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Week 12 of the 2012 college football season is in the books and plenty of coaches saw the temperature on their seat increase by a few degrees. And it was a busy week in the coaching carousel, as Tennessee's Derek Dooley and Western Michigan's Bill Cubit were fired after Saturday's games. UTEP's Mike Price also announced his retirement, which means there are five FBS open jobs going into Week 13.

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post-Week 12 Rankings

1. Frank Spaziani, Boston College
Last Week’s Rank:
1
Record at Boston College: 22-28 (4th season)
2012 Record: 2-9
In what will be the final home game in the Frank Spaziani era, Boston College lost 30-23 in overtime to Virginia Tech. Although the Eagles aren’t packing it in after a tough season, this program is on the verge of having its first year of double-digit losses since 1978. Spaziani guided Boston College to back-to-back winning seasons in his first two years, but the Eagles are just 6-17 after going 15-11 from 2009-10.

2. Gene Chizik, Auburn
Last Week’s Rank:
2
Record at Auburn: 33-18 (4th season)
2012 Record: 3-8
Auburn closed out its 2012 home slate with a dominant 51-7 victory over Alabama A&M. The Tigers easily outmatched their FCS opponent, which provided some good news in a season that has been downright awful. If Chizik has any hope of returning to Auburn next season, a good showing in Saturday’s Iron Bowl is a must. The Crimson Tide is a heavy favorite, but rivalry games usually bring out the best in the underdog.

3. Jeff Tedford, California
Last Week’s Rank: 3
Record at California: 82-57 (11th season)
2012 Record: 3-9
After a 3-9 season, Tedford wasn’t given much of a chance to return to California for 2013. However, signs out of Berkeley seem to indicate he will be back for another year. The Golden Bears were dominated in a 62-14 loss to Oregon State on Saturday, which was their fifth consecutive defeat and seventh overall loss in Pac-12 play. Helping Tedford’s cause to return has to be a lack of appealing replacements for California, as well as a small budget that would make a buyout very difficult. If Tedford is back in 2013, he will likely be the coach at the top of the hot seat rankings.

4. Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss
Last Week’s Rank: 5
Record at Southern Miss: 0-11
2012 Record: 0-11
The Golden Eagles came up just short in a 34-33 loss to UTEP on Saturday. The defeat dropped Southern Miss to 0-11, which is the worst season in school history. Johnson is only in his first season in Hattiesburg but there should be doubts about his future at Southern Miss. After winning the Conference USA title last year, the Golden Eagles have struggled to be competitive and are likely to finish the season at 0-12. Even if Johnson returns next season, he’s shown nothing to suggest he can help lead Southern Miss back to a winning record in 2013.

5. DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State
Last Week’s Rank: 6
Record at New Mexico State: 10-38 (4th season)
2012 Record: 1-9
The Aggies had a bye in Week 12 and return to action this Saturday against BYU. Since beating Sacramento State in the opener, New Mexico State has lost its last nine games. And with a date against the Cougars this week and a road matchup against Texas State upcoming, there’s no guaranteed victory on the schedule. Walker inherited a difficult situation at New Mexico State, but the program has yet to make much progress under his watch.

6. Bobby Hauck, UNLV
Last Week’s Rank: 8
Record at UNLV: 6-31 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 2-10
With Saturday’s 28-23 loss to Wyoming, the Rebels clinched their third consecutive season of at least 10 or more defeats. Hauck has brought some improvement to UNLV, and it hung tough in losses to Minnesota, Washington State, Nevada and San Diego State. However, the Rebels were blown out by Colorado State and have only six wins over the last three years. A win over Hawaii in the season finale would certainly help Hauck’s case to return for 2013.

7. Jon Embree, Colorado
Last Week’s Rank: 10
Record at Colorado: 4-20 (2nd season)
2012 Record: 1-10
The 2012 season has been a miserable one for the Buffaloes, and the bad news continued with a 38-3 loss to Washington in Week 12. Colorado has major issues on both sides of the ball but none bigger than finding a quarterback. Jordan Webb, Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood have played but each has struggled to give the passing attack any consistency. Another problem is the defense, which ranks 120th in points allowed and is giving up 502.4 yards per game. Although this season has been a disaster, all signs point to Embree returning for 2013. 

8. Skip Holtz, South Florida
Last Week’s Rank: 15
Record at South Florida: 16-19 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 3-7
A 40-9 loss to Miami was bad enough, but there’s been plenty of criticism about Holtz for his poor game management and the ongoing issues at quarterback. With B.J. Daniels sidelined, the Bulls decided to take the redshirt off of Bobby Eveld – in the 10th game of the season. Eveld was knocked out in the first half, which prompted Matt Floyd’s insertion into the lineup. As expected, Floyd’s first extended game action was inconsistent but taking the redshirt off of Eveld this late into the year makes zero sense. With Cincinnati and Pittsburgh up next on the schedule, South Florida is likely looking at a 3-9 finish.

9. Danny Hope, Purdue
Last Week’s Rank: 9
Record at Purdue: 21-27 (4th season)
2012 Record: 5-6
With back-to-back wins over Iowa and Illinois, Purdue is making a late case for Hope to return in 2013. The Boilermakers haven’t exactly earned a marquee victory this year but has close losses to Notre Dame and Ohio State. Hope is just 21-27 in his career and does not have a season over .500 in Big Ten play. However, if Purdue beats Indiana to get to 6-6, it might be tough for the Boilermakers to make a change. 

10. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Last Week’s Rank: 11
Record at Buffalo: 9-26 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 4-7
Just like Purdue’s Danny Hope, Quinn is making a late-season surge to return in 2013. The Bulls are riding a three-game winning streak headed into the season finale at Bowling Green and has lost by seven points or less to Connecticut, Toledo and Ohio. Even if Buffalo fails to knock off the Falcons, a 4-8 mark would be the best record in Quinn’s three-year tenure.

11. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Last Week’s Rank: 14
Record at Iowa: 100-74 (14th season)
2012 Record: 4-7
With a huge buyout, Ferentz doesn’t appear to be in any danger at Iowa. However, there’s no question the rumblings from the fanbase won’t get any quieter over the next few weeks. Iowa was blown out 42-17 by Michigan on Saturday, which was its fifth consecutive defeat. Losses to Indiana and Purdue certainly didn’t sit well in Iowa City, along with an early season defeat to Central Michigan. Although Ferentz has led Iowa to 10 bowl games during his tenure, the program seems to be headed in the wrong direction, especially after hiring Greg Davis as the team’s offensive coordinator last offseason.

12. June Jones, SMU
Last Week’s Rank: 20
Record at SMU: 29-34 (5th season)
2012 Record: 5-6
Barring an upset win over Tulsa this week, SMU will miss out on its first bowl game since 2008. Although Jones has brought some improvement, the Mustangs have struggled to take the next step under his watch. A 5-7 record would be a disappointment, especially with the program making the jump to the Big East in 2013.

13. David Bailiff, Rice
Last Week’s Rank: 12
Record at Rice: 28-44 (6th season)
2012 Record: 5-6
Thanks to three consecutive wins, Bailiff has been sliding down the hot seat rankings over the last few weeks. Considering Rice started 1-5, it’s quite an accomplishment for the Owls to be one victory away for bowl eligibility. A win over UTEP this Saturday should ensure Rice goes to a bowl game, especially with Conference USA struggling to have enough eligible teams for the postseason. Bailiff is just 28-44 in six years but getting to a bowl game would be enough for the Texas native to return in 2013.

14. Dan Enos, Central Michigan
Last Week’s Rank: 13
Record at Central Michigan: 11-24 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 5-6
A soft late-season schedule might be just enough for Central Michigan to get bowl eligible. Wins over Akron, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio) have the Chippewas sitting at 5-6 with one game remaining at UMass. Enos went 6-18 through his first two years and appeared to be in danger of getting fired at the end of 2012 after a 2-5 start. Even though the schedule has been easy, getting to a bowl game would be good news for Enos.

15. Tom O’Brien, NC State
Last Week’s Rank:
Not ranked
Record at NC State: 39-35 (6th season)
2012 Record: 6-5
The Wolfpack were a trendy preseason pick to surprise in the ACC this year but have failed to reach expectations. NC State is just 1-3 in its last four games but is a lock to make a bowl appearance. O’Brien’s future will be an interesting storyline to watch this offseason, especially if the Wolfpack lose in Week 13 to Boston College. Although O’Brien isn’t a flashy coach, he is 23-14 over the last three years. The fanbase is getting a little restless, which could make for an interesting offseason in Raleigh.

16. Tim Beckman, Illinois
Last Week’s Rank:
17
Record at Illinois: 2-9 (1st season)
2012 Record: 2-9
Beckman’s miserable first season at Illinois continued with a 20-17 loss to Purdue. The Fighting Illini enter their season finale with an eight-game losing streak and are winless in Big Ten play. Although Beckman’s debut has been a disaster, he deserves another season to get the program pointed in the right direction. Staff changes should be considered, especially on an offense that ranks 118th nationally in scoring.

17. Tony Levine, Houston
Last Week’s Rank:
Not ranked
Record at Houston: 5-7 (1st season)
2012 Record: 4-7
Despite a solid core coming back for Levine’s debut season, Houston has failed to reach expectations. The Cougars dropped to 4-7 with a loss to Marshall on Saturday, which is just their second losing season in since 2005. Houston opened its season with a loss to Texas State, lost by 30 to SMU, 34 to Tulsa and is riding a three-game losing streak. With a move to the Big East on the horizon next year, this will be an important offseason for Levine to find the right answers to get the program back on track.

18. Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Last Week’s Rank: 18
Record at Eastern Michigan: 10-37 (4th season)
2012 Record: 2-9
Eastern Michigan might be the toughest job in college football, and the program has struggled to establish any consistent success. Although English led the Eagles to a 6-6 mark in 2011, he is just 4-31 during the other three seasons during his tenure. English should be back at Eastern Michigan for 2013 but likely needs to get five or six victories to ensure his return for 2014.

19. Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut
Last Week’s Rank:
19
Record at Connecticut: 9-13 (2nd season)
2012 Record: 4-6
The Huskies had an off date on Saturday and return to action against Louisville in Week 13. Connecticut has some momentum as the season enters its final stretch, especially after beating Pittsburgh 24-17 on Nov. 9. Pasqualoni is just 9-13 in his two years in Storrs and has yet to lead Connecticut to a bowl game. During his tenure, the offense has been awful and has scored more than 24 points only once this season. However, all signs point to the former Syracuse coach returning to the Huskies’ sideline in 2013.

20. Lane Kiffin, USC
Last Week’s Rank: Not ranked
Record at USC: 25-11 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 7-4
Kiffin has already been assured he is returning to USC in 2013, which is the right move for the program. However, there’s no question he will be under immense pressure next season. And the Trojans will lose quarterback Matt Barkley to the NFL, while still dealing with scholarship reductions from NCAA sanctions. Kiffin has done a good job on the recruiting trail but a 6-6 finish next season would not sit well in Los Angeles.


by Steven Lassan

@athlonsteven


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The Derek Dooley era at Tennessee is over. Dooley was fired after Saturday's 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt, which dropped his overall record in Knoxville 15-21. Under Dooley's watch, the Volunteers were just 4-19 in SEC play and made only one bowl appearance. Tennessee has fallen behind Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in recent years, so this is an important hire for athletic director Dave Hart.

Who Should Tennessee Hire to Replace Derek Dooley?

David Fox (@DavidFox615): 
For just about any job in the SEC, I’d say Louisville’s Charlie Strong should get one of the first calls. After Bobby Petrino left Louisville, the Cardinals were a mess for three years under Steve Kragthorpe. Strong rebuilt a disciplined and tough program over the last three seasons, last week’s loss to Syracuse notwithstanding. Simply put, he knows how to build a quality program. The talent base is better (see: Teddy Bridgewater), the off-field problems have been cleaned up, and the program is back where it was at the end of the Petrino era. Strong is a no-nonsense coach whose not afraid to light into his players with fire and brimstone speeches, as he did early in his tenure with the Cardinals. Given the tumult at Tennessee, Strong's demeanor will be a major asset. And I haven’t even mentioned his decade in the SEC at South Carolina and Florida, where he was the architect of two national championship defenses. But competition is going to be crowded if Strong is going to leave U of L. 

Braden Gall (@BradenGall):
There is a benchmark I would have in my mind if I am a Tennessee fan. The phone log for Dave Hart should read as follows: Chip Kelly, Al Golden, Dan Mullen, Chris Petersen, Jon Gruden, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Gary Patterson and Mike Gundy. Any name "below" that list would feel like a failure on Hart's part. Tennessee will force Gruden to say no (who isn't a sure-fire home run) and Gundy, Kelly, Petersen or Patterson won't be leaving their current employers anytime soon. And Hart's "integrity" statement seems to eliminate Petrino. That leaves Golden, Mullen and Fisher as the best and most viable options. If am a Tennessee fan and either Al Golden or Dan Mullen is coaching in Knoxville next fall, I am ecstatic.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven): 
This is a critical hire for Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart. The Volunteers have had too much coaching turnover in recent years, so this hire needs to be one that can bring some stability. Bobby Petrino and Jon Gruden will be tossed around in Knoxville, but I think Tennessee would be wise to go after one of three coaches: San Jose State’s Mike MacIntyre, Miami’s Al Golden or Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen. I'd also throw Charlie Strong into the mix, but I'm not sure he is ready to leave Louisville. MacIntyre has turned San Jose State from one of the worst teams in college football to a potential 10-win squad in 2012. Golden resurrected Temple’s program and has brought improvement to Miami over the last two years. Mullen is 29-20 in four seasons at Mississippi State and could thrive at a program with a bigger budget and more resources. Tennessee would be in good shape with any of those three, but I’d give Mullen a slight edge over MacIntyre or Golden if I were hiring the next coach.  

Mark Ross: 
One of the names you keep hearing to take over in Knoxville is Jon Gruden. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see why Gruden would leave his plush job with ESPN and "Monday Night Football" to return to coaching, unless it's the NFL. It certainly looks like there will be a number of openings on the pro level, so if Gruden has the chance to hand-pick his next pro job, why would he go to the collegiate ranks, where he has a grand total of two seasons of coaching experience, which came as a graduate assistant? No, I think Tennessee is best served by hiring an experienced head coach who has had success at a BCS school. Enter Charlie Strong, who has won at least seven games in all three of his seasons at Louisville and could lead his Cardinals to a Big East title and BCS bowl bid this season. Strong has plenty of experience coaching in the SEC, highlighted by his eight seasons at Florida where he served as defensive coordinator for the Gators' two BCS championship teams, and he has shown that he can recruit and bring in talent like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at a lesser known, if you will, program like Louisville. Strong has a defensive background, and it's pretty apparent that Tennessee needs all the help it can get there, and he's not going to be intimidated by making the jump to the big bad SEC. Hiring Strong may not "win the press conference," as they say, but I think he will win plenty of games, which is what matters most to Volunteer fans and supporters.

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If anything, fantasy owners should be thankful in Week 12 that there are no more bye weeks to deal with. All teams will be in action this week, including six on Thanksgiving Day. That doesn’t mean, however, that owners should completely ignore the waiver wire and/or free agent pool in their respective league. With more key injuries happening on Sunday and the fantasy playoff push in full effect, here are some possible options worth considering as you get ready for Week 12.

Quarterbacks
Week 11 Recap: Colin Kaepernick made it look relatively easy (243-2-0) in his first career start in the 49ers' convincing 32-7 win over Chicago. Sam Bradford had two touchdown passes against the Jets, but only 170 yards passing and two turnovers in the loss. 

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles didn’t fare that well in his first career NFL start, throwing for 204 yards with two interceptions and fumbling three times (didn’t lose any of them), but it’s highly likely he will get another chance under center on Monday against Carolina. Michael Vick reportedly suffered a severe concussion and considering the Eagles are now 3-7 and a longshot to make the playoffs, it may be time to see if Foles is the team’s future quarterback or not. As far as fantasy value goes, Foles is a longshot in his own right, but the coaching staff did let him throw the ball 46 times against the Redskins, so if anything, there appears to be the potential to put up some decent numbers. It’s just a matter of executing the throws and taking care of the football.

Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blaine Gabbert left in the first quarter against Houston with a bruised right elbow. Henne promptly came in and threw for 354 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes in the 43-37 overtime loss to the Texans. Henne and Justin Blackmon really had it going, as the rookie wide receiver exploded for 236 yards on seven receptions (33.7 ypc), including an 81-yard touchdown. The Jags have already announced Henne as their starter this week against Tennessee, giving him a shot at the Titans’ 27th-ranked pass defense.

Running Backs
Week 11 Recap: Marcel Reece led all running backs in fantasy scoring as he complied 193 total yards against New Orleans. James Starks got just about all of Green Bay’s carries (25 of 29 rushing attempts) and picked up 74 yards rushing in the win in Detroit. Kendall Hunter received only five carries, but did score a touchdown in the 49ers' dominating victory over the Bears on Monday night.

Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy left Sunday’s loss to Washington on a cart after sustaining a concussion with about two minutes left in a 31-6 game. While the severity of McCoy’s concussion has not been revealed, the circumstances in which he left the game and the fact that the Eagles are, for all intents and purposes, out of the playoff hunt, at the very least raise the possibility that he may miss some time. Should that occur, Brown, the Eagles’ seventh-round draft pick this year, appears to be next in line. Brown gained 35 yards against the Redskins on just five carries (7.0 ypc). For the season, he’s averaging just under four yards per carry and if he gets the start, it will be against Carolina on Monday night. The Panthers are 15th in the league against the rush. At minimum, Brown is a must-have handcuff for McCoy owners, if he’s still out there.

Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
Willis McGahee left the game against San Diego early with a right knee injury and did not return. Prior to getting hurt, he had 55 yards rushing on seven carries. Hillman took over after McGahee’s departure and he finished with 43 yards on 12 carries (3.6 ypc), including a long rush of 21 yards. Initial reports are McGahee suffered a torn MCL, so he will more than likely be sidelined for anywhere between six to eight weeks. If that is the case, Hillman could get the opportunity to carry the load, unless the coaching staff decides to go with a time-share between the rookie and Lance Ball. Hillman did rush for a season-high 86 yards on 14 carries in Week 8 against New Orleans, so the team is aware of what’s he capable of doing. The other thing going for Hillman is the matchup with the Chiefs, who are giving up more than 122 yards rushing per game.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
A funny thing happened after the Saints lost Darren Sproles to a hand injury. They discovered their rushing game behind Ingram, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas. In the three games that Darren Sproles has missed, the Saints have averaged 147 yards rushing. In the nine games that Sproles has played, they have averaged only 58 yards on the ground. One of the big reasons for their rushing renaissance is Ingram, who himself is averaging about 60 yards per game and better than five yards per carry over the last three. He’s had 67 yards in each of the last two games and scored his second touchdown of the season in the win in Oakland. Even when Sproles returns, you have to figure that Ingram will still get his chances as the 2011 first-round pick is starting to show flashes of his Heisman Trophy-winning form.

Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rashad Jennings managed -1 yard on three carries against Houston, so the Jaguars turned to Parmele, who finished with 80 on 24 carries. Maurice Jones-Drew is "very questionable" to play this coming Sunday, so head coach Mike Mularkey has decided to tab Parmele the starter and Jennings will be get some use on a rotational basis. Parmele is a four-year pro who spent 2008-10 with the Ravens before joining the Jags this season, and although he has no track record to speak of, he does have this going for him: Tennessee, this week's opponent, is No. 30 in the league in rush defense (132.8 ypg) and is giving up the most fantasy points to running backs.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Shonn Greene got more carries (18 to 11) and rushing yards (64 to 42), but it was Powell who finished with a better average (3.8 to 3.6 ypc) and more importantly, scored twice in the win over St. Louis. Powell was reportedly on the verge of splitting carries evenly with Greene before he got injured in Week 6. He’s back now and with the Jets needing every win they can get to keep their playoff hopes alive, Rex Ryan may have no choice but to go with Powell instead of Greene, especially if he continues to out-produce him.

Wide Receivers
Week 11 Recap: Brandon Stokley caught his fourth touchdown in six games and his second against San Diego in the Broncos’ win on Sunday. Darrius Heyward-Bey had 69 yards receiving and Harry Douglas 48, although Douglas’ role could be expanding as Julio Jones left the win against Arizona early with an ankle injury. Laurent Robinson, on the other hand, didn’t catch a single pass in the Jaguars’ overtime loss in Houston, as rookie Justin Blackmon (7-236-1) and Cecil Shorts (3-81-1) did most of the damage.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Donnie Avery got knocked out of the game against New England with a concussion, but Hilton stepped up big in his absence. After not catching a single pass in his last game against Miami, Hilton hauled in six for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 59-24 loss to the Patriots. Hilton will presumably get the start opposite Reggie Wayne if Avery can’t go this Sunday against Buffalo, who is 25th against the pass.

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals
Sanu has touchdown receptions in each of the past two games as he got the start in Sunday’s win in Kansas City because Andrew Hawkins (knee) was inactive. After not catching a pass in his first four games, he has at least two receptions in his past four and seems to have decent chemistry with Andy Dalton. Fellow wideout A.J. Green is Dalton’s primary target, followed by tight end Jermaine Gresham, but the opportunity is there for Sanu, even if Hawkins doesn’t miss any more games.

Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
Tate has done a good job of making the most of his receptions. Even though he’s had three or fewer catches in seven of nine games, he has scored six touchdowns. Better still, he’s starting to show some signs of consistency as he has 13 receptions over his past three games and three scores in his last two contests. Russell Wilson is a rookie and probably won’t put up huge passing numbers, but he’s starting to show a little more consistency and has seven touchdown passes in his last three outings. Sidney Rice may be the Seahawks’ No. 1 wide receiver, but Tate appears to be right behind him. Tate is definitely a boom-or-bust type of player, but it’s hard to discount his knack for finding the end zone.

Jairus Wright, Minnesota Vikings
All Wright did in his first career NFL game was grab three passes for 65 yards (21.7 ypc) and a touchdown. That came in a Week 10 win against Detroit and he got the opportunity because Percy Harvin (ankle) missed the game. Coming off of the bye, Harvin should be back, but Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been looking for a reliable second target at wide receiver all season. Wright certainly made a strong first impression and figures to get more chances moving forward.

Tight Ends
Week 11 Recap: Dustin Keller and Lance Kendricks combined to catch four passes (two each) for 30 yards on Sunday.

Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
Owen Daniels is the Texans’ primary tight end, but he’s been dealing with a hip injury recently, which has presented Graham with more opportunities. Graham really cashed in on those on Sunday as he caught eight passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Daniels had six receptions for 57 yards of his own and isn’t in danger of being replaced by Graham, but many other teams have been productive with two tight ends, so there’s no reason to think Houston can’t do the same. Unless Daniels gets hurt or misses another game, Graham is probably too inconsistent to trust on an every-week basis, but he’s someone worth keeping an eye on.

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lewis has two or more receptions in each of his last seven games and has averaged more than 10 yards per catch in his last four. He also had his best game of the season on Sunday hauling in two touchdowns against Houston. Lewis Is awfully hard to trust, but he is the Jaguars’ undisputed No. 1 tight end and has seen more than five targets per game over his last four contests. I like Lewis’ chances more if Chad Henne (see above) remains the Jags’ starting quarterback.

Defense/Special Teams
Week 11 Recap: Cincinnati held the Chiefs to just six points and had three sacks and a fumble recovery (15 fantasy points) in its win on Sunday. Likewise, Washington also held the Eagles to just six points, but the Redskins’ DST produced even more points with four sacks and three takeaways (20 points).

Carolina Panthers
The Panthers’ DST has posted double-digit efforts in three of its past four games, including 15 fantasy points on Sunday against Tampa Bay. In addition, the Panthers’ next two opponents are Philadelphia, who could very well have a rookie starting at both quarterback (Nick Foles) and running back (Bryce Brown, see above), and Kansas City, who leads the league with 31 turnovers. Bye weeks are done, but if you don’t like the DST you’ve been running out there or their matchup this week or next, it may be worth considering giving the Panthers a tryout.

Scoring is based on Athlon Sports default scoring which is 6 points for all TDs, .5 points per reception and 1 point per 25 yards passing, 10 yards rushing/receiving and 40 return yards.

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Texas alumni are holding their traditional Hex Rally this week, but it probably won’t be as fun. In College Station, the Aggies are holding Midnight Yell Practice in anticipation of their Thanksgiving week game.

But with TCU and Missouri on the other side the Longhorns’ and Aggies’ vitriol, it’s just not the same.

Some of the biggest casualties of conference realignment will be noticed this week, and not just because the Big Ten caused the dominoes to keep falling by adding Maryland on Monday.

No Texas-Texas A&M this week. No Backyard Brawl. No Border War.

Thank conference realignment for denting some of the passion associated with rivalry week. Here’s a look at what conference changes have cost the sport in terms of history and tradition.

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Texas-Texas A&M

Last played: 2011
Played on Thanksgiving in most years, this heated rivalry ended when the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. This season marks the first since 1915 that A&M and Texas haven’t been in the same league -- both were charter members of the Southwest Conference and then the Big 12. Few rivalries run as deep in the traditions of each school. Both fight songs mention the other (“Goodbye to Texas University. So long to the Orange and White” in the Aggie War Hymn, “And it’s goodbye to Texas A&M” in Texas Fight). Bevo has been kidnapped through the course of the rivalry, so has Reveille. Long in the shadow of the Longhorns, Texas A&M broke with Texas to join the SEC this season. For now, the best chance of a game between the two may be the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Pittsburgh-West Virginia
Last played:
2011
Separated by 80 miles, the Backyard Brawl was turned up a notch when Pittsburgh stopped playing its other top rival, Penn State. With both teams in the Big East and the game taking place in the final week of November in all but one year since 1997, the rivalry took a new look. The most significant game in the rivalry, though, was in 2007 when a then-No. 2 West Virginia team lost its bid to the national championship thanks to a monumental 13-9 upset to a 4-7 Pittsburgh team.

Kansas-Missouri
Last played:
2011
Just because the Border War (now the Border Showdown) doesn’t rise to the same level of national attention as Michigan-Ohio State or the Iron Bowl, that doesn’t make it any less nasty across all sports. Before Missouri left for the SEC, Kansas-Missouri was the oldest rivalry West of the Mississippi. The series has included brawls, conniving and upsets over the years. But now it’s just a Cold War. While he won’t be the final say, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has indicated he wouldn’t mind of the Jayhawks never played Missouri again.

Nebraska-Oklahoma
Last played:
2010
Consider this: there’s a whole generation out there that never watched Nebraska and Oklahoma face off on Thanksgiving.  As the Big Eight’s preeminent powers during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, one program in the rivalry was a consistent foil for the other. At one point, the winner of this game won the Big Eight in 31 of 36 seasons, including the 1971 Game of the Century between the No. 1 Cornhuskers and No. 2 Sooners. The formation of the Big 12 ended this game as an annual event, and Nebraska’s departure for the Big Ten ended regular meetings altogether. A sliver of good news, though: The series has been tentatively scheduled for a non-conference home-and-home in 2012-22.

Michigan-Notre Dame
Final game:
2014
The Michigan-Notre Dame series has been marked by lulls from 1944-77 and 1910-41, but the two teams have met nearly every year since 1978. The series was an apparent casualty from Notre Dame’s agreement to face five ACC schools every season. It remains to be seen how the arrangement will affect Notre Dame’s other traditional games against Michigan State and Purdue. Notre Dame has indicated its top rivalries to preserve would be those with USC, Navy and Stanford.

Related: Michigan-Ohio State tops our list of college football's top rivalries

Penn State-Pittsburgh
Last played:
2000
This used to be the biggest rivalry game for both schools, but it was at its best in the late 1970s and 80s when Pitt was a national title contender under Jackie Sherrill and Johnny Majors. Penn State coach Joe Paterno was not the biggest fan of Sherrill, and Pittsburgh was not the biggest fan of the Eastern football league Paterno hoped to establish. Pitt joined the Big East instead. When Penn State joined the Big Ten, it all but ended the series.

Florida-Miami
Last played:
2008
Once the longest running series in the Sunshine State ended when the SEC moved to an eight-game schedule. The Gators kept their annual series with Florida State, set in motion by the state legislature (Miami also continued to play FSU every year well before both were in the ACC). Florida and Miami played every year from 1938-87, ending just as both programs achieved national prominence. The two teams met intermittently since, but they’ve played only five times since the series ended.

Arkansas-Texas
Last played:
2008
The two programs have played only three times in the regular season since Arkansas left the Southwest Conference in 1992. The rivalry was at its best when the top two coaches for each school -- Darrell Royal at Texas and Frank Broyles at Arkansas -- overlapped from 1958-78. In 1969, No. 1 Texas defeated No. 2 Arkansas 15-14 on Dec. 2 of that season. In that famous game, President Richard Nixon attended and declared the Longhorns national champions.

Georgetown-Syracuse
Final game:
2013
Perhaps the biggest basketball casualty due to realignment is the end of Georgetown-Syracuse with the Orange joining the ACC next season. By the time Syracuse and Georgetown helped launch Big East basketball in 1979-80, Jim Boeheim had already begun to build his program. The advent of the league also coincided with the rise of John Thompson with the Hoyas. One of the first meeting of the two as Big East members -- a Georgetown victory at Syracuse’s Manley Field House to end the Orange’s 57-game home winning streak -- set the tone for the rest of the rivalry.

Related: What's next for the ACC without Maryland?

Duke-Maryland
Final game:
2014
Back before Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech joined, ACC basketball was iconic. Maryland was on a virtual island, isolated from the heart of ACC country on Tobacco Road. The Terrapins still tabbed Duke as their top rivalry, though the Blue Devils spent more time agonizing over what was going on in Chapel Hill instead. When both programs were at the top of their games, however, when Gary Williams faced off against Mike Krzyzewski, this series was tough to beat.

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College football expansion has taken over the hearts and minds of college football junkies everywhere.

The sky is falling, rivalries are dead and the future of college football is in great peril. I am here to tell you that this just simply isn’t the case. Conference realignment has been taking place for more than a century and it won’t stop anytime soon. Teams have been switching leagues, conferences have been created out of thin air and college football has powered through all the criticism and into the playoff era.

Programs rise and fall due to a variety of factors and become more or less attractive to conferences over time. In the 1980s, it was Florida State, Miami and Colorado. In the 1990s, it was Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. In the 2000s, it was Oregon, TCU, Boise State and Utah.

For a variety of reasons – coaching, support, media exposure, recruiting base – each of these programs blossomed into the full-throated college football monsters that we see every Saturday.

The point is, college football is a completely fluid situation, and programs rise and fall like European Empires of centuries past. It is about finding the right coach at the right time in the right situation. So as college football enters another era of conference upheaval, mega-television contracts, 7-on-7 national recruiting showcases, weekly uniform changes and a heightened countrywide awareness, the question becomes: Which program are best situated to elevate themselves into national prominence over the next decade and continue the athletic, academic and finacial growth of the Big Ten? This is what Jim Delany cares about.

But before I make the case for Maryland as a perfect fit for the Big Ten, here is a quick timeline of the history of Big Ten expansion:

The Big Ten Conference Timeline:

1896: The Big Ten is formed as the first major collegiate conference of universities. Purdue president James Smart is credited with spearheading the decision to regulate and control intercollegiate athletics. The seven founding members were the Univeristy of Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin. Lake Forest College attended the 1895 meeting that eventually spawned what was then referred to as the Western Conference, but it did not join the league.

1899: Iowa and Indiana both join the Big Ten Conference three years after it’s inception. It was then commonly called the Big Nine.

1900: Both Iowa and Indiana would begin athletic competition the following year. Interestingly enough, Nebraska petitioned to join the league the same year (and would again request an invitation in 1911 to no avail).

1908: Michigan was voted out of the conference due to rules issues. The Wolverines failed to adhere to league-wide regulations and were subsequently ruled inactive.

1912: Ohio State joins the league.

1917: When Michigan was finally allowed back into the conference after the decade-long hiatus, the term Big Ten became an instantly popular way to refer to the conference.

1946: Due to the on-going World War in Europe, the University of Chicago had de-emphasized athletics in 1939 in a severe manner by discontinuing its football program. By 1946, Chicago withdrew from the league. The Big Ten went back to being referred to as the Big Nine.

1950: Michigan State is invited to join the Big Nine and does so to return the total number of league institutions to ten. The term Big Ten was re-adopted at this point. It would begin athletic competition in 1953.

1982: Penn State, currently an independent institution, asked to join the Big East but was denied inclusion in what was considered a basketball-centric league at the time.

1987: Technically, the league had been named the “Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives.” But since ICFR doesn’t roll off the tongue, the league officially changed its name to The Big Ten when it was incorporated as a not-for-profit business entity.

1990: After remaining unchanged for nearly exactly four decades of success, the Big Ten voted to expand to 11 schools and asked Penn State to join. The Nittany Lions were happy to oblige. It would begin Big Ten athletic competition in 1993.

2011: Nebraska played its first Big Ten conference schedule and the league splits into two divisions to accommodate the Cornhuskers. The Big Ten plays its first league championship game in Indianapolis. 

Why the Maryland Terrapins makes sense:

If you are looking for the next edition of the Oregon Ducks, look no further than College Park, Maryland. There is a lot of room for upward growth, and good coaches have proven that winning big is well within reach. The Terps have won a National Championship in hoops and had a good stretch in football for years. The Terps have a giant booster in Kevin Plank who, like Phil Knight at Oregon, is willing to funnel his Under Armour money – and his own intriguing sense of fashion – into the program he dearly loves.

The Big Ten is the most lucrative league in college football and is second only to the SEC in long-term stability. The Big Ten will get a record $24.6 million in shared revenue that is only sure to increase when an expanded footprint helps TV negotiations in 2017 when the new contract is signed. Maryland also lies in an incredibly rich area of the country for talent, both football and basketball, and would allow the Big Ten to dip into Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for players on a yearly basis. And the truth of the matter is that upward movement within the league would involve leap-frogging programs Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern or Purdue. Very doable should things fall into place.

Randy Edsall proved at UConn that he could work minor miracles with mediocre ingredients. Now, he has a full-sized athletic department budget (that needs some overhaul), a great recruiting base and support from a powerful, high-profile booster who has created a connection with a certain 15-18 year-old male demographic with edgy advertising campaigns and creative uniforms.

Whether Edsall is the final answer for Maryland remains to be seen, but with the right person steering the program, the future appears to be very bright for the Terps. Rutgers brings the New York-New Jersey market while the Terps bring the Beltway — and a long history of competitive athletics. Add to it millions in increased revenue from not only the Big Ten coffers but also from increased interest in home football games with former rival Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan and Wisconsin, and Maryland has all the pieces in place to be a big part of the Big Ten's future. 

The History of the Big Ten:

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Big Ten Conference BCS Bowl History:

Notes: Year is representative of the fall football season, not the actual date of the bowl
(#) = final national BCS ranking

1998 Sugar: (4) Ohio State 24, (6) Texas A&M 14
1998 Rose: (9) Wisconsin 38, (5) UCLA 31
1999 Orange: (8) Michigan 35, (4) Alabama 34
1999 Rose: (7) Wisconsin 17, (ur) Stanford 9
2000 Rose: (4) Washington 34, (ur) Purdue 24
2001 Sugar: (13) LSU 47, (8) Illinois 34
2002 Fiesta (NCG): (2) Ohio State 31, (1) Miami 24 (2 OT)
2002 Orange: (4) USC 38, (5) Iowa 17
2003 Fiesta: (5) Ohio State 35, (10) Kansas State 28
2003 Rose: (3) USC 28, (4) Michigan 14
2004 Rose: (4) Texas 38, (13) Michigan 37
2005 Fiesta: (4) Ohio State 34, (6) Notre Dame 20
2005 Orange: (3) Penn State 26,* (22) Florida State 23
2006 NCG: (2) Florida 41, (1) Ohio State 14
2006 Rose: (5) USC 32, (3) Michigan 18
2007 NCG: (2) LSU 38, (1) Ohio State 24
2007 Rose: (7) USC 49, (13) Illinois 17
2008 Fiesta: (3) Texas 24, (10) Ohio State 21
2008 Rose: (5) USC 38, (8) Penn State 24
2009 Rose: (8) Ohio State 26, (7) Oregon 16
2009 Orange: (10) Iowa 24, (9) Georgia Tech 14
2010 Sugar: (6) Ohio State 31,* (8) Arkansas 26
2010 Rose: (3) TCU 21, (5) Wisconsin 19
2011 Sugar: (13) Michigan 23, (11) Virginia Tech 20 (OT)
2011 Rose: (5) Oregon 45, (10) Wisconsin 38

* - later vacated

Overall Record: 12-13
National Championships: 1-2

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Expansion never stops in college football and another domino fell on Monday: Maryland will be leaving the ACC to become the 13th member of the Big Ten.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh are set to join the ACC in 2013, which would have given the conference 14 teams. However, with the Terrapins set to depart, the ACC is back to 13 teams and unbalanced divisions for its long-term outlook.

Maryland’s official departing date from the ACC will be after the 2013 season but it will have to pay a hefty exit fee. The conference raised the exit fee to $50 million earlier this season but that number will likely be negotiated.

So now the big question is…what’s next for the ACC?

Simple answer: Uncertainty. The rumors about Florida State and Clemson potentially leaving for the Big 12 will likely start again, while the ACC will have to add another team.

Rutgers is the most likely 14th team for the Big Ten, but North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia Tech are also believed to be on commissioner Jim Delany’s radar. Even if the Big Ten stops at 14 teams for now, don’t be surprised if the conference moves to 16 in the future.

With Maryland officially leaving for the Big Ten, Louisville and Connecticut are expected to be the top targets for the ACC to get back to 14 teams. Here’s a look at the pros/cons for each school.

Connecticut

Pros: In the ACC’s quest to become college football’s premier conference on the East Coast, the Huskies would be another solid addition to bolster that claim. Connecticut’s football program isn’t a national powerhouse, but its men’s basketball team has three national titles. Also, the women’s basketball program is one of the top-10 teams in the nation. Connecticut also has an attractive location for television, as it is less than three hours outside of New York City.

Cons: Considering the ACC has struggled to become a football power, why add another program that is just 83-83 since 1999? While the Huskies are located in a prime spot in the Northeast, would they really deliver the highly-valued television markets?

Louisville

Pros: Louisville is a well-rounded athletic department, which includes top 25 teams in football and women’s and men’s basketball. The Cardinals also are in better shape than Connecticut in terms of an athletic budget. With the ACC needing a boost in football, Louisville would be the perfect fix. The facilities are in place for the Cardinals to win big, especially if coach Charlie Strong sticks around for the immediate future.

Cons: The Cardinals don’t have as strong of a television market as Connecticut, which matters when it comes to realignment. Also, Louisville ranks behind the Huskies in the U.S. News College rankings, which is important for an academic conference like the ACC.

Who should be the ACC’s 14th team? Louisville

When it comes to realignment, it’s all about money and long-term potential. While Connecticut has the better television market and academics, the ACC needs to add a program like Louisville to bolster its football product. The Cardinals are 113-59 in football since 1999 and the potential is there to win big. Louisville isn’t a perfect geographic fit but that matters little in realignment.

It’s not crazy to think Florida State and Clemson would want to look for a way out of the ACC in the near future and adding a program like Louisville would help the conference show its commitment to football, especially after passing on West Virginia last year.

Outside of adding Connecticut or Louisville, the ACC's other options would appear to be standing pat at 13 teams for the near future or convincing Notre Dame to join as a full-time member. While the ACC would like the Fighting Irish as a full-time member, it doesn't appear they want to give up their independence. And staying at 13 football programs doesn't make sense with two viable options on the table.


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NFL football is the greatest reality TV program of all time. The Giants and Colts made sure of that back in 1958. Each NFL fall weekend is a completely new and original experience for every player, fan and coach alike. New stories, new personalities, new winners and new losers. And new statistics.

Here are the most important, most intriguing and most bizarre statistics from Week 11 of NFL play:

7: Return touchdowns allowed by Detroit, the most in the NFL
The Lions lost in heart-breaking fashion to the rival Packers due in large part to a big momentum swing on a Matthew Stafford interception. With the Packers trailing in the third quarter, M.D. Jennings picked off the Lions' quarterback and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown and the lead. The INT return for a touchdown was the second such return of the year and an NFL-high seventh total return TD — two punt returns, two kick returns, two interceptions returns and one fumble return — against the Lions. Stafford was sacked five times and his offense turned the ball over four times. The Lions own the worst division record in the NFL thus far at 0-4 against NFC North teams.

Sept. 24, 1967: Last time a QB threw 5 INT and 0 TD in a win
Matt Ryan completed 28-of-46 passes for 301 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions. But since the inept Arizona offense couldn't score touchdowns either, Atlanta won the game despite Ryan's 0:5 TD:INT ratio. When was the last time a quarterback threw at least five interceptions and no touchdowns in a win you ask? Bart Starr went 10-of-19 for 113 yards, no scores and five picks in a 13-10 win over the Bears on Sept. 24, 1967. In case Falcons fans didn't know, Green Bay won the Super Bowl that year as well.

1: Incompletions thrown by Robert Griffin III
The 4-6 Redskins kept their slim playoff lights flickering with a dominant performance against Andy Reid and his reeling Eagles. RG3 was 14-of-15 for 200 yards and four touchdown passes, one in each quarter, in the 31-6 division win. He also rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles struggled for the Eagles in place of Michael Vick and Washington snapped a bizarre losing streak. The Skins had lost eight straight games to rookie quarterbacks dating back to 2006.

273: Career-high yards receiving for Andre Johnson
This one is a lay-up. The great Andre Johnson caught a personal-best 14 passes for a personal-best 273 yards and the game-winning 48-yard touchdown catch and run. It was his 41st 100-yard receiving game in his illustrious Texans career. He has 766 catches for 10,526 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career. Imagine what his numbers would be if he hadn't missed 21 games over the last seven seasons. Matt Schaub's 527 yards passing were second all-time in a single game behind only Norm Van Brocklin's 554 yards in 1951. He tied Warren Moon's 527-yard performance from 1990. Schaub also set a Texans' record with 43 completions.

0.88: Rob Gronkowski's career touchdowns per game
The big Patriots tight end has been a touchdown machine since entering the league three seasons ago. He was targeted seven times in the win over the Colts and he caught all seven Tom Brady offerings for 137 yards and two more touchdowns. He now has 10 on the season and at least 10 in all three of his NFL seasons. That gives him 37 touchdown catches in 42 career games, for an average of 0.88 TD/game. Jerry Rice caught an NFL-record 197 TD in 303 games for an average rate of 0.65 TD/game. Randy Moss's 155 TD are No. 2 all-time and his TD rate was 0.73 per game. Terrell Owens is No. 3 all-time with 153 touchdowns in 219 games, or an 0.69 average. Gronkowski is on pace to get to 100 touchdowns — something only eight players have ever done — in just 114 games, or just a few weeks into his seventh NFL season. The Patriots' 59 points scored against Indianapolis tied a franchise record. Unfortunately, The Gronk also suffered a broken forearm and will likely miss 3-6 weeks.

11+ Points: Leads Cleveland, Jacksonville and Carolina gave up
With six minutes to go in the game, Cam Newton and the Panthers led Tampa Bay by 11 points. With 12:33 left to go in the game, Jacksonville had a 14-point lead on Houston. And the Dallas Cowboys trailed 13-0 to Cleveland with a few minutes left in the third quarter when they finally got onto the scoreboard with a field goal. All three teams choked away a double-digit second-half lead on Sunday. That is why these three teams have a combined record of 5-25 on the year and why they have one combined playoff win since 2005. The Browns set a franchise record with their 12th consecutive road loss.

423: Peyton Manning career touchdown passes
With three more touchdown passes in a key division win over San Diego, Manning has moved past Dan Marino for second all-time in passing touchdowns. Since a horrible first quarter in Atlanta back in Week 2 in which he threw three interceptions, Manning has 22 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Denver has won five out of seven since the loss to Atlanta and the Broncos have taken a commanding three-game lead in the division. Manning is second only to Brett Favre's 508 touchdown passes. Manning also tied his boss, Broncos' Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway, for second place on the all-time list for victories in the regular season with No. 148. He needs 39 wins to break Favre's record of 186.

4-1: Joe Flacco's record against the Steelers in his last five
He has been often scrutinized, but Joe Flacco could be taking the next step in his development. He continues to show improved numbers year after year, he takes his team to the playoffs, has won five postseason games in four years and is now beating the Steelers on a regular basis. At least in the regular season. Flacco has won four of the last five meetings and five of the last seven with the arch-rival Steelers. He has also won three straight in the Steel City. No, Ben Roethlisberger didn't play and, no, Flacco hasn't beaten Pittsburgh in the playoffs yet (0-2). But this three-week stretch is likely going to determine the final AFC North standings as these two rivals will face-off twice. What's more, round one has gone the way of Flacco and the Ravens — giving Baltimore a commanding two-game lead in the division.

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There were no changes in the power rankings, but it was still a huge weekend for the SEC. Thanks to losses by both Kansas State and Oregon, the winner of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia will be in position to play for the national championship. Also of note, Vanderbilt beat Tennessee in Nashville for the first time in 30 years.

Post-Week 12 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M — Manziel is now at the forefront of the Heisman Trophy race. The redshirt freshman quarterback leads the SEC in rushing (101.3 ypg) and ranks second in the nation in total offense (378.3 ypg).

2. AJ McCarron, Alabama — McCarron barely broke a sweat in the Crimson Tide’s 49–0 win over Western Carolina. The junior quarterback completed 6-of-6 for 133 yards and one touchdown. He now ranks third nationally in passing efficiency.

3. Aaron Murray, Georgia — Murray had a productive day throwing the football in the Bulldogs’ 45–14 win over Georgia Southern. He threw for 330 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The junior ranks first in the nation in passing efficiency and has 15 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three games. 

Post-Week 12 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
— Clowney did not play in South Carolina’s win over Wofford due to a foot injury. For the season, the sophomore defensive end has 42 total tackles (17 for a loss) with 9.5 sacks.

2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia — Jones had six tackles, including one for a loss, in the Bulldogs’ win over Georgia Southern. The junior linebacker now has 18 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks for the season.

3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M — The junior defensive end recorded four tackles in the Aggies’ win over Sam Houston State. He continues to lead the SEC in tackles for a loss with 20.0 and sacks with 12.5.

Post-Week 12 Coach of the Year Standings 

1. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M — It helps to have one of the most electric players in college football running the show, but Sumlin deserves a ton of credit for the Aggies’ 5–2 SEC record. They have two close losses at home to top-10 teams (Florida and LSU) and two weeks ago they knocked off Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

2. James Franklin, Vanderbilt — The Commodores rolled past Tennessee with surprising ease on Saturday night to improve to 7–4 in Franklin’s second season on the job. Vanderbilt tied a school record with five SEC wins in Franklin’s second season.

3. Will Muschamp, Florida — The Gators aren’t exactly playing their best ball of late, but Muschamp has this program back among the nation’s elite. Last year, in his first on the job, Florida went 3–5 in the SEC. This year, the Gators went 7–1

Post-Week  12 SEC Power Rankings

1. Alabama (10–1, 6–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 1
Week 12 result: Beat Western Carolina 49–0
Alabama disposed of FCS lightweight Western Carolina with little difficulty on Saturday afternoon. The big news, however, came late Saturday night, when both Kansas State (BCS No. 1) and Oregon (BCS No. 2) were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten. Alabama climbed to No. 2 in the BCS standings and will play for the national title with wins over Auburn next week and Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Next week: Auburn

2. Georgia (10–1, 7–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 2
Week 12 result: Beat Georgia Southern 45–14
It was a struggle for a while, but Georgia pulled away in the second half en route to a 45–14 win over Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs had some trouble at times with Georgia Southern’s option attack, but only allowed one touchdown through the first three quarters and 318 total yards for the game. Aaron Murray was the offensive star for Georgia, throwing for 330 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. With both Oregon and Kansas State losing, Georgia now controls its own destiny to play for the national title. 
Next week: Georgia Tech

3. Florida (10–1, 7–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 3
Week 12 result: Beat Jacksonville State 23–0
Nothing comes easy for the Gators these days. Florida improved to 10–1 overall with a 23–0 win over Jacksonville State despite scoring only one offensive touchdown and recording only 356 yards of offense. Jacoby Brissett, playing for the injured Jeff Driskell, completed 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Senior tailback Mike Gillieslee rushed for 122 yards on 20 carries, his first 100-yard game since early October.
Next week: at Florida State

4. LSU (9–2, 5–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 4
Week 12 result: Beat Ole Miss 41–35
LSU kept its slim SEC West title hopes alive with a wild 41–35 win over Ole Miss in Baton Rouge. The Tigers gave up 463 total yards, including 310 through the air, but made key plays at the right time. Late in the fourth quarter, Anthony Johnson and Lavar Edwards sacked Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace on consecutive plays to knock the Rebels from the 18 to the 36-yard line. Then, after Ole Miss missed a 53-yard field goal attempts, LSU drove 64 yards on nine plays for the game-winning touchdown. To win the SEC West and play in the SEC title game, LSU needs to beat Arkansas, Missouri needs to beat Texas A&M and Auburn needs to beat Alabama.
Next week: at Arkansas

5. Texas A&M (9–2, 5–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 5
Week 12 result: Beat Sam Houston State 47–28
Texas A&M won for the ninth time in the past 10 games, cruising to a 47–28 win over FCS power Sam Houston State. Quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 100 yards and two scores to lead the Aggie attack. With Collin Klein struggling in Kansas State’s loss to Baylor, Manziel has emerged as the frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy race.
Next week: Missouri

6. South Carolina (9–2, 6–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 6
Week 12 result: Beat Wofford 24–7
South Carolina was outgained 330-to-293 but managed to escape Williams-Brice Stadium with a tougher-than-expected 24–7 win over Wofford. Connor Shaw completed 16-of-20 passes for 122 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Kenny Miles rushed for 127 yards and a score to lead the Carolina offense. The Gamecocks completed their first unbeaten (7–0) at home since 1987.
Next week: at Clemson

7. Mississippi State (8–3, 4–3 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
7
Week 12 result: Beat Arkansas 45–14
Mississippi State snapped a three-game losing streak with a emphatic 45–14 win over Arkansas in Starkville. The Bulldogs fell behind 14–7 early in the second quarter but scored the game’s final 31 points to secure no worse than a .500 record in the SEC. Tyler Russell was sharp for MSU, completing 19-of-32 passes for 274 yards with four touchdowns an no interceptions. Tailback LaDarius Perkins, who missed the LSU game with an injury, returned to the lineup and rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries. The Bulldogs recorded a season-high 505 yards of total offense.
Next week: at Ole Miss

8. Vanderbilt (7–4, 5–3 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 8
Week 12 result: Beat Tennessee 41–18
Vanderbilt beat Tennessee in Nashville for the first time since 1982 — and did so in dominating fashion. The Commodores broke open a tight game with 28 straight points in the second half to claim their fifth straight win. The Vanderbilt defense held the powerful Volunteer offense to 303 total yards (second fewest of the season) and allowed UT to convert only 2-of-15 on third down. Jordan Rodgers outdueled UT’s Tyler Bray, throwing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The 23-point win was the largest margin of victory for Vanderbilt over Tennessee since 1954. The Commodores, with five SEC wins, have secured their first winning league record since 1982.
Next week: at Wake Forest

9. Ole Miss (5–6, 2¬–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 9
Week 12 result: Lost to LSU 41–35
It’s been a tough two weeks for the Ole Miss Rebels. One week after blowing a 23–6 second half lead at home to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss battled LSU to the wire in Baton Rouge before falling 41–35. The Rebels outgained LSU 463-to-427 but committed four turnovers and had trouble protecting quarterback Bo Wallace on a decisive fourth quarter drive. Wallace threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns on only 15 completions but was responsible for three of the Rebels’ turnovers. He also rushed for two touchdowns, including a 58-yard run up the middle in the first quarter. Ole Miss must beat rival Mississippi State in Oxford next week to become bowl-eligible.
Next week: Mississippi State

10. Arkansas (4–7, 2–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
10
Week 12 result: Lost to Mississippi State 45–14
It’s official: Arkansas, a top-15 team in the preseason, will not play in a bowl game. The Razorbacks dropped to 4–7 overall and 2–5 in the SEC with a 45–17 loss at Mississippi State. Arkansas was done in once again by a pass defense that has been among the worst in the nation in 2012. MSU threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the seventh team to top the 275-yard mark against the Hogs. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 23-of-29 passes for 225 yard and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice. Wilson has thrown seven picks in the last four games; he threw only six all of last season.
Next week: LSU

11. Missouri (5–6, 2–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Syracuse 31–27
Missouri lost for the fourth time at home this season, falling to Syracuse 31–27 on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds remaining. Missouri held leads of 14–3, 17–10, 24–17 and 27–24 but had trouble stopping the Syracuse passing attack all night long. SU quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns and wide out Alec Lemon caught 12 passes for 244 yards. Missouri quarterback James Franklin completed 17-of-23 for 278 yards and two scores but had to be replaced in the fourth quarter for an undisclosed injury. The Tigers must beat Texas A&M in College Station to become bowl-eligible.
Next week: at Texas A&M

12. Tennessee (4–7, 0–7 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Vanderbilt 41–18
The Derek Dooley era is over. It became official on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after the Vols suffered their worst defeat to Vanderbilt since 1954. The final score was 41–18 — and it could have been worse. The Volunteers were completely dominated in the second half on their way to their eighth straight SEC road loss. The Tennessee offense, which had scored 103 points in the previous two games, was held to one touchdown (the Vols added a scored on special teams). Tyler Bray had his worst outing of the season, completing only 11-of-29 for 103 yards with one touchdown and two picks. Bray was pulled in the second quarter but returned to the lineup in the second half. Tennessee ends its season next week vs. Kentucky. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as the interim head coach.
Next week: Kentucky

13. Auburn (3–8, 0–7 SEC)
Last week:
13
Week 12 result: Beat Alabama A&M 51–7
This one was never in doubt. Auburn jumped on Alabama A&M early, taking a 21–0 lead after one quarter and a 35–0 at the half. The Tigers rolled up 502 yards offense, led by tailbacks Tre Mason (181 yards) and Onterio McCalebb (104 yards). True freshman Jonathan Wallace continues to play well at quarterback; he completed 10-of-18 for 171 yards and one touchdown. Auburn now makes the trip across the state to battle rival Alabama, which is back in the national title picture.
Next week: at Alabama

14. Kentucky (2–9, 0–7 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 14
Week 12 result: Beat Samford 34–3
Joker Phillips won in his final game at Commonwealth Stadium as the Wildcats snapped an eight-game winning streak with a convincing win over Samford. The Cats outgained Samford 455-to-102 by dominating on the line of scrimmage. UK ran for a season-high 342 yards, with Raymond Sanders (123 yards), Dyshawn Mobley (82) and Jonathan George (76) doing most of the damage. Jalen Whitlow received most of the snaps at quarterback and completed 10-of-13 for 66 yards and one touchdown.
Next week: at Tennessee

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Derek DooleyAfter Saturday’s 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt, Tennessee decided to pull the plug on the Derek Dooley era. Dooley went 6-7 in his first season in Knoxville but went 9-14 over the next two years. Also, the Volunteers were just 4-19 in SEC play under his watch and was off to a 0-7 start in 2012. Dooley didn’t inherit a full cupboard to work with in 2010, but the program hasn’t made considerable progress under his watch.

15 Coaching Candidates to Replace Derek Dooley at Tennessee

 

Sonny Dykes, head coach, Louisiana Tech – Dykes is one of the hottest names for BCS vacancies this offseason. The Texas native is 22-14 in three years at Louisiana Tech and has previous SEC experience at Kentucky in 1997 and 1999. Dykes also has stops as an assistant at Texas Tech and Arizona. Even though Dykes has proven he is a good coach, would Tennessee shy away from hiring someone else from Louisiana Tech?
 

Larry Fedora, head coach, North Carolina – Fedora is just in his first season at North Carolina, but he is a name to watch in this coaching search. An ongoing academic scandal prior to Fedora’s arrival is a concern, especially if the NCAA decides to get involved. Fedora went 34-19 in four seasons at Southern Miss, leading the Golden Eagles to four bowl games. The Texas native is 7-4 in his first season at North Carolina and has previous SEC experience with a stint as Florida’s offensive coordinator from 2002-04.
 

Al Golden, head coach, Miami – Considering the NCAA hammer is about to drop on Miami, Golden may look to escape for a better job this offseason. The New Jersey native has spent most of his career on the East Coast, playing for Penn State from 1987-91 and coaching as an assistant at Virginia, Boston College and Penn State. Golden resurrected Temple and led the Owls to a 17-8 record during his final two years in Philadelphia. Miami is just 11-11 in his two years, but the program did not have an abundance of talent when he arrived.
 

Jon Gruden, former NFL head coach – Gruden’s name has been mentioned prominently among Tennessee fans over the last year. The former NFL head coach has some connections to Rocky Top, as he worked as a graduate assistant in Knoxville from 1986-87 and his wife went to Tennessee. Gruden went 95-81 during his time in the NFL, which included a Super Bowl victory in 2002. He is also highly regarded for his work on offense, but the West Coast offense is a difficult scheme to implement in college. Two key questions for Tennessee to ponder: Would Gruden enjoy recruiting? How about the lure of the NFL: Would he stick around for five years?

Related Content: 5 Reasons Why Jon Gruden Would Be a Bad Fit at Tennessee 
 

Darrell Hazell, head coach, Kent State – Hazell has only been a head coach for two seasons, but he has clearly made a difference at Kent State. In two years with the Golden Flashes, Hazell is 15-8 and won the MAC East title in 2012. Before coming to Kent State, the New Jersey native made stops as an assistant at Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia, Rutgers and Ohio State. Hazell has no experience in the SEC but is a rising star in the coaching ranks.
 

Kliff Kingsbury, offensive coordinator, Texas A&M – Kingsbury has helped to coordinate one of the nation’s top offenses this season and oversaw the development of Johnny Manziel. He also thrived as an offensive coordinator at Houston and played under Bill Belichick during his NFL career. The only downside to Kingsbury? He has no head coaching experience.
 

Mike MacIntyre, head coach, San Jose State – MacIntyre has turned San Jose State into one of the WAC’s worst teams into a bowl team in just three years. The Spartans went 1-12 in 2010, improved to 5-7 in 2011 and have climbed to 9-2 this season. MacIntyre has stops as an assistant at Temple, Ole Miss, Duke and in the NFL with the Cowboys and Jets. MacIntyre isn’t a flashy or a big name, but as the results have shown at San Jose State, he’s capable of leading a BCS program.
 

Gus Malzahn, head coach, Arkansas State – Malzahn has made a quick rise through the coaching ranks. The Texas native was a high school head coach in 2005 and joined Arkansas’ coaching staff in 2006. After one season in Fayetteville, Malzahn joined Tulsa and spent two years working under Todd Graham. Malzahn moved to Auburn in 2009 and was a key piece in the Tigers’ national championship. Arkansas State is 8-3 in Malzahn’s first season and as expected, ranks near the top of the Sun Belt in scoring, passing, total and rushing offense. The only downside to Malzahn? Only one year of head coaching experience on the collegiate level.
 

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State – Even though Mullen has yet to beat Alabama or LSU during his tenure in Starkville, there’s no doubt Mississippi State is an improved team. The Bulldogs will be making their third consecutive bowl appearance in 2012 and has a 13-18 mark in SEC play over the last four years. Mullen also has assistant experience from stops at Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Utah and Florida. Considering what Mullen has done in four years at Mississippi State, he could thrive at a program with more resources.
 

Bobby Petrino, former Arkansas head coach – There’s no question Petrino is the most polarizing name in coaching searches this offseason. Petrino has been successful at each of his stops in college, leading Louisville to a 41-9 mark in four years and a 34-17 record in four seasons at Arkansas. The Montana native is highly regarded for his work with quarterbacks and offenses and has four years of NFL experience. While those are the positives, Petrino had a messy exit from Arkansas after lying to athletic director Jeff Long about the details of a motorcycle crash in late March. Petrino has already indicated he is ready to work and considering what happened at Arkansas, it’s a safe bet he doesn’t make the same mistakes that ended his tenure in Fayetteville. 
 

Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator, Alabama – Although Smart is due for his shot to run a program, you have to wonder if Tennessee will shy away from hiring another Nick Saban assistant after firing Derek Dooley. Smart is well-versed in the SEC, as he was born in Alabama, played at Georgia and has made stops as an assistant at LSU, Georgia and Alabama. 
 

Mark Stoops, defensive coordinator, Florida State – Stoops is one of the nation’s best assistants and like Kirby Smart, it’s only a matter of time before he gets a chance to become a head coach. Stoops made stops as an assistant at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston, Miami and Arizona before coming to Florida State. The Seminoles have been one of the nation’s top defenses during his watch in Tallahassee, which includes a No. 1 overall rank in 2012.
 

Charlie Strong, head coach, Louisville – Even though Strong has mentioned he his committed to Louisville, the uncertainty surrounding the Big East could be enough to make a move. Strong has been a home-run hire for Louisville, leading the Cardinals to a 23-13 mark during his three seasons. He also has SEC experience, spending time at Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Strong’s recruiting connections in Florida would be appealing for any athletic director, while his background on defense has to be attractive for Tennessee after the disastrous 2012 season.
 

Willie Taggart, head coach, Western Kentucky – Taggart was one of the hottest names in the coaching rumor mill earlier this season, especially after Western Kentucky opened 5-1 with a win over Kentucky. However, the Hilltoppers have tailed off in recent weeks, losing their last three games and dropping to 6-5 overall. Despite the recent setback, Taggart is a good coach and will get a chance to run a BCS program in the near future.
 

Tommy Tuberville, head coach, Texas Tech – Tuberville already has two tours of duty through the SEC, coaching at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and at Auburn in 1999-2008. In four seasons with the Rebels, he recorded a 25-20 mark and went 85-40 at Auburn. Tuberville is 20-15 in three seasons at Texas Tech and has the Red Raiders back on track after a 5-7 mark in 2011. Tuberville isn’t flashy, but he’s a proven winner and a steady option for Tennessee.

Other Names to Watch

David Cutcliffe, head coach, Duke – Cutcliffe is a name that’s certainly familiar around Knoxville. He worked as an assistant coach in Knoxville from 1982-98 and then again from 2006-07. Cutcliffe has two stops as a head coach, working from 1998-2004 at Ole Miss with a 44-29 mark. Since 2008, Cutcliffe has been the head coach at Duke and led the Blue Devils to their first bowl game since 1994 this season. Cutcliffe isn’t a flashy hire but has previous experience at Tennessee and is highly regarded for his work with quarterbacks. However, Cutcliffe has mentioned he is committed to staying at Duke for 2013.
 

Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State – Lembo has been a consistent winner at three different stops, posting a 44-14 mark at Lehigh, a 35-22 record at Elon and a 14-9 mark in two seasons at Ball State. He’s ready for a shot to run a BCS program.


Gary Patterson, head coach, TCU – The rumor mill will throw Patterson’s name out there, but he’s not leaving TCU.
 

Todd Monken, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma State – Monken has never been a head coach but over the last two years, has helped to coordinate one of the nation’s best offenses at Oklahoma State.
 

Chad Morris, offensive coordinator, Clemson - Morris has emerged as one of the top offensive minds in college football, leading Clemson's offense to an average of 44.6 points a game this season. Morris has no head coaching experience and already has a salary of $1.3 million, so it would take a significant raise to leave Clemson.
 

Brent Pease, offensive coordinator, Florida – Pease is a long-time assistant that is expected to get into the mix for a head coaching job this offseason. He has stops as an assistant at Kentucky, Baylor, Boise State and Florida.
 

by Steven Lassan

@athlonsteven


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A chance to coach college football at the top level of the game for a living should make any man on the sideline to be thankful.

Some should be more thankful than others this year, though, to be coaching major college football this season.

Whether they’re thankful for their health, thankful for a second chance or thankful to be gainfully employed despite the results, here is our list of coaches who should be extra thankful to be wearing a headset this Thanksgiving:

Mack Brown, Texas
With four consecutive wins, the Longhorns have their act back together after an embarrassing 63-21 loss to Oklahoma and close calls against Baylor and Kansas. Texas is 8-2 and could be in the discussion for a BCS bid, especially if the Longhorns manage to upset Kansas State in Manhattan. Brown wasn’t the most popular man in Austin back in September, but he could have Texas back at 10 wins for the first time since 2009.

Norm Chow, Hawaii
The former offensive coordinator, whose star has fallen quite a bit since he coached Heisman winners at USC in the early 2000s, is thankful to have finally landed his first head coaching job at Hawaii. After starting 1-9, Chow eventually might be thankful to keep his job for however long he hangs onto it.

Bob Davie, New Mexico
Hiring a man whose last coaching job was the first of three ill-fated tenures at Notre Dame more than a decade ago would be a tough sell for most fanbases. Davie, though, is thankful for New Mexico rolling the dice on a 58-year-old coach who spent more time in the broadcast booth than on the sideline the last 11 years. New Mexico won’t go to a bowl game, but the Lobos have won more games in Davie’s first season than they did during all of Mike Locksley’s three years.

Jerry Kill, Minnesota
Kill has dealt with occasionally frightening health issues for several years now, including a suffering a seizure on the field during a game against New Mexico State last year and in the locker room after a loss to Northwestern this season. Few will savor Minnesota’s return to a bowl game more than Kill, one of the nation’s most underrated coaches.

Mike Leach, Washington State, and Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
On the same day in November, Leach and his staff were accused of player mistreatment by his former star wide receiver, and Tuberville was caught on camera swatting the headset off the head of a graduate assistant during the game. Leach had the backing of his athletic director, though an investigation by the Pac-12 is in progress. Tuberville has since apologized and received a public reprimand. Considering the history -- Leach losing his job over player mistreatment accusations at Texas Tech and Tuberville coaching at Tech where basketball coach Billy Gillispie also received such allegations -- both may be thankful when these issues fade away with out serious repercussions.

Will Muschamp, Florida
It’s better to be lucky than good. At least on offense for Florida. The Gators are indeed a charmed one-loss bunch. A blocked punt for a touchdown in the final minute salvaged a win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 10. Before that, four Missouri interceptions covered up a lackluster performance against Missouri. And then there’s South Carolina. Poor South Carolina, who fumbled twice around its own goal line and had a field goal blocked in the loss to Florida. The Gators may not be too much better than the group that went 7-6 last season, but they sure are luckier.

Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Penn State’s football program will take an inevitable dive as NCAA sanctions start to take hold in the coming years. For now, though, O’Brien is enjoying a 7-4 season, including 5-2 in the Big Ten. Not bad, considering the season started with a 24-17 loss to Ohio and a missed-kick-fest against Virginia. The hire of O’Brien, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, was not universally applauded, but the no-nonsense coach and Penn State should be thankful he’s a good fit in State College.

Mark Richt, Georgia
Before the season, Richt had reason to be thankful for a schedule that dodged Alabama and LSU. Richt is thankful for much more. For the second consecutive season, Georgia lost to South Carolina but will win the SEC East anyway. The fortuitous bounces in Florida’s favor against the Gamecocks knocked Carolina down in the East standings and put Georgia back in contention. Then, the Gators’ turnovers against Georgia in Jacksonville put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat for the SEC title game. After Kansas State and Oregon both lost Saturday, a win in the SEC championship game could send Georgia to the national title game despite being outclassed in a 35-7 loss to South Carolina.

John L. Smith, Arkansas
The coach who urged reporters to “smile” likely won’t need any reminders to be thankful. It’s been a tough year for Smith off the field with the passing of his brother in addition to the coach dealing with financial problems. Arkansas football won’t reach a bowl game this season, but Smith may be the first to say that coaching college football as a profession is worthy of gratitude no matter the on-field results.

Charlie Weis, Kansas
Weis went 19-6 in his first two seasons at Notre Dame, but his college results since then have been less than stellar: 16-21 at Notre Dame and a putrid offense at Florida with Weis as coordinator. Weis has reason to be thankful to be a coach in any major conference, even if its the toughest job in the Big 12.

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The de facto Big East championship game between Louisville and Rutgers has been established with the Scarlet Knights’ 10-3 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.

But that’s not going to be the big topic around the Big East in the two weeks before the game in Piscataway. The Big East may yet again be the subject of conference realignment talk as reports surfaced Saturday that Maryland is in negotiations to leave the ACC for the Big Ten, a possibility that could cause Rutgers to leave the Big East to be the Big Ten’s 14th member.

As far as developments on the field, Rutgers remains in position for its first (and only?) Big East title.

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Offensive Player of the Year Standings
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville --
The Cardinals’ bid at an undefeated season is up, but Bridgewater has been excellent the last three games with 1,164 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Even more will be on his shoulders with leading rusher Senorise Perry out for the season.

2. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse -- Nassib continued his hot streak in a non-conference game against Missouri, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns in Columbia. His lone interception against the Tigers was his first since Oct. 13.

3. Alec Lemon, Syracuse -- The Nassib-Lemon connection has been key to Syracuse’s turnaround this season. Lemon caught 12 passes for 244 yards with two touchdowns against Missouri, giving him 727 yards and seven touchdowns in the last five games.

Defensive Player of the Year Standings
1. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers --
Greene led the way for the defense in Rutgers’ 10-3 win over Cincinnati with 11 tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss.

2. Sio Moore, Connecticut -- Moore is two weeks removed from recording two sacks and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh. He and the UConn defense will have their work cut out for them in the next two weeks against Louisville and Cincinnati.

3. Logan Ryan, Rutgers -- Ryan anchors the standout Rutgers’ secondary with four interceptions and 13 pass breakups. Ryan picked up an interception at Rutgers‘ 3 to turn back a Cincinnati scoring chance early.

Coach of the Year Standings
1. Kyle Flood, Rutgers --
Flood has done in one season Greg Schiano never did in building the Rutgers program to relevance. The Scarlet Knights are off to a 5-0 start in conference play and have a chance to deliver a Big East title and a BCS bid for the first time in school history.

2. Charlie Strong, Louisville -- A BCS bid remains in sight for the Cardinals. After an off week, Strong will try to repair a defense that flopped against Syracuse. This week’s opponent, UConn, won’t provide much of a test downfield for Louisville, but Rutgers could in the finale.

3. Doug Marrone, Syracuse -- The Syracuse alum has gone from a hot seat candidate to doing one of the better coaching jobs in the league over the second half of the season. Once inconsistent, Syracuse has won four of the last five to become bowl eligible.

Big East Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Rutgers (9-1, 5-0)
Last week’s rank:
2
Week 12 result: Rutgers becomes the first team not named Louisville to take the top spot in the Big East power rankings thanks to a dominating defensive performance against Cincinnati. The Bearcats rushed for a season-low 90 yards, and Brendon Kay threw two interceptions against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights still have lingering concerns on offense with two red zone interceptions and a missed field goal. With Jawan Jamison hobbled, however, sophomore Savon Huggins delivered on the promise he showed as a recruit by rushing for 179 yards on 41 carries.
This week: at Pittsburgh

2. Louisville (9-1, 4-1)
Last week’s rank:
1
Week 12 result: Off
The off week may have come at a good time for Louisville. Several weeks of close calls finally caught up to the Cardinals in a 45-26 loss to Nov. 10. Louisville will face Connecticut on Saturday and then have a five-day turnaround for the Big East title at Rutgers. The Cardinals’ two-man show at running back is down to Jeremy Wright (680 yards, nine touchdowns) after a season-ending injury to Senorise Perry against Syracuse.
This week: Connecticut

3. Syracuse (6-5, 4-2)
Last week’s rank:
4
Week 12 result: Beat Missouri 31-27
Wildly inconsistent to start the season, Syracuse has settled into a rhythm with four wins in the last five games, including two road wins (USF and Missouri) and a victory over undefeated Louisville. Ryan Nassib led another fourth-quarter comeback with a 17-yard pass to Alec Lemon in the final 17 seconds to wrap up a 21-point fourth quarter. Syracuse is bowl eligible for the second time under Doug Marrone and could be in line for an eight-win season with the Orange can defeat Temple and then win a bowl game.
This week: at Temple (Friday)

4. Cincinnati (7-3, 3-2)
Last week’s rank: 3
Week 12 result: Lost to Rutgers 10-3
Yet again, Cincinnati couldn’t find away to crack the Rutgers defense. For the second consecutive year, the Bearcats managed just a field goal against the Scarlet Knights. Cincinnati changed quarterbacks two weeks ago, but the Bearcats ended up with similar results with two interceptions on 17-of-31 passing from Brendon Kay. Even George Winn, the rock of the Cincinnati defense, was stymied for 46 yards. With the loss, Cincinnati lost a slim chance to reach a BCS game.
This week: USF (Friday)

5. Pittsburgh (4-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
5
Week 12 result: Off
Pittsburgh is coming off an open date after two deflating losses -- one in triple overtime against Notre Dame and an upset by Connecticut. The UConn loss may be the most damaging to Pitt’s bowl hopes as the 4-6 Panthers face Big East-leading Rutgers this week in a game that could eliminate Pitt from the postseason. Interestingly, Pitt’s season-opening loss to Youngstown State means nothing for the Panthers’ bowl eligibility as Pitt defeated a second FCS team, Gardner-Webb, on Sept. 22. Only one win over an FCS team counts toward bowl eligibility.
This week: Rutgers

6. USF (3-7, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
6
Week 12 result: Lost to Miami 40-9
Skip Holtz burned the redshirt of junior quarterback Bobby Eveld, a decision which turned out to be short-lived. Eveld, who started in place of B.J. Daniels’ season-long backup Matt Floyd, was knocked out in the first quarter with an injury. Eveld went 3 of 8 for 29 yards while Floyd finished 20 of 35 for 175 yards and two picks. As has been the case all season, the defense flopped for USF, allowing Miami to pass for 463 yards. The clock may be ticking for coach Skip Holtz.
This week: at Cincinnati (Friday)

7. Connecticut (4-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
7
Week 12 result: Off
Connecticut is a week removed from its shocking 24-17 upset of Pittsburgh. Winning the final two games against Louisville and Cincinnati will be a tough task, but the Huskies will try to duplicate what worked against Pitt. The run game is returning from its best day in Big East play with 132 yards, and the Huskies’ defense remains one of the best in the conference. UConn ranks ninth nationally in total defense at 296.2 yards allowed per game.
This week: at Louisville

8. Temple (4-6, 2-4)
Last week’s rank:
8
Week 12 result: Beat Army 63-32
Against Army, Montel Harris had one of the best rushing performances of any player this season with a Big East-record 351 yards and seven touchdowns, the latter being one short of the FBS record. Harris’ effort naturally overshadowed Temple’s change at quarterback where Clinton Granger made his first start of the season. Grange was 2 of 4 for 31 yards but rushed for 85 yards. Beyond Harris, Temple rushed for 534 yards and nine touchdowns against Army.
This week: Syracuse (Friday)

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The Coastal Division was still up for grabs after Saturday's action, but the Atlantic Division title was clinched by Florida State in Week 12. The Seminoles dominated Maryland to claim their second division title under Jimbo Fisher, while Clemson kept its at-large BCS hopes alive with a victory over NC State. Although the action on the field didn't sort out the Coastal, the champion was declared on Monday, as Miami self-imposed a postseason ban, which means Georgia Tech will meet Florida State in Charlotte.

Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – Boyd climbs to the No. 1 spot after another strong performance. The junior threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 103 yards and three scores on the ground against NC State.

2. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina – Bernard failed to record 100 yards for the second consecutive game but still finished with 104 overall yards and one touchdown in the win over Virginia.

3. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State – Manuel didn’t have a standout performance against Maryland, throwing for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 17 completions. However, the senior is completing 68.8 percent of his throws this season and has just six interceptions on 295 passes.
 

Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State – It’s a tossup between Carradine and teammate Bjoern Werner for the top spot. Carradine recorded five tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss against Maryland.

2. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State – Werner and Carradine are really neck-and-neck for the No. 1 ranking. Werner picked up four tackles and two tackles for a loss against Maryland.

3. Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland – Vellano recorded just two tackles and was very quiet in Saturday’s loss to Florida State.
 

Coach of the Year Standings

1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State – The Seminoles clinched their third ACC Championship appearance with a 41-14 victory over Maryland. Fisher is 29-9 in three seasons in Tallahassee.

2. David Cutcliffe, Duke – The Blue Devils have slipped in recent weeks, but Cutcliffe still has this team on track to make its first bowl appearance since 1994.

3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson – The Tigers are quietly on a roll, winning each of their last seven games by at least 14 points.

ACC Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Florida State (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
Last Week: 1
Week 12 Result: Beat Maryland 41-14
With an ACC Atlantic title on the line, the Seminoles took care of business in a 41-14 rout over Maryland. Florida State outgained the Terrapins 397 to 170, while the defense forced five sacks and two turnovers. Quarterback EJ Manuel completed 17 of 23 throws, and Devonta Freeman gashed Maryland for 148 yards on 16 carries. The Seminoles didn’t allow a point until the third quarter and held the Terrapins to just 3.2 yards per play. Florida State will be making its third appearance in the ACC Championship and its second under Jimbo Fisher. However, the Seminoles have a little business to handle before that game, as they have a huge showdown against rival Florida next Saturday.
Next Game: Florida

2. Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
Last Week: 2
Week 12 Result: Beat NC State 62-48
The Tigers kept their at-large BCS hopes alive with a 62-48 shootout victory over NC State. Quarterback Tajh Boyd continued his red-hot play with 529 overall yards and eight touchdowns. Boyd didn’t do it alone on offense, as running back Andre Ellington chipped in 124 rushing yards, while receiver Sammy Watkins had 11 catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. The defense gave up 48 points but picked off NC State quarterback Mike Glennon once and sacked him four times. The Tigers close out their 2012 regular season with a matchup against in-state rival South Carolina.
Next Game: South Carolina

3. Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC)
Last Week: 8
Week 12 Result: Beat Duke 42-24
After a 2-4 start, things looked bleak for Georgia Tech and its chances of making a bowl game. However, the Yellow Jackets have rallied with three wins in their last four games and are still alive to play for the ACC Championship. Quarterback Tevin Washington turned in a solid performance against Duke, throwing for three touchdowns and adding 62 yards and one score on the ground. The defense also stepped up, holding the Blue Devils to 275 yards and just one touchdown after halftime. The good news for Georgia Tech? Miami self-imposed a postseason ban, which means the Yellow Jackets will meet Florida State for the ACC title.
Next Game: at Georgia

4. North Carolina (7-4, 4-3 ACC)
Last Week: 3
Week 12 Result: Beat Virginia 37-13
After a bad all-around outing against Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels rebounded with a 37-13 win over Virginia on Thursday night. Running back Giovani Bernard failed to record 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game, but quarterback Bryn Renner was sharp, completing 29 of 36 throws for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman receiver Quinshad Davis is quickly emerging as a potential star next year in the ACC, catching 16 receptions for 178 yards against the Cavaliers. Although the offense was solid, the defensive performance was an even bigger highlight, holding Virginia to 350 yards, picking up two turnovers and four sacks.
Next Game: Maryland

5. Miami (6-5, 4-3 ACC)
Last Week: 4
Week 12 Result: Beat South Florida 40-9
With Saturday’s win over South Florida, Miami reached the all-important six-win mark. And on Monday, the school decided to self-impose a postseason ban, which means the Hurricanes won't play in the ACC Championship. Miami’s offense was sharp in the win over South Florida, recording 548 total yards and 40 points. Quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 413 yards, while Duke Johnson added 66 and one score on the ground. The Hurricanes close out the regular season against Duke next Saturday.
Next Game: at Duke

6. Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4 ACC)
Last Week: 5
Week 12 Result: Beat Boston College 30-23
Considering how well the Hokies played against Florida State last week and Boston College’s 2-8 record, Saturday’s trip to Chestnut Hill was supposed to be an easy trip for Frank Beamer’s team. However, Virginia Tech had a tougher battle than most expected, as it had to escape with a victory in overtime. Quarterback Logan Thomas was held in check on the ground and completed 16 of 33 passes for 247 yards and two scores. The Hokies used a 41-yard field goal from kicker Cody Journell to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, while Thomas hit Randall Dunn for a seven-yard touchdown for the winning score in overtime. Virginia Tech hosts Virginia next Saturday, with a win giving the Hokies six victories and another trip to the postseason.
Next Game: Virginia

7. NC State (6-5, 3-4 ACC)
Last Week: 7
Week 12 Result: Lost to Clemson 62-48
After a solid 5-2 start, the Wolfpack have been one of the ACC’s biggest disappointments in the second half of the season. NC State has lost three out of its last four games, with two of those matchups decided by at least 14 points. The Wolfpack had no answer for Clemson’s offense in Saturday’s loss, giving up 62 points and allowing the Tigers to record 754 yards. Receiver Tobais Palmer set an ACC record with 496 all-purpose yards, and quarterback Mike Glennon threw for 493 yards and five touchdowns. Considering the late-season losses, Tom O’Brien’s status for next season has to be in doubt.
Next Game: Boston College

8. Duke (6-5, 3-4 ACC)
Last Week:
6
Week 12 Result: Lost to Georgia Tech 42-24
The Blue Devils’ command of the ACC Coastal race has slipped over the last few weeks. Duke’s 42-24 loss to Georgia Tech dropped it to 3-4 in the ACC and was the fourth defeat in five games. The Blue Devils were unable to take advantage of a suspect Yellow Jackets’ defense, only managing 275 yards. Duke’s defense struggled to stop Georgia Tech’s rushing offense, allowing 330 yards and three scores on the ground. The Blue Devils won’t represent the Coastal in the title game but are still headed to their first bowl game since 1994.
Next Game: Miami

9. Virginia (4-7, 2-5 ACC)
Last Week: 9
Week 12 Result: Lost to North Carolina 37-13
The Cavaliers’ late-season surge was stopped on Thursday night. Virginia held onto slim bowl hopes after beating NC State and Miami, but it fell 37-13 to North Carolina, which ended any shot at qualifying for the postseason. Both sides of the ball failed to deliver against the Tar Heels. The offense struggled to get consistent quarterback play, while the defense didn’t have an answer for North Carolina’s passing attack. Virginia closes out its 2012 season with a date at rival Virginia Tech.
Next Game: at Virginia Tech

10. Maryland (4-7, 2-5 ACC)
Last Week:
10
Week 12 Result: Lost to Florida State 41-14
As expected, the Terrapins couldn’t put up much of a fight against Florida State and lost 41-14. With injuries taking its toll on offense, Maryland has been reduced to a very limited attack on offense, especially with freshman Shawn Petty at quarterback. The Terrapins managed just 10 first downs and finished with 170 yards. Maryland has lost five consecutive games but has shown progress in Randy Edsall’s second season in College Park.
Next Game: at North Carolina

11. Wake Forest (5-6, 3-5 ACC)
Last Week:
11
Week 12 Result: Lost to Notre Dame 38-0
The bad news started early and often for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons quickly fell behind on a 68-yard touchdown run by Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood and trailed 31-0 at halftime. Wake Forest managed just 209 yards and could only muster 55 of that on the ground. Quarterback Tanner Price was an efficient 22 of 33 for 153 yards, but the Demon Deacons never hit on a pass longer than 16 yards. Wake Forest still has one more chance to get bowl eligible, as it hosts Vanderbilt next Saturday.
Next Game: Vanderbilt

12. Boston College (2-9, 1-6 ACC)
Last Week:
12
Week 12 Result: Lost to Virginia Tech 30-23
Even though the Eagles are in the midst of an awful season, credit the players for not giving up. Boston College dropped to 2-9 with a 30-23 overtime loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Eagles led 23-20 late in the fourth quarter, but the Hokies scored a field goal with just over a minute to go to send in the game into overtime. Boston College’s offense has struggled to find a rushing attack this year, but Deuce Finish rushed for 138 yards on 26 attempts against Virginia Tech. The defense also did a good job on quarterback Logan Thomas, holding the junior to seven rushing yards on 13 attempts. Boston College closes out its 2012 season against NC State.
Next Game: at NC State
 

by Steven Lassan

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Success in Maui has been a good sign for most teams in recent years. Two of the last four Maui Invitational champions have gone on to win the national title (2008-09 North Carolina, 2010-11 Connecticut). Players like Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Kyle Singler and Adam Morrison have thrived in this tournament in recent seasons as well.

The field isn’t as strong as its been in recent years with the Battle 4 Atlantis (which begins on Thanksgiving) taking the mantle for top early-season tournament this season. Still, there’s plenty to keep an eye on in Maui this week.

North Carolina may be the top team here, but teams like Marquette, USC, Texas and Illinois are all hungry to make statements. Here’s our preview of the action in Maui.

Will James Michael McAdoo be this year’s breakout player in Maui?
McAdoo has been the breakout star he was expected to be so far this season, averaging 21 points and 11.3 rebounds in the first three games. The competition level in Maui will be turned up a notch, especially if North Carolina advances past Mississippi State, which is rebuilding under first-year coach Rick Ray. McAdoo is taking an awful lot of shots, however, with 17 against both Long Beach State and FAU and 20 against Gardner-Webb. The focus may be on his supporting cast just as much as its on McAdoo becoming a potential All-American.

Intriguing potential matchup: North Carolina vs. Marquette in the semifinal
Marquette’s season has been a bit disjointed so far, first with the opener against Ohio State canceled and then with inconsistent showings (especially on defense) against Colgate and Southeastern Louisiana. Davante Gardner has been a rock on the inside, something that will need to continue in a potential matchup with Carolina. That said, Marquette’s lack of rhythm shouldn’t be a total surprise with Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom gone. North Carolina is still working out its personnel as well, so both teams will be worth watching as they figure out rotations and matchups.

Player to watch: Sheldon McClellan, Texas.
With Myck Kabongo out while the NCAA investigates impermissible benefits, McClellan has carried the Longhorns with 20 points in a close call with Fresno State and then 25 against Coppin State. Kabongo has been cleared to travel to Hawaii, but Texas might not expect him to play in Maui. That shouldn't be a problem in the first game against host Chaminade, but potential second round opponents USC and Illinois both rely on high-scoring backcourts. McClellan will need to continue his heroics, but the young Texas team will need to find answers elsewhere on the court. Texas needed late free throws from McClellan to beat Fresno State and needed to overcome 26 team turnovers to beat Coppin State.

MAUI INVITATIONAL
Site:
Honolulu, Hawaii
Dates: Monday-Wednesday
First-round games (All times Eastern)
Butler vs. Marquette, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Miss. St. vs. North Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN
Texas vs. Chaminade, 4:30 p.m., ESPNU
USC vs. Illinois, midnight, ESPN2
Final: Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
Top potential matchup for the final:
North Carolina vs. USC
Bracket (.pdf)

Individual matchup to watch: Illinois’ shooters vs. USC
Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson like to shoot the ball, something that helped the Illini save themselves from embarrassment against Hawaii when Richardson hit a game-winning three-pointer in overtime. USC coach Kevin O’Neill generally has good defensive teams, so a first-round test against Illinois will be worth keeping an eye on.

Freshman to watch: Marcus Paige, North Carolina.
After a 1 of 10 performance from 3-point range in the first game, North Carolina’s perimeter game has been much improved in the last two. Paige has been up-and-down in his first three games, which isn’t a total shock for a freshman. His main job will be to run North Carolina’s fast-paced offense and set up James Michael McAdoo. Should North Carolina advance, Paige will run into a handful of veteran backcourts, a key test for the stud freshman.

Sleeper team to watch: USC
USC has perhaps the most potential for a major turnaround in the Pac-12, but that speaks quite a bit to how dreadful the Trojans were a year ago. USC has a handful of transfers including J.T. Howell from Wake Forest, Eric Wise for UC Irvine and Omar Oraby from Rice. But the most important addition is a healthy Jio Fontan, a great leader at point guard. How all these pieces fit together will be critical for USC’s season.

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It’s been a long road back, but Notre Dame has risen to the top of the Legends Poll for the first time ever.

And the top-ranked Irish are one win away from their first ever trip to the BCS championship game.

“You know, it’s hard to classify Notre Dame as a really, really good football team at this point,” former Virginia coach George Welsh said, “but they are undefeated. It’s not easy to win all of your games.”

Notre Dame received 13 of the 17 first-place votes in the Legends Poll and remains the only eligible unbeaten team in the FCS.

No. 2 Alabama received three of the remaining first-place votes and moved back into the driver’s seat for the BCS title game as well. The final top vote went to No. 3 Georgia.

If the Alabama and Georgia can both survive their in-state rivalry games, a BCS title game berth will be on the line in the SEC championship game.

No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State each fell three spots, following shocking upsets.

No. 6 LSU remained the top two-loss team after the Tigers outlasted Ole Miss Saturday night, 41-35.

Florida State, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson rounded out the top 10.

No. 21 Oklahoma State moved back into the top 25 after a victory over Texas Tech. No. 24 Washington and No. 25 Utah State also made their way into the Legends Poll rankings, the first appearance for each team this season.

USC, Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin dropped out of the rankings this week. 

To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.

THE LEGENDS POLL TOP 25

RK TEAM RECORD POINTS PV RK
1 Notre DameNotre Dame (13) 11-0 420 3
2 AlabamaAlabama (3) 10-1 411 4
3 GeorgiaGeorgia (1) 10-1 391 5
4 OregonOregon 10-1 368 1
5 Kansas StateKansas State 10-1 333 2
6 LSULSU 9-2 324 6
7 Florida StateFlorida State 10-1 319 7
8 FloridaFlorida 10-1 311 10
9 Texas A&MTexas A&M 9-2 309 9
10 ClemsonClemson 10-1 284 8
11 StanfordStanford 9-2 257 12
12 South CarolinaSouth Carolina 9-2 242 11
13 UCLAUCLA 9-2 207 15
14 OklahomaOklahoma 8-2 204 13
15 NebraskaNebraska 9-2 187 14
16 Oregon StateOregon State 8-2 175 16
17 LouisvilleLouisville 9-1 143 18
18 TexasTexas 8-2 130 19
19 RutgersRutgers 9-1 104 21
20 MichiganMichigan 8-3 102 24
21 Oklahoma StateOklahoma State 7-3 71 -
22 Boise StateBoise State 9-2 62 23
23 Mississippi StateMississippi State 8-3 52 25
24 WashingtonWashington 7-4 32 -
25 Utah StateUtah State 9-2 26 -
 

Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana Tech 19, Northwestern 14, USC 7, TCU 7, San Diego State 5, Wisconsin 2, Georgia Tech 2, Tulsa 2, Northern Illinois 1, San Jose State 1, Kent State 1

Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll: USC, Louisiana Tech, Wisconsin

* The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create and Athlon will bring it to you as the de facto Selection Committee for fans to follow over the next two seasons, allowing you to see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward. You can see the entire Poll at www.legendschannel.com.

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So much for a Oregon-USC rematch in the Pac-12 title game. UCLA not only knocked Matt Barkley out of the game, the Bruins knocked the Trojans out of the title race for good. UCLA has clinched its second straight bid to the conference championship game — and they may have to face the same team in six days. Should Stanford win in the Rose Bowl this weekend, these two teams will meet again in Palo Alto for the right to play in the Rose Bowl against the Big Ten champ. Which, coincidentally, could also be a rematch between Nebraska and UCLA. 

Should Stanford win next weekend against UCLA, Oregon will have gone from a potential spot in the BCS National Championship game to not even winning the North in a two-week span. 

Post-Week 12 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona - Carey led Zona to its seventh win of the year with a 204-yard performance on the road against Utah. He is leading the nation in rushing and has scored 20 total touchdowns. He has touched the ball 282 times on offense this fall.

2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC - Lee has been incredible all season. He caught nine passes for 158 yards a score in the loss to UCLA. He is now third in the nation in all-purpose yards at 219.6 yards per game. 

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - There is still a chance Oregon plays for the Pac-12 crown, and should that happen, the quarterback from Eugene will be right back atop the list. Brett Hundley of UCLA deserves honorable mention as well.

 

Post-Week 12 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford - His defense did it again. They held mighty Oregon to a season-low 14 points and 405 yards of offense. In Autzen Stadium. With the Pac-12 North title hanging in the balance.

2. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State - He intercepted his league-leading sixth pass of the year to go with six total tackles in the win over Cal. His fate as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year will likely be determined against Oregon coming up this Saturday.

3. Anthony Barr, DL, UCLA - The talented pass-rusher posted three total tackles, one for a loss, his Pac-12-leading 12th sack and knocked down a couple of passes in the big win over USC.


Post-Week 12 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State - This is a close battle with many qualified candidates, but Riley's team was in by far the worst shape last fall. This team could still win 11 games this year. 

2. Jim Mora, UCLA  - The fact the previous regime recruited extremely well and this team played in the title game last fall indicates there was much less work to be done in Westwood. That gives Riley the slight edge.

3. David Shaw, Stanford - Shaw has done a great job replacing his star quarterback and big-time offensive blockers this season. Should he win next weekend at UCLA, he jumps right into the mix with Mora and Riley.
 

Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Oregon (10-1, 7-1)
Previous rank: 1
Week 12 result: Lost to Stanford 17-14 (OT)
The Ducks were held to season lows in total yards (405) and were held to fewer than 30 points for the first time since Week 1 of 2011. Oregon must now win at arch-rival Oregon State this weekend and hope that UCLA can defeat Stanford in Los Angeles to win the North Division. All of which is still very much possible. However, should Stanford top the Bruins, Chip Kelly will have gone from potentially playing in the national championship game to not even winning his division in the span of four quarters against the Cardinal. The Ducks were 4-of-17 on third downs and simply couldn't possess the football.
This week: at Oregon State (8-2)

2. Stanford (9-2, 7-1)
Previous rank:
2


Week 12 result:
 Beat Oregon 17-14 (OT)
David Shaw has built what is easily the best defense in a league loaded with offensive firepower. And after changing quarterbacks late in the season, he is two wins away from winning the Pac-12 title. Kevin Hogan made just his second start, completing 25-of-36 passes for 211 yards and scored two total touchdowns in the road win over Oregon. The defense did the rest holding the Ducks to the fewest points they have scored since 2010.


This week: at UCLA (9-2)

 

3. Oregon State (8-2, 6-2)
Previous rank: 3
Week 12 result: Beat Cal 62-14
The Beavers played their best game in a month, crushing Cal at home by 48 points. Not surprisingly, Sean Mannion also looked the best he has since injuring his knee by throwing for 325 yards and four touchdowns. The ground game chipped in with a 200-yard effort and the defense forced four turnovers. The Beavers still have much to play for as the Ducks come into town this weekend. A win and a Stanford loss would create a three-way tie atop the North Division. 
This week: Oregon (10-1)

4. UCLA (9-2, 6-2)
Previous rank: 4
Week 12 result: Beat USC 38-28
Seriously, what happened in Berkley on October 6? This Bruins team has rattled off six straight wins and has clinched the South Division title after a 43-17 loss to 3-9 Cal. Jim Mora once again watched his dynamic backfield duo of Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin churn out yards. Hundley completed 22-of-30 passes for 234 yards and accounted for three touchdowns without throwing an interception. He trails only Johnny Manziel nationally in total offense by a freshman. Franklin continues to add to his record-setting resume with 171 yards and two touchdowns in the win. 
This week: Stanford (9-2) 

5. Arizona (7-4, 4-4)
Previous rank: 6
Week 12 result: Beat Utah 34-24
Matt Scott returned to the lineup but Rich Rodriguez turned to star workhorse Ka'Deem Carey in the big road win over Utah. Scott was a bit rusty (12-of-27) so Carey picked up the slack, rushing for 204 yards on 26 carries. The win gives RichRod his fourth in five games and should Arizona topple its arch-rival next weekend in Tucson, he will have taken a team that won four games a year ago to a bowl game and nine potential wins. 
This week: Arizona State (6-5)

6. Washington (7-4, 5-3)
Previous rank: 7
Week 12 result: 
Beat Colorado 38-3 

The Huskies are assured their third consecutive winning season after a fourth straight victory and their most complete performance of the 2012 season against lowly Colorado. Quarterback Keith Price played his best game of the season, completing 22-of-29 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns. The massively improved defense allowed 141 total yards of offense to the Buffaloes as Justin Wilcox and company continue to do great work on that side of the ball. A win in the Apple Cup gives Washington its first eight-win season since 2001. 
This week: at Washington State (2-9)

7. USC (7-4, 5-4)
Previous rank: 5
Week 12 result: Lost to UCLA 38-28
It was the same old story for the Trojans. Matt Barkley threw the ball to Marqise Lee a bunch (nine completions) and threw it to the opposing team at least twice for the fourth straight game. It cost the Trojans again as both interceptions led directly to UCLA touchdowns. It was Barkley's sixth game with at least two picks this season after doing that only nine times in his first 36 career games. The preseason No. 1 team in the nation has now lost four conference games this year and won't be playing for much of anything following the season finale with Notre Dame. And Barkley may not play against the Irish, whose own national title hopes will be on the line, after the Bruins knocked him out of the game late with a shoulder injury. It's not exactly how he planned to end his final season at USC.
This week: Notre Dame (11-0)

8. Arizona State (6-5, 4-4)
Previous rank: 8
Week 12 result: Beat Washington State 46-7
In a must-win situation, Todd Graham got his team to bowl eligibility in his first year by pummeling Washington State. His offense was balanced, throwing for 301 yards and five scores while the ground game totaled 260 yards on 61 attempts. Since ASU faces a brutal road trip to Arizona next weekend, the Sun Devils had to defeat Wazzu to get to a bowl game. And 6-6 is extremely acceptable for Coach Graham's first season in Tempe. 
This week: at Arizona (7-4)

9. Utah (4-7, 2-6)
Previous rank: 
9
Week 12 result: Lost to Arizona 34-24
Young quarterback Travis Wilson showed why fans should be excited about the future of the position in Salt Lake City — even in a loss. He set career highs in attempts (40), completions (28), yards (311) and tied a career high with two scoring passes. That said, the Utes won't go bowling this season for the first time in 10 seasons after the home loss. Kyle Whittingham couldn't overcome the numerous key injuries.

This week: at Colorado (1-10)

10. California (3-9, 2-7)
Previous rank: 10
Week 12 result: Lost to Oregon State 62-14
This certainly isn't what Cal fans expected in 2012. A three-win season has Jeff Tedford hanging by a thread in Berkeley, but to finish the year with a 48-point home loss to a team that itself won only three games last season is unacceptable. Cal posted its worst record since a 1-10 mark in Tom Holmoe's final season in 2001. The facilities have been upgraded based on all that Tedford has accomplished in his very successful tenure, but the divorce proceedings may have already begun on Tight Wad Hill.
This week: None

11. Colorado (1-10, 1-7)
Previous rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Washington 38-3
This is getting absurd as Colorado failed to put a competitive product on the field once again. The Buffs totaled 10 first downs and 141 yards of total offense against the Huskies. Colorado is the lowest scoring offense in the nation and has the worst scoring defense in the nation. Pretty hard to win games when you score 30 fewer points (16.7 ppg) than you give up every single weekend (46.3 ppg). 
This week: Utah (4-7)

12. Washington State (2-9, 0-8)
Previous rank: 12
Week 12 result: Lost to Arizona State 46-7
Things are going to get ugly in Pullman. The unrest in the locker room will only get worse if the Cougars play like they did against the Sun Devils again this weekend against rival Washington. The Apple Cup is one final chance to redeem what has otherwise been a horrific season of football. The Cougs rushed for one yard on the game — which was actually better than four other outputs this fall. They have rushed for a total of 330 yards and three touchdowns on the year. 

This week: Washington (7-4)

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Kansas State remains atop the Big 12 power rankings, but the Wildcats are no longer in the driver's seat to play for a national title. Despite the loss to Baylor, Kansas State still maintains an edge for the Big 12 title. Oklahoma survived a shootout win over West Virginia to control the No. 2 spot in the power rankings and remains alive for an at-large spot in the BCS. Oklahoma State is one of the Big 12's hottest teams, crushing Texas Tech 59-21 to move to 7-3 this season. Iowa State picked up a key win on Saturday night, as the Cyclones got bowl eligible with a victory over Kansas. 

Post-Week 12 Big 12 Power Rankings

1. Kansas State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12)
Last Week:
1
Week 12 Result: Lost to Baylor 52-24
Despite Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma, the Wildcats still deserve the No. 1 spot in the Big 12 power rankings. What went wrong for Kansas State on Saturday? Just about everything. Quarterback Collin Klein had an off night, and the defense didn’t have an answer for Baylor’s offense. The Wildcats are likely finished as a national title contender but can still win the Big 12 with a victory over Texas.
Next Game: Texas (Dec. 1)

2. Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big 12)
Last Week: 2
Week 12 Result: Beat West Virginia 50-49
The Sooners won perhaps the craziest game of Week 12. A late touchdown pass from quarterback Landry Jones to receiver Kenny Stills was just enough for Oklahoma to claim a 50-49 victory over West Virginia. The Sooners surrendered 778 yards to the Mountaineers and allowed a season high of 320 passing yards to Geno Smith. However, Oklahoma’s offense answered the bell against a porous Mountaineers’ defense, which keeps the Sooners’ BCS bowl hopes alive for another week.
Next Game: Oklahoma State

3. Texas (8-2, 5-2 Big 12)
Last Week: 3
Week 12 Result: Bye Week
The Longhorns had the weekend off and are set to return to action against TCU on Thanksgiving night. Since losing back-to-back games in early October, Texas has rebounded with four consecutive wins. Quarterback David Ash has been sharp the last two weeks, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions. The sophomore’s improvement is crucial, especially with upcoming matchups against TCU and Kansas State.
Next Game: TCU (Nov. 22)

4. Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2 Big 12)
Last Week:
5
Week 12 Result: Beat Texas Tech 59-21
The Cowboys continued to climb in the Big 12 power rankings with a convincing 59-21 win over Texas Tech. Despite three quarterbacks making a start this year, Oklahoma State still ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring offense and is averaging 553.7 yards per game. The Cowboys will play their next two games on the road, including Saturday’s date at Oklahoma. Oklahoma State has won five out of its last six games, and coach Mike Gundy deserves a ton of credit for getting this team in a position to win nine games this year, especially considering the personnel losses from last season.
Next Game: at Oklahoma

5. Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 4
Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma State 59-21
After a promising 6-1 start, the Red Raiders have been headed in the wrong direction over the last four weeks. Texas Tech was defeated 59-21 by Oklahoma State on Saturday, which dropped it to 4-4 in the Big 12 with one game remaining. In the loss to the Cowboys, the Red Raiders lost three turnovers and had a punt that was blocked and returned for a touchdown. Texas Tech closes out its 2012 regular season with a matchup against Baylor.
Next Game: at Baylor

6. TCU (6-4, 3-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 6
Week 12 Result: Bye Week
The Horned Frogs had an off date on Saturday and return to action on Thanksgiving night against Texas. TCU is just 1-3 in its last four games but has played a difficult stretch of opponents, including Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. The Horned Frogs have played only one matchup against Texas since 1996, losing 34-13 in 2007. After Thursday night’s game against the Longhorns, TCU has to quickly regroup with a home game against Oklahoma coming up on Dec. 1.
Next Game: at Texas (Nov. 22)

7. West Virginia (5-5, 2-5 Big 12)
Last Week: 7
Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma 50-49
The Mountaineers’ late-season slide continued with a 50-49 loss to Oklahoma. Receiver Tavon Austin had a heck of a performance in a losing effort, rushing for 344 yards and two touchdowns and catching four passes for 82 yards. Austin’s 572 all-purpose yards were the most in Big 12 history. Although West Virginia has tailed off since winning a 48-45 shootout at Texas, it has a chance to finish with some momentum with matchups against Iowa State and Kansas the next two weeks.
Next Game: at Iowa State

8. Iowa State (6-5, 3-5 Big 12)
Last Week: 8
Week 12 Result: Beat Kansas 51-23
The Cyclones got bowl eligible with a 51-23 win over Kansas on Saturday night. The big surprise in the victory was the play of quarterback Sam Richardson. The redshirt freshman completed 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns and added 43 yards and one score on the ground. The Cyclones defense allowed 252 rushing yards but forced four turnovers and held the Jayhawks to just 5 of 15 on third-down attempts. If Iowa State can beat West Virginia, it will have its second seven-win season under coach Paul Rhoads.
Next Game: West Virginia

9. Baylor (5-5, 2-5 Big 12)
Last Week:
9
Week 12 Result: Beat Kansas State 52-24
The Bears scored one of college football’s top upsets of 2012 on Saturday night, knocking off Kansas State 52-24. Quarterback Nick Florence tossed two picks but finished with 238 passing yards and two touchdowns. Running back Lache Seastrunk has ignited the rushing attack in recent weeks and recorded 185 yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. Not only did Baylor’s win shake up the national title picture but kept its bowl hopes alive. The Bears need a win over Texas Tech or Oklahoma State to get to six victories.
Next Game: Texas Tech

10. Kansas (1-10, 0-8 Big 12)
Last Week: 10
Week 12 Result: Lost to Iowa State 51-23
The Jayhawks held an early 14-10 lead over Iowa State but quickly fell behind 38-17 by halftime. With an offense that has a limited passing attack, Kansas was unable to mount a serious comeback on Saturday night. One overlooked aspect of the loss was running back James Sims had his six-game 100-yard rushing streak ended with just 81 yards on 20 attempts. The Jayhawks have not won a conference game since Nov. 6, 2010 and their hopes of scoring a victory are slim, especially with a trip to West Virginia on the schedule.
Next Game: at West Virginia (Dec. 1)


by Steven Lassan

@athlonsteven


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The Ohio State Buckeyes will finish the regular season with the best overall record in the Big Ten after an exciting overtime win in Madison. But what really mattered most was a 24-point home romp by the Nebraska Cornhuskers over Minnesota. The win moves Nebraska into a commanding position in the Legends Division, needing only a win over Iowa on the road or a Michigan loss to Ohio State in the Horseshoe to ensure a trip to Indianapolis and the Big Ten title game where they would face Wisconsin. There could be a lot of red in Indy in two weekends.

Post-Week 12 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State - Miller wasn't his usual electric self, but he made big plays and got his team into the end zone in overtime. A great game plan by UW limited his numbers, but Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is all but his now.

2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska - He is making a serious Heisman push late in the season. He threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to go with 22 yards rushing in the key win over the Gophers. He is leading the Big Ten in passing efficiency and total offense.

3. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin - The record isn't his yet, but he is awfully close. Ball rushed for 191 yards on 39 carries and scored his NCAA record-tying 78th career TD.


Post-Week 12 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. John Simon, DL, Ohio State - The senior defensive end was at his best in a huge road win over Wisconsin. He posted six total tackles, four tackles for a loss and four sacks. He was all over the field and now leads the Big Ten in sacks and TFLs.

2. Mike Mauti, LB, Penn State - He was carted off of the field in the first quarter of the easy win over Indiana. One has to wonder if missing essentially the final two games while Ohio State goes undefeated could cost Mauti the D.P.O.Y. award. He will, and should, get plenty of feel-good votes.

3. Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin - Taylor leads the league's No. 1 rushing defense and No. 2 overall defense in tackles and tackles for loss. He is fourth in the Big Ten in tackles and helped contain Braxton Miller to his lowest offensive output of the year (145 total yards).


Post-Week 12 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State - Ohio State has clinched the best overall record in the league but has eyes on an undefeated season. This team would likely be No. 2 in the BCS standings after seven losses a year ago.

2. Bill O'Brien, Penn State - After an easy win over Indiana, Penn State fans are staring directly at an eight-win season. Considering what this community has been through, it's a remarkable performance from the new coaching staff. 

3. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern/Bo Pelini, Nebraska - Finally, his Wildcats broke through with a big win over Michigan State, giving him a shot at nine wins this season. Bo Pelini doesn't feel like a Coach of the Year candidate, but winning the championship game has to count for something, right?


Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0)
Previous rank: 1
Week 12 result: Beat Wisconsin 21-14 (OT)

Two of the better programs in the Big Ten played a thriller in Madison. Eventually, Ohio State got a key fourth-down stop in overtime and moved to within one win of a perfect season. Michigan will come to town next weekend and the Buckeyes are not only shooting for an unbeaten season but a win would officially eliminate the Maize and Blue from Big Ten title contention. Braxton Miller didn't post huge numbers, but he has won every game he has started this season and is just as electric as any player in the nation. How much the postseason ban hurts his Heisman chances remains to be seen.
This week: Michigan (8-3)

2. Nebraska (9-2, 6-1)
Previous rank: 2
Week 12 result: Beat Minnesota 38-14 
Taylor Martinez played another excellent day as the Big Red rolled over Minnesota on Senior Day in Lincoln. Unfortunately, fan favorite and senior Rex Burkhead missed his fourth game in a row and the sixth of the season. But having him healthy for a potential Big Ten championship game would justify not seeing No. 22 in red out there in the 24-point win. T-Mart totaled 330 yards of offense and two touchdowns without an interception. A win over Iowa next weekend sends embattled and temperamental coach Bo Pelini to Indianapolis with a very good shot at the Rose Bowl.
This week: at Iowa (4-7)

3. Michigan (8-3, 6-1)
Previous rank: 3
Week 12 result: Beat Iowa 42-17
Devin Gardner is making a serious case as a force to be reckoned with next fall as Michigan's quarterback. He completed 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards, rushed for 39 yards on eight carries and accounted for all six Michigan touchdowns. Denard Robinson played, but was lined up as running back, rushing 13 times for 98 yards and catching two passes. Look for an interesting game plan from Brady Hoke with his athletic quarterback duo as he faces Urban Meyer for the first time as a part of the storied Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. Should Nebraska lose, the Wolverines could still win their way to Pasadena.
This week: at Ohio State (11-0)

4. Penn State (7-4, 5-2)
Previous rank: 5
Week 12 result: Beat Indiana 45-22
Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 395 yards and four first-half touchdown passes. It was his third 300-yard effort in four games, his fourth of the season and sixth of his career. The running game and defense did the rest of the damage, out-rushing Indiana 151 to 24. The defense lost emotional leader Mike Mauti early in the game and it appears that his Penn State career is over. An eighth win next weekend would be an a tremendous way to cap what has been an extremely emotional season in Happy Valley.

This week: Wisconsin (7-4)

5. Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3)
Previous rank: 4
Week 12 result: Lost to Ohio State 21-14 (OT)
It would have been an unbelievable feel-good story for Curt Phillips and his three ACL tears had his final drive in regulation (5-for-5, TD) not just tied the score, but won the game for the Badgers. However, the fairy-tale ending wasn't meant to be for the star-struck quarterback from Kingsport, Tenn. After Ohio State scored on its first overtime possession, Phillips failed to answer as the Badgers were unable to pick up a first down and his pass on fourth-down was knocked down, handing UW its fourth loss of the season. All four losses have come within one touchdown and this was the first loss by more than three points all season. This weekend's trip to Happy Valley could give Wisconsin a shot at 10 wins — or a shot at seven losses. 
This week: at Penn State (7-4)

6. Northwestern (8-3, 4-3)
Previous rank: 6
Week 12 result: Beat Michigan State 23-20
This was a big win for Pat Fitzgerald. With a win over Illinois next week and a bowl win, Coach Fitz could lead Northwestern to its first 10-win season since he played on the Wildcats' magical 1995 Rose Bowl team. This was a hard-fought road win over a well-coached team with more raw talent. Give Coach Fitz a lot of credit for what he has accomplished this season. Unfortunately, star tailback Venric Mark left the game very early on with an "upper extremity" injury and his status for next week's game is up in the air. 
This week: Illinois (2-9)

7. Michigan State (5-6, 2-5)
Previous rank: 7
Week 12 result: Lost to Northwestern 23-20
The Spartans have failed to finish drives all season and the result was yet another crippling loss. Mark Dantonio's bunch lost for the fourth time in five games and lost by three points or less for the fourth time in Big Ten play. So after back-to-back 11-win seasons, the Spartans have to go on the road and defeat Minnesota next weekend in order to reach the postseason this winter. Kirk Cousins really was that good.
This week: at Minnesota (6-5)

8. Minnesota (6-5, 2-5)
Previous rank: 8
Week 12 result: Lost to Nebraska 38-14 
The Golden Gophers are still a good ways from competing for a division title. Minnesota trailed 38-0 before two late fourth quarter touchdowns got Jerry Kill's bunch on the board. They finished with 177 total yards of offense. Minny beats the bad teams it faces and has lost to the good ones. A win over Michigan State at home not only guarantees a winning record but redefines the perception of this team. It would be the best win of the year for a team whose current best win is against Syracuse.
This week: Michigan State (5-6)

9. Indiana (4-7, 2-5)
Previous rank: 9
Week 12 result: Lost to Penn State 45-22
After an unheard of two-game Big Ten winning streak, Wisconsin and then Penn State established some normalcy in the Leaders Division with physical, easy wins over the Hoosiers. Indiana couldn't stop Matt McGloin and couldn't run the football, and is now assured its fifth losing season in a row and its 16th in 17 seasons. Still, this team is much more competitive than last year's squad and a win over Purdue gives Kevin Wilson a solid five-win showing in a make or break season.
This week: at Purdue (5-6)

10. Purdue (5-6, 2-5)
Previous rank: 10
Week 12 result: Beat Illinois 20-17

Robert Marve was just good enough and the running game was effective in yet another big win for Danny Hope. After starting the year 0-5 in Big Ten play, Purdue rushed to its second straight win and is still eyeing a bowl game. The team gained 207 yards on 37 carries for a robust 5.6 yards per carry clip. The Boilermakers will face Indiana at home in a very winnable finale with a shot at the postseason within their reach. Hope has to thankful that his final three games of the year have come against the three worst teams in the Big Ten.
This week: Indiana (4-7)

11. Iowa (4-7, 2-5)
Previous rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Michigan 42-17
The 2-0 start to Big Ten play has to feel like years ago for those in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes lost their fifth consecutive game in embarrassing fashion. It allowed three passing and three rushing touchdowns to wide receiver turned backup quarterback Devin Gardner. This unimaginative and uncompetitive group has no chance to battle with Nebraska next weekend and that leaves Black and Gold fans staring at a 4-8 season. That's more than $1 million per win for Kirk Ferentz.  
This week: Nebraska (9-2)

12. Illinois (2-9, 0-7)
Previous rank: 12
Week 12 result: Lost to Purdue 20-17
That was the Illini's last chance at a Big Ten win. If this team can't beat Purdue and wasn't really competitive against Indiana or Minnesota, what makes anyone think it will defeat a quality Northwestern team on the road? In just one season, obviously Tim Beckman can't really do anything on the field to lose his job. However, he will enter his second season after losing 10 games in his debut and will be under a powerful microscope from now on.
This week: at Northwestern (7-3)

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Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:00
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Path: /news/georgia-southern-db-suffers-nasty-finger-injury
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Georgia Southern defensive back Valdon Cooper had a rough Saturday. Not only was he supposed to matchup against Georgia's receivers, Cooper suffered a nasty finger injury - and the picture isn't pretty.

Needless to say, fingers aren't supposed to bend like this:

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:41
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Saturday's 41-35 win over Ole Miss was a huge victory for LSU. The Tigers kept their slim SEC title hopes alive but most importantly, remain in the mix for a spot in a BCS bowl.

The LSU-Ole Miss game was a crazy back and forth affair, so it was no surprise Les Miles was quite animated after the game. 

In other words...it's vintage Les Miles.

Teaser:
<p> Les Miles Has a Crazy Postgame Rant After Beating Ole Miss</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:23
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Lost in the struggles of Maryland's offense and quarterback injuries this year has been the play of receiver Stefon Diggs. The true freshman has been a dynamic playmaker and could be a first-team All-ACC selection by the end of 2013.

Diggs continued his solid freshman campaign with a ridiculous one-handed catch against Florida State. The true freshman knew a big hit was coming from the Florida State defender, yet hung on for the reception.

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:18
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Utah came up short in its Saturday night matchup against Arizona, losing 34-24 to drop to 4-7 on the season. However, the Utes left it all on the field, as they used a creative trick play to score an early touchdown.

The Utes lined up for an easy field goal early in the second quarter. But the holder pitched it between his legs to kicker Coleman Petersen, who ran it in for the touchdown.

Teaser:
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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:04
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West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen can be one of the most animated coaches in college football. Of course, this is also the coach who drinks Red Bull like it's water during the week too.

And Holgorsen didn't disappoint during Saturday's game against Oklahoma, as the cameras and audio caught him dropping a f-bomb right before the end of the first half. 

Teaser:
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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:00
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Bad officiating has been a problem in the ACC this year, and it appears the refs might have missed another call in Week 12. 

Virginia Tech defensive back Kyle Fuller deflected a poorly thrown pass by Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig and appeared to bounce it off his hands just before it hit the ground. Linebacker Alonzo Tweedy caught the deflection for the interception. 

However, the refs did not give the interception to Virginia Tech, which took away a prime opportunity around midfield for its offense.

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 21:56
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Kent State running back Dri Archer has been one of the nation's top all-purpose players this season and is a key piece in the Golden Flashes' run to the MAC East title.

Archer has showcased his speed and ridiculous moves all season but might have had his best performance on Saturday against Bowling Green. 

With the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Archer took a handoff and darted to the left side and appeared to be tackled around midfield. However, Archer bounced out of the pile and cut it back to the opposite side of the field. After the midfield escape, Archer dodged a few defenders and scored to give Kent State a 24-17 lead.

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 21:47
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The BCS endured its biggest shakeup at this stage of the season in five years, but the championship scenario ended up back where it always does: The SEC championship game.

The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the BCS standings lost Saturday night, leading a restructuring of the race for the national championship. Only a week ago, Notre Dame appeared to be stuck on the outside of the title game unless either of the top teams lost. The Irish caught that break and more, finishing the week as the only BCS-eligible undefeated team (ineligible Ohio State is the only other unbeaten in the country).

Provided Notre Dame can defeat USC in the final game of the season -- a possibility that depends greatly on the play of the Trojans' backup quarterback -- the Irish will face the SEC champion in the BCS title game.

But as we’ve learned repeatedly, nothing is certain.

Here are a few more observations from the latest release of the BCS standings:

MOVING UP

BCS Standings
Nov. 18

Coaches' Poll Harris Poll Comp. Avg. Last Wk.
1. Notre Dame 1 1 1 3
2. Alabama 2 2 3 4
3. Georgia 3 3 6 5
4. Florida 6 5 2 6
5. Oregon 4 4 7 2
6. Kansas St. 8 7 4 1
7. LSU 7 8 8 7
8. Stanford 11 11 5 13
9. Texas A&M 10 10 10 8
10. Florida St. 5 6 17 10
11. Clemson 9 9 15 11
12. S. Carolina 12 12 11 9
13. Oklahoma 13 13 9 12
14. Nebraska 14 14 T-12 14
15. Oregon St. 17 15 T-12 16
16. Texas 15 17 14 15

The SEC champion. Notre Dame moved from No. 3 to No. 1, but it’s tough to see any bigger winner this week than the eventual champion of the SEC. Just a week ago, Notre Dame needed either Kansas State or Oregon to lose. The SEC champion needed both to lose to turn the conference championship game into a national title semifinal. Notre Dame caught one lucky break, the SEC caught two. Suddenly, Alabama is back in the mix to repeat (provided the Crimson Tide can defeat Auburn to clinch the SEC West). The most improbable development, however, is the appearance of No. 3 Georgia in a national title scenario. The Bulldogs lost 35-7 to South Carolina on Oct. 6 but claimed the SEC east by defeating Florida in a turnover-filled 17-9 victory. After Florida, Georgia’s best win is over 7-4 Vanderbilt.

MOVING DOWN
No. 6 Kansas State. The Wildcats tumbled from No. 1 to No. 6 in the BCS and even further in the coaches’ poll to No. 8 and Harris poll to No. 7. Although Oregon dropped in the rankings as well, the No. 5 Ducks still have the most potential to move up in the standings thanks to a regular season finale against Oregon State and a potential Pac-12 title game should Stanford lose this week to UCLA. Kansas State is all but eliminated from the national title with the worst loss of any title contender (Baylor) and no conference championship game to make up the difference. All that remains for K-State is No. 16 Texas, which will be essential if the Wildcats are to hang onto the Big 12’s BCS bid.

KEY GAMES THIS WEEK
No. 4 Florida at No. 10 Florida State. The Florida-Florida State game is back to having national championship implications ... in a roundabout way. Although Florida hasn’t looked sharp, the Gators remain a one-loss team ranked second in the computer average. A number of scenarios involving losses by Notre Dame, Georgia or Alabama could vault Florida to the BCS title game, provided the Gators defeat Florida State. Meanwhile, the Seminoles remain tied to their lackluster average in the computer rankings. The ACC hasn’t given Florida State the means to overcome its loss to NC State, so Florida will be the ‘Noles best opportunity to make up ground in the title race.

No. 1 Notre Dame at USC Notre Dame’s final opponent is also the one most capable of upsetting the Irish’s first trip to the BCS title game. However, that prospect is significantly diminished with the absence of quarterback Matt Barkley. After Barkley sustained a shoulder injury against UCLA, backup Max Wittek will start against Notre Dame. With the Irish’s ability to take away the run, USC’s hopes rest on Wittek being able to get the ball to Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.

No. 8 Stanford at No. 17 UCLA. This game will impact the title race in a marginal way. Oregon needs UCLA to defeat Stanford for the Ducks to reach the Pac-12 title game. Even if that happens, Oregon needs other dominoes to fall (USC over Notre Dame, chiefly) to reach the BCS title game. A Stanford win means the Cardinal will face UCLA in back-to-back games, the latter matchup for a Pac-12 title and the Rose Bowl.

OTHER NOTES
The ACC has done nothing for Florida State.The Seminoles have only themselves to blame for a 17-16 loss to NC State (6-5, 3-4 ACC) on Oct. 6. If not for that upset, Florida State likely would be in the top two of the BCS rankings. But the Seminoles’ schedule hasn’t provided the means for Florida State to move up the rankings. Florida State has been stuck at No. 10 in the rankings for three consecutive weeks. In fact, Florida State dropped one spot from No. 9 on Oct. 28. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher can complain about the computer rankings, which have had his team ranked outside of the top 15. But the coaches’ and Harris polls have only moved his team up incrementally from No. 7 to No. 5/6 in the last four weeks. Now that Florida State escapes ACC play this week, the Seminoles have a chance to deliver their first statement win since late September against Clemson.

No BCS buster this season. For the second consecutive season, no team from a non-automatic qualifying conference will reach the BCS. Louisiana Tech had an outside shot prior to last week, provided the Bulldogs could finish in the top 16 and finish ranked ahead of the ACC, Big East or Big Ten champion. With Louisiana Tech losing to Utah State last week, the Bulldogs’ BCS hopes -- not to mention WAC title hopes -- are finished. No. 22 Boise State is the highest ranked team from outside the AQ conferences.

The SEC at-large picture narrows. Although an SEC team may have gained a spot in the national title game due to Kansas State and Oregon upsets -- the SEC owns Nos. 2-4 -- the pool for potential SEC teams for at-large bids narrowed. South Carolina dropped out of the top 10 from No. 9 to No. 12 thanks to Stanford moving to No. 8 and Florida State and Clemson staying put. And Texas A&M dropped from eighth to ninth. Both rankings are good enough for a BCS at-large, but the most likely landing spot for an SEC at-large team at this point is the Sugar Bowl. The home draw for LSU might be tough for the Sugar Bowl to resist.

Notes on BCS selection:
Automatic BCS bids go to the top two for the title game, the champions of the ACC (Orange Bowl), Big 12 (Fiesta), Big Ten (Rose), Pac-12 (Rose) and SEC (Sugar). The Big East’s automatic bid is not tied to a particular bowl.

Notre Dame receives an automatic bid if it finishes in the top eight.

A champion from a non-automatic qualifying league (Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and non-Notre Dame independents) receive an automatic bid if it finishes in the top 12 of the standings or if it finishes in the top 16 and ahead of a champion from a non-AQ conference.

To be eligible for an at-large BCS bid, a team must have nine or more wins and finish in the top 14 of the BCS standings.

Once automatic tie-ins are placed, the selection order for BCS bids goes as follows: 1. The bowl losing the BCS No. 1 team to the championship game, 2. The bowl losing the BCS No. 2 team, 3. The Fiesta Bowl, 4. The Sugar, 5. The Orange.

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