Monday, November 19, 2012

Morning Six Pack: November 19, 2012

Eggs and Boots and Iron and oh my, check out these six college football stories from around the country.

Brent Calloway's future at Alabama probably is at H-back, Nick Saban says

Size, good hands and good speed are the redshirt freshman's attributes.

Tennessee Head Coaching Search: David Cutcliffe Says He's Staying at Duke

Every coach's denial of interest in any job becomes inoperative the moment that coach says it. But David Cutcliffe's denial of interest in the Tennessee job, or any position outside of Durham, is pretty strong as such things go.

Minnesota's top WR quits, rips coach in 4,000-word rant

The University of Minnesota football team's top wide receiver is apparently quitting the team — and giving his coach an earful in the process.

Baylor shocker opens up BCS scenarios for Texas, OU

Baylor's stunning victory over Kansas State on Saturday night has opened up a bunch of possibilities for other Big 12 teams with championship and BCS bowl appearances dancing in their heads.

BCS madness shows even a 4-team playoff no cure-all

If Notre Dame loses to USC, seven or eight 1-loss teams will battle for title berths. Things have taken a bombshell Baylor turn since we last convened, but don't worry this is nothing the eight-team playoff in 2014 won't solve.


Many in other parts of the country will lambast those SEC schools for scheduling nonconference lightweights in November. On the contrary, they should be commended for their genius. There were 106 FBS vs. FCS matchups in 2012, so save the sanctimony. The SEC schools simply chose to play their games a couple months later than everyone else, and look how well that strategy paid off.

For instance, back in September, while the rest of the country was playing in traditional early tune-ups, Florida was beating Texas A&M, Tennessee and Kentucky in consecutive weeks to jump from No. 23 to No. 11 in the polls. When the Gators upset No. 4 LSU on Oct. 6, they assured themselves a season-long spot in the top 10. Then the Tigers got themselves back in the mix by beating South Carolina, which ensured Alabama received its rightful adulation upon beating LSU with a last-minute touchdown. Meanwhile, Georgia re-elevated its stock by beating Florida, which by then had notched another quality win over the Gamecocks, ensuring neither the Tide nor Gators ever fell too far.

And now, with their hardest work behind them, the SEC teams can sit back and watch the conferences with more work to do cannibalize themselves. On Saturday, 8-2 Stanford beat 10-0 Oregon on the Ducks' home field, in overtime -- a nearly identical result to 9-0 Alabama's home loss to 7-2 Texas A&M a week earlier. But now, Alabama is back in control of the BCS race while Chip Kelly's team fell to No. 5 in the standings.

Shouldn't have played that Tennessee Tech game so early, Oregon.

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