BCS Rankings: The road ahead

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The release of the BCS rankings wouldn’t be complete without getting ahead of ourselves a bit. Here are seven scenarios that could result from what happens in the next month.

Scenario 1 — Alabama and Oregon win out

This may be the most boring possibility, but it could also result in the most intriguing matchup. A high-powered Pac-12 offense vs. a steel-curtain-like SEC defense?  Fantastic.  We may finally get to see which approach wins out.The irony is that Oregon’s defense and Alabama’s offense are better than people think. Plus, there may be a Heisman Trophy finalist or two.

Matchup grade: A+

Scenario 2 — Oregon loses a game, setting up an Alabama-Florida State showdown

The Seminoles would make their first trip to the BCS title game since 2000 and set up only the second meeting between the two programs in the last 40 years. Florida State might be one of the few teams that can match up across the board with the Tide when it comes to pure talent.

Matchup grade: A

Scenario 3 — Alabama loses to LSU, while Oregon and FSU win out

Two of the top offensive teams in the country would face off and maybe the two top finishers in the Heisman Trophy race, too. Could Jameis Winston become the first freshman quarterback since Jamelle Holieway to lead his team to the national title?

Matchup grade: A

Scenario 4 — Ohio State wins out and plays either Oregon, Florida State or Alabama.

Not many people outside of Ohio and Alabama want to see those two teams meet, as yet another Midwest sacrificial lamb would be led to the SEC slaughterhouse. Urban Meyer has done amazing things in Columbus, but his program isn’t quite ready to play at that level (though it soon will be). An Ohio State-Oregon matchup might be more intriguing, as the two spread schools would probably create an exciting show. The Buckeyes and Seminoles would be interesting on paper, but could lead to another lopsided margin.

Matchup grade: B-

Scenario 5 — Miami wins out and plays Alabama or Oregon.

The Cinderella Hurricanes would likely suffer the same fate that Notre Dame did last year.

Matchup grade: C

Scenario 6 — Alabama, FSU, Ohio State and Miami lose a game. Baylor and Oregon win out.

The two top offenses in the country, maybe of all time, playing in the same game? The scoreboard might break.

Matchup grade: A+

Scenario 7 — Alabama and Stanford win out, while FSU, Ohio State, Miami and Baylor lose.

This would be the opposite matchup of Oregon-Baylor, as two of the most physical teams in the country on both sides of the ball would go toe-to-toe. Those interested in ‘big boy football’ would be in heaven. Those interested in seeing points scored would probably fall asleep by halftime.

Matchup grade: B+

 

North Dakota State takes No. 1 seed in FCS Playoffs

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The playoff field is set for the FCS Playoffs. Defending national champion and No. 1 North Dakota State took the top seed overall but will face a challenging bracket if the Bison are to claim another national title this year.

As the top seed, North Dakota State will own home-field advantage in the Fargo Dome for as long as they are in the playoffs, with the exception of a possible national title game appearance, which will be played in Frisco, Texas on January 5. North Dakota State’s portion of the bracket includes No. 4 seed Kennesaw State (who was the No. 2 team in the FCS top 25) and last year’s national title runners-up from James Madison. The Dukes were not seeded in this year’s tournament with a record of 8-3, but they are always to be considered a dangerous opponent this time of year.

A handful of teams ended playoff droughts with this year’s bracket. East Tennessee State is making its first playoff appearance since 1996, ending the longest drought among this year’s playoff teams. Delaware and Southeast Missouri State are each back in the playoff for the first time since 2010. The field also includes three first-time playoff teams; Incarnate Word, Lamar, and UC Davis.

The FCS Playoffs begin next weekend.

Michigan’s Berkley Edwards tweets he has been released from hospital after nasty hit

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Michigan running back and special teams player Berkley Edwards was carted off the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium on Saturday in a scary scene that paused the game for roughly 10 minutes. The morning after the Wolverines beat Indiana, however, there is good news to report on Edwards. Edwards shared an update on his Twitter account to tell his followers and Michigan fans he has been released from the hospital and he is OK.

“Just got out the hospital,” Edwards said. “[E]verything is good!”

Edwards followed that up to say he did not see the Indiana player who hit him (Cam Jones, who was ejected for the hit) and his head is still hurting a bit.

It is unknown at this time what the status of Edwards will be for Michigan’s regular-season finale at Ohio State this week. The winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game will play in the Big Ten Championship Game as the East Division champion.

Reports say Texas State will not bring Everett Withers back in 2019

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Send another coach through the coaching carousel. Multiple reports on Sunday say Texas State will move on from Everett Withers after this season. Football Scoop and The Athletic each reported news of the coaching change for the program.

According to Football Scoop, as reported by College Football Talk contributor Zach Barnett, Withers will not coach for Texas State this week in the regular season finale against Arkansas State.

Withers was hired by Texas State prior to the 2016 season to replace Dennis Franchione. Texas State had back-to-back 2-10 seasons in his first two years on the job and the Bobcats are just 3-8 this season with one game remaining. This will be the fourth straight season Texas State has had no more than four wins (and it could be a fourth straight year with no more than three wins).

The former James Madison head coach will likely manage to find a job somewhere on a coaching staff, even if not as a head coach. Texas State is now looking for its third head coach since jumping up from the FCS to the FBS in 2012.

UCF moves up to No. 8 in AP Top 25, Army makes first appearance since 1996

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After arguably the biggest weekend in UCF football history, the Knights are now enjoying their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 of the season and second-highest ranking in program history. UCF moved up to No. 8 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll as they finally managed to jump ahead fo a couple of power conference programs that have been standing in the way the past few weeks.

Alabama claimed all 61 first-place votes from the AP voters this week. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, and Oklahoma as there were no changes in the top six. No. 7 Washington State, UCF, and LSU all took advantage of No. 12 West Virginia falling five spots after a loss at Oklahoma State.

UCF moved into a tie with LSU for the No. 8 spot in the ranking this week, but the Knights have officially moved ahead of Ohio State. The Buckeyes slipped to No. 10, dropping one spot.

Army is also making some headlines in the AP Top 25 by appearing in the ranking for the first time since 1996. Army cracked the Ap Top 25 at No. 23 to be in the AP Top 25 for just the third time since 1985.

Here is this week’s AP Top 25:

1. Alabama (61)
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. (tie) UCF
8. (tie) LSU
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Utah State
15. Penn State
16. Washington
17. Kentucky
18. Utah
19. Syracuse
20. Northwestern
21. Boise State
22. Mississippi State
23. Army
24. Pittsburgh
25. Iowa State