The theme for my Week 6 recap in College Football is simple… To quote Bob Dylan, “Come gather ’round people wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown. Accept it soon, you’ll be drenched to the bone. For the times, they are a-changin’
5) The “Old Ball Coach” Retires- Steve Spurrier, who won a national championship in 1996 with the Florida Gators, has stepped down as head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. I saw this coming after last year. Spurrier is a hall of fame coach but let’s be honest here. He couldn’t excel anymore in the SEC. In 12 years at Florida, the “Old Ball Coach” had a record of 122-27-1. He was 44-40 in conference play with South Carolina. Other teams have gotten used to his play calling, he became predictable and the talent level dropped with the Gamecocks. It is the right move to make at this time. South Carolina needs someone younger, more motivated and a better recruiter.
4) Steve Sarkisian gets fired by Pat Hayden and USC – Pat Hayden fired head coach Steve Sarkisian and had this statement “After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately. I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation.” Whatever Hayden is doing with USC Football, it is not working. This is one of the most coveted jobs in College Football and they have been through 4 coaches since 2011. First and foremost I hope Sarkisian gets the help he needs off the field. But, with that said, at what point does USC let Hayden go as well. This program needs someone who can make the right decisions and not constantly take one step forward and two steps backwards.
3) TCU, Survive and Advance- After trailing 35-17 at halftime, TCU scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and defeated Kansas State 52-45. The Horned Frogs are decimated by injuries but they just keep winning. Kansas State’s game plan was to run the ball and keep TCU’s high powered offense off the field. It worked for three quarters until Trevon Boykin took over. The Heisman candidate had 4 total touchdowns including a 69 yard touchdown run late in the game. I don’t see how TCU can run the table and go undefeated. They still have to play at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and close the season at home against undefeated Baylor.
2) Where do the Florida Gators go from here? Florida quarterback Will Grier won’t play for at least the rest of the season after testing positive for an NCAA banned substance. The entire Florida coaching staff is saying that Grier took an over the counter supplement and it was an honest mistake. That kind of sounds like when Roger Clemens said Andy Pettitte misremembered. I am not buying this one bit. I think Grier knew what he was taking and he just simply got caught. Grier was having an excellent season, The Gators are 6-0 and he has completed 65% of his passes, had 12 total touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Jim McElwain is a very good coach but anytime you lose your starting quarterback it has to be a step back. The Gators will have to rely on their defense over the next few weeks to carry their team. Unfortunately, in the SEC you can’t win being one dimensional. Someone on the offense will have to step up if Florida wants to compete for the SEC Championship.
1)Is Jim Harbaugh the best coach in the country? The Wolverines defeated previously unbeaten Northwestern 38-0. It was the 3rd straight shutout for Michigan and the 5th straight game where they allowed less than 10 points. That is the 2nd most by a Big Ten team since 1978. Harbaugh may rub people the wrong way but he is all about winning. The 49ers are 1-4 since he left and they seem to be trending downward. Michigan looks like a legitimate Big 10 contender. They host Michigan State next week and I am calling for the UPSET right now. Michigan will handle Michigan State and move into the top 10. I am amazed at what Harbaugh has done in such a short time. He should win coach of the year and if the Wolverines can beat Ohio State on November 28th they could find themselves in the National Championship. Do you think the 49ers are regretting letting him leave… They should!
In what appeared to be a “Trap Game” Clemson handled Georgia Tech 43-24.
Got to give a “Shout out” to Utah… They are the #5 team in the country and no one knows about them. They defeated California 30-24.
LSU manhandled South Carolina 45-24. Leonard Fournette became the 10th player in college football history to rush for over 1000 yards in 5 games. My brother Peter is a huge LSU fan and he’s been asking me why they haven’t been in the Top 5 things we learned about college football. My answer is real simple, “The Mad Hatter” Les Miles always loses a game who should win and up until this point LSU is one dimensional. They have a great rushing attack but to win in the SEC, you have to be able to throw effectively and run the ball. Brandon Harris threw for over 200 yards last week so maybe he is finding a rhythm.
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