College Football Musings - Week 10

The Rose Bowl had a second straight bad week, while Boise State must hate the BCS even more. Alabama is back in the SEC Title Game while FSU wonders what happened to their "win one for Mickey" mojo. We have those items and more with our weekly football musings.

Not coming up Roses ---- Two weeks ago the leadership of Rose Bowl was dreaming of a scenario that would not only have the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena but the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the Rose Bowl as well. USC's loss to Oregon all but ended that opportunity. It got worse this weekend with Oregon losing to Stanford 51-42 and Iowa falling from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Hawkeyes' loss to Northwestern means there may not be a top ten team coming out of either conference. Right now the Oregon/Arizona winner would face the Iowa/Ohio State winner. That's hardly what they were looking at two weeks ago.

A lot of bad noisy for Boise ---- The Broncos survived an upset bid by Louisiana Tech 45-35 to remain unbeaten but their chances of a BCS bid keep fading. TCU is clearly the front runner for the title "BCS Buster" if the Horned Frogs can win out. TCU looks like a dangerous team and could well be the Fiesta Bowl's choice assuming Texas wins out and earns a spot in the BCS Title Game. Boise State, on the other hand could get shut out at 12-0.

Jeer, Jeer for old Notre Dame ---- The Charlie Weis era just keeps disappointing folks in South Bend and the legion of Irish followers nation wide. Notre Dame's 23-21 loss to Navy took them out of a possible BCS invite and leaves the powers that be wondering if they can raise enough money to pay Weis to take his act elsewhere. Don't worry Gator fans, all indications are that the Irish will be targeting Cincinnati Coach Brian Kelly if they can raise the cash to make a change.

Oh Mickey you're so fine ---- When Florida State announced the semi-forced retirement of Mickey Andrews current and former players rallied around the long time Seminoles Defensive Coordinator. Some rally. FSU allowed Clemson to score 19 fourth quarter points for a 40-24 win that dropped the Noles to 4-5 on the year. The ‘Noles are now No. 99 in scoring defense (31pts/g) and No. 106 in total defense (435 yards/g). All of you who really believe Bobby Bowden will choose the next defensive coordinator raise your hand. Wrong!

Bama back in Atlanta ---- Atlanta opened its season in Atlanta beating Virginia Tech and will close it with another SEC Title Game against the Gators. It'll be Alabama's seventh trip to the game and they have played the Gators every time. Florida has won four of the previous six meetings. Florida and Alabama have played four common opponents and the results are astonishingly similar. Florida has outscored Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU and Tennessee by a combined 57 points (100-43). Alabama beat the same teams by the exact same margin (109-52). While we have been focused on the Gators' struggles Alabama has just four offensive touchdowns in its last four games.

SEC Bowl surge ---- The SEC couldn't fill its bowl slots last year but took a big step this weekend towards making sure that doesn't happen again. Five SEC teams played non-conference games and all five won. Five SEC teams are now bowl eligible and five others are one win away. The only SEC that won't be going bowling is Vanderbilt (2-8), but it's going to be very difficult for Mississippi State (4-5) which still has to face Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss and must win tow of the three.

Coaching carousel starts up ---- Western Kentucky and Memphis both fired coaches on Monday to kick off this year's round of coaching changes. Western is not a good job, but would appeal to an apprentice under a hotshot offensive coach. Memphis however is a very good job and will appeal to folks like Tommy Tuberville, Terry Bowden and others. I think they should hire Charlie Strong, but they'll try and get a "big name" first. UNLV should be next but there will be plenty more to follow.


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