Week 12 of the college football season is in the books and it’s time to take a look back at all the action that went down.
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The College Football Round-Up
Week 12’s Most Impressive Teams
Florida- The Gators beat an LSU team that had been on a roll in the last few weeks. Since taking over for Les Miles, Ed Orgeron has got LSU playing big boy football finally and the Florida Gators were more than willing to meet them in the middle. This game definitely had a lot of emotion surrounding it. There was a pre-game scuffle between the two teams that was so heated, injured LSU RB Leonard Fournette demanded to play the game because he was shoved during the scuffle. I want a guy like that on my football team, even though Fournette was pretty much shut out by the Gators defense in this game. The Gators are now 8-2 on the season and will likely face Alabama in the SEC title game. How’s that for a consolation prize?
Vanderbilt – Anytime the Commodores can get an SEC victory (especially against a team like Ole Miss), I’ll throw them a bone and list them as one of the weekend’s most impressive teams. Vanderbilt should never win conference games and when they do….it’s borderline miraculous. OK, maybe I’m going a LITTLE overboard with how bad Vandy is, but still. They aren’t a good football team and they just came out and beat an Ole Miss team that pushed Alabama to the limit. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Michigan State – Is this the first time a team that lost a game has been listed in the “Most Impressive Teams of the Week” category? Probably. Either way, you have to give a lot of credit to the Spartans for the way they played against Ohio State this weekend. It’s been an ugly year for Michigan State and Mark Dantonio, but the team still showed a lot of heart this past weekend and battled the Buckeyes to the very end. In the end, it will go down as a loss for the Spartans. However, this one has to be considered a moral victory. Pushing the #2 team in the country to the brink of defeat will likely be the highlight of this team’s season. That’s how bad it’s been for these guys this year.
Oregon – Not exactly sure how this one happened. The Ducks were a team that was dead in the water. Mark Helfrich already had one foot out the door (not by choice) and the whole building was starting to crumble. However, right when you think everything is going down…..Superman comes and holds the building up and allows everyone to get out safely. That’s what happened with the Oregon Ducks this weekend. I’m not sure Oregon’s shocking victory over Utah this weekend was enough to save Helfrich’s job in the end, but it’s definitely going to help him make an argument to keep it. I’m also not exactly sure what the Utes were thinking going into this game. Did they overlook a 3-win Oregon team? Just because the Ducks have been struggling this season, doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of talent on this team and if you don’t play your hardest….they will take advantage of it. Plus, don’t downplay the importance of the revenge game. Oregon was absolutely stomped in Autzen Stadium last season by Utah in embarrassing fashion. Something tells me the players were looking for a little revenge this weekend, and they got it.
USC – People may not be aware, but USC is playing some of the best football in the Nation right now. Even though they started the season out 1-3, the Trojans have managed to win seven-straight games and they continue to look like the best team in the PAC-12. I’ve heard some people even whisper that if USC goes ahead and wins the PAC-12, they should be considered for a spot in the playoffs. While I personally think it’s stupid to put a 3-loss team in over a 2-loss or a 1-loss team, you can’t deny that USC is one of the top teams in college football at the moment. Good football teams will evolve as the season progresses and get better. USC is not only a good football team at the moment…..they are a great one. These guys are DANGEROUS and are my pick to win the PAC-12. Sorry Huskies.
Colorado – What a season it’s been for Mike MacIntyre and the Buffaloes. For a team that hasn’t finished with more than six wins in a decade….it’s a good time to be a fan of Colorado. For the first time since joining the PAC-12, Colorado has a real football team and they also just made PAC-12 history. With the win over Washington State this weekend, Colorado set the PAC-12 record for most improved conference wins from year-to-year. The Buffaloes won ONE PAC-12 game last season! ONE! You know how many they’ve won this year? SEVEN, with a chance to win eight this weekend against Utah! If Colorado gets the job done against Utah this weekend, they will have locked up a spot in the PAC-12 Championship game. Who predicted that at the beginning of the year? No one. That’s who.
Oklahoma – BOOMER SOONER! This was a huge win for Oklahoma in a time that they really needed a huge win. As of this moment, Oklahoma is outside the playoff picture looking in. With this win over West Virginia though? Oklahoma’s stock goes through the roof. Oklahoma didn’t just beat West Virginia….they crushed them and it wasn’t even close. The Mountaineers were fools gold though. Even though they were 8-1 on the season, they hadn’t really beaten anyone worth a damn and the only team they played that would be considered a “top team” (Oklahoma State)….they lost to. The Sooners needed to come out and crush these guys and that’s what they did. Don’t look now, but the BIG-12 might actually crash the College Football Playoff party after all.
Kansas – Yep Kansas. I never thought they would be here, but they upset the Texas Longhorns and likely sent Charlie Strong to the unemployment line. And you people thought the Jayhawks were just a basketball school. ROCK. CHALK.
Houston – Some people were saying recently that the “Tom Herman hype train” had slowed down dramatically. After losses to Navy and SMU (UGH!), even some Houston fans were wondering if they had the right guy in place. Well, you can stop it with all that nonsense as Herman once again proved that he’s the real deal as far as being a college football head coach is concerned. The Houston Cougars came out this week and absolutely blasted the Louisville Cardinals, who were right on the brink of making their first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Houston just demolished Louisville to. The defensive front seven just murdered Louisville’s offensive line and they never gave Lamar Jackson a chance to beat them. It was a brilliant game-plan and one that worked to perfection. A win like this once again boosted Herman’s stock to the front of the line. Anyone looking for a really good football coach (Texas)? You know where to find him.
Wyoming – You want to know just how impressive Wyoming has been this season? They were picked to finish in last place in the Mountain West’s “Mountain Division”. You know how they responded to those pre-season predictions? By scoffing at them. Wyoming not only blasted those expectations right out the roof, but they look like perhaps the best team in the conference. San Diego State was widely considered one of the top dogs in the conference and Wyoming just beat them. Craig Bohl is doing an absolutely amazing job as the head coach of the Cowboys so far. With wins over Boise State and San Diego State this season….there’s a new top dog in the conference. No more sleeping on the Cowboys folks. These guys are for real.
Week 12’s Most Disappointing Teams
Ole Miss – My, how the mighty have fallen. It was just a few short weeks ago that Ole Miss was considered one of the top teams in the country. They are the only team that has given Alabama a fight this season, which means they are talented….but something else is going on. The Rebels have been the definition of inconsistent this season. How else do you describe a team that’s loses to Alabama by 5 points and beats Texas A&M, but then loses to freaking VANDERBILT! With all apologies to Vanderbilt, SEC teams should never lose to the Commodores. The other teams in the SEC have an advantage over Vandy and there’s a reason they’ve been the SEC’s whipping boys for many moons. Just a disgusting loss for Hugh Freeze and company.
Ohio State – The Buckeyes jump up to the #2 ranking this past week and what do they do? They almost come out and shit the bed against a Michigan State team that isn’t very good this year. This one was much closer than I ever thought it was going to be and that’s bad news for the Buckeyes. No one really knows what’s going on in the minds of the College Football Playoff Committee. If you want to guarantee your team a spot in the CFP at the end of the year, you need to come out every week and put a beat down on your opponents. You know what you don’t want to do? Beat a team that’s 3-8 on the season by ONE POINT! Don’t be surprised if the Buckeyes slip in the CFP rankings this week. They probably deserve it.
Utah – Wow Utah. Just wow. Even though it was an extreme long shot, Utah still had a small chance to sneak into the College Football Playoff if the dominoes fell the way they wanted them to. Not anymore. Utah was considered the favorite to win the PAC-12 South as they definitely had the advantage going into this weekend. Well, after a disappointing loss to Oregon (a team Utah beat 62-20 last season in Eugene), Utah is done. Go ahead and bury them. Kyle Whittingham? It’s time to look for greener pastures elsewhere. Utah is a nice little program that’s going to flirt with being a top team in the sport, but they’ll never reach that pinnacle. Why? Because top football recruits don’t want to play football in freaking UTAH! It’s time to bounce and leave this program in the dust. Whittingham is too good for a program like this.
UCLA – Rumors are that Jim Mora’s job is safe this season regardless of how the Bruins finish. After seeing them get their asses whooped by USC this weekend, I’ve seen enough. I’m done with Mora. The guy is an awful coach and from all accounts….a worse person to be around. Who wants a guy like that around their program? Mora has definitely worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. Bruins fans are calling for his head and things could get extremely interesting in the next few weeks. If UCLA loses to Cal this weekend, I just don’t see how they can keep Mora and also keep the fan base happy at the same time. The times they are a changing.
West Virginia – I knew you were fools gold, but did everyone else? They do now. West Virginia was a top-15 team that was a top-15 team because they played a cupcake schedule. The toughest team that West Virginia faced going into this game against Oklahoma was Oklahoma State and the Cowboys beat them down. So to say I was expecting West Virginia to do anything this week against Oklahoma would be lying. Thank you for coming Mountaineers and now hopefully we’ll cool it with all the “Dana Holgorsen to Oregon” rumors that have been coming up lately. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Texas – You guys just lost to Kansas. KANSAS! You know how bad Kansas has been in football? THEY HAVE JUST NINE TOTAL WINS SINCE 2010! NINE! Charlie Strong knew he had to win this game right? He knew that if he lost to Kansas, he might as well just start packing the shit in his desk and putting it in his car, right? Well, go ahead and do that Charlie. You’re done. There’s a lot of unacceptable things in Texas but the one thing that’s probably #1 on that list? DON’T FUCKING LOSE TO KANSAS IN FOOTBALL! Bye Felicia.
Louisville – Close, but no cigar. Maybe next season though? That is….if Bobby Petrino sticks around.
Head Coach Stock Watch
Every year we have head coaches in college football that are having good seasons that kind of came out of nowhere. Here are the guys who are out-performing their expectations so far this season:
P.J. Fleck – Western Michigan: 11-0 (7-0 in MAC)
Kalani Sitake – BYU: 7-4
Mike MacIntyre – Colorado: 9-2 (7-1 in PAC-12)
Craig Bohl – Wyoming: 8-3 (6-1 in Mountain West)
Larry Fedora – North Carolina: 8-3 (5-2 in ACC)
Willie Taggart – South Florida: 9-2 (6-1 in AAC)
Tom Herman – Houston: 9-2 (5-2 in AAC)
Ken Niumatalolo – Navy: 8-2 (5-2 in AAC)
Phil Montgomery – Tulsa: 8-3 (5-2 in AAC)
Neal Brown – Troy: 8-2 (5-1 in Sun Belt)
Bobby Petrino – Louisville: 9-2 (7-2 in ACC)
Mike Leach – Washington State: 8-3 (7-1 in PAC-12)
The Hot Seat
And of course, you can’t talk about head coaches who are out-performing their expectations without talking about head coaches who could potentially be fired this season. These are the guys that I personally think are on the hot seat and could be looking for work this off-season……
Bob Diaco – UConn: 3-8 (1-7 in AAC)
Rich Rodriguez – Arizona: 2-9 (0-8 in PAC-12)
Charlie Strong – Texas: 5-6 (3-5 in BIG 12)
Mark Dantonio – Michigan State: 3-8 (1-7 in BIG 10)
Jim Mora – UCLA: 4-7 (2-6 in PAC-12)
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame: 4–7
Doc Holliday – Marshall: 3-8 (2-5 in C-USA)
Bronco Mendenhall – Virginia: 2-9 (1-6 in ACC)
David Bailiff – Rice: 3-8 (2-6 in CUSA)
Sean Kugler – UTEP: 3-8 (1-6 in CUSA)
Mark Helfrich – Oregon: 4-7 (2-6 in PAC-12)
David Beaty – Kansas: 2-9 (0-8 in BIG 12)
Heisman Trophy Watch List
The Heisman Trophy is the “bees knees” of the college football awards. The Heisman trophy usually goes to the most explosive/best player during the college football season and that players name will forever live in infamy, regardless of how his career turns out on the next level. These are the guys that I currently have in the lead to hoist the Heisman trophy at the end of the year:
- Lamar Jackson (QB), Louisville
- Jabrill Peppers (ATH), Michigan
- DeShaun Watson (QB), Clemson
- J.T. Barrett (QB), Ohio State
- Baker Mayfield (QB), Oklahoma
- Jake Browning (QB), Washington
Previewing Week 13’s Biggest Games
Here are next week’s biggest games as well as my pick for who should win each one. Every week we have a big match-ups in college football. These are the ones you should get excited about next weekend…..
It’s rivalry week next weekend in college football so there is a numerous amount of good games going on. Rather than focus on just a few of the games, let’s go ahead and predict how every single big time rivalry game will play out this week.
LSU vs. Texas A&M
The Pick: LSU
Washington vs. Washington State
The Pick: Washington
Boise State vs. Air Force
The Pick: Boise State
Toledo vs. Western Michigan
The Pick: Western Michigan
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
The Pick: Wisconsin
Michigan vs. Ohio State
The Pick: Michigan
Auburn vs. Alabama
The Pick: Alabama
Notre Dame vs. USC
The Pick: USC
Utah vs. Colorado
The Pick: Colorado
Florida vs. Florida State
The Pick: Florida State
Oregon vs. Oregon State
The Pick: Oregon State
And that’s it for week 12! As always, thank you for joining us and make sure you return next week as we inch closer and closer to the end of the college football season. ::INSERT SAD FACE EMOJI::