NCAA Football Betting Rumors From The Sidelines
Here’s our recount of the Weekly NCAA Football Betting Rumors From The Sidelines
It only took a day after the Miami Hurricanes were destroyed by Clemson 58-0 for the university to send Al Golden packing as College Football odds fans might have noticed. His time at the U. was controversial, as the Hurricanes never got close to their elite days back in the 1990s and early 2000s. There were people hiring pilots to fly airplane banners over the stadium to beg for Golden’s firing, and now they got their wish after the Hurricanes got off to a shaky 4-3 start. So who will take over at Miami?
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 26, 2015
The most commonly mentioned candidates include former Miami coach Butch Davis, Indianapolis Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski, former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal.
UCF Is Also In The Market
Golden wasn’t the only coach in Florida given a pink slip, though. George O’Leary resigned as athletic director at UCF two weeks ago, and how he has stepped down as the football coach too. Just two years ago, the Knights won the Fiesta Bowl. This year, they have gotten off to an execrable 0-8 start. Their search for a new coach has many of the same candidates as Miami’s, although Cristobal seems to be getting the most press.
Are the Buckeyes CFP Material
Does Ohio State have what it takes to qualify for the College Football Playoff? People were wondering, but then the Buckeyes thrashed Rutgers 49-7. They still have to get through Michigan and Michigan State, but they showed they have some starch this past week. The newest rankings have Clemson all the way up to #3 in the AP poll, behind Ohio State and Baylor (still #1 and #2). TCU is still #4, and Michigan State is #5, with LSU #6.
Mora, Kelly & Sumlin, NFL Bound Any Time Soon
Jim Mora, Brian Kelly and Kevin Sumlin are the three college coaches most likely to leave their teams and end up in the NFL next year, according to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network. Kelly’s name has appeared in connection with the New York Giants, as Tom Coughlin could retire or be fired, depending on how the team does. Sixty-nine years old, Coughlin has been the Giants’ head coach since 2004. His two Super Bowl rings might make him untouchable, but he also might be ready to retire.
One reason that Mora might hesitate to make the jump is that he loves his young quarterback, freshman Josh Rosen. In just seven games, Rosen has thrown for almost 2,000 yards, including 399 yards in the win over Cal this past week. Sumlin is now in his fourth season at Texas A&M. The Aggies have gotten better with Sumlin in town, but they still have never gotten any higher in the SEC West standings than second place. This past Saturday, the Aggies lost their second straight conference tilt, as Ole Miss shut Texas A&M down in Oxford.
One similarity between Kelly and Sumlin is that they both had terrific seasons in 2012, but they have struggled to push past that mark since. Kelly still has yet to get to 10 wins in a season with the Fighting Irish, but the fact that they have already won six games (despite losing star quarterback Malik Zaire in the second game), and the fact that they have the chance to knock off Stanford in November, puts them in potential position for a playoff berth.