College Football Musings - Week 11

Most years there are huge college football games in the month of November, but this is not one of those years. The BCS National Title Game is all but certain, one team is already set for the Rose Bowl and indications are that most of the SEC games down the stretch will fall into the category of "winner goes to this bowl, loser goes to that one".

Notre Dame, Michigan and USC are all trying to remember their glory days while Boise State braces itself for a mega snub. The likely Heisman winner remains the real McCoy and hot seat coaches fight for their jobs. All that and Andy Rooney… oops, wrong script. All that and more in our weekly college football musings.

Tradition, Shmadition 1 ---- Notre Dame's loss to Pittsburgh means the fightless Irish are more likely to finish 6-6 in their fifth season under Charlie Weis. Weis now has exactly the same winning percentage (.583) as the last two Notre Dame coaches who got fired. Most alarming, however is the 16-19 mark since the start of the 2007 season. Many expect Weis to get the axe at the end of the season with Cincinnati's Brian Kelly atop the wish list.

Tradition, Shmadition 2 ---- Southern Cal was sitting at No. 4 in the BCS standings three weeks ago in perfect position to advance to the title game should a team above them stumble. Not anymore. The Men of Troy lost to Oregon (47-20) and Stanford (55-21) in embarrassing fashion and are reduced to lobbying for an invite to the Sun Bowl.

Tradition Shmadition 3 ---- The best fight song in college football doesn't get played very often these days as the Rich Rodriguez era has been a complete disaster to this point. In just his second season in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez has accomplished something no Michigan coach had done in 50 years --- lose six straight conference games. The Wolverines' 45-24 blowout loss to Wisconsin leaves the team 5-6 and without a bowl chance unless they can upset Ohio State this weekend. Yeah, right. Rodriguez is now 8-15 since his ugly leap from West Virginia to Michigan.

The Real McCoy ---- He didn't have great numbers but Colt McCoy seems to be making the upcoming Heisman vote pretty simple. McCoy led Texas to its 10th straight win and now has passed for 2,628 yards and 19 TD. There's some growing support for Alabama's Mark Ingram and Clemson's C.J. Spiller but I think that's just looking for an alternative. The SEC Title Game could be the last chance for Tim Tebow and Ingram to snatch the award away from the Texas QB.

Case Closed ---- One guy who won't be holding the Heisman Trophy next week is Houston's Case Keenum. Despite his gaudy stats and populist appeal Keenum's candidacy ended Saturday. The Heisman winner can not and will not ever be a guy who lost to UCF.

Holding On ---- Keenum's loss was George O'Leary's gain as the embattled UCF mentor got his team bowl eligible for the third time in four years. While many in Central Florida would like to see a change (hello, Charlie Strong) it seems O'Leary's job is safe. Another guy in that conference trying to hold on is Neil Calloway at UAB. The Blazers beat Memphis for their third win in a row and are now 5-5 on the campaign. Calloway went into this season with a 3-18 record, but is now one win from bowl eligibility.

Boise Hopes Fading but not Gone ---- The Broncos are a thoroughly entertaining team, but it's hard to envision a BCS game inviting them in addition to the automatic bid the TCU has all but sewn up. The BCS has three at-large bids and one is going to the Florida/Alabama loser and another to either Penn State or Iowa. Oklahoma State is the front runner for the final spot if the Cowboys can finish up with wins over Colorado and Oklahoma. However an Oklahoma State loss could get the folks at the Fiesta Bowl thinking about a TCU/Boise State showdown. The TV folks will love that. The Sugar Bowl has the final pick this year and will choose the last team for the BCS and that team will play the Florida/Alabama loser.

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