Postscripts: Week 10


Postscripts is my weekly wrap of the week that was on the road and in college football. Look for my travel news and notes here each Thursday, along with some of my opinions about what’s happening in the college game we all love. – Matthew Postins

I wasn’t on the road this weekend due to my dog’s surgery, so my weekend was spent, well, watching college football. My six-pack of thoughts after last weekend’s games?

Texas A&M people really want Kevin Sumlin out of a job. On some level I don’t blame them. But if you wanted to dominate a conference, well, you could have just stayed in the Big 12?

Everybody’s talking about Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, but his counterpart at Oklahoma State – Mason Rudolph – is also one of college football’s top pro quarterback prospects.

Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph may not win a Heisman, but he’s going to make a helluva pro. Big arm. Sees the field well. Stands in the pocket and can take hits. Knows how to lead. I know the Cowboys lost and Baker Mayfield had a huge game (598 passing yards), but Rudolph was just as impressive. Someone is going to take him in the first round in 2018. I hope he lands in a good situation for his growth as a player.

Clemson is still the team to beat in the ACC. Until further notice. And if it isn’t Florida State this weekend, then it may not be anyone until the ACC title game.

Mother Nature owes me another Michigan State-Penn State game. That long delay just ruined my whole viewing day flow.

Arizona is a year away from being a serious problem in the Pac-12 South. As long as QB Khalil Tate develops as a passer this offseason (and you can see the development already on a week-to-week basis), he could be a Lamar Jackson-sized problem in 2018.

I don’t know what to tell you LSU. You need a quarterback. And you need one now. Because you look like you have just about everything else.

My adventures in media. A quick look at the weird stuff that happened to me as I covered my game this week:

No weird stuff can happen to you unless you actually get out and cover a game. So perhaps my game this weekend makes up for it.

My post-trip quick note. We have plenty of content coming at College Football America and RoadTripSports.com from our Week 10 travels. Since I wasn’t at a game, check out the coverage from my colleagues, Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb.

Meanwhile, check out the galleries from some of the stadiums I’ve visited this season (more are coming):

Abilene Christian

Hardin-Simmons

Princeton

Yale

Iowa State

Wartburg

Army West Point

Cincinnati Christian

Arkansas

Central (IA)

William Penn

UNT

Coe

Villanova

Cornell (IA)

Stadium counts. According to our handy FBS Stadiums We’ve Visited list at RoadTripSports.com, I am now up to 51 FBS stadiums visited. That number will go up next week.

My photos. My gallery from my last game covered is below. Plus, to see all of our game and stadium galleries, click here to go to our Facebook page.

Mississippi State at Texas A&M

Heisman candidate of the week. Well it can only be Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. All he did in the Bedlam game against Oklahoma State was throw for 598 yards and 5 touchdowns (along with 2 interceptions). That’s all. Sometimes these decisions are really easy.

Previous Heisman Candidates of the Week profiled: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley (Week 1); Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (Week 2); Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (Week 3); Penn State RB Saquon Barkley (Week 4); Stanford RB Bryce Love (Week 5); San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny (Week 6); Arizona QB Khalil Tate (Week 7); Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (Week 8); Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett (Week 9).

Bob Davie

Hot seat coach of the week. Bob Davie is under some heat at New Mexico, and it has little to do with what’s happening on the field (though the fact that all signs point to a losing season doesn’t help). Davie has been under investigation since September due to allegations of player treatment, a story broken by NMFishbowl.com. While there is no resolution at this point, we’ve seen how those allegations have worked out for other head coaches in the past (look at former Illinois boss Tim Beckman and former Indiana boss Kevin Wilson). This doesn’t mean that Davie will be fired, but it means his job security is not what it was at this time last year when the Lobos were headed for nine wins and a bowl game.

Previous hot seat coaches profiled: Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (Week 1); Bret Bielema, Arkansas (Week 2); Mike Riley, Nebraska (Week 3); Steve Addazio, Boston College (Week 4); Ed Orgeron, LSU (Week 5); Brad Lambert, Charlotte (Week 6); Matt Wells, Utah State (Week 7); Kalani Sitake, BYU (Week 8); Butch Jones, Tennessee (Week 9).

Hot coaching name of the week. It’s time to have a conversation about Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the fan base there were to ask me to shut up. Here’s why. Before Anderson showed up in 2014, the Red Wolves were a clearinghouse for upwardly mobile FBS coaches. In three straight seasons the Red Wolves were led by Hugh Freeze (2011, left after season for Ole Miss), Gus Malzahn (2012, left after season for Auburn) and Bryan Harsin (2013, left after season for Boise State). The Red Wolves were good all three of those seasons and that made it easy for them to lure Anderson, then the offensive coordinator at North Carolina, to take over. Anderson has kept up the standard, going 29-17 through three-plus seasons, with two Sun Belt titles and three bowl games. The Red Wolves are leading the Sun Belt once again and job offers can’t be far behind for Anderson. Here’s the hitch. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the home of A-State. He didn’t stay long, but this has been a bit of a homecoming for him. But when the iron is hot you must strike. And Anderson’s stock hasn’t been higher, and may never be higher, than it is right now.

Previous hot name coaches profiled: Mike London, Howard (Week 1); Tim Rebowe, Nicholls State (Week 2); Frank Wilson, UTSA (Week 3); Dave Clawson, Wake Forest (Week 4); Neal Brown, Troy (Week 5); Scott Frost, UCF (Week 6); Mike Houston, James Madison (Week 7); Al Bagnoli, Columbia (Week 8); Matt Campbell, Iowa State (Week 9).

A special thanks. Each week College Football America Yearbook is on the road covering college football games, and we couldn’t do it without the cooperation of the sports information directors that work for those schools. We just want to thank the following SID departments for their graciousness and help in doing what we do — Davidson (Chuck Cox), Indiana State and Eastern Illinois (Kendall Webb).

Our work on other sites. The great thing about what we do with College Football America is that it enables us to support other partners that we work with, such as the American Football Coaches Association, CowboysHQ.com and HeartlandCollegeSports.com. Our photos are used in AFCA newsletter and publications on a regular basis. I cover the Cowboys for CowboysHQ and am putting together scouting pieces on potential 2018 draft picks. I also cover the Big 12 for HCS. Below you’ll find links to some of our work with those entities in the past week.

 

 

 

 

Where I’ll be this week. Back on the road and headed north of the Red River to check out the biggest game in the Big 12 this season, as TCU travels to Oklahoma. This is my first visit to OU for a football game, though I’ve been there other times to interview players and for other events.

We’ll see you down the road.

Matthew Postins is the editor-in-chief of the College Football America Yearbook. Catch up with him on Twitter at @PostinsPostcard.


 

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