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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Head coach Sonny Dykes of the California Golden Bears looks on during the third quarter of a game against the San Diego State Aztecs  at Qualcomm Stadium on September 10, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Sonny Dykes has reportedly spoken to Baylor; Mike MacIntyre could soon?

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Has Baylor honed in on its top target — or two — to permanently replace Art Briles?

With a significant number of signs pointing to Chad Morris being Baylor’s initial focus, SMU announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with its head coach on a contract extension through the 2023 season. Not long after, Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com reported that BU would now shift the focus of their search to Cal’s Sonny Dykes.

Thursday night, a report surfaced that Dykes and the Big 12 Bears have been in contact and held conversations.

Dykes completed his fourth season at Cal late last month. In three of those four seasons, including 2016, the Bears have failed to qualify for a bowl. In 2015, Cal won eight games; in the other three seasons, the Bears combined to win 11 games.

The son of legendary Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, Sonny Dykes is a well-steeped disciple of the so-called “Air Raid” offense. Given the type of players Briles recruited to Waco the past several years, especially offensively, Dykes would seemingly offer a smoother transition personnel-wise than someone outside that particular coaching tree.  The Texas native’s extensive ties to his home state would be a draw to the program as well.

While Yahoo! has previously disputed the notion that Dykes has now emerged as BU’s focus, Pat Forde says the Cal coach is one of five or six who could still in the mix for the job.  Another?  Mike MacIntyre, according to that and numerous other outlets.

The reports connecting MacIntyre to Baylor come amidst Colorado’s preparations for the Pac-12 championship Friday night against Washington.

MacIntyre took over a Buffaloes program that won a combined four games in 2011 and 2012, but then won just four, two and four games his first three seasons at the school.  In 2016, however, the Buffs went 10-2, the football program’s first 10-win season since 2001. They are also bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2007 season.

This week, MacIntyre has taken home Coach of the Year honors from the Pac-12 and Walter Camp Foundation.

It would seem odd that a coach, even a devout Baptist such as MacIntyre, would leave a program seemingly on the rise for one enveloped in a cloud of controversy. Especially a coach with zero ties, personally, professionally or otherwise, to either the program or the state. Earlier this week, at least one respected national college football writer has attempted to toss some cold water on the speculation.

With his name being mentioned in connection to other jobs, it’s expected CU will commence talks on a contract extension following the title game. In 2016, MacIntyre was the lowest-paid head coach in his conference.

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)
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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

Fresno State officially confirms the hiring of Jeff Tedford

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 20: California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford walks the sidelines during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at California Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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One opening on the 2016-17 coaching carousel has officially been filled.

In a simple tweet Thursday afternoon, and following up on reports that gained steam Wednesday, Fresno State athletic director Jim Bartko confirmed that Jeff Tedford has been named as the football program’s next head coach.  Tedford replaces Tim DeRuyter, who was fired Oct. 23 in the midst of his fifth season with the Bulldogs.

The long-time West Coast coach will be introduced at a press conference Friday.

A former Bulldogs quarterback, Tedford becomes the 17th full-time head football coach at his alma mater.

According to FOXSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman, Tedford’s salary is expected to be in the neighborhood of $1.6 million annually.  DeRuyter was scheduled to make $1.548 million in 2016, which made him the highest-paid head coach in the Mountain West per the USA Today salary database.

Tedford has spent his entire collegiate coaching career west of the Rocky Mountains, most notably as the head coach at Cal from 2002-12 prior to his firing.  Before to that, he was an assistant at Oregon (1998-2001) and his alma mater Fresno State (1992-97).  His only coaching experience in another part of the country came as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, but that short stint was marred by a health issue that actually kept him from performing his duties during that one season with the NFL club.

Earlier this year, Chris Petersen announced that Tedford had been added to his Washington football staff as a consultant.  It’s unknown whether Tedford will continue on in at the role as the Huskies push toward a potential playoff appearance, although that should be cleared up at his press conference tomorrow.

Report: Fresno State closing in on hiring Jeff Tedford as head coach

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Head coach Jeff Tedford of the California Golden Bears looks on against the Washington Huskies on October 21, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Callifornia. Cal won 31-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Over the past few days, speculation has been growing that Jeff Tedford could be Fresno State’s top target in its search for a new head coach.  While nothing is finalized, it appears to be headed in that general direction.

FootballScoop.com is reporting Wednesday afternoon that “Tedford is closing in on a deal to become Fresno State’s next head coach.” The website adds “that if negotiations go well a deal could be struck in the next 24 hours.”

Tedford, who played quarterback at Fresno in the early eighties, would be replacing Tim DeRuyter, who was fired Oct. 23 in the midst of his fifth season with the Bulldogs.

Tedford has spent his entire collegiate coaching career west of the Rocky Mountains, most notably as the head coach at Cal from 2002-12 prior to his firing.  Before to that, he was an assistant at Oregon (1998-2001) and his alma mater Fresno State (1992-97).  His only coaching experience in another part of the country came as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, but that short stint was marred by a health issue that actually kept him from performing his duties during that one season with the NFL club.

Earlier this year, Chris Petersen announced that Tedford had been added to his Washington football staff as a consultant.

You watching committee? No. 5 Washington rolls over California to stay unbeaten

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Myles Gaskin #9 of the Washington Huskies runs with the ball against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The biggest surprise of the work week in college football came Tuesday when the College Football Playoff selection committee snubbed Washington and ranked the Huskies No. 5, behind then-one loss Texas A&M.

Poor Cal had to pay the price for that on Saturday night, as the team took out some frustrations on the road against the Bears in a 66-27 game that was far more lopsided than even that 39 point margin indicated.

For example, quarterback Jake Browning threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns… in roughly three quarters. Wideout John Ross torched every defensive back he lined up against to the tune of six catches for 208 yards and three scores. The offense averaged over 10 yards a play before the starters were pulled late in the second half and ran off 31 unanswered.

For good measure, Dante Pettis even threw for another score on a trick play to go along with his eight catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns.

Even the defense stepped up and had a ‘look at me’ game. They picked off Cal’s Davis Webb three times and held the Bears’ normally prolific offense well under their season averages. Aside from two drives early in the game, they were pretty much either turned the ball over or were forced to punt rather quickly.

So yes, Washington seems pretty good. Whether it’s enough to crack the top four this week in the committee’s eyes will be anybody’s guess but it is pretty safe to say they continue to control their destiny. Chris Petersen’s squad moved to 9-0 on the season and remain the favorites to win the Pac-12 and advance to the playoff no matter if they wind up No. 4, No. 5, or even No. 6 on Tuesday.

And as for the Bears, all was not lost on Saturday night in Berkeley. You see it was the 10th anniversary of tailback Marshawn Lynch’s famous hijacking of a injury cart to drive around on the field after a win. Cal didn’t get the victory against the Huskies this time around but they did hand out a fabulous bobblehead commemorating the occasion and posted this great video of Lynch driving a cart around pre-game:

Not a bad consolation prize when you consider one of the best teams in the country was a tad upset coming in and looking to take out their anger on somebody.