Bill works with bowl haters, silly season got silly after all, Ryan Day's résumé wasn't Ohio State-worthy, KLIFF TO USC, Rutgers is bad, cold is part of Army-Navy's charm, the 2019 NFL draft is going to be the overdraftingest of all time, and ... Kelly Bryant! MIZ!
Championship weekend is over, and the CFP pairings are out. Let's talk about that!
Also: the S&P+ top 25, Fresno State's perfectly timed option, UCF's amazing comeback, Georgia's horror show of a fake punt, the Pac-12's horror show of a title game, and BREAKING COACHING NEWS.
What has been Larry Scott's BIGGEST mistake so far? Why aren't we talking about Buffalo more? Why doesn't Godfrey believe Bama-Georgia will be good? WHY ISN'T ESPN AIRING THE MWC TITLE GAME LATER ON SATURDAY EVENING? Why did Jeff Brohm choose to stay at Purdue? What does Georgia Tech want to be post-Paul Johnson? Can you imagine a Kliff Kingsbury USC? And how does a 7OT game affect S&P+? Oh yeah, and ... GREG ROBINSON? REALLY?
It's your last tasting menu of the year. :(
The Pac-12's problem is that USC is undersized? UNC is the biggest current name in the coaching carousel and hired an ESPN announcer? Conference title games are ridiculous relics? We're still thinking Brent Venables wants to be a head coach? We're talking about a fight instead of the amazing LSU-A&M game? And the SEC's blaming the Egg Bowl for it? Auburn's getting cranky again?
We're in a mood today. Sorry in advance.
Mark Richt's offseason priorities are clear, Utah State peaked early, S&P+ can't quit Memphis, Auburn's a good team with great rivals, BREAK UP THE MISSOURI TIGERS, Penn State winning 9 games is disappointing, the Apple Cup was the Apple Cup, and Georgia's on Bama's and Clemson's level, and UCF's about to get screwed even worse.
You're damn right we talked about Rams-Chiefs for 11 minutes. Also: we need more alcohol-based rivalry cups, that USC job might come open, Amazon's getting into the TV rights business, and ... TASTING MENU: Apple Cup! The Game! Tennessee-Vandy! Bayou Classic! Boise State-Utah State! Small-school playoffs!
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all
This week's S&P+ top 25 countdown show, from disappointing Utah State, to surging Utah, to a bunch of SEC teams that are basically exactly the same (and not in a bad way) to ... well ... the same top teams as last week. Notre Dame looks GOOD, and ... does scrappy underdog Ohio State have any chance of a home upset against mighty Michigan?
Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson thought something was up when the Louisville defense read the Demon Deacons’ plays like they knew what was coming — even with plays Wake Forest had never used before. Teams have had spies for as long as college football has existed, but Wake was dealing with something entirely new: The plays were being stolen by someone standing on their own sideline.
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It's SoCon Saturday, but that's not going to stop us from crafting a lovely Week 12 tasting menu. Tulane-Houston? Yes. WVU-OSU? Absolutely. Colgate-Army? HELL YES. Syracuse-Notre Dame? Okay, fine, yes that too. Iowa State-Texas? Certainly ... if we had LHN, anyway.
Have we been too negative about the 2018 college football season? Also: can Georgia hang with Bama? Who would be good hires at Colorado and USC (beyond Neal Brown)? What kind of job might Chris Creighton get? And WATCH PRINCETON FOOTBALL. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
Stanford's back (in the S&P+ top 25), Florida responded with help from Will Muschamp, Utah's the best team in the Pac-12 South (and might not win the South), Penn State feasted on a backup QB, and oh hey look, Alabama and Clemson are still awesome.
Can Mississippi State or Boston College scare Alabama or Clemson? Which gross, messy, glorious devision race is your favorite? Is Les Miles to Kansas really a thing? And seriously, the Illinois-Nebraska game could be one of the more enjoyable games of the week.
THE COACHING CAROUSEL IS STARTING UP! Let's take a look at, like, every job that could open up (via firing) over the next month, from Miami (Ohio) to USC to North Carolina. Also: the PAPN jinx is real. Don't let us visit your coaches.
S&P+ will never give up on Oklahoma State or App State, Mark Richt is Bowdening himself, Mizzou is 2 plays from 7-2, Michigan got revenge for Penn State's revenge, Scott Frost saved Ohio State, UCF-Temple was fun as hell, and ... guh, does the CFP feel pre-ordained...
So! Due to technical difficulties (er, um, a totally intentional idea for cross-promotion), you can find the latest episode of Shutdown Fullcast, the world's worst college football podcast, here on our feed. We profusely apologize to anyone with standards.
On this episode!
Auburn fans are on the ledge, stupid season started in the pros, (ugh, Kendal Briles offenses are still fun), Utah is most certainly not Kentucky, UCF fans are gonna be angry tonight, K-State stinks, and ... LET'S TALK ABOUT MEET CUTES.
There are a whole lot of desperate coaches and/or teams taking the field in Week 9. Also: can FSU stress Trevor Lawrence out a bit? Can Wazzu and Purdue avoid hangovers? Is Florida ready? Which Texas shows up in Stillwater? What's in Kendal Briles' future? And who makes the G5 Playoff?
Every CFP argument is boring already, WAZZU'S TOTALLY MAKING THE PLAYOFF, and most of the top 25 is leaving home this week. Also, what kind of jobs could Jeff Tedford or Bill Clark get, and how much trouble is Clay Helton in at USC?