For Notre Dame, the path to the BCS championship game is simple. Beat USC and the Irish are in. For No. 2 Alabama, the path is also simple, albeit a bit longer. Beat Auburn and then Georgia in the SEC championship game (likewise, the Bulldogs also have a straight shot to the BCS title). All other teams still in the title discussion need help.
Which is why others are sending messages of support to Trojans coach Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin said via the LA Times that he received text messages this week from an Alabama assistant — according to Kiffin, Nick Saban apparently doesn’t know how to text — and Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
“He said we’re going to win,” Kiffin said of Kelly’s message.
The Ducks are ranked No. 5 in the BCS and would need losses by Florida (to Florida State), Notre Dame (to USC) and either Georgia (to Georgia Tech) or Alabama (to Auburn) to have another shot at a BCS championship — and that’s not including the help Oregon needs within the Pac-12 just to get to its conference title game.
Better get texting, Chip.
The 50-7 debacle on the field was bad enough, but what happened on the Twittersphere sent Saturday into abject disaster territory for the Texas football program.
There was the Texas Rangers misfire tweet calling for Charlie Strong‘s firing, and then there was freshman defensive back Kris Boyd retweeting a missive appealing for him and fellow freshman Malik Jefferson to transfer to Texas A&M.
Strong was, obviously, displeased.
On Sunday, Boyd issued an apology for his ill-advised retweet.
(image via Dr. Saturday)
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 Al.com. “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.