Kiffin: I wonder if Nick left me a message. He likes me
Last night, after opening up a huge lead, USC held on to win at Oregon when the Ducks' kicker was just wide on his attempt to tie it as time expired.
The loss means Oregon is out of the National Championship hunt. It also all but assures Alabama that they will play in the championship game.
Kiffin spoke with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd after the game and offered these gems...
"I wonder if Nick left me a phone message, he likes me." Dodd notes that Saban and Kiffin did bond during that one year that Kiffin was at Tennessee.
Kiffin also said that after the crowd took notice (the word "deafening" was used by some in attendance to describe the noise) of the fact that Dwayne Wade, LeBron, Carmelo and Chris Paul were in attendance, he walked over to Chip (pre-game) and said, "What you couldn't get Michael [Jordan] here?"
Nice. Huge win by SC.
The entire story by Dodd is here. A good read.
Tough weekend for the state of Florida
Remember when teams from the Sunshine state won nearly every weekend...
Well, this wasn't one of those. Florida started the day off by pulling one out over Furman. Miami also got a win; but 6-3 over South Florida. Florida State missed a field goal at the end and lost at home to Virginia for the first time ever. Central Florida lost to East Carolina. FAU lost to Troy.
FIU did go out of state and beat Louisiana Monroe.
With today's loss, South Florida has now lost 5 of 6. Here are Skip's thoughts after the game.
Good slate of NFL games tonight.
All times are eastern
Tampa Bay at Green Bay - 1 - FOX
Carolina at Detroit - 1 - FOX
Jacksonville at Cleveland - 1 - CBS
Oakland at Minnesota - 1 - CBS
Buffalo at Miami - 1 - CBS
Dallas at Washington - 1 - FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore - 1 - CBS
Arizona at San Francisco - 4:05 - FOX
Seattle at St. Louis - 4:05 - FOX
Tennessee at Atlanta - 4:15 - CBS
San Diego at Chicago - 4:15 - CBS
Philadelphia at NY Giants - 8:20 - NBC
Corso drops a bomb on College Gameday
An F-bomb to be precise. It was right as he went to don the head gear and it was classic. Everyone loves Corso.
Moments later, ESPN brass brought him back on air to issue an apology. Completely unnecessary.
Great slate of games this weekend.
All times are eastern.
Nebraska at Michigan - 12 - ESPN
Wisconsin at Illinois - 12 - ESPN2
Cincinnati at Rutgers - 12 - ESPNU
Kansas at Texas A&M - 12 - FSN
Harvard at Yale - 12 - Versus
Indiana at Michigan State - 12 - BTN
Iowa at Purdue - 12 - BTN
Minnesota at Northwestern - 12 - BTN
Kentucky at Georgia - 12:21 - SEC Network
New Mexico at Wyoming - 2 - MTN
Bethune Cookman at Florida A&M - 2 :30 - ESPNU Classic
Maryland at Wake Forest - 3 - FSN
Colorado State at TCU - 3:30 - Versus
Penn State at Ohio State - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN
Texas Tech at Missouri - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN
Clemson at North Carolina State - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN
Mississippi State at Arkansas - 3:30 - CBS
Miami at South Florida - 3:30 - ESPNU
SMU at Houston - 3:30 - FSN
Boston College at Notre Dame - 4 - NBC
UNLV at Air Force - 6 - MTN
Central Florida at East Carolina - 7 - FSN
LSU at Ole Miss - 7 - ESPN
Vanderbilt at Tennessee - 7 - ESPNU
UCF at ECU - 7 - FSN
Virginia at Florida State - 7:30 - ESPN2
Colorado at UCLA - 7:30 - Versus
USC at Oregon - 8 - ABC
Boise State at San Diego State - 8 - CBSSN
Kansas State at Texas - 8 - FX
Oklahoma at Baylor - 8 - ABC
New Mexico State at BYU - 10:15 - ESPNU
California at Stanford - 10:15 - ESPN
More "Urban to Ohio State" talk
Well, once again, the internet is abuzz tonight with Urban Meyer to Ohio State talk. Earlier tonight, the website SportsByBrooks posted that, "multiple sources close to the Ohio State football program have confirmed that Urban Meyer is assembling a coaching staff after agreeing to become the next head coach at Ohio State."
Twitter nearly exploded.
However, cool water was quickly poured on the fire when Gainesville reporter Pat Dooley tweeted that he text'd Urban who replied, "No truth to it."
For what it's worth, the post on Brooks' website added that Meyer's agreement was agreed in principle but has not been signed. He added that Meyer has been told he'll have the budget to assemble what is "expected to become the highest-paid assistant coaching staff in history."
Brooks also said that Meyer's "initial plan" is to retain Luke Fickell and Stan Drayton (who was with Meyer at Florida). Says he also plans to add his TV co-worker Chris Spielman, Kirk Herbstreit, Jon Tenuta (NC State) and LSU's offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Greg Studrawa (who worked with Urban at Bowling Green).
Sources at Ohio State that we spoke with today said that they believe Urban is the target; but that both sides have agreed to hold tight until they have additional clarity regarding the matters in front of the NCAA (Ohio State is scheduled to appear before the NCAA infractions committee on December 10th; however they have requested to move the discussion with the NCAA up to the week of November 28th).
Video: A look at the D-III playoffs - Week 1
FootballScoop and D3football.com got together to take a look at the D-III playoff bracket and some of the first round games.
Pat Coleman, executive editor of D3football.com, shares his vast insight into some of the games and coaches involved. We'd like to thank Pat for taking the time to join us and we look forward to having him back on each week through the playoffs.
Ronnie Lott very impressed with Harbaugh
Former 49ers' safety Ronnie Lott was recently quoted saying that Jim Harbaugh might be doing one of the best coaching jobs in the history of the NFL. Yes, the same Ronnie Lott that played under Bill Walsh.
Lott is even more impressed because of the short off season that Harbaugh had to endure as a first year NFL head coach saying on Sirius NFL radio that "This might be the greatest coaching that I've ever seen in the history of the game of professional football. It's his first season, and not only is he hitting it out of the park but, man, he's hitting all the notes. Everything that you can think of, he's done."
Harbaugh's Niners are 8-1 and will undoubtedly break the franchise's streak of eight straight non-winning seasons. The 49ers will be looking for their 8th straight win as they take on Arizona Sunday at 4:05 eastern on FOX.