Week 13 (otherwise known as RIVALRY week) 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 13’s Most Impressive Teams
Alabama – The domination continues. Even Alabama’s own rival couldn’t give them a fight this week. You want to know how easy Alabama has had it this year? They have beaten every single one of their opponents by at least double digits, outside of Ole Miss who gave them a fight back in week three. Other than that, it’s been smooth sailing for the Crimson Tide this season. That’s what happens when your team is loaded with 5-star and 4-star talent from top-to-bottom. I hope people realize that the only team that could beat Alabama this year, is Alabama’s bench. You might as well crown these guys the National Champions because no one is beating them.
LSU – LSU didn’t only win an important game against Texas A&M this weekend, they got themselves a head coach in the process. Good ol’ Ed Orgeron was given the interim head coach tag after the Tigers fired Les Miles at the beginning of the season, but no one gave him a shot to win the job full-time. Well, after taking over the job, Orgeron went 5-2 with LSU that included wins over the likes of Arkansas, Ole Miss, and an absolute huge win over Texas A&M this weekend. The result? LSU decided to give Orgeron the job full-time because they had seen enough. Personally, I’m mixed on this hire. Yes, I think Orgeron likely did enough to earn the job (and let’s face it, the guy deserves another chance), but it’s my belief that LSU could have done better and they settled. LSU is a top 5 coaching job in college football and Ed Orgeron is not a top 5 coach. Only time will tell if this works out though. I’m skeptic at the moment.
Mississippi State – Beating your rival on the road by 25 points is always going to get you listed in this category. The Bulldogs aren’t a very good team this year, but they finished on a high note. You can’t ask for much more than that. Look out for Dan Mullens name to potentially pop-up in coaching searches this off-season. Rumor is he’s grown tired of Mississippi State and may be looking for other opportunities.
Vanderbilt – The Commodores not only beat Tennessee this weekend, but the win puts Vandy at 6-6 on the season and makes them bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons. Not a lot was expected out of Vandy this season, but the Commodores have not only met expecatations this season, but blew them out of the water. Seriously though. When’s the last time Vanderbilt beat Tennessee, Georgia, and Ole Miss all in the same season?
Kentucky – Not only did Kentucky beat their rival this week, but they managed to end Louisville’s regular season on an extremely sour note. And if that wasn’t enough to get Wildcats fans excited, the win brings Kentucky to 7-5 on the season, which is their best record since 2009. If the Wildcats are able to pick up a victory in whatever bowl game they get invited to, they will finish with their best record in a decade. Has Mark Stoops got the ball turned around in Kentucky finally? It sure seems that way.
Ohio State – The Ohio State/Michigan game was probably the game of the year in college football and it definitely lived up to its hype. If one thing is clear, it’s pretty evident that Ohio State and Michigan are pretty even from a talent perspective. These two teams could play each other 10 times and they would probably reach overtime every time and end up splitting the series 5-5. The only reason Ohio State gets listed over Michigan here is because they got the victory and likely will end up with a playoff spot. Some people want to discredit the Buckeyes because they didn’t win their conference, but shut the hell up. This team is one of the four best teams in the sport and I don’t want to hear your bullshit arguments. You want the four best teams in college football playing each other at the end of the year? Give me a Alabama/Ohio State/Michigan/USC playoff, please.
Iowa – A 40-10 victory over a Nebraska team that was ranked in the top 10 earlier this season? Something tells me that Hawkeyes fans will take that one. It was kind of a disappointing year overall for Iowa, but at least they closed it out on a good note.
Washington – The Huskies absolutely crushed their rivals Washington State on the road this weekend. Oh, you think you’re a good team Cougars fans? That’s cute. Washington is a real team with real playoff aspirations. That’s why the Huskies went to Pullman and opened up a can of whoop ass. Washington needed to come out and look impressive in order to try and please the College Football Playoff committee and they did exactly that. Wazzu is actually a pretty decent team. They are probably the third or fourth best team in the PAC-12 and the Huskies bitch-slapped them. If it wasn’t for USC, Washington would likely be cruising to the CFP. Now they have a match-up with Colorado that will decide the PAC-12 champion. Win and you’re probably in Huskies fans.
Colorado – From worst to first. Can you believe it? Since entering the PAC-12, Colorado has been the whipping boy of the conference. They’ve never won more than 2 conference games in a season and they were atrocious last season winning only one conference game (against Oregon State). This year though? Talk about a turnaround. Colorado is 8-1 in conference play and are getting ready to play the Washington Huskies in the PAC-12 Championship game. Yes, I said COLORADO IS GETTING READY TO PLAY IN THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! For those of you who are really familiar with college football, you know how just insane of a task that was for Colorado to pull off. Way to go Buffs.
Florida State – A win over the Florida Gators is always good. A blowout win over the Florida Gators though? Seminoles fans are on cloud nine this weekend.
NC State – A road win over your rival will always get you listed here. Plus, this win over North Carolina may have cooled the jets on the Larry Fedora hype. Yes, the guy is a good coach but I think people are getting a little over their skies with the guy. The Wolfpack win this weekend should slow down the hype train a little bit.
Week 13’s Most Disappointing Teams
Ole Miss – Remember when these guys were good? Remember back in week three when Ole Miss took the Crimson Tide to the limit and only lost by 5 points? Did I mention that Ole Miss is the only team that even got close to beating Alabama this year? A team like that has to be pretty good, right? I thought so, but they aren’t. After this absolutely disgusting loss to their rival Mississippi State (a team that isn’t very good), that drops the Rebels to 5-7 on the year (including a 2-5 finish) and will likely start Hugh Freeze out on the hot seat next year. Be better Ole Miss. We expected bigger things.
Arkansas – How are you going to go and lose to Missouri? Missouri is an awful team and are one of the worst in the SEC. The Tigers were 3-8 heading into this game while Arkansas was still playing for the chance to get an invite to a decent bowl game. Not anymore. After losing to one of the SEC’s worst teams, the Razorbacks deserve an invite to the Sun Bowl in El Paso (one of the worst locations to play a bowl game).
Tennessee – SEC teams aren’t suppose to lose to Vanderbilt. SEC teams with National Championship hopes at the beginning of the season have absolutely no business losing to Vanderbilt. Well, that’s what happened with ol’ Tennessee this weekend. The Volunteers were pre-season darlings at the beginning of the year. A lot of college football experts pegged them as the surprise team in the SEC and the team that could potentially give Alabama a fight in the SEC title game. That was a nice pipe dream, wasn’t it? The second half of the season was just miserable for Volunteers fans and now it’s all been capped off with an embarrassing loss to Vandy. This is why you can’t have nice things Butch Jones.
Louisville – Not only did you guys get upset by your rivals at home, but the loss might have costed Lamar Jackson his chance at a Heisman. Jackson is still the most exciting player in college football, but Heisman voters tend to vote for players who have their teams positioned as one of the best teams in the sport. As of right now, Louisville is nowhere near the top. I’m excited to see what these guys can do next season, even though the wheels fell off in dramatic fashion this season. Louisville doesn’t recruit well enough to remain one of the top teams in college, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with these guys next year.
Nebraska – The Cornhuskers were having a decent year sitting at 9-2 on the season with a real chance to play in a good bowl game and finish with double digit wins for the first time since 2012. Then they traveled to Iowa and got their faces stomped in the mud. This is such a Mike Riley move though, isn’t it? Get your fan base all excited that you have a real team on your hands, only to go get CRUSHED by an Iowa team that isn’t very good. Iowa is absolute garbage on offense, yet the Huskers gave up 40 points to the Hawkeyes and only managed to put up 10 points themselves. Like I mentioned earlier, this was the perfect example of who Mike Riley is. A good coach who’s never going to get over that hump.
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 and could be in line for a bigger job (OREGON):
P.J. Fleck – Western Michigan: 12-0 (8-0 in MAC)
Kalani Sitake – BYU: 8-4
Mike MacIntyre – Colorado: 10-2 (8-1 in PAC-12)
Willie Taggart – South Florida: 10-2 (7-1 in AAC)
Ken Niumatalolo – Navy: 9-2 (7-1 in AAC)
Phil Montgomery – Tulsa: 9-3 (6-2 in AAC)
Neal Brown – Troy: 9-2 (6-1 in Sun Belt)
Craig Bohl – Wyoming: 8-4 (6-2 in Mountain West)
Larry Fedora – North Carolina: 8-4 (5-3 in ACC)
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: 3-9 (1-7 in AAC)
Rich Rodriguez – Arizona: 3-9 (1-8 in PAC-12)
Mark Dantonio – Michigan State: 3-9 (1-8 in BIG 10)
Jim Mora – UCLA: 4-8 (2-7 in PAC-12)
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame: 4–8
Doc Holliday – Marshall: 3-9 (2-6 in C-USA)
Bronco Mendenhall – Virginia: 2-10 (1-7 in ACC)
David Bailiff – Rice: 3-9 (2-6 in CUSA)
Mark Helfrich – Oregon: 4-8 (2-7 in PAC-12)
David Beaty – Kansas: 2-10 (1-8 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
- Jabrill Peppers (ATH), Michigan
- DeShaun Watson (QB), Clemson
- Baker Mayfield (QB), Oklahoma
- Jake Browning (QB), Washington
- J.T. Barrett (QB), Ohio State
Previewing Championship Weekend!
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…..
It’s championship week next weekend in college football so there is a numerous amount of good games going on. Rather than focus on just a few of the games, let’s go ahead and predict how every single big time game will play out this week (I went 9-2 picking the rivalry games straight up last week!).
Washington vs. Colorado (PAC-12 Title)
The Pick: Washington
Western Michigan vs. Ohio (MAC Title)
The Pick: Western Michigan
Navy vs. Temple (American Title)
The Pick: Navy
Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma
The Pick: Oklahoma
Alabama vs. Florida (SEC Title)
The Pick: Alabama
Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (ACC Title)
The Pick: Clemson
Wisconsin vs. Penn State (BIG 10 Title)
The Pick: Wisconsin
And that’s it for rivalry week! As always, thank you for joining us and make sure you return next week as we inch closer and closer to the end of the college football season. ::INSERT SAD FACE EMOJI::