FootballScoop Staff spent the day on LSU's campus. The environment for a night game is far better; but today was pretty special.
What Les and his staff have done this season is really remarkable. The talent they lost from last season...the issues / suspensions (starting QB) that arose weeks before the season began...Krags' health issues forcing a changing of responsibilities with Stud stepping up and taking over the play-calling...the Oregon game to start the season...then they had to sit some of their best players mid-season...another quarterback change late in the season...going into Tuscaloosa and coming out victorious...and then stomping out the challenge from a good Arkansas team today...oh and did we mention that a large number of his play-makers on both sides of the ball are young?
This past off-season Les hired two coaches (Steve Kragthorpe and Thomas McGaughey). A+ on both counts.
If anyone votes for anybody other that Les Miles for Coach of the Year, they need to have their head checked.
Long live the Hat!
Kevin Sumlin and his Houston Cougars polished off Tulsa 48-16 today to finish the regular season 12-0.
You go 12-0 and this website is going to congratulate you. Well done Coach.
Houston is going to try to keep him; but it's not going to be easy. Everyone wants to speak with Sumlin.
Whittingham coachin'em up
Kyle Whittingham wasn't ready to hit the panic button after starting off 3-4 overall and 0-4 in their first season in the Pac-12.
After losing their starting quarterback (and moving a linebacker to help fill in the depth chart), and struggling through their first 7 games, Whittingham gathered the upperclassmen privately and asked them what needed to change.
Since that meeting, the Utes haven't lost a game. They have rattled off four straight wins against Oregon State, Arizona, UCLA, and Washington State. Some might argue that beating those 4 teams this season isn't anything to be excited about (we think 4 straight Pac-12 wins is nothing to sneeze at), but considering the struggles and injuries...this is a good coaching performance.
Utah will be looking for their fifth straight win (and to finish the regular season 8-4) as they take on Colorado (2-10, 1-7) today at 3:30 on FSN.
Football getting started early and going late today. Can Tulsa stop Houston's run? Arkansas at LSU...can't miss.
All times are eastern.
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois - 11am - ESPNU
Iowa at Nebraska - 12 - ABC
Houston at Tulsa - 12 - FSN
Louisville at South Florida - 12 - ESPN2
LSU at Arkansas 2:30 - CBS
Colorado at Utah - 3:30 - FSN
Boston College at Miami - 3:30 - ABC
Pittsburgh at West Virginia - 7 - ESPN
UTEP at Central Florida - 7 - CBSSN
California at Arizona State - 10:15 - ESPN
Excellent TV lineup today
Thanksgiving is a day filled with plenty of great food, family, and football. We've even got a mix of family and football with a some head to head Harbaugh action tonight. Lots to be thankful for today.
All times are eastern.
Green Bay at Detroit - 12:30 - FOX
Miami at Dallas - 4 - CBS
San Francisco at Baltimore - 8 - NFL Network
Tuskegee at Alabama State - 4 - ESPNU
Texas at Texas A&M - 8 - ESPN
29 nominees were announced today. 5 finalists will be announced next week. The winner will be announced on December 6th.
Full list of nominees:
Fickell has performed admirably
Ohio State plays at Michigan Saturday at noon in what might be Fickell's last game as head coach of the Buckeyes amidst rampant speculation that Urban Meyer will took over shortly thereafter.
We just wanted to weigh in real quick to say that under what had to have been incredibly challenging conditions in Columbus, we believe that Luke has performed exceptionally well during his tenure as head coach.
Regardless of who has what title, we fully anticipate Luke Fickell coaching at Ohio State for a long time to come (he might wind up being a lifer). Not that anyone is owed anything; but Fickell earns it everyday.