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and meet for the eighth time in the SEC Championship Game history on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. The Gators own a 4-3 edge over the Crimson Tide in SEC Championship appearances but enter Saturday’s game as a heavy underdog. According to the good folks in Vegas, Alabama is favored by at least two touchdowns (17.5 spread). That’s the largest spread among the eight conference championships in Week 14.

 

The stakes are high for the Crimson Tide, as coach Nick Saban’s team is one win away from locking up a spot in the College Football Playoff and their third SEC Championship in four seasons. Alabama ranked No. 2 in the latest rankings and an impressive win over the Gators could be enough for the committee to consider Saban’s team for the No. 1 overall seed. Since losing to Ole Miss on Sept. 19, the Crimson Tide have won nine in a row. And even more impressively, the margin of victory in eight out of those nine contests was at least 13 points. 

 

Florida’s first season under new coach Jim McElwain has been a success. The Gators finished the regular season at 10-2, with losses to rival Florida State and a seven-point defeat at LSU in mid-October. McElwain still has a lot of work to do, but the program is back on track after finishing 11-13 under Will Muschamp from 2013-14.

 

Alabama owns a 24-14 series edge over Florida. The Crimson Tide have a four-game winning streak over the Gators, including a 42-21 victory last season in Tuscaloosa. This is Florida’s first appearance in the SEC Championship since the 2009 season.

 

Florida vs. Alabama (Atlanta, Ga.)

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Alabama -17.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Florida’s Offensive Line

On paper, the matchup between Florida’s offensive line and Alabama’s defensive front is the biggest mismatch in this game. The Gators have struggled to find consistency in the trenches all year and surrendered 37 sacks in 12 games – the most in the SEC. This unit also had trouble generating a push for the ground attack, as Florida rushers averaged a paltry 3.6 yards per carry. Alabama’s defensive line is deep, aggressive and the best in the nation. This unit has limited opponents to 2.5 yards per carry and just 78.9 rushing yards per game. Additionally, the Crimson Tide wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage against quarterbacks, which disrupt the timing and big-play ability of passing games. Nick Saban’s defense ranks third nationally with 41 sacks and also has 86 tackles for a loss. With a struggling offensive line, Florida will have to get creative on offense and utilize quarterback Treon Harris’ legs to avoid the Alabama pass rush. Will the Gators hold up in the trenches long enough for Harris to stretch the field or for running back Kelvin Taylor to generate yards on early downs? Or will the Crimson Tide’s defense – led by lineman A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, along with linebacker Reggie Ragland – simply overwhelm and dominate this group? 

 

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2. Alabama RB Derrick Henry

Alabama running back Derrick Henry has emerged as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy after a strong second-half performance this season. The junior is a physical specimen at 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, possessing breakaway speed and the physical presence to run over or stiff arm defenders. The junior has rushed for 200 or more yards in four out of the last six games, including 271 yards in last week’s win over Auburn. Henry is also approaching 300 carries this year and posted a hefty total (46) against the Tigers last Saturday. Not only can Henry handle 30-35 carries a game, he’s tied with LSU’s Leonard Fournette with 15 rushing plays of 20 yards or more. Needless to say, Henry presents a tough challenge for Florida’s defense. The Gators rank second in the SEC by holding opponents to 111.3 rushing yards per game and have limited teams to just nine scores on the ground. However, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 183 against this defense last week. One problem for coordinator Geoff Collins in recent weeks has been injuries. Standout Jonathan Bullard has been banged up, and end Alex McCalister is not expected to play after sitting out the last two games due to injury. Will the Gators find a way to do what opposing defenses have yet to do this season – stop or find a way to slow down Henry? Additionally, this group needs to generate pressure on quarterback Jake Coker. Getting Alabama into third-and-long situations is a must for Florida’s defense.

 

3. Florida QB Treon Harris

Harris is the x-factor in this game. Since taking over the No. 1 spot on the depth chart following Will Grier’s suspension, Harris has experienced his share of ups and downs. The sophomore threw for 271 yards against LSU but completed only 8 of 17 passes for 122 yards against FAU. He also struggled in last week’s loss to Florida State, averaging 7.1 yards per completion. Harris doesn’t shoulder all of the blame for Florida’s offensive woes, as the offensive line, receiving corps and running backs could all provide more support. But for the Gators to surprise on Saturday, Harris will have to play one of the best games of his career. Limiting mistakes is his biggest priority, but the sophomore also has to create plays with his legs, connect on a few deep balls to receivers Antonio Callaway and Demarcus Robinson and avoid putting the offense into long-yardage situations. How will Harris perform against arguably the best defense in the nation? If Florida wants to pull off the upset, this sophomore has to deliver his best performance of the year.

 

Final Analysis

 

Alabama is 60 minutes away from a spot in the College Football Playoff and another SEC title under Nick Saban. It’s hard to envision the Crimson Tide stumbling here, especially against a Florida team that’s overmatched on paper. The Gators have the defense to hang around in the first half, but the offense just doesn’t have enough firepower to keep up with Alabama’s offense. Henry may not reach 200 yards against Florida’s solid front seven. However, the Crimson Tide won’t need another monster performance from their Heisman contender. Quarterback Jake Coker is efficient, Henry tops the century mark and the defense stuffs the Gators’ offense to comfortably seal the victory. The only question here should be margin of victory. Three out of the last five SEC Championship games had a winning margin of 29 points or more. Can Florida find a way to keep it close? The guess here is no. Alabama wins and builds momentum for the playoff.

 

Prediction: Alabama 34, Florida 10
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’s coaching search is ongoing, as the program looks for its replacement after Steve Spurrier retired in early October. Shawn Elliott worked as the team’s interim coach through the rest of the season, but the Gamecocks went 1-5 under his watch.

 

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Houston coach Tom Herman were believed to be targets for South Carolina. However, Smart is going to be the next coach at Georgia, while Herman is staying at Houston for 2016.

 

While it’s not a huge surprise athletic director Ray Tanner has yet to find his next coach, the jobs are filling up and the candidate pool is getting a little thin. South Carolina is a good job in the SEC East, has plenty of fan support and also in a fertile area for recruiting.

 

Who is left on the board for South Carolina to target as its next head coach? Here are some names to watch as the coaching search continues.

 

Top Coaching Candidates for South Carolina to Pursue

 

Jeff Brohm, head coach, WKU

Brohm is one of college football’s top offensive minds and is 18-7 in two seasons at WKU. The Hilltoppers average 44.2 points per game this year and claimed the Conference USA East Division title.

 

Sonny Dykes, head coach, California

Dykes is 13-23 in three years at California but is coming off his best campaign (7-5). Prior to California, Dykes worked at Louisiana Tech and compiled a 22-15 record during three years in Ruston. Although Dykes has California trending in the right direction, his name has popped up in coaching searches this offseason. The Texas native is working under a new athletic director at California, does not have a long-term extension at the school and the academic restrictions have increased.

 

Shawn Elliott, interim South Carolina coach

Elliott was promoted to interim coach after Steve Spurrier resigned in early October. Elliott went 1-5 as South Carolina’s interim coach, which included a loss to FCS opponent Citadel. He's a longshot to get the full-time position. 

 

Larry Fedora, head coach, North Carolina

Fedora has North Carolina trending up after an 11-1 regular season and an appearance in the ACC title game this Saturday against Clemson. Additionally, the Tar Heels are 32-18 under Fedora’s watch. The Texas native has experience in the SEC as an assistant at Florida from 2002-04. Is there a big enough difference in job quality between North Carolina and South Carolina for Fedora to consider a jump?

 

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State

Mullen’s name seems to pop up for a handful of jobs each offseason – that’s simply a credit to the job he’s done at Mississippi State. From 2009-15, Mullen is 54-35 with the Bulldogs, including a 10-3 mark in 2014. Mississippi State is one of the toughest jobs in the SEC, yet Mullen has guided the program to six (counting 2015) bowl trips. 

 

Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator, Auburn

Muschamp could be on the move again this offseason. The former Florida coach could be targeted by Kirby Smart at Georgia, and he’s reportedly in the mix to be South Carolina’s next coach. Muschamp went 28-21 at Florida over four years and had only one season of more than seven victories.

 

Mark Richt, former Georgia head coach

Richt’s 15-year run at Georgia ended on Sunday, but he may not be out of work for long. Richt is in the mix for the job at Miami – his alma mater – while Virginia is another potential landing spot. Richt may not be eager to jump back into the SEC after a 15-year grind within the league.

 

Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma

Riley is a rising star in the coaching ranks and was a key cog in Oklahoma’s Big 12 title this season. The Sooners averaged 45.8 points per game in Riley’s first season and ranked ninth nationally in yards per play (6.95). Prior to taking over the play-calling duties at Oklahoma, Riley worked as East Carolina’s coordinator from 2010-14 and also made a stop at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. The only downside to the 32-year-old’s resume – no head coaching experience.

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Week 14 is the final weekend of 2015 regular season. Bowl season is just around the corner, but several big matchups with playoff implications are slated for Saturday. Week 14 starts on Friday night in Detroit, as Bowling Green meets Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship. The Huskies knocked off the Falcons in this game last season, but coach Rod Carey’s team could be without starting quarterback Ryan Graham. Saturday’s slate features a handful of matchups from the Big 12 and Sun Belt, along with conference championship games in the Big Ten (Michigan State-Iowa), SEC (Florida-Alabama), American Athletic (Houston-Temple), Pac-12 (Stanford-USC), Mountain West (Air Force-San Diego State), ACC (Clemson-North Carolina) and Conference USA (WKU-Southern Miss). Clemson is in the driver’s seat to claim the No. 1 overall seed in the College Football Playoff, but coach Dabo Swinney’s team has to avoid an upset over a dangerous North Carolina squad. The Michigan State-Iowa showdown in Indianapolis is essentially an elimination game for the playoff picture. The winner is in the four-team playoff, while the loser of Saturday night’s game is out.

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 14? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 14 Predictions
 

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Bowling Green vs.

Northern Illinois

Georgia State vs.

Georgia Southern

Texas State at

Arkansas State

New Mexico State at

ULM

West Virginia at

Kansas State

Troy at 

UL Lafayette

Appalachian State at

South Alabama

Air Force at

San Diego State

Southern Miss at

WKU

Temple at

Houston

North Carolina vs.

Clemson

Stanford vs.

USC

Florida vs.

Alabama

Texas at

Baylor

Iowa vs.

Michigan State

Army vs.

Navy

(Dec. 12)

 

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LSU running back Leonard Fournette recorded one of the best individual seasons by any player in the nation this year. The sophomore recorded 1,741 rushing yards – a LSU single-season record – 18 scores in 11 games and led the nation with an average of 158.3 yards per game. Additionally, Fournette rushed for 100 yards or more in nine out of 11 contests.

 

The sophomore running back provided plenty of highlights, big plays and must-see moments in 2015. To celebrate Fournette’s huge year, LSU released a hype video showcasing some of his top moments from the regular season.

 

Check out this video showcasing Fournette’s huge year:

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The  Playoff Committee released its fifth set of top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night. Clemson remained No. 1 for the fifth straight week in a row, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3 and Iowa at No. 4. 

 

The committee will meet each week until the end of the season, releasing rankings on Tuesday night until the final reveal on Dec. 6 for the last top 25 and playoff announcements. Next week's edition will be the last release of the season and bowl announcements will be finalized on Sunday, Dec. 6.

 

While the weekly rankings are critical in gauging where teams stand in early November, it’s important to remember last year’s top 25 featured Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ohio State – the team that won it all in 2014 – ranked No. 16.

 

Needless to say, this poll will look significantly different by next Sunday.

 

College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 Rankings (Dec. 1 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson12-0
2Alabama11-1
3Oklahoma11-1
4Iowa12-0
5Michigan State11-1
6Ohio State11-1
7Stanford10-2
8Notre Dame10-2
9Florida State10-2
10North Carolina11-1
11TCU10-2
12Baylor10-2
13Ole Miss9-3
14Northwestern10-2
15Michigan9-3
16Oregon9-3
17Oklahoma State10-2
18Florida10-2
19Houston11-1
20USC8-4
21LSU8-3
22Temple10-2
23Navy9-2
24Utah9-3
25Tennessee8-4

 

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Western Michigan is headed to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in program history, and coach P.J. Fleck’s team is headed to one of the best postseason trips on the bowl slate - the Bahamas.

 

On Tuesday, the program released a video showing the excitement of the players after the bowl announcement was made, as well as Fleck’s speech to the team about its 2015 season.

 

Fleck is one of the best coaches in college football at using social media to showcase his program.

 

Here’s a look at Western Michigan’s excitement about going to the Bahamas:

 

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Mark Richt’s successful 15-year tenure at Georgia ended on Sunday, as the program chose to go in a new direction for 2016 and beyond. Richt went 145-51 during his run with the Bulldogs, which included two SEC titles and a No. 2 ranking in the final Associated Press poll in 2007.

 

While Richt won 145 games, he struggled to get Georgia over the top and compete on a consistent basis for national championships. Additionally, the Bulldogs lost at least three games in SEC play in two out of the last three seasons.

 

Considering Richt has been coaching on a yearly basis since 1985, it’s no guarantee the former Georgia coach will jump back into the mix this season. However, Richt should have no shortage of suitors. Which teams should pursue Richt?

 

Ranking the 5 Best Jobs for Former Georgia Coach Mark Richt

 

1. Miami

There’s an obvious fit here. Richt spent his college career at Miami as a backup quarterback to Jim Kelly and is a native of Boca Raton. Going home and leading your alma mater is always appealing to a head coach, and there’s less pressure at Miami than at Georgia. Richt wouldn’t necessarily lead the Hurricanes to national titles, but the program would be in better shape than it is now.

 

2. Virginia

Virginia reportedly had interest in retired. Could the Cavaliers look at Richt once again? While Virginia isn’t going to contend for national championships every year, getting this program back into bowl games on an annual basis is realistic. There’s not a ton of pressure and Richt’s demeanor would be a good fit in Charlottesville. 

 

3. LSU Offensive Coordinator

In Monday’s press conference, Richt mentioned he wanted to get back to more hands-on coaching and play-calling. Why not LSU? The Tigers are in need of a spark on this side of the ball, and coach Les Miles is under pressure to fix an offense that scored 20 or fewer points in each of LSU’s last four games.

 

4. SEC East: South Carolina or Missouri

South Carolina’s coaching search could depend on where Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart lands, and Missouri is looking for a coach to replace Gary Pinkel. Staying within the division would allow for Richt to get a little revenge against Georgia. However, it’s still the SEC and there’s no shortage of pressure at either job.

 

5. Maryland

This job has potential to improve with Big Ten money and the backing of Under Armour. However, this job is also in the same division as Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. In other words, it’s not going to be easy.

 

Bonus: NFL Assistant

If Richt isn’t ready to be a head coach again, why not take a year or two and work in the NFL as an offensive assistant? 

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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is less than three weeks away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

The bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 matchups, starting on Dec. 19 with five games. The postseason concludes on Jan. 11 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.

 

The post-Week 13 bowl projections are a mixture between predictions for Week 14, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 13 weeks of action. 

 

Note: Bold indicates team has accepted bowl bid.

 

College Football's Post-Week 13 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

 Tulsa vs. 

San Jose State* 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

New Mexico vs.

Arizona State* 

Royal Purple
Las Vegas
Dec. 19MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

 BYU vs.

Washington State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

Akron 

R+L Carriers
New Orleans
Dec. 19C-USA vs.
Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.

Southern Miss 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

WKU vs.

South Florida 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

Colorado State vs.

Bowling Green 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

 Ohio vs.

Cincinnati 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

 Boise State vs.

Toledo 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs.

Northern Illinois 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

MTSU vs.

Western Michigan 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

San Diego State vs.

Temple 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

Marshall vs.

UConn 

Hyundai SunDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

 UCLA vs.

Louisville 

Zaxby's Heart of
Dallas
Dec. 26Big 12 vs.
C-USA

Louisiana Tech vs.

Utah State* 

New Era PinstripeDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Indiana vs.

Pittsburgh 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Duke vs.

Illinois* 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

USC vs.

Nebraska 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

Navy vs.

NC State 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

Central Michigan* vs.

Minnesota 

Lockheed Martin
Armed Forces
Dec. 29MW vs.
Big Ten

Air Force vs.

Washington* 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

Oklahoma State vs.

North Carolina 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 Arizona* vs.

Nevada 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Texas A&M 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

 Auburn vs.

Memphis 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Mississippi State vs.

Virginia Tech 

Franklin American
Music City
Dec. 30ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Penn State vs.

Georgia 

National University
Holiday
Dec. 30Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Utah vs.

Wisconsin 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Northwestern vs.

Tennessee 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus
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Navy’s annual showdown against Army West Point is one of college football’s top rivalry games, and both programs have unveiled alternate uniforms for this matchup in recent years.

 

This season’s showdown on Dec. 12 appears to be no different, as Navy unveiled an awesome, hand-painted helmet for the matchup against the Black Knights. There are seven different designs for the Midshipmen - one for each position group. 

 

Needless to say, these helmets are one of the best alternate designs from any program in recent memory:

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Rutgers fired coach Kyle Flood on Sunday, ending a four-year run with the program. Flood guided the Scarlet Knights to a share of the Big East title in 2012, and an 8-5 record in its debut in the Big Ten last season. However, Flood made headlines for all of the wrong reasons this year. He was suspended three games due to an academic scandal, and the program had several off-field incidents in 2015.

 

In addition to Flood, athletic director Julie Hermann was also fired on Sunday. Patrick Hobbs is Rutgers’ new athletic director and is tasked with getting the football program back on track.

 

Who might replace Flood at Rutgers? Here are six names to watch:

 

6 Coaching Candidates to Replace Kyle Flood at Rutgers

 

Mario Cristobal, offensive line coach, Alabama

Cristobal is a former Rutgers assistant (2001-03) and is believed to be a candidate at his alma mater (Miami). The Miami native is regarded as an excellent recruiter and has head coaching experience after six seasons at FIU. Cristobal inherited a mess at FIU and guided the program to a 27-47 mark from 2007-12, which included back-to-back bowl appearances. He has worked since 2013 as Alabama's offensive line coach.

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is a former assistant at Rutgers and is regarded as an excellent recruiter. While enthusiasm and energy aren’t necessary attributes for a successful coach, Fleck has both qualities, which is something this program desperately needs after the 2015 season. After spending three years as an assistant at Northern Illinois from 2007-09, Fleck joined Greg Schiano’s staff at Rutgers from 2010-11 and later spent one year with the Buccaneers in 2012. Fleck is 16-21 at Western Michigan but has guided the program to a 15-10 record over the last two seasons.

 

Al Golden, head coach, Miami

Golden should be a name to watch for openings at Rutgers and Virginia. He’s spent most of his coaching career on the East Coast and is a New Jersey native. Golden’s tenure at Miami ended midway through the 2015 season, finishing his five-year run as the coach in Coral Gables with a 32-25 record. Miami wasn’t the best fit for Golden, and it’s notable he went 27-34 in transforming a struggling Temple program from 2007-10. Golden also has experience as an assistant from stops at Virginia (2001-05), Penn State (2000) and Boston College (1997-99).

 

Joe Moglia, head coach, Coastal Carolina

Moglia is an interesting name to watch for coaching searches at Rutgers and Syracuse. The New York native has arguably one of the most intriguing backgrounds for a coach at the FBS or FCS level. He’s a former CEO at TD Ameritrade and returned to coaching in 2009 after stepping into the business sector in 1983. Moglia spent two seasons at Nebraska as an unpaid assistant from 2009-10 and worked with the Omaha Nighthawks in 2011. He’s coached at Coastal Carolina the last four seasons, guiding the Chanticleers to a 41-13 mark in that span.

 

Joe Moorhead, head coach, Fordham

Moorhead is a rising star in the FCS coaching ranks, guiding Fordham to a 38-13 record over the last four seasons. Under Moorhead’s watch, the Rams have made three consecutive trips to the FCS playoffs and finished their 2015 season with a loss to Chattanooga on Saturday. He also has stops in his career as an assistant at Akron and worked at UConn from 2009-11.

 

Greg Schiano, former Rutgers/Tampa Bay coach

Is a reunion between Schiano and Rutgers possible? Schiano was the head coach for the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11, guiding the program to a 68-67 record. Schiano inherited a struggling program at the bottom of the Big East and led Rutgers to six bowl appearances over the last seven seasons. Schiano left for the NFL in 2012 and spent two seasons with the Buccaneers. Schiano has been out of coaching since he was fired in Tampa Bay after the 2013 season.

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Mike London’s tenure at ended on Sunday after a 27-46 record after six seasons with the Cavaliers. London’s best year with Virginia came in 2011 with an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. London never made another bowl appearance during his tenure and the Cavaliers went 9-15 over the final two seasons.

 

Virginia is a job with plenty of potential in a fertile recruiting area. However, this program has only three seasons of nine or more wins since 2002. 

 

Who might replace London at Virginia? Here are 10 names to watch:

 

10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Mike London at Virginia

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Babers could be mentioned with several coaching vacancies this offseason. He’s regarded as one of the top offensive minds in the nation and is 17-9 with back-to-back MAC East titles at Bowling Green. Prior to taking over with the Falcons, Babers went 19-7 at Eastern Illinois and has a wealth of experience as an assistant, including three seasons under Art Briles at Baylor from 2009-11.

 

Jeff Brohm, head coach, WKU

Brohm was promoted to head coach at WKU after Bobby Petrino left for Louisville after the 2013 season. Over the last two years, Brohm has emerged as a rising star in the Group of 5 coaching ranks. The Hilltoppers are 18-7 under Brohm’s direction and won the Conference USA East Division title in 2015. Brohm also has a strong background on offense and guided the Hilltoppers to an average of 44.2 points per game in 2015. He also has stops on his resume from stints at UAB, Illinois, FAU and Louisville.

 

Troy Calhoun, head coach, Air Force

Calhoun is a former Air Force quarterback and coaches at his alma mater, so it would take a lot for him to leave the Academy. However, Calhoun’s name has popped up in the rumor mill this offseason. Virginia is a potential landing spot, as Calhoun has some experience in the ACC (2001-02 at Wake Forest) and has recorded a 67-48 mark during his tenure at Air Force.

 

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P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is another coach from the MAC expected to draw plenty of interest this offseason. The former Northern Illinois receiver has been on a fast rise through the coaching ranks. After spending three years as an assistant with the Huskies from 2007-09, Fleck joined Greg Schiano’s staff at Rutgers from 2010-11 and later spent one year with the Buccaneers in 2012. Fleck is 16-21 at Western Michigan but has guided the program to a 15-10 record over the last two seasons. He’s also regarded as one of the best recruiters in the Group of 5 ranks.

 

Al Golden, head coach, Miami

Golden’s tenure at Miami ended midway through the 2015 season, finishing his five-year run as the coach in Coral Gables with a 32-25 record. Although Golden’s record isn’t terrible, he only won more than seven games just once (2013). Miami wasn’t the best fit for Golden, and it’s notable he went 27-34 in transforming a struggling Temple program from 2007-10. Golden also has experience at Virginia, working from 2001-05 as the team’s defensive coordinator under Al Groh.

 

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Mark Richt, former Georgia head coach

Richt will not return to Georgia in 2016 after a successful 15-year run at the program. The Bulldogs went 145-51 under Richt’s direction and only won fewer than eight games just one time. Would Richt be interested in taking a year off? Or is Richt content to not be a head coach again? Virginia has to at least inquire about his interest.

 

Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple

Rhule is also believed to be in the mix at Missouri, but the former Penn State linebacker has spent most of his coaching career on the East Coast. Could this job be more appealing to the Pennsylvania native? In three seasons at Temple, Rhule is 18-18 and has guided the Owls to a 16-8 record over the last two years. Additionally, Rhule guided Temple to the American Athletic Conference East Division title in 2015. Prior to taking over as Temple’s head coach, Rhule was also an assistant with the program from 2006-11.

 

Mike Sanford, offensive coordinator, Notre Dame

Sanford has moved quickly moved through the coaching ranks, starting with a stint as a graduate assistant under his father Mike at UNLV in 2005-06. He made a stop at Stanford from 2007-08 and at Yale for 2009, followed by a one-year stint at WKU in 2010. Sanford worked under David Shaw at Stanford from 2011-13 and was hired at Boise State by Bryan Harsin to coordinate the offense in 2014. The Broncos led the Mountain West with an average of 39.7 points per game last season. Sanford joined Notre Dame’s staff prior to this season and has played a key role in the development of quarterback DeShone Kizer. Sanford is considered one of the top rising stars in the assistant ranks and is believed to be a candidate at Syracuse to replace Scott Shafer.

 

Greg Schiano, former Rutgers/Tampa Bay head coach

Schiano has been out of coaching sine he was fired at the end of the 2013 season with Tampa Bay. In two seasons with the Buccaneers, Schiano went 11-21 and finished 4-12 after a promising 7-9 campaign in 2012. Prior to taking the job with Tampa Bay, Schiano transformed Rutgers from a one of the worst programs in the Big East to a consistent bowl team. The Scarlet Knights made six bowl appearances over Schiano’s last seven seasons. It’s only a matter of time before Schiano gets another opportunity to be a head coach.

 

Bobby Wilder, head coach, Old Dominion

Wilder is quietly building Old Dominion into a consistent winner in Conference USA. The Monarchs resurrected their football program in 2007 and played their first game in 2009. Wilder guided the program to a 17-5 record in its first two seasons (2009-10) and two playoff appearances from 2011-12. Old Dominion transitioned to the FBS level prior to 2013 and is 11-13 over the last two years. Wilder runs a high-powered offense and knows how to build a program from the ground level.  

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Mark Richt’s tenure at ended on Sunday after 15 years in Athens. The Bulldogs went 145-51 under Richt’s direction and finished No. 2 nationally in 2007. According to a release from the school, Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity “agreed that he would step down as head coach.” Richt will coach Georgia in its bowl game.

 

Georgia is one of the top jobs in the SEC and one of the top 10 nationally. All of the resources and recruiting advantages are in place to win at a high level. Who might replace Richt at Georgia? Here are four names to watch in the upcoming coaching search:

 

4 Coaching Candidates to Replace Mark Richt at Georgia

 

Jimbo Fisher, head coach, Florida State

Fisher was widely rumored to be LSU’s No. 1 choice to replace Les Miles if a coaching change was made in Baton Rouge. However, as several reports indicated, Fisher had no interest in leaving Tallahassee. In six seasons at Florida State, Fisher is 68-13 and guided the Seminoles to the 2013 national championship. Florida State won three consecutive ACC titles from 2012-14 and 27-1 from 2013-14. In addition to Fisher’s strong track record as the head coach in Tallahassee, he also worked at LSU as an offensive coordinator from 2000-06. If Fisher had no interest in leaving Florida State for LSU, he’s a longshot to leave for Georgia. However, the Bulldogs have to at least inquire.

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Herman is the biggest rising star in the Group of 5 coaching ranks and is expected to be pursued by several programs this offseason. In his first season at Houston, Herman guided the Cougars to an American Athletic Conference West Division title and an 11-1 record in 2015. Prior to taking over at Houston, Herman won the Broyles Award – given to the nation’s best assistant – in 2014 as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator. He called the plays for the Buckeyes from 2012-14 and was a key cog in last season’s title run after injuries forced Ohio State to turn to its third-string quarterback (Cardale Jones). Herman also has stops on his resume as an offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State.

 

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State

Mississippi State is one of the toughest jobs in the SEC, but Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to a 54-35 mark since taking over in Starkville in 2009. Mississippi State went 5-7 in Mullen’s first season (2009) but won at least eight games in four out of the last six years. The Bulldogs went 10-3 in 2014, ranked No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff standings and finished No. 11 nationally in the final Associated Press poll. To emphasize how good of a job Mullen has done at Mississippi State – this program has just three seasons of 10 wins in school history. Mullen also had a nine-win campaign in 2010.

 

Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator, Alabama

Smart is arguably the frontrunner for this job and is also believed to be in the mix for the opening at South Carolina. He’s a former Georgia player and coached at the school in 2005 as an assistant. Smart has worked for Nick Saban at Alabama since 2007 and has guided one of the nation’s top defenses. The Crimson Tide rank third nationally in scoring defense (14.3 points per game allowed) in 2015. Smart has never been a head coach at the FBS level.

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Week 13 of the  season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. 

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 13. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 13:

 

College Football Week 13 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Thanks to Henry’s standout performance on Saturday, Alabama clinched the SEC West title and earned a 29-13 victory over rival Auburn. The junior recorded 46 carries (a school record) for 271 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers. Henry has rushed for at least 200 yards in Alabama’s last three SEC games and has four 200-yard performances this season. The junior is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and will have one more opportunity to bolster his resume in Week 14 against Florida in the SEC Championship.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Ty Summers, LB, TCU

The weather was awful in Fort Worth on Friday night, but TCU’s defense made sure Baylor’s high-powered offense never got on track. The Horned Frogs limited the Bears to an average of 3.5 yards per play and only just 62 passing yards in a 28-21 double-overtime victory. Summers led the way for TCU’s defense, recording 23 tackles (1.5 for a loss) and stopped Baylor running back Devin Chafin on the game’s final play to secure the win for the Horned Frogs.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator, Washington

Washington secured the Apple Cup and bowl eligibility with a 45-10 victory over rival Washington State on Friday. The Huskies’ defense led the way, holding the Cougars to just 10 points and 4.6 yards per play – both season-low totals for Mike Leach’s offense. Additionally, Washington scored three defensive touchdowns, recorded three sacks, eight pass breakups and did not allow a play longer than 30 yards.

 

Freshman of the Week: Chris Warren III, RB, Texas

Texas fell short on Thanksgiving night in a 48-45 loss against Texas Tech, but true freshman running back Chris Warren turned in one of the top individual performances from Week 13. Warren rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns for the Longhorns, including a 91-yard score in the second quarter.

 

Offensive Unsung Hero of the Week: Brandon Wilson, DB/RB, Houston

Houston clinched the American Athletic Conference’s West Division with a 52-31 victory over Navy on Friday. Quarterback Greg Ward was outstanding in the win (308 passing yards and three touchdowns and 83 rushing yards), but the Cougars had an unsung hero in the form of Wilson. With starting running back Kenneth Farrow out due to injury, Wilson moved from cornerback to running back and ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Defensive Unsung Hero of the Week: DeMarcus Walker, DL, Florida State

Florida State’s defense dominated in Saturday night’s win over Florida. The Seminoles held the Gators to 262 total yards, generated four sacks and allowed only two drives longer than 50 yards. Walker was the catalyst for the standout performance by Florida State’s defensive front, as he recorded eight tackles (2.5 for a loss), 1.5 sacks and blocked a field goal in the second half. 

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of . Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 13

 

4: 200-Yard Rushing Performances by Alabama RB Derrick Henry in 2015

Alabama running back Derrick Henry added to his commanding lead in the Heisman race with a huge performance in Saturday’s 29-13 win over Auburn. A heavy workload (46 carries) was no problem for the junior, as he gashed the Tigers for 271 yards and one touchdown. Henry has rushed for at least 204 yards in each of Alabama’s last three SEC games and has four 200-yard games this year. The four 200-yard games tied Georgia’s Herschel Walker and Auburn’s Bo Jackson for the most in a season in SEC history.

 

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4-0: Urban Meyer’s Record as Ohio State’s Head Coach Against Michigan

A week after losing to Michigan State in disappointing fashion, Ohio State took some of its frustration out on rival Michigan. The Buckeyes won 42-13 over the Wolverines on Saturday, improving coach Urban Meyer’s record to 4-0 against Michigan as the team’s head coach. In addition to Meyer’s 4-0 record against the Wolverines, the 29-point margin of victory is the third-largest total for Ohio State in Ann Arbor.

 

12-0: Clemson and Iowa Reach 12-0 After Wins in Week 13

Clemson and Iowa are the only remaining unbeaten teams in college football going into the final week of the regular season. With a 37-32 victory over South Carolina on Saturday, the Tigers improved to 12-0 and tied the school record for most wins in a season. For the Hawkeyes, Friday’s win over Nebraska moved coach Kirk Ferentz’s team to 12-0 for the first time in school history. The 12 wins are also the most in school history for Iowa.

 

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37: Starters Used by Notre Dame in 2015

It’s no secret Notre Dame has been hit hard by injuries this year. Starting quarterback Malik Zaire, running back Tarean Folston, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive tackle Jarron Jones are just a few of the players lost due to injury for the Fighting Irish this season. According to Notre Dame’s postgame notes following Saturday night’s loss at Stanford, coach Brian Kelly’s team has used 37 different starters this season. Considering how many starters this team has used, along with the loss of several key players due to injury, Brian Kelly should be in the mix for coach of the year honors after guiding this team to a 10-2 regular season.

 

23: Virginia Tech’s Bowl Streak Extends to 23 After Win Over Virginia

Virginia Tech’s 23-20 win over rival Virginia ensured long-time coach Frank Beamer would have one more game with the Hokies. Beamer announced his retirement in early November and entered Saturday’s game needing a win over the Cavaliers to extend a streak of 22 consecutive bowl appearances. The Hokies did just that, using a late field goal to take a 23-20 edge with less than two minutes remaining, followed by a defensive stand on Virginia’s final offensive drive to earn their sixth victory. The last time Virginia Tech did not play in a postseason game was in 1992.

 

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4,000+/40+: WKU QB Brandon Doughty Again Throws for 4,000+ Yards and 40+ TDs

WKU’s Brandon Doughty is one of the nation’s most prolific quarterbacks, and the senior made history in Friday’s win over Marshall. In addition to helping the Hilltoppers clinch the Conference USA East Division title, Doughty threw for 370 yards and five passing touchdowns. The 370 passing yards pushed Doughty to 4,184 for the season, while the five touchdown tosses elevated his season total to 42. Doughty is just the third quarterback in FBS history to post consecutive seasons of at least 4,000 passing yards and 40 passing scores.

 

62: Baylor’s Passing Yardage Against TCU

Baylor’s late-November matchup at TCU was pegged as one of the best games of the college football season in August. However, due to injuries and losses by both teams, this matchup lost some of its appeal. And thanks to awful weather conditions, the offensive shootout most expected turned into a defensive struggle. Neither team had much success throwing the ball, as TCU ended with 148 yards on 18 completions and Baylor finished with 62 yards on seven completions. The 62 passing yards by Baylor was easily the lowest total under coach Art Briles and the fewest in a game since 2002 against New Mexico.

 

11-1: Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher’s Record Against Miami and Florida

Winning rivalry games is essential for the long-term outlook at a program for any coach. That’s especially true in the state of Florida with the bragging rights between the big three programs – Miami, Florida State and Florida – along with the recruiting trail battles. Since taking over Florida State in 2010, Jimbo Fisher has guided the Seminoles to an 11-1 mark against Miami and Florida. Additionally, Saturday night’s win over the Gators gave Florida State its fourth consecutive season of at least 10 wins.

 

7: TDs Thrown by Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the First Half Against SMU

Memphis finished a solid 9-3 season with an easy 63-0 win over SMU on Saturday. The Tigers scored 56 of those 63 points in the first half, as quarterback Paxton Lynch threw seven touchdown passes in the first two quarters. Lynch’s seven touchdown tosses tied a FBS record for the most in a half. The junior ended the day with just nine completions on 14 attempts for 222 yards and seven scores.

 

2: Teams That Finished 2015 Without a Win

It’s going to be a long offseason at UCF and Kansas. The Knights and Jayhawks finished 2015 with a zero in the win column and an 0-12 mark overall. Both programs are in the midst of change, as David Beaty completed his first season at Kansas in 2015, and UCF is looking for a new coach after George O’Leary retired during the season.  

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Week 13 of the  season is officially in the books. With the playoff and bowl picture coming into focus, there were no shortage of critical games or must-see matchups on Saturday. And the weekend slate produced its share of crazy moments, wild finishes and big plays.  

 

Miss anything from Week 13? Here are 25 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

25 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 13 Games

 

1. Speculation about Les Miles' future dominates the LSU-Texas A&M game. Fans and players show support for Miles before and after game:

LSU players carry Miles off the field:

 

2. But after the game, LSU announces Les Miles will return in 2016: 

3. Stanford kicks last-second field goal to end Notre Dame's playoff hopes in one of the best games of the season:

 

4. Defensive end Joey Bosa dominates in Ohio State's win over Michigan:

Ohio State fans welcomed Jim Harbaugh back to Ann Arbor and the Buckeyes-Wolverines rivalry:

 

5. Preferred celebration of coaches from Week 13? The dab:

 

6. Virginia Tech gets bowl eligible in coach Frank Beamer's final regular season game:

 

7. After struggling last week, Ohio State's offense showed signs of life against Michigan:

 

8. Alabama clinches SEC West thanks to a huge performance from Derrick Henry:

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott pokes fun at his comments last week after seeing Henry's stat line:

Some quality trolling by offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin after the win:

 

9. The many angry faces of Will Muschamp returned in Auburn's loss to Alabama:

 

10. Auburn scored on this insane touchdown in Saturday's loss to Alabama:

 

11. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson states his Heisman case against South Carolina:

 

12. Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman destroys TCU's punter: However, Oakman's big hit wasn't enough, as TCU stopped Baylor on fourth down in the second overtime to win:

 

13. Southern Miss receiver Michael Thomas made this insane one-handed touchdown catch:

14. Michigan State center Jack Allen takes the handoff like a running back and scores:

15. Houston uses big plays by QB Greg Ward and WR Demarcus Ayers to beat Navy:

 

16. Michigan State receiver Aaron Burbridge spins his way for a touchdown against Penn State:

 

17. Florida State knocks off Florida in the Swamp, takes a jab at Gators' fan Marco Rubio:

 

18. This huge hit in Oklahoma-Oklahoma State resulted in paint flying off the helmets:

 

19. Texas Tech uses the hidden player trick to score touchdown against Texas:

 

20. Iowa finishes perfect 12-0 regular season with road win at Nebraska: Nebraska fans did manage to get this jab in at the Hawkeyes:

 

21. Syracuse coach Scott Shafer (fired this week) carried off field after win Boston College:

 

22. Kansas' mascot sums up the team's 0-12 season:

 

23. This UCF fan summed up the 2015 season (0-12) for the Knights:

24. This referee in the Alabama-Auburn game found a slick spot on the sidelines:

 

25. Two of Week 13's best catches came from Idaho in the win over Texas State:

 

One bonus moment: Jared Goff's last game at California? If so, the junior quarterback made an incredible play to avoid Arizona State's pass rush and help setup the game-winning field goal with this pass:

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and are still alive for a spot in ’s four-team playoff, but Saturday night’s matchup on The Farm is essentially an elimination game with two weeks left in the regular season.

 

The Fighting Irish fell from No. 4 to No. 6 in the latest release of the committee rankings after struggling against Boston College last Saturday. Coach Brian Kelly’s team has to win (and probably win impressively) to move up next week, but Notre Dame might need an upset loss by Michigan State or Iowa, Oklahoma, Clemson or Alabama just to get into the top four. Stanford’s playoff hopes require a lot of chaos and lengthy explanation. However, none of that matters if the Cardinal lose on Saturday night.

 

Notre Dame owns a 19-10 series edge over Stanford. The home team has won the last four games in this series and the last three matchups were decided by a touchdown or less.

 

Notre Dame at Stanford

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Spread: Stanford -3.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Stopping Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey

Stanford’s offensive line is one of the best in the nation and will challenge a Notre Dame defense allowing 168 rushing yards per game this year. McCaffrey is one of the leading candidates to win the Heisman, and the sophomore ranks first nationally with an average of 255.2 all-purpose yards per game. No defense has managed to hold McCaffrey under 100 yards over the last nine contests, and the sophomore is coming off a 192-yard effort against California. Stopping Stanford’s offense starts with winning the battle up front and limiting the big plays by McCaffrey. The Fighting Irish aren’t hurting for talent in the trenches, but this unit has struggled to stop the run at times. Boston College recorded 214 yards on the ground last week, while Pittsburgh posted 175 and 150 for USC. Notre Dame’s rush defense totals are skewed due to playing two option teams – Georgia Tech and Navy – but opportunities will be there for McCaffrey. Can defensive lineman Sheldon Day and linebacker Jaylon Smith find a way to slow down the Stanford ground attack? Getting Stanford into obvious, third-and-long passing situations is critical for the Fighting Irish.   

 

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2. Notre Dame’s Rushing Attack

Despite losing starter Tarean Folston to a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Texas, Notre Dame’s ground attack ranks 29th nationally at 207.5 yards per game. C.J. Prosise is a big reason why this offense hasn’t missed a beat, recording 1,029 yards and 11 scores so far this year. However, Prosise’s status is in question due to a high ankle sprain suffered against Boston College. Assuming Prosise can’t go, freshman Josh Adams will get the start – and the bulk of the carries – on Saturday. Adams has rushed for 592 yards and four touchdowns on 84 attempts this season. Stanford’s defense isn’t as dominant up front as it was last season, but this unit is still holding opponents to 4.1 yards per carry. Will Adams pickup where Prosise left off and help reduce the pressure on quarterback DeShone Kizer? Or will Notre Dame’s offense struggle to replace its leading rusher?

 

3. The Quarterbacks

Stanford’s Kevin Hogan and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer aren’t that far apart in terms of skill sets or statistics this season, but there’s one area where Hogan has a significant advantage – experience. The senior enters Saturday night’s game at 33-10 as Stanford’s starter, while Kizer is 8-1 after taking over following Malik Zaire’s season-ending injury against Virginia. Hogan feeds off McCaffrey’s play on the ground, opening up plays downfield on play-action attempts. Kizer may have to carry more of the offensive workload for Notre Dame with Prosise unlikely to play due to an ankle injury. Considering both quarterbacks do a good job of limiting mistakes, one or two bad throws could be costly. Kizer should be able to make plays downfield to receiver Will Fuller against Stanford’s young cornerbacks, but Hogan will also test a Notre Dame secondary missing starter KeiVarae Russell due to injury.

 

Final Analysis

 

As mentioned in the opening, this is an elimination game for the College Football Playoff. The loser is out, and the winner keep its slim playoff hopes alive for another week. Notre Dame has managed to overcome injuries all year. However, the task got a little tougher this week, as cornerback KeiVarae Russell was likely lost for the remainder of the year, and running back C.J. Prosise is not expected to play on Saturday night. This matchup should be a good battle in the trenches, and Notre Dame’s hopes of winning on the road are likely going to rest on stopping McCaffrey. In his last home game, Hogan delivers in the fourth quarter to edge the Fighting Irish in one of the weekend’s must-see games.

 

Prediction: Stanford 27, Notre Dame 24
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The annual matchup between and is easily one of ’s top rivalries, and there’s an added layer of intrigue for 2015 with the arrival of Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. The former Michigan quarterback has brought immediate improvement, guiding the Wolverines to a 9-2 record in his first season and pushing the program back into the national conversation. There’s plenty at stake for Harbaugh and Ohio State in this one, as the winner of Saturday’s matchup has a chance to win the Big Ten title if Michigan State loses to Penn State.

 

For the first time since Week 2 of the 2014 college football season, Ohio State is preparing for a game after a loss the prior Saturday. The Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak came to an abrupt end last week, as Michigan State won a 17-14 slugfest in Columbus. The defeat turned Ohio State from one of the favorites to win the College Football Playoff into a team just fighting to get back in the conversation to be in the top four. Needless to say, the Buckeyes need a lot of help to get into the playoff mix.

 

Michigan holds a 58-46-6 series edge over Ohio State. However, the Buckeyes have won 10 out of the last 11 games in this rivalry.

 

Ohio State at Michigan

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 28 at Noon ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Michigan -1

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Ohio State’s Offense

How will the Buckeyes respond from the worst statistical performance under coach Urban Meyer? Ohio State managed only 132 yards on 45 plays (2.9 yards per play) in last week’s loss to Michigan State. Additionally, the Buckeyes recorded just five first downs, 86 rushing yards and never had a play go longer than 16 yards. Several areas need attention for Meyer’s offense, and it’s tough to make drastic changes in just a week. Meyer mentioned in press availability that he would take on a bigger role in the play-calling going forward. Can the Buckeyes get this offense back on track and generate a few big passing plays against a standout Michigan secondary in a must-win situation to keep playoff hopes alive?

 

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2. The Battle at the Line of Scrimmage

It’s an old cliché, but winning games starts in the trenches. Last week, Ohio State was dominated at the point of attack, as running back Ezekiel Elliott was limited to just 33 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback J.T. Barrett also failed to make an impact on rushes, recording only 44 yards on 15 attempts. Can Michigan contain Elliott and Barrett and disrupt the timing of the passing game? On paper, the Wolverines should have a good chance to match what Michigan State was able to do. Michigan leads the Big Ten in rush defense and held Penn State to just 70 yards on the ground after allowing 307 yards to Indiana on Nov. 14. On the other side of the battle, can the Wolverines generate a push against an Ohio State defensive front limiting opponents to 3.4 yards per carry? Michigan has been held to 150 or fewer yards on the ground in each of its last five games. This unit will also be under pressure against an aggressive Ohio State pass rush, which includes standout Joey Bosa (15 TFL) and tackle Adolphus Washington. After Michigan State dominated Ohio State in the trenches last week, will the Buckeyes respond with a better effort up front? Or will Michigan’s lines of scrimmage control the point of attack?

 

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3. Michigan QB Jake Rudock

Michigan’s offense has improved its scoring average by 11 points from last season. Harbaugh’s return has played a huge role in the improvement, but Rudock is quietly putting together a solid year and appeared more comfortable within the offense as the season progressed. The Iowa transfer tossed six touchdown passes in the 48-41 win over Indiana and threw for 256 yards and two scores against Penn State last week. The senior also has three reliable targets in receivers Amara Darboh (52 catches) and Jehu Chesson (14.5 ypc) and tight end Jake Butt (43 catches). The Buckeyes are stingy against the pass, limiting opponents to a completion percentage of 49.1 and surrendering only 11 scores all season. Rudock has a chance to cement a place in Michigan history with a win over Ohio State this Saturday. With the Wolverines dealing with an up-and-down ground attack, there’s a lot of pressure on Rudock’s shoulders to deliver this week.

 

Final Analysis

 

This is a tough matchup to get a read on this Saturday. Ohio State’s offense can’t be as bad as it played last week, right? The Buckeyes have to do a better job of committing to the ground attack and clearing rushing lanes for Ezekiel Elliott. Additionally, Meyer and his offensive staff have to be willing to take chances downfield. That’s a tough matchup against a Michigan secondary limiting opponents to just six passing scores all year. However, Ohio State’s offense has to be willing to be more aggressive than it was last week. The intensity of this rivalry is only going to increase with Harbaugh back in Ann Arbor. And there’s no question motivation is on Michigan’s side after losing three in a row in this series. However, the guess here is Ohio State’s offense shows sign of life, while the defense makes just enough stops in the second half to leave Ann Arbor with a win.

 

Prediction: Ohio State 24, Michigan 20
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’s late November road trip at was supposed to be one of the biggest matchups in this preseason. Fast forward to November and the Friday night showdown in Fort Worth is still a big game, but this matchup has lost some of its appeal with TCU losing two out of its last three games and Baylor just outside of the playoff picture. The Bears still have Big 12 title hopes but need a win on Friday and a loss by Oklahoma on Saturday night against Oklahoma State.

 

Injuries – including ones to starting quarterbacks Trevone Boykin (TCU) and Seth Russell (Baylor) – have hit both teams hard this season. Boykin was sidelined for most of the win against Kansas and missed last week’s game against Oklahoma due to an ankle injury. Boykin’s ankle problem is just the beginning of TCU’s injury report. Receiver Josh Doctson is sidelined for the rest of the year, while two key members of the offensive line – center Joey Hunt and guard Jamelle Naff – are also sidelined. Hunt could return in a bowl game, but Naff is out for the rest of the year. The Horned Frogs’ defense has also suffered through some key injuries, as well as a turnover on the depth chart after returning five starters from last year’s group. Baylor’s injury report isn’t as extensive as TCU’s this season, but the Bears have lost some key players in November. Starting quarterback Seth Russell suffered a season-ending neck injury on Oct. 24, and top backup Jarrett Stidham is likely out for Friday night’s game with a leg injury. Additionally, running back Shock Linwood and key defenders Beau Blackshear (DT), Byron Bonds (DT) and Orion Stewart (starting safety) are questionable.

 

Baylor holds a 52-51-7 all-time series edge over TCU. The Bears are 3-2 against the Horned Frogs under coach Art Briles, including a thrilling 61-58 victory last season.

 

Baylor at TCU

 

Kickoff: Friday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Baylor -1.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. The Quarterbacks

As mentioned above, both teams have been hit hard by injuries at the quarterback position. Who will get the nod for both teams under center on Friday night? TCU's Trevone Boykin is practicing this week and could be ready to go against the Bears. Boykin’s ankle may not be at full strength, but he’s still the team’s best option if he can start (and throw effectively) with limited mobility. If Boykin can’t go, Bram Kohlhausen is expected to get the nod over Foster Sawyer. Kohlhausen completed 5 of 11 passes for 122 yards and two scores in relief of Sawyer last week against Oklahoma. For Baylor, all indications point to Chris Johnson making his first career start at quarterback. Freshman Jarrett Stidham is dealing with an ankle/leg injury and is out indefinitely. Johnson came to Baylor as a quarterback but converted to receiver in the offseason. The sophomore is more of a dual-threat option than Stidham or Seth Russell and played well in limited snaps against Oklahoma State (5 for 10 for 138 yards and two scores and 42 rushing yards and one touchdown on six attempts). How will Johnson handle the pressure of his first start in a difficult environment? How far along is Boykin in his recovery from an ankle injury? 

 

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2. Stopping the Run and Big-Play Threats at Receiver

Although both teams have explosive passing attacks, the ground attack is still a key cog in the offensive gameplan. Baylor leads the Big 12 with an average of 293.4 rushing yards per game, while TCU ranks fourth at 224.7 per contest. With Chris Johnson expected to start for Baylor, along with Boykin’s ankle injury, the performance of the supporting cast will be even more critical for both offenses. The Bears could be without starter Shock Linwood due to a knee and ankle injury, but there’s depth in the form of Johnny Jefferson (461 yards) and Devin Chafin (265 yards and six scores). As evidenced by his 42 yards last week, Johnson is also a threat to run. Aaron Green (1,100 yards and 10 scores) leads the way for TCU’s ground attack, but Boykin (596 yards) and Trevorris Johnson (6.2 ypc) also chip in. Even though the Horned Frogs won’t have Josh Doctson, there’s still plenty of weapons for Boykin. Kolby Listenbee (21.2 ypc and five scores), KaVontae Turpin and Shaun Nixon are three big-play threats in the passing attack. Baylor counters with the nation’s best receiving corps, including Corey Coleman (19.8 ypc and 20 scores) and KD Cannon (19.85 ypc). The bottom line about the skill talent for both teams is pretty simple. With the injuries at quarterback, there’s extra emphasis on the supporting cast to step up. Which one of the skill players will deliver on Friday night?

 

3. Limiting the Big Plays Allowed on Defense

Baylor or TCU’s defense won’t be considered elite this season, but both teams are holding opponents to 5.5 yards per play. That’s not bad. While both defenses are going to give up their share of yards, the Bears and Horned Frogs want to put the clamps on opposing offenses in the red zone, on third downs and create havoc plays. TCU leads the Big 12 in third-down defense, while Baylor ranks third. The Bears have struggled in the red zone on defense (ninth in the Big 12), but the Horned Frogs are third in the conference. While those totals are critical, keep an eye on the big plays allowed by both defenses. Baylor has allowed 27 plays of 30 yards or more and TCU has surrendered 31. Which defense will limit the big plays allowed and force the opposing offense to drive the length of the field?

 

Final Analysis

 

This matchup lost some of its appeal due to injuries and losses by both teams, but there’s still plenty at stake in this rivalry. Baylor can keep its Big 12 title and playoff hopes alive with a win, while TCU can improve its postseason destination by defeating the Bears. Revenge should be on the Horned Frogs’ mind after last year’s loss in Waco. However, with all of the injuries TCU has suffered this season, and potentially Boykin at less than full strength, Baylor is a slight favorite by the Vegas odds. While Chris Johnson is making his first career start, Briles and his staff have a strong track record of developing quarterbacks and there’s a strong supporting cast in place. This one is a coin flip, but Baylor's offense makes one big play in the fourth quarter to keep the Bears' playoff and Big 12 title hopes alive.

 

Prediction: Baylor 38, TCU 34
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Bragging rights in the Sunshine State and positioning for some of ’s top bowl games will be up for grabs on Saturday night, as hosts in Gainesville. This rivalry has been dominated by the Seminoles recently, as coach Jimbo Fisher has won four out of his five matchups against the Gators. But Florida has a chance to stem the momentum within this series, as new coach Jim McElwain has guided the program to a 10-1 record in his first season.

 

Even though the fate of both teams in terms of conference championships has already been determined, there’s still plenty at stake in this rivalry. The Gators have clinched the SEC East title and will play in Atlanta next week. However, a win against Florida State would bolster Florida’s resume and help position McElwain’s team for a shot at the Sugar Bowl – assuming it loses in the SEC Championship. The Seminoles are also fighting for a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl, and a win over the Gators would move Fisher’s team one step closer to a spot among the top 10-12 teams and in discussion for a berth in the Chick-fil-A Peach or Fiesta Bowl.

 

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Florida leads the all-time series against Florida State 34-23-2. The Seminoles have won two in a row in Gainesville.

 

Florida State at Florida

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Florida State -2

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Florida’s Defensive Line Against Florida State’s Rushing Attack

Florida’s rushing defense has been stingy this season, limiting opponents to just 108.3 yards per game. Only two opponents – LSU and Tennessee – managed more than 145 yards on the ground against this defense, and the Gators have allowed just one rushing score in their last four games. But this defensive line is banged up entering Saturday night’s matchup against the Seminoles. Coach Jim McElwain could be playing mind games with his injury report, but it’s notable the first-year coach mentioned standouts Jonathan Bullard and Alex McCalister as unlikely to play. Is that correct or is the first-year coach exaggerating the injury report? Additionally, Jordan Sherit, Joey Ivie and Taven Bryan are also dealing with ailments that could sideline them for this matchup. Even if all of those players are sidelined, Florida’s defensive line still has plenty of talent to make life difficult for Florida State’s ground attack, which is led by Dalvin Cook. The sophomore ranks third nationally by averaging 147.5 rushing yards per game and has recorded at least 106 yards in five out of the last six games. Can Florida State’s offensive line win the battle at the point of attack? Or will Florida’s defensive line – with or without their injured stars – contain Cook and force quarterback Sean Maguire to win this one through the air?

 

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2. The Quarterbacks

Both teams enter Saturday night’s matchup with their preseason No. 2 quarterback now running the show on offense. For Florida State, Sean Maguire replaced Everett Golson after the loss at Georgia Tech and has started three out of the last four games. Golson helped the Seminoles start 6-0, but Maguire brings a stronger arm and more of a big-play element to the passing attack. The junior has tossed only two picks on 117 attempts and has completed at least 64 percent of his passes in three out of the last four games. This matchup against Florida will be Maguire’s toughest since the road matchup at Clemson. Florida’s defensive line is one of the best in the nation, and the secondary is headlined by All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. For the Gators, Treon Harris was inserted into the starting lineup after Will Grier was lost for the season due to a suspension. Since taking over the starting job, Harris has passed for six touchdowns and tossed four interceptions. He’s also capable of making plays on the ground, recording 198 yards on 62 carries this season. In a matchup with little margin for error on either side, both quarterbacks have to maximize their opportunities and limit any turnovers or mistakes.

 

3. Florida’s Offensive Line

Florida’s offensive line entered the season as one of – if not the No. 1 - biggest concern for McElwain. This unit returned only one starter and has experienced its share of ups and downs in 2015. The Gators have allowed 33 sacks through 11 games and are generating just 3.6 yards per carry. In last week’s overtime win over FAU, Florida managed only 130 rushing yards on 44 attempts. Additionally, three starters – Martez Ivey and David Sharpe, along with center Cam Dillard – are dealing with injuries. That’s not ideal with Florida State’s defensive line up next. The Seminoles’ defensive front has benefited from the addition of former Florida assistant Brad Lawing to coach defensive ends. Florida State is allowing 143.1 rushing yards per game but has surrendered only seven scores on the ground. This group also has 25 sacks, which is eight more than it had all of last season. Will this group hold up to give Harris enough time to throw and to open rushing lanes for running back Kelvin Taylor?

 

Final Analysis

 

Points will be at a premium on Saturday night. Florida State has more weapons on offense but is averaging only 16.8 points per game in road matchups this season. The Gators need a mistake-free game from quarterback Treon Harris, while the offensive line will be under heavy pressure from an aggressive and athletic Florida State defensive line. In a tight game, turnover margin will be critical to watch. Florida has an edge over the Seminoles in that department, sporting a healthy +10 margin to a plus-four mark for Fisher’s team. In a tight game, field goals and generating big plays could decide who wins on Saturday night. Florida State has the edge on field goals with kicker Roberto Aguayo, as well as the top skill player in this game (Dalvin Cook). It won’t be pretty, but the Seminoles pick up their fifth win in six years over the Gators.

 

Prediction: Florida State 20, Florida 17 
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The  Playoff Committee released its fourth set of top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night. Clemson remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week in a row, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3 and Iowa at No. 4. 

 

The committee will meet each week until the end of the season, releasing rankings on Tuesday night until the final reveal on Dec. 6 for the last top 25 and playoff announcements.

 

While the weekly rankings are critical in gauging where teams stand in early November, it’s important to remember last year’s top 25 featured Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ohio State – the team that won it all in 2014 – ranked No. 16.

 

Needless to say, this poll will look significantly different in early December.

 

College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 Rankings (Nov. 24 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson11-0
2Alabama10-1
3Oklahoma10-1
4Iowa11-0
5Michigan State10-1
6Notre Dame10-1
7Baylor9-1
8Ohio State10-1
9Stanford9-2
10Michigan9-2
11Oklahoma State10-1
12Florida10-1
13Florida State9-2
14North Carolina10-1
15Navy9-1
16Northwestern9-2
17Oregon8-3
18Ole Miss8-3
19TCU9-2
20Washington State8-3
21Mississippi State8-3
22UCLA8-3
23Utah8-3
24Toledo9-1
25Temple9-2

 

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Week 13 of the 2015 season is the last full weekend of action. Next week is an abbreviated schedule with championship games, and a handful of teams with losing records and no bowl possibilities will finish their season during this week’s slate of games. The Week 13 action kicks off on Tuesday night with two games, including Northern Illinois with an opportunity to clinch the MAC West with a win over Ohio. USF-UCF and Texas Tech-Texas round out the Thanksgiving night schedule, while Friday is a full slate, including Navy at Houston, Missouri at Arkansas, Washington State at Washington, Iowa at Nebraska and Baylor traveling to TCU. The weekend slate concludes on Saturday with plenty of rivalry games, as well as a critical game for playoff positioning in Notre Dame visiting Stanford. Some of the weekend’s other top games include Florida State at Florida, Michigan hosting Ohio State and Oklahoma meeting rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater. 

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 13? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 13 Predictions
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

David

Fox

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

Bowling Green at

Ball State

Ohio at 

Northern Illinois

Texas Tech at

Texas

USF at

UCF

Navy at

Houston

Kent State at 

Akron

UMass at

Buffalo

Eastern Michigan at

Central Michigan

Western Michigan at

Toledo

Troy at 

Georgia State

Miami at

Pittsburgh

Marshall at

WKU

Iowa at 

Nebraska

Tulsa at

Tulane

Missouri at

Arkansas

Washington State at

Washington

Oregon State at

Oregon

Boise State at

San Jose State

Baylor at

TCU

Northwestern vs.

Illinois

Cincinnati at

East Carolina

SMU at

Memphis

UConn at

Temple

UL Lafayette at

Appalachian State

Air Force at

New Mexico

Nevada at

San Diego State

Georgia at

Georgia Tech

Florida State at 

Florida

Louisville at

Kentucky

Ohio State at

Michigan

Penn State at

Michigan State

North Carolina at

NC State

Indiana at

Purdue

Maryland at

Rutgers

Clemson at

South Carolina

Boston College at

Syracuse

Vanderbilt at 

Tennessee

Virginia Tech at

Virginia

Duke at

Wake Forest

Iowa State at

West Virginia

FAU at

Old Dominion

Alabama at

Auburn

Kansas State at 

Kansas

Texas A&M at

LSU

Wisconsin at

Minnesota

Ole Miss at

Mississippi State

Southern Miss at

Louisiana Tech

UTEP at

North Texas

Oklahoma at

Oklahoma State

Colorado at

Utah

South Alabama at

Georgia Southern

UNLV at

Wyoming

MTSU at 

UTSA

Arizona State at

California

Notre Dame at

Stanford

UCLA at

USC

Arkansas State at

NMSU

Charlotte at

Rice

BYU at

Utah State

Texas State at

Idaho

Colorado State at

Fresno State

ULM at

Hawaii

 

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coach Scott Shafer was fired on Monday, ending a three-year run at the school. Shafer will coach the final game for the Orange on Saturday against Boston College. In three years at Syracuse, Shafer went 13-23 and 6-17 within the ACC.

 

Shafer was promoted to head coach after Doug Marrone left Syracuse to coach the Buffalo Bills after the 2012 season. After a 7-6 record last year, the Orange went 3-9 in Shafer’s second season and are 3-8 with one game remaining in 2015.

 

Who might replace Shafer at Syracuse? Here are 10 names to watch:

 

10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Scott Shafer at Syracuse

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Babers’ name is going to be mentioned in connection with several jobs this offseason, so if he’s the coach athletic director Mark Coyle wants, Syracuse will have to pay and compete with some bigger schools. However, Babers fits the profile of what has been mentioned with this job. He runs an exciting offense – averaging 43.8 points per game – and also has FBS head coach experience. After two successful years at Eastern Illinois (19-7), Babers is 16-9 with two MAC East titles at Bowling Green. Babers is a former assistant under Art Briles at Baylor.

 

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Randy Edsall, former Maryland head coach

Everything suggests new athletic director Mark Coyle is looking for a fresh start and someone with a track record on offense. However, Edsall is a name to watch, as he’s a former Syracuse player and coached at the school from 1980-90. He also spent time as an assistant at Boston College and Georgia Tech before taking over at UConn in 1999. Edsall went 74-70 with the Huskies, including an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl in 2010. Edsall’s five-year tenure at Maryland did not go well, as he was dismissed after a 22-33 record. 

 

Scott Frost, offensive coordinator, Oregon

Frost is regarded as a rising star in the assistant ranks and is one of the top offensive coordinators in the Pac-12. The former Nebraska quarterback started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for two Big 12 programs (Kansas State and Nebraska), followed by a two-year stint at Northern Iowa. He was hired by Chip Kelly in Eugene in 2009 and was promoted to offensive coordinator after Kelly left for the Eagles. Under Frost’s direction, Oregon led the Pac-12 in scoring offense in 2014 and ranks first after 11 games in 2015.

 

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Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State

Lembo’s stock has dipped over the last two seasons, as Ball State is just 8-15 since the start of 2014. However, there’s a strong track record for Lembo. He went 44-14 at Lehigh with two playoff appearances, followed by a 35-22 stint at Elon from 2006-10. Lembo is 33-28 at Ball State and guided the program to back-to-back bowl appearances from 2012-13. 

 

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars assistant

Would Marrone be interested in a second stint at Syracuse? Or is the better question whether or not the program would be interested in having him back in 2016? The former Syracuse player coached the Orange from 2009-12, engineering a turnaround in four seasons. Marrone went 25-25 at Syracuse, which included two bowl appearances and two eight-win seasons. Marrone left after the 2012 campaign to coach the Bills and went 15-17 in two seasons. He’s currently an assistant with the Jaguars.

 

Joe Moglia, head coach, Coastal Carolina

Moglia is one of the most interesting coaches to pop up in coaching searches in recent seasons. He’s a former CEO at TD Ameritrade and returned to coaching in 2009 after stepping into the business sector in 1983. Moglia spent two seasons at Nebraska as an unpaid assistant from 2009-10 and worked with the Omaha Nighthawks in 2011. He’s coached at Coastal Carolina the last four seasons, guiding the Chanticleers to a 41-12 mark in that span.

 

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Joe Moorhead, head coach, Fordham

Moorhead is a rising star in the FCS coaching ranks, guiding Fordham to a 38-12 record over the last four seasons. Under Moorhead’s watch, the Rams have made three consecutive trips to the FCS playoffs. He also has stops in his career as an assistant at Akron and worked at UConn from 2009-11.

 

Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma

Riley is one of the rising stars in the FBS coordinator ranks and runs an exciting, up-tempo spread offense. The Texas native started his coaching career under Mike Leach at Texas Tech and was hired at East Carolina under Ruffin McNeill to coordinate the Pirates’ attack in 2010. Riley was hired by Bob Stoops at Oklahoma prior to 2015 and has brought significant improvement to the offense. The Sooners rank third nationally with an average of 44.6 points per game this season. Riley does not have any FBS head coaching experience.

 

Mike Sanford, offensive coordinator, Notre Dame

Sanford has ties to Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle, as both worked at Boise State in 2014. The former Boise State quarterback has quickly moved through the coaching ranks, starting with a stint as a graduate assistant under his father Mike at UNLV in 2005-06. He made a stop at Stanford from 2007-08 and at Yale for 2009, followed by a one-year stint at WKU in 2010. Sanford worked under David Shaw at Stanford from 2011-13 and was hired at Boise State by Bryan Harsin to coordinate the offense in 2014. The Broncos led the Mountain West with an average of 39.7 points per game last season. Sanford joined Notre Dame’s staff prior to this season and has played a key role in the development of quarterback DeShone Kizer.

 

Dave Warner, co-offensive coordinator, Michigan State

Warner is a former Syracuse quarterback (1979-81) and coached with the Orange as an assistant from 1982-83. In addition to his ties to the program, Warner has developed a solid reputation during his career as an assistant. Warner has made stops at Kent State, Kansas, Wyoming, Connecticut, Houston, Southern Miss and Cincinnati before coming to Michigan State prior to the 2007 season. Warner was promoted to co-offensive coordinator with the Spartans prior to 2013. He’s not the biggest name on this list, but Warner has ties to the program and has a background on offense.

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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is less than one months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

The bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 matchups, starting on Dec. 19 with five games. The postseason concludes on Jan. 11 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.

 

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The post-Week 12 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next two weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 12 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

 UConn vs.

Buffalo* 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

New Mexico vs.

Old Dominion   

Royal Purple
Las Vegas
Dec. 19MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

 Air Force vs.

UCLA 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Toledo vs.

Appalachian State 

R+L Carriers
New Orleans
Dec. 19C-USA vs.
Sun Belt

Louisiana Tech vs.

Arkansas State 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

 WKU vs.

Temple 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

 Utah State vs.

Bowling Green 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

 Western Michigan vs.

Cincinnati 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

San Diego State vs.

Ohio* 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Northern Illinois vs.

Georgia Southern 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

 MTSU vs.

Akron 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

 BYU vs.

Tulsa 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

Marshall vs.

USF 

Hyundai SunDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

NC State vs.

Washington State 

Zaxby's Heart of
Dallas
Dec. 26Big 12 vs.
C-USA

 Southern Miss vs.

Washington* 

New Era PinstripeDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

Indiana vs.

Pittsburgh 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Duke vs.

Arizona* 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Nebraska vs.

Oregon 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

 Navy vs. 

Miami 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Central Michigan* vs.

Colorado State* 

Lockheed Martin
Armed Forces
Dec. 29MW vs.
Big Ten

 Boise State vs.

Arizona State* 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 TCU vs.

North Carolina 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

Nevada vs.

East Carolina* 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Texas A&M 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

 Auburn vs.

Memphis 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

Franklin American
Music City
Dec. 30ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Penn State vs.

Georgia 

National University
Holiday
Dec. 30Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Wisconsin vs.

Utah 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Northwestern vs.

Tennessee 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus
Jan. 1Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Michigan vs.

Ole Miss 

TaxSlayerJan. 2ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 LSU vs.

Louisville 

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

West Virginia vs.

Arkansas 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Oklahoma State vs.

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

Kansas State vs.

California 

    
Chick-fil-A PeachDec. 31At-large vs.
At-large

 Florida State vs.

Iowa 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

Houston vs.

Notre Dame 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs.

Ohio State 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

 Florida vs.

Baylor 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Oklahoma 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

Clemson vs.

Michigan State 

National ChampionshipJan. 11Cotton Bowl Winner vs.
Orange Bowl Winner

 Alabama vs.

Clemson 

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coach Paul Rhoads was fired on Sunday, ending a seven-year run with the Cyclones. During Rhoads’ tenure, Iowa State went 32-54 and recorded three bowl appearances. Rhoads will coach the final game of the season for the Cyclones on Saturday against West Virginia.

 

Iowa State is not an easy job and it is one of the toughest among Power 5 programs. Considering the challenging nature of the job and the hierarchy within the Big 12, the program needs to find a coach who can bring something different to the table in terms of style. Running a pro-style offense when trying to recruit against some of the top teams in the Big 12 is nearly impossible.

 

Who should replace Rhoads at Iowa State? Here are 10 names to watch:

 

10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Paul Rhoads at Iowa State
 

Chris Ash, co-defensive coordinator, Ohio State

Ash is a name many in Ames are familiar with, as he worked as an assistant at Iowa State from 2000-06 and again in 2009. Ash also has stops on his resume from stints at San Diego State, Wisconsin and Arkansas. The Iowa native joined Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State in 2014 and has been a key assistant for a defense limiting opponents to 14.1 points per game in 2015.

 

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Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Babers is a rising star in the coaching ranks and is regarded as one of the top offensive minds from the Group of 5 conferences. After going 19-7 in two seasons at Eastern Illinois (2012-13), Babers is 16-9 with two MAC East titles at Bowling Green. Prior to Eastern Illinois, Babers worked as an assistant under Art Briles at Baylor (2008-11). Babers runs an offense similar to the one in Waco, as the “Falcon Fast” pass-first, up-tempo attack averages 43.8 points per game in 2015.

 

Rod Carey, head coach, Northern Illinois

Carey has continued to make Northern Illinois the team to beat in the MAC. He was promoted to the top spot in DeKalb after Dave Doeren left for NC State and has guided the program to a 31-9 mark over the last three seasons. The Huskies have claimed back-to-back MAC West Division titles and need one win in Week 13 to claim a third consecutive trip under Carey to Detroit for the conference championship.

 

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Willie Fritz, head coach, Georgia Southern

Fritz should be the No. 1 coach on Iowa State’s list to replace Rhoads. In two seasons at Georgia Southern, Fritz is 16-6 and guided the program to a 9-3 record in its first year on the FBS level (2014). Prior to taking over at Georgia Southern, Fritz went 40-15 at Sam Houston State and 97-47 at Central Missouri. Fritz has coaching experience in the region, has ties to Texas (an important recruiting area for Iowa State) and runs a style of play (run spread option) that would benefit the Cyclones.

 

Scott Frost, offensive coordinator, Oregon

Frost is a former Nebraska quarterback and spent two years as an assistant at Northern Iowa (2007-08). While Frost hasn’t spent time at Iowa State, it’s fair to say he knows the job and what it takes to win in the Midwest. Frost has worked since 2009 at Oregon, including the last two seasons as the team’s play-caller. Under his watch, the Ducks averaged 45.4 points per game in 2014 and lead the Pac-12 with a 42.4 total in 2015. Frost has no experience as a head coach on the FBS level.

 

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Doug Meacham, co-offensive coordinator, TCU

Meacham was one of the top coordinator hires last season, transforming a struggling TCU offense into one of the nation’s best. The Horned Frogs averaged 46.5 points per game in 2014 and average 42.9 through 11 games this season. Meacham has never been a head coach, but he has been a successful play-caller at TCU and Houston, while spending from 2005-12 as an assistant at Oklahoma State.

 

Todd Monken, head coach, Southern Miss

Monken has engineered quite a turnaround at Southern Miss. After inheriting a team that went 0-12 under Ellis Johnson in 2012, the Golden Eagles went 1-11 in Monken’s first season (2013) and improved to 3-9 in 2014. After restocking the roster and rebuilding the depth chart from 2013-14, Monken is off to an 8-3 start in 2015 and has a chance to win Conference USA’s West Division in Week 13. Monken runs a high-powered spread offense, averaging 40.2 points a game in 2015. He also has experience within the Big 12, coaching at Oklahoma State from 2002-04 and again from 2011-12.

 

Ken Niumatalolo, head coach, Navy

Niumatalolo is a longshot to land the job, but Iowa State has to at least inquire to see if he’s interested. Navy is 66-36 under Niumatalolo’s watch, including eight bowl appearances (if you count 2015) in nine years. The Midshipmen have only one season of fewer than eight wins under Niumatalolo’s direction. Niumatalolo is a Paul Johnson disciple and runs a triple-option attack. That style of play would be a good switch for Iowa State, but it’s going to take a lot Niumatalolo for consider leaving Navy.

 

Brock Spack, head coach, Illinois State

Spack has emerged as one of the top coaches on the FCS level in recent seasons, recording a 55-28 mark at Illinois State from 2009-15. The Redbirds were the runner up for the 2014 FCS Championship and are 9-2 through 11 games in 2015. Prior to taking over at Illinois State, Spack worked as Purdue’s defensive coordinator from 1997-08 and Wyoming from 1995-96.

 

Matt Wells, head coach, Utah State

Wells coaches at his alma mater and has a good run going at Utah State, so it will be tough for the former Aggie quarterback to leave Logan. In three seasons at Utah State, Wells is 25-14 and guided the Aggies to a Mountain West Mountain Division title in 2013. This program has been hit hard by injuries to quarterbacks in recent years, yet Utah State is poised to earn its third consecutive bowl appearance in 2015 and has claimed 18 conference victories under Wells. 

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Week 12 of the  season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. 

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 11. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 12:

 

College Football Week 12 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Prescott carried Mississippi State to a 51-50 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. The senior completed 38 of 50 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns and added 46 yards and two scores on the ground. The 508 passing yards were a career best for Prescott, while the senior became the ninth player in SEC history to score seven touchdowns in a game.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Ejuan Price, DL, Pittsburgh

Price and the Pittsburgh defense dominated the line of scrimmage in Saturday’s 45-34 win over Louisville. The Panthers held the Cardinals to minus-one rushing yards and recorded seven sacks. Price was responsible for most of the damage, recording six tackles for a loss, five sacks and 10 overall stops.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Harlon Barnett, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Michigan State

Michigan State’s defense delivered one of its best performances of the season in Saturday’s 17-14 win against Ohio State. The Spartans owned the line of scrimmage, limiting the Buckeyes to just 86 rushing yards and never allowed a drive longer than 32 yards. Additionally, Barnett’s defense surrendered only 46 passing yards to quarterback J.T. Barrett, with the longest pass completed at 16 yards.

 

Freshman of the Week: Shannon Brooks, RB, Minnesota

Minnesota kept its bowl hopes alive and earned the first victory with Tracy Claeys as the team's permanent coach with a 32-23 win against Illinois on Saturday. Brooks was a key cog in the victory, recording 174 yards and three scores on 17 carries. He also caught four passes. The 174 yards was Brooks’ second-highest rushing total in his brief career at Minnesota.

 

Unsung Hero of the Week: Chris Johnson, QB, Baylor

With Seth Russell out for the year and Jarrett Stidham sidelined with an ankle injury, Baylor was forced to turn to Johnson against Oklahoma State to keep its playoff and Big 12 title hopes alive. While coach Art Briles is one of the nation’s top offensive minds, Johnson was converted to receiver in the offseason and had yet to throw a pass in 2015 prior to Saturday night. All Johnson did was complete 5 of 10 passes for 138 yards and two scores and rush for 42 yards and a touchdown on six attempts in a huge 45-35 victory in Stillwater.

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Post date: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:58

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