Big East close to sending an invite to TCU?


The TCU-to-the-Big East rumors began in earnest in late September.  A little over a month later, it appears the conference is set to mash the gas pedal to the floor in their pursuit of the Mountain West school.

According to a report in the New York Post, Big East presidents and athletic directors are holding a regularly scheduled meeting in Philadelphia Tuesday, and the biggest item on the agenda will be taking a serious look into adding football schools to the listing league.  So serious, in fact, that it appears all that is necessary to take what would be a huge next step is to get a thumbs-up from the presidents.

The goal is to get the presidents’ blessing to seriously pursue teams,” an unnamed Big East athletic director told the Post. “I don’t think we’re going to get pushback on that.”

If the presidents do indeed give their blessing today, sources told the paper that invitations could be sent out before the end of the football season.

TCU, which is reportedly very interested in a move, is just one of several schools under consideration.  Conference USA’s Houston and Central Florida, the MAC’s Temple and Div. 1-AA Villanova also appear to be on the Big East’s short list.  Like TCU, UCF is reportedly very interested in sliding into the automatic qualifying BcS conference, while the conference has previously acknowledged an interest in ‘Nova.

If the Mountain West were to see TCU plucked from their grasp, it would be a severely damaging blow to the conference.  While they will gain Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State in the next two years, they will lose flagship schools Utah and BYU in 2011.  It’s impossible to overstate the crippling BcS impact TCU leaving would have on the conference.

On the flip side, roping TCU in would be a huge coup for the Big East.  If you haven’t noticed, the Big East’s reputation has taken a bit of a hit this season, so TCU and their burgeoning football powerhouse would add instant credibility to a conference that is in desperate need of some.  Additionally, the addition of a program like TCU could keep some of the current members’ eyes from wandering toward other conferences, which is apparently still a concern of some in the league.

Malzahn not ready to name Sean White Auburn’s starter vs. Kentucky just yet

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Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn  is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”

White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.

Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State