Thanksgiving marks the annual rivalry week in college football, and with three full days of action between conference and in-state rivals, we had some pretty high-stake match-ups. We saw conference championship spots decided and should see quite a bit of shift in the rankings as top 25 teams across the country faced off. There is a lot to take away from the weekend in college football, so let's get started.
At Least Two Big 10 Fanbases Are In For A Bad Time
For the first time in quite awhile, all eyes were on the Big 10 this Saturday, as several conference match-ups had a lot to say about the College Football Playoff picture going forward. With number two Ohio State hosting the number three ranked Michigan Wolverines, number six Wisconsin looking to secure their spot in the conference title game against Minnesota, and Penn State looking to do the same against Michigan State, there was a lot to watch yesterday.
Ohio State topped Michigan in an absolute thriller, all but guaranteeing them a spot in the playoffs. With the loss Michigan is now on the outside-looking-in, and will likely need some help if they are to have any chance to get in after losing two of their final three. Wisconsin and Penn State are both in the top 10, and will face off for the conference title. The winner SHOULD get into the playoffs and represent the Big 10 along with Ohio State.
Obviously, all four teams from the Big 10 will not be in the CFP. They all have very good cases, but the conference would be lucky to get two of the four spots. Until the rankings come out this week and the title game is played, it is difficult to guess which two that will be, but at least a couple of those teams and their fans are in for major disappointment.
Did LSU And Texas Make The Right Calls?
Lost in all of the hype surrounding rivalry weekend was the start of the annual college football coaching carousel. Seasons are ending, and many teams are opting to fire and/or hire head coaches. Most notably this past Saturday, two storied programs in LSU and Texas made the decision on their coaching vacancies. For the Tigers, interim head coach Ed Orgeron was promoted to the full-time position, while Texas signed Houston coach Tom Herman to replace Charlie Strong.
For LSU, Orgeron was the favorite candidate of both the players and fans. He isn't an X's and O's genius, but he is a fantastic leader and the players love him. The Tigers already have one of the best defensive coordinators in the game and are going to pursue some high-level names to lead the offense, so Coach O is the perfect guy to lead this team and let his top-notch staff worry about the schemes.
Texas opted to not go the direction the players wanted and keep Strong, but they managed to hire the best coach on the market. Tom Herman has proven to be one of the best young coaches in football, and has some pretty notable wins on his record. The potential is there for Herman to build a dynasty in Austin.
Alabama Is Just Too Good
From the start of the season to now, the Alabama Crimson Tide have been atop the standings in both the SEC and the national rankings. We knew this team was good coming into the season, and they were the clear favorite to win the National Championship from day one.
As we come to the end of the regular season, we are at the point where you really can't give any other team in the nation a shot at beating them in the postseason. They have absolutely waxed several very quality opponents this season, and continued that yesterday with a dominant win over a very good Auburn Tigers team. They have the best defense in the country, and with playmakers across the board on offense, there is no stopping this team. Good luck to anyone remaining in Nick Saban's path.