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WATCH: ASU vs. Oregon Postgame Reaction

Ducks take the Dub The Arizona State Sun Devils fell to the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, 31-29, which now means the South race is over and Utah Utes will head to Santa Clara.

Around the Big 12, Week 12: Meet You in the Middle

The Big 12 is engaged in a fierce and fast race to the middle of the standings. Five teams have exactly three wins in the conference; Iowa State lost to TCU and yet still somehow has five wins.
That race only heated up this week, as the results left four teams with five wins on the year. Those four teams are TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas State, and two of those teams will have to play each other this week.
It’s going to be fun, and also deeply dumb. But first, let’s see how we got here.
Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) 55, Kansas (3-8, 1-7 Big 12) 40: Buddy, I don’t know either.
The recently fired Mark Stoops clearly wasn’t the only problem with this Oklahoma defense. The Jayhawks put up their second-highest point total of the season in this game, and Kansas’ first highest point total came against Rutgers, so that really doesn’t count.

Les Miles named Head Football Coach at Kansas

Les Miles has been officially named the 39th head football coach in the history of the University of Kansas, per a release from the University AD Jeff Long.
You can read the release in full here.
There will be a press conference streaming live at 5 PM that you can view here.
It’s been probably the worst-kept secret in recent KU history. Since Beaty was informed by Jeff long 14 days ago (Nov 4) that he would not be retained following the end of this season, KU Twitter has been abuzz, primarily regarding Les Miles. Kansas and Miles reportedly had contact as early as Nov 8.
Additionally, all throughout the Oklahoma game, Fox play-by-play man Tim Brando kept dropping hints that “news” out of Lawrence was coming soon.
The majority of Kansas fans seem to be happy with the hire.

Oregon State Football: What We Learned Versus Washington

Welcome to week eleven of What We Learned. The Oregon State Beavers lost to Washington Huskies, 23-42, after again digging themselves in a huge hole giving up 28 first quarter points. Let’s look at the takeaways from this game.
This team has to get punched in the mouth before it wakes up
Seriously, in over half their games this year, Oregon State has found themselves in huge first half deficits, only to come back to make things interesting. It wasn’t any different at Husky Stadium on Saturday. After the Beavers gave up 28 points in the first quarter to the Huskies, they decided that they had spotted the home team enough points to give them a false sense of security.

Oregon State Football: What We Learned Versus Washington

Welcome to week eleven of What We Learned. The Oregon State Beavers lost to Washington Huskies, 23-42, after again digging themselves in a huge hole giving up 28 first quarter points. Let’s look at the takeaways from this game.
This team has to get punched in the mouth before it wakes up
Seriously, in over half their games this year, Oregon State has found themselves in huge first half deficits, only to come back to make things interesting. It wasn’t any different at Husky Stadium on Saturday. After the Beavers gave up 28 points in the first quarter to the Huskies, they decided that they had spotted the home team enough points to give them a false sense of security.

Who is Colorado Football’s next head coach?

For the first time in 6 years, the Colorado Buffaloes are looking for a new head coach. I’ll have more thoughts on how the Buffs got here and what and why the previous coach left, but for now, let’s focus on the fun stuff. One coach leaving means another enters. This hiring cycle should be relatively quiet for college football. The biggest job opening may in fact be Colorado. I am worried about USC and Ohio State, but for now, CU is top dog. That means some fun names can open up. Here is my list:
Dino Babers, Syracuse HC
This is my #1 candidate and probably the #1 candidate on every available P5 job. His situation is very similar to Mike MacIntyre’s in 2016. He has rebuilt a dormant P5 program, and after a surprising breakout year, he may be ready to move to a bigger team.

Who is Colorado Football’s next head coach?

For the first time in 6 years, the Colorado Buffaloes are looking for a new head coach. I’ll have more thoughts on how the Buffs got here and what and why the previous coach left, but for now, let’s focus on the fun stuff. One coach leaving means another enters. This hiring cycle should be relatively quiet for college football. The biggest job opening may in fact be Colorado. I am worried about USC and Ohio State, but for now, CU is top dog. That means some fun names can open up. Here is my list:
Dino Babers, Syracuse HC
This is my #1 candidate and probably the #1 candidate on every available P5 job. His situation is very similar to Mike MacIntyre’s in 2016. He has rebuilt a dormant P5 program, and after a surprising breakout year, he may be ready to move to a bigger team.

Colorado Fires HC Mike MacIntyre Before Facing Cal

Per Bruce Feldman:

BREAKING: #Colorado has fired Mike MacIntyre, per sources.. Two years ago he led CU to a 10-4 season but Buffs are 10-13 since. Team meeting is scheduled for 11 AM. ESPN 1st reported.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 18, 2018

Cal will face the 5-6 Colorado next Saturday with the Buffs looking to secure a bowl-bid against Cal.

Addition by Subtraction: A Film Breakdown Of Nick Chubb’s Touchdowns Against the Atlanta Falcons

When Hue Jackson and Todd Haley got fired, the Browns apparently got rid of a solid chunk of the playbook along with them. In week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens showcased a more streamlined, pared-down playbook.
The Browns ran exclusively zone-blocked running plays against the Falcons (with the exception of Draw plays), and the result was a team that was better prepared to execute. By focusing on one blocking pattern, the Browns were able to eliminate miscommunications and get RB Nick Chubb to daylight.
Another benefit of streamlining the running game was that the Browns were able to hit on some very effective play action fakes, including a screen pass to Chubb that went for a touchdown.

Postgame Link Dump: Rutgers

For a fairly dull game, it’s pretty incredible how many takeaways came from Penn State’s 20-7 victory over Rutgers.
The Nittany Lions defense was dominant throughout and young players continue to impress from front to back.
The offense, however, continues to mimic one which Penn State fans may remember from the early 2000s.
Not great!
Here’s what the rest of the PSU beat had to say about the contest:
Giana Han of the Reading Eagle discusses the performance of freshman Micah Parsons in his first career start.
Our own Tim Aydin gives his position grades for the game, including a surprisingly strong statement of praise for a much-maligned Nittany Lions senior.
Trace McSorley is launching an assault on the Penn State record book. But don’t tell him that. The senior is solely focused on what’s to come in his career as a Nittany Lion.

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