Monday morning BcS Top 25 one-liners


Here you go America, your new No. 1 team–the Auburn Tigers.

Could a win over Southern California boost No. 2 Oregon over No. 1 Auburn?

Two teams have played both No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU, and both head coaches havedodged the question: ” Who is a better team?

Head coach Gary Patterson is very pleased with the No. 4 Horned Frogs’ mentality.

The count for games with fake punts is now up to twofor No. 5 Michigan State.

The No. 5 scoring defense–No. 6 Missouri–will be without its starting defensive nose tackle thanks to a broken ankle.

This one writer has No. 7 Alabama in his No. 5 spot, with an interesting group of teamsrounding out his Top 10.

Utah is patiently waiting for the top ranked teams to make mistakes. The Utes sit at No.8 in the latest BCS poll.

It was a short-lived stay at No. 1 for Oklahoma, which dropped to No. 9 with Sunday’ s new release of theBCS rankings.

No. 10 Wisconsin used a fake punt to win the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007.

After losing to Wisconsin two Saturday’ s ago, Ohio State sits behind the Badgers at No. 11 inthe nation, and Terrelle Pryor does not like it.

It seems weird to have a team ranked–No. 12 LSU–that at one point gave up 440 yardsrushing in a game.

Remember No. 13 Stanford? Its only loss was to No. 2 Oregon, and the Cardinalhas its best start in 40 years.

Niles Paul went from zero to hero for No. 14 Nebraska in itsroad win over undefeated Oklahoma State.

Here is No. 15 Arizona’ s report card from Saturday night’ s gameagainst Washington, a game in which Wildcats’ starting quarterback Nick Foles wassidelined because of an injury suffered the week before.

No. 16 Florida State had this weekend off to prepare for a Thursday showdown with N.C. State.

No. 17 Oklahoma State will take on Kansas State this weekend. The Cowboys are just 2-10 against theWildcats in the previous 12 games.

Iowadropped in the polls–to No. 18 in the BCS–but can make some major jumps if it defeatsMichigan State this weekend, which is certainly possible and may even be likely.

Arkansas had previously been 0-2 against Houston Nutt and Ole Miss,before a 38-24 victory propelled them to No. 19 in the BCS rankings.

One of the quietest games from this past weekend was No. 20 South Carolina’ s 21-7 win overVanderbilt. The Gamecocks should expect more impressive victories now that running backMarcus Lattimore is expected to return.

Saying that No. 21 Mississippi State survived a scare on Saturday would be an understatement.

Miami (FL) popped into the BCS standings for the first time this year, coming in at No. 22,thanks to a powerful — and important — win over North Carolina.

No. 23 Virginia Tech is currently leading the ACC, and it does not appear that the Hokies will slowdown.No. 24 Nevada should be favored in each of its games heading into aNovember 26th bout with Boise State.

For the first time since 1993, Bayloris ranked in the BCS. The Bears come in as the No. 25 team in the country. The last time theBears went to a bowl game was 1994, surprise surprise.

Sean McDonough on leaving Monday Night Football: College football is more fun

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While we’re not exactly formal media critics here at CFTalk, you really don’t have to have too much experience watching television to know that ESPN’s Sean McDonough calling Monday Night Football the past two years was a bit of a round peg in a square hole. The veteran play-by-play man has called a lot of major sporting events over the years but was known to most prior to his NFL stint as one of the regular voices on the college football circuit after all.

McDonough is just now starting to open up about his departure from MNF and is perhaps not surprisingly excited at the prospect of returning to the college level, which he insists was his decision. Awful Announcing passes along an interview he did with Boston area radio program The Kirk & Callahan Show this week and let’s just say that McDonough confirms what we already know about which sport is better if you’re picking between the NFL and college football.

“I say that after a lot of reflection and mostly a lot of belief that, ultimately, what is the most important thing in life is to be happy,” McDonough said. “As much as it was a great honor to be the voice of ‘Monday Night Football’ –– and you guys know me well enough, and certainly a lot of my friends and family do –– it wasn’t a tremendous amount of fun the last two years. When I took my ego out of it, when the conversation about a reboot of MNF came up, when I took the ego part of it out, and rationalized it, I really could be fine with  not being the voice of MNF, then it became easy. I love college football. For me, it’s more fun, and that’s a personal taste.”

Amen Sean, amen.

While it is great news that CFB is getting back McDonough, the sport’s gain is tempered by the loss of fellow play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, who will be taking over in the MNF booth calling games. Something says that the esteemed JoeTess will do a great job calling NFL games every Monday night but will, like McDonough, come to miss the excitement, wild endings and colorful presentation that happens at the college level every Saturday.

North Texas finalizing new deals for head coach Seth Littrell, AD Wren Baker

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After a successful turnaround campaign in 2017, North Texas is preparing to sweeten the deal for head coach Seth Littrell.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports that the school is in the process of finalizing a new contract for both Littrell and athletic director Wren Baker, with regents approving moving forward in the process last month. While final numbers and details have not been released, the expectation is that both will get a raise and likely have increased buyouts after the coach and athletic director were mentioned in connection to bigger jobs this offseason.

Littrell took over a program two years ago that was coming off a 1-11 record and has turned things around to the point where the team has made back-to-back bowl games in his first two seasons in Denton. The Mean Green won the CUSA West division in 2017 and wrapped up the year with nine wins for the first time since 2013 — including just the fourth winning record for UNT in 15 seasons.

The former Oklahoma running back and Mike Leach assistant was the highest paid head coach in Conference USA according to USA Today‘s salary database and he is expected to get a further raise in the new deal that should take Littrell over the $1 million mark for annual salary. Baker arrived in Denton the year after the head coach and has helped raise significant sums to upgrade facilities at North Texas during his short tenure so far.

The Mean Green have already begun spring football practices and will host their annual spring game on March 30th.

Dismissed by West Virginia, Tyree Owens has now been removed from East Carolina’s roster

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To say that Tyree Owens has had an up-and-down — mostly down — collegiate career would be a significant understatement.

Originally a West Virginia signee, Owens was one of three Mountaineer football players stabbed in an off-field accident in September of 2015… only to be one of three WVU football players dismissed from the program very shortly thereafter for violating unspecified team rules.

After one season at a junior college, the defensive lineman transferred to East Carolina. After one season at ECU, Owens is out again as the American Athletic Conference school announced that the redshirt junior “has also been removed from the roster as a result of an indefinite suspension related to the team’s academic policy.”

Last season, Owens started three of the 10 games in which he played, with all of those starts coming at defensive tackle. His 3.5 tackles for loss were fourth on the team, while his three quarterback hits were second on the Pirates.  Two of those tackles for loss came against… WVU, of course.

A three-star member of WVU’s 2014 recruiting class, Owens was rated as the No. 49 strongside defensive end in the country. He took a redshirt as a true freshman for the Mountaineers.

Owens, now at a Mississippi junior college, originally committed to Texas A&M in October of 2016 before decommitting nearly three months later and ultimately signing with ECU in mid-December of that same year.

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins on substitute teaching: I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Kindergarten Cop’

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Those of a certain age may look back on going to grade school and think fondly on those rare days where the regular teacher was out and a substitute filled in. For many around the country, that often meant watching a movie or two for class instead of doing, well… actual work.

If you happen to be a kindergarten student at James M. Brown Elementary School in Walhalla, South Carolina though, having a substitute teacher for class has been taking on a whole different meaning the past few weeks. That’s because 300-pound Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has been moonlighting as a sub and trying to corral little kids on a much gentler scale than he corrals quarterbacks on Saturdays in the fall.

“It was fun, but took a lot out of me,” Wilkins told ESPN earlier this week. “I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Kindergarten Cop’ with all those little kids. Talk about energy, but it was a real cool experience.”

Perhaps the most accurate line from Chris Low’s excellent story on Wilkins’ substitute duties came by one young pupil who muttered, ‘That’s one big mister.’ The senior All-American is only getting $80 for a day’s worth of work with the kids but seeing the massive defensive tackle walk into a room is probably as priceless for Wilkins as it is for those at the school.