’t decided which it is. But they continue to win and I can’t say they don’t do it in an impressive way. They make plays when they need to. Score when needed. Make stops when needed. They are the highest ranked one-loss team and arguably the best one-loss team.

Stanford and Andrew Luck

I say arguably because Stanford is looking every bit the part of best one loss team in the country as well. Andrew Luck has been more than impressive this season when Stanford needed him to step up and be a leader and playmaker with the departure of running back Toby Gerhart. He has done so and has Stanford positioned as one of the most dangerous teams in the country right now.

And if you missed his 58-yard run, YouTube it.

Doug Martin

The head coach of Kent State, Doug Martin has announced that after the end of the regular season he will step down. Martin has a record of 28-53 in seven seasons as the head coach at Kent State. This was his first head coaching job.


Colorado let head coach Dan Hawkins go two weeks ago and since the change the Buffalos have gone 2-0. Running Back Rodney Stewart has ran for 123 and 195 yards in those two games. Quarterback Cody Hawkins, yes former head coach, Dan Hawkins son who is still playing for Colorado, threw for 266 and 202 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in each of the games.

I don’t know if it is attitude or style or something else but the Buffs are on the upswing.

Notre Dame

Not that beating Army was some historic feat but it may just be a huge turning point for Notre Dame. The win got them bowl eligible and therefore more practices with first year head coach Brian Kelly and his system.

Although they are not in the Big East for football, they do partner in to their bowl agreements. There are also likely to be open spots in a few bowls that will not be fulfilled by their partner conferences.

Best Moment Most of Us Missed

I missed this. I read about it. I wish I could have seen it. Martez Smith was on hand at the Southern Miss game to wave to the crowd for Senior day. Smith was one of the three players shot last week following an altercation in a bar. Smith is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting.