Week 11 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 11’s Most Impressive Teams
Alabama – The only thing guaranteed in life is death, taxes, and that Alabama football is going to be head and shoulders above everyone else. We are there once again my friends. I said it earlier this season and I’ll say it again. This might be the most talented Alabama team of all-time. This team is so deep, that the third and fourth stringers would likely be starters on almost every other college football team. Alabama is so talented, it’s almost not fair and the Government needs to step in and stop this monopoly. In a weekend that was filled with upsets (with 3 of the top 4 teams losing), the Crimson Tide came out and got the job done once again by murdering Mississippi State 51-3. Nothing to see here folks. Just the best team in college football doing what it should. Dominating.
LSU – What a huge win for Ed Orgeron as he looks to get hired full-time as LSU’s next head football coach. A lot of people are bashing Orgeron and saying that LSU is settling if they hire him. That’s not true. Orgeron is once again showing that he knows how to coach college football. He’s one of the best recruiters in the game and the Tigers have looked like a different team since firing Les Miles. This win over Arkansas on the road will go a long way in LSU determining whether or not Orgeron is the man for the job. The Tigers have a realistic chance of finishing 8-3 on the season and could find themselves in a decent bowl game. Not bad for a team who fired their head coach and looked hopeless at the beginning of the season.
Iowa – Iowa isn’t a very good football team (offensively at least…), but they managed to shutdown Michigan’s offense en route to an upset victory this weekend. The only other team to manage that feat this year was Wisconsin and they have one of the best defenses in college football. It’s been kind of a disappointing year overall for Iowa fans, but they should relish in this victory. After some tough losses to Wisconsin and Penn State in back-to-back games, Iowa needed this victory and now they have a realistic chance of finishing the season with a respectable 8-4 record. Not bad for a team who lost to an FCS school earlier this season.
USC – The Trojans looked like a defeated team when the season started. They got absolutely destroyed by Alabama in their opener, started out the season 1-3 and there were rumors that players were already turning against head coach Clay Helton. My oh my. How things can change in just a few shorts months. Here we are two months later and USC arguably looks like the best team in the PAC-12. We all knew they had the talent to be the best team in the conference. We just didn’t know if they had the leadership and the coaching to get the job done. It looks like that may actually be the case. USC still needs Utah to lose another game so they can jump into the PAC-12 Title conversation, but as of today….the Trojans look like the best team in the PAC-12 by a mile.
Pittsburgh – What a huge win for the Pitt program. I’m personally a huge fan of Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi. I think he’s one of the most underrated coaches in college football and this win could potentially spark a nice little run for the Panthers. It’s been along time since Pittsburgh was relevant at all in the National Title conversation. It’s my belief that Narduzzi has these guys pointed in the right direction. I’m going to go on record now and say that Pittsburgh will be a contender in the ACC next season. When’s the last time anyone could say that?
Week 11’s Most Disappointing Teams
Auburn – Just days after SEC nuthugger Paul Finebaum stupidly mentioned that a two-loss Auburn team should make the playoffs over an undefeated Washington team, Auburn comes out and craps all over themselves. Georgia isn’t a good football team you guys. Their only SEC victories this season are against the dumpster teams in the conference (Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mizzo) and they lost to freaking Vanderbilt a month ago. VANDERBILT! After that loss, Georgia fans were already selling their Kirby Smart stock. Well, something tells me they are picking it back up after the Bulldogs upset Auburn this past weekend. Not only did the Bulldogs beat Auburn, but they absolutely shut them down. I personally expected Gus Malzahn and company to come out and house Georgia this weekend, but we were proven wrong once again.
Arkansas – Alabama’s defense shut out LSU’s anemic offense last week. Somehow they bounced back this week and scored 38 points against Arkansas’ defense and absolutely stomped the Razorbacks on the road. This wasn’t pretty Arkansas. I know you guys have been struggling defensively all season, but this one was just plain ugly. The Hogs now have two games remaining on their schedule and they are both road games. They need to win those games to avoid going 6-6 on the year, which would ultimately be a disappointment for a team that looked like a potential contender at the beginning of the year.
Michigan – I really felt like Michigan was the real deal this year. I know it’s only Jim Harbaugh’s second year with the team, but I honestly felt like the Wolverines were a National Title contender this season. My expectations have been lowered now. I don’t think Iowa is a very good football team (they lost to the FCS’s North Dakota State earlier this season) and they managed to shut Michigan’s offense out which completely blew my mind. I thought Michigan was going to roll the Hawkeyes en route to the MUST WATCH meeting between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes at the end of the year. Now that match-up has lost a bit of steam, but Michigan fans shouldn’t be jumping off the cliff just yet. Luckily for them, everyone else also shit all over themselves yesterday meaning Michigan is still very much in the playoff race. They just can’t afford another stumble now and that Ohio State game just got even more meaningful.
Washington – Before the season started, the Huskies were getting an awful lot of hype. Some college football reporters even said they had the potential to be an “all-time great college football team” because they had no real weaknesses and were loaded from top-to-bottom. I personally took a “wait-and-see” approach. I had the Huskies finishing the year with a 10-2 record, but I hesitated to call them a college football playoff team and it looks like I was right. The Huskies ended up losing to USC in a game that was supposed to be the Huskies announcement to the rest of the college football world that the PAC-12 was officially theirs. Chris Petersen is already getting called the “best coach in the conference” (which isn’t true as long as David Shaw is around…) and he just got out-coached by Clay Helton….a guy who was dead in the water as USC’s head coach two months ago. Thank you for coming Huskies fans, but it just wasn’t meant to be this year.
Oregon – Oregon needs to fire Mark Helfrich. This is a team that is playing with no leadership and things are getting worse as the season goes on. That’s a sign that the head coach has lost the team and that’s NEVER a good thing….especially in college football. The Ducks just got their asses kicked by a Stanford team that hadn’t looked very good recently. After the game, the Oregon boosters were all huddling together and no doubt talking about who the next head coach at Oregon is going to be. Who wants $10 million to try and get this thing turned around? Tom Herman? Chip Kelly? JON GRUDEN!?!?!?! One thing we know for sure is, a change is needed immediately.
Clemson – Well, they call it “Clemsoning” for a reason people. Every year Clemson comes out and shoots themselves in the foot by losing a game they shouldn’t have. Clemson fans thought that “Clemsoning” was long and gone after last year’s miraculous run. NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS! It’s back in full force and it once again reared it’s extremely ugly head. I thought you were better than this Dabo.
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: 10-0 (6-0 in MAC)
Neal Brown – Troy: 8-1 (5-0 in Sun Belt)
Kalani Sitake – BYU: 6-4
Bobby Petrino – Louisville: 9-1 (7-1 in ACC)
Mike MacIntyre – Colorado: 8-2 (6-1 in PAC-12)
Mike Leach – Washington State: 8-2 (7-0 in PAC-12)
Craig Bohl – Wyoming: 7-3 (5-1 in Mountain West)
Larry Fedora – North Carolina: 7-3 (5-2 in ACC)
Willie Taggart – South Florida: 8-2 (5-1 in AAC)
Tom Herman – Houston: 8-2 (5-2 in AAC)
Ed Orgeron – LSU: 4-1 (3-1 in SEC)
Ken Niumatalolo – Navy: 7-2 (4-2 in AAC)
Phil Montgomery – Tulsa: 7-3 (4-2 in AAC)
Paul Petrino – Idaho: 6-4 (4-2 in Sun Belt)
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: 3-7 (1-6 in AAC)
Rich Rodriguez – Arizona: 2-8 (0-7 in PAC-12)
David Beaty – Kansas: 1-9 (0-7 in BIG 12)
Mark Helfrich – Oregon: 3-7 (1-6 in PAC-12)
Mark Dantonio – Michigan State: 3-7 (1-6 in BIG 10)
Jim Mora – UCLA: 4-6 (2-5 in PAC-12)
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame: 4-6
Doc Holliday – Marshall: 3-7 (2-4 in C-USA)
Bronco Mendenhall – Virginia: 2-8 (1-5 in ACC)
David Bailiff – Rice: 2-8 (1-6 in CUSA)
Sean Kugler – UTEP: 3-7 (1-5 in CUSA)
Charlie Strong – Texas: 5-5 (3-4 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
- DeShaun Watson (QB), Clemson
- J.T. Barrett (QB), Ohio State
- Jalen Hurts (QB), Alabama
- D’Onta Foreman (RB), Texas
Previewing Week 12’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…..
Louisville vs. Houston
This game doesn’t have as much meaning as it did a few weeks ago, but it’s still a big one….especially for Louisville. The Cardinals are still in the playoff picture and a big victory over a team like Houston would go along way in padding their resume for the committee. This also could be Lamar Jackson’s last time on a huge stage to put on a show to help his Heisman chances, so he could go OFF next weekend. This game is on Thursday night so make sure to ignore whatever crap fest the NFL decides to give us for Thursday Night Football. Louisville vs. Houston will be a much better football game with bigger implications.
The Pick: Louisville
Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
The BIG 12 doesn’t have a championship game, so this is probably the closest thing they’ll have to one. Oklahoma started off the season a little rough, but they have found their way and have now won 7 games in a row and have likely jumped back into the top 10 in college football. They have a real good chance at potentially jumping all the way back into the College Football Playoffs over the next two weeks if they can make a statement by beating two good teams in West Virginia and Oklahoma State. West Virginia is no puppy though. The Mountaineers are one of the surprise teams in college football this year and if they can come out and beat Oklahoma, they have a real good shot at finishing the season with an 11-1 record and that could be good enough for them to jump into the CFP discussion. So yes. Next week’s game between Oklahoma and West Virginia is a big one in the BIG 12.
The Pick: Oklahoma
Washington State vs. Colorado
Washington State vs. Colorado is all of a sudden one of the biggest games in the PAC-12. To anyone who follows the conference closely, you would understand just how weird that sounds. But it is what it is. Wazzu and the Buffaloes have gone from the bottom-feeders of the conference to potentially playing for the conference title. I can’t explain how important this game is for both of these teams. These two teams have turned their programs around in dramatic fashion and the winner of this game could not only see themselves propelled into the PAC-12 title picture, but also the CFP picture. The PAC-12 is definitely down overall as a conference this year, but these two teams have been one of the surprises and the winner of this game could see themselves crowned as the new king of the conference at the end of the season. Count me in.
The Pick: Washington State
And that’s it for the College Football Round-Up this week! I hope you enjoyed the column this week. Make sure you come back to THEUltimateSportsBlog.com on a daily basis for your unfiltered, uncensored, and uncut sports opinions. No one SPORTS OUT like we SPORTS OUT!