College Football’s Biggest Storylines Post-Week 11
Texas A&M fired Jimbo Fisher despite still owing him more than $75 million. With a record of 45-25 at Texas A&M, Fisher failed to live up to expectations after being hired away from Florida State where he won a National Championship.
“The assessment that I delivered was that we are not reaching our full potential. We are not in the championship conversation and something was not quite right about our direction and the plan.” Athletic Director Ross Bjork said.
After just 11 games, Mississippi State fired Head Coach Zach Arnett. Arnett took over the program after the death of Mike Leach last season. Arnett finished his tenure with the Bulldogs with an overall record of 5-6, going 4-6 this season.
“I want to sincerely thank Zach Arnett for his hard work and service to the university and our football program. I will be forever grateful to Zach for how he stepped up after the untimely death of head coach Mike Leach. We asked him in those difficult hours to lead our team, protect our Top 25 recruiting class, and take us to a ReliaQuest Bowl victory over Illinois. Zach accomplished those things, and our fans should respect and appreciate him for that tremendous service to MSU. All of us at Mississippi State wish Zach and his wonderful family the very best. I know that he will go on to enjoy an outstanding career in coaching.” University President Mark E. Keenum said on Monday.
SEC Championship Game Set
The SEC Championship Game will be another matchup of familiar foes, as Alabama and Georgia both clinched their divisions. Alabama clinched the SEC West with a 49-21 victory over Kentucky, while Georgia clinched the SEC East with a dominant 52-17 win over Ole Miss. Alabama hosts Chattanooga this weekend and Georgia will travel to Knoxville to face Tennessee.
Jonathon Brooks Injury
Texas leading rusher RB Jonathon Brooks tore his ACL in Saturday’s victory over TCU. Recently named Mel Kiper Jr’s RB1 for the 2024 NFL Draft, Brooks season has ended with 1,139 yards and 10 TDs on the ground. Texas will look to true Freshman Cedric Baxter Jr to assume their lead RB role.
The Michigan Saga Continues…
If the Connor Stalions situation wasn’t bizarre enough, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was suspended by the Big10 while on route to Penn State. Harbaugh filed a restraining order to prevent the suspension, but was still unable to coach during Saturday’s 24-15 victory against Penn State.
Heisman Race Heats Up
The Heisman Trophy race looks to be the closest in recent memory. With Washington QB Michael Penix Jr, LSU QB Jayden Daniels, Oregon QB Bo Nix, Georgia QB Carson Beck, and Ohio St WR Marvin Harrison Jr leading the way, I am highly interested in seeing what the voters decide. Nix is currently the odds on favorite to win the award at -140.
College Football Playoff Contenders Stay on Track
The top-8 teams in the College Football Playoff Rankings were all victorious during Week 11, setting up a race to the finish over the last 2 weeks of the regular season and conference championship games. Multiple big-time games remain. Ohio St vs Michigan, Washington vs Oregon St, Oregon at Oregon St, SEC Championship Game, BigXII Championship Game, and PAC-12 Championship Game will all be very contentious. The College Football Playoff committee will have its hands full as the season winds down.
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