It’s not exactly at shock that Bo Pelini’s Nebraska is going to lose at least four games this season (he always does), but we really didn’t expect one of them to be Minnesota.
Are there enough “Bo-lievers” to save the Nebraska coach?
Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised. @GarrettGordon reports this is the fifth consecutive season a ranked Nebraska team has lost to an unranked opponent.
Pelini entered the season on the hot seat after last season’s meltdown in the B1G Championship Game when his team gave up 70 to Wisconsin.
Then, in September, an audio tape surfaced where Pelini ripped both the media and Cornhuskers’ fans after a 2011 game. The best line was reserved for the Husker faithful: “It took everything in my power to not say, ‘F— you, fans. F— all of you.’ F— ‘em.”
Nebraska can beat every opponent left on it’s schedule. The Huskers could also lose four more. More than likely, they’ll split the difference and end up with four losses just as they have in each of the past five seasons under Pelini.
We think that gets him fired.
Dana Holgorsen won ten games in his first season at West Virginia — but that was in the Big East.
In 2012, WVU moved to the Big 12 and the record dropped to 7-6. The Mountaineers are now 3-5 and could potentially lose out.
Sources tell us that 5-7 probably earns Holgorsen a pink slip. The only wild card is A.D. Oliver Luck. As we mentioned yesterday, he very well could be headed to Texas.
How does that affect Holgorsen? we don’t know yet but it’s an interesting wildcard.
Mack Brown helped his cause once again with an impressive win over TCU. The Longhorns figure to throttle both Kansas and West Virginia over the next two weeks to get to 7-2.
Then, the rubber meets the road.
Texas ends the season with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and at Baylor.
The Baylor game could very well decide the Big 12. A Longhorns win and it’s hard to see a change. A bad loss makes the situation much more dicey.
Despite big wins in the last two, this soap opera is a long way from over.
USC wants (and needs?) to make a big splash with their hire. Mike Riley’s name was floating around last week, and Jack Del Rio was hot for awhile. So were Kevin Sumlin and James Franklin.
We think Pat Haden is likely doing due diligence on several candidates and will move quickly once the season ends to fill the position.
Virginia A.D. Craig Littlepage announced less than two weeks ago that coach Mike London would return next season, but we all now how much mid-season declarations of safety mean.
Littlepage made those statements before the Wahoos lost to Duke and Georgia Tech, bringing the losing streak to five, and UVa’s overall record to 2-6. With games against Clemson, at North Carolina and Miami, and the season finale vs. Virginia Tech remaining, winning one more to finish 3-9 may be a stretch.
Sources close to London indicate they believe the Cavs coach is safe for another season. Others aren’t so sure.
Regardless of what Littlepage said publicly, we’re told London is not out the woods. A 2-10 season almost has to bring a change, so there’s a good chance this one opens.
We’ve heard rumblings that Kansas could replace Charlie Weis after just two seasons, and those rumors are picking up steam.
The Jayhawks fired a religious fanatic after two seasons and replaced him with Satan’s brother.
Perhaps KU should try looking for someone a little more “normal”?
We told you about the hell Southern Miss is in in Friday’s Rumor Mill, and after this weekend, the Golden Eagles have now lost 19 straight. This week was a 55-14 thrashing by North Texas, on Homecoming no less…
Iowa State: We’re told, at a minimum, to expect staff changes.
North Texas: Lots of chatter here. Some think Dan McCarney could hang it up after the season.
Purdue: Look for staff changes. Possibly several.
Florida Atlantic: Expect staff changes on the defensive side of the ball.
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