Every college football weekend is jam packed with games starting on Thursday night and running through the early morning hours of Sunday. You probably didn’t have a chance to watch all the action, nobody does. So, we’re here every Monday to recap some of the highlights (or lowlights) of the weekend.
Week 12 didn’t have a ton of interesting games on the schedule, but we got to see something happen to Texas that hadn’t happened since prior to World War II. Meanwhile, Colorado is on the verge of completing one of the bigger surprise seasons of the year.
Kansas 24 Texas 21
As the headline of this piece indicates, the last time that the Jayhawks beat the Longhorns on the football field, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office.
Let that sink in.
Ready to get back into it? Good. Normally, we would have no reason whatsoever to discuss Kansas football, but, a win like this will get you in the column. Not because it was particularly dominating or overly good football, rather because of its implications. Rumors have abounded about Charlie Strong’s job security and whether he would be back in Austin next year.
After the way Houston blew out Louisville on Thursday night, rumors started flying that there was “extreme pressure” to fire Strong in order to make a run at Cougars head coach Tom Herman. Then, Saturday happened. As much progress as Strong has made with a program that was in a horrendous place following Mack Brown’s resignation four years ago, it’s now a foregone conclusion that Strong is out. He’s 16-20 and is almost through his third season at Texas and that’s just not good enough. Strong will rebound and get another job as he’s a very good football coach, but, he’s out in Austin.
Colorado Hands Wazzu First Pac-12 Loss, One Win Away From Pac-12 South Title
The Buffaloes, along with their opponents in Washington State on Saturday, are two of the biggest surprise teams in the country. Heading into Saturday’s contest, the teams were leading their respective halves of the conference and were a combined 16-4. For reference, the teams combined for 13 wins last season with nine of those coming from the Cougars. The contest was the most entertaining of the day for my money and in the end, it came down to Buffs senior quarterback Sefo Liufau making big plays through the air and on the ground.
Liufau put up 345 yards passing to go with 108 rushing and three touchdowns. He became only the second quarterback this season to have 300 or more yards passing and 100 or more yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns. The other? Some guy named Lamar.
When you’ve joined the runaway Heisman winner in a statistical category, you know you’ve had a good day. The Buffs have one big test remaining and that’s this week when Utah comes calling at Folsom Field. the scenario for Colorado to be in the Pac-12 title game is simple: win and you’re in. Beating the Utes on Saturday will give Colorado its first shot at a conference title since 1990.
After a week of chaos, playoff teams hold form
Week 11 provided us the kind of chaos that some, myself included, had been rooting for since the inception of the playoff system two years ago. The hope was to make it as difficult as possible on the committee by having multiple loss conference champs against teams with just one-loss and get a better idea of how they make their decisions and what they value most. Well, that’s still in play. This weekend, every one of the Top 10 teams, outside of Louisville, won. Most did so handily.
Now, comes the fun in the final week. If, Ohio State beats Michigan, Penn State goes to the Big Ten title game. If Washington beats Washington State and Colorado beats Utah, then it’s Huskies versus Buffaloes for the Pac-12 title.
The SEC is anticlimactic as Alabama and Florida are already packing for Atlanta, but, the Big 12? How about the Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State being the de facto title game?
In the ACC, Clemson’s the representative from the Atlantic division, but the Coastal? Could be Virginia Tech, could be North Carolina. The Hokies have the tiebreaker by virtue of their win over the Tar Heels earlier this year, but they’ll be playing their rivalry game against Virginia. The Tar Heels have a rivalry game of their own against NC State on tap.
This weekend will start to give us a better picture of what the final rankings from the committee will look like. There’s plenty of action on tap and this is where things get really fun.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.