Michael Mauti, Ted Roof

Ted Roof leaves Penn State for coordinator job at Georgia Tech


And from the “way out of left field” department comes this latest bit of news, with Georgia Tech announcing a rather surprising replacement for a significant vacancy on its coaching staff.

After just one season at Penn State, Ted Roof has been hired as the Yellow Jackets’ new defensive coordinator, the school announced.  Roof will replace Al Groh, who was fired by head coach Paul Johnson back in early October.

“I’ve known Ted for a long time and I’m excited that he has decided to come back to Georgia Tech,” Johnson said.  “He’s one of the most respected football coaches in the nation.”

The move is indeed a homecoming for Roof.  From 1982-85, Roof was a four-year letterman under head coach Bill Curry at Tech.  He returned to his alma mater in 1998 and was promoted to defensive coordinator a year later, a post he held for three years before leaving for the same job at Duke.

Prior to Roof’s one season with the Nittany Lions — they were 29th in total defense and 16th in scoring defense in 2012 — Roof served as Auburn’s defensive coordinator.

Shortlyafter Roof’s resignation was announced, Penn State announced that secondary coach John Butler had been promoted to coordinator.  That’s another surprising layer to this development given the presence of veteran defensive assistants Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden on Bill O’Brien‘s coaching staff.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.