Coaching Candidate Roundup

Aggie Websider has discussed several names that are being thrown around as possible replacements for Dennis Franchione. How did they do this weekend? Where do there teams stand in the conference standings as the season comes to an end? Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp has put all of that information in one spot for you.

Steve SpurrierSouth Carolina head coach (6-5, 3-5; 5th place in SEC East division)
• Lost to No. 15 Florida, 51-31

The Gamecocks gave up 537 yards of offense to the Gators, including 424 passing yards by Tim Tebow. South Carolina's starting quarterback completed 26-of-42 passes for 316 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT, which is pretty impressive against Florida. However, the Gamecocks combined for just 68 rushing yards on 26 carries. Spurrier's offense does spread the ball around pretty effectively, hitting eight different receivers, six of which averaged 10 yards or more per catch. The defense wasn't too effective though, forcing just one punt by Florida. The Gamecocks have lost four straight after a 6-1 start, including a 17-6 loss at home to Vanderbilt.

Jeff Tedford – California head coach (6-4, 3-4; 6th place in Pac-10 Conference)
• Lost to No. 17 USC at home, 24-17

You can't beat USC with three turnovers, and that's what Tedford's California Bears faced. They lost one fumble and threw two interceptions on an off night for the starting quarterback, who completed just 13-of-29 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown to go along with his two interceptions. Six Bears combined for 200 yards rushing on 45 carries and the four primary receivers caught 12 of Longshore's 13 passes for 198 yards. Three of them averaged 17 yards per catch or more. The defense was fairly effective, forcing USC to punt six times. The Bears have lost four of their last five games, two of which to unranked Oregon State and UCLA

Butch Davis – North Carolina head coach (3-7, 2-4; 5th place in ACC Coastal division)
• Lost @ NC State, 31-27

The score was a lot closer in this game than it really should have been. The Tar Hells returned two interceptions for a touchdown and threw a 50-yard fullback pass for their only other touchdown of the day. The Tar Heel quarterback completed 22 of his 42 passes for 241 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The rushing game was non-existent for North Carolina, who ran for 12 total yards on 20 carries. Davis may be recruiting lights out, but he appears to be outmatched so far in the ACC.

Brian Kelly – No. 22 Cincinnati head coach (8-2, 3-2; 3rd place in the Big East Conference)
• Beat No. 13 Connecticut, 27-3

The Bearkats picked up a big win against Connecticut this weekend to give themselves a shot at the Big East Conference title and a trip to a BCS bowl. The Bearkats completed nearly two thirds of their passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the air. Kelly's offense does a very good job of spreading the ball around as well, throwing to 10 different receivers, four of which averaged more than 15 yards per reception. The ground attack is not quite as strong though, with the leading rusher gaining just 66 yards on 17 carries. The defense was solid, forcing 10 Huskies punts. It was an impressive win over UConn and keeps the Bearkats' hopes alive for a special finish down the stretch. The

Chris Peterson – No. 18 Boise State head coach (9-1, 6-0; T-1st place in WAC Conference with Hawaii)
• Beat Utah State, 52-0

Boise State has cruised through the first six weeks of the WAC schedule and crushed an inferior Utah State team this week. The Boise State quarterback completed an incredible 26-of-29 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding any interceptions. He spread the ball around to eight receivers, five of which averaged more than 10 yards per catch. The Broncos also ran for 190 yards and four touchdowns on 45 carries in the route and only punted twice. They had impressive numbers but it was against a bad Utah State team. Boise State will have a likely showdown with Hawaii on November 23 for the WAC Conference title.

Will Muschamp – Auburn Defensive Coordinator (7-4, 4-3; 2nd place in SEC West Division)
• Lost at No. 10 Georgia, 45-20

Auburn head coach has historically done well against ranked teams, but that's not the case this year, as the Tigers are 1-2 this year against ranked teams. Muschamp's defense did not perform exceptionally well this week against No. 10 Georgia, but they were put in a hole often thanks to four Auburn interceptions. Georgia was 8-of-13 on third down efficiency against the Tiger defense and racked up 417 yards of total offense (237 passing, 180 rushing). Auburn also gave up way too many big plays. The Bulldogs completed a pass for 58, 45 and 26 yards, along with runs of 53 and 24 yards. Auburn only forced Georgia to punt three times, which is not enough to have a shot on the road against a top-10 team.

Kevin Sumlin – No. 4 OU Passing Coordinator (9-1, 5-1; 1st place in Big 12 South)
• Beat Baylor, 52-21

The Sooners have been extremely effective in the passing game under passing coordinator Kevin Sumlin and this weekend was no different, although the Sooners did it at the expense of a really, really bad Baylor team, which found out before the Oklahoma game that Guy Morriss would not return as head coach in 2008. OU quarterback Sam Bradford completed 20-of-25 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and three OU WR's averaged more than 20 yards per catch as the Sooners continue to make the big play.




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