College Football Musings: Week 12

It was fascinating week in college football. The defending SEC Champs were finally eliminated, two of the top three fell out of national title consideration and Alabama did the unthinkable (and unforgivable). The Heisman race may be over as is a long tenure in the conference that can not count. That's just a sampling of what we have in this week's musings.

Time to drive out the Carr ----- To the surprise of virtually no one, Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr is expected to retire on Monday. Carr has had an excellent run with the Wolverines but has lost six of seven to Ohio State including Saturday's 14-3 setback. It is believed that the job is Les Miles' for the taking, but the LSU coach is three wins from a national title in Baton Rouge.

No repeat ----- Unlike Billy Donovan, Urban Meyer couldn't repeat either of his championships this season. Of course unlike Donovan, Meyer lost more than half his starters from last year. The Gators have been out of the running for the BCS Title game for a long time but were still contenders for the SEC until Georgia beat Kentucky Saturday afternoon. Kentucky can send Georgia to the SEC Title Game with a win over Tennessee next week. A Vols win would cool off the seat Phillip Fulmer has been occupying.

Four million dollars for this? ----- That's the question Alabama partisans have to be asking after the Crimson Tide and their megabucks coach lost to Louisiana Monroe. It was LaMo's third win in 33 tries against SEC teams and dropped ‘Bama to 6-4. Next week's Iron Bowl is supposed to be about the SEC Title and BCS bids but instead it's likely to determine who goes to Memphis and/or Shreveport. Somewhere Mike Shula is laughing his butt off…. Or he should be.

Oregon's disgrace ----- It's not the 34-24 loss to Arizona that is shameful. It's the acknowledgment that the Ducks allowed Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to play AFTER tearing his ACL the week before. Dixon's knee buckled and ended his season early in the contest with the Wildcats. There's little doubt he did more damage to an already severely injured knee and there's simply no excuse for that.

Zooker Orlando bound ----- It's virtually certain that Illinoize will be playing in the Capital One/Citrus Bowl in Orlando on January 1st. The Illini finished up 9-3 with a solid 41-22 win over Northwestern. Zook couldn't get the Gators to a bowl as attractive as this in his three years in Gainesville, but he does it in year three in Champaign-Urbana. It tells me two things. One, Zooker has improved as a head coach after his Florida experience. Two, the Big Ten is a helluva lot easier to move up in than the SEC. It'll probably be Florida or Georgia on the other sideline in Orlando.

Heisman hype ----- The aforementioned injury to Dennis Dixon takes him out of the Heisman hunt and seems to make Tim Tebow the overwhelming favorite to be the first sophomore to hoist the bronze statue. But don't go engraving it just yet. First, Tebow must play well and finish the season with a win over Florida State. Second, the winning quarterback in the Kansas/Missouri game warrants serious consideration. The Tigers' Chase Daniel has passed for 3,690 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions while running for three more scores. He also benefits by being a junior. Reesing has been sensational for the unbeaten Jayhawks, passing for 2,900 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He has one rushing score. Darren McFadden's candidacy takes a hit with another game without a rushing touchdown. Still, a great performance in an upset of LSU could change everything.

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