Minnesota Golden Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 22: Head coach Tracy Claeys of the Minnesota Golden Gophers yells at an official against Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota defeated Rutgers 34-32.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Getty Images

Minnesota AD Mark Coyles offers “support” to Tracy Claeys

1 Comment

The situation at Minnesota is… weird.

Tracy Claeys is 10-8 overall since taking over for Jerry Kill as head coach in the middle of last season, with a better-than-expected 8-4 mark this season. At the same time, AD Mark Coyle is new to the scene since being hired away from Syracuse, and athletics directors typically like to have their own guys in the most important spots.

With that in mind, Coyle offered his “support” to Claeys on Monday:

“Now that our regular season is complete, Tracy and I have begun to discuss this past season and the plan for our program moving forward. He is our head football coach. As is the case with every one of our head coaches, he has my full support. I will do whatever I can to help him and our students achieve at the highest levels.

“Our football program has now won eight games in the regular season three times in four seasons. We expect that our program will continue to grow and I am committed to putting us in a position to do so. This includes working with Coach Claeys to evaluate where we need to improve and what each of us can do to ensure we meet our expectations.”

Of course, support in college sports is measured in contract length and buyout figures, and as of yet, Clayes doesn’t have much of either. Claeys signed a 3-year, $4.5 million contract that calls for a $250,000 buyout per season remaining.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that an extension is coming, but Coyle didn’t mention one in his statement. Until an extension arrives, Coyle’s support is worth the paper it’s printed on.

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 13

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 26:  Darrius Sims #6 celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Getty Images
12 Comments

As we exit a wild Thanksgiving week filled with rivalry game upsets and head toward the final week of the regular season, it’s crazy to think that college football is over for a lot of teams. At the same time, there are dozens of others wondering what’s next on the docket with the postseason picture still slowly coming into focus. Most teams are left wondering just how the bowl picture will shake out and it could come right down to the end for several teams looking to find a spot from the College Football Playoff on down.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Florida
Orange Bowl Florida State Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Western Michigan

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl North Texas+ San Diego State
Cure Bowl UL-Lafayette UCF
Camellia Bowl Arkansas State Central Michigan
New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss Appalachian State
Miami Beach Bowl Tulsa Toledo
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Houston
Poinsettia Bowl BYU* Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Old Dominion* Eastern Michigan*
Armed Forces Bowl Navy* Mississippi State+
Dollar General Bowl Troy Ohio
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida Army
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Boston College
Independence Bowl South Carolina N.C. State
Heart of Dallas Bowl Louisiana Tech South Alabama
Military Bowl Wake Forest Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Air Force
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
Birmingham Bowl Vanderbilt Memphis
Belk Bowl Georgia Tech Kentucky
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl Tennessee TCU
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Arkansas
Outback Bowl Nebraska LSU
Citrus Bowl Louisville Auburn
Arizona Bowl Idaho Boise State

*Accepted bowl invite
+ 5-7 team selected based on APR

Minnesota catching Wisconsin sleeping? Gophers lead 17-7 in Madison

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Mitch Leidner #7 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers drops back to pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Already having the Big Ten West Division clinched by virtue of Nebraska’s loss on Friday, the Wisconsin Badgers are struggling a little bit at home this afternoon against rival Minnesota in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Ax. The Golden Gophers hold a 17-7 lead at halftime in Madison.

Minnesota opened the game with a short field goal by Emmit Carpenter. After the teams exchanged punts on the next four possessions, Wisconsin put a dent on the scoreboard with a 10-play drive spanning 80 yards and culminating with a short run by Alec Ingold to put the Badgers on top, briefly. Mitch Leidner completed a 13-yard pass to the end zone after KiAnte Hardin returned the kickoff following the Wisconsin touchdown 69 yards. Minnesota added to its lead late in the first half with a Leidner touchdown run at the end of a seven-play, 68-yard drive.

Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook was on the receiving end of a rough hit on the sideline in the first half that caused Wisconsin to not be very happy, although there may not have been anything dirty about the play.

Wisconsin is already heading to Indianapolis next week to face either Ohio State or Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 12

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 12: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 62-3, at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Getty Images
16 Comments

Week 12 in college football is in the books and, while it was not quite as wild as the week before, it still had a number of big upsets that shook up the postseason picture. Everybody is deservedly talking about the playoff path for several teams but numerous rivalry games and a handful of conference title games mean there are a ton of key games left on the docket.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Tennessee
Orange Bowl Louisville Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Navy

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State San Diego State
Cure Bowl S. Alabama No. Illinois
Camellia Bowl Appalachian State Toledo
New Orleans Bowl Arkansas State Louisiana Tech
Miami Beach Bowl UCF Central Michigan
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Memphis
Poinsettia Bowl BYU Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Ohio Old Dominion
Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa Army
Dollar General Bowl Troy Western Michigan
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida N.C. State
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Eastern Michigan
Independence Bowl South Carolina Boston College
Heart of Dallas Bowl North Texas Vanderbilt
Military Bowl Georgia Tech Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Boise State
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M TCU
Birmingham Bowl Kentucky Houston
Belk Bowl Ole Miss Wake Forest
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl LSU Kansas State
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Auburn
Outback Bowl Nebraska Arkansas
Citrus Bowl Virginia Tech Florida
Arizona Bowl Idaho Air Force

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 11

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Kenyan Drake #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide returns a punt for a 95 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Getty Images
24 Comments

Week 11 in college football is in the books and it was certainly a wild one with half of the top 10 going down and several other upsets shaking up the postseason picture. Everybody is deservedly talking about the playoff path for nearly a dozen teams and it should all make for a fun final month of the regular season.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin Utah
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma LSU
Orange Bowl Louisville Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Boise State

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State San Diego State
Cure Bowl S. Alabama UCF
Camellia Bowl Arkansas State Toledo
New Orleans Bowl Troy Louisiana Tech
Miami Beach Bowl Ohio Tulsa
Boca Raton Bowl Old Dominion Memphis
Poinsettia Bowl BYU Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State North Texas
Bahamas Bowl Western Kentucky Central Michigan
Armed Forces Bowl Navy TCU
Dollar General Bowl Appalachian St. Western Michigan
Hawaii Bowl Southern Miss Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida Boston College
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Miami (OH)
Independence Bowl S. Carolina Baylor
Heart of Dallas Bowl MTSU Army
Military Bowl Georgia Tech Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Colorado
Cactus Bowl Texas Tech Air Force
Pinstripe Bowl Minnesota Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
Birmingham Bowl Kentucky Houston
Belk Bowl Virginia Tech Georgia
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State USC
Liberty Bowl Ole Miss Texas
Sun Bowl Wake Forest Stanford
Music City Bowl Northwestern Arkansas
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Auburn
Outback Bowl Nebraska Florida
Citrus Bowl North Carolina Tennessee
Arizona Bowl Idaho Eastern Michigan