Get ready for rematch

Like it or not, LSU, 'Bama look headed for Act II

November 27, 2011

Good or bad, we could see an all-SEC BCS title game. LSU and Alabama have shown why they are the two best teams in the country. The Tigers dispatched Arkansas 41-17, while Alabama trounced Auburn 42-14 to set up what looks like one of the most talked-about rematches in BCS history.

Trent Richardson is ready for his Heisman close-up. The Alabama running back has been a top candidate for college football's top award, and he used the Iron Bowl on Saturday as his final audition tape, burning Auburn for a career-best 203 yards and making a spectacular touchdown catch.

Andrew Luck may have played his way out of the Heisman. The Stanford quarterback spent most of the season as the favorite and could have solidified his chances, but he struggled down the stretch, throwing six of his nine interceptions in the final five games.

Clemson has collapsed. After winning their first eight games, the Tigers have lost three of four, giving up 34 points per game in those losses while scoring only 14 per game.

Al Golden is committed to Miami. With the school mired in an ongoing NCAA investigation and rumors swirling about his status, the 42-year-old coach showed he is committed to fixing the Hurricanes program by signing a four-year contract extension Friday.

Coaches really like Virginia Tech. The Hokies moved up to third in the USA Today coaches poll Sunday despite the ACC being ranked fifth in the Sagarin Ratings and Virginia Tech having the 22nd-toughest schedule in the country.

The Big East is awful. With Louisville claiming at least a share of the conference title, it's possible we could see a five-loss team in a BCS game. Cincinnati and West Virginia still have a shot, but even that would mean a three-loss team headed to the Orange Bowl.

Brady Hoke has made Michigan relevant again. The first-year coach has worked miracles, getting the Wolverines to play inspired football. Now that the program has gotten the Ohio State monkey off its back, it can focus on a possible at-large berth in a BCS game.

Watch out for USC in 2012. The Trojans will be coming off a two-year postseason ban, and if quarterback Matt Barkley decides to return for his senior year, USC could be dangerous — especially in the weak Pac-12 South.

Being a college coach is a rough business. We already have seen some big-name coaches lose their jobs, including Illinois' Ron Zook and Kansas' Turner Gill, and we can expect some others this week with Arizona State and UCLA reportedly expected to make moves.

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