Bowden's big decision, Ole Miss lays an Egg, more Snap Judgments
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida State's 37-10 loss at Florida may have left Seminoles coach
After his team escaped Maryland last week, Bowden said he never even gave a thought to the possibility that it might have been his last game at Doak Campbell Stadium. After Saturday's beating in The Swamp, Bowden sounded very different.
"I want to coach next year," Bowden told reporters from
That's a drastic shift in tone from previous interviews, and it suggests either Saturday's loss or something that happened this past week has caused Bowden to re-evaluate his status. Last Sunday, Bowden was very careful to point out that he and coach-in-waiting
ESPN.com cited a source close to the situation as saying Bowden and Fisher will meet with President
Carroll played the victim two weeks ago after Stanford punched in a late touchdown to break half-a-hundred. He famously asked Cardinal coach
Up 14 late Saturday, Carroll allowed quarterback
Had Carroll not whined to Harbaugh, the late toss wouldn't be such a big deal. USC and UCLA are hated rivals, and if UCLA didn't want to get embarrassed, it should have kept USC from scoring. But Carroll seemed so offended when Harbaugh ran up the score. Now, that complaint rings hollow.
So run it up all you want, coach. Just don't get upset the next time someone hangs 50 on you.
I owe the Pac-10 an apology. Last week, as the league's teams beat up on one another, I joked on Twitter that on the East Coast, we call that kind of parity the ACC.
I'm sorry, Pac-10, for even including you in the same sentence as the ACC. You deserve better than that.
How else am I supposed to feel on a Saturday when the ACC's two division champs (Georgia Tech and Clemson) lost intrastate rivalry games to mediocre SEC teams (Georgia and South Carolina)? Maybe both teams were looking ahead to next week's ACC title game, but what does it say about the conference when its two division champs lost to teams that went 4-4 and 3-5 in SEC play?
Sure, it's only one game for both teams. And both teams were playing rivalry games. Neither is an acceptable excuse. Georgia Tech's defense looked like a clean, old-fashioned sieve as Georgia backs
The two teams will play next week for the conference title, and the Orange Bowl will welcome the winner. But it will take a while for the ACC to earn back the respect it lost on Saturday.
Last week, Miles allowed valuable seconds to tick off the clock before he called timeout. Later, he appeared to signal for quarterback
And just like that, the Mad Hatter redeemed himself.
Speaking of LSU's win, it helped clarify the SEC bowl picture, which appears to be nearly set. Here's my best guess of the SEC slate based on Saturday's results.
BCS championship: SEC champion (Florida or Alabama)
Sugar Bowl: SEC runner-up (Florida or Alabama)
Capital One Bowl: LSU
Cotton Bowl: Ole Miss
Outback Bowl: Tennessee
Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Georgia
Liberty Bowl: Arkansas
Music City Bowl: Kentucky
Independence Bowl: South Carolina
Papajohns.com Bowl: Auburn
Congratulations to the Boise State Broncos, who might not get stiffed out of a BCS at-large bid after all. Oklahoma's pounding of Oklahoma State eliminated the Cowboys from contention, so if chalk rules on conference championship weekend, it's likely Boise State will face a Big Ten opponent in the Fiesta Bowl.
The most deserving Big Ten team would be Iowa, but the thought of a Boise State-Iowa matchup probably makes Fox executives glad this is their last year in the BCS biz. Don't be shocked if the Fiesta takes Penn State, even though the Nittany Lions lost to the Hawkeyes at home.
Just when we thought Ole Miss might live up to a fraction of its preseason hype, the Rebels went out and laid an Egg Bowl.
Since Mullen landed the job, one of his popular talking points has been that the state of Mississippi produced
Meanwhile, the Rebels have to be wondering how their season could have started and ended so poorly. Fresh off a thrilling-but-lucky win against LSU, Rebels quarterback
Kansas lost a heartbreaker to Missouri on Saturday, and after the loss -- the Jayhawks' seventh in a row after a 5-0 start -- coach
"Why don't you ask the decision-makers?" Mangino asked reporters after the 41-39 loss in Kansas City. "I've been answering a lot of questions for two weeks. I haven't run. I've been up-front with nothing to hide. Sometimes people ask me questions, and I'm not the one to be answering them."
Mangino said he plans to coach Kansas next year, and he said he didn't know when the school would finish its investigation into accusations he mistreated players. Mangino said his coaching style did not require changing. He also said his style helped him build the program in recent years.
"I'm confident in my ability, and I feel good about everything I've done," he said. "When I was hired at Kansas, they told me that they desperately needed structure and discipline in the football program. The people who hired me said it was the key point. I've done that the right way."
Mangino also didn't sound like a man who would quit without a fight.
"I don't have anything to say to any decision-makers," he said. "I'll leave you with what a friend of mine told me one time that I think is a very good way to go about life. That is, 'I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.'"
Nike's Pro Combat uniform rollout the past few weeks was hit-and-miss. The subtle alteration to the iconic Texas uniform (numbers over the Longhorn) looked pretty cool. So did Virginia Tech's whiteout gear. But the pewter-and-black Missouri helmets looked ridiculous, as did the horrific stitching on Florida's jerseys, which looked like either alligator paw prints or a cannabis leaf.
I like the classics when it comes to unis. Michigan, Penn State and Alabama are particular favorites. I understand the desire to sell gear, but hopefully all that fancy technology can be blended into a more eye-pleasing kit.
I also have one question for Nike executives: With all the people who worked on this project, did no one speak up and ask why you were calling it Pro Combat when so many college-age Americans are overseas right now wearing real professional combat gear to protect them from enemy fire? For a company with as much PR savvy as Nike, that's a pretty offensive misstep.
Well, we know one participant in the ACC title game was looking ahead to Tampa. Other than
South Carolina, which had lost three in a row entering Saturday, needed the win badly. Now after Saturday's feel-good victory the Gamecocks can enjoy a month of positive momentum before their bowl game, which might be the Chick-fil-A in Atlanta.
Clemson, meanwhile, still has a big prize to play for, though ACC officials can't be thrilled about the prospect of a four-loss conference champ. If you think a win against Georgia Tech is impossible given the way the Tigers played Saturday, don't be so hasty.
Clemson looked awful in the first half of the matchup with Tech in Atlanta on Sept. 9, but came back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Two late field goal drives saved the Yellow Jackets that night.
If the Tigers put all their eggs in the ACC title-game basket, I wouldn't be shocked. We'll have to wait until later tonight to find out whether Georgia Tech adopts the same attitude.
Contrary to popular superstition, a puff of white smoke did not appear above Florida Field when Gators quarterback
Tebow got a big hug from Florida coach